Sunday, October 7, 2007

GTA San Andreas Cheat & Walkthrough

Health and Stats

$250,000, full health and armor - HESOYAM
Infinite Health (no damage from bullets, melee attacks, and fire) - BAGUVIX
Hitman Rank and Perks in All Weapons - PROFESSIONALKILLER
Infinite Ammo - FULLCLIP
Infinite Lung Capacity - CVWKXAM
Jump Higher - KANGAROO
Jump Higher on BMX - CJPHONEHOME
Lower Muscle/Fat Stat - KVGYZQK
Max Fat Stat - BTCDBCB
Max Muscle Stat - BUFFMEUP
Max Respect Stat - WORSHIPME
Max Sex Appeal Stat - HELLOLADIES
Max Stamina - VKYPQCF
Max Vehicle Stats - NATURALTALENT


Weapons 1
(Brass Knuckles, Bat, 9mm, Shotgun, Micro MP5, AK-47, Rifle, Rocket Launcher, Molotovs, Spray Can) -

Weapons 2
(Combat Knife, Desert Eagle, Sawed-Off Shotgun, Tec-9, M4, Sniper Rifle, Flame Thrower, Grenades, Fire Extinguisher) -

Weapons 3
(Chainsaw, Silenced 9mm, Spaz Shotgun, MP5, M4, Sniper Rifle, Rocket Launcher, Satchel Charges) -

Vehicle Spawns

Spawn Bloodring Banger - OLDSPEEDDEMON
Spawn Caddy - RZHSUEW
Spawn Dozer - ITSALLBULL
Spawn Hotring Racer #1 - VROCKPOKEY
Spawn Hotring Racer #2 - VPJTQWV
Spawn Hunter - OHDUDE
Spawn Hydra - JUMPJET
Spawn Jetpack - ROCKETMAN
Spawn Monster - MONSTERMASH
Spawn Parachute - AIYPWZQP
Spawn Quadbike - FOURWHEELFUN
Spawn Rancher - JQNTDMH
Spawn Rhino - AIWPRTON
Spawn Stuntplane - FLYINGTOSTUNT
Spawn Tanker - AMOMHRER
Spawn Trashmaster - TRUEGRIME
Spawn Vortex - KGGGDKP

Vehicle Effects

Aggressive Drivers - YLTEICZ
All Black Cars - IOWDLAC
All Cars are Country Vehicles - FVTMNBZ
All Cars Equipped With Nitro - SPEEDFREAK
All Pink Cars - LLQPFBN
Destroy All Cars Onscreen - CPKTNWT
Floating Car After Collision - BUBBLECARS
Flying Boats - FLYINGFISH
Full Weapon Aiming in Vehicles - OUIQDMW
Perfect Handling - STICKLIKEGLUE
Invisible Vehicles - WHEELSONLYPLEASE
Spawn Faster Cars - EVERYONEISRICH
Traffic Lights Always Green - ZEIIVG
Turn Vehicle into Tank - JCNRUAD

Wanted Level

Lock Current Wanted Level - AEZAKMI
Lower Wanted Level - TURNDOWNTHEHEAT
Raise Wanted Level - TURNUPTHEHEAT
Six-star Wanted Level - BRINGITON


Faster Clock - YSOHNUL
Faster Gameplay - SPEEDITUP
Freeze Time at Midnight - NIGHTPROWLER
Orange Sky - OFVIAC
Overcast - ALNSFMZO
Sandstorm - CWJXUOC
Slower Gameplay - SLOWITDOWN


All Elvis Pedestrians - BLUESUEDESHOES
CJ Beach Clothes, Pedestrians Bikinis, Change Traffic - LIFESABEACH
CJ Clown, Pedestrians Workers, Change Traffic - CRAZYTOWN
Pedestrians are Gang Members - ONLYHOMIESALLOWED
CJ Gimp Suit, Pedestrians Prostitutes - BEKKNQV
Katana-wielding Pedestrians and Black Traffic - NINJATOWN
No Pedestrians, and Sparse Traffic - GHOSTTOWN
Only Gang Members on Streets - BIFBUZZ
Pedestrians Attack (cannot be disabled, do not save game) - BAGOWPG
Pedestrians Attack with Weapons (cannot be disabled, do not save game) - BGLUAWML
Pedestrians Carry Weapons - FOOOXFT
Pedestrians Riot (cannot be disabled, do not save game) - AJLOJYQY
Recruit Anyone (with 9mm) - SJMAHPE
Recruit Anyone (with Rockets) - ROCKETMAYHEM


Adrenaline Mode - ANOSEONGLASS

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Keep weapon after getting busted:
Date Barbara

Keep weapon after getting wasted:
Date Katie

Medic Outfit:
100% with Katie Zhan

Pimp Outfit:
100% with Denise Robinson

Racing Outfit:
100% with Michelle

Police Outfit:
100% with Barbara

Ak-47, Tec-9, Sawn-Off Shotgun, and Molotov Cocktails:
In Los Santos complete all 100 tags to enable them to spawn in the Johnson's

Family home.

Enable 50 Percent Extra Health:
Complete Level 12 of the Paramedic mission

Jet Pack:
Complete the Airstip asset near Las Venturas

Enable Fireproof:
Complete Level 12 of the Fire Fighter missions

BF Injection:
At the Dirt ring race in Las Venturas Stadium get first place

Dune Buggy:
Beat the score of 25 at the Dirt Ring

Hotring Racer:
Get first place in 8-Track. Monster Truck:
Win the 8-Track Tournament. Super GT:
Get all Bronze medals in Driving school

Get all Bronze medal in Pilot school

Stunt plane:
Get all silver medals at the Pilot school. Freeway:
Get all Bronze awards in Bike School

Get all Gold medals in the Driving school

NRG 500:
Get all Gold medals in Bike School. The bike is located in a car park near the
Johnson house. Pimping mission:
Enter a broadway (low-rider vehicle) and press R3. Drive the prostitutes to their destinations for big money. After the tenth 'trick' the prostitutes will start paying you.


I Introduction

A few things I've noticed about "San Andreas" are different than in "Vice
City." Besides SA being bigger, C.J. needs to use the food system or his Health
will go down. It's gone from being a funny option to being like the Gasometer
(gas station) mod for "Vice City": it keeps interrupting things to make the lead
character get into a shaft of light and make his money goes down. Heart pickups
are only available during certain fighting missions--the only one with a fixed
location is at Madd Dogg's Crib after "A Home in the Hills."

There are gas pumps and birds (white gulls and black buzzards; red hawks?) in
"San Andreas." You can't make the birds explode by shooting them--they just
disappear, but you can blow up the gas pumps and blue Carcer Gas cans (or roll a
can onto the street to let the traffic blow it up). The little Dodo that always
flew around in the sky has been replaced by a variety of planes that sometimes
run into the ground and blow up, but they're just as capable of being blown up
by a Rocket Launcher. You might even have C.J. jack a Police Maverick (space-
einstein says the Sherman Dam is a good place to have him try).

Some of the shadows move across the scenery, including at night, even when the
only light source, the moon in the S, doesn't move.

The pedestrians sometimes ran into walls then bent over like they were throw-
ing up in "Vice City"; I haven't seen them do that in "San Andreas," but if you
feed C.J. eleven meals in a row, he throws up. When some of the "San Andreas"
women get up from a beach towel or lounging in Glen Park, they may do a little
of the sashay some of the "Vice City" women did.

There are a lot more clothes in SA, although I've usually had Tommy in his de-
fault blue jeans and shirt, and I've had C.J. do something like that in SA. I
guess it replaces being able to use the "stilllikedressingup" code in VC. It
offers some variety, if not as much novel variety (such as having an old lady,
or sexy young one, beat up a bunch of big thugs in VC). C.J. can't use clothes
to morph to a motorcycle or wear a cop outfit to go onto a military base without
a wanted rating, but a hat, shades, or something for torso or legs can remove
not just two but any number of wanted stars.

If C.J. takes over all the gang territories by the end of the game, you don't
have something like the attacks of Mafia or Haitian gangsters making it hard to
use an area to do stunts afterward. C.J. can swim with the fish, fly through
the clouds, and shoot the ball through a hoop.

C.J. can climb, including the trees that rest on square flat boxes, such as
along the sidewalks of the couple of blocks N of Avispa Country Club--to have
him do it, have him jump from beyond a corner of the base to the highest of the
bottom limbs. (To be fair to Tommy, palm trees don't have limbs.) While both
Tommy Vercetti and C.J. can push vehicles around, C.J. can't run fast enough to
catch them as often. He can swim out if they fall in the ocean, though.

The early '90's CA "Scarface" sources for themes and in-jokes includes Allen
and Albert Hughes' "Menace II Society," 1993, and the events of the 1991 Glen
"Rodney" King beating by corrupt policemen, the 1992 acquittal of three officers
and undecided jury for a fourth, and the subsequent riots. (In 1994, two offi-
cers were sentenced to 30 months in prison for violating King's civil rights,
and "Rodney" has since gotten into several troubles--drug and spousal abuse,
violence, and motoring offenses--on his own.) (Al Pacino was funnier.),28804,1614117_

The "camera" doesn't look ahead of the lead player or their vehicle as strict-
ly in SA. Where previously you swiveled the standing lead player around, "cam-
era" behind them, with one move of the mouse, you now swivel the "camera" around
the standing lead player, and, as you move him with the keyboard, the "camera"
gets behind him again. This can be interesting in playing at making a movie,
but it isn't as good for aiming, something GTA's Mouse Steering was especially
good for.

Waiting for the "camera" to stop swirling after C.J. leaves a vehicle, and
trying to aim a fast Banshee while admiring the view behind it during "Burn and
Lap," are a couple of examples of situations I've heard a lot of complaints

The way just a tap of acceleration sent the "camera" looking ahead of the ve-
hicle in "Vice City" was better than pressing acceleration and crashing into
things, like Police cars, while the "San Andreas" "camera" slowly looks ahead of
the vehicle, or having to press the RMB and turn the mouse, or have C.J. look
behind himself for a moment, to aim the "San Andreas" "camera" forward. (Using
the Number Pad "camera" controls in SA won't always point the "camera" ahead of
the vehicle--it may just make it spin in a view that's looking down from above,
for some forsaken reason.)

The ability of the VC vehicle "camera" to aim forward with a tap of accelera-
tion combined with the SA ability to press the RMB to look around the vehicle
would be better than the current SA vehicle "camera" controls.

If either Tommy or C.J. would have a problem from running into something be-
fore they get to a vehicle door, I don't remember Tommy having such a problem
finding the door otherwise. I've seen C.J. run in a circle then go all around
the vehicle before he gets in, which is fun when you're in a hurry....

And if someone made a mod to make the instant replays have the slow motion of
the Unique Jumps and a variety of "camera" angles, show the fire trails from ve-
hicles on fire and the turning of motorcycle wheels, and keep the lead charact-
er's legs from looking so jittery in motorcycle replays, like the ones in "Vice
City," I'd grab that right up.

The land vehicles are bouncier and feel flimsier. You might see them run not
only over but under each other, like some strange way worms mate or something.
And if you get C.J.'s bike skill up, so he's a lot less liable to fall off his
bike, you can even turn it around by running it into a wall. I guess something
about making the flying vehicles able to go higher and have more to fly over
means the land vehicles become flimsier, like pizza dough that's been spread out
too much. You're going to drive a lot in a GTA, and land vehicle traction was
better in "Vice city."

Because it's supposed to be parts of California and Nevada, the Hermes and all
look like they've been preserved better, but the landscape is so big the shading
got screwed up. Some things, like distant sections of the road, come into focus
as the lead character approaches them like in the PC version of the game "Ma-
fia." Compared to before, vehicles with fixed locations may not show up till
the lead character has gone by the spot two or three times, and his latest ve-
hicle is more prone to disappear.

The spinning propellers don't look as good, the escalators don't work (unless
C.J. is on one of the bikes or lighter motorcycles), the red radar screens don't
revolve, and none of the lighthouses have lights that revolve, as in "Vice
City." The SA pedestrian's mouths move when they talk, but not like in "Ma-
fia"--it's sort of like a 1950's wax museum of the Presidents of the United
States made by an Asian company with a cheap translator.

And the occurrence of enter-able and funny places is more spread out just to
give the flying things more to fly over. An exception is that there are a lot
of bathrooms but they're bland-looking and C.J. can't even interact with the
sinks (but see X.9.b). "North Point Mall" was a funny take on a suburban mall,
but I'd probably just drive past the SA interiors, and a slot machine isn't as
funny as a pinball machine could be. (You could make the ball do insane jumps,
give things on the board rag doll physics, use funny voices and sound effects--
don't get me started.)

More importantly, wherever you go, things are less shaded (some even bleached-
looking, like some of the U.S. flags) and have less of a mixture of hues, or are
so much lighter they seem that way, than in "Vice City." A lot of the things in
"San Andreas" remind me of a colorized black and white movie--one whole wall is
one shade of orange, one whole roof is one shade of brown, etc. Compare the
hues of otherwise identical VC and SA junkyard sheds in screenshots from my por-
tion of I.1: the SA versions look like sketches for what in VC are like impres-
sionist paintings of a variety of richer hues.

Compare the contrast, therefore depth of dimension created by shine and shad-
ow, and the clarity of the darker things, on a "Vice City" and "San Andreas"
PCJ600 at the next two links.

And that's with a good computer--the SA hues are supposed to look like that.
I like a little unique surreal impressionism with care taken for rich hues bet-
ter than a lot of sloppy bland realism just like I'd rather watch a good Looney
Tune than read Prince Valiant from a paper that's been out in the rain. It's
like someone saw a Bugs Bunny cartoon and asked, "Wouldn't it be better if it
looked more like a real rabbit?" More likely, it's due to wanting more to ap-
pear on a bigger map. The rule should be to make the game as big as it can be
and still look good and no bigger.

The graphics include more cloud effects, bleached light things, realistic mid-
range hues except for a lot of uncoordinated shading (things that glow in the
dark that shouldn't, mis-matched door and house colors), less shaded, and paler
(rainbows, etc.) things, and murky dark things (use daylight for You Tube vid-
eos). Much of SA looks like the same artwork for outlines but a bad Xerox copy
of VC for hues. How some people say the graphics look better, I have no idea.

With "Vice City" you can use the Liberty City mod to give it "III" with the
PCJ600, but for "San Andreas" I'd settle for an ambitious modding team that
tried to give SA the hues of VC.

In "San Andreas," you need a better computer--what's currently considered a
moderately good computer--to turn the graphics fancies up to get it to look its
best. I think one reason for lagging PC sales of SA is that some people are
waiting to upgrade their PCs. Another may be that new copies are probably Se-
cond Edition copies, which you can't mod as much.

And it's made the li'l Dodo, always bright red and white, cheerful in the face
of adversity, look gray and sad in the middle of a field on a bright sunny day
(and the li'l mouse isn't thrilled, either). And you can't do that.

And I know why the "camera" and controls changed and the graphics were dimin-
ished--a lot of message board posts complained that the flying vehicles need to
be easier to fly and over a bigger landscape. Compromises were made to make
planes and jets very easy to fly and even more to make the landscape bigger.
Nevertheless, I've read complaints by reviewers about the flying controls for
"San Andreas" and praise for the graphics. These people aren't wired up right.
We need our motorcycle stunts with the slow motion replays and different cinema-
tic angles in scenery that's good to look at--it's one of the coolest things
GTA's ever did. This may be a plot on the part of competing game makers to have
Rockstar ruin the scenery and the handling of vehicles on the ground.

People who can't fly the Skimmer get on the message boards, and Sony and Wal-
Mart money looks at the boards for marketing trends, and Rockstar looks at Sony
and Wal-Mart money. Since Skimmer weenies play an important part in why GTA has
gone in the direction it's gone since the PC "Vice City" I'm familiar with, it's
important to try to understand what they are.

I'll try to depict a Skimmer weenie--you try to figure out what it is:

"I want it real big, like the last two in one. You can have motorcycles and
stunts but you don't have to do them. I want to buy some snacks--you have to
get the snacks. And I want the cars to just rub each other a lot (pause for a
strange smile)...and make little scratchy sounds when they do. And I want the
Minigun to show up late in the game and hum like the blender I make my pancakes
with. And I want to go for a swim. I don't want any sunken subs or boats down
there, they scare me--just little fish, and when you go by them, they swim away
real quick."

"I want as little aiming as possible--it gives me a complex for the game to
make me shoot targets. Let me just press a button for that. The "camera"
doesn't have to stay behind the lead character or their vehicle real good--I
want to be able to turn them around to see if I bought them some nice shorts. I
want him and his girlfriend to be like Barbie and Ken--people get worried enough
if I see that--in case I see that sex thing. The lighting and draw distance
doesn't have to be good, just good enough to show the scenery I watch when I
ride low in the seat in the back of a car. I want the planes to be easy to
fly--you have to force them at the ground to wreck so I can forget that and
watch the clouds. Some old movies light up the lead character in a dark room so
you can see their acting--I want them in shadow in a bright place because I
don't think anyone has done that since Ed Wood....Could you just make The Sims
for Sony with different music?"

Let me read the box again--do you have to be over 18 or under? Who are these

I'll try a suggestion. Even if you didn't know the controls for a Skimmer,
you'd try the ones you know, and the Skimmer uses the same controls as a motor-
cycle. Skimmer-weenies aren't 'cycle people. You're gonna have Skimmer ween-
ies, and you should be nice to them, but you don't put them in charge of the
GTA's. I think their favorite thing about "Vice City" was North Point Mall ex-
cept they wished they could shop there more.

By "Skimmer weenies," I don't mean all PS2 people--Nitzkit was flying PS2 VC
cycles onto roofs. I don't mean all 17 year olds, although there's some common
ground with the controversy makers with what I'm saying: if the "Skimmer ween-
ies," at least, among those under 18 years old don't handle the issues the soft
sex cartoon brings up any better than they try to fly the Skimmer, they could
become social aberrants.

I think I've isolated the weirdness of the Skimmer weenies. They actually can
fly the Skimmer but are too quick to complain before giving it the effort to
learn. So Rockstar makes the learning curve lower to accommodate the impression
of a common learning curve this laziness creates. It's not the actual general
learning curve or the Microsoft flying series wouldn't be popular. You can just
push a button to have C.J. ride a jet to another city--you don't have to fly it.
If shopkeepers keep letting Skimmer weenies get this game, get on message
boards, and influence Rockstar, pretty soon no more flying, no driving cars--you
just push a button. And you can buy him some shorts, and some new socks, and
make him deep and sensitive, and it's going to be "The Sims." And, for some
reason, we don't know why--zombies.

A few things in "San Andreas" are the same as in "Vice City," such as the
things I learned before about using copies your User Files to play again with
certain things already done. This isn't usually brought up in reasons to be
partial to the PC version, but I'd put it among things at the top of the list:
if anything is hard or repetitive, the things I learned before about changing
vehicles and weapons with the handling and weapons files, to make racing and
fighting things easier, work for either the original version or second edition
of San Andreas (TGIPC). The programming is basically the same as for "Vice
City" with some added parameters.

Some of the people comparing next generation PC hardware and consoles seem
totally oblivious to it, so I'll explain how you can raise C.J.'s vehicle/weap-
on/health Stats in one sitting, give him a Tec9 like a Minigun, and use Dee-
Zire's mod to put a load of deleted missions and dialogue back into the game
(and let C.J. ride the trolley, etc.).

As before, somebody might get back up after C.J. runs over them with a vehicle
if he doesn't do it too fast.

One curious thing about a main plot point is that bad guy Officer Tenpenny
holds it over C.J.'s head that he could frame him for the death of a police
officer. All he's have to do is follow C.J. around with a camcorder for a half
an hour, let alone what he'd have by the time you're nearly through with the
game, and why would he bother threatening to make anything up? You play a guy
who thinks nothing of running down five old ladies to drive down the street to
beat the timer in a race, and the plot resolution is to kill a bad guy. But the
lead character is a bad guy. But a different bad guy.

The guy gets rich and still runs around stealing cars. That's a desperate
poor person thing to do. Who would risk getting shot to get a car when they get
rich (not to mention, in C.J.'s case, after he's supposed to be reformed into a
nicer guy)? Oprah Winfrey and Paul McCartney don't run around stealing cars.

Another curious thing: C.J. spends a lot of the game killing drug people to
clean up the area for Sweet, but in the end at least one, Ken, of his close
friends is still a drug addict. After "End of the Line," his gang members still
buy things from the pushers outside and help finance organized crime. If he
killed them, his Respect Stat would go down. I guess it's who you know.

It's those weenies again--"he's more sensitive and deeper now." Less 'centric
and more sensitive than who--Hitler? Does the phrase "dramatic sense" register
as a blip anywhere on their radar scope?

But as a work of fiction with a sense of tongue-in-cheek humor about finding
a way to come up with an excuse to play with the videogame weapons and vehicles,
it makes a kind of sense. You would be a bad guy, but it's a funny fiction--a
kind of early Mad magazine take on a world of the bad adults of all the groups.
A more serious, ethical approach usually means it's relatively boring, and even
seems kind of silly for the context. You'll probably point and click your way
around to some boring incidental music and with a big sheaf of clerical work
papers to kill big muscle guys with lizard heads. If the shopkeepers won't
keep the Skimmer weenies from the game, Rockstar has to keep that in mind when
they read the message boards--some kind of Hot Weenie mod censor.

Complaints aside, the GTA series is still a blend of surreal gaming tradi-
tions, the real world, and humor in a blend I like. The most important thing is
that the little Dodo is back--awwwr!

Thanks to the Gamefaqs web site, Steve Ng of IGN, Dennis of Super Cheats, Kev-
in Walter of StuckGamer, neoseeker, Brooks Huber of 1UP and My Cheats, Andreea
Orosz of GamersHell, Spenser Hall of GamerHelp, Tim of Game Revolution, and
Emanuele of GameBorder. I can use all the help I can get--and thanks to every-
one for giving so much. (PS: I've since learned that the letters "IGN" aren't
initials for words anymore--"IGN" just represents the company like "DMA" once
did for another company.)

Thanks to freewebs, now called webs, for giving this walk-through a web site
where you can click the links instead of copying and pasting the web addresses
to the URL bar and clicking "Go." (It won't let me turn off Word Wrap, though,
which is why the vertical columns and lists are out of alignment a bit):

Thanks to Tim at Game Revolution for giving this walk-through a site with ac-
tive links that open web sites in separate windows (which is good for comparing
the real and game cars, etc.) at:

Thanks to Icey, of the MultiEdit listed at the start of the "Vice City"
data\carcols.dat file mentioned in "Rockstar support for modding" (see X), for
letting me run this walk-through through a parser, which lets it have active
links for both the Internet sites, which open in separate windows, and for the
chapter designations, so you can click around rather than have to explore around
the huge thing:

Thanks to Robert Rusk, of the PS2 walk-through for ("III," "Vice City," and)
"San Andreas" at Gamefaqs and IGN, and my oldest friend at Gamefaqs, once again
leading the way (don't go blaming him for where I go running after that) with
his very sensible organization and strategies for the game.

You might also be interested in his "Hidden Text FAQ" for "San Andreas" at the
same web site. it contains a lot of dialogue he extracted from the PS2 version
of the american.gxt file--dialogue that Rockstar created but didn't use in the
final release of the game.

Thanks to filefront for hosting my videos and "Glenster's Go On, San Andreas
v.1 Mission Select Save Games," and GTA Garage, The GTA Place, fileplanet,
planetgrandtheftauto, moddb, and gta-action for hosting my mission select save

Thanks to the BradyGames strategy guide for Xbox and PC. It has lots of use-
ful maps (except for the screw-ups; I took a pen to some of the dots on the
maps--why couldn't they pinpoint correct locations with darker dots that way?)
and screenshots, and statistics for the percentage of Fat, percentage changed in
Respect for killing gangsters, the Sex Appeal of watches, etc., I'm sure most of
us would never have known without it. Either Rockstar told them or they figured
it out with the files of the game somehow.

Thanks to Ben "Cerbera" Millard for being a good friend, and for helping with
the modding section, car names, punctuation, etc. ("Cerbera" is for "TVR Cer-
bera," which is a British sports car.)

Thanks to Spaceeinstein for taking the time from his many, many contributions
to "Vice City" and "San Andreas" modding (his "San Andreas" "All In One Mod" is
at x.13.ii) to help make this walk-through a better place for the world with a
batch of helpful ideas he wrote to me about. If anyone knows a good strategy
(including the the fastest ways to do "Explosive Situation" and "Black Pro-
ject"), from the information given in the mission to the coding it's based on,
it's him, and I've enjoyed hearing from him.

Thanks again to Klarnetist, whose "Vice City" mod of a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
hardtop has been converted for "San Andreas" twice in separate efforts by Bren-
dan62 and Escandero (see X.13.jj).

Thanks to OrionSR for giving me a lot of possibilities to pick from and writ-
ing the Darkpactor script for the additions made to "Glenster's Go On, San An-
dreas v.1 Mission Select Save Games," I.3.b. (Now there's an Andromada at Ver-
dant Meadows, you can save at Madd Dogg' Crib without getting the basketball
glitch, etc.) I'm glad his help runs through this guide in telling us how im-
pound garages work, III.27, strategies for "Wrong Side of the Tracks," IV.17,
getting Snapshots, V.1.a, wanted rating tips, I.9, four star survival, I.16,
recommendation to stop the frame limiter for boat school, VII.6, etc.

Thanks to Colin Attle for being my friendly correspondent for U.K. references,
I.1, which he's also helped with for "Vice City," and his explanation of emer-
gency vehicle mission pay, III.25.a.

Thanks for the E-mails and message board responses from the good friends among
my readers who've included:
A.M.S. Siva Ganesh Maharajan, a.k.a. HandsomeRockus (of helpful "Vice City"
walk-through acclaim),
Anurag Sinha, a.k.a. crazyanurag (credited for many ideas in this walk-
Ghostchild (for the mighty stunting help, I.7.ff),
Carl Johnson ("Up, Up, and Away!," VIII.35, that Katie shows up at the start
of the game, and the jealous girlfriends section, XI.b, etc.),
Timo Hakala (Ryder reacts differently if C.J. gets a cool haircut, the Verona
Beach gym is open immediately, the Voodoo license plate can be shot to make the
Voodoo explode, etc.),
Chen Dong (C.J.'s Knife skill makes for a faster "Gray Imports," IV.24, and
"Los Sepulcros," IV.26),
Gman8 (real names for vehicles, I.8.a),
sonofkorol (the real name of the Windsor, I.8.a),
Peter Jong (the Cargobob fuselage real name help, I.8.a),
Pete Zsolnay (real names of places, I.1),
Shane Wong (people without assigned vehicles and who follow C.J. can swim,
Steve Harvey ("A Home in the Hills" entertainment references, IX.1),
Kristan McGuinness (who was a Maccer before there was a "San Andreas,"
Andrew Snowie ("San Andreas" Miniguns sound muffled as in aircraft, III.3),
zubier abdullah (the Samuel Jackson "S.W.A.T"/Tenpenny lookalike idea, I.1),
Tony B (the "Pier 69" exploration glitch, VI.34),
Bryan Lowe (Control Center/Freight train mission advice, VII.12),
Frank Bernson (the Emmanuel Goldstein/"1984" reference, I.1),
Wolfie2k5 (real names of places, I.1),
fonz808 (the madonna wall painting similarity, I.1),
Garrett Daniels (tip to ensure the Tag spraying registers, III.2),
anOILERSfan (the slot machine tip, XI.e),
Dr. Tornado (reaffirming that the Vigilante gimmick works for PC, III.24,
Ruffin Bailey (the Oldsmobile 442 "Cutlass"--"Sabre" name connection, I.8.a),
Hameyadea (Pulaski drives the Green Sabre in "The Green Sabre," IV.28, etc.),
scorpion_great (recommending pdescobar's cure for the Taxi mission glitch,
Morgoth (N.O.E. videos, VIII.13),
GTA_Phreak (videos for "Burn and Lap," VI.26.e, and "Backwood Wanderer,"
VIII.9.c, frame limiter advice, I.4, Rustler name help, I.8.a, jacking a police
helicopter, I.12.b, the Pimping and Vigilante vehicle health boost gimmick,
III.22, etc.),
juicce (a map for Orion_SR's Snapshots shopping strategy, V.1.a),
rubregg (a kind mention of my walk-through in his "Early Side-Missions In
Locked-Off Areas" guide, I.16),
ryan92 (I.3.c, "How to use save games from v.1 for v.2...."),
gui (reminded me to give a link to a copy of the paper map, III.1),
pez2k_ (Rockshore East scaffolding climb for the Minigun, III.3),
Dertyjerzian ("Bay Area" and "West Side" combined for "Bayside" tip, I.1),
Hitokri Battusai (Ghost Cops, I.7),
Ring_of_Fire (how to go through doors into Ghost World, how to drive blown-up
boats, I.10),
punknoodle (Las Colinas ghost world entrance, I.10),
Great Saiyaman (Blackfield ghost world entrance, I.10),
Tornado_2 (real names for the Manana and the Las Venturas Police cars, I.8.a),
DazzaJay (Linerunner and Packer I.D. help, I.8.a),
Logan King (range of years for the real life versions of the Rancher/Ranger,
F.B.I. Rancher, and Fortune, and help identifying the Yosemite, I.8.a),
dj_chrismanno (the programming explanation for train derailments, VI.32),
DarkJ5 (you can derail the train and drive it with the Control Center, VI.32),
gtahoodlum, a.k.a. Wajid (the Inside Track gimmick that lets you pick a win-
ning horse every time you bet after the 1st time, III.12, though I still have to
figure out the circumstances that cause it to work), and
David Anderson (British slang, VIII.21).

Thanks as well to Ganesh S. and Onkar Pandhare just for sending friendly E-
mails. Sometimes it feels like I'm trying to write a newspaper without a staff,
but it feels a lot more worthwhile when I get friendly help and encouragement.


A special thanks to Young MayLay, the trampoline high, ultra Visine (see tram-
poline high), call out the Marines young man about the town, and the star of the
show, for kindly dropping me a note (and he must have a hundred people tugging
on his coat sleeve all the time) after I asked him to help when I messed up his
lyrics a little bit.


Thanks to Jacob and Racer_S: The San Andreas Place Manager (see X.13.a), Bleh-
beb: The Map Teleporter/Vehicle Spawn (see X.13.b), and Alper Saracoglu: The
Control Center (see X.13.c), for the help in finding the Tags, etc., faster.
(For the last address, you have to Copy and Paste the 2nd line to the 1st line
in the address bar.)

Thanks to pdescobar for the way to explore areas that create a wanted rating
without getting a wanted rating, I.12.b, how to increase Gambling skill, I.5.h,
advice about C.J.'s girlfriends, XI.b, the cure for the Taxi mission glitch,
I.12.a, etc.

Thanks to a post by Old School Hustla at GTA Forums for his considerably time-
saving file-changing tip which lets you maximize all vehicle, weapon, Stamina,
etc., Stats a lot faster.

Thanks to PatrickW: author, Hammer83: the sacensor tool, Craig Kostelecky:
"Opened Up" mod creator, Barton Waterduck: animation finder, and illspirit: nude
model finder (that sounds like a good job) for the Hot Coffee mod (see X.9.a).

Thanks to Mxyzptlk, the famous chronicler and cartographer, for overcoming
the vowel shortage where he comes from to further Shaft21's formidable list of
"San Andreas" secrets and references...

...and oversee the GTA Forum expansion of it, supplying very useful maps for
it as well.

Thanks to thedude777 for both his contributions to the topic and for taking
the helm of the message board for it since mid-June, 2006:

Thanks to Kevin Walter, aka savior at the StuckGamer web site, for telling me
I could relay his sensibly organized method of doing the NRG-500 Challenge in
the least amount of time. I'd been passing along a few tips I'd picked up from
his web site, which features videos he's made showing how to pass the missions,
but I thought this mission deserved a fuller rendition of his treatment. You
can see his videos of "San Andreas," "Vice City," "Conker: Live and Reloaded"
(which Rusk told me I might think was fun some time ago), and many others at:

Thanks to the ASCII Generator web page for the "San Andreas" I used in the
title. (For the freewebs version, which uses a different font, I used Microsoft
Paint, which is not the easiest thing for me to try to draw with.)

Thanks to these web sites for a lot of the, as Forrest would call them, "big,
fat ol'" pictures of vehicles:

Thanks to imageshack for letting me make copies of a lot of the pictures so
you wouldn't have pop-ups or have the pictures disappear when sales are over.

Thanks to the Internet Movie Data Base (IMDb) site for much of the information
about the voice actors we're going to spend so much time with.

thanks to Merriam-Webster Online and Wikipedia for being my Internet diction-
ary and encyclopedia.

Note: although some have called Wikipedia's accuracy into question recently,
this study by Nature magazine found that their accuracy was at least as good as
that of Britannica:

Thanks to the Urban Dictionary site for translations of some of the slang.

Thanks to the babelfish web site for the translations of some of the Spanish

Personal info:

I was born about a month after "Roll Over, Beethoven" came out and a little
over two years before "Johnny B. Goode."

I live in an apartment in Pittsburgh, PA, and was raised in a lower middle-
class house in Bridgeville (which I liked better), PA, about eight miles SSW of
Pittsburgh, where I lived till I was about 35.

Bill Winstein won the Golden Quill Award for newspaper excellence in 1971,
and his art and cartoons were in the Baseball, Football, and Basketball Halls
of Fame, and a number of local bars and barbershops, like Evangelista's. It
was cool to watch him draw, and he knew a lot more of the cooler comedians and
movie stars than the other kids parents (you have to imagine an eight year old
going around thinking, "Well, they're just kids, they don't know....") And my
Mom, who was a volunteer at the local library and hospital, had such and inven-
tive sense of gentle silliness and sing-song voice delivery I can't imagine any-
one imitating it.

Something about them was passed over by the world it didn't mesh with, and
was passed on to me.

My Dad was born in 1914, and my Mom was born in 1923. Their childhoods lived
on in them, and live on in me. And that's bigger than anything in these two PC-
choking walk-throughs of mine combined.

"Glenster's Glimpse into San Andreas" copyright 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and
2009 Glen T. Winstein

This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal,
private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed pub-
licly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other web
site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a violation
of copyright.

I hope I didn't scare anyone. (What a dope you'd have to be to be scared by

"Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" copyright 2005 Rockstar Games, Inc. Rockstar
Games, Rockstar North, the R* logo, Grand Theft Auto and the Grand Theft Auto
logo and A Take-Two Company logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

"San Andreas Theme Song" lyrics by Young MayLay/Chris Bellard copyright 2005.

And all the other Internet things I mention are by people who have their copy-
rights for that stuff (however you're supposed to say that).


I.1 Paying tributes and having things in common

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" won the most awards--gongs--at the 2005 Golden
Joysticks Awards: Best Soundtrack, Playstation 2 Game of the Year, Hero of 2005
(C.J.), Villain of 2005 (Officer Tenpenny), and Ultimate Game of 2005. 200,000
voted, making it the biggest awards show ever in the U.K.. ("Half Life 2" was
PC Game of the Year. The Girl's Choice award went to "The Sims 2.") I guess
that's something like the People's Choice Awards in the U.S.A..

Thanks to Shaft21 for a very healthy-sized list of secrets, references, and
in-jokes of "San Andreas."

Thanks to Mxyzptlk, who, with the assistance of many "San Andreas" fans of the
GTA Forums web site, expanded the list, and thanks to Mxyzptlk for making very
helpful maps for it. Go to the web addresses I give here for the maps and more
secrets like these.

Thanks to thedude777, given a number of times below as a worthwhile contribu-
tor to the topic, for carrying on in Mxyzptlk's stead after mid-June, 2006:

Another good map is by Jennifer "Tia" Lynn--"GamerLady"--at the Gamefaqs web

A lot of the ideas brought from earlier Grand Theft Autos are described at
this link (to use it, Copy and Paste the 2nd line to the 1st in the Address

The locations of San Andreas are described in this article:

In Los Santos there is a wall painting with a heart, Mary, an angel, and the
words "Jesus Saves." (The closest examples initially are in the Ten Green
Bottles bar W of the Johnson house.) In "GTA2," the church where you saved the
game said that in lights with the lights burned out except "U SAVE." (Some of
you may want to go there and ask for forgiveness from the prince of peace for
what you've been doing in the rest of town occasionally. On the other hand,
controlling an interactive movie is a little like playing God yourself, like in
the game "Black and White," so you might just use your prerogative to think of
it as a pun about the saving part.)

(There's more about this near the end of this section, in my contributions to
physical likenesses fans have found with things in the game.)

A guy with "Keep out" written on the box on his head, and "God is playing with
us" written on the sign hanging from his neck, can be found in San Fierro near
Turning Tricks Driving School. (Thanks to samadriel.) (It's at the N end of
the light gray block S of where "DOHERTY" is written on the paper map. It's as
if he rebels against the idea of you playing with him in a game, or like some-
thing out of the movie "The Truman Show," 1998. He and a guy with a sign that
says, "Weel work for pot," also found around there, may say some curious things.
I found another guy with a sign, "Will bet for money," in Redsands East.)

A church with the Rockstar logo near the top of the designs in the stained
glass window is at the NE corner of the block above "SON" of "JEFFERSON."

Pedestrians may walk up to the Drive Thru Confessions booth on the SE block
that's surrounded by road of downtown Palomino Creek.

A roller with designs on the face of the roller, S of the Santa Maria save
house and across the parking lot, looks like the one created by Chen Chang in
1988 for Santa Monica Beach, CA. He designed it to be hitched and towed to make
designs in the sand.

The game controller, called a CJD 500, in the Johnson house, Wu Zi's place,
and Big Smoke's crack den, looks like a Sega Megadrive, popular in the early
1990's, with a PS2-type keypad except with keys lettered C, J, M, and D. The
"C" and "J" probably stand for "C.J."/"Carl Johnson." (Some wonder if the "M"
and "D" stand for "Madd Dogg, whom Carl ends up producing. Mxyzptlk thinks of
it as referring to "Mega Drive.") (Thanks to thedude777.)

Verdant Meadows is similar to part of Davis Monthan Air Force Base, which is
in Tucson, Arizona. (Thanks to Shadenfreude.)

I'll just add that the part that's similar is the 309th Aerospace Maintenance
and Regeneration Group (AMARG), also called "The Boneyard." It's the main site
for the storage and preservation of decommissioned aircraft in the U.S..

Burgher Shots have Freedom Fries--what French Fries were called in the U.S.
Capitol in response to the lack of support from France during the Iraq war of

(The International Corporation set up by Saddam Hussein to launder money from
his various enterprises was called "Montana Management." Tony Montana is the
name of the title character of "Scarface," 1983, another major organized crime
leader, if not as grand in scope, damage, and fatalities.)

The Julius Thru Ways, Harry Gold Parkway, Greenglass College, and Ken Rosen-
berg were named after people involved in the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosen-
berg, executed, after a confused trial about spying, in 1953. (Thanks to
thedude777.) Some good articles about the Rosenberg trial are at:

In "Intensive Care," Lawyer Ken Rosenberg's parrot Tony says, "I never f**ked
anyone over in my life who didn't have it coming to 'em." Tony Montana, played
by Al Pacino, says that in "Scarface," 1983, to which "Vice City" makes a vari-
ety of references. (See "Glenster's Guide to Some of Vice city," section I.2.)

Zero's RC Shop, about where the "CIA" of "GARCIA" is San Fierro, has Tommy
Vercetti and Lance Vance, of "Vice City," and James Earl Cash and Piggsy, of
"Manhunt," action figure dolls, and model kits for Hydras, Swat vans, NRG-500's,
Turismos (spelled "Tourismo"), Jesters, ZR-350's, U.S.S. Liberty's (like the
aircraft carrier at Easter Basin), and trains.

The Gasso station, on the SW block of Dillimore, has Max Pane bullet-proof
glass and "Vice City" (gum or candy?) boxes on the counter. Rockstar published
the game "Max Payne" for PS2 and Xbox, and is the sole publisher for "Max Payne
2: The Fall of Max Payne." The station is featured in "San Andreas" in "Tanker

There's a V-Rock Hotel W and across the RR tracks from the "CA" of "ROCA ESCA-
LANTE" in Las Venturas. There's a V-Rock building, where Lovefist records,
Downtown in "Vice City." Lovefist is referred to, and seen in pictures in vari-
ous places, in "San Andreas," too.

A construction site sign, at the S side of Blueberry, Red County, says, "Avery
Construction," referring to crooked realtor Avery Carrington in "Vice City." An
area SE of Mt. Chiliad is called "Shady Creeks" (similar to the "Shady Acres" he
advertised in "Vice City"). Avery himself appears as the Vegas Vic sign of Las
Vegas on the Old Ventura Strip.

"Bi**hin' Dog food" (featuring "pu**y flavored horse eyelids") from "GTA III"
is in the dog food section of some of the 24-7 stores. They all sell "Cherry
Poppers" ice cream, the brand made in the place of that name in "Vice City."
One big 24/7 is W of the W tip of the Mulholland Intersection, Los Santos, and
another is on the block N of the block with "O" of "THE STARFISH CASINO," Las

A little similar to knocking off a store in "Vice City," C.J. can shoot a cash
register (in a clothes store, 24-7, etc.) apart and make paper money appear
briefly. He can't run through it to make it disappear and add to his cash,

Similar to the Goodfellas nature of the body hanging in the freezer near Sonny
Forelli at St. Mark's Bistro at the start of "Vice City," if C.J. shoots the re-
frigerator in the Abandoned A.C. Tower save place at Verdant Meadows, blood
comes out. (Thanks to a post by Jediranger at GTA Forums.)

The Video Poker machines in the Casinos of Las Venturas have cards with pic-
tures of people from "III" and "Vice City."

The key in "Key to Her Heart" is the ID swipe card from "No Escape" in "Vice
City." (Thanks to PresidentKiller.) (It's also used in "Black Project.")

"FleischBerg," on a billboard, is German for "Flesh" (or "Meat") "Mountain."
(Thanks to Cojanfee; "Winstein" is German, but I didn't know that.) (The bill-
board advertises the factory that's W of lower downtown Blueberry.)

The roads of the Badlands, from around "FLINT COUNTY" to "EASTER BAY CHEMI-
CALS," look like a caricature of a woman facing E taking a stream of fluid be-
tween her lips at the "FLINT INTERSECTION." (Thanks to DApeoplezCHAMP).

A graveyard with several tiers in Hashbury has rows of gravestones that have
the Rockstar emblem and say, "RIP OPPOSITION 1997-2004." The stones are easi-
er to read at night when they're lit up by nearby lampposts. Some think "oppo-
sition" refers to competing game developers, but I think it's more likely a ref-
erence to game makers or others who did what they did in opposition to Rockstar.

The Montgomery hospital, Crippen Memorial, probably refers to Dr. Crippen, who
became infamous, and was hanged, in England in 1910 for murdering his wife and
calculatingly disposing of her remains. (Thanks to Mogyle.)

There are a bunch of dead bodies in bags by a Bobcat in El Castillo Del
Diablo (Spanish for "The Castle of the Devil") in the desert SW of the Verdant
Meadow Aircraft Graveyard. (There's a mostly E-W road below "AIRCRAFT"; there's
a broken circle, representing a rock formation, SW of where the W segment curves
N; the pit with the bags is on the W side of the rock formation.) (In "Vice
City," there are two guys underwater with their feet in cement.)

By a spade near Catalina's shack, which is at the dot NE of the "O" of "RED
COUNTY," there are three mounds of recently filled in graves. (There's a shal-
low open grave in "Vice City" behind Funeraria Romero, which is a reference to
director George Romero, who filmed "Night of the Living Dead," 1968, and several

There's a biowaste well in a lot in the middle of the block E of the Montgom-
ery hospital. Since there's a Sprunk building on the block to the E, it could
be a reference to Coca-Cola having to recall 500,000 bottles of Dasani water in
the U.K. in 2004 after the water was found to contain illegal levels of bromate.
(A controversy making a company recall so many products--did you ever hear of
such a thing?)

Shazard saw that Blueberry and Montgomery have shop windows with skeletons as
mannequins. (In Blueberry, the shop is on the S side of the S of the two W
blocks. In Montgomery, the shop is across the street E of the E block.)

The W side of the Los Santos Graveyard in Vinewood contains a crypt with a
TV, a La-Z-Boy chair, and pizza boxes. Spike, seen in the last five years of
the 1997-2003 TV series "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," has a similar setup. On
the E side of the graveyard, between 20:00 and 6:00, there are several ghost
tags/examples of graffiti on the walls. The graveyard is on the block N of the
one with "WOOD" of "VINEWOOD."

In San Fierro, on the block of "DOWN" of the "DOWNTOWN" that's E of "CHINA
TOWN," is the Zombotech Sky Tower, which is similar to the Umbrella Corp. of the
game series, 1996 onward, "Resident Evil," which seem influenced by Romero's
zombie movies, too. You can enter the building through the roof or on any cor-
ner but the SW. The statue in the center of it represents a genetic code
strand in the shape of a double helix. (This, and the jet rides you take with
the push of a button, may be a premonition of what's to come if the little Skim-
mer weenies ruin the game--sensitive zombie sims that can't drive. And a smat-
tering of the latest hit songs. It's not right.)

Mogyle saw that, if you look from far to the E of it, you can imagine you're
looking at one of the big statues of a head (moai) that are found on Easter Is-
land when you look at a shack that's on top of an Arco del Oeste rock formation.
Hideo Kojima, creator of the "Metal Gear Solid" videogames, 1998 onward, which
star the character Solid Snake, likes to hide images of those statues in his
games. And a little to the S of Verdant Meadows is a snake farm.

There's a blood stained empty wheelchair at the end of a dock, with a shack
nearby that has a light red glow inside at night, at Fisher's Lagoon. Some
think the wheelchair may suggest the wheelchairs, usually empty, in the 1st few
"Silent Hill" games, 1999-2003, which, like the "Metal Gear Solid" series, are
also popular games sold by Konami. Use "Edit" > "Find" with "wheelchair" at
this site:

trikkstah, at GTA Forums, put a lot of speculation to rest by identifying that
wheelchair as the one seen by a dumpster in the 1st scene of Rockstar's game
"Manhunt," 2003, although the textures (.txd files) for it are different. The
"Manhunt" version is gray and the two big wheels have spokes, but the shape oth-
erwise is the same. He thinks the textures are from "Manhunt," too, because the
font for the writing on them ("SKIP HIRE," "3:30," and "2:30 PM" or "12:30 PM,"
along with some other numbers) is like font used in "Manhunt."

The big wooden spools by the dock say "J ARTHUR CABLE COMPANY CARCER," and
Carcer is the city "Manhunt" takes place in. "J ARTHUR" reminds me of J. Arthur
Rank, who was a movie producer in the early days of movies. It may be a the
reference to a scene in one of his movies, but, according to the Wikipedia arti-
cle at the link below, "J. Arthur Rank" is Cockney rhyming slang that means "to
masturbate (wa*k)," which, in a GTA, is probably all it refers to.

I'll add that the handlebars have a couple copies of a picture wrapped around
them--one around each handlebar. The picture looks to me like the kind of speed
limit sign seen around schools--if it is, it has the times the speed limit is in
effect at the bottom of the sign.

(I still think it may be a kind of "Silent Hill" use of an abandoned wheel-
chair. GTA's rib popular games, and context is important. You put a guy with a
sore foot in that wheelchair in a post office, and it doesn't have the same mys-

The wall of art in many bars shows a black and white depiction of the upper
body of a soldier wearing red goggles and holding a gun in his hand. It looks
like the concept art you can unlock of one of the Cerberus Foot Officers in

(According to a Wikipedia article about "Manhunt," the design for the officers
is the same as for the French police in "Mall Shootout" in "Vice City" except
the coloring is different and the officers have a gas mask instead of a regular

The same article adds:

- a junkyard trailer used by one of the Skins gang is a lot like Phil Cassi-
dy's trailer in "Vice City." It says Cash kills the gang member to get a nail
gun, and Wikipedia should have added that "San Andreas" Ammu-Nations sell nails.
- the Angel Pine Junkyard (NE of the "E" of "WHETSTONE") with car crushers,
etc., is the one used by the gang called the Skins in "Manhunt";
- Sprunk soft drink appeared in "Vice City" and "Manhunt" before "San An-
- "San Andreas" stealth knife kills were developed during the making of "Man-
hunt"--the victim falls in the same position, too;
- and the use of a cone that points down to a target's head and goes from
green to black to indicate health to death was developed for "Manhunt" before
"San Andreas.")

K-Rose features an advertisement for Carcer City, where "Manhunt" takes place.
(Carcer City was also mentioned on LIPS 106 in "III" as being near Liberty City
and where a police chief was cleared of corruption charges. It's also mentioned
by a caller to KCHAT in "Vice City" as a place where B.J. Smith played foot-

The police station in NE Las Venturas has a couple of bulletin boards with
pictures of James Earl Cash and a hood from "Manhunt."

(Thanks to Wikipedia for this batch:
the Angel Pine Junkyard (NE of the "E" of "WHETSTONE") with car crushers,
etc., is the one used by the gang called the Skins in "Manhunt";
Sprunk soft drink appeared in "Vice City" and "Manhunt" before "San Andreas";
"San Andreas" stealth knife kills were developed during the making of "Man-
hunt"--the victim falls in the same position, too;
and the use of a cone that points down to a target's head and goes from green
to black to indicate health to death was developed for "Manhunt" before "San An-

Big Smoke's crack den is on the NE corner of the block that's W of the one
with "F" of "LOS FLORES." The door mat outside the door on the top floor says,
"Not Welcome" and "Rockstar North."

On the N side of the road N of the "D" of BAYSIDE MARINA," the white and or-
ange barricades that say "C-JS BARRICADES" are the ones used at the E end of the
Hyman Condo alley, the alley by the V-ROCK building, the N-S alley of the N-most
block of Downtown, and an alley S of the pay phone used at the start of "Loose
Ends" in "Vice City." Sway-4829 showed that the end credits for "San Andreas"
give C-J Dick as an Interior Environment Artist, probably the same person the
"Vice City" booklet calls Map Designer Campbell J. Dick.

The windows of the buildings to the E of the five silos NE of Mt. Chiliad have
some blurry Steven Bliss cartoon cover art from "III" and "Vice City"--some are
shown as reverse images. There are others that aren't reversed on the corner of
the pink-orange building at the 2nd intersection N of the "W" of "VINEWOOD."

On the W side of the "L"-shaped block that's NW of the "EAST" of "EAST LOS
SANTOS" is a Tiki Theater Xymposium with a big display of a "Vice City" hidden
package. (It's like something you'd see on the shore of Easter Island except
shaped like a royal Asian pelican that flew into a window.) (Fragger, in a dif-
ferent post at the site, says it, without the statue, is in LA on Western at the
corner on Western and Santa Monica.)

Racso562 saw the resemblance between the Angelyne billboards around Los An-
geles and a Candy Suxxx billboard in Los Santos:

On a phone booth in Bayside (others?), the bottom sex ad sticker has the same
depiction of Candy Suxxx' panoramic fraps that Tommy Vercetti has projected onto
the side of a Downtown "Vice City" building at night from the end of the "G-
Spotlight" mission and onward. The sticker uses the same depiction of that
which shows up on the posters of Candy that appear in Tommy's Ocean View apart-

Across the street from the Angel Pine Cluckin' Bell are three trash cans. You
can knock over the two with open tops to find maps of Vice City inside them.

The Angel Pine Sawmill, Mogyle noticed, is shaped the same as the one in Port-
land in "III."

ArturP at GTA Forums noticed that the interior of a Transfender mod garage has
some of the same interior features as Joey Leone's garage in Portland in "III."
(The shafts of light are black in "San Andreas" for some weird reason.)

The computer, the Kruton 9000, of Joey's Garage appears in the Sunshine Autos
vehicle list garage in "Vice City" and in Michelle's garage in "San Andreas,"
too. (I think the board of wrenches and "Dude" company name appear in all
three, too.) According to the Merriam-Webster web site, a crouton is "a small
cube of toasted or crisply fried bread," so "Kruton" might refer to the small
cube-like shape of the computer.

A number of places or things in the game feature the names of people who have
been employed by Rockstar North. Steven Mulholland, one of those who worked on
the Los Santos art for "San Andreas" and was one of the Map Designers for "Vice
City," has his name on a tombstone in the window of Funeraria Romero in "Vice
City" and has a neighborhood and an intersection named after him in Los Santos
in "San Andreas."
(Mulholland is also a wealthy Drive in LA.)

Mattlac, on the same GTA Forums message board, noticed that Scott Wilson, who
worked on the countryside art for "San Andreas, is named on a tombstone in the
game (in the SW corner of the SW block of Palomino Creek in NE Red County).,21721/,21721/

thedude777, at the same message board, suggests these possible sources for

Steven Mulholland--Los Santos art--the city "Mulholland";
Lee Montgomery--interior environment art--the city "Montgomery";
Toks Solarin--character art--the PC "Solarin Industries" sign that replaces
the PS2 "Shady Industries" sign in San Fierro;
Nicholas Montgomery--cut scene supervising sound editor--the city
Noelle Sadler--voice-over production, the voice of Bettina (also seen as the
blonde lady with her tongue out in a loading screen), a radio commercial voice,
and a pedestrian voice--the "Sadler" truck; and
Tony Romero--pedestrian voice--the "Romero" hearse. (Tony's name might add to
the reason there was a reference to the director of "Night of the Living Dead,"
1968, George A. Romero.),87509/,50593/,50055/,163633/,87658/,163910/

Thanks to LuigiBrotha at GTA Forums for figuring out that one of the possible
loading screens at the start of the game, the screen that shows a blond lady
with a tattoo on her breast,...

...shows Bettina, voice acted by Noelle Sadler. The .txd file of her is Cut-

She's a prostitute abused by Jizzy after talking back to him in "Ice Cold
Killa." Her scene appears after you have C.J. get about halfway across the 1st
floor of Jizzy's place toward Jizzy. ReDeemer made the 1st screen shot below,
and I added another:

The fuselage of the Hydra jet has "DMA56" printed on it. (Many from DMA De-
sign Limited, founded in 1988 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and the creators of "Grand
Theft Auto," became part of Rockstar North, the main developers of the GTA se-
ries. Originally, "DMA" didn't stand for anything, leading to a member of it to
joke it stood for "Doesn't Mean Anything." In "GTA III," the big ROCKSTAR jets
that don't fly have "DMAir" on the tail fins.)

In "Vice City," the Tourist Guide indicated that people couldn't survive the
deep water because of sharks. The shark wasn't employed for "San Andreas," but
the people in it other than C.J. still drown in water that's too deep to stand
in (except for, at least, Ryder in "Pier 69," and anyone that follows C.J. that
isn't required to use a specific type of vehicle; see I.7.c.). I think I've
figured out an explanation for it--even for the photographer by the Flint Inter-
section trailer park--you can use with confidence if it comes up on the Inter-
net game message boards: they don't swim. They lay forwards with their arms
down, and, of course, drown.

The question then becomes: "Why do they do that?" You look around for some-
thing in the game to explain it in the context of the world the game creates,
and I think it could be the chili dogs. They eat that heavy food just before
going in for a swim, and they develop a cramp. (The ones who walk off of the
roof of the Emerald Isle could be self-destructive, but they sound too surprised
to be doing it deliberately. I think someone may have just given a large party
of nearsighted new tenants the wrong directions to some part of the hotel or
such.) This segues pretty nicely into:

Mogyle, who's French, caught that the gimp in "Key to Her Heart" is named Ben-
ny, which is French for "la crampe," and the gimp in the 1993 movie "Pulp Fic-
tion" is called The Cramp. (Samuel L. Jackson plays Jules Winnfield in that.)

(The pedestrians who jump into the path of C.J.'s vehicle could be disoriented
as a hypoglycemic reaction to the ice cream. Besides, "San Andeas" 24-7's sell
the "Vice City" Cherry Popper brand, and God only know what they put into that.)

On the S side of the 24-7 that's on the W side the block of "O" of "LITTLE
MEXICO," Los Santos, is one of 8 Ball's Bomb Shops. It works like the one in
Staunton in "GTA III." You can have C.J. drive a four-wheel (even an emergen-
cy) vehicle into it, which causes the vehicle to have a bomb with a timer in-
stalled in it. Press F or Enter while C.J. is in the vehicle to prime the eight
second or so timer, and have C.J. leg it.

The Welding and Weddings shop, mentioned twelve paragraphs above, is a bomb
shop that works the same way.

BlOoDStReAm101 detected that the last six numbers of the phone number of 8
Ball's Los Santos bomb shop are the same numbers on his prison outfit he wears
in the picture of him on the "GTA III" paper map, and the last five numbers of
it are the zip code of the address of Rockstar Games in New York City, NY.

ThouShaltBeToxic, at the GTA Forums section by Mxyzptlk and co., says the
problems of famous hacker (the actual illegal kind) Kevin Mitnick, arrested in
1995, are parodied on WCTR in "San Andreas," and is probably meant as the one
referred to in "GTA III" on Chatterbox when one of the callers calls out, "Free
Kevin!" before hanging up. The book that comes with the PC "SA" gives "Kevin
Mitnick" as one of the Radio Station callers, and the radio segment seems to
play off the fact that it was rumored (confirmed to be a rumor), while he was
controversially held four years in prison without bail, trial, or charges listed
against him, that he could start a missile crisis by whistling into a telephone
and pressing a few numbers on the keypad. (The four years he was held was
counted towards the five years he got.)

pdescobar adds that Emmanuel Goldstein (actually named Eric Corley, editor-
in-chief of "2600: The Hacker Quarterly," and writer, director, and producer of
the documentary about the Free Kevin movement: "Freedom Downtime," 1999) is a
radio caller in "III," "Vice City," and "San Andreas." In the Area 53 section
of WCTR, Emmanuel calls to say: "Hi, my name’s Emmanuel. I’m really worried
about hackers sending a nuclear bomb after me—-you know, through the phones. Do
you think they could pinpoint my location?"

According to United States District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan:

"2600: The Hacker Quarterly has included articles on such topics as how to
steal an Internet domain name, how to write more secure ASP code, access
other people's e-mail, secure your Linux box, intercept cellular phone
calls, how to put Linux on an Xbox, how to remove spyware, and break into
the computer systems at Costco stores and Federal Express...."

Frank Bernson wrote to me that "Emmanuel Goldstein" "...was the head of the
supposed 'Resistance' or 'Brotherhood' in the book '1984' by George Orwell. I
just thought you should know, because the Emmanuel Goldstein you mention was
only using that name as a pseudonym. It would appear to me that he chose this
moniker because he essentially was doing the same thing." Thank you to Frank
Bernson--I think that's interesting. It's a good ethical point (and a good
book). I read that book years ago, but I forgot about that.

The Mothership van of The Truth has a license plate that says, "OUTTHERE" in
mirror image. The 1993-2002 TV series about UFO's and such, "The X-Files,"
used the slogan: "The truth is out there."

The license plate of a car in the "Badlands" mission says "ASSMAN," which is
what Kramer, played by Michael Richards, was upset to learn his new license
plate said in the "The Fusilli Jerry" episode, April 27, 1995, of the TV sitcom

The number on the NRG-500 is 46, the number of MotoGP race champion Valentino
Rossi. You can find the bike by the largely bowl-shaped dry dock shown on the
paper map by the big square NW of the ship that's E of "DOHERTY." (There are
also two in the multi-story parking garage at the S end of the "L"-shaped block
two blocks N of the E side of Los Santos Forum. Valentino used a Honda NSR 500
in the 500cc class of motorcycle Grand Prix racing to come in 2nd in 2000 and
be the world champion in 2001.)

It's also the number on the nose of the Hydra (probably because its also fast
for the category it's in).

SilencedSMG noticed that a Rodeo sign that says "GROTTI" and has a drawing of
a rabbit is a take on the Ferrari logo. (The Cheetah is based on a Ferrari.)

All I have for the word "grotti" is that it was UK slang for "grotesque" in
the 1960's. Screenplay writer Alun Owen had George Harrison say it in the movie
"A Hard Day's Night," 1964, but I vaguely remember George saying the Beatles
didn't use the word in real life. He had a Ferrari, though.

Police can be seen beating up someone in the impound lots, such as a pair of
policemen in the garage of the Los Santos police station. The entrance is on
the W side of the building that's at the S end of the pretzel-like intersection
S of the Mulholland intersection. (C.J. can enter without a wanted rating if he
uses a police vehicle. The victim seems to be able to take interminable abuse.
If C.J. drives closer, they all stand still, but the errant policemen don't seem
happy about it.)

(This, and the ways of Tenpenny and Pulaski, seems meant to reflect the "Rod-
ney" King beating by corrupt LA police men on 3/3/1991. The 4/29/1992 1st
judgement on the officers acquitted three, with jurors undecided about a fourth,
which created a shocked reaction that led, hours later, to the LA riots, which
left 53 people dead, over 7,000 people arrested, and created more than $1 bil-
lion in property damage.)

(The riots at the end of the game seems meant to reflect those LA riots, ex-
cept C.J. goes right to the source, although King's subsequent violence and
driving abuses make him about as likely a nominee for a good-guy hero, and scan-
dals involving some of the other LAPD officers seem to ring a bell with the GTA
officers, too.)

(On 8/16/1993, officers Koon and Powell were convicted of violating King's
civil rights and sentenced to 30 months in prison.)

There's a bribe pickup in an underground tunnel. The N opening is lower on
the hill and W of where the winding road to the Big Ear leaves the main road,
and the S opening is about due S of the N opening and by a RR track. I guess
it's for people who are timid about going on a very minor unofficial rampage.

A pedestrian in Los Santos is dressed similar to the way Tre Styles, played by
Cuba Gooding Jr., did in the movie "Boys N' the Hood," 1991. He wears an orange
shirt but it has a square instead of a round black shirt pocket. His face, like
that of the manager C.J. targets in "Management Issues," looks more like Will
Smith's face.

One the Grove Street gangsters looks like Kevin "O-Dog," played by Larenz
Tate, in the movie "Menace II Society," 1993, which also stars Samuel L. Jackson
as Tat Lawson. Like O-Dog, the gangster has short dreadlocks, and he wears the
kind of green and black checkered shirt that O-Dog wore at times.

There is an observatory on Verdant Bluffs in S Los Santos, NW of the airport,
like the one (Griffith) in LA where the ending of "Rebel Without a Cause," 1955,
was filmed. One of the stars, Dennis Hopper, did the voice acting for Steve
Scott in "Vice City."

Ryder looks like (I'd say vaguely--the baseball-type cap is more similar than
the face) Easy-E, Eric Wright, a rapper of NWA sometimes referred to as Easy.
Dennis Hopper was one of the stars and writers, and the director, of the movie
"Easy Rider," 1969. Another star of it, and co-writer (along with Terry South-
ern), producer Peter Fonda, does the voice of "The Truth" in "San Andreas."

Some think one blonde lady pedestrian in a short white dress looks like Sharon
Stone as Catherine Tramell in the movie "Basic Instinct," 1992. (It must be the
blonde hair and white dress--her face isn't the same to me.)

After you have C.J. shoot down some RC Barons with a Minigun in the "Air Raid"
mission for Zero, Zero says, "Nice shooting kid, but don't get cocky," which is
a line Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford, says to Luke Skywalker, played by Mark
Hamill, in the movie "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" (the 1981 title change
given to "Star Wars," 1977). The pilot ratings Briggs and Wedge were taken from
the Star Wars series, too.

Simon Rodia's Watts Towers (the Simon Rodia State Historical Park) of Los An-
geles are represented in Jefferson, Los Santos. (Simon is the 2nd person from
the right of the top row of people on the cover of the album "Sgt. Pepper's
Lonely Hearts Club Band," 1967.) According to the Taxi mission, the "San An-
dreas" version is called "Sculpture Park."

The Verona Beach outdoor gym looks like ones on Muscle Beach of Venice, Cali-
fornia. (Thanks to Macsandnines.) (GTW note: I'll guess that the canal that
goes N from between Verona and Santa Maria beaches is supposed to be similar to
one of the canals in Venice, CA.),_California

(Stefan noticed that "Verona Beach" comes from the Leonardo di Caprio movie
"Romeo + Juliet," 1996, in which the setting of Verona is set in Venice Beach,
renamed Verona Beach, Los Angeles.)

In San Fierro, the wreckage of some buildings seems to reflect the Oct.17,
1989 magnitude 7.1 earthquake that shook San Francisco. A destroyed section of
paved road along the N side of the onramp to the Garver Bridge reflects the dam-
age the quake did to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

There's a crack on the ocean floor by San Fierro that's similar to the San
Andreas fault. (It runs E-W N of the two ships that are N of San Fierro. From
the E end of it, it runs N-S to the runway of Easter Bay Airport, then runs
about parallel to the runway on the N side of it. In some spots, C.J. can go to
the bottom of the fault and make the screen go pitch black.)

The tallest building in Los Santos, which is on the NE side of the block
that's NW of the intersection that looks like a pretzel S of the Mulholland In-
tersection, has a Parachute at the top. C.J. can enter the building on the NE
side to be transported to the top. C.J. can go on foot or use a two wheel vehi-
cle to enter this building--if C.J. uses a motorcycle, he can take a passenger.
C.J. has the option to return to the spot where he appeared on top to return to
the bottom.

The Big Pointy building, on the block E of the one with "AL" of "FINANCIAL,"
has a Parachute at the top and messages about it on signs at the bottom. C.J.
can enter the building on foot on the S side to be transported to the top. C.J.
has the option to return to the spot where he appeared on top to return to the

The tower S of the Big Ear and the N tower of the Gant Bridge have Parachutes
on top, too. C.J. can enter the N side of the base of the 1st tower on foot and
be transported to the top, but he has to fly or Parachute to get on top of the
2nd one.

Those Parachutes, and others in high places, reflect the BASE jumping that's
illegal at most spots it could be done from in the U.S.A. because many have died
from trying it. BASE (Building, Antenna, Span--bridges, etc., and Earth--
cliffs, etc.) jumping is like sky diving, except it involves jumping from some-
thing tall for the thrill of the rush toward the ground before opening the para-
chute. BASE jumps are usually made from 1,000 ft. or less, and sky divers are
told to deploy their parachutes at no less than 2,000 ft.. At 1,000 ft.or less,
the parachute must be quickly deployed, with less ability to correct movement
once it's deployed, and there would be no time to deploy a 2nd chute if the 1st
one malfunctions.

The Gant Bridge Visitor Center, S of the Gant Bridge, has a few interesting

There aren't any Easter Eggs on the Gant Bridge, though there's a Parachute
atop the N tower and this sign on the S tower:

In San Fierro, in the "Downtown" that's E of "CHINA TOWN," there's a tall
building N of the onramp for the Garver Bridge. The windows of it light up at
night to form letters: "C" on one side and "K" on another. Some imagine an "R"
and "O" up there on a 3rd side, too (for "ROCK"star), but it requires some imag-
inative interpretation or wishful thinking to do so. Mokiesmoky wonders if it
could be related to the CoK cigarette pack found on the floor by Cluckin' Bell
cashiers, and some wonder if it's related to "C"esar and "K"endl.

(I dunno. In earlier GTA's, we had the letters just before them: B and J. I
know what they meant.)

The number 69 figures prominently at the Easter Bay airport runway, in shop
windows, Area 69, etc. (The Dodo in "III" and "Vice City" said YME-369. It
might reaffirm my suspicion that the "369" part was a reference to a mutual
oral sex threesome to see that the number 69 figures prominently in the overall
punning and kidding around about sex in "San Andreas.")

Area 69, in the No Fly Zone at the end of a road in Bone County, kids the ru-
mors about Area 51, a 6 x 10 mile secret aircraft testing Air Force base, off-
limits to outsiders, in Groom Lake, Nevada, about 90 miles N of Las Vegas. It's
been the victim of rumors about it harboring evidence of outer space folks from
a Roswell space craft crash, etc. (It's also fictionalized as the Black Mesa
Research Facility in the game "Half Life." The lead character of it, Gordon
Freeman, is popularly known to use a crowbar as one of his weapons, which Area
69 kids by displaying a red and white crowbar on a table in a lab room.)

(I guess in the same spirit of kidding, Mxyzptlk compares, Erich Von Daniken-
style, some dark marks of the side of a cliff to those in Nazca, as being an-
cient yet requiring modern technology to make them. The Cliff is along the N
side of the E-W potion of the road E of "THE FARM" and NW of "BEACON HILL.")

(Serious editorial interlude: Erich Von Daniken got famous with cooked-up,
allegedly compelling, possibilities about flying saucer people being required
to explain various acts of ancient ingenuity, typically picking on darker-
skinned African and South American people and not the makers of Stonehenge or
such. I think he manages to con as many people as he does because the remedy to
his effort is information that's obscure to most, as in his book "Chariots of
the Gods"--one web source gives it 1967 for a 1st pub. date, another has 1968.
Look for a lot of "no other reasonable way to explain it"-type persuasive rheto-
ric in it.)

(For a good remedy that's entertaining as well, see your local library, possi-
bly for an inter-library loan, of "Flim Flam," 1982, by James Randi, and "The
Space Gods Revealed," 1976, by Ronald Story with a Foreword by Carl Sagan. It's
good to remember that in any area of sincere religious or non-religious belief
or speculation, there will be bilko artists who cook stuff up to sell the be-
lievers what they want to hear. Both the sincere believers in the possible and
non-believers should be on the same page that fibbing is unethical and untrust-
worthy, serves neither of them any good, and that making money from that is a
form of stealing.)

(In a similar line of concern, there's a representation of a set as imagined
for the "lunar landing hoax" hoax in the film studio in "Vice City," a reference
to the idea by a caller to the "Area 53" segment of WCTR in "San Andreas," and,
most clearly giving Rockstar's regard of the "hoax" hoax, given by The Truth as
one of a number of conspiracy ideas he's fallen for.)

The Lil' Probe Inn is like The Little A'Le'Inn (as in "the little alien") in
Rachel, Nevada (near Area 51). (The abbreviation for "little" is "li'l," but
the game uses "lil'." I guess someone at Rockstar is fond of someone named Lil-

The Lil' Probe Inn and Toreno's cabin each contain a map with markers. The
map seems meant to reflect that UFO-watchers and secret agents like Mike Toreno
would regard certain locations with a significance unknown to the rest of us.
The Lil' Probe Inn also has a lot of pictures of alleged "UFO"s on the wall.

(Some have wondered if the blinking light that leaves a trail across the sky,
as in "Vice City," is meant as a UFO. I go along with the ones who think you're
supposed to imagine it as a jet flying across the stratosphere. It goes kind of
fast, but some of our jets are fast, and the evidence of the combustion techno-
logy we're familiar with for getting across shorter distances and that leaves a
trail isn't an indication of an advanced kind needed for getting across the cos-
mos. If the idea of an alien origin for it is arbitrarily imaginable, there's
no compelling reason to think so beyond that.)

(If you manage to get close enough to see that it's just a corona of light and
try to imagine what that would be in real life, it could be some kind of testing
device being blown along in a high wind current. Again, the idea of an alien
origin would be arbitrary, not compelling. But I think you're supposed to ima-
gine it as a high flying jet seen from ground level.)

(I don't want to spoil your fun if you want to imagine it's an alien ship.
But if so, they must be little eeny aliens. It is, after all, just a little dot
of light. They must be like bugs.)

(There have been many fans who wondered if the rumors about a Sasquatch or Ye-
ti monster, Bigfoot, are kidded by Rockstar with an actual monster in the wil-
derness. There is a Monster truck S of the Flint Intersection, and Bigfoot is
the name of the original Monster truck.)
(Thanks to a post by MrSmiles888 at the Gamefaqs message boards.)

(Here's the most famous film alleged to be of the nearly human, hairy-type
Bigfoot. The shakiness has been stabilized and reveals the gait of a guy in a
monkey suit.)

(Despite nobody bringing to light the live or dead body of a Bigfoot animal,
those determined to look for the creature in a game might like Steve Purcell's
PC game "Sam and Max Hit the Road," 1993.)

(To solve the problems of trying to play it on any version of Windows more re-
cent than Windows 98, you could use the updated .exe file for it.)

(DiRF, on the Gamefaqs message board for the game, recommended ScummVM, which
was created by fans to play many of the Lucasarts 2D adventure games on newer
computers. It let me play the game in full screen mode with all the audio on
Windows Home XP. It also lets Mac OS X and Linux users play the game.)

Adding to the similarity of the Garver and Kincaid bridges to ones in Scot-
land, mentioned below, lucho writes that a lot of the license plates in the game
are Scottish or Scottish football-related. "Amato, Gazza, McCoist all played
for" the "Rangers, which, going by previous games cheats ('9inarow' for exam-
ple), are the team of R*'s choice. 'BAW BAG'" (the license plate of an imported
Journey) "is also a Scottish derogatory term. This also applies to some of the
horses in the betting shops, e.g. 'Henrik's Jaw,'" since "Scottish footballing
legend Henrik Larsson had his jaw smashed in a tackle by an opposition player.",,5,00.html

At the same forum, pes4rules11 adds these references to Scotland on license
plates that appear randomly (I added a few notes):
R4N G3RS The popular football (soccer) team: Rangers F.C. ("F.C." stands for
"football club"; the Rangers have won more trophies than any other
football team)
GL4S G0W a city (the largest in Scotland and home of the Rangers)
AM0 RUS0 a Rangers F.C. player
GA ZZA an ex-English football player (the nickname of Paul John Gascoigne)
MC C01ST Rangers legend (the nickname of Alistair "Ally" Murdoch McCoist)
MR J0BBY "jobby" is slang for feces
BAW BAG slang for scrotum

And thedude777, who's compiled a list of the plates, adds some likely refer-
ARRAN the Isle of Arran off the west coast of Scotland (noted golf courses)
ZID ANE French international footballer--pdescobar adds that it refers to
Zinedine Zidane
AMAT0 Gabriele Amato, forward for the Rangers from 1998-2000


Here are some findings from the gamers at the GTA Forums regarding the real
life names and places of those in the game:

Thanks to ogf_ak for the names of these casinos:

Pink Swan The Flamingo Hotel and Casino
(The lighting outside the Pink Swan resembles the
lights that look like the plumes of a flamingo over
the entrance of the Flamingo since 1972.)

Caligula's Caesar's Palace Casino and Resort
(I noticed it also features a copy of the Caesar's
Palace copy of the statue Winged Victory.)
(For the 2nd link, you have to Copy and Paste the 2nd line to the 1st in the
address bar.)

Four Dragons The Four Queens Hotel and Casino (similar in name, not
appearance--likewise, Franco Dragone)

Come-a-lot The Excalibur Hotel and Casino

The Visage The Mirage Hotel and Casino

Pirates in Men's Pants Treasure Island Hotel and Casino (and the Gilbert and
Sullivan operetta "The Pirates of Penzance," 1879)

It's advertised in "GTA III" and the Liberty City mod.

The Clown's Pocket
and nearby crane Circus, Circus (with the crane nearby to prepare for
the large dome with an amusement park inside put up in
1993-1994) (thanks to milkymilky)

ice cold killa adds that "clown's pocket" is a derogatory sexual euphemism
(referring to a homosexual male or a heterosexual female) based on the idea that
clowns wear baggy clothes with big baggy pockets.

matt27689 recognized that the red and orange "SOUVENIRS GIFTS T-SHIRTS" sign,
seen across the street from the Vegas Vic-looking depiction of Avery Carring-
ton, looks identical to the sign that Vegas Vic currently stands on. (There's
more about Vegas Vic in the last section of I.1.)


Thanks to those whose findings were given at the GTA-SanAndreas web site for
some more real life names.

Thanks to fonz808 for this batch:
A one-floor house in Los Santos (I think fonz808 means the save house NE of
Madd Dogg's place) looks basically like Pierre Koenig's 1960 house called House
No. 22, aka the Stahl House.

In one of the wall paintings in LA, the part that depicts the Madonna, with
flame-like shading around her, is like that part of the "Jesus Saves" wall
painting in Los Santos. (There's more on that in my segment near the end of
this section.)

The Big Pointy building looks like the Transamerican Pyramid. (It's on the
block E of the one with "AL" of "FINANCIAL.")

Tuff Nut Donuts (and other little shops with big replicas of donuts on the
roof) looks like Randy's Donuts in Inglewood, CA., a little one story shop with
a big replica of a doughnut on top.

The Los Santos City Hall building looks like Los Angeles City Hall.

(The Cathay building looks like) Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

(I'll add that it was renamed "Mann's Chinese Theatre" in 1973 after it was
purchased by Ted Mann, the owner of the Mann's Theatre chain and husband of
actress Rhonda Fleming. But many still call it "Grauman's Chinese Theater."
"Cathay" is the Anglicized version of "Catai" and an alternative name for China
in English. The Cathay building is on the S side of the block that's W of the
block with the bottom of "TE" of "TEMPLE.")

The sidewalk by the Cathay building is like the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In Los Santos, Blastin' Fools Records, which makes rap records, looks like
The Capitol Records building. (It's on the NE part of the block that's N of
"ARKET" of "MARKET" in Los Santos.) (Thanks to nsupra27.)

The Los Santos Conference Center looks like The Los Angeles Convention Center,
where The Electronic Entertainment Expo is held. (Thanks to yensed.)

The San Fierro building with window lights that spell "C" and "K," mentioned
earlier, looks like the Bank of America Center in San Francisco. (Thanks to
krackhead80s.) Some think it refers to "C"esar and "K"endle, and Mokiesmoky
thinks it may refer to the "CoK" cigarette pack found on the floor by Cluckin'
Bell cashiers. Ice cold killa, in turn, thinks "CoK Filters" refers to condoms.

The Sherman Dam is like the Hoover Dam.

The Welcome to the Fabulous Las Venturas sign (NW of the Pilson Intersection)
looks like the one by a road at the edge of Las Vegas.

The V-ROCK Hotel and Casino in Las Venturas looks like The Hard Rock Cafe
Hotel and Casino. (The Hard Rock Hotel has a big replica
of a Fender Strato-
caster guitar on the roof, and the V-ROCK Hotel has a big replica of a Gibson
flying V guitar on the roof.)

The name of the Hippy Shopper store is like the Happy Shopper line of foods,
also some shops, in the U.K.. (Thanks to martinson-line.) (It's on the W side
of the block N of "HASH" of "HASHBURY.")

Rodeo in Los Santos looks like Rodeo Drive. (Thanks to vivatforx.)

A recent "Jeopardy" TV show interpreted Glen Park as being like MacArthur Park
(similar bridge or strip of land over a pond, location, and ethnic group)...

... and the N-S highway to the E of Los Santos Forum as like Sunset Boulevard
and the Pacific Coast Highway. (Thanks to Mokiesmoky.)

The Avispa Country Club at the S edge of San Fierro is similar to the Olympic
Golf Club on the SE edge of San Francisco. (The 1st photo is by Arnold Palmer.)

Esplanade East in NE San Fierro is like the Embarcadero, which is a water
front. (Thanks to thedudley.)

C**k Rock, W of Verdant Meadows Aircraft Graveyard, looks like Big Stoney in
Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah. (Thanks to flying fox; I'm not sure which of
us thought of it 1st.)

Thanks to -La-RaZa, who came up with a whole batch to thank for (although the
"Haight" part of "Haight-Ashbury" is disputed; I supplemented the information
where I could):

Los Santos Los Angeles

Ganton Compton

Idlewood Inglewood

Willow Field Willowbrook

East Los Santos East LA

Vinewood Hollywood

Mulholland Beverly Hills

Santa Maria beach Santa Monica

Las Colinas El Monte

Glen Park Morningside Park

Palomino Creek Palmdale

(Downtown Downtown Los Angeles)

San Fierro San Francisco

Easter Basin Naval Docks Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard

Chinatown Chinatown (lol)

Hashbury Haight-Ashbury

Queens Castro

Paradiso Presidio

Juniper Hollow Pacific Heights

(Financial The Financial District)

(Beach SW of Gant Bridge Baker Beach)

Las Venturas Las Vegas

Blackfield Spring Valley

Rockshore Henderson

Redsands Paradise

Roca Escalante Winchester

Prickle Pine Sunrise Manor

KACC Military Fuels (Nellis) Air Force base

(The Strip The Strip)

Thanks to D-D-R, who thinks E Los Santos is more like W LA, Glen Park is more
like MacArthur Park and similarly located, although Morningside Park also looks
very similar, and Grove Street could be Martin Luther King Boulevard (or "The
Jungle" as some in CA call it), Crenshaw Boulevard, or La Brea Street.


