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"Petty crimes, hustling and stealing cars can only get you so far in Los Santos. To score big, Michael, Franklin and Trevor will work together to pull off grand heists - big, multi-part missions that require careful preparation, recruiting, and precise (and often explosive) execution. Cash is king in GTAV, and while there will be plenty of ways to acquire and spend it - heists are the way to earn the big bucks."
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Heists are elaborate story missions in first introduced in Grand Theft Auto Vice City, in The Job. There are two in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, one in Grand Theft Auto IV in Three Leaf Clover and 6 in Grand Theft Auto V. There are 11 missions spread across the series, each requiring careful preparation and execution. If you successfully complete these jobs, you can earn millions of dollars. In GTA V, the ability to replay these missions also exists.

Overview

Heists, in the conventional term, have appeared in several Grand Theft Auto games as straightforward missions, but take on a bigger dimension in Grand Theft Auto V. In Grand Theft Auto V the major heists typically begin with a meeting of the three protagonists: Michael, Franklin, and Trevor. The player is presented with options on how to approach the proposed mission. For example, you could enter a building stealthily from the roof, or bust through the front door. The complex missions require the help of specialists. These are wheelmen, hired guns, or hackers. You have cheap and expensive options. The drawback to hiring an expert is they demand a bigger cut of the take. Once you have some clear objectives and hire the specialists you require, you must perform a series of sub-missions. These include: stealing the vehicles being used for the job, finding a place to stash the getaway vehicle, and buying some suits and masks to wear during the heist. An achievement/trophy will be unlocked for each heist when completed.

Missions

3D Universe

The Job (GTA VC)

Tommy Vercetti, Phil Cassidy, Hilary King and Cam Jones rob El Banco Corrupto Grande in Little Havana.

Small Town Bank (GTA SA)

Carl Johnson is forced into a bank robbery along with Catalina.

Caligula's Heist (GTA SA)

Carl Johnson teams up with Wu Zi Mu, Zero and a handful of other people to construct a heist at the Leone operated Caligula's Casino.

HD Universe

Three Leaf Clover (GTA IV)

Niko, along with Packie, Derrick and Michael Keane construct a plan to rob the Bank of Liberty.

Prologue (GTA V)

MichaelTrevorBrad, and an unknown accomplice rob a bank in LudendorffNorth Yankton, the heist is unsuccessful.

The Jewel Store Job (GTA V)

Michael and Franklin plan to rob a jewelry store to steal as much they can, as they need to pay back money to Martin Madrazo.

The Merryweather Heist (GTA V)

Trevor, with the help of Michael, Franklin and Wade's cousin Floyd, attempts to rob Merryweather Security of a high-tech device.

Blitz Play (GTA V)

Ordered by the FIB; Michael, Franklin and Trevor take down a Securicar, steal the security bonds, and fight off several waves of police until an opening is found which allows each of them to escape. 

The Paleto Score (GTA V)

Another job for the FIB; Michael, Franklin,Trevor, and a hired gun(player's choice) raid the bank in Paleto Bay and fend off both the local police and the military.

The Bureau Raid (GTA V)

Michael and Franklin raid the FIB Building to retrieve incriminating evidence against Steve Haines.

The Big Score (GTA V)

Pressured on by Merryweather, Michael, Franklin and Trevor go for the biggest heist of their lives to steal  millions of dollars worth of gold bullion from the Union Depository.

Grand Theft Auto Online

In GTA Online, heists have yet to be added in a content update. Rockstar said in a recent post that heists will be added in 2014. This is what Rockstar said in the december 9 news post:

We know many of you in the GTA Online community are super excited about the debut of co-operative heists. Heists are currently in development and we are working very hard to get them as polished an as fun as they can be. Stay tuned for much more detail in the New Year.

Crew members

Drivers

Gunmen

Hackers

Losable crew members

Depending on your heist specialists experience, they can sometimes end up dying or left behind.

Drivers

Eddie Toh

  • ​Big Score (Obvious) If Trevor doesn't keep the helicopter steady so Lester can destroy the helicopters shooting and knocking into Eddie, he ends up losing altitude and crashes his helicopter.

Karim Denz

  • Big Score (Subtle) If his driving experience is low and if he is chosen to ride the fourth Gauntlet, he crashes his car, and gets pulled out and arrested by the police.
  • (Obvious) If his driving experience is low and if he is chosen to ride in the helicopter carrying the gold, he crashes it into a windmill and it explodes, killing him.

Taliana Martinez

  • Big Score (Obvious) If Trevor doesn't keep the helicopter steady so Lester can destroy the helicopters shooting and knocking into Taliana, she ends up losing altitude and crashes her helicopter.

Gunmen

Daryl Johns

  • Paleto Score Gets hit by a police car then pinned to a wall causing him to suffocate and die.
  • Bureau Raid (Covert) Gets caught in the blast when the door opens.

Hugh Welsh

  • Bureau Raid (Covert) Gets caught in the blast when the door opens.

Karl Abolaji

  • Bureau Raid (Covert) Gets caught in the blast when the door opens and dies in the blast.

Norm Richards

  • Jewel Store Job Falls off his bike no matter which way you take to steal the jewelry, if not dead, possibly got arrested.
  • Paleto Score Gets hit by a police car then pinned to a wall causing him to suffocate and die.
  • Bureau Raid (Covert) Gets caught in the blast when the door opens and dies in the blast.

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