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Statistics are a gameplay feature used in the 3D Universe and HD Universe games to indicate game progression.


There are two distinct elements to the statistics - The Pause Menu Stats option which provides an in-depth analysis of the players activities in the game and their achievements, and a HUD List which, since Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, provides more of a role-playing-game style list of character attributes and skills.

Pause Menu Stats

3D Universe Stats

Statistics in the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas pause menu.

Main article: GTA III Statistics

GTA IV Stats

Main article: GTA IV Statistics

GTA V Stats

Main article: GTA V Statistics

GTA Online Stats

Main article: GTA Online Statistics

HUD Stats

Rather than recording progress or activities, these statistics are displayed onscreen during gameplay in the Heads-Up Display (HUD), to give the player a greater awareness of the protagonist's condition and situation.


When the player's health is depleted, they are Wasted, which results in mission failure [if the player is doing a mission or side mission at time of death], and the player being sent to hospital to be revived. Health can be regained by eating food, saving, or picking up a health "power-up" or first-aid kit. Entering an Ambulance will also restore a small amount of health. In San Andreas during the mission called "Reuniting The Families" the player can regenerate his health by kissing prostitutes.

  • It is shown by a number of triple-digit hitpoints (pre-GTA San Andreas), and a health bar (from GTA San Andreas onwards).


Armor counts as an extra "layer" of health; it can be acquired via an Armor pickup, purchased at an Ammu-Nation store, or, in some games, acquired by entering the Police Enforcer. The exact abilities of Armor vary from game to game — generally, Armor will absorb all gunfire and explosive damage until it is entirely depleted; damage from falls and vehicle impacts may deplete Armor, or may leave Armor intact and deplete Health.

Wanted Level

The Wanted Level indicates the level of police interest in the player, rated from a 6-head scale (GTA and GTA 2), 6-star scale (GTA IIIGTA Chinatown Wars), and a 5-star scale (GTA V). If the player commits serious crimes (and the police are aware of them), it will indicate the extent of the crimes, and how much force Police will employ in capturing (or killing) the player. If the police successfully catch the player, they will be Busted.

Altitude Meter

The Altitude Meter is a bar that rises or falls according to how high up the player is from sea level. This meter is only available when in an aircraft or when using a parachute.

GTA San Andreas HUD Statistics

The HUD statistics list in GTA San Andreas (PC/PS2/Xbox version).

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has a set of character statistics viewable either by holding the 'status' button or key, or via the Pause Menu. On the mobile (iOS and Android) versions of the game, the statistics can be viewed by tapping and holding the weapon icon. These reflect Carl Johnson's physique, physical abilities, and expertise; unlike in older GTA games, these change according to the player's actions. The status menu cannot be viewed when in a vehicle on the PS2 version as this will enable the vehicle's nitro upgrade if one has been installed; otherwise, it has no function.


Respect indicates CJ's level of influence in the Grove Street Families. The more respect CJ has, the more gang members he can recruit, starting with 1 and up to a maximum of 7. Respect is gained upon completing some missions, killing members of enemy gangs or law enforcement, successfully taking over enemy gang territory and spraying over Tags. It is also influenced by CJ's appearance; hairstyle, tattoos, clothing and muscle all offer a small increase to respect. However, wearing green clothes in GSF territory gives a more significant boost. Respect is lost by not wearing green in GSF territory, killing friendly gang members and losing territory to enemy gangs.

Weapon Skill

Displayed when CJ is on foot.

Weapon Skill is CJ's ability to use different types of weapons. CJ can become more skilled with various weapons by successfully shooting NPC's or vehicles. Most individual weapons have their own separate skill to build up, but the Tec-9 and Micro SMG are grouped together as "Machine Pistols". CJ's skill with each weapon begins as "Poor", then can increase to "Gangster" level, and finally "Hitman" level at maximum. Becoming more skilled improves CJ's accuracy, targeting range, strafe speed, rate of fire, and allows him to move while firing. Additionally, reaching Hitman level with the Pistol, Sawn-Off Shotgun, Tec-9 and Micro SMG allows CJ to wield two at once. Thrown weapons such as Grenades, melee weapons, Rifles and heavy weapons like the Minigun and Rocket Launcher do not have skill meters.

Vehicle Skill

Displayed when CJ is controlling a vehicle.

Vehicle Skill is CJ's ability to use different types of vehicles gradually increases based on distance covered. There are separate skills for automobiles, bicycles, motorbikes and aircraft. Becoming more skilled makes vehicles more responsive, allowing the player to turn more sharply and handle more easily. It also allows CJ to perform higher bunny hops and reduces his chance of being knocked off a bicycle or motorbike by collisions.

