Frequently Asked Questions
This page has been put together by many people on the
Forums. The Frequently Asked Questions thread was started by "noclip"
after the game came out, and many people have contributed to the list to
ensure everyone's questions are answered. If you have a question which
has not been answered here you can either post in
The Topic on the forums, or email the question to
Questions@GTA-SanAndreas.com, although don't expect a reply, just
watch out for FAQ updates.
The city is so big, I keep getting lost!
There's a very useful new feature in SA to help you learn your way
around. Press Start, scroll over to the map option and hit X. You can
view the whole map zoomed in and you can even find where you want to go
in the crosshairs and hit O. This will place a blip on your radar which
will guide you to your marked destination.
Can I go in the other cities before unlocking them?
Unlike in the previous GTA's, yes, you can visit other cities
before unlocking them, however I would strongly advise against it. You
will instantly receive a 4 star wanted level which cannot be removed via
cheating or Pay N' Spray and the cops won't give up until you're dead.
How do I recruit gang members?
Once you have enough respect, walk up to them and hold R1 to target
them. Now press up on the D-Pad and they will be recruited. You can hold
down for a few seconds to tell your gang members to stay put, tap up to
get them to follow you closely, or hold up to tell them to go home.
How do I get more respect?
Play missions, wear your gang colors, and visit enemy territory often
to kill your rival gang members. Killing cops will also increase your
respect, as will spraying over enemy gang tags.
How do I enter 2-player free roam?
There are several places to activate 2-player free roam in San
Andreas. In order to do so you will need to stand on a floating 2 player
icon and then push any button on controller 2. You will find 2 player
Free Roam Icons at the following locations:
Idlewood, Los Santos - Climb over a fence West of the bridge
with the wire fencing across it and you'll find a red floating 2 player
Dillimore, Countryside - To the South West of Dillimore you'll
find a red 2 player icon floating in front of a building.
Kings, San Fierro - Follow the building site from the garage
North, then when it ends, follow the road West. After crossing the
junction you'll see a car park to the left and the red icon can be found
El Quebrados, Desert - Right in the center of the town you'll
find AmmuNation. The icon is just to the West.
Royal Casino, Las Venturas - Right in the middle of the Royal
Casino square is the floating icon for 2 player in Las Venturas.
How do I get into the airport?
This question has two answers;
1. You need a pilot's licence from the flight
school. This can only be obtained by completing the flying school
missions which are unlocked after puchasing the abandoned airstrip
during the mission "Verdant Meadows".
2. You can alternatively use the new jump and grab feature to jump onto
the booth in front of the airport gates, then jump over the fence and
grab a plane. To do this, park a vehicle in front of the booth and jump
on it. From here, jump towards the booth and hit jump to pull yourself
up, then jump over the fence and make your way into the airport. If you
fly the plane inside there for about 30 minutes you will gain enough
pilot skill to unlock the pilots licence early!
Where's the flight school?
In the desert. You can learn there once you beat "Verdant Meadows".
How do I rob people?
You have to complete the mission "Home Invasion" for Ryder first.
Then you'll need to find the parked Black Boxville (Opposite the Gym in
Los Santos, In an alley North of the Driving School in San Fierro) and
get in then push R3 to start the mission. From there the on screen
instructions will guide you through the mission or you can read the
Sub-Missions Guide on this site for an in-depth description. Remember
that you MUST use the parked Black Boxville to start the mission.
Can I pee on people?
No. Why would you want to do that anyway?
How does car modding work?
Get a suitable car and take it down to TransFender or any other place
that does car mods. Different cars can have different types of mods
applied (I.E. You can't mod fenders on the Turismo because it doesn't
have any), you'll have to experiment.
I beat "The Green Sabre" and now when I return to Los Santos,
my gang is gone! What happened? [Spoilers]
This question basically answers itself. If you don't know why, you
most likely skipped over a couple cut-scenes and don't listen to the
radio in SA too often. Big Smoke and Ryder screwed you over and helped
the cops. Sweet was wounded and you both got arrested. Sweet was thrown
in jail, and you were dropped off in the middle of nowhere. Hence the
gang no longer exists... For now.
What flyable aircraft are there in San Andreas?
