GTA Online is now back online with Rockstar declaring it is “taking aim at GTA Online cheaters”.
The maker of GTA V has said in a blog post that they are making it a priority to ensure that the glitches and exploits of the past (cheats) that some players have been using will no longer function, and punishing those that somehow do manage to get their hands on “counterfeit GTA$”.
Rockstar also confirmed many a cheater’s fears today that it has removed all counterfeit GTA$ from the GTA Online economy, but that any items purchased with illegal GTA$ will be retained (like if someone sent you some glitched GTA$ and you bought an apartment, you’ll keep the apartment). Rockstar was also keen to point out that if you innocently received GTA$ as a result of exploits then you will not be punished, you will lose the money only.
If you were one of the glitchers/exploiters/cheaters however then Rockstar has said that it will punish you at its discretion (which we think means if they can prove you definitely did something naughty). Potential outcomes from this include being sent to specific Cheater’s Pools and being banned from GTA Online altogether.
As for whether the measures Rockstar has put in place are effective, well we’re already hearing reports of multi-million GTA$ bounties being put on players after the maintenance was carried out… If you’ve lost some GTA$ or seen glitching since the maintenance, then let us know in the comments below!
PS: The maximum cap for bounties is GTA$9,000, while the maximum amount that you can transfer to another player, legitimately, is GTA$20,000.
Here at GTA 5 Cheats we’ve been receiving more and more reports of people unhappy with the large amount of hacking currently occurring in GTA Online. We guess that Rockstar Games is getting the message too with it recently making the following comment on the latest post to its official blog.
In regards to reports of hacking and cheating in Grand Theft Auto Online, we are working on a fix that will remove any GTA$ gained through these blatant exploits, as well as prevent this from happening in the future. We’ll also be taking appropriate measures very soon to punish anyone that we’ve discovered manipulating GTA Online in this manner (as we’ve stated previously, players who have received large sums of GTA$ but not engaged in any game manipulating through exploits can rest assured knowing they have nothing to fear). If you have been gifted a large sum of money or collected a large bounty, the money you’ve received will be removed once our upcoming fix is in place.
Furthermore, if you encounter someone that is taking advantage of exploits in your GTA Online session, you can alert us directly by using the in-game reporting functionality. In the Pause menu, under the Online tab, select Players and scroll to the offending player. From there, select Report and choose Exploits from the violation options. We appreciate the community’s support and understanding as we work to address these issues and apologize for all inconvenience caused.
As stated, they are working on a fix that will remove from the GTA Online economy, completely, any and all GTA$ that has been gained using nefarious means. This means if you used certain exploits yourself, or were gifted a large amount of cash, then you can expect to lose it. Rockstar also says that it will be punishing those who used exploits only, and NOT anyone who simply received a gift.
This is obviously a big task for Rockstar and it has been clearly struggling to stay on top of all the exploits that are released (every new patch seems to cover up and old one while a new one is also found). How long this new initiative might take to implement is unknown but GTA 5 Cheats will definitely keep you updated.
For some reason there has been a huge surge in the amount of glitched money now floating around the GTA Online economy. Why it’s also coinciding with this report that Rockstar were banning anyone who received glitched money we don’t know (we have an update on that matter below, by the way), but something’s going on. We’ve even had reports stating that around one third of the GTA Online lobbies people are visiting contain millions of glitched $GTA floating around.
So, what should you do if you receive millions of dollars from a random stranger (or anyone else)? Especially considering previous reports that Rockstar was banning anyone who received glitched cash…
Well, first off, they are not banning you if you simply happen to receive glitched cash from someone. Understandably, this caused quite an uproar when we first reported it. Rockstar has since clarified its stance however, and stated the following:
To keep the gameplay environment as fair as possible for legitimate players, we routinely do sweeps to separate out cheaters and modders, and to reverse any illegitimate transactions. These sweeps are based on in-game automated detection, examination of suspicious gameplay statistics, and also manually-reviewed evidence submitted by the Community. If you were not engaged in any wilful cheating or exploiting yourself, you do not need to worry about getting caught up in our work to separate out cheaters from the rest of the population.
