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"Vlad's nothing in this town, don't do this for him!"
Ivan Bytchkov

Ivan the Not So Terrible is the final mission given by Vladimir Glebov to Niko Bellic in Grand Theft Auto IV. This is the first, and one of the seven missions in the game to offer a morality choice; where the player chooses whether to take one action or another (in this case it is sparing or killing Ivan), and is the first to use ladders and jumping.


The mission starts with Vlad telling Niko Bellic that Ivan Bytchkov has upset Mikhail Faustin, his boss, and wants Niko to kill him. Vlad explains to Niko that he persuaded Ivan to rob Roman Bellic's cab depot and wants him to kill Ivan in an act of "self-defense".

Mission Objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Go to Roman's garage.
  • Ivan is already making an escape. Chase him.
  • Ivan is escaping into the construction site. Chase him.
  • Choose Ivan's fate.


Grab Vlad's Blista Compact (the same one Niko stole in the mission Clean Getaway) and drive to Roman's Cab Depot. Don't stop once you get there - it seems Ivan's already robbed Roman. He is escaping from the cab depot. If you arrive from Cisco Street, the route he'll take will be a lot shorter.

Chase Ivan to a construction site nearby. He will crash near a ladder and run up it. Get out of your car and run up the same ladder with the in-game instructions. Once you get to the top, Ivan continues up another ladder. Follow him. He continues to run away. Follow him until a cut-scene appears. In the cut-scene, Ivan will jump over to a nearby building. Get onto the crane and do the same.

He will jump a few more buildings - follow him. Soon he will get to the end of the building chain. As Niko shouts out to Ivan he has nowhere left to run. Ivan then runs across a catwalk leading to a broken fire escape- unbeknownst to him. He accidentally steps over the edge and falls but clings on. As Niko reaches Ivan, the player now has the choice of sparing him, by helping him up and letting him escape or killing him, by shooting him, or watching a cutscene in which Niko stamps on Ivan's fingers, sending him crashing to the sidewalk/road.

If you let him live, he'll come back as a random character. If you kill him, you have closely followed Vlad's instructions. Either way after that Niko refuses to do any more work for Vlad.


This section/page depicts all cutscenes and dialogues in the mission "Ivan the Not So Terrible" in Grand Theft Auto IV.

