How to earn reputation and level up fast in GTA Online

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You’d think that after half a decade and thousands of hours of in-game hours that GTA Online, Grand Theft Auto 5’s addictive multiplayer mode, would be easier to tackle for veterans and newcomers alike. Unfortunately that’s not the case, as GTA Online’s missions, collectibles, and add-ons have been expanded on so many times that it can be difficult to just find the right things to do to net you the most experience points and cash.

Gaining reputation (RP), GTA Online’s take on leveling up through completing missions and other various tasks, is equally challenging. The same approach players would take to simply have fun or mess around like they would in the single player campaign doesn’t apply here. Luckily we’ve taken the time to pinpoint some tips on how to gain reputation and level up faster in GTA Online so you can catch up to the people who’ve been logged on since launch day.

Focus on Adversary Modes

Adversary modes brought crazy new group vs group scenarios where teams would usually play out classic movie scenes, most of which would involve one group surviving an assault from the other. These missions, that are highlighted by the Tron-inspired Deadline, can net you a ton of reputation since they are classified as longer missions. They can bring in thousands of points, and are just crazy fun to play - you’ll need a team though, as they can’t be done alone.

Collect Cargo

Once you get to rank 12, you’ll be able to retrieve crate drops that happen all over the map. Before it happens you’ll receive a notification on the top right corner of the screen, followed by markings on the mini map that tell you where it’s been dropped. You’ll have to kill a few well armed NPCs that defend the drop, but once you do you could open up the crate to find 3,000 reputation points - some special drops have 5,000 RP. It’s one of the best ways to gain RP, that’s widely agreed upon throughout the GTA Online community.

Check the Newswire

Every Tuesday Rockstar updates their Newswire with new info and details about events that offer double the reputation. This can include specific mission types or special playlists that they put together for a unique event. No matter what it ends up being, it’s a great opportunity to get extra RP and cash. Checking the Newswire can also give you tips on how to get discounts on certain vehicle purchases and free items, so it’s in your best interest to bookmark that baby.

Join an organization

GTA Online lets you do way more than just petty one-off crimes, it lets you build an empire. Players can buy an office once they have enough money and start their own organization, and other players can then join as associates. This will be a good source of RP since you’ll have access to a group of like-minded individuals that actually want to get stuff done. You can easily earn on your own, but completing missions with a group - including many of the ones featured in this list - will earn you a nice bonus alongside your typical cut.

Go fast & furious in races

You can earn up to 500 RP for just completing a race, you don’t even need to win it. This isn’t as much as other missions might net you, but races are over much faster and can be done in quick succession if you want to rack up points quickly. The Criminal Record race can be finished in half a minute if set to only one lap. This is also better suited for starting out since it’s an easier task to tackle, however it’s not recommended once you’ve reached the upper echelon of GTA Online ranks. 

Lose the Cops

While not the most efficient way to build up experience, losing the cops after building a wanted level is a consistent way to earn reputation. Each star wanted level brings in another 100 points, but be careful going for those higher levels since it can be incredibly difficult, or at least time consuming, when trying to ditch a trail that hot. This is also one of the most enjoyable ways to gain reputation since you can do almost anything you want to gain the cops attention, much like the single player campaign. It’s best to gain a wanted level by either stealing a car or killing another player, since both actions will also get you some RP on their own. 

Build a playlist with the best missions

Completing missions is the intended way to gain RP, as they’re the bulk of GTA Online and contain all sorts of objectives and play styles. You can compile some of the missions that give out the most RP in a playlist, either by yourself or with a crew, to tackle them efficiently. Remember that missions unlock at certain ranks so you won’t be able to access them all at once.

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