[[Image:Rhino-GTA3-front.jpg|thumb|right|300px|A Rhino in GTA III.]]
The '''Rhino''' is the name of an armored fighting vehicle since [[Grand Theft Auto III]], commonly referred to by players simply as a Tank. The Rhino has since appeared in [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]], [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]], [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]], [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]], and [[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars]].
== Description ==
Like [[Tank|it's predecessor]] in [[Grand Theft Auto 2]], the Rhino appears when the player attains a six star [[Wanted Level in GTA III Era|wanted rating]]. In all games, the Rhino can be avoided without much difficulty because of its slow speed and bad handling, but it's extremely deadly if the player attempts engaging one and the soldier driving always carries strong weapons. Also, when successfully stolen, authorities can bust the player due to the Rhino's slow speed. When it hits a vehicle, the vehicle most of the time explodes straight away; if not, it starts to burn instead, in [[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars]] however, this does not happen. Although the Rhino has a cannon it is never used by law enforcement, this however is changed in GTA Chinatown Wars as the Army will fire the cannon which causes massive damage to, and usually kills, the player. The Rhino is practically invincible to small arms fire and crashes; and only [[Satchel Charges]], Dozens of other explosives and rockets and the [[Police Maverick]]'s mounted gun can cause damage to it. Also, flame weapons (such as the [[Molotov Cocktail|molotov cocktails]] and [[Flamethrower|flamethrower]]) can also be used to inflict damage.
=== Design ===
In GTA III, GTA Vice City, GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA Vice City Stories, the Rhino features a seemingly original but chunky design comparable a modified [[wp:M3 Lee|M3 tank]]. It is of heavy construction, with doors on both sides that can be easily damaged with even the slightest hit, and a truck-style 3-axle drivetrain with easily seen wheels. The turret can be rotated by pressing buttons, which made precise shooting almost impossible.
In its original appearance in GTA III, the Rhino assumes a stark appearance with little details on its armored body. The GTA Vice City rendition, however, added various equipment on the vehicle, as well as enlarging the turret's barrel. While the GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA Vice City Stories would follow design ques of the GTA III and GTA Vice City renditions, the turret barrel of GTA Liberty Stories rendition is of the same size and length as that in GTA Vice City, while the GTA Vice City Stories' is even longer.
In GTA San Andreas, the Rhino looks like an [[wp:M1 Abrams|M1 Abrams]] and it is much more realistic. It is colored beige (desert camouflage), has a normal tank entrance in front and a new drivetrain with smaller wheels, which look almost like tracks. It also has a new steering system, that finally allows the player to make very tight turns. The turret is operated with the mouse or right thumbstick ([[PlayStation 2]]), which allows the player to shoot directly at the target. The Rhino in GTA San Andreas is also heavy enough to literary push aircraft, making the Rhnio an ideal vehicle to [[Andromada#Appearances|push the destroyed Andromada]] from "[[Stowaway]]".
Interestingly enough, neither the GTA San Andreas nor the non-GTA San Andreas versions have caterpillar tracks as their their real life counterparts; the reason for this is probably due to the limits of the game's engine.
The Rhino does not appear in [[Grand Theft Auto IV]]; this is assumed to be because of Rockstar's goal of making GTA IV more realistic than previous games. However, GTA Chinatown Wars reintroduces the Rhino with an appearance similar to the original Rhino but depicts threads.
In all its appearances, the Skimmer is simply a redesigned Dodo with a pair of large pontoons on the bottom in place of landing gears; the GTA San Andreas rendition further includes reinforcement on the connection between the pontoons and fuselage, as well as harnesses between the pontoons, fuselage and the tailfin, and a four-blade propeller. Although seemingly plausible, the design of the Skimmer is somewhat impractical in real-life given the weight and size of the pontoon in relation of the plane and its power, which makes takeoff more difficult than in the games.
Whilst being able to land on water, the Skimmer in GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories does not feature any functional doors, resulting in the player simply warped inside the plane when entered. If the player exits the plane, however, they immediately spawn on top of the plane's wing and the plane would immediately stop no matter the speed. This problem was rectified in GTA San Andreas, when the plane's door can be opened, and the player can enter and exit through the doors, a feature only possible with the Skimmer's recategorization from a boat to a plane.
Unlike the Dodo, the Skimmer in GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas may come in a variety of two-tone body colors (as opposed to the same red-white color scheme of the Dodo). The Skimmer in GTA Vice City Stories simply comes with an all-grey body color.
Aside from its beneficial amphibious nature, the Skimmer's performance in the air is very much similar to the Dodo in that they both have the same sluggish acceleration and poor top speed, owing to a low-power engine; the Skimmer also has the tendency of stalling easily even if the upward pitch of the plane is only moderately steep. These traits make the plane merely suitable for steady, slow air travel.
- The Skimmer is the only accessible fixed-wing plane in GTA Vice City.
- In the original PlayStation 2 version of GTA Vice City, a Skimmer can acquire wheels if sprayed in a spray shop.
- In GTA San Andreas, the default radio station is CSR 103.9.
- In GTA Vice City Stories, the plane can reach incredible heights by taking off at a 45 degree angle and at rare times land on top of towers.
- The Skimmer is the only aircraft in GTA Vice City Stories that is not featured in any missions, both main and side.
- Since the plane has no functional doors in GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories, hostile pedestrians or police officers will not be able to open the door of the plane and pull out/arrest the player, simply running against the Skimmer's pontoons without doing anything else.
- GTA Vice City
- At the jetty on the western side of the InterGlobal Films Studio in Prawn Island after the mission "Dildo Dodo."
- GTA San Andreas
- At the Sherman Dam in Bone County
- At the beach near Bayside Marina in Tierra Robada
- Next to a wooden staircase just south of Arco del Oeste.
- At a jetty at Valle Ocultado near the Tee Pee Motel in Bone County.
- GTA Vice City Stories
- By a jetty in Downtown behind The Greasy Chopper after "From Zero to Hero", just south of the Downtown Police Station.
- To the east of the lighthouse in Ocean Beach after "From Zero to Hero". Available on the PlayStation 2 version only.
- Can be purchased from the Clymenus Suite for $4500.