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Game: Grand Theft Auto V
Location: Ludendorff, North Yankton
Conditions of mission failure: Wasted
Hostages killed
T dies
Brad dies
Route abandoned
M dies
Car abandoned
Car destroyed
Out of ammo
Protagonist(s): Michael De Santa
Trevor Philips
Unlocks: Franklin and Lamar
Michael: "T, you gotta get out of here."
Trevor: "Ain't gonna leave you, Mikey!"
―Michael and Trevor after Michael is shot by Dave Norton.

Prologue is the first mission in Grand Theft Auto V, involving Michael De Santa and Trevor Philips. It is set in 2004 in the town of Ludendorff, North Yankton.


In 2004, Michael Townley, Trevor Philips and Brad Snider rob a bank in Ludendorff. After locking several hostages in a closet, Trevor wires an explosive to the vault doors, and Michael detonates them via his cellphone. Michael and Trevor enter the vault and steal just under $200,000. As the team make their escape, Michael is held at gunpoint by a security guard, who also removes the mask from his head. Michael advises the guard to forget what he saw and leave, but Trevor shoots him in the head.

The trio blow open another door and exit the bank, but are swarmed by police. A massive gunfight erupts, leaving a large number of the police officers dead. The men reach their Rancher XL and proceed to drive away, but they are pursued by more officers, and their hired getaway driver is shot in the head. Michael pushes his body out of the door and grabs the wheel, ramming their pursuers' car into a roadside tree. The group continues towards the helicopter waiting for them, but are forced to change course after encountering a police roadblock. They then cross over train tracks, but are hit by an oncoming train causing them to lose control and crash their SUV into a tree. The three survive, and Trevor suggests an alternative route to their chopper, but Michael insists that they stick to the plan.

The group continue on foot through the town, but realize the chopper is nowhere to be seen. Dave Norton, hiding around a corner, shoots Brad, killing him. Norton fires again, this time at Michael. He behaves injured, although no blood is seen on him. An enraged Trevor begins attacking the approaching police alone, refusing to leave his team behind, but Michael convinces him to leave. Pursued by armed locals, Trevor escapes into the snowy fields.

Some time later, in a local cemetery, a funeral for Michael is held. Dave, the man who "shot" him, supervises the proceedings, whilst Michael himself watches from the distance and flicks away his cigarette.

Mission Objectives

  • Go to the guard.
  • Aim at the hostages to make them move.
  • Use the phone to trigger the explosive charge.
  • Collect the cash.
  • Take out the guard.
  • Get to cover.
  • Escape the Cops.
  • Get to the car.
  • Drive to the helicopter pickup point.
  • Hold off the Cops.