Reader Wolfie2k5 gets my thanks for telling me he recognized these similari-

Interglobal Film Studios has two water towers like the one of Warner Brothers
studios. (Interglobal Film Studios in "Vice City" has a tower like it, too.)

The tallest building, the one with a Parachute on top, in Los Santos (it's at
the oval NW of the pretzel-looking intersection that's S of Mulholland Intersec-
tion)--the U.S. Bank Tower, aka the Library Tower (formerly the First Interstate
World Center)

Santa Maria pier--Santa Monica pier (The "...SPORT FISHING BOATING...." sign
over the start of the road leading down to it is about identical except it
doesn't have "Santa Monica" on the top; Santa Monica pier has more amusement

The High Roller--Bally's Las Vegas (It has similar columns lit blue at night,
moving sidewalks, and elevators.)

The round tower, covered with windows, with four shorter such towers surround-
ing it, S of the right side of the "A" of the big "LOS SANTOS" letters (it has a
bridge to the E to the Atrium)--the Westin Bonaventure Hotel

Starfish Casino--the Barbary Coast


Thanks to my reader Colin Attle, who contributed a number of references to my
"Vice City" walk-through, for finding the references in this section.

N across a block and street from the "AR" of "MARKET" (also a couple of blocks
W of the Market Ammu-Nation) is a store called "SPACEY!"

Colin wrote to me that it probably refers to arcade video games like "Space
Invaders." When he was young, he and some of his friends called such games

Colin also wrote to me that he remembers a scene like the one in the chase of
"End of the Line," in which Sweet holds onto the ladder extended behind a fire-
truck, performed before by 007 in the 1985 James Bond movie "A View to a Kill."

You can find the same "San Andreas" ladder truck used in the mission behind
the San Fierro Fire Dept., which is S of the Doherty garage. (I'll add that the
movie chase takes place in San Francisco, and San Fierro is where you can find
the "San Andreas" ladder truck.)

The PIK N' GO MARKET, west of the Jefferson Hotel, may be a reference to the
British Pick 'n' Mix Sweets method of buying candy. It's to take various can-
dies, each type offered in a separate bin, and put them in a single bag to have
the cost determined by weight.

(It sounds like the way you buy candy at the downtown Pittsburgh Candy-Rama
store at 212 Fifth Avenue.)

To the east of the park with the Watts Towers "there is a shop called 'IDEAL
HOMIES STORE'--this is a reference to a magazine...

"...and a yearly show."

One passenger in the Taxi mission says, "Let's go, Mr. Driver," which is a
quote from the game "Chase H.Q.." It was released as an arcade game in 1988 and
later in other formats.

The "Legal" cinema, in Market, with "Legal" put over "Regal" on the sign, is a
reference to the chain of Regal Cinemas in the U.K. (I'll add there's a chain by
the same name in the U.S.).

The "Locals Only!" shop in Blueberry is a reference to the "Local Shop" of the
U.K. TV series "The League of Gentlemen."

The GTA San Andreas/data/Decision folder has a folder named "Craig" and anoth-
er named "david"--they may be named after the U.K. singer.

Colin Attle noticed that the sofa seen in the N room of the 1st floor of the
Diaz > Vercetti mansion in "Vice City" looks like the sofa seen in some of the
landings of the Jefferson Motel in "San Andreas."

Colin caught the reference of "Chuff" security vans to a British security firm
called Chubb.


I better slip in a few of the ones I came up with myself (if not necessarily
as the 1st to do it):

Union Station, N of Los Santos airport, looks like Los Angeles Union Passenger
Terminal, "The last of America's great rail stations." It's at 800 N. Alameda
St., Los Angeles, CA.

Las Venturas Stadium, the little baseball field in NW Las Venturas, "Home of
the Bandits," is like minor (Pacific Coast) league ball park Cashman Field,
which is N of the main casino area.

The depiction of an airplane over the entrance to Easter Bay Airport looks a
bit like a U.K. WWII bomber--the Avro Manchester, predecessor to the Avro Lan-
caster. (Thanks to thedude777 for pointing out the three blade type of propel-

Thanks to reader fonz808 for writing that there are similarities between the
Los Angeles and Los Santos wall paintings of a Madonna.

I'll add that the "San Andreas" painting says, "Jesus Saves," which is what
the "GTA 2" save house says with an electric sign that has some of the letters
burned out to read "U SAVE." I also found some real life examples that are
similar to the "San Andreas" wall painting.

As mentioned near the start of this section, in Los Santos there is a wall
painting with a heart, Mary, an angel, and the words "Jesus Saves." Flame-
colored symbolism of holiness emanates from Mary, who wears a robe, with the
hood over her head, that's blue with white stars. It shows her from the up-
per torso and up.

Several outdoor murals in LA show something similar, particularly a couple of

The most similar depiction of Mary, and relevant to overall context, to me is
the traditional depiction of a Madonna and child with an angel nearby on an
outer wall of St. Lucy's Catholic Church in Los Angeles. The depiction of Mary
is part of a mural called "El Tepeyac de Los Angeles" by George Yepes. Mary is
contrasted with a similar image of a Latina mother cradling her slain gang mem-
ber son. "El Tepeyac" is a holy site in Mexico where a 17th century campesino
(Spanish for "farmer") allegedly had a vision of a brown-skinned Virgin Mary.

The middle of the church, and the cross symbol it uses, have shapes similar to
the church and cross symbol (placed differently) in Jefferson, Los Santos, that
has a Rockstar symbol near the top of the stained glass.

A San Fierro church, below the "DO" of the "DOWNTOWN" of N San Fierro, looks
like Grace cathedral.

The dove in the wall art in San Fierro looks exactly like the peace symbol
used by the Benedictine Sisters of the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood,

Grand Theft Auto/Half Life references:

In GTA III, 2001, Navid Khonsari (who plays Dwaine in VC and SA), as a caller
to Lazlow's Chatterbox FM talk radio station, says that a worse threat than
killer bees are killer ants--"they're like sheep."

In the chapter "Sandtraps" of the game "Half-Life 2," 2004, a fellow on a low
rock tells another fellow, who's lying on the sand nearby, "Laszlo, don't
move!" Laszlo moves a bit, some antlions kill him, and the guy on the rock
tells Gordon Freeman, "Dear God! Poor Laszlo! The finest mind of his genera-
tion come to such an end. We were heading to the Vortigaunt camp, hoping to
pick up some bugbait so these damn things would leave us alone. But without
Laszlo what's the point?"

As a guy is about to get off a train near the start of HL2, he says, "Well,
end of the line." The last mission in "San Andreas" is called "End of the

The Black Mesa research facility in "Half-Life," 1998, is similar to Area 69
in SA--both seem to be references to Area 51 and the rumors about it. A crow-
bar, the distinctive melee weapon used by Gordon Freeman, the star of the Half-
Life series, is on a table in one of the lab rooms of Area 69.

Expose fans might like "Glenster's Guide to GTJ Brooklyn," which has refer-
ences to "Half-Life 2" and "San Andreas."

Wikipedia gives a variety of possibilities for what might have influenced
Rockstar North to use the name "Epsilon," a letter of the Greek alphabet, for
the "Epsilon Program." There's another possibility not listed there. In "No
One Lives Forever 2," 2002, in chapter 12, "Undersea," "Submarine bay," Epsilon
is referred to in one of the intelligence papers Cate Archer can pick up for
skill points.

"H.A.R.M. The leading experts in World Domination

To: Professor Hibbard From: Commander Pim

I understand you have filed a complaint with headquarters about the cancella-
tion of Project: Epsilon. My dear Professor, you cannot possibly consider that
mess salvageable. The last thing we need this close to Condition Omega is an
overly ambitious, inadequately managed distraction like Epsilon draining our re-
sources and undermining morale.


There are other references to Epsilon in later levels:

I suppose this is kind of obvious, but I don't see it come up much: I think
the reason the name "San Andreas" was picked may be because it's cracked (so a
metaphor for "crazy"). I don't mean the illicit smoke, although that's not an
unlikely thought, either.

"San Andreas" has a follow-up to the "Come to Dundee...." billboard of "Vice
City." It's on the roof of the Vinyl Countdown at the intersection N of the N
corner of the block that's NE of the "EO" of "RODEO." It says, "Let's go to
Dundee!! The care in the community...." (I can't make out the last word. The
phrase sounds like a Community Care program slogan to me.)

The sashay some of the women did in "Vice City" lives on in the way some of
the women walk in "San Andreas" when they get up from lounging on a towel at the
beach or the grass in Glen Park.

The Xymposium with a depiction of a "Vice City" hidden package in front, men-
tioned earlier, may be a reference to the Tiki Ti tiki bar on Sunset Boulevard
in Los Angeles.

Wu Zi, allegedly blind but able to show a high accuracy rate during a drive-by
and possibly drive a car, was preceded by the "Vice City" black fellow who pre-
tended to be blind but could get around without a guide dog or cane and could
fight and drive.

This store front has been known about since "San Andreas" came out, but it
took a while before I found it. Across the street to the N of the "RK" of "MAR-
KET" is a store that displays three clocks--for London (11:23 or so), Los San-
tos (2:30), and Liberty City (5:20). All three have been used as settings in
GTA's: "London, 1969," "San Andreas," and "III." (A bit to the W is spaceein-
stein's store. I got a Park named after me, anyway--you see an old bum lounging
around in it now and then.)

What I think of as a Nutcracker Suite nutcracker face, seen on the straw hut
gazebo with torches, etc., and a Polynesian theme on the N side of the block
that's a block S of El Swanko Casa in "Vice City," also appears on the buildings
of the Hotel Motel on the two blocks of "PILGRIM" in Las Venturas in "San An-

I think the name of the RC Cam, which appears to be a flower pot till it's
used as a land vehicle (I.8.a), is meant as a reference to surveillance gadgets
hidden in ordinary objects. This is also shown by the trophies of deer heads
with red glowing eyes that, as shazard pointed out, are above the exit door at
Palomino Creek and Blueberry Ammu-Nations. They were preceded by the air condi-
tioner, in Phil's trailer and over the inside of the door of Ryton Aide in "Vice
City," that has a small sign on it that says "george's bug."

The U.S.S. Numnutz is a solid version of the submarine that's underwater N of
North Point Mall in "Vice City."

The name of the SA area "Back o' Beyond" comes from the lyric of "Scarface
(Push It to the Limit)" (Giorgio Moroder, Arthur W. Barrow) from "Scarface,"
1983, and Flashback FM in "III."

In "III," catacorner to the SW corner of the multi-story parking garage of
Staunton, one of the messages of an electric sign with moving letters is that
shares of "MADD" are up 76%, which may refer to the success of Madd Dogg contin-
uing beyond the end of "San Andreas."

You can find Pier 69 where your paper map shows a big gray projection at the
NE end of San Fierro. If C.J. goes into a blackened doorway along the SE side
of it, he appears at a doorway on the roof. If he goes into that doorway, he
appears at the 1st doorway. SE of that, C.J. can swim through underwater holes
in the rock display used in "Amphibious Assault" (VI.39).

At the bottom of the vertical stem of the 2nd "R" of "SAN FIERRO" is a gray
ramp down to a garage door that says, "NO ENTRY; UNSAFE BUILDING." But if you
have C.J. go to the top of the ramp, every time he looks away and looks back
you'll see a vehicle appear and drive up the ramp.

C.J. can break some of the bottles in a bar.

The guy who gets to kiss a woman the most in "San Andreas" appears in a party
about five people are having by a fire on a little island by the Speeder C.J.
can use to chase Ryder's Speeder in "Pier 69." This guy's just nuts about this

USS Numnutz: I think the name of the submarine at the coast of Esplanade East,
San Fierro, may be a pun on the name of Fleet Admiral Chester William Nimitz,
who helped design and served in submarines during much of his early naval ca-
reer, was the United States signatory to the surrender terms aboard the battle-
ship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay at the end of WW II, and was active in San Fran-
cisco community affairs in the last years of his life.

The Big Ear looks like one of the 27 antennas of the Very Large Array on the
Plains of San Augustin, between the towns of Magdalena and Datil, fifty miles W
of Socorro, New Mexico. Thanks to Leatherface of the forum.

I'll add that the name "The Big Ear" is taken from the Big Ear Radio Observa-
tory, which is aka Ohio State University Radio Observatory (OSURO). The Observ-
atory was named after the Big Ear Radio Telescope--a Kraus-type radio telescope
named after Dr. John D. Kraus, the founder and director of the observatory and
the designer and builder of the telescope. Big Ear covered more area than three
football fields. The telescope was famous for discovering some of the most dis-
tant known objects in the universe, the loud "Wow!" signal, and made the long-
est-lasting search for extra-terrestrial intelligence entered into the Guinness
Book of Records. After nearly 40 years, it was destroyed in 1998.

As noted earlier, Scott Wilson, who worked on the countryside art for "San An-
dreas, is named on a tombstone in a graveyard in the SW corner of the SW block
of Palomino Creek in NE Red County. I took the screen shot at the link below
during a flash of lightning to read the tombstone better. I'm not sure if it
actually relates to Scott Wilson or not, but it says, "MEDAL OF HONOR," "CPL"
(Corporal), "US ARMY," and "KOREA."

The blue building with zig zag neon lights at night, on the N side of the
block that's N of the block with "WOOD" of "VINEWOOD," is similar to Sunset Tow-

...with coloring more like the Eastern Columbia Building at 849 S. Broadway in
the Broadway Theater District of downtown Los Angeles. The Eastern Columbia
Building was also the setting for the 1991 movie "The Last Hour," which featured
Danny Trejo as Spider. Danny did the voice acting for Umberto Robina in "Vice

The Mulholland Intersection looks like the intersection of the Harbor Freeway,
I-110, and the Glenn Anderson Freeway (the Century Freeway), I-105, in Los An-
geles. Steven Mulholland is one of those who worked on the Los Santos art for
"San Andreas."

The Xymposium with a depiction of a "Vice City" hidden package in front, men-
tioned earlier, may be a reference to the Tiki Ti tiki bar on Sunset Boulevard
in Los Angeles.

The Vinewood sign looks like the Hollywood sign. (I know about everybody knew
that the second they saw it, but I forget who claimed it 1st on the message
boards so I put it here.)

The Vinewood building with pictures of the cover of "Vice City" on the front,
mentioned earlier, looks like the Whiskey a Go Go nightclub on Sunset Strip in
West Hollywood.

A little building on Santa Maria Beach looks like the Venice Beach Recreation
Center and police sub-station.

The home on a hillside in Mulholland that looks like somebody liked the Lil'
Probe Inn idea of a flying saucer on a stick looks like the Malin residence--the

The restaurant in Vinewood that looks like it was converted from an old train
car looks like Carney's Restaurant on the Sunset Strip.

Across the street to the east of that is a Temple hotel with an upside-down
sign that says "the Bogstandard," which refers to the Standard Hotel chain which
uses an upside-down sign and has a hotel in Los Angeles. "Bog standard" is a
U.K. phrase that means "ordinary," sometimes with a derisive implication.

The City Hall building in San Fierro looks like San Francisco City Hall with-
out the spire on top.

The rainbow sign of 7th Heaven on the Old Venturas Strip looks like the one
used by Fitzgerald's Casino and Hotel, which is part of a design that symbolizes
the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow of Irish folk stories.

The light display on the corner of the casino that's a game save place, at the
corner S of the "V" of "OLD VENTURAS STRIP," looks like the bowl-shaped light
display on a corner of The Four Queens Casino.

- There's a Disgraceland territory in "GTA2." Disgraceland refers to Grace-
land, which was Elvis Presley's home. There's an Elvis gang in "GTA2"--if you
have Claude Speed run over a batch of them, the screen says, "ELVIS HAS LEFT THE
BUILDING" (shown in the 1st screen shot below which is from the Gouranga web
site). The code to create them is "LASVEGAS."

- One of the discarded newspapers seen blown around by the wind in "III" and
"Vice City" carries the headline "ZOMBIE ELVIS FOUND," which is a front page ad-
vertised as a sign pulled through the sky by the Dodo in "Vice City." It kids
the rumors that Elvis faked his death and had been seen alive since then.

- There's a jukebox with a couple of Elvis-looking performers pictured on it--
one looks like Elvis in a gold suit he wore once--in St. Mark's Bistro and
Robina's Cafe Cubano in "Vice City."

Elvis is also the name of the pet alligator Sonny Crockett, played by Don
Johnson, keeps on his sailboat in the 1984-1989 TV series "Miami Vice," which
"Vice City" makes some references to.

- Three of the pedestrians in "San Andreas" are Elvis impressionists. They're
mainly found in Las Venturas, although imut_knight noticed that one comes past
in a Walton on a dirt path during the race in "Wu Zi Mu."

- There's an ad for Disgraceland Wedding Chapel on the ballpark scoreboard in
Las Venturas.

- And the code "BLUESUEDESHOES"--named after a Carl Perkins tune Elvis cov-
ered--creates a lot of the Elvis impressionists among the pedestrians in "San

As noted earlier, the windows of the buildings to the E of the five silos NE
of Mt. Chiliad have some blurry Steven Bliss cartoon cover art from "III" and
"Vice City" (the pictures are horizontally reversed on some windows). It seems
to me that several also have a blurry depiction of the old RCA logo of Nipper
the dog listening to a Victrola. If so, that would seem to connect with the
idea of Elvis Presley that appears in GTA's, from the Elvis gang in "GTA2" to
the Elvis impersonators in Las Venturas in "San Andreas.")

The license plate of the Windsor in the "Home on the Hills" mission says "J
LOMAX" (which may refer to British singer-songwriter Jackie Lomax or a relative
of Vincent Lomax, a voice actor for one of the gangsters).

(For no reason but the name similarity, I wonder if "Las Venturas" is a tie-in
with the 1960's, etc., instrumental rock group The Ventures; did they play Vegas
a lot?) (If it weren't for them popularizing Mosrite guitars, there might never
have been the cherry red, hollow-body electric Mosrite Celebrity my Mom bought
me for a graduation present.)

"Las Venturas" in Spanish is "the lucks." It also looks like the French
phrase "les aventures" (the adventures).

One license plate that can appear (I had it show up on the back of the Elegant
C.J. drives in "Management Issues") says "SUNRA 93," which I think refers to
jazz composer/musician/band leader Sun Ra, who passed away in 1993. A number of
George Clinton's (bounce FM DJ, "Loopzilla") early tunes were influenced by Sun

A theater in Angel Pine advertises "Chuffed to Bits" as a horror movie as a
pun. In the U.K., "chuffed" commonly means "pleased" or "proud," so the title
suggests a phrase like "pleased to pieces," but "chuff" is also slang word for

A few books are found on the bed in the Angel Pine and Whetstone save places
in SA: "The Space Gem" by G.M.Bertolli, a book by Philip R. Jones, and "A Few
Good Hens" by John Craig.

- "Space gem" may be a reference to one of the gem effects in the 1995 Capcom
video game "Marvel Super Heroes."

- "Philip R. Jones" might be the author referred to at the next link (or a
relative of Lazlow Jones?):

Colin Attle pointed out to me that one of the author's books, "Sign and Symbol
Communication for Mentally Handicapped People," seems relevant to the fact that
people in GTA's express themselves with their hands a lot.

- "A Few Good Hens" is a pun based on the phrase "A Few Good Men," which was
part of a slogan of the U.S. Marines Corps ("we're looking for a few good men"),
a play by Aaron Sorkin, then a movie in 1992. "John Craig" may be a reference
to the Scottish John Craig educated at the University of Edinburg who's des-
cribed at the second link below.

Thanks again to Colin Attle for telling me that "hen" in Scotland is slang for
a woman you know affectionately.

Since some fans imagine a barrage of them, I'll give what I think are safe to
call "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," 1974, or Ed Gein references.

- A model of Piggsy of "Manhunt," 2003, is on sale at Berkley's RC Shop.
Piggsy used a chainsaw and animal skin, not human skin, for a disguise, which is
similar to Leatherface in "Texas...." using a chainsaw and human skin for a dis-
guise. Leatherface has the use of the skin of corpses in common with Gein, but
Gein didn't use it for a disguise for murdering people or kill with a chainsaw--
he killed with a gun. A direct GTA movie chainsaw reference is made to "Scar-
face" with Al Pacino" by Apt.3C in "Vice City," and an indirect reference to
"Texas...." is made by the "Manhunt"/Piggsy model in Berkley's RC Shop in "San

- You might wonder if the house at The Farm/Helena's house in Flint Range/the
save place in Whetstone is loosely based on the house in TCM although there are
too many differences to call it a match. (Thanks to mythmaster for the tip to
make the comparison.)

- Dennis Hopper is Lefty in TCM2 and Steve Scott in "Vice City."

- Hannibal Liquor is on the N block of Montgomery. In "Silence of the Lambs,"
1991, Hannibal Lecter practices cannibalism and "Buffalo Bill" makes clothes
from human skin. Ed Gein may have done the 1st and was known to have done the

Texas Chain Saw Miscreant Edited For TV--a Li'l Dodo film by Glen T. Winstein

In response to posts about Leatherface on GTA message boards--a heartwarming
fantasy for children of all ages.

All the violence and lurid sex has been removed for TV and will be available
later as a DVD extra. The Superjump fantasy is just like the part in "The Wiz-
ard of Oz" where Dorothy's house is caught up in a cyclone except instead of
two men in a row boat it's Gman in a row boat and instead of Margaret Hamilton
on a bike it's C.J.. It'll play a lot smoother once we get Alfred Hitchcock's
special effects man to do it with matte shots.

You can download this file (TexasChainSawMiscreant_EdV.wmv 99.03 MB) from

You can download any of my video files or "Glenster's Go On San Andreas v.1
Mission Select Save Games" (Glenster's MissionSelect SA v1) from filefront at
this link:

I haven't see this in "San Andreas" since the last time I installed it on my
PC, but an earlier installment had a glitch whereby if C.J. looked in a mirror,
the reflection of his face wasn't the same as his real face. The reflection
constantly had an open-mouthed smile with some of the teeth missing--see the
screenshots at the next several links.

It reminded me of the same sort of famous horror story idea as some of us in-
terpreted to be suggested by the mirror on the 2nd floor of the Malibu Club in
"Vice City." As was true with Dracula as played by Bela Lugosi in the 1931
movie "Dracula," based loosely on the 1897 Bram Stoker novel and following a
European myth about vampires, you couldn't see the reflection of the lead char-
acter, Tommy Vercetti, in the mirror. In C.J.'s case, the mirrors were more
like the portrait in the 1890 Oscar Wilde novel and, most famously, 1945 movie
starring Hurd Hatfield, "The Portrait of Dorian Gray." Like that painting, the
mirrors could be thought to reflect the evil things C.J. had been doing while
his own appearance never got older.

The Big Spread Ranch, pointed to by the martini glass symbol E of the No Fly
Zone, and not far from Las Venturas, probably came from the idea of the Chicken
Ranch, the famous "Best Little whorehouse in the West," near Las Vegas, Nevada,
which is the recent version of the one closed in 1973 in La Grange, Texas, that
the movie "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," 1982, fictionalized, and is
what the song "La Grange" by ZZ Top refers to.

Since the 1955-1959 TV show "The Phil Silvers Show," called "Sgt. Bilko" in
syndication. may be the source of the name Fort Baxter in Vice City, Doberman
maybe named after Private Doberman, played by Maurice Gosfield.

The Brown Streak railroad company seems to be a reference to the movie "Silver
Streak," 1976, which starred Richard Pryor, Jill Clayburgh, and Gene Wilder.

There are some spherical gas tanks C.J. can climb to the top of in Green Palms
in the desert, and there are others on the E side of the block that's S of the
block with an Ammu-Nation icon that's S of "WILLOW FIELD." But I don't think
the ending of "White Heat," 1949, with James Cagney fits into the context of
anything in the game. C.J. is a gangster, but his love of his Mom seems normal,
not psychotic. I guess you could have C.J. throw down some Molotovs at the top
of one and do a parody of it, though, during a high wanted level.

The name of Royale Casino is a reversal of "Casino Royale" of Casino Royale
and Hotel. "Casino Royale" is also the name of Ian Fleming's 1st James Bond
book, 1953, which was spoofed by "Casino Royale," 1967, which wasn't made by the
usual James Bond film makers and was largely panned. However, the theme song
for it was a tuneful, bouncy 1967 Herb Albert & The Tijuana Brass hit recording
of a Burt Bacharach song.

Ian Fleming also wrote "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," a children's novel which was
filmed in 1968, and the origin of the flying cars code for the PC "GTA III":

At the Los Santos airport, the unique-looking building with big arches, which
appeared basically the same way in "III," looks like the Theme Building at LA
International Airport. According to the Wikipedia article at the 1st link be-
low, the Hanna Barbera TV cartoon show "The Jetsons" took design ideas from the
Theme Building, which in turn was then made to have a "Jetsons" look.

The name of the store "The Pink Oboe" might be a reference to the euphemism of
a spy's name in a Jan.12, 1959 episode of the Goon Show called "The Spy or Who
is Pink Oboe." The Goon Show was very popular in the U.K. in the '50s and in
reruns since then.

A place in S Downtown, Vice City, between the Moist Palms Hotel and the fire
department, is called Fudds (like Elmer Fudd--Looney Tunes) Gifts, and there's a
Fud's next door to Zero's RC shop (just S of the "C" of "GARCIA") (Thanks to
Mxyzptlk for the San Fierro Fud fact). ("Fud" can also be Edinburgh slang for
anus or vagina.) If Tommy Vercetti morphs to a Caddy, he looks like Fred Flint-
stone (Hanna Barbera), and a place south of Big Smoke's (on the W side of the
block that's W of the block with "F" of "LOS FLORES") is called Jellystone (like
the park Yogi Bear lives in--Hanna Barbera) International.

The name of a horse you can gamble on, Rocinante, is the name of Don Quixote's
horse in the 17th century Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra novel "Don Quixote,"
which was adapted in 1965 for stage, and in 1972 for film, as "Man of La Man-
cha." "Rocinante" means it was but no longer is a nag.

Another horse you can gamble on is called Kinnear's Demise. The name refers
to Roy Kinnear, who was in some movies directed by Richard Lester such as
"Help!" and who died in 1988 after being thrown from a horse.

The steep winding road in San Fierro, Windy Windy Windy Windy Windy Street,
looks like Lombard St. in San Francisco (which I remember from "Driving in San
Francisco" on the early Bill Cosby record "Why Is There Air?"--it won the 1965
Grammy award for Best Comedy Performance).

That may be why the nearby railroad bridge, on the E side of San Fierro, is
called the Kincaid Bridge. On the TV show "The Bill Cosby Show," 1969-1971,
Bill Cosby played gym teacher Chet Kincaid.

At the SE side of the block W of "MARKET" is a store called "Zu-Zu's Petals,"
which are what George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) was glad to find were still in the
pocket of the nightgown of his youngest daughter, Zuzu Bailey (Karolyn Grimes),
near the end of the 1946 movie "It's a Wonderful Life."

La Vie est Merveilleuse--a Li'l Dodo film by Glen T. Winstein

A GTA Christmas stunt movie When Denise feels sad, C.J. helps her see it's a
wonderful life by encouraging her to do some stunts. The Mount Chiliad runs
were the most fun. (Denise's Hustler was sped up a bit in order to make the
first San Fierro roof jump.)

You can download this file (LaVieEstMerveilleuse3.wmv 73.40 MB) from file-

You can download any of my video files or "Glenster's Go On San Andreas v.1
Mission Select Save Games" (Glenster's MissionSelect SA v1) from filefront at
this link:

"Chiliad" means "a group of 1,000," which I guess is meant metaphorically due
to the size of it.

Mt. Chiliad looks like....? I vote for El Capitan, aka Agathla Peak in Nava-
Jo, just S of beautiful Monument Valley, Arizona, which director John Ford
showed off in movies including "Stagecoach," 1939, "My Darling Clement,"
1946, "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon," 1949, and "The Searchers," 1956. Some of
"Easy Rider," 1969, was filmed there, too.

O.K., it's not an identical match--more of a similar big rock natural monument
with something like paths spiraling down the side. It sure is purty, though.

The rock arch on the left, in nearby Grand Circle, Arizona and Utah, shown in
the web site below, looks like the one W of Verdant Meadows.

The Area W of Las Venturas is like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
It's about 12 miles W of Las Vegas, can be seen from The Strip, and features
Keystone Thrust--large sandstone peaks and walls.

Regular Tom--some geyser at Yellowstone National Park that's less impressive
than Old Faithful, which sprays 106 - 184 feet high--maybe Box Spring, which
only sprays 10-15 feet high.

Since Yellowstone is NE of Nevada, Regular Tom may refer to one of these
lesser geysers:

Another possibility is the Scaliest, CA, artificial geyser, Little Old Faith-
ful, which sprays 60 feet high through the casing of a well:

There are ancient Native American ruins just E of the roads of Los Barracks
(Spanish for "The Ravines") on the side of a cliff across the street from the
cemetery that's behind the church with two bell towers.

The bigger batch of ruins are called Aldea Malvada, the Lost Pueblo (with the
Spanish translated, it's called "Evil Village, The Lost Town"). It's at the end
of a dead end road in Tierra Robada (Spanish for "Robbed Earth").

The proximity of them to the Sherman Dam, similar to the Hoover Dam, may indi-
cate they're representative of the ancient ruins of towns around the dam, in-
cluding many, like The Lost City, that were covered by Lake Mead when the Hoover
Dam was completed.

The ruins on the side of a cliff probably indicate ancient Pueblo cliff dwell-
ings, even though their culture was centered in the common borders of Utah, Col-
orado, New Mexico and Arizona--the Four Corners area--to the E.

As Mxyzptlk notes, "C**k Rock" (at the W side of where the dead end road goes
to a T intersection W of Verdant Meadows Aircraft Graveyard), looks like a huge
c**k, as do some rocks in Foster Valley, San Fierro. (In "Glenster's Guide to
Some of Vice City," referring to the 11 pm to midnight light display of the WK
Chariot hotel, I wondered if there would be something like that in "San An-

"C**k Rock" is similar to Big Stoney in Kodachrome Basin, Utah near Cannon-
ville, Utah (also found by flying fox in the group given above). (For the full
WK Chariot Hotel effect, some modder has to figure out how to put Regular Tom on
top of it.)

I think the only caption you need for the screen shot at the 1st link above
is: "Hey, when will I know when I get to Bone County?"

(shazard found another "Big Stoney" in Commerce. It's in a raised garden in
an entrance lot at the S end of the block of "TOS" of "LOS SANTOS.")

(I don't know about a female version, unless it's the big rock arch SW of Ver-
dant Meadows or the fault under the N San Fierro ship.)

In the Hot Coffee mod, Denise's bedroom has a big picture of the cover of
"Vice City" on the wall.

Since the Hot Coffee controversy has died down, maybe attention can turn to
figuring out the secret of the San Fierro Rockstar baseball player statue (on
the block of "ANC" of "FINANCIAL"). He has an extra invisible bat. (I added
extra screen shots since he's on such a tall pedestal he's hard to see from the
ground, and maybe someone will recognize his face.)

With this, my place in the history of GTA's is assured. Stand back so you
don't get hurt. He's across the street and a bit to the E from the San Fierro
gym, and by the S Doherty save place, in "San Andreas," and in several places in
Little Haiti in "Vice City."

You can treat me like a regular person.

The San Fierro buildings W of the one with "C" and "K" on it seem to have an
upside-down "R," below it an "S," and the little one has what could be an "A."
Taken together, and dropping the upside-down "R," it spells "SACK." Any old
person could have a sack, but this is a secret sack. Well, now.

E of Mt. Chiliad, near the corner where the road meets the river, is Angel
Pines Junkyard. It's NE of the last "E" of "WHETSTONE." There are four big
dirty orange-pink sheds on the N side of the lot, and all of them are copies
of sheds in "Vice City."

The domed building in the middle of the N row of three is a replica of the one
in the Junkyard--Lance Vance is held captive in it in "Death Row." In both cop-
ies of the shed, if you go into the back left of it, there's a window you can
see through, but if you look for the window on the outside of the building, it's
not there. (There's no bloody chair in there, though.)

The W shed of the N row of three is a replica of the one with a Hidden Package
at Phil's Place except the entrance is walled shut.

The outer two sheds are both replicas of the one Phil uses to store his Patri-

Thanks to thedude777 for pointing out that some other things in the Junkyard
look like ones from the "Vice City" Junkyard, too. As mentioned earlier in this
section, the Angel Pine Junkyard is said to look like a setting in "Manhunt."
This junk gets around.

The big ship in Ocean Docks is basically the same as the one used in "Spilling
the Beans" in "Vice City." You could use it for a unit of measurement if you
want to compare the size of the maps of the two games.

The ship by the Easter Basin crane and the ship by the Gant Bridge have cabin
areas that are similar to the cabin area of the "Vice City" ship, too, except
they're simplified and have two smaller smoke stacks instead of one bigger one.

The name of a "San Andreas" set of missions, "Learning to Fly," is on a bill-
board in Staunton in "GTA III." (In the screen shot, look to the right of the
tail of the Maverick.) "Learning to Fly" is also the name of a 1987 tune by
Pink Floyd.

As noted earlier, thedude777 showed that The Julius Thru Ways, Harry Gold
Parkway, Greenglass College, and Ken Rosenberg were named after people involved
in the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed after a controver-
sial trial about spying in 1953. It's debated whether or not they were guilty.
(See I.17A "In the beginning" in "Glenster's Guide to Some of Vice City" for
similar GTA references to controversial figures and criminals.)

Looking at an online drug slang dictionary, I've noticed that various names
in the GTA games are also slang words for crack: Xoomer could be pronounced
"Zoomer" (someone who sells fake crack and runs away), smoke, wave, Johnson
(also c**k), Eightball (crack and heroin), candy, B.J.'s (also bl** job), even
rock star, possibly others. Since the subject of cocaine comes up in this and
the last GTA (it's what Vice City hidden packages contained, etc.), and given
the game maker's inclination to punning, it may be more than a coincidence.

Some babelfish translations of Spanish:

Avispa Country Club Wasp Country Club
Las Barracks the Ravines
El Quebrados the Fraction
Aldea Malvada Evil Village
Valle Ocultado Hidden Valley
Arco Del Oeste Arc of the West
Las Brujas the Witches
El Castillo Del Diablo the Castle of the Devil
Tierra Robada Robbed Earth
Las Venturas the Lucks (the Good Fortunes, I guess)
Los Sepulcros Cemetery the Tombs Cemetery

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, "Esplanade" comes from
Middle French and means "a level open stretch of paved or grassy ground, espe-
cially one designed for walking or driving along a shore."


I mentioned in "Glenster's Guide for Vice City" that "Mafia," released as a
video game in 2002, has some people in common with "Vice City" and/or earlier
GTA's: Rennaud Sebbane, Chris Phillips, George Dicenzo, Laura Maxwell, Judy Hen-
derson, and John Zurhellen.

"Mafia" also has these people in common with "San Andreas:

- Jeff Gurner, the voice of Ralph/car mechanic Lucas Bertone/others, is one of
the pedestrian voices in "San Andreas,"

- Bill Buell and Steve Kenezevitch, who did various voices for "Mafia," are
among the pedestrians voices in "San Andreas,"

- Judy Henderson returns as the casting director, and Renaude Sebbane, produc-
er/director of voice overs and Barry Stark in "III" and "Vice City," returns as
a motion capture model.


Rusk has at least several real-life similarities to add that I know of, too:

"Body Harvest," the name of a mission for The Truth in "San Andreas," is also
the name of a Nintendo 64 game made by DMA Design (some of whom later helped
form Rockstar North) in 1998.

"Pier 69 is based on San Francisco's Pier 39 which is on the Embarcadero. How
do I know this? That's because I used to work there at the Namco CyberStation
Arcade which was at the front of the pier (1991-1993). Rockstar did a good job
in recreating the tourist attraction except that they did not put in an arcade
where you can play the arcade mini-games within San Andreas. What's up with

("Embarcadero" means "wharf." For screen shots, see the 2nd sub-section be-

"When I first saw the town of Fort Carson on the enclosed map I had to smile.
You see, there is a real life Fort Carson. It is located on the southern edge
of Colorado Springs, Colorado and is also one of the largest Army bases in the
US. Fort Carson is also my birthplace (4/24/1967)."

That's when he was just a li'l baby Rusk. Awwr!

And thanks to Rusk for explaining this glitch:

If you have C.J. follow a hooker to her room at the same motel during "Reunit-
ing the Families," they begin to kiss and C.J. gets (a pre-Paramedic mission
degree of) full Health. (Before the Paramedic mission, C.J.'s maximum Health is
2/3rds of what it becomes after the Paramedic mission. If C.J. has done the
Paramedic mission, has full Health, and kisses her, his Health goes down to
2/3rds of the maximum.


Reader zubier abdullah, aka darkevil, told me he sees a likeness between Offi-
cer Tenpenny, voice acted by Samuel L. Jackson, and Sgt. Dan 'Hondo' Harrelson
of the LAPD, the character Samuel plays in the movie "S.W.A.T," 2003.


Thanks to the International Movie Data Base web site for the next batch:

"Farewell, My Lovely" (1975)
A mission in "San Andreas" has the same name.

"Red Dawn" (1984)
In Ammu-Nation, the Ammu-Nation commercial announcer calls the film a docu-
mentary. (GTW note: this clip is used as an Ammu-Nation commercial in "Vice
City," in which part of the story of "Red Dawn" is also referred to by Pastor
Richards on VCPR.)

"To Live and Die in L.A." (1985)
A chase in "San Andreas" is similar to one in "To Live and Die in L.A." (GTW
note: the car chase in the movie goes past a bridge like the one by C.J.'s
house and part of the car chase is in a big drainage ditch like the one used in
the chase in "Just Business." The movie also has a few things in common with
"Vice City," which I cover in my walk-through for VC.)

"The Color of Money" (1986)
C.J.'s pool opponent asks him to "show me the color of your money."

"New Jack City" (1991)
Big Smoke's crack palace looks like the Carter Apartment Buildings, crack
dealer Nino Brown's headquarters, in "New Jack City."

"South Central" (1992)
Big Bear, the former Grove Street gang member who's become a base head who
cleans the toilet of his supplier, is like Bobby Johnson's (Glenn Plummer) base-
head friend in prison in South Central (1992). Carl Johnson and Bobby Johnson
have similar looks, the same last name, and both experience betrayals, hopeless-
ness, and gang activity. The Grove Street and Deuce gangs have similar strate-

"GoldenEye" (1995)
C.J. leaps from a dam in "Dam and Blast" similar to a scene in the beginning
of the movie "GoldenEye."

"Con Air" (1997)
"Reuniting the Families" has a similar shot of doughnuts hitting the ground.

"One Eight Seven" (1997)
Cesar played Cesar in "One Eight Seven," in which he looked and talked the
same way.

"Donnie Darko" (2001)
The "Fearitdoit" program is like the program of motivational speaker Jim Cun-
ningham (Patrick Swayze).

"Ocean's Eleven" (2001)
The heist of Caligula's is similar to the casino heist of "Ocean's Eleven."

"The Transporter" (2002)
"The Da Nang Thang" has C.J. save refugees from a container on a ship, which
is similar to a situation in "The Transporter."

"Lost" (2004)
Some of the pedestrians say they watch "Lost."

"Terminator 2: Judgment Day" (1991)
"Just Business" features a scene in which a Packer drops into a drainage ditch
to chase Big Smoke's motorcycle, which is like a scene in "Terminator 2: Judg-
ment Day."

"Reservoir Dogs" (1992)
A movie theater marquee advertises "Reservoir Dregs" which is a parody of
"Reservoir Dogs."

"The Last of the Mohicans" (1992)
The movie poster for "The Last of the Mullets" looks like the movie poster for
"The Last of the Mochicans."

"A Few Good Men" (1992)
The movie poster "A Few Good Hens" is a parody of "A Few Good Men."

The submarine in San Fierro has stabilizers on the sail like a Russian submar-
ine but has a "USS" name.

The military base called KACC Military Fuels refers to the computer club
KACC--"Kingsway Amateur Computer Club." Some who went there later became part
of DMA Design, and some who were part of DMA Design became part of Rockstar

The Comet looks like it did in the beta version of "Vice City."

Ken Rosenberg is based on David Kleinfeld, Sean Penn's character in "Carlito's
Way" (1993). Sean Penn's brother Chris Penn appears in "San Andreas" as a
C.R.A.S.H. officer. Sean Penn played a C.R.A.S.H. officer in "Colors" (1988).

Big Smoke's license plate is "A2TMFK" which indicates "a two-timing f**k."


Thanks to wikipedia for noting the following similarities between real life
places and places in the game.

Verdant Bluffs is named after an historical mill, Verdant Works, in Dundee.

Sunnyside, the Loonies gang area in "GTA2," and Sunnyside Taxis, a taxi com-
pany in "Vice City" and "San Andreas," are named after a mental hospital in Mon-
trose, which is near Dundee.

The Grove is like the NWA-era Compton, Inglewood, and E LA.

Mulholland is a wealthy neighborhood like Rodeo Drive.

Richman, Los Santos, is like Bel-Air, LA.

(The Los Santos Conference Center and) The Los Angeles Convention Center

(The Cathay building and) Grauman's Chinese Theater's_Chinese_Theater

The name "Bayside" combines the name "Tayside" with "bay." From 1975 to 1996,
the city of Dundee was one of the districts of Tayside, a local government re-
gion of Scotland. And San Francisco is by a bay. (Dertyjerzian adds that the
name combines "Bay Area" with "West Side." I'm going to go with a combo of
those and "Tayside.")

The Esplanade East docks, Pier 69, and the Esplanade East building with a
clock tower--the Embarcadero, Pier 39, and the Ferry Building

(GTW note: I think the interior of the long lower segment of the Ferry build-
ing looks a little like the interior of the train station that's E of the Xoomer
garage save place. I haven't found a good match for the train station yet.)

The Castro district's gay culture is ribbed by naming the comparable San Fier-
ro section Queens.

The Gant Bridge looks like the Golden Gate Bridge.

(The loud horn you can hear near it when it's foggy is based on the foghorn of
the Golden Gate Bridge. Click the link called "Listen to Golden Gate Bridge
foghorn" at the bottom of the article called "Foghorn" at Wikipedia.)

Fort Point is what the look of Jizzy's Pleasure Domes, below the S end of the
Gant Bridge, is based on. (For Jizzy's, it's given a central roof and different
interior paint and furnishings.)

Bayside is like Sausalito.

The two bridges from Easter Basin to Bone County look like a couple of bridges
in Fife, Scotland. They're W of Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland and
where Rockstar North is based. (The ones in the game are SE of Esplanade

The Garver Bridge resembles the Forth Road Bridge (the Golden Gate-type sus-
pension bridge), which is a bit west of the Forth Bridge mentioned below.

(Some say it looks like the Oakland Bay Bridge to San Francisco, too. I think
the resemblance caused Rockstar to want to make a visual pun by putting the Kin-
caid Bridge, which resembles the Forth Rail Bridge, near it.)

The Kincaid Bridge looks like the Forth (Rail) Bridge (the one with beams ar-
ranged in horizontal diamond shapes), which is nine miles west of Edinburgh.

Mount Sutro's Sutro antenna tower is like the one on Missionary Hill.

The Four Dragons Hotel and Casino is like the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casi-

The Emerald Isle Casino and Hotel is a bigger but similarly Irish version of
Fitzgerald's Casino and Hotel.

The Camel's Toe--The Luxor Resort Hotel and Casino Sphinx and pyramid.

One place on Old Venturas Strip looks like The Pioneer Club (of Fremont
Street) of 1942-1956, and 1983-1995, with Vegas Vic replaced by Avery Carring-

Another display on the same road depicts Candy Suxxx. Across the street from
Vic, over a strip joint, was Sassy Sally, later called Vegas Vicki, who was
posed, and originally raised and lowered one lower leg, the same way at Glitter

Today they can be found as part of the Fremont Street Experience, an outdoor
mall with a canopy and a light show.

The casinos on Old Venturas Strip have light displays like those of Binion's
Horseshoe Hotel and Casino and The Fremont Hotel and Casino. (See my notes be-

(GTW note: on the corner near the sign that looks like Candy Suxxx is a
curved plate of lights that's similar to the one on Binion's Horseshoe Hotel and
Casino. The vertical columns of blue lights are similar, too.)

(GTW note: the lights at the intersection of The Strip and Old Venturas Strip,
on the corner S of the depiction of Avery Carrington, are similar to the lights
of The Fremont Hotel and Casino.)

The Glory Hole Theme Park references on the radio refer to holes between
stalls in sex joints used for anonymous sex.

"San Andreas" features playable games similar to the arcade games Gyruss (They
Crawled from Uranus), and Defender and Gradius (Go Go Space Monkey) (see XI.d).

Thanks to Wikipedia again for the next two examples.

The six body bags in a hole mentioned earlier are probably the result of a
couple of Mafia men in the Introduction video who dump the dead bodies of their
victims in a hole in the desert. (GTW note: the one with a cigarette looks
vaguely like a De Niro character.) In the movie "Casino," 1995, Sam Rothstein
(Robert De Niro) and Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci) say the gangsters get rid of
their "problems" by burying them in the desert.

In the Andromada of "Stowaway," some "men in black" act out the myth of aliens
that dress like government agents to silence people who've found evidence of
aliens on Earth. They call C.J. a "carbon-based buffoon" and tell him "You
evolved from shrews." And there's a lighter green circle of grass, like one of
the crop circle hoaxes, SE of Montgomery.


I.2 PC Health

I.2.a Clean your disk, disk player, and PC

Clean your Play disk and use a CD laser lens cleaner disk in your player.

Turn off your PC and use a can of compressed air and clean out your PC box,
CD/DVD player compartment, and keyboard. If you spill something into your key-
board, disconnect it, flush it thoroughly with water, and let it dry for a few

(I've seen disk cleaners, laser disk cleaners, and cans of compressed air on
sale at department and drug stores.)

I.2.b Get your hard drive clean and in order

After using the Internet go to Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools,
and use the Disk Cleanup--remove the Temporary Files, Temporary Internet Files,
and Recycle Bin. The Temporary Internet Files can help you surf the web faster,
but I search it fast enough without them and they can build up into a huge batch
of bytes in no time.

Get the free software versions, at least, of Malwarebytes, Ad-aware, or Spy-
bot. You might like to go to the Downloads section of the Microsoft web site
and try their free beta version of AntiSpyware. Keep them updated and run them




Buy an anti-virus program, keep it updated, and run it regularly. Disable
auto protect to play games or download drivers. I currently use and recommend
BitDefender. (If you do that, don't use software like the three I mentioned
above--it can cause compatibility problems.)

At least once a month--even a week--run the Disk Defragmenter. For Windows XP
Home Edition, go to Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and Disk De-
fragmenter. Run it after crashes and after you make any big changes to your PC,
too, like after installing or removing new graphics card drivers or a big game
demo or such.

Even better is Diskeeper, which is what the Windows defragmenter is a scaled
down version of. I recommend the Professional version--it lets you do a boot
time defragmentation, which defragments the Pagefile and Master File Table.
Your other files run in co-ordination with those, but you can't defragment those
with the Windows defragmenter.

I.2.c Use the latest updates

On your browser, click Tools and run Windows Update about once a week.

Make sure you have the latest updates for your sound (Creative Labs, etc.) and
graphics cards (ATI, NVIDEA, etc.), motherboard chipset driver (probably VIA
Hyperion, Intel chipset, Forceware Unified, or SiS Chipset), DirectX (the Mi-
crosoft web site Downloads section), mouse, keyboard, and whatever else you use
for the game you can get updates for.

Go to Run, type in "msinfo32," and click OK if you're not sure what your com-
puter specifics are, and see how they compare with the requirements for comput-
ers given on the bottom flap of the box of the game. You might want to upgrade

You could try the same thing except type in "dxdiag," too.

Better yet, try something like SiSoftware Sandra Lite, mentioned below in the
Tweak guides part of this section, and run the various modules it contains. You
can not only learn what your various PC components are, but get helpful recom-
mendations about changing settings and making upgrades to improve the perfor-
mance of your PC. (I talk the recommendations over with an expert 1st.)

I.2.d Turn off unnecessary applications before running the game
and use only one processor core

Run a free utility called End-It-All 2 and use the "Close all" button to shut
down other applications before running the game.

If you have a multi core computer, the game may play too fast unless you use
only one processor core. Run the game, press Alt and Tab to go to your Desktop,
and open the Task Manager by right clicking the Task Bar and selecting Task Man-
ager or by pressing Ctrl Shift and Esc. (In Vista, you can get there from the
Desktop by pressing Ctrl Alt and Delete then selecting it from the menu. If you
change your mind, press Esc to exit the menu.) Click the Processes tab, right
click gta_sa.exe, and un-check one of the CPUs. (Thanks to silentexistence
whose tip was given by DXNathan in his pinned topic at Gamefaqs)

I.2.e Take-Two Games web site and support

For technical support, check the support section for the PC "San Andreas" at
the Take-Two Games web site. Go to Take2 Games, Support, Grand Theft Auto: San
Andreas (PC). They have a page that lets you send an E-mail to some nice people
who offer personal support. Help them isolate the source of your problem by do-
ing the other things recommended in this section 1st.

Try to avoid things that make your game freeze so you have no ability to get
out of the game with the keyboard. Turning your PC off at the main power button
is bad for your computer, so use the reset button (just below the main power
button on my PC) instead at such times.

You may have to remove a mod because you made an installation mistake or it's
corrupted due to a faulty download, etc. My PC has bad reactions to some other-
wise, too, for some reason. Try getting advice from the creator of the mod,
from GTA Forums web site, etc. If worse comes to worse, for whatever reason you
may never learn--some unfortunate combination of the mod with some component or
setting of your PC--you may need to just remove it.

According to the "Read Me" for the game:

For support please visit:

If you prefer to contact tech support via e-mail or phone please use the fol-

For US Support
Phone: 1-866-405-5464

For Canadian Support
Phone: 1-800-269-5721

They also have phone numbers and E-mail addresses for the U.K., Australia, New
Zealand, Spain, Germany, France, and Italy.


The v.1.01 patch

Softpedia has the v.1.01 patch.

You might also want to follow the posts on the topic at GTA Forums > GTA Se-
ries > GTA San Andreas > Xbox & PC Chat > PC Patch up...

On the plus side, it helps with DVD streaming, lets vehicles get dirty and
clean, and makes the dance game easier (I'd be more concerned to have "Lowrider
Challenge" made easier). You can use your old save games with the patch in-
stalled. It shouldn't create a problem with .txd and .dff mods you've already

On the negative side, the game often didn't start for me when I used the
patch, and a menu that says "the original disk could not be found or authenti-
cated" appeared instead. A spokesperson at Take-Two said the cure for that is
to uninstall and reinstall the game without the patch, and that Rockstar doesn't
plan to put out another patch at this time. The patch also can have compatibil-
ity problems with the DVD player/burner you use to play the game, and if your
model has been discontinued and you can't get an update for it, you're out of

You'll need to check to see if a tool you'd use to make further mod changes
with, or a trainer, is compatible with v1.01 if you use the patch. For in-
stance, the GTA SA Control Center is compatible with both the patched and un-
patched versions, but doesn't have the ability to stop timers that count down
(Sub-missions, "Kick Start") yet. The Pizzadox Plus 27 trainer stops timers
that count down, but isn't compatible with the patch. The unpatched version
would be compatible with the broadest range of modding tools and trainers.

I've kept the patch awhile to see what else I'd see. When C.J. said "Yes" to
Michelle's invitation to go inside to have some coffee, the game screen, black
with "Downtown" in the lower right corner, froze and I had to use the Device
Manager to get out of it. Opius, at GTA Forums, explained that the patch makes
the game react to that by going into an infinite loop instead of loading the
animations and models. If, instead, it censored the indoor coffee scenes with
a variable at the start of the file, it would let the game show the short scene
of the outside of the house jostling, but that wouldn't be as thorough and would
cause problems for modding the SCM file.

So if you use the patch, press "N" for "No" when the girlfriend asks if C.J.
wants some coffee or you may need to press your computer's reset button.

Another glitch I've had with it, which I haven't seen a report of anywhere
else, is that a date with Michelle ended with her giving C.J. a BJ (suggested;
you couldn't see the Johnson Johnson) on the sidewalk. (Update: Katie did the
same thing. I didn't have the HC mod removed, but the patch is supposed to pre-
vent that.)


v.2 and the Special Edition

You can use or make more kinds of mods with v.1 than v.2. See the start of
the modding section (see X) to see what kinds of mods you can use or make for
v.1 and v.2, and how to convert v.2 to be able to mod it like v.1.

You need to use the data\script folder of v.1 to use v.1 save games with v.2,
and visa versa (See I.3.c).

The Special Edition on PS2 features "The Introduction" and a documentary di-
rected by Carol Strong, "Sunday Driver," about the Compton/Watts branch of Cali-
fornia's low rider car club, The Majestics.

I.2.f Tweak guides

Go to the web site, as recommended in the helpful "Tweak
Guide" FAQ for "Half Life 2," PC, by Lefteris Aslanoglou--Leftos.

It makes a good point about the value of the various helpful, informative
guides by Koroush Ghazi at the Tweak Guides web site:

If you're like me, and have had a glitch or freeze or stuttering frame rate
now and then and couldn't afford to pay dozens of dollars every time you had a
question, it's good to know you're at least using preventative medicine to give
your computer every chance to work as efficiently as it can. You'll get the
best performance out of it for games and maximize the mileage you'll get out of
that expensive computer hardware. And if you do need to hire someone, you'll be
more well-informed when you talk to them.

A couple of such tips I picked up from "The TweakGuides Tweaking Companion"

By using SiSoft Sandra Lite (free software, or freeware), you can not only
find out a lot of information about the components of your computer, but get
useful tips on what might work better with a different setting or upgrade.
Sometimes glitches and freezes are due, at least partly, to poor PC perform-
ance--overheating alone can cause such things.

At the SiSoftware site, click on the icon for the latest version of SiSoftware
Sandra, then click to download the shareware (Lite) version, then, below the
column labeled "Lite," click "Download."

If you want to learn more about your components and how they compare to others
at running games, you could go to the Futuremark web site and download a free
version of 3DMark. It's a popular benchmarking tool that has been used at var-
ious web sites to get test results of new components.

I especially recommend you make backups and carefully use the advice given in:

TweakGuides Tweaking Companion
ATI Catalyst
Nvidia Forceware
VIA Hyperion FAQ
Gamer's Graphics & Display Settings

It especially focuses on getting good performance out of your PC, and a good
frames per second (fps) rate, etc., for games. It has special sections for
"Half Life 2 and Source Engine," "Morrowind," "Oblivion," "Bioshock," "Crysis,"
Unreal Tournament 2004," "Far Cry," "F.E.A.R.," "Need for Speed: Most Wanted,"
several "Battlefield" games, and some others. And there's a section on "Game
Music Extraction" which is a topic someone has a question about now and then on
the Gamefaqs message boards.

To read the "TweakGuides Tweaking Companion," a PDF file, an alternative to
Adobe Reader which takes less disk space and is faster (and doesn't use ads like
Foxit) is the Drumlin Reader/Publisher.

Use System Restore (Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Re-
store, or Start, Control Panel, Performance and Maintenance, System, System Re-
store) if you screw up and aren't sure how you did it and need to revert to your
old configuration.

I.2.g Volume

If your sound card software is similar to mine (for a Sound Blaster Audigy 2),
you can adjust the volume of the game with your general volume control or the
sound mixer's wav control. (I once had a glitch that caused the game to get
quiet. I thought I needed another sound card update download when I stumbled
onto the fact that the Wave slider of the Surround Sound mixer of the card had
gone to the bottom, for some reason. I just turned it back up.)

I like to keep a volume control icon in the taskbar in the lower right of my
screen as well.

After installing an update for the driver, I have to make sure the "Digital
Output Only" box is unchecked for headphones in Speaker Settings, too. The de-
fault settings make it checked but then I can't hear the sound with my head-

To use the general Windows way to put a volume icon in your taskbar, go to
Start, Control Panel, Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices, then use any of these
three choices--Adjust the system volume or Change the speaker settings or Sounds
and Audio Devices--to bring up the Sounds and Audio Devices menu. Check the box
by "Place volume icon in the taskbar." You can adjust your system volume from
there, too.

I.2.h System requirements

Minimum System Requirements:

1GHz Intel Pentium III or AMD Athlon Processor
256MB of RAM
8x DVD-ROM Drive
3.6 GB of free Hard Disk space for a minimal install
64MB Video Card with DirectX 9 compatible drivers ("GeForce3" or better)
DirectX 9 compatible Stereo Sound Card
Keyboard and Mouse

Recommended System Requirements:

Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon XP processor (or better)
384(+) MB of RAM
16x DVD-ROM drive
4.7 GB of free Hard Disk space for a full install
128(+) MB Video Card with DirectX 9 compatible drivers ("GeForce4" or better)
DirectX 9 compatible Surround Sound Card
Game pad with twin axis analog controls (USB or Joystick Port)
Keyboard and Mouse

Supported operating systems:

Windows 2000 Professional (Workstation) (plus Service Pack 1 or higher) plus
DirectX 9

Windows XP (Home and Professional) (plus Service Pack 1 or higher) plus
DirectX 9

I'll add that "San Andreas" runs fine for me on Windows Vista Home Premium.

Thanks to billhitman for recommending a web site that makes an online check of
your computer to see if it can run any of dozens of games:

I.2.i PC hardware and software on a budget

I've gotten some letters from some of the nicest people you'd ever want to
meet who live in India. I get the idea that the latest good graphics cards and
DSL aren't very common there, so I thought I'd add a section about things that
might help you out if you're in the same boat.

For new computer gear, comparison shop for the best quality at the lowest
price by reading reviews. Check the dates on them because it's a fast-changing
field. Putting the name of a graphics card or such and "review" in the Google
search engine makes a lot of reviews turn up. Some of the review and informa-
tion sites include:

Check the percentage of purchasers who like the product at newegg.

Then use price comparison sites such as Google Shopping, with prices sorted
from low to high, or Amazon.

Some other U.S. sites to check for the lowest price include:

If you don't find the PC bargains you want at newegg, provantage, zipzoomfly,
or tigerdirect...

...and you want something that's cheaper still, use eBay:

I recommend eBay in my walk-throughs as a place I've gotten some of my games
for a real bargain. Make sure to check the dealer's ads for what's included and
the dealer's reputation of reliability. Be VERY careful about that if you go
for computer gear that way.

If the feet of your mouse wear off, an alternative to buying a new mouse is to
buy new Teflon feet for them:

To speed up slow dial-up speed, you might download and use a free web acceler-
ator. (I haven't used one since I got DSL. When I used Proxyconn, which you
have to pay for, I didn't use it for photos I wanted to see clearly--the fast
speed messed them up a bit.) A number of web sites for web accelerators is at:

I.3 How to save games

I.3.a The convenience of copies of your GTA San Andreas User File

You can save your achievements--Stats--for a number of efforts at the game in
a number of save game slots at the same time.

It's good to know your whole set of save game statistics for each of your save
game slots are saved in My Documents in "GTA San Andreas User Files."

A very useful gimmick to know is that you can keep a copy of it in My Docu-
ments (I'd right-click one of the folders and rename it something that describes
what's done on it) and continue playing on the other one.

You can open the User Files folder and copy the individual file for a save
game slot (GTASAsf1.b, GTASAsf2.b, etc.) that already has a section or 100% of
the game done on it. I'd rename it something that tells me what's done on it,
and paste it in a folder I'd create for save game files in My Documents.

Here are a couple of important uses for a copy:

1. If, for whatever reason, you need to reinstall the game, you don't have to
lose your accomplishments. When you uninstall, it doesn't uninstall My Docu-
ments\GTA San Andreas User Files (including User Tracks tunes), which it leaves
for you to uninstall manually. The old User File should serve the new install
and not be replaced by a new one.

(But considering the glitches that can happen, I add "Backup of" or such to
the name of my User file, let the new installation create a new User File by
playing the game a little, delete the new User File it creates in My Documents,
then rename the old "Backup of...." folder by taking "Backup of...." off the
name. It may not be necessary to go through that, but it makes me feel a little
more confident that I'll save my work.)

2. You can save one or more backup copies with parts of the game already done
on them.

For example, I keep a copy for each stage of the game where I've gotten cer-
tain preliminaries (Stat building, Tag collecting, etc.) over with, or I've done
certain missions up to a batch of missions I'd like to try again or try new
tricks for. And I keep one copy with 100% completion. This way, I can play
with the game more like one that lets you pick which mission you want to do,
which is a real convenience for a game that has so many missions but doesn't
offer that choice in the menu.

If you want to get certain preliminaries done faster despite the lack of mis-
sion selection, you can speed the Stat building a LOT by changing data\
ar_stats.dat (see III.5), modifying the Ambulance, Firetruck, and a Vigilante
vehicle (see X.10.b), stopping the mission timer for Submissions with Pizzadox's
Plus 27 Trainer (see X.13.l), do the Sub-missions for them, get all 100 Tags, 50
Snapshots, etc., easily with one of the teleporters I recommend (see X.13.a and
the two sections after that), save the game, and copy the save file. You'll al-
ways have the choice to play the game with all those missions over with, and
with all the abilities and weapons that come from them, to enjoy everything else
about the game with.

I recommend making a copy of your save game at a few big turning points in the
game in my walk-through, but do it at as many places in the game as you want to.

Make a separate folder in My Documents for such copies and use them as spares
you don't use except to make copies from.

I.3.b Glenster's Go On, San Andreas v.1 Mission Select Save Games

- Two initial save games: all initial Los Santos things done, and all initial
San Andreas things done

- Save files for all the main missions, EP vehicles in garages, etc.

All Stats maximized, and no hospital visits, times drowned, busts, cheat
count, problem glitches, or creepy guys coming by the arcade offering to show
you puppies.

There are 2 optional files for any version to make the Tec9 as strong as a
Minigun and build vehicle, weapon, Stamina, Muscle, and Lung Capacity Stats

The updated version is available at GTA Garage, The GTA Place, fileplanet,
planetgrandtheftauto, moddb, and gta-action.'s-Go-On,-San-An

The updated version, with the title changed a little--"SA v.1 MissionSelect,"
is available with my video files at filefront.;10523257;/fileinfo.html

New and improved for June, 2008:

I added a save game, 0_InTheBe_GTASAsf1.b, for those who want the extras added
in April, 2008 and practically nothing else done. It has EP versions of the
better sports cars and motorcycles in garages, an EP Rhino in the Santa Maria
garage, and an EP Seasparrow on the Mulholland garage roof. C.J.'s weapons are
Fist, Molotovs, a Minigun, a Sniper Rifle, an M4, an SMG, a Combat Shotgun, a
Desert Eagle, and a Bat. C.J. has a lot of ammo, several save places, Hitman
for Pistol, Gangster for Machine Pistol, a few of his body Stats have been in-
creased a little bit, and he has a little over $110,000.

New and improved for May, 2008:

You should only save, and get a message of a successful save, once per file
with OrionSR's code, and I'd done that more than once for files 45, 99, 100,
101, and 104, causing some glitches. (C.J.'s Armor was too low, etc.) I've
fixed those files.

New and improved for April, 2008:

I'd accidently let C.J. get too heavy, mainly for a lot of San Fierro mis-
sions, so I reduced his Fat for them.

I added a lot to C.J.'s ammo for both initial save games, the last save game,
and files 14, 30, 45, 59, 73, and 100 (usually where I thought someone might
want to go on a run of shooting missions--after a school and before the terri-
tory takeover). There's more ammo available otherwise, too (see below).

OrionSR and I deliberated on some new features to add to this edition--a spe-
cial thanks to OrionSR for writing the Darkpactor code for it.

Maximum Armor is increased by 100 (200 before the Vigilante mission and 250

The save disk in Madd Dogg's Crib has been moved to the northeast room of the
upper floor so you can save your game there without triggering the basketball

License plates:
- Cheetah at Verdant Bluffs observatory: ORION SR
- Cheetah at Glen Park: GLENSTER
- Infernus at Spacey! in Market: SPACEEIN
- Turismo at the Fort Carson sign: ROB RUSK

The interior of the dance club in each of the three main areas, and the roof
of the Ten Green Bottles bar, have a Minigun, Heat-Seeking Rocket Launcher, M4,
Combat Shotgun, and Desert Eagle.

The pickups for them, in those places and elsewhere, have more ammo:
- Minigun 2000 (fast respawn)
- Heat-Seeking Rocket Launcher 50 (fast respawn)
- M4 250
- Combat Shotgun 125
- Desert Eagle 100 (fast respawn)

There are also a couple of the more personal gifts for girlfriends behind the
bar inside each of the three dance clubs.

The dance clubs are indicated on your paper map by purple martini glass icons.
- Alhambra: the west side of the block of the "IDL" of "IDLEWOOD."
- Gaydar Station: the west side of the block that's a couple blocks north of
the "SH" of "HASHBURY."
- A club that isn't named, and the icon is misplaced on the paper map--the
biggest feature of the mural on the front is a woman's face: on the north side
of the block of "OE" of "THE CAMELS TOE."

The Ten Green Bottles bar is a couple blocks west and across the street from
the Johnson house.

There are Armor, Health, and Adrenaline Pill pickups that respawn quickly at:
- the Verona Beach Pay N Spray
- Michelle's garage
- the Fort Carson Pay N Spray
- the Redsands East Pay N Spray

(The five cane pickups in southwest San Fierro, and seven pickups that aren't
used in the game because they spawn in objects, etc., were deleted to make room
for the extra pickups.)

The Truth's crops appear and can be burned from the start of the game.

A Jetpack is available in each of the three main areas:
- by a tree in the alley behind the Johnson house
- on the south side of the Doherty garage
- in front of The Four Dragons casino

The Infrared Goggles will respawn.

An Andromada is parked by the southwest end of the Verdant Meadows runway.

The horizontal vent is open at Area 69.

Open interiors:
- Madd Dogg's Crib (north of the "AND" of "MULHOLLAND")
- Vagos Gang House (the north side of the block that's east of the block of
the Jefferson Hotel)
- Crack Den (northwest across two streets and a railroad track from the Los
Santos gym)
- Zero's RC Shop (by the "C" of "GARCIA")
- The Pleasure Domes (under the south end of the Gant Bridge; don't have C.J.
exit through the roof or the graphics will be messed up
till he uses another interior)
- City Planning Department (north of the "L" of "COME-A-LOT")
- Sindacco Abattoir (the northeast corner of the block of the bottom of the

Import vehicles that normally may appear at certain spawn points during the
Import mission may be found at them throughout the game. On patched early save
games, the vehicles disappear after the Import mission. On save games patched
after the Import mission, the vehicles will appear in those spawn locations.

I.3.c Some advice about saving the game
How to use save games from v.1 for v.2 and vice versa

When you save your game at one of those floppy disks, make sure C.J. has his
full Armor (saving and loading the game restores full Health), the weapons he'll
need (each run through a weapon pickup after the 1st adds to the ammo it has),
and the vehicles he'll need saved in his garages, so he's prepared for whatever
he'll need the next time you load the game.

You can't save during a mission--the floppy disks disappear until you either
pass or fail it.

Saving the game advances the game clock six hours. You can use this to pre-
pare the time clock so it's a certain time at a convenient place when you load
the game. This is handy for making multiple efforts from C.J.'s save place for
missions that are only available at certain places at certain times, like the
"Burglary" Sub-mission, "Kick Start," etc.

Saving the game restores all weapon pickups, which can be handy in stocking up
on ammunition. Since weapon pickups reappear in six game hours, you might in-
stead plan a loop for C.J. to make through several weapon pickups to stock up
on ammunition.

You can get rid of a wanted level by saving a game (you don't have to reload
the game, etc., as was the case for "Vice City"). I get rid of wanted ratings
without saving them, though.

Don't save your game at Madd Dogg's mansion after "A Home in the Hills." A
glitch, which Orion_SR has identified as being due to saving near a basketball
court, may cause that to corrupt your Stats and make the basketballs disappear
from all the courts of San Andreas.

Take-Two recommends that you have C.J. get something to eat at least every
other day, preferably every day, to avoid the glitch that causes C.J. to be un-
able to use the gym equipment.

See "Glitches" (I.12) for downloads that fix the basketball and gym glitches.

Some PS2 players have reported game Stats corruption by saving your game right
after "The End of the Line," so I'd play it safe for PC and do something else
before saving.

Try to save just one hard to replace vehicle in any one garage. Saving more
than one in a garage has been known to make mods and paint jobs, even whole ve-
hicles, disappear.

How to use save games from v.1 for v.2 and vice versa

Ryan92 explained how to use v.1 save game files for v.2 of SA at the next
link (and thanks to him for enduring all the questions I had about it):

If you have v.2 of SA and want to use both v.1 and v.2 save game files:

1. Rename your Data\Script folder v2Script.

2. Download the Downgrader Patch (10.39 MB) applicaton and use it.;74661

3. Put the v.1 Script folder JAJ supplied at the next link (it also has a copy
of a v.2 Script folder) in your Data folder.

Rename the Script folder you use Script and Rename the one you don't use with
a v1 or V2 prefix accordingly.

An option is to use rubregg's script switcher:

If you have v.1 of SA and want to use v.2 save game files:

You need to use a v.2 Data\Script folder. JAJ supplies one as noted above.

The save games created that way can be used by someone who has v.2 of SA if
the save file is dragged and dropped onto pdescobar's save game file converter
(96 kb) at the next link.

You can find some SA backup files and folders at:

I.3.d An application that tells you your mission completion status, and shows
you, on a map, which Tags, Oysters, Snapshots, Horseshoes, and Jumps
you need to tend to

gtasa4ever, aka op9080 at the GTA Forums web site, is the author of an appli-
cation called SAMA--the San Andeas Mission Analyzer. It's available at this web

If you have .NET Framework 1.1, SAMA creates screens with your mission comple-
tion information and maps of the Tags, Jumps, etc., you need to take care of.
If you don't have .NET Framework 1.1, you can use a version of SAMA that gives
you a print out. Since .NET Framework is a resource hog which detracts from the
ability of your PC to run games, you shouldn't install .NET Framework unless
you're a programmer of some kind who already has a need to have it installed.

Thanks to plaka, at GTA Forums, for spreading the word about it:

If you already have .NET Framework installed (if you have Vista, like me, you
do), or are considering installing it, you might want to read the passages about
cutting back resources for it on p.3 of the "ATI Catalyst Tweak Guide" at the
Tweakguides web site by Koroush Ghazi.

I.3.e A mod that shows you the locations of items left to find on your radar

Demarest's Pillager (see puts markers of all the Tags, Oysters, Snap-
shots, and Horseshoes left to find in the category you've chosen on your radar.
While you look for Snapshots, it also puts a green marker by the ones you
haven't taken pictures of yet to make them easier to find.

I.3.f 100% completion guide

You can find a checklist of missions you need to complete for 100% completion
of the game at:

A "San Andreas" mission tree:

I.9 Wanted Ratings

- One star causes a policeman or two to chase on foot or in one or two Police
Cars, Rangers, or HPV1000s, and attack with 9mms or Nightsticks; if C.J. is in a
boat or in the water, or flying low enough over water, travelled by boats, po-
lice may attack with a Predator or two, firing 9mm guns and the machine gun of
the Predator,

- two, the police chase and attack more aggressively,

- three, the police chase and attack with 9mm pistols and sometimes Shotguns,
roadblocks of destructible sawhorses and Police cars with police men who attack
with 9mm pistols, and occasionally Shotguns, are put up, and a Police Maverick
firing a machine gun joins to chase and attack.

The police on the ground are mostly replaced for the three higher wanted rat-
ings, and the replacement for each of the three is unique to that wanted rating.
Otherwise, Predators of police still fire 9mm pistols or the machine gun of the
Predator if C.J. is in a boat or in the water, or flying low enough over water,
travelled by boats, and a Police Maverick still fires a machine gun in each
case. In addition, a Hydra that fires missiles may appear if C.J. is flying
high enough in each case.

- four, roadblocks of destructible sawhorses and Enforcers with S.W.A.T.
agents who attack with Mini-SMGs are put up, and S.W.A.T. agents chase in En-
forcers, rappel from another helicopter, and attack with Mini-SMGs,

- five, roadblocks of destructible sawhorses and FBI Ranchers with FBI agents
who attack with SMGs are put up, four FBI agents per FBI Rancher chase and at-
tack with SMGs, and a News Chopper, and a second Police Maverick that attacks
with a machine gun, may appear near the Police Maverick that attacks with a ma-
chine gun, and

- six, roadblocks of destructible sawhorses and Barracks with Army soldiers
who attack with M4s and Shotguns are put up, the Army soldiers chase in Barracks
and Rhinos and attack with M4s and Shotguns, and a News Chopper, and a second
Police Maverick that attacks with a machine gun, may appear near the Police Mav-
erick that attacks with a machine gun.

C.J. can get five wanted stars after "Farewell, My Love" (VI.15).

C.J. can get six wanted stars after shooting down the five Mavericks in "In-
terdiction" (VIII.3) (thanks to rubregg for the tip).

In San Fierro, social worker policemen, who tell C.J. they offer counseling
and understanding as an alternative but attack just like the other policemen,
appear among the policemen.

Thanks to Orion_SR for the extra information about what triggers the game to
create law enforcement, etc. During a one star wanted level, only one police
man on foot will chase C.J. at a time--the one that's closest to C.J.. If a
second one joins in shooting at him, the one farther away stops when they're
through with their current round of shots. They get confused someetimes,
though, as when Orion_SR had C.J. get behind a police man who didn't take up the
attack on C.J. and a second police man kept shooting the first one.

And the map has hundreds of spawn points for the appearance of law enforce-
ment, so you can remember some of them and plan C.J.'s crime spree routes ac-


One wanted star and bribes

For one star, I think having C.J. get away from a pedestrian area, get on
foot, and crouch helps end it. Otherwise, you can just have C.J. keep driving,
flying, or sailing, fast enough that the police can't bust him till the star
goes away.

Unlike "Vice City," where only one star might go away in time, I've had higher
numbers of stars do that in "San Andreas." Rusk says up to four might do that
depending on what C.J. did to get them.

A bribe gets rid of one wanted star.

Once a bribe is used, another appears in the same location in five hours of
game time (a little over five minutes) if C.J. is at least 20 feet (?) from the
spot it usually appears in at the time it can reappear.

Some airborne bribes, or ones near the ground with enough clearance around
them, can help if C.J. is flying. For the locations of the airborne bribes, see
"How to get as much done as possible before starting the main missions" (I.16).


Some basics for handling a wanted rating

Orion_SR gets my thanks for the tips he picked up in having C.J. make bold ex-
plorations into the off-limit areas with a four star wanted level--tips that
have good general application in having C.J. survive a high wanted level (I.16):

For a higher wanted rating, the firing at C.J. increases, and knocks down his
Armor and Health if he's on foot, so try to keep him driving. Have C.J. drive
fast enough to keep the Police from being able to bust him, but drive slow
enough to be able to brake to avoid Police cars that drive in front of him.
Have him try to drive off-road, even away from where pedestrians appear, and
cross the street in the middle of blocks instead of at intersections, as much
as possible to cause the Police to lose track of him.

If he's flying, have him fly low to the ground to try to avoid some of the
shots fired from Police Maverick helicopters. Flying low can also cause any Hy-
dras, which fire heat-seeking missiles at him, to lose track of him (as in

C.J. gets full Armor the 1st time he gets into an Enforcer. If C.J.'s Armor
is knocked down by law enforcement, you might have him jack an Enforcer.

C.J. will probably be shot at if he's on foot or swimming when he's wanted.
Sometimes he's busted instead if he's in a vehicle that's on the ground, or a
flying vehicle hovering near the ground, when the corrupt law enforcers attack
him. Law enforcers like to ram his vehicle with their land vehicles, so it's
frequently a good evasive maneuver to have C.J. brake instead of accelerate when
that's about to happen.


Things that remove any number of wanted stars

Having C.J. get a vehicle a new coat of paint at a Pay 'n' Spray, Michelle's
garage, or a mod shop, having him put on a hat, shades, or clothes for torso or
legs, get a haircut, get a ride on an airline from one of the three airports to
one of the other ones, and sometimes end a mission, can get rid of any number of
wanted stars.

Having C.J. take off and put on the same torso, etc., clothes works, too, so
you can have him do that at the very start of the game when he only has one out-
fit, or later if you don't want to change his look.

Each of the three airport airline offices (I.7.g) is available for rides when
its territory is legally available--C.J. has to make at least two territories
legally available to use the airlines for rides. Thanks to Orion_SR for telling
me that when the Badlands become legally available C.J. can get an airline ride
from Las Venturas, which clears the wanted rating he got from going there, to
Los Santos, too.

(Having C.J. get wasted or busted clears a wanted rating, too, but I don't
save the game after that. Saving the game can do it, but I don't save the game
while C.J. has wanted stars, either.)

(At the other extreme, having C.J. drive a law enforcement vehicle makes a
wanted rating last at least as long as he drives it.)


The Stat for how long C.J. can make a five star wanted rating last

One place to try could be the Pay 'n' Spray across from the Cluckin' Bell in S
Idlewood, Los Santos. Leave a vehicle in it so C.J. can get rid of the rating
before getting killed. A save place with a wardrobe closet that has clothes in
it will work just as well, especially one with an awning, like the Clown's Pock-
et, that also lets C.J. run for cover from helicopter fire.

Another good place is the mid-N side of Corvin Stadium in San Fierro. The low
ground between the stadium and the road the law enforcers show up on makes a
kind of moat. There's a chili dog vendor and a soft drink machine on the porch
if C.J.'s Health gets low.


Fun with wanted ratings

As with the last couple of GTAs, it can be fun to lead the law enforcer's ve-
hicles over Unique Jumps.

Another gimmick is to cause their vehicles to fall down slopes, such as the
side of Mount Chiliad.

Another spot like that is Fisher's Lagoon, mostly S on the beach under the
"L," in Red County. When I tried it, the law enforcement vehicles kept coming
over the guard rail of the road to the W. They couldn't handle the slope from
it very well, and they usually either tried to get back up the slope, ignoring
C.J., or slid right past the beach into the water. At that stage, I didn't see
any helicopters, for some reason. Before helicopters showed up, C.J. had little
to shoot--the biggest worry is he would die of starvation from how long he could
stand around and watch this. Then I flew him to a vehicle left in a Pay 'n'

A similar spot you might like for C.J. if he gets a wanted rating during a
rain is an area of Chinatown with steep streets on three sides. The law en-
forcement vehicles slide back down those streets when they try to drive up to

In one test I did, a police car would fly down from a roof onto the E part of
the E to W street of the N side of the "wine glass" shape of the Emerald Isle
area while C.J. drove E to W on it. It's sort of a Lemmingsmobile. Orion_SR
wrote to me that the proper place for the Police car to come from is through the
gate of the LVPD garage to the E, but there's no Z axis figure (vertical place-
ment) for the car, so it may come from the roof. (He also said pictures by GTA
Phreak and zmoonchild of the falling car are what prompted Orion_SR and pdesco-
bar to try to figure out trigger zones.)

He said a similar Police Lemmingsmobile may fly from the roof of the LV Court
House garage instead of through the gate for the same reason. The gate is N of
the NE corner of the block with "CA ANTE" of "ROCA ESCALANTE." If you have C.J.
drive E then S around that corner, you might see the Police car crash on the
road farther S (in the area of the garage with a Minigun).

voodoochild19's post at Gamefaqs reaffirms that if C.J. is going to use a
weapon weaker than a Rocket Launcher or Minigun to shoot down a helicopter, it's
easier if he shoots at the front of the propeller motor box on the roof.

