Grand Theft Auto 5 is one of the bestselling games of all time, well exceeding 100 million copies sold. It’s easy to see why, too. Rockstar’s signature sandbox franchise has always attracted large crowds, and its latest iteration — which is tough to say, given that GTA 5 released seven years ago — is no different. The sandbox has never looked as good or been as open. GTA 5 may be bigger and badder than its predecessors, but Rockstar hasn’t lost the key aspects that make the series fun. Among them, cheat codes.
Cheat codes have been a mainstay of the Grand Theft Auto series for years. From spawning a few vehicles to loading your gun with flaming bullets, cheat codes turn Grand Theft Auto 5 into a god game, where you can control the parameters of the sandbox you’re playing in. No matter if you’re on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, or PC, these GTA 5 cheats and secrets will work (they should work on PS5 and Xbox Series X, too).
How to use GTA 5 cheat codes
There are a few ways to enter a cheat code in GTA 5. The first and easiest is to use your cellphone. You can open your cellphone by pressing Up on the D-pad. From there, enter the corresponding number, and the cheat will fire. You can also classically input cheats by following a specific button combination. The combinations are the same across PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, but we’ve split up Xbox and PlayStation just to account for their different button-naming conventions. No matter how you enter the cheat, any trophies or achievements you’d earn in-game are disabled while any cheats are active. Cheats also reset once you close the game.
If you want to enter cheats using a string of buttons, try to execute the commands as quickly as possible. Also, any directional commands are directed toward the D-pad, not the analog sticks.
Every GTA 5 cheat code
We have every GTA 5 cheat code listed below, with input commands for Sony and Microsoft, as well as the stand cellphone input. Next to the cellphone code, we noted the PC command. If you’re playing GTA 5 on PC, you can input cheats by pressing the tilde key — “~” on a U.S. keyboard layout — and typing in the correct word in all capital letters.
Max Health and Armor
Cell: 1-999-887-853 (TURTLE)
Xbox: B, LB, Y, RT, A, X, B, Right, X, LB, LB, LB
PlayStation: Circle, L1, Triangle, R2, X, Square, Circle, Right, Square, L1, L1, L1
Weapons and Extra Ammo
Cell: 1-999-866-587 (TOOLUP)
Xbox: Y, RT, Left, LB, A, Right, Y, Down, X, LB, LB, LB
PlayStation: Triangle, R2, Left, L1, X, Right, Triangle, Down, Square, L1, L1, L1
Raise Wanted Level
Cell: 1-999-3844-8483 (FUGITIVE)
Xbox: RB, RB, B, RT, Left, Right, Left, Right, Left, Right
PlayStation: R1, R1, Circle, R2, Left, Right, Left, Right, Left, Right
Lower Wanted Level
Cell: 1-999-5299-3783 (LAWYERUP)
