"The Vagos and Ballas are doing a deal. Steal the drugs and bring them back to G's crib."
Learning The Ropes is a mission in Grand Theft Auto Online. It is given to the player by Gerald. This mission is directly unlocked after the mission Mall or Nothing.


During the previous mission, Lamar received a call from Gerald about a drug meeting under the Olympic Freeway and Gerald is interested in the stuff. Lamar gives the address from the meeting to the player. Once the player arrives there, they will need to ambush a deal with some Ballas involved, eliminate them, collect the drugs, and deliver them to Gerald's apartment. Lamar will be there and he will introduce the player to Gerald. Gerald pays the player and invites him or her to some jobs. After the mission is completed, the player can now start discovering the world of Los Santos, buy clothes, go to the barber, make tattoos, and mod cars. The game will show cutscenes introducing the player to activities he or she can do.


  • The player will not attain a wanted level no matter what he or she does.
    • Stores can be robbed easily for small amounts of money.
      • A list of ALL convenience stores can be found in this video.
  • Civilians can be killed for small amounts of money.
  • The Carbine Rifle and ammo can be attained at Fort Zancudo by killing soldiers (they will not fight back).
  • Note that it seems that the above loopholes have already been patched in the newest version of GTA V as of May 2015, as all your status will automatically return to how they were before the mission started, thus rendering all the money and ammo you got during the mission useless.
  • If this mission is played alone, it will instead be named Learning The Ropes Alone.
  • It's not necessary to eliminate all of the enemies, as the the prime target (drug carrier) is escaping individually once you spook him. It's recommended to check the pause menu and take a look in the map. If the target is escaping then the player should consider chasing the drugs instead.