In the radio interview Cris Formage says “Try something, touch my Cane”, and he sounds very insisting. There are no other references to a cane in the game, or on the Epsilon website. Nevertheless, a cane is one of the weapons to be found within the game. One of the places you can find one, is behind the large Vinewood sign in Vinewood, Los Santos, close to Mad Dogs mansion.
There are at least 19 locations of a cane in San Andreas, so it’s not a rare weapon. Never seen one? It’s very thin, and therefore hard to discover at a distance, and some places you will have to jump to reach it. The 19 locations of the cane can be found on this map.
When you get hold of one of these canes, it places itself in the last slot in your weapon list. This is the slot for gifts, and the cane is replaced if you pick up other gifts (flowers or dildos). So the cane is a gift, not a melee weapon. You can actualy use any gift to beat up and kill people, and each gift has it’s own sounds when hitting something.
No other gifts has any special powers to them, so the cane doesn’t either. You can give other gifts to your girlfriends, but you cannot give the cane. I haven’t checked all the girlfriends, though, just the nurse.
I’ve tried it about a bit, hitting both objects, cars, buildings and people, but nothing special happens. It doesn’t kill quicklier than other melee wepaons either.
There is also something that seems to be a crow bar in one of the closed rooms within Area 69, but it’s not possible to get to it. It’s the only place in the game it has been spotted, and it seems just to be part of the interior, as it is only laying on a table, and not spinning like other pickable objects. It couldbe the cane Cris Formage is talking about, but actually it is looking just like a crowbar used in the game Half Life, so this likely to a reference or homage to this game.
But why are there so many canes? If there was only one, it would more likely be something special to it, but here we have canes all over the place, outnumbering all the other melee weapons:
2 Baseball bat
3 Pool cue
3 Golf club
3 Brass knuckle
7 Katana (sword)
9 Chain saw
There are only one nightstick, but that doesn’t make it special – there are no other hints that point to this weapon either. But the number of canes are very high, compared to all other melee weapons. Both the knife and the base ball bat are much more natural weapons for a thug like C.J., so why so many canes? Then again, why so many shovels and chain saws…