The key words being “if you were not involved in any wilful cheating or exploiting” you do not need to worry. This means that if you receive any glitched $GTA, you should definitely not share it yourself. It looks like there is an automatic “cheater’s pool” trigger that is activated when you share a large amount of $GTA at the end of a job.
We’d also be very interested to know whether you’ve noticed an upsurge in the amount of glitched GTA Online money in the lobbies you’ve been playing. Let us know in the comments below!
By now, if you’ve played Grand Theft Auto V of late, you should know that patch 1.08 has been released. We posted the official notes right here yesterday.
If you play GTA Online then you’ll also probably know that as a result of the patch, Rockstar Games blocked the old method of reaching North Yankton. Well when one head of the hydra is chopped off, another will form, and that’s exactly what’s happened with that little trick.
If you want to get into North Yankton after updating to patch 1.08 for GTA V then follow these instructions:
- Replay the mission “Bury the Hatchet” while in Story Mode.
- You will get to North Yankton by playing the mission normally.
- When you are in North Yankton, get one of your friends who is playing GTA Online to invite you to an “invite only” session.
- You will then be free to fly to North Yankton once more.
The Cargobob can be one of the most enjoyable vehicles to own and use in GTA V, particularly in GTA Online if you are playing with your buddies/fellow crew members, or secondly if you can time it right and carry off that person in the tank who has been griefing you the last two hours!
The good news is that now anyone can purchase one in GTA Online from one of the online stores, and in fact, if you follow the steps below and change them slightly, you can also purchase the tank without needing to be level 70 and get some of the Collector’s Edition cars (the Khamelion, Hotknife and Carbon RS).
Instructions to get the Cargobob
- Go to the internet browser on your phone and head to the Warstock website.
- Click on the “Barracks” vehicle and then when the page for it loads, press the home button in the browser.
- Now you need to hover of the address bar and press B, then A, relatively quickly. If you get the timing right, you should have the in-game keyboard come up while you’re still on the Barracks page (you might need to try this step a few times to get it working).
- Once the keyboard is up, change the “3″ digit at the end of the address URL to a “5″.
- A new page will load and it should be the Cargobob! You can purchase it from Pegasus for $185,000.
Instructions for Collector’s Edition cars
Follow the same basic instructions as above, but you need to be on the relevant vehicle dealership website (in-game). Once you are on the page for a car, then bring up the keyboard (as above) and make the following changes:
- Insert the number “28″ for the Khamelion, the number “29″ for the Hotknife and the number “30″ for the Carbon RS.
- You also need to replace the text string “car-details##” with “purchasecar”.
Instructions for the Tank
To get the tank just follow the Cargobob instructions but change the number to a “1″ instead of “5″.
Patch 1.07 for GTA V is now live (check out the official notes here) and already we’ve gotten reports of people discovering new glitches, particularly in GTA Online. Here’s one that’s pretty easy to pull off:
- Make sure your spawn location is your apartment (this will save you time).
- Go to the online car dealership and purchase a Dune Buggy for $20K.
- Grab the Dune Buggy from your garage and head to the nearest Los Santos Customs.
- Sell the Buggy for a cool $39K ($19K profit!).
- Then simply join a new GTA Online session.
- You will spawn in your apartment and can then just repeat the steps above.
By joining a new session of GTA Online you avoid the cool down and so should be able to purchase and resell the Dune Buggy a lot faster. Enjoy!
And make sure you check out out MASSIVE archive of other GTA Online hints and tips.
We recently posted that the new GTA V 1.04 patch would introduce the concept of cheater pools to Grand Theft Auto V. What this means is that instead of being banned for certain glitching/exploits in GTA Online, you would instead be placed in a “cheater’s pool” and could only play with other players who have also been classed as “cheats” by Rockstar (exactly what constitutes a “cheat” in GTA Online is not fully known just yet). Whether it also means that people won’t be banned from GTA Online is not yet known – there might be some pre-determined level of hacking that is required before Rockstar will simply ban you as opposed to putting you in the cheater’s pool.
Well a new video has surfaced on YouTube and it sheds some light on the topic. You can check it out for yourself below, but from the video we’ve learned the following about GTA 5 cheater’s pools:
- You can only play with others who are also in the cheater’s pool.
- You can’t join other “normal” gaming sessions.
- You’ll be classed as a bad sport (in addition to a cheater).