A Hydra dogfight, dropping chaff to throw the attacking Hydras off and shoot-
ing them down with missiles, can be exciting. One gimmick which might help you
target (Spacebar) and shoot attacking Hydras is to put the thrusters of C.J.'s
Hydra in a halfway position (NP2 and NP8) so it maneuvers like a jet but goes


The off-limits area of Area 69

From the start of the game till "Farewell my Love" (VI.15), having C.J. go
over the off-limits section of Area 69 causes a four star wanted level. After
that mission, it causes a five star wanted level till C.J. leaves the area, when
it drops down to four.

The fenced-in sections of Area 69 give the best reference for the off-limits
areas of it--it's a smaller area within the one surrounded by the dirt path
shown on the map and radar in the game.

The boundaries of the off limits areas are:

- W: about four feet outside the W fence, and extending straight south to a 90
degree angle with the S boundary.

- N: in the NW, straight E from the middle of the SAM missile launcher and
along the inside of the W half or so of the N fence, and a couple feet outside
the E half or so of the N fence.

- E: a couple of feet outside the E-most E fence, and extending straight S to
a 90 degree angle with the S boundary.

- S: a couple of feet outside the S-most S fence, and extending E to a 90 de-
gree angle with the E boundary, and extending W to a 90 degree angle with the W

For more about the blind spots of the SAM sites in Area 69, see the end of
"Black Project," VIII.15.

The four SAM sites at Area 69 are active throughout the game.


The off-limits area of Easter Basin Naval Base

From the start of the game till "Farewell my Love" (VI.15), going over the
off-limits area of the Easter Basin Naval Base causes a four star wanted level.
After that mission, it causes a five star wanted level till C.J. leaves the ar-
ea, when it drops down to four.

Below the SW corner is a set of steps, not indicated on the map, that lead up
E from a low pier, which is shown as a small square. The N-S border line I drew
is N of the base of the steps.

The off-limit area extends about two feet N of the entrance--from there, E to
the shore and W to about halfway along a little section of fence.

The SAM sites on the ship are only active during "Vertical Bird" (IX.2.


I.10 Ghost hell, ghost world, ghost heaven, and Liberty City

To explore the interior world of "San Andreas," go to the GTA Forums web site,
GTA Series, GTA San Andreas, Cheats and Tricks, Hidden Interiors via the Ganton
Gym! Go to page one, etc., and the various links offered:

For PC teleportation devices, see:
The San Andreas Place Manager (X.13.a)
Map Teleporter/Vehicle Spawn (X.13.b)
The GTA SA Control Center (X.13.c)

Make sure it works with v1.01 if you use the patch for the game. The GTA SA
Control Center works with the unpatched or patched version of the original game.


Interior heaven

Most of the hidden interiors are rendered separately from the exterior SA
world and are grouped in "heavens," high above the usual height limit of the
game, which include commonly available places on the ground, like Cluckin'
Bell. Entering a commonly available one gives you access to the others of the
group. See "Hidden Interiors via the Ganton Gym!" at GTA Forums and the article
on Hidden Interiors at

If you want to teleport C.J. to a Hidden Interior, make sure you send him
somewhere he can get there from 1st--an interior of the same interior heaven
group. For example, from the inside of the Prickle Pine save house, C.J. can
teleport to the Andromeda interior used in "Stowaway." If you don't do that,
you may just watch C.J. fall a long way to invisible ground.

Which interiors to use to get into the others of the group:

The places in each heaven:

You might otherwise want to use the Parachute code, AIYPWZQP, to give C.J. a
safe landing if he falls. The Jetpack code is ROCKETMAN. I've had C.J. fall
and it didn't give him a Jetpack till he hit the ground, which wasn't much use,
yet the Parachute appeared in time for the same fall.

A GTA Forums message posted by Fireman gave Edison Carter's list of the coor-
dinates for the PC version of the hidden interiors:

A number of the interiors are listed in the data\maps\Audiozon.ipl file.

Have C.J. enter a place that loads the graphics for the interior, then tele-
port him to an interior of the same group.

Spaceeinstein's SA version of his "All In One Mod" (X.13.ii) makes it easy to
have C.J. go to the hidden interiors, too.

The Atrium, Doherty garage, Area 69, and Sindacco plastics factory interiors
appear inside their exteriors, but only the last two interiors appear at the
same time as the outside world. The Verdant Meadows safehouse, Welcome Pump
truck stop, and Lil' Probe Inn interiors are all below ground in basically the
same area as their exteriors.

The Atrium and the Doherty garage are distinctive hidden interiors in that
their interiors appear with some exterior elements added. You can compare ex-
terior things seen from outside and inside to see the difference. The Jetpack
works in the Atrium so you can use it to look through the upper windows.

Opius says that the reason most interiors are created separately from their
exteriors is that many are larger than the exteriors and, since some use a lot
of polygons, it saves the game from having to render a batch of them unnecessar-


Liberty City

I'll give you a multiple choice of ways to see Marco's Bistro, from the easi-
est to the hardest.

- Install the Liberty City mod for "Vice City," which uses the interior and
back lot and yard of Marco's Bistro from "San Andreas" except for the snow, and
send Claude there to look at it. He can use a helicopter to look at the rest of
Liberty City, too.

- Teleport.

According to Fireman:

Send C.J. into any interior that has a yellow entrance cone (C.J's house, a
fast food place, etc.), then use these coordinates to send C.J. to the inside of
a warehouse:

x 1416.725
y 2.203633
z 1000.926

Then have C.J. teleport from the warehouse to Liberty City:

My coordinates for the street in front of Marco's Bistro:

X -737.7181
Y 492.2733
Z 1371.977

Fireman's coordinates for the back lot of Marco's Bistro:

x -819.465
y 504.4395
z 1362.436

From there, C.J. can use the back door to see the interior.

You can have C.J. shoot a gun and see what causes a ricochet to see what's

Downhill from the front of Marco's, the street and sidewalks are solid until
beyond the first intersection. N from Marco's at the top of the hill, the
street and sidewalks are solid up until past the first gray door on the left.
In front of Marco's, the building N of Marco's isn't solid, and the darks walls
of the S part of Marco's aren't solid.

The Jetpack won't help C.J. fly in Liberty City, but you can use the "kanga-
roo" code so he can jump over a wall from the highest patio in front to the back

The back lot, yard, and walls that enclose them are solid. You can have C.J.
do a "kangaroo" jump to the N over a couple of walls and walk on a couple of al-

If you use the SCM Hook (, you can remove the height limit for the
Jetpack and let C.J. fly to get a better look at the scenery. More of Portland
can be seen than you might have expected, although the graphics are mostly pret-
ty plain.

According to edisoncarter, "You can teleport straight to LC if you go into
SubUrban or Caligula's Casino, although the sky color probably won't be right."

If you have C.J. teleport to the warehouse, you can have him use the Jetpack
to fly to the Doherty garage since approaching it this way causes the N garage
door to be open. The "camera" views used while C.J.'s inside the garage aren't
the best for exploring, but you can have C.J. use his Camera to get a close look
at everything.

- Ben Fleming at GTA Forums explains how you can send C.J. to Liberty City on
PS2 and Xbox, also a long method that works for all versions of "San Andreas,"
at the next link.


Entrance markers in the sky

A yellow inverted cone of light, the kind used by C.J. to enter and exit
buildings, for the interior of the Cluckin' Bell hovers high above the ground
level exterior of the Cluckin' Bell in Fort Carson, Bone County. It's on the E
side of the stem of the "Y" formed by two roads E of the main residential sec-
tion of blocks. (To get to the cone of light, you might use the "SCM Hook" mod,, to remove the height limit for the PC Jetpack, or you might try the
method rwesterh used for the next example.)

rwesterh found a yellow entrance marker for a 24-7 high above the middle of
the E side of the brown oval of Blueberry Acres. He used the GTA SA Control
Center, X.13.c, to teleport C.J. up to it. The coordinates he used to get C.J.
up there in a flying Dinghy are:
X: 1.277
Y: -31.309
Z: 990.962

Fireman says there are a lot of them high above Catalina's place, too.


How to enter the Bone County "Stowaway" Andromada
by MOrt(at)nius and me

MOrt(at)nius writes that the coordinates for the interior of the Andromada
used in "Stowaway" are X: 319.0025, Y: 1024.137, Z: 1949.88.

I'll add that you could have C.J. enter the Prickle Pine save house in NW Las
Venturas or a Cluckin' Bell, then use the GTA SA Control Center (X.13.c) to
teleport C.J. to this Andromada interior.

The exterior of the jet, with a red windshield, isn't solid, so you can't have
C.J. teleport up about 10 feet more and walk around on it. You could use the
SCM Hook ( to allow the Jetpack to travel higher than the usual height
limit, use the "ROCKETMAN" code to give C.J. a Jetpack, then have C.J. fly out
the end (the end C.J. jumps from in "Stowaway") to let C.J. fly around to have
a look at it.


Fireman's, edisoncarter's, and pdescobar's coordinates

Thanks to Fireman for these coordinates (I found the return trip ones):

Sweet's house, seen in "Reuniting the Families"--send C.J. into Sub Urban or
Caligula's, then teleport him to:
X 2524.27, Y -1679.94, Z 1015.497
(Send him back to Sub Urban: X 203.778, Y -48.4924, Z 1001.805.)

Fireman says if C.J. isn't equipped with a weapon, the light in Sweet's living
room is off, but if he's equipped with a weapon, the light is on.

Ryder's place--send C.J. into The Pig Pen, then teleport him to:
X 2464.109863, Y -1698.659912, Z 1013.509949
(Send him back to The Pig Pen: X 1205.476, Y -8.671263, Z 1000.922.)

Thanks to edisoncarter for these coordinates (I found the return trip ones):

Airport--send C.J. to the Johnson house clothes closet (Wardrobe), then tele-
port him to:
X -1863.149902, Y -19.6598, Z 1061.149902
(Send him back to the Johnson house clothes closet: X 255.137, Y -41.5322,
Z 1002.023, Angle 270.)

Brothel (Fanny Batter's whore house)--send C.J. into Zero's RC Shop, San Fier-
ro gym, or the Las Venturas Sex Shop, then teleport him to:
X 744.54, Y 1437.6, Z 1102.7.
(Send him back to Zero's RC Shop: X -2238.686, Y 130.9023, Z 1035.414.)

Brothel 2--send C.J. into the Johnson house, Pro-Laps, Inside Track Betting,
Big Spread Ranch, Las venturas Sex Shop, or Las Venturas Tattoo Parlor, then
teleport him to:
X 964.106995, Y -53.205498, Z 1001.179993.
(Send him back to the Johnson house: X 2495.9, Y -1707.45, Z 1014.742.)

The lights of Brothel 2 turn on if C.J. is equipped with a gun and turn off if
he isn't, as Fireman noticed about Sweet's house.

Rusty Brown's Donuts--send C.J. into the San Fierro Tattoo Parlor or Sherman
Dam, then teleport him to:
X 377.098999, Y -192.439987, Z 1000.643982.
(Send him back to the Tattoo Parlor: X -202.3096, Y -8.056161, Z 1002.273.)

Thanks to pdescobar for these coordinates (I found the return trip ones):

The RC Battleground--send C.J. into the Four Dragon's casino or any Burger-
shot, then teleport him to:
X -1042, Y 1060, Z 1345.9.
(Send him back to either the Four Dragon's casino: X 1994.244, Y 1018.036,
Z 994.8906, or Burgershot: X 369.9607, Y -72.40347, Z 1001.508.)

Wuzi's Betting Shop--send C.J. into any interior, then teleport him to:
X-2159, Y 643.1, Z 1052.4.
(Send him back to any interior accessible from the exterior world except those
only accessible during missions.)


Going through the Jefferson Motel skylight by me

One of the rooms of the Jefferson Motel in Los Santos has a skylight, and a
floppy disk, like the ones you save games with, hovers in it. (Between the Mul-
holland Intersection and the E coast, the radar and in-game map show a thick N-S
section for the railroad where it's between two streets. The Jefferson Motel
faces it on the W side of the N end. In a waiting room on the 3rd floor,
there's a pitch black rectangle where a skylight would be. Stand C.J. on the N
end of the room and look S up into it to see a revolving floppy disk just past
the S edge.)

About anything I read had C.J. do that Kangaroo jumping jazz. Nuh-uh. Send
C.J. to the lobby at the end of the hall on the 2nd floor of the Jefferson Mo-
tel. There's a rectangular skylight in the ceiling, and above and beyond the S
edge of it is a save game cassette revolving in a black sky. You could teleport
C.J. from within the motel onto the ledge by the marker with the GTA SA Control
Center (X.13.c). One possible set of coordinates: X: 2244.554; Y: -1185.505;
Z: 1040.797; Angle: 75.9.

Once he's up there, you can see there are five save game cassettes revolving,
each above and beyond one side or another of the surface C.J. can walk on. If
C.J. drops off the side of of the motel, he falls through Black Hell, I guess
it's called, and ends up near the rest of the motel in scenery that has most of
the graphics missing. You may want to use the SCM Hook ( with this gim-
mick if you plan to enter the Jetpack code, ROCKETMAN, to have C.J. fly around
the game save cassettes above an interior that's higher than the usual height
limit of the game. You might otherwise want to use the Parachute code,
AIYPWZQP, to give C.J. a safe landing if he falls.


Hole in a ceiling of the Prickle Pine safehouse

On PC. you can enter the high jump code, KANGAROO, send C.J. into the house,
have him turn right, and have him jump through the ceiling onto the solid plate
above the ceiling of the next room. (It's part of the same interior heaven as
the inside of the safehouse.) (The PS2 glitch of having C.J. jump from outside
into a window to enter blue hell doesn't work on PC.)


Ghost World and Blue hell entrances

What I called "Ghost World" in my "Vice City" walk-through is more commonly
known as "Blue Hell." (For example, one way there in VC is to fly a helicopter
up into the porch roof of the WK Chariot hotel. You could see parts of it in
many places with the Rocket Launcher gimmick, which doesn't work in SA.) (Never
mind it isn't always blue and doesn't seem to have anything Hellish about it).

The easy thing about leaving the big underground type of Blue Hell is the same
as it's been since "GTA III." You don't have to find a missing collision file
to leave. Pick a spot of the regular game world you'd like C.J. to appear in,
then let C.J. sink so far down below that spot that the game puts him above the
ground there.

If C.J. wears the Jet Pack, he can fly around the ghost world under San An-
dreas and get a view similar to the one you could get of Vice City with the gim-
mick of sending the Sea Sparrow up through the porch roof of the WK Chariot
hotel. There's an additional concern in the San Andreas version: solid river
and sea beds, which you may need to do some maneuvering to get around. When you
think C.J. has seen enough of it, send him low enough and he'll appear on the
land above.

The main game use for Ghost World is to use it to get into Area 69. Since
some things are there from the start of the game, and especially since some
things are only there from "Black Project" on or afterward, I think Rockstar ex-
pected us to find a way to get inside it using Ghost World.

Several ways to do that are given below. Mxyzptlk's spot I call "Ghost wall"
is conveniently close to Area 69, and Alexander's Toys and Vulgari gives C.J. a
way to get to the interior of Area 69 while meant to be restricted to Los San-

The gimmick of spawning a vehicle halfway into the blast doors of Area 69 is
an easy, fast way to enter it, too, if requiring a cheat code and more dangerous
other than during a glitch that lets C.J. explore without a wanted level, as he
can use during "Drive-By." Other than by using the GTA SA Control Center to
teleport C.J. to Area 69 and back, Ghost World/Blue Hell is the only way to have
C.J. go to the interior of Area 69 without using a cheat code. Otherwise, it's
still something to play with if you think it's fun to explore and like the
change of scenery.


The Pro-Laps, Alexander's Toys and Vulgari,
and Mulholland house entrances

Thanks to The Duff Man's "Secrets FAQ" at Gamefaqs for a couple of ways to get
to Ghost World from Los Santos. Some screen shots for it are at:

Mangymonki found a way to send C.J. to Ghost World at the Los Santos Pro-Laps.
Have C.J. Jetpack up into the ceiling of the little porch-like ledge that ex-
tends over the front door/yellow entrance marker, then have him go forward. As
The Duff Man says, "The whole block is pretty messed up, as you can also get in-
to blue hell through Alexander's Toys and Vulgari."

Alexander's Toys and Vulgari is next door to Pro-Laps to the S, has a bigger
front porch to fly up into, and it doesn't have some invisible solids inside to
get C.J. past as Pro-Laps does.

ArturP found that C.J. can see a little of Ghost World at the site of a Sniper
Rifle in Mulholland. It's the big light beige house with a dirty pink surround-
ing wall at the SW end of the block that's N of the Pay 'n' Spray. Have C.J.
Jetpack against the middle of the lower, more enclosed balcony, and he can walk
inside the balcony. (If you send him further back in and down through the
house, more of the house becomes invisible, but you may have a hard time finding
the way out through the invisible barriers.)


The Las Colinas and Santa Maria Beach entrances

Punknoodle found several other Los Santos entrances: the 2nd building on the
right side of the road that goes N from the Jefferson Motel has an enclosed
porch, with four open windows with round tops, on the top floor. The porch
ceiling isn't solid.

Punknoodle also found a couple entrances in Santa Maria Beach: one at the con-
crete northern part of the ceiling of the southern overpass of the two with the
big "SPORT FISHING BOATING" signs, and the other about a block east of that at
the northern part of the ceiling of the walk beneath the boardwalk west of the
base of the Unique Jump that goes up the steps through the boardwalk.


Ghost mountain
The_Raven's Mount Chiliad entrance to Blue Hell

On the in-game map, there are three small green splotches NW of the brown spot
that represents the peak of Mount Chiliad. The blue hell entrance is a strip of
ground at the base of the cliff on the S side of the path S of the W end of the
E green splotch. On the paper map, it's on the S side of the 2nd crossing of
the path N of the "C" of "CHILIAD."

In the screenshot at the next link, the entrance is indicated by the white
blob at the base of the cliff beyond C.J.'s head.

If you have C.J. enter it with his Jetpack and have a hard time finding the
way out for him, just let him drop far enough and he'll appear above land but
without the Jetpack.


Ghost garage entrance

A Gamefaqs post by Foxracing500r, Nov.4, 2005, gave a way to ghost world.
Have C.J. go to the San Fierro Airport, go right instead of going through the
gate, go around to the parking garage, enter it on the right lane, and go ahead
to the "NO ENTRY KEEP CLEAR" sign that hangs from the ceiling. C.J. can go
through the 3rd pillar ahead, fall through ghost world, and land on the ship
used for the Export/Import mission.


Ghost cliff entrance

A Secret posted at Gamefaqs by drewpot2001 gives a different entrance to that
kind of ghost world. Have C.J. Jetpack against the cliffs, a little higher than
the water level, E of Sobell Rail Yard in Las Venturas. The Duff Man, in his
Secrets FAQ at the Gamefaqs web site, recommends going N from the Jetmax to
where that section of cliff ends in a ledge, then turning left into the ledge to
send C.J. through the cliff. C.J. can then make his way N through a little
channel of invisible stuff, and go on a surreal exploration.


Mxyzptlk's entrance to Blue Hell
W of the LV Turning Tricks Driving School

This entrance to Blue Hell is conveniently close to Area 69. Beside the Las
Venturas Turning Tricks Driving School (for motorcycles) to the W (and S of
Blackfield Stadium) is an opening to a big lot. The opening is made of two
curved walls. The Blue Hell entrance is the inside of the straight length of
wall beside the E curved part. Have C.J., equipped with the Jetpack, go forward
into it then go down.


Great Saiyaman's Blackfield entrance

Great Saiyaman found a non-solid part of a wall just a bit N of the previous
one. It's on the N side of the dark gray horizontal E-W bar S of the "C" of
"BLACKFIELD." The non-solid part, NE of the 5th bench from the W, is on the W
side of the wall that extends N-S into the lower lot.


Ghost 69
How to enter the interior of Area 69 from the start of the game

Mxyzptlk's method

Mxyzptlk also showed a way to enter or leave the interior of Area 69 using
Blue Hell: the ceiling isn't solid above the grate against the wall by the en-
trance to the shallow W trench. See the map I made (VIII.15) for the location.
Mxyzptlk's video is at this link:

Mxyzptlk has C.J. descend below Hunter Quarry until he appears above the
ground there.

Another way to have C.J. get out of Blue Hell at Hunter Quarry is to send him
up under the crane till you get the prompt to press F or Enter to have him use
the crane. Press it twice to have him enter and exit the crane and be in the
regular world. Wherever you send C.J. low enough into Blue Hell, he'll appear
in the game world above that.

You can send C.J. to the Ghost World entrance of the interior of Area 69 from
the start of the game with the Ghost World entrance in the porch ceiling of
Alexander's Toys and Vulgari, which is beside the Los Santos Pro-Laps and men-
tioned above, or via the Las Colinas and Santa Maria Beach entrances mentioned
above, with the ROCKETMAN code, and get a Minigun earlier than usual. Before-
hand, you might use the Never Wanted button of the GTA SA Control Center,
X.13.c. The Control Center lets you use either the "Auto-Clear Status after in-
serting cheats" button before you use any codes or the "Clear Cheated 'Status'
and 'Count'" button before you save the game.

hdsgf and zmoonchild's method

zmoonchild has a video showing another method of getting into and out of the
interior of Area 69. It uses Ring_of_Fire's method of having Tommy transport
through things while getting onto a motorcycle in VC, except it only works in
this case in SA with a Freeway.

hdsgf used it to enter Area 69. Have C.J. park the Freeway along the N side
of the ventilator shaft and Exit to appear underground at the Minigun pickup.
zmoonchild added the way for C.J. to get out. To have C.J. leave, have him go
up to the north edge of the same shaft and press Enter.

jedisociety's method

jedisociety uses a Cleo 3 gravity gun to take the doors off.


This pair of examples lets C.J. enter and leave Area 69 from the exterior

The inside of the air vent entrance: X 245.6275, Y 1862.581, Z 18.73007.

Over the grate of the air vent entrance: X 245.367, Y 1862.359, Z 21.97531.

You can use the GTA SA Control Center (X.13.c) to send C.J. there from any-
where in the exterior SA world. Press the Locations tab, the "Read from GTASA"
button, and write down the coordinates.

Then put in a set of coordinates for the inside of the air vent entrance and
press Teleport. After getting the Minigun or such, put in the coordinates you
wrote down and press Teleport.

C.J. gets a four star wanted level for entering the part of Area 69 shown on
the map of it I made (I.9) (VIII.15). Once the Badlands and San Fierro are
freely available, C.J. gets five stars that goes down to four once C.J. leaves
that part of Area 69.


Ring_of_Fire's way to open the door to Ghost World

Ring_of_Fire, whose glitch finds include ways of using the PCJ600 and Skimmer
to send Tommy to Ghost World in "Vice City," found a way to use a BMX or motor-
cycle to send C.J. to Ghost World in "San Andreas."

In certain circumstances, you can equip C.J. with a Jetpack and have him push
a bicycle or motorcycle to hold open the doors with entrance markers of safe-
houses and stores, not those for gyms, and go through the entrance box of some
into Ghost World.

According to Ring_of_Fire, it works:

- at the Johnson house (and some others) after the screen prompts you to "Go
get the SWAT Tank" in "End of the Line."

- during "Customs Fast Track."

- during a mission if it has a mission vehicle (like the Black Boxville of the
Burglary mission or the BMX of a Courier mission) which C.J. can put nearby.

- during a mission with a lead character that has a blue cone pointing down at
them whom you can put nearby.


Fireman's method to make extra interiors available
at the start of the game

Another way to see interiors of the game is described in this message board,
started by Fireman, at GTA Forums:

To see the interiors, start a new game. After the scene in which C.J.'s head
is bumped while he's being put into a Police car, the screen goes black for a
moment. During the scene in which C.J. is being driven N, you enter the code to
spawn a Jetpack: "ROCKETMAN." The "Cheat activated" message lingers till the
end of the scene. C.J. gets "Wasted" and appears by the hospital but without
the text that usually appears when that happens. Type "ROCKETMAN" again so C.J.
can fly somewhere else, the text appears, then the yellow entrance cones appear
for many of the interiors that you normally only see during missions.

The interiors include:

- the Vagos Gang house ("Burning Desire") is on the N side of the block that's
E of the thick N-S line on the map, indicating a RR track with a road on either
side of it, by "JEFFERSON,"
- Jizzy's Pleasure Domes front and roof entrances ("Jizzy") are under the S
end of the Gant Bridge,
- the Sindacco Abattoir ("The Meat Business") is at the NE corner of the block
of the bottom of the "EST" of "WHITEWOOD ESTATES," and
- the City Planning Department ("Architectural Espionage") is N of the "L" of

Zero's RC Shop (at the "C" of "GARCIA"), the fast food places, Ammu-Nations,
and clothes stores open, too.

A special thanks to Fireman for contributing one of the reasons that I like
exploring in GTA's more than in other games.


Note--places that load interior graphics and that are already open without the

- Colonel Fuhrberger's house ("Home Invasion"), which is at the top of the 2nd
block N of the "B" of "EAST BEACH" and on the same road as the "B,"
- the Atrium ("Just Business"), which has two doors and is on the block W of
the martini glass icon that's N of "LITTLE MEXICO,"
- the Jefferson Motel ("Reuniting the Families"), which is on the 3rd block N
of "SON" of "JEFFERSON,"
- "Generator Hall," which has an entrance on the N side of the E tower of the
Sherman Dam by the road that goes over the dam (it's a different entrance than
the one used in "Dam and Blast"),
- Caligula's Palace, which has two roof doors and a Penthouse door below them
inside ("Breaking the Bank at Caligula's"), and
- the Sex Shop ("Key to her Heart"), which is on the W side of The Strip E of
"Redsands East.

On PC, you can't knock open Big Smoke's crack den before "End of the Line."

C.J. can also enter these places for which the interior graphics are a part of
the outside world:

- the liquor store that's across the street to the E of the N block of down-
town Blueberry,
- an abandoned diner on the E side of the biggest block of Palomino Creek,
- until you've done the mission that uses it--"Small Town Bank" with Catalina,
a bank at the S end of the W side of the block that the Palomino Creek Cluckin'
Bell is on (you can't break down the door later on PC),
- a shack, with a red glow inside at night, on the NE shore of Fisher's La-
- the "Truck Terminal" truck shop on the S block of Blueberry,
- a shack in Shady Creeks where the path from Angel Pine bends N,
- Wang Cars, NE across the street from the Xoomer garage save place, on the
border of Doherty and Downtown in San Fierro,
- Otto's Autos, at the "E" of "EAST" of "ESPLANADE EAST," in Downtown San Fi-
- and various barns in Red County and Flint County.


Rough draft/Go through everything world
by sum GTA Guy and gamefarter

Have C.J. get on the ledge above the skylight of the Jefferson Motel (see the
entry above). Use the in-game Map and put a marker at the Bayside Boat School.
Enter the Jetpack code, ROCKETMAN, and have C.J. Jetpack there.

(There's a long drop through Black Hell 1st. The radar shows what direction
the marker is in but nothing else. Use the in-game map to check your progress.)

Have C.J. get into the red marker for the school mission. (You may need to
have him run against the school awhile to find the door on the E side of the
little building. Look at it in the regular game to see that the door is partly
surrounded by a couple of little low walls that make an opening on the S end.)

Start any mission and fail it with the "blow up all vehicles" code: ALLCARSGO-
BOOM or CPKTNWT. C.J. is dropped into the water--have him swim to shore and
give him a Jetpack with which he can explore this world of non-solid partial
graphics. The graphics are often the blurry kind used for things when seen from
a distance.

To exit this world without exiting the game, have C.J. fly to the Atrium in
Los Santos--there's a solid section by a door on the side with escalators. The
Atrium is E of the building that looks like four vertical blue glassy cylinders.
When he exits, he'll be in the regular world.


Driving a blown-up boat by Ring_of_Fire

Have C.J. get off a boat, and press F/Enter when he touches the water--C.J.
walks underwater to get back on the boat. Type "allcarsgoboom" to teleport C.J.
onto the boat (not when C.J. is very close to the boat or C.J. won't teleport--
he'll just be hurt by the explosion). Type "hesoyam" before the boat explodes
again and C.J. can drive a blown-up boat. It can be destroyed again with weap-

I'll add that it makes a Predator look like the Ghost Missing boat in "GTA


Ghost land vehicles for travelling into buildings

You can spawn a vehicle halfway into the Sindacco plastics (counterfeit chip)
factory, S of the "TES" of "WHITEWOOD ESTATES," or the blast doors of Area 69,
to enter it. Their interiors are rendered with the outside world.

The only skyscraper in Los Santos with a 3D interior (at the N end of the
block that's E of the one with "NTOS" of "DOWNTOWN LOS SANTOS"),

the Gasso station with Max pane glass with bullet holes (on the SW block of
Dillimore; the S wall worked for me; the floor is solid except for the hall be-
hind the counter),

and Big Smoke's crack den (on the NE corner of the block that's W of the one
with "F" of "LOS FLORES"; I couldn't break the wall of Big Smoke's crack den be-
fore "End of the Line" on PC),

are easy to enter that way, too.


Ghost Beagle and Mower

xox_vanzant_xox saw that an airplane called a Beagle may appear with the left
side embedded in, or laying on, a house in Fort Carson (on the N side of the SE
block). (In the PS2 version of the game, the Mower appears in a tree trunk in
Dillimore. Thanks to Cube623.)


"Ghost" Glendales, etc.

On PS2, a scratched-up, discarded Glendale appears and coasts downhill near
the NW side of the S of two horse shoe-shaped hills in Back O' Beyond. (On PC,
the couple of Glendales I see there are just sitting there.) It's been nick-
named the Ghost Car, and it's useful in providing a ride out of the wilderness.
(I have a ghost Vortex at the beach NE of downtown Bayside Marina, though, and
I've never seen anyone inside the trolley.)

(The dented Glendale also appears elsewhere in the game, as does a scratched
and dented Sadler pickup truck.)


Ghost upside-down chili vendor

If C.J. uses a Rocket Launcher to shoot the chili dogs stand at the end of the
Santa Maria pier, it appears upside-down in the water under the pier. If he
swims into the red shaft of light by it to buy a chili dog, he'll eat it if you
have him climb onto the stand. The vendor stays nearby in the drowned position
as long as C.J. stays there. (That was known when somebody posted it, but I
can't remember where I read it originally.)


Ghost house

A GTA Forums post by imut_knight showed an unorthodox way to enter a house
that's N and across the street from the 2nd "O" of "IDLEWOOD." Have C.J. jump
at the garage door on the S side of the house, and he can hang on to the top
edge and climb in. When he's inside, the ceiling is invisible. He can climb
out where he climbed in.


Ghost 3D office building

The one skyscraper in Los Santos with a 3D interior is at the N end of the
block that's E of the one with "NTOS" of "DOWNTOWN LOS SANTOS." As Fireman ex-
plained at GTA Forums, you can point C.J. at the building (from the sidewalk
edge that's nearest to the lot of the building), type "VROCKPOKEY" to have Hot-
ring Racer A appear with one side imbedded in the building, and have C.J. enter
the car and go out the other side to enter the building.

Once he's in there, you could type "ROCKETMAN" so C.J. gets a Jet Pack and can
look around--the things inside it aren't solid. You might also use the GTA SA
Control Center, X.13.c, and use coordinates to transport him into and out of it.

A possible pair of sets of coordinates I came up with are:

X: 1819.59300
Y: -1287.79900
Z: 13.600860
Angle: 92.935470

X: 1839.620000
Y: -1280.601000
Z: 13.545330
Angle: 128.297200

(It's not the only 3D building in Los Santos. For one example, the shopping
center S of the E block of Glen Park has 3D windows, too.)


Ghost woman in a pawn shop wall

I found this one:

If you have C.J. stand NW of the Cluckin' Bell that's S of the Johnson house
and look SW at the yellow pawn shop, you can see a woman, shown from about waist
up, with brown hair and a red dress. She's in the rectangle-shaped indentation
on the near yellow wall of the shop. C.J. can get closer to see her if you turn
the draw distance down.

If you have C.J. go closer to her,she's covered over with a lighter or darker
color (depending on the time of day) than the wall.

The Rocket Launcher gimmick that let you see through walls in the last two
GTA's doesn't work in "San Andreas," so I don't know how to get a closer look.

The same yellow building except with a barber shop appears on the SW corner of
the block of "S" of "PLAYA DEL SEVILLE." You can see the ghost woman on the W
side of the S wall if C.J. is far enough away. I couldn't get the woman to ap-
pear on the wall of the yellow pawn shop behind the Johnson house.


A very minor ghost world find

I'm on a roll here for your ghost excitement--I found this, too.

Go S from the little loop of road in Mulholland to the T intersection, go S
from the end of the double yellow line in the middle of the street and across
the intersection to the tan stucco house with a dirty white picket fence. C.J.
can walk into the non-solid grass in the lawn at the SE side of the house till
the grass is over his head. He gets the best view of Ghost World from the spot
by looking N.

At the top of the driveway, you may find a couple of garbage pails that have
"Vice City" maps inside them (as found across from the Angel Pine Cluckin'


Ghost Garver Bridge

Zmoonchild showed a way to get into the underside of the Garver Bridge, which
was also found earlier by pdescobar and others.

At the SW end of the Garver Bridge, just past the N end of the length of
earthquake damaged highway, have C.J. go up the gray embankment. If you send
him out along the edge of the bridge while pushing to his right, he'll find the
entrance to the underside of it. He can go to the other end of the bridge,
where there's a gray wall.


Ghost walls

Benjimino234's invisible wall behind the Willowfield Cluckin' Bell

Benjimino234 found an invisible block--as punknoodle described, it's "beside
the orderbox...looks to be about a 1 foot wide by 3 foot long wall at a diagonal
to the back wall"--behind the Cluckin' Bell that's S of C.J.'s Mom's house.

bagga rabbit's invisible wall on the porch of Cranberry Station

bagga rabbit found an invisible wall on the front of the porch of the street
entrance to the Cranberry train station.

More names on the mantle of explorers of ghost world--good finds!


Ghost fence

Masterkraft found a section of fence without a collision file. It's the SW to
NE section of fence along the coast W of the S end of the Gant Bridge.

punknoodle found that the W end of it isn't solid, either.


The Vinewood cemetery

C.J.'s Mom's grave is at the NE corner of the graves in the Vinewood cemetery,
which is on the N side of the block N of the block with "WOOD" of "VINEWOOD."
The top couple of feet of dirt is missing from the grave, which is covered with
a solid invisible plate with a few tufts of grass on it. It's given rise to
rumors of her having left the grave to haunt C.J.'s house. Besides it and a
similar grave (except covered with a dark plate that's easier to see through at
night) a few plots W creating a couple of places for the "camera" during "Sweet
and Kendl," it just looks like the top couple of feet of the hole of each were
filled in with polyurethane topped with a few tufts of artificial grass, so it
doesn't suggest anything to me if I had to think of a real life or movie refer-
ence explanation (ghost dirt?).

Likewise, some rumors of the place being haunted have arisen from gang graffi-
ti appearing on the cemetery walls from 20:00 to 6:00. Since Sweet tells C.J.
several gang members are buried there, you might imagine C.J. remembering the
late spirits of gang members killed in gang wars for that.


I.11 Odds and Ends

At the start of the game, before all the railroad tracks are free to travel,
you might see the Brown Streak diesel locomotive, which has two cars hitched to
it, or a Freight train with several flat cars. When one stops at a train sta-
tion, C.J. can jack it and go back and forth over the length of the track in the
legally allowed Los Santos and Red County areas. The view while driving a train
is the cinematic view, in which you can pick a view with NP4. There are barri-
ers at either end of the allowed section, and, with the train travelling at a
moderate speed, the game makes the train come to a stop before either of them.

But if the train goes fast enough, it can go through the barriers and travel
the whole circuit around San Andreas. When I did this, I had the train go from
the NE Red County end at full acceleration, only releasing acceleration a bit in
SE Los Santos when I could see the train shake a bit (if you floor it long
enough, you can derail the train). The train went through the barriers in Rich-
man. C.J. got a four star wanted rating but the law enforcers can't stop the
train. (You can do it without the wanted rating if you use the "Reuniting the
Families" glitch). The game made the train stop on the Frederick Bridge before
going through the NE Red County barriers again, though--I don't know if the
train would have gone through them if I'd floored it again.

(My Dad was a brakeman on the railroad in the 1930's before he became an art-
ist/cartoonist at the Pittsburgh Press for the rest of his life, so that goes
1st. There aren't any 30's steam engines in "Mafia," so I'll take what I can

You can drive into the full size trees that rest on square flat boxes, such as
along the sidewalks of the couple of blocks N of Avispa Country Club in SF, and
knock them over. C.J. can climb them, and several other kinds of trees, too.
(For more examples, see I.7.aa.)

C.J., like Tommy Vercetti, can walk up a tree that slopes from the ground--
there's one, a tall pine tree, leaning over the N end of the big pond of Back O'

You might have already seen this in stunt videos--you can drive a motorcycle
up the cables of the Garver Bridge. Going down the cable on the other side is
trickier, especially twice.

The Alhambra is a dance club. It has flaming torches in front, and is tan by
day but is lit up red and blue at night, along the middle of the W side of the
block with "IDL" of "IDLEWOOD" in Los Santos. The locations of the other dance
clubs are given at "Life's a Beach" (IV.19). If you have C.J. go inside one and
walk into the shaft of light, he dances with a lady while you press W,S,A, and
D for up, down, etc., in time with the music at the time each arrow rolls into
a stationary circle in the middle of the screen. He dances better if you get
it right. You get a Stat for your highest score.

The Pig Pen strip club is on the W side of the block that's N of the one with
a martini glass symbol that's W of "LOS FLORES." C.J. can throw money down by
the strippers for them to do one of those Jane Fonda aerobics moves they do. He
can also pay $100 when in a shaft of light to go into a room to be seated while
one of several strippers does a private dance for him. You can use the LMB to
pick from several views to watch it.

The other strip clubs can be found between the W side of Las Venturas and the
E side of the No Fly Zone, at the NE corner of the block S of the one with "VEN-
TURAS" of "OLD VENTURAS STRIP," and at the SE corner of the block that's E of
the block with "OT" of "COME-A-LOT."


Thanks to a post by Mxyzptlk at the GTA Forums web site--his overseeing of the
other posters in expansion of Shaft21's "San Andreas" secrets--for the next
couple of tips.

In the original versions of "San Andreas":

The Pay 'n' Spray behind Come-a-lot, S Las Venturas, isn't on the in-game map.
On PS2, you can see the inside of it as your vehicle is sprayed and the floor
has a non-solid spot. On PC, it's non-functional. To get there, go N from the
S end of the road that divides by the Emerald Isle, take the 3rd right, the 2nd
left, then turn right and look for it on your left.

There's also an unmarked barber shop in El Quebrados (Spanish for "The Frac-
tion"), in the N area of Tierra Robada, that isn't on the map.


Apropos of nothing more than that they're GTA-related concerns, and I wanted a
place for the Internet to have them:

Rebirth: a suggestion for how to make music in a future GTA

If anyone from Rockstar North reads this, I have a suggestion for an extra
feature for the next GTA. The lead player could go into a music store and play
with something like ReBirth 2.0.1 by Propellerhead. Previously sold for about
$160, it's been discontinued and is now freeware. The game player doesn't need
to know how to play an instrument to have fun with it, and Rockstar North could
give the lead player and the pedestrians some moves to do to the rhythm. It's
easier to play with, and more fun, than the dance game, and it's only a little
over 4 MBs.

A good article about it is here:

The article shows a picture of the interface--you can click the picture to see
an enlargement of it. The article mentions a CD you need to play the full free
version, but you don't need the CD to play the demo version I gave a "freefun-
files" link for above that.

If you try it, there are two bass synthesizers and two drum machines. Each of
them has four sets--A to D--of eight buttons each on the left side of the dis-
play. Any one combination--C6, A4, etc.--represents a one measure pattern of
music. You don't need good timing--the combo you pick will start playing at the
start of the next four beat measure; if you don't make a selection, the pattern
keeps repeating. You can change the notes, bend them, adjust the tones, of the
bass lines with the keyboard, etc., displays. You can pick the percussion in-
struments and adjust their tones on the two bottom displays. You can choose
from two overall sets--Pattern or Song mode--at the top of the screen.


Where to get the 1st two GTA's and "Wild Metal Country" free

You can still download "GTA," "GTA2," and "Wild Metal Country" (a futuristic
shooter between futuristic Rhinos) for free at:

How to see the coordinates on the PC "GTA2"

"GTA2" doesn't have a radar or in-game map. The walk-throughs for it give the
location of weapons, mission concerns, etc., with coordinates, and the PS2 "wug-
gles" code doesn't make the coordinates appear on PC. To see the coordinates on
PC, go to the Gouranga web site, GTA2, Tips and Cheats, and get the "GTA2 Power
Manager" by Harry Denholm, aka Ishani.

Click the "Debug" tab at the top and check the box for "Do Bebug Keys." Dur-
ing the game, press C to see the coordinates.


How to get Darkel into "III"

Darkel is a tramp created for "III" then edited out of the game before it was
released. His name and voice actor--Bill Fiore--are listed in the credits,
though, and his .dff and .txd files and some others are still in the game.

It was widely rumored that he led a group of bums, now found among the other
pedestrians and around a Hidden Package in the tunnel behind 8-Ball's Portland
bomb shop, and he sent Claude Speed to do missions that later became the Ram-
pages and the "I Scream, You Scream" mission for El Burro. Some think Claude
was to meet Darkel in the tunnel.

Here's an excerpt from an article about the then-upcoming "GTA III" at the
Gouranga! web site (thanks to a Gamefaqs post by quest78 for reminding me about
the article):

Another mission source is a street urchin named Darkel (according to Game
Informer, he will be replacing the Kill Frenzies that were in GTA and GTA2).
Darkel is a rather odd addition who asks you to commit various random acts
of violence. One such act mentioned in the IGN preview is to steal an ice
cream truck, load it with dynamite, and then set off the bomb after attract-
ing a large enough crowd. Sounds pretty dark but I'd imagine that its just
the tip of the iceberg.

Some rumors have it that he was edited out of the game because he had Claude
create destruction that was somehow similar to the Sept.11, 2001 tragedy which
happened not long before the game was released. (One rumor has it Darkel had
Claude fly a plane into the tallest skyscraper, the one Donald Love lives in,
and that the fast deletion of Darkel caused the disappearance of Donald Love to
be abrupt and unexplained.)

This Wikipedia article has some more about it. It makes it sound possible
that Darkel was removed, among other changes, due to the tragedy, but says there
weren't any plane missions to remove:

You can put Darkel into "III" with Notepad. Un-check the green dot 1st (X.4).
Then click > Edit > Replace, and replace "scum_man" with "darkel" in data\de-
fault.ide and data\pedgrp.dat.

(Don't try it by renaming their .txd and .dff files with each other's names or
you end up with a white Darkel ghost. This just changes which .dff and .txd
files the game calls for.)

You might try using him as your lead character a bit with the "ifeellikedress-
ingup" code.

How to find Odie's Statue of Liberty mod, the Wichita-Airport Bridge, the Nakt
patch, etc.

Mods for "III" are getting harder to find. But I just saw a lot of mods for
"III," including Odie's Miss Liberty (the Statue of Liberty), at the GTA Place
and gta-downloads web sites:

The Wichita-Airport Bridge by MrMilti connects Wichita Gardens to Francis In-
ternational Airport, and makes Sub-missions around there a lot easier:

The Naktpatch by Sveni didn't cause such a scandal back when GTA prostitute
mods just dared show half of each niblet:

OnePiece's High Quality/HD GTA Cars for "GTA III":

GTAIII XBOX Version by rmws.

How to let Claude leave Portland early

To let Claude Speed leave Portland the fastest, easiest way, un-check the
green dot (X.4), go into data\handling.cfg--where you might go, anyway, to soup
up the Submission vehicles or the Rumpo (to make "Big N' Veiny" easier)--and
give a vehicle a -1 in column I: percent submerged. Then, when Claude drives it
off one end of the destroyed Callahan bridge and it falls into the water, it
will appear on the other end of the bridge. This works to get across the lift
bridge before it's working, too, to get to Shoreside Vale.

Besides the popular choice--typing "chittychittybb" and having Claude fly a
Police car (esp. a souped up one) over the Callahan Bridge--a couple of methods
I learned from Rusk's PS2 testing work on PC, too:

If you send Claude W along the N side of the destroyed Callahan Bridge, down
to about 5' (?) from the end of the 2nd straight length of a bent red girder
that projects beyond the end of Claude's side of the bridge, Claude can jump
over to the thick silver-gray pipe of the other side of the bridge. He can en-
ter the subway at the S end of Staunton and use it to get to Shoreside Vale.

Another way is to have Claude back the back wheels of the Easy Autos Banshee
out over the water from the concrete tunnel roof in NW Portland, backing out to
about where the middle of the road below is and until the Banshee teeters on the
verge of falling. Have Claude exit and he lands on the tunnel roof. Send him W
while aiming the view with the mouse to see the tunnel roof below the blue
stuff. He has to jump over an obstruction then can go over the middle of the
tunnel roof to Staunton, where some invisible solid stuff won't let him continue
to Shoreside Vale unless he uses the ledge at the side of the roof. When you
want Claude to appear in either town, have him jump from below the town into the
blue stuff and he'll appear on the land above.

Thanks to variable veracity verifier Orion_SR for some creative gameplay that
leads him to add that you can send Claude from Staunton to Shoreside by having
him drive a Yankee into the subway in S Staunton, onto the far side of the same
upper platform, and having Claude jump from the Yankee roof through the subway
ceiling onto the roof over the tracks. Unlike the case in "Liberty City Stor-
ies," the roof nearby is invisible, though, so it isn't easy to navigate even if
you have Claude shoot it to see where the ricochets appear. Claude can also
make the trip by bailing from a Fire truck he tips into the water over the tun-
nel by NW Staunton (W of the stadium). The radar doesn't show the tunnel there
in "III," so send him into the tunnel 1st to see where it is on the radar.
(Copy and Paste the 2nd halves to the 1sts in the Address Bar for the next two
links to Orion_SR's videos.)

How to use Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle for the lead player of "III"

gtadude1 has come up with a mod that looks so much like Robert De Niro as
Travis Bickle in "Taxi Driver," 1976, it looks like he used a photo and worked
it out from there. If you ever wondered what it would be like to have De Niro
as a lead player, you won't get a better chance than this. gtadude1 wrote that
he'd work on it more if there was support for it, so I encourage you to show him

(The 1st screen shot also shows the one electric sign I've found so far in
"III" that tells the correct time.)


Where to get the "Liberty City" mod for "Vice City"

Also apropos of nothing more than it's a GTA concern: the Liberty City mod,
used with a copy of "Vice City," and which I describe in "Glenster's Guide to
Some of Vice City," can be found at the GTA Forums web site:

It has an automatic installer now that worked smoothly for me. The "Vice
City" modding, trainer, etc., concerns apply because it's built on the VC engine
(and has the VC PCJ-600, helicopters, etc., too.)

To use a trainer with it, un-check the green dot (X.4), go to the Liberty City
folder, open gta-lc.ini with Notepad, and change "ChangeTaskBar=1" to
"ChangeTaskBar=0" then Save and exit.


How to pick the version of "Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven" you run

The solution for the problem of being unable to use mods or trainers that are
only compatible with certain versions of "Mafia"

Even more tenuously apropos than the sections above: you can get the Mafia
Swap program at:

The instructions have you change a file of the game, then you run the program
at the start of the game. It asks you to enter a number to indicate which mod
you want to use--I enter the number that means I don't have a mod installed.
Then it lets you pick which version of Mafia you want to run.

My copy of "Mafia" was v.1.2 when I bought it, but it can be run as v1, which
lets you use the +19 trainer, the detour gimmick for the race, and give some of
the mods a try.

You might also try Mafia II:


Some GTA clones you might try

Here's an article about GTA clones that might help you decide on a GTA-type
game to try:


I.12 Glitches

I.12.a Problem glitches

Cures for the gym and basketball glitches

Artem Khassanov has a web site that offers fixes for the PC version of the
gym and basketball glitches. (Thanks to silentexistence for the tip about Ar-
tem's new web site.)

According to System error, at the GTA Forums web site, you shouldn't save
your game at Madd Dogg's mansion or the game may not produce any basketballs.

Orion_SR has confirmed, by modding the location of the save cassette, that the
glitch is due to saving near a basketball court.

And abhishekprabhu, at the Gamefaqs web site, adds (that you should remember,
before you decide that you have the glitch) that the basketball doesn't always
appear at all of the courts, and the glitch that causes it not to appear at all
may come and go, anyway. The fix for it resets the counters in the save files.

(GTW note: on PC, the basketballs don't appear till after "Tagging Up Turf.")

According to SuGGaK at the GTA Forums web site, Take-Two suggests that you
have C.J. eat a couple of meals at least once every two days, preferably once a
day, to prevent the glitch of C.J. being unable to work out at the gyms.

(If you get the gym glitch, it often appears late in the game and causes C.J.
to be unable to use the exercise equipment in the gyms. Instead, he gets the
message telling him he's worked out enough for today--come back tomorrow.)

Ring_of_Fire's cure for the gym glitch is to exit the game completely and
start it again, or save the game six times in a row.


Pdescobar's cure for the Taxi mission glitch

Rusk has reported to me that there's a glitch for this in the original ver-
sion on Xbox and was told it's true for the original PC version, too: it seemed
that if C.J. got his Pilot's License, 20%, for his Flying Skill Stat before com-
pleting the Taxi mission or "Mike Toreno," fares didn't appear for the Taxi and
C.J. couldn't find the location of Toreno in "Mike Toreno."

Thanks to scorpion_great for recommending this cure:

Pdescobar isolated the problem as commonly caused by corruption of zone infor-
mation. One thing that causes that cause is to send C.J. to the edge of the
map, so try to avoid sending him to the border of the map (which could happen
while you have C.J. fly to get a Pilot's license). The map zone information for
the save game becomes corrupted that way--when the Taxi mission needs a pedes-
trian to be the customer, the game doesn't know what to do. If you save the
game, the glitch appears on new games you start, too. He used a hex editor to
make the map zone information what it should be.

Orion_SR adds that he's gotten the glitch after doing the Firefighter and
Paramedic missions without flying or going to the edge of the map, but not if he
did the Taxi mission 1st.

I'd play it safe and avoid whatever all may cause the map zone information
corruption by having C.J. do the Taxi mission early. But if you got the glitch
and want to cure it, drag and drop pdescobar's file, found at the link below,
over the gta_sa.exe file found in the main folder of the game:


The extra gang territory glitch

Mxyzptlk explained the extra gang territory glitch at the GTA Forums web site:

To cover all of San Andreas, including the country areas, with gang turf, have
C.J. fly or sail to a corner of the map in a constant direction for at least 30
minutes. The longer you do, the more gang turf there is, with San Andreas com-
pletely covered with it in two to three hours.

On PS2, you then hold X, pull out the controller, and reinsert it to get con-
trol back. Have C.J. jump out of the plane, land in the sea, and drown. Be-
sides creating a lot of gang territory, it causes drug dealers to appear in San
Fierro and Las Venturas, and each turf war is only one wave. It's not really
worth it because the more turf C.J. wins over, the less percentage he attains
for it in the Stats.

(Planet grand theft auto also discourages it by adding that winning that turf
causes Grove Street Family gang members to appear everywhere, and their cars
aren't fun to drive at all.)


Hmvartak's Online Glitch Repair Tool

hmvartak created an Online Glitch Repair Tool to fix the Pedestrians Riot code
(AJLOJYQY can't normally be removed once the game is saved), basketball (no
basketballs), Taxi (no fares), Pool (no pool player), and barriers (bridge bar-
riers not removed in save games modded from v.1 to v.2 or vice versa) glitches.
The tool, for unmodded v.1 and v.2 saves and ones with the barrier glitch, is at
the next link. (Thanks to Orion_SR)


System error's advice at GTA Forums regarding various other glitches

Don't store any other vehicles in a garage where you save a vehicle with a
special look, like the Mothership, or the special paint job may disappear.

Give a modded car it's own garage so the garage door doesn't take a long time
to open.

If a girlfriend isn't home for a week from the day of a missed date, save the
game repeatedly till a day in game time passes to get her to show up.

Date Michelle before C.J. finishes Driving School or she'll show up a lot less

Get a permanent haircut then get tattoos, or remove all tattoos before getting
a haircut, or a haircut makes the Sex Appeal points gotten from getting tattoos

A two-player game makes the Brass Knuckles in C.J.'s weapon inventory disap-
pear. (GTW note: two player games aren't used in the PC version.)

Don't save your game right after "End of the Line"--complete another mission
1st or your save game may become corrupted.

The Longest 2 Wheels Distance Stat may become very big while the Longest 2
Wheels Time Stat remains normal. (GTW note: this happens in the PC version,

There's a glitch that causes C.J. to retain his money and weapons after being
busted or wasted even though he hasn't successfully dated Katie or Barbara.
(GTW note: since I never save the game after C.J. gets busted or wasted--I press
Esc before the game can show the cut scene about it--I might never know the dif-


The Fire Extinguisher glitch

According to tommy vercetti guy at the GTA Forums web site:

Starting a new game from the start menu after playing another game can make
all the fire extinguishers disappear. (GTW Note: I haven't run into this prob-
lem with the PC version.)


The Xoomer garage and Flips glitches

The San Fierro Xoomer garage has a reputation for eating cars, so don't put
anything hard to replace in it.

In the Stats, under Achievements, Maximum Insane Jump Flips are mistakenly
given in degrees. In one save file I have one degree for that, and in another
save file I have five degrees for it.


I.12.b Fun glitches, gimmicks, etc.

Thanks to GTA Forums, mainly:
the Glitch Index compiled and contributed to by Fireman, and

the Glitch list compiled and contributed to by Cubanjetmax,

for the glitches in this section.

I recommend the GTA SA Control Center (X.13.c), which lets you use hotkeys for
codes, to do some of these gimmicks for which time is of the essence. You can
use the Control Center to erase the cheat count, too.

I've divided it into sections for missions, people, vehicles, weapons, and
other things.

Pdescobar's way to explore areas that create a wanted rating without creating
a wanted rating

"No wanted level" mission exploits by pdescobar unless otherwise noted. His
explanations are at the GTA Forums message board at this link:

Loop removal mission The wanted level occasionally flashes and disappears.
Police appear but ignore C.J.. Police vehicles appear, and Rangers, Enforcers,
and FBI Ranchers appear on the dirt road around Area 69.

Ignored by police mission C.J. can get a wanted level but police ignore him.
The two exceptions are that Hydras will shoot at him if he has four or more
wanted stars and he's flying, and that if C.J. enters an interior with a wanted
level, a few police will appear and attack. But if C.J. evades or shoots the
police, there won't be more.

Los Santos Missions

"Drive By" Send C.J. anywhere but into Sweet's Greenwood.

"Just Business" by srg Send C.J. away when he and Big Smoke leave the Atrium.
To best avoid the ways this can fail, srg recommends having C.J. kill the three
Russians closest to Big Smoke then having C.J. jump off the Atrium in the oppo-
site direction (toward the airport).

"Los Sepulcros" by srg Ignored by police mission After C.J. jumps the wall
and talks to Sweet, don't have C.J. attack the Ballas. Have him tell his gang
to stay put and he can go exploring.

"Reuniting the Families" contributed to Rusk's walk-through by "The Chadness"
C.J. can safely explore either after he gets into the red marker at the motel,
or after he shoots down the helicopter on the roof if you don't have him follow

Badlands Missions

"Are You Going to San Fierro?" by Mxyzptlk/Aggrosk8er Loop removal mission
C.J. can safely explore after shooting down the helicopter and getting into the

San Fierro Missions

"Mountain Cloud Boys" by srg Ignored by police mission The police will ig-
nore C.J. once he goes through the alley to the open gate and triggers the cut-
scene. Have C.J. kill all but the last guy, and try but fail to enter the
locked Sentinel. Wu Zi will be able to open it and will get in--have C.J. leave
him there and explore, getting rid of any wanted rating before returning to kill
the last guy and continue.

"Lure" by srg Loop removal mission The wanted level is kept to zero once the
Rancher goes into the marker at Angel Pine, but C.J. must stay in the Rancher.
(Pdescobar says the Rancher is explosion/damage/fire-proof, and you might want
to dunk it to fail the mission and store the Rancher.)

"Amphibious Assault" The wanted level is frozen when C.J. enters the marker
at the pier. Have him swim through the rocks then explore. Have C.J. Use
stealth to reach the pier steps or have him blow up the boats, or snipe the men
on them, 1st.

The Da Nang Thang" contributed by David Sears and Dr. Simon Chan to Rusk's
walk-through/srg Loop removal mission C.J. can safely explore once he's in the

"Mike Toreno" by srg Ignored by police mission When it's time to destroy the
van, don't have C.J. do it. Instead, he can drive away in the Premier he ar-
rived in.

"Outrider" Send C.J. to the gas station, watch the cutscene, have him drive
to the marker, and possibly get the weapons, but don't have him get on the bike.

"Pier 69" by srg Loop removal mission As soon as you have control of C.J.,
he can explore. Don't send him onto the roof.

Desert Missions

"Learning to Fly" C.J. can fly over Area 69.

"N.O.E." by srg Flying overe military bases won't create a wanted level but
SAM sites still operate.

"Black Project" by srg After C.J. gets the Jetpack he can safely explore.

Las Venturas Missions

"You've Had Your Chips" C.J. can safely explore after going near the factory
and being told the gates are guarded. This is the 1st time C.J. can get a Rhino
without any trouble.

"A Home in the Hills" Have C.J. lead the 2nd set of Triads from the roof to
the door, but don't send him inside. Have him hop the wall and explore.

Finale Missions

"Vertical Bird" C.J. can roam the naval base (and get the two nearby Oysters
or the Patriot) without a wanted rating.

"Los Desperados" by srg Loop removal mission Send C.J. somewhere other than
the train station. It's easy for him to jack an FBI Rancher from the dirt road
near where the vehicles are parked at Area 69.

"End of the Line" Either don't have C.J. get in Sweet's Greenwood, or take
Sweet to Big Smoke's place 1st so the car becomes indestructible.

Pdescobar adds that some of the missions that drop the setting for "sensitiv-
ity to crime" (opcode 03C7) from 1.0 to to 0.0 (making it harder to raise a
wanted level) for at least part of the mission are "Stowaway," "Burning Desire,"
"Catalyst," "Just Business," "Madd Dogg's Rhymes," and "Deconstruction." "555
We Tip" uses a setting of -1.0 for part of the mission.

Infinite spray from spray can during "Tagging Up Turf" by InFeRnUs92

When Sweet leaves C.J. in Ballas turf to spray a few Tags, have C.J. do all
100. (Until C.J. sprays those several Tags , you can find Sweet in his car by
C.J.'s house. The car is locked, but you can have C.J. kill him, which causes
Sweet to fall out the door. C.J. can use the damage-proof Greenwood.)


Invincible C.J. 1 by tommy vercetti guy

C.J. can make a standing jump from touching the N fence on top of the tallest
building in San Fierro and won't get hurt.

Invincible C.J. 2 by ?

C.J. can fall from any height onto the flat surface of a vehicle and won't get
hurt. (An exception to the above is if C.J. jumps out of the Andromada of
"Stowaway" too early, which causes him to land on the top of an Admiral.)

Invincible C.J. 3 by most anyone who's observant,
which, at times, includes me

C.J. can fall from any height in a vehicle and won't get hurt. An exception
is if he's in one that blows up, so try to get him to bail to avoid the fast
crash of a flying vehicle. Leveling the wheels of a two wheel vehicle usually
makes for a safe landing.

C.J. can fall from any height into water, and, if it's deep enough, he won't
get hurt. If he has full Health and Armor and isn't equipped with a Parachute
when he lands, he can fall from any height onto ground and survive with a lit-
tle Health, but if he falls even a fraction as far with an unopen Parachute, he
dies. (I forget where I 1st read about those two examples. If you use the Con-
trol Center and have C.J.'s Health set at 176, he won't die from the unopen
Parachute fall.) He won't get hurt if he falls without opening the Parachute
provided near the end of "Breaking the Bank at Caligula's."

Invincible ped by GTAFAN4LIFE

Leave a vehicle in a Pay n' Spray, have C.J. punch a ped and run to the vehi-
cle so the ped is in the Pay 'n' Spray as the door closes, and the ped is invin-

Invincible gang member by gtamike123 and digimetal

Gtamike123's method is to skip the opening cutscene of "Saint Mark's Bistro"
(VIII.29) to see C.J. talking to Maccer by a car Ken is in. Type in the "blow
up all vehicles" code, ALLCARSGOBOOM or CPKTNWT. Use one of the "recruit any-
one" codes, SJMAHPE (recruits get a 9mm) or ROCKETMAYHEM (recruits get a rocket
launcher), and have C.J. recruit Maccer.

Digimetal's plan is about the same except he has C.J. take the Jetpack to The
Truth near the end of "Black Project" (VIII.15), puts in the "peds hate you"
code, BAGOWPG, and after The Truth gets out of the Mothership, digimetal uses a
"recruit anyone" code and enters the "peds hate you" code again to disable it.
(Don't save the game with a "peds hate you" cheat enabled.)

Basically, the more general idea to take from both plans above is to fail a
mission and have C.J. recruit Cesar, Sweet, etc., before they walk away.

The next three examples could go in the Ghost World category, too.

Invisible gang member 1 by xspudx

Have C.J. recruit a gang member to follow him, and have him get them to take
his picture with the Camera (press Tab when prompted). Have C.J. aim a gun at
the "camera" (at you) and fire. This kills the gang member and there's blood on
the ground but no homie. If an Ambulance comes, the paramedic brings the invis-
ible homie back to life. You can put put Satchel Charges on the gang member to
see where he is.

Invisible gang member 2 by gtamike123 and Drizz

Enter a "recruit anyone" code, SJMAHPE (recruits get a 9mm) or ROCKETMAYHEM
(recruits get a rocket launcher) before the chase of the Firetruck Sweet hangs
from in "End of the Line." When the Firetruck goes left over a bridge, have
C.J. get out of his car, get a safe distance from it, then enter the "blow up
all vehicles" code, ALLCARSGOBOOM or CPKTNWT. Have C.J. rush to recruit him--
target the back of the ladder where Sweet was hanging. You could use a code to
spawn a vehicle to rush C.J. to Sweet quicker. (VROCKPOKEY spawns Hotring Racer

Drizz adds that the same gimmick can be used at the end of "Home Invasion."
After the last cutscene, Ryder fades from view as he walks away. Quickly get
C.J. to recruit Ryder before he's gone.

I'll add that using the Control Center (X.13.c), which lets you use hotkeys
for codes, can make it easier to do this gimmick.

Invisible Vagos

If C.J. gets too far ahead of the train in "Wrong Side of the Tracks" (IV.17),
you fail the mission but Vago ghosts, with only their SMGs visible, will go by
on the train. (I had C.J. jump on the train to get them, anyway.)

How to make the Flint trailer park photographers appear

By the W coast of Los Santos inlet, S of the S-most bridge across it, is a
trailer park. One of various pedestrians may appear as a photographer at the
coast S of the entrance. They thoughtfully survey the scenery for subjects for
photos, take one or a few photos, then they walk into the water and drown. (Ap-
parently, they're more upset by a few aspects of the graphics than me.)

If you send C.J. into the park enough to change the location name shown at the
bottom right corner of the screen, then send him toward the entrance enough to
change it back, a different pedestrian appears as the photographer.

Lemmings gimmick 1

On the W side of the Cluckin' Bell, N of the Johnson house in Los Santos, is
a telephone pole pedestrians appear from. Have C.J. stand where it says "RE-
and look S at the pole.

Another spot to watch from is by the little brick pile E of the Tag that's
above the porch roof of the shopping center S of the Cluckin' Bell parking lot.

The pedestrians appear about 15' up, slide down part of the way, fall the
rest, and keep walking. You can turn C.J. away and back to help them spawn.

Lemmings gimmick 2

Similar to the DMA (later Rockstar North) game "Lemmings," 1990, pedestrians,
seen from an alley in Las Venturas, will appear on the 3rd floor ledge of a
building and walk off.

To see them, have C.J. go to the alley on the W side of Welding and Weddings,
which is on the SE section of the block that's W of "ISLE" of "THE EMERALD
ISLE," and go N in that alley to where it intersects an alley that goes W from
it. Look NE at the near corner of the 3rd story gray ledge of the Emerald Isle
skyscraper (by day, the upper W part of the building looks gray-blue with dark
gray-blue horizontal stripes).

If you have C.J. stand in the right several foot-wide spot, the pedestrians
appear on that corner of the ledge and walk off, falling out of view behind a
beige--light gray lit by daylight--wall. I've also seen some pedestrians appear
a bit below the ledge and fly up to it 1st, then walk off, which is strange. I
think it helps spawn them to have C.J. go a bit S to change the name of the lo-
cation, shown in the lower right corner of the screen, and change it back again.

You might hear a scream as they fall, and maybe a crunching sound, possibly
followed by the sound of other pedestrians screaming and running away in a pan-

You can have C.J. zoom in on them with a Sniper Rifle scope or Camera, but you
get the best idea of what's happening there by having C.J. go up a bit with the
Jet Pack.

It just looks like someone may have made a typo in programming the ped path
for the sidewalk below along a corner of the building.

It might even have been left in deliberately, like the flying vehicle wrecks.
Most of the ones that fall get up and walk away. I've even seen some disappear
into the side of the building before they hit the ground.

Lemmings gimmick 3

Thanks to Freeform mixer for reporting to GTA Forums what I think is the most
dramatic variety of the Lemmings glitch, and thanks to Orion_SR for confirming
that it works on PS2 but not PC. It may cause 2-80 peds a minute to rain from
the sky, so -/TNT\- named it "Pedrain" (a variation of the name of the title
character of the game "Bloodrayne," 2002). At the start of "Breaking the Bank
at Caligula's," send C.J. to the front of Caligula's to trigger the warning
message to "Avoid attracting attention in the casino...." but don't send him in-
side. Have him Jetpack ("ROCKETMAN") to the S roof of Caligula's--a T-shaped
section, remove the Jetpack, and stand still. In a minute or two the peds start
falling from the sky and landing near C.J..

Holy Grenade Frenzy recommends having C.J. stand on the apex, which runs E-W,
of the tall middle section, or a bit more S on the apex of the base of the T,
facing S. It's okay to move the "camera" while C.J. is still, but moving him
stops the rain for a minute or so. Once the rain starts, have C.J. get on the
apex of the roof if he isn't already and wait for the rain again for big num-
bers. It adds to the STATS in CRIMES for PEOPLE WASTED BY OTHERS, too.


How to make the Jetpack appear at a save place beyond the airstrip

Thanks to zmoonchild and others for noticing this, and pdescobar for the ex-

"When you take the jetpack off, you might notice it doesn't immediately disap-
pear--instead it becomes a special one-time-only pickup that expires after a
certain amount of time kinda like dropped money and guns. If you save while one
of these dropped jetpacks is still around, it stays in the save and doesn't go
away until very shortly after you reload. By dropping the jetpack in the exact
position you reappear on save (or the exact position you appear when leaving a
savehouse), CJ is able to equip it before the part of the game that recycles old
pickups has a chance to remove it."

Invincible Police Mavericks by spaceeinstein and GTA_Phreak

If you have C.J. shoot Police Mavericks down into water and it's deep enough,
they accumulate on the ocean or river bed without looking blown up. You might
try this about 500 meters S of Los Santos Airport. If you can use Satchel
Charges or such to push one to the shore, it may fly away. If so, it won't reg-
ister with targeting as a live target and you can't shoot it down.

(I'll add that Police Mavericks do something similar in the pool by Pirates in
Men's Pants, probably any shallow water, except they keep exploding.)

GTA Phreak adds that if you have C.J. push a "destroyed" AI helicopter to one
of the spots used for the gimmick of having C.J. walk underwater (I.7.c), "it
will take off and keep continously exploding while flying off trailing black
smoke. No need to be gentle while undrowning it so just move it with the mini-

How to enter the Verdant Meadows "Stowaway" Andromada by El Petone

Send C.J. into the red marker to begin "Stowaway." Toreno says, "I'm too hip,
I've got to go; I'm outta here, okay?" and, a few moments later, that scene
ends. Then begin entering the "destroy all vehicles" code, "ALLCARSGOBOOM" or
"CPKTNWT" as men in black load crates into the back of an Andromada and the
screen turns black. Finish typing it as C.J. is on his way to the motorcycle--
don't let him get close to it or he'll be hurt by the explosion. Have him kill
the government agents or they'll kill C.J..

Send C.J. below the door of the Andromada and press F or Enter. C.J. can en-
ter it but can't exit, and it doesn't move. The back hatch can be made to go up
and down with NP8 and NP2.

"Stowaway" earthquake glitch by Mike_Toreno

Just when the cutscene starts and the Andromada is about to land on C.J.'s
airstrip, enter the "destroy all vehicles" code, "CPKTNWT" or "ALLCARSGOBOOM."
(Press the LMB to end the pause that creates.) The screen goes black then C.J.
appears on the motorcycle. Have him kill all the men in black, go away for a
bit, such as into the desert, then come back. If the Andromada wasn't gone al-
ready, it will be gone. Send C.J. to the W end of the runway, and you may get
the glitch in which the whole scene shakes the way it does when C.J. is in the
Andromada in the mission--it's like an earthquake. (When I had C.J. stay there
for a minute, the effect lasted while C.J. went anywhere else in the game.) You
can have C.J. fly a normal plane to get the impression of the turbulence that
can happen during plane flight.

The Vortex submarine gimmick by FYREWOLF88, Orion_SR, and GTA Phreak

Orion_SR and GTA Phreak came up with some more good finds--ways to get the PS2
gimmick of having C.J. drive a Vortex like a submarine to work on PC.

GTA Phreak wrote that the game regards the Vortex as a plane and a car, so you
can have C.J. do Unique Jumps with it, get the unique "camera" view for them
though not get the game to count the jumps as accomplished, and having C.J.
drive it adds to his driving experience yet Hydras fire missiles at C.J.'s Vor-
tex during a high wanted rating.

"Vortex Submarine" by GTA Phreak:

GTA Phreak showed that you can have C.J. use the Vortex as submarine on PC by
having him use the Vortex for some, not all, of the Unique Jumps that allow C.J.
to land in water, such as from the concrete ramp at the west edge of Easter Bay
Airport, at the jump over a garage and small house toward water or a narrow dock
at Valle Ocultado (the jump is at the E end of the bridge that's at the N end of
the water N of the dam), and the ledge of the coast west of the T intersection
in the southwest section of the Panopticon, and have him land in water. (I'll
add that you might want to use the GTA SA Control Center, X.13.c, to spawn Vor-
texes since you might only get the jump to work a small percent of the time.)

Being careful not to let the Vortex hit anything, using the radar to drive if
necessary, have C.J. drive it into the distance while maintaining acceleration
and leaning forward (holding down the Up key). The Vortex will submerge, and
you regain the normal "camera" view for driving once it hits the ground underwa-

While having C.J. drive it underwater, maintain speed or the Vortex will rise
to the surface. Try not to have it hit anything, which sometimes causes C.J.
and the Vortex to return to normal operation. Have C.J. slow down and keep the
Vortex level to rise to the surface.

If C.J. exits the Vortex (such as to get an Oyster), C.J. and the Vortex re-
turn to normal.

Orion_SR got the gimmick to work sending C.J. west to east over the broken
bridge northwest of Palomino Creek, too.

How to jack a police helicopter by GTA Phreak

GTA Phreak made a video to show one way that "Jacking a Police Helicopter" can
be done. Have C.J. run up and down a steep hillside or such to draw the heli-
copter to the top of it, then have him run up and jack it.

How to get C.J.'s gang members to drive or fly on PC by GTA_Phreak

"Recruit some homies and get them in your vehicle of choice--filling all seats
works best.

Drive/fly it into a girlfriend marker to trigger a date (Barbara works well
with airplanes). Triggering a date dissolves the gang but the homies don't get
out before the gf gets in (which she can't if all seats are taken). Take off
leaving the gf behind (the date will fail).

"When CJ next leaves the vehicle one of the homies will take over control."
Have them try to sly from a high spot with a lot of room around it, like the top
of Mount Chiliad, because "They can't really fly on their own (they'll try to
drive the aircraft away on the ground), so they need a little help to get in the
air." "Helicopters can be parked near the edge of the roof on a tall building
and pushed off the building. The Emerald Isle building works well--after send-
ing them off, parachute to the helipad below and give chase with the Maverick
found there."

Make any vehicle explosion and bullet-proof by gtamike123

Enter the code that gives C.J.'s vehicle the ability to blow up vehicles it
bumps, JCNRUAD, enter a vehicle, and enter the code again to disable it, to make
the vehicle explosion and bullet-proof but not blow up other vehicles. It re-
tains the durability if you save it in a garage.

How to cause a Packer toss by Redtier999666 and Webdude06

Redtier999666, on a PS2 message board, explained how to do the Packer gimmick
that was mentioned in an earlier post by Webdude06. Have C.J. raise the ramp of
the Packer and back it up to a pedestrian. If they walk under the ramp, the
Packer may be tossed in the air. (I'll add that you might get the same result
by having C.J. recruit a gang member to follow him under the ramp of the Pack-

Rhino glitch by Jérémie Blanc

Enter the codes for: faster game play, "SPEEDITUP," twice, never wanted,
"AEZAKMI," better driving skills (I'm not sure if he means "NATURALTALENT,"
which gives C.J. maximum vehicle skill, or "STICKLIKEGLUE," which gives C.J.'s
four wheel vehicles non-slip traction), the code that gives C.J.'s vehicle the
ability to blow up vehicles it bumps, "JCNRUAD," and the code to spawn a Rhino,
"AIWPRTON." Do this in a big open area like the W area of Verdant Meadows.
Have C.J. accelerate, look behind, or at least sideways, which causes the cannon
to aim that way, and keep shooting the cannon rapidly. Turn hard--add Brake,
which for the Rhino (or Monster truck) lets it make sharper turns, and try to
flip it upside down--when it is, keep firing. The Rhino spins, bounces off
things, and flies high into the air at tremendous speed, even warping to other

Boat flinging by Haro

Haro came up with a good find--a way to make a boat do something similar to
the Rhino glitch. While C.J. drives a boat forward, use the code that spawns a
Rhino: AIWPRTON. Don't have C.J. drive too fast because you want the Rhino to
fall on the bow of the boat, not the middle. When it works, the boat spins
away, and might even fly across the map!

5th Quarry mission Double Insane stat by FlannelMenace

The 5th Quarry mission, delivering explosives to Verdant Meadows, may count
the whole mission as one big Insane Stunt and give you a stat for it.

Crane gimmicks

In San Fierro at Easter Basin, at the N end of the dead end road on the pro-
jection of land N of Easter Bay Airport, you can attach the magnet of the big
yellow crane to a car, take the slack out of the cable, then drive the car to
make a swing out of it. It can also help you get an Insane Stunt or Two Wheeler
score. There's another crane like that in Hunter's Quarry.

The crane in the lot by the Xoomer garage save place in Doherty has a wreck-
ing ball. The ball doesn't reach beyond the lot, but having C.J. get a wanted
rating before he enters it will draw some of the corrupt law enforcers and their
vehicles to it. The wrecking ball doesn't have much effect if you have C.J.
brush it against them. But since the corrupt law enforcers tend to run against
the base of the crane with their vehicles parked nearby, you can have C.J. get
some results by sending the wrecking ball out as far as it will go then drawing
it back in, dropping it as it gets near them.

The crane that's E of the Clown's Pocket, which is along the Strip in Las Ven-
turas, can't lift vehicles. But if you use it to lift the nearby boxes and re-
lease them above the ground, they hover in place.


Kill a crowd by killing one of the people in it by spaceeinstein

Have C.J. throw Tear Gas into a crowd inside a dance club and kill one of the
people in it from behind with a Knife using auto-aim and the others will all die
in synchronization.

Auto-aim the Minigun by Mr Killer

C.J. should have a Tec9 or Micro SMG (one of the machine pistols) for this
gimmick. Have C.J. equip the Minigun. Have C.J. equip the Jetpack (type the
Jetpack code, ROCKETMAN, if necessary) and C.J. will hold the machine pistol.
Have C.J. go to someone you want him to auto-aim at and press F/Enter. C.J. can
auto-aim with the Minigun.

Destroying an Artificial Intelligence-guided helicopter with one
shot from a Sniper Rifle, one Hand Granade, or several Molotovs
by voodoochild19, TheTank, and GTA_Phreak

Thanks to voodoochild19 for the tip, reaffirmed by TheTank and GTA Phreak,
that C.J. can shoot down a helicopter with one shot from a Sniper Rifle. Ac-
cording to GTA Phreak, "It only works with helicopters in flight like news and
police choppers. And you need to shoot it from the front on the cowling just
below the rotor."

GTA_Phreak adds that so far he hasn't had the method work on helicopters used
for missions (like during "Mike Toreno").

But he has had a variation of the gimmick work with Grenades and Molotovs.
The Grenade "needs to drop right behind the windshield, then it will somehow get
stuck inside the helicopter until it blows." "Molotov's work as well, but it
takes 2-3 hits to take one out."

Infinite ammo by 2Shores

Have C.J. walk into the red marker for the shooting contest at Ammu-Nation,
cancel the mission immediately, and the ammo doubles (or increases to some de-
gree) for the Silenced Pistol, Desert Eagle, Tec9, SMG, Sawnoff Shotgun, Combat
Shotgun, and M4. You can repeat this and have unlimited ammo. (I think it's
just a large number beyond the count shown on the screen. It makes the regular
Shotgun disappear, though.) A similar gimmick works for VC, too.

Fiery ballistic pool balls

If you start a game of pool then exit the game, the balls stay on the table
and you can have C.J. shoot them with the Sniper Rifle. (The balls can go a lot
faster and create sparks. Occasionally, one creates sparks from within the
table or ends up on the floor, where C.J. may be able to move it around by just
approaching it.)


Burglary ski mask outside of the Burglary mission by The Demon

Don't have C.J. wear any Special outfits (Valet, etc.) or anything worn on the
head (glasses, hats, etc.). Have him wear whatever clothes otherwise you'd like
him to wear while he wears the Burglary mask, because changing clothes makes it
disappear. (This also means you can't have him change clothes to get rid of a
wanted rating while you want him to wear the Burglary mask.)

(It's the top of the Gimp outfit, I think. It's probably Rockstar's sense of
humor again: "You look like you're ready to rob someone's house.")

Start the Burglary mission outside of a safe house with a wardrobe closet
around 5:00 so you don't have to wait a long time. Send C.J. inside to the
closet. Select Remove Items and highlight Special (don't press Run/Left Shift
for it yet). When the timer for Daylight runs down to 00:00, press Left Shift.
The screen freezes for a couple of seconds. C.J. will come out looking normal.
Press F/Enter and he goes back into the closet and comes out wearing the Bur-
glary mask. Press F/Enter to get him out of the clothes closet screens.

It has a Respect and Sex Appeal value of 2. C.J. hunches forward when he
walks. He walks through doors sometimes--otherwise, you can see him do it by
adding Left Alt to W.

Burglarizing Freddy's house by lord fido

In "OG Loc," after the cutscene of OG Loc arguing with Freddy, C.J. and OG
Loc are put on a motorcycle. If you have C.J. get off, OG will, too. If you
have C.J. kill OG Loc, a yellow entrance marker appears at Freddy's front door.
If C.J. goes inside, he gets a scene like one from the Burglary mission, com-
plete with somebody--not Freddy--sleeping in Freddy's bed, except without a
noise meter or wanted rating for waking the person up. C.J. can take some-
thing (when I tried it, there was a Desert Eagle in the living room), but once
he leaves, the yellow entrance marker doesn't reappear.

The various glitches of zooming the Camera to look through mirrors of clothes
stores and tattoo parlors to see other interior heaven things, like the inside
of Ammu-Nation, don't work on PC.

Basketballs aplenty by gamefarter

Enter the Never Wanted code, AEZAKMI, and start "Nines and AKs." When Big
Smoke gets in the car, have C.J. damage it so it's about to blow up. Before it
blows up, send C.J. to Sweets's basketball lot. When the car blows up, a bas-
ketball appears by the usual one. If C.J. stays in the immediate area, starts
the mission again, and repeats this enough times, it's possible to make at least
24 basketballs appear.


