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Two player mode

 PlayStation2  Successfully complete the Burning Desire mission where you rescue Denise. A red two player free roam icon will now appear on Denise's porch near the door. The icon will appear there when she is home and will go on a date. Stand on the icon and press Start on controller two to activate the icon. Note: If both enter a car, the passenger will have free aim with a machine gun.

Note: Do not try to kill Denise, as you will never be able to date her again or play in two-player mode at her house.

Once you get your girlfriend, take her on a date. After you drop her off, there will be a rotating icon of two people directly in front of the door. Walk into it. It will tell you to push any button on the controller two. Do so to start two player mode, involving CJ and his girlfriend in a free roam.

For more fun in two player mode, start the two player mission. Then, enable the "Spawn Jetpack" code and press Triangle to remove the Jetpack. Then, have player two get the Jetpack. Enable the Jetpack code again, then have player one get it. Both players can now fly around and do the two player missions this way.

Even though two players cannot drive different cars, they can drive different boats. Go to The Mako Span in two player mode. Both players can race different boats.

Lock two player mode camera view

 PlayStation2  After two player mode is activated, press Select to lock the view to either player.
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Girlfriend's picture

When you take your girlfriend on a date, use a camera and point it at her. CJ will say something like "Come on, love my camera", and your girlfriend will face the camera and wave.

Oyster bonus

Collect all fifty oysters to increase your sex appeal and lung capacity.

Note: To find the oysters faster, get a Sea Sparrow (which can land on water). You can find one by the Sherman Dam.

Horseshoe bonus

Collect all fifty horseshoes in Las Venturas to get a M4, MP5, combat shotgun, and satchel charges to appear at the Four Dragons Casino.

Tag bonus

Spray all one hundred hidden tags in Los Santos to get an AK-47, Tec-9, Sawn-off shotgun, and Molotov cocktails to appear inside your house on Grove Street.

Snapshot bonus

Take all fifty snapshots in San Fierro to get a sniper rifle, Micro SMG, shotgun, and grenades to appear at your San Fierro garage.

Racing bonus

Get first place in all races at the four racing locations across San Andreas (marked with a checkered flag on the map/radar) to win $1,000,000.

100% game completion bonuses

CJ will get a stats boost, extra money, and a Rhino and Hydra will be delivered to CJ's house on Grove Street.

Increase muscle or stamina

At about 22:00, go to a gym and work out, maxing yourself. After you have worked out enough for the day, wait another minute until the time is 0:00. Max yourself out for that day then go home. Save two or three times and you can repeat this process.

To get your character maxed out in the muscle and stamina attributes, do the following. Go the gym near the Johnson house. Work out until you are told that it is enough for one day. Go home (right down the block), save the game to advance to the next day. Return to the gym and you can work out again. You can now max out your muscle and stamina in less then a half hour.

 PlayStation2  Note: This trick requires a controller with a turbo feature. Go to a gym or Madd Dogg's mansion. Get on the treadmill and set it to level 7, 8, or 9. Enable the turbo feature and just hold X instead of tapping it. Your stamina will increase easily. You can also do this with weights, but you will have to tap Circle and X a little bit.

Increase bike skill

 PlayStation2  Enable the "Massive bunny hops" code. Keep jumping very high by holding L1 for a long time. As you jump, do some flips (backwards or any funny stunt) and land perfectly. You will then receive a unique stunt award or an insane stunt award and your skill will increase. To do this perfectly without falling while doing the stunts, use the "Never fall off your bike" glitch. Get some speed, jump as high as possible, do stunts, and do not fall. This will increase CJ's bike skill.

Increase driving skill

Go to San Fierro and pass the tests at the driving school.

Find a tractor or a slow moving car. Drive the roads without going as fast as you can (move slowly). This will take awhile, but will increase your driving skills.

Increase underwater skill

Repeatedly swim underwater to increase your lung capacity and your underwater skill.

Increase weapon skill

Achieve a high wanted level and go into a restaurant. Shoot everyone with the weapon that you want to raise in rank. If you walk around and wait, police will spawn, but will not shoot you. Police can raise your weapon skill faster than pedestrians. This works best in Burger Shot because of the wide area that you can walk around in. Continue until you reach Hitman status.

Use the following trick in front of any safe house. Use the gun you want to get up to Hitman status to repeatedly shoot a car until it explodes. Then, go to the next car. Repeat this until you reach Hitman status for that weapon. Watch out for the police. You can shoot them, then keep shooting the cars. When you are almost dead, enter your safe house and save the game. Your health will be restored and wanted level removed.

To attain Hitman level quicker, select your desired weapon and go to a Pay 'N' Spray. Park your vehicle directly next to the Pay 'N' Spray. Exit the vehicle and repeatedly shoot people, cars, and cops. When your wanted level is raised to two stars or above, run to your vehicle and drive into the Pay 'N' Spray to cancel it. If your vehicle is not damaged, the respray is free. Wait for the wanted stars to stop flashing, then start shooting people again.

Get lots of bullets for the guns that you want Hitman or Gangster status for. Go to Tierra Robada. Look around at the north of the island to find a little house. Stay in there and enable the "Increase wanted level" code three times. Stay in the cabin and wait for the police to approach. When they enter the house, kill them.

Go into a police station and find a room with one entry point, and something that you can hide behind (like a desk). Take out your weapon. You should now have a two star wanted level. Shoot any cop who comes through the door. Every cop you shoot makes your gun skill go up by about five. Do this until you either die, run out of bullets, or enable the "Lower wanted level" code.

