Rockstar Game Tips: Mastering the Most Challenging GTA Online Contact Missions

Posted on July 14 2014, 2:43pm | Author: R* K | Filed Under: Games

As well as Races, Deathmatches and Captures, the huge array of Jobs available to play in GTA Online includes Contact Missions where you can team up with others online and earn GTA$ by stealing military hardware, busting drug deals, assassinating would-be rats and much more.

We've identified the five Contact Missions that players find to be the most challenging and laid out our tips for beating them. As there are lots of ways to approach any mission, some just effective as others, we have opted for those that are fun and rewarding to execute as a team, as well as being sound strategies for success. All of these missions were played on Hard for maximum challenge and return of RP and GTA$. Our players were all of Rank 100+ but bear in mind that some of these Jobs are only unlocked at certain Ranks.

Death From Above
Available from the Start Menu | 1-4 Players | Unlocked at Rank 23

An old associate of Martin Madrazo is trying to testify against him. Martin wants him gone and he wants proof the job is done. Trouble is, the target is barricaded in his mansions and surrounded by guards.

It's not just the guards you have to worry about here: the cops will be alerted as soon as you enter the mansion and will be there in seconds. This makes it very difficult to attack from the ground, since there is only one entry point to the mansion and you'll have heat coming from all angles. Our recommended approach is to take a helicopter and drop one player off on a neighboring rooftop. Then, as the helicopter hovers over the mansion, this player can take out the two guards on the mansion roof using a sniper rifle. When this is done, two of the players in the chopper can parachute to the mansion roof and hold down cover positions, while the helicopter pilot retreats and the sniper continues to fire on the guards from range.

When the evidence is in hand, the pilot can return to pick up the players inside the mansion and deliver them to Madrazo. You'll have to lose your Wanted Level first, which you can do by flying to a secluded location or giving Lester a call.

High Priority Case
Lester Contact Mission | 1-4 Players | Unlocked at Rank 25

Lester requires some documents that are about to change hands on top of the under construction Mile High Club in Downtown Los Santos. Your job is to take the documents to Lester's warehouse.

A helicopter is essential for this Mission. One approach is to land on top of the Maze Bank tower and snipe all of the guards on the neighboring Mile High Club building from there. But our recommendation is for three players to parachute directly onto the Mile High Club, ensuring to land in a cover position, and take a more direct approach while the pilot retreats to the Maze Bank and provides sniper support from there. When the guards are clear, grab the suitcase and get ready to take out the enemy chopper. The best way to do this is stay on the same floor where you collected the suitcase, since the concrete pillars provide better angles of cover. Your support helicopter should be ready to pick up the player with suitcase and transport them to the Warehouse for the dropoff, but they can also assist by distracting the enemy chopper if the players on the ground come under heavy fire.

Base Invaders
Available from the Start Menu | 1-4 Players | Unlocked at Rank 27

Trevor Philips Industries are looking to expand their fleet with a Cargobob. They need you to steal one from Fort Zancudo and are willing to lend you a plane to get there - as long as you keep it in one piece. You're also going to want to take out the fighter jets so that they can't come after you.

The choice spot to land the Velum is the runway to the west side of the base as there are fewer patrols there and it will allow all players to get into position without drawing too much initial attention. Have one player parachute onto a hanger en route as it offers massive potential for snipers. A solid plan for taking out the Lazers is to grab a Barracks and drive fast past all of the jets, planting a Sticky Bomb on each as you pass. Remember to only detonate after you have planted all Sticky Bombs and are in position to storm the hangar, since the explosions will bring reinforcements.

It's time for one designated player to infiltrate the hangar and steal the Cargobob. This may sound like a tall order for one player, but it is manageable with the other three distracting most of the guards outside. Defending players should try not to bunch together, since this will make them an easier target for the guards.

Approach the hangar from behind, as there are more cover opportunities there. Enter carefully and take out the guards inside, then make a run for the Cargobob and get out of there as quickly as you can. It also pays to have a Plan B in mind, talking as a team via headsets and deciding who is going to break for the Cargobob in case the first player doesn't make it.

Once you're clear of the base it should be a straightforward cruise to Sandy Shores Airfield. Just be careful not to mess up the landing!

Out Of Harmony
Ron Contact Mission | 1-4 Players | Unlocked at Rank 50

Ron's contact is looking to take a big shipment of weapons over the Mexican border and there's a slight chance they won't be used for something totally horrendous down there. You must steal the trailer currently in the possession of The Lost at the cement works in Harmony and deliver it, in one piece, to the buyer at Catfish View boatyard.

