The Katana in GTA Vice City.
The Katana in GTA San Andreas.
Tommy Vercetti wielding the katana in a pre-release screenshot for GTA Vice City.

"Kung Fu movies have a lot to answer for. Psychos think swords are funny."
-Vice City Bureau of Investigation file description.

The Katana's HUD icon in GTA San Andreas.

The Katana (刀, かたな) is a melee weapon of Japanese origin. It is available in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto Advance, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. It is one of the more powerful melee type weapons; it is able to behead opponents with a single slice, and is not as heavy as the cumbersome chainsaw.

Notable appearances

In 1986, Tommy Vercetti kills the katana-wielding Vice City Cabs owner.

In 1998, Toni Cipriani and Kazuki Kasen engage in a katana duel on the roof of the Big Shot Casino with katanas (though the player may choose to use other weapons). The same occurs between Snakehead and Carl Johnson, on a freighter off San Fierro in 1992. In both cases, the player may pull out a gun and quickly kill the opponent. Mike uses the Katana to force Mafia members into slavery in the GTA Advance mission Down the River.


In GTA San Andreas, there is a glitch that will cause Carl Johnson to be able to run around without a head. To exploit this glitch, start a multiplayer game making sure player two has a Katana. When it starts have player two cut off player one's head with the Katana. This will cause the multiplayer session to end. Once it returns to one player mode, CJ won't have a head, and can stay like that for as long as the player desires.


GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories

See also