Setting Up for GTA Online Heists

Posted on March 6 2015, 2:03pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

With the launch of GTA Online Heists imminent, we have no doubt you and your Crew are cracking your knuckles and rubbing your sticky fingers together at the prospect of pulling off elaborate robberies at some of Los Santos' most closely-guarded institutions. Massive scores of GTA$ await those with the planning and the teamwork to pull these audacious thefts off. As you're taking final roll calls on your most trusted allies ahead of the launch of Heists on March 10th, here are a few pointers to help ensure your plan is of the best-laid variety.  

First things first: every Heist needs a leader and the Heist Leader is going to need to be at least rank 12 and own a high-end apartment with a planning board in order to co-ordinate the crime. Not only do Heist Leaders cough up all of the setup costs up-front, they have complete control over team roles and the cut of the final take each Crew Member gets. Additionally, Heist progress is only saved for the Heist Leader - so when choosing a leader it makes sense to link up with someone you can trust.

It should go without saying that good teamwork starts with communication - and headsets are important to successfully pulling off Heists. Whether it's telling a lookout where they need to be, a passenger locating vehicles using the Trackify app and giving directions to the driver, or two infiltrators operating a pair of security panels in perfect sync.

At different stages of each Heist, Crew members will be assigned different roles. These could be slightly different responsibilities within a single scenario - for example, two lookouts and a bodyguard while a buyer completes a less-then-legal exchange of information - or larger deviations, like two players patrolling in an attack chopper above while the other two infiltrate a facility below. It's important for all players to know their strengths and, in turn, for the Heist Leader to assign accordingly. If you see yourself as an ace pilot, then put in some time at the Flight School and increase that flying stat to prove it. 

Professionals don't expect the customer to provide the tools for the job. While there might be some more specialized equipment that may be provided (or that you'll need to acquire) along the way, for the most part you'll be using your own custom vehicles and firearms to get by. So it's a good time to take stock and make sure your garage and your arsenal are prepared for all possibilities. Silencers on guns and RPGs in general are especially useful for certain Heists while four-door vehicles with added armor can come in handy if you like to keep your friends close. With GTA Online Heists you'll be able to unlock a range of new vehicles and gear including an extensive selection of new outfits perfect for whatever each Heist throws at you.

For the financially ambitious there are a few ways to increase the income from Heists in a major way. First off, each Heist has its own Elite Challenge which, upon completion, will yield a substantial cash bonus. These can be completed multiple times, but be warned: they're no cakewalk.

On top of that, there are Special Heist Completion bonuses that can only be achieved once per person, but will add some serious zeros to your bank balance. They are as follows:

  • First Time – Completing each Heist Finale for the first time, will net you a bonus cash reward
  • All In Order Challenge – Complete all Heists in order, including Setups, to receive a $1,000,000 cash bonus
  • Loyalty Challenge – Complete all Heists, including Setups, with the same team of players to receive an additional $1,000,000 bonus
  • Criminal Mastermind Challenge – Complete all Heists, in order, with the same group of players, without losing any lives, to receive a massive $10,000,000 bonus

The one-off bonus challenges are linked to in game awards. You can monitor your award progress via the Stats > Awards tab in the Pause Menu.


The GTA Online Heists Experience: Early Impressions
Adversary Modes, Daily Objectives and More New Updates Also Coming to GTA Online March 10th
GTAV Updates: Online Heists Coming March 10, GTAV for PC Coming April 14

  • R* Lon March 12 2015, 11:21amFlag
    Hey all,

    We hope you enjoy co-op GTA Online Heists this week - feel free to team up here with one another in comments below, or to help each other out with tips and tricks!

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    Also, feel free to team up here in comments below! Please don’t spam messages multiple times, but if you’re looking for dedicated players to team up with to pull of Heists with or to go after those big Special Heist Completion bonuses with, you can find plenty of other ambitious enterprising Social Club members to join you as partners in crime.