Xbox: RB, RB, B, RT, Right, Left, Right, Left, Right, Left
PlayStation: R1, R1, Circle, R2, Right, Left, Right, Left, Right, Left
Cell: 1-999-7246-545-537 (PAINKILLER)
Xbox: Right, A, Right, Left, Right, RB, Right, Left, A, Y
PlayStation: Right, X, Right, Left, Right, R1, Right, Left, X, Triangle
Pyro-Firepower (Flaming Bullets)
Cell: 1-999-462-363-4279 (INCENDIARY)
Xbox: LB, RB, X, RB, Left, RT, RB, Left, X, Right, LB, LB
PlayStation: L1, R1, Square, R1, Left, R2, R1, Left, Square, Right, L1, L1
Rapid Boom (Exploding Bullets)
Cell: 1-999-444-439 (HIGHEX)
Xbox: Right, X, A, Left, RB, RT, Left, Right, Right, LB, LB, LB
PlayStation: Right, Square, X, Left, R1, R2, Left, Right, Right, L1, L1, L1
Superhero Punch (Explosive Melee Attacks)
Cell: 1-999-4684-2637 (HOTHANDS)
Xbox: Right, Left, A, Y, RB, B, B, B, LT
PlayStation: Right, Left, X, Triangle, R1, Circle, Circle, Circle, L2
Superhero Leap (Jump higher by holding Square or X)
Cell: 1-999-467-8648 (HOPTOIT)
Xbox: Left, Left, Y, Y, Right, Right, Left, Right, X, RB, RT
PlayStation: Left, Left, Triangle, Triangle, Right, Right, Left, Right, Square, R1, R2
Dead Eye (Three tiers of slo-mo aiming)
Cell: 1-999-3323-393 (DEADEYE)
Xbox: X, LT, RB, Y, Left, X, LT, Right, A
PlayStation: Square, L2, R1, Triangle, Left, Square, L2, Right, X
Skyfall (Spawn in the clouds)
Cell: 1-999-759-3255 (SKYFALL)
Xbox: LB, LT, RB, RT, Left, Right, Left, Right, LB, LT, RB, RT, Left, Right, Left, Right
PlayStation: L1, L2, R1, R2, Left, Right, Left, Right, L1, L2, R1, R2, Left, Right, Left, Right
Cell: 1-999-759-3483 (SKYDIVE)
Xbox: Left, Right, LB, LT, RB, RT, RT, Left, Left, Right, LB
PlayStation: Left, Right, L1, L2, R1, R2, R2, Left, Left, Right, L1
One Too Many (Drunk Mode)
Cell: 1-999-547-861 (LIQUOR)
Xbox: Y, Right, Right, Left, Right, X, B, Left
PlayStation: Triangle, Right, Right, Left, Right, Square, Circle, Left
Cell: 1-999-356-2837 (FLOATER)
Xbox: Left, Left, LB, RB, LB, Right, Left, LB, Left
PlayStation: Left, Left, L1, R1, L1, Right, Left, L1, Left
Cell: 1-999-756-966 (SLOWMO)
Xbox: Y, Left, Right, Right, X, RT, RB
PlayStation: Triangle, Left, Right, Right, Square, R2, R1
Alter the Weather
Cell: 1-999-625-348-7246 (MAKEITRAIN)
Xbox: RT, A, LB, LB, LT, LT, LT, X
PlayStation: R2, X, L1, L1, L2, L2, L2, Square
Cell: 1-999-7669-329 (SNOWDAY)
Xbox: Y, RB, RB, Left, RB, LB, RT, LB
PlayStation: Triangle, R1, R1, Left, R1, L1, R2, L1
Spawn Dodo Seaplane: Must complete the “Sea Plane” random event to unlock.
Cell: 1-999-398-4628 (EXTINCT)
Spawn Kraken Sub: Must complete GTA 5 Wildlife Photography Challenge to unlock.
Cell: 1-999-282-2537 (BUBBLES)
Spawn Duke O’Death: Must complete “Pulling Favors” Strangers and Freaks side mission to unlock the vehicle.
Cell: 1-999-3328-4227 (DEATHCAR)
Access Director Mode
Cell: 1-999-5782-5368 (JRTALENT)
Black Cellphones: Ignites an explosion over the player’s head.
