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"That was a whole lot of effort for no fucking reward. Story of my life."
―Packie McReary

Patrick "Packie" McReary (Irish: Pádraig Mac Ruairí) is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears as a main character and a friend in Grand Theft Auto IV, made a cameo in The Lost and Damned, a supporting character in The Ballad of Gay Tony and as a minor character in Grand Theft Auto V. Packie is a member of the McReary crime family and the youngest brother of the McReary clan itself.

Packie reappears in Grand Theft Auto V in random encounter, and, based on its outcome, he can become an optional accomplice for heist missions.


Childhood and personality

Packie was born to Maureen McReary. His siblings consisted of brothers Derrick, Francis, and Gerald, with Kate being born two years later. Born and raised in Dukes, he has never been outside Liberty City, except for Alderney State.

Packie's father was a violent, perverted alcoholic whom Packie blames for their Mob's fall from influence. He says of his father, "I used to think I loved him, but then I realized I hated him". He eventually admits to Niko that his father at one point attempted to molest him, but was stopped by Gerry. He is also the only McReary that enjoys Rap and Hip-Hop. He has been using drugs since he was 14, staying home from school to roll joints for his dad. Packie became involved in crime at an early age, having chosen Gerry as a role model and began spotting for his brother's scores when he was in middle school. He has an addictive personality (not quite as bad as Derrick, but a rising issue), as seen in his predilection for alcohol and cocaine. His first conviction came in 1997 when he was arrested for stealing a car when he was 18. The following year he secured his first felony conviction when he was arrested for grand larceny but was (presumably) acquitted and was arrested again in 2000 for highjacking. That same year his father died - possibly by suicide, or by Gerry. Packie's last known arrest came in 2005 when he was caught with several grams of cocaine in the presence of a known prostitute.

Packie, on the surface, portrays himself as strong and without feeling. But when drunk or otherwise confiding in Niko, he is shown time and time again to be suppressing deeply painful emotions. For example, he will lament that "the world is ugly and unkind", question what being a man is all about, and contemplates suicide. He doesn't seem to seriously consider immediately and directly killing himself, but does glamorize the idea that he will die young of a drug overdose. Compared to Niko, Packie is equally capable of violence and criminal activity, and feels less guilt. He does, however, still hold certain moral standards; if you kill too many hostages during the mission Three Leaf Clover, the mission will fail and Packie will say that he doesn't take bloody money.

During GTA IV

By the time of GTA IV, Packie largely operates independently of the Irish Mob, committing stick-up robberies with his friends Michael and Gordon, and working as a hired gun for the Pegorino Family.

Packie was introduced to Niko Bellic through cocaine dealer Elizabeta Torres. Packie and Niko quickly became friends after escaping from a botched cocaine deal together. Impressed, Packie called up Niko and introduced him to his family and his gang. They all participated in robbing other criminal gangs (first robbing the Algonquin Triads and then the Ancelotti Family), and eventually did a bank robbery on the Bank of Liberty in Algonquin.

After the bank job, Packie continued working with and befriending Niko, particularly in the kidnapping of Gracie Ancelotti for Gerry. Unbeknownst to Packie, Niko murdered one of his brothers. Nonetheless, Niko's assistance in suppressing an attack on the funeral cemented their friendship. Packie trusted Niko enough to encourage him to date Kate, the youngest of the McReary clan (confident that Kate would not "put out", in any case).

In the credits of The Ballad of Gay Tony Packie is seen exiting a taxi cab and entering the airport with a duffel bag presumably filled with money. In the following scenes a plane is seen leaving the runway headed for an unknown destination, it is assumed that Packie boarded this flight.


"Thanks for the help. If you've ever got a job coming up, try and find me. The name's Packie McReary of Dukes, Liberty City."
―Packie after being aided in escaping the police.

Packie appears again in Grand Theft Auto V. He appears rather early in the game, robbing a drug store in Strawberry with an unknown friend. Once you find him, he requests that you find a getaway car and help them escape. If you do so, he will thank you and will then be available as a gunman in further heists. Packie has some of the highest possible skills for a gunman available, but takes 12 percent of the cut.

Interestingly, Packie mentions the robbery during The Paleto Score, if he was chosen for the job. On the way to the bank, the gang will talk about their first robberies. Packie mentions that one of the gunman were killed by one of the hostages, and how they escaped. He will also mention his brother, Derrick, who was also a gunman, in the Liberty City robbery, and that he had died during the last few years. Lastly, he mentions Niko Bellic, the forth gunman. Packie says that he had lost contact with Niko after Packie left Liberty City to Los Santos, and that he doesn't even know what became of Niko, presuming him dead.


Grand Theft Auto IV and its Episodes

Packie is slightly shorter and slender than Niko. Patrick has a long scar under his left eye; seen how he likes to fight while drunk, having scars is only reasonable. His nose is rather large and slightly crooked, it's possible that it was broken. Patrick wears a white long sleeved undershirt, green polo shirt, blue jeans and sneakers that look very similar to the ones in Russian Shop. He has green eyes that have a grayish tint and hair is a in buzzcut. His skin has several red spots and dents, probably caused by cocaine.

