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Grand Theft Auto Online: Solo Missions Reference Guide

Updated on January 15, 2018
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GTA 5 and Online helped get me through a hard part of my life. When you spend THAT much time with a game you can't help but write about it.

You Know Like The Way GTA Use To Be

Apart from other activities an old staple of previous GTA games returns; Missions. Like the few that were in GTA IV the majority of them are centered around Co-operative gameplay. Some require at least two or more players but a lot of others can be completed on your own. Like Solo Survival it's a way to not only make money but also challenge yourself. After patch 1.16 the mission payouts are now time based which makes playing them solo monetarily sufficient, but don’t rule out co-op completely because you get a bonus for playing with others too.

In GTA Online Rockstar have patched and unpatched mission payments every few updates since it launched in October of 2013. Some missions are mundane while others are exciting, but until Patch 1.16 there was never a worth while balance. After multiple complaints about how some missions were too hard, how others were played over and over (see Rooftop Rumble) to death because of easy payouts, and after tons of money glitching Rockstar have finally made playing missions worth it.

Certain missions CANNOT be played Solo, because they require two or more players. Other missions you can attempt Solo but would be better off played with at least another player. I’ll make note of these missions. Every mission still has different payouts but the difficulty you play on still counts. All missions in this walkthrough were played on Hard. This will be a long series updated over time.

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Mission Title
Minimum Players Required
Lester
By Land, Sea, and Air
2 players
Gerald
Chumash and Grab
2 players
Misc
Close Action
4 Players
Ron
Daemon Run
2 players
Lester
Docks To Stock
2 players
Misc
Factory Closure
3 Players
Ron
Landing Gear
4 Players
Lester
Landing Strip
2 players
Lester
Last Chopper Outta LS
2 players
Trevor
Method In The Madness
2 players
Lester
Sinking Feeling
2 players
Lester
The Parking Garage
2 players
Simeon
GTA Today (High Life DLC)
2 players
Trevor
Chop Chop (San Andreas Flight School DLC)
2 players
Martin
Effin' Lazers (San Andreas Flight School DLC)
2 players

There's More Than This, But The Rest Are Listed Throughout The Series

What You'll Need To Know

Some of these Missions, mainly the low level ones, you can play at any Rank but all Missions open up at a particular Rank. This guide was written using a Rank 185+ character but I mention at the end of each Mission recommended Ranks on a case-by-case basis and why they are recommended. In this guide I will also list out the following at the beginning of each Mission.

Given by: <The character in the game that gives you the Mission. Lamar, Simeon, and Gerald give you lower level Missions, while Ron, Lester, and Martin give you tougher Missions but with better pay.

Rank unlocked: <You cannot get this Mission until you have achieved this Rank, you can be invited to any Mission regardless of your level but you should not bite off more than you can chew.

Possible Pay (after patch #.##): <I started writing this guide before Patch 1.16, but now that the Mission payouts have been fairly adjusted I will post here what I got for the strategy you will read. Just keep in mind that the pay is time based, so keyword here is “possible”. Results may vary.(Certain updates adjust pay for most missions. I will try to keep track of these fluctuations from update to update.

Weapon(s) recommended: <Once again if you are a particular Rank you probably won’t have the weapon(s) I recommend, you should be at least Rank 60 so that you have a Grenade Launcher, 120 would be even better so that you have everything, but unlike Solo Survival I have to judge each Mission as it comes. I'm going to be vague with the weapon selection unless the Mission is best played with certain ones. New updates come out with new weapons and everyone has a different preference so this will be mainly open to those options.

Personal Vehicle recommended: <In GTA Online you can buy and store up to 20 vehicles (as of September 16th 2014) you should have at least one of each vehicle type in your garage (for Races) in addition to whatever you fancy. Here is where I will point out the best Vehicle for the particular mission. Most missions will require speed but some will require a strong battering ram approach.

Best Place To Launch Mission: <Sometimes you get invited to a Mission and it starts half way across the map in somebody’s garage. That’s not kosher… There was a time when Rockstar had us start at the Mission’s most important point, and that is the case with some or when Replaying it from the vote screen, but when you’re playing a Solo Mission this spot is where you want to be when you launch it. (From update to update the spawning for Missions can change. For example in Caught Napping instead of spawning at the Ammunation in Morningwood/Rockford Hills, like I suggest, you will end up by Franklin's old house in Strawberry. Not all suggested Mission launch locations will be accurate).

Make Use of the User Interface:

Hold down the Back/Select button to bring up the User Interface (UI). With this menu you can consume Snacks, put on new sets of Body Armor (if you're not a VIP in Freemode after patch 1.33), Request Your Personal Vehicle (when away from it), and set a GPS Waypoint without pausing the game. You can also lose a Wanted Level star by putting on a Mask with the UI (more on that in a minute).

