GTA V Online Tips:
The first Vehicle you take to Los Santos Customs will be fitted with a Tracker that will become your default car whenever you spawn or join GTA Online. The first tracker is free, after that you’ll have to purchase a new one for any other car you wish to become your default.
It’s worth an extra few minutes of wandering to grab the ride you really want. Note that not all cars will be available for theft in the early game, so choose the best you can get. Don’t steal a high-end premium vehical, you wont be allowed to modify it. You must buy high-end vehicals online.
Some players report that after losing characters due to server error, characters may be recovered so long as no new characters are created in the interim. Reports indicate that by restarting the game several times, deleted characters sometimes pop back into existence so long as no new character creation is conducted.
Cheats Don’t Work
Don’t bother trying GTA 5 cheats in GTA Online. They don’t work.
Connection Issues Blues
Having Connection Issues on Day One? Don’t despair! Players are experiencing black screens, server errors, and mid-game crashes. A particular sticking point appears to be the loading screen for the first online race. Players attempt to queue into the race and find the program frozen.
Save Up For a Micro SMG
Ignore the temptation to spruce up your ugly day one duds. Your cash would be better saved for a shiny new Micro SMG. Though you can’t buy one until your Rank climbs high enough, squirreling away your early-game cash for an SMG will leave you much better equipped for success than a sport coat or new pair of shoes. Buy the cheapest clothes you can when the game forces you to visit the Clothing Store.
Link your Rockstar Social Club account and you can pick up a free Sawed-Off Shotgun when you enter any Ammu-Nation store.
Watch Out for Parked Cars
Experienced players with more money than they need can purchaseIgnition Bombs, booby-traps which explode when a Vehicle’s key is turned. Watch out for suspicious-looking parked cars. Even more insidious are Remote Bombs, remote-detonated explosives designed to punish carjackers.
You don’t want to spend your entire time online with nothing but a Pistol, do you?
Complete Optional Mission Challenges
It pays to complete every Mission to perfection. Optional Mission challenges add to your Reputation. And the better your rep, the better your online experience.
Join a Crew
Crew membership likewise adds to your Reputation. To max out your RPs, team up with a Crew and work together to complete Jobs.
Facial features are permanent and unchangeable, so when fooling around with the Heritage menus, be absolutely sure you’re happy with your face. Barring the unannounced introduction of plastic surgery clinic, you’re stuck with it!
Your cell phone works online, and you’re able to communicate with other players through your Contacts list. Your friends are in your contact list as well as players in the session.
It is possible to call both players in GTA V and GTA Online. Calling from GTA Online costs $10 per call while calling from GTA V is free.
Winning the First Race
Lamar’s car accelerates more quickly than yours, but you can outrun and out turn him given time. This is not required to complete the tutorial.
Indecent Behavior Leads to Indecent Treatment
Early word from those with GTA Online access is that in-game protocol is creating a self-correcting system of player discipline. Campers, griefers, and jerks tend to be ostracized quickly in the sixteen-player maps, with more level-minded players bonding together to keep the playing field fun for all…not necessarily peaceful, but fun.
You’re vulnerable after you finish a Job. If you don’t deposit your cash immediately, you’re open to robbery by opportunistic players.
Protect yourself from theft by using the Quick GPS feature. You bring it up with the Back or Select key. It’s faster than the minimap and can get you to an ATM with precious seconds to spare.
Another solution is to whip out your phone and go to the Maze Bank website where you can deposit or withdraw money as you please. This leaves you slightly susceptible to robbery if you aren’t paying attention so use this with caution.
Buy a Garage
After an SMG, a Garage might be the wisest investment you can make in the early game. With a Garage you can begin hoarding Vehicles and putting your newfound online wealth to work.
Garages are pricey and you’ll need to save up, but the investment is well worth the cash. Even the cheapest Garage is a wise day one purchase.
The cheapest garage you can buy is Unit 124 Popular St for $25,000. Once again, have a linked Rockstar Social Club account and, once your garage is purchased, you can purchase a Annis Elegy RH8 for free (as mentioned below), via the Legendary Motorsports website website accessed ingame.
Some players might opt to save up for a house. These come with garages but also take longer to acuire.
If you want to experience GTA Online but don’t want to spend time worrying about getting killed by other players, going to solo mode in the pause menu can be a good choice. You don’t get access to all available jobs and activities, but it can be a good way to get adjusted and a get few dollars in your pocket before joining everyone else.
