[[File:Minigun-GTALCS.jpg|right|thumb|180px|The minigun in [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]] and [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]].]]
One of the most powerful weapons in the [[Grand Theft Auto]] series, the '''Minigun''' is based off various US minigun models, appearing in various forms in the following games:
*[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]] (Man-portable version without lock-on capabilities)
*[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]] (Man-portable version without lock-on capabilities)
*[[Grand Theft Auto Advance]] (Man-portable version without lock-on capabilities)
*[[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]] (Man-portable version with lock-on capabilities)
*[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]] (Man-portable version with lock-on capabilities)
*[[Grand Theft Auto IV]] (Vehicle-mounted on [[Annihilator]] helicopter)
*[[The Lost and Damned]] (Vehicle-mounted on [[Annihilator]] helicopter with explosive ammo)
*[[The Ballad of Gay Tony]] (Vehicle-mounted on [[Annihilator]] with explosive ammo and on [[Buzzard]] helicopter with regular ammo)
*[[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars]] (Man-portable version with lock-on capabilities)
*[[Grand Theft Auto V]] (Man-portable version without lock-on capabilities, also vehicle-mounted on [[Buzzard]] helicopter and [[P-996 LAZER]] fighter jet)
== Description ==
The [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]] and [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]] renditions are based on a man portable version of the M134 Minigun, while the [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]] version is based off the M197 tri-barreled Gatling. It has an incredible rate of fire and can annihilate most vehicles in almost less than a second around a certain radius. In Vice City, the minigun was perfect for mowing down targets level with the player, however, it could not be aimed manually. Instead, it shoots upwards automatically to e.g. helicopters, similar to the [[Rhino]]. In GTA San Andreas, thanks to the new aiming system, the minigun could be pointed in any direction, making shooting higher targets much easier, but also dangerous if the helicopter would crash into the ground and explode dangerously close to the player. It is almost 100% accurate as there is no recoil, but it can't lock on to a target which isn't much of a problem due to the very high power of each individual round and the amount of ammo it carries. In [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]] and [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]], the player can both lock onto a target and shoot manually with the minigun.
[[Grand Theft Auto Advance]] and [[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars]] also features the minigun as an available weapon. In GTA Chinatown Wars, it is the most expensive weapon in the game, costing $10,000 from [[AmmuNation.net|Ammu-Nation]]. Also, the minigun in GTA Chinatown Wars is powerful enough to split a person in half if shot at a pedestrian.
For [[Grand Theft Auto IV]], the minigun was planned to be the second heavy weapon, the first one being the rocket launcher, but it was dropped in the end, due to unknown reasons. By using the remaining data in-game, it appears to carry a 750-bullet load and to be able to kill any person (armored or not) with one shot, making it the most powerful weapon in the game. Miniguns are also mounted on [[Annihilator]] and [[Buzzard]] helicopters. Both fire normal 7.62×51 millimeter cartridges, but the Annihilator fires about 1,000 rounds per minute, which is ''unrealistically slow'', by about 5,000 rounds per minute. This is probably to prevent helicopter pilots from being able to literally shred players and vehicles. In [[The Lost and Damned]], the helicopters' top speed is increased and the minigun ammunition is replaced by highly explosive cartridges that make mince meat out of pedestrians, cars, motorcycles, and even other helicopters and boats. On the Buzzard, which only appears on [[The Ballad of Gay Tony]], there are 2 miniguns mounted, which do not overheat or need to reload and fire about 4-6,000 rounds per minute.
In [[Grand Theft Auto V]], the minigun no longer has a fixed magazine size; the minigun will continue to fire so long the player has ammunition. However, it is not as powerful as its previous renditions; destroying a vehicle requires sustained fire on the engine or fuel tank instead of simply aiming anywhere and firing only a few rounds. The player cannot sprint while holding the minigun, and it cannot be used from cover. The minigun makes a prominent appearance in the mission [[The Paleto Score]], where [[Trevor Philips]] holds back crooked law enforcement and military while wearing bomb squad armor.
File:Minigun-GTASA-ingame.jpg|[[Carl Johnson]] using the minigun at [[Las Venturas Airport]].
