Los Santos Drug Wars DLC / Acid Lab Guide


Make War not Love

It would be best to stock up on ammo and armor before starting this mission, as it involves heavy combat.

This mission is slightly similar to First Dose 3, but this time, you need to destroy the lab equipment inside the tents at the Hippy Camp.

Acid Lab Guide

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The tents are marked on your mini-map. Go from the right side, clearing all the tents. There is a bar at the bottom-right corner of the screen that will fill up as you destroy the equipment inside the tents. Fill it completely to complete this part of the mission.

Acid Lab Guide

You will find at least two explosives inside the tents. Blow them up to destroy the lab equipment. Once destroyed, the white tent icon on your mini-map will disappear. This confirms that you've successfully destroyed the equipment inside the tent.

Acid Lab Guide

Acid Lab Guide

If you don't see any flammable containers inside the tents, use your own explosives like grenades or sticky bombs.

Acid Lab Guide

Once destroyed, you need to enter any of the hippy vans at the site. There are multiple vans.

Acid Lab Guide

When you enter, the location of the three delivery vans will be marked on your mini-map.

Acid Lab Guide

Drive to these delivery vans and destroy them. Note that you can also change your vehicle if you'd like. We only need to get into the hippy van to mark the delivery vans. Once marked, you can change your vehicle.

Acid Lab Guide

After destroying the delivery vans, you will be tasked to go to the infamous Altruist Camp to destroy three more delivery vans.

Get to the camp, and be careful, as it is also heavily guarded by the hippies. Eliminate the hippies, and destroy their vans.

Acid Lab Guide

There are three vans in total. One is to your right as soon as you enter through the main camp gate.

Acid Lab Guide

One is on an elevated platform further ahead by the water tank tower.

Acid Lab Guide

And the last one is deep into the camp, directly in front of the wide chimney sticking out of the building at the end.

Acid Lab Guide

Once you've destroyed the last delivery van, an attack chopper will spawn. Take it out.

Acid Lab Guide

Once the chopper is down, leave the camp to complete the mission. It is better to avoid leaving through the main gate. Simply use the mountainside to leave the area.

Acid Lab Guide

Off the Rails

Off the Rails is the final mission in the series before you can finally start your own Acid Lab business. This mission is quite combat-heavy, so it is best to stock up on armor and snacks before starting this mission.

First, make your way to Humane Labs. Once you get there, you have two options. Either go in loud or sneak your way in. Both are viable options. However, the stealthy approach, in this case, is faster.

Acid Lab Guide

When you get to the entrance of Humane Labs, ensure you've equipped a suppressed weapon. Also, avoid the enemy's cones of vision on the mini-map to stay undetected.

Acid Lab Guide

You will find a single security guard at the entrance. Take him out with a headshot.

Acid Lab Guide

Go a bit forward, and you will find a security camera at the corner of the building. Shoot it to destroy it. If you cannot pinpoint the camera's location, refer to your mini-map, as it shows the cone of vision.

Acid Lab Guide

Stay on the left side of the parking lot and continue moving forward until you reach the middle.

Acid Lab Guide

Look to your right, and you will see some stairs and a guard at the base of the stairs. Take him out with a headshot and go up the stairs.

Acid Lab Guide

Acid Lab Guide

When you're at the top, look to your left, and you will see a couple more guards. One will be patrolling the area while the other will be stationary. Wait for the patrolling guard to go a bit further ahead, and take out the stationary guard with a headshot.

Acid Lab Guide

Move up and take out the guard in the distance standing by the keypad.

Acid Lab Guide

Wait for the patrolling guard to start walking toward you. When you have a clear shot, eliminate him with a headshot. Eliminating this patrolling guard may alert the staff member standing on the left. Quickly, take him out with a headshot before he alerts the rest of the guards in the area.

Acid Lab Guide

Finally, a guard on the platform will be directly in front of you, walking back and forth. Wait for a clear shot, and eliminate him as well.

Acid Lab Guide

Continue moving forward, and before you approach the keypad, take out the security camera directly above it.

