Last time around we looked at owning the VIP jobs through the looking glass of one of Los Santos’ top 1%. White collar crime may be one of the most lucrative ways to spend time playing GTA Online, however it isn’t the only way to turn the dynamic VIP/Bodyguard system into your source of serious income.
While Rockstar kicked off this series with a shorter, general guide to these missions, this one is more in-depth. Proving specific tactics to be used while running VIP challenges, keeping these tips in mind may be what separates you from being a bodyguard superstar and unemployed.
VIP challenges are smaller events where Bodyguards compete with one another for fame and glory – and the paycheck of a VIP. These jobs are too dirty for an executive to get involved in, so it’s up to you to persevere.
These challenges are kicked off by the boss of a criminal organisation for the member bodyguards to try each other out, so to say. In order to gauge their protectors’ skills – maybe to spot the weak link – executives can spectate these matches. Strangely enough, when doing so in the Most Wanted challenge, the spectating VIP also needs to be… “dealt with” for the mode to be completed.
Competition in challenges will be tough, as only the winner walks away with the riches, but participating isn’t a complete waste, as the increased cash and RP rate bonus is still active for all bodyguards. Let’s cut to the chase, shall we?
We’ll be looking at Auto Buyout first. This challenge feels most faithful to the GTA name, since that’s exactly what you will be doing. To win this challenge, you’ll need to steal and deliver – in one piece – the most valuable total of vehicles to the set drop-off point in the allotted time.
The different regions of GTA V’s map have different kinds of vehicle spawn rates. It’s worth going for a longer trip to greener plains than to stack up cheap rides close by. Don’t go too far though – there are only a limited amount of slots and it doesn’t matter how expensive your bounty is if you can’t drop it off.
You should also keep an eye out for flashier rides en-route. If you come across something more valuable, feel free to leave you current ride behind. If you have a particularly valuable personal vehicle, you can deliver that too for a quick advantage – or just steal someone else’s. Don’t waste time trying to destroy or damage your opponent’s drop-offs though. This might seem like a sound tactic, but you’ll just be wasting time.
Moving on to the next challenge, Most Wanted is what happens when the LSPD uncover your criminal organisation. Every bodyguard is hit with 5 wanted stars and it’s last man standing from there on.
Police in GTA V are more harrowing than they were in previous games, so you’ll need to be quick on your feet and wits to survive this one. You won’t be able to decrease your wanted level in any way while the challenge is on. You’ll also be automatically disqualified if you take to the skies or the underground.
Fight might serve you better than flight. If you get into a fortified position, chances are you can hold out longer than the others. If more than one of you weather the storm for longer than 10 minutes, all survivors will share the riches.
Due Diligence, the next challenge on the list, is the most violent version of a scavenger hunt we’ve seen. The race is on to collect as many of the packages marked with a flare within the time limit. It’s pretty simple, whoever finishes with the most collected wins.
Make sure to keep the Trackify app open during this challenge, as it will guide you to the packages. If one package is un-collected for long, more flares will light up to help – but if you know someone else will get there first, don’t bother.
A large, heavy vehicle may not be the best choice for this challenge, as you’ll need to be nimble and quick. Your opponents will likely have the same idea, but this also means they will be vulnerable. What better way to win than to eliminate the competition, right?
In Courier Service, you bleed money. The mode revolves around a previous money drop which needs to reach its destination quickly. Other bodyguards and the LSPD are all eager to grab the green, so you’ll need to be quick – but also heavily armored.
Taking damage and flying all gradually decrease the value of the drop-off, which also happens to be the winner’s payout when the challenge is over – provided it is delivered. If not, it doesn’t count towards the pool.
While not a three-for-three like Auto Buyout was, Market Manipulation hits two of the words in GTA. When the challenge begins, every shop will be marked on the participating bodyguards’ maps. The task is to go out and rob together as much cash as possible.
This is a strategic challenge – you’ll need to balance routes, wanted levels, cash, speed, health and efficiency. In a hurry? Kill the cashier for a quicker but smaller payout. Are the cops on you, but far out? Rob a few more stores before they arrive. See an opponent? Get rid of their getaway ride and the blues will take care of them.
You’ll do well to opt for an armored but swift ride for this challenge, as you’ll lose quite a bit of your winnings whenever you bite the dust. Stores will also be locked up after being robbed, so there is no point in tailing your rivals.
Bringing up the rear end of the list is the simplest of the challenges, Point to Point. A run of the mill checkpoint race, the VIP in charge of the organisation picks a starting point, a destination and a few checkpoints in between.
The VIP might initiate the race before all the checkpoints are in place, so you’ll need to keep an eye on them en-route. You should also hop into the nearest thing with wheels as quickly as you can, as feet won’t do you much good here.
Like with any other race, the rule of thumb is that the GPS isn’t always right. Look at the road, not the mini-map and don’t be afraid to leave the trodden path if you have a better route. Inventive bodyguards often persevere.
While bodyguard challenges may not seem like the best way to grind cash on first glance, dominating these events will quickly fill your pockets and ensure employment by executives, which is a steady source of solid cash. If nothing else, this will help you collect the capital to become an executive yourself, opening up a wide variety of new challenging – and appropriately lucrative – jobs throughout the world of GTA Online.
Keep an eye out on further posts in this guide series, as well as any DLC announcements – leaks suggest there will be new VIP challenges coming to GTA Online in the coming weeks.
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