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For the mission in GTA Vice City Stories, see The Exchange (GTA VCS). For the neighbourhood in Liberty City in GTA IV, see The Exchange (GTA IV).
MISSION
The Exchange
TheExchange-GTAIII
Game: Grand Theft Auto III
For: Catalina
Location: Cedar Grove, Shoreside Vale, Liberty City
Target: Rescue Maria and kill Catalina
Conditions of mission failure: Maria Latore dies Catalina escapes
Reward: $1,000,000 (not clearly displayed on-screen, but the player's money will increase by this amount)
Rhino
Unlocks: Credits
Unlocked by: Ransom
"The real question is, did you turn up to rescue Maria, or to get me back?"
Catalina to Claude

The Exchange is the final storyline mission in Grand Theft Auto III. It is given to the protagonist; Claude by Colombian Cartel leader and ex-girlfriend Catalina from the Cartel mansion in Cedar Grove, Shoreside Vale, Liberty City.

Mission

Catalina recently kidnapped Maria Latore. She now wants Claude to bring $500,000 to the Cartel mansion in Cedar Grove in exchange for not having Maria killed. Claude then arrives at the mansion and hands over the money to Catalina, who lies and walks off with the money, leaving Claude in the mercy of her Colombian Cartel men.

Claude is put under gunpoint by a Cartel gang member, but quickly escapes by punching him and taking the pistol he dropped. After being shot at, he shoots the Cartel men who start shooting, gets a car and exits the mansion only to find a helicopter hovering above him which holds both Catalina and Maria. Claude follows the helicopter all the way to the base of Cochrane Dam and kills every Cartel goon on his way.

After coming halfway and nearly closing into the helicopter as well as getting past all the Cartel goons who are heavily armed, Catalina drops off Maria at the loading bay, guarded by a couple of her men and reenters her helicopter. Catalina's chopper fires missiles at the ground while Claude gets to Maria, kills all the Cartel men. One Cartel member gets in a Barracks OL and tries to run over Claude. Claude picks up a rocket launcher on the boat to shoot down Catalina with Maria nearby. After a few initial missed shots, he successfully manages to hit the helicopter and it crashes against the dam in the water. Afterward, Claude and Maria walk together holding hands as they cross over to the other side of the dam.

While the credits are rolling on the screen Maria can be heard talking right before a mysterious gunshot, after which, she remains silent and is no longer heard. The news also report the crime scene with witness Clive Denver.

Mission objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Get Catalina
  • Follow the chopper to find Catalina
  • Get Catalina
  • Rescue Maria
  • Take down Catalina's chopper

Trivia

  • This is the only storyline mission in Shoreside Vale in GTA III.
  • This mission is similar to The Sicilian Gambit in that both missions involve hostages being taken to remote locations and the protagonist taking down a helicopter.
  • As Claude punches the Cartel member, Catalina instantly vanishes from the camera view.
  • This mission has the highest reward for a storyline mission in the entire series.
  • This is, chronologically, the last mission in the 3D Era.
  • The helicopter that Catalina rides is actually a blank textured version of the police helicopter.
    Helicopter-GTA3-side

    The white Helicopter.

  • You can find the Newscaster that will talk after Shooting the Helicopter down in your audio folder of GTA III. Which is located at C:/Program Files/Rockstar Games/GTA III/audio/END.mp3
  • This is the only mission in the GTA series to have a district with the same name, The Exchange in GTA IV is possibly a reference to the mission.
  • After this mission, the Columbian Cartel will now be also carrying AK-47 rifles with them.

Video walkthrough

iPad Version
GTA 3 - iPad Walkthrough - Ending Final Mission - The Exchange08:10

GTA 3 - iPad Walkthrough - Ending Final Mission - The Exchange

PC Version
GTA 3 - Ending Final Mission - The Exchange (HD)07:44

GTA 3 - Ending Final Mission - The Exchange (HD)

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