Easy Pilot license

Go to the airport in San Fierro and enable the "Spawn Jetpack" code. Enter the Shamel jet and enable the "Speed up time" code. Fly it until a message appears in the corner. Fly it for about five or ten more minutes and you will have a pilot license without going to pilot school. Note: Make sure you save the game.

Pass license tests easily

Repeatedly fail the License Tests. Eventually Goya will allow you to pass the tests anyway, due to your enthusiasm.

Lose weight quickly

If you want to lose weight quickly, enable the "Speed up time" code.

Stay underwater forever

Dive underwater, and once your breath is out, you will start losing health. If you want to stay underwater, keep enabling the "Armor, health, money, and street creds" code when your health is low. You will be able to remain underwater, and max your Lung Capacity attribute easily.

Jump into deep water. Swim underwater to a decent depth. While underwater, enable the "Maximum lung capacity" code. You will notice that your lung capacity is full and will stay full. This may require a few attempts. Try driving a Rhino tank into the water and wait for it to sink to the bottom. You can drive the tank and even shoot the boats that are on top of the water.

Restore breath faster

When you are swimming and are about to run out of breath, return to the surface. Keep jumping up and down with Square. Your breath meter will refill faster.

Raising stats quicker

Go to any pier over any body of water. Swim under the pier and stay in one position. This will immensely raise your muscle, stamina, and lung capacity in just under a minute. Stay under longer for better results.

Survive high falls

Max out your health bar and get full armor. Go to a high building, such as the one in the Downtown area of Los Santos. Get on the roof and jump off without a parachute in your inventory. When you hit the ground, you will lose most of your life, but still have a small amount remaining. Note: If you have a parachute in your inventory, you will die when you hit the ground.

 PlayStation2  Repeatedly tap Square as CJ is falling to take less damage when he hits the ground.

 PlayStation2  If you accidentally fall off a very high building, enable the "Spawn parachute" code. Press Circle to pop the parachute and you will drift safely down to the ground.
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Return to land faster

If you get stuck in the water, enable the "Spawn Hotring Racer" then "Spawn Jetpack" codes. It will not appear until you are on a non watery surface. Quickly jump on the car. It may be a far ride, but it is better than swimming.

Unlimited running boost

 PlayStation2  Enable the "Spawn Jetpack" code. When you have Jetpack on, take it off. Then, get about thirty feet behind it so you have running distance. Run into it by using the running boost (hold Left Analog-stick Up and keep tapping X). Just before you run into the Jetpack, release X and keep the Left Analog-stick in running position. This will give you unlimited running boost until the Left Analog-stick is released.

Run faster

To run faster, enable the "Spawn Jetpack"  PlayStation2  code. Then, hold X while pressing the Left Analog-stick Forward. If done correctly, CJ will run faster than any car.

Descend quickly

When stuck at the top of a cliff or a mountain and you need to go to the bottom, do not bother going the long way around to get down safely. Instead, edge yourself to the end of the cliff/ mountain and slowly but surely you will slide down the side and land safely at the bottom.

Reload instantly

 PlayStation2  When you need to reload quickly press L2 then R2 or vice versa just before CJ runs out of ammo.


 PlayStation2  Go to any airport. Look for a yellow arrow at the entrances of the airport where you can buy a ticket to another city. Buy the ticket and start the flight. Do not press X and skip the flight. Wait for the airplane to take off and get high in the air. Press Triangle and CJ will jump out of the airplane with a parachute and begin skydiving. When you want to open the parachute, press Circle and float down. There are also other places you can skydive, such as the tall building in the Downtown area Los Santos, and off the top of Mount Chiliad. ">(Screenshot)

To get a parachute very easily, get into any type of flying vehicle, except the Jetpack. You will instantly receive a parachute. If you fly high into the air, then jump out of your plane or helicopter, the parachute will automatically be switched into your weapon inventory.

Skydive longer

Enable the "Cars fly away" code. Go to any airport and hit any aircraft. Then, enter that craft. All you have to do is steer. Soon the height meter will just stay up. You will get to fly higher than normal when you do this. Fly as high as you desired, then Jump out for a long trip back to earth.

Enable the "Flying cars" and "Cars fly away" codes. Lightly tap a car to put it in the air . Quickly get out of your car and into the one that is in the air. Then, accelerate and you can drive as high as desired without stalling. While driving up, enable the "Spawn parachute" code. Fly all the way to the game's ceiling and jump out. You can do air tricks while falling, like spinning around. It will be awhile until you even begin to see the ground. Note: Sometimes while you are falling and you open your parachute, a glitch will occur and you will not have any control over where the parachute goes -- you will die when you hit the ground, as if you did not even open it.

Enable the "Spawn Hunter", "Spawn Parachute", and "Fast motion" codes. Get in the Hunter and go as high as it will go. With the "Fast motion" code, this should only take about thirty seconds. When at the top limit, enter the "Fast motion" code again to deactivate its effect. Begin your jump, let the parachute out, and land.

Unlock areas quickly

Enable the "Wanted level never increases" code. Go to the shaded areas of the game and they will become unlocked. If you go to a safe house and save the game, all areas will be unlocked from now on. However, in order not to be wanted when you go back into these areas, you must enable the "Wanted level never increases" code again, but you will be free to roam about.