This mission is against the clock so it's important to be quick and efficient. Our recommended approach is for the four players to split into two pairs: two players attacking from the north of the cement works and the other two approaching via a gap in the fence to the north-east. Not only will this split the attention of the guards and halve their powers of protection, it will give the two guys near the gap in the fence a clear view of the trailer. As soon as there's a clear path, they should break cover and make a run for the truck while the other two continue to fend off the attention of The Lost.

Reverse the truck to attach the trailer and then drive straight out of the cement works, following the minimap to the destination. You're going to want to stick to the roads, given that you're against the clock and you're going to be pursued by motorcycles that will have a distinct advantage off-road. As you make your break two guards on motorcycles will come after you. The two non-driving players should take them out quickly and steal the motorcycles in order to provide a fast and agile convoy for the precious cargo, which is going to come under fire en route to the boatyard. The truck driver should take out any motorcycles ahead, since they're going to be more of a nuisance if they get in behind you, and in a head-on collision truck beats bike every time.

It's not quite over when you get there either: you're going to have to protect the trailer from a wave of angry Lost soldiers. Make sure each remaining team member is in a good cover position, bearing in mind that all enemies will be coming from the road to the West. Make the most of this bottleneck and take them out before they get close to complete the Mission.

Factory Closure
Available from the Start Menu | 3-4 Players | Unlocked at Rank 18

Be a patriot. Buy American, steal foreign. A rival crew has a fleet of top-end motorbikes at the Maibatsu factory earmarked for an upcoming job. You can sabotage their plans and make some money in the process by stealing the bikes and delivering them to the drop-off.

For this Contact Mission, players will be split into three set roles - Transporter, Sniper and Lookout - and you can decide to assign specific players to these roles before the start of the Job. Our recommended approach is for everyone to head to the back of the factory via the grassy bank on the corner of Vespucci Blvd and La Mesa. First allow the Sniper to get into position using the discreetly placed ladder to the side of the factory. Then the remaining three players can fight of the guards, being careful to stay in cover and relying on scope support and headset guidance from the Sniper. Be careful not to get the trailer caught in the crossfire, as the Mission will fail if it is destroyed. When the coast is clear, one of the Transporters jumps into the trailer, while the Lookout and other Transporter grab a car and provide an escort all the way to the drop-off in case of enemy roadblocks.


We hope you find these Contact Mission tips useful and feel free to let the community know if you take different approaches in the comments.

