GTA 5 Online: The Cayo Perico Heist Is Live, And Here's Everything You Should Know

This enormous GTA Online update gives us a new heist, social area, music, and a single-player option.


Grand Theft Auto V Online's latest enormous update, the Cayo Perico Heist, is here. The central addition is the new heist that the update is named for, but it's not the only addition now available in Rockstar's online game. There are some limited-time bonuses to earn by playing in the near future, too.

In a press release, Rockstar Games founder Sam Houser said that this update is "our way of getting everyone together to party and dance in the safest possible way while also giving players the chance to take on our biggest and best Heist yet." Houser says that the goal was to give everyone something fun to do after the challenges of 2020. "It’s been a difficult and challenging year, and we wanted to make something everyone could have some fun in--we’re really excited for you to play."

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The Cayo Perico Heist adds a new location to explore, allowing you to visit a new island with your friends. You'll also have access to a new nightclub, the Music Box, which will feature DJ sets from acts like Moodymann, Keinemusik, and Palms Trax.

The heist itself sees players breaking into the private island of Cayo Perico to snatch treasures from El Rubio, who has crossed the Madrazo crime family. Along the way you'll need to retrieve some incriminating files, purchase a submarine, photograph points of interest around the island, and potentially hack the security system to give yourself an easier approach.

The heist has designed with multiple potential approaches like the Diamond Casino Heist before it. You can prep and plan how you're going to tackle it in advance, and this time you can go solo, if you want. This is the first GTA Online heist that you've been allowed to complete without a team, and while it'll likely be difficult, you have the option if that appeals to you.

Progressing through the heist from now through January 14 will earn you some bonus rewards. Completing the scoping mission gets you a Manor Tie-dye Tee, while doing the Prep Mission gets you the Rockstar Gray Pattern Tee. Finishing the finale will also net you the Panther Tour Jacket. You may have to wait up to 72 hours after completing one of these objectives in order to receive the corresponding reward.

This new space also adds new radio stations, as well as new music for existing stations. One of the new radio stations, Still Slipping Los Santos, gives you a mission to complete, too--you need to find radio towers across the island to boost the station's signal.

New weapons, items, and clothing have been added, too. You can use the sonar on your new submarine to find 10 Hidden Caches per day, collecting cash and RP from each one, giving you reason to keep logging in every day. Clothing options have also been expanded, including designs from fashion labels Civilist and MISBHV. If you log in between from December 18-20, you can get a free Dinka Veto Classic from Southern San Andreas Super Autos; it'll become available for sale starting on December 21.

Here are the vehicles and weapons now available in this update:

New Vehicles

  • Sparrow Helicopter
  • Kraken Avisa submersible
  • Pegassi Toreador
  • Annihilator (Stealth)
  • RO-86 Alkonost
  • Kurtz 31 Patrol Boat
  • Shitzu Longfin
  • Vapid Winky

New Weapons:

  • Military Rifle
  • The Combat Shotgun
  • The Perico Pistol

For PS4 players, this update is also a good reason to log in and claim December's GTA$1 million reward. All PlayStation Plus members on PS4 will get a bonus GTA$1 million every month they log in until GTA 5 releases on PS5. The game is also coming to Xbox Series X/S.

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