In Grand Theft Auto V, Special Abilities are unique abilities given to Michael De Santa, Franklin Clinton, and Trevor Philips. Each protagonist has his own specialty; however, they are activated in the same manner by depressing both thumbsticks at the same time. Each character's special ability is denoted by a gold meter below the Radar. This meter drains as a special ability is used and is replenished in various ways.
As a skilled marksman, Michael's special ability allows him to slow down time while shooting to pick off targets with ease. Michael's special ability meter is replenished by performing special kills such as headshots and stealth takedowns.
As a skilled wheelman, Franklin's special ability allows him to slow down time while driving to perform tricky maneuvers or corner at high speeds. Franklin's special ability meter is replenished by preforming driving stunts such as driving at high speeds, facing oncoming traffic and narrowly avoiding collisions.
As a drug-addled sociopath, Trevor's special ability activates a "limit break", allowing him to deal more melee damage while receiving less. Trevor's special ability meter is replenished by killing enemies and taking damage.