Mini-Guide: GTA Online Freemode Events Part I

Rockstar Games recently released the 1.29 patch for GTA Online. The patch contained more than just bug fixes (though there were a ton of those, too).

The massive Freemode Events DLC was also included and not only added a dozen new activities and other miscellaneous content to the game, but set GTA V up for the next wave of DLC by reworking the foundations of GTA Online. Freemode Events wiped away loading screens, lobbies and menus.


All in all, Freemode Events has added a massive amount of content to GTA Online and it might seem rather daunting at first. Getting the hang of more than a dozen entirely new missions isn’t easy, but Rockstar is here to make it a tad easier. The minds behind the new activities are giving you some tips on how to master them and turn the new events into your newest cash cows.

In fact, Rockstar plans on giving players a whole load of tips over time. There’s so many of them that they don’t all fit into one post. Instead Rockstar has said it will be releasing three articles which will each focus on a few of the new missions, teaching players the ins and outs of these GTA Online activities.


The first in the series focuses on the King of the Castle, Hot Property, Moving Target and the extremely popular Hunt the Beast events.

However, before you jump into any of the new events, make sure that you are fully prepared for the challenge. You’ll need to keep your arsenal fully stocked. So make sure you have plenty of heavy ordnance and enough ammo to kill your way to the top. Amidst all the weapons, however, do not forget to fill your pockets with snacks too. You’ll also need a wide variety of vehicles to dominate each of the unique events.

Rockstar also suggest teammates share their monetary resources and rewards. Well, good luck with that! In perhaps a more reasonable/achievable tip, you should always stay on target, heed the pop-up tips and tutorials, and set your targeting preferences to avoid pissing off a friend!

Moving in to specifics, here are some tips for Hunt the Beast. The mode sees one player turned into a semi-werewolf, who has to visit landmarks and survive the hunting team. As a hunter, you should try and keep your eyes on the prey as long as possible when you find him. You can do this by expanding your minimap in the display settings. Audio cues also indicate the proximity of the beast, and it is suggested to work as a team and have a chopper pilot serve as a spotter. Pedestrians will be scared of the beast, so fleeing civilians usually mean you’re on the right track. Should the beast jump behind the wheel, keep an eye out for a non-NPC driving style.


As for the beast, you should make sure you’ve lined up your landmarks with the most efficient route. Being part Werewolf, you are faster and stronger, so don’t be afraid to face you pursuers if needed. And taking out choppers is a good idea. Just remember to never get cornered!

Moving on to King of the Castle, the gamemode which has players occupy a fortified building. As long as you control the fort, you’ll continuously be rewarded with GTA$ and RP, but the other players will seek to de-throne you, so keep your gun close.


When assaulting the castle, you should focus on the King, as his score will only increase if his team mates are eliminated. If he’s out of your reach, you should go after the points leader. Make sure to utilize the cover at your disposal, or you’ll be shredded. Once you’ve claimed the crown, make sure to fill your Kingdom with proximity mines and don’t shy away from calling upon mercenaries.

Next up is Moving Target. This activity requires you to deliver a specific vehicle to a drop-off point – intact – as fast as possible. While it might seem simple enough, keep in mind that you’ll have plenty of people trying to prevent you from succeeding.

Once the vehicle has been designated you need to get to it as swiftly as possible, and it does not hurt to have a buddy tag along as support. They can either run interference, attack and fend off pursuers, or just entertain you along the way. If you know your way around the streets of Los Santos then don’t rely blindly on the GPS.


Last up in this guide is Hot Property, the job which has you hunt for the much coveted briefcase. This is a game of speed and knowledge of the terrain. If you’re holding the briefcase, you’re scoring points, but you’re also telegraphing your location to the enemy. However, having held the briefcase briefly (no pun intended) isn’t enough, as only the top three players will be getting any rewards once the event is over.

As everyone will know where you are as long as you hold the briefcase, opting for a quick vehicle is smart. You can also choose to buddy up with a friend to protect you, and then share the winnings afterwards.

Now that you’ve heard what the professionals have to say, let’s look at some community tips from players, to players.

If you start any of the distance challenges (drive backwards, fly low, etc) usually most people will only have one attempt and starting first will win it for you. Same goes with king of the castle and hot property: if you get there first, you can hold it longer than later in the challenge when more people are after the prize than a few first responders.

I played as the beast the other day. Surprisingly, driving like a normal NPC when other players were nearby worked surprisingly well

Do you guys have any tips for players new to GTA Online Freemode Events?

Aron Gerencser
Aron is responsible for the bulk of the news posts that you’ll find on GTA BOOM each and every day. He loves getting involved with the community and is an avid fan of all things Rockstar Games. When not covering GTA news, playing an RPG or anything sci-fi related, Aron spends his time working on his novel.


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