Planes: Dodo, Shamal, Skimmer, Rustler, Nevada, Beagle, Copduster, Stuntplane,
Hydra, AT-400, Andromada
Helicopters: Cargobob, Raindance, Hunter, Leviathan, Sparrow, Sea
How do I obtain (air vehicle)?
Most can be found at one of the three major airports in San Andreas. The
standard helicopters are usually parked atop the tallest building in Los
Santos. The amphibious plane and helicopter are available at the dam in
Las Venturas after you complete "Dam and Blast". You can get the Hunter
after completing the flying school with all golds. You will unlock the
Hydra after the mission "Vertical Bird".
Is Fido (GTA3 Guy) in the game?
Yes. You meet him briefly in the countryside and then race him. He's
Catalina's new boyfriend.
Can I smoke or drink beer?
Nope. Sorry. Also, you can't do any drugs. CJ is 100% drug-free,
although on one mission for The Truth (Are You Going To San Fierro) CJ
starts to get stoned from burning weed.
How do I get a girlfriend?
After beating "Burning Desire", Denise (Available
16:00-06:00) will become your first girlfriend automatically. You'll
have the opportunity to meet Michelle Cannes (00:01-12:00 &
14:00-02:00) at driving school in San Fierro, Helena Wankstein
(08:00-12:00 & 14:00-02:00) in Blueberry on the Ammu-Nation range
balcony, Barbara Schternvart (16:00-06:00) in the police parking
lot in El Quebrados, and Katie Zhan (12:00-00:00) in Avispa
Country Club in San Fierro. Millie Perkins (02:00-10:00 &
14:00-8:00) will automatically become your girlfriend after you complete
"Key to Her Heart".
The more girlfriends you have, the greater the likeliness one of them
will catch you on a date with another girlfriend cheating on them.
What do I need to do to beat the reach 100% completion?
See the 100% Completion Checklist on this site.
Why can't I enter Ammu-Nation?
Ammu-Nation opens for business when you beat "Doberman" for Sweet.
He hosts a show on WCTR after the old host gets killed by Jack
Howitzer. This happens when you reach San Fierro.
I don't have any more missions left. Did I beat the game?
Unless the credits rolled, you didn't beat it yet.
How do I dual-wield weapons?
Get your weapon skill upgraded to Hitman by and you'll
automatically dual wield the single handed weapons. CJ can only
dual-wield certain weapons which are the Colt. 45, Tec-9, Micro Uzi and
Sawn Off Shotgun. Other weapons will have increased stats for reaching
Hitman, such as longer lock on distance and quicker reloads.
What/where is the Personal transport device?
It's a jetpack, also known as the Black Project. Once you beat "Green
Goo", it will spawn at your airstrip right outside the control
Where's driving school?
From you garage in San Fierro, turn right and head straight for two
blocks, it's on the corner. It's also marked by a red S on your radar.
How do I mod my car at the Arch Angels mod garage?
Complete "Zeroing In". Despite the name, this mission has nothing to do
with Zero. You can start it by walking into the pink marker back at your
garage in San Fierro. The only vehicles you can mod at the Arch Angels
garage are the vehicles found inside Wang Cars after completion of the
Where/What is the ghost car?
The ghost car is nothing special at all, however many people actually
somehow think it's a hidden secret put into the game by R*. All that
happens is that the game spawns a car on the top of a hill and it's not
stable enough to stop there, so it rolls down a hill with no driver. You
can find it in the countryside. Look on your map for two horseshoe
shaped pieces of dirt and you'll find it around that area.
What are the photo opportunities?
Assuming you're not talking about the mission "Photo Opportunity",
This simply means you can take pictures of various things in San Andreas
and save them with your game. Some things are much more rare and are
therefore much harder to photograph. Alongside this are Snapshots which
are a required collectable objective found in San Fierro where you must
take photos of 50 hidden snapshot icons.
Where are the rampages located?
Pershing Square, Los Santos - Right in the middle of the actual
square you'll find two floating skulls next to the pool of water.
Montgomery, Countryside - To the South West side of the town
you'll find more floating skulls alongside a long building.
Chinatown, San Fierro - Look on your radar for a green and white
rectangle right next to each other on your radar a few blocks North of
the building site. You'll find the skulls in front of a building on the
white side of the road.
Las Payasadas, Desert - Just West of the airstrip is a small town
called Las Payasadas. To the South of this town you'll find the rampage
icon behind a building.
