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Manage notifications. Write For Us. Contact Us. GDPR Compliance. Writer Awards. The Hydra comes with three sets of weapons :. When in horizontal flying mode, the Hydra has the highest top speed in the game, around knots while under MSL, and approximately knots while higher than MSL. However, the Hydra is relatively heavy thus has slightly slower acceleration than the Lazer, and when performing a vertical climb, the Hydra will start to lose speed and eventually stall out, unlike the P Lazer which will continue to gain altitude.
When in VTOL mode, the Hydra is surprisingly less maneuverable than its previous rendition; the Hydra is easily controllable in this mode, but has difficulty pitching downwards to engage targets, and has trouble correcting its momentum. It has a tendency to continue moving in the direction it was traveling if switched into VTOL mode, and also takes a while to ascend and descend in the same mode.
It is difficult to slow down from flight mode into hover mode and the throttle must be constantly modulated, otherwise the engine will cut out if the Hydra is close to the ground. If slowed down to the point that the main engine shuts off, switching to VTOL mode and accelerating will not start the engine, preventing any thrust coming through the nozzles, and the plane will plummet to the ground. Also, when switching to flight mode, the Hydra may lose a small amount of altitude before it takes flight, therefore it is not suitable to change to Jet mode mid-air while very close to the ground or near buildings.
This problem is negated if the Hydra is flying forward while it transforms to flight mode. The pilot of a Hydra can also land and takeoff just like a normal plane if the controlling player wishes to do so. Its finicky performance in VTOL mode is realistic; VTOL aircraft is not like helicopters and, while able to, are not designed to operate in hover mode, only for takeoff and landings. Despite being a little heavier, the VTOL features make the Hydra a very deadly aircraft with its weaponry if players take the time to learn its unique quirks , which is partially balanced by not only its price, but also by the fact that the vehicle is not available outright to players in GTA Online.
However, as of the Cunning Stunts: Special Vehicle Circuit update enhanced version only , the Hydra can be purchased outright, albeit at an even greater price. The Hydra has very similar weapons to the P Lazer, but with a faster max airspeed, making it a very capable combat vehicle. In combat against players, the Hydra can easily evade homing missiles by flying a tight circle or by simply flying faster than the missiles can catch up to.
Despite these disadvantages in agility, the Hydra more than makes up for it in sheer firepower. Upon being converted into a personal aircraft, the Hydra can be repainted with just a primary color for the entirety of the vehicle, excluding the vectoring nozzles and the intakes.
The nose and wing armaments will only be slightly tinted. The digital camo livery will be also removed, causing it to have a more uniform color. GTA Wiki Explore. The Games. The Vehicles. Community Noticeboard About Staff Promotion. Media Trivia Talk page rules Blocking.
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