I made this guide to give everyone a chance to make quick and easy money in Vice City. I have seen multiple "easy money" guides, and decided to put them together in one big mega-topic. NOTE:
None of these tricks involve the use of cheats, so you don't have to worry about cheats messing up your game or anything like that. It is worth noting that despite this, cheats will not hamper your ability to reach 100% completion of Vice City. Vigilante:
This is one of the best ways to make easy money. You can make good money either with a Hunter helicopter or a Rhino (tank).Hunter:
You can find a Hunter from the army base after you have completed the main story-line missions, (up to 'Keep Your Friends Close'), or from nearby the Marina, as a result of collecting all hidden packages. It doesn't matter which you choose. Get a Hunter helicopter, and just do the missions (Brown Thunder). You will find it incredibly easy using the Hunter's unlimited supply of missiles. The only problem you may encounter is the cop choppers, but then they can easily be taken care of with a missile. Also, beware of Tanks if you are close to the ground. Rhino:
Vigilante is also quite easy to complete with a tank. It is much easier with a hunter, but you probably don't want to wait until you have finished the game to max out your money. To get a tank fairly early in the game, make sure you have purchased the Hyman Condo. Now start the mission 'Sir Yes Sir'. (It is given to you by Colonel Cortez at the Marina). When you enter the tank, instead of heading to the garage you would normally go to, turn around and start driving toward the Hyman Condo. You must spin the turret around as well, and start firing backwards. This gives you greater speed, so you can make it to the Hyman Condo garage before the tank explodes. Once you arrive at the Condo, quickly drive the tank far back into the large garage closest to the left. Now get out, and stand at the entrance of the garage. Wait until the tank blows up, then exit and re-enter the garage. You will have failed the mission, but now have a tank in your garage, ready to do Vigilante.
For using any vehicle in Vigilante, starting from less then $8,000,000 it will take exactly 391 levels to max your money. The money equation for each level of Vigilante is:
So at exactly level 400 you get $8,000,000 - your money is maxed at this point but if you keep going your money amount per level will keep rising. If you get up over level 2200, you will be awarded about 250,000,000 per level.
The best place to do the Viginante missions is at the runways at Escobar International Airport. Sunshine Autos:
If you have a bit of money to afford something like Sunshine Autos ($50,000), then go ahead and purchase it, and then complete the car lists to complete the protection ring asset. Once you complete all four lists of required vehicles Sunshine Autos will generate a total of $9,000 a day, the second highest total daily revenue amount of money for any ownership. Added to that, for every required car you deliver to the garage, you will receive $500. And what's more is that for every import/export car list you complete, you receive $20,000. Also, there are the Vice street races, which if you win will give you a substantial profit. Here's a list of all the money you can make from Sunshine Autos-
* $1,500 a day for completing the first list of import/export vehicles and a Deluxo vehicle in your showroom
* $4,000 a day for completing the second list of import/export vehicles and a sabre turbo in your showroom
* $6,000 a day for completing the third list of import/export vehicles and a sandking vehicle in your showroom
* $9,000 a day for completing the fourth list of import/export vehicles and a Hotring racer in your showroom
* $500 for every required vehicle you deliver to Sunshine autos, totalling $12,000
* $20,000 for every import/export vehicle list you successfully complete, totalling $80,000
* $400 for winning Vice street racer race 1- Terminal velocity. Take the fee it costs to enter the race away and that will give you $300 profit
* $2,000 for winning Vice street racer race 2- Ocean Drive. Take the fee it costs to enter the race away and that will give you $1,500 profit
* $4,000 for winning Vice street racer race 3- Border Run. Take the fee it costs to enter the race away and that will give you $3,000 profit
* $8,000 for winning Vice street racer race 4- Capital cruise. Take the fee it costs to enter the race away and that will give you $6,000 profit
* $20,000 for winning Vice street racer race 5- Tour! Take the fee it costs to enter the race away and that will give you $15,000 profit
* $40,000 for winning Vice street racer race 6- VC Endurance. Take the fee it costs to enter the race away and that will give you $30,000 profit
Total money: $156,800 (this is the total of each fixed amount of money you will collect fro completing all the above and collecting daily income of $9,000, one time-- in reality, if you collect your cash every time you bring a car back after completing the first list, you will end up with significantly more money then this). $156,000 would be enough to purchase the Malibu club and Kaufman cabs, or the Boatyard, The Ice-cream factory, the Pole position club and The Printworks, and that's if you only collect the property revenue up once, and only win all six races once. In actual fact, the money you could earn at Sunshine Autos is endless. For example, if you had $10,000 left over after purchasing Sunshine Autos, and put that towards entering the race VC Endurance, and won the race four times over, you'd have enough money to buy the Malibu club there and then. And the races aren't hard either, you'd probably be able to win them in a Manana!Endurance Race:
Once you have purchased Sunshine Autos, make sure you have a rocket launcher. (You can grab one from the pool in the hotel just south of Sunshine Autos). Then enter the Vice City Endurance Race. (The one that costs $10,000). Get to the starting line, then blow up all the Opposition cars. You will need to be quick, because as soon as one car gets damaged, the race will start. I find it easiest to stand a fair distance away, with the cars facing towards you. Then quickly fire the rockets at the cars. Usually, a well placed rocket right between the 3 cars will blow them all up. This is easier if you have unlocked the rapid-fire bonus. Once all the cars have been destroyed, you can go as slowly as you want through the race. When you win, you will get $40,000. Last Film Studio Mission:
