"Dardan ain't a problem for you no more, cousin."
Niko Bellic

Bleed Out is a mission in Grand Theft Auto IV given to Niko Bellic by his cousin, Roman Bellic. The mission introduces melee fighting techniques, including punching, kicking, dodging and disarming. Note that this mission will immediately start after the phonecall from Roman, if the mission First Date was completed.

Plot and Walkthrough

The Phone Call

As the player nears Michelle's place for his first date, Niko's cousin calls to ask him for help; the Albanian Mafia loan sharks have him trapped on the basketball courts in the Firefly Projects. The player can choose to either ignore this call completely (in which case the above is not heard), decide to ignore Roman's call for help and continue with dating Michelle, or skip the date and attend Roman (if this happens Niko will later apologize to Michelle and will have another chance to date her).

If either of the first two options are chosen, following the date with Michelle Niko receives an angry phone call from Roman telling him to pick him up at the hospital and drive him to the taxi depot. This adds an extra task, but is not considered part of a mission (i.e. there is no reward for doing this). Soon after returning Roman to the depot, Niko will receive another phone call from Roman indicating that Roman is under attack (again) at which point the mission proceeds as it would have had Niko skipped the date earlier.

Fighting Bledar and Kalem

Go and rescue Roman.
Marker: Roman Bellic

The player must follow the radar blip to the basketball courts. Upon reaching the basketball courts, Bledar approaches Niko, while Kalem continues to beat up Roman.

Beat up Bledar.
Marker: Bledar Morina
Beat up Kalem.
Marker: Kalem

An onscreen tutorial walks the player through melee combat techniques. The player must defeat Bledar and then Kalem in hand-to-hand combat. It is also possible to pick up the baseball bat in front of the Hove Beach Safehouse (iIt can be found on the weapons map). The player can beat up Bledar and Kalem with this weapon in the mission or Niko himself may also ram through the fence with the vehicle he has and run them over.

Go and help Roman.

After fighting off Bledar and Kalem, Dardan waves and gets in his car (beige Willard).

Fighting Dardan

Get in Roman's car.
Marker: Roman's Taxi
Wait for Roman.
Chase Dardan.
Marker: Dardan Petrela
The chase will end at: Warehouse along Mohanet Avenue in BOABO, Broker

Niko and Roman enter Roman's taxi and chase Dardan.

Dardan has abandoned his car. He's escaping on foot up the staircase.

The chase eventually leads to BOABO, where Dardan stops, gets out, and flees up a flight of stairs into a large room, bordered by floor to ceiling windows.

Take out Dardan.

When the player enters the room, Dardan will draw a knife and attack the player. At this point, the game provides instructions on how to disarm an enemy, prompting the player to take Dardan's knife and use it against him. The player can also simply beat Dardan until he crawls over towards a window; hitting him again will trigger a small cutscene in which Dardan falls through the window, onto an overhang, and into the Humboldt River, though the fight is considered over even if this doesn't happen; Niko is considered to have won if the on-screen instruction to return to Roman's car appears.

Get in Roman's car.
Drive Roman to the garage.
Waypoint: Express Car Service, along Iroquois Avenue in Hove Beach, Broker

Whichever method is used, once Dardan is dead/disabled, Niko must return to Roman, and drive him back to the cab depot.


Bleed Out
Pre-Mission Phonecall
Roman Bellic calls Niko Bellic. (First Possible Dialogue)
[The dialogue for this call will only play if First Date had not been completed]
Roman Bellic Niko, Bledar has me cornered in the courts under the El Train on Firefly.
Niko Bellic What does he want?
Roman Bellic I can't think what he could possibly want or why he'd be pissed off, can you? Come on guys, let's be reasonable.
Roman Bellic calls Niko Bellic. (Second Possible Dialogue)
[The dialogue for this call will only play if First Date had been completed]
Roman Bellic Shit, Niko. Bledar has me trapped again. This is all your fault.
Niko Bellic Okay, Roman. I'm not going to let something else get in the way this time. Where are you?
Roman Bellic Over on the courts under the El Train on Firefly. Bledar, buddy, you proved your point the first time...

