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Random Events are encounters and short missions which spawn randomly throughout the San Andreas Map in Grand Theft Auto V. Random events often allow the player to make a dynamic choice and decide whether to help or hinder a bystander. There are a total of 57 random Events in GTA V and any 14 of these contribute towards 100% Completion.
The type of encounter is often determined by the color of the dot that appears on the map. A blue dot indicates a non-hostile encounter, a red indicates a hostile, while an alternating blue/red dot indicates something involving the police. Of course, depending on the encounter and the player's actions, the color of the icon may change.
Senora Desert, near Sandy Shores Airfield - All characters - No reward. A lone Surfer lays nearby the airfield, as the player gets nearby, someone will come up and taser the player. The character will wake up wearing only underwear over a railway with a train coming his way. (If played as Trevor, he'll be heard to mutter "not again!" as the train approaches.)
2 - RON Alternates Wind Farm - All characters - No reward. The characters will find a Journey parked in the wind farm, with a couple of male rednecks getting down and dirty. If disturbed, they'll turn hostile, leave the vehicle and try to shoot the player.
2 - Senora Freeway, Ron Alternates Wind Farm - All characters - $250 for helping the criminal, nothing if you help the police officer.
Bike Robberies City
1 - Little Bighorn Avenue, Rancho - All characters - +3 Stamina stat (need to confirm if this happens if you keep the bike as well). If you return the bike, you'll also get an email from him sometime later telling you that he's placed $100,000 in Animal Ark stocks on Liberty City National Exchange. Sell the stocks immediately for a huge cash infusion.
1 - Mount Haan Road, Grand Senora Desert - All characters - Up to $700 in total money drops.
2 - Tataviam Mountains - All characters - Up to $700 in total money drops.
3 - Raton Canyon - All characters - Up to $700 in total money drops.
Paleto Bay, Blaine County - All characters - Up to $600 from each dead enemy, and a full special bar upon completion of the mission. The victim will also give you $60,000 sometime later. If playing as Trevor, you can take the girl to the Altruist Cult instead, but will only receive $1,000.
Alta Street, Downtown Vinewood - All characters - No reward, just a tour. Although listed as a random event, the tour is shown on the map with a unique icon that appears from a greater distance than the usual blue or red dots. The tour is usually available during daytime hours.
2 - Exceptionalists Way, Los Santos International Airport - All Characters - +5 Driving skill when you return the car back to a clothing tailor. You also receive a Suit sometime later after she emails you.
Chase Thieves City
Chase Thieves Country
1 - Grapeseed Main Street, Grapeseed - All characters - Keep cash: $250. Return cash: $25 and a full special meter. If you kill the victim afterwards, you get another $76.
2 - Route 68, Grand Senora Desert - All characters - Keep cash: $120. Return cash: $12 and a full special meter.
Great Ocean Highway, Mount Chiliad - All characters - Unlocks heist crew member Taliana Martinez if she survives. Requires a fast vehicle in order to take her to the drop-off location before she dies. Event is not unlocked until after the Vangelico heist.
Countryside Gang Fight
Route 68, Harmony - All characters - Up to $1000 in dropped money, and 2 briefcases with $5000 each if picked up. You get a 2-star Wanted level for picking them up. If you help the crooks, you only get 1 briefcase and a 3-star wanted level.
- If the player waits for one or both of the robbers to die in the shootout, the player can grab one of the briefcases, gaining $5,000, and no wanted level. If one of the robbers is still alive, he may shoot at the player after grabbing the dead robbers briefcase. If this is done, the event will spawn again, and as such, can be repeated indefinitely (so long as the player does not get involved with the shootout, and does not grab both briefcases).
Deal Gone Wrong
Chiliad Mountain State Wilderness - All characters - $25,000 in the case. Kill the gang members while fleeing.
Wild Oats Drive, Vinewood Hills - All characters - $80 upon taking him to the Golf course, and Castro Lagano becomes a new Golf opponent with a Hard skill level (If playing as Trevor, you can take the guy to the Alturist Cult instead and receive $1,000).
Mount Chiliad - All Character - Between $40,000-$100,000 every time you raid. Becomes available for subsequent raids every in-game week or so. (Note: there is a glitch in the PS3 version that renders this a one-time-only event.)
1 - Aguja Street, La Puerta - All characters - $80. After being dropped off, he seems to die and can be looted. (If playing as Trevor, you can take the guy to the Altruist Cult instead and receive $1,000).
Vinewood Boulevard, Downtown Vinewood - All characters - $750. Rescue celebrity Lacey Jonas from a horde of paparazzi and take her home (If playing as Trevor, you can take the girl to the Altruist Cult instead and receive $1,000).
Corner of Strawberry Avenue and Forum Drive, Strawberry - All characters - If crooks are helped: $1000 and a special character to use in heist missions. If crooks are killed: Between $800-$2000 per enemy in dropped money (If playing as Trevor, you can take the two men to the Altruist Cult instead and receive $1,000, but forfeiting the heist team member. Due to the encounter's proximity to Franklin's first safehouse, and the character's availability for the Vangelico heist, the odds of Trevor being the one to engage in the encounter is slim.).
1 - Ineseno Road, Banham Canyon - All characters - +5 Driving skill and $100. Drive Timm to the airport within 02:20, if successful, he will give you a tip to invest in Tinkle, which pays out within a week (Tinkle is located on the BAWSAQ market page)
2 - North Calafia Way, Mount Chiliad - All characters - +5 Driving ability. Drive Ursula, a very disturbed girl, to her home near the El Gordo Lighthouse. She also will be added as a Booty Call (If playing as Trevor, you can take the girl to the Altruist Cult instead and receive $1,000).
3 - East Joshua Road and San Chianski Mountain Range - All characters - +5 Driving ability and a fight with her jealous boyfriend (If playing as Trevor, you can take the girl to the Altruist Cult instead and receive $1,000).
Luring Girl Into Alley
Supply Street, La Mesa - All characters - No reward, but you can kill them to get your money back. The two crooks will try to flee if they see an armed character approach.
1 - Chamberlain Hills, Strawberry Avenue - All characters - Keep cash: $200. Return cash: $20 and a full special meter. If you kill the victim afterwards, you get another $91.
2 - Meteor Street, Hawick - All characters - No reward.
2 - Grand Senora Desert, near Bolingbroke Penitentiary - All characters - No reward (attempts to steal vehicle; kill him to get your car back).
South Mo Milton Drive, Vinewood Hills - All characters - No reward (If playing as Trevor, you can take the girl to the Altruist Cult instead and receive $1,000). This encounter can interrupt the side mission A Starlet in Vinewood.
Sports Bike Theft
Stag Do Running Man
At different ATMs around Los Santos - All characters - Keep cash: $500. Return cash: $50.
Security Van Heists
10 different locations around Los Santos and Blaine County - All characters - Between $3000-$8000.
Altruist Cult Shootout
Chiliad Mountain State Wilderness - Trevor (after delivering 4 victims to the cult) - $10000 spread in 4 briefcases, and a hidden package in the camp. (Some players report collecting as much as $125,000.) ATTENTION: This random event does not count for the 57.