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GTA Online Tips and Tricks for New Players

GTA Online is a much bigger experience than simply the multiplayer component of Grand Theft Auto V. New gameplay concepts are introduced and many aspects are not readily apparent. Read on for some important tips and tricks to help jump start your fledgling criminal career.


  • You must complete the initial tutorial missions before the game opens up properly and you can be invited by friends to go on missions. You’ll know you’re there when you can see blue markers all over the map. The tutorial consists of: an initial race with Lamar and random people, robbing a convenience store, delivering drugs, customizing and choosing a personal car, and a Last Team Standing mission.
  • Choose a good car during the tutorial to make your personal vehicle – many of the initial upgrades and paint jobs are all free for your initial purchase (courtesy of one of your first mission contacts – Simeon), and they can get pricey for future vehicles.
  • Hold Select/Back to open your quick menu. From here you can change your clothing and accessories amongst the pieces you’ve purchased, start an impromptu race, change your personal vehicle settings, and enable passive mode.
  • Impromptu Races can invite players in a large radius around you to race to a waypoint you set and bet on the winner. Make sure not to use the waypoint from a mission as the finish line could be in the middle of a gang war!
  • Beginning a new session of GTA Online, changing servers, or entering freemode from doing instanced missions will always spawn you near your personal vehicle, which is also fully repaired for free.
  • Purchasing a garage or residence gives all vehicles stored there a tracker and a mechanic keeps them repaired and delivered to you when you want them.
  • The only way to keep super sports class cars are from purchasing them via the in game website; Los Santos Customs will not outfit them with a tracker.
  • Wear a mask to rob stores (purchasable from the same location in Vespucci beach as the single player game). Removing the mask afterward will automatically drop your wanted level by 1 star.
  • After you rob a store, it will close for a period of time. Find another one or just change servers.
  • At rank 10 you gain the ability to put bounties on other players. This marks a player as a red dot for anyone on the server to see and converge on. Make sure your revenge is worth the cost.
  • Missions require a certain rank, but only of the host. If you’re invited you can join any mission regardless of your own reputation.
  • After a recent patch, the death penalty only affects you in freemode. It costs 5% of your total cash up to a maximum of $5,000, regardless of how much you have on you.
  • Any amount you carry on you over $5,000 can be dropped and picked up by other players, and the game will remind you of this every time you have a lot of cash on you. Note that you will always drop $100 regardless.
  • No need to visit an ATM: simply open your browser on your phone, go to Money and Entertainment, Maze Bank, and deposit your cash into your bank account. Leave yourself some money on hand for betting before matches. Make it a habit to deposit your cash after doing any missions, and enter passive mode if you’re close to nearby players.
  • Sell stolen cars to any Los Santos Customs shop once per in-game day for a surprisingly good payout depending on how damaged the vehicle is. Look for high-end sedans and SUVs especially. Avoid the cops!
  • Being a “good player” gives you cash rewards every so often. Avoid destroying other players’ personal cars and quitting matches prematurely.
  • The Violent Duct mission, issued from Gerald, is an excellent source of cash and a good mission to farm. It’s 1-4 players and involves a single grouping of gang members, followed by a single easily dispatched car full of bad guys. Deliver the drugs for a huge $9k profit for a few minutes work. If you have a good group, repeat until you’re all filthy rich (selecting Replay also puts you mere feet away from the objective). Note that difficulty only affects the RP you gain, NOT the cash payout. Run it on easy!
  • You gain a 10% RP bonus for completing missions with crew members. Find a good crew or make your own with friends.
  • After completing a mission you can choose to Replay, Enter Freemode, or vote from six randomly selected instanced missions. If you don’t like the list, vote to Refresh it. If Freemode wins, the server will attempt to put everyone together on the same freemode server.
  • Note that when selecting freemode after a mission, the game will put you in the exact same spot you ended in. If you just parachuted onto an island, you might want to choose another mission before having to make the cross country journey back in freemode.
  • Save your progress properly by selecting Leave GTA Online in the Pause menu or switching over to single player using the character switcher.


Have any good advice or discovered any neat tricks not mentioned here? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Devon

    The Titan mission pays out 10k. A little more time consuming but if you see the pilot during most of the replays your flying skill will increase. Also whenever you are flying or driving in a mission you want to have atleast two people in the car/plane for an extra 200 jp.

    Helicopter locations are on the roof of the hospital by the police impound, Trevors airfield, the Helipad from single player that you can buy, and the military base.

    The ability to replay can be done faster by hitting RT after liking the mission (will still work even if it doesn’t show up as an option) Warning: you will have to stop at an Amm-u-nation for more ammo/armor. Your car will also appear near by as well

    Bounties can be waited out at your apartment/garage (24 game hours) and the bounty will be paid out to you instead

    … that’s all I can think of right now

    • Eric W.

      Thank you sir! Those are some great tips. Also – random NPCs can put bounties on you as well just from stealing their cars!

  2. andrew

    Its pretty pointless to even play the online nothing but bugs money randomly disapears and the fact after every two days ur character seems to be gone

  3. Alex S.

    They’ve also patched the Replay thing- now you can only choose Replay from the after-mission menu IF you fail the mission. So if you keep failing The Violent Duct, you’ll be able to keep replaying, but the second you complete it, you’ll have to choose another mission, refresh or go back to Free Roam. So that people stop farming the best missions, I imagine!

    • Eric W.

      A friend of mine discovered that you can hit RT right after voting but before pressing Continue, and it will actually restart the mention. Although that seems like a shady workaround and will probably get fixed in the next patch!

  4. Kristian L

    there is a mission for Martin Madrazo that you can repeat
    you got to finish the mission normally, give Martin a call and request a job, he will give you the same mission over and over and all you got to do is drive, kill a guy, pick up his briefcase, escape your wanted level and deliver the briefcase to Martin
    sadly i think you have to be at rank 22 to get the mission

  5. Sandra O

    Ok, I am lvl 58 and I can never see the bounties or have a bounty put on me… why? What is it that I missed that I can’t do any bounties???

    • Blake A.

      Sandra, have you talked to Lester yet? If not he appears as an L on your map, and, after talking to him, bounties should unlock.

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