Grand Theft Auto Online Hints & Tips

If you specifically want help making money, check out this guide for all our tips, or this one for our top 3 best ways to make as much money as possible in GTA Online.

This is page 5 of our hints and tips for Grand Theft Auto Online. If you have any hints or tips of your own, feel free to send them in!


Mission Unlock Levels/Ranks

Lamar Davis Missions

Mission Unlock Level / Rank Max RP Max $GTA
Mall Or Nothing - 1,300 -
Hold Up - - -
Ballas to the Wall 5 1,200 $18,300
Community Outreach 5 - -
Slow and Low 5 - -
It's a G Thing 5 - -
Funeral Party 5 - -
Lowrider Envy 5 - -
Point and Shoot 5 - -
Desperate Times Call For... 5 - -
Peace Offerings 5 - -
San Andreas Seoul 16 1,200 $18,960
Ticket to Elysium 18 1,810 $19,080
Going Down the GOH 20 1,340 $19,200
Caught Napping 20 1,450 $19,200
Lost MC RIP 25 1,565 $19,500
No Smoking 30 1,690 $19,800

Gerald Missions

Mission Unlock Level / Rank Max RP Max $GTA
Learning The Ropes Alone - 1,300 -
Learning The Ropes - 1,550 -
Pier Pressure 6 1,000 $18,360
Death Metal 6 1,320 $18,360
Deal Breaker 6 1,340 $18,360
Flood in the LS River 6 1,400 $18,360
Meth'd Up 7 1,100 $18,420
No Hay Bronca 8 1,320 $18,480
Hit 'Em Up 10 2,180 $18,840
Gassed Up 12 1,310 $18,720
Violent Duct 15 1,180 $18,900
Hard Labor 19 2,250 $19,140
War and Pieces 30 2,160 $19,800
Chumash and Grab 35 1,900 $20,100
Dish the Dirt 45 2,510 $20,700

Simeon Missions

Mission Unlock Level / Rank Max RP Max $GTA
Repo - Blow Up IV 1 4,810 $23,100
Repo - Burn Rate 1 4,810 $23,100
Repo - Do You Even Lift? 1 4,810 $23,100
Repo - GTA Today II 1 4,810 $23,100
Repo - RV Nearly There? 1 4,810 $23,100
Repo - Sasquashed 1 4,810 $23,100
Repo - Simeonomics 1 4,810 $23,100
Repo - Under the Hammer 1 4,810 $23,100
Where Credit's Due 5 1,050 $18,300
Rockford Roll 5 1,060 $18,300
Rich Men in Richman 5 1,100 $18,300
Chasers 5 1250 $18300
It Takes a Thief 5 1,520 $18,300
Gentry Does It 10 1,100 $18,600
All in the Game 10 1,120 $18,600
El Burro Heists 10 1,170 $18,600
Blow Up 12 1,750 $18,720
GTA Today 12 1,800 $18,720
Chasers II 16 1,060 $18,960
Blow Up II 20 1,260 $19,200
Blow Up III 31 1,280 $19,860

Ron Jakowski Missions

Mission Unlock Level / Rank Max RP Max $GTA
TP Industries 13 - -
Romance Isn't Dead 13 1,150 $18,780
Fueling the Flames 20 1,270 $19,200
Turbine Carbine 25 1,560 $19,500
Daemon Run 25 1,690 $19,500
Base Invaders 27 1,460 $19,620
Crank Up the Volume 30 1,200 $19,800
Landing Gear 55 2,800 $21,300
Wet Workers 55 3,650 $21,300

Trevor Philips Missions

Mission Unlock Level / Rank Max RP Max $GTA
TP Industries 13 - -
Lost My Mind 20 1,650 $19,200
Crystal Clear Out 28 1,820 $19,680
Chop Chop 43 3,915 $1,5850
Out of Harmony 50 2,650 $21,000
Satellite Communications 60 4,900 $21,600
Method in the Madness 65 4,670 $21,900
Chopper Tail 70 3,450 $2,2200
Diamonds are for Trevor 70 3,490 $22,200

Lester Missions

Mission Unlock Level / Rank Max RP Max $GTA
Denial of Service 14 1,800 $18,840
Master Data 16 1,800 $18,960
Cops Capacity 19 2,160 $19,140
Crime Scenester 20 1,950 $19,200
Landing Strip 22 1,375 $19,320
A Titan of a Job 24 1,200 $19,440
Last Chopper Outta LS 25 1,385 $19,500
High Priority Case 25 1,650 $19,500
Quarry Quarry 30 1,920 $19,800
By Land, Sea and Air 30 1,930 $19,800
Teaser Trailer 40 2,510 $20,400
Four Trailers 45 4,120 $20,700
Bust Out 55 1,815 $21,300
Sinking Feeling 55 3,000 $21,300
The Parking Garage 55 3,725 $21,300
Hack and Dash 60 1,520 $21,600
American Exports 65 3,150 $21,900
On Maneuvers 65 2,550 $21,900
Docks to Stock 70 3,300 $22,200
Stocks and Scares 70 4,050 $22,200

