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For the location of the same name, see Pier 69.

CJ: "You sold us out, Ryder! You fucked with us all!"
Ryder: "I'm a motherfucking genius!"
―Carl Johnson confronts Ryder, while the latter tries to make his escape

Pier 69 is a mission in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas given to protagonist Carl Johnson from Cesar Vialpando from a rooftop across from Pier 69 in Esplanade North, San Fierro, San Andreas.


After finding out of the next meet between Big Smoke's lieutenant Ryder and the Loco Syndicate through killing Jizzy B, Carl calls Cesar to inform him of this. After CJ and Cesar meet up on a rooftop across from Pier 69, Carl gets there and uses a sniper rifle to gun down the San Fierro Rifa taking guard over the pier, so that Mountain Cloud Boys acting as backup can move in. T-Bone shows up as does Ryder. The last to show up is Toreno who arrives by helicopter. Toreno sees the bodies on the rooftops and is alerted, so CJ and Cesar fight their way through Pier 69 until they confront T-Bone. The two gun him down, then Ryder attempts to escape by a boat, but Carl chases him down and kills him.

Mission Objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Go upstairs and meet Cesar.
  • Clear the roof so that the Triads can proceed.
  • Find and kill T-Bone.
  • Jump into the water and swim after Ryder.
  • Get in the boat.
  • Kill Ryder. You can do a drive-by on his boat.




  • The alleyway at the side of the Well Stacked Pizza Co. can be used to avoid having to face the Rifas and Ballas protecting T-Bone. The pizza shop can also be used to replenish the Carl's health should he take too much damage.
  • Depending on T-Bone's position, it is possible to snipe him from across the street. The game will directly skip to the cutscene where Carl and Cesar shoot him.
  • It is possible to kill Ryder with a sniper rifle from the pier. Alternatively, using a rocket launcher to destroy the boats whilst Ryder is close to them will most likely kill him in the resulting explosion.
  • If the player performs a drive-by on Ryder's boat, they must make sure Carl a safe distance away once Ryder's boat catches fire, as Carl's boat may be destroyed in the explosion if it is too close to Ryder's.
  • Whilst Carl cannot gain a wanted level during this mission, he will be able to do so once the mission ends, so the player must make sure they do not sail out of the waters surrounding San Fierro if they choose to chase Ryder by boat.


  • During the deal between Ryder and T-Bone, Ryder was wielding an AK-47. However, he doesn't use it to fight back.
  • In the beta, Ryder would get killed on the pier, and T-Bone would swim to the boat.
  • Whichever submachine gun the player has in their inventory is the one that Carl uses in the cutscene when he and Cesar kill T-Bone. Carl will shoot T-Bone five times even if the gun's current magazine has fewer than five bullets.
    • If the player doesn't have any submachine gun in their inventory, then Carl will use a Tec-9 in the cutscene (like Cesar), and he will be able to use it afterwards.
  • If the player already has a sniper rifle in their inventory before the mission, they will receive more ammunition from Cesar.
  • Cesar's attacks do not inflict damage on enemies.
  • During the sniper rifle shooting sequence, if the player does really well and only one of the Triads is killed in the sequence, CJ will admire his work by saying, "Man! My busting was tight!" before going down to on the ground to start the next part of the mission.
  • Sometimes after this mission is passed, Ballas members can rarely be seen driving away from the pier if they haven't been killed in the mission.
  • It is impossible to take one of the vehicles (Ryder's Picador, the two Tahomas and the Burrito) parked by the pier, as all the vehicles are locked. However, they can be destroyed by shooting their gas tanks, which can spare a lot of ammo - they will explode immediately (so they can get shot by the Sniper Rifle with just 1 bullet, instead of usual 8) and their explosions can take out even more enemies (Ballas or SF Rifa gang members).
  • If Carl decides to kill Ryder from the pier using the Sniper Rifle, when he fires with the first bullet, Ryder will try to get away. His boat needs to be shot at least 8 times to make sure it will explode. Ryder will be killed after the explosion and Cesar will not call Carl, as he saw it from the pier. The mission will be passed after Ryder's death.
  • If the player destroys either one or both of the boats in any way, such as by shooting or entering the destroy all cars cheat, Ryder will swim to a nearby island and will engage CJ in a fist fight if the player goes to the same island
  • If the boat chase takes place (only if the player does not destroy the two boats), Ryder can be heard saying "I'm a motherfucking genius"


  • If you beach Ryder's boat, he will keep operating it in vain until you board it.
  • If you blow up both boats, Ryder will swim to the small island nearby and stand still. Strangely, he will not react even if you beat him to death with melee weapons.
  • If you board Ryder's boat during the chase, he will bail out and drown.


A video walkthrough is below, or text walkthrough can be found here.

GTA San Andreas - Walkthrough - Mission 53 - Pier 69 (HD)04:52

GTA San Andreas - Walkthrough - Mission 53 - Pier 69 (HD)


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