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"Heists, a brand new 4-player cooperative experience for GTA Online, giving players the chance to team up to pull off a string of intense multi-part heists, raids and robberies. Online Heists span numerous missions featuring new gameplay, vehicles, weapons, and scenarios to test a team’s full set of skills. Choose your roles and strategize to complete each stage of a Heist, with tight communication and coordination the key to success and complete Elite Challenges for extra cash. Also try Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. "
— Description.

The Heists Update is a content update exclusive to Grand Theft Auto Online which was released on March 10, 2015.


The Heists Update allows players to plan, prepare and execute multi-tiered Heists across Los Santos and Blaine County through a series of new missions organized by Lester Crest, Ron Jakowski and a new character, known only as Agent 14. These require tight communication and coordination, with players taking on specified roles at each point to accomplish multiple objectives on the way to complete the Heists.

The update features many new vehicles, weapons, and clothing items.

Minor graphical changes to the entrance of selected high-end apartment buildings were made, in addition to a wide array of new animations when entering and exiting your apartment. The Garage interior has also been updated to include a brand new exiting animation when on foot.

Unlike any prior title updates except for Holiday Gifts, no content was added to Grand Theft Auto V in this update, as the Heists Update is exclusive to Grand Theft Auto Online.



A flare gun is given to the player straight after the update is installed, and is used during The Humane Labs Raid. The thermite bomb also appears as special weapon used only in The Pacific Standard Job, which cannot be purchased.




Flare Gun It appears to be based on the Orion Brand Flare Gun, albeit with a longer barrel.


This is the first update to not include any vehicles in Story Mode, all of the vehicles are featured in GTA Online only. New vehicles included are mostly armed and armored vehicles that require mission completion to unlock for purchase. The update includes the Hydra (a VTOL fighter jet), the Savage (an attack helicopter), the Principe Lectro (a sports bike), the Valkyrie (a helicopter with 2 mounted miniguns and a mounted cannon that fires explosive rounds), the Insurgent (an armoured vehicle, also features an unarmed variant), the Karin Technical (a Karin Rebel with a mounted machine gun on the truck bed) and a new version of the Kuruma (now based on the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X). A large aircraft carrier is also present, and is most likely used to carry aircraft like the P-996 Lazer and Hydra, as well as the main target for one of the Heist Setups.

A new motorcycle and truck were added with no unlock criteria.

11 existing vehicles have been added to the in-game websites for purchase, in some cases (e.g. Nemesis) removing their "rare" status. The existing Prison Bus is also made available for purchase after it has been unlocked by a heist mission. The Dinghy is also unlocked for purchase after another heist.

Players can now save up to 30 personalised licence plates ($100,000 cost per plate) for their stored GTA Online vehicles via the updated iFruit App.

Image Name Description Unlocked after
Available to purchase immediately
An off-road endurance motorcycle. Installing the Heist Update
A civilian truck based on a Ford F650. Installing the Heist Update
Unlocked after heist completion
A returning sports saloon car based on the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X and 2015 Subaru Impreza. The Fleeca Job
Kuruma (Armored)
Armored variant of the Kuruma. The Fleeca Job
A classic grand tourer based on the 1950 Maserati 3500 GT. Prison Break - Station
Velum 5-Seater
A new 5-seater version of the Velum. The Prison Break
A returning fighter jet based on the Harrier VTOL jet, with a rear fuselage and twin stabilizers based on those of the F-35 Lightning II. Humane Raid - EMP
An armored vehicle based on the Gurkha LAPV. The Humane Labs Raid
Insurgent Pick-Up
Armed version of the Insurgent. It features a mounted M2HexB .50 cal machine gun and allows passengers on the truck bed. It is based on the Gurkha RPV. The Humane Labs Raid
A new transport helicopter based on the military Bell UH-1Y Venom helicopter, featuring three mounted miniguns. The Humane Labs Raid
A new version of the Mule featuring bullbars and side guards and lacking a livery. Series A Funding
An armed variant of the Rebel. Series A Funding
A new version of the Boxville with a Post OP livery. Pacific Standard - Vans
Gang Burrito
A pre-modified version of the Burrito without The Lost MC logos. Pacific Standard - Hack
Savage A new gunship helicopter based on the Russian Mi-24 "Hind" attack helicopter. Pacific Standard - Convoy
A streetfighter based on the Ducati Streetfighter S, featuring a KERS boost. The Pacific Standard Job
Mission only
A new version of the Trashmaster with a rusted rear and trash bags inside the trash compartment. Series A - Trash Truck
Lost Slamvan
A van version of the Slamvan. Series A - Bikers
Series A Funding
Tanker trailer A new tow-able version of the tanker trailer with no livery. Series A - Steal Meth
A new version of the Barracks with a shorter canvas. Pacific Standard - Convoy


Many new clothing and gear items were added in the update, some of which also requires unlocking through heist mission completion before becoming available to purchase:

Players are now able to save up to 10 Outfits that can be equipped immediately through the Interaction Menu anywhere in free roam or during missions.


Five Heists were added, each requiring numerous preliminary set-up jobs.

Main article: Heists
  • Fleeca Job: An introductory heist for 2 players involving stealing bonds from a safety deposit box from the Fleeca Bank on Great Ocean Highway for Lester Crest and using an armored Kuruma to escape before a Cargobob airlifts the car to evade the police. Setup missions are:
    • Scope Out - Scope out the bank and deliver a Granger full of equipment to the Heist Leader's garage.
    • Kuruma - Steal an armored Kuruma from the Khangpae in a Del Perro parking garage.