Basketball Challenge mini-game

Go to one of the basketball courts that have full courts and a chain link fence round them. One of the hoops will have a basketball. Walk up to the basketball and press Triangle to start playing. While playing basketball, press R3 to start the Basketball Challenge mini-game. A red marker will appear on the court. Run to the red marker and shoot the ball. If you make the shot, the red marker will move to a new spot on the court. The goal of the mini-game is to sink as many shots as you can before time runs out. Each shot you make adds a few seconds on to the clock. When time runs out, CJ will automatically resume playing basketball. Your highest score will recorded and shown the next time you play the Basketball Challenge mini-game.

Basketball tricks

 PlayStation2  While playing basketball, press Circle to spin the ball on your finger. Press Square to roll the ball along your shoulders.

You can make CJ dunk over cars, trucks, vans by spotting any of the vehicles on a basketball court, just by any goal. Run, then dunk the ball. He will jump over the vehicle you placed.

Dual weapons

Reach the "Hitman" rank in a weapon skill to be able to wield two of that weapon at once. To increase your weapon skill, practice at the shooting range or use that weapon frequently. You can dual wield pistols, the sawed off shotgun, Uzi, and Tek.

Double SMG ammunition

 PlayStation2  Go into an Ammu-Nation and enter the shooting range. Press Triangle as soon as it starts to exit the shooting range. If you were carrying an SMG at the time, your ammunition will have doubled. Repeat this trick to get as much as needed.

Heavy weapons ammunition

Once you have completed the "Vertical Bird" mission for Mike Toreno, a flamethrower, rocket launcher, heat-seeking rocket launcher, and minigun will spawn at his cabin in Tierra Robada. To get lots of ammo for any of these weapons, go there and pick the one you wish to use, then save at the nearby save point. Once you save, the weapon will respawn immediately. Repeat this until you get as much ammo as desired. Note: It is much faster to do this with the minigun, as you will get 500 bullets each time you pick it up, and you can have up to 10,000 bullets for each weapon. The other weapons will have little ammo when you pick them up and will take awhile to get a good amount of rounds for them. When the ammo number disappears, you are at maximum ammo, and repeating the trick after this will not increase that amount. The ammo number will appear back at 9999 after you use the weapon for awhile.

Easy shotgun

Find a police car. Force the cop out of his car, then punch him until he dies and pick up his 9mm and nightstick. Get into his car and drive about one block. Get out, and you should have a regular shotgun and between 3 and 10 shells to fire. Note: It is recommended that you do this near your homies so that the Ballas will not kill you within the first few seconds.

Easy weapons

If you punch a prostitute, she may pull out a weapon in order to fight you, which is typically either a knife or a 9mm pistol. When you kill her, you can take her knife or pistol as well as her money. If you kill the prostitute without punching her, you will just get her money and no weapons.

Quick reload

When you are short on time (for example during the gang wars), you can quickly reload by switching to another weapon. Your ammunition must be 1 to 30. When at 0 it automatically does the longer reload.

Infrared goggles

To get the infrared goggles, complete the storyline missions. They will be available in front of the car under the Big Ear, in the rear right corner of Zero's RC shop, and in the low security tower in Area 69.

Nightvision goggles

To get the nightvision goggles, complete all parts of Breaking The Bank at Caligulas. The goggles can then be found in Madd Dogg's crib and at the southern-most point of San Fierro, southwest of the airport near the entrance to the building that appears to be blue with white circles by it on the map.

Stand over wheels

Get a or spawn Bloodring Racer. Then, enable the "Invisible cars" code followed by the "All cars have nitrous" code. Get in the car and enable the "Spawn Jetpack" code. Go up in the air with the car and press Triangle. It will appear as if CJ is standing over some wheels. Note: Also try this with the Rhino tank.

Suicide bomber

Enable the "Weapon tier 3" code and then select the bombs which are blown up by a detonator. Throw one of them at someone, and it should stick to them. You can now blow them up like a suicide bomber.

Cheap car bomb

Get a fast car or a motorcycle. Either shoot the vehicle or bang it up real good. When it is on fire, press Triangle to jump out. This technique is also good for taking over hoods quickly and easily.

Bike bombing

Get a bicycle (BMX, mountain bike, etc.) and attach as many satchels as desired to it. Select the detonator switch form your inventory. Get on the bike and ride very fast towards a group of gang members or other target. While the bike is moving, jump off. The bike should continue towards the target. Once it gets there, blow it up. After any fires have gone out or any other dangers to CJ's health is gone, get back on the bike. Because the bike does not have a gas tank, engine, etc., it can be used numerous times as a bike bomb.

Reaching other cities early

Hijack the train. The easiest is when it is at one of the stations. Then, drive it full speed to the bridges to the other islands. You may need to use the entire city to pick up enough speed. Also, you must be careful around sharp turns. The train will de-rail. Note: This was done with the freight train. When you approach the bridge at the edge of the city, you will slow down, even if you are going very fast. The train will pass through the barricade, as if it were a ghost. You will get a four star wanted level. There is a police bribe on the train tracks in the second city that you will pick up if you pass by it on the train, but your wanted level will immediately jump back to four stars. Also, the train is bullet proof. You cannot die from bullets when inside the train.