Ivan the Not So Terrible
Cutscene 1
Niko Bellic enters the bar. Vladimir Glebov informs Niko Bellic that Ivan Bytchkov is robbing Roman Bellic, and Niko Bellic leaves.
Mickey Hey, how ya doing?
Niko Bellic Hey, Mickey.
Mickey What'll you have?
Niko Bellic Glass of water.
Mickey Glass of water.
Vladimir Glebov Bang, bang, you are dead. Wake up, you moron.
Niko Bellic You got me.
Vladimir Glebov Come over here. Sit down. You remember Ivan?
Niko Bellic No.
Vladimir Glebov Guy you saw me talking to. This guy. Er... this guy?
Niko Bellic Oh, yes. You guys had a little kiss.
Vladimir Glebov Very funny... what would you say if I told you he was going to rob your cousin?
Niko Bellic I'd say... what problem has he got with my cousin?
Vladimir Glebov Hold on. Hey, hey, hey gorgeous... no, I can't talk right now... what are you wearing? No, I mean underneath it... great... listen, I'll call you back, eh? Sorry.
Niko Bellic Who was that?
Vladimir Glebov Never you mind.
Niko Bellic Was it Ivan?
Vladimir Glebov Ooh, very funny. You know, for a dumb yokel, you're a very funny guy.
Niko Bellic Yes, and for an annoying dick, you're really an annoying dick.
Vladimir Glebov Well, it's a real shame, then, that I'm the guy with the powerful friends, and you're the little punk whose only friend is some fat weasel who drives a fucking cab...
Niko Bellic So... why is Ivan going to rob my cousin?
Vladimir Glebov Because I want you to kill him.
Niko Bellic What?
Vladimir Glebov He's angered Mikhail... Mr. Faustin. Offended him. He think he's stealing some paperwork from Roman. You catch him, and kill him... then we say it was just a robbery that failed.
Niko Bellic And what if I say I don't want to be your hitman?
Vladimir Glebov Then Mr. Faustin will be very angry with you... and your cousin.
Niko Bellic Hmm, okay.
Vladimir Glebov I knew we would understand each other, once I put it in this simple way. Now, go wait for him by the cab depot! Hey gorgeous, yeah where were we? Okay now listen, let's talk about tonight...
Niko Bellic drives to the cab depot and chases Ivan Bytchkov.
[These dialogues will play in random]
Niko Bellic Alright, Ivan, let's do this. So you're the guy I'm meant to kill? That prick Vlad making me kill this guy. Man! Where you going to? Slippery bastard. I wasn't sure about killing you when Vlad asked. Now I'm coming around to the idea. I'm going to catch you, asshole. Slow the fuck up, asshole. Shit, you're starting to annoy me.
Ivan Bytchkov escapes into the construction site, and Niko Bellic chases Ivan Bytchkov.
[These dialogues will play in random]
Ivan Bytchkov Vlad ain't nobody, you going to see that. Shit. Shit. Shit. Vlad's a bum, don't kill me for him. Stay the fuck away from me, I was set up! Vlad's a bum, he set me up. He's nothing in this town, don't do this for him. I don't want no trouble with you!
Niko Bellic You trying to rob my cousin? Man, I'm starting to sweat. Shit. I thought everyone in this country was fat and slow. Vlad don't like you no more, man. You're a fast one, aren't you?
Ivan Bytchkov falls over the ledge, and pleads with Niko Bellic to spare his life.
[These dialogues will play in random]
Niko Bellic You've ran out of roof, dickhead. There ain't nowhere left for you to run.
Ivan Bytchkov Please. Vlad told you to kill me, right? I wasn't stealing nothing from your cousin's place! Vlad told me to go there. Let me go and I'll lay low. No one's going to know that I'm alive. Not even my mother. I'll stay out of Hove Beach. I'll be a ghost. I promise. Please!
Cutscene 2
Niko Bellic decides to save Ivan Bytchkov and helps him up.
Niko Bellic Get up. If Vlad wants you dead, you can't be all bad. Stay out of Hove Beach.
Ivan Bytchkov Thank you. You won't regret this, man. I am outta here! Wanted to leave anyway, get away from all these people from back home. Get into the real America. You never gonna see me around here again. I owe you my life, man. You're a good man, you're a good man, thank you.
Niko Bellic decides to kill Ivan Bytchkov and steps on his hand. Ivan Bytchkov then falls to the ground.
Niko Bellic I promised to deal with you. I don't break promises.
Post-Mission Phonecall
Niko Bellic calls Vladimir Glebov. (First Possible Dialogue)
[The dialogue for this call will only play if Niko Bellic decides to save Ivan Bytchkov]
Niko Bellic You won't be seeing your boyfriend Ivan no more. You going to miss him?
Vladimir Glebov No I'm not. I'm getting enough pussy at the moment. I tell you, is so much better if woman already have a man. Because you don't have to deal with all their shit all day. Take Mallorie, for example...
Niko Bellic Fuck you. Say this to my face and I will break you.
Call ends.
Niko Bellic calls Vladimir Glebov. (Second Possible Dialogue)
[The dialogue for this call will only play if Niko Bellic decides to kill Ivan Bytchkov]
Niko Bellic Ivan is dead. He came to a sticky end.
Vladimir Glebov Hey, you and your cousin's girlfriend should get together. She likes sticky finishes as well.
Niko Bellic Fuck you. Say that to my face and I will break you.
Fail Cutscenes & Dialogues
Niko Bellic loses Ivan Bytchkov.
Niko Bellic calls Vladimir Glebov.
Niko Bellic Hey, Vlad. I lost your boyfriend. He got away from me.
Vladimir Glebov I should have known you would screw this up. You are born loser, just like your cousin. Come see me sometime.
Call ends.