Cutscene 1
Niko Bellic goes to the courts.
Roman Bellic Listen, Dardan is a good friend of mine. It was a misunderstanding... oh!
Niko Bellic Hey!
Bledar Morina Shit, there he is. Keep on fatboy here, and I'll talk to him. Our problem's with your cousin.
Niko Bellic I told you to stop. Now it's too late.

Dialogues 1
Niko Bellic tries to kill Bledar Morina
[These dialogues will play in random]
Bledar Morina Back off.
Bledar Morina I won't take no shits.
Bledar Morina Motherfucker.
Bledar Morina Piece of crap.
Bledar Morina Screw you.
Niko Bellic kill Bledar Morina, and tries to kill Kalem.
[These dialogues will play in random]
Kalem This beating is for Dardan.
Kalem You're not going to beat me down, fool.
Kalem Screw you, asshole.
Kalem Dardan is my brother.
Kalem I do not go down so easy.
Kalem Fuck you, bitch fuck.
Kalem You are a bitch just like your cousin.
Kalem I will beat you like I beat your cousin.
Roman Bellic Not so tough no more, are you?
Roman Bellic You shouldn't have messed with the Bellics.
Roman Bellic If I wasn't a pacifist I'd stick it to you too.
Roman Bellic There's what I owe plus interest.
Roman Bellic This is what we think of you debts.

Cutscene 2
Niko Bellic kill Kalem, and returns to Roman Bellic. Roman Bellic then spots Dardan Petrela escaping and they get in the car.
Niko Bellic You alright, cousin?
Roman Bellic Yeah, fine. Fucking loan sharks, man. If one more of these gangsters tries to... Speaking of shitheads, here's Dardan. Come on, my car is over there, let's get him. You drive. I don't feel so good.

Dialogues 2
Niko Bellic chases Dardan Petrela. (First Possible Dialogue)
Roman Bellic These guys think that they're better than me. They think they can fuck me around and beat me up because there are more of them. Not any longer. Me and you, Niko, me and you are going to show them. Fucking Dardan smashing my fucking stuff. Who does he think he is? Just some fucking petty Albanian hood. If I wanted to buy a stolen TV I'd go to Dardan. Who does he think he fucking with? Bellic Enterprises, that's who. We're going to the top, Niko, the top.
Niko Bellic For now, let's just try to survive, cousin.
Niko Bellic chases Dardan Petrela. (Second Possible Dialogue)
Roman Bellic Ever since I get to Hove Beach, Niko, ever since I arrive here I have been pushed around. Vlad, Dardan, Bledar, even Mallorie push me around. Me and you, Niko, me and you are going to be in control from now on. Ain't going to let no one push us around. Going to stand up to all this pimps and loan sharks from now on. Liberty City won't know what hit it, man. We going to own this town, Niko. Mark the words that are coming out of my mouth.
Dardan Petrela abandons his car and tries to get away, and Niko Bellic follows Dardan Petrela.
Roman Bellic Dardan is stopping, he trying to get away on foot.
Niko Bellic tries to kill Dardan Petrela.
[These dialogues will play in random]
Dardan Petrela Motherfucker, stay away.
Dardan Petrela Your cousins owes us money, shithead.
Dardan Petrela Stay the fuck away from me.
Dardan Petrela You broke my arm already, man.
Niko Bellic kills Dardan Petrela. (First Possible Dialogue)
[This dialogue will only play if Niko Bellic beats up or shoots Dardan Petrela]
Niko Bellic There's what we owe you, Dardan. Nothing else.
Niko Bellic kills Dardan Petrela. (Second Possible Dialogue)
[This dialogue will only play if Niko Bellic pushes Dardan Petrela out of the window]
Dardan Petrela Ahhhhhhhh!
Niko Bellic I promised myself I wouldn't kill people here.
Niko Bellic kills Dardan Petrela. (Third Possible Dialogue)
[This dialogue will only play if Niko Bellic stabs Dardan Petrela with a knife]
Niko Bellic You shouldn't play with sharp objects, Dardan.
Niko Bellic returns to the car and drives back to the cab depot. (First Possible Dialogue)
Niko Bellic Dardan ain't a problem for you no more, cousin.
Roman Bellic Nice one, cousin. Drive back to the depot, these bruises are starting to pain.
Niko Bellic These men, these shylocks like Dardan, they always try to squeeze you for everything. A man in Europe, another Russian... Bulgarin. He live on the Adriatic. Believed I owed him money when I did not. He made my life impossible. There was no avoiding him.
Roman Bellic Did you deal with him like you did Dardan and Bledar?
Niko Bellic He had too many connections for that. I had to leave. He is one of the reasons I came here.
Roman Bellic And to see your cousin, of course.
Niko Bellic Of course.
Roman Bellic We will have no more problems from now on, cousin. it is all plain sailing straight to the top for you and me.
Niko Bellic We will see if things are that simple.
Niko Bellic returns to the car and drives back to the cab depot. (Second Possible Dialogue)
Roman Bellic Will you drive me back to the office, cousin? Argh.
Niko Bellic What is it?
Roman Bellic I think he broke my rib. Man that hurts. Shit. I need a massage. We should go out and find some ladies, get some message oil.
Niko Bellic What about Mallorie, Roman? You shouldn't stay with her if you want to have these threesomes.
Roman Bellic It doesn't matter. Argh, I think I'm in too much pain anyway. Fuck.
Niko Bellic You really are American. You don't even swear in our language.
Roman Bellic You say this now, but soon even you will forget about the Old Country.
Niko Bellic We shall see. I have reasons to remember it. I saw bad things happen there. You do not know what is it that...
Roman Bellic Urghgh... I think it must be two ribs. Those fucking punks. What were you saying?
Niko Bellic It doesn't matter.