Martin Madrazo Missions

Mission Unlock Level / Rank Max RP Max $GTA
Dispatch I 1 - -
Dispatch II 1 - -
Dispatch III 1 - -
Dispatch IV 1 - -
Dispatch V 1 - -
Dispatch VI 1 - -
On the List 18 2,180 $19,080
Artificial Scarcity 19 2,310 $19,140
Handle with Care 20 1,950 $19,200
Time To Get Away 20 1,700 $19,200
Out of Court Settlement 22 1,160 $19,320
Death From Above 23 1,500 $19,440
Check Out Time 35 1,110 $20,100
Water the Vineyard 40 1,370 $20,400
Grab Your Ballas 40 2,530 $20,400
Stick Up the Stickup Crew 40 3,750 $20,400
The Los Santos Connection 40 3,900 $20,400
Effin' Lazers 44 - $20,640
Editor and Thief 45 1,130 $20,700
Mixed Up With Coke 45 2,575 $20,700
Dry Docking 45 2,750 $20,700
Cleaning the Cat House 45 4,090 $20,700
Extradition 50 2,350 $21,000
Holed Up - Burton 50 2,720 $21,000
Show Me the Monet 55 2,070 $21,300
Judging the Jury 65 3,560 $21,900
Defender 70 3,600 $22,200
Rooftop Rumble 75 3,500 $22,500
Trash Talk 81 3,880 $22,860

Diamond Casino & Resort Missions

Mission Unlock Level / Rank Max RP Max $GTA
Casino - Loose Cheng 1 - $17,800
Casino - House Keeping 1 - -
Casino - Strong Arm Tactics 1 - -
Casino - Play to Win 1 - -
Casino - Bad Beat 1 - -
Casino - Cashing Out 1 - -

Freemode Co-Op Missions

Mission Unlock Level / Rank Times Available Max RP Max $GTA
Crystal Clear Out II 16 3:00 PM - 11:00 PM - $18,960
Factory Closure 18 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM 750 $19,080
Dirt Road 19 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM 900 $19,140
Truck Together 23 - 750 $19,440
Coasting 25 12:00 AM - 8:00 AM 1,075 $19,500
Potshot 25 4:00 AM - 12:00 PM 1,250 $19,500
Close Action 35 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM 1,625 $20,100
Coveted 36 12:00 AM - 8:00 AM 1,750 $20,160
Crystal Clear Out III 40 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM 1,800 $20,400

Molotov Cocktails

Molotov Cocktails cannot be purchased from any of the Ammu-nation Stores in Grand Theft Auto V, but they are in both GTA Online and the story mode part of the game.

In GTA Online you can get them by either purchasing a supply box from Merryweather. You'll get three cocktails in the box.

In GTA V single player you can find Molotov Cocktails in at least two places. The first is shown in the location below.

Molotov Location

The second spot is under the bridge on the northwest side.

Molotov Location

Alternatively, you can also check out the video below to view all of the Molotov Cocktail locations that way:

Most Popular High-end Apartments

Thanks to jfjjfjff of Reddit we have the survey responses below which indicate what high-end apartments are the most popular to purchase in the game. This means if you are about to purchase a high-end apartment you should have a good idea of which is actually the best one.

The most popular is Eclipse Towers, Apartment #31, followed by 3 Alta St, Apartment #57 and Del Perro Heights, Apartment #20.

Apartment Survey

Must Have Vehicle: Police Riot/SWAT Van

You should use this store any vehicle in your garage glitch to get the Police Riot/SWAT Van. Why? Because it kicks butt. Just look at these perks:

  • It can take up to nine sticky bombs to the chassis, two to the engine and five underneath before it will blow.
  • It has bullet-proof windows that you can still shoot out of.
  • It fits up to eight people (half an entire server).
  • It's free to insure.
  • Your crew members can easily hang off the side of it.
  • It can destroy other vehicles if you ram them correctly.

No Insurance Excess for Blowing Up Bounty’s Vehicle

When you blow up the personal vehicle of someone who has a bounty on their head you will not get charged for their insurance excess. You will still get a bad sport warning though!

NPC Placed Bounties

If you steal a car from a NPC note that they can and will sometimes put a bounty on your head too. It's not just other human players that can do it!

Passenger Set GPS

If you have another player in your car as the passenger and they set a point on their GPS it will automatically be shown on your GPS map too.

Passive Mode

Passive mode is entered by going to the pause menu, then Online --> Options --> Passive Mode. While you can't be killed by getting shot by another person on foot, meleed, or robbed during passive mode, you can get run over by someone else with a car and also shot by someone from a car. So be careful where you choose to activate it. Also, you can not deal damage to others in these same ways.