- You will lose all your money.
- You will keep your rank/level, your vehicles and your garage and apartments.
- The video creator also talks about a four month wait to get out of the pool. Whether this is correct/standard has not been confirmed though.
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We don’t have any first hand experience of the cheater’s pool here at GTA 5 Cheats and in fact the number of players affected by it appears to be extremely limited at this stage, hence some of the questions/issues above cannot be answered fully just yet. We have however heard reports that if your PSN or Xbox Live ID is linked to your Rockstar Social Club account, then you are more likely to be spotted by and class as a cheater by Rockstar. This has not been confirmed though.
If you or someone you know has been classed as a cheater and placed in the pool in GTA Online then we’d love to hear from you!
Here’s a sampling of some recent updates to our GTA V and GTA Online hints and tips pages. We have over one hundred helpful pieces of information for each, so make sure you check them out!
GTA Online Mission Unlock Levels
If you’re looking for a handy guide that explains what rank you need to be in GTA Online to access a specific mission then look no further than this list. And just remember, if your host is the required level then you can be any rank whatsoever!
GTA Online Weapon Unlock Levels
Want access to the Carbine Rifle or the Heavy Sniper? Check out this list for what rank you’ll need to obtain before being able to purchase them or any other weapon in GTA Online. If you’re looking for the item rank unlock levels, check here.
Sultan RS Spawn Locations (Story Mode & GTA Online)
The Sultan RS is an iconic car for the Grand Theft Auto series and the good news is that even though you can’t purchase one in GTA 5, they do spawn in both Story Mode and GTA Online. Check here to see where and when you’ll be able to grab one for yourself.
Solo Repeatable $12K GTA Online Mission
There is currently quite a few glitches that let you earn both cash and Reputation Points in GTA Online quickly and easily. However, Rockstar has said these will be patched quickly (as will any future ones). That said, there are quite a few solo-able missions that pay quite well. “Coveted” is one of them and can earn you over $100K per hour. Check out the details of this mission here.
This should be pretty obvious to most of you, but if you plan on taking advantage of some of the recent GTA Online glitches that have been discovered – like this one which can earn you 7,000 Reputation Points every two minutes, or this one which lets you resell the same vehicle over and over to Los Santos Customs – you’d better get in quick.
Rockstar has put everyone on notice, publicly, that all glitches they discover will be patched ASAP:
Just to clarify for those who were asking about the adjustment made to mission replay payouts, please remember that we are continuing to regularly balance the dynamic in-game economy and whenever we discover that there are unintended loopholes that some players are exploiting to grind cash or RP, you can expect that we will be adjusting or closing them. By the same token, there are also cases where we’re balancing the economy in the opposite direction such as recently reduced penalties for dying. All of this is done to keep things as fair and as fun as possible – please remember that we are looking at not only player data in our ongoing tuning process decision-making but also at your direct input, so if you have any feedback about the in-game economy or any other aspects of the game, please direct it to GTAOnline@rockstargames.com as we are actively looking at all player feedback sent to that address. We thank you for your understanding and patience and please stay tuned this week for more information including timing of the first GTA$ Stimulus Package deposit and the forthcoming new content such as the Beach Bum Pack, Content Creator and Heists.
If you read that whole thing then you’ll also know that the recent decision to halve subsequent mission pay-outs was made to try and balance the in-game economy – something that Rockstar are constantly monitoring. This means that if it becomes too hard to earn cash in GTA Online certain elements/missions/etc might be adjusted the other way.
You can use this method of racing to earn around 7,000 Reputation Points every two minutes. Note that you’ll need a friend to do it and possibly at least two cars (excluding motorbikes) in your garage. We say “possibly” because some people have reported it not working if they have less than that number of cars… Anyway, here’s the steps:
- Either you or your friend need to host a Criminal Records online race. You can find this under Jobs in a lobby.
- Make sure you setup the rules for the race as pictured further below. This is important.
- Then invite your friend in (or they invite you), choose any vehicle that you want and start the race.
- Note that you don’t really need to beat your friend, it might get you a few extra RP but it’s not really important.
- Just keep racing and you should be able to earn around 7,000 RP every 2 minutes. You are awarded the RP at the end of every lap.
- At the end of the race simply choose to replay it.