GTA V Heists Guide (Story Mode)


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GTA V Story Mode Heists Guide

In Grand Theft Auto V story/single player mode it is possible to earn varying amounts of money depending on the methods used to carry out each heist. If you follow the instructions below you’ll maximize the amount you can get. If you want more money maximizing hints and tips then check out our general cash hints here and our stock market specific tips here. They are especially useful given there is no money cheat!

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Heist 1: The Jewel Store Job

On the first heist, the Jewel Store Job, choose Option B (Smart).

Take Rickie Lukens as your hacker. Other hackers may give you more time, but he will give you the perfect amount of time for this heist.

As for your gunman, you should unlock Packie McReary by completing his optional encounter. It is a random event in which he robs a store and needs help getting away. Once you help him, you can choose him for heists. He is just as good as Gustavo Mota, but hiring him is 2% cheaper. If you take Norm Richards as your gunman instead, he will crash during the getaway. You can grab his money by driving over his bag after the crash, which will give you more money, but you will lose Norm.

Take Karim Denz as your driver. The chase sequence will be more difficult, but he takes less of your money.

If you choose Option A instead, take Eddie Toh as your driver. He takes 6% more than Karim Denz, but will allow you to get $4,946,153 (the highest possible amount), which will leave you with $1,076,304 for Michael and $293,539 for Franklin, significant increases over the amounts you will get if you take Karim Denz along for Option A.

Score: Your total take should be a shade under $5 million with around $1.2 million going to Michael and just under $300K going to Franklin.

Heist 2: The Merryweather Heist

For the second heist, the Merryweather Heist, there is no way to make any money. Use whichever crew you want! We won’t say any more…

Score: $0

Heist 3: The Paleto Score

For the third heist, the Paleto Score, you lose money every time you or one of your crew is shot in the back. You start with a maximum possible score of $8,016,020.

If you used Packie McReary for the Jewel Store Job (Heist 1), take him as your gunman, because his stats will be raised from that heist. Otherwise, take Chef. Both cost 2% less than Gustavo Mota, even if he may be slightly superior.

On the other hand, if you choose either Norm Richards or Daryl Johns for the heist, you’ll be forced to leave that character behind. You can pick up his share for a higher take. If you want to do this we suggest using Daryl Johns (and leaving him behind) as Norm Richards can be good to use for the final heist.

Score: Your total take should be just over $8 million with around $440K going to each of Michael, Trevor and Franklin.

Heist 4: The Bureau Raid

For the fourth heist, the Bureau Raid, choose Option B (Roof Entry).

Take Rickie Lukens as your hacker (using a better hacker will have no effect) and select Norm Richards as your gunman.

As for your driver, you need to unlock Taliana Martinez by completing her optional encounter. It is a random encounter where she will be alongside the freeway in the northeast. Save her life by driving her to Sandy Shores in time. You need her as your driver because she is one of the best, and her price is 9% lower than Eddie Toh’s. On this heist, she will wait for you in an ambulance, so you completely avoid the police. If you do not have/want to unlock Taliana Martinez, take Karim Denz as your driver. If you used him in the first heist as well, he will also have an ambulance. Otherwise, you will need to escape the police in a van.

If you choose Option A, you will not get significantly less money than in Option B, but Norm Richards will die if you take him (and he is good to have for the last heist). Take Packie McReary and Gustavo Mota instead.

Score: Michael will get nothing with Franklin receiving around $240K.

Heist 5: The Big Score

For the fifth heist, the Big Score, choose Option B. It is possible to get $41,664,000 per character this way.

Take Taliana Martinez as your first driver. She will successfully fly the helicopter and only takes 5% of the money. Also take Karim Denz as your second driver, so that he drives the train. The gunmen are unnecessary, so take the two cheapest gunmen you can.

