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Bury the Hatchet
Game: Grand Theft Auto V
For: Michael De Santa
Location: Michael's House, Rockford Hills
Conditions of mission failure: Wasted
Plane destroyed (only if playing as Trevor)
Leaving the mission area (when playing as Michael)
Abandoning the Asea
Reward: The Moment of Truth achievement/trophy
Protagonist(s): Michael De Santa
Trevor Philips
Unlocks: Pack Man
Unlocked by: Deep Inside
Surveying the Score
Michael: "I didn't want it to come to this!"
Trevor: "Yes you did, you just don't have the fucking balls to do it, but I do!"
Michael: "I've got more to lose than you!"
Trevor: "Never a truer word has been spoken, brother. Now pull the fucking trigger!"
Michael De Santa and Trevor Philips, during a gun standoff after Trevor finds out the truth about Brad.

Bury the Hatchet is a mission in Grand Theft Auto V that protagonist Michael De Santa does independently with the help of Trevor Philips. This mission can be done in either Michael or Trevor's point of view. This mission is a major part of the storyline.


Trevor comes to Michael's place to visit. While initially friendly, the two soon get into an argument over who they are and what they want to be: Michael desires to retire in peace, while Trevor accepts that heists are all he has. Eventually, their dispute brings Trevor to the one question Michael hoped he would never ask: who is buried in Michael's grave in North Yankton. When Michael claims he doesn't know or care, Trevor's suspicions increase and he storms out. Michael, realizing what Trevor is thinking, tries to follow, but Trevor steals his car. Michael calls Trevor and attempts to talk him out of going to North Yankton, but Trevor refuses to listen. 

Both men travel back to Ludendorff, Trevor via his plane at Sandy Shores (where he receives a call from Michael, and calls Ron) and Michael through Los Santos International Airport, (during the drive Michael calls Trevor to convince him to stop, and to warn Dave Norton knows about their secret)--when Michael arrives at the airport, henchmen of Wei Cheng appear after him and put spies on Michael's flight. Once in North Yankton, Michael drives to the cemetery. Along the way, he has flashbacks about the events that took place in 2004, including convincing Amanda that they must accept the FIB's deal and move to Los Santos as well as memories of the heist. Michael finally arrives at the cemetery and there finds Trevor digging up Michael's grave. After opening the coffin, Trevor's suspicions are confirmed: Brad was killed and buried instead.

Through Michael's confession and a flashback scene (if played from Michael's perspective), the true events of the Ludendorff heist come to light: the FIB caught up to Michael and made him a deal to surrender Trevor and Brad in exchange for protection. The heist in turn was a set-up to lure the crew into the FIB. Brad was shot and later succumbed to his wounds, while Michael play-acted to convince Trevor he was wounded as well.

Trevor and Michael pull out pistols and threaten each other, but before either one can shoot, Wei Cheng's henchmen arrive to capture Trevor. Trevor throws his gun at Michael, who fires off shots at Trevor, who escapes through the cemetery's main gate, leaving Michael to fend off the henchmen. Michael eventually makes it to his car, but Trevor had immobilized it, leaving Michael to be captured by Cheng's henchmen.

While flying back to Los Santos, Trevor receives a call from Wei Cheng. Cheng states he has captured Michael and he is prepared to kill the latter unless Trevor surrenders control of criminal activities in Blaine County to Cheng's gang; Cheng believes this threat will work because he is convinced that Michael and Trevor are lovers. Trevor laughs and mocks Cheng about his assumption before stating that he doesn't care and hangs up. Trevor then receives another call from Patricia Madrazo, to his shock. He tells her that his time with her was something he'd never forget before she says her last goodbyes and hangs up.

Mission Objectives

The mission has different objectives, depending on whether the player started it as Michael or Trevor.

If you are going to Ludendorff as Michael

If you are going to Ludendorff as Trevor

Gold Medal Objectives

  • Time - Complete within 11:00
  • Headshots - Kill 20 enemies with a headshot
  • Accuracy - Finish with a shooting accuracy of at least 80%


Ludendorff Weekly Newspaper

"A grave was desecrated and several Chinese gangsters were left dead in a violent and bizarre incident in Ludendorff yesterday that has left police confused. In the worst violent crime to take place in the state since the famous depot robbery of nine years ago, a gangland shootout erupted at a cemetery, involving Chinese triads and an uncertain number of Caucasian gun men. The Chinese, who the FIB believe have links to the Wei Cheng Triad, a prominent criminal gang in China and Hong Kong, were not previously believed to have much presence in North Yankton although maybe they have come, enticed like everyone else, by our booming oil industry and glorious weather. No one is yet sure what caused the shootout but it seems as if someone dug up the grave of Michael Townley. Bizzarely, Mr. Townley was himself responsible for the robbery of nine years ago. The links between the two incidents are very unclear at present."

