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This page features general hints, tips and guides for Grand Theft Auto V single player (story mode). If you have any hints or tips of your own, feel free to send them in!


100% Completion Checklist

You may not know this, but there is a 100% completion checklist at the Rockstar Social Club that automatically shows you how far away from 100% you are, and also what outstanding missions/things you'll need to do in order to get there. To access it simply head to, go to your profile page and then find the "View Stats" - click it, and then look for the "Checklist" link.

On that page you'll see everything you need to do in the game, and if a mission/object/thing has a green line down the left side of it that means you need to complete it in order to get 100% in the game.

You can also check out our guide here to see what you need to do in order to get 100% completion of GTA V.

All Wheel Drive Vehicle List

Thanks to picodroid we have the following list of cars in GTA V that are all wheel drive. The first number next to each vehicle represents the percentage of the vehicle's power that goes to the front wheels, the second number is the power in the back wheels. Enjoy the list!

  • Adder 20 | 80
  • Airbus 50 | 50
  • Ambulance 50 | 50
  • Baller 60 | 40
  • Benson 50 | 50
  • Bison 20 | 80
  • BJ 60 | 40
  • Blazer 20 | 80
  • Bodhi 30 | 70
  • Bus 50 | 50
  • Cavalcade 60 | 40
  • Crusader 60 | 40
  • Dubsta 60 | 40
  • Elegy 30 | 70
  • Entity 20 | 80
  • FBI2 60 | 40
  • Flatbed 50 | 50
  • FQ2 40 | 60 | 40
  • Granger 60 | 40
  • Gresley 60 | 40
  • Habanero 40 | 60 | 40
  • Infernus 20 | 80
  • Landstalker 40 | 60 | 40
  • Mesa 10 | 90
  • Minivan 60 | 40
  • 9F 30 | 70
  • 9F (alt) 20 | 80
  • Patriot 40 | 60 | 40
  • Picador 40 | 60 | 40
  • Police Old 30 | 70
  • Pranger 60 | 40
  • Radius 60 | 40
  • Rancher XL 30 | 70
  • Rebel 30 | 70
  • Rhapsody 40 | 60 | 40
  • Rocoto 40 | 60 | 40
  • Sadler 20 | 80
  • Seminole 20 | 80
  • Serrano 60 | 40
  • Stratum 40 | 60 | 40
  • Sultan 40 | 60 | 40
  • Winky 50 | 50

Aim Very Steeply

If for some reason you want/need to aim on a very steep angle then try walking backwards. When you are walking front-ways-forwards the angle is limited. Simply turn around 180 and walk backwards and you should have a much greater angle to work with.

Ammu-Nation Store Owner Assistance

When you have some Police on you and are near an Ammu-Nation Store, head inside and the shop owner *might* pull out a Carbine and take out some of the cops for you!

Armored Trucks Robbery with No Wanted Level

Armored Trucks show up on your mini-map as a blue dot and you should also know that you can rob them. Doing so will usually result in getting a Wanted Level, but follow this guide and you'll be able to rob any parked (yes it must be parked) Armored Truck without getting a Wanted Level.

Get a motorbike and drive towards the truck, then bump the guard who is carrying the case with your bike. You shouldn't try and full-on ram him, it should just be enough of a knock so that the guard stumbles and drops the case.

When he does, jump off the bike and grab the case yourself. This will cause the guards to tell you to drop it before they shoot you. Instead, get back on your bike and ride off into the sunset - with no Wanted Level!

Atomic Blimp Code Fix for PS3

If you pre-ordered GTA V on PS3 and were meant to have received a code to access the Atomic Blimp in-game, but are finding you get the message "Invalid Code or Code Already Being Used" when trying to activate it, read on.

You simply need to login and redeem your code via the official Sony Entertainment Network website. Make sure you are logged into your PSN account first, and then simply head here and redeem the code.

Once you've successfully redeemed it, go to the Playstation Store, search for the Atomic Blimp DLC and download and install it.

Avoid Wanted Level at Airport

To avoid getting a wanted level every time you enter the airport purchase a plane hangar.

Benefits of Franklin’s Special Driving Ability

When driving as Franklin, if you activate his special ability (slow motion driving) and hit the brakes then it's possible to come to a complete stop. This great for avoiding slamming into that brick wall at 100mph and also head-on collisions with other cars.

Also if you don't want to get air when going over a jump you can do the same thing - activate Franklin's ability.

Better Reticle

The reticle in GTA V can be a little small and hard to see sometimes, follow this quick guide though and you can improve it.

First off, the reticle is always smack-bang in the middle of the your screen, so what you need to do is hold the aim button and then take a marker/piece of cellotape/post-it and mark where the reticle is on your screen.

Fashion the marker into whatever you want/however you want it to look and there you go - a bigger, better reticle!

Just make sure you can remove it if necessary.

Big BMX Bunny Hops

While riding a BMX you should hold the left thumbstick up and then press (or hold and press) the relevant button for your system to do a bunny hop. Once you build up enough speed you can start tapping the ride button in order to increase the distance - you'll be able to work out the timing required!

Blind Firing Tip

While you are in cover, press the left analog stick upwards and the target reticule will appear. Alternatively if you're at the "edge" of some cover, press left or right as appropriate.

This will let you see where your first shot lands! Beware though, it will also cause your character's head to pop out of cover a little bit, so you might get hit.

Blow Up Cars Easily

Wanna know the spot you need to shoot to cause cars to blow up?

It's the gas tank of course, which is generally placed just in front of the rear wheels on the left hand side of the vehicle.