 PlayStation2  The following is a multi-step process which may take some time to get correct. Get the parachute located on top of the very tall building a few blocks from the police station in downtown Los Santos. The building is shaped circular inside and "L" shaped on your map. Walk around to the northeast corner of the circular building and step into the yellow triangle to get the parachute that is on the roof. Take it, and keep it (do not switch to a weapon). Go back down and get armor from the police station. It is nearby and has two sets. Do not draw a weapon in the station or you will get a two star wanted level. Next, get the jet at LSX, the airport at Los Santos. Drive up to the gate, climb up on your car, and onto the guard booth, and climb over into the airport. Walk back around to the gate. It will open, and you can get your car and drive back in. Then, find the jet. It is called the Shamal and is located at the end of the runway. Take off and get some practice flying, diving, climbing, rolling, etc. Next, choose a location on your map that you want to go. You can press Circle on the map screen to pin that location on the radar. For example, choose the Binco store in Las Venturas. It is next to the Las Venturas airport and the highway. Once you pass the city line, you will get four stars on your wanted meter. Because you are in the air, they will try to shoot you down with missiles. Notice the two red blips on your radar that are fast approaching. Dive, climb, and roll and the missiles will miss. Do not forget to keep your eye on your target. Once you are over your target and are very high, press Triangle to exit the plane. You will drop straight down. You must be high enough for your parachute to open or you die when you hit the ground. When you are safely on the ground, start running. If you chose to go to Binco or another store, notice that you can go inside and buy clothes. If you buy clothes, you will get rid of the four stars wanted level, as long as you remain in the store. Once you step outside, the four stars will return to your wanted meter.

Enable the "Drive on water" code or swim across the ocean to where you want to go. You will automatically get a four star wanted level when coming ashore in Las Ventruas and a five star wanted level for coming ashore in San Fierro. These stars will not go away with the "Lower wanted level" code, but will disappear when you leave the city.
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When in Los Santos, you will find that all bridges to the other two regions will be blocked by blockades. Sometimes if you try to go through the blockade at high speed with a fast vehicle, it will go through and glitch, along with the AI vehicles that are following.

Enable the "Wanted level never increases" and "Flying car" codes. You can now go to all of San Andreas without that four star wanted level appearing. Note: This will have to be done again every time you load a saved game. Also, if you shoot cops with the "Wanted level never increases" code enabled, some cops will get out and walk away but others will fire their guns at you.

Stealth kills

 PlayStation2  With a knife, target a person and sneak up behind them. Press Circle, and if they do not notice you, you will perform an instant kill silently.

Manual aim with any weapon while driving

Enable the "Manual weapon drive bys in cars" code and run out of bullets in your Uzi, Tec-9, or Micro SMG. Get out of your vehicle, then select the weapon of your choice (except grenades and rocket launchers). Get back into the vehicle and enable any "Weapons" code. The crosshairs are back on and you can shoot that weapon.

Keep weapons when dying

When the screen turns black after you are killed, quickly enable a "Weapons" code before you reappear in front of a hospital. You will have the same weapons as before your death.

Shoot rockets

If you are having trouble with people who fire with rocket launchers (for example, the man on the roof in the Los Desperados mission), try to shoot their rockets to protect yourself, especially when you are sticking near a wall where the blast radius is still near you. Use a shotgun, Desert Eagle or a combat shotgun to take out the rockets easier. Note: This is exceptionally easier at night, where rockets light up and can easily be seen. However, rockets are exceptionally fast.

Destroying cars quickly

To quickly blow up cars, shoot the gas tank. This is useful when killing a lot of people at once.

Destroying helicopters

If you have three stars or more and are under attack by a helicopter, you can score a one hit kill against it with a sniper rifle. If it is night time, the helicopter will shine a bright flood light in your eyes. However, if you zoom in with the rifle it will disappear. To take it down in one hit shoot the helicopter in the small spinning object under the rotors, or close to the base of the object. It will crash just as if you had killed it with a rifle. It is easier to shoot them if you are on top of a high building.

 PlayStation2  When you have one or more police helicopters after you, take out your satchel charges. Spawn a Jetpack, then fly up into the air. Land on one of the helicopters. Press Triangle and get rid of your jetpack. Stick a bomb to the top of the helicopter. Then, jump off. Note: Having full health is necessary to survive. Detonate the bomb, and watch the helicopter explode. Sometimes, the helicopter that is exploding will take the other with it.

Car surfing

Hop on top of a car and fire your gun. When you fire any gun, all the drivers around you will start driving wildly to escape you, including the car that you are standing on. It feels like as if you are on a roller coaster. Try it on the highway, and try to pick off the cars around you. For even more fun, try this game with the "Flying cars", "Sports car traffic", or "Carnival theme" codes enabled.

More time to steal cars

Hijack a car. If the person you hijacked it from gets up and gets to the car quickly, and you do not think you can get away, trigger the horn of the car. When this is done, the person will stop and wave at you. This will give you some extra time to get away.

Play pool for free

First, enter a bar, such as "The Green Bottle" in the Ganton area of Los Santos. Find a pool table and wager whatever desired. If you lose the game, just use the cue stick to hit the person who just took your money to death. Then, pick the money he drops, which may be slightly more than your bet.
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 PlayStation2  When you walk in the bar, either play a game of pool or just kill the man standing there and take his pool stick. Square up with the pool table and start pressing Circle. The pool balls should move. If not, then square yourself with the pool table.