Make sure you have a remote-control grenade with you. Now enter the last film studio mission. Go through the mission as per normal, but do not enter the marker which ends the mission. Now throw a remote-control grenade into/near the marker. Now you can enter the marker to end the mission. When the cinematic shows that the asset has been completed, activate the grenade. You will be killed, but the money still shows, so you can still get $7,000. The 'activate mission' marker will still be there though, so you can re-do the mission, doing the exact same thing with the grenade. Once you have finished the mission a second time, the Film Studio will generate money twice as fast. You can do this as many times as you want, and every time the Film Studio will generate $7,000 more. Cone Crazy:
Go to the Stallion you must enter to activate the mission 'Cone Crazy'. (It is on the top storey of the multi-storey carpark). The way this trick works, is that every time you beat your record on Cone Crazy, the prize money doubles. The first time you win it, you get $200, and after 23 wins, (each time you must beak you previous record), you will get over $800,000,000. This will max out your money. NOTE:
Some people prefer to nudge the cones around a little before they hit the first checkpoint. This allows a greater margin for error, and hence usually faster times. It all comes down to the individual though, and what you prefer and get used to. The trick is doable without need to move the cones beforehand though. Asswipe
has kindly submitted his own method of nudging the cones.
|QUOTE (Asswipe @ Oct 7 2005, 00:47)|
|You will quickly learn which way you want to push the cones, and how gently you need to push the cones. I find the following route to be the easiest. When you start the challenge, drive to the wall on your right hand side. Pull up parralel to the wall, so that you are facing the 90 degree ramp in front of you. Drive up the ramp and down the other side. Now go through the checkpoint off to your left hand side. Once through this checkpoint proceed to the next one in the sequence, and from there through the last one. |
If, like me, you decide to take this route. You will find it a geat aid to push the cones aside for the last three checkpoints so as to create an almost straight drive to the last checkpoint after coming off the 90 degree ramp.
The game was edited on its transition through to XBox and PC, so it is much easier to max out your money this way on PS2. Below are detailed guides on how to max out your money with ease. PS2:
The first time you attempt the mission, collect all the checkpoints, then wait just in front of the last one. Drive through it with one second left. Now park the car back where you got it from, exit then enter. That should restart the mission. Do the mission as previous, but this time, get the last checkpoint with 2 seconds left. Repeat again, collecting the last checkpoint with 3 seconds left and so on. If you beat it by 1 second each time, your 23rd time will only be a time of 24 seconds, which is not hard to do. PC/XBox:
They fixed this glitch on XBox and PC. What they did was take away the extra second you receive for each checkpoint for the first 6 times you complete the mission. So, for XBox and PC, do the following.
Leave 1 second on your clock when you pass through the last checkpoint the first 6 times you do it, now from there, you will then leave 2 seconds on clock, 3 seconds, 4 seconds, and so on. If you do it this way, your 23rd time will be a time of 6 seconds - this time is possible but you will have to nudge cones around before you start. Even if you don't repeat it 23 times, if you can do it 15 times or so, you should have enough money to finish the game in style. Trial By Dirt and Test Track:
The same thing as above occurs in the missions Trial By Dirt and Test Track, at the dirt bike track north on the west island. Obviously it will take longer on these since they are longer events. The money progression for Cone Crazy, Trial By Dirt and Test Track is as follows:
Get a bus - you can usually find them at bus stops - and drive around somewhat slowly. Soon enough you should find a few pedestrians standing at a bus stop. Slow down and stop close to them. The pedestrians should start entering the bus. For each one that does, you get $5. You don't have to take them anywhere. It's slow, but easy money. It's useful to set-up a bus at a stop and just leave the game running while you go do something else. This trick works on all platforms. Ryton Aide Store:
Find the Ryton Aide store. (It's located in Little Haiti, just north of the Pay and Spray). Park any vehicle in the Pay and Spray adjacent to the store. Make sure to leave it's door open. (By holding any directional button whilst exiting). Now go into Ryton Aide, and rob the store. Once you can't get anymore money from the store owner, sprint back outside and enter the car you left waiting in the Pay and Spray. Now you will have no wanted level again. Repeat as necessary. If you find the store owner isn't there, leave and come back later, and he should be there. Gash and Tool Shop (North Point Mall):
Go to the tool shop in the North Point Mall. Hold up the shop-keeper until you have 2 wanted stars. Now sprint to the Gash shop, and change clothes. Now you will have no wanted level. Then, rob the Gash store, and do the same thing. Wait until you have 2 wanted stars, and then run back to the tool shop to change clothes again. Repeat process until satisfied. Chemist Downtown:
Go to the chemist in Downtown. It's next to the music store called Rock City. As with before, hold up the shop-keeper, wait until you get 2 wanted stars, then sprint back towards the Pizza joint into the 'JockSport' store, (set back from the road on the grassy area), and change clothes to remove the wanted level. Repeat as necessary, if the shop-keeper isn't there, come back later. Rob the Bank Again:
After you have finished the Malibu mission 'The Job', you can rob the 'El Banco Corrupto Grande' again for some quick easy money. As with the Ryton Aide trick, leave a vehicle with its door open in the Pay and Spray in Little Haiti. Now go the bank. Walk in and turn right up the stairs. This will earn you a four star wanted level. Walk into the manager's office to get 1/3 of the cash. The rest is in the room with the elevator, on the right side. Now sprint out of the bank, and enter the vehicle you left in the Pay and Spray. Parking Meters:
Heading north from the bikers bar, keep going till you get to VAJ insurance (left) this is where they start (10 in all on right) head down to Mars Cafe, swing around doing a U-turn, then come back slowly (they're easy to miss if driving fast).
