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Survival is a game mode in Grand Theft Auto Online. They are unlocked at level 15 when Ron calls the player to one and are fought to keep Trevor Phillips Enterprises in monopoly of drugs in Blaine County and Los Santos. In total there are ten waves, all increasing in difficulty to the point where multiple helicopters are sent and the enemies having a better arsenal to kill the players. 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. If all the teammates die, everyone fails the Survival.
Depending on the wave, different weapons will spawn. Health packs and armor are available from start.
Being set right in the middle of town, there are few good locations to hold out. It is recommended to climb to the rooftops or go inside one of the stores, but even then, Sandy Shores is one of the more difficult Survivals the enemies are the O'Neil Brothers.
- All guns retrieved in Survival will be kept until the player exits the server. If the player is under level 20 however these weapons will disappear if the player exits GTA Online, or if you change your session.
- Vehicles cannot be used in Survival as the game will prevent you from opening the door. However, it is possible to use a car if only the door is left open by an enemy. For a helicopter, even if it manages to be intact after losing its pilot and crashing, players will be unable to use it.