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Survival is a game mode in Grand Theft Auto Online. They are first unlocked at level 15 when Ron notifies the player about them. There are 10 waves of survival that escalate in severity with each wave of attack.

Survivals are marked as a blue shield on the map, and up to four players can play a single Survival match. If a player dies, he/she must spectate the other players who are alive, and will respawn at the start of the next wave. If all the teammates die, everyone fails the Survival.

Survival is a unique activity due to getting a reward for effort rather than success. If a player completes all 10 waves, they will receive $30,000.


Depending on the wave, different weapons will spawn. Health packs and armor are available from start, and reappear every wave.

Wave 1

Combat Pistol (GTA V)

Micro SMG

Wave 2


Wave 3


Wave 4-7

Advanced Rifle

Sticky Bomb


Assault Shotgun

Tear Gas


Heavy Sniper

Wave 8-10





A vacant scrapyard in the middle of the Grand Senora Desert filled with decommissioned aircraft. There are various different hiding spots. Rednecks are the enemies.

Del Perro Pier


A large pier that has many tourist attractions and public bathrooms to hide in. The Lost MC are the enemies. Del Perro Pier was opened as a Survival location for the Beach Bum pack.



Located in the car scrapyard of El Burro Heights, Processed is an area for Survival. There are several shipping containers in the area for cover. The enemies are Gruppe 6.

Sandy Survival


Being set right in the middle of Sandy Shores, there are many locations to take cover in. The enemies are the O'Neil Brothers.

Industrial Plant


An abandoned industrial plant in the Grand Senora Desert. Watch out for enemies hiding behind the cargo shipments. Gruppe 6 are the enemies.



It is located at the old railyard in El Burro Heights. Enemies include LSPD and Merryweather.

Sawmill Plant

It is located at the abandoned sawmill plant in Paleto Forest. The enemies are the O'Neil Brothers.

Maze Bank


It is located outside at the Maze Bank Tower entrance. Enemies include LSPD and NOOSE. Maze Bank was opened as a Survival location for The Business Update.

Legion Square


It is located in Legion Square. Enemies include LSPD and NOOSE. Part of the I'm Not a Hipster Update. It is a vast, open area with many covered areas that can be easily flanked by enemies. Vehicles are parked outside of the Legion Square area and can be used to provide cover to players.


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Grand Theft Auto Online Survival (ballsing it up)


  • If the player picks up any weapon that he/she has not unlocked yet, they will be able to keep the weapon until he/she exits the current session.
  • The O'Neils being the enemies in Sawmill Plant is a reference to the large amount of O'Neil brothers which Trevor mentions in story mode.
  • Vehicles cannot be used in most survivals, excluding Del Perro Pier and Legion Square, in which they can be used to provide cover to players.
  • Miniguns used to spawn with the maximum ammo capacity, but since the Title Update 1.14, they have around 500 bullets in them.

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