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Sweet & Kendl
Game: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
For: Sweet Johnson
Location: Vinewood Cemetery, Vinewood
Protagonist(s): Carl Johnson
Target: Escape the Ballas
Conditions of mission failure:
Sweet dies
Big Smoke dies
Ryder dies
CJ's BMX destroyed
Get too far from Ryder or Big Smoke
Unlocks: Ryder
Unlocked by: Big Smoke
"That's another funeral you ran away from, fool. Just like Brian's."
Sweet Johnson meeting his brother for the first time in 5 years

Sweet & Kendl is a mission in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas given to protagonist Carl Johnson by Big Smoke. The mission Sweet & Kendl triggers automatically after Big Smoke (mission).


Big Smoke and Carl arrive at the cemetery in Vinewood, and are greeted by Kendl, Carl's sister, whilst fellow gang member Ryder, looks on. Carl and Sweet, Carl's brother, meet, but Sweet is still hostile towards his brother, after the death of their younger brother Brian in 1987. Kendl then decides to leave and meet her boyfriend Cesar Vialpando, the leader of the rival gang Varrios Los Aztecas, but is temporarily stopped by Sweet who argues with her about Cesar. After Kendl leaves, Sweet points out the graves of Tony, Big Devil, and Little Devil, before Carl, Sweet, Smoke, and Ryder decide to return to Grove Street. Some Ballas perform a drive-by shooting and destroy Smoke's Perennial, with the four stealing four BMX bikes and riding to a car park under a freeway at Mulholland Intersection, evading the pursuing Ballas in their Voodoo. Sweet decides that the group should split up and Sweet heads off in a different direction with the Ballas following, allowing Carl, Smoke, and Ryder to ride away in safety until they get to a freeway bordering Idlewood, where the Ballas re-appear and chase them back to Grove Street in Ganton. Carl, Ryder, and Smoke both escape and arrive back in Ganton shortly after Sweet arrives, with Carl announcing his intention is to stay in Los Santos and to help the Grove Street Families, before leaving the group and entering the Johnson House.

Mission objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Get on the bike
  • Follow Sweet
  • Follow Ryder


  • Keep your speed up by tapping the the accelerate button. Also, if you stay slow in a certain part after splitting up, the Voodoo the Ballas are driving will attack.


As it turns out everything has changed in San Andreas during the last 5 years Carl has been gone. The things that have changed are:

  • A devastating earthquake has happened within San Andreas itself, and travel will be restricted statewide until the bridges are rebuilt even without government help to rebuild them, which led to all of the San Andreas residents to blame each other (this can be heard on WCTR News).
  • Gang warfare and heavy drug dealing is on the rise in San Andreas (which can also be heard on WCTR News), (and in a phone call the player will get from Sweet himself after Carl visits his mother's house after this mission), Sweet says Grove Street has lost its power and while the Seville Boulevard Families and the Temple Drive Families - who were once great friends with the Grove Street Families - are what Sweet says "beefing" and ended up spitting into their own gangs, the Ballas and Vagos are taking over San Andreas, but that will change soon.


The reward for completing this mission is an increase in respect and the Johnson House is available for use by the player. You will also receive a phone call from Sweet about the Seville Boulevard Families and the Temple Drive Families - who were once allied with the Grove Street Families - are what Sweet says beefing and ended up splitting into their own gangs.

Completing the mission unlocks the Ryder mission.

Also, completing this mission opens access to the BMX odd jobs.


