So, you’ve begun playing GTA V, the latest addition to Rockstar’s popular Grand Theft Auto series, and you’re wondering how weapons work. What types of weapons can you find? How many can you carry? What can you do to make combat a bit more interesting?

Well, good news—here are the answers you’re looking for.

First, let’s discuss the weapon types. There are eight different categories of weapons. You’ve got your melee weapons, such as baseball bats and crowbars. You’ve also got throwable weapons, such as grenades and Molotov cocktails. The remaining six categories are all types of firearms: Pistols, Machine Guns, Assault Rifles, Sniper Rifles, Shotguns, and Heavy Weapons. SMGs are classified with the Machine Guns. These distinctions between weapon types are important mainly because of your weapon wheel. If you want to use your new sniper rifle, you need to know its spot on the weapon wheel. You can have multiple weapons of the same type with you.

The stats of an individual weapon are also important, because that will determine how effective it is in combat. Each weapon has a stat for Damage, Fire Rate, Accuracy, and Range. You can also use attachments to change the nature of certain weapons. Most weapons are sold at Ammu-Nation or received through DLC, but you’ll often need to progress to a certain point to unlock them. The most powerful weapons aren’t going to be given to you at the start, after all.

Weapons are an integral part of gameplay, of course, but you need to be careful. Whenever you fire a shot, the sound of the shot will be audible across a certain radius. It could raise your Wanted level if a cop is within that radius. While the attachment called the Suppresser will decrease or eliminate the sound radius, it also reduces the weapon’s range and the amount of damage it can deal. Therefore, you need to decide how you’re going to play and take care.

Once you’ve played for a while and gotten use to the combat system, you can always use a few of the GTA 5 cheats that are available to liven things up a bit. You probably know how cheat codes work, but just in case: make sure you know the correct code, and use your controller’s buttons and the directional pad to enter the combination while playing your game. That’s all there is to it, and it opens up a whole new world of possibilities.

Ordinary fighting isn’t exciting enough for you? Cheat codes can give you flaming bullets. Explosive bullets! Explosive melee attacks! Spawn new weapons, fire in slow motion, and more. Add in a cheat code for unlimited ammo, and you can wreak havoc across the city. Just don’t try to get any achievements while you have a cheat activated, because it won’t work. You won’t be able to use your cheats to help with missions, either. But if you just want to have fun and see what kinds of crazy stuff you can do, cheat codes are your best friend.