Cutscene 3
Niko Bellic arrives at the cab depot. Roman Bellic then enters.
Roman Bellic Thank you, cousin, I'll see you later.

Fail Cutscenes & Dialogues
Roman's car has been trashed.
Roman Bellic My cab, Niko. My cab is fucked.
Niko Bellic and Roman Bellic alight from a bus outside the cab office. Roman Bellic then enters.
Roman Bellic Screw money I owe the Albanians, paying for the cab would be a lot harder. See you later, cousin.


  • If the player kills Kalem and Bledar with a pistol without getting close to them, the cutscene where Niko confronts the two can actually be skipped and instead the cutscene showing Niko helping Roman and Dardan fleeing will be shown.

Video Walkthrough

GTA 4 - Mission 5 - Bleed Out (1080p)06:23

GTA 4 - Mission 5 - Bleed Out (1080p)


  • When parked by the taxi at the beginning of the mission, Dardan's car is invincible, even to RPG shots, and the player cannot drive it.
  • If the player pushes Dardan out of the window, Niko will express anger at having killed a man.
  • The whole traffic during the chase is scripted (as are numerous other missions in the game). The vehicles seen in the traffic are not random: a Bobcat, two Marbelles and two Vigeros are seen in Crockett Avenue, two Mananas, one Marbelle and a Vigero in Mohawk Ave, a Manana, a Marbelle and a Bobcat in Bart Street, a Bus, one Vigero and one Marbelle in Delaware Avenue, two Merits, three Yankees and five Marbelles in southern Mohanet Ave, two Marbelles, one Merit and a Trashmaster in Chicory Street, and one Marbelle and a Pony in northern Mohanet Avenue.
  • During the fight with Dardan, he wears a blue and grey undershirt under his jacket, however when he is kicked out of the window, the cutscene will sometimes show him wearing the white undershirt he wore in Three's a Crowd.
  • If the player abandons Roman's Taxi it will trigger a cutscene of Niko and Roman getting off a Bus, which cannot be used as public transportation during gameplay. The game otherwise won't allow the player to leave in another vehicle, such as Dardan's car. Depending on how much damage was done to Roman's car during the chase, abandoning it may be the only option.
  • If the player takes Crockett Ave instead of following Dardan, he will drive extremely fast to keep ahead.
  • If the player kills Roman without attacking Bledar or Kalem before the cutscene, they will walk off like nothing happened. Also, if the player target them, the health bar will appear red on both of them, however if the player gets close to them or attack them they will not fight back or run away. They will act as if nothing happened. Killing them will also not affect the storyline.
  • There is a glitch where when the player punches Dardan and then he falls out of the window, he will sink into "blue hell", but Niko will act as if he killed him.
  • There is a somewhat rare glitch where Bledar will be next to impossible to defeat. Even using guns, it takes numerous headshots to kill him. Another glitch that accompanies this is that Roman may inexplicably die while Niko is fighting the thugs. It is unknown what causes this.