|For the myth in GTA IV, see Mothman's Hideout.|
|For the myth in GTA V, see Mothman (GTA V).|
The myth is based on real-life sightings of Mothman in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, in the 1960s. According to real-life legend, Mothman is a large creature with insect-like wings, red eyes, and a furry, owl-like body. Legend says that Mothman sightings are usually followed up by tragedies with many deaths, such as airplane crashes or bridge collapses.
The Mothman myth originated in 2004, shortly before the release of the final game.
The myth in the game is very similar to the myth in real life. Players who have seen Mothman claim that he is a human with large bird or insect-like wings, glowing red eyes, and soars high over the landscape. Because of the rarity of this myth, Mothman's behavior is largely unknown. It is also said that he can appear when a large number of pedestrians die, when a plane crashes, or before other accidents, just like in the real legend. Only a handful of pictures and in-game videos show Mothman, but unfortunately, many of them may be the result of mods or photo manipulation. The case also lacks in-game references, so Mothman's existence in the game is highly questionable.
At the western end of the Sherman Dam, close to the parking lot, there are two large winged statues that some players believe are statues of Mothman. However, this theory is false, because the Hoover Dam, the dam which the Sherman Dam is based on, has the same winged statues and memorial site. In a YouTube video by "GTA SA Myster Files,", when the player zoomed in on the face of the statue through a sniper rifle, a plane crashed nearby him. The YouTuber also alleged that there was a second crash when he zoomed at the statue again. Although that was not recorded in the video, he said his computer crashed in the second crash.
In Back O' Beyond, there is a rock texture that appears to be a large winged creature. Many fans have claimed that this rock texture represents Mothman.
It is believed that stormy weather increases the player's chances of encountering Mothman.