Bleeter Posts

  • @LudendorffAnnie - "Boy oh boy helluva business with that shootout eh? At least they were already in the cemetery :)
  • @snowchainlennie3 - "Anybody else noticed all those Asian fellers coming into town? I never seen so many foreign faces in Ludendorff!"


  • This mission has two beginnings:
    • If started as Trevor, the player will have to drive from Michael's house to Trevor's airfield, before getting in a plane and flying to North Yankton.
    • If started as Michael, the player will have to drive from Michael's house to Los Santos International Airport (either via a carjacking or calling a taxi; don't use any stored vehicles as they will be lost), and after arriving in North Yankton, has to drive to the cemetery before walking to the grave.
  • The Burritos driven by the Triads have much lower health than normal. They can be destroyed with a full Carbine Rifle magazine. This because Michael's arsenal are "weak" (no explosives or heavy weapons), so destroying vehicles before Triad's members go out is easier.
  • If the player chooses Trevor, he will have to fly west away from San Andreas in order to go to North Yankton, despite North Yankton being located east of San Andreas. As he flies closer to the Pacific Ocean, the weather changes from cloudy to rain to a thunderstorm.
  • When Michael fires his Pistol at Trevor, it notably has a different firing sound.
  • The alien frozen under the railway bridge seen in the Prologue is still there in this mission.
  • This is one of the rare appearances of the Asea if played as Michael.
  • This is the second mission in the series which requires the player to fly into another restricted and snowy location. The first being Saint Mark's Bistro in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
    • This mission is also very similar to Saint Mark's Bistro. In which the protagonists arrive in the area by air travel, CJ and Michael shoot members of a gang, and CJ and Trevor fly back to the map by plane.
  • Following this mission, Michael will not be playable again until the mission Fresh Meat.
  • It is possible to glitch out of North Yankton's invisible barrier and roam anywhere as seen on this video. However, the player's freedom is still restricted as abandoning the Asea will still result in mission failure.
  • This mission is very similar to the Chapter 8 mission of the Rockstar game Max Payne 3. Both the mission and the chapter happens in a cemetery while is snowing, both involve the protagonist trying to get out of the cemetery after a shootout begins and both the protagonists (Michael and Max Payne) have a special ability of being able to shoot in slow motion. Both protagonists are also captured whilst trying to escape (although Max Payne escapes, whilst Michael doesn't).
  • In reality, Brad should have been nothing but skeletal remains by this point. Even in a cold climate like North Yankton, a body's soft tissues would decompose rapidly after death, and would've disintegrated within 3-9 months. Since 9 years have passed since Brad's death, he should've been nothing but a skeleton. It is possible Rockstar chose to just make his body more recognizable so Trevor would identify the body as Brad's.
  • While it is possible to get to a higher vantage point near the end of the mission to kill the remaining Triads cut off by the train that passing by the parking lot, when you go to Michael's car, Triads will still appear from seemingly out of nowhere in the next cutscene and capture him. This is probably an oversight of Rockstar's, but it is obviously due to Michael's capture being a scripted event.
  • Once Fresh Meat is complete, Michael's outfit from this mission will be available to wear. It is titled "Ludendorff" 
  • Patricia Madrazo makes her second call to Trevor after this mission, however she does not call immediately; Trevor may not in fact receive her second call until after completing the next mission.
  • When the player is in North Yankton, the time always starts at 22:00 and freezes once it gets to 00:00.
  • The mission spawns 6 snow covered vehicles:
  • It seems strange that Michael has time to board a flight at an international airport, with the lengthy corresponding check-in and security procedures, yet still arrive in Ludendorff in time to confront Trevor. However, it is entirely possible that the unseen airfield Trevor flies to is considerably further away from the town than the airport Michael arrived at.
  • Michael's stolen Tailgater will still be parked at Sandy Shores when Trevor returns. This offers a rare chance for a character to easily obtain and save another character's default vehicle. Any mods applied to it previously by Michael (or Jimmy) remain in place.
  • There is a different phone conversation at the start of the mission depending on which protagonist you play as. If you play as Michael, you'll talk on the phone with Dave Norton where Michael will explain the situation to Dave, who will start to panic, and Michael will also mention that he is going up to North Yankton to get Trevor before hanging up. If you play as Trevor, you'll talk to Ron in which Trevor asks for a plane to get to North Yankton. After Ron says he has one, Trevor will begin to rant on suspicions about what happened nine years ago, while constantly berating himself for not figuring it out sooner. The conversation ends with Ron offering sympathy to Trevor.
  • The scene where Michael gets on the plane and the plane takes off, when it shows the plane in flight, North Yankton's visible ground can be seen in the background.
    Picture 2

    North Yankton's textures appearing as Michael's plane flys away.



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