  • Outside of the bank there is a dead security guard with a gunshot wound on his head; it is likely that he was killed by Trevor during the heist.
  • The aiming in this mission in set to Traditional GTA by default.
  • During the car chase scene, there is an alien frozen under ice under a rail bridge. The player can see this by turning right off the road, heading down to the embankment, and under the railroad bridge. This serves no purpose in the game, making it an easter egg.
  • Due to the mission being set 9 years before the main storyline, Michael and Trevor's appearances are considerably different. Trevor sports a more full head of hair and a mullet with a handlebar mustache as opposed to his balding head in the main storyline. Michael has less wrinkles and a shorter haircut.
  • During the mission Friends Reunited, Trevor will mention that after Michael and Amanda got married and had kids, Michael became "soft" and was less interested in crime and violence. This can be seen here as, while Trevor shouts and attacks the hostages, Michael will instead talk to them calmly to get them to the other room.
  • Michael and Trevor's character icons in the selection wheel show their 2004 appearances rather than their 2013 appearance. Trevor's icon is him wearing the ski goggles and the balaclava until the shootout with the police when he takes his mask off, then his icon changes to show his 2004 face.
  • This mission is set in 2004, the year Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was released; this was the last game before GTA V to feature Los Santos.
  • This is, chronologically, the first mission in the HD Universe, taking place 4 years before the events of GTA IV.
  • If Michael or Trevor are killed at any time during the mission, the mission will fail and the text displayed will say "M died" or "T died" due to both characters not being properly introduced by name until the next mission.
  • This is the first appearance of Michael De SantaTrevor PhilipsDave Norton, and the only appearance of Brad Snider, excluding his corpse in Bury The Hatchet
  • The early version of this mission can be seen in the second trailer. In it, the team wore slightly different outfits.
  • This mission is set in December or early January after Christmas Eve 2003, due to a Christmas tree being visible in the window of the house to the right of the barn during the final shootout as well as Christmas decorations around the main sign in the bank's foyer. Interestingly enough, when the player returns to North Yankton in the mission Bury the Hatchet, the Christmas tree is still up. This is most likely just a developer oversight, as the North Yankton setting would have simply just been re-used with no changes made to it. This does not mean the main missions are also set in December nor January.
  • Michael and Trevor's outfits from the Prologue can be worn after GTA V is complete.
  • The cell phone in this mission is different from the main story and is an older, outdated model, since the mission takes place in 2004.
  • Michael and Trevor cannot use their special abilities in this mission.
  • This is technically the first heist in the game; however, it is not counted as one.
  • Foreshadowing later revelations about the background of this mission, Michael does not bleed out at all when he is shot, as compared to Brad, who bleeds after he is shot. It is explained later in the game that Michael was wearing a bulletproof vest and this entire mission was a setup to get Trevor and Brad both killed/arrested so that Michael could end his criminal life and live in peace in Los Santos. Another piece of foreshadowing seen in this mission is after the security guard is shot by Trevor, and Michael tells Trevor that he didn't have to do that; Trevor replies with "There will be time for grieving later" to which Michael says, "You've got that right". This is a reference to the plan that Michael and Dave had set up already before the heist.
    • Despite that, Michael does not have any body armor in the mission, most likely to not reveal too much of the plot before the player is able to find out themselves.
  • During the cutscene when Michael tells Trevor to run and he is going to bleed out, Brad can be seen finally succumbing to his wounds, and his body will not move after this, indicating that he has died.
  • This is the only time where the Police Roadcruiser and the Police Rancher appear, along with several snow-covered vehicles, which include the Emperor, Rancher XL and the Fieldmaster. The only difference to Bury The Hatchet is that Sadlers, Mesas and the unique Asea appear.
  • As with all the other missions (with the exception of Dead Man Walking), if you choose to replay this level anytime during the main storyline, the characters weapon wheel will have the weapons already collected in game.
    • If Trevor's Carbine Rifle has a Suppressor, when shooting at the police from the getaway vehicle, the muzzle flash will appear as if the suppressor wasn't there; also, the gun's sound will not be suppressed.
  • Some police officers in the mission have the same skin as Dave Norton in this mission.
  • Many characters refer the ill-fated robbery of 2004 to have happened 10 years ago, despite the mission actually happening in 2004, 9 years ago. This strongly reinforces the context that the mission takes place in early January 2004, where Christmas decorations from 2003 weren't removed yet.
    • It is possible that it happened in 2004, as Trevor will say in Friends Reunited it's been nearly 10 years, and that in new year 2014 it would have been ten years, further suggesting it was January 2004 when the heist occured.
  • The left headlight and some windows of getaway vehicle will be broken before the player gains control of it. However, if the player fails this sequence (either by abandoning car or changing route) and repeats it, the car will be in almost perfect condition with only windshield broken.
  • If the player is fast enough, they could actually be hit by the police cars just before reaching the getaway vehicle.
  • The police use Carbine Rifles in addition to pistols.
  • After Trevor kills the guard, he can return to the area with the hostages, but there is nothing to interact with.
  • It is possible to crash into the oncoming police car with the getaway vehicle, though it changes nothing.
  • At exception of the getaway vehicle, all vehicles in this mission are unable to be entered (pressing Y/Triangle will do nothing).
  • During the final shootout Brad's shotgun can't be picked up (even though it flashes like any other dropped weapon), since leaving the cover will automatically skip the shootout and end the mission.
  • Trevor and Brad's balaclava designs are unique to this mission, Brad wears a stripped balaclava and ski goggles, while Trevor wears a stripped balaclava and a ski mask/face guard combo. These are not obtainable and only appear in this mission, they are possibly exclusive to Ludendorff ski shops, as it snows alot there.
  • This mission shares some similarities and (some differences) with the mission The Job in GTA Vice City.
    • Both missions show three men robbing (Tommy Vercetti, Cam Jones and Phil Cassidy in the aforementioned GTA VC mission while Trevor referred to as T, Michael referred to as M and Brad Snider in this mission) a bank while a fourth man serves as the driver/lookout who would both be the first men to be killed (Hilary King in GTA VC and the unknown accomplice in this mission). 
    • Only two men remain after the events of this mission. Trevor and Michael from this mission and Tommy Vercetti and Phil Cassidy after the events of The Job in GTA VC. The only difference is that Brad is scripted to die in this mission, while Cam Jones' death depends on the player (he no longer appears regardless of whether he dies or not).



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