Grand Theft Auto V

Packie is seen again, but looks a bit different than in Grand Theft Auto IV. He is seen with scars, and has a stubble. He looks older, now that he's 34. His mole on the top right corner of his lip is more visble. He also got wrinkles around his eyes over the time. His eye color also has a more light brown color. He wears different outfits during heists.


At some point after completion of the mission Three Leaf Clover Packie calls you to do a friend activity with him; after that you will become friends with him.

Packie is the fourth of five friends you will make within the game, and is available between 4 PM and 6 AM.

Packie is available for six different activities. They are: Bowling, Darts, Drinking, Pool, Show, and Strip Club.

When you get above 75% in Packie's Like Stat then you will gain his Special Ability, which is being able to call him to prepare a car bomb, which can be used to take down difficult targets. This ability can be useful in certain situations and missions and it may be worth your time to become good friends with Packie.

When you need a Bomb then select Packie in your Phonebook then Bomb. Then he will tell you where he left the Bomb. Get the Bomb and then press E (PC), LB (Xbox 360) or L1 (PS3) when behind a vehicle to rig it. Then call Packie and choose detonate to explode the Bomb.

He likes it when Niko drives fast. He says things like "If you have somewhere to be then you may as go at pace." and "This is the way to do it, Niko."

Mission appearances

Grand Theft Auto IV
The Lost and Damned
The Ballad of Gay Tony
Grand Theft Auto V

Murders committed

LCPD Database information

Surname: McReary

First Name: Patrick "Packie"

Age: 29

Place of Birth: Dukes, Liberty City

Affiliations: Linked to Irish American Criminals in Dukes and the Alderney based Pegorino Crime Syndicate.

Criminal Record:

  • 1997 - Grand Theft Auto
  • 1998 - Grand Larceny
  • 2000 - Hijacking
  • 2005 - Possession Controlled Substance: Cocaine


  • Youngest brother and employee of Gerald McReary.
  • Suspected in a number of robberies and hijackings.
  • Arrested with several grams of cocaine in the presence of a known prostitute.
  • Believed to be working as muscle for the Alderney-based Pegorino Crime Syndicate.


  • According to his brother Gerald McReary, Packie has a tattoo of his own name on one of his arms.
  • If the player positions the camera in such a way that you can see inside Packie's head, you will see a small cube with a picture of a brain on it, which is Packie's balaclava texture from the bank robbery.
  • Following the bank robbery, Packie purchases a bright red Comet, which is revealed when Luis and Tony Prince are following him around in a Helicopter in the mission Ladies' Night in TBoGT.
  • Like most other characters, Packie will don a unique helmet when with the player on a motorcycle. His is a dark green helmet, referencing his Irish heritage.
  • Though, he is seen riding a PCJ-600 in his character trailer, Packie appears to dislike motorcycles, claiming that they are death traps and telling Niko that he "better know how to drive it" when picking him up for a friend activity.
  • Packie sings Danny Boy during one of the drinking outings with Niko.
  • Packie, along with Niko Bellic can be fought and killed in The Ballad of Gay Tony mission Ladies Half Price. Packie and Niko have a colossal amount of health, and their deaths do not affect the story.
  • Packie's favorite radio station is Liberty Rock Radio 97.8 and he will respond positively if it's turned on in the car, claiming he wants it to play at his funeral. Packie also likes The Beat 102.7.
  • He dislikes playing darts, complaining that it's boring, despite darts being a traditional Irish game and Packie being proud of his Irish roots, as he states himself. However, he only voices his disliking if the player beats him.
  • Sometimes, when Niko calls him to hang out with him, he may be near the Alderney State Correctional Facility, implying that he was visiting his brother Gerry.
  • The player will recieve the trophy/achievement "Dial "B" for Bomb" after gaining Packie's friendship bonus.
  • He will sometimes refer to Niko as "boyo", which traditionally refers to someone younger than oneself, despite Niko being a year older than Packie.
  • The in-car LCPD database lists him as being wanted for Armed Robbery. This is likely due to the events of Three Leaf Clover.
  • His artwork shows him fighting from a stance called "southpaw", which is largely used by left-handed people. Still Packie is right-handed during gameplay.
  • Packie is addicted to cocaine, which burdens him with numerous problems. He claims that he can't look for women without cocaine in his system and when he's with women, he spends his time in the bathroom snorting rails of coke, which lowers his sex drive (he calls this a "catch 22"). Kate claims that Packie has uncontrollable behavior when he's with her in public and will attack anyone who he thinks is looking at her wrong. This is likely due to his cocaine addiction as well. Packie also has an uncanny sleeping schedule, waking up at 4:00 in the afternoon and staying up all night doing coke. Due to this, Packie is inactive in the morning.
  • As is the case with all other crew members, Packie can be killed during a heist.
  • If playing Trevor and picking Patrick up during the getaway, he can be delivered to the Altruist Cult in the hills, who pay to have people delivered to them and cannibalized. It's unknown however if Patrick could survive his encounter when left with them.



External link - contains details on how to raise Packie's like percentage


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