Camera pans across Vinewood Cemetery.
Big Smoke I've missed you these past 5 years man, they're gonna be real happy to see you. Hey, what's up y'all. Look who I found hanging around.
Kendl Carl, hey. Good to see you.
CJ I can't believe she gone man.
Sweet That's another funeral you ran away from, fool, just like Brian's.
CJ Ey, she was my Momma too.
Sweet Not for the past 5 years she wasn't, nigga!
Kendl Oh, come on!
Kendl starts walking away.
Sweet And where the fuck you think you going?
Kendl Get out my face, I'm going to see Cesar.
Sweet The hell you are girl! You ain't messin' with them es'ays, you know we got a beef, they ain't nothin' but low lives.
Kendl He's a man, what the fuck are you?
Sweet At least I got prison.
Kendl Oh, and that's something that makes you an outstanding American, Carl tell him!
Sweet Man, you don't tell me shit, sis.
CJ As long as he treat her right and don't disrespect you.
Sweet The hell you gonna say that, like it's any business of yours.
Kendl Fuck you Sweet.
CJ Aw, shit. Here we go again.
Sweet Oh, shit's real fucked up! Everything!
CJ What 'chu mean?
Sweet What, apart from your mamma being dead? Things are going real bad, hey let me show you something man. Tony's buried over there, Little Devil over there, and Big Devil over there, man it's just crazy. Everybody just blast on fools first, then ask questions second.
CJ, Sweet, Big Smoke and Ryder walk towards Big Smoke's Perennial. Suddenly, some Ballas speed around the corner in a Voodoo and perform a Drive-By Shooting. CJ, Sweet, Smoke and Ryder jump onto some bikes.
Ryder Ballas. Drive-by. Incoming!
Big Smoke Oh, mother fuckers, my car!
Sweet We gotta get back to the hood, things are crazy around here. Grab a bike and peddle. Follow my lead.
CJ, Sweet, Big Smoke and Ryder ride their bikes back to Grove Street whilst being chased by the Ballas in the Voodoo. They talk to each other along the way about what CJ has been missing out on.
Ryder I got them mother fuckers though, showed them nigga whose gangster. Ryder nigga.
Sweet So when you leaving Carl?
CJ I ain't sure. Thought I might stay. Things is fucked up.
Sweet Last thing we need is your help.
CJ Come on man, I won't let you down, I swear.
Sweet Hey, we gonna call some hood rats and chill the hell out. You want some?
CJ Nah, I got a whole lot going on, I'm tired, I'll catch you later.
Big Smoke Hey, just drop in, we all hanging out.
Ryder Yeah, and get yourself some colors fool. And a hair cut, it's embarrassing to be seen with you.
Sweet, Big Smoke and Ryder ride away and CJ enters the Johnson House.

Video walkthroughs

PC Version
GTA San Andreas Intro & Mission 1 - Big Smoke, Sweet & Kendl (HD)12:58

GTA San Andreas Intro & Mission 1 - Big Smoke, Sweet & Kendl (HD)

IPad Version
GTA San Andreas - iPad Walkthrough - Intro & Mission 1 - Big Smoke, Sweet & Kendl (HD)12:41

GTA San Andreas - iPad Walkthrough - Intro & Mission 1 - Big Smoke, Sweet & Kendl (HD)


  • If the player destroys the Ballas' Voodoo before the cutscene under the Mulholland Intersection, Sweet won't split from the rest of the gang and the Voodoo won't reappear in Idlewood.
  • If the player steals a car instead of taking the BMX bike, during the ending cutscene in Ganton, Carl won't be sitting on the bike talking with Sweet, Smoke, or Ryder, but will be standing and talking with them instead, and the vehicle he used will be parked nearby.
    • During the final cutscene, Ryder can be seen riding his bike around the cul-de-sac and doing wheelies while Big Smoke and Sweet talk to Carl. If you used a car during the chase and left it sitting in the middle of the Grove Street cul-de-sac, Ryder will crash through the vehicle quite violently and it will get pushed away very easily, as if it was very light. A video of this can be seen here.
  • If the player destroys the Ballas' Voodoo without killing the driver and passenger, they might steal another car to continue chasing Carl, Sweet, Smoke, and Ryder.
  • Strangely, if the Ballas inside the Voodoo start shooting around normal Ballas' territory they will become hostile towards the Ballas in the Voodoo, even though they are in the same gang. A video of this can be seen here.
  • This is the first appearance of Sweet Johnson, Kendl Johnson, and Ryder.
  • Ryder, Sweet, and Big Smoke won't fall off their bikes no matter what hits them.
  • It is worth noting that once you finish this mission and save, it says that the mission Big Smoke was the mission you last completed. This is most likely a glitch.
  • You can obtain Big Smoke's Black Perennial which has an unique color. A video of this can be seen here.
  • The Voodoo spawns underground just before it starts chasing CJ. The Voodoo also spawns underground (without the Ballas) along with Sweet (after the cutscene of Ballas chasing Sweet ends). This can be seen here.
  • GTA V's mission "Hood Safari" makes a subtle reference to this mission, where the player can see three men riding away on their bike's from Grove Street resembling CJ, Big Smoke, and Ryder.
  • No matter where the player goes during this mission, even into locked areas, the Ballas will still follow Carl, continuously respawning behind the player and chasing him. A video of this can be seen here.
  • You don't have to actually use the BMX to complete the mission as it allows other vehicles to trigger cutscenes.
  • Not counting the player, in the whole chase, Ryder will always be on the first position, Sweet on second and Big Smoke on last position.


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