Lung Capacity

Displayed when CJ is in water.

Lung Capacity represents how long CJ can hold his breath when diving underwater. An oxygen meter is displayed whenever CJ dives underwater. Lung capacity is increased by swimming underwater for extended periods, especially by collecting Oysters. If the player stays underwater long enough for the oxygen meter to deplete, CJ will start rapidly losing health until he either drowns or comes up for air. After coming up for air CJ will not regain lost health, only oxygen. If CJ has yet to reach 5% of his lung capacity, he will not be able to perform the mission Amphibious Assault.


Stamina indicates endurance with regards to running, swimming, and cycling. Low stamina means CJ will grow fatigued easily and stop sprinting after short distances. Stamina has to be built up over the course of the entire game by exercising. In GTA Vice City Stories, a stamina bar also exists whenever the player is in the water. If it runs out, the player will drown.

For every 150 seconds (2.5 minutes) of swimming, or every 300 seconds (5 minutes) for running or biking, CJ will gain 5% Stamina. At the Gyms, the treadmill and stationary bike will grant CJ 4% Stamina for every 14 seconds. Completing the Burglar side mission (stealing a total of $10,000 worth of items) will reward the player with infinite stamina, independent of the actual statistic.


Muscle indicates CJ's muscular development. Muscle influences how much damage CJ deals in melee combat, as well as the respect and sex appeal stats. It also slightly reduces the amount of damage taken from falls. Muscle is increased by working out at a gym, or otherwise exercising (running, riding bikes, swimming). A 50% muscle statistic alters CJ's walking and running style (muscular.ifp animation set). A 100% muscle statistic is detrimental to Sex appeal and will prevent CJ from initiating contact with some girlfriends. To prevent this, obtain all 50 Oysters, buy high-end outfits and haircuts, and drive a high-end vehicle, such as a tuner or supercar.

Using the treadmill or stationary bike at a gym for 14 seconds will gain 1% muscle. Lifting weights will gain 1% muscle for each repetition. 150 seconds (2.5 minutes) of running in-game, or 100 seconds (1.667 minutes) of swimming or biking, will cause CJ to gain 1% muscle.

If CJ has zero fat and does not eat enough food, he will start losing muscle.


Fat indicates CJ's body fat. Fat is increased by eating food (including meals during dates), and decreased by exercising, either at a gym or in the world at large, or by not eating for an extended period. Being overweight will naturally change CJ's appearance, dialogue (mostly related to his weight) and eventually lessens most physical capabilities (including health, running speed, jumping, etc.). Having no fat at all is inadvisable, because CJ will instead start to lose muscle if he grows hungry. Before this happens, the player is given the following warning: “You are starting to feel hungry and you are starting to lose energy. You need to find something to eat.” If he has no muscle or fat to shed, he will then start to lose health until it eventually kills CJ.

Food is available at Well Stacked Pizza Co., Cluckin' Bell, and Burger Shot. Their meals will add either 0, 1, 2, or 3% to CJ's Fat level.
For every 150 seconds of running, or every 100 seconds of biking or swimming, CJ will shed 1.5% fat. At a gym, this is much faster - on the treadmill or stationary bike, CJ will shed 2.5% fat every 14 seconds. When lifting weights, CJ will shed 0.5% fat for each repetition. Also, if the player waits 48 ingame hours without eating, CJ will shed fat at a rate of 2.5% per in-game hour.

Eating too much in one sitting will cause CJ to vomit. It's dangerous to eat somewhere between 9 to 12 of the largest or salad meal at any restaurant. The magic number depends on health, fat, muscle, time, etc. If this happens, the player will not gain any fat, nor be served in any restaurant until 11 game hours have passed. Oddly enough, eating until purge does count as eating; while it won't regain health, it will stave off hunger and weight loss like normal.

Sex Appeal

Sex Appeal indicates how women will react to CJ. It is influenced by CJ's current vehicle (and its condition), hairstyle, clothing, tattoos, fat and muscle. Collecting all 50 Oysters can prevent some of the pitfalls of low sex appeal (girlfriends being dissatisfied with CJ's appearance, or potential girlfriends not wanting to talk to CJ), however, female pedestrians are not affected by collecting all oysters and react to his current sex appeal like normal. Also, sleeping with prostitutes can raise some of the sex appeal. In general, more expensive items offer a more significant increase in sex appeal, especially clothing. Lowriders and sports cars give the greatest boosts to this statistic; any vehicle still provides its increase after Carl exits, as long as he stays within a distance of 120ft from it.