Use a bulkier vehicle , there are plenty around, a Kauffman cab is a good choice.
Hit one dead on along the curb (it won't need much force), passing over it, get out & collect the cash, keep repeating this. The cops ignore it, so no wanted level to worry about.
Go around the block & repeat it a many times as you like they'll always be standing & full of cash again. The amount of cash made varies anywhere between $100 to $1000.Good Citizen Bonus:
Run around Vice City, until you find a cop. Follow the cop, and eventually he will start chasing a criminal. (If you want, just wait until you see a cop already chasing a criminal.) Then, just punch the criminal to the ground. You will get $50 for every punch you land, until he is dead. Thisworks better if you don't have the Brass Knuckles, as it takes longer to kill the criminal. Make sure you only use fists, as firing a weapon will attract the cop's attention, and will result in a wanted star. Also, make sure you don't hit the cop when hitting the criminal, as you will also get a wanted star. This is a good way to gain stamina as well, from sprinting around the city. Vercetti Gang:
Once you have completed the mission 'Rub Out', Diaz's gang will no longer fight back when you attack them. If you attack them with fists, you won't get a wanted level, and most of them will drop cash and weapons. This works best at Sunshine Autos, where you can find packs of the gang.
Also, once you have completed 'Shake Down', buy a business in Little Haiti, such as the Print Works or Kaufman Cabs. Now your gang will spawn here. Now walk up to a Haitian, there's heaps around, and fire a weapon at him. A whole bunch of them will start chasing you and firing at you. As soon as they start chasing you, your gang will fight back, and kill them all in mere seconds. Now you can pick up their cash - and weapons - with ease. NB:
If you have finished the last Cuban's mission, the Haitians will chase you without the need to irritate them. Hit and Run:
Get a car and head to an area with lots of gangs. This works well in Little Haiti, down the main road on the west island. You will see heaps of Haitians around, and a little further south, heaps of Cubans. Just get a run-up up, and charge down on a pack of a gang at full speed. As soon as you hit them, stop the car, jump out, and collect all their cash. You will get a fair amount, and it is pretty hard to get a wanted level this way. If you do get a wanted level, it will be only one star. Lighthouse Fun:
At dusk, make your way to the lighthouse, near the Ocean View Hotel. Make sure you have brass knuckles, or a melee weapon, such as the golfclub or baseball bat. Basically, beat the living sh*t out of anyone and everyone you see. Since you're there while it's dark, there's many PIMPS, whores and drug dealers, which equals money, and lots of it. After you have cleared the pier of all living things, walk away for a bit, then return to the scene. More victims, more money. If you get a wanted level doing this, simply run to a Pay & Spray or save your game at the nearest save house. North Point Mall Fun:
In the North Point Mall, you can go around basically beating the sh*t out of everyone and everything with any melee weapon. You'll eventually get a wanted star. Continue beating sh*t up until you get a second. Now run to Gash at the southern end of the mall. Get a change of clothes. Now repeat, and get a change of clothes at the Tool Shop. Rinse and repeat until satisfied. Thanks To:
, for the in-depth stuff on the vigilante missions here
, and the great stuff on Cone Crazy, Trial by Dirt, and Test Track and on how to acquire a Rhino early in the game here
, for his great find on the Film Studio trick here
, for the stuff on the Haitians and Vercetti Gang fighting here
, the hit and run trick here
the parking meters here
, and the Downtown chemist trick here
, for his info on the lighthouse stuff here
, for the stuff on the North Point Mall trick here
, for his detailed route for 'Cone Crazy' here
, for her verification of the bus trick, along with the additional information on leaving the bus parked at the stop indefinitely.
, for detailed info on Sunshine Autos as a money generatorOriginal topic
Edited by Spuds725, 11 December 2008 - 02:20 PM.