The Chainsaw is a portable mechanized saw commonly used as a tool for cutting down trees. It is however, more famous as a murder tool and a popular cliché in horror movies. The origins of this can be found in movies such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which is parodied in the Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories mission The Portland Chainsaw Masquerade. In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, GTA Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories the player can use the chainsaw as a weapon. The reason for this popularity of the chainsaw as a murder tool is on the one hand due to the intensive loss of blood since a saw tears instead of cutting cleanly and its noise can even be heard walls away from the origin. Furthermore, the noises at the start of the saw by wire rope hoist are often used for producing a dangerous atmosphere. The player won't be able to run faster to catch up with the others, most likely because the chainsaw is really heavy. Even a single miss and the noise is audible by pedestrians, causing panic. If you use the chainsaw in front of an officer, you will raise your wanted level to one star, even if you have not harmed anyone. In GTA Vice City, drops of blood can be seen spattered at the screen.
A chainsaw wielding player can swipe with the chainsaw while standing still, or begin running and attacking for increased mobility.
The chainsaw can easily remove parts from vehicles (such as doors, hoods, bumpers, etc) without severely damaging them since it is basically impossible to destroy vehicles with it.
GTA Vice City
- Ocean Beach - Inside Apartment 3C. From the Ocean Beach Pay 'N' Spray, go south to the next intersection. Then turn left and you should see the pink and white apartment building where Apartment 3C is located. The apartment is on the second floor and the weapon icon is in the bathroom of the apartment. This area is a reference/easter egg to the classical movie SCARFACE.
- Little Havana - Available to buy from Screw This after completion of Phnom Penh '86 ($500).
GTA San Andreas
- In the construction site next to CJ's garage. On top of a collapsed building.
- At the farm where Leatherface is meant to be.
- It the tennis courts at the Avispa Country Club.
GTA Liberty City Stories
- Can be obtained during or after completing The Portland Chainsaw Masquerade.
- Can be found behind the sawmill near The Atlantic Quays.
GTA Vice City Stories
- Can be obtained by killing a shark in the ship in the mission Leap and Bound.