Cell: 1-999-367-3767 (EMP-DROP)
Vehicle spawn codes
Cell: 1-999-4653-461 (HOLEIN1)
Xbox: B, LB, Left, RB, LT, A, RB, LB, B, A
PlayStation: Circle, L1, Left, R1, L2, X, R1, L1, Circle, X
Cell: 1-999-846-39663 (VINEWOOD)
Xbox: RT, Right, LT, Left, Left, RB, LB, B, Right
PlayStation: R2, Right, L2, Left, Left, R1, L1, Circle, Right
Cell: 1-999-872-7433 (TRASHED)
Xbox: B, RB, B, RB, Left, Left, RB, LB, B, Right
PlayStation: Circle, R1, Circle, R1, Left, Left, R1, L1, Circle, Right
Cell: 1-999-226-348 (BANDIT)
Xbox: Left, Left, Right, Right, Left, Right, X, B, Y, RB, RT
PlayStation: Left, Left, Right, Right, Left, Right, Square, Circle, Triangle, R1, R2
Sanchez Dirt Bike
Cell: 1-999-633-7623 (OFFROAD)
Xbox: B, A, LB, B, B, LB, B, RB, RT, LT, LB, LB
PlayStation: Circle, X, L1, Circle, Circle, L1, Circle, R1, R2, L2, L1, L1
Shitzu PCJ 600
Cell: 1-999-762-538 (ROCKET)
Xbox: RB, Right, Left, Right, RT, Left, Right, X, Right, LT, LB, LB
PlayStation: R1, Right, Left, Right, R2, Left, Right, Square, Right, L2, L1, L1
Cell: 1-999-727-4348 (RAPIDGT)
Xbox: RT, RT, LB, B, Right, LB, RB, Right, Left, B, RT
PlayStation: R2, R2, L1, Circle, Right, L1, R1, Right, Left, Circle, R2
Cell: 1-999-266-38 (COMET)
Xbox: RB, B, RT, Right, LB, LT, A, A, X, RB
PlayStation: R1, Circle, R2, Right, L1, L2, X, X, Square, R1
Buzzard Military Chopper
Cell: 1-999-2899-633 (BUZZOFF)
Xbox: B, B, LB, B, B, B, LB, LT, RB, Y, B, Y
PlayStation: Circle, Circle, L1, Circle, Circle, Circle, L1, L2, R1, Triangle, Circle, Triangle
Cell: 1-999-3597-7729 (FLYSPRAY)
Xbox: Right, Left, RB, RB, RB, Left, Y, Y, A, B, LB, LB
PlayStation: Right, Left, R1, R1, R1, Left, Triangle, Triangle, X, Circle, L1, L1
Cell: 1-999-227-678-676 (BARNSTORM)
Xbox: B, Right, LB, LT, Left, RB, LB, LB, Left, Left, A, Y
PlayStation: Circle, Right, L1, L2, Left, R1, L1, L1, Left, Left, X, Triangle
Random Events and money-making secrets
Los Santos is a melting pot of random oddities. Simply traversing the mean city streets or the even wilder desert area, home to police shootouts and cannibalistic mountain dwellers, proves the open world of Grand Theft Auto 5 is leagues away from mundane. Two of the main components that breathe life into GTA 5 are the Stranger and Freaks side missions, along with special Random Events.
Below are the most rewarding encounters, as well as some of the most efficient methods for multiplying those not-so-hard-earned dollars in the chaos-ridden open world of GTA 5.
Stock Market Assassination missions
Though the in-game stock market may appear pretty extensive, it’s not too hard to play like a fiddle. Lester’s Stock Market Assassination missions are simultaneously the best and most tedious route to billions in Grand Theft Auto 5. To progress in the story, players will have no choice but to take part in “The Hotel Assassination,” but don’t proceed any further until completing the main missions and amassing a sizable amount of cash across all three characters.
The guide below breaks down each mission by what stock to invest in before and after the assassination, including the specific exchange and most optimal return percentage. Swing back and forth across the trio of characters before and after each Lester mission, using every penny to scoop up as many shares as possible before dumping them later for exponentially more profits. To speed up the process, simply advance time by saving the game as either Michael for six hours, Franklin for eight hours, or Trevor for 12 hours, but make sure not to miss the peak.
The Hotel Assassination
Invest Before: Betta Pharmaceuticals (BET)
Sell at: 50% return on BAWSAQ
Invest After: Bilkington Research (BIL)
Sell at: 80%-200% return on LCN
The Multi-Target Assassination
Invest Before: Debonaire (DEB)
Sell at: 60-90% return on LCN
Invest After: Redwood Cigarettes (RWC)
Sell at: 300%-400% return on LCN
The Vice Assassination
Invest Before: Fruit Computers (FRT)
Sell at: 30%-60% return on LCN
Invest After: Facade (FAC)
Sell at: 100% return on BAWSAQ
The Bus Assassination
Invest After: Vapid (VAP)
Sell at: 100% return on BAWSAQ
The Construction Assassination
Invest Before: Gold Coast (GCD)
Sell at: 80% return on LCN
Urging players to stave off assassination missions only until after completing the full narrative may be a lot to ask, but the overall amount to be gained can be amplified even further. Aim for anywhere between 70% and 80% game completion, tackling street races and assorted robberies before attempting Lester’s missions. The more cash a player has at the start of the assassinations will result in a heftier and more cultivated fortune.
