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A Hunter in GTA Vice City.
A Hunter in GTA Vice City.
Appearance(s) GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Vice City Stories
Vehicle type Military aircraft
Body style Attack helicopter
Capacity 1

The Hunter is a military attack helicopter featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, with a cameo appearance in Grand Theft Auto V.


The Hunter is clearly based on the AH-64 Apache. In GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories, the Hunter is an aesthetically correct AH-64A "Apache". In GTA San Andreas, however, the gunner's cockpit is removed, and an eight-blade tail rotor replaces the four-blade version.

The Hunter is a very deadly aircraft, having a self-targeting machine gun and the ability to shoot two dumb fire rockets simultaneously. Like the other armed military vehicles, the Rhino and Hydra, it has infinite ammunition. The Hunter is neither bulletproof nor explosion-proof like the Rhino, but is highly damage-resistant. The Hunter can also be used for the Vigilante side mission, which GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas dub "Brown Thunder".

The Hunter does not appear in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories; however, leftover Hunter files from the GTA Vice City code remained in the game, and, with the help of third party trainers, a Hunter can be spawned. The Hunter in GTA Liberty City Stories is similar in design to the GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories renditions, but cannot be used for vigilante missions nor is named in-game.

The animation for entering the Hunter is different in GTA San Andreas to GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories, in GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories, the Hunter has a door that opens like a normal helicopter, where as in GTA San Andreas it has a hatch similar to the Hydra's.

Notable appearances in missions

The Hunter's most notable use is in the GTA Vice City Stories missions Over The Top and Last Stand, when Victor Vance steals a Hunter (in Over the Top) in order to attack the Mendez Cartel (in Last Stand). It also appeared in Learning to Fly from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, All Hands on Deck! from Grand Theft Auto Vice City and From Zero to Hero from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

Although it isn't considered a mission, the Hunter appeared in a multiplayer match for the PSP version of GTA Vice City Stories named Might of the Hunter.

Skywolf side mission

The Skywolf mission is a side mission in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories available after Last Stand. It is activated by simply entering the Hunter at Escobar International Airport and the mission requires the player to use the Hunter's weaponry to destroy a certain amount of targets while flying through coronas. The targets are mostly boats and cars, but the final one is another helicopter. Completion of the mission is necessary for 100% Completion.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Hunter appears in previews for the in-game film The Simian, which can be seen at movie theaters throughout Los Santos. It does not feature as an operable vehicle.


  • Although the Hunter is painted green, game files in GTA San Andreas contain code for a red paint job. If the player smashes the Hunter against a building, red paint chips will fly off of it; also, police radio chatter describes the player as flying a red helicopter if he or she is flying a Hunter while wanted by the police.
  • In GTA Vice City and San Andreas, the player is able to play the game's radio stations while flying the Hunter. However, this ability was removed in GTA Vice City Stories. The default radio stations for the Hunter are V-Rock in GTA Vice City and K-DST in GTA San Andreas.
  • The Hunter is the fastest and most armed helicopter in the series, but has the widest turning radius
  • An Army Helicopter was planned for Grand Theft Auto III but was cut. It's possible the Hunter was planned to be introduced or it could have been a completely different Helicopter.


GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Vice City Stories

See also