Free pool shots

 PlayStation2  When playing pool you can get a free shot by pressing Triangle as you take your shot and hit the ball. If done correctly, you should hit the ball and your cue should follow your white ball like if you had never taken your shot. If you pot the white ball by doing this, it freezes your game. Simply press Triangle as you press the Right Analog-stick Forward and you will get an extra shot every time.

Hit pedestrian with the front of your shotgun

 PlayStation2  Note: This cannot be done with more than two weapons. Get a melee weapon (baseball bat, dildo, or a police nightstick and an ordinary shotgun. If you have more than those two weapons then this trick cannot be done. Switch to your melee weapon. Walk up to a pedestrian and hit them then immediately press Circle to switch to your shotgun. If done correctly, CJ should hit the pedestrian with the shotgun as if he were using it as a melee weapon.

Recruiting gang members

 PlayStation2  Press R1 to target a gang member, then press D-pad Up.

Saving gang members

To save a gang member or bodyguard when you turn off the game, go to your safe house. Go to your garage. Run in the garage with your bodyguards. Run out without your bodyguards, and then save the game.

Make opposing gang members fight each other

Enable the "Spawn jet pack" code. Go near a group of gang members and allow them to approach you. When they start hitting you, fly up a short distance. If your health is still going down, fly slightly higher then they will fight each other.

Gang member drive-by

 PlayStation2  Once you have a level one Respect upgrade, go to Grove street and walk up to a gang member (dressed in green). Without a gun equipped, hold R1 on a gang member and press D-pad Up. You have now recruited him into your own personal mini-gang. If you get into a car, they will follow you. If you get three gang members and get in a four-door car, you can drive through Balla territory and your homies will lean out of the car and shoot at the Ballas who are driving by or standing around. They will also attack anyone who could be a threat to you (for example, the police). You can get only one gang member on the back of a PCJ-600, and no gang members on a Rhino. Note: To tell your members to stay, hold R1 and press D-pad Down. To tell them to follow you, hold R1 and press D-pad Up.

Keep gang territory easily

If your gang turf is under attack, go to a save point and save the game. When it is done saving, your turf will no longer be under attack and it will still be yours.

 PlayStation2  When your hood is under attack, find a police car or motorcycle, fire truck, ambulance, or taxi. Get in and press R3 to start the vehicle's missions. Then, press R3 again to exit and your hood will be safe.

Taking over gang territories

An easy way to take over territories is to find a high place like a roof top. First, kill a few gang members to start the war, then get onto a roof. When you are up there, they will still shoot at you but will not have accurate aim and will miss frequently.

It is recommended that the "Air Strip" missions be completed first. To easily take over territories, go to the airstrip and take the Jetpack. Go to any enemy territory and start a gang war by killing some enemy gang members. Fly and land on any building roof you can easily see incoming enemy gang members. Kill all gang members from up there. By doing this, you can easily hold all enemy territories. Be patient when killing gang members, and try to stay inside the war zone. The distance between the airstrip and enemy territories is long, but this is the easiest way to quickly and safely hold enemy gang territories. All territories can be held by using the Jetpack, but only one by one.

Go to another gang's territory. Kill some gang members until the "You have provoked a gang war message appears. Get on the roof of a house and put down a large number of remote explosives. When the other gang arrive to kill you, press the remote and it should kill them. You must go through three rounds of the gang to win the territory.
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Gang member race

You can do this trick in any race mission with the checkered flag on your map. Bring a gang member with you. You can even bring three if the race is with a four door car. Walk into the red mission circle. Select a race and when it starts and counts down, you will see your gang member spawn to the street and walk towards your car. The races will start, and you must wait a moment before he gets in your car.

Gang member poses

 PlayStation2  Get a camera and recruit one of your Grove Street members. Hold R1 to look through the lens, and your gang member will go in front of it and give a thumbs up or wave.

Take a photo of yourself

 PlayStation2  Have the camera active as your current weapon, then target a member of your own gang. Press L1 to give them the camera and they will snap a picture of CJ.

 PlayStation2  Have the camera and recruit a gang member. Switch to the camera and get close to the gang member you just recruited. There will be a menu pop up on the top left, telling you to press L1. After you press L1, get into place and take the picture.

Go to your wardrobe and zoom in on the mirror. You can take your own picture. You can also see that you hold the camera as if it were a gun.

Climbing trees

To climb a tree, find a ledge that will allow you to jump to the branches at the top of a tree. If you hit them correctly, CJ should grab onto the branches and allow you to pull him up. There is an easily accessible one just outside of Glen Park Hospital to practice with.

 PlayStation2  Stand in front of a small tree and press Square to jump up. This trick will help you hide from the cops and enemy gang members.

Breaking fences

Walk up to a fence and either punch it or cut it with a chainsaw.

Stop climbing fence or ledge

To stop climbing a fence or ledge, tap Triangle while CJ is trying to get over.

Expand and shrink moon

Use a sniper rifle to shoot the moon to make it expand, then shrink in size.
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Lock on enemies

 PlayStation2  When fighting someone (not with gun), press R1 to lock on to them.

Spray paint as a weapon

The spray paint is not only is meant for spraying tags. It also can be used as a weapon. Aim the spray paint in the direction of a pedestrian and they will lean forward, coughing.

Surrounded by prostitutes

Enable the "Kinky theme" code just before you land after buying a ticket to another airport. A number of prostitutes with dildos will surround you.

