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Bernie: "We're going to have fun!"
Niko: "Fun?"
Bernie Crane invites Niko Bellic on a day of fun, much to Niko's dismay.

Buoys Ahoy is the final mission given to protagonist Niko Bellic by Bernie Crane, formerly known as Florian Cravic, in Grand Theft Auto IV.

Plot

Having received a phone message from Bernie, who says that he has suffered from a panic attack, Niko goes to Pier 45 in southeast Algonquin to help him.

Walkthrough

Walk into the mission marker and Bernie will inform Niko he has something very important planned for both of them. This "business" is actually just a fun day. Niko finally agrees to have fun with Bernie.

Bernie will get onto a boat with his picnic basket. Take him over to a lookout spot in the ocean, near Firefly Island. Bernie will use some binoculars to get sight of another boat with "cute guys". Niko and Bernie find out that the cute guys are actually Dimitri Rascalov's Goons.

Shooting the goons during the chase is not really necessary, but it is possible to kill them if players have sufficient ammos. If this happens, Bernie and Niko will be teleported to the pier in Steinway where the men supposedly disembark their boat and the mission passes. Anyway, just make sure Niko doesn't capsize the boat or lose the men.

If players decide to chase all the way, the goons' boat will finally crash on a pier in Steinway near the cemetery; follow the goons into said cemetery. An automatic weapon like an SMG or Carbine Rifle will finish them off easily. Two are armed with SMG's while one (nearest the road) wields a Shotgun. All of them use cover, so be careful. Get back to the pier where Bernie is waiting. He'll thank Niko for help before sailing off. This will finish the mission. Some time after, Bernie will call the player. He will say that he left a present from him and Bryce in the car park behind his apartment.

Mission Objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Take Bernie to the coast off Firefly Island.
  • Take out Dimitri's men.
  • Go back to Bernie.

Video Walkthrough

GTA 4 - Mission 71 - Buoys Ahoy (1080p)

GTA 4 - Mission 71 - Buoys Ahoy (1080p)

Reward

  • After the mission, Bernie calls Niko Bellic, or Niko can call him, telling him to collect Bryce Dawkins' orange Infernus, as a gift from both of them for helping them keep their love affair secret. This is the only orange Infernus available in the game, and cannot be repainted at Pay 'n' Spray, it also is the only version with black sport rims and a black stripe on the side skirt. The Infernus will be parked in the car park behind Bernie Crane's apartment, in Varsity Heights. Once in the car, Niko will thank Bryce for the gift, hoping it wasn't funded by the city budget. This will complete Bernie Crane's missions.
  • $6500

Deaths

Trivia

  • At one point during the chase, the player is led between two ships that are closing together, which is a reference to the early boat chase scene in the film Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade.
  • If players choose to chase the enemy boat over a stunt jump, it is possible to hear Bernie saying something like "Whoa!" or "Fun time!".
  • Similarly to Union Drive, a police vehicle (in this case, a Police Predator) will join the chase about halfway through the mission. After yelling a warning to shut down their engines, the boat is shot by the goons, and an officer will shout something like "Oh, crap!" or "Balls!" and the boat will explode.
    • Shooting the Police Predator will still attain a wanted level as usual. This is also the same case in the previous mission, but it does not affect the mission itself.
  • After receiving the phone call from Bernie about his Infernus, a pink BP mark will show on the radar, showing where to pick the car up. Before picking it up (a glitch may occur, making this effect of common sport cars permanent), Infernuses will become much more common around Liberty City, as will Coquettes, Banshees, and various other sports cars. After picking the car up, however, these cars will become rare again. It is not necessary to pick up the car to finish the storyline.

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