Come-A-Lot, Las Venturas - Under a small walkway you'll find the
skulls. From the South side of the big pyramid head East and take the
second left. You should see it on the corner.
Are Bigfoot and the UFO in the game?
No. Despite what you're heard from your idiot friends they are not in
the game as secrets. Maybe we'll be proven wrong in time, however we
have a lot of good hackers who have ripped the game to shreds and not
found a trace of anything like that. There is however a UFO spinning
around in front of the bar near Area 69.
What are assets in the game, and how do I complete
Assets are businesses you acquire throughout the course of the game
that will eventually earn you money. Wang cars in San Fierro is yours
after "Farewell, My Love" and earns money after you complete all the
garage missions, the flight school is in the Desert and it must be
bought, it earns money after you complete The Truth's missions. The
hotel is acquired and earns money after completing the valet missions.
The Quarry earns money after successfully completing all 7 Quarry
missions and the Trucking company will earn you money after finishing
all 8 of it's missions. Additionally Roboi's Food Mart, Hippy Shopper
and Burger Shot can all be acquired as assets by finishing the Courier
missions in each city.
I'm on (Mission Name) in Los Santos, how many missions do I have left
until I reach San Fierro?
Chances are, a lot. The last two missions in Los Santos are "Reuiniting
The Families" and "The Green Sabre". Then you move on
to the countryside, there are about 15 missions there.
I keep getting killed on (Mission name)!
A good rule of thumb is to start the mission, attempt it, and if you
don't succeed the first time, hang around and scout the territory before
attempting it again. If you need to, set up your escape beforehand, or
at the very least know exactly where you're going to go and where to
seek cover, supplies, etc.
I can't beat "Wrong Side Of The Tracks"!
A lot of people have trouble with this mission, but the trick is to
stay about 2-3 yards ahead of whoever you want Big Smoke to shoot. If
you follow this strategy, you should beat the mission before you even
reach the tunnel.
I can't beat "Robbing Uncle Sam", Ryder keeps dying!
Follow the Story Missions guide on this site for additional help,
however here is some advice: After Ryder parks the truck and gets out, gun down all the soldiers who
are close by and get in the SUV-type vehicle parked near the outside
boxes and drive it right up to Ryder (So that it's facing the truck).
Now Ryder will be fully covered and should lose no more than 1/3 of his
health meter through the whole mission. Get in the forklift and do the outside boxes first, finish off the ones inside the warehouse and jump on
the truck. Floor it.
"Just Business" is hard!
Crouch during the on-foot portion. Practice doing drive-bys on a
motorcycle to increase your aim for the chase part.
I can't beat the Countryside racing missions!
Start the race, let the other drivers get a good lead and slowly
explore the track till you reach the end. Some good things to remember:
Don't turn left on the bridge (even though the arrow tells you to,
you'll fall off), Take the right side through the farm, avoiding the
barn jump, and cut as many corners as you can. There are about 15
checkpoints here, so it might also help to keep count and memorize which
I can't start "Amphibious Assault", how do I get better at
Practice, practice, practice. Jump into the water and dive, repeat.
After a couple minutes you should have some swimming skill.
I can't beat mission 3 in flight school!
This is a bit of dumb mission because it misleads you. If you find
yourself stalling whenever you try to take off, make sure to retract
your landing gear with R3. Also, the mission tells you to bank, DON'T.
Always use the analog stick to turn, you retain a lot more control. If
you manage to reach the 3rd corona, the rest of the mission should be
I can't beat "Black Project", the SAM sites keep shooting me
You need to disable the SAM sites before going to look for the Black
project. Pay attention to the cinematic, it shows you the control room
for the SAMs.
What are the Heist missions and how do I do them?
Heist missions can be found at the right-side door inside the casino,
they aren't necessary to complete the storyline, but are necessary for
100% completion and are quite a bit of fun.
What is the Triathlon Event? Where can I find it and what do I
The Triathlon Event is called "Beat The Cock!" and can be found next
to the lighthouse on Santa Maria Beach or on the beach at Fishers Lagoon
ONLY on a Saturday or Sunday. You'll need a LOT of stamina to be able to
do the mission though, and keeping low muscle and fat will enable you to
sprint for longer. You'll need to mash the X button for about 15 minutes
while you race across the whole state in order to win $10,000.