| MISSION |
Exercising the Truth
|Game:||Grand Theft Auto V|
|Location:||Grand Senora Desert|
|Protagonist(s):||Michael De Santa|
|Unlocks:||Unknowing the Truth|
|Unlocked by:||Delivering the Truth|
- "Yeah, and you've discovered the importance of higher beings. Celebrities... like me, as people who worship and guide you to truth."
- ―Jimmy Boston
Exercising the Truth is a Strangers and Freaks mission in Grand Theft Auto V, given to protagonist Michael De Santa by the Epsilon Program. This mission is the penultimate mission in The Truth mission series.
The mission begins at an unnamed collection of mobile homes in the western half of the Grand Senora Desert, just north of Harmony. The location is not immediately marked on the game map but will appear once Michael enters the Desert area. Additionally, Michael must wear his Epsilon uniform for the mission to start.
At the location, Michael meets Marnie Allen, Jimmy Boston, and Tom. The three are pleased with his progress and Jimmy awards Michael a medal for his efforts. At that point, Cris Formage, the leader of the Epsilon Program, speaks over a nearby loudspeaker and also congratulates Michael. Formage tells Michael that Michael is very near to enlightenment. When Fromage's message ends, Marnie tells Michael that next he must deliver a large donation to the Epsilon Program headquarters in Rockford Hills. But first, he must run five miles through the desert.
The three Epsilon members leave. Michael must then travel five miles on foot throughout the Grand Senora Desert. At each tenth of a mile, a message will display above the radar, showing the player the distance he or she has walked or run. If Michael leaves the desert, the count will reset and the player must start over. Within these limitations, Michael can do anything within the Grand Senora Desert's borders, including visit towns, shop at stores, commit crimes, gain and lose wanted levels and so on. Watch out for dogs and cougars as they may attack Michael, wasting him instantly and will reset his progress.
Upon reaching four miles, Michael receives a call from Formage to tell Michael that he is nearly finished. At five miles, Formage calls Michael again and congratulates him. Michael asks if he is done. Formage tells him that he is not, and that he must now deliver the large donation Marnie mentioned earlier.
- This mission usually takes between 15 and 20 minutes to complete, depending on how fast the player runs. One way to complete this mission quickly is to take the controller and place a rubber band or string around the left analog stick, and attach the other end around the controller, so the left analog stick is stuck in one direction, effectively making Michael walk in circles repetitively. The player may also find a way to hold the Run button down, so that Michael runs in circles repeatedly until the five miles are accumulated. Should the player wish to complete this mission manually, running around the perimeter of the Sandy Shores Airfield a couple of times is recommended as no cougars or dogs appear here, though the player should watch out for aircraft.
- Both the PS3 and Xbox 360 have a glitch in which Fromage's does not call Michael the first time until after Michael has completed all five miles, with the follow-up call arriving immediately after, though this is rare. This can also happen on the Xbox one version, with Michael hanging up on Cris. This is fixed by simply waiting a minute or two and the call will come through again.
- Hayden Dubose - "I'm sure I must be mistaken but I was out bird watching in the Senora Desert and I could have sworn I saw you running around in what looked like a pale blue space suit?"