GTA V and GTA Online HUD Statistics

Player stats appear once again in GTA V and GTA Online, when selecting the Character Wheel. The stats include Stamina, Shooting, Strength, Stealth, Flying, Driving, Lung Capacity, and Special. These stats start out different for each protagonist, but can eventually be maxed out.


GTA V protagonists only

Using a character's Special Ability will gradually improve the stat. As the stat bar increases, the speed at which that character's Special Ability bar fills up will also increase, and when it's active, the bar will deplete more slowly, allowing more time to use it. Only available to Franklin, Michael and Trevor.

Max Health

GTA Online protagonists only

Exclusive to the Online Protagonist on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Max Health will Increase by 1 point every level up to level 100. Every 20 levels, the Max Health stat bar will show up with the corresponding number (20 for level 20, 40 for level 40 etc.). When the player has Max Health - they can survive a Heavy Sniper shot to the Stomach or Lower Torso with minimal health.


GTA Online protagonists only

In the Enhanced Version, displays the character's current Rank and their Reputation points progress towards their next level up.


Extra stamina will allow the characters to sprint, cycle and swim for longer before getting tired. When the character's stamina gets depleted, the normally green health bar will start flashing red, causing gradual damage to the player if they continue the actions and drop down exhausted when the bar gets too low. The stat will increase if the player performs each of those activities. Maxing out Stamina will allow the character to perform these strenuous actions indefinitely with no fear of health loss.


A higher Shooting stat will make the character more accurate by reducing recoil while shooting any gun. The character will also be able to reload faster and carry more ammunition to a max of 9999 bullets per gun category. The more targets the player hits, particularly headshots, the more his Shooting stat will increase. Spend time in the Shooting Range at Ammu-Nation and take on shooting challenges as a fast way to improve this skill.


Additional strength will inflict heavier damage during hand-to-hand and melee combat, increase speed at climbing ladders, increase damage reduction from falls, car crashes, explosions, gunfire, physical attacks, and fire, and improve the character's Tennis and Golf performance by allowing him to hit the ball harder. Engaging in unarmed combat, and taking part in sports like Tennis, Golf and Yoga will raise the character's Strength.


The higher the Stealth stat is, the quieter the character will be in both stealth and normal movement modes, and he'll also be able to move more quickly in stealth mode. The Stealth stat will increase the more time you spend moving in stealth and especially performing silent takedowns. By default, pressing the left analogue stick or left ctrl will enter you into stealth mode. Press it again to move normally.


When a character has a low Flying stats, the performance of any aircraft he's flying will be more susceptible to the effects of turbulence. As the stats increase, the character will be able to both fly and land more smoothly, and also will improve the ability to fly any aircraft. Just spending time flying steadily will increase the stat, whereas the Pilot School will make the process a lot faster by completing its challenges.


Improving the Driving skills will improve the character's vehicle handling when airborne and make performing wheelies easier. The more time the character spends driving vehicles, the faster the stat will increase, particularly performing wheelies and landing big jumps on four or two wheels.

Lung Capacity

Having a high Lung Capacity means the character can stay submerged under water for longer and the Oxygen Meter will decrease more slowly. Lung capacity will increase as the character spends more time under water, whether with or without the Scuba Suit. Every thirty seconds the player spends underwater will increase this stat one percent.

Mental State

GTA Online protagonists only This indicates the effects of the player's actions. Depending on the current state, the player's blip on the map will become increasingly red.


  • There are cheats for maximum respect, sex appeal, muscle and fat, and for zero fat and muscle. There is also a cheat that allows CJ to remain underwater indefinitely, but does not actually increase lung capacity.
  • Gaining weight does not just affect CJ's appearance, it also affects his health, running speed, and sex appeal. CJ's phrases will also change as he hits people or picks up money such as 'I'm just a fat bitch, huh?' or 'Lunch money!'
  • When CJ's body fat is at its maximum, he is warned that he runs the risk of a heart attack and to lose some weight, although it is actually not possible for CJ to suffer one through any conventional means.
  • Losing or gaining muscle or weight can affect what girlfriends think of CJ. For example, if CJ gains some weight when he goes to see a girlfriend a cutscene may start depicting CJ's girlfriend making a joke or remark about CJ's weight or muscle, however some girlfriends may like CJ to be fat.
  • When the player's Stealth stat is maxed out in GTA Online, they will be virtually noiseless in and out of Stealth mode, especially in Deathmatches, unless the player moves close to an enemy player when out of Stealth mode.