Effects of clothing

CJ's clothes will change his dialogue. For example, if you bought and wear clothes from the first-available stores such as Binco, SubUrban etc, CJ will talk smack and swear a lot. However, if you buy and wear clothes from a store like Didier Sachs, Carl will say lines similar to "I may be dressed well, but I'm still a maniac" or "I am a well-dressed maniac, fool!" when shooting people. Mix your styles of clothing to get different and interesting results.

Gain respect

To gain respect, stay in your neighborhood and get a wanted star, then kill all the police that arrives. Once you reach a four star wanted level (and if you killed enough police), you will gain some respect.

Completing missions is not the only way to earn respect. By spraying other gang's tags, you will also earn a bit, and by taking over another gang's area you will earn a lot. Note: You must have completed some missions before you can take over areas. You can see on the radar witch areas you have taken over, and which areas the enemy gangs own. Your own territory is marked with green, and your enemies are yellow or purple.

Respect status

Your respect is made up of the following factors:

Running Respect (see below): 40%
Mission Progress: 36%
Territory Under Control: 6%
Money: 6%
Fitness: 4%
Clothes: 4%
Girlfriend Progress: 4%

Your running respect is changed by the following factors:

Killing a dealer: +.005%
Killing a gang member: +.5%
Killing a member of your gang: -.005%
A member of your gang is killed: -2%
Territory gained: +30%
Territory lost: -3%

Your respect affects the number of gang members that you can recruit:

Above 1%: 2
Above 10%: 3
Above 20%: 4
Above 40%: 5
Above 60%: 6
Above 80%: 7


If Carl borrows more from a casino than the amount he currently has and loses, he will be in debt to the casino. He will, upon exiting the casino, receive a threatening phone call, presumably from the mob boss controlling whichever casino Carl owes the money to. Periodically, he will be targeted by Mafia hit men until he pays his debt to the casino in full .

Easy money

 PlayStation2  In order to waste time to allow money to accumulate without dealing with CJs eating needs, simply press Triangle in front of the television in your hideout. His health will remain constant, without him needing to eat. You can leave the PlayStation2 idling in this state to accumulate money easily.

Go to a strip club. Note: There is one just northeast from where you start the game. Once inside, make sure there is someone else standing at the stage looking at the stripper. He throws cash to the stripper every so often. You can pick up this cash by standing on the stage where he throws it. Each stack he throws will be $100. This is useful if you want to score free private dances. Note: Be careful not to disturb (bump into) the stripper, or the bouncers will shoot you.

Find a save point that is close to a betting shop. The one in the Montgomery are is ideal because it is near to the save point where you have to do the four missions for Catalina. Save your game, then go to the betting shop and bet all your money on a horse. It takes awhile to enter the numbers, but is worth it because you can make a huge amount of cash (especially if you bet on horses with odds of 10/1, 11/1, 12/1, etc.). It takes roughly three to four minutes to bet the maximum amount of money, which is $9,999,995. You will not win every time. When you lose, reload your last saved game. It is possible to get $250,000,000 by betting your winnings of $30,000 to $700,000 to $2,000,000 to the maximum bet.
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Save up until you have $2,000 or $3,000 then save the game at CJ's house. Get to the Horse Betting Shop. (Screenshot). Place your bet on one horse and stick with that horse until you win. Place all of your money there and when you win, the payoff will be big. Keep doing this as needed.

You can get money by stealing a taxi.

Walk into a bar and beat up all the customers with a bat, nightstick, or pool cue. More customers spawn and your wanted level will not rise. No one pulls out a gun, and your maximum health will increase after a number of fights. Beating up the person next to the pool tables gets you a pool cue, and every once in awhile a customer will spill a few hundred dollars.

Enable the "Flying cars" code. Fly around for a few seconds then touch the ground. You will get money for insane stunts.

Enable the "Vehicle of death" and "Flying cars" code. When you are up in the air, fly down to the ground and hit it to get money for a unique trick. The higher you go and hit the ground, the more money you can make. You can also deactivate the code while in the air and hit the ground to make a lot of money.

 PlayStation2  While on a BMX bike, enable the "Massive bunny hops" code. put on the code mad hops. Then, hold L1 and jump. While in the air, hold L1 and as soon as you hit the ground release the button. Do this continuously to get big combos.

Enable the "Kinky theme" code and wait until you see all the girls walking towards you. When they approach, enable the "Super punch" code. Punch one of them to kill her to get get money and a dildo.

 PlayStation2  Get a bike (BMX, mountain bike, etc.) and go to a money location (for example,, the floating dollar sign at your home in Los Santos). Pull up next to it and Super Bunny Hop by pressing L1 then quickly pressing Circle. If it work the first time, then try it two or three more times. Usually by the third time (if not sooner) you will have acquired $5.

Steal a fire truck. Drive to a secluded area and do the firefighter missions. Either finish the mission to receive about $40,000. or get at least enough to purchase a safehouse near a horse betting location, with some money left over to gamble. Save your game with the money you earned and go to the betting place. Bet on the horse with the worst odds (12:1, 11:1, etc.} with all the money you have. If you win, you can turn $40,000 into $400,000 or more. The more money you bet, the more you will get back if you win. If your horse does not win, reload your game and try again. This will take some time, but one to two wins will give you enough money for the rest of the game.

