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Loose Ends
Loose Ends Mission Screen Capture 01
Tommy Vercetti receiving his instructions from Mr. Black.
Game: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
For: Mr. Black
Location: Cherry Popper Ice Cream Factory, Little Havana, Vice City
Target: Take a briefcase with drugs to the Helipad in Escobar International Airport
Conditions of mission failure:
Unlocked by: The Shootist
"There is a valuable exchange taking place on the roof of the Cherry Popper Ice Cream Company. Kill everyone involved, steal the merchandise and take it to the helipad at the airport."
Mr. Black.

Loose Ends is the last job in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, given to protagonist Tommy Vercetti by Mr. Black from a public phone booth near the Cherry Popper Ice Cream Factory in Little Havana, Vice City.


Tommy answers the ringing payphone in Little Havana. Mr. Black knows of an exchange taking place on the roof of the Cherry Popper Ice Cream Company. He wants Tommy to collect his merchandise. Tommy enters the compound behind the factory and opens fire on several armed gunmen around the area. He manages to reach the roof of the factory and obtains a breifcase with the merchandise. Using the Maverick nearby, Tommy brings the briefcase to the helipad at Escobar International Airport.


This is gonna be a big firefight. Before the mission make sure you have the proper equipment such as armor and good firepower. First take cover behind the gate (the bullets can't go through it ) and use your M4 to take the guards out.

Then head on and beware of the sniper on the catwalk and the man behind the crate. There will be a van with about a dozen guards, there should be two explosive barrels, blow them up causing a chain. Then sprint and take cover toward a box there will also be several behind a stack of boxes two will be firing while one will be hiding and two people will be hiding further. Take the close people out then move quickly to the farther ones, if you are low on armor there should be an armor pick-up.

Then there will be a squad of men by the staircase, so throw a grenade or Molotov (if you have none use an RPG) and move on. You will head on top of another roof, here use the health pick-up and move (little resistance). There will be two or so people coming down, shoot them before the hit you. Head up and once you see the ice-cream swirls, there is one guy hiding be quick and kill him.

Then you head up to the exchange, BEWARE WARNING: YOU WILL ENCOUNTER AROUND A DOZEN OR MORE MEN HEAVILY ARMED AND HIDING. Throw a grenade, Molotov, or shoot an RPG at the middle between the two pillars. Shoot a couple of times at different angles and then (BEWARE THERE MIGHT BE SOME SURVIVORS) move from the side, not between or you'll be cornered, and eliminate the rest. If you are low on health, exit the battlefield and head toward the hospital nearby and then continue on. Simply put, if you hear MP5's popping off, start looking as there maybe a threat that's close by that have not been eliminated! Once they are eliminated, use the helicopter to fly to the helipad at Escobar International.

There is an even easier way to complete this mission. Obtain any helicopter before the mission, and as soon it begins, just fly where the documents are waiting at the rooftop. Kill 4 or 5 gunmen there, retrieve the package and fly to complete the mission. Contrary of what the mission debrief says, you DON'T need to kill each and every person involved, as long you retrieve the stuff.

Mission objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Enter the compound behind the Cherry Popper Ice Cream Company. The deal is taking place on the roof
  • Get the merchandise and take it to the helipad at the airport
  • Take the merchandise to the helipad at the airport


Mr. Black: There is a valuable exchange taking place on the roof of the Cherry Popper Ice Cream Company. Kill everyone involved, steal the merchandise and take it to the helipad at the airport. There is a gate to your left that leads to the back of the factory.


The reward for completing the mission is $16,000.



  • The Maverick has a unique paint job of blue and white that can't be found anywhere else in the game. However, if you have patience, you can save a Maverick at a garage at Sunshine Autos.
  • Both the Pony and both Admirals are painted black, and this is the only mission in the game where a black Pony is available. However, getting any of these vehicles out of the yard is very difficult. Three black Admirals can also be found in the mission Check Out At The Check In.
  • The Sharks also appear in this mission appearing to be trading with

    The black Admiral obtainable from the mission

    the security guards.
  • A PSG-1 or Sniper Rifle is great for this mission since it allows the player to kill the body guards from long range. A close in brawl is not recommended since all of them are armed with MP5.
  • This mission is the easiest way to get the MP5, the best submachine gun in the game without buying it from the Downtown Ammu-Nation or trying to steal one off of the FBI at a 5-star wanted level.
  • This is the only mission where Mr. Black doesn't say that the job instructions are taped under the phone, since he gives the instructions from the phone.

See also

Video walkthroughs

PC Version
GTA Vice City - Walkthrough - Mission 45 - Loose Ends (HD)04:43

GTA Vice City - Walkthrough - Mission 45 - Loose Ends (HD)

iPad 2 Version
GTA Vice City - iPad Walkthrough - Mission 45 - Loose Ends05:16

GTA Vice City - iPad Walkthrough - Mission 45 - Loose Ends


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