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This page 6 of our 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!


Scuba Gear

In GTA V scuba gear is not an item that you can carry around, to get it you need to jump out of either the Zodiak Boat (Dinghy) or the Submarine. When you jump out of those things into water, your character will automatically be wearing scuba gear. Here's the locations of the...

Zodiak Boat (Dinghy)

  • Go to the west side of Elysian Island and there is a Dinghy at the Port of Los Santos.
  • Head to Miriam Turner Overpass and look next to the barge you see there.
  • The south-west side of the Post Op depository.

Scuba Gear Location


When you purchase the property "Sonar Collections Dock" there will be a submarine that spawns there at the dock for you to use.
After you finish The Merryweather Heist (Offshore Option) mission a submarine will begin spawning at Sandy Shores Airfield. Pick it up using a Cargobob air transport plane (press right on the digital pad) and then drop it in the ocean where you want to use it.

Sea and Street Races

The sea races in GTA V are known as the Speedophile races and in order to be eligible for them you need to have a Speedophile Seashark jet ski as your vehicle and to have also finished the mission "Hood Safari".

If you want to do street racing on the other hand, then you need to be playing as Franklin as your character and to have also completed one of the Strangers & Freaks missions - "Shift Work".

Sepia Mode for Photos

If you activate your character's special ability and then go to take a photo, you can choose to shoot with a sepia filter.


Thanks to inter_net_meme of Reddit

Show Body Armor

If you wear a normal t-shirt in the game together with body armor, the body armor will actually show through. Nice touch!

Skipping Missions

If you fail a mission several times in a row then an option to skip it will eventually be displayed.

Spaceship Parts Guide for Space Docker / Alien Car

Once you've successfully done the "Far Out" mission that you get from the Omega Stranger, who in turns becomes available once you've done the "Fame or Shame" mission you'll unlock the Space Docker car (also known as the Alien Car).

Alien Car

The Omega Stranger is located in East Sandy Shores and you need to collect all 50 spaceship parts for him. To make that a bit easier, check out the video below!

The Alien Car features two massive booster jets.

Slide Down Ladders

Hold A (Xbox 360) / X (PS3) / L Shift (PC) while you're coming down a ladder and you'll slide down it instead. This method is a lot quicker way of getting down and definitely helps on the bigger ladders!

Thanks AiraCobra

Special Ability Hints

Here's a couple of random special ability hints:

  • If you are falling from a decent height with Trevor and would otherwise die, try activating his special ability and you should be able to survive the fall!
  • Franklin's special ability (slow down time while driving) is perfect to use when you are doing drive-bys or need to shoot anything/anyone from your vehicle.
  • If you want to improve Michael's special ability (bullet time) then try yoga. It works!

Steal a Jet - Step-by-step Guide

This imgur gallery provides some very good step-by-step instructions on how to steal a jet fighter without using cheats or anything else.

It involves using the Atomic blimp, parachuting and then heisting the jet itself.

Steal Cars Silently

If you sneak (click left analog stick/l-ctrl) while stealing cars then you won't break any windows. In addition, if your sneak level is high enough, then sometimes the alarm won't go off (if it would have otherwise).

Stealing a Fighter Jet

  1. Use Franklin to break into the base and speed in using a very fast car (planes are likely to get shot down).
  2. Enter via the gate that runs off the main highway on the Western side of the map.
  3. Immediately before you bust through the gates use Franklin's special ability to slow down time as long as you can. This will stop your wanted level from increasing to 4 stars for as long as you have it activated and give you that little bit more time to get in and out!
  4. Grab a jet from one of the hangars and not one that's out in the open.
  5. Try and get one that has an open cockpit. This will greatly reduce the amount of time it takes you to get moving (these might be directly outside the hangars).

Stock Tires with Colored Rims

Note: this will only work with some vehicles...

If you want to keep the stock tires of your vehicle but change their color you can do it. Here's how. First buy the new wheels you want and then color them. No simply put the old stock tires back on your ride. They should remain colored!

Store Waypoint Information with Photos

If you want some remember the location of something in GTA V then simply take a photo of it.

The image gallery has a waypoint option that you can later activate to direct you back to where it was taken. Very handy!

Stuck on the Plot

If you're not sure how to advance in the game and have run out of mission try switching through the characters and call cell phone contacts.

Stunt Jumps Map

The high resolution map below shows you all the locations of the stunt jumps in GTA V. Perfect for printing out!

Stunt Jumps Map

Thanks HeII_Yeah

PS: If you want an overview of the same thing from within the game (including fly unders too) then go to the Junk Energy drink website and click the link called "Adrenaline Junkie" in the top right. The in-game URL is

Sultan RS Locations

The Sultan RS is one of the most popular and sought after cars in Grand Theft Auto V for good reason - it looks good and handles great. However it's not that easy to acquire one as you can't simply purchase them. Instead you'll need to find one (the initial car you need to find is actually the Karin Sultan) which you then upgrade into the Sultan RS.

The good news is that the car is possible to find in both story mode and GTA Online, just check out these videos: Single player | GTA Online (1, 2)

Super Speed Bicycle

In Vinewood Hills there will be a "Stranger/Freak" mission with a character named Mary-Ann. You will need to finish a bicycle race with her.

Once you've done that, follow her on your bike, make her crash (by crashing into her) and then steal her bike.

Then if you tap X while riding her bike you'll be able to hit sports car speeds!

Note that you cannot save this bicycle however, so enjoy the high speeds while you can!

Surano Benefactor Spawn Location

You'll need to find a Surano Benefactor when you're doing the Epsilon missions for Michael and luckily we have the image below to point you in the right direction. Given that the Surano Benefactor just happens to also be one of the fastest cars in the game can't hurt either right?

Surano Benefactor

Switch Cars to Avoid Cops

Some of you will know this, some won't, so anyway. If you are being chased by the police in GTA V and manage to get out of their sight and switch into another vehicle without them seeing, then you should be able to then re-cross/re-enter their "field of vision cones" and they won't recognize you! Just don't break any laws and your wanted level should decrease.


While chasing someone if you jump and press either B (Xbox 360) or Circle (PS3) you will attempt to tackle the person.

Switch Locked Targets with Buzzard

This is a handy hint for those of you who love flying the Buzzard helicopter. If you tap L1 and R1 on the PS3 (LB and RB on the Xbox 360) with missiles equipped then you'll switch between targets.

Tailgater Spawn Location

Head to the golf course parking lot and then just keep cycling through sessions of GTA Online until one spawns there. This is the best way to ensure you get one.

Toggle Flashlight

To toggle your flashlight on and off (the flashlight on your weapon) simply press right on the digital pad/ E on the keyboard.

Tow Trucks Towing Tow Trucks

Doing this won't appeal to everyone, but whatever... You can actually tow as many as three vehicles behind you (maybe more) by using a tow truck to tow a tow truck to tow a tow truck to tow a truck (try saying that quickly).

Tow Truck Towing

Have fun!

Thanks to InaBizzel

Truffade Adder (Bugatti Veyron) or Other Supercar

If you're looking for a sweet ride then head to the spot in Rockford Hills shown below. There is always either an exotic or super car that will spawn there. Most often it is the Truffade Adder (also known as the Bugatti Veyron in real life).

Rockford Hills Supercar

Tuned Cars Spawn Location

Head to the location shown on the map below and you'll find some tuned cars just waiting for you to steal!

Tuned Cars Spawn

Thanks lazyNeighbour


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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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