After getting several hundred thousand dollars, save the game at either the safe house near Montgomery or Downtown Los Santos. Proceed to either Montgomery or Downtown Los Santos and enter the Inside Track Betting shop. Walk up to any of the machines and press the indicated button to begin betting on horse races. If at first the green named horse's odds are not 12:1, press the button used to initiate betting to back out then repeat until this is the case. Then, bet as much as you can on the 12:1 horse. If it wins, you will win tens of millions of dollars. Save the game when that happens. If it did not win, reload and keep trying; it should take no more than five attempts. Finally, head back and bet again on the 12:1 horse, this time choosing the maximum amount of $9,999,995. If the horse wins this time, you will win $119,999,940. If the horse loses, reload and try again. The long shot horse will eventually pay off, again usually in less than five attempts. Repeat the process as many times as desired..

Saving money

Buy lots of ammunition for the Tec-9 which costs about $300. When you have enough, buy one SMG. The game will transfer all your Tec-9 ammunition into your SMG, saving you thousands of dollars. Note: This does not work for the pistols, rifles, or thrown weapons.

Easy races

Before a race, enable the "Pedestrian riot" code. The racers will start fighting with fans and you can finish in first without even trying.

Use the following trick to easily win the race tournaments. Enable the "City in chaos" and "Bounty on your head" codes. The racers will get out of their cars and try to shoot you, or have a fight. You can drive around them and not have to compete with any other racers. You will finish first in every race unless you destroy yourself or your car, but people will try to fight with you. This trick also works well with the 8-Track mission and the Blood Bowl located in San Fierro (a demolition derby with the Bloodring Banger). Do not use this trick on the Chilliad Challenge as it will not work on that event.

Easy chases

During missions where you must chase someone and kill them, before you start the mission enable the "Cars fly away" code. When you catch them, ram them. They will float up. Destroy the car with a gun to complete the mission. This works most of the time.

Easy Hitman rating

Shoot at the black part of a wheel. If you shoot at the rim it will not work. Keep on shooting until the skill bar is all the way up for the desired weapon.

Easy dual sawn-off shotgun ability

It is recommended that you spray all 100 tags, as it is easier for ammunition and early on missions. Get a cop car (preferably a car, OT truck, rancher, etc.). Save it in the Johnson family garage. Save the game if desired. Get a large amount of sawn-off shotgun ammunition. If all 100 tags were sprayed, it is available in Johnson kitchen. Go to the garage. Get as far away from the car as possible without letting the garage door close. Then crouch, aim for the grill of the police car, and shoot. Every few shots (or every time the car catches fire), you should have more weapon skill. It will eventually upgrade about every minute. When it catches on fire, let the garage repair the car and come back. This does not work as well at getting Hitman on the other weapons.

Eating too much

If you eat too much in a restaurant you will vomit on the floor and the cashier will laugh at you. After this happens, you cannot eat again for a while.

Effects of being fat

When you are fat, CJ will say different phrases. For example, when you are fighting he will say "I got weight on my side," or "I may be big, but I ain't slow". The downside to being fat is that when your body fat meter gets full, you run the risk of having a heart attack. This only happens in very rare circumstances. You will return to the nearest hospital. Also, if you have no muscle stat, or very little, you may not be able to climb high walls or "super sprint". When fat, CJ will waddle around like a penguin, and if you look closely (this happens with no shirt) the fat on his body will wobble.

Vending machines

When you find a vending machine that serves chips, zoom in on it with a pistol or rifle. It is blurry, but you can tell that the chips inside the machine are real-life brands. Some chips that can be easily identified are Doritos, Lay's Potato Chips, and Munchos, to name a few.

Wanted level officers, weapons, and vehicles

Depending on your wanted level, different law enforcement vehicles, officers, and weapons will be used against you.

One star: Police officers on foot, in cars, and HPV1000s (police bikes) will go after you. They have 9mms and nightsticks. If you do not have a gun out, they will try to beat you with their nightsticks. If you have a gun out, they will shoot.
Two stars: Police officers in cars and HPV1000s will come after you. They will have 9mms and nightsticks, although they will not use their nightsticks. They will shoot at you no matter what. If you are in a car, cops will drive faster after you.
Three stars: Police officers in cars will go after you. They will have the same weapons. Police choppers are now involved and shoot you from their guns. Police cars will go fast enough to be able to keep up with you and roadblocks will be in place at times, with officers shooting 9mms at your car.
Four stars: Cops in cars and SWAT officers will come after you in Enforcers (SWAT vans). SWAT officers will now rappel from the police choppers. SWAT officers are now in roadblocks and SWAT officers will have Micro SMGs. If you are in an aircraft, a Hydra will go after you to shoot you down.
Five stars: FBI agents will go after you with FBI Ranchers. Most authorities going after you will be the FBI; there will be less cop and SWAT cars. The police chopper still goes after you, and the FBI will replace the SWAT men in roadblocks. FBI agents carry SMGs.
Six stars: Military soldiers will go after you in Rhinos (tanks) and Barracks trucks. They will replace the FBI in roadblocks. The army will carry M4s.

Floating breasts

Start two player mode and choose the prostitute. Enable the "Spawn Jetpack" code and turn the camera towards her.

Radio comments

After doing some Grove Street missions and seizing territory, one of the DJs on the radio will say "Have you heard Grove Streets making a comeback? That's great news. hope they don't take me out just for playing this music."
After the 555 We Tip mission, another DJ says "Did you hear about that D.A. with the trunk full of drugs? I can't believe that. Keeping it all for his own personal stash."
You can also listen to the talk radio to hear Lazlo host the entertainment section, where he interviews OG LOC (the rapper you help during the Grove Street missions) OG LOC's manager is now Big Smoke.
After completing the Are You Going To San Fierro? mission, listen to K-DST. Tommy "Nightmare" Smith will say something like "Did you hear about that weed farm burning down? I wish I was there."

