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"We're at war! Take these boys over and whack the Triad Warlords! Hell, if you get a chance, pop some of their soldiers too!"
Toni Cipriani

Triads and Tribulations is a mission in Grand Theft Auto III given to protagonist Claude by Leone Family Caporegime Toni Cipriani from his mother's restaurant in the Saint Mark's district of Portland Island, Liberty City.


Claude goes to the restaurant, looking for more work from Toni. Claude finds a letter left on the table telling the task of getting rid of three Triad warlords. However, there are already two Leone goons with him.

The first warlord is located in Chinatown, with Claude driving to the location and killing him and the Triads who are with him. The second warlord is standing near the pedestrian only walk part of Chinatown, seemingly alone. When the Triads spot Claude, they ambush him but Claude kills them and the second warlord. The third is located in the Fish Factory, so Claude steals a Triad Fish Van, drives into the compound and kills the third Triad warlord. Alternatively Claude can throw a grenade over the walls towards the Fish Factory.

Mission objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Take out the three Triad warlords


The reward for completing the mission is $30,000 and the mission Blow Fish is unlocked.


  • The third warlord in the factory can be killed in another way, which is accomplished by going up the hill behind the factory and killing him with a grenade/Motolov.
  • Before Claude can reach the first warlord, a police scanner will report that a gang war and the Triads and the Mafia has started and members from both gangs will spawn randomly close to each other and fight.
  • This mission is similar to The Tail Bagging the Dogs in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.
  • During the mission, you can see Mafia and Triads fighting everywhere the player goes, even where they have no turf (ex: Triads appearing in Saint Mark's)
  • All the warlords are carrying Uzis rather than Pistols or Baseball Bats.
  • The second and third warlord can also be killed using the sniper rifles long range zoom. The sniper rifle can be gotten by getting to Stauton Island/Shoreside Vale and getting the hidden packages there by jumping the broken bridge girder and steel beam trick or alternatively, by falling through the porter tunnel glitch.  
  • Bare minimum, both the second and third warlord wear body armor. This is because it took two sniper bullets to drop the second warlord, while using molotov, the third one screamed and ran in a panic far longer than regular enemies, signifing both have extra HP gained from wearing armor.

Video walkthroughs

iPad Version
GTA 3 - iPad Walkthrough - Mission 17 - Triads and Tribulations03:03

GTA 3 - iPad Walkthrough - Mission 17 - Triads and Tribulations

PC Version
GTA 3 - Walkthrough - Mission 17 - Triads and Tribulations (HD)02:12

GTA 3 - Walkthrough - Mission 17 - Triads and Tribulations (HD)

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