Last week, Grand Theft Auto 5 became the latest free game to launch on the Epic Games Store. Despite the fact that Rockstar’s infinitely popular crime sim is turning almost seven years old and has sold somewhere on the order of 120 million copies to date, the rush to pick up the persistent crime simulation for free crashed Epic’s digital shopfront. Which suggests that vacationing in Los Santos is still very much à la mode.
You can get GTA 5 – which comes with its online slant Grand Theft Auto Online in tow – for free until Thursday, May 21st. As with other Epic Games Store drops, get it now and keep it forever.
If it’s your first time in San Andreas, a returning vacationer, or a veteran in need of some fresh cash injection ideas, here are five quick ways to get rich in GTA Online.
When you first launch Grand Theft Auto Online, your first stop should be the pre-set, multi-level missions – distributed by popular story mode stars like Lamar Davis, Trevor Phillips, Ron Jakowski, and Simeon Yetarian, to name a few. There is a ton of tedious searching and retrieving numbers, but all of them will help you generate modest profit and improve your rank in the early stages. Once you’ve made it through $ 200,000, you’re ready to start making real money. Get a high-end apartment (one with a robbery planning room) and get ready to commit a major theft.
Lester’s robberies and the Pacific Standard Job
Okay, with the beginner stuff off the street, let’s get down to business. Not only are GTA Online heists some of the most lucrative things to do in the game, they are also some of the most fun. Lester Crest is your point of contact here, and it makes sense to complete his missions in the order listed: The Fleeca Job, The Prison Break, The Humane Labs Raid, and Series A Funding. It’s worth noting that the host comes first in any robbery. So if you want an even split at the end of each job (all Bar Fleeca require a minimum of four people) then consider overhead costs when it comes to the final percentage. The Prison Break, for example, costs $ 40,000 to set up and returns $ 200,000 for the easy, $ 400,000 for the normal, and $ 500,000 for the hard difficulty.
Of course, if you have the courage to go hard mode, you can earn more moolah every time, but it ultimately depends on the trustworthiness and / or competence of your group. Once you’ve grown these four entry-level jobs, you’ll be ready for the first real earner: the Pacific Standard job. This’ un will set you back a whopping $ 100,000 in setup fees alone, but depending on the difficulty level you choose, it will set you back $ 500,000 / $ 1 million / $ 1.25 million. Play to the strengths of your group with a proven hacker, demolition enthusiast, and two crowd controllers that people like. Split your four ways in hard mode and you could count on $ 400,000 an hour for your troubles. Ker-ching!
Once you’ve mastered the Pacific, Lester’s tiered Doomsday Heist should be your next port of call. Split into three acts, the biggest change beyond the expanded scope is the fact that you only have to ask one buddy for help (instead of three as before). Which of course can mean more money! Expect an increase in difficulty here as an obvious compromise, but with returns of up to $ 812,500 in Act I, $ 1.2 million in Act II, and $ 1.5 million in Act III, the potential gains are tangible with fewer bodies.
You need a facility to get started here. The cheapest is $ 1.25 million and is at the top of the map. You will also need to do pre-set up missions that will cost the host money with no financial return. Again, all of this should be taken into account when completing the percentage split on the other end. Expect an average of $ 300 to $ 400,000 per hour upon successful completion.
In between your big robberies, special cargo missions are a great and steady way to grow your green in GTA Online. To access Special Cargo Missions you need to become a CEO, and to become a CEO you need an Executive Office. The cheapest place with standard amenities is the centrally located Maze Bank West for $ 1 million. There are fancier, better positioned, and more customizable pads out there, but this one does the damage. You also need a warehouse to store your illegal goods. While the 16-crate storage convenience store Lockup in Rancho is good deal for $ 250,000, I’d recommend the middle one of the 42-crate Fridgit Annexe in La Puerta, which will bring you $ 925,000.
Once you have all of this set up, steal cargo across the state of San Andreas, bring it back to your warehouse, schedule levies, and sell your stolen goods to the highest bidder. Just peasy, right? Well, with one caveat – special cargo missions can only be performed in public Free Mode sessions. And people who choose to intervene are compensated for their dirty work. So expect to fend off interference in rows as they strive to destroy your newly stolen goods en route to their new home. That means: Welcome to GTA Online.
You can do special cargo missions on your own if you want, but doing so with a few friends can increase your cost / time efficiency. With the right crew, you can make up to $ 200,000 an hour here. Covering the map is made easier by a helicopter, or better yet, a flying DeLorean-aping Deluxo – which is unlocked during the required missions of the Doomsday Heist. Special cargo missions are subject to a cooldown timer between jobs, so completing VIP missions via the SecuroServ interaction menu for around $ 150,000 an hour is a great way to keep busy.
Vehicle and air freight missions are similar operations with similar parameters, requiring a car garage and hangar each instead of warehouses (costing at least $ 1 million and $ 1.2 million, respectively).
Background work – gunrunning and motorcycle clubs
While robbing banks and stealing flying cars, there are a few ways you can make steady but modest flows of money behind the scenes. Think of these gigs as money-making sideline activities.
First, Gunrunning requires you to purchase a bunker, the cheapest of which is $ 1.2 million. Don’t waste your time stealing supplies because it’s too much hassle, pay for it and direct your in-house NPC staff to make them – just because research is a waste of time. You can then check in remotely using the SecuroServ option in the interaction menu whenever you want to monitor your progress. Once you’re ready to sell, use the laptop in your bunker to activate and redeem a delivery mission. Once everything is in place, expect to make around $ 80,000 an hour while you deal with more important exploits.
Motorcycle clubs and nightclubs offer similar passive moneymaking opportunities, with the former being the more lucrative of the two. The Great Chaparral Biker Clubhouse is the cheapest on the market at just $ 200,000, and while there are other companies out there that are less expensive than cocaine, it’s worth going that extra mile ($ 975,000) in the long run, even if sales missions take a little more time. consume. As with Gunrunning, purchasing goods out-of-the-box is less of a hassle, and a fully functional operation will also bring in $ 80,000 an hour.
Simple but Effective: Attending Rockstar’s weekly Double Money events is a hassle-free way to add zeros to your bank balance. Updated every Thursday, keep an eye out for anything that might get you ahead, and keep an eye out for limited time discounts on all of the above too. For example, starting May 14th, sales missions for gunrunning enthusiasts will pay twice as much. To paraphrase Rockstar itself: Where there is demand, it is best to take care of supply!