Acid Lab Guide

After taking out the keypad, you can interact with the keypad to hack it and enter the facility.

Acid Lab Guide

Upon entering the facility, try to walk slowly. Move up deeper into the facility, and first, take out the security camera to your left.

Acid Lab Guide

Acid Lab Guide

Then before moving forward to the loading bay, quickly take out both the guards in front of you with a headshot.

Acid Lab Guide

As you pass through the wide doorway, look to your left, and you will see another guard.

Acid Lab Guide

Walk to the right side, and look in the distance to find two more guards. Take them both out, and the loading bay will be clear.

Acid Lab Guide

You now need to find the inventory manifest and take a picture of it. The manifest can spawn on the wall in two possible spawn locations.

Manifest Location 1

On the wall to your right after going through the wide doorway.

Acid Lab Guide

Manifest Location 2

On the wall to your left next to the wooden crate and a stack of cardboard.

Acid Lab Guide

Once you've taken the picture, send it to Dax.

Acid Lab Guide

After that, you must search all the wooden crates and collect chemicals. You need to collect five chemicals. Some of the wooden crates might not contain the chemicals, so go through them all until you have all five chemicals.

Acid Lab Guide

Once collected, it's time to leave the area. Shoot the power box to open the shutters.

Acid Lab Guide

There will be a vehicle outside that you can take to the next location.

Acid Lab Guide

You must make your way to the train switching station before the train carrying the chemical reaches the station.

Exit Humane Labs, and keep driving until you see an opening to your left.

Acid Lab Guide

Go through the opening and onto the train tracks. Keep following the train tracks to reach the switching station.

Acid Lab Guide

Acid Lab Guide

Head inside the switching station, and pull the lever to change the tracks and cause the train to crash.

Acid Lab Guide

After a mini-cut scene, you need to get your hands on a cutting saw. You can easily get it from the worker's tool bag just ahead of you.

Acid Lab Guide

Drive a little further ahead, and a green bag appears on your mini-map. You will find two workers standing by the tool bag.

Acid Lab Guide

Eliminate the workers, and steal the cutting saw from the bag. This cutting saw is required to open the containers at the train crash site.

Acid Lab Guide

Once you have the saw, make your way to the train crash site and open up the containers. They are marked by a white circle on your mini-map.

Take your time to take out enemies while staying taking cover. You're not on a timer.

Acid Lab Guide

Although you don't need it, if you have a launcher, it will make your life much easier. You will constantly get attacked by enemy choppers and can use your launcher to take them out quickly.

Acid Lab Guide

It is still okay if you don't have a launcher. Just wait for the attack chopper to get closer and shoot the pilot to take it out instantly.

Get on the trailers and interact with the container to cut it open. If there is a chemical inside, it will have a green hovering arrow on top. Approach the chemical, and interact with it to collect it.

Acid Lab Guide

Acid Lab Guide

It is best to stay covered and use the containers to your advantage. It provides great cover against attacking enemy choppers. Clear out the enemies before you start opening the containers as you enter a small cutting animation that cannot be canceled.

Acid Lab Guide

You will die if you're in direct sight of the enemy during the cutting animation.

Acid Lab Guide

Once you've collected all the chemicals, go to the end of the crash, and steal the Brickade 6x6 truck.

Acid Lab Guide

Drive this truck back to The Freakshop to complete this mission successfully.

Acid Lab Guide

Acid Lab

Once you've completed the missions, go inside The Freakshop, and talk to Mutt to install the lab equipment and get access to the Acid Lab business.

Acid Lab Guide

You need to spend GTA$750,000 to install the equipment. And this is without the lab equipment upgrade, which is necessary to make this business an effective online money earner.

Acid Lab Guide

You can now customize your Brickade 6x6 and the delivery bike to make them stronger.

Acid Lab Guide

After installing, you can use either talk to Mutt to buy the supplies for GTA$60,000.