    More info on the Special Heist Completion bonuses at

    More info on the Adversary Modes, Daily Objectives and other new features released this week:
  • Kolonka972 weeks, 6 days agoReplyFlag
    Hi, looking for 3 people for criminal Mastermind on pc. I'm lvl 90+
    • RichHomieWeson October 28 2015, 11:22amReplyFlag
      Do i have to host the set ups and heists to complete the "all in order" challenge or can i join my friends to complete the "all in order" challenge and the "loyalty" at the same time?
      • SlaveBoiOriginson August 29 2015, 9:40amReplyFlag

        I am looking for some people who are willing to do the all in order/loyalty challenge.
        I am currently using a new character, which is level 21, my other character is level 144.
        I have a mic, and i am well experienced at gta. I speak English
        Add: AllahuSnackbar_ if you would like to play!
        • THCkoitin1_on August 29 2015, 9:04amReplyFlag

          I need 3 players to team up with me to criminal mastermind challange.
          I have armored kuruma and bodyarmor suit.
          I'm at 51lvl at the moment and i had ps3 nick which was about 70-80lvl.
          I speak decent english and good finnish.
          I have done all the heists once and i know what to do in them.
          If u're looking for team or want me to team up with ur crew, add me on PSN: THCkoitin1_
        • Superknight0on August 19 2015, 8:10amReplyFlag
          Looking to do Loyalty/All In Order Challenges. Your cut will be 10%. Looking for level 100's+. Add me on Ps4, Sandretto. I have a mic.
          • MichaelGFMon August 15 2015, 10:12pmReplyFlag
            Greetings. We are adult, well experienced heist team looking for 1 more player Level 135 & above. Our goal is Criminal Mastermind Challenge, All In Order & Loyalty Challenge. Heist time scheduled on 6pm PT / 8pm CT everyday for 2 hours. This is a 7 days project. Good internet connectivity & teamwork required. We are on PS3 platform. I am the heist leader bcr1880 with Level 250, lowest among the team. Kindly contact me if interested. Thank you in advance.
            • Marley-Testoon August 14 2015, 5:41amReplyFlag
              **CRIMINAL MASTERMIND PS3**

              Hey guys. I'm level 97 looking for a team to attempt the
              Criminal mastermind challange..

              Must be clued up on what they are doing ..
              Take it a little bit more serious than normal but still have fun!!
              Have a mic preferably
              Don't mean to sound like a d**k but levels 40+ only please.

              Add my gamertag:- Marley-Testo
              • MichaelGFMon August 15 2015, 10:38pmReplyFlag
                @Marley-Testo Greetings. We are all adults, well experienced heist team with 1 more spot to fill. I'm the heist leader bcr1880 and we are at least Level 250. We done all heists and going for Criminal Mastermind Challenge, All In Order & Loyalty Challenge. We are on PS3 platform & heist scheduled at 6pm PT / 8pm CT daily for 2 hours. Communicating via email. This is a 9 days project. Kindly email to if interested. Thank you.
            • linzid2012on July 22 2015, 6:42pmReplyFlag
              I have 2 characters in gta online am doing the all in order mastermind challenge with one ov them can I still play heists with my other one with different players or will that affect my challenge let me no about this as quick as possible thanks
              • simmo09on July 5 2015, 1:34amReplyFlag
                Lv 138 on ps3 have mic,still stuck on prison break,looking for players to help me finish all heists for 1st time, will give 25% in finales to those that help with all setups.
                Add or message me PSN name daynighttime