Video Walkthrough

GTA 4 - Mission 11 - Ivan the Not So Terrible (1080p)07:07

GTA 4 - Mission 11 - Ivan the Not So Terrible (1080p)


  • The mission's title is an obvious reference to Ivan the Terrible, a former ruler (Tsar) of Russia.
  • There is a glitch with Ivan's car if the player destroys the vehicle killing Ivan, the mission will still be to 'chase' Ivan. The only way to get out of this is by failing the mission either by leaving the area or death.
  • This mission (along with Uncle Vlad) are the only times the player can freely enter Comrades Bar.
  • In the opening cutscene, Vlad is seen talking to someone and saying "gorgeous." He was most likely talking to Mallorie because at the end of the cutscene he says "Let's talk about tonight" meaning that he most likely had that affair with her and this mission most possibly leads up to the next mission Uncle Vlad where Niko kills Vlad.
  • The whole traffic during the chase is scripted (as numerous other missions in the game). So the vehicles seen in the traffic are not random: a speeding Futo, a Chavos and a Marbelle in Mohawk Avenue, a Marbelle (and a parked Perennial) in Onion Street, a Stratum in Asparagus Avenue, a Perennial and a Voodoo driving (and one Perennial and three Marbelles parked) in Munsee Avenue, a Marbelle and a Mule in Montauk Avenue, a Chavos (and two Perennials and a Futo parked) in Hickcock Street, a Marbelle and a Perennial (and another parked Perennial) in northern Onondaga Avenue, a parked Stratum in Ringo Street, and a driving Bobcat, a parked Perennial, and a stopped Benson and Flatbed in southern Onondaga Avenue. There's also a stopped Biff in Kid Street.
  • If the player arrive before Ivan at the construction site (coming over Masterson Street) and he park his car blocking his way to the construction site, Ivan will walk down and go into the next entrance. It is possible for Niko to go ahead of him (funnily, calling him "You're a fast one, aren't you?"). If you reach the crane, however, the cutscene of Ivan jumping out the crane will play and he'll be teleported in the other building already.
  • It is possible to obtain Ivan's uniquely colored Ruiner (black with yellow trim) by entering it as Ivan begins climbing up the construction site. Simply drive it down the block to the south and park it or you could kill Ivan before he jumps from the crane causing the car to not de-spawn. Ivan will not continue climbing until Niko has begun climbing and you will not fail the mission for moving away from him. After pursuing Ivan and making your choice on his fate, you may descend the stairs to the west of the building and down the ladder to find Ivan's Ruiner where you moved it and you may take it to your parking space if you like.
  • During the end credits for The Lost and Damned, one of the scenes shown is the rooftop chase in this mission. However, the scene is cut away before Niko kills or saves Ivan. Also during the scene, the mission Bleed Out is somehow happening at the same time (Roman's Taxi and Dardan Petrela's car parked on the sidewalk, Bledar Morina and Kalem beating up Roman in the basketball courts under the El Train) despite already being completed.
  • It is possible to kill Ivan before he reaches the ledge, if the player shoots him enough while he is running away (he has an incredible amount of HP, able to sustain several head shots with the Sniper Rifle or 3 explosions with a Grenade or Rocket Launcher), he will become wounded. The player can then finish him off.
    • Curiously enough, if the player wound Ivan before he reaches the ledge, he'd walk in an injured animation and sometimes he'll fall from the building, however, he'll re-spawn immediately over the roof. This also happens if the player push him off the building. Source video here
  • This mission is similar to the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City mission The Chase.
  • Ivan will dangle there indefinitely; for example the player have time to drive the Ruiner to his safehouse and come back. If the player takes a taxi, the taxi's destination indicator will flash alternately between "Friend" and another location.


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