Acid Lab Guide

You can also call Mutt when you're out in Los Santos to get a sourcing mission or just ask him to re-supply for GTA$60,000.

Acid Lab Guide

If you're just starting out the Acid Lab business, it is best to source the supplies yourself as it won't be profitable otherwise. We recommend sourcing through purchase once you've got the lab equipment upgrade. To source yourself, enter the Brickade 6x6 and interact with the wooden shelf in the left corner. The Brickade must be parked outside The Freakshop to start the sourcing mission.

Acid Lab Guide

Once you have enough stock, you can interact with the shelf to the right (it is empty at the moment, but will have boxes filled with acid once Mutt produces stock).

Acid Lab Guide

We will get to the lab equipment upgrade in a bit. Let's first talk about the general working of the business. The general idea is exactly the same as any other business. You source the supplies, wait for the business to manufacture the product, and sell it for money.

However, in this business, there are some bonuses that can help you be more efficient. One of which is the daily production boost. There is a designated table with some testing equipment. You can interact with it per day to gain a production boost. It will double the production speed for half an hour and can only be done once daily.

Acid Lab Guide

You can do the sell missions in both public and invite sessions. As always, you get a high-demand bonus if you successfully sell your acid in a public lobby.

Lab Equipment Upgrade

Before we get into the payouts, it is essential you focus on getting the lab equipment upgrade first. This upgrade will skyrocket your profit as opposed to earning without the upgrade.

Unfortunately, getting the upgrade is a long and tedious process, but it must be done if you wish to enter the Acid Lab business. The upgrade is locked by default, and you must complete 10 Fooligan jobs to unlock it.

Acid Lab Guide

You can complete the Fooligan jobs by calling Dax. Once you complete a Fooligan job, you must wait for a 48-minute cooldown to end before requesting another one. This means that you can unlock the lab equipment upgrade after roughly 8-9 hours.

Once you've completed 10 Fooligan jobs, you can return to your Freakshop and purchase the equipment upgrade for GTA$250,000, but it is worth every penny. And you will see why in the payout section below.

Payout & Production

Let's understand the payout and production time of the new business and how much you can expect to earn with and without the lab equipment upgrade. As mentioned earlier, if you do not have a lab equipment upgrade, you won't be able to make a lot of profit.

So make sure you've completed 10 Fooligan jobs before shifting your complete focus to this business.

  • Full Stock Value
  • Without Equipment Upgrade With Equipment Upgrade
    $237,600 $335,200
  • Full Stock Production Time
  • Without Equipment Upgrade With Equipment Upgrade
    6 Hours 4 hours
  • Full Stock Production Time (+Boost)
  • Without Equipment Upgrade With Equipment Upgrade
    4 Hours and 30 Mins 3 Hours

  • Supply Cost
  • • Total Acid Lab capacity is 160
    • Purchasing a $60,000 full supply fills up 50 units only. The 50 units are valued at $74,250.
    • This means you need to spend $180,000 to fill up 150 units and $12,000 for the remaining 10 units.

    You can improve the above with the equipment upgrade. Here's the rundown.

    'Buy Supply' Option Cost for Full Stock

    Without Equipment Upgrade With Equipment Upgrade
    $192,000 $96,000

    Value of $60,000 supplies

    Without Equipment Upgrade With Equipment Upgrade
    $74,250 $209,500

    As you can see, the equipment upgrade gives a huge profit margin.

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Hassan Sajid

Hassan has been playing games ever since he was a kid. He started off with the PSX and PS2 and now games on a PC. Although he graduated with a degree in process operation & maintenance engineering from the National University Science & Technology (erstwhile known as Caledonian College of Engineering), his love for gaming never faded with his engineering study endeavors. Hassan's first Grand Theft Auto game was Vice City and ever since that he has been hooked on the GTA Series. Ultimately, GTA San Andreas is Hassan's favorite! Along with GTA games, he is a huge fan of the Call Of Duty series, as well as Assassins Creed and Red Dead Redemption 2. Find me on LinkedIn or follow my gaming on Steam.