                • MaxTzionison July 29 2015, 5:54amReplyFlag
                  @simmo09 Send me a message i wana help you
                • MichaelGFMon August 15 2015, 10:20pmReplyFlag
                  @simmo09 Hi there. We need 1 more player for Criminal Mastermind Challenge, All In Order & Loyalty Challenge which pays up to $12 million each player. We are well experienced team, all adults. We are communicating via email. Heist is scheduled at 6pm PT / 8pm CT daily for 2 hours. This is a 9 days project. I'm bcr1880 and we are at least Level 250 and above. Kindly contact me if interested. Thank you.
              • XAVIERKILLAon June 13 2015, 6:04pmReplyFlag
                • TCHouar-Gamingon June 9 2015, 8:29pmReplyFlag
                  hey everyone ,
                  I'm TCHouar from TCHouar Gaming
                  i want to complete the heist challenge so i need two pro players
                  i've just started GTA online on ps4
                  if you want the same thing please contact me on my channel
                  of course if you aren't busy this week-end we can start
                  • BloodRed36970on June 6 2015, 3:30pmReplyFlag
                    Hey rockstar I'm on the series A Heist and I wanted to do a setup with a fellow gta player. It gave me a notice saying that if you continue you will lose in order progress. Does this mean I will have to do all the heists leading up to series a or will it get rid of the setups just for this heist? Also is there a way to stay on the current heist and still play other heists with other people?
                    • FR33TOONSon May 29 2015, 6:12pmReplyFlag
                      Hey rockstar me and my current crew DJC 4 person crew just finished all the heists and 2 got the million bonus and me and one other did not. The reason i am upset about this is because we rarely can play as it is and it took us forever just to finish all of them. I would appreciate if you can tell me why me and one other did not get the million bonus and the other two did. I was the leader of the whole thing so thats what makes it worse. paying for each set up and etc.
                      • ThatGooneron May 28 2015, 7:04amReplyFlag
                        Hey, I've been stuck trying to finish the Heists for about 2 and a half months now - because thanks to my liability of a friend, he's never online - and the other day he couldn't get back on his PS4, so finally I avoided the Loyalty bonus and just went with a couple of others, however I didn't complete the setup mission that I proceeded to try. Does this mean the Loyalty bonus is no longer available, or does it mean it's still available since you didn't complete it with anyone else. I'm especially curious because beside each setup is a list of each member who partook in each one and as far as I'm concerned, as long as that remains the same throughout the Loyalty bonus should valid, right?

                        Get back to me when you can, appreciate any feedback. Cheers.
                        • epranoron May 22 2015, 5:26amReplyFlag
                          Hi Rockstar !

                          We are at the final with my crew members and I got an info then we won't get the Loyalty Challenge's one million because at the Flecca setup only two members played with.
                          My question is: is it true ?

                          If it is true please explain what the same team means and what is the sense of playing Flecca with all members although it is only a 2 players setup.

                          Many thanks for your answer !


                          All In Order Challenge – Complete all Heists in order, including Setups, to receive a $1,000,000 cash bonus
                          Loyalty Challenge – Complete all Heists, including Setups, with the same team of players to receive an additional $1,000,000 bonus
                          • MichaelGFMon August 15 2015, 10:46pmReplyFlag
                            @epranor I might be able to help. Team members will have to pair up for The Fleeca Job. (eg. Player 1 with Player 2, Player 3 with Player 4). After completing The Prison Break - Plane, check on Stats > Awards > Heists to ensure. That should qualify for Loyalty Challenge.
                        • Elvin2015on May 16 2015, 1:59amReplyFlag
                          looking for players to do this
                          level 129, has mic on ps4
                          psn: elvinli2015
                          • Jeal2001on May 15 2015, 2:08pmReplyFlag
                            did my group lost us criminal mastermind if one of player goes play random poeple setups.
                            • MichaelGFMon August 15 2015, 10:52pmReplyFlag
                              @Jeal2001 Only that player will be effected, not the whole team. Unless that player is the leader. Hope this helps.
                          • Lea_Celina-3on May 14 2015, 7:14amReplyFlag
                            heyy :) sucht ihr eine Crew? :) Dann addet mich :) Es gibt Crew treffen und soo. :) Freue mich auf euch <3
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