GTA Online Panther Statue - how to steal it in the Cayo Perico Heist and earn $1.9 million

GTA Online Panther Statue
(Image credit: Rockstar Games)

The GTA Online Panther Statue was added to the pool of valuables owned by El Rubio as part of a May 2021 event week, meaning players could swipe it during their daring island compound raid for the GTA Online Cayo Perico Heist. It immediately became the highest value primary target for that robbery, worth a cool $1.9m on regular difficulty and $2.09m if you get your hands on it through hard mode. It should be noted that this item was only available in GTA Online for a limited time to coincide with the event week, so it's unlikely to make another appearance until a new event is launched, but here's everything you need to know about the GTA Online Panther Statue if it resurfaces.

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How to set the GTA Online Panther Statue as your Primary Target

GTA Online Panther Statue

(Image credit: Rockstar Games)

During the original Panther Statue Week in May 2021, setting up the Cayo Perico Heist as the host would automatically scout the GTA Online Panther Statue as your primary target on your first playthrough. For subsequent heists, you'd need to put more work in to secure this primary target, unless you got lucky. Note that the method below will only work when the Panther Statue is available in the game as a limited time target.

Go to your heist setup room and start the Cayo Perico Heist, then fly over the map in the Velum aircraft before beginning the minigame to select your target. Check what your primary target for the heist is, and if it's not the GTA Online Panther Statue then restart the mission and repeat this process until you get the desired outcome. If the Pink Diamond comes up as the primary target you may consider stealing that instead, as it's the second most valuable loot and will net you $1.3m on regular or $1.43m on hard difficulty.

How to steal the GTA Online Panther Statue

GTA Online Panther Statue

(Image credit: Rockstar Games)

Once you have the GTA Online Panther Statue set at your primary target, you need to continue the rest of your heist planning – we recommend using the Drainage Tunnel as your Infiltration and Compound Entry Point, at this immediately brings you up in the right area to access the underground vault. Make your way to the vault entrance marker on the map, taking out the guards and cameras as you go to avoid detection.

When you reach the office marked on the map, approach the paintings on the wall to the left of the burning fireplace and follow the prompt to open a hidden safe for a cash bonus. Now turn your attention to the keypad on the left of the unlit fireplace opposite and complete the hacking minigame to enter the hidden lift and reach the underground vault. Here you can grab the GTA Online Panther Statue, then you just need to make your way off the island – if you use the Main Dock as your Escape Point you can also load up on secondary loot, before jumping in the weaponized dinghy and zooming to freedom out at sea.

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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 500 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves of his virtual award cabinet. He does not care for Xbox Achievements.