Also see:

I.7.c Walking, driving, and flying underwater
I.7.ff The BMX Stoppie glitch and The Two Wheeler gimmick
I.16 How to open the fast food places before doing the main missions
II.13.a Storing a Sea Sparrow on top of the N. Mulholland garage
III.12 The Horse Races gimmick
III.18 The wardrobe glitch
III.22 GTA Phreak's Pimping and Vigilante vehicle health boost gimmick
III.24 The N San Fierro Cluckin' Bell Vigilante gimmick
IV.21 The "Management Issues" way to make a copy of C.J.
IV.26 "Los Sepulcros" bullet-proof/fire-proof/explosion-proof/damage-proof
VI.3 "Tanker Commander" BP/FP/EP/DP Sabre
VI.13 "Big Smoke's Cash" BP/FP/EP Patriot
VI.16 "Are You Going to San Fierro?" EP Camper--the Mothership
VI.32 Flying trains
VIII.15 "Black Project" BP/FP/EP/DP Mothership
VIII.23 "Misappropriation" BP/FP/EP/DP Maverick
IX.9 "End of the Line" BP/FP S.W.A.T.

Some of the listings for I.10, "Ghost hell, ghost world, ghost heaven, and
Liberty City" are similar.


I.13 Radio

There's a lot of information about the songs and DJs, and about the connec-
tions with earlier GTAs, at:

Thanks to Joe Dawson for this tip about phone numbers given on the radio in
the game. The following phone numbers have recorded messages. At the end of
each, you're told to press your area code and FAX number, then the pound sign,
#, to have something sent to you.

1-866-FUN-CULT 1-866-386-2858 The Epsilon Tract
1-866-FACE-FEAR 1-866-3223-3327 Inversion Therapy

Thanks to Spaceeinstein for the links to copies of what they send you:

There's a blank slot you can use to turn the radio off. But sometimes you'll
do a vehicle mission over and over ("Wheelie Weave," etc.), and each effort will
start with a song you don't want to hear. To save time, you can turn the sound
for the radio off in the Audio options for the duration of the mission.

Mod shops play your favorite radio station. (Thanks to CubanJetMaX)

This list is subjective--there's no right or wrong about that aspect of music.
Some that have grown on me include:

bounce FM Funk DJ: the mighty Funktipus--George Clinton. "Loopzilla,"
George Clinton, "I Can Make You Dance," Zapp, "West Coast Poplock," Ronnie Hud-

CSR 103:9 Soul (new R&B) DJ: Philip "PM" Michaels--Michael Bivins (of Bell
Biv Devoe).

K Jah Radio West Dub/Reggae DJs: Marshall Peters--Lowell "Sly" Dunbar and
Johnny Lawton--Robert "Robbie" Shakespeare. I'm giving some things I'm not
used to a chance to grow on me with some of the things on the soundtrack, but
so far nothings growing here.

K-DST Old Rock DJ: W. Axl Rose as Tommy "Nightmare" Smith. "Some Kind of
Wonderful" by Grand Funk Railroad, "Green River," Creedence Clearwater Revival,
"Woman to Woman" by Joe Cocker is bouncy. (I'd have preferred his cover of Ray
Charles' "Unchain my Heart.") Later PC and Xbox versions have Cream's "White
Room." (I'd have picked "Crossroads.") Flying vehicles that don't use the po-
lice radio station have this station selected when C.J. enters them.

Tommy "Nightmare" Smith says his 1970's rock band was "The Crystal Ship,"
which is the name of the third song on "The Doors," 1967. (Thanks to The Soft

K Rose Country DJ: Mary-Beth Maybell--Riette Burdick. "Hey, Good Lookin'"
by Hank Williams (Sr.), "Amos Moses" by Jerry Reed. (I remember my Mom doing
the title line of "Make the World Go Away" as a parody of melodrama.)

Master Sounds 98.3 Old R&B DJ: Johnny "The Love Giant" Parkinson--Ricky Har-
ris. "The Payback" and "Funky President" by James Brown, "Green Onions" by
Booker T. and the MGs, "Low Rider" by War. Thanks to Mogyle, at the GTA Forums
web site, for noticing that two of the songs of this station are also heard in
both the Las Venturas casinos and on the soundtrack of the movie "Snat*h," 2000,
in which the lead character runs a casino.

Play Back Old Hip-Hop DJ: ForthRight MC--the rich and robust (sounds like a
coffee commercial) vocal timbre flavorings of Chuck D.

My guess for why Chuck D. is good-humored about having Forthright MC go on
about meeting aliens of flying saucers is that Chuck D.'s group Public Enemy
praised Louis Farrakhan, such as on their 1988 album, "It Takes a Nation of Mil-
lions to Hold Us Back," which said Louis "Farrakhan is a prophet." In an Oct.
24, 1989 press conference, Nation of Islam Supreme Minister Farrakahn claimed to
have had a vision of being taken aboard a flying saucer, which he alleged to
been described in the Book of Ezekiel 1:15-18, to get instructions from the late
Elijah Muhammad.

I get the idea that Farrakhan, when talking like an old 'centric retro man
about Caucasians, Jewish people, and homosexuals, is about as insincere as Erich
Von Daniken or a Jehovah's Witnesses writer that branched out and hit a differ-
ent marketing group. (P.S.: the NOI and the JWs leaders have also shared some
of the same false criticisms of the mainstream Christian belief in Jesus, which
I cover in my "GTJ Brooklyn" article.)

"The Godfather" by Spoonie Gee has a bouncy rhythm track (from "Soul Power" by
James "Godfather of Soul" Brown).

Radio Los Santos New Hip-Hop DJ: Julio G as himself. "Nuthin' But a 'G'
Thang,'" Dr. Dre (partly because my 1st initial is "G").

Radio: X Alternative (New Rock) DJ: Sage--Jodie Shawback. Sometimes you
hear this stuff in stunt videos. It's a little (little?!) over the top. "Pre-
tend We're Dead" by L7 is a nice, peppy song about pretending you're dead.

SFUR House DJ: DJ Hans Oberlander--Lloyd Floyd. House music is the one
that's drum, etc., machine and sampled music with a repetitive rhythm, and some
words you don't understand, but it's not gangsta Hip-Hop. The German host
sounds like he's using a bad babelfish.altavista web site translation to speak
English. So it's, y'know...different. Thanks to Silent Claude for noticing
that Hans is referred to on the radio in the Medieval Millennium Fair commercial
in GTA "III" as "a mysterious prancing German named Hans."

WCTR Talk Radio Lazlow Jones, a little naive, is back in the "Entertaining
America" segment, and Fernando Martinez: Frank Chavez, a little too experienced,
is back in the "Lonely Hearts Show" segment. It's like a John Ford welcome cast
of regulars. (Turn the mouse to get a lot of sky in the picture--John liked
that in shots.) One caller reprises a reference to the lunar landing hoax hoax,
used as a sight gag in the movie studio in "Vice City."

Here's a picture of Lazlow from his web site (thanks to the tip by Sherlock at
the Gamefaqs web site), an interview, and an article:

Also, I recognized Reed Tucker, the "dragon stance," etc., guy from Chatterbox
on "GTA III," as one of the callers (on WCTR?). Renaud Sebbane, who was the
nudist guy, a motion capture actor, and produced the pedestrian chatter in the
last two GTA's, is in the models section of the credits, so you might look for a
secret naked guy to take over when the Hot Coffee controversy dies down.,50649/

User Tracks (TGIPC)

You can put your WAV or OGG (Ogg Vorbis) files (or, if your system has the
right codecs, MP3, WMA, M4A, etc.), or shortcuts for them, in My Documents\GTA
SA User Files\User Tracks, run one of the scan tracks functions (automatic when-
ever you load the game or manual), and have your own radio station.

My changing list includes: "San Andreas Theme Song" by Young MayLay, "Viva Las
Vegas," "La Grange," "Tush," and "Sharp Dressed Man" by ZZ Top, "The Power of
Love" by Huey Lewis and the News, "California" by Joni Mitchell, "Dr. Wu" (for
Wuzi) and "Chain Lightning" by Steely Dan, a different take of "Roll Over, Bee-
thoven" by Leslie West and Mountain than I used for "Vice City," "Pack Fair and
Square" by the J. Geils Band live, "I Will Be There" by Van Morrison, "(What's
So Funny, 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding?" by Elvis Costello, "Escapade"
by Janet Jackson, "International Feel" and "Le Feel Internacionale" by Todd
Rundgren, "And She Was" by Talking Heads, "Montana" by Frank Zappa and the Moth-
ers, "I Touch Myself" by Divinyls (a Fernando favorite), "Cucumber Slumber,"
"Black Market" and "Teen Town" by Weather Report, "Chameleon" and "Hang Up Your
Hangups" by Herbie Hancock, "Ruby Ruby," "Runaround Sue," and "The Wanderer" by
Dion, "Montego Bay" by Bobby Bloom, "King of the Road" by Roger Miller, "The
Magnificent Seven" by Elmer Bernstein, "Take the 'A' Train" (Billy Strayhorn)
by Clark Terry and Red Mitchell and by Duke Ellington with Ray Nance, "Good
Times (Let the Good Times Roll)" by Phoebe snow, and a Beethoven Sonata Parody
(the "Colonel Bogey March" from "The Bridge on the River Kwai," 1957) by Dudley

Rollo Interior (Zappa) Ruth Underwood and Dweezil Zappa

For no particular musical reason: George Carl...

...and Monty Python's "Argument Sketch."

Another option I'm trying is Young MayLay's "The Original Mix Tape," 2005.
Sometimes you get some funny co-incidences with what's going on in the game in
a way I like with that, too.


I.14 Codes

To enter as code, type it in during the game. Thanks to Swordsman Kenshin for
correcting me with his Gamefaqs post saying that you can't can't enter a code
while the game is paused (Esc) as I was used to doing (usually with "aspirine"
and a PCJ-600) for "Vice City."

Thanks to the list by edisoncarter and friends at GTA Forums, GTA Series, GTA
San Andreas, Cheats and Tricks, PC Cheats, Page 1.

I experimented with some codes with a copy of a save file. If you go to save
a game you used a code for, you get a warning saying one or more cheats have
been used, and a recommendation to not save the game. If you save a game you
used a code for, you get a Stat showing the number of times you cheated. Even
if you don't use another code, there's a glitch that makes the warning show up
when you go to save subsequent games, for some weird reason.

Various posts at GTA Forums indicate that while a code can lower your Criminal
Rating title, it won't lower or hold back your percentage of completion of the
game. Saving after a "pedestrians riot"-type cheat, though, can make some or
all of the effects of it linger in your game. One of the missions said to be
ruined by that is "Madd Dogg," because Madd Dogg jumps to his death before C.J.
can get the truck beneath him.

The GTA SA Control Center (X.13.c) has a "Clear Cheated 'Status' and 'Count'"
function on the right side of the "Vehicle and Game Data" page. It will reset
your cheat count to zero.

Lead player codes

HESOYAM C.J. has $250,000, full Health, and Armor; any vehicle C.J. is in
is repaired (as with the effect of the Health code on the lead
player's vehicle in the last two GTA's)
BAGUVIX C.J. has sturdier Health: fire and melee attacks don't hurt and
the effect of bullets is diminished; C.J. can still be hurt by
drowning or the strong physical impact from explosions, getting
run over, etc.; it must be subtle, because I haven't seen it
add anything to C.J's Health bar or heal a vehicle he's using
CAINEMVHZC C.J. has infinite Health but can still be hurt by explosions and

KVGYZQK C.J. is skinny with no Muscle or Fat
BTCDBCB C.J. has maximum Fat
BUFFMEUP C.J. has maximum Muscle
VKYPQCF C.J. has maximum Stamina
AEDUWNV C.J. never gets hungry
WORSHIPME C.J. has maximum Respect
HELLOLADIES C.J. has maximum Sex Appeal
GOODBYECRUELWORLD C.J. commits suicide; please send him for help 1st.

CVWKXAM C.J. has an infinite ability to stay underwater; to disable,
type it again
KANGAROO C.J. can jump real high but loses a little bit of Health when
he lands; C.J. can make some surprising grabs of things he
can climb onto like Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt at the start of
"Mission: Impossible," 1996; to disable, type it again
ANOSEONGLASS Slow motion and sound and C.J. has a more powerful punch, simi-
lar to the effect of an Adrenaline pill in "Vice City" except
the punch doesn't send people flying so far; like it, it can
be cancelled by doing a Unique Jump; for a more powerful
punch than that "Vice City" one (but pedestrians have it,
too), use "IAVENJQ"

AEZAKMI C.J.'s wanted level won't increase but it also won't decrease
with bribes or cheats, and he can still be arrested; this
can be disabled by typing it a 2nd time
or ASNAEB C.J.'s wanted level is cleared
TURNUPTHEHEAT C.J.'s wanted level is increased by two stars
BRINGITON C.J. has a six star wanted level


If you miss the "Vice City" stilllikedressingup code, you might try using the
Pawfect Skin Changer Mod v1.1 (X.13.q) or the similar function of spaceein-
stein's SA "All in One Mod" (X.13.ii).


Lead player and pedestrian codes

For the next five codes, pedestrian changes don't effect the emergency vehicle
drivers, fast food workers, gang members, bartenders, etc. The effect on pedes-
trians and v ehicles is disabled by typing the code again, but C.J. retains the
new outfit or Katana.

BEKKNQV prostitution style: a lot of the pedestrians are pimps in brown
fur coats and prostitutes; C.J. attracts the prostitutes, who
have sex toys; if C.J. is attacked, a prostitute may beat the
attacker with her sex toy; C.J. is given the Gimp suit
CRAZYTOWN carnival style: a lot of pedestrians are fast food workers and
clowns, and many street vehicles are Mr. Whoopees, Pizza Boys,
BF Injections, Hotdog vans, Hotknifes, Tugs, Quads, etc.; C.J.
gets red hair and his apparel changes to the (Groucho Marx car-
icature) joke mask, white boxer shorts with red hearts, and
some kind of gray boots
LIFESABEACH beach style: a lot of the pedestrians are ones found at the
beach; when I tried it, a lot of the vehicles were BF Injec-
tions, Mr. Whoopees, Mesas, and Glendales; the women in swim
suits that drive vehicles have the pulled up breasts glitch;
beach towels appear on the sidewalks and the beach people may
sunbathe on them; C.J. wears no shirt and has shorts, sun-
glasses, and flip flops
FVTMNBZ country style: a lot of the pedestrians and vehicles are ones
found in the country and include Ranchers, big trucks like
Tankers, and bikers on Freeways; C.J. gets bib overalls, a
plaid shirt, and a "Born 2 Truck" baseball-type cap
NINJATOWN ninja style: a lot of pedestrians are Asian Ninja men--Wu Zi's
gang--with Katanas; vehicles are black and include more motor-
cycles; C.J. get a Katana

or IAVENJQ C.J. and pedestrians have a very powerful punch; to disable, type
it again (thanks to Spaceeinstein for the STINGLIKEABEE tip).
Before heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali fought Sonny Liston, Mu-
hammad claimed he would "float like a butterfly and sting like
a bee."


To disable either of the next two codes, type it again

SJMAHPE C.J. can recruit anyone except someone that's attacking him; if
the recruit doesn't have a weapon, they get a 9mm Pistol (so
FBI, Army, etc., recruits have stronger weapons) and may at-
tack those C.J. shoots at (especially if they fire back), law
enforcers, sometimes anyone outside the gang that fires a gun,
and others (criminals, I think).
ROCKETMAYHEM C.J. can recruit anyone except someone that's attacking him; if
the recruit doesn't have a weapon, they get a Rocket Launcher
and may attack those C.J. shoots at (especially if they fire
back), law enforcers, sometimes anyone outside the gang that
fires a gun, and others (criminals, I think). This can very
easily get the recruit and C.J. wasted.

If C.J. recruits a prostitute, his regular gang members may try to jack her
from a vehicle and kill her. When I tried having C.J. recruit policemen, C.J.
would get a wanted star whenever he got them into a Police car, and the police-
men would get out--presumably to bust him, so I had him drive away.

Pedestrian codes

BLUESUEDESHOES a lot of pedestrians, except, at least, policemen, gang
members, fast food workers, etc., are Elvis Presley wan-
nabes in black, white, or blue outfits like Elvis wore
onstage in Vegas in the 1970's
ONLYHOMIESALLOWED gangs appear in any area including ones which are normally
territories of other gangs; a combination of members of
different gangs can appear in a vehicle; the gang members
fight the members of other gangs; no other pedestrians
appear except the police, fast food workers, etc.
BIFBUZZ gangs fight; no other pedestrians appear except police,
fast food workers, etc.; the traffic only appears in gang

Thanks to OrionSR for testing to determine "the only built in codes that ap-
pear to alter data that is saved":

- PC Peds Attack Each Other AJLOJYQY

- PS2 Pedestrian Riot, Down, Left, Up, Left, X, R2, R1, L2, L1

"I tested all the other codes that had anything to do with peds and did not
find any problems. A quick check can be performed for this glitch; load the
save, visit a Vending Booth (Chili Dogs, Cherry Poppers, Noodle Stand), and if
the vendor attacks C.J. or other peds then the glitch is active."

For PC, "hmvartak has written on online glitch repair tool that can fix this
problem, and many other common and rare glitches found in San Andreas":

To disable one of the next five codes, type it again. Don't save the game
after using "AJLOJYQY."

BAGOWPG pedestrians attack C.J. with their usual weapons--Fists, if no oth-
FOOOXFT pedestrians have, at least, Rocket Launchers, M4s, Shotguns, Pis-
tols, and Bats, and will fire back if attacked
AJLOJYQY pedestrians armed with, at least, Rocket Launchers, M4s, Shotguns,
Pistols, and Bats attack each other and may attack C.J. if he at-
tacks one of them
BGLUAWML pedestrians have, at least, Pistols, Rocket Launchers, etc., and at-
tack C.J.; the pedestrians include Army men, country guys in cow-
boy hats, and construction workers; there are a lot of abandoned
vehicles on the road

STATEOFEMERGENCY pedestrians riot, loot TVs (which disappear as soon as the
pedestrian does anything else, like fight or run in
fright), attack each other and C.J., and smoke appears
in many places (it's like the situation during "End of
the Line" except all over San Andreas)

Time and weather codes

YSOHNUL the clock and weather are very fast, but motion and sound are nor-
mal; to disable it, type it again
SPEEDITUP fast clock, weather, and motion; sound is normal; disable with
SLOWITDOWN slow clock, weather, motion, and sound; disable with SPEEDITUP

TOODAMNHOT very sunny
ALNSFMZO overcast
SCOTTISHSUMMER thunderstorm (AUIFRVQS does this, too)
OFVIAC it's always 21:00; to disable it, type it again
NIGHTPROWLER it's always midnight--00:00; to disable it, type OFVIAC twice
CWJXUOC sandstorm

Vehicle codes All but NATURALTALENT and VKYPQCF disabled by typing again

NATURALTALENT C.J. has maximum vehicle skill Stats
RIPAZHA C.J.'s cars fly and can be controlled like planes; you can
also get some incredible Insane Stunt Stats with this
JCNRUAD C.J.'s vehicle makes other vehicles blow up when it bumps
Bad`Boys#17 passed along this gimmick: type in the code
while C.J. is in or on a vehicle, have C.J. shoot the vehi-
cle till it's on fire, then have C.J. get back in or on it
and type the code again to disable it, and C.J.'s vehicle
will stay on fire and be BP, even under water; lastikboy95
added that it's EP unless you start a Sub-mission like the
Vigilante mission, which makes it explode.
CJPHONEHOME C.J. can do a VERY high bunny hop on a bike; use Q or E for
a side view, and try the multi-view with V; if the bike
nicks something and spins, C.J. can get some pretty good
Insane Stunt statistics--using A or D helps; he can also
do some skyscraper jumping; level the wheels for a safe
landing and C.J. won't lose any Health; to disable it,
type it again
FLYINGFISH C.J.'s boats can fly; I give one of the several fast speed
boats a side view with Q or E, then make the front end
tip a little above and below horizontal with Up and Down;
once the boat gets some altitude, you can fly it without
doing that and fly pretty high (like with the flying
Rhino gimmick of the last two GTA's); you could also use
this with the BUBBLECARS code, have C.J. bump one boat
with another, then jetpack to the flying boat.
BUBBLECARS C.J.'s vehicle makes other vehicles float in the air when
it hits them; then they continue to float, possibly
bouncing off things, till they float away; by shooting at
them, C.J. can change their direction and scare passen-
gers out of them; C.J. and pedestrians can make extra
high jumps to get into a floating vehicle; C.J. can bump
one vehicle with another that's by the garage door in one
of his garages, then get in the floating one for some-
thing like a balloon ride.
STICKLIKEGLUE C.J.'s four-wheel vehicles have strong road grip and the
taxi boost jump ("PGGOMOY" does this, too)

Traffic codes All but CPKTNWT disabled by typing again

SPEEDFREAK all four wheel land vehicles that C.J. drives, and some
driven by peds, have nitro. The ped vehicles also have
nitro if C.J. touches them. The RC Cam has nitro. The
flames appear on the engine hood of the Baggage and you
can't see them on the Rhino. The flame appears on the
Vortex, and Terminator-UK noticed that a nitro flame ap-
pears on the front left side of the Rustler, but it
doesn't make those two go faster.
ZEIIVG traffic lights are always green
YLTEICZ aggressive drivers
IOWDLAC black vehicles except, at least, the Hunter, Shamal, Hydra,
Barracks, FBI Truck, SWAT van, Rhino, Baggage, Bandito,
Combine Harvester, Hotknife, Kart, Monster trucks, Patri-
ot, and RC Cam
LLQPFBN pink vehicles (same exceptions as above)
GHOSTTOWN few pedestrians and little traffic; parked vehicles appear;
instant replays are longer (thanks to Buzzsaw at GTA
Stunting for the replays tip)
EVERYONEISPOOR cheap cars (data\cargrp.dat calls them "s**t cars")
WHEELSONLYPLEASE only the wheels of four-wheel vehicles are visible
CPKTNWT blow up all four wheel vehicles, motorcycles, flying vehi-
cles, boats, and RC vehicles

Vehicle spawning codes

You can spawn a vehicle, like a Hotring Racer, so it appears with one side im-
bedded in a door or wall, and have C.J. enter it on the near side and get out on
the far side. This can be useful as a way to let him get past the big locked
door, locked beyond the "Black Project" mission, of the interior of Area 69, or
get into the only skyscraper of Los Santos with a 3D interior, etc. Don't ask
me why he goes out the other door for the gimmick, all I know is it works. The
Trashmaster and Hotring Racer are popular choices for that.

AIYPWZQP Parachute

OLDSPEEDDEMON Bloodring Banger
MONSTERMASH Monster the one available after beating "8 Track"
VROCKPOKEY Hotring Racer A "Panoramic" and "hinterland" on the engine
VPJTQWV Hotring Racer B "Bobo" on the engine hood
AMOMHRER Tanker truck
TRUEGRIME Trashmaster
KGGGDKP Vortex hovercraft

Weapon codes

PROFESSIONALKILLER C.J. has Hitman level in all weapon Stats
OUIQDMW C.J., using the positions his recruits use when they do a
drive-by, shoots forward with an SMG with the "camera"
aimed ahead of him whatever position his vehicle is in;
you can aim his fire otherwise if you press the RMB and
aim with the mouse, though it's hard to aim that way
when the vehicle is moving because the "camera" quickly
turns the view back to forward--it's easier do it if you
1st stop and aim C.J.'s weapon and the "camera" with
NP2, NP4, NP6, or NP8, but it's more of a novelty than
convenient. The best thing about it is it makes it easy
for C.J. to do airgrabs on a motorcycle and makes it
less likely for him, or a passenger he takes, to fall
off of it--it's the "San Andreas" variation on "Vice
City" morphing; C.J. can also hold a Stoppie on a BMX
for a long time even after his BMX has stopped
FULLCLIP C.J.'s weapons have infinite ammo and no reload time; the
rifles and rocket launchers can be fired as fast as you
can fire them; to disable, type it again

LXGIWYL C.J. has Brass Knuckles, a Bat, 9mm, Shotgun, Micro SMG,
AK-47, Rifle, Rocket Launcher, Molotovs, and a Spray Can.
PROFESSIONALSKIT C.J. has a Knife, Desert Eagle, Sawnoff Shotgun, Tec9, M4,
Sniper Rifle, Flame Thrower, Grenades, and a Fire
UZUMYMW C.J. has a Chainsaw, Silenced 9mm, Combat Shotgun, SMG, M4,
Sniper Rifle, Heat Seeking Rocket Launcher, and Remote

I.15 Video walk-through/people who help with missions/entire games "Done

You might find it helpful to see videos of the missions.

Strategies for all of the missions are offered on video by Kevin Walter, aka
savior, at the Stuckgamer web site:

(Kevin told me the nickname "savior" was originally a name he came up with for
the web site of the DexDrive, a PS2 product that let people upload and download
game saves with their PCs. He ended up working for the company that made it,
Interact, and writing for their site and GameShark Magazine, and
somewhere along the line the nickname stuck.)

Thanks to Spaceeinstein for telling me that the "" site "con-
tains youtube video walkthroughs of almost all GTAs":

You might try the "Save N Play" message board at GTA Forums to look for some-
one who can take your save game file and pass a mission you're stuck on:

For some of the videos that show an entire game ("San Andreas" and dozens of
others like "Half Life 2," etc.) done quick, see the Speed Demos Archive at:

They can be admirable and sometimes funny. (I never get tired of the joke of
the gamer having Gordon Freeman, etc., respond to questions by nodding the "cam-
era" up and down, I guess because I do that sometimes in games. No matter how
serious a science fiction drama or shoot-'em-up it is, my lead player tends to
be a big goofy kid, for some reason. I think that's part of the reason I gravi-
tate to GTA's.)

If you like them done quick, you might also like the Speed Run videos (among
all the other helpful ones mentioned above) and enjoy the frenetic finesse of
Kevin Walter at:

I.16 How to get as much done as possible before starting the main missions

Four star survival guides (and cycle jumps)
by Orion_SR and rubregg

Orion_SR's "GTA San Andreas--4 Star Survival Guide" has advice and instructive
videos that can help you get everything done that's available at the start of
the game aside from the main missions.

Rubregg's "Early Side-Missions In Locked-Off Areas" guide can help you like-
wise. You can learn how to have C.J. survive a four star wanted rating and
create a save game with the earliest available side missions done.

As a cycle stunt fan, I'll make a special note of rubregg's easy way to make a
cycle jump to Las Venturas: go NNE from due N of the "O" of "MONTGOMERY."

Thanks to rubrick for telling me to check out his GTA Forums message board for
more findings on the subject.

Orion_SR's cycle can get past the roadblocks and out of Los Santos by using
the lip at the N edge of the bridge to the S side of the Flint Intersection.
The coast on the far side is steep and it's easy to lose your cycle there, so it
would't hurt to use an NRG-500 and tap Up repeatedly to give it a lot of speed.
It can make it back the other way, too.

"In Like Flint" by Orion_SR.

Another cycle jump he may use is N to S from the Panopticon (S of the "CO") to
Fallen Tree, another one with a steep landing area. The runway is hilly, so
"wait until you've got good traction before gunning it." The video below shows
the jump and GTA Phreak's way to cross the Panopticon Bridge on the outside
ledge. (Going N from Easter Bay chemicals, he crosses onto the bridge from the
E side and goes N, and, before he get to the barriers, he gets onto the ledge on
the outer W side and continues N.)

"Panopticon Playground" by Orion_SR

Orion_SR also jumps a cycle from the road that goes S from Blueberry to a
grassy hill near the train tracks. And if you take Katie on a date on a cycle
then go stunting with it, she "will remain on the back of the bike for 6 minutes
before she bails and runs off." "Katie's passenger comments can be fun in slow
motion" (during Unique Jumps).

Airborne bribes

These bribes have the added usefulness of being ones C.J. can use while air-
borne in a helicopter or while using the hover mode of the Hydra.

- over the N arch of the bridge that's N of the "OC" of "OCEAN DOCKS,"

- at the end of a narrow space in a lot NW of the previous bribe,

- over the steep incline of the northmost E to W road in NE Las Colinas,

- in the back yard of the house that's N of the W end of the bridge W of Madd
Dogg's mansion,

- in a narrow space under the base of the S loop of the Montgomery Intersec-
tion (approach from the W),

- over the bend in the dirt path of SE Blueberry Acres,

- over the rock ledge at the N side of the bend in the river N of Dillimore
and E of Blueberry--just SW of the "C" in "COUNTY" on the paper map,

- over the NW dirt crossing of the two of the inlet of Shady Creek,

- by the W end of the skinny loop of road on Missionary Hill,

- over the train track between two train tunnels by the coast in Easter Basin,

- on the E side of the road that's E of the N end of Area 69,

- on a ridge of the coast that's NE of the Abandoned AC tower,

- beyond the ramp of the Unique Jump that's in a lot SE of the Emerald Isle,

- a bit W of the Unique Jump ramp of the pirate ship in front of Pirates in
Men's Pants,

- over the S end of the building that's N across the street from the NE corner
of the block of The Camel's Toe pyramid,

- in a lot that's across the street SW from the SW corner of The Four Dragons
Casino, and

- over the concrete highway divider where the "A" is of "JULIUS THRU WAY
SOUTH" (by the intersection of it and the S end of the Strip).

GTA Phreak's video "Bribe Skimming" shows a useful way to collect four of
those bribes with the Skimmer:

GTA Phreak adds that Hydra missiles " work underwater! They just move
ridiculously slow, like walking pace."

How to open the fast food places before doing the main missions

zmoonchild showed us that the fast food places can be opened (though the icons
for them don't appear) before "Big Smoke" by having C.J. initiate a date (let
it fail due to the wanted rating) with one of the three girlfriends available
from the start of the game: Katie, Michelle, or Barbara.

(I'll add that, unless you have C.J. collect all the Oysters first, those
three are fussier than Denise about C.J.'s muscle and/or fat. Katie likes mus-
cle, Michelle likes fat, and Barbara likes C.J. fat but in good shape. You can
have C.J. use the gym at Verona Beach to build muscle, have him go to the out-
door fast food stands to get fat, and have him stand by a car with greater sex
appeal--see section XI.b--when he meets one of them.)

The tattoo parlors in Las Ventures and San Fierro (not Los Santos) are open
from the start of the game.

Flying vehicles available early and how to keep them from blowing up

Flying vehicles available from the start of the game (thanks again to

- the Dodo and Shamal (at all three airports but only open at Los Santos In-
ternational and Las Venturas Airports),

- the AT-400 (in the big hanger in the SW section of Las Venturas Airport),

- the Skimmer (by the coast across the Sherman Reservoir N of the dam),

- the Maverick (in the SE section of Easter Bay Airport),

- the Seasparrow (at a dock SE of the dam and at the coast by the valley N of
Verdant Meadows), and

- the CargoBob (Area 69).

GTA Phreak adds that both Cropdusters are available from the start of the
game. (One is on the hilltop at the end of the dirt road W of The Farm, and one
is NW of the bend in the road that's NW of Greenglass College.)

Orion_SR says that a good tactic to use to have C.J.'s flying vehicle evade
the missiles from Hydras that attack during a high wanted rating, besides his
advice given in the section about wanted ratings, I.9--to have C.J. fly low, is
to fly close to cliffs and buildings when possible, and to constantly alternate
your view with the "look-behind" view then "cut hard to one side to avoid almost
all the missiles." He found that it's usually a new Hydra that spawns behind
C.J. when you look there--the old one usually disappears unless C.J. doesn't

(I'll add that for those who want to try one of these things, notably have
C.J. date the girlfriends, without the wanted rating, you could use the GTA SA
Control Center--X.13.c. Click the tab for "Player Data" then click the buttons
for "Auto-Clear Status after inserting cheats" and "Never Wanted.")

VII. The Desert and Las Venturas Preliminaries

VII.1 Save houses

El Quebrados A2 $20,000
in W El Quebrados (Desert)

Tierra Robada B2 $20,000
N of the Robada Intersection (Desert)

Fort Carson B3 garage $30,000
NW Fort Carson (Desert)

VII.2 Barber and Tattoo shops The Redsands East tattoo parlor is available

The Las Venturas barber shop has the same deals as the Marina, Los Santos, and
San Fierro barber shops.

Having C.J. get a haircut can get rid of any wanted rating.

At the Redsands East tattoo parlor, the highest scoring tattoos tie with the
Stats of the highest scoring tattoos available before (R:3; SA:3): for the back,
the card, $240, and for the lower back, the masks, $720, and the cross, $600.

VII.3 Ammu-Nation and weapons

A good map of the weapon and item locations is at:

In addition to the weapons previously available in the scenery and at Ammu-Na-
tions, you can find:


Brass Knuckles

- at the N side of the W building of the N block surrounded by road of Las

Melee weapons:

Baseball Bat

- at the SW corner (outfield) of the baseball field which is where "RED" of

- and on the N side, ground level, of Blackfield Stadium.

Golf Club

- on the balcony on the W side of the Yellow Bell Golf Club building, on the
half circle W of the loop of road.

Night Stick

- behind the San Andreas Police Department sign at the SE corner of the block

- by the cells on the 1st floor of that police department,

- and by the Permits and Licenses doorway on the 2nd floor of it.


- at the N side of the S pile of stuff on the floor of Hunter's Quarry,

- at the NE corner of the NE tennis court among eight NW of the N end of the W
dead end road of the two in the middle of the N end of Las Venturas,

- in the E dugout of the two at the N corner (home plate) of the baseball
field which is where "RED" of "REDSANDS WEST" is,

- and hidden in a shrub under a pale gray-blue dormer S of the big skull at
the N end of the displays in front of Pirates in Men's Pants.

Pool Cue

- by a dirty orange and blue-green dumpster at the S side of the building at
the NE corner of the rectangle N of "ORE" of "ROCKSHORE EAST."


- between the two S cages of the Snake Farm on the N side of the road SW of

- and by a telephone pole N of the S trailer of the trailer park N of the lit-
tle block with an Ammu-Nation E of the No Fly Zone.


- behind a little house without a garage among mobile homes and NW of the El
Quebrados save house,

- at the S end of the deck of the pirate ship display in front of Pirates in
Men's Pants,

- on a front porch guarded by two white gargoyles at the SE part of the Orien-
tal-style shopping center NW of "PILGRIM," and N of a Cluckin' Bell,

- and between the two N palm trees of a group of three in a divider at the SE
side of the Four Dragons Casino.


- behind a cylinder at the top of the steps of the S quarry-o-matic of the two
at the SE side of the floor of Hunter's Quarry,

- and at the SW side of the blue warehouse, behind beige walls and fence
gates, at the corner S of "TES" of "WHITE WOOD ESTATES."



- W of a big RR bridge support, which is on the W side of the road that goes
below the bridge and is S of Las Barracks,

- on the 2nd floor of the police department at the SE corner of the block E

- at an Ammu-Nation, and some policemen, gangsters, drug dealers, and hookers
carry one; Ammu-Nation clerks dual wield them.

Silenced 9mm

- in the garden under the foot bridge to the N side of Blackfield Stadium,

- and at an Ammu-Nation.

Desert Eagle

- at the NE corner of the back yard of the 2nd house from the E end on the N
side of the N road of the E block of the Bayside Marina area,

- under the middle solar panel of three in a trailer park across the street
from the Lil' Probe Inn,

- and at any Ammu-Nation, $1,200, after "Black Project" (a Desert mission).


All three types use the same ammo, so the ammo for one is added when C.J. gets
another. (Thanks to Rusk for the info.)

If C.J. doesn't have any type of Shotgun and enters any Police car or a Rang-
er, he gets a Shotgun with five shells. If he has any type of Shotgun, doing
that adds five shells to the ammo for it.


- near the end of the wooden pier S of the "OC" of "VALLE OCULTADO,"

- under the front porch roof of the little house of the trailer park S of Fort
Carson; of those houses, it's in the 2nd row from the E and 4th place from the

- under the ramp at the last "N" of "PILSON INTERSECTION,"

- on the 2nd floor of the police station at the SE corner of the block E of

- at an Ammu-Nation, it's occasionally used by the police (who usually use
9mms) at four wanted stars or higher, and it's used by the Army (with M4s) after
C.J. buys Verdant Meadows (a Desert mission).

Sawnoff Shotgun

- at the W side of the warehouse with a red band around the tops of the walls,
behind a surrounding wall, at the N side of the block with "EST" of "WHITE WOOD

- at the S side of the dirty brown and blue-green dumpster by a wooden fence
at the N end of the N-S alley of the block with "WEST" of "REDSANDS WEST,"

- in the N area of the roof of the "PARKING" building on the block W of "THE
PINK SWAN" (reach it by aircraft or Jetpack),

- and at an Ammu-Nation.

Combat Shotgun

- in a small shrub in the middle of a long thin parking lot divider S of a
white warehouse with blue trim; enter the lot on the N side of the block that's
W of the "FR" of "LVA FREIGHT DEPOT,"

- in front of the Four Dragons Casino after finding 50 Horseshoes,

- just N of the blocked part of the blocked hall of Research Section A in Area
69 after "Black Project,"

- and at any Ammu-Nation, $1,000, after "Don Peyote."

Submachine guns:

All three use the same ammo, so the ammo for one is added when C.J. gets
another. (Thanks to Rusk for the info.)


- between a support beam and the edge of the San Andreas Sound under the N end
of the Mako Span,

- and at an Ammu-Nation.

Micro SMG

- in a jet body part at the SW end of the parts at Verdant Meadows Aircraft

- between a brown wall and a dirty orange and blue-green dumpster at the E
side of a lot, containing a lot of garbage containers, at the mid-S end of the

- at an Ammu-Nation, and it's used by Ballas (with 9mms) and S.W.A.T. agents.


- behind the 2nd building from the W end of the S side of the S street of the
square E block of El Quebrados,

- in the NE corner of the 4th/top floor of the Starfish Casino parking ga-
rage; enter at the SE corner of the block with "THE STAR,"

- in a narrow nook between blue and concrete block walls on the N side of the
grassy alley between the Starfish Casino and surrounding hotels; from the main
entrance (you can't enter), have C.J. go N, jump over the low wall, and go W in-
to the grassy alley,

- in front of the Four Dragons Casino after finding 50 Horseshoes,

- at an Ammu-Nation, and it's used by FBI agents.

Assault Rifles:

Both use the same ammo, so the ammo for one is added when C.J. gets another.
(Thanks to Rusk for the info.)


- by the door of the E trailer of four N of the rectangle W of the dead end of

- in a divider with grass, palm trees, and shrubs in the middle of the lot
that's in the middle of the duplexes of the block S of "WEST" of "REDSANDS

- on the 2nd or so story roof of the Four Dragons Casino at the bottom of the
inside of the N-most "U"-shape formed by taller structures (reach by aircraft
or Jetpack),

- at an Ammu-Nation, and some Triads (Wu Zi's gang; they wear black clothes)
have one.


- under the stairs of the SW guard tower of Area 69,

- on the roof behind the roof of the entrance of the Motel, E of the swimming
pool, NE of the block of "PILGRIM,"

- in front of the Four Dragons Casino after finding 50 Horseshoes,

- at an Ammu-Nation, and it's used by the Army (with Shotguns) after C.J. buys
Verdant Meadows (a Desert mission).



- at an Ammu-Nation.

Sniper Rifle

- on the N side of the steeple of the little church on the N side of the cor-
ner that's S of the "S" in "JULIUS THRU WAY NORTH,"

- on top of the NW corner of the S skyscraper of the Clown's Pocket, at the
"N" of "CLOWN'S" (use an aircraft or a Jetpack to reach it),

- on the N side of the roof above the entrance to the Four Dragons Casino
(reach it by aircraft or Jetpack),

- and at an Ammu-Nation.

Heavy weapons:


- on top of the big concrete support column at the SW end of the Kincaid (RR)
Bridge, accessible now that the invisible barrier there is gone since the Desert
and Las Venturas became available,

- in a small underground room that adjoins the 2nd main room in Area 69 that
C.J. enters during "Black Project"; the Minigun is there from the start of the

- by the elevator doors on the lower level of a parking garage; to have C.J.
get there, have him enter the alley on the E side of "CA" and "LANTE" of "ROCA
ESCALANTE," turn right into the garage, go to the N side, down the ramp, and go
N to the Minigun by the elevator doors,

- on the next-to-the-top level of the scaffolding over the "O" of "ROCKSHORE
EAST" (reach it with the Jetpack or a Parachute),

- and inside Mike Toreno's Tierra Robada house after "Vertical Bird." This
one has a 500 count for ammo instead of 200. His house is the save place S of
the RR track that extends N from the Kincaid Bridge.

Flame Thrower

- in the S end of the porch of the E side of the main KACC Military Fuels
building, about where the "E" of "FUELS" is,

- and inside Mike Toreno's Tierra Robada house after "Vertical Bird."

Heat Seeking Rocket Launcher

- on a N side of the biggest Native American/Mexican building at the end of
the dead end road W of "ALDEA MALVADA,"

- on the NE corner of the upper level of the parking garage where "IN" of

- and inside Mike Toreno's Tierra Robada house after "Vertical Bird." It only
has three shells (ten is typical elsewhere).

Rocket Launcher

- on a roof above the parking garage of The Emerald Isle, a tiny bit W of the
"I" of "Isle" (enter on the N side to drive to the top floor then climb the
stairs to the roof, or use an aircraft or Jetpack to get there),

- in the NW corner of the 8th floor of the Emerald Isle parking garage; enter
on the N side,

- revolving through a corner made by yellow and blue crates of a roughly back-
wards "L"-shaped pile of crates S of the S end of the main body of the terminal
building (between the "S" and "Y" of the big letters of "LAS VENTURAS") of LV

- and inside Mike Toreno's Tierra Robada house after "Vertical Bird." It only
has four shells (ten is typical elsewhere).



- at the W end of the E-W alley of the block of "B" of "BAYSIDE MARINA,"

- by an air duct at the SW corner of the warehouse roof at the S end of the
rectangle N of "ORE" of "ROCKSHORE EAST" (reach it with a Jetpack or a Para-

- and at an Ammu-Nation.

Molotov Cocktails

- behind the liquor store E of the SW block of Fort Carson,

- at the S corner of the roof of Cluckin' Bell and Pro-Laps, at the S end of
the diamond shape W of the dead end road of "CREEK" (climb onto a vehicle then
onto the roof), and

- on the NW corner of the roof of the building at the NE corner of the block S
of "TOE" of "THE CAMEL'S TOE." Have C.J. make a fast run (press Left Shift re-
peatedly) and jump from the roof of the raised entrance structure that's on the
roof of the building to the S.

Tear Gas

- about 18' N of the SE circle (a smoke stack) of KACC Military Fuels,

- E of the N end of the LV Airport tarmac rectangle that's E of "BLACKFIELD,"
at the W side of three yellow and black striped ramps,

Remote Explosives

- in front of the Four Dragons Casino after finding 50 Horseshoes,

- and at an Ammu-Nation.

Handheld Items:


You can get a Camera from one of the photographers around Big Tom. Don't
pressing the RMB to have C.J. target them from in front of them--if they raise
their hands, the Camera disappears. C.J. can leave the area and return to make
more photographers appear if you want him to load up on film.

Fire Extinguisher

- at a gas station without pumps on the N road E of "VALLE OCULTADO,"

- in the narrow space at the S side of the Xoomer gas station on the S side
of the road W of "SPINY BED,"

- and at many fast food places.

Spray Can

- between the W-most two of three long rectangular beige warehouses S of

Gifts for girlfriends:

Light gray-brown Vibrator with dark vertical stripes

- behind a dirty orange dumpster in an abandoned lot on the N side of the mid-
dle of the S road of the E block of the Bayside Marina area.


It's a melee weapon in the wrong weapon slot; you can't use it as a gift for a

by a telephone pole in an asphalt lot W of the RR station on the S side of the
RR track that passes E-W below "PRICKLE PINE"; the station is S of the "PR,"
on the S side of the house with orange shingles that's on the E side of the
2nd dead end street E of the Prickle Pine save house,
at the SE corner of the Emerald Isle,
and at the W side of the red doors and triangular stylized face of the sloped
roof building at the S side of the middle of the "S"-curved road in the middle
of the block of "PILGRIM."


in the front yard of a house on the NE side of the 2nd intersection N of the
at the S side of a little house W of where the dirt road turns from SE to S W
of downtown El Quebrados,
on the N side of the Xoomer gas station office at the N side of the intersec-
tion E of downtown El Quebrados,
in front of a plaque and two statues at the W side of the road at the top of
the W side of the Sherman Dam,
by the grave stone with a cross on top of it at the cemetery at the E side of
the ghost town indicated on the map by the dots S of Las Brojas,
at the concrete divider in the middle of the Julius Thru Way at the N end of
the SE curve,
on the porch of the Xoomer gas station in the rectangle at the E side of the
block that's W of "LINDEN SIDE,"
at the W side, by the doors, of the Wedding Chapel church that's N of the S
end of the SE curve of the Julius Thru Way,
by the wooden fence of the front yard of the W house on the S side of the
street of the S street of the block E of "LAST DIME MOTEL,"
over a flower bed by the N-S street E of Royale Casino and S of the "S" of
in the front yard of the house on the SE corner of the block N of "LAS" of
between two of the gas pumps at the Xoomer gas station across the street to
the N from the NE corner of the block with "THE EMERALD ISLE,"
in front of the yellow Wedding Tackle store NW of the NW corner of the block
that's E of "THE" of "THE EMERALD ISLE,"
in front of the "The Golf Course" sign at the E side of the loop of road of
Yellow Bell Golf Course,
and by a flower bed of the 2nd house from the W that's N of the block that's E
of the loop of road of Yellow Bell Golf Course.

Apparel Items:


- at the bottom of the Launch Bay--the several stories-tall room--inside Area
69 during and after "Black Project," and

- by the door of the abandoned AC tower save place at Verdant Meadows after
"Green Goo."

You can also use the GTA SA Control enter (X.13.c) to get rid of your cheat
count status automatically or after using the ROCKETMAN code to spawn a Jetpack
and save the game without worrying about creating a cheat count or lowering your
Criminal Rating.


- on the tall N bridge support of the Gant (Golden Gate) Bridge,

- in Bone County at the top of the tall antenna SW of the Big Ear (have C.J.
walk toward the base of the antenna to be transported to the top of it),

- in Arco Del Oeste in the E old shack on top of a tall rock formation N of
the "RC" in "ARCO" on the paper map,

- and on top of the tall skyscraper of the Emerald Isle (use an aircraft or
Jetpack to get there).

Night Vision goggles

They make everything look green and let you see the inside walls of the Fort
Carson tunnel (see VII.5 for the location of the last listed police bribe for
the Desert).

- on the upper level by the S generator inside the Sherman Dam (enter through
a door by the E end of the road that's on the top of the Dam) after "Breaking
the Bank at Caligula's" (thanks to pdescobar),

- on top of the NW guard tower of the No Fly Zone after "Breaking the Bank at

- E of the middle silo of the five big silos of Foster Valley on the E-W
ground level path through the middle of the shopping mall after "Breaking the
Bank at Caligula's,"

- and by the kitchen entrance of Madd Dogg's crib after "A Home in the Hills."

Thermal Goggles Heat vision ("Infrared" in data\weapon.dat) goggles make ev-
erything look like the photos Richard Avedon made of the Beatles in 1967, which
is more festive. These seem to be the things that make certain peds show up in
partial graphics which cause some people to think they look like aliens. Ther-
mal goggles don't reappear in a location if C.J. takes them from one and you
save the game, so I use them without saving the game.

- in Zero's RC Shop after "Black Project,"

- in the Control Tower in the middle of the S side of the fenced-in area of
the No Fly Zone after "Black Project,"

- at the N side of the base of the Big Ear after "Black Project,"

- and in the bar room of Madd Dogg's place after "A Home in the Hills."

Welding and Weddings bomb shop

This bomb shop is on the S side of the block W of "ISLE" of "THE EMERALD ISLE"
in Las Venturas. It operates like the one in Los Santos, which is an 8 Ball's
Bomb Shop like the one in Staunton in "GTA III." Have C.J. drive a four-wheel
(even an emergency) vehicle into the back (N side) of it for the vehicle to have
a bomb with a timer installed in it. Press F or Enter while C.J. is in the ve-
hicle to activate the timer, and have C.J. leg it. The bomb explodes in about
eight seconds.

VII.4 Armor and Bribes

Some very good maps for Armor and Police Bribes are at:

Body Armor

The Desert

at the NE end of the little strip of beach NE of downtown Bayside Marina,

between the wooden house and garage by the pier and just S of the "C" of

on the roof behind the "PECKER's FEED & SEED" sign E of the big chicken of Las

at Verdant Meadows in a fuselage at the middle airplane icon of the N row of
airplane icons,

on the S part of the outer walkway of the Control Tower, which is in the mid-
dle of the S side of the fenced-in area, of the No Fly Zone/Area 69,

in the keycard room in Area 69, and

in the main trench, below the hall floor grating, in Area 69 after "Black Pro-

Las Venturas

on the inner balcony of a motel at the E end of the block of "SANDS" of "RED-
SANDS EAST" (have C.J. jump on a car at the N side of the entrance, at the E
side of the block, and go around the balcony to the Armor),

on the roof of the building of four little "Escobar Int. Airport"-type parabo-
las in the middle of the block E of "CALIGULA'S PALACE,"

on the N side of a church NW of the overpass at the SE curve of the Julius
Thru Way,

under the arch at the bottom of the Come-A-Lot roadside sign,

at the S side of the lot at the SW corner of the block of "D" of "LVA FREIGHT

between the stairs of the pier S of "ES" of "ROCKSHORE WEST" (mentioned before
as accessible from Los Santos),

by two green dumpsters at the N side of Greenglass College,

in back of the N brown hanger of two just under the "L" of the big letters of

and NW of the N end of the trumpet tubing-type shape of Las Venturas Airport.


(**** airborne bribe)

The Desert

at the W side of a building and above the "R" of "BAYSIDE MARINA,"

at the E side of a bend in the road NE of the NE corner of the No Fly Zone,

in a field across the road to the E from the Astro Drive-In Theatre sign,
which is along the road that goes S from the Cluckin' Bell that's E of "FORT

in an alley in the N block of Las Payasdas,

and in an underground tunnel; the N opening is lower on the hill and W of
where the winding road to the Big Ear leaves the main road, and the S opening is
about due S of the N opening and by a RR track.

Las Venturas

an airborne bribe in the NW corner of the block E of where the Strip divides
in the N ****,

an airborne bribe W of the jump ramp of the pirate ship in front of Pirates in
Men's Pants ****,

an airborne bribe over the concrete highway divider where the "A" is of "JULI-

over the S end of the building that's N across the street from the NE corner
of the block of The Camel's Toe pyramid****,

at the W side of the S end of the RR bridge that goes S from the "RTH" of "JU-

in the narrow E-W alley through the middle of the block W of "ISLE" of "THE

in the tunnel through the base of the Washington Monument-type statue of The
Camel's Toe,

S of the dirty pink building that's W of "O" in "HARRY GOLD PARKWAY,"

in the E-W alley with old wooden fencing blocking both ends in the S section
of the block with "WEST" of "REDSANDS WEST,"

under the E end of the E-W bridge just S of "JULIUS THRU WAY EAST,"

in a lot across the street SW from the Four Dragons Casino,

and in a lot where the "R" of "THE FREIGHT DEPOT" is.

VII.5 Oysters (Desert)

If you didn't get them already, get the remaining five. The five locations
are given at IV.27 in the section on the "Reuniting the Families" glitch. The
fastest way to find them is to use one of the teleportation devices at X.13.a,
b, and c. X.13.c works with either the patched or unpatched version of the

VII.6 Bayside Marina Boat School

Getting all gold awards for this is easier than for Driving School.

If you were good at Delphi's missions in the game "Giants: Citizen Kabuto,"
2000, you have a head start.

The timer counts up. You can slow it down, to get a lower time, by turning
off the frame limiter. (Thanks to Orion_SR.)

VII.6.a "Basic Seamanship"

Drive the Coast Guard boat ahead (W) and have it stop (S) between the pairs of
buoys. I used S as the near side of the near pillar of the Gant Bridge went by
the left edge of the screen. I had several at 9.something and didn't get gold
till I had 9.73, so I'm not sure what high nine you have to beat.

VII.6.b "Plot a Course"

Drive the Coast Guard through eight pairs of buoys without bumping them using
the screen and radar. Rusk says to get less than 35 sec. for gold.

VII.6.c "Fresh Slalom"

Drive a Dinghy with a few zig zags through fifteen pairs of buoys. Rusk says
to do it in under 80 sec. for gold.

VII.6.d "Flying Fish"

Drive a Vortex to the right, turn left, and aim for the ramp. When I took a
longer run to the right to have a longer runway in which to build up speed to
the left, I got gold. Press Down when the Vortex hits the jump ramp and while
the Vortex is airborne to keep it airborne longer. When landing, press S and
possibly turn to stop within the buoys. The BradyGames guide says to beat 57
meters to pass, and AggroSk8er says to beat 67 meters for gold.

VII.6.e "Land, Sea, and Air"

Drive a Vortex through pairs of buoys, over a jump, through pairs of buoys,
over two jumps over the bases of supports for the Gant Bridge, and through pairs
of buoys. You may need to run the route several times to make the turns more
accurately if you want to get gold. Take the jumps only as fast as you need to
and press Up if needed to land faster. Rusk says to beat 130 sec. for gold.

For all bronze awards (70-89%), C.J. gets the Marquis.
For all silver awards (90-99%), he gets the Squalo III.
For all gold awards (100%), he gets the Jetmax.

VII.7 RS Haul Trucking Asset Mission (final two missions)

Thanks to Spaceeinstein for the lists of possible destinations for each mis-
sion. With each mission attempt, the game selects a destination at random.

VII.7.a Mission 7 Fragile cargo and timed 6:00.

This one is easy. You may bang the truck a little, which subtracts from the
pay, but as long as you end up with something left on the damage meter, you
pass. By now, money shouldn't matter much, anyway.


Bone County, NW San Andreas
Green Palms, Bone County
The Sherman Dam, NW San Andreas
Verdant Meadows, NW San Andreas

C.J. gets up to $7,000.

VII.7.b Mission 8 Four star wanted level.


Redsands West, Las Venturas
White Wood Estates, Las Venturas
Las Venturas Airport, Las Venturas
LVA Freight Depot, Las Venturas
Starfish Casino, Las Venturas
Creek, Las Venturas
Spiny Bed, Las Venturas
Pilgrim, Las Venturas
Rockshore East, Las Venturas
Randolph Industrial Estate, Las Venturas

The idea of blowing up the truck for a different destination, and picking an
easier one, is about all there is for alternative strategy. So I tried Aggro-
Sk8er's recommendation to use Guto's idea of using the RR track to go to SE Las

The first time I did this, the police kept blowing up the truck before C.J.
could get to the destination. I did learn that you can make the graphics for
truck fires disappear quicker by sending C.J. so far from them that not only the
flames but the glow for them disappears, then counting to ten before sending him

If you want a special fix for it, I think the fastest way would be to use the
Control Center (X.13.c) to make the truck bullet proof. You could also give the
Police car, Ranger (police SUV), and Enforcer a top speed of something small in

C.J. gets $10,000, but after this, he's just glad he's alive.

RS Haul makes $2,000 a day.

VII.8 Horseshoes

I use the Bradygames guide, Xbox and PC version, pp.137-139, for the numbers
but not the haphazard search pattern you'd have if you searched for Horseshoes
in the Bradygames guide numerical order.

A good map of the Horseshoe locations is at:

The fastest way to find them is to use one of the teleportation devices at
X.13.a, b, and c. That last one, the Administrative Console, is available in a
version--the Control Center--that's compatible with the patched version of the

You might combine that with Demarest's Pillager,, which puts markers
of all the Tags, Oysters, Snapshots, and Horseshoes left to find in the category
you've chosen on your radar. While you look for Snapshot targets, it also puts
a green marker above each one you haven't taken a picture of yet to make them
easier to find. It works for v.1 or 2 of the game.

Another option is the Horseshoe Help mod by JVT at X.13.h, which makes a big
arrow, like ones you've seen in GTA's, point down at each Horseshoe that hasn't
been collected yet.


Ones you might get by Maverick or Sea Sparrow (for those who don't want to
wait for a Jetpack at VIII.16 "Green Goo"):

When you're aiming a helicopter for a careful landing, move the mouse for dif-
ferent views--even a "GTA2"-type overhead view is possible and helpful. When
the helicopter is in an awkward position, instead of trying to push it in a di-
rection till the "camera" aims that way, move the "camera" with the mouse then
start moving the helicopter in the direction you want to go.

Also, the new Mavericks are a lot better about letting you hold the Up (NP9 in
"Vice City") button to go forward at an angle for long distances once you have
enough height. And they don't go down when you leave the controls alone for
awhile like they used to, which is nice if you want to reach for a snack or
smoke, etc., and don't want to reach back and see it blown up. You have to
press S to make it go down.

Don't fly over the No Fly Zone or the soldiers there will try to shoot your
helicopter out of the sky.

20. on the roof of the Four Dragons Casino about where the "N" of "CASINO" is.
C.J. could parachute to this one easily, too.

46. in the middle of the S side of the block of "VENTURAS" of "OLD VENTURAS
STRIP," in front of the "S" of the "CASINO" marquee. Land in the big area to
the W of the marquee and have C.J. walk in front of the marquee for the Horse-

31. on top of the Come-A-Lot sign at the SW corner of the block with "COME."
Make sure C.J. has full Health so he doesn't die if he has to jump. I landed a
Maverick between the two spires--it looked like the ends of the blades went into
them a little--and took off with just a few sparks, but I think I was lucky.
You could do something similar by getting an overhead view, getting close, and
having C.J. bail onto the sign. Orion_SR recommends getting this Horseshoe with
a Sparrow or Sea Sparrow since those helicopters are smaller.

3. on the red roof of the corner "Souvenirs," etc., shop on the SE corner of
the block W of "ISLE" of "THE EMERALD ISLE."

14. on top of the highest skyscraper of the Emerald Isle, SW of "EM" of "THE
EMERALD ISLE." (I was surprised that the new Maverick could go so high.)

45. N of the "KA" of "KACC MILITARY FUELS." Land in the parking lot beyond
the entrance, go to the warehouse N of the entrance and go E through it (it had
a few hovering boxes in it when I last looked), then go NW to the Horseshoe.

26. on the beam, supported by pillars, that's along the sidewalk by the middle
of the E side of the Camel's Toe pyramid. You might get the Maverick to balance
just long enough for C.J. to get onto the beam safely and have the helicopter
fall. When I did it, I was lucky. The Maverick fell but rolled upright, C.J.
got the Horseshoe, and his jump only took a sliver of Health away.

19. on a tower at one of the dots NW of the "C" of "COME-A-LOT." When you ap-
proach the roof from the front, you'll see the tallest spire is gold or yellow
just left of the centerpiece. And left of the tallest spire is a short stubby
one with a flat top--without a spire. That's the one the Horseshoe is on. I
landed carefully from the back. It took a little patience, wrangling with heli-
copter drift, but it landed and took off okay.

32. on the E edge of the double "Victim" billboard on a tall pole by the Juli-
us Thru Way East, just N of the RR symbol that's by "SOBELL RAIL YARD." I land-
ed with the rails across the middle of the two billboards. When C.J jumped, he
landed on the wide strips of metal between the bottoms of the billboards. An
invisible wall wouldn't let him walk straight to the Horseshoe on the E side, so
I had him walk over the strips to the W and the outer walks to the E, get the
Horseshoe, and jump. He only lost half of his Health, and he had a pizza nearby
to make up for that.


For the rest, I basically go W: N to S, then E: S to N.

1. In the entrance enclave of a house at the SW corner of the road and RR
track intersection S of "YELLOW BELL GOLF CLUB."

5. in a 2nd floor dormer at the back of the golf club country club building at
the W side of the loop of road E of "YELLOW BELL GOLF CLUB."

21. in the swimming pool in the mid-N of five rectangles, the top one curved,
E of the block that's N of "PINE" of "PRICKLE PINE."

34. E of the same swimming pool in a tennis court.

29. at the base of the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign by the highway NW
from the Pilson Intersection.

47. over a multi-colored stack of crates E of the NE corner of the block E of
"PILSON INTERSECTION." Have C.J. jump on a truck then the wall, walk to near
the middle of the crates and close to them, and try to jump to climb onto them.

27. over a blue wall across the street to the W from the SW corner of the
block E of "PILSON INTERSECTION." Have C.J. jump on a car then the wall.

36. in the mid-E area of the block N of "EST" of "REDSANDS WEST." Have C.J.
jump on the Steakhouse roof then the casino roof.

40. on the mid-W side of the block of "EST" of WHITE WOOD ESTATES." Have C.J.
enter the lot on the E side of the block and go behind the warehouse.

49. over the walk of a one story gray building W of the NW corner of the block
with "BLACKFIELD." Have C.J. jump up to it.

28. on the LV Airport tarmac N of the W side of the runway loop. Enter the
tarmac at the N end of the wavy line on the E side.

25. E of the N end of the runway loop.

15. on the mid-W side of the oval with four prongs--the main airport bldg..

37. in a truck dock at the E end of the S side of the rectangle NE of "D" of

16. in a narrow space between the warehouse and a wall at the S end of the
little rectangle N of the "D" of "BLACKFIELD INTERSECTION."

22. in the middle of the courtyard in front of Greenglass College.

50. over Blackfield Chapel--C.J. can walk up the sloped roof.

30. N of the coast under the Mako Span.

6. in a backyard in the middle of the block E of "MOTEL" of "THE LAST DIME MO-

38. in a back yard across the street to the N from the E end of the block of

9. over a dumpster, behind a warehouse, at the SE end of the rectangle N of

53. on the roof of the chapel S of the martini glass symbol that's SE of
"COME-A-LOT." Have C.J. jump from the roof of a car to climb the Chapel roof.

43. in the middle of the W side of the block N of "OT" of "COME-A-LOT." Have
C.J. use the stairs to get to a roof and jump down to the 2nd balcony over from
the top of the stairs.

2. at the top of the pyramid on the block of "CAMEL'S." A PCJ can drive up to

11. on the 3rd floor of the garage on the block of "R" of "LAS VENTURAS."
Have C.J. enter on the N side, go up a ramp on one side then the other, then go
over the level part to the NE corner.

18. at the base of the big skull display in front of Pirates in Men's Pants.

7. on the roof of the Clown's Pocket front porch. Have C.J. jump on a car
then onto the wall at the N side of Clown's, go E on the ledge, onto a roof, go
around the S side of the "tent" roof, do a running jump up onto a 2' wide ledge
of another roof, then go around to the W side.

48. under the upper part of the 2nd waterfall from the N in front of The Vis-
age--above the "E" of "VISAGE."

44. at the back of an alley on the N side of the block with "THE STAR" of "THE

24. on the awning over the drive-through section of Venturas Steaks, on the W
side of the block N of "SH" of "THE STARFISH CASINO."

39. on the porch roof of the "Arts & Crafts" store in the shopping center on
the N side of the block with "O" of "THE STARFISH CASINO." Have C.J. jump on
the roof of an SUV or van, then climb up onto the porch roof.

17. on a 2nd floor balcony of a motel. Enter the lot on the E side, of the
block of "DSANDS" of "REDSANDS EAST." Have C.J. climb onto several roofs which
are near each other at the N side of the entrance, then turn E and jump to climb
up onto a higher roof/balcony, and go to the SW side of that roof/balcony.

42. in an alley in the middle of the S side of the block N of the block of

13. have C.J. jump on a car then the roof where the 24/7 symbol is SW of "THE

35. have C.J. go NW from the same corner, past the store, and jump over the
wall to the N end of the little lot.

41. across the street to the N from the "D" of "THE EMERALD ISLE," have C.J.
go through the car wash and make a 180 degree turn to the right.

12. have C.J. go N through the parking lot on the W side of the same car wash,
then go E.

10. in a RR tunnel about where the "P" of "OLD VENTURAS STRIP" is. Have C.J.
enter where the brown line turns gray (shown on the radar, not the paper map);
the S end of the tunnel is where the track crosses under a road NW of "SOBELL

4. at about the 2nd "E" of "ROCA ESCALANTE." Have C.J. get on the roof of a
car to jump to the roof of the Erotic Wedding Chapel.

8. in the VROCK Hotel swimming pool, which is found in the splotch that's NE,
across the street and RR track, from "ROCA" of "ROCA ESCALANTE."

23. at the E corner of the big tilted square shape N of "CREEK," behind the
shopping center and at the end of a lane protected by a wall. On the radar,
the right corner of the square is the space between the corners of two squares,
for some reason.

C.J. gets better Luck (the top score, 1000) at gambling, $100 x 50 = $50,000,
$100,000, and the Combat Shotgun, Remote Explosive, M4, and SMG will be in front
of The Four Dragons Casino.

VII.9 Las Venturas Bike School

This is initiated at the red "S" icon in Blackfield.

Thanks to Spaceeinstein for helping again by sending me the names of all the

For a test that requires C.J. to stop in a three-sided section of cones, try
to stop the bike in the middle of them parallel to the sides.

Bike school is easy--no bumps with airgrabs or such. You better at least pass
all these tests with no complaining on the message boards so Rockstar makes the
bikes and replays for stunts as cool as in VC again for "IV."

VII.9.a "The 360" Hold down W and S, add Left or Right to have C.J. burn a
donut (if your keyboard doesn't support the use of three keys at the same time,
add the sideways direction with the mouse) with the BF-400, and stop him when
the bike goes just past the start of the skid mark.

VII.9.b "The 180" Use a PCJ-600 to send C.J. from a space made by three
lines of cones to do a turning skid with Spacebar around another set of cones
and within the outer cones, and return him to the same spot he started from ex-
cept facing in the opposite direction and stop in that spot.

VII.9.c "The Wheelie" Send C.J. and the FCR-900 forward, wheelie with Down
before C.J. goes between another set of cones, wheelie till past the cones--you
can let let the front wheel drop as long as the front wheel doesn't touch the
ground till past those cones, and have him stop in the middle of the far set of

VII.9.d "Jump and Stop" Have C.J. drive the Sanchez over a jump ramp, level
the wheels, and go forward to brake in the far section of cones.

VII.9.e "The Stoppie" Have C.J. drive the FCR-900 forward, hold down Up and
add a tap of S long enough to bring up the back wheel to stoppie height before
reaching the next batch of cones, send him forward with W and Up (the game will
create a straight stoppie for the rest of the test), then release Up before he
reaching the far set of cones and have C.J. stop within them. The training clip
shows the back wheel down for the stop, but I had C.J. stop with the back wheel
up and still got gold.

VII.9.f "Jump and Stoppie" Have C.J. drive the NRG-500 over a ramp, press Up
to point the front end down, hold Up as he lands and add a tap of S to create a
stoppie as before, then send him forward and release Up before he reaches the
far set of cones and have C.J. stop within them.

C.J. has to get at least 70% in all the tests to pass the course.

For all bronze awards (70-89%) or better, C.J. gets the Freeway.
For all silver awards (90-99%) or better, he gets the FCR-900.
For all gold awards (100%), he gets the NRG-5 00.

VII.10 Burger Shot Courier Asset Mission (4 runs)

This is like the previous drive-by delivery missions. You initiate it by hav-
ing C.J. get on the Faggio by the Burger Shot below the "R" of "REDSANDS EAST."

Three loops, six packages, three minutes
Four loops, six packages, five minutes
Five loops, seven packages, five minutes
Six loops, eight packages, eight minutes

Press Up quickly and repeatedly, without letting C.J. stand up, to make the
scooter go faster and make a wavering buzzing sound like some of the soldiers
got sick of hearing with some of the worse things the music stations played on
the radio during the Burma missions of WWII. George Harrison might have liked
them (yet he didn't like Yoko's early recordings--"ee-yie-yie-yiee-eeh"--go fig-

The Burger Shot makes $2,000 a day and max.

VII.11 Kickstart and Dirt Track (Blackfield Stadium)

Kickstart is available at the Trophy icon at Blackfield Stadium on every day
except Monday and Wednesday if C.J. has at least 50% Bike (motorcycle) Skill.

Press Left Shift to skip the intro if you've seen it before.

Have C.J. drive over the "Vice City" "Dirtring"-type obstacles to go through
the colored lights. Green ones are worth one point, yellow ones are worth two,
and red ones are worth three. You need at least 26 out of 50 possible points to
pass the mission. See if you can get a few of the red ones that are harder to
get near the starting area then go for the others.

If you're stuck, make sure a trainer you use to stop the mission timer is com-
patible with v1.01 of the game if you use the patch. You might give the Sanchez
the "Wheels of Steel" Freeway changes, X.10.e, to make it more of a mountain
goat--which works the same whether you use the patch or not.

Stuckgamer pulls out all the stucks for this demonstration of how to get all
61 points (you "I can't fly the Skimmer" weenies watch this--this is good):

The Dune will be in front of the stadium. It's a big-wheeled, bouncy vehicle
like the Monster truck or BF Injection, but slower.

Dirt Track is available at the Trophy icon at Blackfield Stadium on Mondays
and Wednesdays if C.J. has at least 50% Bike (motorcycle) skill.

The track is the figure eight used for "8-Track," but the race is done with a

One curious thing I noticed about it is that the game seems to reward or pun-
ish your ability to get familiar with, and drive better, on the course. You
might see C.J.'s position in the race go down because he hit a wall without see-
ing anyone go past him, or see it go up without seeing him pass anyone. Try to
get familiar with the course--go right after going over the overpass and left
after going under it (it's invisible from below, but it's at a divide in the
road), avoid hitting the walls, and avoid hitting competitors (easier said than
done) to spin them out or they'll spin C.J. out.

The gimmick of shooting the competitors with a Minigun, which, as Rusk notes,
doesn't work on PS2, works on PC, but it's hard to get all of them because they
go by so fast. I've had C.J. kill some and still be in 12th place, too. I
don't know of a place to plug up a spawn place for them like for the Hotring
Racers in "Hotring" in "Vice City."

As with "Kickstart" you might give the Sanchez the "Wheels of Steel" Freeway
changes, X.10.e, to make it have strong road grip.

The BF Injection will be in front of the stadium, and C.J. gets $25,000.

VII.12 The Freight Train Mission

Have C.J. jack either the Freight or Brown Streak train from a train stop,
then press NP+ or 2 to start this Sub-mission. There are two parts to it, and
you can save the game after winning the 1st before doing the 2nd.

Each part is a run with five stops--a stop is the red shaft of light at a
train station. Hold down W till the train goes at a speed of 44--at 45 it can
derail the train. Let go when you're 600 distance from the stop, and hold down
S to brake when you're 350 distance from the stop. When you're near the stop,
a speed of 10 is good to coast the last little segment with because it's easy
to stop from.

The alternative is a short run you won't have long enough to build to a speed
of 44 with. Get the speed up till you're 350 distance from the stop, when you
still probably won't be going as fast as you would have slowed down to at that
distance the previous way. Brake as needed to the stop.

If you floor it continually, you'll derail the train.

You get the variety of cinematic "camera" views, and if you need to see the
red shaft of light better, you can change the view with NP4.

C.J. gets $50,000 and free train rides.

VII.13 The Ammu-Nation "Shooting Range Challenge"

Have C.J. walk into the red shaft of light in the back of many of the Ammu-Na-
tions to activate this mission.

VII.13.a "Pistol Challenge"
VII.13.b "SMG Challenge"
VII.13.c "Shotgun Challenge"
VII.13.d "AK47 Challenge"

The four segments of this have to be done consecutively for it to add to your
100% completion of the game. In each of the four segments, there are three
rounds and C.J. has two competitors. C.J. has to shoot within the red circle on
each of the seven sections (head, right shoulder, etc.) of a target that looks
like a gangster, and have more successful shots than his competitors. C.J. uses
a 9mm Pistol for the 1st segment, he uses a Micro-SMG for the 2nd, a Shotgun for
the 3rd, and an AK-47 for the 4th.

In the 1st round, a target drops down close by. When the pieces are shot from
it, another drops farther back; when it's shot apart, a 3rd target drops farther

In the 2nd round, a target drops down at the far end of the range and moves
forward to stop nearby. When the pieces are shot from it, a 2nd does the same,
then a 3rd.

In between targets meant for C.J., have him shoot the competitor's targets.

In the 3rd round, one target goes side to side for all three competitors to
shoot at. When the pieces of it are shot away, a 2nd target does that, then a
3rd. The scores of all three competitors are shown on the screen. The 1st to
get 20 points wins.

The 3rd round for the Shotgun segment is the hardest. C.J. has to more ac-
tively aim for a spot just ahead of each circle and shoot when it comes into his

This is easier than "Rifle Range" in "Vice City," but it's a little glitchy
like that was, too. I poured a bunch of shots into a head segment that didn't
get shot away a few times. (I don't remember the circumstances, but spaceein-
stein reminded me that "the targets are not solid until they are firmly down and
moving toward you.")

If the weapon skill for each weapon used for this wasn't maximized before, it
will be when you succeed.

VII.14 Las Venturas Gym

C.J.'s Stamina and Muscle should be past the buff stage, so have him beat the
trainer at the Below the Belt Gym to get kick boxing moves.

- Running attack: while running, lock onto the target with the RMB and press
F or Enter. C.J. holds up his left arm and punches the side of the target's
head with his right fist.

- Ground attack (right kick a standing opponent; stomp on a downed opponent):
lock onto the opponent with the RMB and press F or Enter. C.J. kicks the downed
target between the legs. (As before, use the LMB to have C.J. stomp on them.)

- Combo attack: lock onto the opponent with the RMB and press F or Enter re-
peatedly. C.J. pulls the target's head down with both hands and kicks it with
his knee.

Also, hold the RMB and press Spacebar for C.J. to block with his left forearm,
which he can also do while trotting or running.

These are the same names for moves, and instructions for controls, used at the
San Fierro gym, but the moves C.J. makes for them now is different.

(You might like to try the Joypad option to see what this looks like with the
kind of targeting it uses, which sacrifices mouse steering but keeps C.J. locked
onto a target even while they run.)

VII.15 Beat the Cock Not needed for 100% completion

The 2nd of two triathlons--swimming, bicycling, and running--is available on
Saturdays and Sundays. This one is from the beach at Fishers Lagoon to the
Strip in Las Venturas, and is longer than the 1st one. Before the race, besides
having C.J.'s various health and bicycle skills maximized, make sure he has a
meal and enough Fat so that he won't lose Muscle during the race.

It's mainly bicycling and a test of the endurance of the finger you use to tap
Sprint quickly and repeatedly to make C.J. go faster (you may want to have a
backup finger trained and a thumb at the ready). The reward is $20,000. Like
your high score for videogames, your result for this isn't recorded in your

VII.16 Some non-mission vehicle locations

Trains Yellow Bell Station, S of the "P" of "PRICKLE PINE," and Linden Sta-
tion, S of where it says it on the map (see map).

Sandking by the Big Ear.

PCJ-600 by the save place at Verdant Meadows Aircraft Graveyard.

Sanchez by the Las Barracks save house, and by the "Q" of "HUNTER QUARRY."

Mountain Bike by the path W and across the street from the El Quebrados hos-
pital, near the NE corner of the biggest rectangular block of
Fort Carson, and SW and across the street from "CREEK."

Quadbike by the dot at the end of the segment of the path that goes SW
from Las Barracks.

Hotdog at the W side of the top of the Sherman Dam, the SE side of Las Pay-
asdas, at the end of the dead end road S of "REGULAR TOM," and on
the block S of the martini glass symbol that's E of the No Fly

Sweeper W of "SPINY BED."

Plow in some weeds by an open shack (one of a pair of dots on the
in-game map and radar) by the curve before the dead end of
the path S of the 3rd "R" of "TIERRA ROBADA."

Trailer two by a Linerunner in the rectangle at the end of a little
dead end road E of the S part of the No Fly Zone.

Oil tank trailer N of the T intersection at the E end of El Quebrados.

Beat up Glendale two are in the round shape of "INN" of the "LIL' PROBE INN";
one is by the "GAS" station at "VALLE" of "VALLE OCULTA-
DO"; and one is NE of the N block of "LAS PAYASDAS."

Beat up Sadler one is near the path S of the "O" of "TIERRA ROBADA"; and
one is by the little shed in the valley by the coast N of
Verdant Meadows.

Skimmer at the S coast of Arco Del Oeste, at the coast S of the "OC" of
"VALLE OCULTADO," and by the top of the "T" of "TIERRA ROBADA."

Sea Sparrow S of the E side of the Sherman Dam, and at the pier N of the 3rd
and 4th airplane symbols from the left at Verdant Meadow Air-
craft Graveyard.

Beagle sometimes appears sticking partly into a house on the N side of
the block N of "AR" of "FORT CARSON."

Cropduster by the dot that's both W and across the street from the S end of
the block N of Greenglass College and is N of the "E" of

Leviathan by the top of the "L" of "LAS VENTURAS."

At the W side of Los Venturas Airport, there are Dodos N and S with a couple
of Shamals N of center.

AT 400 in a big hanger indicated by the rectangle at the S end of the
Los Venturas Airport tarmac.

Maverick on a helipad N of the last "A" of "Bayside Marina," and on the
roof at the "ME" of "THE EMERALD ISLE."

Jetmax at the pier S of Rockshore West.

Impounded vehicles appear in the impound lot at the W side of the block E of
the NE corner of the block with "THE EMERALD ISLE."

Orion_SR found that C.J.'s last two vehicles, if in certain locations during
certain missions, will be saved in an area of the nearest impound lot (see III.


Boat School (VII.6) success makes these vehicles available at the school: the
Marquis for all bronze awards, the Squalo III for all silver awards, and the
Jetmax for all gold awards.

Bike school (VII.9) success makes these vehicles available at the school: a
Freeway for all bronze awards, a FCR-900 for all silver awards, and an NRG-500
for all gold awards.

Pilot School (VIII.6) success--getting a Pilot's License--makes these flying
vehicles available: a Sea Sparrow N of the last "A" of "BAYSIDE MARINA," a Skim-
mer S of the E end of the Sherman Dam, and a Cargobob by the "U" of "KACC MILI-

Ranger have C.J. date Barbara to 50% success.

Dumper at Hunter Quarry after success with the Hunter Quarry Asset Missions

Hydra after "Vertical Bird" (final Los Santos missions): two in the NE area
of Area 69.

Vortex after "Cut Throat Business" (final Los Santos missions): on the strip
of beach NE of "BAYSIDE MARINA."

Kart after "Cut Throat Business" (final Los Santos missions): at the SW
corner of the big square block of El Quebrados, N of the Redsands
West save house, and E of "THE STARFISH CASINO."

Thanks to the SAM, San Andreas Map, for some of the locations and times of ap-
pearances of the vehicles given above:

VII.17 Make a copy of your save game


VIII. The Desert and Las Venturas

The Desert

The Toreno missions

VIII.1 "Monster" ?

Have C.J. go to the "?" icon to answer the invitation made by the person with
the electric voice disguiser at the end of VI.41. When C.J. gets there, "?"--
again with an electric voice disguiser, this time over a loudspeaker--tells C.J.
he wants him to drive the Monster truck to test his driving ability. Another
man tells C.J. the truck has a GPS (global positioning system) in the cab, to
get to each set of map coordinates as quick as he can, and he has to beat a time
of six and a half minutes--and the truck has four wheel steering instead of a

Use S--Reverse--to brake. The Monster truck is bouncy enough to make driving
hazardous as it is, but the terrain is rugged, and sharp turning will make it
more likely to tip over. So I think I pressed Spacebar, for four wheel turning,
twice during the run through 35 shafts of red light. I'll have to try it again
sometime to play with the four wheel steering to see what it's like.

As Rusk notes, the man makes a different statement depending on how good C.J.

The man's reactions, and C.J.'s winnings, depend on whose race time C.J.

