Survival Mode Guide

Survival Mode is a great way to build up money and RP in GTA Online. You’ll earn RP for your kills and $20,000 if you complete it. Even if you don’t, you’ll earn $18,000 if you last until the 10th round.


While playing solo, you can build up all of the ammo you need by collecting it in the first few rounds when only one opponent is left. Use your machine gun or submachine gun at the start, and switch to the AP pistol later on. Use your RPG and Grenade Launcher to fight vehicles. Use a minigun, machine gun, or heavy sniper rifle against the helicopters, and aim just ahead of where they’re flying. If accuracy is a problem, you can destroy the helicopters by dealing enough damage to them. Sticky bombs can be useful if you want to camp. Save your grenades for when you need them the most. You can conserve ammo by trying to get headshots, which are instant kills.

Make sure you buy food in order to restore your health. If you have money to spare, you can also spent $5,000 to call Merryweather for support.


Begin by playing either Processed solo or Boneyard co-op to build up ammo and practice. Processed is a great place to start because the helicopters appear less frequently than on other maps. Once you can get to the 9th round on Processed, you can get the minigun, which will help you on other maps. You can use the minigun in co-op matches to play a support role.

No matter what map you want to play on, make sure you understand its layout. If you explore it and become familiar with the landscape, you’ll be that much better off.

Use the following tips to help you with specific Survival maps:


While playing co-op, your team can effectively camp in a shed together. The easiest shed to use is the lower one on the left of the road.


Start out near the spawn point in the northwest section of the map. There are good spots to camp for both solo and co-op players. If you’re alone, stay to the right and throw sticky bombs left.

Sandy Survival

If you like faster-paced gameplay, Sandy Survival is a good map for fighting while in motion.
If you’d prefer to camp, stay near the starting area. Use either the red building or the garage for cover. The garage is an especially useful spot if you’re playing co-op and want to help from a support role.

Industrial Plant

Play this map if you want a challenge, especially if you fight from the industrial plant’s rooftop.
Try camping in the southeast area, using the crates by the body armor as cover. From there, you should be able to take out most enemies and the helicopters.


Sawmill Plant

For the majority of Sawmill Plant, there aren’t good spots to camp. Just practice with this map until you learn how to play it well. Cooperation among teammates is particularly important here.
You can camp when the helicopters appear by entering the sawmill itself. This is ineffectual against other enemies, because they often will just wait instead of coming to you.


In this map, try staying in the southern area and killing enemies as they approach. If you have the minigun, you can hide behind the containers and attack.

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