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GTA Online guide - everything you need to know to run a criminal empire

GTA Online guide

Our GTA Online guide continues to expand, covering all the key subjects from a game that has been around since 2013 and will soon be spanning a third console generation. There has been a huge amount of content already released in the GTA Online multiplayer world, and even if you're a regular player it can prove difficult to keep up with, so that's why we're here to help. This GTA Online guide has been assembled to highlight and lead you through all there is to offer in the spinoff from the main GTA 5 release.

Regular updates, modes, and challenges continue to arrive in Los Santos and Blaine Country, with the Los Santos Tuners update being the most recent addition – adding Car Meets and Auto Shops plus a whole host of vehicle customizations. Then there's the Cayo Perico island, the Galaxy Superyacht, and years of previous expansions before that. You can choose whether to build your criminal empire on running nightclubs, dealing arms, printing counterfeit currency, or any other illicit enterprise. With so much still going on, GTA Online guides are essential to help you keep up to speed with everything. 

No matter whether you're a curious beginner or a seasoned veteran, we've got plenty of tips and guides to help you choose the fastest car, equip the best weapons, and earn a boatload of virtual cash. So log on, tool up, and we'll begin...

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GTA Online guides

Patch notes - what's new in GTA Online?

The online world is constantly evolving, with new features and modes still being added all the time. Check out the latest GTA Online patch notes and you'll always know what the latest updates are.

How to play

The world of GTA Online is huge, and if you're not familiar with it then the prospect of heading in unprepared can be pretty daunting. Fear not though, as we have a complete guide on how to play GTA online, including top tips for all GTA Online players to help you on your way.

Beginners Guide - how to get started

GTA Online

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If you've never set foot in multiplayer Los Santos before, then you might be wondering how to get started and what is important in the early days of your criminal empire. Follow our GTA Online beginners guide and we'll show you how to get started, and don't miss these 10 things to do in GTA Online as well.

How to make money fast

Money quite literally makes the world go around in GTA Online, and if you want to do most of the cool stuff then you're going to need to invest some serious virtual dollars to access it. If you don't want to spend real money, then follow our guide on how to make money fast in GTA Online.

How to earn reputation and level up fast

As you work your way up to Rank 100 and beyond, various weapons, customisation items and more will unlock. This can be a long process, so check out how to level up fast in GTA Online so you can speed things up.

What are the best paying missions

There are plenty of different missions you can undertake in San Andreas, with varying degrees of reward for your troubles. If you're after a fast buck then get stuck into the GTA Online best paying missions.

What are the new cars

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There are lots of GTA Online new cars being added as part of major in-game events, which means there are a lot of new vehicles to keep track of. We've got all the details of the new purchases available, via Legendary Motorsports, Southern San Andreas Super Autos, and Warstock Cache and Carry.

What are the fastest cars

If you want to take the chequered flag in some high stakes GTA Online races, then you need to be driving the fastest car you can get your hands on. But what are the GTA Online fastest cars, you ask? We've tested every supercar to give you an exact answer, using science.

What are the fastest bikes

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If you prefer two wheels to four, then you'll want to make sure you're riding one of the GTA Online fastest bikes. There are plenty of different options out there, and it may surprise you to know that one of the best all-round motorcycles is also one of the cheapest! Check out our guide with expert testing for all the details to make an informed decision.

Where are the peyote plants

GTA Online Peyote Plants

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If you want to turn yourself into an animal and go for an online rampage, then you'll need to consume one of the GTA Online peyote plants. There are over 70 different locations where you can find these hallucinatory cacti, and we've got all of them in our guide.

How to catch the serial killer and unlock the Navy Revolver

GTA Online Serial Killer

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You'd better stay on your toes, as there's a GTA Online serial killer on the loose – he's left a number of clues around the island, and doesn't take too kindly to you tracking them down. Find and defeat the Los Santos Slasher to unlock the Navy Revolver and add it to your arsenal.

What are the best races

Thanks to the Rockstar Creator, there are a huge number of user created races available to take on. We've sorted the wheat from the chaff to recommend the GTA Online best races.

How to make money from Gunrunning

Gunrunning can be a great way to earn money and upgrades, but it's also tricky to get in to and requires careful investment to turn a profit. Follow our GTA Online Gunrunning guide to get the most out of it.

What are the best weapons

Visit any Ammu-Nation store in-game and you'll find a massive selection of guns, explosives, and melee weapons to choose from. We've selected loadouts of the GTA Online best weapons for different situations, so you always have the right tools for the job.

How to buy a house

How to buy a house in GTA Online

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If you want somewhere to stay in comfort and rest your weary head, you'll need to know how to buy a house in GTA Online. Whether you're looking for an out of town shack, a hilly stilt house, or a fancy tower apartment, we'll show you how to build your property empire.

How to buy cars

How to buy cars in GTA Online

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Having access to decent vehicles is essential to getting around the expansive world of San Andreas, so we'll show you how to buy cars in GTA Online and let you build up an impressive collection of rides in your garage.

How to open the nightclub safe

If you've been running a nightclub as part of the After Hours update, then you should be accruing cash in your GTA Online nightclub safe. However, it can be tricky to actually find and collect your earnings as it's well hidden in a wall, so follow our guide to locate it.

What are the best Shark Card deals

If you want to shortcut to those virtual dollars then you can buy a GTA Online Shark Card to top up your bank account - we've investigated which one gives you the best value, and what you can buy with it.

How do you get Prime Gaming benefits

GTA Online Prime Gaming benefits

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If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, then there are plenty of GTA Online Prime Gaming benefits you can claim for free. We've got all the details on setting up and linking your accounts, to make sure you don't miss out on any of the offers available through this rewards program.

