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Paparazzi Purge

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"Steal a police boat, and sink his career!"
―Asuka Kasen.

Paparazzi Purge is a mission in Grand Theft Auto III given to protagonist Claude by Yakuza co-leader Asuka Kasen from her condominium located in the Newport district of Staunton Island, Liberty City.


Claude drops by Asuka's condo and finds out that she and Maria have taken a little holiday together and Claude finds a letter left by Asuka saying that a reporter has been into Yakuza's business for too long and Asuka has decided to take a little holiday elsewhere in the city while the reporter is found just at the sea nearby. Claude steals a police boat and starts chasing the target as well as attacking him with the Predator's machine guns. After a chase around the quiet waters of the city, he manages to kill the reporter and destroy his boat.

Mission objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Steal the police boat
  • Take out the reporter and destroy his boat


The reward for passing this mission is $10,000 and the mission Payday For Ray becomes available.


  • If you are really good with the Rocket Launcher, and you have one, you can use it to kill the reporter from the front of the condo. However, it takes not one, but two shots from a rocket launcher to destroy the boat.
  • If you block the entrance of the pier that the Predator is parked at using a car, you can then alternatively get the Speeder parked at the pier directly across from Asuka's Condo. Instead of attacking the Papparazi during the pursuit, just follow him until he exits his boat back at the pier. He will then run up to the stairs and bump repeatedly on the car you used to block it, making it easier to kill him. This method isn't completely hole-proof as he can sometimes escape past the blocked car due to gaps on either side.
  • You can also run him over with the speeder if you ram into the docks while he is running from his boat.


Video walkthroughs

PS2 Version PC Version
Grand Theft Auto 3 Mission 31 - "Paparazzi Purge"04:12

Grand Theft Auto 3 Mission 31 - "Paparazzi Purge"

Grand Theft Auto 3 (PC) Mission 32 - Paparazzi Purge01:52

Grand Theft Auto 3 (PC) Mission 32 - Paparazzi Purge

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