Radio stations diss each other

Listen to Radio Los Santos and K-DST. On Radio Los Santos, at times between songs, Julio G. (station DJ) will make fun of the Playback FM DJ, saying "Playback FM has some cool records, but the DJ is wack," and Tommy "Nightmare" Smith, (K-DST DJ) will make fun of the Radio X DJ, usually just before the song "Running Down a Dream". He will say, "You know, I can't bear that chick on Radio X, or is it Rock X, Rock...listen sweetheart, get over it."

Radio shout-out from Denise

After you obtain Denise as you girlfriend after the Burning Desire mission, listen to Radio Los Santos. At times between songs, Julio G. (the DJ) will have a shout-out from Denise to you, and at the end he criticizes the shout out by saying "I got a shout out from Denise in Ganton who says she misses her boy desperately. And I quote, desperately. Hey, you know, this isn't Lonely Hearts, this is Radio Los Santos."

Army soldier appearance

To make CJ appear like an Army soldier go to Binco clothes shop to buy the following:

Torso: Black tank
Legs: Woodland Camo
Shoes: Black low-tops
Chains: Dogtags

Then, go to the Victim clothes shop to buy:

Hat: Red beret

Mr. T appearance

In order to make CJ look like Mr. T, you will need maximum muscle. Then, obtain the following clothes:

Binco, Black Tank top
Binco, Woodland Camo Pants
Pro-Lops, Boxing Boots

Then, go to the barber shop all the way in the south east, near the beach. Get the haircut that reads "Mohawk and Beard".

The Red Guy appearance

To make CJ look like a classic video game character, wear a boxing helmet, Rimmers jacket, (Pro Lops) track pants, red sneakers, and get the "pink hair" type. Enable the "Pink traffic" code. There will be a reddish motorcycle at Santa Maria beach. CJ will now appear similar to "the red guy", as in the classic arcade game.

Chewing hostages

Get a sniper rifle or a camera. Then, go to any fast food restaurant. Have something to eat if you have not done so already, then wait. Cause chaos and after awhile, equip the rifle or the camera. Zoom in on any person except for the workers. Look at their mouths. They are still chewing their food as if nothing is happening.


Allow the game to idle for a few minutes. The HUD will disappear and the game will zoom in on other nearby people instead of CJ.
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When in any property, remain idle for two minutes. CJ will start singing songs from the radio stations.

Candy Suxxx reference

Some of the safe houses you can purchase have a familiar picture of adult film star Candy Suxxx on the wall, who originally appeared in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

Grand Theft Auto 3 references

  • Pay close attention to the shows that are heard on WFTC while cruising around San Andreas. Notice that one of the shows is called "Gardening With Maurice". If listened to Chatterbox in Grand Theft Auto 3, you may remember Lazlow (the host) talking to a caller who said "Gardening With Maurice" got taken off the air. Obviously this game takes place further in the past, so "Gardening With Maurice" is still on.
  • While listening to Area 53 with Marvin Trill on WCTR, a man will call and talk about masticating and doing yoga with a garden hose. You may recognize him as Reed Tucker, the yoga and tofu enthusiast who Lazlow make fun of on Chatterbox in Grand Theft Auto 3.
  • Drive to Idlewood, Los Santos, just north of Unity Station and El Corona. You will see a sign for a car bomb shop that reads "8-Ball Autos", a reference to 8-Ball, whom Claude meets in the Grand Theft Auto 3 mission "Bomb Da Base: Act I", and must protect in the follow-up mission "Bomb Da Base: Act II".

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City references

  • In the mission when you have to rescue Truth's friends, one of them is Kent Paul from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. The old man who runs the casino that you later meet in the mission is Ken Rosenberg, Tommy Vercetti's lawyer in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and mentions Tommy and the "good old days" in an intermission sequence.
  • Walk into an Ammu-Nation and listen carefully. You can hear a commercial that was featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. It says "The store leading the fight against communism is having a blowout sale! Ammunation has a wide selection of Peace Makers! Come by Ammunation on Militia Mondays... "
  • In various places, the "No Trespassing" signs are seen in the loading screen of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. (Screenshot)
  • Listen to K-DST radio. Before one of the songs, the DJ will say "Why there's no good music now? What happened to Love Fist?", which refers to the band from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
  • Walk into Zero's shop after buying it and look around. You can find a Lance Vance action figure.

Max Payne reference

During the "Tanker Commander" mission, look at the window while Catalina is busy screaming at the people inside. Notice a sign that reads "MAX PANE BULLETPROOF GLASS".

Scarface reference

In one of the Caligula's missions, Ken Rosenberg whines about how he is a dead man. He then introduces his pet parrot, who quotes Tony Montana. What he says is in the scene when Omar is killed, about "Not ****ing anyone over that didn't have it coming".

True Crime reference

Near the tunnel at Unity Station railroad station is a billboard with an advertisement for "TRUE CRIME STREET CLEANERS", a reference to Rockstar Games' True Crime video game series.

The Wonder Years reference

One of these episodes of this classic television series contains "What You Got Cookin'" from K Rose.