  • R* Lon July 16 2014, 9:04pmFlag
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  • psych0fr34kon June 28 2015, 7:31amReplyFlag
    why would you need more then 1 person in "Death From Above" ?
    Enter in your kuruma (armored)
    eliminate the suits in the villa
    get out, reduce the stars to nil
    return, take a snapshot, loose the stars and go to madrazo's and done.
  • strigataaon February 26 2015, 7:39pmReplyFlag
    What i laugh at is players trying to kill other players while on a mission. Newbies dont know any better and the experienced players are just trying to do it to be d**ks! Why take part in a mission just to kill the other players??
    • Rob_Ruthlesson February 17 2015, 11:33amReplyFlag
      Some of the missions from the PS3 never transfered over to the PS4, what gives rockstar?
      • Kingsononeon November 20 2014, 2:27amReplyFlag
        Death from Above : Drive in through the gate turn right head to the back of the mansion, spin the car so you can exit and use it as cover, there's one guy under the pergola the rest are around the mansion. The target is right infront of you back of the house under the balcony ..... take your picture, drive like hell. Bloody and fun !
        • joaoboss125on November 14 2014, 7:52amReplyFlag
          What about Effin Lazers? Fix it first
        • Shing_HrccNomandon October 28 2014, 1:34pmReplyFlag
          Give us a outlaw biker DLC Please. We are the Laffing Devils Nomads LDMC our presidents name is Sikkboyy. Give a recognition and a shout out we are better than the Apache crime family.
          • countRerason October 5 2014, 1:39pmReplyFlag
            How is American Exports not on the list? It is easily the most annoying mission ever. Escaping in a cargobob is not the easiest thing to do when helicopter are spawning left and right while flying away. In addition, the helicopters are faster than you are and catch up in no time.
            • Hashasjinon October 31 2014, 9:33amReplyFlag
              @countReras for a single person mission, steel the cargobob, land it as quick as you can, run away, get shot, go back to the landing spot, fly cargobob to end mission
            • IShotYouKid702on November 18 2014, 7:22amReplyFlag
              @countReras that one is easy, when you get the cargobob fly straight up don't more out of the base just keep going up and you will lose the wanted level, but only can break into the base otherwise it destroys the plan
          • Riztofon October 3 2014, 10:52amReplyFlag
            La mission "la mort venue du ciel" n'apparait pas dans le menu activité, ainsi que quelques autres ( quarté dans l'ordre, et belle récolte)... "Belle récolte a disparue depuis la mise a jour 1.17, j'ai vu ça sur le support Rockstar, par contre j'ai rien trouvé pour les 2 autres. ça m'embête, je voulais les faire.
            Si quelqu'un à une réponse/idée, je suis preneur,
            • XurbanzuluXon September 30 2014, 12:31pmReplyFlag
              Thanks Rockstar these really helped!
              • virus213on September 8 2014, 12:49pmReplyFlag
                I have completed all contact missions by myself. It takes a bit of planning, and maybe you have to take advantage of certain situations, but it can be done quite easily.
                HOWEVER; Since the contact mission, I think it's 'Stocks and Scares' or 'Dry Docking' has been changed, it is all but impossible to complete. Because as you are cracking the safe, Merryweather mercs are spawning on the staircase every few seconds. You have to be VERY FAST at cracking the safe, and you WILL get shot, you just have to hope your lucky, and this time they will spawn late or you won't quite die before you crack the safe.
                ALL things said, although when you do a mission on your own, you can take control and do it your way, the most fun and entertaining way to do missions is always with other players. Something I like to do is help noobs or low-RP players to get through some of the harder missions.
                TIP: In some contact missions, you can actually blow up enemy helicopters while on the ground, before they are activated to come after you. Just look where they appear to take off.
                • virus213on September 8 2014, 2:40pmReplyFlag
                  @virus213 ...also, remember that when doing missions by yourself; the sniper rifle is your best friend. Especially the heavy sniper, if you have access to it.
                • Kcazhackson February 1 2015, 1:16pmReplyFlag
                  @virus213 Listen I've been trying to complete all of the contact missions but nothing shows up for me. If you have xbox one it would be great if you could help me out my gamertag is NoVa HaCkZz. Also, I'm level 135 so don't worry about me being trash I just want these missions completed.
              • SWISS-GREN9on August 27 2014, 1:40pmReplyFlag
                Salut Les loulous je veux plus de tunes je fais comment ???
              • KaoticCatfishon August 18 2014, 2:59amReplyFlag
                Samlad wanks his dog.

                • Ice2192on August 14 2014, 2:08pmReplyFlag
                  @mofame chill out dude. i was just stating an advantage that a tank has over a buzzard. you act like you got offended
                  • mofameon August 18 2014, 11:01pmReplyFlag
                    @Ice2192 Stupid people do offend me.

                    Get smart kid. Tanks are only for Free Roam.

                    Don't ask me I got 16.5 Mil

                    Ice up son, Ice up.
                  • phenomhealth2on August 25 2014, 5:27amReplyFlag
                    @mofame Just to say that tanks aren't just for freeroam you can use them in some mission's as well as i have done so myself a number of time's now and it work's better than a buzzard where you can still get shot and lose health or armour
                • comimi1000on August 10 2014, 10:01pmReplyFlag
                  Thanks you guys help me. Sry my play sucks. first time today drift try. landing. center of gravity is so bad. get the truck. Im mission. I die if you do not first time mission. Its study I'm sorry. But thanks fun today
                  • LOCOD4VE1on August 5 2014, 1:39amReplyFlag
                    i like so much Death From Above
                    • Lance--Lordon July 31 2014, 9:07pmReplyFlag
                      The mission of lester is easy when youre sniping the from the maze bank tower
                      • TheMangoSayson July 31 2014, 1:44amReplyFlag
                        Our crew for base invaders always split into two teams. One or two people would start ron's plane (and usually leave it there). While the second jumped the fence and blew up the planes keeping the attention so the first crew (there by now) jumped in the titan and took off abandoning the second crew to their fate.
                        • virus213on September 8 2014, 2:51pmReplyFlag
                          @TheMangoSays One thing to remember for this type of mission is; when you have entered Ron's plane, that part of the mission is done. You can then do what you want e.g. get straight back out and into a Buzzard with your whole crew and continue to the base with Ron's plane sitting safely at the airstrip.
                      • UNKNOWN_MOTIVESon July 29 2014, 7:24pmReplyFlag
                        A r isn't nessacery in high priority case, just climb the crane and hop the rail onto the connecting beams, it ramps up the difficulty since NPC's are taking potshots at you but It can save time
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