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Lance: "I got what we finally needed. I know how we can get our hands on one big shipment...Completely free! We can finally get Pete the healthcare he needs."
Vic: "Look Lance...I am a long way from being a good guy, but drugs just mean trouble."
Lance: "I agree, man, I 100% agree. That's why we're gonna get this one big pay day for all the hard work and split! Jerry Martinez...It's his coke."
Vic: "Oh...Fuck it. You know what? Let's do it."
Lance Vance tells Victor about the big score they can take from his old enemy, Jerry Martinez

From Zero to Hero is a mission in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories given to protagonist Victor Vance by his brother Lance Vance from Lance's hotel room in Downtown, Vice City.


Lance has discovered that a cocaine shipment coming into the city and wants to steal it, although Victor is not interested until learning the shipment belongs to Vic's bitter enemy Jerry Martinez. Victor and Lance leave the hotel room and drive to the docks in Little Haiti in Lance's Sentinel XS. They are met by some of Martinez's men, who they kill, and then steal the two Barracks OLs containing the cocaine. Lance and Victor drive off, managing to avoid more of Martinez's men in Bobcats and Sentinel XS'. They reach the bridge connecting to Washington Beach, where Martinez begins to fire missiles towards the two from a Hunter. Victor and Lance manage to get to the other side of the bridge where the VCPD are waiting, which scares off Martinez. Victor and Lance then drive to their new safehouse, driving the two trucks into the garage.

Mission objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Drive to the docks in Little Haiti
  • Take out the gang members. Protect Lance and the trucks
  • Get in the truck
  • Follow Lance
  • Cross the bridge and avoid incoming fire from the helicopter
  • Follow Lance

Post Mission Pager Message

Louise Cassidy-Williams: Lance tells me you're gonna be rich... Does that mean you don't have time for me no more?


The reward for completing the mission is $3,000. Brawn of the Dead is unlocked by completing the mission, as are the Ocean Beach, Washington Beach and Vice Point districts. The mission also unlocks pilotable aircraft and boats (and their related side-missions). Plus, new vehicles such as the Infernus become available (making it possible to complete the Civil Asset Forfeiture Impound side-mission). Also, it now becomes possible to attain a 6-star wanted level.


  • The name of the mission comes from the song featured in Disney's Hercules.
  • When you steal the Barracks OL, the radio station will be tuned in to V-Rock and the song "Holy Diver" will always play.
  • If you fail the mission, you will respawn next to the South Bridge and it will be blocked again.
  • After completing this mission, no more missions will be available on the mainland.
  • Sgt. Martinez is implied to be piloting the Hunter helicopter in this mission. However, in reality, US Army Warrant Officers fly the Apache (Hunter's real-life counterpart) and so Martinez shouldn't actually be using it.
  • Two of Lance's lines in this mission "I have a dream" when they leave the apartment and "Rich at last, rich at last, Thank God Almighty we are rich at last!", reference to Martin Luther King Jr " I have a dream speech." Which he said during "The Washington March" although he said "Free at last" instead of "Rich at last".


Video walkthrough

PS2 Version
GTA Vice City Stories - Walkthrough - Mission 30 - From Zero to Hero06:57

GTA Vice City Stories - Walkthrough - Mission 30 - From Zero to Hero

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