How to get the Double-Action Revolver

To track down the Double-Action Revolver in GTA Online, as well as unlocking it for Red Dead Redemption 2, you'll need to receive an in-game email that kicks off a treasure hunt across San Andreas. If you're having trouble with any of the stages, then here's how to get the Double-Action Revolver in GTA Online.

How to get the Stone Hatchet

The Stone Hatchet is another weapon you can unlock in GTA Online, and also have available in Red Dead Redemption 2. To get started, you'll need to receive texts from Maude sending you off on a series of bounty hunters before the location is revealed, to help out we have a complete guide for how to get the Stone Hatchet in GTA Online.

How to get the Kifflom t-shirt

The rare Kifflom shirt in GTA Online

You may have seen other GTA Online players sporting a cool Kifflom t-shirt from the Epsilon Program, and wondered where they got it from as you can't purchase it in the game. The method for receiving it is somewhat convoluted, and involves drinking lots of expensive whisky in nightclubs and passing out - for full details, here's how to get the Kifflom t-shirt in GTA Online.

How to fix the "Your profile does not have permission to access GTA Online" error

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If you're unable to get into a game, then you may have received the Your profile does not have permission to access GTA Online error message. There are a number of reasons why you may see this error, and we've got information on the most common ways to fix it and start playing again.

When is the Independence Day event

GTA Online Independence Day

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Around the 4th of July every year, Rockstar runs a GTA Online Independence Day event to celebrate this great American holiday. You can expect copious amounts of fireworks, patriotic outfits, and much more when the next event rolls around.

Where are the Treasure Chests

GTA Online Treasure Chests

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If you've taken on the GTA Online Cayo Perico Heist and spent time exploring the remote island location, you may have heard there are some GTA Online Treasure Chests to collect while you're there. These change position every day, but we've got all of their locations and details on how to track them down.

GTA Online Casino guides

Where are the playing cards

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As part of the casino update, there were 54 GTA Online playing cards hidden around the entire game map. Finding them all unlocks a stack of chips and several rewards in GTA Online, plus the Collector's Bag reward in Red Dead Online, and we've got all of their locations.

Where are the action figures

GTA Online Action Figures

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If you thought there were a lot of playing cards to find, wait until you start searching for the 100 GTA Online action figures scattered across San Andreas! If you find them all you'll earn a stack of cash plus some money can't buy rewards, and we've got the locations for every one.

Where are the signal jammers

GTA Online Signal Jammers

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With the launch of the Diamond Casino Heist, another set of 'collectibles' has been added in the form of 50 GTA Online signal jammers which you need to shoot, blow up, or otherwise destroy to tick off your list. Take out all of them for the usual cash bonuses plus the opportunity to add the hacker Avi Schwartzman for your Diamond Casino Heist support crew.

Where are the Solomon movie props

GTA Online Solomon movie props

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Following a big break in and theft from the Richards Majestic Movie Studio, Mr Richards himself wants you to go out and retrieve his GTA Online Solomon movie props that have been lost around San Andreas. Bring them all back to the lot, and you'll unlock the Space Interloper costume to add to your wardrobe.

Where are the antennas

GTA Online antennas locations Still Slipping

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In order to get the Still Slipping Los Santos radio station back on the air, you need to cruise round Mirror Park to hear the request for help then repair ten broken GTA Online antennas around the island. Fixing them will allow the station to broadcast, and add some branded merch to your wardrobe.

Where are the media sticks

GTA Online media sticks locations

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Arriving with the Los Santos Tuners update, there are several GTA Online media sticks hidden in key locations for the various criminal enterprises available. Each one you track down adds a CircoLoco Records EP to your media player, and once you complete the set you'll also unlock an exclusive Seth Troxler mix of the whole playlist.

How to get casino chips

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If you want to play any of the games on offer at The Diamond, then you're going to need GTA Online casino chips to do it. We've got details on where to get chips from, and what the best games are to play with them.

How to purchase a casino Penthouse

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If you want to live in a swanky pad, then they don't come much fancier than a GTA Online casino Penthouse. You'll also need one to take part in the casino missions, so we'll show you how to purchase and customise your dream home.

How to host Casino Missions

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Once you're set up with your Penthouse, you can then start taking on casino missions for Agatha Baker. There are potential bonus rewards if you are the main organiser for these, so here's how to host Casino Missions in GTA Online.

How to access the secret Casino Missions

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As well as the regular set of casino missions and work you can receive from Ms Baker, there are a couple of secret GTA Online Casino Missions hidden away, and we've got the details of what you need to do to access them. Spoiler alert – it involves drinking, a lot.

What is the Lucky Wheel glitch

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Every day you get one free spin of the Lucky Wheel in the casino, for a chance to win from a selection of prizes. By using the GTA Online Lucky Wheel glitch, you can get unlimited respins until you receive the reward you want, and we'll show you how to do it.

What is the Inside Track glitch

GTA Online Inside Track glitch

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For a short while, there was a method to win huge amounts of chips on the casino horse racing game, while only placing a minimal initial bet. This has now been hotfixed, but if you're interested in knowing more about the GTA Online Inside Track glitch then we can show you how it worked.

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Iain Wilson

Iain originally joined Future in 2012 to write guides for CVG, PSM3, and Xbox World, before moving on to join GamesRadar in 2013 as Guides Editor. His words have also appeared in OPM, OXM, PC Gamer, GamesMaster, and SFX. He is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware, and he now has over 325 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.