If you choose Option A, the maximum amount you can get is $34,892,000 per character. Once again, take Taliana Martinez and Karim Denz as your first and second drivers. Take either Packie McReary or Chef as your first gunman. Take Norm Richards or Daryl Johns as your second gunman. Either will save you a lot of money in this heist. Use Rickie Lukens as your hacker.

Score: Each of Trevor, Michael and Franklin should get over $41 million!

  • terumo17

    how come you don’t get paid for the big score, or how long does it take?I completed it and it said paid in a couple of days its been over a week?

    • AR

      After the “Big Score” heist there is a looooong final mission that is triggered at Franklin’s house. Even though the mission is triggered by Franklin you’ll play as all 3 characters. I wont give away any spoilers, but it involves killing A LOT of people. After you finish this final mission is when you get paid for the “Big Score”. If you’re playing GTA Online add me. My screen name is “rivodeaux”

      • terumo17

        Thanks mate, I am in Australia are you with PS3 or XBOX????
        I thought it was that Franklin mission I chose death-wish, as I did not want to kill off Trevor or Michael I have not done it yet, so then I can get paid and start the 2nd assassination mission and so on?

        • Really

          THANKS FOR THE SPOILER!!!! Dumbass

      • Dani Ilges

        unless you choose option A or B to get even MORE money for people you want

      • Bruce Goodman

        Dude what’s I need help on 47% if u can try. In 2 be a cop on GTA

      • jilliAn

        do I just drop the muscle cars off at location? And then what? I can’t figure it out… I chose option B the Bravado Gauntlets the muscle cars … And it’s taking forever… Or maybe it’s just me

      • mia

        xbox one, 360 or ps3,4 ??

    • Jimmster

      You must do the mission trigered by franklin’s house after that u will get paid

  • Deadfools31

    Dang i got tons of money and enough for a golf club

  • Deadfools31

    This game is the really easy than other shooters

  • ricky

    i dont know how to get the three gaunlets

    • GGG

      Lester emails you gauntlet spots. You can also buy them on your in-game phone.

      • Mu’Min Mac Loc Abdul-ghafir

        How long does it take for him to email them to you ?

    • Anonymous

      You don’t even need lesters locations you can just steal any gauntlet you find

    • mia

      they are easy to find.

  • ricky

    tell me why

  • Scott

    Ive had the two weeks I’ve played 3 days and already unlocked trever

    • Michael

      I’ve played 4 hours and on big score

      • Gair

        No way.

  • sexey zek

    how im so getting 8 mil

  • aduur

    you have to beat the single player storyline before it gives it to you

  • Rekikz

    Thanks. I really needed this.

  • gtafreak

    the best property to buy is the scrapyard because a gas can just cost 50 and every car you blow up in san andreas gets you 150 its an easy way to make money if you now that a gas can can can destroy over 50 cars

  • Kyle

    Was I suppost to get packie too on the big score because I did everything else and it still wouldn’t give me the money. PS where do u find packie which store.

    • Anonymous

      Go to that big junction near Franklin’s Aunt’s house, where that little Cluckin’ Bell (I think) stall is. Look on the radar and you will se a flashing blue blimp. There you go.

  • James Somersall

    Is it possible to become a billionaire if I have already completed the lester assassinations? Feel free to email me with the answers.

    • BigPoppaSexy

      the top money you can make is over 2 trillion

  • Back ToTha Brix


    • Nick

      Do The Missions….

  • gta

    terumo17 you will get paid

  • Anonymous identity

    I am having a problem , can anyone help me out…i chose the subtle approach for the big one , and realised it was more fun in the obvious approach and money was more too , so can i change it , i am still collecting the cars for the first one

    Please help me

    • Nick

      You can change it in replay missions AFTER you finish it….but do The Big One and it will show you the plan again

  • kingsmith

    hey gta 5

  • thecman25

    5 is so little

  • thecman25

    This game is overhyped

  • Ted Breaux

    I luv ittttttt

  • Angel Sanabria

    how u become a cop i need help on it

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