If you’re playing Free Roam mode you can do some leveling by simply following in the wake of others’ destruction. Start by stealing a car. The faster the better but at least make sure it’s stolen. Then head toward the nearest players you can see on your GPS. Chances are some of them are currently running from the authorities. Once you enter the area of the chase it is likely that one of the cops will identify your car as stolen, which will give you an immediate two-star wanted level. Now you need to evade the cops and lose your wanted level. Once you have lost your wanted level you will gain some RP. Rinse and repeat. Simply driving around with a stolen car can offer similar results but you will level faster by actively searching for cops chasing other players. If you have a helicopter, regaining and losing the 2-star ratings become even easier.
For some easy money, steal a decent carand take it to a Los Santos Customs shop. There should be an option to sell the car to the shop for an upwords of $9500 ($9500 for Felon GT’s and $9000 for Gallivanter Ballers[range rovers]). A car can be sold once every 48 minutes, so set a timer after each sale. Do missions while your time counts down to maximize potential cash.
Once you reach Level 15 Survival mode unlocks. This mode challenges you to work together with up to 3 other players to take on wave after wave of enemies. This is a great way to rank up your Shooting stats and making money the higher the wave you progress to. Reaching wave 7 & 8 are decently easy to reach every time. Reaching wave 7 will give you around $8,000 and reaching wave 8 will give you around $14,000 along with Reputation points depending on how many kills you racked up. One of the easiest levels to play is the Plane grave yard level (Boneyard). *Right by the big fence gate is a small building which you are able to climb on top of. It has great views of the entire map and cover on all 4 sides. Finishing level 10 will yield you $20,000.
As of the latest patch, camping on the roof of this building and several other areas leads to automatic mission failure. When you step on the roof or any other overly adavantages location, a yellow marker will appear on your mini-map saying “go to the shootout” if you don’t then you will get a failure message shortly after.
A Free Car
If you go online to the Legendary Motorsports website and have linked your Gamer Tag or PSN Account to the Social Club, you should see the Annis Elegy RH8 for free. This is a decent sports car that even comes with free Full Coverage Insurance!
Note that you can’t receive this car without first owning either a garage or a house.
A Free Gun
If you are a Rockstar Social Club member and you have linked your Gamer Tag or PSN Account, go to any Ammu-nation in GTA Online and the Sawed-Off Shotgun will be free. The ammo and attachments are not complimentary.
Watch For Crate Drops
Announcements will be made above your map when crates will drop. They show up on the map as a green box with a ? on them. They are typically guarded by 3 hostile AI which are easy to kill. Once you reach them shoot the box open and they will typically contain both cash and rep points. Watch out thoough as other players will be able to see them as well. Be extra attentive as it may be a Special Crate (it will state “Special Crate”) which contains extra large amounts of money and rep as well as other goodies such as Mini Guns, etc.
Getting your stats up in GTA Online is very similar to the regular Story Mode; however it can take a bit longer. There are a few ways to max out your stats rather easily.
Stamina is actually one of the fastest stats to build up.
– Run from the cops on foot
-Buy a BMX bike online and ride it around everywhere instead of driving. It also has the abillity to bunny hop small obstacles, so you can use it to get away from others very easy. You can go into passive mode if you want to bike around in peace.
– For missions like Gerald’s, where you return a dropped item, run to the delivery destination.
– Look for Gang Attacks and Survival mode and focus on getting as many headshots as possible. Doing this will boost your shooting stat incredibly quickly
– Drive on the highway and try to stay as close to the cars as possible without touching them, or just drive towards oncoming traffic.
– This can be done by simply walking in circles in stealth mode. Either enter passive mode or find somewhere you won’t be bothered, click in the Left Stick, and walk, and walk, and walk. (This will likely take a very long time to max out).
– Go swimming and just dive underwater, swim until you’re half out of breath, and come up for air. This will take a LOT of repeating but will be well worth it if you want to evade helicopters and higher wanted level much easier (The helicopters can’t see you once you are deep enough, but they usually swarm around the area and can catch you coming up for air without max lung capacity).
– Fly at high altitudes and under bridges.
– Get into fist-fights with pedestrians. Punching and kicking seem to slowly raise your Strength. Careful not to take too many punches or else you risk dying. It is believed health is tied to strength (ala Crackdown).
– There is a much faster method but it requires 2 players and is best done in a private lobby. Have the other player reverse a car into a corner with enough space for you to stand in between the car and the wall. If you continuously kick the car over and over in about 5 – 10 minutes your strength should be at 100. (The car will be incredibly damaged so be sure NOT to use a personal vehicle.)
– Another great method is to play golf, it’s fun with friends and it’s a great method to kill time when you’re bored.