Planning Room

"Hey, I'm sure you're not gonna mind - hell, you've been waiting long enough - but I sent some people over to your place. It's just a little refurb, nothing to worry about - when it's ready I'll call you to explain"
— Lester, explaining the planning room update in game.

Updated planning room in each high-end apartment. The following changes have been made:

  • Planning Board (used interactively for planning heists)
  • Equipment Area (used interactively during each stage of heists)
  • Improved Light Detail (new lights have been added to the planning room across all platforms and new minor changes to the interior where applicable)


There are three new interactive minigames featured exclusively in the heists:


Drilling is a minigame seen in the Fleeca Bank Heist. The player assigned to the task uses a drill to drill through a keyhole in order to open a safety deposit box. On the lower right hand corner the hud is replaced with a top side of a 2d lock with 4 pins. The player's goal is to drill through all of them. But if the drill is pushed too hard it overheats turning the bit red and it takes a few seconds to cool down the bit. The player controls the speed the bit turns and how hard the bit is pushed into lock.

Circuit Breaker 2.0

Circuit Breaker 2.0 is a hacking minigame written by Lester Crest and is used in the Fleeca Bank Heist. It is a smartphone app which pops up taking most of the screen. The game consists of 2D top-down maze that looks like a circutboard. The player must guide a constantly moving line from a start point to an end point. If it touches anything but the exit it fails and has to be restarted. There are 3 levels with each one increasing the difficulty of the maze. Continued failure slows down the speed of the point but reduces the achievement level. It is recommended to use the D-Pad rather than the analog stick.

Data Crack

A data cracker in GTA Online, used to hack a garage door in order to park an Insurgent loaded with an EMP. It consists of 8 white blocks moving vertically over a horizontal red line in the center. To hack it, the player has to align a gap in the blocks when they are placed exactly over the red line. Each block moves progressively faster and any mistake will displace the previous one, and require these to be placed again.

Adversary Modes

Main article: Adversary Modes

Adversary Modes are three different types of player vs player modes that will be brought into the game with the release of the Heists Update. They will be gradually unlocked throughout the process of playing the heists.

Free-roam Activities

Three new Free-roam activities have been added:

  • Destroy Vehicle Target (for Gerald) - A target vehicle can be randomly highlighted on players' maps, which can be destroyed for a small cash reward.
  • Distract Cops (for Lester Crest) - A zone requiring players to gain high wanted levels for 5 consecutive minutes for Lester to distract police attention.
  • Aircraft Takedown (for Trevor Philips) - A smuggler aircraft smuggling people into Los Santos, highlighted on the map in which Trevor wants to be destroyed for a large cash reward.

These are unlocked at Rank 15 and introduced by phone calls or text messages from their sponsor.

Daily Objectives

Main article: Daily Objectives

Daily Objectives have been added to GTA Online free-roam, unlocking at Rank 15. Players will receive Cash and RP rewards for completing all 3 given objectives each real-life day. An additional large cash and RP bonus can be earned for completing all daily objectives for 7 days straight, and then an even bigger award for completing them 28 days straight. Objectives are found on the player's Interaction Menu.


9 new achievements, in a total of 250Gamerscore icon, and 9 new trophies, 7 bronze and 2 silver, were added for all platforms.

Notable Quotes

"We should talk,"
Agent 14
"We all love banks!"
Lester Crest
"You gotta speculate, to accumulate."
Trevor Philips
"You've got to be, methodical! This isn't just a dumb crime!"
―Lester Crest
"You gotta go in cautious."
Ron Jakowski
"We're gonna borrow a helicopter from, here."
―Agent 14
"All of you will be flying in together."
―Agent 14
"Questions? Comments? Concerns?"
―Lester Crest





  • The Los Santos Customs sale price of pre-modified vehicles found on the street in standard and enhanced versions was increased significantly.
    • A bugfix patch was released 4 days after the update which reduced these values back to pre-update levels.
  • A money-glitch bug was present with chrome wheel values whereby a specific SUV chrome wheel could be unlocked for free and the vehicle sold for an inflated price as if the full value of the wheel was spent.
    • This was bugfixed by reducing the value/price of the entire set of SUV chrome wheels which can now be purchased for around 10% of the cost of the other chrome wheel classes.
  • The player can save edit all the new vehicles into Story Mode without any flaws. However, the KERS system on the Lectro won't work and would remove the special ability bar for the duration of the session.
    • The player can also use all the Machine Guns available on the new vehicles.
  • Daily Objectives can sometimes carry over from the previous day's objectives, disabling the player from earning the consecutive bonus rewards.


  • Some of the content may be influenced by the film franchise "Rambo". In which, a Technical-based vehicle appears, with a large turret on the rear. A Savage-look-alike helicopter as well as a Valkyrie-look-alike also appear in the film.
  • This is the first GTA Online update to add new Achievements/Trophies into the game.
  • This is also the second content update to only include content for GTA Online, the first being the Holiday Gifts.
  • In the Heists DLC files there are audio clips that refer to an unused heist where you kidnap a scientist named Melvin Andrews. These clips suggest you had to track him down by avoiding "phantom signals" and following the correct one Lester gives you.


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