Beddoes 4:20 $5,000
McMahon 5:00 $4,000
Bolt 5:30 $3,000
Taylor 6:00 $2,000
Wong 6:30 $1,000

(The Level Designers of "San Andreas" include David Beddoes, Chris McMahon,
Kevin Bolt, Steven Taylor, and Kevin Wong.)

? calls: get to the ranch--he'll explain everything.

VIII.2 "Highjack" ?

"?" is Mike Toreno. At 1st, C.J. is worried about what Toreno will do to him
for trying to kill Toreno for being a big-time drug dealer who was ruining Grove
Street. But Toreno explains that he's really a government agent who was working
undercover. He works pragmatically, to an amoral degree, with good and bad peo-
ple for what to Toreno is the bigger goal of protecting the government. Besides
the insider's knowledge about Sweet, he seems to have checked out C.J.'s deal-
ings as well, and wants to see if C.J. can help by doing things for him. C.J.
seems to go along on the hope that Toreno will help Sweet if he does.

Toreno tells C.J. to have Cesar help C.J. steal a truck, and to tell Cesar
nothing about Toreno. After Toreno leaves, to C.J.'s surprise, Cesar shows up
thinking C.J. called him to come by (apparently Toreno or an assistant of his
pretended to be C.J. on the phone.)

Have C.J. drive the PCJ-600, with Cesar on the back, N to get on the Garver
Bridge. When he catches up to the truck, a Tanker pulling a Xoomer fuel trailer
and that travels S at the other end of the bridge, he has until the truck gets
to the Foster Valley exit sign--just a bit S of where the paper map says "FOSTER
VALLEY"--to drive Cesar by the left cab door long enough for Cesar to overpower
the driver and take control of the truck.

Try to keep the motorcycle on the white line in the middle of the two lanes
and by the left cab door of the Tanker. The cab door is just in front of a big
vertical exhaust pipe. You may have to have the motorcycle dodge other vehicles
which can bounce off the front of the Tanker and might land in C.J.'s path.
Cesar helps you do it with the promptings he gives C.J. to speed up, etc., then
stops the truck to let C.J. drive.

If an opening in the center guard wall is handy, the truck can make a U-turn
without dislodging the trailer. If you continue S past Foster Valley mall,
there's a big open space, where on and off ramps are, to turn around in.

When the truck approaches urban San Fierro again, have C.J. turn right onto an
off ramp and go through town to the Xoomer gas station save place in Doherty.

C.J. gets $7,000.

VIII.3 "Interdiction" Mike Toreno

The definition of "interdiction" that seems appropriate here, of those I saw
at the Merriam-Webster web site, is the 3rd: "3a: to destroy, damage, or cut off
(as an enemy line of supply) by firepower to stop or hamper an enemy b: INTER-
CEPT 2a "

C.J. is impressed with what Toreno knows about Sweet's exact location and
about Tenpenny and Pulaski protecting the secrecy of their crimes by killing
Pendelbury. Most importantly, C.J. realizes that Toreno is using his control
over Sweet's situation to keep Sweet safe in jail.

As Toreno instructs, have C.J. drive the BF Injection to a cabin, where C.J.
can take the Sanchez, Bandito, or Quad--I picked the Sanchez--and a Rocket
Launcher with 40 rockets. (Thanks to Rusk for the tip to have C.J. prepare for
this mission by getting a lot of ammo for the Heat Seeking Rocket Launcher,
which can make the upcoming combat easier.) On PC, the Minigun makes this easy.

Then have C.J. go a bit N to a path and take it to the end, go right over a
wooden path, and go to the red shaft of light on top of a tall rock formation in
El Castillo del Diablo. In a cutscene, C.J. sets off a flare for a cargo heli-
copter--a Leviathan--that soon flies overhead.

C.J. has to shoot down the five black Maverick helicopters that come by
(thanks to spaceeinstein for the vehicle ID), no more than two at a time, to at-
tack the cargo helicopter. There are four government agents (with a confused
agenda, as Toreno has said) per black helicopter. Two agents stand on the land-
ing rail on either side of each black helicopter. The agents use AK47's to at-
tack the Leviathan and C.J.. (They're the same as the "men in black" that C.J.
fights later in "Stowaway.")

If C.J. destroys a black helicopter, it destroys the agents that rappel from
it, too--a rocket to the ground can take care of them if they reach the ground.
Try to have C.J. shoot the helicopters when they pause and face him for another
approach. Make sure they're not close to the cargo helicopter--an exploding
black helicopter can cause the cargo helicopter to blow up and you'll fail the

There's more Rocket launcher ammo in a nearby shed--again, I'm partial to the
Minigun for this, though.

Have C.J. get way from where they land and explode, too. After the fight, a
Health pickup appears.

If C.J. fails at this fight, and instead of reloading a previously saved game
you have him go back to Toreno's ranch to try again, the Trip Skip feature will
appear after C.J. picks a vehicle and begins to travel to the scene of the
fight. The words "TRIP SKIP" appear below a symbol of a car with an arrow
around it, both pointing to the right. If you then press "Y," the words "Later
that day..." appear while C.J. is transported to the scene of the fight, and an
hour and a half are added to the clock.

If C.J. wins the fight, the cargo helicopter drops a gray briefcase attached
to a yellow parachute. The briefcase lands in a valley N of Verdant Meadows.
Have C.J. get the briefcase and fly the nearby Sea Sparrow--not over the No Fly
Zone--to a shed in Las Brujas. Toreno, through another speaker, says he'll al-
ways be watching and listening.

(The paper map and Toreno call the place the shed is on "Las Brujas." It
looks like the programming that makes C.J.'s location appear on the screen, and
makes the name of the location appear when you run the cursor over it on the in-
game map, got Las Brujas moved to the SE too much.)

C.J. can get a six star wanted level.

Rubregg gets my thanks again for writing to me with this tip: "Max. Wanted
Level is set to 6 after you have successfully shot down the black Mavericks.
Even if you fail the mission after this, the max. wanted level will not be reset
and will still be at 6."

C.J. gets $1,000.

VIII.4 "Verdant Meadows" Mike Toreno

Toreno makes some big deal flaky conspiracy claims. But he also promises that
his men will protect Sweet, with Toreno motivated to have it done as a way to
get C.J. to do things for him. And right now, he needs C.J. to buy property
(Verdant Meadows). He says to offer a dollar and kill them if they refuse the
deal. (Have C.J. pay $80,000 for it.)

VIII.5 Buy Verdant Meadows Aircraft Graveyard $80,000 opens next mission

The 1st floor room of the Abandoned RC Tower at Verdant Meadows is a save
place. There's a garage to save land vehicles in nearby to the E of it, and a
big hanger to save flying vehicles in to the S of it.

Two Rhinos are available in the two N hangers of the three on the NE side of
Area 69. C.J. can break open a section of fence on the SE side of the lot to
get to them.

The 1st time C.J. goes into the red shaft of light in the 2nd floor room in
the back, he gets another message from Mike Toreno. He says Verdant Meadows is
their base of operations, and C.J. has to prove he can fly in ten tests to con-
tinue working for Sweet's freedom.

Jethro calls: there's illegal street racing in San Fierro. Four black and
white checkered race flag icons appear around San Andreas for races I'll cover

If you initiate the Pilot School mission then have C.J. go off and do some-
thing else, he gets several funny calls from Toreno encouraging him not to be
afraid to learn how to fly.


The Airstrip missions

VIII.6 "Learning to Fly" (Pilot School)

As with the previous vehicle schools, send C.J. into the red shaft of light by
the TV to take tests. If he scores 70% or better on a test, it makes another
one available. He needs to get at least 70% for all of them for 100% completion
of the game. It also makes CJ. a licensed pilot with access to the airports, if
he wasn't one before. The aircraft that was locked in them before is unlocked.

VIII.6.a "Takeoff"
Go forward (W), raise the landing gear (2), fly up to a red loop (Down), down
to one (Up), then up to one (Down).

VIII.6.b "Land Plane"
Lower the landing gear (2), go down (Up) through a red loop, fly just over the
runway toward (till 70' from?) a red loop, then land (release W, press S as
needed to slow down and A and D as needed to level the wings, press Up) and
coast to stop (S) in the middle of the red shaft of light and in the direction
of the runway.

VIII.6.c "Circle Airstrip"
Raise the landing gear (2), then use Up, Down, A, and D to go through red
loops. Sometimes I went through a few without changing height, but otherwise I
alternated between Up and Down to keep from going too high or low. Pressing Up
while turning makes a turn sharper.

VIII.6.d "Circle Airstrip and Land"
The last two combined. For the landing, you might do practice runs by lower-
ing the landing gear before you go through the last red loop. Since lowering
the landing gear slows the plane down, get the way to land down, then hazard
lowering the landing gear and touching down later till you lower the gear while
dropping close to the runway and brake no sooner than you have to in order to
stop in the red shaft of light. Try to make the plane coast to a low swoop over
the runway, using S as needed to slow it down, and taking care to land with as
little a bounce as possible. When I got gold for this, I just had to use a
touch of Up to point the nose level after a little bounce.

In making the approach to the runway, align the plane with the runway with the
wings level as best you can, try to fly toward the red shaft of light, and stop
in the middle of it.

This was the hard one for me of the Pilot School missions, and mainly due to
the difficulty in getting the plane to land without a bounce that throws it off
course. The "San Andreas" vehicles seem to be bouncier (they might have a high-
er center of gravity--I'm not sure) than the "Vice City" ones. I'm still won-
dering if I dislike the difference, generally, but not for this mission--I know
I don't like it for this.

You could also get a 100% save game file and practice flying and landing the
same plane, the Rustler, which always appears in a Verdant Meadows hanger after
getting all bronze awards, without the timer running.

You could also get X.13.c The GTA SA Control Center, freeze the mission tim-
er, and make any vehicle C.J. is in "Everything-Proof."

After I got gold for it, I went to the GTA SA Control Center, clicked the "Lo-
cations" tab, clicked "Read from GTASA," and got:

X 412.380000
Y 2533.650000
Z 19.148440
Angle 90.000000

Get 1:20 or less without damage for gold.

VIII.6.e "Helicopter Takeoff"
Raise (W), turn 180 degrees (Q or E), and go forward (presses of Up) at about
45 degrees to go through the red loop.

VIII.6.f "Land Helicopter"
Go forward (W and presses of Up), release up (W) and go forward, braking with
Left Shift before the red shaft of light--it moves a bit while it stops, and
land with S in the middle of the red shaft of light in the direction of the run-

VIII.6.g "Destroy Targets"
The Hunter machine gun (NP0), as in the PC "VC" Vigilante mission, has auto-
aim and the rockets (LMB) don't. Go forward and use the machine gun to shoot
three still trucks, turn, fly over the lot to shoot two moving cars, turn, and
fly across the lot to land in the middle of the red shaft of light.

VIII.6.h "Loop-the-Loop"
You might use V to pick the 1st person view; I've done this with and without
it. At the 1st red loop, press Down to do a loop de loop and go through the 2nd
red loop.

VIII.6.i "Barrel Roll"
Go through the red loop, barrel roll the Stunt Plane left (A/Left), then go
through the 2nd red loop. I made most of a barrel roll with A then used the
other controls to get the plane to fly into the 2nd loop.

VIII.6.j "Parachute onto Target"

Down/S slow descent
Up/W fast forward descent
A or D Twirl

S/Down Slows descent and sends C.J. forward with his legs bent up
Left/A Left
Right/D Right

Have C.J. go forward falling fast at the target, shown as a blip of light be-
fore he gets through the clouds. At about 23 sec. (?), open the chute (LMB),
then lift his legs (S/Down) as needed to hit the center of the bull's eye tar-
get--35 points. C.J. can hit the bull's eye and not get gold, which means he
needs to get to the target faster.

About the "23 sec. (?)": when I got gold for this, I didn't pay attention to
the time. You're going to fuss over how much to use Up--make C.J. go more for-
ward and fall slower--to go for the bull's eye a little different each time, and
to compensate for whatever time you have him open the chute.

This one, fortunately, didn't seem hard for me as it seems to be for some. I
haven't tried it, but I've read that turning off the frame limiter has helped
some people get a smaller time for this somehow. If you need to freeze the mis-
sion timer, leave your frame limiter on and get X.13.c The GTA SA Control Cen-

Thanks to a post by Enigma_Tl for these coordinates (he recommends not to use
them till the chute is open or C.J. will go splat):

X 177.6446
Y 2502.31
Z 16.97648

For all bronze awards (70-89%), C.J. gets the Rustler in a hanger at Verdant

For all silver awards (90-99%), he gets the Stuntplane in a hanger at Verdant

For all gold awards (100%), the Hunter appears N of the hangers at Verdant
Meadows and S of the little square S of the 2nd "A" of "EASTER BASIN."


As explained at III.19, the game has a dual regard for Flying Skill and get-
ting a Pilot's license--the regard of efforts for both prior to Pilot School and
the regard of efforts for both during Pilot School.

Having C.J. increase his Flying Skill to 20% to get a Pilot's License, which
he can do by flying a flying vehicle except the Jet Pack from the start of the
game, will cause the airport gates to open for C.J. (and make flying vehicles
easier to handle?). If you have the game recognize C.J. for doing that before
Pilot School, it will recognize him for it again during Pilot School.

Whether you've had C.J. get his Pilot's License before or not, only getting
the game to recognize that C.J. has a Pilot's License during Pilot School comes
with these benefits:

- it makes available in Los Santos:

a Raindance on the beach by the 1st "A" of "SANTA MARIA BEACH,"
a Maverick on top of the oval building (with a Parachute on the roof) S of
"LOS" of "DOWNTOWN LOS SANTOS"--enter the building on the NE side--and
a Police Maverick on S end of roof of Pershing Sq. police station.

- it unlocks these flying vehicles in Easter Bay Airport, San Fierro:

the Leviathan and Raindance N of the two squares N of the "T" of "AIRPORT,"
the Beagle on the N end of the W side,
the Nevadas at the "Y" of "BAY" and most of the way W of the big circle,
the Rustler SE of the big circle,
and a bunch of Dodos and Shamals.

- it makes available in San Fierro:

a Raindance and Maverick on the roof of the Santa Flora hospital,
a Sparrow on a skyscraper roof at the S end of the block of "DOWN" of the
"DOWNTOWN" that's E of "CHINA TOWN,"
and a Maverick on a helipad (used in "Toreno's Last Flight") at the NW cor-
ner of the block that's E of the "DOWNTOWN" that's E of "CHINA TOWN."

- it makes available in the Desert and Las Venturas:

a Sea Sparrow N of the last "A" of "BAYSIDE MARINA,"
a Skimmer S of the E end of the Sherman Dam,
and a Cargobob by the "U" of "KACC MILITARY FUELS."


At Verdant Meadows, an airplane icon appears which corresponds to the red
shaft of light in front of the Rustler. Having C.J. get into the light acti-
vates the "N.O.E." mission I'll cover later.

Wu Zi calls to invite C.J. to see a business proposition he'll love at the
Four Dragons Casino, which opens the Casino missions. The Four Dragons Casino
is a free save place.

The Las Venturas Transfender garage is open for modding cars. It's indicated
on the in-game map and radar by a red wrench E of the Come-A-Lot casino--the en-
trance to the lot the garage is in is under the "L" of "COME-A-LOT".

It can mod the Buffalo, Bullet, Banshee, Cheetah, Comet, Infernus, Phoenix,
Super GT, Turismo, Windsor, ZR-350, Admiral, Alpha, Blista Compact, Bobcat, Bra-
vura, Buccaneer, Cadrona, Cabbie, Clover, Club, Elegant, Emporer, Esperanto,
Euros, Feltzer, Fortune, Glendale, Greenwood, Hermes, Huntley, Hustler, Intrud-
er, Landstalker, Majestic, Manana, Merit, Mesa, Nebula, Oceanic, Perennial, Pic-
ador, Premier, Previon, Primo, Rancher, Regina, Romero, Sabre, Sentinel, Solair,
Stafford, Stallion, Stretch, Sunrise, Tampa, Taxi, Vincent, Virgo, Walton, Wash-
ington, and Willard.

A good reference guide to how each vehicle can be modded is the "In-Depth Car
Modifications Guide" by Mastermind73 at Gamefaqs.

Getting a vehicle a new paint job at a modding shop can remove any wanted

VIII.6.k How to jack a Rhino from Area 69

Getting a Rhino from Area 69 is like jacking one from Fort Baxter in "Vice
City." Have C.J. drive a four wheel vehicle through the breakable section of
fence at the SE corner of the grounds of Area 69. He'll get a five star wanted
level. Send him N to one of the two N hangers of the three ahead and to his
left, stop beside the Rhino in it, transfer to the Rhino, get moving before he's
jacked from it, and drive out the way he went in.

To remove the five star wanted level and save the Rhino, send C.J. to a nearby
save place that has a garage. (You might prepare by having C.J. buy the save
places in the next section, too.) Have him stop near the door, get inside, put
on something from the torso, legs, shades, or hat categories, go outside and put
the Rhino in the garage, then go back inside and save the game.

Reader Timo Hakala tells me C.J. can blow up the SAM (Surface to Air Missile)
machines there as well. Remote Explosives work for that, and C.J. might not get
a wanted rating for doing it.


VIII.7 Buy the remaining save houses

Prickle Pine A5 garage $50,000
NW suburban area with a RR station (Las Venturas)

Old Venturas Strip A6 $6,000
E of the N end of The Strip (Las Venturas)

Creek A6 $10,000
By the NE coast (Las Venturas)

Whitewood Estates A4 garage $30,000
NW suburban area (Las Venturas)

Redsands West B5 garage $30,000
N of Las Venturas Airport (Las Venturas)

The Clown's Pocket B6 $6,000
Called "THE RING MASTER" on the paper map (Las Venturas)

Pirates In Men's Pants B5 $6,000
Mid-W Strip area (Las Venturas)

The Camel's Toe B6 $6,000
SE Strip area (Las Venturas)

Rockshore East C6 garage $20,000
By the SE coast (Las Venturas).

VIII.8 Clothes The Victim clothes store is open

The gray jacket (R:20; SA:25) for $1,620, black jacket (R:10; SA:20) for $300,
and sports jacket (R:13; SA:17) for $450 have the most Sex Appeal; the gray
jacket has the most, the most Respect as well, and more of either than any tor-
so item available before.

The gray pants and black pants each have R:8 and SA:10, and each cost $800.
They each have more Sex Appeal than any legs item available before.

The snake skin boots (R:5; SA:5), $1,000, have the highest score for shoes;
the cowboy boots have a Sex Appeal of 5, too, but a bit less Respect. The snake
skin boots tie with the Stats of the grey boots and red boots available before.

The gold chain (R:2; SA:2) for $550 has more Sex Appeal than the silver one,
and ties with the Stats of the gold chain and silver Cuban chain available be-

The silver gnocchi watch (R:2; SA:2), $3,000, ties with the Stats of the Zip
gold, Zip blue, and face black watches available before.

The black shades, $500, and green tint shades, $400, have the same Stats (R:2;
SA:2) and tie with the Stats of the black shades and brown shades available be-

Among the hats, the red beret and black beret, each $900, are the only ones
with Sex Appeal (R:1; SA: 3) and have more Sex Appeal than the hats available

Again, having C.J. put on a new hat, shades, or something for the torso or
legs, can get rid of whatever wanted rating.

DeeZire (also see X.9.b) told GTA Forums he found a good example in the Victim
clothes prices that shows that Rockstar thinks things through in creating their
worlds for us. Early in the game, when OG Loc becomes famous using Madd Dogg's
ideas, OG Loc's clothes are more expensive than Madd Dogg's (gray or green Madd
Tagg T-shirts). But after C.J. helps to turn that around, Madd Dogg's clothes
are more expensive than OG Loc's.


For all the races, C.J. gets $10,000 for 1st place or, in the case of the
VIII.12 Las Venturas Race Tournaments (Aircraft), completing the course.

In all cases, use any shortcuts you can find early in the route. Once you get
the lead, you can just drive fast and careful and it's not so hectic. Don't be
so pressed for speed you forget your usual good driving lessons. As you learn
the route, see where you can ease up on acceleration for a curve without making
a skidding turn. Ease up on acceleration to go around things instead of hitting
them if possible: hitting things slows you down and may spin you out, and and
the game may send competitors past you at such moments. It may seem slower, but
it's the best you can do, and sometimes winning with this unpredictable traffic
programming is just luck.

When trying to have C.J. race a four wheel vehicle on hilly terrain, press Up
to move the "camera" higher when you want to see ahead better.

If you don't like failing and repeating the route, look at it this way: you're
learning the route, and I've read the game adjusts to make it easier if the
player is having a hard time with something (it must be subtle). If you're
really stuck, there's always X.10.b, which explains how to change your vehicle
in data\handling.cfg, and X.13.c The GTA SA Control Center, which works with
either the patched or unpatched version of the game, lets you make any vehicle
C.J. is in "Everything-Proof."

VIII.9 Los Santos Race Tournaments

As with "8-Track," you can get better traction for turns for four wheel vehi-
cles if you don't press the keys for acceleration and turning at the same time.
You can press the Up directional key at times to get a higher point of view,
which is handy when going over hills and such.

If you need a gimmick to help with the races, you could use a code.

For four wheel vehicles, you could use:

"RIPAZHA," the code that makes them fly. Then drive slow enough to avoid fly-
ing and let the other race cars go out of control. Disable it by typing it
again. You might combine that with:

"SPEEDFREAK": all pedestrian cars have nitro. Disable it by typing it again.

For any land vehicles, you could use:

"GHOSTTOWN": it gets most of the traffic off the streets.

"BUBBLECARS": vehicles fly away if bumped by C.J.'s vehicle. Disable it by
typing it again.

"JCNRUAD": vehicles blow up if bumped by C.J.'s vehicle. Disable it by typing
it again.

For any races, you could use:

"SLOWITDOWN": slow motion. Disable it by typing "SPEEDITUP."

If you use any of these codes, use the GTA SA Control Center (X.13.c) to erase
your cheat count before saving the game.

VIII.9.a "Lowrider Race" Blade

You did this before at IV.11 "High Stakes, Low-Rider," so you don't have to
do it again, but you can try to beat your old time if you want to. The Blade
spins out easily, so try not to hit things or speed into turns, and use S, and
minimize the use of Spacebar, to brake for turns.

VIII.9.b "Little Loop" NRG-500

This NRG-500 wheelies like an untamed bronco, so go easy on initial accelera-
tion or when about to fly over a hill, and press Up if needed, to keep the front
wheel down.

VIII.9.c "Backroad Wanderer" FCR-900 or BF-400

Neither bike is a PCJ-600, but at least they don't wheelie like the last one.
The route, over the hilly area NW of downtown Los Santos, has lots of curves and
hills. It's street racing, so get familiar with where the traffic tends to show
up and drive everywhere else--as much as that's possible.

Here's a video for it by GTA Phreak:

VIII.9.d "City Circuit" FCR-900

The route is a rectangle over NE Los Santos. Make sure you know how to use
the Mulholland Intersection in the NW part of it to go W then S--a quick right
then left at forks.

Take a shortcut over the left lane of a long left curve in the highway going E
early in the route.

VIII.9.e "Vinewood" Sunrise

The route goes around W Los Santos, including some of the roads of "Backroad
Wanderer" in the N part.

The Sunrise is just a sedan, not a sports car, so nobody's expecting you to
get performance out of it that it doesn't have. Remember "The Driver" in "Vice
City"?--maybe it's not that bad. But it's not easy, so use all the driving
lessons you've learned.

Go slower and be careful of your aim over a couple of prominent hills, the
kind it's easy to get air time with, or the Sunrise will likely wreck and spin

Later in the race you'll see an opportunity to go right off the road and go
through a red marker to land on a lower road. I tried that once: with C.J. in
2nd place and the 1st place car taking the upper road, C.J. made the jump fine
(I added Down to keep it from nose diving) but was immediately in 3rd place in-
stead of 1st?! I guess the game reacted like it does to C.J. hitting a wall in
"Dirt Track": C.J.'s place in the race is penalized by something it considers a
wreck regardless of C.J.'s visible place in relation to the other contestants.

VIII.9.f "Freeway" Super GT

This route goes from mid-W Los Santos to the E--slow down for the curve in
front of the brown building at Commerce, then continues E, makes a loop back W
to turn N at the pretzel-looking intersection then W at the Mulholland Intersec-
tion, then goes over the arc of NW Los Santos before cutting back down and
around to the starting place.

You race in a race car for this and the next one. Still, it slides out easily
on turns, so ease up on acceleration, or use S, and minimize the use of Space-
bar, to brake for curves.

Try the gimmick of passing the others early in the left lane again. Then,
when C.J. goes left and through a tunnel, C.J. can drive in the left lane, mak-
ing a couple of swipes to the right at the center divider to get a couple of red
markers just on the other side of it to disappear.

VIII.9.g "Into the Country" Bullet

The route is a great big fast rectangle over the E half of Los Santos and Red

A fast car with good traction--gnung! (Remember Bert Lahr? I should probably
make more recent references.) Gangway. Release acceleration going to corners
to minimize sliding--you can make turns a bit faster, that's all, with the Bul-
let. The Bullet helps C.J. get that early lead, but he has to keep it, so stay

VIII.9.h "Badlands A" Sabre

You did this before at VI.14 "Wu Zi Mu," racing from S of Montgomery to the
Panopticon, so you don't have to do it again, but you can try to beat your old
time if you want to see how you like it with something slipperier.

VIII.9.i "Badlands B" ZR-350

You did this before at IV.11 "High Stakes, Low-Rider," going from the Panop-
ticon to S of Montgomery, so you don't have to do it again, but you can try to
beat your old time if you want to. The ZR-350 is a muscular lunkhead like the
Sabre for a Sabre-buyer that came into more money: it's slippery for one of the
faster cars.

VIII.10 San Fierro Race Tournaments

VIII.10.a "Dirtbike Danger" Sanchez

This route takes the dirt path from SE Flint County to Angel Pine, N to Shady
Cabin, then E to where the path meets the road S of "BACK" of "BACK OF BEYOND."

VIII.10.b "Bandito County" Bandito

The route is the dirt path from Angel Pine, through "SHADY CREEKS," through
several intersections to go N around the N side of the pond of "BACK O' BEYOND,
and to the E coast.

This GTA has bouncier land vehicles, and the Bandito, like a BF Injection or
Monster, is one of the bounciest. Of those, it's one of the best at turning up-
right after a flip, but take it easy to minimize spin outs that will slow you

VIII.10.c "Go-Go Carting" Kart

The route is a loop of roads and alleys S of the "SAN" of "SAN FIERRO."

"Rene Descartes was a drunken fart: 'I drink, therefore I am'" ("The Bruces
Song," Monty Python)--no, no, no. It's not a rainy day cart. Try not to hit
things while using a light vehicle with a tiny steering radius.

VIII.10.d "San Fierro Fastlane" Alpha

The route is a loop around N San Fierro.

The Alpha is just a sedan, not a sports car, so nobody's expecting you to get
performance out of...just see "VINEWOOD" above. Use all the driving lessons
you've learned. It's kind of fun when you win with this regular sedan by flying
over the San Fierro hills.

VIII.10.e "San Fierro Hills" Phoenix

Brake with S instead of Spacebar. It doesn't have the best road grip of the
sports cars, but the initial part of this run is a long run down the E side of
San Fierro, and you might cut ahead of the pack during a straightaway.

(The Phoenix isn't seen in the game much--just in this mission and driven by
Big Poppa in "A Home In The Hills." The easiest way to save one would be to
fail an effort at this race in order to save a Phoenix in a garage.)

VIII.10.f "Country Endurance" Bullet

This is a long, roughly figure eight course from near Easter Bay Airport,
around the top of the silhouette of the woman of the E coast of Flint County, SW
through the hairpin turns to the road that curves over "FLINT" of "FLINT COUN-
TY," N over the bottom of the silhouette on the E coast, and W over the hair-
pin turns by "FOSTER VALLEY" to the starting point.

The Bullet is one of the best cars you'll get to do one of these races with,
but keep your good driving habits while taking speed up a notch--you can still
lose all the regular ways.

It's a long race, and a lot of it's in the country where visibility isn't that
great at night, so start at the start of the day to give yourself a lot of day-
light for it.

VIII.11 Las Venturas Race Tournaments (Cars)

VIII.11.a "San Fierro to Las Venturas" Banshee

This is a pretty long run from NE San Fierro, N over the Gant Bridge, S over
the W coast of Tierra Robada and E along the S coast of Bone County, to SW Las

The Banshee is fast but doesn't have the best sports car road grip. Drive on
the right shoulder of the road a lot.

VIII.11.b "Dam Rider" NRG-500

The route is a loop around the water that goes S from the W end of the Sherman
Dam to just S of the "O" of "BONE COUNTY," then N by the E coast of the water
and W over the Sherman Dam.

As before with the NRG-500, be careful not to wheelie out of control.

VIII.11.c "Desert Tricks" FCR-900

The route goes N off-road from the E end of the Sherman Dam to the road above
"LAS BRUJAS," N to Valle Ocultado, W over the bridge, S through the "O" of
"TIERRA ROBADA," and to the W end of the Sherman Dam.

This route has more twists and turns than some--use any shortcut you can get
away with.

VIII.11.d "Las Venturas Ringroad" Turismo

You get one of the best cars in the game to make a big fast rectangle around
Los Venturas going to and from the Blackfield Intersection. As the BradyGames
Guide recommends, use the right shoulder of the road a lot.

The Turismo is one of the best cars in the game, so you might fail an effort
in order to save it in a garage.

VIII.12 Las Venturas Race Tournaments (Aircraft)

These missions are like "Checkpoint Chopper" in "Vice City": there's no timer
or competitors to beat--you just need to make it to the end for 100% completion
of the game.

The BradyGames Guide notes that a plane can sometimes take a couple little
fires from damage before blowing up, and a plane doesn't fly as good when it's

One gimmick that makes the tests with planes slower and easier is that you can
fly the planes for long stretches without pressing acceleration, W.

VIII.12.a "World War Aces" Hustler

Put the wheels down (2) to take it slow and learn the route, and put them up
if you feel you can do it faster.

VIII.12.b "Barnstorming" Stuntplane

The Stuntplane is short and nimble (try a triple barrel roll) and doesn't have
retractable wheels, so use a light touch.

VIII.12.c "Military Service" Hydra

Like all flying vehicles with retractable landing gear, it flies slower with
the gear down, and the Hydra flies slower still when you put it in helicopter
mode (NP2; NP8 for jet mode). To make this easier without taking all day about
it, you might fly the Hydra with the landing gear down and the thrusters moved
partway between helicopter and jet mode.

In a variation of the tip by Rusk reader Anders Paulson for "Heli Hell" (be-
low), you could store the Hydra in the hanger for saving aircraft that's S of
your game saving place at Verdant Meadows.

For the several helicopter missions that follow, remember that it's easier to
keep the "camera" aim forward for a helicopter by turning with A or D--add Down
for a sharper turn--than by turning with Q or E.

VIII.12.d "Chopper Checkpoint" Maverick

As described when I used a Maverick for collecting some of the Horseshoes, the
"San Andreas" Maverick is even easier to control than the "Vice City" one, which
wasn't very hard to control.

VIII.12.e "Whirly Bird Waypoint" News Chopper (little Maverick)

This Maverick is a little smaller so more sensitive to movement instructions.

VIII.12.f "Heli Hell" Hunter

The Hunter is a big helicopter so relatively sluggish about movement instruc-
tions. Change the view by moving the Mouse, or take a glance backward to reset
the forward aim of the view, and use the Left Shift to stop hozizontal movement.
Fortunately, it's not fragile; there are only a couple of places where it banged
into walls between buildings for me, but the Hunter didn't even smoke.

If you're not thrilled with "Circle and Land" in Pilot School and want a Hunt-
er, you might use the tip by Rusk reader Anders Paulson: store this Hunter in
the large hanger at Verdant Meadows. You'll be disqualified for one attempt--as
the kids say, meh.


The Airstrip missions continued

VIII.13 "N.O.E."

N.O.E. means "Nap Of the Earth": to try to fly as close to the ground as pos-
sible. "Nap" comes from the nap of a rug, table cloth, etc.--contoured to the
surface it rests on.

Have C.J. go to Verdant Meadows and step into the red shaft of light in front
of the Rustler--at the airplane icon--to start each of these last several Air-
strip missions. The Rustler is the WWII Fighting Tigers-looking plane with a
machine gun.

Mike Toreno needs C.J. to fly equipment to his men or they'll be killed. He
can't fly it to them himself because he's being watched--the ones watching him
won't go after C.J. because they're watching Toreno. C.J. has to fly the Rus-
tler through a red loop over Angel Pine, which triggers the release of the pack-
age, and get back.

A bar on the screen indicates if C.J. is flying to high and can be detected by
radar; Mike Toreno prompts him about it over the radio, too. If C.J. goes high
enough to be detected by radar long enough, a couple of Hydras chase him and
fire heat-seeking missiles at him. The missiles can be seen on the radar as red
dots and make a distinctive sound that gets louder as they get nearer.

Thanks to spaceeinstein for reminding me that if the Hydras chase C.J., he
might cause them to lose track of him if he goes back down below radar detec-
tion. (I'll add you could try to have him avoid a missile by changing direction
as it gets close, too.)

I won't argue against the popular choices for the easiest ways. Have C.J. go,
over water as much as possible, SW past then over the E side of Easter Bay Air-
port, S past the E or W side of Mt. Chiliad, go through the loop, and fly back.

Reader Anurag helped me again with a good alternative route. He basically
sent the plane N to S W of Area 69 and to the water SE of Flint County, E to W
around the S end of the Badlands, W to E through the corona, then S to N the way
he got there. He use the clearings between areas of trees and went over water
as needed.

It's easier to keep the plane under the radar with the wheels down, but you
have a timer to beat, so you might raise the wheels (2) going over the water S
and later N past the W side of Mt. Chiliad. Land anywhere on the landing strip
to end the mission.

"The Original Alternate NOE" and "An Alternative NOE Route" by Morgoth22, and
"N.O.E. Mercy" by GTA_Phreak, come highly recommended by Orion_SR, who came up
with a lot of ways to solve "Wrong Side of the Tracks" (and doesn't fly stunts
badly for his video "NOE-Stunts," either).

C.J. gets $15,000.

VIII.14 "Stowaway"

If you have C.J. jump from the jet as soon as he can, you get an alternative
cut scene of C.J. landing on a car and breaking the doors off.
(Thanks again to Mxyzptlk and co.)

It's an Admiral in the lot of the drive-in E of Fort Carson. C.J. gets
wasted and you fail the mission.

I guess the jet is supposed to be flying in a circle--if C.J. jumps out of it
later to pass the mission, he falls from high over the same spot.

This mission and "A Home in the Hills" feature the Andromada jet. This one
also features the "men in black"-type agents, mentioned at the end of section
I.1 and that fought from black Mavericks in "Interdiction," that seem to be
aliens posing as government agents. They deride C.J. as a "carbon-based buf-
foon," etc.

You can use the Control Center (X.13.c) if you want to spawn an Andromada C.J.
can fly.

An opposing group of secret government agents has come to Toreno's ranch to
steal boxes and load them into a big jet. Toreno tells C.J. to kill them.

Press Up repeatedly, without letting C.J. stand up, to make his bike faster.
Have him speed behind the jet, to the left of the trail of boxes being thrown
out the back of the jet. When he's just behind and to the left of the ramp that
drags along the ground from the opening, turn right and drive into the jet.

Thanks to Orion_SR for the advice for people who still have a problem catching
up with the Andromada: turn off your frame limiter and turn down the graphics
details (draw distance, visual FX quality, mip mapping, anti-aliasing) in the

Have C.J. clobber everyone inside with a melee weapon, get the Parachute,
throw a Remote Explosive (supplied in the weapon slot, so I had to build up my
Molotov collection again later), jump out of the back of the jet, and pull the
rip cord. The jet blows up as C.J. falls from so high it looks like violet sky
all around him at 1st. If you're sending him back to Verdant Meadows, don't
have him parachute over the No Fly Zone.

C.J. gets $20,000.

Catalina calls to call him tiny and bald. (We're having none of her fffilth--
no sir.)

VIII.15 "Black Project"

The Truth wants C.J. to steal the Black Project from Area 69 for him.

(If C.J. is fat at the start of this or "Green Goo," another mission The Truth
wants C.J. to fly a Jet Pack for, The Truth calls him a "fat a**" who has to
lose some weight.)

"In the United States a black project is a top-secret military/defense proj-
ect, unacknowledged by the government, military personnel, and defense con-
tractors." (Thanks to Wikipedia.)

Have C.J. stock up on M4 or Minigun ammo. (I have the Tec9 powered up like a
Minigun, as explained at X.11, so I can have C.J. get Tec9 "Minigun" ammo at an
Ammu-Nation, and dual-wield it with the Jetpack, which is convenient).

This mission is activated at the red marker in front of the Rustler at Verdant
Meadows between 20:00 and 6:00.


The 1st part of the mission

C.J. has to get through the grounds, searchlights, and armed soldiers, and get
into the underground building between 21:30 and 5:30.

There are six tall guard towers around the central site, and another guard
tower in the middle of it. As seen on the radar and in-game map, the Control
Tower, a two story rectangular little building, is in the middle of the S part
of the biggest gray section.

The main buildings are on a concrete lot, represented by the big gray shape in
the middle of the area. The slope to the red blast doors is at the S end of the
part that curves down from the upper middle part of it, and the breakable grat-
ing that covers an air vent is SE of that on the dirt mound that goes around all
but the N side of the slope. The four round gray spots represent the concrete
areas the SAM sites are on.

During "Black Project," there's Armor just inside the entrance in the fence on
the W side (a dirt path leads to it), and there's a Health pickup in the air
vent that provides one of the two ways to get to the underground section.

Have C.J. avoid the searchlights. If he's caught by the searchlights, it
triggers an announcement of Condition Blue: the searchlights are set to tracking
mode and lock onto C.J.. I've managed to have C.J. get out of a searchlight and
cause the announcement "Sighting unconfirmed--stand down from Condition Blue,"
but it doesn't usually work. What usually happens then is the lights stay on
him and it creates Code Red: the soldiers are told to use intruder protocols
(shoot at the intruder) and the tower guards are cleared to use lethal force.
The blast doors are locked, so C.J. has to enter by way of the air vent.

He can shoot out two searchlights without triggering the alarm, so have him
shoot out the SE and SW searchlights--they shine on the area the Control Tower
is in.

The red marker in the Control Tower is represented by a yellow-orange trian-
gle. If Condition Blue is maintained and creates Code Red, the triangle appears
instead at the grates over the air vent.

You don't seem to need C.J. to walk in a crouch or use a Silenced 9mm to be
quiet. I had him run and use a Sniper Rifle (these guards sure are deaf) to
shoot each soldier. When C.J. is on the ground, the soldiers and the direction
they're facing are indicated on the radar by red teardrop-shaped blips; the ones
halfway up guard towers are represented by upward-pointing triangles.

Thermal Goggles are supplied to make it easier for C.J. to see and shoot the
soldiers patrolling the grounds and stationed in the guard towers, but they made
it harder for me to see so I didn't use them.

There are two ways to enter:

- by having C.J. shoot the guards and a couple of searchlights, get into the
red marker in the Control Tower to open the blast doors, and go through them,
- by having him shoot the grating from the air vent and go down through it.

The game wants you to try it the 1st way. It takes longer just to end up in
about the same place, but it's more of a challenge and fun to try. To do it
that way:

C.J. can snipe at least eight or nine of them from the entrance. If you move
him in a smidgen, he may be able to shoot the guard in the tower to his right
without activating the guard to start shooting.

C.J. can go to the base of that tower to shoot a few more, then go up onto the
1st level of that tower to shoot a few more. This usually leaves up to four
ahead to his right. Have him shoot out the SE and SW searchlights.

I then send him E to nearly where the mound of dirt around the blast doors is,
then S to the near side of the S buildings.

There, he can shoot a couple more soldiers as he goes between the two biggest
buildings on the S side of the area. Since he shot out the SE And SW search-
lights, he can move freely around the area S of the buildings to shoot the re-
maining one or two soldiers, get into the Control Tower, and get into the red
marker. This only opens the blast doors briefly, so have him run (press Left
Shift repeatedly) N and into the opening.

Another way I've done it is to just have C.J. use a Sniper Rifle and an M4 on
all of them, using some crouching and side rolls now and then. A Rocket Launch-
er rocket to the middle of a tower takes out the guard stationed on it, and the
soldiers don't seem any harder to shoot than usual, even with the alarm sounded
and C.J. standing right in the middle of a searchlight. There's Armor by the
entrance (which is along the dirt path that goes W from the W side of the main

Spaceeinstein gets my thanks for writing to me that the: "Fast way to beat the
mission is run like hell with max health and armor. Go to the vent and shoot it
out. The army guys would most likely miss you."

I tried combining spaceeinstein's fast way to the first way I described. C.J.
could run along the same path, shooting a soldier when necessary, and shoot out
the two searchlights from between the two biggest buildings in the S section.
(I got the SW one from between the buildings and the SE one from a bit past the
S end of the buildings.) He could get into the red marker in the Control Tower,
and run N to go through the blast doors.


The layout of the interior of Area 69

It's an Area 51 via "Half Life"/"Black Mesa"-type place with a crowbar--Gordon
Freeman's?--in a lab. When you look at what's supposed to be a circle for the
Control Room on my map, you can see why Microsoft Paint isn't my favorite medium
to draw with. The map shows the items and weapons available during "Black Proj-
ect," some of which are different otherwise.

C.J. ends up in the same room whether he uses the big red hatch or goes down
the air vent. (It's in the brown area between the gray areas where the gray
segment nearly loops over to itself on the radar and in-game map.)

C.J. can go out the NE door, down the hall steps, to the balcony of a room.

Up the steps to the right/S is a room with a Minigun (there throughout the
game) and Armor (during "Black Project").

C.J. can go around the balcony clockwise and down the steps to the lower part
of the room (with two missile cones in cases and three brown boxes or tanks).

There are two ways to get to the next room: through a small doorway at the S
end is a raised metal walkway that projects into the middle of the next room,
and past the opening in the SE corner is a red hall that slopes down to the
floor of the same room. The opening to the top of the sloped red hall is di-
rectly ahead of a parked Tug in case you want C.J. to drive through most of the
rest of the underground section of Area 69.

The raised walkway has a couple of big air conditioner/heating units with
ducts attached to them.

From the raised walkway, C.J. can go straight ahead and through a small door-
way into a hall.

If he turns left, he can have Armor (during this mission).

If he turns right, he can go through a small doorway, turn right and go down a
short hall, and turn left into the round Control Room. The right side of the
hall has windows without glass, so C.J. can get to the hall from the air condi-
tioning/heating unit room faster by climbing up there from the SW steps or by
making a fast running jump to it from the platform of the N air conditioning/
heating unit.

The Control Room has 12 TV monitors and a green radar scope, with a revolving
band, on the far wall. In the middle of the room is a table with a horizontal
map of San Andreas--a blurry version of the in-game map--on top. (It's in the
middle of the S part of the gray section on your in-game map.) During the mis-
sion, there's a red marker on the far side of the room--having C.J. get into it
turns off the Surface to Air Missile sites outside so they won't be a problem
when he escapes from the area. C.J. can go from the Control Room area by taking
the hall or, faster, by jumping through one of the windows without glass.

At the E side of the air conditioning/heating room is a hall--part of the
floor of it is grating that covers a trench. The trench has a small shallow
branch at the near/W and far/E ends. C.J. can drop through the opening of ei-
ther branch of the trench, or shoot/break away the grating from over the trench
and the branches, to drop into them. He can climb out from the shallow branch
at either end of the main trench. The main trench contains liquid, which goes
up to C.J.'s ankles if he stands in it. It also contains a Health pickup (dur-
ing "Black Project") (it contains Armor after "Black Project"). The far/E shal-
low trench contains Armor (during "Black Project").

On the N side of the far/E end of the hall is Research Section A, which is
made up of halls around inaccessible lab rooms. C.J. can go up either of two
sets of steps. Each leads to a different hall, which are two of the four halls
around the SW lab room.

At the E side of that lab room is a 2nd lab room that's twice as long as the
others and contains a red crowbar with a white forked end (a reference to Gordon
Freeman's popularly-known melee weapon in the "Half Life" series of games) on
the W table.

N of that lab room are two more lab rooms surrounded by halls. The N-S hall
W of the W lab of those two labs is blocked off by the S end of that lab (after
"Black Project," a Combat Shotgun is there).

Beyond the N end of that hall is a hall that slopes up and makes a 90 degree
curve W to an open lab room.

Through another doorway in that lab room is another lab room--it contains Ar-
mor (there from the start of the game) and a keycard (during "Black Project").
(The lab is in the SE section of the gray and brown areas on the map.) During
"Black Project," C.J. needs to take the keycard into a red marker to open the
door to the hall to the Launch Bay (during the game otherwise, the door is

The Launch Bay is a several stories-deep room with a balcony around the top
and stairs that spiral down the sides to the bottom. At the bottom is a lab
with two prongs that use magnetic (or ?) force to suspend a Jetpack in mid-air
(from "Black Project" on).

You could also get familiar with the layout of Area 69 by having C.J. tele-
port there. If you have the original PC version of the game, you could use the
GTA SA Control Center (X.13.c) and Fireman's coordinates, etc., as explained at
the end of "Ghost hell, ghost world, ghost heaven, and Liberty City," I.10. The
Control Center has a Never Wanted button you might want to use for that, too.

Another way to get C.J. into the interior of Area 69 is to use a vehicle
spawning code--see "Codes," I.14. You can have a vehicle appear embedded half-
way into the blast doors--if C.J. goes in a near door, he goes out a far door,
for some reason. You might use the Never Wanted code for that, too.


The 2nd part of the mission

Once C.J. is inside, the timer disappears. Send C.J. to the entrance of the
next room to shoot five soldiers. He can use the sides of the entrance, and go
back from and up to it, as cover to shoot most of them. Once inside, he can go
right to a room for more Armor and a Minigun. (You don't need to have C.J.
shoot the two scientists or any others in this mission--they just panic and say
things like, "Nanoscale particle management" in a slightly mad scientist, sneer-
ing way. If one gets in the way while C.J. is trying to fire, he may belt them,
which usually kills them.)

Send him S to the entrance of the next room. Five soldiers appear beyond the
entrance. C.J. can shoot one that's ahead, and back up and use the walls for
defense to get two that appear at the entrance from the right. Send C.J. into
the room to shoot a fourth soldier, who's in an upper hall on the far right, and
to shoot a 5th soldier, who's down in the hall with grating over a trench to the
far left.

Send him through the S exit. From there, he can go left for Armor, or go
right, right, and left into the radar room and into the red marker to disable
the SAM sites outside. (He can get to the hall outside the radar room faster if
you have him jump up from the steps, or have him make a fast running jump from
the platform of the N air conditioner/heating unit, to one of the hall windows
with no glass.)

Send C.J. back out of the radar room, out a window with no glass, to the floor
of the air conditioner/heating room, and ahead to the hall with a floor that's
mostly made out of grating that covers a trench. Have him get the Armor or
Health from the trench if he needs it, then send him up the near steps on the

Five more soldiers appear in the halls of Research Section A. Have C.J. go
forward to the N end of the hall--in the E-W hall around the bend is a soldier
C.J. can shoot while the soldier is turned away from him. Then C.J. can shoot
another soldier that appears at the far end of that hall. C.J. can go E to the
next open N-S hall and get another soldier when that soldier's turned away.
The most hasty soldier tends to shoot at the glass of the E lab room, in C.J.'s
direction but without having his shots get to C.J., at C.J.'s far right from
around the corner--you may give C.J. some distance from him to attack with by
having C.J. go counter-clockwise around that lab till C.J. can shoot him. Have
C.J. shoot the 5th soldier, who may be farther away in a NW hall--even in the
sloped hall that goes N from the NW corner of these lab rooms. Then send C.J.
up that sloped hall.

Spaceeinstein gets more thanks for telling me the fastest way to do this part:
"Use the Tug in the compound and drive like hell. Drive until you are in the
room right before you can get the keycard. The army guys should most likely
miss you." (Drive forward and down the curved slope, turn left and left into
the hall that's over a trench. Don't stop to go into the lab room to turn off
the SAM sites. If the Tug doesn't make it up the far set of steps, back it up
the near set of steps and try again. Go ahead to the end of the hall, right,
left, left, and right to go up the sloped hall.)

Have C.J. go through a lab room into a 2nd lab room and get the "Vice City"
"No Escape"-type keycard that's in front of a scientist, and have C.J. take the
keycard into the red shaft of light. This opens the door to a short hall to the
Launch Bay--a several stories-deep room with a balcony around the top and stairs
that spiral down to the bottom.

Have C.J. crouch and shoot ahead through the hall to a soldier on the balcony
on the far side of the Launch Bay. Have him move forward enough to shoot anoth-
er soldier on the balcony to the left.

Have C.J. get on the left/W side of the balcony and shoot down at five sol-
diers who are below and across from him on the stairs. If he uses the M4, his
right arm obscures the view of the lower soldiers--for those, see where each one
is then put the reticle where you remember them to be. It's a little easier to
see the soldiers with the Combat Shotgun. I have him crouch to shoot unless
it's easier to see the lower soldiers by having him stand. Then have C.J. do
that from the opposite/E side of the balcony.

Send C.J. down the stairs that spiral down around the walls and have him shoot
any soldiers he may have missed.

At the bottom, have C.J. get the Black Project: a Jetpack. In this mission
and the next one, C.J. can't take off the Jetpack till the mission is accom-

Have C.J. go straight up (Left Shift) through an opening in the roof. Don't
touch the controls that have him go forward or back or to either side or he'll
be bouncing off the walls and your view will often be obscured. Just have him
go up, aim him with the mouse, target by pressing the RMB, and shoot with the
LMB. As he goes up, have him aim up to shoot a soldier on the stairs in front
of him, one behind him to his left, and another in front of him.

The game teaches you about having C.J. use 9mms or Micro-SMGs while flying
with the Jetpack so he can strafe with it. It's kind of awkward to control, but
I've seen C.J. make some fast kills with it. I'm not sure, but the strafing may
make that happen faster.

If C.J. is low on Health, Mxyzptlk has a good method to have C.J. get out of
Area 69 without facing the shooting soldiers outside: send C.J. up and back the
way he came through the halls and to the trench. Have him stand by the wall
facing the E trench entrance grate and go up--the ceiling isn't solid. Send him
to Hunter Quarry to go up through the ground.

Once C.J. leaves the Launch Bay, send him to meet The Truth. Before leaving
Area 69, you can have him shoot some soldiers, but it's risky. As spaceein-
stein wrote, the soldiers don't shoot with a high accuracy rate. But their M4's
can damage C.J. from a long distance. If you want to try out C.J.'s Jetpack
strafing ability after he leaves the Launch Bay, the nearest four soldiers are
NE, SE, W, and NW.

The Commander of the place can be heard to order his soldiers to stop C.J.--
he's stealing a 60 million dollar project. The leader tells someone to get Gen-
eral Mills on the line. (He wants to get his soldiers a lot of Cheerios, which
are delicious.)

If you used Spaceeinstein's fast method, the SAM sites are active. Have C.J.
run, which you can speed up by carefully having him skirt quickly just over the
ground, to the opening in the fence. On the game map, the opening is found
where the dirt path goes W from the W side of the gray area representing the
main concrete lot.

G-Man: "Wisely done, Mr. Johnson. I will see you up ahead." No, no, no.

Have C.J. fly into the red marker by The Truth, who's sitting in his van on
top of the Arco Del Oeste peak across from the long wooden ramp to a Unique
Jump, XI.a. (C.J. can pop the tires and destroy the windshield, but otherwise
can't hurt the van or The Truth. The van always has a license plate with let-
ters and numbers shown reversed--in mirror-image.) The Truth takes the Jetpack
and drives away.

You might want C.J. to take The Truth's BP/FP/EP/DP Camper, the Mothership,
at the end of "Black Project," but the doors are locked. Once C.J. is equipped
with the Jetpack in this mission or the next one, C.J. can't remove it unless
you have him use one of the cranes. There's a crane at the quarry, on the dock
by the SF Import/Export ship, behind the Clown's Pocket, and one in the con-
struction site by the Doherty garage. Then have C.J. use a slot machine to be
able to use a vehicle to push the Mothership to a garage.

As pdescobar explains in the same GTA Forums message board, you can then send
C.J. to Area 69 for a Rhino (this is another no wanted level mission) and use it
to push the Mothership to the Verdant Meadows hanger or garage. In System Er-
ror's "Bulletproof Car Walkthrough," srg recommends you have C.J. store the
Mothership sideways so The Truth doesn't drive away in it when C.J. kills him-

But C.J. has to die to fail and end the mission with this gimmick, so I don't
use it. You could get an explosion-proof Mothership from "Are You Going to San
Fierro" (VI.16), and the Control Center makes any vehicle of C.J.'s everything-

Since The Truth calls then or soon after to tell C.J. to see him in five min-
utes at Verdant Meadows, you can have C.J. take the Sanchez, parked by a nearby
shed, E to Verdant Meadows.

The Desert Eagle is at Ammu-Nation $1,200

At Area 69, in addition to the Armor at the Control Tower and in the keycard
room, the M4 under the steps of the SW guard tower, Thermal (infra-red) Goggles
in the Control Tower, and Night Vision Goggles on top of the NW guard tower:

- Armor is in the main trench in Area 69.

- a Combat Shotgun is N of the blocked part of the blocked hall in Research
Section A in Area 69, and

- a Jet Pack is at the bottom of the Launch Bay in Area 69.

In addition to finding Thermal Goggles in the Control Tower in the S part of
Area 69, you can now find them at Zero's RC Shop and at the N side of the base
of the Big Ear. Once you have C.J. take them from a spot and save the game,
they don't reappear, so I have him try them without saving the game.

If you want to have C.J. enter Area 69 otherwise, C.J. can break open a part
of a fence at the SE side to get to a Patriot, a Barracks (that can be used for
Vigilante missions), and a Cargobob. In front of the two Rhinos in hangers are
a couple of Hydras.


SAM sites: blowing them up, the blind spot between them, and fun with SAM

Entering the area outlined in black on the map at the next link gives C.J. a
five star wanted level; it goes down to four if he leaves the area. If he flies
--even a little with a Jetpack--over one of the areas outlined in red on the
same map, a Surface to Air Missile cannon or two shoots Rocket Launcher-type
rockets at him. The firing may continue though C.J. lands or goes a bit beyond
the outlined area. A SAM site aims at him as he gets near one of the outlined
areas--even when he's on foot if he wears the Jetpack nearby.

Have him approach a SAM site on foot (without wearing the Jetpack would be
safer so you don't accidentally trigger the SAM site) if you want him to blow it
up, and do it at a safe distance with one of the Rocket Launchers, Shotguns, As-
sault Rifles, a Minigun, a Grenade, or a Remote Explosive.

As shown on the same map, C.J. can fly through a space between the two N and
two S SAM sites at Area 69 without activating them. On the E side, it's between
the N of the two E guard towers and just S of the breakable fence. On the W
side, it's between a spot closer to the 2nd of the two red and white "RE-
STRICTED AREA" signs on the fence N of the entrance and just S of the fence by
the SW guard tower.

The Hydra, at least, can be flown so high over Area 69 that it doesn't acti-
vate the wanted rating or SAM sites. If it or another flying vehicle is flown
over Area 69 a bit lower than that, it just activates the SAM sites, with the
Hydra having the advantage of being able to release chaff and a flare (LMB) and
have the missile lose track of it.

As a side game, you can give C.J. indestructible mode with the GTA Control
Center, X.13.c, and try to lure Police Mavericks and News Choppers into the path
of the missiles from the SAM sites.

VIII.16 "Green Goo"

The Truth wants C.J. to use the Jetpack to fly to a train, kill the soldiers
on it, and steal whatever they least want him to take.

Have C.J. fly NE. As he gets to the W end of the E-W stretch of track that
goes by Yellow Bell RR station, the freight train will appear at the E end of

My latest method is to have C.J. stand on the S track and shoot at the soldier
standing on the front end of the engine--before you can see him, have C.J. shoot
at the middle of the front windshield. (I equip C.J. with dual Tec9's, which I
make as powerful as Miniguns--see X.11.) As the engine draws close, have C.J.
fly up enough to land on the front, shooting the soldier. (When a person is too
close for C.J.'s shots to be effective, C.J. can punch them, which you can have
him do to finish off that soldier if need be.)

Have him go back on the engine to shoot the nearest two soldiers on a flat bed
car, then stand on the round raised thing on the back of the roof of the engine
to shoot down at the soldier that's standing on the back of the engine.

C.J. can then go back on the freight cars shooting the soldiers and the three
blue crates, which each have an inverted green cone pointing down at them. Have
C.J. get the tube of green goo from the 3rd (it's always the 3rd) destroyed
crate and fly it back to The Truth, who thinks acquiring it will be momentous
for all mankind for reasons he doesn't explain. (On the way there, you might
have C.J. use the bribe across the street ENE of the NE corner of the square of
diagonal lines that represent the No Fly Zone on the paper map.)

(It looks like something used to send rolled up messages by suction tubes at
newspaper offices. Having seen it, I'm pretty sure he feels the world will be
collectively appreciative if he has a lava lamp, maybe in some philosophical
sense of "the world" meaning the world as he experiences it, and...and...I
dunno. It does hover in mid-air when C.J. 1st sees it, so it may be some kind
of anti-gravity matter like Flubber.)

C.J. gets $20,000.

The airstrip will make $10,000 a day and max.

The Jetpack is available by the door of the abandoned AC tower save place at
Verdant Meadows.

The Casino missions

VIII.17 "Fender Ketchup" The Four Dragons Casino

Have C.J. walk into the red shaft of light, represented by a yellow serpent
dragon symbol, at the back of the inside of the Four Dragons Casino to start
this mission.

(Note: at the SE side of the inside of it, or in other places in the game
where C.J. goes into shadow and his white icon on the radar turns blue, you may
hear a heavy breathing sound. It indicates that C.J. hears his own breath bet-
ter while using stealth.)

Wu Zi tells C.J. his effort to start a Triad-run casino is being attacked by
any of three Mafia families, all of whom are involved in Caligula's Casino and
represented by a whacked-out lawyer (Ken Rosenberg). Wu Zi offers C.J. part of
the profits of his place if C.J. will help him out--C.J. accepts.

When one of Wu Zi's assistants tells them one of the men who tried to smash
their deliveries was apprehended, C.J. tells him to tie the miscreant to the
front of a car and C.J. will try to get him to tell who he works for.

The miscreant is Johnny Sindacco, who got Salvatore Leone to invest in a gam-
bling place--Caligula's--and agreed that the one controlling the books should be
murdered and replaced with Ken, which we learned in "The Introduction" at II.1.

The voice of Johnny Sindacco is by Casey Siemaszko, whose voice also is heard
in Rockstar San Diego's "Red Dead Revolver," 2004. He also played Detective Dan
Williams in the TV show "Damages," 2007.

Have C.J. drive the Feltzer back and forth fast and making turning skids
(Spacebar) on the left side of a patch of road--the Strip is convenient for
that. If he drives on the highway, or even over a bridge that goes over the
highway, he'll get three wanted stars, and the police won't stop banging into
the car until the miscreant complains that his legs are on fire and the car
blows up. Unique jumps scare Johnny, too, but don't smash the front of the car
hard into something because you could kill him.

When the Scare-O-Meter is full, C.J. learns that the ne'er-do-well works for
the Sindacco family. Have C.J. take him back to the casino garage.

C.J. gets $5,000.

The red "$" icon at the Four Dragons means you can now have C.J. gamble there.
See XI.e Gambling.

VIII.18 "Explosive Situation" The Four Dragons Casino

C.J. and Wu Zi agree to pull a heist on Caligula's Casino. When C.J. suggests
explosives, Wu Zi recommends an open cast mine (Hunter Quarry) nearby as a place
to find some.

Send C.J. on the Sanchez supplied to Hunter Quarry, where C.J. has 2 1/2 min-
utes to break open the four crates of dynamite.

Send C.J. to the center of the construction area, at the bottom of Hunter
Quarry, to use the Sniper Rifle on the guy at the dynamite plunger on the gray
stage to make the timer disappear. (Thanks to a Gamespot Hints web page)

I had C.J. snipe him, the guy next to him, and some others around the place
before having him get into the Dumper, one of the best of the big burly bruiser
vehicles of the game, to run over the crates, including one on a Forklift, and
various workers in the area. Then have C.J. go to each of the four bundles of
dynamite to collect it.

Two security trucks block the entrance and armed guards take a few stations,
so C.J. has to find another way out. Have C.J. drive the Sanchez up a series of
ramps, making a few jumps, following a succession of red shafts of light. I al-
so had him snipe some guards in the distance and blow up the trucks from afar
with the Rocket Launcher. I didn't see what would happen if C.J. tried to drive
out the regular entrance--if it would be another gimmick to let C.J. roam with-
out a wanted level.

Spaceeinstein gets more thanks from me for sending me the fastest way to do
the last part of the mission: "Grab the Sanchez and have a long-range weapon
ready. Go up to the blocked entrance of the Quarry instead of following the
checkpoints. You will see Securicars and some security guards armed with Shot-
guns. Kill them. Park your Sanchez right next to the blocked gate. Jump on
your Sanchez and climb over the wall."

Have C.J. deliver the dynamite to Wu Zi's assistant.

C.J. gets $7,000.

The Heist (green "$" icon, obscured by the yellow serpent dragon icon till
C.J. goes into the Four Dragons casino, and not to be confused with the red "$"
icon) and Hunter Quarry (yellow-orange dump truck icon) missions are available.


VIII.19 Hunter Quarry Asset Missions

Have C.J. go to the red shaft of light indicated by the yellow-orange dump
truck icon to start each of these missions.

The paths from the bottom of the quarry to the top are around the yellow

Since the Dozer uses the rear wheels to steer, you might want to use Ben "Cer-
bera" Millard's CFG Studio 2 to change that (see "...miscellaneous jazz" under

VIII.19.a Mission 1

C.J. has 3 1/2 minutes to use a Dozer to push each of seven rocks from a ledge
and down to the area of a lower level indicated by a red shaft of light. The
game counts it if one falls near the red shaft of light. Get the one to the
left of the entrance 1st then go to the right of it, etc.

C.J. gets $500.

VIII.19.b Mission 2

Have C.J. use the Dozer to push four explosive barrels--each one is meant to
be rolled into one of the four red shafts of light. After each success, have
C.J. move away quickly before the barrel explodes. C.J. starts with 1 1/2 min/
on the timer and another 1 1/2 min. is added with each success.

The 1st barrel is behind the office just outside the entrance.

If a barrel falls to a lower level before C.J. can move it to the light,
you're given another spot to have him move it to. Have him drive the Dozer over
a cliff to a lower ledge when convenient since it flips upright afterward.

(P.S.: I once tried this mission with a trainer to stop the timer to be sure
to get past it fast to get to another mission I wanted to try. Don't try it,
and not just because it's easy enough to do without that. For some reason in
the several times I tried it, it made at least one of the barrels blow up pre-

C.J. gets $1,000.

VIII.19.c Mission 3

C.J. has eight min. to destroy the Dumper of escaping thieves, and he has to
stay in another Dumper while he does it. Have him P.I.T. maneuver (as taught in
Driving School) and drive-by, or just drive-by, the other Dumper, and get away
fast before it blows up. I'd be ready to have him run from his own truck, too,
since the Dumper blows up easily.

C.J. gets $2,000.

VIII.19.d Mission 4

C.J. has four min. for this mission. Have him drive the Sanchez NW around the
outside of the quarry to the red shaft of light at the N entrance and get into
the Dumper nearby. It has three dead police officers (the BradyGames guide says
they're the three thieves of the last mission) in the bed but no gate.

Have him drive back to the E entrance and down the path to the bottom level.
The bodies are prone to slide around once the truck enters the quarry. This
seems more due to jarring them than the effect of gravity since the little up-
hill path at the end of the run doesn't move them if you go over it gently but
I've seen one body slide out after a bump while going downhill.

Have C.J. back the truck to the fire at the red shaft of light and dump the
bodies in it. Use NP2 to raise the dumper. (I once needed to add a bit of S to
keep the truck from going forward away from the fire, too, for some reason.)

C.J. gets $3,000.

VIII.19.e Mission 5

C.J. has three minutes to drive a Dumper with explosive barrels to the red
shaft of light, at the W end of the landing strip at Verdant Meadows, and dump
the barrels there. Try to avoid bumping the truck into anything or the truck
might blow up. If you have C.J. cross roads, have him do it at an angle to
avoid getting hit by traffic.

You could go N on the dirt path to the road, go left, go right at the inter-
section, then take the 1st left and the 1st right to go N on the road W of the
No Fly Zone. At the N curve, go N off-road between the rock formations, turn
right, and you'll see the shaft of light on the runway.

The last time I did it, I just sent C.J. N to the road, N a bit on the road,
then NW cross country, careful to avoid hitting things, to the road E of the No
Fly Zone. A section of that road runs along the S side of the runway, so you
can have C.J. drive the truck down one of the smaller slopes to the runway.

Send C.J. to the marker and have him dump (NP2) the barrels in it.

C.J. gets $5,000.

VIII.19.f Mission 6

C.J. has three min. to drive the Dozer N and clear the explosive barrels from
the train tracks.

Have C.J. slow down going into the little gully of the RR track so the Dozer
doesn't get turned in the wrong direction. Drive S to N on the right track (the
one the train will use). After shoveling a few barrels along, they start to
throw off the steering of the Dozer, so shovel them aside and get another batch.
There's enough time to have C.J. push each barrel to the side of the track indi-
vidually, too.

C.J. gets $7,500.

VIII.19.g Mission 7

C.J. has eight min. for this mission. Have C.J. drive the Sanchez straight to
the bottom of the quarry, get in the Dozer, and use it to shovel the dead police
officer and HPV 1000 into the red shaft of light. Have him enter the crane and
use it to put the HPV 1000 and (magnetic?) policeman into the back of the Dump-

Then have him drive the Dumper, gently so as not to jar the truck but moder-
ately fast, to the red shaft of light at the entrance, then to the red shaft of
light across the street at the edge of the water, then back up to the edge of
the cliff by that red shaft of light and dump (NP2) the officer and bike into
the water.

If you do this more than once, which is likely, prepare by positioning the
magnet of the crane over the area you intend shovel the officer and the bike to,
then shovel them to the shadow the magnet creates on the ground.

Hunter Quarry crane controls

F or Enter In the red shaft of light near the crane, Enter the crane;
Exit the crane
W or Up Move the magnet farther away
S or Down Move the magnet closer
A or Left Move the magnet left
D or Right Move the magnet right


Left Shift
(remapped) Lower the magnet


Spacebar Raise the magnet

LMB Deactivate or activate the magnet

(V doesn't work to change the "camera" view of the magnet)

C.J. gets $10,000.

Hunter Quarry makes $2,000 a day and max.


The Casino missions continued

VIII.20 "You've Had Your Chips" The Four Dragons Casino

Have C.J. walk into the red shaft of light at the yellow serpent dragon icon
to start this mission.

Wu Zi is upset when he learns that counterfeit casino chips have been appear-
ing at his casino, and thinks they're being created by the Sindacco family's
nearby plastics factory.

If you have c.J. climb onto the bus stop S of the compound, you can see a big
red crate revolving as it hangs from a crane. You can't get much mileage out of
it, but I thought it was interesting.

When you send C.J. into the lot of the factory, a cut scene shows two men run
from a car to alert the men in the factory. C.J. walks inside, and the men draw
their weapons.

Have C.J. run back out, turn, and use the Sniper Rifle on about six of them.
Have him go inside and snipe a few more. Then have him destroy the casino chip-
making machines however you want; I had him throw a Remote Explosive on each of
the machines then blow all of them up at once. Have him shoot another attacker
or two that drives through the door, the guy with a Shotgun on the crates just
beyond the doorway, then drive back to the casino to tell one of Wu Zi's hench-
men they'll have no more trouble with counterfeit chips.

Rusk has a strategy of having C.J. sneak in on the right side of the opening
to the lot, go along the wall and behind the crates to the right, then sneak in
the right side of the doorway into the warehouse without triggering a reaction
of attack. C.J. can shoot them, sparing the Forklift driver for the moment,
then fire one shot at the car outside to trigger the men to come from it and
take position on the shelves by the doorway of the warehouse, shoot them, then
shoot the Forklift driver, which triggers a cutscene. Then C.J. just needs to
shoot the two who appear on the 2nd floor inside, destroy the machines, and then
shoot the ones who appear outside.

C.J. gets Respect and $10,000.

VIII.21 "Don Peyote" The Four Dragons Casino

Kent Paul, voice acted by Danny Dyer, makes a welcome return from "Vice City,"
hoping, against his better judgement, to revive Maccer's music career. Since
"Vice City," Danny has starred in a number of movies, including playing Dave in
"Wasp," 2003, which won the Academy Award for Best Short, and "The Other Half,"
2005. He also does the voice acting in "San Andreas" for one of the peds:
wmyst, who's a white male with shoulder-length dirty blonde hair parted in the
middle, a white t-shirt covered with an opened olive green jacket, dark gray
pants, and dark gray and white tennis shoes.

Maccer, who seems better prepared to enter a rehab than lead people from the
stage, is voice acted by Shaun Ryder, who formed and sang/rapped the lead vocals
for the group Happy Mondays. They were especially popular in England from the
mid-1980's through the 1990's. According to the 2004 TV documentary "Shaun Ry-
der: The Ecstasy and the Agony," Shaun has had some problems which Maccer seems
to be a comedic send-up of, but Shaun seems to be handling it better.

macca: Similar to "seed," one who is humorous, but in a disturbingly pervert-
ed way.

PS: while that may apply to this specific Maccer, I better point out that in
the U.K. it's just an everyday nickname in Great Britain for someone whose whose
surname is either Scottish or Irish and begins with "Mc" or "Mac." Thanks to
the friendly e-mail from Kristan McGuiness, whose nickname used to be "Maccer."
She says the character is from Salford, which is bordering onto Manchester,
which are both areas with big Irish & Scottish heritage. "Glen" and "True" are
both Scotch-Irish, but I didn't know that.

Lawyer Ken Rosenberg, voice acted by William Fitchner, also makes a welcome
return from "Vice City." Since then, Bill also played Jake Flanagan in "Crash,"
2004. And, with Tom Sizemore, he was in "Black Hawk Down," 2001, which I think
is why the Raindance helicopter is modeled after a UH-60 Black Hawk. He's also
played FBI Special Agent Alexander Mahone beginning with the 2nd season, 2006,
of the TV show "Prison Break."

The Truth calls. He had a peyote party last night with a British band and
their manager and misplaced them. (He also says he communed with the "lizard
king," which was a nickname for Jim Morrison of The Doors.) He'd like C.J. to
help find them, and to start looking in Arco Del Oeste.

Have C.J. get a four-door vehicle and go to Kent Paul and Maccer on top of the
big rock formation. (You can see them sitting on a hillside S of the red shaft
of light, but once the mission starts, they're laying down a bit away from
there.) They're having considerable morning after problems.

Paul says, "Stone me bloody crows," which Colin Attle told me is an exclama-
tion of surprise. (I'll add that "Stone the Crows" is also the name of a band
that formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1969.)

Maccer says he's a raspberry--a cripple; rhyming slang for "raspberry ripple."

(It can also be Cockney rhyming slang for "fart" if what's intended is to
rhyme with "raspberry tart.")

Kent calls him a "f**king string," meaning someone who's strung out/gets high?
It could be short for "banjo string," which means he called him a frenulum. (I
apologize to any parents if your children read this.)

Paul asks C.J. to take them to a friend, Rosie, who has a casino in Las Ven-
turas. But it comes up that the rest of the band is at a snake farm nearby, so
go there 1st, stopping on the way for Kent to get out and throw up and Maccer to
get out to take a p**. Maccer says it looks like Salford (a University city,
that looks nothing like it, by Manchester, U.K.). The farm people want to shoot
them because they blame the band for the spread of venereal disease there, so
either have C.J. shoot them there or after speeding Kent and Maccer to Caligu-

Paul says, "Oh, bollocks. In for a penny, in for a pound." Colin Attle told
me that "bollocks" is "an expression of anger, frustration, or defiance," and
"in for a penny, in for a pound" means "once you have started something, you
will have to finish it."

British reader David Anderson adds that "bollocks" is "an extremely versatile
word over here--we use it for quite a few things. 'Oh, bollocks' could mean
exasparation and also embarrassment. It can also be used in...'The dog's bol-
locks' for something that's good or 'that's bollocks' for something that's un-
true or fake."

"The phrase 'In for a penny, in for a pound'" refers to something you "know
you'll either get in trouble for, or something you wouldn't normally do but
you've started so you'll see it through." Someone reluctant to skydive might
think "'bollocks to it' (another useful bollocks saying)" and "go ahead and do
it. It comes from old borrowing times where if you owed a penny you might as
well owe a pound as the punishment for not paying were the same."

"Rosie" is lawyer Ken Rosenberg, who moans about threatening Mafia hanging
over his head, and Kent wants to talk with him about it.

Maccer says he's taken "speckled doves," which Colin Attle told me refers to
the drug "ecstasy."

Outside, C.J. calls Wu Zi: he thinks he's found a way (through Ken) to find
out what's going on at Caligula's. Paul calls: Ken's in trouble and thinks C.J.
is the man to fix it, and wants C.J. to see him.

C.J. gets Respect.

There's a die--half a pair of dice--symbol at Caligula's.

The Combat Shotgun, $1,000, is at Ammu-Nations.

VIII.22 "Intensive Care" Caligula's Palace

Ken tells C.J. he lost everything to cocaine use, etc., went to rehab, then
represented Liberty City mobs again. The mobs don't trust each other, so had
Ken represent them as a neutral party at the casino. They're fighting and Ken
fears he'll be killed. Johnny Sindacco, the one C.J. scared in "Fender Ketch-
up," is in a coma in a nearby hospital, and Ken thinks the Forelli's will try to
kill him. If anyone gets killed on Ken' turf, Ken will be killed next. C.J.
says he'll move Johnny somewhere else.

Outside, C.J. realizes Johnny better not recognize him as the one who scared
him. At the hospital, he learns that Johnny has just been moved.

Have C.J. take the Patriot from the parking lot and figure out which of the
three Ambulances driving through the neighborhood has Johnny in it by ramming
into each a bit to see the reaction. If the 1st one isn't it, it sends a warn-
ing to the Mafia. Have C.J. ram and drive-by the one the game tells you is the
right one enough to damage it and cause the two Mafia men to come out. You
might have C.J. shoot them before taking the Ambulance; I just had C.J. take it.
Have C.J. drive the Ambulance to the red shaft of light at the meat factory; if
he doesn't shoot the Mafia guys, their car rams the Ambulance a bit on the way

C.J. gets Respect and $5,000.

(Note--an odd thing about Caligula's Palace: from the outside, the entrance is
on the W side of the building. From the inside, the exit is on the N side of
the building. This is most noticeable if you look at the radar and have C.J. go
into and out of the place. It's probably just a programming mistake.)

VIII.23 "Misappropriation" C.R.A.S.H.

"Misappropriation" here refers to the felony of a public official making un-
authorized use of another's property, which is meant ironically since Tenpenny
would want the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency agent), who has evidence that would
incriminate Tenpenny, to be considered as someone who intends to do that.
(Thanks to the message board post by billhitman for the lead on the Wikipedia

Send C.J. to the C.R.A.S.H. icon in Prickle Pine.

C.J. meets Tenpenny and Pulaski who are having a barbecue in a field behind a
house that looks like it's mainly a big garage. Tenpenny punches C.J. in the
stomach and orders him to kill the DEA, who has a dossier on Tenpenny, kill the
FBI guy (actually a lot of FBI agents) that he's meeting on Aldea Malvada to
give the dossier to, and get the dossier. Actually, C.J. just needs to kill
the DEA agent and get the dossier before one of the FBI agents gets it.

Send C.J. W over the bridge from Valle Ocultado, then S on the dirt road till
he's past the orange-brown and gray mottled cliff he can't climb. Send him up
the beige and pale green mottled cliff, then send him counter-clockwise around
the edge of the cliff till he's N of the DEA agent. Send him S to shoot the DEA
agent with a Minigun or a Sniper Rifle--my reader Anurag showed you can use an
Assault Rifle from about 20' from the target pretty effectively, too. Have C.J.
run to get the dossier before one of the nine or so FBI Agents do. The FBI
agents will shoot at C.J., even after he gets the dossier. As an option, you
can also have C.J. kill the FBI agents and ride back in the unlocked Maverick.

But if C.J. is spotted on his approach to the DEA agent, or if C.J. doesn't
manage to kill the DEA agent, the DEA agent will fly away in the Maverick that's
locked to C.J..

If the DEA flies away in a Maverick, have C.J. chase it in the other Maverick.
Don't have C.J. try to destroy the DEA's helicopter--it's "everything-proof"
(see below). And be careful to have C.J. fly N around Area 69 when the DEA
agent flies over it.

If left to go as far as he'll run, the DEA lands on the helipad on the roof of
the garage of the Emerald Isle, jumps from the roof to a much lower level, runs
down the outside stairs, runs into the garage, gets into a car, and drives to
the underground level, which contains a Minigun, of the garage on the NE corner
of the block of "CA" and "LANTE" of "ROCA ESCALANTE" in NE Las Venturas, where
another group of FBI agents wait for him and will shoot at C.J..

The DEA agent is unarmed and easy for C.J. to kill, but if C.J. lets the DEA
agent get to the point where the DEA agent gets into a car in the parking ga-
rage, C.J. can drive over the slope at a low wall on the S side of the same
floor to beat the DEA agent to the ground, then go E of the Emerald Isle to wait
for the DEA agent's car to go by.

C.J. doesn't even get Respect for keeping the evidence on Tenpenny from coming
to light. On one hand, C.J. sees Tenpenny as being able to free Sweet if C.J.
appeases Tenpenny, on the other, C.J. could try to free Sweet by having Tenpen-
ny's credibility ruined since Sweet is in jail on Tenpenny's word. I guess C.J.
is worried that Tenpenny could have Sweet killed. So, with all the killing C.J.
does for Tenpenny, why doesn't he get evidence on Tenpenny, so his word against
Sweet is no good, then kill Tenpenny? I don't always follow these things.

Thanks to the Gamefaqs "Special Vehicle FAQ" by Thashoka89, Blane and Section
408 for the next news item:

There's a BP/FP/EP/DP Maverick in this mission. To get it, send C.J. to the
upper Maverick of the two--the one the DEA agent tries to go to. The doors are
locked, so have C.J. push it to the Verdant Meadows hanger.

Spaceeinstein recommends that "You can use a tow truck. The mission has to
end for" the Maverick "to work."

As an alternative available on PC, you can use the The GTA SA Control Center,
X.13.c, and make your favorite vehicles whatever-proof.

VIII.24 "The Meat Business" Caligula's Palace

Kent gets Ken whacked out on crack again, so when C.J. tells Ken to show the
Mafia who's boss, Ken gets alternately megalomaniacal and insecure--encouraged
enough to half-heartedly lead C.J. to a showdown with the Mafia at their meat
butchering and packing place--the Sindacco Abattoir.

Send C.J. to the Abattoir with Ken. When Johnny S. sees C.J. and dies of a
heart attack, a Mafia guy throws a Molotov that lands at the entrance of the
room C.J. and Ken are in.

C.J. has to kill all the witnesses (who are all Mafia men trying to kill him
and Ken) and protect Ken. This is easy with an M4, and really easy with a Mini-

Ken's health is represented by a white bar on the screen. (Thanks again to
spaceeinstein for telling me it doesn't represent how much time Ken can survive
in the freezer, which I must have read somewhere when I 1st wrote this and
hadn't double-checked.)

Have C.J. kill the Mafia guy with a Chainsaw and the one with a Baseball Bat
who immediately rush to attack Ken. Ken goes into an adjoining room to get a
Fire Extinguisher (there's a Health pickup in there, too) and wait till C.J.
kills the two Mafia men who shoot from the far end of the room.

