GTA 5 – Cheat Codes and Gameplay Tips

Cheat Codes

Drunk Mode: LIQUOR
Warning: do not attempt to operate heavy machinery!.

Fast Run: CATCHME
Increases your maximum sprint speed.

Fast Swim: GOTGILLS
Increases your maximum swimming speed.

Recharge Ability: POWERUP
Recharges the special ability of your character.

Skyfall: SKYFALL
Spawns you mid-air for a skydiving free fall and no way to use a parachute. The only way to possibly survive is to press forward on your keyboard and hit a wall or the ground head on.

Super Jump: HOPTOIT
Leap tall buildings in a single bound. Hold spacebar (jump) for higher jumps.

Explosive Ammo Rounds: HIGHEX
Also known as “Bang Bang” and a lot of fun.

Explosive Melee Attacks: HOTHANDS
Your punches and kicks are literally explosive!

Flaming Bullets: INCENDIARY
Your bullets will set things on fire upon impact.

Lower Wanted Level: LAWYERUP
Takes one star off of your wanted level.

Raise Wanted Level: FUGITIVE
Add one star to your wanted level.

Invincibility / God Mode: PAINKILLER
Works for 5 minutes before you need to re-enter the code.

Max Health & Armor: TURTLE
Increases your health and armor back to full.

Slow Motion Aim: DEADEYE
Gives you a lot more time to aim. Enter 4x for increased effect, fifth time disables cheat.

Parachute: SKYDIVE
Gives you a parachute. Equip and press left mouse to use.

Weapons / Guns: TOOLUP
Gives you all the weapons along with ammo!

Change Weather: MAKEITRAIN
Rotates through sunny, clear, cloudy, smoggy, overcast, rainy, thundery, clearing and snowing.

Director Mode: JRTALENT
Enables you to select and play the game as any character or NPC.

Moon Gravity: FLOATER
Enter a vehicle after activating this cheat to experience less gravity.

Slippery Cars: SNOWDAY
Also known as drifting and/or slidey cars.

Slow Motion: SLOWMO
Enables you to slow down gameplay. Enter 3x for increased effect, fourth time disables cheat.

Spawn BMX: BANDIT
Spawns you a good old BMX bicycle.

Spawn Buzzard: BUZZOFF
Spawns the Buzzard small attack helicopter (with weapons).

Spawn Caddy: HOLEIN1
Spawns you the “Caddy” golf cart.

Spawn Comet: COMET
Spawns the Comet, a two door sports car.

Spawn Duster: FLYSPRAY
Spawns the crop duster plane.

Spawn Limo: VINEWOOD
Spawns your very own stretch limousine.

Spawn PCJ-600: ROCKET
Spawns the PCJ-600 sports motorbike.

Spawn Rapid GT: RAPIDGT
Spawns you the Rapid GT, another two door sports car.

Spawn Sanchez: OFFROAD
Spawns the Sanchez, which is a dual-sport (dirt) bike.

Spawn Stunt Plane: BARNSTORM
Spawns a fixed-wing stunt plane.

Spawn Trashmaster: TRASHED
Spawns the Trashmaster garbage truck.

Spawn Duke O’Death: DEATHCAR
Unlock by completing the “Duel” random event.

Spawn Kraken Sub: BUBBLES
Unlock this by completing the “Wildlife Photography Challenge” (snap pictures of all 20 animals in the game). No other boat cheat available.

Spawn Dodo Airplane: EXTINCT
Unlock by completing the “Sea Plane” random event.

Gameplay Tips

Max Your Critical Skills

All three characters start with different skill levels. Not all the skills are as meaningful as the others, but I recommend developing an expertise across the board in two critical areas – shooting and flying. You can sharpen your aim at Ammu-Nation gun ranges located throughout the region, or by racking up headshots in the open field. To master the control of planes and choppers, I highly recommend attending flight school, which is located at the Los Santos airport.

Play The Stock Market

One of the quickest ways to get rich in GTA V is to make smart investments on the two exchanges, LCN and BAWSAQ. You can access these markets from your phone or any computer. LCN is the more volatile market, prone to steep climbs and precipitous drops. BAWSAQ is much safer, but the payoff potential is lower. I recommend playing the market early and often. Pay attention to any business-related Weazel News reports, and listen carefully to the tips provided by characters in the game, particularly Lester.

Think Outside The Box During Police Chases

The police pursuit in GTA V is governed by line of sight. As any GTA vet knows, the higher your wanted level, the more comprehensive the police response is going to be. Our natural instinct is to escape escalating circumstances via vehicle. When doing so, I found it’s easier to shake them by going off-road – provided you have a vehicle up to the task. Another good tactic when you’re on the freeway is to jump off to a lower level of interstate. It may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes driving isn’t the smartest way to escape. If you’re in a neighborhood with alleys and backyards, sometimes it’s easier to shake the cops on foot by jumping over fences or hiding under bridges.

Don’t Forget Your Special Abilities

Each of the three protagonists has a unique special ability. Franklin can slow down time while driving, Michael can use a Max Payne-like bullet time to do the same during shootouts, and Trevor has a berserker-like ability to absorb a ton of damage while racking up kills. Use these special abilities whenever you can to improve them; when you get in a jam in later missions you’ll be grateful to have a larger meter. Of the three special abilities, I found Franklin’s to be the most useful. Being able to slow down time while driving 160 MPH through traffic is a godsend during chase missions, and it’s also easier to line up shots while driving in slow motion.

Pick Your Getaway Vehicles Wisely

Some heists require you to procure a getaway vehicle. Whatever you do, avoid using vehicles you have purchased for this purpose. I made this mistake with a $100,000 sports car I tricked out to the fullest extent, and after the mission it never returned to my garage (which is the smart play for a criminal who wants to stay out of jail). Instead, I recommend hijacking a good getaway car, tricking it out at Los Santos Customs (the improved car armor and bulletproof tires are highly recommended), and dropping it off at the extraction point.

Collect Online Coupons

With so many big price-tag items available to spend your money on in Los Santos, it doesn’t hurt to save on some of your everyday purchases. If you log into the Rockstar Social Club and visit the LifeInvader site you can find a lot of useful coupons that save you a couple bucks on car customization, tattoos, hospital bills, and more. Explore the site and click every coupon you see. The next time you log into the game, they will be available for use.

Stay In Contact With Your Friends

During the course of the game you get a lot of emails, texts, and phone calls. Don’t be that annoying person who never responds to friends. When you send texts and emails or give your contacts a call, the dialogue will flesh out the side characters and give you some insight into their relationships to the three protagonists.

Bring Chop On Scavenger Missions

Dogs have a great sense of smell, which apparently is useful for tracking down spacecraft fragments or letters that solve a murder mystery. Take Chop along when you’re in the mood for tracking down these collectables, because there is a lot of terrain to cover and not a lot of direction to take without him. If he’s nearby one of the pieces he’ll lead you to it, which is a big time saver.

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