Personal Vehicle

If you want to change your "personal vehicle" you need to acquire/steal the one you want (not a premium one though) and take it to Los Santos Customs. Then go to "Loss/Theft Prevention" and buy the tracker for $2K. This will make it your default vehicle.

Personal Vehicle Recovery

One of the benefits of having a personal vehicle is that you can get it back really quickly.

If you're in free roam and it's a long way away then go to your phone and accept a job (or so a quick one) and your vehicle will be transported to you. You don't even need to finish (or even start the job) and can just cancel it. X on the Xbox 360 or Square on the PS3 is how you cancel jobs from the job selection screen on the cell phone.

Popular Vehicle Color Combinations

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If you're looking for some ideas as to how to respray your vehicles then look no further than the imgur gallery linked below as well as the color combos that follow!

  • Gasoline Green + Yellow
  • Schafter Purple + Lime Green
  • Sea Green + Hot Pink
  • Lava Red + Lime Green
  • Red + Ice White
  • Black + Race Yellow
  • Shadow Silver + Orange
  • Anthracite Black + Ice White
  • Galaxy Blue + Hot Pink
  • Stone Grey + Lava Red
  • Carbon Black + Salmon Pink
  • Schaffter Purple + Salmon Pink
  • Feltzer Brown + Race Yellow
  • Sunset Red + Bright Orange
  • Surf Blue + Dew Yellow

Property Location, Type, Price and Garage Size Guide

Once you've built up a bit of cash in GTA Online (LINK TO HINTS) you'll probably want to spend it on property. Luckily we have a nice spreadsheet embedded below (click for the full sized version) that will show you all the property you can purchase in GTA Online along with the type, location, region, price and garage size of each. Very handy!

Property Locations Prices Garages

Thanks pvt13krebs

Quick Action Button - Full Usage

When you have assigned an action like eating a snack to the quick action button (which can be activated by pressing in both sticks (ie L3 and R3/Caps Lock) then make sure you are fully pressing and holding the two sticks in so that your character completely consumes the snack/bottle/whatever she or he is eating or drinking. This will ensure you get the full benefit of its effects.

Quick GPS

If there are some blue moving objects on your minimap that aren't being auto-tracked by the GPS, you can switch to Quick GPS and they'll appear.

Quick Menu

The Quick Menu in GTA Online is very important. Access it by holding "Select" or "Back". It is where you can change clothes and accessories, start a race, change your vehicle settings (like deciding who can enter and who can't) and also enter passive mode.

Quick Replay Vote

If you press RT (Xbox 360) or R2 (PS3) or Page Up (PC) after everyone has liked (or not) the previously played mission you can vote to replay it. This works even if the option to replay the mission is not displayed on the screen.

Racing Hint

You'll need to have access to multi-car garages in order to do this, but it's really useful.

What you need to do is try to obtain and then mod at least one type of each vehicle that there is.

This way whenever you go to race with others, you can have a custom modded car no matter the vehicle class chosen.

Radio Stations on Spotify

Reddit user no1dead was kidn enough to create Spotify playlists for all the radio stations in GTAV! Simply click the link below to be taken to the relevant playlist in your Spotify app.

Rappel Down from Helicopter

If you stop the pilot of a Merryweather Helicopter (you need to be level 10 to unlock the chopper pickup) at a low altitude then a prompt should show up. You can dictate where it stop by setting a waypoint while you're in the chopper.

Then hold X on the Xbox 360 (Square on the PS3/Space on PC) and you'll be able to rappel from the copter.

Rat Loader Spawn Location

The Rat Loader might look cool, but it's an absolute dog to try and drive. Anyway, it's still good for cruising around in and if you want to find it in GTA Online then check this video for the spawn location.

Rearrange the Vehicles in Your Garage

Follow these steps to rearrange the vehicles in your garage without losing them!

  1. Go to the end of your garage to the blue marker.
  2. Select the Rearrange option.
  3. Rearrange vehicles as you see fit.

Recent Activity List

Head to the in-game menu and from there select "Info" where you'll be able to track all your recent activity, including who you've played with. This can be an excellent way to recall who shot/robbed/punked you in-game. Use it to track them down and exact your revenge!

Remove Wanted Level

To get rid of your Wanted Level simply drive into an auto-shop!!

Replacing Vehicles with Modded Ones

If you're going to replace a vehicle in your garage then make sure you carry out the replacement first and only after it's been saved in your garage take it out and mod it. Otherwise if you mod it first and then use it to replace the old car you can lose the mods!

Replaying Missions

There are three ways to replay missions:

You can either select to replay it from the mission selection screen after a mission ends.

If you've already gone back into free roam you need to call Gerald and ask him for a job. Do the job he gives you and then choose your mission on the selection screen.

Ask/wait for another player to give you an invite to do the mission.

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