Then Ken goes near the entrance, and, with about twenty more Mafiosi in the
next two rooms ready to shoot him and C.J., turns on the meat track, causing
carcasses of meat, hanging from hooks attached to an oval track in the ceiling
of the next two rooms, to slowly revolve through the two rooms. There's a
Chainsaw, a Bat, and two guns in the room he's in--Ken wants to turn on the meat

Ken sprays the fire with the Fire Extinguisher, and the spray will choke C.J.
if he steps into it, so have C.J. stand back from the spray to shoot Ken--I
mean, to shoot the Mafia men (not his friend who helps finance them). When C.J.
clears out the next room and Ken stops spraying, send C.J. out toward the far
side of the room to shoot the Mafia guys in the next room. (As a side game, you
can have C.J. shoot at the meat as it comes through a hole a Mafia guy stands
behind to see if you can make the meat swing back and forth and knock the Mafia
guy over.)

Ken takes the Fire Extinguisher into the freezer (which makes about as much
sense as his meat track idea). (There's Armor at the far end of the freezer).
If a Mafia gangster uses the switch on the wall nearby, he goes in after Ken
while the door slowly closes. Ken wards him off with the spray from his Fire
Extinguisher, but his health drops while the door is closed. Try to have C.J.
keep any Mafia guys from getting to the switch, but if one gets to it, have
C.J. go to it, and press F or Enter, to open the door. Have C.J. attack the
Mafia guy then quickly lead Ken out of the freezer. If C.J. is inside the
freezer when the door closes, he fails the mission.

The last five Mafia guys C.J. has to shoot are in the storage room, which is
filled with cardboard boxes C.J. can't climb. Seen from outside the entrance,
one Mafia guy is on boxes to the right, and another is on boxes most of the way
down the aisle to the left. Another Mafia guy is around the corner from there,
another is in the next aisle, and the last one is on boxes at the far end of
that aisle.

After C.J. shoots all the Mafia men, Ken runs for the exit. Have C.J. take
Ken back to Caligula's (I still had the Maverick from the last mission for
that). Don't take a vehicle you want to save to the end of this mission,
though--it disappears after the last cut scene.

C.J. gets Respect and $8,000.

VIII.25 "Fish in a Barrel" The Four Dragons Casino

Send C.J. to the yellow serpent dragon icon.

In a cut scene, C.J. and Ran Fa Li sign to be partners with Wu Zi, who attends
with Su Xi, in The Four Dragons casino.

C.J. gets a call from Ken. Ken sounds frazzled: after Johnny S. died, Salva-
tore Leone is taking control of Caligula's, and Ken expects war.

VIII.26 "Madd Dogg" Madd Dogg

Madd Dogg: that creative and thoughtful Ice T, aka Tracy Morrow, recorded the
title song for Dennis Hopper's movie "Colors," 1988, and starred as Scotty Ap-
pleton in "New Jack City," 1991. He's been credited with inventing gangsta rap,
and has also recorded a number of hip hop albums, including "The Iceberg/Freedom
of Speech...Just Watch What You Say," 1989, "O.G.: Original Gangster," 1991, and
"Home Invasion," 1994. (That's very likely why one of the Ryder missions is
called "Home Invasion.") He also plays Det. Odafin "Fin" Tutuola (with partner
John Munch, played by Richard Belzer) in the NBC TV series "Law and Order: SVU."

Send C.J. to the "D" icon at Royale Casino.

Madd Dogg wants to jump from the roof of the casino because things are going
so bad since OG Loc stole (had C.J. steal) his rhyme book. C.J. tries to talk
him out of it and tells him he'll be his new manager.

Have C.J. drive the nearby beat-up version of the Walton pickup truck, which
has cardboard boxes in the bed, to the red shaft of light below Madd Dogg. You
get an overhead view to use to keep sending the truck back and forth--don't
turn--so it stays below Madd Dogg and catches him when he jumps.

(Note: I've read that the likely cause of the problem some have had of Madd
Dogg jumping too soon for C.J. to get the truck under him is saving a game after
using a code which makes pedestrians riot.)

A bar onscreen shows Madd Dogg's health, so have C.J. carefully drive Madd
Dogg to the Ivory Towers Drive-Thru Mental Clinic. Madd Dogg tells C.J. he'll
look him up to be his manager when he gets out.

C.J. gets Respect.

VIII.27 "Freefall" Caligula's Palace

Send C.J. to the die (half a pair of dice) icon.

Salvatore has Kent and Maccer hanging from their ankles and Ken worried.

Debi Mazar returns from "Grand Theft Auto: III," 2001 (listed for "III" as
"Debbi") to give Maria Latore a voice with her distinctive Brooklyn, NY, flavor-
ings. She's also been in a lot of TV shows and movies, including as Sandy in
the movie "Goodfellas," 1990, Shauna in the TV show "Entourage," 2004, and Olga
in the 2008 movie "The Women."

Frank Vincent's voice returns to bring Mafia Godfather Salvatore Leone to
feisty, nasty life again. Since "III," he's played Frank Bianco in the movie "A
Tale of Two Pizzas," 2003, Anthony Angelino, with fellow "GTA III" alumni Mi-
chael Madsen (Toni Cipriani) and Joe Pantoliano (Luigi Goterelli), in "A License
to Steal," and Lou Marazano in "Chicago Overcoat," 2008. On TV, he's appeared
as Phil Leotardo in a dozen 2004 episodes of "The Sopranos."

Maria is a servant that brings Salvatore a sandwich, and he comes on to her.
It's implied that this is when she begins being Salvatore's mistress, which
she's clearly unenthusiastic and business-like about. In the events of "III,"
which take place later than those of "SA," she's Salvatore's mistress who be-
trays him and falls for Claude, who kills Salvatore. At the end of "III,"
Claude kills Catalina and goes off with Maria.

(At the end of "III," Maria is enamored of Claude but seems to be a little
scatter-brained. After the visuals fade but the vocals continue, you hear a
shot that ends the conversation, either indicating that he shot her or only
scared her to make her quiet, so she could return in a future episode.)

C.J. introduces himself to Salvatore as Ken's friend that worked with Sal's
son Joey in Liberty City. Ken helps C.J. give Sal the impression C.J. is a hit
man. Sal wants C.J. to kill a quartet of men the Forelli's are flying to town
to kill Sal. An FCR-900 is provided outside Caligula's to get to the airport.

This mission features the little Dodo as Dodo: plane of action.

Send C.J.'s Dodo N toward the oncoming jet, a Shamal, which has a red loop
hovering over it, to fly through the loop. I had better luck letting the Dodo
gain altitude by pressing Acceleration, W, without using the Up or Down buttons,
then using the radar to turn it down at the jet as if to hit it, then trying to
adjust the path of the Dodo to put it into the loop. Having the Dodo dive lets
it catch up with the jet. When I flew it low to be under the cloud cover, the
jet was always ahead of the Dodo, and the Dodo could never gain on it.

The yellow-orange blip that represents the Shamal on the radar is a square if
C.J.'s Dodo is at the same altitude. The blip is a triangle that points up if
the Shamal is higher and points down if it's lower.

Reader Anurag Sinha showed me that you don't have to try to gain altitude on
the way out to the Shamal. You should have enough altitude as it approaches to
turn 180 degrees or so and swoop down at it.

Reader Carl Johnson sent me a way to make this even easier that can also help
you understand the section on planes in the handling.cfg file a little better.
He changed the drag for the Dodo from 12 to 8. He cautions not to have it make
a tight turn at the Shamal or it might pass it up. It makes go so fast it can
make a couple of passes at the jet.

In a cut scene, C.J. jumps down to the jet and climbs inside.

C.J. has the 1st person view from the back of the private jet. The default
position is in the doorway, but he moves to the side and stays there while you
hold A or D, and takes cover, behind the wall, from the four killer's shots.
After you hear a handful of shots, let C.J. go into the doorway to fire at them,
then retreat, etc., till he's killed the four killers. Then have him shoot the
5th killer, the pilot, and fly the Shamal to Las Venturas Airport.

C.J. gets respect and $15,000.

Tenpenny calls: C.J. says he got the dossier. Tenpenny tells C.J. to meet him
at a ghost town--Las Brujas. (This isn't clear from your map, but Tenpenny says
Las Brujas is "in" the Devil's Castle--El Castillo Del Diablo.)

VIII.28 "High Noon" C.R.A.S.H.

Have C.J. go to the meeting place Tenpenny gave him--Las Brujas.

You might have C.J. use a Shamal from Las Venturas Airport. (As Rusk says, if
you want to have C.J. get there with a Hunter or Sea Sparrow to use for the up-
coming fight, leave the helicopter between the windmill and downtown Las Brujas
so the helicopter doesn't disappear after the cut scene.)

In a cut scene, C.J. gives the dossier to Tenpenny. Tenpenny hits Hernandez
in the back of the head and the chest with a shovel, accuses Hernandez of sell-
ing Tenpenny out, then has C.J. dig a hole with the shovel. Tenpenny leaves
Pulaski to watch over C.J.. Pulaski has C.J. stop when the hole is big enough
for two and won't be persuaded by C.J.'s advice to not trust someone like Ten-
penny. Hernandez tries to attack Pulaski, but Pulaski shoots him and Hernandez
falls into the hole. C.J. grabs the gun and Pulaski runs to his white Buffalo
sedan to get away.

(The white Buffalo alludes to the animal that's of special significance to
several Native American religions, not that that's explicitly relevant to the
plot of "San Andreas." It's probably a pun due to Pulaski being Caucasian and
buffaloing--bamboozling, coercing by underhanded trickery--people like C.J. to
do things.)

You can have C.J. try to snipe one of the tires of the white Buffalo before he
chases after it in a Bandito. Have C.J. try the P.I.T. maneuver to spin Pulaski
out, and have C.J. do drive-bies on the Buffalo. If you try too hard to speed
the bouncy Bandito at the Buffalo, you could make the Bandito spin out enough to
fall too far behind the Buffalo and fail the mission. Pulaski eventually gets
himself in enough of a snag--in my case, at the side of someone's house--to give
C.J. the time to get out and destroy the Buffalo (I had C.J. use the Rocket
Launcher to make sure fast) before Pulaski kills C.J. with his Desert Eagle.

For an alternative strategy that requires the least preparation, I like the
method by powerslaves, of the Gamefaqs message boards, that Rusk relates: have
C.J. run to Pulaski's car and jump on it. Have C.J. crouch and move so the vi-
bration doesn't shake him off the car, and jump off just before Pulaski hits a
road sign, backs up, and drives away as he usually does. C.J. can jack the car
and run Pulaski over with it.

Reader Anurag Sinha just had C.J. dash at Pulaski's car, then switch to the
Minigun to shoot at Pulaski's car then at Pulaski. He recommends that you have
C.J. aim at a spot just below the red arrow that points down to indicate the
target if Pulaski manages to get very far away.

The Minigun lets C.J. pop one or more of Pulaski's tires, which causes Pulas-
ki's car to spin out of control enough for C.J. to jack Pulaski from it. If you
use the Control Center (X.13.c) to make C.J. invulnerable to Pulaski's Desert
Eagle, you can have C.J. drag out the fight enough to hear Pulaski say a lot of
mean things, such as about C.J.'s Mom's corpse, etc.

In a cut scene, Pulaski is mean to the end, and C.J. ends him.

You can take the white Buffalo, which is healed up somehow, as a trophy.

C.J. gets Respect.

Ken calls: he's afraid that Salvatore could kill him at any moment. C.J.
tells him to hang in there--that he hasn't forgotten about Ken and the others.

VIII.29 "Saint Mark's Bistro" Caligula's Palace

Salvatore gets chummier with Maria. He throws a knife which sticks in a board
that Maccer is tied to like the accomplice in a carnival knife thrower act, and
the knife lands between Maccer's legs. There's no blood, but Maccer exaggerates
and says Salvatore hit him with it.

Salvatore tells C.J. to do a hit in Saint Mark's Bistro in Liberty City to
show the Forelli's revenge for sending men to kill him. C.J. talks him into
letting Ken, Kent, and Maccer go with him, but, once outside, sends them away
for their safety and so the heist at Caligula's can go on without endangering

Have C.J. take a Shamal from the airport and fly toward the indication on the
radar of Liberty City, which is then shown in a cut scene of C.J. being dropped
off by a taxi at the bistro.

(The snow on the ground by the bistro may have been suggested by the look of
the sidewalks by the bistro in "III." Seen from a distance, the light inner
part of the nearby sidewalks looks like snow.)

Have C.J. shoot the people in the room, the dining room below--including two
guys with Shotguns behind the bar, in the kitchen below, and just outside. I
had C.J. use a couple of Rocket Launcher shells and crouch and roll with the M4
otherwise. Molotovs could help there, too.

Have C.J. land the Shamal back at Las Venturas Airport.

C.J. gets Respect and $20,000.

Salvatore calls: he's happy with C.J.'s work and wants him to keep his dis-
tance till things cool down. (If you already had C.J. do the Heist missions,
Salvatore is angry.)

Sweet calls: he's in despair and doesn't hope to get out of jail.

Wu Zi calls: he wants to know if they're still going to do a heist on Caligu-
la's. C.J. says Ken and the others are gone and Salvatore is friendly with him,
so the heist is on.


VIII.30 Clothes Didier Sachs is open in Rodeo, Los Santos

To get C.J. the torso items with the highest Stats available, get him the
tweed jacket (R:25; SA:25) for $5,500 or the yellow jacket (R:25; SA:25) for
$6,000; the red, blue, and tuxedo jackets all have SA:25, too, but a bit less
Respect. They all have as much Sex Appeal as the gray jacket available before,
and all but the tuxedo jacket have more Respect than the gray jacket.

Likewise, the tweed pants for $3,000 and yellow pants for $4,000 (R:10;
SA:10) score the highest for any pants available. The red, blue, and tuxedo
pants all have SA:10, too, but a bit less Respect. All of them have as much Sex
Appeal as the gray pants and black pants available before, and all of them have
more Respect than those two.

Black shoes for $2,500 and spats for $350 score high for shoes (R:5; SA:5),
and brown shoes have 5 for Sex Appeal but a bit less Respect. The black shoes
and spats tie with the Stats of the snake skin shoes, gray boots, and red boots
available before.

The cross chain (R:2; SA:2), $5,000, and the dollar chain (R:2; SA:2) tie with
the Stats of either gold chain and the silver Cuban chain available before.

The gold Crowex watch (R:3; SA:3), $8,000, and the silver Crowex watch (R:3;
SA:3) score higher in either Stat category than any other watches available.

The black rim shades (R:2; SA:2), $800, tie with the Stats of either pair of
black shades or the green tint shades available before. (The Didier Sachs black
shades have a bit less Respect.)

Among the hats, the red derby has the most Sex Appeal (R:2; SA:3) for $600.
The others all have a Sex Appeal of 2, with the black derby having the least
Respect among them (R:1; SA: 2). For a hat with a Sex Appeal of 3, the red der-
by has more Respect than any other hat available.

I use the wardrobe glitch (III.18) for Sex Appeal then dress C.J. any way I

Again, having C.J. put on a new hat, shades, or something for the torso or
legs, can get rid of whatever wanted rating. He can take off and put on the
same thing to get rid of any wanted rating, too, if you want him to keep the
same look.


The Heist Missions

VIII.31 "Architectural Espionage" The Heist

Send C.J. to the green "$" icon in The Four Dragons Casino.

Wu Zi says they need a blueprint of Caligula's before trying to pull a heist
there. C.J. says he'll get it.

Send C.J. to the City Planning Department building (the mid-E side of the
block that's N of the "A" of "COME-A-LOT" and that's E of the block Come-a-lot
is on). Don't have him draw a weapon or the security guard will tell him to put
it away--if C.J. doesn't do it, he fails the mission. Have C.J. answer the re-
ceptionist with Y, N, and Y, or Y and Y, to be allowed to go upstairs to the

Send C.J. through the door that's behind him to his left, then to the room at
the top of the stairs. He has to divert the attention of the guards, so send
him down a floor, through a door, then through the door of the Document Deposi-
tory to his far right. Have him destroy the air conditioner with anything you
like, but have him do it from a safe distance if he isn't fireproof because the
air conditioner will burst into flames. (If you replay this and want to save
time, you can just send C.J. right up to destroy the air conditioners.)

The fire alarm triggers an evacuation of the building, so have C.J. run up-
stairs to the top floor, go into the cubicle at the far end of the room, and
take a photograph of the blueprint of Caligula's Casino that's on the wall. (A
model of the casino, featuring a raised Rockstar logo, is on a desk nearby, and
a blueprint of Starkweather's mansion from one of the last levels of the Rock-
star game "Manhunt," 2003, is in a couple of other cubicles--thanks to Mxyzptlk
for the tip.)

Have C.J. kill one guard and eight police men on his way down the three floors
of smoke-filled stairway. If C.J. crouches with a Desert Eagle, he can see un-
der the smoke and get one-hit kills.

When C.J. enters the lobby, he's fired at by two guards and one policeman that
are across the hall, and by one guard that's at the front door to C.J.'s right.
Have C.J. shoot them and get out the front door fast because more police will
keep appearing. He has at least two wanted stars which turn to four a moment
after he goes back out the front door.

The fastest way to take care of the wanted rating is to send him W to the
wardrobe of the Camel Toe suite to put on a different shirt. (I have him change
back to the 1st one, too, since I like the shirt.)

If C.J. has an FCR-900 or such, you might have him get these bribes:

- the bribe over a rooftop C.J. can get with a fast (press Up repeatedly) S to
N run along the yellow line in the lane E of the pyramid, then a wheelie at the

- in the tunnel at the base of the tall monument in front of the Sphynx,

- one you have C.J. wheelie up to from the E-W divider in the Julius Thru Way
South a block S of the front of the Four Dragons Casino, and

- in the lot catacorner to the SW corner of the Four Dragons Casino.

Have C.J. drive S to the garage at the S side of The Four Dragons Casino.
C.J. gives one of Wu Zi's assistants the Camera.

C.J. gets Respect.

VIII.32 "Key to Her Heart" The Heist

Send C.J. to the green "$" icon in The Four Dragons Casino.

C.J. and Wu Zi go over the blueprint for Caligula's. C.J. needs a swipe card
for a door there. Send C.J. to Caligula's and have him use a distance of few
car lengths to follow the lady croupier that leaves it. When she enters a sex
shop, send him in. She seems to like S and M sex, and tells Benny, on the
phone, to meet her later. Have him get the Gimp suit from a booth in the back,
then go outside and continue following her as before, and "park up" (a U.K.
saying, I guess) across the street from her house.

Have C.J. cross the street and kill Benny (the shirtless pinhead with bad
teeth you might have seen in Red County before) taking a double-headed purple
d**do to her house, take the d**do, and go to her house.

(At this point, my fresh installation of the game, using the v1.01 patch,
froze as it did if I had C.J. say "yes" to hot coffee on a date. Neither the
"read me" file for the patch nor the mod--which I hadn't installed this time--
prepared me for this, and I wanted to get going with the rest of the game to
write this, so I reinstalled the game without the patch.)

The "camera" then wafts around as if the cameraman is intoxicated to be hang-
ing around outside while two others have sex inside, and you hear muffled ver-
sions of some of the things C.J. and Millie say. (This is the scene you'll see
for subsequent coffee scenes without the mod, so the patch prompters can feel
the game sends the right signal--to be a stalker--to our impressionable, pure
youth...all five of them.)

The quickest way to have C.J date her is to save the game at the place W of
her place. When he goes to her place, have him go N, turn E, go E past the dead
end, E through the lot, and over the Unique Jump ramp at the E end of it. Her
place is a block N of that.

Have C.J. be at Millie's place between 12:00 and 22:00 for dates, take her to
a restaurant (the fork icon, not a fast food place) if she wants something to
eat, a SW Las Venturas place to dance, drive her moderately fast near her home,
and say "yes" to coffee (unless you have the patched original version of the
game; in that case, if don't get a game freeze, have him say "no").

Have C.J. wear the Gimp suit (sorry) to dates with Millie for immediate cof-

(see X.9.a if you use the Hot Coffee mod.)

With the unpatched original version, at least, he should have his success rate
with Millie above 1/3rd after two or three dates. Once his success rate is that
high, he'll get a call from Millie saying she's not home, etc., and C.J. can go
into her house for the swipe card.

C.J. gets Respect (and a little sympathy, I'd think).

Millie (and the Gimp suit) is available for dates--see XI.b Girlfriends.

VIII.33 "Dam and Blast" The Heist

Send C.J. to the green "$" icon in The Four Dragons Casino.

C.J. can't believe the number of people who've found their way into the secret
heist meetings. He leaves Wu Zi in charge and goes to cut off the power source
for Las Venturas.

Have C.J. go to Las Venturas Airport and fly the Nevada to the red loop, which
is high over the Sherman Dam area, and Parachute down to the W low bank (quay)
of the dam.

C.J. has no weapons. Have him take the Knife for stealth kills on the two
guards outside, then go into the red shaft of light, which puts him inside. A
cut scene indicates the quay has been locked and the police are on their way.
Have C.J. use more stealth kills on the men, two of which have guns, and go to
each of the five generators and plant a remote explosive (F or Enter).

Have C.J. go into the red shaft of light. A cut scene shows C.J. learn, on
top of the dam, that the hatch to go below has been locked, and escape being
trapped by making a high dive into the water at the base of the dam.

Spaceeinstein has the fastest method: "Faster way is to run. You're going to
get caught anyway. Run pass the guards outside the dam. Once inside, run up
and madly place the explosive on all of the generators. By that time only one
guard would be ready to shoot you with a Pistol. After that, leave the dam."

C.J. gets Respect and his weapons are returned.

If you have C.J. make that dive--okay, jump--otherwise, he won't get hurt.

VIII.34 "Cop Wheels" The Heist

Send C.J. to the green "$" icon in The Four Dragons Casino.

At another "secret" meeting, now with a packed room, for the heist, C.J. says
they need to move the money with an armored car disguised as one of Caligula's
regular ones, and steal police motorcycles to escort it. Outside, he tells Su
Xi to keep driving a Packer, the ramp truck, on the Thru Way.

C.J. has to get the four police motorcycles (green dots on the radar) onto the
ramp truck (the blue dot on the radar), which travels clockwise on the Thru Ways
at the outskirts of Las Venturas, in twelve minutes.

I've read different preferences for the order to do this in, but I had him get
one from the Linden RR station, the hospital at the N end of the airport, the
police station in NE Las Venturas, then from the VROCK Hotel in NE Las Venturas.

After each of the 1st three deliveries, have C.J. get the nearest vehicle be-
hind the Packer and go after another motorcycle.

It's hectic because he does it through a two star wanted level and you proba-
bly won't want to have him take the time to get rid of it unless the bribe or
Pay 'n' Spray are right along his path. As with Orion_SR's advice for surviv-
ing a six star wanted level, have C.J. drive on sidewalks, etc., instead of the
road as much as possible.

C.J. gets Respect.

VIII.35 "Up, Up, and Away!" The Heist

Send C.J. to the green "$" icon in The Four Dragons Casino from 22:00 to 6:00,
preferably near the latter to have daylight to see better with.

At another meeting for the heist, Zero suggests they steal an armored car with
a helicopter used to lift heavy loads; Su Xi says they call them "sky cranes."
C.J. is the only one who could pilot one, so he's elected to do it by default.
The Leviathan that's needed has a magnet attached to a cable below it, and it's
at KACC Military Fuels in the NE corner of Las Venturas.

C.J. can sneak into the base when the gate is opened for a Patriot to leave.
If you have C.J. enter that way, Rusk recommends having him drive a car over the
soldier at the entrance booth, go to the far left, then right, between the ware-
house and the wall, to the crates. Otherwise, C.J. needs a military vehicle to
have the gate opened for him, or, as Rusk suggested, you can use the Jetpack
from Verdant Meadows to send C.J. onto the S water tower.

There are a lot of soldiers in the warehouse you can avoid unless you feel
like hazarding a shooting spree. (The warehouse has three boxes that hover in
mid-air and can't be moved. You might imagine they contain whatever is used by
the two prongs that make the Jetpack hover in "Black Project.")

If you send C.J. in a car to the crates, you can have him jump onto the car
then onto the blue crate. From the S side of it, he can throw Molotovs at and
over the nearby wall to kill a couple of soldiers. Have him jump at and grab
the top of the wall, climb over it, and go forward to snipe the soldier on the
far left at the corner of a building, sending C.J. quickly past the open door of
the warehouse of attacking soldiers at his right.

Near the corner of the building, have C.J. turn left to snipe the soldier on
the stairs on the far right. Send C.J. up the stairs to snipe the soldier at
the base of the next set of stairs and the soldier farther away on the helipad.
At the top of that next set of stairs, C.J. can snipe the other soldier on the
helipad, go left on the roof a bit, then snipe the soldier by the Mingun on the
far side of the roof.

(Reader Carl Johnson once got to this point by having C.J. drive in the front
gate with a Rhino and shoot up the inside of the warehouse with the cannon,
leaving just a few there to shoot, then continue about the way I've given above.
I won't pass up the opportunity to have some fun with the Rhino, and he says it
was more exciting.)

C.J. can shoot down two Hunters with the Minigun which is on a stand in the NW
area of the roof (if you're as familiar with the PC "Vice City" as I am, you're
not worried about that) or with his own Minigun or Rocket Launcher.

Reader Carl Johnson came up with the fastest way. Have C.J. use the Jet Pack
to land on the middle fuel tank of three at the S side of the lot and snipe the
two soldiers on the helipad (you can't see it from that vantage point, but they
have Rocket Launchers instead of M4s if C.J. approaches them with the Jet Pack).
Have C.J. fly to the helipad on the far side of the Leviathan to trigger the ap-
pearance of the two Hunters then fly back to the helipad on the near side of the
Leviathan to shoot down the Hunters with his own Minigun.

(You don't need to have C.J. shoot any more soldiers than those two to get the
Leviathan out of the base, but fly S right away to avoid the fire of the sol-
dier by the Minigun on a lower roof.)

Have C.J. fly the Leviathan to Rockshore East in SE Las Venturas and attach
the magnet to the armored car.

NP2 Lower
NP8 Raise
LMB Demagnetize the magnet

Have C.J. raise the armored car near the helicopter and avoid obstructions
while flying the car to Verdant Meadows.

The Minigun ammo gimmick

I don't save the game if the lead character gets wasted, but if you do save
such game efforts, you might try this gimmick if you've had C.J. date Katie,
which lets C.J. keep all his weapons if wasted: Let him get wasted while at the
Minigun of "Up, up, and Away!" and he'll have a huge Minigun ammo supply--enough
ammo for most or all of the gang wars. You can leave the mission unfinished to
be able to do it again for more ammo. (Thanks to King of San Andreas and

C.J. gets Respect.

VIII.36 "Breaking the Bank at Caligula's" The Heist

Send C.J. to the green "$" icon in The Four Dragons Casino.

Zero and Wu Zi go to the back door of Caligula's in the armored van. C.J. is
equipped with Tear Gas cannisters, so don't have him get the Remote Explosives
by the door to The Four Dragons or he'll fail the mission.

C.J. has four minutes to get the team inside. Send C.J., in a croupier out-
fit, though the front door. Don't arm him or he'll blow his cover. The old GTA
gimmick of having C.J. jump repeatedly to go faster before he gets the Infinite
Sprint works to let C.J. go faster in the casino. Have him go to the staff
door, talk to the employee, and use the swipe card (F) on the door. Send him
down one flight of stairs to the generator room, and walk him right up to the
open duct to throw two tear gas cannisters into it. (If you need to try more
than once, you'll see C.J. show a remarkable ability to withstand the Tear Gas
compared to the two guys downstairs.)

Zero's hacked the emergency lighting protocols, and he puts out the lights by
detonating the charges C.J. put on the dam generators before. You can have C.J.
use the Night Vision Goggles as instructed (scroll to them and press the LMB) if
you want; I've also just turned up the Brightness in the options menu and could
see good enough. Have him leave the generator room, go left and down a few
steps to a hall and go left. Have C.J. use the swipe card to open another door
and go forward and right to the service bay. Once he's in it, have C.J. go to
the far end of the room on the right and get into the Forklift (it has a blue
inverted cone pointing down at it). Have him slide the fork under the big door
and raise it with the fork (NP8).

C.J. has seven minutes to help Wu Zi and his group get the money from the safe
and get it into the van. Have him go ahead of them and shoot Mafia men (red
blips on the radar) through a hall, a room, and a hall. I've done this with a
Minigun or an M4. After the two Mafia guys in the hall are shot, follow Wu Zi
and his group downstairs to the safe.

Zero says someone is trying to turn on the emergency generators, so have C.J.
get the Remote Explosives from near the safe, go upstairs, shoot the two guys
that are in the generator room, and destroy the two generators with Remote Ex-
plosives. Have C.J. go back down into the room with the safe. Wu Zi and his
men blow the door off the safe and go into it for the bags of money. Have C.J.
enter the safe to get the Armor, then return to the room outside the safe to
shoot four Mafia attackers there, then shoot more of them who approach from the
stairs beyond the far entrance of the room.

Have C.J. shoot Mafia attackers as he leads the team upstairs. At the top of
the stairs, have C.J. turn right to shoot a Mafia man in the back. Have C.J. go
down a few steps and go left to shoot Mafia guys in the hall, a room, and a
hall, then go to Zero and the van in the service bay.

As C.J. goes to the elevator, the lights come on again. Have C.J. follow the
yellow radar blip and shoot a couple of Mafia attackers to go up the stairs and
over to the red shaft of light, where he takes the elevator to the top floor of
the casino. Have C.J. go right and shoot two last Mafia attackers as he goes up
the stairs to the roof.

Every time I've done this recently, I either just had C.J. dash and climb over
roofs to the Parachute on the N end of the N roof or had him get on the N roof
and turn to shoot the four SWAT guys who rappel from a helicopter down to the
area just S of the N roof. If you send C.J. without delay, he can get on the N
roof before the SWAT agents have much of a chance to do anything, but having
C.J. shoot them can create a wanted rating.

If C.J. creates a wanted rating, the helicopter will chase and fire at him,
and if he uses a land vehicle, a police vehicle will try to ram it. If he
doesn't create a wanted rating, the helicopter just follows him around.

C.J. is supposed to Parachute to the roof of the Clown's Pocket, shoot two
SWAT agents, and fly the helicopter to Verdant Meadows. If he doesn't land on
the roof, have him jack anything handy and drive to Verdant Meadows.

The last batch of times I tried this, I finally had C.J. glide over to the
helicopter that's on a lower near roof of the Clown's Pocket buildings. I had
C.J. run or sprint off the N edge of the N roof of Caligula's, then held sprint
(W) while he glided. I didn't have him jump or open the Parachute and I didn't
use the directional arrows to change his fall.

This Parachute jump is programmed differently than the ones C.J. can make in
the rest of the game, the sort of exception that the Angels the bikers use in
"Wheels of Steel" in "Vice City" are. This fall is programmed to increase how
far forward C.J. goes compared to down.

You might have C.J. disengage the Parachute (F) just before he lands to quick-
ly switch to an M4 or such to shoot the couple of SWAT men by the helicopter.

(If you don't employ the Parachute, he won't get hurt when he lands as he nor-
mally would. You can use the "ROCKETMAN" code to have C.J. Jetpack back onto
Caligula's to experiment with the jump. You could also have C.J. take a jet as
high as he can, then bail, and see how far you can have him go. For example, I
had him jump from a Shamal over the N end of Red County and land on his house in

(It's Rockstar accommodating those "can't fly the Skimmer" people again. You
shopkeepers, you can't let those Skimmer weenies buy this. I don't know what
the Barbie doll bum mod they probably can't succeed at, either, will do to them,
but if you keep letting them buy this game, get on message boards, and influence
Rockstar, it's going to ruin the game. And do you ever hear Hillary talk about
that? No. She doesn't care. You have to come here for that. Because this is
the walk-through that cares about you, the home viewer. Apologies to David Let-

Once C.J. gets to Verdant Meadows, Zero admits he'd told Berkley about the
heist plan (so Berkley's the one who turned the emergency lights on), and C.J.
belts him.

C.J. gets Respect and $100,000.
The Croupier outfit is available.
Salvatore calls: he threatens that C.J. and all his family will be murdered.

The Night Vision Goggles are on top of the NW guard tower of the No Fly Zone
and on the path through the middle of the shopping mall E of the five big silos
of Foster Valley.

VIII.37 Make a copy of your save game


IX Return to Los Santos for the final Los Santos missions

The Mansion missions

IX.1 "A Home in the Hills" The Four Dragons Casino

C.J., Kendl, and Wu Zi hold auditions for entertainment at The Four Dragons
Casino. (Thanks to Steve Harvey for the tip he sent me in an E-mail--he's cer-
tain we can figure the audition the segment starts with is a kidding reference
to Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys.)

Madd Dogg comes by, but some things are nagging at him that keep him from
feeling ready to show his old form. Notably, he says Big Poppa, a drug dealer,
seized Madd Dogg's mansion while he was financing Big Poppa's organized crime
big time by having crack parties there. C.J. doesn't belt him in the head hard-
er than he belted Zero (I don't always follow these things). He leads a group
of Triads to the mansion while the others go to San Fierro until C.J. clears the
place out.

Have C.J. parachute with four Triads to the helipad of the mansion. (Steve
Harvey also figures that the Triad calling out that he feels he's "invincible"
refers to what the Kurt Russell character says he feels like after drinking from
a magic potion with some Chinese gunmen before they fight some bad guys in the
1986 movie "Big Trouble in Little China.")

When C.J. jumps out of the jet, have him deploy the Parachute right away. One
way to time his landing is to pull his knees up then let his knees drop as he's
about to pass the "VINEWOOD" sign on his left--as he's about to go over a tree.

Have him shoot Vagos (the BradyGames Guide says about 30 of them), who keep
coming over the two far corners and far center of the roof, until they stop ap-
pearing--near the end of that battle, three more Triads arrive by parachute.
Again, I had C.J. use the Minigun, but some prefer the M4. Rusk recommends
having C.J. use an air conditioner vent on the right side for cover. Have C.J.
get the nearby Armor, if needed, and lead a few Triads down the ramp, over a
walk, and into the mansion. (Check at the end of each straight path to see that
they followed. They're not a huge help, but there's a lot of shooting ahead.)

After a cut scene in which a Triad gets his head shot off, have C.J. shoot the
Vagos ahead and two in the planter on the left. In the hall, C.J. is told to
keep the hall (front and back) clear of Vagos while the Triads kill two Vagos
per room--if you have C.J. help them do it, you can have him get the Armor
from one of the rooms at the end of the hall. If you get your pair of Triads
past this part, they go no further than the balcony in the big room beyond the

The sadly neglected art of Molotov stealth might help at times for the rest of
the shoot out. Have C.J. kill several Vagos from the top of the stairs, and go
down to kill the Vago in the hall beyond the room. If you have C.J. kill some
or all of the Vagos in the rooms adjoining the big room--two in the room across
from the hall, and another in the kitchen--there's a Health pickup in the kitch-

Big Poppa (who looks like another Vago with a yellow head band) yells, "You
chose the wrong house to rob, fool," and runs. Have C.J. chase him. Don't
bother having C.J. try to shoot him in the few glances of him you'll get during
the chase on foot--Spaceeinstein confirms that C.J. can't kill Big Poppa that
way, and it would just mean C.J. would stand around getting shot at by all the
other Vagos more. Have C.J. shoot those other Vagos, though, as the chase goes
through a room of guests, a room with a pool, and halls, to the front door with
an inverted cone of yellow light.

A cutscene shows Big Poppa speed off in a Phoenix. Have C.J. get the pink
Windsor, not my favorite car in the game, and chase Big Poppa carefully over the
initial hills and curves. (If the Windsor falls into one nearby valley of
grass, you might as well reload the game, because that thing will be trapped
like a bug in a sundew plant. It doesn't have the best traction in the world.
If it's supposed to be like a 1966 Alfa Duetto--later models, a bit different,
were called Alfa Romeo spider--you wouldn't think people would like one except
as a toboggan.) Just manage to get the thing onto the Freeway, where Big Poppa
doesn't drive so fast and C.J. can drive-by him.

(If you're looking for a Phoenix to save, it only shows up in this mission and
the "San Fierro Hills" Street Race. The easiest way would be to fail an effort
at the race.)

C.J. gets Respect.

Ken calls: C.J. tells him he wants him to be the accountant and Kent to be the
manager for Madd Dogg. Ken is snorting coke and gets confused--he thinks C.J.
wants him to be the manager--but he's excited.

Thermal Goggles are in the bar room, Night Vision Goggles are by the kitchen,
Body Armor is in a bedroom, and a Health pickup--the only one in the game that
will always be available--is in the kitchen, of Madd Dogg's crib; Madd Dogg's
crib is available. It has all four videogames, a basketball court, and a gym.

Don't save the game at Madd Dogg's Vinewood mansion since doing so may corrupt
your save game and cause the basketball to not appear at courts. Orion_SR found
that this is due to saving too close to a basketball court, so a mod that moved
the save floppy disk farther away from the basketball court would prevent the
problem. Thanks to Orion_SR for the code that does just that and more for
"Glenster's Go On, San Andreas v1 Mission Select Save Games" (I.3.b).

If you want to save in the area otherwise, you might either save at the man-
sion nearby to the NE or save at Madd Dogg's place and use the download that
fixes the basketball glitch (I.12 Glitches).

Thermal Goggles won't appear in a location if C.J. takes them from one and you
save the game.

IX.2 "Vertical Bird" Carl Johnson

Paul calls Maccer a "manky mongrel" at a Madd Dogg recording session. Colin
Attle told me "manky" means "disgusting, gross."

Mike Toreno calls C.J. through the recording equipment. He wants C.J. to meet
him outside to go for a drive. As he drives C.J. to the coast of the Panopti-
con, he tells him that if he wants to see Sweet within a week, he needs to steal
a military jet from an amphibious assault ship and use the jet to destroy a flo-
tilla of spy ships.

Toreno supplies C.J. with a Speedboat, a Knife, a Silenced 9mm, and some ini-
tial instructions via an earpiece. Have C.J. sail to near the end of the side
of the aircraft carrier, then swim to the end, where he can dive underwater to
swim over the flap hanging down from the back of the ship.

The BradyGames Guide recommends stealthing (I'm allowed to make up a word now
and then) past everybody that's possible with, and others recommend shooting the
place up. Go for the blend you're partial to. If you like stealth, just have
C.J. kill whenever necessary as you send him over the crates on the right,
through a door, up a flight of stairs, left through a door, down a hall, through
the door on the left, right through the cargo hold, and into the red shaft of
light of a dark little room. A cut scene shows C.J. deactivating the SAM (sur-
face-to-air missile) sites of the ship.

The two SAM launchers are like the ones in Area 69--C.J. can destroy one with
a Remote Explosive or Grenade. If he destroys them, he still has to go to the
shaft of light and disable them. Then you see a cut scene of where one used to

Send C.J. to the other end of the cargo hold, snipe a couple of soldiers and
anyone else around, blow up a couple of Hydras, then get into the 3rd. A 4th
one flies away while C.J. is on the ship.

The Hydra flies like a helicopter at 1st; press NP8 to make it fly like a jet,
and NP2 to make it fly like a helicopter again. See I.7.i Hydra Controls.

When C.J. flies it, the Hydra that flew away will be sent to attack it (three
would have been sent if you didn't have C.J. destroy a couple of them).

The 1st time I did this, I had C.J. fly over the water at the N edge of the
map, fly high, drop chaff (LMB) to throw off the attacker so C.J. could turn and
get some distance from them, then turn down at the attacker, target them (hold
Spacebar), and fire (NP0) repeatedly. I had C.J. fly around a lot while I tried
to get a handle on how to destroy three Hydras, and none of them hit his jet
with a missile.

The last time I did this, I just had C.J. get some distance from the one at-
tacking Hydra, turn, target, and fire repeatedly.

Once the Hydra is/three Hydras are destroyed, have C.J. use his Hydra to de-
stroy the five spy ships, Tropicanas, in the water N of the Sherman Dam. They
don't fire back, and you can switch to helicopter mode (NP2) to make it easier.

Toreno doesn't want anything to do with the Hydra, so have C.J. land it any-
where on the landing strip at Verdant Meadows, then put it in the red shaft of
light in a hanger.

C.J. gets $50,000.

The Hydra will always be available in the hanger used at the end of the mis-
sion, in the NE area of Area 69, where there will be two of them, and on the E
end of the Easter Basin aircraft carrier.

The Minigun, Rocket Launcher, Heat-Seeking Rocket Launcher, and Flame Thrower
are available in Mike Toreno's (Tierra Robada) ranch.

If you collect Minigun ammo, note that this Minigun pickup has a 500 count
whereas the others have 200. Up to this point, to have C.J. make a sweep of
Minigun pickups, you had to have him fly with the Jetpack to the SW pillar of
the Kincaid RR bridge, by the elevator door on the lower floor of the parking
garage on the E side of the block of "CA" and '"ANTE" of "ROCA ESCALANTE" in NE
Las Venturas, and to the next-to-the-top level of the scaffolding at the "OC" of
"ROCKSHORE EAST" in SE Las Venturas. Now, to save time, you can just have C.J.
go through the Minigun pickup at Toreno's ranch, save the game there, repeat,
etc. Every five times or so, have him get food in Fort Carson at a vending
machine or the Cluckin' Bell.

I'd also stock up on Molotovs at the Johnson house before some of the upcoming
missions make it impossible for C.J. to enter the house without going through a
red shaft of light and triggering a mission. The Molotovs are handy for the
territory battles coming up.

IX.3 "Home Coming" Carl Johnson

Toreno visits C.J.'s recording studio with a surprise for him: a call from
Sweet, who says he's been released from jail and he's in the (Pershing) square
outside of the Commerce precinct (building). Toreno has one last mission for
C.J.: "I just want you to go pick up your brother. Get out of here."

Send C.J. to pick up Sweet. In a cut scene, Sweet talks C.J. into going back
to their neighborhood to fix it up. Have C.J. drive Sweet to the Johnson house.
In a cut scene, a basehead tries to sell them a blender he stole from their
Mom's house.

C.J. has to kill about five drug dealers (also shown as blips on the radar) in
the neighborhood. A bar on the screen shows Sweet's health, so I'd try to have
C.J. out ahead of him using the Minigun, which has a very long range, to keep
Sweet out of danger.

Then C.J. and Sweet need to kill three waves of Ballas (like C.J. did in "Do-
berman"). Try to keep Sweet near his house (have C.J. go there and press G)--
as Rusk says, the Ballas then always show up beyond the W side of the circle of
road. The range of the Minigun fire will keep them away from Sweet.

C.J. gets Respect.
Catalina "accidentally" calls to say she's full of love and lust.

C.J. can now take over territories. You might as well wait till after the
next few missions for that, since they have C.J. take over territories.

IX.4 "Cut Throat Business" Carl Johnson

Madd Dogg is mad because OG Loc is on TV with a rap act that's based on Madd
Dogg's rhyme book (also using his "ho's," although I think there's probably less
of a claim he could make about the exclusive rights to ho's that would stand up
in court). (Actually, I don't think you could claim exclusive rights to rhymes,
either, considering the age and variety of published rhyme books on sale. I
don't always follow these things.)

Madd Dogg and C.J. agree to go see OG Loc. (I don't think they expect to have
to get tough since OG is kind of the whacked out, insecure Ken Rosenberg of rap
posturers and an old friend of C.J.'s.)

They confront him by RS Haul where OG is on the set of a video with a report-
er. Madd Dogg howls. OG displays his credentials by enacting the role of the
gangster who's getting the hell out of there--on a Vortex hovercraft, yet--and
C.J. and Madd Dogg each take a Vortex to keep a vigilant watch on this authentic
retreat from responsibility. Have C.J. chase him.

OG then shows them his versatility with a genuine act of cowardice by perform-
ing the act of being on the lam on a Kart. Madd Dogg and C.J. go after him on
Karts. Have C.J. chase him.

When they catch up with him, OG Loc provides a look at the standard criminal
vocabulary of lying, but Madd Dogg clears the air with him, a producer wants to
sign Madd Dogg with C.J. as the producer, and C.J. has OG get them lunch.

C.J. gets Respect.

The Vortex is available on the strip of beach NE of "BAYSIDE MARINA," and on
the W end of the Easter Basin aircraft carrier.

The Kart is available at the SW corner of the big square block of El Quebra-
dos, N of the Redsands West save house, and E of "THE STARFISH CASINO," across
the street from the SW side of the S block of downtown Angel Pine, at the NW
area of the block of "TS" of "OCEAN FLATS" and the W side of the block E of
that, in an alley W of "DOHERTY," in an alley by the China Town save place, and
at the top of the windy street W of "FINANCIAL."

The Grove Street Missions

IX.5 "Beat Down on B-Dup" Sweet Johnson

Sweet is with a woman who's emaciated-looking (from crack addiction). She al-
most talks Sweet into smoking crack when C.J. breaks it up. The normally reso-
lute Sweet uncharacteristically says he might as well ruin himself like the
neighborhood's been ruined. The woman tells C.J. he'll have to deal with B Dup
before C.J. throws her out. Have C.J. take Sweet to see B Dup the pusher (see

When they get to his house, a Grove Street Family gang member who's become a
base head tells them B Dup moved to Glen Park. Have C.J. take Sweet to the area
indicated by the icon of a person in green clothes. Have C.J. lead an attack on
three waves of Ballas while keeping Sweet safe, then attack about eight guards
in front of B Dup's house nearby.

In a cut scene, B Dup says he was forced to sell crack by Big Smoke, who's
gone crazy and egotistical, but only Big Smoke's lieutenants know where he is.
When B Dup tells little Big Bear to kill C.J. and Sweet, Big Bear clobbers him
and tells C.J. he wants back on the team. Sweet happily takes him somewhere to
get the old Big Bear back again.

C.J. gets Respect.

IX.6.a "Grove 4 Life" Sweet Johnson

In a cut scene, Sweet tells four of the Grove Street Gang members to love
their neighborhood like they love their friends. C.J. wants to take a break to
take care of some other things, but Sweet persuades him not to do a half-a**ed
job--to stick to the job at hand till it's done. C.J. is there for him.

C.J. can round up as many as seven gang members if his Respect is high enough,
and take them and Sweet to take over two out of four Ballas territories in Idle-
wood. Have C.J. lead the way and keep Sweet safe.

C.J. gets Respect and half of the money Sweet took from one of the Ballas:


IX.6.b Territory takeover

Some basics:

Turf wars are fought with the Ballas (purple) and Vagos (yellow).

The BradyGames Guide says there are 54 territories and all are in Los Santos:
E of Downtown and N of Ocean Docks, Temple, Santa Maria and Verona Beaches, and
the two blocks N of Conference.

You need to have C.J. take over at least 35% of the territories to do "End of
the Line."

It's easier if C.J. takes over the territories before "Riot." After "Riot,"
most of the people in the territories C.J. needs to take over will be rioting,
which includes making unpredictable attacks, including ones on C.J., and the
traffic will be wilder than usual.

Once C.J. has taken over 100% of the territories, he won't be attacked by ri-
val gang members again.

Rusk notes that a few more troublesome areas you might want to have C.J. deal
with 1st are the Jefferson Motel parking lot and a bit of road E of it, the
sidewalk in front of the E Mulholland 24/7 (near the VINEWOOD sign), and a lit=
tle square that has a S side over the road over the N end of the flood control
channel NE of the Johnson house.

The PS2 gimmick Rusk reports of stopping a gang takeover of one of C.J.'s ar-
eas, normally indicated as green on the radar and in-game map but flashing red
during a takeover attempt, by having C.J. get in a Sub-mission vehicle, like a
Taxi or Cabbie, start a Sub-mission and stop it, works for PC. The battle dis-
appears and the area returns to being indicated as C.J.'s with green.


There are also some weirdnesses associated with this venture:

During a turf battle, the 2nd wave can include a gang vehicle (represented by
one big dot of the same color as the Ballas or Vagos, shown by little dots). In
my PC version, it tends to drive by without any concern to approach the battle--
C.J. is lucky if it crosses an intersection close enough to get the vehicle with
the long range of the Minigun.

You're supposed to have 54 (I've also read 53) territories to take over. But
flying to the edge of the map (as with the territories glitch that can create a
hundred-something territories) for the "St. Mark's Bistro" mission can create a
couple of territories in the SE section of Bayside Marina, approx. E of a border
drawn S from the S end of the bit of beach there. You can also get territories
in NW San Fierro in an area of the two blocks of "PARIDISO," the four blocks S
of those two, and in a rectangle extending N from them to the area just S of
where the Gant Bridge crosses the N highway.
Thanks to an article by koomodeee at GTA Forums:

It can also create territories I haven't even found yet, as on one save game
of mine. You might fly a jet to the edge of the map accidentally by just goof-
ing around, too, and create such territories. But as long as C.J. isn't getting
attacked anywhere, it's not a big thing to worry about.

You might like it to be so simple as just "purple: take it over; flashing red:
battle; and green: turf taken," in big, easy to see areas. In fact, I'm pretty
sure it should be. In fact, I'd really rather not know that it's any more com-

Most of the "L"-shaped block of the E Los Santos Cluckin' Bell had no coloring
over it on my map when I sent a screenshot of it to Rusk, and he told me to have
C.J. take it. I don't know why it wasn't purple. For a couple of disputed
areas--I can't remember which ones--the Balla or Vago ran off and got stuck
somewhere. In such situations, the game gives C.J. so much time to leave the
battle area to go after the gangster and get back. If C.J. doesn't get back in
time, it says he "ran off--bad show," or something like that. I've read that
such an area can be claimed by both the Grove Street Family and the Ballas or
Vagos till C.J. takes full control of it, and such an area is light green, pale
gray-green, or purple-green (which makes gray?), depending on who you ask. Fur-
ther confusing things is that some areas are pale green and others are mid-green
when C.J. has full control of them. Anyway, the area in the screenshot didn't
have any green, purple, or gray till C.J. took full control of it, and then it
was mid-green.

A couple of vertical rectangular blocks that are E of the road that goes S
from the pretzel-looking intersection of Commerce are now green on my map after
some turf battles.

My oldest save file, with all the missions done except "End of the Line" (so I
can try different things with it), had these Stats:

Territories taken over: 64
Territory under control: 98.21%
Territories held: 55
Highest number of territories held: 59

Thanks to Orion_SR for checking my save game file and finding the stray gang
territory I'd wondered about the location of for a couple of years--a Balla ter-
ritory in the tunnel E of the Avispa Country Club in San Fierro. The territory
had a very low percentage of Ballas, so it took a while for C.J. to start a gang
war, but he finally started one and took control of the area.

Before C.J. took over the couple of blocks SE of the pretzel-looking intersec-
tion in Commerce, I had 98.21% of the territories under control, too--shouldn't
the percentage have gotten bigger afterward? Maybe it's just counting the per-
centage of "official"--not glitch-created--territories. But I couldn't find any
Ballas or Vagos in those little sliver territories or anywhere else. Neverthe-
less, the in-game map has more green areas than the map of a save file I have
that has 100% of the territories conquered.

I'm guessing that the reason Rockstar only requires you to get 35% of the ter-
ritories to get 100% completion of the game is that it leaves a margin of safety
between that and the glitchy top end of the scale.

So if you get near 100% and can't find any more Ballas or Vagos, don't worry
about things you don't have to worry about.


The Riots missions

IX.7 "Riot" Carl Johnson

C.J., Sweet, Kendl, Cesar, Madd Dogg, Kent, Maccer, and The Truth watch the TV
news at Madd Dogg's mansion. Some of Tenpenny's charges are brought up but are
dropped due to lack of proper evidence, retracted witness statements, and the
disappearance of Pulaski (some of which Tenpenny coerced C.J. to cause). Ten-
penny's lawyer says the charges have been dropped.

The local neighborhoods erupt with rioting. Have C.J. drive Sweet home.

In a cut scene, Sweet says he's going to get the neighborhood in order and
C.J. says he's going to check out the city.

If you have C.J. look around Los Santos, you'll see people getting into
fights, firing guns, carrying stolen TVs, smoke coming from buildings, traffic
lights flashing yellow, lights flashing instead of shining steadily, etc.

C.J. gets Respect.

IX.8 "Los Desperados" Carl Johnson

Have a four-door car by Sweet's house before starting this mission.

Cesar wants C.J.'s help in rousting the drug sellers and bringing his neigh-
borhood under control, too, and Sweet persuades C.J. to see that C.J.'s indebted
to Cesar, so C.J. goes to see what he can do about it.

Have C.J. recruit a couple of Grove Street Family gang members and drive them
and Cesar to Unity RR station. On the way, Cesar tells C.J. to talk Sweet into
accepting that Cesar wants to marry Kendl.

Have C.J. lead the effort to shoot all the Vagos around the apartment build-
ings, then the alley (looking for attackers to appear at either end of it), then
about ten Vagos around Cesar's house--get the one on the roof with a Rocket
Launcher 1st, then the one on the ground with a Flame Thrower.

C.J. gets Respect.

Sweet calls: they have to hit the Ballas and Vagos hard so the Grove Street
Families reputation is greater than Big Smoke's if they're going to get someone
to tell them where he is.

Sweet calls again: the Grove Street Families hit the Ballas and the Vagos said
you could find Big Smoke in Los Flores or East Los Santos. C.J. agrees they
should look for him there.

IX.9 "End of the Line" Sweet Johnson

Have lots of Molotovs and ammo for the Minigun and M4. C.J. can't crouch
while using Molotovs or the Minigun.

Molotovs are good for C.J. to use to precede him around corners and pillars,
and can get targets on the other side of the pairs of doors that swing open when
C.J. pushes against them then close of their own accord. C.J. can then go
through them just for a moment to draw more of the attackers toward them, then
throw another Molotov at them, then do it again to throw one through them.
(Using Molotovs can create some disturbing results, with gangsters running or
shuddering into walls while wailing for a while.)

When the angle of a stairway C.J. is climbing won't allow a Molotov to reach a
target at the other end, you could have him use the stairs as a shield, and
climb in a crouch until the top of the gangster comes into view and can be shot.
I usually had C.J. go about halfway up the stairs and make a strong throw with a
Molotov. A roomful of gangsters can be made more manageable by having C.J.
shoot an M4 through the doors from outside, too. The shots knock the doors open
as much as you want them to, serving as a shield, otherwise, and it gives C.J.
some extra distance from his attackers bullets.

In my walk-through of the mission, I use the word "gangster" to cover a varie-
ty of kinds of gang members in Big Smoke's place. They include, at least, Bal-
las, Vagos, drug lab gangsters with hospital masks, Varrio Los Aztecas with tur-
quoise headbands, and guys in black clothes (Mafia?).


Saving a BP/FP S.W.A.T. (If C.J. enters it, it's called a "S.W.A.T." In "The
End of the Line," it's called a "SWAT Tank." In data\handling.cfg, it's called
a "SWATVAN." Take your pick--just don't call it an Enforcer.)

One way to save a S.W.A.T. vehicle is to drive it down a gentle slope into wa-
ter. (I've used the pond at the W side of the airport, but you can also use the
pond in Glen Park. Rusk gave the van a dunk with the Easter Bay crane.) Drive
it into the pond just far enough that the game says it's destroyed--how are you
going to enter Big Smoke's place now? or such. The mission is failed, so you
can use save places/garages again. Then have C.J. run or swim against it to
slowly push it out of the water enough for the game to let him enter and drive
it, and save it in a garage.

C.J. can use it for a Vigilante mission, but I'd want to increase C.J.'s Armor
long before the end of the game. It has a working water cannon on top, but you
can't use it for the Fire truck mission. I'd just have C.J. drive around and
squirt people with it now and then, which is some fun.


Reader Anurag Sinha told me that if you fail the mission between Tenpenny
blowing up the machines with his Shotgun and C.J. escaping the building and you
start the mission again without saving or exiting the game, the mission resumes
with C.J.'s talk with the dying Big Smoke.

As Rusk notes, if you fail the mission during the vehicle chase after Tenpenny
and try it again without saving or exiting the game, you start from the begin-
ning of the chase after Tenpenny.


Sweet knows where Big Smoke's crack house is. C.J. says it's time to take
down Big Smoke.

Have C.J. drive Sweet to Big Smoke's Crack Fortress. (If you want to see it
after the mission, it's at the N end of the W side of the block that's W of the
block with "F" of "LOS FLORAS.")

C.J. persuades Sweet not to go in. C.J. neglected their neighborhood before
and their brother Brian and their Mom died, and he wants to make up for it.

The only way through the entrance, reinforced due to the riots, is to smash
through it. Have C.J. take the nearby BMX bike and go a couple of blocks over
to the Ballas/S.W.A.T. agents shoot-out and get the S.W.A.T. vehicle, then break
through the entrance.

C.J. can drive around and run over the two gangsters at the entrance and any
inside it. Don't bother with the drug users S of that: two Los Santos hookers
and a guy on the floor. Have C.J. go to the yellow upside-down cone of light by
the door--the yellow blip on the radar.


- Floor 1 Security area

Big Smoke is on the 4th floor in his penthouse suite. C.J. has to fight past
three floors to get to him. The game doesn't count the floor C.J. broke into
with the S.W.A.T. vehicle--the 1st one he climbs up to is considered the 1st

A gangster is at the top of the stairs, and another is by him in the hall.
Whenever C.J. climbs stairs in this, except when he goes up the last set of
stairs to Big Smoke's penthouse, I had him make a strong Molotov throw from
about halfway up the stairs. When C.J. gets to the top of the stairs and turns
right, another couple of gangsters are at the end of the hall. After getting
rid of them, have C.J. get the Armor from where one of them stood.

Have C.J. go through the pair of doors for a moment then use Molotovs to get a
few gangsters that try to come through the doors. In the big room past the
doors, there are, at least, three gangsters on the far balconies, and one behind
each pillar--three on the left and three on the right. After the fight gets
going, a S.W.A.T. vehicle breaks through the far end of the left wall and a cou-
ple of S.W.A.T. agents fire at C.J., too.

In some cases this big room and the one on floor three, you may need to get a
gangster to move from the back of a pillar for C.J.'s attack to have an effect
on them.

One way to do this is to have C.J. shoot the M4 from outside, the shots knock-
ing the doors open. The last time I did it that way, he didn't have to go into
the room to get the targets except for two on the far end of the room.

I'm not saying you should do all of this with Molotovs, but if C.J. didn't get
the guys on the balconies with the Minigun or M4, he can get them with Molotovs
by hitting the walls below them.

When C.J. gets about 2/3rds toward the wall at the far side of the room, a
door on it slides up. Before C.J. goes to the opening, he can get a couple
gangsters that are on the other side of that wall. There's one gangster just to
the left of that opening, and three behind boxes to the left of him. So C.J.
can throw Molotovs against the wall everywhere to the left of the opening to get
at least a couple of them, then just shoot one or two after going through the

Once C.J. gets through that room, send him around the bend to the right and up
the stairs. At the landing at the top of the stairs, a room to the right has a
Combat Shotgun and a Health pickup.


- Floor 2 Drug lab. Make your way to Floor 3.

Have C.J. crouch and go up the stairs to shoot the gangster standing at the
top of them as soon as his head comes into view, or make a strong throw with a
Molotov about halfway up. Have him get the Armor from where the gangster stood.
Then have him throw Molotovs at the doors on the left, killing the gangster in
the little room behind them. Then send him through that room and to another
pair of doors.

Behind those doors, in a big room, there are eight or ten gangsters wearing
hospital masks behind the eight pillars, four pillars per side, or behind boxes.
There's a gangster or two shooting from an upper floor window at the far end,
one at the top of the stairs to the upper balcony at the far right corner, and
one on the balcony on the right. There are a couple of pale red explosive bar-
rels you can shoot to help take out some in the middle of the floor. Use one of
the doors then a nearby pile of boxes as shields, and crouch and roll and shoot
if any gangsters get too close.

One approach for that section is to have C.J. shoot as many as he can from
outside, shots going through and opening the pair of doors, with an M4. When I
tried it, C.J. quickly took care of a couple that tried to come through the door
toward him, too. Then he had to go inside, get behind the cardboard boxes, and
do some crouching side rolls to see to shoot a few others. You could throw a
Molotov at each pillar to get a gangster that could be behind it.

Afterward, as C.J. goes around the room on the balcony, two more gangsters
with M4's come through the doors below. I had C.J. throw Molotovs at the floor
of the balcony and they went through it to them.

Have C.J. go over the balcony toward the pair of doors, but wait for two gang-
sters to come though the doors and get close to the exploding barrel, then have
C.J. shoot the barrel. If they don't show up, have C.J. throw a Molotov at the
pair of doors to kill the two gangsters behind it.

Have C.J. go through the pair of doors. There's a Health pickup in a little
lab room.


- Floor 3 Ballas lounge. Make your way to Floor 4.

Have C.J. crouch, go up the stairs, and shoot the head of the gangster stand-
ing at the top of the stairs as it comes into view. C.J. can take the Armor
from where the gangster stood. Have C.J. open the pair of doors for a moment to
throw a Molotov through them and kill a couple of gangsters behind them--the
gangsters stand where there's a print of handcuffs on the carpet of a little

Have C.J. go into the little room and throw Molotovs at the pair of doors on
the far side of it, killing a gangster.

(Another approach is to have C.J. shoot the M4 at the pair of doors to the
little room with the handcuffs printed on the carpet; the blasts can kill the
two gangsters and go across the little room to knock open the next pair of
doors, too, and C.J. can get an added target or two.)

In the little room with the print of handcuffs on the carpet, have C.J. go to
the next pair of doors for just a moment to throw a Molotov close by--there's a
gangster just past the left side of the pair of doors (and get the one beyond
them in the middle of the room, if he's still there).

Have C.J. go through the doors and get behind the bar to take care of the two
gangsters beyond the open doorway on the right.

(Several times now I've found a Vago there that couldn't be hurt by a Gre-
nade. I think there are at least one or two others like that in this mission,

Send C.J. through the open doorway. Have him throw a Molotov at the pair of
doors, quickly run through them and back to draw gangsters to it, then throw an-
other Molotov at it. Send him through the doorway to throw a Molotov at or
shoot a gangster standing by a big statue of Big Smoke splattered with bird
cr*p. As soon as C.J. gets past the corner, have him make a strong Molotov
throw for the far end of the hall on the right to get the gangsters at the end
of, or around the far bend of, the hall. Then have him make a light toss of a
Molotov to get the Mafia guys that come out of the doors in the middle of the

In the hall, there's a gangster, a stripper, and Armor past the pair of doors
on the left, and a gangster, a stripper, and a Health pickup past the pair of
doors on the right.

Have C.J. go to the end of the hall and a bit to the left to go through the
pair of doors, up the stairs, and toward the pair of doors by the "Not welcome--
Rockstar North" door mat.


- Floor 4 Big Smoke's penthouse

In a cutscene, Big Smoke, in blue Armor, sits playing a videogame ("They
Crawled from Uranus"). He says he doesn't give a sh** that C.J. came to see
him. C.J. says he came to take care of Big Smoke then his friends at the police
department. Big Smoke says he doesn't give a f**k--he's a success and can't be
touched. He says, "I guess we better do this then," and goes for his AK-47.

Have C.J. attack Big Smoke. Big Smoke runs away around the room, and there's
always an assistant of his that attacks C.J. no matter how many assistants C.J.
shoots, so concentrate on having C.J. get Big Smoke. The game tells you Big
Smoke is more vulnerable where he doesn't have Armor; a Minigun to the head
takes care of him quickly. (You can watch the Big Smoke comet tear around the
room if you have C.J. use a Molotov.)

If the fight goes on long enough, Big Smoke switches off the light. C.J. can
use the Thermal Goggles that are by a lower window (although I didn't have him
use them), and continue as before.

You can have C.J. turn around and get behind the counter by the kitchen cabin-
ets with red doors for a good vantage spot (thanks to Kevin Walter's guide at

(When I really dragged this out, Big Smoke sometimes disappeared then showed
up somewhere else in the room.)

In a cut scene, C.J. wants to know why Big Smoke flipped out--they were like
family. Big Smoke says he got caught up in the money: "They'll remember my
name...Big Smoke" (probably not his given name). Big Smoke dies with a handful
of money. C.J. says, "What a waste."

Tenpenny appears with a Combat Shotgun and has C.J. drop his gun. (I once had
a boss who said, "My man" like Tenpenny; I wasn't partial to him, either.) He
needs C.J. to do him a favor. He knows C.J. killed Pulaski and now Big Smoke,
and asks, "Where's your brother?" He's going to continue as before, and has two
rookies he's training already. He has C.J. fill a suitcase with Big Smoke's
money, then prepares to shoot him. C.J. bluffs: "Hey, Sweet!" When Tenpenny
looks back, C.J. dives for his gun, and Tenpenny's shots at C.J. miss.

Tenpenny shoots some machinery as he leaves, which sets the place on fire and
knocks out the lights.


When you regain control of C.J., there's an AK-47 (Big Smoke's) and an Armor
pickup in front of him. There are two Health pickups in the bathroom on the up-
per level of the penthouse.

If C.J. has the fireproof feature, the fire doesn't matter. The lights go out
and you can have C.J. use the Night Vision Goggles supplied, but I didn't have
C.J. use them. The main things that will make it hard to see will be the smoke
and fire on the 2nd floor and below it, and the game even recommends you take
the goggles off to help you see when that's a problem.

C.J. has seven minutes to fight his way back down to the opening he made with
the S.W.A.T. vehicle. There are less attackers this time, but one or two at
most every turn. C.J. can fire or throw Molotovs down at them in some places;
just use a tap to get the Molotovs to the bottom of stairways.

A good gimmick to start using on the balconies of the 2nd floor, since the
fire and smoke becomes so dense it's hard to see and a lot of gangsters shoot at
C.J. for the rest of his run through the building, is to have C.J. crouch and
wave the M4 around while you press the RMB to look for each green light that in-
dicates a head is below it. At least that lets you see below the smoke. The
last time I tried it, C.J. got four targets below through the screened window
in the 1st room, then two more as soon as he went out on the balcony.

At the floor of the room, C.J. has to go across it (and whatever gangsters are
left) to the doors to the right on the far end, through the doors and left
across a little hall, through the doors and right down the stairs,

through the doors and right across a landing with two gangsters, down the
stairs with a gangster at the bottom,

turn 180 degrees to the left and get through a room with gangsters by boxes,
go right through the doors and a big room with gangsters at the three pillars
on either side and on the balcony to the doors at the far end, through the doors
and go left through a hall with several gangsters, turn left to go through a
hall then a room, and go left down the stairs to a door with a yellow entrance

then go through a room with four gangsters.

As C.J. gets across the room from the hole he made with the S.W.A.T. vehicle,
a cut scene shows him dive through the opening as explosions rock the building.


Tenpenny pulls away in a Firetruck. (It's the kind with a ladder but no water
nozzle--the kind that's on the block S of the one the Xoomer garage is on in Do-
herty, San Fierro. This version is also like the San Fierro trolley--it knocks
anything out of the way. C.J. may need to watch out for falling vehicles.)
Sweet grabs the end of the ladder but does nothing else as the Firetruck speeds
up. C.J. gets into a white Feltzer convertible.

Have C.J. chase the Firetruck. The Feltzer in this has decent road grip, so
just release acceleration before turns and you'll only need to use S for them a

One thing generally true about things C.J. chases (vigilante targets, the
train in "Wrong Side of the Tracks," etc.) applies here: the Firetruck doesn't
go as fast if you have C.J. hang back about half a block from it. It's not hard
to keep on the tail of, but you might be surprised how little you need to tap
acceleration if C.J. hangs back while he follows it. (I guess it's one of the
things meant by R* about the game adjusting to the skill level of the player.)

During the run N on the highway along the E coast, stay in the right lanes.
The Firetruck goes into the left lanes for a bit but comes back to the right
lanes. When one of Tenpenny's rookies stomps on Sweet's fingers, a bar on-
screen shows the time left for Sweet's failing grip. Have C.J. drive up behind
the Firetruck so Sweet can drop to the hood of C.J.'s car and climb into a front

C.J. has Sweet take control of the wheel: "It's payback time." Have C.J. fire
at the two rookies on the Firetruck, pursuing police cars, and gangsters who
chase and attack from motorcycles and Tornados (1958 Chevrolet Impalas with
grills like '57 Chevy Bel Airs).

In a cut scene, the Firetruck goes out of control, breaks through the middle
of the E wall of the bridge W of the Johnson house, and crashes to the street
below. As Tenpenny crawls dying from the truck, he calls out for help. But
he's half-talking to himself for "a**holes" to come help the "officer down" who
could have turned this town around if there were more like him. (It might be a
better case if he wasn't just a criminal in a cop uniform himself.)

Sweet stops C.J. from shooting Tenpenny, who's a few breaths from death, any-
way. Sweet says people will just figure Tenpenny "killed himself in traffic."
Kendl, Cesar, and the Truth join C.J. and Sweet. The Truth says C.J. "Beat the
system," but Kendl says she's just glad it's over. The Johnsons all agree Big
Smoke was selfish. C.J. nudges Tenpenny with his foot to make sure he's dead:
"See you around...officer" (he leaves off Tenpenny's "like a donut" part).

Inside, the Johnsons and Cesar talk about how the neighborhood has to be kept
in good condition now that the worst is over. Kent, Ken, Maccer, and Madd Dogg
join them so Madd Dogg can give them the good news about "our 1st gold record."
While everybody is excited about their plans of things to come, and Madd Dogg
wants to tour and Kendl would like to roll dice with Wu Zi in Las Venturas, C.J.
says he's "Fittin' to hit the block, see what's happening."

C.J. gets Respect and $250,000.

100% completion

The Hydra appears on Sweet's house (E of the Johnson house) and the Rhino ap-
pears under the overpass W of the Johnson house. C.J. has infinite ammo for all
of his weapons, any Stats not maximized are maximized, his cars can take twice
the previous amount of damage, and he gets $1,000,000.

C.J. has the dual Micro-SMGs he used in the chase after Tenpenny. The riots
are over.

Catalina calls to put on an act that Claude is slaying her in bed. C.J. says
she's sick and needs help. She insists that he's jealous.

Big Smoke's place will stay open if you want to have C.J. look around inside.
I think that big blue platform in his penthouse is meant to be a performing

You can break the wall of the bridge the Firetruck fell from, or break the
hole in the billboard that gets broken near the end of "Reuniting the Families,"
before they get broken during missions:

- The bridge goes over the street the Johnson house is on and is W of the
Johnson house. The breakable part of the bridge wall is over the sidewalk and
house on the N side of the street, and lets you make a shortcut from the bridge
to the street.

- The billboard is high above the N side of the big E-W highway at the last
"S" of the big "LOS SANTOS" letters on your paper map. There's a N-S road and
alley on the N side of the breakable part of the sign, but a low wall prevents
it from being a useful detour (so how did they drive through it when...never

IX.10 Make a copy of your save game


X Basic skins, modding (use at your own risk),
music, and screen shot tutorial

Modding section


Special note about "San Andreas" v.2:

Version 2 has "SECOND EDITION" printed along the bottom of the front of the

In either the original or second edition of the PC version, you can use or
make certain kinds of mods for the game, including:

- ones that change various attributes of vehicles to customize their speed,
suspension, durability, etc., which can make certain missions, stunts, and
knocking other vehicles around a lot easier (data\handling.cfg; see X.10.b),

- ones that change the size of vehicle wheels (data\vehicles.ide;
see X.10.a),

- ones that give any vehicle the set of colors you like beyond what mod shops
in the game offer (data\carcols.dat; see X.10.f),

- ones that let you maximize weapon, vehicle, Muscle, etc., Stats of all kinds
in one sitting (data\ar_stats.dat; see III.5),

- ones that give any weapon the range, damage strength, accuracy, etc., you
like, and ones that determine the aggressiveness of types of pedestrians (data\
weapon.dat and data\pedstats.dat; see X.11), and

- ones that let you increase the draw distance, which not only increase the
distance with which the graphics appear but can give them richer hues (data\
timecyc.dat; see X.13.f).

Thanks to Ben "Cerbera" Millard for explaining to me how you can modify the
second version of the game in the ways given above.

You can also use v.1 or v.2 with:

Demarest's code tools (they also work with your existing save games):

Spaceeinstein's SA "All In One Mod":

In v.1, you can also mod:

- main.scm and .img mods. See X.13 for a sampling of the veritable cornucopia
of mods possible. (And see X.9.a for how to activate the Barbie and Ken-type
Hot Coffee niblets that some fear have the ability to make our 17 year olds hate
God and government and make us lose all the wars. I'm wondering when they'll
get around to that freakin' Betsy Wetsy doll to stop it from turning all our
good youth into preverts.)

- You can also use a teleporter with v.1 to make C.J.'s travel across the big
San Andreas map to Tags, Oysters, Snapshots, Horseshoes, Liberty City, etc., as
fast as the press of a key, and project C.J. and his vehicle to the spots that
let him get gold in schools, etc. The GTA SA Control Center also lets you make
C.J. or any vehicle he's in bullet, etc., proof, spawn any vehicle (including
the Andromada--which it mistakenly lists as "Andromeda," FBI Truck, or RC Cam),
stop mission timers that count up, etc. See X.13.a-c (TGIOPC).

If you want to be able to mod v.2 like v.1:

Jarjar, at the next link, gives a way to mod v.2 like v.1 by changing the
gta3.img and gta.dat files. (He doesn't have you change the .exe file source
code or play without a CD.)

I've gotten some good bargains on games at eBay. You might find v.1 there:

I'm glad I own the original version.


Rockstar support for modding

Ben "Cerbera" Millard

Modding support in GTA1 and 2:

For GTA1, DMA Design (R* didn't exist back then) released the "Cityscape Doc-
umentation" covering the "*.cmp", "*.gry" formats and "*.g24" formats. They
also released a "Mission Template 22" documentation which lists the objects and
commands available in the "mission.ini" format--equivalent to the "main.scm" in
the more recent editions.

For GTA2, R* Games (which formed near the end of the game's development) re-
leased several tools. For starters, there was the Map Editor which actually
runs well in Windows 98, the platform GTA2 was intended for in 1999:

Additionally, they released their compiler for the mission scripts. They in-
cluded the full mission source script for one city (I forget which) as a "*.mis"
file. This may be what started the tradition for including the partial source of
"main.scm" in the later games.

More remarkably, the whole architecture of the GTA2 engine was based around
extensibility and modding! It used a simple text files to determine which lev-
el-specific files should be loaded into the game. The multiplayer system has
~100 slots to be used by multiplayer levels. The game only comes with 3 levels,
each having modes for 2-6 players. This takes up just 15 slots. Combined with
the level maker and mission script compiler, this fostered a never-ending flood
of multiplayer levels created by the community (even I made one).


GTW note:

About four pages back from the end of the PC booklets for "III" through SA,
there's a section of thanks to favorite web sites, which include ones that show-
case GTA mods.


Ben "Cerbera" Millard

Rockstar support of modding "GTA III" onward:

There's more obvious things, too.

R* could have chosen to make all the files as highly optimised binary formats
and include no comments or documentation anywhere in the game at all--something
like they have done on the PSP. This way of doing things provides shorter load-
ing times as the data doesn't have to be parsed, compared and compiled from hun-
dreds text files. These files are full of whitespace to make them readable for
us in Notepad.

With each edition in the 3D GTA series, more and more game functionality has
been moved from the engine's core (hardcoded) to text files (moddable). For ex-
ample, in GTAIII there was no way to alter the special way floating and flying
vehicles behaved on those surfaces. In GTAVC, new sections were added to the
"handling.cfg" file so that we could have full control over everything from how
high they rebounded after hitting waves to far over they leaned when turning.

In GTASA, yet another section was added which controls the timing and behav-
iour of animations. Although not many people have used this yet, the move to
this easily edited text format is clearly for our benefit.

The "handling.cfg" file contains exhaustive commenting and those comments have
grown with each edition. This is another clear indication that R* have paid at-
tention to the modding community, noticed a very popular part of it involves
cars and handling, then responded by providing us with more information. It's
one step short of an SDK for that format, although this certainly isn't true for
all of the formats.

However, it is also not unique. In GTASA, very many of the text data files in
the "data" folder are highly commented with each column in each section ex-
plained, or at least named. These comments would be unnecessary for the devel-
opers since they'd use in-house tools.

In GTAIII, GTAVC and possibly GTASA an uncompiled portion of the "main.scm"
was included, IIRC. That made it easier for pioneers like Barton Waterduck to
reverse engineer the format and create tools like Mission Builder.

(Thanks to Ben for the recommendation to check with Icey, too.)



Icey made MultiEdit for "III." MultiEdit leaves a "generated by" note at the
top of pages it generates, and the VC carcols.dat file, at the top of the page,

# Generated By MultiEdit V1.3 On 14/09/2002 22:46:02 []

Thanks to Ben "Cerbera" Millard and Icey for telling me about it.


"Vice City" came out on PS2 before PC, and Icey used the PC version, so he
learned of it from a letter from Spooky:


Segment of letter from Spooky to Icey

'ello Icey,

It seems R* north have been using your proggy for GTA:VC! This is taken from
the top of the GTA:VC 'carcols.dat' file...

"# Generated By MultiEdit V1.3 On 14/09/2002 22:46:02 [http://icey.gouranga.

...well done man, they must have been impressed :).





A lot of other people e-mailed me about this over the next few weeks. People
thought it was great that Rockstar had used a tool created by the community.
The news was posted on several GTA modding sites, including by

On 9/22/04. I received a message from IllSpirit. I'll just include the rele-
vant part:


Segment of letter from Illspirit to Icey

I was chatting with one of the tech directors over at R* about user tools a
while back, and he had this to say about MultiEdit, et al:

"Although we check out the mods that are around we don’t usually end up using
them. The header that appeared in carcols.dat is there because an artist
checked out MultiEdit. I believe we haven’t actually used it to edit the
colours, though.

"A lot of the mods are pretty impressive pieces of software. Especially since
the authors have to figure out the formats of data files etc. However, it’s a
lot easier for us to write tools ourselves since we know exactly what’s going
on. We also have to be able to change the tools when the data format changes
(which happens a lot between games).

"Because of these reasons we tend to use our own tools. As far as I know we
don’t use any mod tools at the moment."

Later on in some random discussion he mentioned that most user tools are a lot
easier to use than the official editors. Not really a particularly useful bit
of info, I just thought you might be curious.


GTW note:

So maybe someone used MultiEdit but is unwilling to say so for legal reasons--
the warranty at the end of the booklet indicates Rockstar doesn't officially
support mods, probably so as not to have to take responsibility for problems
that could come up with badly made or installed mods.

Using MultiEdit creates a "generated by" note at the top of files it creates.
Maybe someone didn't use MultiEdit, but how would just checking it out leave a
message, or lead someone to want to leave a note to themself about it, that
said, "generated by," at the start of the file?

The response from someone at Rockstar isn't clear and certain. The legalese
that shrouds the thing is more likely to create uncertainty than that it should
have been hard to check and make sure about otherwise. But it seems more likely
to me that someone used it, then were legally prevented from speaking support-
ively about a mod, than that it wasn't used but someone left a "generated by"
note on the file.


Hot Coffee

IGN: "The point being the distinct change in language, that there is no need
for "disassembling and then combining, recompiling and altering the game's
source code" to create that mod. That's misleading. Some would call it a lie.
Why not come forward immediately and say the content was originally in there
right from the start?"

Rockstar: "There is still a need for 'disassembling and then combining, recom-
piling and altering the game's source code' to create the mod. The recent
statement does not contradict this. We don't believe that our position has
changed and we stand by all of our statements which state consistently that this
content could not be accessed without significant and technical alterations to
the retail version of the game."

PatrickW wouldn't need to have used the source code to find that if you change
a bit, an 8th of a byte, in a main.scm file, you unlock the HC content. Patrick
explains how he figured it out below in section X.9.a. Although, between the
Warranty meant to disassociate Rockstar from dealing with trouble caused by
faulty mods or mod installation, and the favorite web sites section including
sites with mods, in the game booklets of the 3D GTAs, how you were supposed to
know there was a bad file to fiddle with is beyond me.

