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"Shit Smoke! C.R.A.S.H. makin' you sell us out?!"
Carl Johnson

The Green Sabre is a mission in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, given to protagonist Carl Johnson by his brother Sweet from his home in Ganton, Los Santos, San Andreas.


The three feuding families of the Grove Street Families have come together due to Carl's efforts and Sweet decides to finally get back at the Ballas. Sweet also makes good with Carl and calls him his running dog. He then orders everyone to get heated, and meet him under the Mulholland Intersection.

Carl, however, is side-tracked on the way by a call from Cesar, who has some important news for him. At first, Carl explains he is too busy to meet but Cesar is insistent, so Carl heads to the meeting place under the freeway north of Verdant Bluffs to meet Cesar, who is inside a Bravura with tinted windows. The two look ahead, as some Ballas exit a garage, followed by Ryder and Big Smoke, and finally Officer Frank Tenpenny. Officer Pulaski then reverses a car out of the garage, revealing the same green Sabre that was used in the drive-by in Grove Street to kill Carl's mother.

Suddenly, Carl remembers about Sweet and realizes that Sweet and the rest of the Grove Street Families are walking into a trap. But first, he orders Cesar to get Kendl to a safe place. Carl races over to the underside of the Mulholland Intersection to prevent Sweet and the gangsters from being killed.

Upon arriving, Carl sees a deadly shootout taking place. He also sees that Sweet has taken a hit. Out of loyalty, Carl stays to hold off the Ballas hordes. Numerous Ballas members will come and shoot at Carl and the rest of the gang. Carl holds them off until the police arrive. Carl is then forced to surrender.

Once the police arrive, Sweet is taken into a prison hospital upstate, while Carl leaves with C.R.A.S.H. and heads for the countryside. Tenpenny explains what happened and what will happen. From now on, Carl will do what he wants him to do. His first task is to eliminate a former cop.

Mission objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Get to where Cesar is waiting under the freeway
  • Get to the ambush before your brother is killed
  • Hold off the Ballas until the police arrive


  • Use Carl's best weapons. There is no point in saving ammo, as C.R.A.S.H. will take all of Carl's weapons before leaving him in the countryside.


There is no monetary reward for this mission, but the Badlands mission is unlocked. Following the mission, Carl will be stripped of his weapons. The player may now buy any safehouse in the countryside (specifically Red County, Whetstone and Flint County), and save their game at the Angel Pine Save Point. Additionally, the player can now traverse the countryside and enter San Fierro without any police attention, but cannot purchase any safehouses there yet.


  • West Coast Talk Radio reports the following events:
    • Richard Burns narrates a news report on the gang war between the Grove Street Families and the Ballas that happened under the intersection saying many senior Grove Street Families and Ballas gang members were killed, while others were incarcerated.
    • It is also reported that the bridges connecting Red County and Flint County have finally reopened, with many delays, following the earthquake a few months ago. The governor has congratulated himself for the rebuilding of the bridges, even though he didn't help with any of the rebuilding of the bridges and even refused to give aid to rebuild them.
  • Contrary to Tenpenny's comments after letting Carl off in Angel Pine, there is no restriction on returning to Los Santos, or even the Johnson safehouse, although there is no longer a Grove Street Families presence on Grove Street, and the cash point in front of the Johnson house no longer functions. If Carl is wasted close enough to Los Santos he will respawn at a hospital in Los Santos.
  • All other Los Santos-based activities, including dating Denise Robinson, are still available (although Denise will not call Carl, and his progress with her will not be affected from not dating her, as long as Carl is not in Los Santos). The Roboi's Food Mart asset also still functions, if Carl has completed the first courier mission.


  • No "Mission Passed" message appears after the mission in the standard version of the game; this was changed in the remastered edition.
  • The song that is playing inside Sweet's house is "Fuck wit Dre Day" by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, a song that also can be heard on Radio Los Santos.
  • During the opening cutscene, a gang member that resembles the late professional wrestler Eddie Guerrero can be seen. The same gang member with the same design also appears in the opening cutscenes of House Party serving as a DJ for OG Loc and of Los Sepulcros as one of several Gang Members flanking Sweet and CJ.
  • For some reason, despite the bridges between Los Santos/Red County and San Fierro/Flint County now being opened, NPC vehicles will not cross them until after all the bridges in the state are opened after Yay-Ka-Boom-Boom.
  • If Sweet is killed just before reaching the checkpoint, he will not appear in the cinematic, though the mission continues.
  • The officers that show up during the cutscene after Carl kills all the Ballas point their pistols in a sideways manner usually attributed to gang members. It is likely due to this being a scripted sequence, and not standard free-roam officers. This manner of pistol wielding is not only bad for accuracy and unprofessional, it is also unheard of in any police training.
  • Pulaski's mouth does not move when he says "We want you to do a little favor for us Carl".
  • The camera Pulaski hands to Carl in the final cutscene is a different model to the one obtainable in the game.
  • After this mission, no more Families (Grove or otherwise) or Aztecas will spawn. This will last all the way up until the mission Home Coming (Families) and Los Desperados (Aztecas)
  • During or after this mission, the player is not allowed to recruit any GSF members. Even after this mission is over, if the player uses "gang control" cheat, the GSF members will still decline the player recruit unless the player uses the cheat "everybody can be recruited" or complete Home Coming.
  • The Bravura that Cesar used to spy on Ryder, Big Smoke and C.R.A.S.H. cannot be damaged or moved by the player, at least before getting inside that car. It is however possible to drive the Bravura following the cutscene where CJ and Cesar spied on C.R.A.S.H, Big Smoke and Ryder.


Video walkthroughs

GTA San Andreas Mission 27 - The Green Sabre (HD)09:37

GTA San Andreas Mission 27 - The Green Sabre (HD)


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