- "Monster" redirects here. For the mission in GTA San Andreas, see Monster (mission).
Monster trucks are basically vehicles with large tires, built on heavy duty chassis. The vehicle has exist in two forms in the Grand Theft Auto series, first as three different variants all known simply as the Monster in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and the aptly named Monster Truck in Grand Theft Auto Advance.
GTA San Andreas
In GTA San Andreas, three variants of the monster truck exist. However, these differences are only cosmetic as all Monsters share roughly the same chassis design and wheels, as well as being based on pick-up trucks. While all variants are known simply as the "Monster", each variant features a different internal name.
The three variants of the Monster, as identified by their internal names, include:
- monster, a basic two tone-color variant which varies only by its body color. The truck's body resembles a 1994–2004 Chevrolet S-10, resulting in a vehicle that may be anachronistic in the game's 1992 setting.
- monstera, distinguished by its blue paintjob, red-white stripe flag and yellow-black checker flag accents, includes various configurations of accessories, including a bed-mounted rollbar with attached lights, roof-mounted lights, a roof-mounted spoiler, or nothing at all. The truck body resembles that of a seventh generation Ford F-Series.
- monsterb, a Yosemite-based variant with wider wheel arches, a custom blue paintwork and red and white stripes, a checkered roof design, and a permanent roof-mounted spoiler. The monsterb may come with or without four roof-mounted headlights.
Due to GTA Advance's top-down viewpoint, the GTA Advance rendition of the Monster Truck is vague in its inspiration and can only be described as another pickup-based monster truck with evidently large tires and a single tone body color.
GTA San Andreas
The overall performance of any variant of the Monster depends on where the vehicle is driven. Overall, the Monster is more suited for off-road driving, and performance stats between all variants of the Monster are identical.
Generally, its acceleration and top speed are only average, making the vehicle unsuitable for high-speed driving. However, the vehicle compensates with good handling and off-road capabilities, being able to drive up steep terrains and traverse bumpy obstacles. In place of a handbrake turn, the Monster features a four-wheel drive "mode" where the rear tires will also turn alongside the front tire, reducing its turning radius. In addition, the Monster, much like the Dumper, is capable of literally running over smaller vehicles and subjecting them to a moderate rate of damage; this ability can, however, risk flipping the Monster itself.
Whilst the vehicle is very stable while upright, the vehicle can rest sideways or upside down if it flips from a crash or has tumbled down very rough terrain, due to its evenly heavy design. In usage on urban roads, the vehicle's larger size increases the susceptibility of the player hitting vehicles and street furniture.
The Monster Truck in GTA Advance is actually similar in performance to the Monster, which an average if not mediocre top speed. It does, however, possesses the advantage of maintaining its acceleration and speed while off-road, as well as being capable of ramming smaller vehicles out of the way. The scrap value of the Monster Truck at a crusher is also fairly good, at $3,266, lower still than the game's vans (the Hoods and Rumpo).
- In GTA San Andreas, the monster and monsterb play Radio X by default when entered, while the monstera plays K-DST by default.
- Its tires cannot burst, probably due to their size.
- Monster is the only variant that can be visually damaged, on the doors, while other variants cant be damaged.
- If you place the monster's front wheel on a cars engine, the car might go flying up or flip over, sometimes the car might even get stuck in the ground and grow extremely large, doing this may result in the monster flipping over from the car though.
- When turning while holding the handbrake, the rear wheels of the Monster Truck will turn as well.
- GTA San Andreas