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The Thunderbird
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Weapon in Just Cause 3
Type EMP projector/FOW
Usage Two handed
Maximum ammunition carried 11 (21 with Gear mod "2x Special Weapon Ammo")
Maximum ammunition in the weapon 1
To unlock Complete mission Tangled Up In Blue
List of owners The Rebellion (through rebel drop)
Rico Rodriguez (if he wants one)

The Thunderbird is a weapon in Just Cause 3.


The Rebel drop description states: "A staggering advance in technology, this portable point-and-shoot EMP gun FOW disables vehicles and Bavarium shields across a large distance."


It is a FOW rifle that projects an EMP blast that can destroy any vehicle it is aimed at, including Trains. Due to being an FOW weapon, it is among the most powerful in the game and is the defense mechanism of choice for the Medici Military for defending the Corda Dracon: Centcom base, where it is incorporated into stationary cannons.

It is not recommended to stand on the vehicle you are planning on destroying, as this would kill Rico.

The way it reloads is unusual. Rico doesn't have to do anything to reload the weapon. It simply seems to "recharge" after a few seconds, reloading itself. Some DLC weapon shares this self-recharging.

While its rebel drop description claims that it "disables vehicles and Bavarium shields across large distances", it actually has a very short range (limited to a single train carriage before the shot dissipates) and has a slightly smaller area of effect than a shotgun blast. It also permanently disables Bavarium shields, so it's not advised to use it against any shielded vehicle (Imperator Bavarium Tank or Urga Mstitel) that you're planning on Hijacking.

This weapon is advised for the last storyline mission: Son of Medici, where it can be used to greatly weaken Di Ravello's helicopter by neutralizing its shield.



  • The way the weapon is named is unusual. The weapon is literally named "The Thunderbird" instead of simply "Thunderbird".
  • The name is a reference to the 1960s television series "Thunderbirds", which was set in the future and featured wondrous large vehicles.
  • This weapon has the longest reload time of any weapon.