Shoot where indicated in the image below and you should be blowing up cars left, right and center!

Blow Up Cars Easily

BMX Color Picker

If you want to choose the color of your new BMX then you need to purchase it during the same browser session as you purchase a car. The BMX color will be the same as the color of the car you choose.

BMX Ramp/Skatepark/Bowl Map

Now that we've got the BMX spawn cheat (see below) you should definitely check out some of the skate parks, ramps and quarterpipes in Los Santos.

Bmx Ramp Map

Luckily thepoka from Reddit make this handy map. Enjoy!

Bulldozer Spawn Location

If you're looking for bulldozers in the city then head to the location indicated on the map below and you should find there's usually about four bulldozers there waiting for you to take joyriding!

Bull Dozer Spawn

Canis Mesa - How to Get it

They Canis Mesa is a very cool off-road vehicle that is impossible to purchase in GTA V. In fact you're not meant to acquire it, but there is a way...

As part of the mission "The Wrap Up" you'll be given access to a Canis Mesa in order to escape a shoot-out.

However don't drive it on the road. Take the left that you see down a hill to another road. There will be a chopper chasing you but you should be able to outrun it.

Where you are heading for is Michael's garage (the 4 vehicle one). Park the Canis Mesa in the garage and then grab any other vehicle in order to complete The Wrap Up.

Once you've got the Canis Mesa saved, you can modify it until your heart's content!

Thanks Jolcon

Character Relationship Map

If you want to know all the different ways the characters in GTA V are intertwined then check out this very cool character relationship map.

Character Relations

Thanks johnleeislegend

Characters Drive Themselves

Here's a neat tip. If you want to get a character all the way over the other size of Los Santos (Trevor, for example) then while playing as Trevor set a new waypoint on the map and then switch to another character. Then while you're playing as that new character, Trevor will drive over to the waypoint you marked!

Cheaper Vehicles

You can pay less for your vehicles by purchasing them over the in-game internet and incorporating this special trick...

  1. Open your phone and go to the internet.
  2. Click on "Travel and Transport".
  3. Pick the website you want (for example: Legendary Motorsport). You will notice that vehicles like the Z-Type and Adder are very expensive...
  4. Back all the way out to the home page.
  5. Go back to "Travel and Transport" and back to the site you were on just before to see the different prices! For example, the Z-Type for $3,000,000 and the Adder for $410,000, and so on.
  6. Some vehicles go up in price doing this so just pick the page with the lowest price.

Thanks ShadowPaws

Children of the Mountain Missions

At some stage during the game you'll need a password to access to the in-game website "". You'll know when because Franklin will receive a mysterious "My Divine Within" text. It's all part of the Children of the Mountain mission-line.

The password to the website is: futility

Also, later on as part of this mission-line you'll need to answer a word puzzle. The answers are as follows: Divine, Completeness, Orthodoxy, Process, Realization.

Clean Cars Using Fire Truck Watter Cannon

This is a pretty cool feature/piece of detail included by Rockstar in GTAV. Simply grab a fire truck and then aim the water cannon at a dirty car. Next thing you know that car will be showroom clean!

Climbing Ladders

This is a helpful hint if like me you hate having to line up properly with ladders in order to climb them (in other games). Because in GTA V you can climb ladders from any angle - even the other side of it!

Combat Moves

There's a couple of moves you can do in the middle of combat in GTA V. If you want to run and shoot at the same time (run and gun) then press RT (Xbox 360) / R2 (PS3) only slightly in and shoot. It should work. To do a combay roll press RT (Xbox 360) / R2 (PS3) and then X (Xbox 360) / Square (PS3). Finally, if you want to do a dive then jump and press B (Xbox 360) / Circle (PS3).

Convertibles - Raise and Lower Roof

You can raise or lower the top of convertible cars by holding right on the digital pad (pressing will just change the headlights). On PC, you can do this by holding down the H key.

Destroy Choppers in Wind Farm

There is a wind farm in Blaine County that can be used to take out police choppers in a very entertaining/satisfying manner! Get creative!

Cost/Benefit Analysis of Purchasable Properties/Businesses

rtchow0 of Reddit made the very helpful spreadsheet embedded below. It shows you exactly how long it will take to recoup your investment in a property/business. As you can see, "Smoke on the Water" offers the quickest repayment of you initial investment (22 weeks) versus the Golf Club at the other end of the scale (576 weeks!).

Property Analysis

Just note that the "McKenzie Field Hangar" needs to be purchased with Trevor, not Franklin. Also, Los Santos Customs is worth much more to you than the chart was suggest, as it means free upgrades for Franklin (and potentially all the other characters too).

Dial Phone Numbers

Go into your phone contacts and press either Square on the Playstation 3 or X on the Xbox 360 and you'll bring up a number pad to type in numbers and dial them. On PC, use the Up arrow key.

If you ring the number from the GTA IV mission "Lure" (545-555-0122), you get some guy telling you to stop prank calling him!

Thanks andyot2011

Disable Car Alarms

You seem to be able to disable car alarms most of the time by simply hitting start and loading up the pause menu. Sometimes honking the horn will also work!

Great for when you don't want to attract the attention of nearby police...

Thanks cutfloss and gazzilla8000

Dodging Air Missiles

The best way to dodge air missiles is to actually fly towards them and then fly underneath them at the last minute. Missiles can turn upwards, left and right very quickly, but are not so good changing direction downwards.


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  1. I didn't realize that you could actually aim for a gas tank on all vehicles and it makes it so easy to blown them up. How have I been playing this game for 6 years and am only just now realizing this? LOL Great list of GTA 5 tips!

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