In terms of exploration, GTA 5 is not a complicated game – you go around town, shooting things (and NPCs) up, causing explosions, stealing vehicles, and causing mayhem. That is, unless you want to play as a role model citizen (which we’re sure you don’t).

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Place it/throw it

Still, there are a few things that you should keep in mind here.

For one, the distance can make or break a sticky bomb explosion trigger. If the player is standing too close when you detonate the C4, your character will take damage or and up “Wasted.” On the other hand, if you are too far away from the placed explosive device, the remote won’t be able to activate the bomb.

You’ll also need to ready the bomb in your inventory. In other words, you’re going to have to navigate to the inventory wheel and make sure that an alternative weapon on the same slot isn’t selected.

How to Detonate Sticky Bombs in GTA 5 on PC

The principle for sticky bomb detonation remains the same across GTA’s various platforms, but C4 detonation requires different key combinations from platform to platform. Here’s how to select, place, and detonate sticky bombs in GTA 5 on your PC.

Open the inventory menu by pressing ‘’Tab’’
Use the mouse wheel scroll to find the C4 within the typeClose the weapons wheelYour character should be holding a sticky bomb
Once you’ve selected the location/direction in which you want to throw the bomb, left-click while still holding the right-clickTo detonate the sticky bomb (as long as you’re within range), press ‘’G’’ on your keyboard
Close the weapons wheelAim

Sticky bombs can be used strategically in both GTA 5 and GTA Online. For instance, you can create a C4 ambush when the police are chasing you by spreading out sticky bombs all across an intersection. Then, when the cops arrive and pile up, detonate the explosive devices and buy yourself some time for the escape.

Things can get even more creative in GTA Online. Mess around with other players, unexpectedly detonate sticky bombs that you’ve placed on their cars, place C4 on them and watch them run, fly a C4-packed plane into an enemy crew – it’s endless fun.


For instance, whereas a regular-sized car will either blow up (most likely) or be rendered permanently disabled after a direct hit from an RPG, the RC Bandito can take a hit and brush the dust off. The second hit will result in permanent damage, but only after a while. It’s the third hit that will destroy this tiny vehicle.

But the burning question here is not how many C4s it will take to fight the RC Bandito. Bullets are a better way to destroy it than sticky bombs. However, the RC Bandito can be used as a self-destructive drone. Just attach two C4s on both sides, drive it toward your enemy, and trigger the explosion. The great thing here is that your enemies probably won’t have enough time to destroy it before it reaches them.

Alternatively, RC Bandito can be fitted with proximity mines (customization). The Kinetic proximity mine option will send the nearby players, vehicles, and NPCs into the air. This doesn’t deal enough damage to hurt your enemies, but it can certainly cause confusion. The EMP proximity mine type will automatically disable a vehicle when the RC Bandito passes over it.

Unfortunately, although the RC Bandito was originally planned for GTA 5, it was cut out during the development. GTA Online players, however, can enjoy this brilliant RC vehicle.

Additional FAQs

1. What button do you use to detonate sticky bombs?

When placed, sticky bombs need to be detonated. The button used for detonation isn’t apparent in many GTA 5 control schemes found online. For PC devices, this button is G. For PS3/PS4/Xbox360/Xbox One devices, it’s Left on the D-Pad.

2. How do you unlock sticky bombs in GTA 5?

At the start of the GTA 5 main storyline, you don’t get access to sticky bombs immediately. Sticky bombs are unlocked only after you pass the mission “Friends Reunited,” when Trevor sets off for Los Santos. In GTA Online, sticky bombs are unlocked at Rank 19.

3. How to disable a sticky bomb in GTA 5?

Unfortunately, GTA 5 doesn’t offer an option for removing sticky bombs. If you’ve stuck one to a car that you don’t want destroyed, take it to a body shop and have it redone. This should remove the sticky bomb. However, there is a trick (more of a glitch) in GTA Online that will help you remove the C4 that you’ve planted. Stand near the sticky bomb (or any other planted explosive device). Go to the character select screen. Select a storyline character. Cancel the switch. The explosive should disappear.

Sticky Bombs in GTA 5

As you can see, sticky bombs are an incredibly useful addition to a player’s arsenal in GTA 5 and GTA Online. They can be used tactically, with the goal of maximizing the gaming fun or for creating a self-destructive remote weapon of devastation.

Have you managed to place and detonate your sticky bombs the way you intended to? We hope that we’ve helped you get behind the core concept of these useful explosive weapons. If you have any questions or additional tips regarding sticky bombs, feel free to hit the comments below and start a discussion.


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