But even if he had used the .exe file to mod another file (which he didn't),
I'm told that would still be okay unless he distributed an altered gta_sa.exe
file. (You could use a source code .exe file to create a way to play the game
without a CD. That's okay as a way for an individual to avoid getting scratches
on their Play CD for a game, but a distributed source code .exe file could lead
to a diminished number of sales of the game CDs. It also leads sometimes to
questions on the message boards that I don't have a clue how to answer.) All
Rockstar expected to stop was someone who tried to distribute a source code
.exe file, not stop anyone from fiddling with one they own at home.

I saw a lot of hate directed at PatrickW (and me if I just told someone where
his mod was--yish) on the message boards because R* misdirected aggression away
from themselves for putting the content in, and made out PatrickW to be an unex-
pected criminal who was solely responsible. A lot of people, mainly non-mod-
ders, bought that (they must figure you can pack a helluva bunch into a bit of
computer code). It took an ESRB investigation to bring the truth out past Rock-
star PR concerns: the ESRB board didn't decide that people won't fiddle with
files on their computers, but that Rockstar had the first responsibility for not
telling the board what content they put in a Rockstar game.

If politicians and parents just make sure cashiers are told they'll be fired
unless they make sure customers are old enough, R* (and HL2, etc.) and modding
should be able to go on like before. The only care to be taken to prevent the
controversy from happening again is that Rockstar doesn't put content in unless
they show the board that wants to see it 1st.

If that's not made clear, Rockstar may instead make PC games that you can't
mod as well, like SA v.2, if they're able to be modded at all, as if to ration-
alize how they've gotten a crowd of people to misdirect blame at modders. If
so, it's going to be a lame reason to screw up a good thing. GTA's are my fav-
orite games, and I want to be able to put my Dad's car in there.

X.1 Compressed File Utility

If you need a compressed file utility to make downloads with, you can pick
from a variety of free or shareware versions, or buy one, at the PC World web
site. As of this writing, these utilities (including Power Archiver, the one I
have) can be found at:,fid,7205,00.asp

After you download a compressed file of a mod into a new folder you've made
for it, you extract the contents of the compressed file into the folder.

Click Edit then Select All, or hold down Ctrl while you select all the files,
which makes the file names turn blue. (Once they're all selected, you can hold
down Ctrl to deselect certain files, too.) Then extract them to the same fold-

Then delete the compressed file.

X.2 Web sites for skins and mods

I can see why Spaceeinstein recommends this "Great website:

"All GTA modding knowledge in one place. The most reliable site you will ever

Some of the best web sites where you can find some of the finished products
(Bring GTA Action up on Google and click "Translate this page" for a babel-
fish-like translation)

While mods for "III" are becoming less common, a couple of the better sites I
found for "III" mods, including Odie's Miss Liberty (the Statue of Liberty), are
the GTA Place and gta-downloads:

X.3 Mods

X.4 Un-check the green dot 1st

As always, when you change a file in the C:\Program Files\Rockstar Games\Grand
Theft Auto: San Andreas folder, you need to make it writable and not "read only"

Go to:

My Computer\C:\Program Files\Rockstar Games\Grand Theft Auto San Andreas

Right-click it, click "Properties," and click the little green dot so it dis-
appears. It's green for Windows XP Home and blue for Vista Home Premium.

Click "Apply" and a little menu will ask if you want that to apply to all
files and subfolders--click "OK" and it will disappear, then click "OK" on the
1st one and it will disappear.

You don't need to do this if you change which files you have in your User
Tracks, or save game files you have, in My Documents\GTA San Andreas User Files.

X.5 Make backups (and where to find other SA backup files)

Make backup copies of the original files you plan to change. Save them in a
folder in My Documents in case something goes wrong or you change your mind lat-
er. That way, if you need to change the file to what it was originally, you
won't have to reinstall the game. You can use My Documents as a place to keep
a copy of the original file and, for those you can read with Notepad, a .txt
file version, too.

You can find other SA backup files at:

X.6 Tools:

Note: check to see if the tool is compatible with v1.01 of the game if you use
the patch for it.

The IMG Tool v.2

You can use the IMG Tool v.2 by Spooky to replace the .dff and .txd files of
the models\gta3.img file of "III," "Vice City," and "San Andreas" with those of


Turnipfan has an IMG tool that was featured in the pages of PC Gamer, and
which Ben Millard helped with:

The TXD Workshop

Delphi created the TXD Workshop, which you can use with the IMG Tool to view
and change the .txd files of the models\gta3.img file of "III," "Vice City," or
"San Andreas."


Arushan, aka aru, has an IMG tool that lets you view the .txd files:

Note that it requires you to have Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 installed. If
you don't, I would consider it too much of a system hog--and it's a big hog--to
install just to see GTA .txd files (or use ATI Catalyst Control Center instead
of Control Panel, for that matter). Just use Spark if you're some kind of PC
program developer (or whoever in the world actually uses .NET Framework other-

If you use .NET Framework, you might want to look at the advice given by Ko-
roush Ghazi at the tweakguides web site on how to trim the resources .NET Frame-
work uses.

CFG Studio 2

You might try Ben "Cerbera" Millard's CFG Studio 2, which organizes the data\
handling.cfg file in a way that makes it a lot easier to work with.

It also does the work of a previous tool of his, the Flag Studio: it makes it
easy for anyone to calculate how to change the flags of the vehicles in the
data\handling.cfg file of "III," "Vice City," and "San Andreas." (See X.10.b
under "miscellaneous jazz.")

The functions Cerbera's Rescaler--to calculate how to adjust the suspension of
vehicles in the data\handling.cfg file of "III," "Vice City," and "San Andre-
as"--are now handled by his CFG Studio 2.

The GTA: San Andreas GXT Editor

You can use the GTA: San Andreas GXT Editor by Hammer83 to change the vehicle
name that appears in the lower right corner of the screen when C.J. enters a ve-
hicle in "San Andreas." This usually comes up if you put in a vehicle mod.

See "How to change their on-screen names," X.10.g, for the easy instructions
for it.

The San Andreas Ultimate Editor

Brad Brooks has an editor that lets you edit various things about the weapons,
pedestrians, etc. My special interest in it is that it lets you edit the flags
of data\weapon.dat (see X.11). This lets you decide if a weapon is one C.J. can
dual-wield, crouch or run with, or use targeting for, etc.

X.7 Installing most car, bike, or pedestrian mods

This can be done if you have the original version of the game. If you have
the second edition, you need to use the gta_sa.exe of the original version to
do this.

Un-check the green dot (X.4).

Most car, bike, and pedestrian mods are .dff and .txd files. You don't need
to start a new game after you replace them as you do after changing the
main.scm file. I'll use the example of changing the .dff and .txd files of a
car to serve for whatever .dff and .txd file replacement.

- Download the mod to a folder on your Desktop, then extract it to the same

- Open the IMG Tool, click "File," "Open," and find "gta3.img" via:

My Computer\Local Disk (C:)\Program Files\Rockstar Games\Grand Theft Auto San

- Select "gta3.img," click "Open," and the window fills with all the file
names in "gta3.img."

- Scroll through the names to "(name of car you want to replace).dff," click
on it to select it, and click "Commands" then "Extract." Extract it to a place
where you can save a backup copy if you change your mind, or anything should go
wrong, and you want to put it back. I'd put it in a folder called "GTA SA orig-
inal (car name)" I'd make for it in My Documents or on the Desktop.

- Then click "Commands," "Delete," and delete the selected "(car you want to
replace).dff" file.

- Make sure the file you use to replace it is given the same name. Rename it
if you have to.

- Then click "Command," "Add," and find the "(new car).dff" file you want from
the Desktop folder you made for it.

- Click "Open" and the file is added.

- Do the same with the .txd file. Each time you replace a pair of .dff and
.txd files, replace the .dff file 1st since your PC reads it 1st and it helps
your PC read the files faster. And always replace .txd files with ones of the
same resolution (128x256, 256x256, etc.).

- Whenever you're through doing this stuff with however many files, click
"Commands," "Rebuild Archive," wait for the archive to be rebuilt, close the IMG
Tool by "x"ing it out, and you're done.

(If the vehicle mod comes with wheels, you don't need to use DMagic1's Wheel
Mod" for "San Andreas" wheels because Rockstar changed the DFF files for it.
Thanks to Ben "Cerbera" Millard.)

If you like the mod, you might move the folder for it from the Desktop to My
Documents. I put the ones I save in a folder on a 2nd hard disk I use for stor-

X.8 Skin viewing and editing

deNULL has authored a "Game Archive Viewer" that lets you view "Vice City" and
"San Andreas" .dff, .txd, binary .ipl and .col files without extracting them
from the archive:

See the skin editing tutorial by oshi:

You can just use the 1st few steps of it if you just want to see the crimi-
nals, prostitutes, etc., I've referred to in this guide.

You can also use The TXD Workshop described a few paragraphs above.


Another way is to view the peds.ide characters of the game use the Pedestrian
Editor tool by Scream2k4:

X.9 Women

If you want to customize your romantic fantasies in "San Andreas," these are
some of the women you might want to modify. To modify them, you can use either
the original version of the game or the second edition. To modify the second
edition, use jarjar's method--see X under "If you want to be able to mod v.2
like v.1."

In models\gta3.img:

The girlfriends are Barbara COPGRL3
Denise GANGRL3
Helena GUNGRL3
Michelle MECGRL3
Millie CROGRL3

The Los Santos whores are BFYPRO, HFYPRO, and SFYPRO, and WFYPRO.
The San Fierro whores are SBFYPRO, SHFYPRO, and SWFOPRO.
The Los Venturas whores are VBFYPRO, and VHFYPRO, and VWFYPRO.

BFYPRO black woman, short hair, pink bikini top, black leather short pants
and high boots.

HFYPRO Hispanic woman, brown hair tied in back to a ponytail, gray-blue top
tied in front, red-violet short skirt, knee-high brown boots.

WFYPRO white woman, blonde hair tied in pigtails, long sleeve black shirt
tied in front, red plaid short skirt, white thigh-high stockings, black calf-
high boots.

SBFYPRO black woman, flat top haircut, one piece red short dress and knee-
high boots, thigh-high gray stockings.

SHFYPRO white woman, short brown hair pulled back, leopard skin shirt tied in
front, gray plaid short skirt, thigh-high gray stockings, calf-high black boots.

SWFOPRO white woman, dirty blonde hair, cigarette in mouth, violet-red top of
bands that come down over her breasts and matching short skirt, ankle-high brown

VBFYPRO chunky black woman, white top with armbands, gray-red skirt and

VHFYPRO chunky Hispanic woman, short brown hair pulled back, green midriff-
baring top, black short skirt and mid-calf-high boots.

VWFYPRO white woman, dirty brown hair short on sides, gold earrings, brown
thigh-length fur jacket, thigh-high gray stockings, black shoes strapped at the


SBFYSTR busty black woman, dirty brown hair in pigtails, white sleeveless
blouse tied in front, short plaid skirt, knee-high white stockings, low top
black shoes.

SWFYSTR white woman, brown hair with Shirley Temple curls, black bodice laced
in front with a little show of areola at the top, black thong bikini bottom,
thigh-high black nylons, black high top shoes.

VBFYST2 black woman, long brown hair, earrings, pearl necklace and a white
band around her neck, white bra and panties, white stockings on arms and thigh-
high on legs, low top gray shoes.

VHFYST3 white woman, long red-brown hair, low cut black bodice laced in front
with a tiny bit of areola showing at the inside edges, black police cap and
belt, black thong bikini bottom, thigh-high black nylons, knee-high black boots,
leopard stockings on forearms and hands but not the fingers.

VWFYST1 white woman, black hair, black bikini top and bottom, flame tattoo
at crotch, leg-length black nylons, black shoes strapped at the ankle.

X.9.a The Hot Coffee mod

Author: PatrickW, aka Patrick Wildenborg

Craig Kostelecky "Opened up" mod
Hammer83 the sacensor tool

Barton Waterduck discovered the animations in the PS2 version

illspirit discovered the fully nude models


It's still available at several web sites:
go to San Andreas > Downloads > Modifikationen > Allgemein.

It's one of the optional features of the "San Andreas" version of Spaceein-
stein's "All In One" mod.

PS2 gamers can go to the web site for the GTA:SA Censor Re-

PS2 owners that want the Action Replay Max codes can find them at:

The GTA Place has a version for Xbox.


To use this mod, you need either the original version of the game or the sec-
ond edition with the gta_sa.exe of the original version.


"Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" was released for PC on June 7, 2005.

Patrick released the Hot Coffee mod at GTA Forums and GTA Garage on June 9,

It enables an interactive sex game (R-rated cartoon, in movie terms) that uses
the models and the voices of Young MayLay and the voice actresses who play the
girlfriends found in the rest of the game. In one version the girlfriends are
dressed, and another uses Rockstar-created naked ones (with a Barbie doll geni-
talia area). It takes place when a girlfriend invites C.J. inside for coffee.
It's sort of like the dance game, except you can choose a version which the wom-
an is naked for. As in the rest of the regular game, the least C.J. can be made
to wear are his shorts in all the versions, so there's nothing to launder or
wipe up afterward. He's sexy, but very neat.


These are the pertinent rating methods and a few of the web pages about the
ESRB ratings for games and the Production Code used in movies:


M: 17 and older. Titles in this category may contain intense violence, blood
and gore, sexual content, and/or strong language.

AO: 18 years and older. Titles in this category may include prolonged scenes
of intense violence and/or graphic sexual content and nudity.


R: under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

NC-17: no one 17 and under admitted. (X became NC-17 in 1990.)


Wikipedia has an article about some of the groups and people that are the
major players in videogame controversies:


Rockstar designed but disabled it, and modders soon re-enabled it to make it
available again and have some fun with. I guess Rockstar figured the M rating
would hold since the mod would be an option offered by modders beyond the Rock-
star release.

The modders found it and went, "Ha! Look at that!" And it was a funny little
moment. And that should have been it--end of story.


Soon after that, Democratic California State Assemblyman Leland Yee, "one of
the growing ranks of politicians sponsoring bills to outlaw the sale of Mature-
rated games to minors," saw the mod and said: "It's outrageous. It tells you
how to copulate a woman. That should not be in the hands of children." Yee
tried to get the ESRB to change the rating for "San Andreas" from Mature to
Adults Only.
"Sex, Lies & Video Games" by David Kushner, "Rolling Stone" magazine, Aug. 11,
2005, pp.41-42.

On July 7, 2005, Leland Yee issued a press release which included:

"Once again, ESRB has failed our parents," commented Yee. "This particular
game has been known to include extremely heinous acts of violence, and now
it has been uncovered that the game also includes explicit sexual scenes
that are inappropriate for our children. I have urged the ESRB on numerous
occasions to rate this game AO based on its blatantly graphic nature."

(I think "explicit" and "graphic" are strong words for R rated cartoon sex
featuring a guy with his pants on and a woman without genitals. The word "kids"
is too broad to refer to the 17 years old and up audience the game was made for.
And he doesn't contain his criticism to store clerks who don't check I.D. cards.
You'll see these traits come up regularly with some of the politicians when they
make their big deal public statements about the controversy. No wonder too many
people don't vote.)

The M rating became contested and the controversy began. The worst thing
about it is people making any bigger a case about it, and each other, than that.
Well, that and that you could think it makes the dating in the game take too
long (possibly partly why Rockstar disabled it), but it's an option you can eas-
ily turn on or off whenever you feel like it.

It makes a bigger difference in terms of sales outlets. Wal-Mart, Best Buy,
and Circuit City don't sell games rated AO though they sell movies rated R,
which include ones more graphic and sexier than the coffee mod and more realis-
tically violent than a GTA. That's where I tend to get confused.



Rockstar claimed it isn't responsible for the "Hot Coffee" mod. Instead, the
company statement said (as Cerbera mentions later) it was the result of:

"the work of a determined group of hackers who have gone to significant
trouble to alter scenes in the official version of the game.

"In violation of the software user agreement, hackers created the 'hot
coffee' modification by disassembling and then combining, recompiling and
altering the game's source code. Since the 'hot coffee' scenes cannot be
created without intentional and significant technical modifications and
reverse engineering of the game's source code, we are currently investi-
gating ways that we can increase the security protection of the source
code and prevent the game from being altered by the 'hot coffee' modifica-

"We are continuing work diligently to assist the Entertainment Software
Ratings Board (ESRB) as it investigates the circumstances surrounding the
recently discovered "hot coffee" modification. ... We remain confident
that the ESRB assigned Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas the correct rating, M
(Mature 17+)."
Posted July 13, 2005.

When first asked if those hackers could be employees in Rockstar's Manhattan
lofts or Scotland development studio, spokesman Rodney Walker snapped, "They're
not within our company."
"Sex, Lies & Video Games" by David Kushner, "Rolling Stone" magazine, Aug. 11,
2005, pp.41-42.

Free Kevin! (Sorry.)

I'm no legal expert, but I think I know dialogue scripted by a lawyer when I
hear it. You just flip the censor and "hello." It's there, intact, in files
Rockstar knows have been commonly scoured, with common software to do the scour-
ing, for years now. If you use a different version gta_sa.exe (source code),
the mod (and any other .scm or .img mod) won't work. If someone wanted to hide
it, an ordinary modder could have completely deleted it, like Rockstar deleted
the Darkel missions from "III," in one sitting before it was burned to disk. Is
that lawyer a crackhead, too? Rockstar, tell that lawyer to shut up and let's
get on with the good stuff.

The ESRB of the U.S.A. and Canada didn't go for what I assume Rockstar's idea
was: an idea of the hidden content being shown separately from the regular game
so the hidden content not needing to be covered by the M rating, probably not
thinking the content deserved an AO rating, and possibly just being in such a
hurry they didn't consider how future events could get out of hand.

On July 20, 2005, the ESRB changed the rating from M (Mature: 17 or over) to
AO (Adults Only: 18 or over), assuming Rockstar released the game knowing that
modders would unlock the sex scenes for a mod.

I think the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) just needed to lend
whatever hand toward ensuring the "San Andreas" M rating was enforced in stores,
even in consideration of the controversial mod. The ESRB seems to have had a
motive of trying to compensate for the currently partly ineffectual enforce-
ment of the M rating with a harsher rating, since they don't have a case that
the cartoon has NC-17 instead of R-rated content. If the age of 17 is going to
be a common deciding factor in this, why don't they just bring the law to bear
on store clerks who don't check I.D. cards?


In "Rockstar Responds to GTA: SA's AO Rating," a July 20, 2005 article by
Douglass C. Perry at IGN, a Rockstar representative (who asked not to be men-
tioned by name) said:

"We are obviously aware of the mod community, but the skill, expertise and
knowledge of Grand Theft Auto code required to create this mod surprised all of
us. These elements were never meant to be found."

In a section of quotes representing Take-Two by Paul Eibeler, Take-Two's Pres-
ident and Chief Executive Officer, the following two paragraphs are given with-
out quotes. They may be paraphrases of statements of his (?):

The scenes depicted in the "hot coffee" modification are not playable in the
retail version of the game unless the user downloads and/or installs unautho-
rized software that alters the content of the original retail version of the
title, representing a violation of Take-Two and Rockstar's end user license
agreement (EULA) and intellectual property rights.

Take-Two is exploring its legal options as it relates to companies that pro-
fited from creating and distributing tools for altering the content of Grand
Theft Auto: San Andreas.

IGN: "The point being the distinct change in language, that there is no need
for "disassembling and then combining, recompiling and altering the game's
source code" to create that mod. That's misleading. Some would call it a lie.
Why not come forward immediately and say the content was originally in there
right from the start?"

Rockstar: "There is still a need for 'disassembling and then combining, recom-
piling and altering the game's source code' to create the mod. The recent
statement does not contradict this. We don't believe that our position has
changed and we stand by all of our statements which state consistently that this
content could not be accessed without significant and technical alterations to
the retail version of the game."

He said they were going to offer retailers the option of re-labeling their
stock as AO or replacing it with an edited version of the game that keeps the M


"It's much like real bad sex-—unerotic, partially clothed and apt to create
lousy feelings in the morning. Feeling the worst these days is Rockstar Games,
the brash young maker of GTA, which after weeks of waffling has copped to hiding
the scene in its megaselling game franchise. The game was slapped with an
adults-only rating and yanked from most stores. After years of dodging gunfire
over game violence, the rebel Rockstar guys got burned for the oldest mistake in
the book: covering up a fu**."
"Sex, Lies & Video Games" by David Kushner, "Rolling Stone" magazine, Aug. 11,
2005, pp.41-42.


For a more knowing understanding of the programming than I have, I defer to
Ben "Cerbera" Millard:

He tells me what Patrick did changes a bit--1/8th of a byte--in the main.scm
file to make the sex mini-game available. It alters the main.scm (not the
source code of the game) so the bit change enables the Rockstar content when
loading and saving games. This mini-game uses non-nude characters.

However, there are nude versions of some of the girlfriends in the character
archives (.IMG file--again, not game source code). By altering item definitions
(.IDE files--again, not game source code), the nude models can walk around on
the streets, be used by missions, etc. And by making a change to the Hot Coffee
mission script (again, not game source code), these nude models are used in the
sex games instead of the non-nude models.


PatrickW has said that the mod didn't require significant effort: he only had
to change a single bit in the main.scm file to enable that part of the game for
his part in the thing. No new content (models, voice acting, etc.) was needed
for it--the content comes from edited main.scm and script.img files.

I'm jumping ahead in the story here to when I wrote to him and asked him to
explain the process (notably, did it involve "disassembling and then combining,
recompiling and altering the game's source code"?). On Nov.19, 2006, he wrote:

"There wasn't really much of a process. Barton found the animations
and had seen some references in the SCM code to them, but he didn't un-
derstand the code involved. I did some research and studied the code,
and had to find the meaning of several yet unknown opcodes (especially
the bit-field opcodes). After a couple of weeks I had a reasonable
understanding of the code, and had an idea of what it could be doing.
And I figured out that all that was needed to unlock it, was toggling a
single bit. But I had to wait until the game was released in the U.S.A..
At that time, a friend sent me his main.scm file, I manipulated it, and
sent it back. A short while later, I had an avi in my mailbox, with the
notorious hot-coffee scenes..."


The word "hacker" (person who illegally intrudes on your computer) came from
Rockstar once they decided to say the mod was a violation of the EULA (end user
license agreement; see the tiny Warranty print nobody reads at the end of the
game manual) once Rockstar got in trouble with the ESRB for Rockstar content the
modders came up with a way to uncover.

In contrast, there have been thousands of mods of user-created content made
otherwise, in years of nobody reading the EULA, in which there was friendly co-
operation from Rockstar about it, that led up to the trouble. It carried a mu-
tual understanding that Rockstar not only wouldn't enforce the EULA and discour-
age user-created content, which was in violation of the EULA, but would provide
some instructions in the files for how to do it (as Cerbera describes below).
And why not? It hasn't done the customer relations of the Half Life, Battle-
field, Neverwinter Nights, Elderscrolls, DOOM, Unreal, Halo, The Sims, etc.,
companies any harm--it helps prolong interest in their products.

Since the booklets that come with GTA's "III" through "San Andreas" come with
"thank you" sections on favorite web sites, which include sites that distribute
mods, the modders that read the Warranty correctly interpreted it as showing
Rockstar didn't want the responsibility of problems arising from badly-made or
installed mods, not as meaning that making and using mods carried any disfavor.
So who could have predicted that certain lawyer-coached representatives of Rock-
star would about-face on them when the over-blown HC scandal was something they
didn't want responsibility for, either?

I'd liken it to an episode of "The Andy Griffith Show." An old lady jaywalks,
and Barney, eager to establish his authority, gives her a hard time: "Alright,
lady, you're in violation of code 50866759...." And Andy says, "Barney, she's
an old lady, the intersection is way down there, and there isn't any traffic
out. Let's leave her alone and look for the real criminals." The controversial
mod is the old lady and Rockstar's quote--whoever made it--is Barney. Not Keith
Moon. Barney. And the modders then got to be like Andy: "Barney--you're a

That the mod/old lady was technically breaking a law is questionable in this
way: the controversial mod didn't create user-created content inasmuch as it
used content that was already there, and a police officer probably wouldn't con-
sider jaywalking an offense if no one seemed to have a chance of being endan-
gered. If there's any doubt, it pretty well seals the deal that it was preceded
by years of Rockstar listing favorite web sites that distributed thousands of
mods that were examples of what is undeniably user-created content.

And the Skimmer weenies could have bit parts for one episode of some kind of
characters that make trouble the heroes have to solve by the end of the episode.
They would think that Barney was onto something real important, because that's
the kind of mind these people have (weird). (To fly the Skimmer, I usually say,
"It's like driving a motorcycle, except when you do a wheelie, you take off."
I just realized--Skimmer weenies aren't 'cycle people. I KNEW it!)

If it were really an ethically important thing that was always true, believed
in, and committed to, that the modders violated, and not just "money talks," es-
pecially big Sony/Wal-Mart-related money, then why did Rockstar change their
horse in mid-stream?

And, preceding the controversy, lead level designer Craig Filshie, in "Tips
and Tricks" magazine, May, 2005, told the public there were secrets yet unfound,
indicating the fun of looking for them would be rewarded by finding things.

Unless another big secret comes along, this is probably it. (Maybe there is:
see X.9.b.) Unfortunately, you tend to find a lot of people who are waiting
for another BIG secret where you find a lot of Skimmer weenies.

Then again again, it's in the favor of whatever credibility there is to Rock-
star's claim--that they didn't want modders to discover it--that it doesn't look
as finished as I know Rockstar could have made it. The movements in the sex
scenes are like one of those novelty birds with a top hat that keeps dipping the
bill into a drinking glass (except you never see the bill). But I think they
expected modders to find the mostly finished side game and didn't expect there
would be so much trouble made over it.


Some reactions got stirred up about various GTA things:

Take-Two won't have any work to do looking for who profited from a mod you can
download for free like any other of hundreds of mods for the PC versions of GTA
games I'm familiar with, at least. You don't need to buy a Hot Coffee-specific
device to see it on PC.

I think they considered legal action against Action Replay and GameShark,
which proved the content was already there on the PS2 version to unlock.

And I know PatrickW didn't make any claims about what he did beyond what are
fair to make. It's still available at various web sites, but if you try to
download it from the gta garage web site now, you see:

"As a sign of support towards RockStar, The Hot Coffee Mod is no longer avail-
able. I've removed this download out of free will."


Spaceeinstein has a "San Andreas" version of his "All In One Mod" that has the
"Hot Coffee" mod as an option you can enable or disable as part of the Mod Shop

Paultjuh has a Savegame editor that has the "Hot Coffee" mod as an option.
You don't have to know C++ to enable it, you just click a box in the menu

A Game Revolution web site article, updated Oct. 19, 2005, "The Truth About
Violent Youth and Video Games," gives charts by the U.S. Department of Justice
Bureau of Statistics which show that violence by young people in the U.S. has
decreased in the years of the last several GTA games.

It also says the 2004 FBI crime report shows that the murder rate in 2004 was
the lowest it's been in 40 years, the same year the most popular game was "Grand
Theft Auto: San Andreas."

A good article about the controversies over the alleged possible effects of
video game violence is at the next link.

Hillary Clinton appeared:

A July 14, 2005 article by BBC News quotes a letter she wrote to the FTC. She
managed to figure the M rating wasn't harsh enough to protect kids from the
soft-core cartoon because a study showed that about half of seven to fourteen
year old kids could buy M-rated games. But besides suggesting that store clerks
could do better to restrict the sales of M-rated games, she wondered if the game
should be given an AO rating (and cause the sales of the game to plummet). (She
also doesn't seem concerned that the ESRB ratings need to be consistent with
movie ratings--she doesn't offer a plan to try to ruin the sales of any movie
wilder than "Herbie, the Love Boat" or whatever it was called, for example.
And, like the ESRB, she doesn't restrict her concern to proposing that the law
be brought to bear on store clerks that don't check I.D. cards.)

The House of Representatives wanted a look at those niblets:

That July 26, 2005 article by BBC News gives this quote by Congressman Fred
Upton of Michigan:

"The release of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was widely anticipated, but
an adults-only rating would have severely limited its sales in retail out-
lets. It appears that the publisher has blatantly circumvented the rules
in order to peddle sexually explicit material to our youth, and they
should be held accountable. A company cannot be allowed to profit from

(GTW note: I think "sexually explicit" may be too strong to fairly character-
ize the R-rated cartoon scene since the nude women don't have genitalia and C.J.
keeps his trousers on. And that may be the "big secret"--what's the deal with
that? I don't know. Again, the charges are by a politician that doesn't re-
strict his idea to requiring store clerks to check I.D. cards.)

Jack Thompson comes up a lot:

In a Feb. 25, 2005 article by William Vitka of the CBS News web site, Jack
Thompson gives his opinions about video game violence, etc.:

"Of course" (there a correlation between playing violent video games and act-
ing in a violent manner). And "...GTA weds sex and violence in the same game.
We are training a generation of teens to combine sex with violence...."

(GTW note: if you have C.J. hit a girlfriend, a message appears that he broke
one of the first rules of dating and he fails the date. If C.J. kills a prosti-
tute, there's money left behind to take, but that happens if practically any
pedestrian in the game gets killed. If C.J. completes the "San Andreas" pimping
mission, the prostitute pays him. And if a policeman catches the lead character
of a GTA killing anyone, the lead character gets a wanted rating.)

A GTA Forums message board arose about the mod "Defamation of Character: A
Jack Thompson Murder Simulator." It was made by the Fighting Hellfish in reac-
tion to Jack Thompson's attacks on GTA (not Mr. Thompson's "Modest Video Game
Proposal," which came out a week later than this mod):

In "The Embattled ESRB," a July 22, 2005 article by Jane Pinckard on the web site, Jason Della Rocca, the executive director of the International
Game Developer's Association, spoke about EULAs, that game makers must disclose
all the content on their disks to the ESRB, and the unworkability of policing
the modding that goes on beyond the content on the game disks:


In the letters of spaceeinstein, who wondered how this meant he owned an AO
game (while "Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude" and "Playboy: The Mansion" are
rated M): "WTF?"

GTA Garage had the same reaction; a July 26, 2005 article shows letters about
it they sent to Hillary Clinton, Jack Thompson, and the ESRB:

I would correct the line that the ESRB rated "Singles--Flirt up your Life" M;
it rated it AO. Then again, sex is the main thing that game is concerned with,
and the duration of such things factors into ESRB ratings. The same nature of
sexual or violent content over a longer period of time can create a more strong-
ly restrictive rating. But the coffee mod only lasts for about a minute.

It also points out that even the M-rated "Playboy: The Mansion" is more graph-
ic than the coffee mod. (And I'd add "far less popular and less liable to get
politicians looking for 50 Snapshots.")

This GTA Forums post by Ben "Cerbera" Millard, Oct. 30, 2005, speaks for a lot
of modders reactions:

"DMA/R* used to give amazing support to modders--they gave us their mis-
sion, map and texture format documentation with GTA1. They did the same
with GTA2 and gave away their mission script compiler and map editor, too.
These are professional, in-house tools and they gave them to us modders.

"In GTA3/VC/SA, nearly all of the text files contain comments explaining
what stuff does what. Files like handling.cfg have copious notes about
legal ranges for values, the maximum length of the to VehicleIdentifier.
In GTAVC and GTASA, they include a set of old handling lines to show how
the format has changed. It even says which way round the hexadecimal
bytes for the flag data are stored!

"In GTASA, loads of hardcoded features are now in easily edited text
files, which have huge amounts of notes to make modding easy. In the
GTASA manual, there's a huge section about R* giving their full permission
for people to create mods and distribute them as long as they don't re-
verse engineer, alter or distribute the EXE. R* clearly support modders.

"Well, they used to. Then modders uncovered content which R* hadn't both-
ered to remove from the game before packaging it up--the Hot Coffee
scenes. What did R* do? Did they own up to their mistake? Did they stand
by the modders who have made every PC edition of GTA a multi-million dol-
lar success? No. They called us a load of 'determined hackers' and tried
to deny everything. I'm not sure if I can ever forgive them for that be-

An 11/6/2005 GTA Forums message board post by teh roxxers:

"The fellow who assembled the Hot Coffee mod took a couple of programs
written by other folks and put them together into a single package. He
wasn't spilling the beans, because the secret was already out. It just
so happened that his mod made unlocking the mini-games easy and more en-
joyable. For this, his mod got more attention than previous attempts.
This attention created the misunderstanding that he had, all by himself,
discovered the mini-games.

"Rockstar and Take Two tried to spin the story as an attack by hackers
who added the mini-games to their product, when the truth was that they
were already there. Many fanboys and hangers-on directed an enormous
amount of hate toward the author of Hot Coffee, accusing him of trying to
ruin the game, the franchise, the developer, and publisher. But, in real-
ity, Rockstar did it to themselves: they designed the sex mini-games, they
left them in the finished product, and they deigned not to inform the
ESRB. The author eventually withdrew support for the mod; however, the
damage was already done--to the tune of over $75 million.

"Moral of the story: Don't leave sex games in your products and fail to
inform the ESRB."


The Entertainment Software Rating Board, the ESRB, makes up the ratings for PC
and videogames in the United States and Canada. It was founded in 1994 by the
Entertainment Software Association in reaction to pressure from U.S. politicians
over the controversies about sexual and violent content in those games.

There's a good article about the ESRB at:

Patricia Vance of the ESRB addresses some of the concerns in an August 22,
2005 CNET article by Daniel Terdiman (you'll have to Copy and Paste the 2nd line
of the web address to the 1st in the address bar):

According to Patricia Vance:

Games aren't just for kids; the average gamer is 30.


...the ESRB strictly enforces different standards to apply in rating games
than used by other genres of entertainment--stricter in making sure nothing in-
appropriate is marketed to kids.

About half, 54%, of the parents never let their kids play M-rated games--the
other about half, 46%, sometimes or always does, which shows an overwhelming
majority of parents limit what their kids play:

(By adding the smidgen more than half who are in constant accordance to the M
rating to Vance's interpretation of 29% whose ideas of limiting viewing only
sometimes overlap with the ESRB ideas, we get a total of...)

...83% of parents go along with the ratings. Only 5% think the ESRB is too

(Since 46% of parents feel free to disagree with the ESRB and purchase games
to do what they want with, this means only 5% complain that it gets in the way
of their ability to do that, or is just wrong, enough to complain about.)

(Note that "kids" involves a broader age range than "17 year olds," too, and
creates a bigger percentage of parents who limit viewing for them. I would
think it's enough to replace the word "kids" with the phrase "17 year olds" to
reduce 54% to a minority view.)

(Regarding videogame violence, which is part of how the ratings are estab-
lished and factors into ratings of GTA games):

There is no causal relationship between videogame violence and actual vio-
lence--in fact, playing games has increased while actual violence has decreased.

A game publisher has to disclose the playable and unplayable, if pertinent in
deciding a rating, content...

( Hot Coffee stuff...)

...of their game to the ESRB. Hackers...

(...people who illegally trespass on your PC or PC software...)

...will find the unplayable stuff, but didn't cause the ESRB rating change;
what was made available by modification...

(...modding, which is usually not hacking, or at least nobody bothers to call
it that since it's a mutually good relationship and no one expects charges to be

...was content that caused the rating change.


European countries left the rating for "San Andreas" alone. However, Austra-
lia re-rated it from MA15+ (note the 15 instead of 17) to RC: "Refused Classi-
fication" (a forced choice by the other standards), so it was banned from stores
there till Rockstar put out a second edition.

I remember something about the "Vice City" hooker trick, where Tommy and the
hooker sat across from each other with their clothes on and the car rocked, not
being employed in the Australian "Vice City," so I guess no one was real sur-
prised about that.

A Wikipedia article about Australian censorship is at:

One thing I noticed about it is that Australian TV seems at least as relaxed
about matters of sex and language as in the U.S., and their movie rating system
reserves an RC rating for the most controversial types of NC-17-rated movies.
The Office of Film and Literature Classification, the OFLC, just doesn't seem to
have gotten around to finishing their work on creating enough rating categories
for Australian PC and video games yet.


Rockstar put out a v1.01 patch for the game to censor the uncensor for the
censor and fix a few bugs in Aug. (9?), 2005. (It was meant to change the
gta_sa.exe so you couldn't mod the .scm or .img files the HC content, and the
nude girlfriend content, the HC mod uses. But see the beginning of the modding
section for jarjar's method of modding the second edition--see X.)

See I.2.e for information on the patch that censors the game--and some related
problems the patch caused me in running the game. If you use the patch, press
"N" for "No" when the girlfriend asks if C.J. wants some coffee or you may need
to press your computer's reset button.

In a glitch I haven't heard anyone else report, when I had C.J. date Michelle
in the patched version, she gave him a pantomime BJ, anyway (suggested; again,
it doesn't show his private portions) on the sidewalk. (Wasn't Pantomime BJ
good? I think Red Skelton was influenced by him a lot--no, no, no. Sorry.)

You could get the problem the patch caused me of it taking a number of efforts
to get the game to load up, which Take-Two told me to solve by reinstalling the
game without the patch. (One possible cause of that is having a DVD burner/
player made by a company like NEC that's been bought by another so no longer of-
fers upgrades.)

Rockstar can't put out a game or one of these things much better than Mark
Twain could make investments (although a lot more profitably). And that's why
we love 'em--it makes them more human. I think part of the fun of GTA's is fig-
uring out ways to go to ghost world and all--what monkey wrenches they threw
into the works to make planes wreck nearby, etc. Anyone with unrealistic ex-
pectations should not lay hands on our dear li'l Dodo.

Rockstar released the Second Edition of the game, rated M, without the Hot
Coffee content.

It was originally thought you couldn't mod v.2 in certain ways--in that re-
gard, anyway, it wasn't the "complete Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas experience"
the Rockstar web site claimed. There's another reason to not like how some peo-
ple stirred up too much trouble over something which a 17 year old boy, if he
saw it on Google Image search, would probably click right past and wonder where
the good stuff was. But see the start of section X not only for an explanation
of the ways you can mod each, but for a way to be able to mod v.2 like v.1.

I have the original version of "San Andreas," and I'm glad both Brendan62 and
Escandero made "San Andreas" conversions of Klarnetist's "Vice City" mod of a
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air hardtop. I liked it a lot for "Vice City" (it looks like
the car my Dad had when I was a kid). I'm glad I got the game early. (The .txd
and .dff files you change for car mods and such are .img files.)

The Special Edition on PS2 comes with the Introduction and a documentary di-
rected by Carol Strong, "Sunday Driver," about the Compton/Watts branch of the
Majestics--people who mod cars into lowriders. At the site given below, click

If you need the original, check eBay. I've gotten some good bargains on games


The R-rating-type AO rating

This gets confusing. Fistfights will be held outside afterward with some
lovely refreshments.

If you use the option of nude girl friend models, they aren't real realistic
and don't jiggle like they could. Like soft core porn, the actors go through
the moves without showing their stuff between their legs, and it lasts about a
minute or so. It adds to the fun and variety of pretending you're making a
movie, and it's done with some humor, but it's hard to imagine it turning some-
one on. Unless someone mods the models, it could make an underage kid that sees
it not want to have sex (or certain they could do it better; it sure is over
with fast, for one thing).

All this fuss over some sex scenes with a guy with his pants on--poor C.J..
You can use a Rockstar version of the girlfriend models that lets you see the
little pixel niblets, but you still don't see between their legs. Doesn't that
make it R-rated in movie terms? I saw the "Monster's Ball," 2001, DVD, rated R,
with Halle Berry nude (and sexier) doing much the same things as the women in
these sex scenes and for a little longer, at a public library recently. You'd
think AT and T was selling snuff films for the House of Representatives to both-
er about it. All this over an R-rating? I don't follow politics nearly as
closely as some, but apparently some people who do would be a little lost about
what the special fuss about is, too.

In an article on the makers of "Vice City" in the Nov.28, 2002 Rolling Stone
magazine, pp.61-62, Sam Houser said: "At the end of the day, you can't fu** with
Keith Richards. You can't argue with Keith Moon riding down the street in a
Rolls Royce with a blowup doll hanging out the window. That guy is the original
punk rock. And if we can bring a fraction of a percent of that to games, then
we're doing something."

I like "Vice City," etc., more than some of the things I've liked by Lenny
Bruce (I've been bothered by criminals, and he financed organized crime, too
much for me to share the uncompromised hero worship of him some have had). But
this doesn't remind me so much of the troubles he went through sticking to his
word about the censorship of words (which George Carlin has elaborated on) so
much as some modern variation of "Leave it to Beaver," with Hillary, etc., as
Mrs. Cleaver and Rockstar as the Beav: "What are these pictures I found under
your pillow?" "Larry was here yesterday and tried to show them to me, but I
wouldn't look, I scared him away. He was in such a hurry to leave, I guess he
forget he put some under my pillow. That must be how they got there--honest."
The more serious a big deal pronouncement is made over it--and I mean one way or
the other--the more dumb it sounds.

Whoever of Rockstar made the original "hackers"/"source code" quote, some
Keith Moon they are. Then again, he died. You don't want to have "He gave his
life for funny anecdotes" on the tombstone. At 32, your Mom's still giving you
a hard time for getting grass stains on your knees from playing softball, for
heaven's sakes. You kids, don't you try that out there. That's not a health
regimen for an ornery.

It also seems significant to me that out of all the coverage I have for this
article, the Rockstar person who made the original "hackers"/"source code" quote
is the one person of an important statement and in an important position on the
issue that didn't make their name known publicly.

I think you can still see part of a niblet of a stripper dressed in black, and
a Balla seems to get a BJ in a cut scene of "Cleaning the Hood," and the cartoon
violence is the same, so the second edition is still R-rated. Why is it being
handled by some as though the mod were the equivalent of an NC-17-rated movie,
the kind made unavailable in Australia at that, and not R? I don't think NC-17-
rated movies would be very competitive with guys that don't take their pants off
and women without genitalia (inflatable?). What are we supposed to be figuring
is too much about that for 17 year olds, about half of whom are probably out
there banging the real thing, talking about it in study hall, with the guys old
enough for military service, even, at 18? There are some 17 year olds out there
that could probably tell me some things I don't want to know....

I don't think people are worried about 17 year olds in general seeing the car-
toon--I think people are taking those Skimmer weenies too seriously again. Peo-
ple are worried that if they can't fly the Skimmer, they couldn't handle this;
they'll get frustrated and be unable to form healthy relationships. They could
see C.J. move his shoulders instead of his hips, get the wrong idea, and where
would little baby Skimmer weenies come from? (Then again, maybe that's not the
worst idea I've had all day....) Everything about this is getting bent out of
shape all around the Skimmer weenies, much like the overall game itself--it's a
microcosm of the whole thing.

I think this may be a several year old scientific study that tries to deter-
mine the percentage of the population that's made up of Skimmer weenies:

Rockstar is worried their fans, meant to be adults, would see an R-rated mov-
ie--notably this thing?

(Store managers, do your jobs--manage your cashiers.)

I'm not.


The PC mod and gameplay

It comes with two versions.

Make backup copies of your My Documents\GTA San Andreas User Files, and of the
others you plan to change, which depends on which version you use.

One lets you send C.J. to all the normally off-limit areas right away without
getting a wanted rating for it due to Craig Kostelecky's "Opened Up" mod, a
main.scm change he made. You can send C.J. on dates right away to check out the
Rockstar hidden content--the indoor sex scenes which are suggested in the regu-
lar game when C.J. goes inside to have his girlfriend's coffee, and you have the
option of using Rockstar's nude girlfriends in the bedroom. (And you see why
C.J. left his pants on--there's nothing to get into down there.)

For that version, uncheck the green "read only" dot (see X.4) and make the
data/script/main.scm and data/script/script.img replacements. Due to the data/
script/main.scm file change, you need to start a new game afterward--the old
save games won't work with the new main.scm.

The other lets you change a game that's already in progress. You Al Tab out
of the save game you want to change, run the sacensor.exe, press "Y" that you
want to make the change, which switches the "censored"-flag, press "Enter" to
keep the change, then press "Enter" to leave the sacensor.exe. Click the "San
Andreas" taskbar thingie to go back into the game and save the game. (You can
load another save game and go through the same process if you want this with an-
other save game, too, if, like me, you wanted to see it with more than one girl-
friend right away.) If you want the girlfriends to be nude, too, you then exit
the game, uncheck the green "read only" dot (see X.4), make a backup copy of
your data/script/script.img file if you haven't already, and use the data/
script/script.img replacement the other version uses.

The sessions all start with a pantomime BJ seen from behind the girlfriend's
head. (I have to visit the city by the bay one of these days.) Then you try to
fill the Excitement bar.

Again, I have Left Shift and Spacebar remapped to do each other's roles--I use
Spacebar for Jump and Left Shift for Sprint (see I.7.A).

Press W or Up as C.J.'s head and shoulders go up, and S or Down as they go
down. (That's the most movement in any position they take in the scene; you
don't see anything go in and out.) Keep in synch with the rhythm--it gets a
little faster as the Excitement bar fills up. To change position to one the
girlfriend might like better, press the Spacebar. Press the LMB to change the
"camera" angle. Changing the position and "camera" angle every beat or so fills
the Excitement bar faster. Press F or Enter to quit.

An exception is if C.J. wears the Gimp suit to date Millie: they have a spank-
ing session.

Remember, I have Left Shift and Spacebar remapped to do each other's roles--I
use Spacebar for Jump and Left Shift for Sprint (see I.7.A).

Press Left Shift, to spank, for just the instant that the Power bar is full.
The rhythm gets faster as the Excitement bar fills up. Press the Spacebar to
have them change position, and press the LMB to change the "camera" view, too,
on the alternate beats to fill the Excitement bar faster. It's done with some
humor: he knows a good psychiatrist she could see, and she spanks him if it
doesn't get her excited. If C.J. doesn't wear the Gimp suit, they have a sex
session like C.J. usually has with a girlfriend.

This isn't one of those complicated Frank Zappa experimental jazz or classical
rhythms, but if you have trouble with it, you can go through the sacensor.exe
process again and change it back, get 100% with Millie, then change it again.

It doesn't have any bugs, other than that the female models don't look like
they were polished for a final release. One has holes where the armpits should
be. And it doesn't make you unable to get 100% completion of the game.


The highly mysterious sexual niblets

The people who made a big stink the mod want the game changed like the patch
changes it--which can mean to play the game without the mod or the patch--or
like the second edition changes it. It keeps the girlfriends little niblets all
bundled up and makes sure any 17 year olds that get their hands on the game
won't imagine (it's still not thoroughly graphic) they're making love to a woman
in the privacy of her room--they'll play the role of a stalker that hangs out
outside when other people are having sex. (A little walk-through advice for any
pure seventeen year olds who try that--do some loud mouth breathing and let a
little dribble fall on your shirt.)

With the patched game running smoothly, you get to play C.J. as someone who
always says he's tired or busy whenever he's asked to have sex. No wonder some
of the people over-reacting about the mod were so cranky.

To look at the events of the controversy, you'd think that out of all the sex
and violence concerns people have fussed over regarding GTA games, the sole most
potently corrupting factor they contain for our pure youth are a woman's nib-
lets, and maybe a Barbie doll bum. I had no idea the niblets were that power-
ful. Or that our pure youth was so boring. There's such a thing as too pure:
"Mom, all I need in my Christmas stocking is some fruit and a bag of walnuts."
I like some purity, but there's such a thing as too pure. If you get sick, do
you want one of them working on you? I don't. "If there's blood, it could be
icky--maybe you ought to do it." We can't have our youth being that pure at 17.

Lord knows how they get by in countries where the women go around with their
niblets hanging about, or European countries where they're on TV. They must be
countries of some kind of deviants. Well, I think it's shocking.

A special message for our pure youth

I'm going to paraphrase (I can't remember the exact words) a part of a record
of Lily Tomlin did as Edith Ann--the part where she's asked where babies come

"Don't you know? A man puts his pe*is in a woman's vagi*a and plants a seed.
And a little baby grows, and it's very pink and tender. Try to tell as many
people as you can in town."

You can have a cigarette now--that part's over.

How often have you heard of niblets the House of Representatives met over?
But these niblets are highly, y'know. I don't know. I'd take a look. I'd want
to see these niblets--what the he** do they do? I hope they use the nude models
option. I hate to think of our tax dollars being wasted by a bunch of old
sleepy-heads sitting around watching a couple of people with their clothes on
dry humping. (I think it's dry humping. She's built like she's inflatable and
he just moves his shoulders--he could be reaching for the bicycle tire repair

The lies a couple of big money Rockstar people told still creates a lot of
misdirected hate for a few little money people (slander and libel suits are for
the wealthy), and those Rockstar people it served haven't publicly corrected
their statements. I generally like Rockstar GTA games and creators, but I don't
like that kind of thing--unnecessary hurting or unfair regard or treatment of
another--especially unnecessary in this case since the jig is up.

I hope Rockstar didn't ultimately lose a lot of money over this thing; I like
them a lot, GTA's are my favorite games, and the credits indicate they have a
lot of people they pay for their work. I hope the new versions will let modding
continue and make a mint so the well-meaning, do-gooder troublemakers (Skimmer
weenie parents, I'll bet), and a liar or two at Rockstar, don't cause them a set

P.S.: I'd like to take a few modest steps in the direction of videogame his-
tory and reveal the few stills that remain of the scene Rockstar edited out as
too hot for Hot Coffee. It's a prelude that explains why C.J. had to turn down
the coffee the 1st time Denise asked him in for some. Notice that in the 2nd
scene it causes a general panic:

According to a Jan.27, 2006 report by David Adams at the IGN web site, LA City
Attorney Rocky Delgadillo brought suit against Rockstar Games and Take-Two for
not truthfully disclosing the content of the "pornographic" mini-game. (Again,
"pornographic" tends to refer to more graphic presentations.) "The suit seeks
civil penalties, as well as ensuring Take Two and Rockstar fully disclose game
content to consumers."

On the same day, an article by Jane Pinkard at the 1up web site added: "The
suit also charges Rockstar with having blamed hackers for code that was subse-
quently found to be programmed by the developers. On behalf of consumers, Del-
gadillo is demanding that Take-Two pay fines and return $10 million of profit."

According to a June 8, 2006 report by David Adams at the IGN web site, "the
Federal Trade Commission announced a proposed settlement with Take-Two Interac-
tive and Rockstar Games.

"The FTC originally charged that the companies violated the FTC Act
by representing San Andreas as a 'Mature'-rated game, failing to dis-
close the hidden sexual content."

"The FTC settlement requires that Take-Two and Rockstar 'clearly
and prominently disclose on product packaging and in any promotion or
advertisement for electronic games, content relevant to the rating,
unless that content had been disclosed sufficiently in prior submis-
sions to the rating authority.' The companies cannot misrepresent
content for rating descriptors, and must develop a system to ensure
that all game content is 'considered and reviewed' when submitted to
a ratings authority." Take-Two and Rockstar could be fined "up to
$11,000 in civil penalties if the settlement is violated. The com-
panies must also meet compliance reporting requirements."

According to Wikipedia: "In 2006 attorneys brought several class actions al-
leging Take-Two committed consumer fraud.

"In December 2007, a settlement of the litigation was reached. In
2008, Ted Frank filed an objection to the settlement on the grounds
that the settlement sought $1 million for attorneys' fees but only
paid class members less than $27,000. A court hearing is scheduled
June 25, 2008. Frank previously told GamePolitics that the lawsuits
were meritless and extortionate.

"As part of the settlement, Take-Two will pay a $870,000 cy pres
award to the National Parent-Teacher Association and the ESRB.

"As of June 25, 2008, less than 2,700 claimants responded to the
settlement, for which the plaintiff's attorneys expressed disappoint-
ment. Frank expressed that this was further proof that the case had
no merit."

According to Alexander Sliwinski on June 25, 2008 at, "2,676
claims were filed. GTA: San Andreas had sold approximately 12 million copies
according to Take-Two when the scandal broke in mid-2005, meaning that 0.022% of
consumers were actually 'offended and upset.'"

X.9.b Other hidden San Andreas pedestrians

There are other pedestrians in "San Andreas" that can be unlocked to give the
place even more variety. DeeZire has found drunken tramps stagger, drink, p**,
and might throw up on your car (both with the yellow smoke-like stuff that
doesn't collect on the floor, seen in the regular game when C.J. is given eleven
meals in a row and throws up, and in "Don Peyote"). He's also found code in
the game files to have someone direct traffic, someone to wash windows, more
Grove Street gang members, a journalist, etc. A little of it might be what
would be R-rated in a movie, but, again, I think it should be available the same
way. DeeZire is working on a mod that includes putting a variety of things in
the game files back into the game.

I wonder if the tramp's behavior is an idea, later discarded, that led to
there being megabytes of bathrooms in "San Andreas"--in a lot of save houses and
fast food places--without them having been used for any funny graffiti or such.
The last time I remember one being used in the series was for an offbeat place
to meet Ray Machowski in "III," so the bathrooms are possibly the remnant of the
idea the discarded code was for. If it was in the melee weapons slot and you
fired it with the LMB, I'm not sure what the weapon icon for that would have
been, or if some guys would give it more mass and better durability in the
handling.cfg file--no, no, no.

DeeZire's "Things To Do in San Andreas 'Till You're Dead (Volume 1)" mod

DeeZire has put a lot of edited missions, dialogue, and phone calls back into
the game, has the trolley take passengers, etc., etc. The dialogue in most mis-
sions has been randomized to be different each time you play them. The Dodo has
correct lighting, too! See the big list of changes at the next link. (TGIPC.)

Trailer, etc.

It has an installer and works with versions 1 and 2 and even for people with-
out a DVD.

Deezire recommends that you: "have a full, clean install of GTA: SA before
launching the installer and DO NOT interrupt it. It has to patch some files
that are almost 1GB in size so it will look like it's hung but don't worry, if
there is any problem it will abort itself. On Vista, you may have to run the
game in compatibility mode for Win XP (SP2) and run as administrator. Stability
also improves if you disable DEP for the gta_sa executable (but this should not
be necessary for most users)."

"I think you'll be surprised at how subtly different yet consistent the story-
line is when everything that was removed or changed gets re-inserted. One last
thing - I'd just like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to those who
helped along the way, especially the guys who have been patiently coming back
here - aftburner, melolo, Chesser, barrygateaux and the rest of you - your sup-
port, encouragement and patience has been much appreciated and makes me think
the work is worthwhile."

You can join those reporting glitches, bugs, freezes and crashes for Deezire

X.9.c The Nude Girlfriends mod

Psy's mod doesn't require a bunch of .dff and .txd file changes, it just
changes which ones the peds.ide file has the game use. You just need to change
the peds.ide file, and Psy considerately supplies a backup copy of the original,

X.9.d How to change the way they walk

Uncheck the green dot for the "GTA San Andreas" folder. Copy and paste a
copy of the data\peds.ide file in My Documents, and open peds.ide with Notepad
and save a text copy in My Documents, too, as backups.

The description "sexywoman" gives the ped the sexy woman walk.

X.10 Cars and bikes

X.10.a How to change their wheels

You don't need to use DMagic1's Wheel Mod if you install a vehicle mod that
comes with wheels to make the new wheels appear, as for "Vice City." As Ben
Millard told me, Rockstar changed the DFF format so it isn't necessary. You
can still change the style and size of the wheels in data\vehicles.ide.

A post by DexX, in a section helped by offroader23, at GTA Forums under GTA
Modding > Editing Discussion > Vehicles > Pinned: San Andreas Vehicle Tech Doc
(PC only!), describes how to change "San Andreas" wheel sizes.
I've paraphrased it a little since my readers won't see multiple colored text:

1. Open data\vehicles.ide. The data for the Landstalker, for example, looks
like this:

400, landstal, landstal, car, LANDSTAL, LANDSTK, null, normal, 10, 0, 0,
-1, 1.0, 1.0, -1

2. If your using a car that was converted from "Vice City," or the wheels look
drastically too big, change the number in the position of the 1st negative one
in the example from -1 to 0. When this value is set to 0, it tells the game to
scale the wheel model with the next set of values. When this value is -1, it
derives the size of the wheel model directly from the mesh, and the wheel scale
values will only affect the wheel collision.

3. The pair of numbers after the 1st negative one in the example--1,0 and
1.0--control the size of the front and rear wheels. Adjust them as needed to
get the size you want. (Note: "Vice City" used one number and "San Andreas"
uses two.)

X.10.b How to change their mass,
ability to stay upright and hug the driving surface,
ability to survive in water,
cornering and braking, top speed, acceleration,
suspension, durability, and miscellaneous jazz

Uncheck the green dot for the "GTA San Andreas" folder. Copy and paste a
copy of the data\handling.cfg file in My Documents, and open handling.cfg with
Notepad and save a text copy in My Documents, too, as backups.

B fMass The weight
D fDragMult Surface/air resistance to move-
ment--lowering D increases ac-
H CentreOfMass.z The vertical center of gravity
I nPercentSubmerged Percent that sinks in water
while it floats
J fTractionMultiplier Cornering traction (multiplied
times surface.dat)
K fTractionLoss Braking/accelerating traction
(multiplied times surface.dat)
N TransmissionData.fMaxVelocity Top speed limit
O TransmissionData.fEngineAcceleration Rate of acceleration
P TransmissionData.fEngineInertia The resistance of the engine to
acceleration--a higher figure
makes acceleration more gradual

a fSuspensionForceLevel Use these four with Ben "Cerbera"
b fSuspensionDampingLevel Millard's CFG Studio 2 to change
d suspension upper limit the suspension
e suspension lower limit

ab fCollisionDamageMultiplier A lower number makes the engine
take less damage from collision.

ac nMonetaryValue Used for the "cost of property
damaged" Stat

af modelFlags Use these two with Ben "Cerbera"
ag handlingFlags Millard's CFG Studio 2 to change
various aspects--see "Miscellan-
eous jazz" below

ah front lights Types of head lights
ai rear lights Types of tail lights

Note: since "Vice City," column E has been dropped. Remember to count a blank
column for E as you think "A,B,C...." across the columns for "San Andreas."

The columns after V have been renamed since "Vice City." For example, column
Y, the fCollisionDamageMultiplier in "Vice city," is called column ab in "San


To change the mass

Making a vehicle as heavy as a truck in column B will help your vehicle bang
things out of the way (increase ab, durability, too, if you're going to slam it
into things with more force) and give it the ability to coast longer. Increas-
ing Mass will also reduce acceleration, so you might compensate for that by in-
creasing Engine Acceleration, O.


Ability to stay upright and hug the driving surface

Make H a negative number--a taller, bigger vehicle can take a bigger negative
number, but not as big as the same size vehicle could take in "Vice City" or the
vehicle will flip around like a fish out of water. Try a negative one or two
for a sedan and season to taste.


Ability to survive in water

The lead character in a GTA can swim now, but you can still lose a vehicle to
the water. To have a vehicle that C.J.'s using spawn on land instead, give col-
umn I a -1.


Cornering and braking

Traction for cornering and braking is created by the game multiplying the num-
ber of J or K with the numbers of data\surface.dat.

J is cornering traction.

K is braking traction.

Thanks again to Ben "Cerbera" Millard for telling me the difference in how to
make sharper turns in "San Andreas." : "Hard acceleration whilst turning in a
front-drive car in GTA3 and GTAVC games would significantly reduce the turning
circle, IIRC." In "San Andreas," accelerating pushes the trajectory into a
wider arc, so you get sharper turns by releasing acceleration.


Maximum velocity and acceleration

Acceleration can be increased by increasing Engine Acceleration, O, or by re-
ducing Mass, B, Drag, D, or Inertia, P. Increasing Drag will also lower Max
Velocity, but increasing Inertia won't affect Max Velocity.

The Max Velocity can be increased by raising Max Velocity, N, or Acceleration,
O. It can be reduced by increasing Drag, D.

In "San Andreas," unlike the case in "Vice City," an increase in Mass doesn't
increase Max Velocity.

Ben Millard gives an acceleration value of about 15 for a normal car, about 25
for a sports car, and about 30 for a super car.

Acceleration of 35 is high for "San Andreas"--50 is well beyond that of a pur-

A top speed of 350 is high for "San Andreas"--500 is ridiculous.



You can use Ben "Cerbera" Millard's CFG Studio 2 (to do the work done previ-
ously by his Rescaler) to calculate how to adjust the suspension of vehicles in
the data\handling.cfg file of "III," "Vice City," and "San Andreas."

In CFG Tool 2, open handling.cfg, highlight the vehicle you want to change,
then click Tools > Suspension. Change the number for "Springs" under "Suspen-
sion Data" to change the value for "Springs" under "Effect in GTA." Do the same
wth "Dampers" under the two headings. There's a guide that lists the suspension
effects you can create, from "truck, old car, off road vehicle" to "exotic rac-
ing car," on the bottom of the screen.

Under "Effect in GTA," make the number for "Damper" bigger than the one for
"Springs." (Notice that the original numbers do that.)

I copy the numbers under "Suspension Data" I need to change for Springs (col-
umn a fSuspensionForceLevel) and Dampers (column b fSuspensionDampingLevel),
exit CFG Studio 2, then change handling.cfg manually.



Ben also assures me that 0.00 is safe to use for ab for strong durability.


Miscellaneous jazz

You can use Ben "Cerbera" Millard's CFG Studio 2 to calculate how to change
the flags of the vehicles in the data\handling.cfg file of "III," "Vice City,"
and "San Andreas."

Open the data\handling.cfg file with CFG Studio 2.

The data\handling.cfg file of "San Andreas" has two columns of numbers for
flags: af, ModelFlags, and ag, HandlingFlags. Use the LMB and click to high-
light one of the two boxes of these numbers for a vehicle. Use the RMB to click
it to make a menu appear--left click "Edit Cell... F2" on it to make a larger
menu appear.

This larger menu has a collection of phrases that describe each of all the
possible functions for this column of flags on it. Each phrase is preceded by a
check box. If you left click a box to add or remove a check, the numbers in the
highlighted box change to the numbers--the flag--for the checked boxes.

You can then use Notepad to copy that number in the corresponding column of

You might make sure NPC_NEUTRAL_HANDL and NPC_ANTI_ROLL aren't checked for a
law enforcement, criminal, or gang vehicle you want to weaken. If used, they
make a vehicle less likely to spin out or roll over, respectively, when driven
by someone other than C.J..

X.10.c Game play advantages

X.10.d Making vehicles weaker or stronger

If you want to make law enforcement vehicles weaker, they include:

POLICE_LA, POLICE_SF, POLICE_VG, HPV1000, POLRANGER (used in country areas),

X.10.e How to create your own "Alloy Wheels of Steel" Freeway

To make a Freeway handle like a "Vice City" "Wheels of Steel" Angel, you only
need to change two numbers.

Uncheck the green dot, etc., and make backups. Lower H from 0.0 to -0.3 and
raise J from 1.2 to 3.0 in data\handling.cfg.

X.10.f How to change their colors

Uncheck the green dot for the "GTA San Andreas" folder. Copy and paste a
copy of the data\carcols.dat file in My Documents, and open carcols.dat with
Notepad and save a text copy in My Documents, too, as backups.

The numbers in data\carcols.dat come in pairs. The 1st of each pair is the
color of the exterior, and the 2nd is the trim.

A chart of the colors is at GTA Gaming.

A Pay 'n' Spray is a good place to see your results.

It looks like, beyond the 1st ten colors, the colors are different than they
were for "Vice City."

You get a lot of choices for exterior colors at one of the car modding shops
in the game, and you can also use saracoglu's GTA SA Control Center for the
patched or unpatched version of the game--see X.13.c.

X.10.g How to change their on-screen names

The GTA: San Andreas GXT Editor

You can use the GTA: San Andreas GXT Editor 1.3 by Hammer83 to change the ve-
hicle name that appears in the lower right corner of the screen when C.J. enters
a vehicle in "San Andreas."

Click "File" and "Open" Rockstar\GTA San Andreas\text\american.gxt. "MAIN" is
selected in the "Table Name" box.

Click "Search," "Find Value... Ctrl+F," and a "Find" menu appears. Put the
name of the vehicle you want to change the name of in the "Find what" box, and
click "Find Next."

The name of the vehicle is selected in the "Value" column and appears at the
upper left corner of the big screen on the right. Change the name that's on the
big screen.

Click "File," "Save as," and a "Save As" menu appears which should have ameri-
can.gxt in the "File name" box. Click "Save."

X.10.h How to change the traction of surfaces

Uncheck the green dot for the "GTA San Andreas" folder. Copy and paste a copy
of the data\surface.dat file in My Documents, and open surface.dat with Notepad
and save a text copy in My Documents, too, as backups.

To increase traction for all vehicles that drive on a surface, give that sur-
face a 6 (even 12, as in Dicanio's "Surf's Up Billboard Jump" mod for "Vice
City"). I generally leave it alone for the variety and make my traction changes
in columns J and K in data\handling.cfg.

X.11 Weapons and Attackers

How to lessen or beef up the severity of attacks

Uncheck the green dot for the "GTA San Andreas" folder. Copy and paste a copy
of the data\weapon.dat and pedstats.dat files in My Documents, and open them
with Notepad and save text copies in My Documents, too, as backups.

How to make a gang or type of pedestrian less aggressive

This segment of the opening of data\pedstats.dat gives you a guide:

# D: Fear (0-100) 100=Scared of everything
# E: Temper (0- 10) 100=Bad Tempered
# F: Lawfulness (0-100) 100=Boy Scout
# G: Sexiness (0-100)
# H: Attack strength (float multiplier to attack damages)
# I: Defend weakness (float multiplier to received damages)

To make a gang more peaceful, make D higher, E lower, F higher, H lower, and I
higher for it in pedstats.dat. The gangs are only numbered in pedstats.dat, but
the names to associate with those numbers is given in pedgrp.dat: gang one is
the Ballas, two is the Grove Street Families, three is the Los Santos Vagos,
four is the San Fierro Rifa, five is the Da Nang Boys, six is the Italian Mafia,
seven is the Triads, and eight is the Varrio Los Aztecas.

(Note: BUSKER" is back in pedstats.dat with a Sexiness rating of 90, and I
still don't know why.)

How to make a weapon weaker or stronger

You might want to make these weapons weaker:

Most policemen, gang members,
drug dealers, and some hookers Pistols
SWAT and some Ballas Micro SMGs
Army M4s
Some policemen at three wanted
stars or higher, and some army
soldiers Shotguns

You might want to make your favorite weapon for C.J. stronger. You might try
the Tec9 for that since it can be dual-wielded, used for drive-bys, is used by
Big Smoke for "Wrong Side of the Tracks," can be used with the Jetpack--and it
fires faster than a Pistol and isn't used by law enforcement.

If you want to edit the strength of a weapon--Big Smoke's Tec9 in "Wrong Side
of the Tracks" comes to mind--use data\weapon.dat.

Example: making the Tec9 as strong as a Minigun

A:string B:string eFireType C,D:float targetRange, E,F:int modelId1,
weaponType weaponRange modelId2
$ TEC9 INSTANT_HIT 25.0 30.0 372
$ TEC9 INSTANT_HIT 30.0 35.0 372
$ TEC9 INSTANT_HIT 35.0 35.0 372

G,H:int reloadSampleTime1, I:int weaponslot J:AssocGroupId K:int ammoClip
-1 4 colt45 50
-1 4 colt45 50
-1 4 colt45pro 100

L:int damage M,N,O:float fireOffset x, y, z P:int skillLevel
20 0.45 -0.05 0.11 0
20 0.45 -0.05 0.11 1
20 0.45 -0.05 0.11 2

Q:req stat level to get R, S:float accuracy (0.5 - 2.0f),
this weapon skill level move speed (0.5 - 1.5)
0 0.75 1.0
50 1.05 1.0
999 1.1 1.0

T,U,V: int animLoop W,X,Y:int animLoop2 Z: int breakoutTime
start, end, fire start, end, fire
11 15 12 6 11 7 99
11 15 12 6 11 7 99
11 15 12 6 11 7 99

Descriptions for some of the categories:

A Weapon type The name of the weapon (it may be different in the game)
C Target range how far you can target with the weapon
D Weapon range how far the weapon is effective
I Weapon slot The weapon slot the weapon is used in
J Associated
group ID The weapon group the weapon is classified as being in
K Ammo clip how many bullets are fired before the weapon must reload
L Damage Damage created by the weapon
P Skill level Poor, standard (Gangster), pro (Hitman)
Q Stat level
required for
Skill level The Stat required to attain the Skill levels shown in P
R Accuracy Likelihood of hitting a target

I left out the meanings of the numbers of the flags. You might want to change
the flag to change the spread or radius of the effectiveness of the weapon,
whether or not it can be dual-wielded ("twin pistol"), whether or not you can
crouch with it ("crouch fire"), etc. I haven't tried it, but you might try the
San Andreas Ultimate Editor for those things.

Write down the original numbers for the Tec9 before you make any of the
changes suggested below, so you can change the numbers back if you want to. And
un-check the green "read only" dot 1st (see X.4).

You might increase the numbers for column C to increase the distance targeting
is effective for the Tec9, and increase D to increase the range of the Tec9. A
Minigun has 65.0 for target range and 75.0 for weapon range.

I didn't change I, the weapon slot.

I just give J to make it easier to find K and L in the jumbled presentation
of numbers. For the Tec9, J is "colt45" and "colt45pro," and for the Minigun,
it's "flame."

You might increase K for the Tec9 to 500, the amount of ammo the Minigun uses
before it needs to be reloaded.

You might give the three figures under column L, damage, bigger numbers, like
for a Minigun, to make the Tec9 stronger. Which of the three numbers is used
depends on which of the three levels of skill (pre-Gangster, Gangster, Hit-man)
C.J. has with the weapon. I don't know which number corresponds to the Tec9 Big
Smoke uses, so I'd change all three for column L. A Minigun has 140 for dam-

You need to increase the three numbers for R to give the modded Tec9 more ac-
curacy. If you make the other changes but not this one, the reticle expands too
much, and the radius of the shots becomes too wide, for the shots to be effec-
tive on distant targets. The original Tec9 numbers for R are 0.75, 1.05, and
1.1. A special thanks to Spaceeinstein--I asked him to help me with that, and
he told me that changing each of them to 11.0 fixes the problem.

Q shows the three Stat levels needed to attain poor, standard, and pro skill
level--the three levels shown in P. The last two levels are called Gangster and
Hitman in the game. I haven't tried it yet, but you might change Q to 0, 1, and
2, and make the kind of changes I recommended for the Tec9 (see X.11), so C.J.
(Big Smoke?) can attain the Hitman level faster. Changing the ar_stats.dat file
as recommended in "Maximum Stats of all kinds in one sitting" (III.5) might be
enough for that without changing the weapon file.

I tried "Wrong Side of the Tracks" with the numbers changed this way, and Big
Smoke got all the Vagos before they could get to the train tunnel every time.
C.J., an HPV1000, and a Tec9 modded this way make for a much easier Vigilante
mission, too.

C.J.'s enemies who use a Tec9:

"Drive Thru" (two in the car)
"Drive By" (one in each of the four groups; C.J.'s gang has better aim,
though, so just keep some distance from the enemies)
"Sweet's Girl" (a couple by the curb, you might have C.J. get them with Molo-
tovs from the S side of the house)
"House Party"
"Pier 69"
"The Da Nang Thang" (some use Tec9s)
"Los Desperados" (all except the two with a Flamethrower and a Rocket Launch-

You might add the modded file to your folder with "Orig" or "Mod" added to the
name of the one you're not using at the time.

X.12 Helicopters
How to make a helicopter easier to fly

To make a helicopter easier to fly, all I have so far is to un-check the green
dot (see X.4), etc., and give it some figures similar to one that's easier to
fly, like the Maverick or Sea Sparrow, in data\handling.cfg.

I haven't had a hard enough time flying anything to make me want to fiddle
with it, but I could make a few suggestions from looking at the handling file.

You might want to give the Hunter, used in Pilot school and useful for Vigi-
lante missions, some values closer to those of the Maverick, which is easier to
handle. It would be easier if you could just change the Maverick to have the
weaponry of the Hunter, but you can't change that with data\handling.cfg.

You could go to the Project Cerbera web site and see Ben "Cerbera" Millard's
tutorial about GTA San Andreas handling.cfg. I've often used the Notepad fea-
ture of Windows Home XP or Vista to make changes to handling.cfg. But you might
also use Cerbera's CFG Studio 2, which neatly organizes the handling.cfg file,
bigger than the one for "Vice City," lets you make changes to it, and lets you
choose whether or not you want to save the changes.

He tells me it would basically work to give the one helicopter the figures for
the other. Leave the flags alone since you probably want the Maverick to have
the special Hunter features.

B, Mass, is bigger for the Hunter than for the Maverick, but since mass fac-
tors into acceleration--more mass makes for faster acceleration, and you want
the Hunter to be fast, you wouldn't reduce B. You might increase N, Top Speed,
and O, Acceleration, for the Hunter--once you like how it handles--and see if
you like the increase in speed. But you could instead use the basic idea of the
tip sent to me by Carl Johnson for "Freefall"--he reduced drag, column D, by
1/4th for the Dodo, which made it accelerate faster.

You might want to give the Hunter some values closer to those of the Maverick
for C, Turn Mass, which Cerbera defines as being "used to calculate motion ef-
fects" (but which he needs to do experiments with) and see if that helps (?).
You could also give the Hunter a 0.00 for column ab, fCollisionDamageMultiplier,
so it won't matter so much if you bang it into things while experimenting with

The 1st group of handling definitions for flying vehicles are listed in han-
dling.cfg after the cars and bikes in a section called "planes." Further, about
3/4ths, down the page is a 2nd section of data, columns A through V, just for
the flying vehicles. It's used if you use the IS_HELI or IS_PLANE flag. It has
things like Pitch, which Cerbera defines as "nose up/down force," PitchStab,
which he defines as the "stabilizing effect when moving nose up/down," and Turn-
Res.x, which he defines as "resistance against plane pitching up/down?."

I'd use Cerbera's handling definitions guide, where those definitions are
given as "Flying Data" about 3/4ths down his web page, and the data used for the
Maverick in the 2nd batch of figures for flying vehicles in the handling.cfg
file, to make it easier and guide me in changing that 2nd batch of figures for
the Hunter.

For example, you might try changing these figures for the Hunter to be like
those for the Maverick to see if it makes the Hunter fly forward for longer dis-
tances at a steady angle like the Maverick can.

X.13 Miscellaneous mods, etc.

X.13.a The San Andreas Place Manager

Jacob and Racer_S have a device that's easy to use for finding all the Tags,
Oysters, Snapshots, Horseshoes, and going to Liberty City in "San Andreas." You
Have it running while "San Andreas" is running, Alt Tab out of the game, scroll
to and select the destination you want--Tag 4, etc--then click "Teleport!"
Click the San Andreas window thing in the task bar to go back to the game.

The GTA Forums posts about it are at:

Check to make sure it's compatible with v1.01 of the game if you use the

X.13.b The Map Teleporter/Vehicle Spawn

Blehbeb has a teleporter that lets you get to the same coordinates as used by
the Place Manager without having to Alt Tab out of the game and back--it uses
hot keys.

Check to make sure it's compatible with v1.01 of the game if you use the

X.13.c The GTA SA Control Center

Alper Saracoglu, the author of the GTA Vice City Administrative Console, has
an updated version of the Administrative Console called the GTA SA Control Cen-
ter that works with either the patched or unpatched version of "San Andreas."
It's available at his web site and at a message board at GTA Forums:

A few notes from the ReadMe file for the Control Center:

You can start the Control Center then start the game, but wait for your save
game to load fully before using the shortcut keys. If you want to start it
while the game is running, press Esc to go to the menu screen, choose "Resume,"
Alt-Tab out of the game, then start the GTA SA Control Center.

It features the ability to freeze mission timers that count up (like school
missions use), teleportation to coordinates (Tags, Liberty City, Unique Jumps,
etc.), the ability to make C.J. or any vehicle he's in "Everything-Proof," make
C.J.'s bullets cause one hit kills, assign vehicles to garages, use hotkeys,
edit Stats (Fat, dating percentage for a girlfriend once C.J. initiates dating
with her, etc.) It has Jacob's vehicle spawner and can spawn the Phoenix, An-
dromada, any of the three Hotring Racers, S.W.A.T. van, F.B.I. truck, etc.

To freeze the mission timer, go to the "Player Data" page and click "Freeze
Timers" during the mission you want to do that for. Currently, the Control Cen-
ter stops mission timers that count up but we'll have to wait for a future ver-
sion for one that stops mission timers from counting down. Saracoglu has made
the source code available for someone to develop it further. (And many of us
hope that everything turns out well regarding the health reason he had to drop
work on it.)

One way to get the coordinates of a location is to put C.J. in the location,
press Esc and choose "Resume," Alt-Tab out of the game, click the "Locations"
tab on the Control Center (notice that C.J.'s location is marked on the map),
and click the "Read from GTASA" button. The numbers appear in the boxes for X,
Y, Z, and Angle.

I give a few sets of coordinates, such as for the red shaft of light in
"Wheelie Weave," in this walk-through.

I haven't tried it, but I imagine you could use the same method to get the
coordinates for the spot before each of the 1st two or three red shafts of light
in a street race you're having problems with to let C.J. get a big early lead in
later efforts. You could use it to get the coordinates of an area before the
finish line of a stadium race you're having trouble with, too, and teleport
C.J.'s car there to drive over the finish line a few times to get a big early
lead with one of those.

As noted in section I.10, a GTA Forums message posted by Fireman gave a list
of the coordinates for the PC version of the hidden interiors:

One way you might transport C.J. (and the vehicle he's using, if any) is to
click the "Locations" tab. Put the numbers you want to use in the boxes for the
X, Y, and Z coordinates and "Angle."

Then, to assign teleportation to a pair of hotkeys, click the "Keyboard Short-
cuts" tab. Select "Teleport" on the left. Use the "Control Center Commands"
drop down box to select "Take me to Markup Location." Check the box for Ctrl
or Alt to combine with whatever key you select from the drop-down box. Click
the "Apply Changes" button.

During the game, press that pair of keys to teleport C.J., and any vehicle he
may be using, to the location you picked.

Unfortunately, if you try that for C.J. and his truck and trailer in the 8th
RS Haul mission, the trailer doesn't teleport.

I used the Control Center to send C.J. to all 100 Tag locations and was done
in one sitting. If you do that, click the "Keyboard Shortcuts" tab. Choose a
Tag, like Tag 007, from the list of 100 of them in the "Teleport Locations" drop
down box. Click the "Apply Changes" button. On the left side of the page,
click the "+" by "Teleport" to open the tree and see the keyboard shortcuts used
to teleport. In the game, I used Alt + N to teleport C.J. to the next location
and Ctrl + N to send him to the previous location.

Send C.J. outside before you have him teleport. If you do it while he's in an
interior that loads graphics, like the Johnson house, it sends him to ghost

You can add a series of coordinates, such as for a run of Minigun ammo pick-
ups. On the Locations tab, Click "New Group"--a new folder appears among the
folders of coordinates below. Right click the new folder and click "Edit Label"
to name it. Add a set of coordinates (or have the Control Center read them from
the game by clicking the "Read from GTASA" button) to the corresponding boxes,
then click the "Insert as new" button--a new item to Edit and name appears below
the folder. (If you screw up and add something wrong to the list, click it to
highlight it then click the "Delete Selected" button.) When you're through,
click the "Save to Config" button.

For an ammo run that causes C.J. to enter a territory illegally, click the
Player Data tab and click the "Never Wanted" button. Click the Locations tab,
click the 1st of your series of coordinates, and click the "Teleport" button.
On the Keyboard Shortcuts page, open the Teleport segment of the tree on the
left, click "ALT+N Teleport to next Location," which causes the hotkeys for it,
Alt and N, to appear in the corresponding boxes on the right--it also lets you
use Ctrl and N for your previous location.

Ammo pickups reappear in six game hours--a little over six minutes. To speed
up how fast they reappear, you can type SPEEDITUP twice--to return to regular
speed, type SLOWITDOWN twice. Click the Vehicle and Game Data tab and click the
"Clear Cheat 'Status' and 'Count'" button before saving the game.

I once used someone else's save file to help them with a mission. They must
have used a code because the game kept telling me I'd used a code when I hadn't.
The GTA SA Control Center has a "Clear Cheated 'Status' and 'Count'" function on
the right side of the "Vehicle and Game Data" page--it will reset your cheat
count to zero.