After acquiring a complete set of any one of the various Grand Theft Auto 5 collectibles, a secret mission is unlocked. Omega, pictured above, gifts Franklin with a sweet dune buggy made into the guise of a sci-fi rocket ship. Michael, on the other hand, gets no more than $10 and a photo relinquished by Abigail Mathers after collecting all submarine parts.
Found in the afternoon on the beach-side road between Chumash and Pacific Bluffs, an individual by the name of Timm tasks Michael with delivering him to Los Santos International Airport in under two minutes. If the player succeeds, the investment banker will reward Michael with a stock tip. Immediately purchase Tinkle (TNK) shares on BAWSAQ with all three characters and save, advancing time until seeing a 30% profit.
Braddock Farm Incursion
As Trevor, the player can raid a pot farm nestled securely in a small nook under Mount Chiliad, just north of Grapeseed. Operated and guarded by the Salvadoran gang, Marabunta Grande, Braddock Farm is not only heavily fortified but secured by cliffs on all sides. With only one way in and out, the player has to be quick when deciding whether to attack or to leave peacefully.
Though, $44,000 (or more) for killing a couple of guards and ransacking a gang hideout is hard to pass up.
Among the dirt paths in northern Paleto Bay, players can stumble across a random encounter involving two shady individuals attempting to bury a young female alive. Saving her life and subsequently whisking her back home to Vinewood Hills will net the player an easy $60,000, most likely paid for by her mob boss father, “Sonny,” in reference to one of GTA: Vice City’s late-game antagonists.
The Epsilon Program remains one of the most overriding myths in the entire series, spawning Reddit theories and assorted conspiracies since Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
In GTA 5, the religious group is a thinly veiled parody of Scientology helmed by the charismatic Cris Formage. Michael can nab a hefty sum of cash after completing the Epsilon Program side missions, which are initiated only after finishing the story mission, “Father and Son,” and taking an evaluation on the Epsilon Program website.
The player will then not only have to complete a series of time-consuming quests but will also have to donate a total of $15,500 to the cult, with an additional $50,000 at the climax of the mission set. Some of the Epsilon tasks include the completion of a carjacking list, walking 5 miles in the desert, and using a space alien metal detector to uncover a boot.
The Epsilon Program missions require ample patience, given the extreme longevity between follow-up tasks, yet it’s well worth the wait. The final mission brings Michael and Cris Formage face-to-face, with the latter tasking the player to deliver a car loaded with Epsilon funds to a pick-up point. At the location, two options arise: Accept enlightenment by exiting the car or peeling off with $2.1 million.
The Last One
Capping off the entire Grand Theft Auto V experience isn’t easy, but Rockstar still delivers in style. After attaining 100% game completion, a final Strangers and Freaks mission is accessible on the map only to Franklin. While traversing the hills in Raton Canyon, the player will come across a sasquatch hunter who asks for assistance in hunting down the supposed last one of its kind — “the Beast.”
We won’t ruin the ending for you, but “The Last One” is equal parts superb and strange, taking a subtle jab at one of gaming’s most mythical creatures while also exploring San Andreas’s past in a way that is both fresh and thrilling. Unlike previous Grand Theft Auto titles, however, gaining 100% game completion doesn’t give much of a reward, other than “The Last One” secret mission and the spawning of unenterable UFOs throughout Los Santos. That being said, it’s a single moment in a game loaded with unreplicable experiences that you won’t want to miss.
The game still holds plenty of surprises that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the journey.
You can now get Grand Theft Auto V on the Epic Games Store for free, making it the perfect time for newcomers to try out the dodgiest, most thrilling ways to experience the bullet-crazed, sun-faded land of Lost Santos. After all, we can’t think of anyone who won’t love exploring the strange world that combines hilarious oddities like a Sasquatch hunter with classic Grand Theft auto debauchery.