File:Minigun-GTAA-ingame.png|[[Mike]] with a Minigun.
File:Minigun-GTALCS.jpg|GTA LCS, and GTA VCS.
File:Minigun-GTALCS-ingame.jpg|[[Toni Cipriani]] using a Minigun.
File:Minigun-GTAIV.jpg|The minigun positioned on the side of the [[Annihilator]].
File:Minigun-GTAV.png|[[Trevor Philips]] using the minigun.
File:Minigun-GTAVC-icon.png|GTA Vice City.
File:Minigun-GTASA-icon.png|GTA San Andreas.
File:Minigun-GTALCS-icon.png|GTA Liberty City Stories, and GTA Vice City Stories.
;GTA Vice City
*[[Little Haiti]] - On the top floor of the remains of the [[Haitian Drug Factory|drug processing plant]] west of the Little Haiti [[The Well Stacked Pizza Co.|Well Stacked Pizza Co.]] after completion of [[Trojan Voodoo]].
*Little Haiti - Available to buy from [[The Compound|Phil's Place]] after completion of [[Boomshine Saigon]] ($10,000).
*[[Ocean Beach]] - Spawns inside the [[Ocean View Hotel]] after collecting 60 hidden packages.
*[[Downtown Vice City|Downtown]] - Spawns on the roof of the [[Hyman Condo]] after collecting 60 hidden packages.
*[[Starfish Island]] - Spawns outside the [[Vercetti Estate]] after collecting 60 hidden packages.
;GTA San Andreas
*[[Kincaid Bridge]], [[San Fierro]] - On top of the southern arch of the bridge. It's not accessible until the desert and [[Las Venturas]] are unlocked, because a ghost wall is blocking the player to get the weapon.
*[[Roca Escalante]], [[Las Venturas]] - On the bottom-most level of an underground parking lot.
*[[Rockshore East]], Las Venturas - On top of some scaffolding in the building site, requires climbing and jumping skills or [[Jetpack|jetpack]].
*[[Area 69]], [[Bone County]] - Inside the base in a control room. The room is accessible during the mission, "[[Black Project]]", if entered outside the mission using blue hell glitches, the player gains 5 star [[Wanted Level in GTA III Era|wanted level]].
*[[Tierra Robada]], Las Venturas - Inside [[Mike Toreno|Mike Toreno's]] [[Mike Toreno's Ranch|ranch]] after completing [[Vertical Bird]].
;GTA Liberty City Stories
*[[Bedford Point]], [[Staunton Island]] - Can be bought at [[Phil Cassidy's Fully Cocked Gun Shop]] upon completing the mission [[More Deadly Than the Male]]. ($10,000)
;GTA Vice City Stories
*[[Vice Point]] - Can be bought from the [[Ammu-Nation]] shop after completing the storyline mission, [[Farewell to Arms]] for $15,000 but the price decreases to $11,500 if the player completes [[Phil's Shooting Range]] challenge.
The minigun can be purchased at [[Ammu-Nation]] in [[Los Santos in GTA V|Los Santos]] and [[Blaine County]].
*[[Fort Zancudo]] - Found inside the Zancudo Army Base in Control Tower 1.
*In GTA San Andreas, there is a file called minigun2. This file can be seen using IMGTool. It's possible that this file could be a model of the minigun when it spins. It's also possible that this could be a different weapon entirely, dropped for unknown reasons during development.
*In GTA San Andreas, using a minigun during the final mission, "End of the Line", is a much easier way to defeat Big Smoke.
*In GTA Vice City Stories, using a minigun, like in San Andreas, during the final mission, "Last Stand", is a much easier way to defeat both Diego Mendez and Jerry Martinez.
[[Category:Weapons in GTA Vice City]]
[[Category:Weapons in GTA San Andreas]]
[[Category:Weapons in GTA Advance]]
[[Category:Weapons in GTA Liberty City Stories]]
[[Category:Weapons in GTA Vice City Stories]]
[[Category:Weapons in GTA Chinatown Wars]]
[[Category:Weapons in GTA V]]