Two bugs Alper reported:

"When showing the in-game feedback text, if a gta-sa message has just been
shown indicating that one of your stats/skills have been changed, the same mes-
sage appears again (the skills/stats remain the same). I think this is because
the gta-sa message has priority? The stats themselves do not change!! It is
only the text that reappears.

"If you have already a weapon at hand, and clear all weapons, the player gets
stuck with the weapon carrying animation. Workaround: please select the fists
(ie. no weapons) in game, and then use 'clear all weapons' command."

Just to be safe, I do that to clear all weapons before using the Control Cen-
ter to make any change to C.J.'s weapons.

Thanks to Viscera for a post that warns not to use extra weight for your vehi-
cle for "Robbing Uncle Sam" or the Forklift might not pick up crates, and not to
turn on Engine Health for "Just Business" or "The End of the Line" or C.J.'s car
will blow up, for some reason, when another enters it.

Thanks to Bryan Lowe for writing to me that if you leave the vehicle protec-
tion on for the train mission, the train won't be able to go over 12 mph.

You might like to try Alper Saracoglu's GTA Vice City Administrative Con-

...and his GTA3 Admin Console, too.

X.13.d The Skateboard mod

Chris82 of GTAProjects has a mod to re-insert the Skateboard melee weapon
Rockstar designed for the game but didn't activate for the release of the game.
It re-enables the original animations for the melee weapon use of the skate-
board, too.

X.13.e The No Rust and Dirt mods

GTAtor offers the Clean Cars mod and OffRoader23 offers the No Rust and Dirt
mod to keep vehicles looking clean.
go to Main page > San Andreas > Downloads > Sonstiges > SA Patches;3905221;/fileinfo.html/1/1

The original PC "San Andreas" doesn't feature PS2-type Pay 'n' Spray/save ga-
rage/rain car washes for vehicles that get dirty--they just stay dirty all the
time unless you use the v1.01 patch or one of these mods. There's something to
be said for the realism of the little bit of dirt along the bottom sides of the
cars, but you can use one of these mods if you'd rather have clean vehicles
without creating the modding incompatibilities created by using the patch--you

X.13.f 2x, 4x, and 10x Draw Distance mods

The message board for this is at GTA Forums:

Make a copy of your data\timecycle.dat file to keep for reference or to make
a copy from if you want to revert to the original version.

Edison Carter provides the original file, too, if you forget to make a copy.

And before you change anything, un-check the green dot 1st, etc. (X.4).

These mods increase FarClp, the 28th number in each line of timecyc.dat. The
bigger the number for it, the farther away things can be before they disappear.

In the 1st group of eight rows, for EXTRASUNNY_LA, the original FarClp has
400.00, 800.00, or 600.00.

For the group of eight rows for CLOUDY_SF, the original Farclp has 1150.00 for
each row.

The 29th number in each row, FogSt, determines how far away the fog is--the
bigger the number, the farther away it is. It's basically lower as the numbers
for FarClp get bigger. I guess the reason for that is to make about the same
demands on the game engine: the more fog there is, the farther away things can
appear, and the less fog there is, the smaller the range things can appear in.

It's not directly proportionate; for example, one pair of FarClp and FogSt
numbers is 400.00 and 100.00, another pair is 800.00 and 100.00, and another
pair is 800.00 and 10.00.

For EXTRASUNNY_LA, the original eight numbers for FogSt are 100.00 or 10.00.

For CLOUDY_SF, they're all -22.00.

In a "4x" version, "4x" seems to refer to multiplying the 1st number given for
Farclp by four, then making all the others for FarClp the same.

Sunrie came up with a 4x version I'm using right now. It makes all the num-
bers for FarClp 1600.00 and makes all the numbers for FogSt 100.00.

(It also changes GTA San Andreas\stream.ini for vehicles from 12 to 1200, but
I leave stream.ini alone. I don't think it increases how far away cars can be
before they disappear, just how many appear in the viewing range.)

Increasing the viewing distance not only lets you see things that are farther
away, but seems to make things in the mid-distance show up with richer hues more
assuredly (the result of increasing FarClp in the rows at the bottom of the

The 10x version isn't too much for my newly-updated computer, but, as some
point out at the message board, it's glitchy due to the limitations of the game
engine, like when looking down from a high Parachute jump, with the best of PCs.
A message by [KFC]Nutz says that setting FarClp over 2,000 can make his game
crash if he gets too much of the territory in his view. You might want to use a
number just beneath that as the highest you try.

Pick the draw distance multiple you can run without problems on your comput-
er, using the draw distance bar in the options to adjust it. Most can run a
multiple of two (no FarClp less than 800) or four times the 1st FarClp number.

From greater to lesser demands on your system, you might try:

- FarClp just under 2000 with FogSt below 100 changed to 100, 50, or un-

- FarClp 1600 (the 1st FarClp multiplied by four) with FogSt below 100 changed
to 100, 50, or unchanged,

- FarClp no less than 800 (the 1st FarClp multiplied by two) with FogSt below
100 changed to 100, 50, or unchanged.

The typical modification makes an entire row the same number whereas the orig-
inal has more variety. You might give your mod the sort of variety of the orig-

If you want to get more pleasure out of the graphics of the game, and have a
PC that's at least moderately powerful for games, I recommend that you see which
version your system can handle.

X.13.g John Lennon's glasses

Fragger has a mod that adds John Lennon's round National Health glasses to
C.J.'s choices of glasses:

X.13.h The Horseshoe Help mod

JVT came up with The Horseshoe Help mod, which makes a big arrow, like ones
you've seen in GTA's, point down at each Horseshoe.

X.13.i The Driver mod

Pavel gives us The Driver mod, which lets you have C.J. ride in a passenger in
a car or helicopter and do a drive-by from it. Other features include having
C.J. transported in a private jet and a limo, a winch and magnet for the Levia-
than, Ammu-Nations that are fully stocked from the beginning of the game and
also carry both kinds of Rocket Launcher and the Minigun, and Armor, Health,
Bribe, and weapon pickups at all save places. It's a main.scm file change, so
you can't use an old save game with it.

X.13.j The Roberto Clemente shirt

NewYorkMantle has a skin to give C.J. the Roberto Clemente 1955-1972 Pitts-
burgh Pirate jersey with number 21. It replaces the Pro-Laps Bandits top.

To use it, use the IMG Tool to open models\player.img and replace bandits.txd.

Roberto was the National League Batting Champion four times, was awarded
twelve Gold Gloves, selected National League MVP in 1966, and was chosen as the
MVP in the 1971 World Series.

He died in a plane crash off the coast of Carolina on December 31, 1972 while
en route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

Pittsburgh announcer Bob Prince used to say that a pitcher would be stupid to
try to hit Roberto Clemente with a pitch--it just made Roberto mad and he'd
knock the next one out of the park: pa-hoom.

My Dad could draw a real good Roberto.

X.13.k The Tommy Vercetti shirt and Tommy's Shirt

Loman has a skin that lets you give C.J. the default shirt (the one I usually
used) worn by Tommy Vercetti in "Vice City," except his shirt is open at the

It has you use IMGtool 2.0 and TXD Workshop v3.4b or later (see X.6), and use
the .bmp file supplied to alter the .txd file of a shirt from model\ player.img.
If you extract hawaiiwht.txd to the .bmp folder, then open the .txd with the TXD
Workshop, like I did, the readme should note that you type "hawaiiwht.txd" in
the box along the bottom so you can click Import.

Blues the Squirrel has another one, Tommy's Shirt, which just requires you to
replace the .txd file for hawaiired.txd. With this one, the shirt is closed in
the front like Tommy's.

Either shirt becomes available at the Victim clothes store. They go good with
blue jeans from Bincos and either white sneakers from Pro-Laps or white low tops
from Sub Urban.

X.13.l Pizzadox's Plus 27 Trainer

Pizzadox has a trainer that offers the ability to make C.J.'s bullets cause
one hit kills, etc. The feature I especially like it for is the ability to stop
mission timers that count down found in missions like "Kick Start" or the Sub-
missions (Vigilante, etc.). To stop those timers, press Esc to pause the mis-
sion once the timer is going, Alt-Tab out of the game, start the trainer, then
go back into the game. This trainer is compatible with the unpatched version of
the original game.

X.13.m Heli Magnet

Demarest (who helped me with a code change for "RC Bandit" in "Vice City" that
made it suitable for human life, and founded the Liberty City mod effort) has a
mod to let you use a towing magnet from any helicopter (as with the Leviathan in
"Up, Up, and Away!").

For some reason, Dem's uniquely helpful site isn't up. His work can be found
at the next link:

You might also want to look at his mods for "Vice City," including "Ancestral
Recall," which tells you which missions you have to do, and "Uniquecall," which
shows you, onscreen, where to start and end the Unique Jumps, which ones you
have left to do, etc. They're about halfway down the page at the next link.

X.13.n Darkpact SA

Demarest also has a mod that lets you make a main.scm change, if it's a script
change (like "Heli Magnet"--"one that can be displayed in simple text and is
meant to be added to whatever SCM") and not a code mod (one that "requires you
to replace your entire SCM"), without having to start a new game. Read his in-
structions included in the 3rd of the web pages given below and follow them
carefully if you do this.

On the 1st of those web pages, Demarest offers versions for "III" and "Vice
City," too.

For some reason, Dem's site isn't up. His work can be found at the next link:

X.13.o Speedometer

Spookie, aka Spooky, has a speedometer--the kind with the needle in a circle--
that gives the speed of any vehicle C.J. rides in. You enable it by putting a
little file in your main SA folder. You can set it to measure speed by miles or
kilometers. You can put it in any of the four corners of the screen, but you'll
probably put it in the lower right corner most or all of the time.

Besides being interesting for comparing the top speeds of vehicles, it may
even help you with some missions. It can help you better regulate how fast a
certain car can go without spinning out, etc., just as a speedometer can in real
life. Besides races, it could help CJ. drive steadily at the speed a girlfriend

Spookie tells me a small percentage--about 5%--of users have issues trying to
run it: "My guess is that it's being caused by the Securom copy protection,
since anyone that uses the NoDVD patch doesn't seem to have a problem. Most
people not using the patch seem to get away with it working, but the odd few say
it doesn't show in-game at all."

I was through trying the patch, as the list of mods to try grows, some time
ago, and I recommend it as the fine speedometer it always was.

I used the identical-looking one he had for VC. It looks nice, too.

X.13.p Gradius and Gyruss games mod

Gta1player has a mod to let you play "Go Go Space Monkey" as Gradius and "They
Crawled from Uranus" as Gyruss, letting you see each one as the game it seems to
be based on.

You use the IMG Tool (X.6) to replace a couple of .txd files to see Gradius
and replace one .txd file to see Gyruss.

X.13.q Pawfect Skin Changer Mod v1.1

If you stillfeellikedressingup, CJ of Pawfect Films, with a hook based on code
by op9080, has a mod for SA v1 that lets you play as any one of over 300 charac-
ters in the game. You don't have to replace any files, just double click the
.exe file supplied and use the hotkeys during the game. You browse through the
choices which appear in front of C.J., then select the one you want C.J. to be-

Try to not let C.J.'s weight change or your model can go "wonky" or your game
can freeze. Have the lead character change back into to C.J. to have them
change clothes or before C.J. has to use special clothes for a mission.

You could also use Spaceeinstein's "All In One Mod" (X.13.ii) to spawn the
various peds or even have C.J. become one. According to Spaceeinstein, "It's
with the MultiMod. It includes every natural ped in the game and most deleted
and special peds. It should also spawn peds that you added into the game if the
ped's ID corresponds with the MultiMod's ped's ID."

As an alternative to that which is compatible with the rest of the game and
other mods, you might use one of the methods of Skin viewing and editing given
above (see X.8) to pick a character from the game you'd like as the lead charac-
ter, and use the IMG Tool (see X.6) to replace player.dff and player.txd, which
is C.J., with it in models\gta3.img. I think you'd also need to use the method
given at "Maximum Stats of all kinds in one sitting" (see III.5) to change the
Muscle Stats so they don't increase above zero.

X.13.r MP5 ReSkin and more...

cyber90 has a mod that provides a more realistic look for the knife and all
the guns and rocket launchers. (Fred Willard-type Ammu-Nation voice: "...and
'boom!'--you've blown a hole in something!")

Replace the .txd file in models\gta3.img with the .txd file in the mod for
each weapon you want to give more definition. (Some people in the accompanying
message board have had problems with the clothes supplied with the mod--I
haven't tried those.)

X.13.s rc vehicles (drivable)

Lancingluke has a mod that lets C.J. drive and fly the RC vehicles in "San An-
dreas." NOW we're talkin,' buddy.

Each vehicle requires a .dff, .txd, and handling file change, then you need a
car spawner (not supplied) to make it appear.

As an alternative, I think you might try to do it the way Dicanio did for the
RC vehicles in "Vice City," described in the Miscellaneous mods section,
I.100.D.f, of "Glenster's Guide to Some of Vice City." I haven't tried this,
but I think it would work: change the Class of each RC vehicle you want to
change in vehicles.ide from "ignore" to "moped," then change the handling.cfg
line for each the way I showed that Dicanio did for the "Vice City" RC vehicles
(remembering, as noted at X.10.b, that line E, the 4th number after the name of
the vehicle in "Vice City," isn't used in "San Andreas").

X.13.t Spurtster

Rollies77 gives new life to the scooter-driving animations with a mod that re-
places the chassis of a scooter with the chassis of a lassy. (Remember the Pole
Position bike mod for "Vice City"? Crank 'er up and try for some stunt statis-
tics. HOO-ha!)

For this mod, you replace the .dff and .txd files of the Faggio. There's al-
ways a Faggio at the Las Venturas Burger Shot Courier mission site: SW of the

X.13.u Heavens on Earth

jarjar has a mod that puts those yellow inverted cones used to enter buildings
around Los Santos to make it more convenient to have C.J. enter 53 of the hidden
interiors of the ghost heavens I went on about in "Ghost hell, ghost world,
ghost heaven, and Liberty City" (see I.10). You can't do missions with it, and
I'd like it better if it was integrated with the rest of the normal game, but
it's easy to replace a couple of folders and a file temporarily to have a look

The normal Los Santos interiors, including save places, don't load, just hid-
den interior ones--sometimes. At some entrances, C.J. just falls through gray
hell to his death, the car mod shops just make the game cut out, and sometimes
C.J. learns the hard way there's no collision file on a floor or door and falls,
etc. It could help if the readme file directed you to the ones that work the
right way.

You might just use Spaceeinstein's All In One Mod, X.13.ii, to see the inter-
iors and still be able to play the game.

X.13.v The Homie Mod

9ine has a mod that adds three gang members to the three regular GSF gang mem-
bers: two from cutscenes and one who was in the original screenshots Rockstar
made for SA but who wasn't included in the game. This is good for those of you
who thought C.J. went through a he** of a lot of work to end up with only three
people in his gang.

Read the GTA Forums message board to find out how it's possible to add more to
the gang.

X.13.w Grove Gang Revision Mod

GAMEJAK was thinking along the same lines and is coming up with a mod that
lets you add FAM1 through FAM8, Sweet, Denise, OG Loc/Jeffrey, Big Smoke and/or
Ryder (I guess you imagine the last two had evil twins C.J. kills in the game)
to roll in C.J.'s gang. We're talkin' crew.

X.13.x 2 Player Mod

jarjar, the jar so nice they named it twice, has a mod to let you play the PS2
two-player missions on PC. You need a couple of USB controllers. For those
special GTA moments you want to share with that special someone. So if you know
some strange old girl or boy that likes to blow up taxicabs and stuff, you might
want to call them up for this. Strange but fun--that's the important thing.
And that's how we like 'em.

X.13.y Easter Bay Aircraft Carrier Beta 2

[DRuG]NikT has a mod that lets you rule the high seas. As of May, 2006, it's
been updated with some assistance from brixster and Ben "Cerbera" Millard. The
collision file, stretched over a big area, covers the key areas.

This is one big boat.

You use the IMG Tool (see X.6) to replace the .dff and .txd files of the Trop-
ic, then change the handling.cfg line for it as described in the carrierbeta-
readme file. You can use steve-m's "Collision File Editor II" to replace the
.col file.

X.13.z Jarra Mono Arsenal v1.3

Commando Funebrero had come up with snazzy replacements--some say the best--
for all the weapons in the game.

The GTA Forums message board, led by Commando Funebrero, is informative and
has screenshots.

X.13.aa Detailed Radar mod

BaygoN has exchanged the map used for the in-game map and radar with Ian Al-
bert's map, which I highly recommended (see III.1) and which looks like a satel-
lite picture of San Andreas.

See the GTA Forums link for a message board and screen shots. Holla Back Girl

justa_newbie didn't do the newbie thing and create a skin to make C.J. look
like a zombie or such--justa just created an original working pedestrian model--
a lady with an hourglass figure and her own dff file. There will be more work
on the texturing of the hands and feet, but you can get a good idea of it now

If you use it to replace a girlfriend, it comes in outdoor and indoor ver-

A "holla back girl," like a member of a cheerleading squad that repeats what
the leader calls out, is a woman that does what she's told; she's willing to be
treated like a doormat or booty call. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette

Bonsaijodelfisch has a 1963 Chevy Corvette, converted for "San Andreas" by
FUBAR, I like that I found out about from Cerbera, who came up with the handling
figures for it. It replaces the Hotring Racer. You can see the message board
and screenshots for it at the GTA Forums web site given below.

X.13.dd Half-Life 2 Buggy

AlexSergeev has created a mod to turn the Bandito into the similar Valve "Half
Life 2," 2005, buggy Gordan Freeman uses: SCM Hook

op9080 has authored a mod that lets you remove the height limit for the Jet
Pack (so you can explore the entrance lights in the San Andreas heavens, St.
Mark's Bistro, etc.) and other flying vehicles, remove the speed limit for the
Hydra, run the game in windowed mode, etc. (Thanks to Cerbera's web site for
the tip.) The message board and links for the mod are at:

X.13.ff PLPynton's mission mods

PLPynton (the fellow who came up with a way to mod the game so it would recog-
nize quadruple insane stunts) has several mission mods you might like. If you
try one, you have to start a new game--your old save games won't work with a
changed main.scm.

Super C.J.: C.J. can fly like Superman and throw things with super strength
or telekinesis or something.

Vehicle guns: you can make a couple of working Miniguns appear on the hood
of almost all of the vehicles.

Blow me away: it's M-rated, not graphic; you might try it if you'd think it
was funny. It basically lets you have C.J. fool around more liberally with that
aspect of the Hot Coffee mod, you ridiculous fffilth. Pillager

Demarest has come up with another uniquely helpful code tool. This one helps
you find all the Tags, Oysters, Snapshots, and Horseshoes without having to
leave the game to consult a map. All those of the category you pick will appear
on your radar. When you hunt for Snapshot targets, the ones left to find also
have a green marker above them in the game to make them easier to find. While
you hunt, you're considered to be on a mission, so you can't do things, like en-
ter gyms, that you can't do while on a mission.

Just rename your main.scm, to save a copy of it, and put this one in. It's
compatible with previous saves and v.1 or 2 of SA. I knew when he helped me
with a way to change the file for RC Bandit in VC, this man was destined for
great things.

For some reason, Dem's site isn't up. His work can be found at next link:

X.13.hh Audio Toolkit

Pdescobar's Audio Toolkit might be used to give the SA Minigun the VC sound,
which I liked better for it. You and your friends might give some of the pedes-
trians some custom vocals, too.

A mod with customized weapon sounds for VC, Realistic Weapon Sounds by dDe-
finder, is another option as an audio source for SA weapons:

X.13.ii The All In One Mod

Spaceeinstein's All In Oneth Returneth with a lot of the VC options, like
Eclipse_nl's SuperNOS, made to be like Barton Waterduck's, for any vehicle,
Barton Waterduck's Wall Climbing, Brokenfish and Demarest's Invincibility for
C.J., Brokenfish's Indestructible Vehicle and Fast Helicopter Take-off, Demar-
est's Steed (C.J. stays on his cycle), TbM2k's Car Unflip, spaceeinstein's Mis-
sion Skipper, and a lot of new options, including:

- PLPynton's Super C.J. (see X.13.ff),
- spaceeinstein's Hidden Interiors/Teleporter, Parked Cars (extra parked vehi-
cles like the Andromada and FBI Truck), and the GTA2 missions "Pizza Cake" and
- MrTi's Give and Take, which can be used to give one of C.J.'s gang members
any weapon that can aim and make the gang members indestructible,
- PatrickW's Hot Coffee (people afraid of parent's teaching their kids about
the birds and bees with Barbie and Ken dolls can leave it disabled),
- DeeZire and spaceeinstein's Home Brains (you learn why the hobo in Ganton
says nobody can tell him when to use the john; again, the House of Representa-
tives met over the whole Barbie and Ken thing, but when are they going to do
something about the whole Betsy Wetsy doll deal?--that's what I want to know),
- Barton Waterduck's MultiMod and Mod Shop, which include the options of a
Timer Control (increase or decrease the amount of time on any timer), the abil-
ity to set traffic density (good for doing stunts or making screenshots without
disturbance), use the Ped Spawner to not only spawn a ped but have C.J. change
to their appearance, and the ability to Choose Mission, and
- Pavel's Ammu-Nation Upgrade, which opens all Ammu-Nations from the start of
the game and increases their stock to include heavy weapons, etc. (TGIPC).

X.13.jj 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

Klarnetist's mod of a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air hardtop, which I liked so much
for "Vice City" and looks like the car my Dad had when I was a kid, has been
converted to "San Andreas" a couple of times in separate efforts by Brendan62
and Escandero (TGIPC).

X.13.kk Transfender Fix

You can use the Transfender for a batch of vehicles beyond the ones permitted
by the unmodified game with the Transfender Fix by OffRoader23. It's just a
data > carmods.dat change, so I think it would be fine for any version of "San
Andreas." One of the things it provides is the ability to use a Transfender to
get the original colors back for the Truth's Mothership if it turns white in one
of your save garages. (Thanks to Orion_SR for recommending it to me. He cau-
tions that it doesn't work for bikes, which end up spawning between the ceiling
and the roof).

X.13.ll Chain game save games

OrionSR, with some help from pdescobar, GTA_Phreak, JAJ, ryan92, rubregg,
zmoonchild, and jaj's brother, has a special kind of mod--modified save games
that provide a wealth of changes. There are new locations for vehicles and
weapons, some Pay 'n' Sprays have been modified so that flying vehicles can be
repaired on the roof, some save garages have been modified so that flying vehi-
cles can be saved on the roof, a Boat Yard has been added near Toreno's ranch,
some jump locations have been changed and boat jumps added, some gang wars can
be triggered in SF and LV, there are teleport locations for quick travel across
the map, etc. (And some nice person is named on the license plate of the
Prickle Pine garage Turismo.)

The 1st link below is for the chain game in which people can take turns doing
missions with these files. About 1/4 down the page are initial save games for
independant play for vv.1 and 2, and the 2nd link lets people with the PS2 ver-
sion use it. Unmodded weapons remake

Illicitpimping saw to it that his weapon changes won't slow down your comput-
er. They're just skin changes--they're the same file size as the originals but
have more detail and illicitpimping claims they have more authentic colors.

X.13.nn CLEO mods

CLEO 3 allows you to add new features to the game without modifying the
main.scm. Save games can be loaded as usual. CLEO 3 supports SA versions 1.0
and 1.01. It was tested with the US version 1.0 and EUR 1.01.

Copy and paste the CLEO 3-Basic files and the CLEO-folder into GTA-SA root
directory. Then CLEO-script mods can be added as single files to the game--
put them in the CLEO folder.

See the site at the next link for files which must be added to use CLEO mods.

Some CLEO mods (a submarine to pilot, a "Portal"-type gun, etc.) by Ryosuke
are at the next links.

Some CLEO mods by ZAZ (killer sharks, etc.) are at the next link.

X.13.oo Parkour mod

Matthias43 has a mod that lets C.J. roll after jumping and do backflips. Make
a copy of Anim/Ped.ifp as a backup and replace it with the modded version.

X.13.pp The "Design Your Own Mission" mod

The "Design Your Own Mission" mod by Dutchy3010 and PatrickW lets you design
your own missions without having any coding ability. Copy the MPACK folder to
your San Andreas User Files in My Documents. Install CLEO3. To add downloaded
missions, copy the DYOMx.dat files into San Andreas User Files.

And congratulations for winning the 2009 GTA Forums GTA Modding Award for
first place for the Best Mission Mod of 2008, Best Mission Mod on GTANet Annual
Awards for 2008, and the Best Project of 2008 on Awards!

Dutchy3010 and PatrickW: here's to you with the 2008 'steiner Stein award and
everything in it! Mod requests

- for "San Andreas":

A steam locomotive, etc., that would have been used in Pennsylvania in the
1930's (my Dad was a brakeman before he became an artist),
a horn or whistle for the train,
a mod to shine more light on the lead character and any vehicle they're in
(SA has them in shadow too much),
"Vice City"-type instant replays,
revolving lights for the lighthouses,
revolving red radar screens for the airports,
working escalators,
invincibility for GSF gang members,
ability to drive the submarine,
"Vice City" helicopter-type propellor animation,
more things to see underwater (a coral bay could be pretty and wouldn't have
to be animated; maybe a man-eating something to clean up the drowned people)
a li'l Dodo--in bright VC red and white--to pull a sign around in the sky,
"Vice City"-type cumulus clouds to fly through,
and "Mafia"/"Vice City"-type ability for the "camera" to stay behind the lead
character or their vehicle.

P.S.: and niblets the President stops government for a week over. I mean, the
House of Representatives is something, but how many of those people can you

- for "Mafia," released as a PC game in 2002:

GTA-type ability for the lead character to jump over the guard rail and ex-
plore the scenery in "Free Ride," "Vice City"-type additions of a PCJ-600, more
jump ramps, instant replays, a helicopter, and a Dodo (except the lead character
can fly it), and more dialogue for the pedestrians than, when pressed, brief
things like, "I don't have time for this s**t."

In "Mafia," Paulie looks like Joe Pesci/Tommy DeVito, and Don Salieri looks
like Paul Sorvino/Paul Cicero, of the movie "Goodfellas," 1990. Someone could
make models for the lead character Thomas "Tommy" Angelo and Sam that look like
Ray Liotta/Henry Hill and Robert De Niro/Jimmy Conway.

X.14 Music
MP3s and wav files
How to save hard disk space with shortcuts

In the PC version, you can put WAV or OGG (Ogg Vorbis) files (with the correct
CODECs installed, also MP3, WMA, M4A, etc., files)--to save space, put shortcut
icons--in My Documents/GTA San Andreas User Files/User Tracks for your own radio

In the Play Mode section, you can choose "Radio" to have the game play them
with the commercials, etc., provided to make it seem like another of the sta-
tions of the game. Otherwise, "Sequential" plays them in alphabetical order and
"Random" plays them in a random order.

To have them play on the radio station, run "Scan User Tracks" 1st in "Audio

Automatic Media Scan will make the radio start with the 1st track after the
game loads.

You can skip User Tracks during the game with F5.

X.15 Screen shots and videos No, no, no...

To make a screen shot, press Prt Scr during the game. If you don't want to
exit the game, go to the pause screen, highlight "RESUME," and Alt/Tab out of
the game. Open "Paint," click "Edit," then "Paste."

If you like it, click "File," "Save as," choose "My Pictures" in the "Save
in:" bar along the top, and use the drop down menu along the bottom to save it
as a JPEG and not a Bitmap, aka a .bmp, file. JPEG files take up a lot less MBs
on your hard disk and, though it's a kind of compression that irreversibly sim-
plifies data, looks just as good to me for screenshots. Give it a name, and
click "Save." Click the "GTA: San Andreas" thing in the Task bar to go back in-
to the game. Fortunately, "San Andreas" isn't fussy like "Vice City" about
letting you Alt/Tab out of the game.

You could also have C.J. take a picture with a Camera. Hold the RMB to bring
up the viewfinder and press the LMB. The pictures are stored in My Documents\
GTA San Andreas User Files\Gallery.

Fraps, the Easy Graphic Converter, and Virtual Dub

You can use Fraps to make screenshots and videos of your games.

Fraps lets you use hotkeys. You can take any number of screen shots at a
time, but the free version doesn't let you make make .jpg files, only .bmp
files which are a lot bigger. To copy them as .jpg files, you can use the free
Easy Graphic Converter, then delete the .bmp files.

The free version of Fraps restricts videos to 30 sec. clips. Whether you use
the free version or not, the videos take up a lot of MBs which you can compress
to take up less hard disk space (and make them easier for your computer to use
with your editor later). The free processing tool I use is Virtual Dub. I
click Video > Compression > XviD MPEG-4 codec and save them as .avi files.

How I make videos

The stunt videos I've made are meant to encourage more people to play with the

I use the GTA Instant Replay feature for a variety of "camera" angles, which
include one that's adjustable with the Mouse. As described above, I capture the
scenes on my PC with Fraps. I use VitualDub, which is free, to compress the
video clips to .avi files.

Other free software I've used includes the AoA Audio extractor (to extract
the audio from a clip or convert MP3s to .wav files, which Windows Movie Maker
prefers), Super (to convert most any file type to another), and Wavepad (an au-
dio editor I haven't used much). I've also used the ZAMZAR web page to save
YouTube videos.

I edit the clips with Windows Movie Maker, which comes with Windows Home XP
and Vista Home Premium. I use Windows Movie Maker to publish each video to my
computer, which lets you compress the video to the size you want. See the Win-
dows Movie Maker forum for more, including many free user-made effects.

If you're going to buy an editor, check the latest reviews. Sony Vegas and
Adobe Premier Pro usually get good reviews. Avidemux is free, but I just use
Windows Movie Maker.

I upload my videos to You Tube and filefront. A list of other web sites that
let you store your videos is at the last link.


XI. And there's always more (from "International Feel"; thank you to Todd

This section is just for some of the things not need for 100% completion of
the game that take a little longer to explain.

XI.a Unique Jumps 70

This list use the BradyGames guide numbers (which is why the order of the lo-
cations sometimes goes back and forth on the map).

A PCJ-600 or NRG-500 are good motorcycles for jumps, unless otherwise noted.

Briefly, remember that you can speed the motorcycle up by quickly and repeat-
edly pressing Up but not letting C.J. stand up. You can do a bit of a wheelie
before many of these jumps, the kind with the sort of slope the concrete ramps
have, for extra distance, too. Use Up and Down to level the wheels for landing.

You might want to see "GTA San Andreas Plane Crash" for a quick look at some-
thing you don't want to see during a stunt.

The GTA SA Control Center (see X.13.c) has the coordinates to teleport C.J. to
the jump sites.

Good maps of the locations of all the jumps are at:

Los Santos and Red County

1. El Corona The jump ramp is between the "A" in "EL CORONA" and the RR
track. Go W to E and land on the RR platform. (The BradyGames guide recommends
that you use a PCJ-600.)

2. Idlewood The jump ramp is the bridge arch on the W side of the road on
the E side of the block that's W of "WIL" of "WILLOW FIELD." Go N to S between
the RR track and trees and veer left onto the bridge arch.

3. Verona Beach Go N to S through the Conference Center to the steps of the
pale green-blue building and land on the next building.

4. Jefferson Go S to N up the stairs (to the pedestrian bridge over the RR
tracks) near the S end of the thick N-S section that represents a section of the
RR track that has a street on either side of it. This can be done with a car or

5. Ocean Docks E of "EL CORONA" is a block that looks like a stubby "Y."
The jump is in the block SE of the base of the "Y." Go NW to SE through the
dirt lot at the NE side of the block to a pile of dirt in the S corner of the
lot. Land before hitting the freeway wall.

6. East Beach Use an NRG-500. Go E to W to the steps (for the pedestrian
bridge over the highway).

7. Ocean Docks The jump ramp is a gray wooden version of a "Vice City"
concrete jump ramp at the E side of the big rectangle on the W part of the is-
land part of Ocean Docks. Go N to S over the ramp and land on the roof that's
on gray concrete columns.

8. Los Santos International The ramp is the mobile boarding ramp just over
over the fence.

9. Los Santos International The ramp is the W triangular yellow and black
marker of the pair at the NW corner of the gray square under the "AIR" of "AIR-
PORT." Go E to W and go over the red and white "OGL-2" sign.

10. Ocean Docks The ramp is the set of metal steps about 1/3rd W from the
E side of the block that's two blocks S of the block with "ELD" of "WILLOW
FIELD." Go E to W and land on the building.

11. East Los Santos If you go W on the street along the top of "LOS" of
"LOS FLORAS" to the T intersection, you'll find the ramp as the set of steps
across the street. Jump over the narrow block to the RR tracks.

12. Market E of the S area of the block with "WOOD" of "VINEWOOD" is a
block with an E-W alley. Go E to W through that alley, up the stairs, over the
roof, and land on the road.

13. East Beach Go W to E on the street one block above the "LOS" of "LOS
FLORES," over the patio, through space where a part of the wall is missing, and
down to the street--not the ocean.

14. Ocean Docks Go to the SW corner of the road that makes a loop through
the mainland and island parts of Ocean Docks. From the inside of the corner,
on the lower area, go S to N, up the stairs on the N end, and land on the

15. Ocean Docks Go N to S through the same lower area, up the stairs on
the S end, and land without falling into the ocean.

16. East Los Santos On the E side of the block, two blocks S of the "N" in
"JEFFERSON," is a set of steps just N of some basketball courts. Go E to W, up
the steps, and land beyond them.

17. Mulholland Intersection From the S end of the central N-S stretch of
the intersection, go S to N on the left walk, past the oncoming traffic of the
onramp on your left, and continue N to go over the concrete ramp.

18. Mulholland Intersection Same deal only N to S on the left walk from
the N end of the intersection.

19. Mulholland Intersection On the W side of the N-S stretch used for jump
18 is a road that curves under it. Go S down that road, over the light brown
concrete ramp to the right of it, and land below in the parking lot.

20. Rodeo Just W of the N end of the road that goes S to the Santa Maria
pier is a mound in the grass at a white picket fence. Go N to S through Rodeo,
over the mound, and land on the pier.

21. Vinewood Go E to W on the road above "WOOD" of "VINEWOOD, through the
dark asphalt lot, off the end of it, and over the next roof to the street below.

22. Commerce Go S to N through the concrete flood control ditch of the
block W of the one with "COM" of "COMMERCE," go up the light gray concrete ramp
on the left side, and jump out of the ditch.

23. Montgomery Intersection Go E to W to the Montgomery Intersection and
over the dirt ramp in the middle.

24. Los Santos International Go clockwise around the SE curve of the high-
way that goes around most of the airport, and go up the concrete ramp in the
middle of the highway.

25. Santa Maria Beach N of "MARIA" is a W-E road; where it curves 90 de-
grees N, go E across the asphalt walk, up the stairs, and onto the wooden walk
by the shops.

26. Red County Go E over the broken bridge at the W side of Palomino
Creek. (Jump 28 uses the same bridge.)

27. Dillimore Go N to S into Dillimore, continue straight through an
alley, go over the curved gray plank, and land as far S as the gas station or
sheriff's office.

28. Palomino Creek Go W from Palomino and over the dirt road and broken
wooden bridge. (Jump 26 uses the same bridge. This is also the bridge you can
fail to jump, during the middle of the "Small Town Bank" mission for Catalina,
to try the glitch that lets you explore the banned areas early.)


The Badlands and Red County

1. Mount Chiliad The Cobra Run wooden jump ramp. It's E and below the tip
of the semi-loop of road that's E of the summit.

2. Angel Pine The ramp is the three pieces of corrugated metal in the
trailer park SE of the SE block of Angel Pine. Drive SE to NW, jump, and land
on the roof with orange shingles.

3. Whetstone Go W to E over the sand dune that's SE of the S end of the
road S from Angel Pine.

4. Blueberry W of the S block of downtown Blueberry, go NW to SE through
the FleischBerg lot, up the ramp of wooden pallets, and over the truck trailers.
(Number 9 is the same but in the opposite direction.)

5. Blueberry Go W to E through an alley of the S of the two W blocks of
Blueberry--the alley is N of the building with a Sprunk billboard. Go up the
metal stairs and clear the building.

6. Blueberry Acres South of the "S" of "ACRES," go roughly S to N over the
light gray plank that's leaned against bales of hay and jump over the barn.

7. Blueberry Acres Go roughly S to N through the barn just E of the one
jumped over for the last jump.

8. The Panopticon E of "THE PANOPTICON," the roughly N-S dirt path curves
W a bit to avoid a ravine. Go S to N and jump the ravine.

9. Blueberry Jump the same trailers as for jump 4 but go SE to NW.


San Fierro and The Panopticon

1. The Panopticon Go E to W past the T intersection SW of "THE PANOPTI-
CON," go a bit to the N over the little hill at the side of the road, and land
on the San Fierro airport tarmac.

2. Santa Flora About 2/3rds E from "PALISADES" to the next street, go N to
S over the asphalt walk between houses, off the cliff, and beyond the houses be-

3. Go S to N on the street to where the "LL" of "JUNIPER HOLLOW" is, con-
tinue through the walk between houses, cross the street, and jump off the ledge
of the grass.

4. Downtown Go S to N to the right of the 2nd "N" of the "DOWNTOWN" of N
San Fierro, cross the street, and go up the steps beside Michelle's place to
land on the rooftop beyond.

5. Battery Point on the E side of the S end of the Gant Bridge is a scaf-
fold. Use a disposable motorcycle to drive up the levels of it, on it beside
the bridge, and off the end into the water.

6. Esplanade East Go W to E on the street S of "TOWN" of the "DOWNTOWN" of
N San Fierro, cross the street, go up the steps, and land on or beyond the lower

7. Doherty on the NW area of the block S of "O" of "DOHERTY," go S to N
through the wrecked building, up a big green fallen roof segment, and out to the

8. Juniper Hollow Go S to N on the street to about the "HO" of "HOLLOW,"
cross the street, go over the dirty white concrete "Vice City"-like ramp, and
land on the street below.

10. Calton Heights Go E to W over the road N of "TON," cross the street,
go over the "Vice City"-like ramp, and land on the street. Use an NRG-500.

11. Financial Go W to E on the road S of "HTS" of "CALTON HEIGHTS," cross
the street, and go over the wooden stairs.

12, Easter Basin The ramp is the curved old sheet of metal at the E end of
the W-E road at the middle of the E side of the brown block of the Doherty save
place. Go W to E over the W-E road, over the ramp, and land on the highway.

13, Airport Go Se to NW to the "Vice City"- like concrete ramp, which is
S of the S end of the long SW to NE runway. Land on the docks.

14. Airport S of the previous ramp is another one like it. Go E to W,
over the ramp, and land beyond the water.

15. Foster Valley Corvin Stadium is the rectangle with curved sides SW of
the pretzel-looking intersection W of the airport. Go W to E across the lot
that's S of the stadium, over the "Vice City"-like concrete ramp, and land on
the highway.

16. Doherty Go N to S on the W street of the big "J"-looking block E of
Avispa Country Club, go up the steps (of the pedestrian walk that goes over the
highway), and you'll probably get credit even if you wreck on the far side of
the highway instead of clearing it.


The Desert

1. Las Payasdas The ramp is a couple of planks by a pile of blue-green
stuff in the middle of the E side of the W block of downtown Las Payasdas. Go
W to E over the ramp and the real big chicken (it may count if you land on the

2. Las Payasdas Go N to S over the W side of the two E blocks of Las
Payasdas, cross the street, go up the E steps of the overhanging patio, and land
below. (I got this in a Taxi, so it doesn't have to be that great.)

3. Verdant Meadows Go NE up the wing of the SW pile of jet parts (the
plane symbol N of "R" of "VERDANT") and over the next pile (although the game
may allow it if you hit the fuselage of it).

4. Arco Del Oeste Go W over the wooden track at the top of the rock for-
mation and land beyond the water.

5. Valle Ocultado Go S from the main road "OCULTADO" is on, where the "T"
is, over the ramp leaning against the garage, and it's okay if you land on the
water and not the pier. You can start a run to the NE of the main road and be-
yond a gap in the fence N of the teepees.


Las Venturas

1. The Emerald Isle Go N to S over the asphalt slope at the S edge of the
top floor of the Emerald Isle parking garage. (Enter the garage on the N side.)
(The game may count it if you land on the street and not the roof of the Souve-
nirs, etc., shop.)

2. The Emerald Isle Drive a motorcycle to the top floor of the garage
(enter the garage on the N side) and up the stairs, on the N side, to the roof.
Drive W to E onto a lower roof, of the S side of the casino, and off the gray
ramp at the other end of it. (This is similar to jump 12, which uses the ramp
on the N side.)

3. The Camel's Toe Go W to E at the N side of the pyramid and up the
stairs; try for the Pawn Shop roof.

4. The Camel's Toe Go S to N at the E side of the pyramid and up the
stairs; try for the roof beyond them.

5. Creek Go E to W through the middle of the NE curve of road of the
rounded diamond-shaped intersection W of "CREEK," go through the pale tan arches
with a blue-purple roof, and over the "Vice City"-like gray wooden plank ramp.

6. Redsands West Drive S to N on the main road S of the middle of the
block S of "ND," cross the street, go through the pale tan arches with a blue-
purple tile roof, over the "Vice City"-like gray wooden plank ramp, and land on
the roof of the "Home of the Bandits" place.

7. Julius Thru Way North From the 2nd "P" in "PRICKLE PINE," go S, then E
to the end of the dead end road, and enter the lot of the duplexes. Go E to W
across the lot and over the gray wooden "Vice City"-like ramp. Try to go over
the highway.

8. Redsands West A block N of the "ST" of "WEST," go N into the lot, go N
across it, go over the gray wooden "Vice City"-like ramp and land on the high-

9. The Emerald Isle On level six of the Emerald Isle parking garage, go W
to E and over the ramp.

10. Randolph Industrial Estate Go S to N to the ramp, a curved slat of
metal, at the NE corner of the lot. (Enter the lot on the W side.)

11. The Emerald Isle Go E to W on the N side of the block of "OL" of "OLD
VENTURA STRIP," over the curved metal ramp, and over the street.

12. The Emerald Isle Drive a motorcycle to the top floor of the Emerald
Isle parking garage (enter the garage on the N side), drive up the stairs (on
the N side) to the roof, then go W to E onto a lower roof, of the N side of the
casino, and over the gray ramp at the other end of it. (This is similar to jump
2 except this one is done on the N side of the casino.)

XI.b Girlfriends

Have C.J. be sexy. The easiest way to do that is to have C.J. get all 50 Oy-
sters and a sexy car.

Having C.J. collect all 50 Oysters seems to cancel any objections girlfriends
might have about C.J.'s Muscle or Fat level (and cause pedestrians to say only
flattering things about his appearance). Denise and Millie are the two excep-
tions--they aren't concerned with his appearance.

(I'm not sure, but not collecting the Oysters may be one of the things that
increase the chances of seeing a jealous girlfriend appear on some of C.J.'s
dates with another--see below. Along with letting C.J. get out of shape, having
him use a vehicle with low sex Appeal, etc., it can be a way of hearing alter-
nate dialogue, too.)

The sexy cars are:

Alpha, BF Injection, Banshee, Blade, Buffalo, Bullet, Caddy (awwr!), Cheetah,
Comet, Elegy, Euros, Flash, Feltzer, Flash, Hermes, Hotknife, Huntley, Infernus,
Jester, Merit, Premier, Remington, Sentinel, Slamvan, Stratum, Stretch, Sultan,
Super-GT, Tahoma, Uranus, Washington, Windsor, or ZR-350.

The Launch, Reefer, Speeder, and Squalo III are the sexy boats. (Does Hillary
know about this--a young man so sexy he effects the fish?) ("Soon to take the
place of the mudshark in your mythology"--Frank Zappa. Sorry.)

Modding doesn't affect the sexiness of a car, but damaging the car decreases

The bad thing about Los Santos, at the start of the game, is that there aren't
spawn locations there for cars that are both sexy and handle real good at fast
speeds. The Voodoo handles better, but doesn't have the Sex Appeal of a Blade.
The good thing about it is Denise doesn't care, so get a Voodoo if you need a
lowrider. She'll never notice, so drive what you like. The Sentinel at the
film studio at the "WOOD" of "VINEWOOD" has a decent combination of the two
qualities--maybe the Buffalo at the dot NE of the "O" of "RED COUNTY," or the
Flash below the SE quadrant of the Mulholland Intersection--and you can have
C.J. save a sexy sports car he jacks from the street of one of the fancier

It helps a bit to have C.J. get the best clothes, haircuts, tattoos, and give

C.J. can miss a date, but he'd have to miss a lot of them to be dumped. You
can press Left Shift to skip the dining scene of a date if you're in a hurry.

Abuse hurts more--don't have him hit her or such.

If a blue inverted cone points down at her head, press action to begin dating.
Give positive responses (Y for Yes, N for No) unless she's being insulting.
If she likes C.J., a heart icon appears.
Find the heart icon--have C.J. go during the time she's available.
She may call off-hours--have C.J. go to her then.

If she's home, you see a red marker and her vehicle. Have C.J. drive or step
into the marker. (Step into the marker in Michelle's case if driving into it
causes the glitch where she drives off alone.)

The Stat to maximize starts at about 15% (see Stats > Achievements in the

Press Tab to have C.J. give a gift (not with the LMB--he'll hit her with it,
ya bum) then press it again so they kiss. Canes can't be given as gifts.

She'll want one of several kinds of dates:

Dinner See the in-game map at the time The music indicates how it's going
Dance See the in-game map at the time Do the dancing mini-game
Driving Fill the fun meter by driving where she likes the way she likes.

When it gets a little confusing trying to follow a girlfriend's complaints and
use a driving speed to please her, ignore what she says and tap W at a speed
that makes the Fun bar fill up, which is a lot easier.

If you have C.J. take her dining or dancing, have him get her there and back
without making any side tracks so she doesn't get bored.

If the Stat for the girlfriend is high enough (40 or 50 percent, depending on
the girlfriend), when C.J. gets her back home after a date she liked, she'll ask
him inside for coffee. If you press "Y" for C.J. to say "Yes" to the offer, you
get a scene of the outside of the girlfriend's house with the muffled sounds of
things they say to each other during sex coming from it and the "camera" aiming
this way and that.

Thanks to a Gamefaqs message by Nelo_Portgas for pointing out that the sex on
a date increases C.J.'s Health the same (about 10%?) as the sex with a prosti-
tute does.

See X.9.a if you want to see how C.J. likes his coffee with The Hot Coffee

Easy progress with a girlfriend

According to Riding the Rider, right after Helena agrees to be C.J.'s girl-
friend, have him "walk away from her then walk right next to her" and his girl-
friend progress with her will keep increasing. GTA Phreak believes you have to
let Helena shoot C.J. before having him stand by her, and DiscoverProject said
it works for Katie, Barbara, and Michelle, too.


Name Times Meeting place and house (heart icon)

Denise Robinson 0-6 16-0 Find her in "Burning Desire" (IV.23) at a
house on the N end of the block that's E
of the N end of the thick section on the
map of N-S RR track with a street on ei-
ther side of it that's NE of "JEFFERSON";
her house is by the 1st "N" of "GANTON"

Helena Wankstein 0-2 8-12 14-0 Find her on the rooftop shooting range of
the Blueberry Ammu-Nation, which is N of
the "B" of "BLUEBERRY";
her house is by the curve in the path W
she appears after "The Green Sabre"

Katie Zhan 12-0 Find her practicing t'ai chi at Avispa
Golf Course, SE of the local Burger Shot;
her house is by the "H" of "JUNIPER HOL-
she appears at the start of the game
(thanks to reader Carl Johnson for the

Michelle Cannes 0-12 Find her by the water cooler at San Fierro
driving school, have C.J. enter on the N
side of the block that looks like a big
"J" S of "DOHERTY";
her house is N of the "N" of the "DOWN-
TOWN" of N San Fierro
she appears at the start of the game
(thanks to zmoonchild for the tip)

Barbara Schternvart 0-6 16-0 Find her in the parking lot of the El Que-
brados sheriff's office (shown in section
A2 of the paper map), which is also where
C.J. meets her for dates;
she appears at the start of the game
(thanks to zmoonchild for the tip)

Millie Perkins 12-22 Find her in "Key to Her Heart" (VIII.35)--
she's the Caligula's Palace croupier that
C.J. follows home (the Gimp suit C.J. gets
during the mission makes it easier for him
to date her; sorry C.J., Young MayLay,
Millie, Orfeh, and everybody else)
her house is on the NE side of the block

Thanks to Spaceeinstein for correcting what I'd gotten from the BradyGames
Guide for the last names for Helena and Katie ("Goodpoke" and "Nookie" are prob-
ably pre-release versions).


Name Likes

Denise Body type and Sex Appeal don't matter; likes fast food or a bar,
dancing, and being driven fast around her house (I sent the car up and down her
street)--she may want a drive-by date, so it's fun to try different vehicles,
like a Monster truck, for that

Helena Less than 50% Muscle and no Fat, Rodeo food, Los Santos dancing, and
being driven moderately around her farm

Katie A high Muscle Stat, the diner indicated by a pink drink icon N of
her place, and dancing. One place where she likes to be driven slowly/moderate-
ly is back and forth on the Gant Bridge--thanks to the Girlfriend FAQ by twotwo-
twotwo at Gamefaqs for the tip:

She also like to be driven back and forth in the tunnel that's E of her house.

Michelle Fat, a martini glass icon place (like Misty's) for food, dancing,
and being driven fast anywhere; she takes the steering wheel for a few minutes
on some dates, too

Barbara A high Fat Stat but C.J. in good shape, a nearby diner, a San Fierro
dance club, and being driven moderately around El Quebrados

Millie Body type and Sex Appeal don't matter; likes a restaurant or bar, a
SW Las Venturas place to dance, being driven moderately near her home, and the
Gimp suit for immediate coffee

Note: a gimp, more generally, is a limp, or someone who walks with a limp.
It's also the submissive role of S and M sex; the "sex slave or submissive, usu-
ally male, as popularized by the movie 'Pulp Fiction.'" "aroused by bondage."
A G.I.M.P. is a passive and subservient sex toy "wearing a mask and a zip up

And yes, I had to look that up.,26396.asp

When a girlfriend wants to be taken on a drive, her verbal leads on how fast
to go can be confusing. Ignore what she says and tap W at the pace that fills
the Fun bar.


Name and occupation Rewards

Denise, gangster Coffee 40% Hustler 50% Pimp suit 100%

Helena, lawyer/weapon expert Coffee 70% Bandito Rural outfit 100%
Immediate access to a Chainsaw, Flame Thrower, Molotovs, and a 9mm

Katie, nurse Coffee 50% Romero 50% Medic uniform 100%
C.J. keeps his money and weapons if wasted

Michelle, mechanic Coffee 40% Monster B truck 50%
Racing suit 100%
C.J. can use her garage as a free Pay 'n' Spray

Barbara, cop Coffee 60% Ranger 50% Cop Outfit 100%
C.J. keeps his money and weapons if busted

Millie, croupier
at Caligula's Coffee 40% Club 50% Gimp outfit during "Key
to Her Heart"

(C.J.'s rewards for dating Katie, Michelle, and Barbara are probably related
to the fact that C.J. will get four wanted stars for going where they appear be-
fore the game lets C.J. go there legally--they appear at the start of the game.)

Percentage of success with girlfriends is given in Stats--Achievements.

Thanks to Orion_SR for the tip that the game bumps the percentage up to 45% if
it reaches zero before getting the last Oyster. If it gets near zero before
then, you might let it drop all the way there.

Thanks to the BradyGames guide for much of the information in this section, to
pwnr for the correct time of the appearance of the Bandito, and to Spaceeinstein
for reminding me that C.J. doesn't have to pay to use Michelle's garage as a Pay
'n' Spray.


License plates:

Denise: HOMEGIRL; Katie: TRAUMA; Michelle: NOS; Barbara: CUFFS; Millie: SPANK.

Thanks to Mxyzptlk and the GTA Forums Secrets list (see I.1).

Thanks to Spaceeinstein for telling me that Helena's Bandito is meant to have
a license plate that says "FULLAUTO."


Jealous girlfriends

Thanks to pdescobar and OrionSR for explaining their experiences in having
C.J. deal with jealous girlfriends.

I posted a message at GTA Forums asking if anyone had seen C.J. run into a
jealous girlfriend and what could trigger her appearance. According to an in-
formative and helpful response from pdescobar (who appears elsewhere in this
guide), this should work:

Have C.J. make two girlfriends, but not date the 1st one or collect any Oys--
ters. Load the same save game for each date with the 2nd one without saving
the game afterward, and "C.J. will probably run into the jealous girlfriend in
five to ten dates with her."

Here's his account of some things to look for when it happens:

"Imagine my surprise when I walk out of a restaurant in SF with Katie and
a cutscene shows me Denise in her Hustler and tells me I've been spotted
and have to lose her. It happened two or three more times in my testing
with other girls as well. The jealous girl's car has a red arrow marker
over top of it, and you have to drive quickly away and put enough distance
between the two cars for the game to tell you it's clear. If she catches
up to you, there's a confrontation where both girls make wisecracks, and,
after the jealous one leaves, the girl you were on a date with gets out of
your car and the date becomes a failure."

A couple of early choices are Katie, available at the start of the game, if in
an area that's off-limits until after "The Green Sabre," and Denise, available
after "Burning Desire."

I'll add that part of the risk in having C.J. get a girlfriend in an off limit
area, as reader Carl Johnson did, is that the girlfriend can be killed quickly
by the storm of bullets sent in C.J.'s direction, so I'd wait till later to have
C.J. take her out on dates. You might have C.J. get her as a girlfriend to see
if she shows up on a date with another girlfriend, though.

This is the formula I used that worked for me pretty quickly:

I had C.J. get Denise for a girlfriend after "Burning Desire" but not date
her. After "The Green Sabre," I had him get Katie (practicing t'ai chi on the
lawn of Avispa Golf Course) as a girlfriend.

(At this point, if you try my plan, you might want to wait till the SF save
houses can be bought and have C.J. buy one near Katie's house in NW SF. I was
in a hurry to test this and had C.J. do the Taxi mission, etc., in SF between
dates. I didn't have C.J. get any Oysters and had him fail dates with Denise
just in case those things make a difference, but according to OrionSR they

When I tried this, Katie always wanted a dinner date for her 1st several
dates, and C.J. took her to the diner N of her house. After the 1st one, they
got in his car, and after the message "She wants you to drive her home! This
could be it...," there was a picture of Denise's Hustler and the message:
"You've been spotted by another girlfriend. Quick--shake her off your tail!"
You're supposed to have C.J. drive his date away without letting the jealous
girlfriend's car get near his.

The jealous girlfriend's car is shown as a blip on the radar, but it wasn't
hard to know where Denise was. Her car came from the street above the E side
of the lot of the diner (where the vehicle exit is), right over the ledge, and
stopped beside C.J.'s car before he could turn it around. There was a brief
scene in which Denise insulted C.J. to Katie, and Katie insulted Denise: "Look--
a talking pig." Then both girlfriends disappeared. A message appeared: "You've
been discovered two-timing. Your date is over.

In the few times I tested this, Denise showed up after the 1st date or after
the 1st couple of dates.

To let C.J. succeed at this, I had him park by the diner with the car facing W
near the stairs on the W side of the diner parking lot. After C.J. took Katie
inside the diner, he drove her up the stairs to the street and her house.

After a success, you get the message: "You've managed to lose the jealous
girlfriend. Well done."

OrionSR's "One-Time Two-Time Theory" and method for getting the jealous girl-
friends' BP/FP/DP/EP cars (thanks to OrionSR for telling me the results of his
check of the coding and trial and error).

"If Two-Timing dates are not disabled and CJ has more than 1 girlfriend then
there is a 50% chance that any other active girlfriend will appear as a jealous
girlfriend 7 seconds after leaving or failing to reach the destination, or com-
pleting or failing the goal. Gimp Suit dates and She Drives dates do not trigger
jealous girlfriends."

"Two-Timing dates will be permanently disabled when CJ goes on a date that is
not a Gimp Suit or She Drives date and leaves or fails to reach the destination
(Food or Dancing), or completes or fails the goal (Driving, Drive-By):

* if only one girlfriend is active
* if a jealous girlfriend does not appear
* if the jealous girlfriend is evaded

Girlfriend progress and oysters collected don't seem to make a difference.

The jealous girlfriends' vehicles are the Hustler, Monster B, Bandito, Police
Rancher, Romero, and Millie has a Pink Feltzer instead of her Club.

"Drive a Tow Truck, or leave a Tow Truck near the girlfriend's home during the
date. Trigger a Two-Timing date. When the jealous girlfriend appears, lead her
to the home of the girlfriend being dated. Wait for the jealous girlfriend to
come close before entering the mission sphere and then wait until the jealous
girlfriend speaks and proofing to be applied before turning down or accepting an
invitation for coffee. If CJ will not be invited for coffee then wait until the
jealous girlfriend is very close before entering the home sphere of the girl be-
ing dated.

"Chase down the jealous girlfriend. Avoid shooting or she'll drive off in a
hurry. Back into the car with the Tow Truck and bump the car to coax the girl-
friend out of the vehicle (sometimes works) and then take the car and save it in
a garage. The doors are not locked after they exit. If she doesn't exit the car
then hopefully she will try to ram CJ's vehicle instead of racing out of sight
and disappearing. Hook up the car to the towing vehicle and tow the car to a
save garage. Keep her pinned in the garage and allow the door to shut; the girl-
friend will disappear and the car can be saved.

Samotbrandon adds that an easy way to do it is to use a save game made after
the "Riot" mission. After the girlfriends argue, the jealous girlfriend will
exit her car and try to fight C.J.--have him ignore her and jack her vehicle.

OrionSR also found some surprises in the bitmask settings: "For example, Mil-
lie likes bar food, and Denise, Michelle, and Millie like kissing but not the
other girls." Also, Katie likes car crashes, her comments about C.J.'s driving
don't make sense after 8 pm when she's set for fast driving because the Fun bar
still only goes up for slow driving, and Denise and Michelle say they like stunt
jumps but the addition stunts make to the Fun bar is tiny.


Denise is voice acted by the always lovely Heather Alicia Simms, who played
Tish in Chris Rock's "Head of State," 2003, Officer Jones in "Shock Act," 2004,
On TV, she played Althea Sands in "Law and Order," Paulette Leger "Law & Order:
Criminal Intent," and Nurse Jacobs in As the World Turns," all in 2005-2006.
She's made some Random House Audible recordings of books, such as "True Believ-
er" by Virginia Euwer Wolff, the 2001 National Book Award winner. And she sup-
plied the voices for Bad Bessie, Cheryl Lynn, and Dancing Girls #1 for the vid-
eogame "Red Dead Revolver," 2004.

Helena is voice acted by young renowned mesmerizing beauty Bijou Lilly Phil-
lips. She played Estrella Starr in "Almost Famous," 2000, and starred as Emily
in "Havoc," 2005. She's also the daughter of the late John Phillips, the leader
of The Mamas and the Papas ("California Dreamin,'" etc.) and actress Geneviève
Waïte, and the half sister of both Chynna Phillips (of the music group Wilson
Phillips, "California," 2004, etc.) and Mackenzie Phillips (Julie in the TV show
"One Day at a Time," 1975-1983, etc.).

Katie is voice acted by the ultra attractive holder of a B.A. in psychology,
China Chow, who played Jennifer Foster in the TV movie "Blessings," 2003, which
starred Mary Tyler Moore. She was one of one of Harper's Bazaar's "It Girls" in
1996. She played Lucy Chen in a couple episodes of the TV show "Burn Notice,"
2007. She's the daughter of late model/designer Tina Chow and international
restaurateur Michael Chow. (Fans of Talking Heads tunes might also note that
David Byrne is her uncle.)

Michelle is voice acted by eminently bedazzling actress of stage and screen
Vanessa Aspillaga. Among many things, she recently provided a "theater-filling
joy" as Marela in the Pulitzer Prize-winning N.Y.C. play "Anna In The Tropics."

Barbara is voice acted by drop down gorgeous Danielle Lee Greaves, who played
Danielle in ten episodes of the TV show "Whoopie," 2004. She's also starred on
Broadway as Lorraine in "Hairspray," Joanne in "Rent," Leatherine/Psychiatrist
in "Sunset Boulevard," and Ethel in "ShowBoat."

Millie is voice acted by the beautiful blonde actress/singer/composer Orfeh,
who also provided the voice of the Dispatcher/Doctor/Female Officer in the
videogame "Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne," 2003. Her Mom named her after
her favorite opera, "Black Orfeus." Orfeh wrote and, with Or-N-More, performed
the top 40 tune "Everyotherday," 1991. And she was nominated for a Tony for her
Broadway portrayal of Paulette in "Legally Blonde: The Musical," 2007. (I have
absolutely no evidence that she likes Gimp suits.)

XI.c Basketball

In the PC version, basketball becomes available after "Tagging Up Turf"

F or Enter Play/Quit
W,S,A, and D Move C.J.
Left Shift Press to have C.J. prepare to throw,
release it near the top of his jump to have him throw--
the game will point him at the hoop.
LMB, Num 0,
or Left Ctrl C.J. spins the ball on his fingertip
Spacebar C.J. rolls the ball from one hand, across his shoulders, to
his other hand

MMB Start challenge

While C.J. plays basketball, sending him to the ball will cause him to pick it
up and bounce it.

A close shot is worth one point and a long shot is worth two points, but these
points aren't given in the Stats. The longest distance of C.J.'s successful
shots is recorded in Stats > Achievements > Furthest Hoop. You can have C.J.
take a shot from a little beyond the boundary of the court, get a warning that
he has to re-enter it to continue playing, but remain in the game and make a
successful shot with a greater distance.

If you have C.J. go for the challenge, found at full-size courts, he gets one
minute on the timer to start with and fifteen seconds added for each successful
shot. Each shot is made from within a red shaft of light, which relocates after
each successful effort. His highest number of successful shots is recorded in
Stats > Mission > Highest basketball score.

Places where basketball is available

Small courts:

- in the lot beside the garage of Sweet's house, which is two houses counter-
clockwise from the Johnson house,

- NW of the W end of the bar room in Madd Dogg's Crib, and

- the basketball appears at random on one or two of the courts of the follow-
ing batch: the 2nd house on the W side of the road S of the Prickle Pine Yellow
Bell RR station, the 2nd house E of the station and four other houses nearby and
to the E on the same street, and at the 1st "E" of "PRICKLE PINE" on the S side
of the street.

Full-size courts:

- on the SE corner of the block to the E of the last "S" of "LOS SANTOS" (on
the SE corner of the block that's S of the block with the artwork similar to
Watts Towers),

- by the "S" of "PLAYA DEL SEVILLE,"

- on the middle block E of the Camel's Toe pyramid, and

- on the N side of the VROCK Hotel--just E of the train track that's E of the
Roca Escalante police station.

Thanks to scissorunner for noticing that the basketball appears randomly in
the N LV batch and for finding the court N of the VROCK Hotel.

XI.d Videogames

Your high scores for videogames aren't recorded in your Stats, but you can
have them recorded with your initials as a part of each game. Efforts with vid-
eogames are among the things, referred to in section I.5.p, that add to your
mission attempts but not missions passed, so you shouldn't worry about those


The rocket is stationary, except it can rotate, in the middle of the screen.
Everything else moves to show the relative motion of it. Try to slow the move-
ment for better aim.

The red bar shows the Health of the rocket. The green bar shows the power it
has; it diminishes with acceleration, and slowly fills up otherwise.

Try to shoot big black globes for ten points, hitting a big white one costs
ten points. Try to pass through little white globes for five points; going
through little black ones costs five points. The big white ones repel your
rocket. Each shot costs one point.

You have the option of playing it the same way except the roles of black and
white are reversed.

A Counter-clockwise
D Clockwise
L Shift Forward
LMB Fire


They Crawled from Uranus

Targets swirl out and back from the center of the screen and your rocket can
rotate around them, clockwise or counter-clockwise, in a fixed circular track.
Try to shoot them and not be shot by the red dots they send out. The PS2 gim-
mick of keeping the rocket from getting hit by red dots by sending it in a con-
stant rotation works for PC.

It's like Gyruss, an arcade game which appeared in 1983 then on various ports.
One of the planets you tried to get the rocket to reach with it, by succeeding
at levels, was Uranus. (The BradyGames guide sees some similarities with a game
called Tempest, released in 1980.)

A Clockwise
D Counter-clockwise
LMB Fire

See X.13.p if you're feeling nostalgic about trying the Gradius and Gyruss
games mod.


Go Go Space Monkey

The scenery and targets move right to left. You can send your ship up or
down, left or right, to avoid their attacks and shoot them.

It's like Defender, which was released in 1980 to become, with Pac Man, one of
the biggest money-making arcade games of all time. It's also like Gradius,
which 1st appeared as an arcade game in 1985, then appeared on various ports.

W Up
S Down
A Left
D Right
L Shift Fire

See X.13.p if you'd like to see it as Gradius with the Gradius and Gyruss
games mod.


Let's Get Ready to Bumble

You can move the bee side to side, up or down, and the scenery moves in reac-
tion to show motion, which you can slow or stop by moving the bee in the oppo-
site direction. The scenery includes leaves with flowers--you send the bee
through the flowers for points. It also includes thorny vines, which destroy
the bee on contact.

L Shift Up
Spacebar Down
A Left
D Right

According to Mogyle, at the GTA Forums web site, the title comes from the
phrase called out in the arcade-type game "Ready 2 Rumble": "Let's get ready to
rumble." (GTW note: the game features it being called out by the boxing an-
nouncer who's become famous for it: Michael Buffer.)

XI.e Gambling

Inside Track Betting--ITB

Available on the E-W road that goes across the S tip of the Mulholland Inter-
section, Los Santos, and at the S end of the E side of the biggest block of
Montgomery, Red County.

All the horses of this video horse race have an equal chance of winning (ex-
cept in regard to the gimmick mentioned below), so C.J. can make a lot of money
by betting on the horse with the biggest odds/multiple return of the money wa-
gered--the one at the bottom of the list--if you reload the game after every at-
tempt and just save the game when he wins. There's no limit on the amount C.J.
can wager.

As mentioned in "Inside Track Betting" (see III.12) under "The Horse Races
gimmick", you can have C.J. bet a small amount and note the name and color of
the horse that wins. Have him keep activate and deactivate the betting machine
over and over till the same name and color appears again--preferably on the bot-
tom of the list, which is the horse that pays off the biggest if it wins. Have
C.J. bet the bundle on that one because it will win.

Update: I recently tried this method again several times early in the game,
and a horse reappeared quickly with the same color and name, but the gimmick
didn't work. Then I tried with a save file for "End of the Line, it took a long
time for a horse with the same color and name to reappear, and the gimmick
worked. I still need to find out what the circumstances are that allow the gim-
mick to work.



Pool (eight ball pocket billiards) is available:

- at the Ten Green Bottles bar W of the Johnson house, on the same street, in
Los Santos,

- at Misty's bar at the N end of the W side of the block at the bottom of the
martini glass icon that's S of "GARCIA" in San Fierro,

- at the Lil' Probe Inn in Bone County, and

- in the middle of the S side of the block under the block with "VENTURAS" of
"OLD VENTURAS STRIP" in Las Venturas.

Use the cue--white--ball to pocket either a striped or solid color ball, then
all the others of the same type, then the eight ball. If a player misses, it's
the other player's turn.

If a player pockets the cue ball or the wrong color, it's the other player's
turn and they can place the cue ball anywhere on the table. The computer player
always puts it in the middle of about 2/3rds of the length of the table, but you
can use W,S,A, or D, or the directional arrows, to have C.J. put it anywhere
that's to his advantage for a shot.

If one of the players pockets the eight ball before they've pocketed all of
the balls of their type, the other player wins.

Push the mouse forward for C.J. to draw the pool cue back, and pull the mouse
back for C.J. to push the pool cue forward (I have Invert Mouse Vertically
turned off). You can press Left Shift to skip some of the screens and cut

Depending on the table, C.J. can bet from $1,000 to $100,000.


Lowrider Challenge

See IV.10.


Video Poker

Available at The Four Dragons, Caligula's Palace, and the Casino on the mid-N
side of the block N of "WEST" of "REDSANDS WEST"

Hold the cards or discard them to try to get (from top to bottom, they are the
least likely/highest paying to most likely/lowest paying):

Royal Flush Ace, King, Queen, Jack, and 10 of the same suit
Straight Flush Five cards of the same suit and in sequence
Four of a kind Four cards of equal rank
Full house Three of a kind (equal rank) plus a pair (equal rank)
Flush Five cards of the same suit but not in sequence
Straight Five cards in sequence but not the same suit
Three of a kind Three cards of equal rank
Two pairs Two pairs of cards, each pair having the same rank
Jacks or better A pair of Jacks, Queens, Kings, or Aces.

Hold the cards for a winning combination you see or one you want to try to
get. If the cards don't suggest one, you can discard them all or take a chance
with one or two, remembering that the combinations at the bottom of the list are
more likely to appear and salvage your hand. Any you discard will be replaced,
and your ability to win is based on the next set of results.

The coin value is the value of one wagering chip, and the value of the wager
is based on the number of chips. You can bet from one to five chips.

The value of one chip depends on the machine. It can be worth $1, $5, $10,
$25, $50, $500, $1,000, $5,000, or $10,000.

The reward for a winning hand is expressed in the number of chips it's worth
and shown below. The 1st vertical row represents the reward for betting one
chip, the 2nd for two chips, etc. Notice that the exception to the math used
for the rest of the chart is the reward for betting five chips and getting a
Royal Flush.

Royal Flush 250 500 750 1,000 4,000
Straight Flush 50 100 150 200 250
Four of a kind 25 50 75 100 125
Full house 9 18 27 36 45
Flush 6 12 18 24 36
Straight 4 8 12 16 24
Three of a kind 3 6 9 12 15
Two pairs 2 4 6 8 10
Jacks or better 1 2 3 4 5

The picture cards have pictures of at least these earlier GTA characters: Can-
dy Suxxx, Ricardo Diaz, Steve Scott, Lance Vance, stripa?--the VC lady with a
martini, Salvatore Leone, Asuka Kasen, Toni Cipriani, 8 Ball, Luigi Goterellio,
Donald Love, and Misty.


Slot machines

Available at The Four Dragons and Caligula's

Each of the three windows can show either cherries, grapes, "69," a gold bell,
a gold bar, or a pair of gold bars. Try to get three of a kind. It's like ITB
except the only way to play it has a lot smaller a likelihood of winning than
the easiest ways to win at anything else listed here.

A slot machine charges the same amount for each try. The amount can be $1,
$5, $10, $20, or $50.

Thanks to a post at Gamefaqs by anOILERSfan for showing that a set of three
of each type--cherries, bells, etc.--always pays out in the same multiple of the
cost per try. So three cherries would pay out $25 on a one dollar machine, $125
on a $5 machine, etc.

Thanks to spaceeinstein for telling me the payout for three gold bars and that
the Luck Stat has no influence on the odds of winning with slot machines.

Three cherries: 25 times the cost per try
Three grapes: 100 times the cost per try
Three "69"s: 250 times the cost per try
Three bells: 500 times the cost per try
Three gold bars: 1,000 times the cost per try
Three pairs of gold bars: 5,000 times the cost per try

In the time I tried it, the 1st four combinations seemed about equally likely
to appear. The only combination that showed up only once was three gold bars;
three pairs of gold bars didn't show up.


Gambling Stat and Luck Stat related Las Venturas gambling

Blackjack, Roulette, and Wheel of Fortune--three table-dependent ways to gam-
ble--are available at The Four Dragons and Caligula's Palace, and Blackjack is
also available at the Casino on the mid-N side of the block N of "WEST" of "RED-
SANDS WEST." The more C.J. bets on these games, the higher his Gambling Stat
till it's maximized, and the more money he can bet on these games or borrow from
the casino to play them--up to $1,000,000. Once he gambles a total of $1,000,
he can bet or borrow $1,000 at a time, etc.

I've also had C.J.'s Gambling Stat goes up by having him use slot machines, so
I'm guessing Video Poker would work, too.

According to the BradyGames guide, these are the levels of C.J.'s Gambling
Stat and how much he can wager or borrow at each one for Blackjack, Roulette, or
Wheel of Fortune:

1% Gambler Level $1,000
5% Professional $10,000
10% Hi-roller $100,000
100% Whale $1,000,000

Whatever the highest amount allowed per bet at a table is, there are always
tables that have a smaller top amount allowed, like $100, whatever C.J.s Gam-
bling Stat is. The top amount C.J. can bet on Blackjack and Roulette at the
Redsands West Casino is always $100; the minimum is $1.

To increase C.J.'s Luck Stat to 1,000, have him collect all 50 Horseshoes.
The last I heard (see spaceeinstein's reference in the slot machine segment and
GTA_Phreak's in the Blackjack segment), getting all the Horseshoes just creates
a Stat and goes toward 100% completion of the game--it doesn't affect the odds
of winning anything.

If C.J. goes into debt--a negative, red number for his cash--he can continue
to bet with the credit his gambling skill created, then he can't bet anymore.

Thanks to spaceeinstein for telling me that "C.J. will be hunted down if he is
$500 or more in debt." "The guys that attack CJ carry" approximately "$10,000
each, so you could just kill them to pay off your debt. The more deeply C.J. is
in debt, the tougher the attackers will be."

If C.J. goes $500 or more in debt and goes outside, he gets a call from the
owner: "Just a friendly reminder that you owe me money. Don't be a stranger."
If C.J. doesn't come up with the money in a few minutes, the owner calls again:
"Carl Johnson. Little bird told me you're in town. You should have listened to
me and paid your debts" or such. If he's in the neighborhood of the casino, the
gangsters of a dark gray Vincent sedan shoot at C.J. with Micro-SMGs and AK-47s.

To pay it off, C.J. has to make enough money (doing the Vigilante mission with
the Hunter, etc.) to get back up to a green, positive number for his cash.

The gimmick of getting C.J. out of debt by having him do a Unique Jump he
doesn't have credit for yet doesn't work for PC.

The best strategy for LV casino gambling is to have C.J. play Blackjack using
the strategy sheet shown near the bottom of this page along with the strategy
GTA Phreak offers to get the advantage on the dealer. Only the gimmick of hav-
ing C.J. bet on the long shot at Inside Track, and exiting and reloading the
game till he wins, may be faster.


If you ever get lost looking for the exit for Caligula's:

Owing to some programming mistake, the door to Caligula's Palace, seen from
the outside, is on the W side, but seen from the inside, it's on the N side.

(The entrance/exit for The Four Dragons is on the E side of it.)


Wheel of Fortune

C.J. bets at a table that the wheel will stop on (in order from most likely/
lowest pay to least likely/highest pay): $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, or $40/star sym-
bol. He can bet on any number of those choices at a time. If he bets on more
than one choice at a time, the amount he bet on any one number is independent of
the amount he bet on any others.

It's the Money Wheel version of the Big Six wheel.

If the wheel stops on the dollar amount C.J. picks, he wins the dollar amount
times the cost per try: $1 at $100 cost per try pays $100, $5 at $100 cost per
try pays $500, $20 at $100 cost per try pays $2,000, etc.

If the wheel doesn't stop at the amount C.J. picks, he loses the amount he
paid to try.

Betting on the smaller, more common numbers provides the best chance to win,
and the odds are still bad that you'll win by any strategy. (Using the guide
given below, the odds are better for winning with Blackjack.)

A table can let C.J. bet up to $100, $1,000, or $1,000,000 per try.



Move the yellow circle over the table to pick the number/numbers that the rou-
lette wheel ball will stop on or among.

From top to bottom, in the order of least likely to win/biggest pay to most
likely to win/least pay, they are:

Single number--if the ball lands on zero, the bet must be on zero to win; the
reward is 36 times the amount bet

Two numbers; the reward is 18 times the amount bet

Row of three numbers (put the circle on the right edge of the row); the reward
is 12 times the amount bet

Four numbers (a square; put the circle where the boxes of the four intersect);
the reward is nine times the amount bet

Two rows (make the circle overlap the right edge of two rows); the reward is
six times the amount bet

3 to 1 (1-34/2-35/3-36) (1st 12/2nd 12/3rd 12); the reward is three times the
amount bet

1-18/19-36/red/black/even/odd; the reward is twice the amount bet

If C.J. loses, he loses the amount he bet.

A table can let C.J. bet up to $100, $1,000, or $1,000,000 per try.



You're dealt two cards face up, and the dealer gets two cards--one face up and
one face down.

Try to get cards that come closer to a value of 21, without going over it,
than the dealer's cards. Aces are worth one or eleven, 10's through Kings are
worth 10.

If you "Stick" (Left Shift) with cards, you keep them and it's the dealer's
turn. If you ask to be "Hit" (LMB), you're given another card face up--you can
have up to five. If you go over 21, you lose and it's called a "Bust."

If you "Double" your cards (Spacebar; I remap Jump to be Spacebar), you double
your bet and you get another card.

When it's the dealer's turn, the dealer turns up their face down card. If the
dealer's pair of cards are 17 or higher, they Stick with them; if they're lower
than 17, they Hit--add another card to their hand.

If it's a tie it's called a "Push"--no winner or loser.

A "Blackjack" is an Ace and a 10 or an Ace and a picture card.

If you get two cards of equal value, you can "Split" (Mouse Wheel Down). Your
two cards are placed vertically, a card is added to the top one, and a yellow
arrow points at the top hand. The amount you wagered is doubled.

When you've created as high an amount with the top hand as you want, press
Left Shift (I remap Run to Left Shift) to Stick with it and go to your lower
hand. If the top hand goes over 21, the top hand is a Bust and you go to the
lower hand. The yellow arrow now points at the lower hand.

When you've created as high an amount with the lower hand as you want, Stick
to give the dealer their turn and play both of your hands against the dealer's

If your top hand didn't go over 21 and either of your hands beats the dealer's
cards, you win.

If your top hand went over 21 but your bottom hand beats the dealer's cards,
it's a Push.

Thanks to reader Carl Johnson for sending me the tip that C.J.'s reward is
what he bet.

If C.J. loses, he loses the amount he bet.

Thanks to GTA_Phreak for recommending the gambling chart at the Blackackinfo
web site.

He also recommends this strategy once C.J. gambles a million dollars at a ca-
sino and gets the Whale status:

The game uses a six deck sequence and it isn't reshuffled as long as C.J.
stays at the table. That means each Blackjack table has 312 (6 x 52) cards
playing in a loop distinctive to that table as long as C.J. doesn't leave the
table. So have him go to a Blackjack table that allows bets of a million dol-
lars and play through the loop of 312 cards at minimum wagers while you write
down the sequence. The dealer always hits when the total of his cards is under
17 and holds at 17 or over. So the next time the loop comes around you know the
sequence and can go for big money bets and win on most hands, and on the few you
can't win you can just bet the minimum.

V Hard totals
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A < Dealer upcard
7 H H H H H H H H H H
8 H H H H H H H H H H
9 H D D D D H H H H H
10 D D D D D D D D H H
11 D D D D D D D D D H
12 H H S S S H H H H H
13 S S S S S H H H H H
14 S S S S S H H H H H
15 S S S S S H H H H H
16 S S S S S H H H H H
17 S S S S S S S S S S
18 to 20 are the same as for 17

Soft totals
A,2 H H H D D H H H H H
A,3 H H H D D H H H H H
A,4 H H D D D H H H H H
A,5 H H D D D H H H H H
A,6 H D D D D H H H H H
A,8 S S S S S S S S S S
A,9 S S S S S S S S S S

Pair splitting
2,2 P P P P P P H H H H
3,3 P P P P P P H H H H
4,4 H H H P P H H H H H
5,5 D D D D D D D D H H
6,6 P P P P P H H H H H
7,7 P P P P P P H H H H
8,8 P P P P P P P P P P
9,9 P P P P P S P P S S
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 A < Dealer upcard

H Hit
S Stand (Hold)
P Split
D Double (Hit if not allowed, but you can Double in this version)
DS Double (Stand if not allowed, but you can Double in this version)


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