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Posted 07 June 2008 - 04:58 PM Edited by Unlimited, 13 June 2008 - 03:23 PM.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas FAQ


Firstly I must say I really don't know why I'm doing this. I know SA is about 4 years old and hardly anybody plays it anymore, but I'm bored at the moment and want something to do. This is always something I've thought about doing but never got around to it. So I figured I might as well do it now.

Down to business now. The, I guess you could say, inspiration, behind the topic was taken from saintdave's wonderful GTA 4 FAQ topic. I understand that this topic isn't even going to come remotely close to the number of people helped compare to the number of people helped by the GTA 4 FAQ topic, but just as long as it helps one or two people it will make me happy.


The questions I've chosen for this are ones that I've seen most commonly in the SA forums here. If your question isn't answered in this topic please start a topic and you will get help with your specific problem.

The FAQ is mostly oriented around PC at the moment.


Contents
  • How do I fly the Hydra(Military Jet)?
  • How do I recruit my gang members?
  • What are the controls for the Cesar Vialpando Mission?
  • What are the controls for the Life's a Beach Mission?
  • I've just unlocked the gang territories but I'm in San Fierro now and I've lost them. Will I get them back later in the game?
  • How am I suposed to take over the little territory by the Hotel in Jefferson?
  • Will my territories be attacked once I have taken all of them over?
  • Do I get anything once I have beat the game to 100%?
  • Are the Unique Stunt Jumps required for 100%?
  • I'm stuck at 99.47%. What am I missing?
  • What was "Hot Coffee"?
  • What is the difference between Version 1, Version 2, and Version 3 of San Andreas?
  • What's the deal with Gang Tags, Photo Ops, Horseshoes, and Oysters?
  • Is there anyway to store more then 4 cars in the hanger at Verdant Meadows?
  • Where can I find the Andromada?
  • Myths: Bigfoot, UFO's, etc., are they real?
  • Where can I get the SWAT tank?
  • Where can I get the Rhino(Tank)?
  • Where can I get the Hydra(Military Jet)?
  • How do I add my own songs to the radio station for them?
  • I've lost my save file. Can someone get me another?
  • Girlfriends?
  • How many schools are there?


How do I fly the Hydra(Military Jet)?
If you are on PC you need to use the number pad. To turn the Hydra into flying mode press and hold 8. This will make the Hydra start going forward. To slow down and go back into Helicopter mode, press and 2 to turn the Hydra into it's Helicopter mode.

How do I recruit my gang members?
To recruit a Grove Street Families gang member, take your weapon and aim it at them. Once you have done that simply press G or H to recruit them into your gang.

What are the controls for the Cesar Vialpando Mission?
If you are on PC you must use the number pad for this mission. The PC controls are listed in the table below.

ActionKey
Up Arrow8
Down Arrow2
Left Arrow 4
Right Arrow6
Upper Right Arrow8 & 6
Upper Left Arrow8 & 4
Lower Right Arrow2 & 6
Lower Left Arrow2 & 4

What are the controls for the Life's a Beach Mission?
If you are on PC you must use the directional arrows for this mission. The PC controls for this mission are listed below.

ActionKey
Up ArrowUp Directional Key
Down ArrowDown Directional Key
Right ArrowRight Directional Key
Left ArrowLeft Directional Key

I've just unlocked the gang territories but I'm in San Fierro now and I've lost them. Will I get them back later in the game?
After you finish the SF missions, desert missions, and LV missions you make a return to LS to finish off the game. Once you return to Los Santos for the second time you get the gang territories back.

How am I suposed to take over the little territory by the Hotel in Jefferson?
This territory is probably the hardest territory to take over in all of SA. It belongs to the Ballas. The territory basically just includes the parking lot, and the sidewalks around the hotel. I suggest that that you walk around the hotel and shoot every Balla you see. Shoot ones walking and in cars. You need to try and do everything to start a gang war here. If you shoot at every Balla you see it shouldn't take that long to start a gang war there. Just remember that you need to be in that gang territory. If you're not you can shoot everybody and nothing will happen at all.

Will my territories be attacked once I have taken all of them over?
Once you have taken over every territory in Los Santos and no other gang territories are remaining yor territories will not be attacked as there are no more enemy gangs to challenge you.

Do I get anything once I have beat the game to 100%?
Once you acheived 100% in San Andreas you receive a cash reward and unlimited ammo. You also get a Hydra and Rhyno which spawn in Grove Street.

