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A glitched swing in action at Firefly Projects, moments after hurling the player and their car into the air. Notice the "agitated" leg of the swing slamming on the ground and cracking it, illustrating the tremendous force it possesses.


A DF8-90 being launched across Broker from the Firefly Projects swing. The green arrow points to the location of the swingsets.

The Swing Glitch (also nicknamed the Car Cannon, Swingset of Death or Swingset Glitch) is one of the most famous glitches in Grand Theft Auto IV, as well as the Grand Theft Auto series as a whole. It involves driving a vehicle into numerous swings around Liberty City, after which the player's vehicle will be thrown by a great force.


A FlyUS Feroci after being thrown by the Swingset in Firefly Projects. Most of the damage acquired was as a result of the Feroci striking trees.


There are several "glitched" swing sets around Liberty City and Alderney, most notably in Firefly Projects Park and Tudor near the Globe Oil gas station, both are accessible to cars and vans. Most of these are easy to access, specifically the two listed above, so it leaves sufficient space to allow the player to maneuver a decent-sized vehicle into position, the most popular method of exploiting the glitch.


If the player presses up against the swings in a vehicle it will often, with little to no warning, be flung an incredible distance through the air. It is not uncommon for flying vehicles to reach or even clear Outlook Park to the west, and Algonquin if done in Alderney. The end result of vehicular flight is almost always catastrophic body damage (often in a manner that is not easily achieved through normal crashes), although the engine will frequently still run. This enables the player to cruise away in their ruined vehicle.

The player risks being thrown out through the windshield upon launch, facing the vehicle towards the swing increases the likelihood of this happening. After being thrown out, the player may fall to their death. The likelihood of this is lessened if one is thrown to the east (where the player may land safely in water). However, it is nearly impossible for players to get launched through the windshield in multiplayer. It is recommended that the area of the vehicle containing the engine not touch the swing set, lest the engine catch fire.

The best swingset to use is the northern one, as using the southern one will almost always guarantee to crash into large apartment buildings. It is often also preferable to use the middle pole rather than the side ones. The Alderney swingset will usually result in landing on the docks, but can also land in the water or even in Algonquin. The swingset can be useful for escaping the police, provided the player survives the landing. In The Ballad of Gay Tony, the glitch is much less dangerous as the player can just bail out of their flying car and safely parachute back to the ground.

It should be noted that achieving a successful launch that propels the player a significant distance is fairly difficult. For example, the Firefly Projects swingsets have the potential to fling the player into one of the fenced-off areas directly south of the swings, preventing the player from driving away with their chosen vehicle afterward.

As well as flinging vehicles, the swings have been known to hurl players, as well as unsuspecting pedestrians that hang from or brush against them. Although amusing, this will almost always result in their death, unless they are lucky enough to land in the water. Sometimes, when the swingset twitches, physically touching it will oftentimes just instantly kill the player, sometimes catapulting their body into the ocean or sky.

To get the most distance, back the rear of the car up to the middle pole then reverse. When the swing catapults the character, go the furthest possible (e.g. East Hook, this is one of the furthest locations the vehicle can land in). Attempting this glitch with any sort of motorcycle is highly unwise, as if the glitch happens, the player will instantly be killed as they are flung off the motorbike, slamming directly into the ground with tremendous force. If attempted with a helicopter, the player will also most likely be instantly killed, as the helicopter's tail rotor, tail assembly and main rotors will usually all be destroyed instantly, setting the engine on fire and detonating the aircraft immediately with no time to escape.

Best Vehicles[]

Most vehicles are capable of travelling some distance, but some will only yield good results infrequently. For example, the Ingot, Blista Compact, and Yankee can be launched as far as the Humboldt River under the right conditions, but such range is unpredictable and can be achieved only rarely. Other cars, such as the DF8-90, seem more responsive to the glitch and will give more regular results.

The vehicles that seem to give the maximum frequency of launch and distance of travel are as follows:

Very rarely, players have been known to survive getting thrown from the swingset, usually by means of putting a car underneath the swingset bars and having a player climb on top of the car and jumping over the bar. If timed correctly, the player will usually be thrown in whatever direction they were jumping. In very rare cases, the player will freeze in midair, do the standing up animation while floating to the ground and retaining full health. Larger vehicles are generally not good for exploiting the swing glitch as their increased weight limits the distance they can be thrown. However, if a Bus, APC, Yankee or a Benson is used on the swingsets, the vehicle may be launched underground into Blue Hell, often spinning wildly and uncontrollably until it respawns randomly on a road, usually somewhere near the swings. A further, rare glitch that only can be done in Broker will cause the vehicle to disappear entirely, leaving the player stuck in the nearby jungle gym while in the driving position.

Particularly wide vehicles like the Bullet are perfect for the glitch, as they have a much wider collision box for the swing to make contact with. The Bullet in particular is long, flat and wide, and so it is easy to keep it balanced up against the swing's legs totally diagonal to the ground.

Rolled Over[]

The swing set can be used to obtain the "Rolled Over" achievement/trophy (a car must be rolled over 5 times in a row from one crash) as the swing set is capable of rolling a vehicle multiple times in mid-air, though it may take some time to achieve a suitably violent launch.

GTA V Gate Glitch[]

The glitch reappears in Grand Theft Auto V, albeit not involving a swing set. Instead, in Richman, opposite the Los Santos Golf Club, there are houses with automatic gates. Press upon any of these gates with a car from inside the property. The glitch physics will apply.

A variation of this glitch appears only in Grand Theft Auto Online as it requires two players to accomplish it. One player runs up to the wall where a normal gate is connected to and go into cover (R1 for Playstation 3; RB on Xbox 360). Logically, the player will be squashed between the gate and the wall when the gate is opened. Once player one has done that, player two presses his car upon the gates. The presence of player one would make it harder for the gate to open. If done correctly, the glitch physics will apply with up to amplified effects as compared to the first glitch.

However, because of the revised gameplay physics of the game in contrast to Grand Theft Auto IV, the car will explode upon impact with the ground unless the player managed to shoot high enough to reach the ocean or if not, land upside down.



  • When the glitch is attempted on an uninstalled game on a console (especially on the PS3), the console will freeze unless the game is installed.
  • Rarely, the player's car may become invisible when they attempt to launch it, yet it can still be driven. The swingset can also vanish into thin air, as if it was never even there.
  • Occasionally, vehicles such as the Ambulance will become lodged so that the top bar of the swingset will clip through the vehicle.
  • Sometimes, if a car explodes upon driving into the swingset, the player can survive inside, and can exit the vehicle with full health. But staying in there for too long will result in death, so the player must step out while the vehicle is still moving across the ground slowly.
  • Bigger vehicles (such as the Bus) can launch or break the swingset itself, not making the player able to do the glitch until they leave the area and come back.
  • Although it is not a swing glitch, another much lesser-known and very rare glitch works in the same manner. It involves having a person, between a car door and the car itself. Press the car door into a person that is stuck between the door and car. What happens is that the game will violently launch the person straight up in the air to have the civilian pushed out. How high and far they are launched depends on the cars used, and where the person is and how far between the two objects.
    • It is possible to be launched up this way, but get between the car and its door itself just as another car hits the car so that the door violently pushes the car and that it cannot simply slide out like usual. The amount of force to launch depends on the speed and size of the car that hits the player. It is a very luck-based glitch. A Cabby, or any other van-type vehicle should provide enough size to be stuck between.



GTA IV All Swings Locations & Effects

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