Snacks:

P’s and Q’s = 5% health recovery

Meteorite = 10% health recovery

Egochaser = 20-25% health recovery

E-Cola = 15% health recovery

Cigarette = 2.5 health damage

Pisswaasa = Drunkenness

The above are items in your Snacks menu. To access it in the UI go to Inventory>Snacks>then press A/X to consume it. Do this while in a vehicle, in cover, or aiming your weapon to quickly consume the selected Snack. Before you do, and if you're in good enough cover and have the time, rest to let your Health bar come back to 50% before eating any Snacks to get the full effectiveness out of them.

Body Armor:

Super Light Armor (Grey) = 20%

Light Armor (Woodland Camo = 40%

Standard Armor (Black) = 60%

Heavy Armor (Green) = 80%

Super Heavy Armor (Desert Camo) = 100%

By Rank 25 you will unlock the best Armor but won't be able to carry a full 10 in your Inventory until Rank 135. Like Snacks, Armor can be "consumed" to refill your Body Armor bar. It's a good idea to bring different varieties of Armor so that you can partially refill from any amount of damage. This will also save you money in the long-run. (NOTE: After Patch 1.33 if you are a VIP in Freemode you will unable to put on new sets of Armor while on a Mission. I'm not sure why, but if you want to make use of this feature you should Retire from your Organization before you launch a Mission.)

Quick GPS:

Only yellow objectives show you how to get there by highlighting the nearest route. With other objectives you have to set your own Waypoint, but you do not have to pause the game at the beginning of the Mission to do so. Go into the UI and immediately press Right on the D-pad (since Quick GPS is already highlighted). Then press A/X to instantly set a Waypoint on the objective.

Differences in Old Gen/New Gen Version:

The written parts are made using the Xbox 360 version but as time goes on I will be adding video walkthroughs made with Xbox One's Game DVR. You will notice some differences between the two. The missions themselves are not overhauled (like Rooftop Rumble, Coveted, etc.) but some have little differences that I might not cover in the written walkthrough. I'll make note of these as time goes on. They will look like this under (if it's the right Rank to Solo it) and if you should consider bringing another player with you.

What You'll Need

You should bring a full Inventory of Snacks and Armor with you. Snacks can be bought at any convenience store around the state, Armor can be bought at any Ammunation (worn Armor plus more in your Inventory). The Snacks especially are useful for when you get low of Health during a shootout. It’s also a good idea to have a Buzzard Attack Chopper, a fast car (Sports, Super, whatever your preference), a Sandking XL, and a Motorcycle. You should also have a mask, of any type.

If you're just getting started in GTA Online you will already have a Personal Vehicle of some kind, and at Rank 5 you can purchase a Garage to store more. The cheapest Garage (a 2-Car) is Unit 124 Popular St. for $25,000. Once you buy that, and have the money for it, you should get a Schyster Fusilade for $36,000 from the San Andreas Southern Autos Website. Even in Stock form the vehicle is very good with fast speed and decent handling. Once you have it upgraded with Armor, Turbo, Transmission, etc. it's even better. The Fusilade is more than capable of getting you somewhere fast at a low Rank.

Make Use of DLC Weapons Too

Losing The Cops

A lot of missions involve losing your Wanted Level. Usually two or three stars, sometimes four! One item that is very useful, provided you keep it on until you lose the police, is a mask. Any mask will do, whatever you select. To put on a mask hold the Back/Select button then go to Inventory>Accessories>Masks select the mask you want using left and right on the D-pad and then press A/X to put it on. Once you do you’ll lose one of your Wanted Stars but only if you’re out of view of the cops. If they spot you again after that you will not regain your original rating. Make sure you pick a good hiding spot, also be advised the mask trick will not work for one-star Wanted Levels.

Whether on the ground or in an aircraft keep changing your course to avoid the vision cones of the police. If they spot you while the Wanted Level is flashing you have to start the process all over again. It’s easier to lose them outside of a vehicle by taking cover in the back of a building or behind a wall, a few blocks away from where you gained the notoriety. Also back alleys and the Subway system is useful while in the Los Santos area, and the hills and train line while in the country. Also if you are Rank 21 or higher, and NOT playing a Lester mission, call him to use his “Remove Wanted Level” ability to get rid of it instantly. This however will cost you $200 per star but it’s worth it. In most cases you can get rid of your Wanted Level without it though.

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    Mark Sammut 

    2 years ago from Malta

    Great guide. Always fount the online GTA a bit overwhelming

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