Are the Unique Stunt Jumps required for 100%?
The Unique Stunt Jumps are not required to acheive 100% in SA.

I'm stuck at 99.47%. What am I missing?
Try checking out the SA Checklist to see what you've missed. Also Dirt Track and Kickstart are both at the same stadium in LV. If you go there on Monday or Wednesday it'll be Dirt Track and any other day it will be Kickstart.

What was "Hot Coffee"?
"Hot Coffee" as it was dubbed, was the ability in version one of San Andreas to have sex with CJ's girlfriends by getting them to drink a cup of hot coffee. After a ton of controversy about it, Rockstar released version 2 which had the "Hot Coffee" ability disabled.

What is the difference between Version 1, Version 2, and Version 3 of San Andreas?
Version 1: The first version of San Andreas ever released. This version of the game included the "Hot Coffee" ability and the ability to mod the game however you liked.

Version 2: The second version of San Andreas. This version was released due to all the controversey surrounding version 1. In this version the "Hot Coffee" ability is disabled. Upon release it was determined that version 2 was not moddable, however Jar-Jar discovered that if you used the downgrader on your version 2 copy of SA that you could mod the game however you liked.

Version 3: The third and most likely the final version of San Andreas ever released. This version is exclusive to the websites that allow you to download the game for a fee. It seems to have all the same properties as version 2 does, however nobody has really decompiled the game so very little info about it is known. What is known is that it is not downgradable or moddable.

Whats the deal with Gang Tags, Photo Ops, Horseshoes, and Oysters?
You can see a description of each below, but once you have collected each of them you get a reward. Once you spray all 100 gang tags you are rewarded with weapons at CJ's house. Once you take all 50 pictures for the photo ops you get weapons at CJ's garage in SF. Once you collect all 50 horseshoes you get weapons at The Four Dragons Casino in LV. You can view maps with these marked on them here.

Gang Tags: Found all throughout Los Santos, they are tags that are sprayed on the walls of buildings and stuff. You need to use spray paint to spray over them There are 100 in all.

Photo Ops: Found all over San Fierro, they are pictures that have to be taken with the camera. There are 50 in all.

Horseshoes: Found all over Las Venturas, they are horseshoes that are hidden in the city. Basically just a different version of the classic "Hidden Packages".
There are 50 in all.

Oysters: They are found in San Andreas waterways. They are hidden underwater and you must dive to get them. Once all 50 are collected you are rewarded with an upgraded 'luck' stat.

Is there anyway to store more than 4 cars in the hanger at Verdant Meadows?
Plain and simple, no there isn't. There are ways if your looking to install mods or get into coding but there is not real simple way.

Where can I find the Andromada?
The Andromada is the plane that is used in the mission Stoaway and A Home In The Hills. Unfortunateley Rockstar decided not to include it in the game, however they left it in the game. So if you are playing a normal game you can look and look all you want, but you won't find it.

There are ways to get the Andromada in the game. You can install a mod, which is probably the simplest way. You can also get it through making a custom save that has the plane in it.

Myths: Bigfoot, UFO's, etc., are they real?
There are hundreds of myths about there being UFO's and a Bigfoot in SA. I'm not going to say anything other then, it has been proven by decompiling the game that there are no UFO's or a Bigfoot in San Andreas.

Where can I get the SWAT tank?
The SWAT tank is only available in the mission End Of The Line. That is the only time in the game that it appears. If you want to play with it, you need to steal it and take it you a garage, fail the mission, and then go back and use it when ever you like.

Where can I get a Rhino?
The easiest way to get a Rhino is to enter the cheat for it. The other way, which is a bit harder, but funner, is to go break into Area 69 and steal one.

Where can I get a Hydra?
Just like the Rhino there is the easy way to get one by entering the cheat, and then there is the hard way, which is to go break into Area 69 and stealing one.

Once you complete the mission Vertical Bird, the Hydra will spawn at Verdant Meadows. However, Vertical Bird is one of the last missions in the game.

How do I add my own songs to the radio station for them?
To add your own songs to the game, you must take your desired songs and put them in the User Tracks Folder.

My Documents>GTA San Andreas User Files>User Tracks

Once you have done that, you need to start up the game, and go into the audio options. Once there change the user tracks option to 'Scan User Tracks'. Now change the radio station to User Track Player, and you should be hearing you songs right now.

I've lost my save file. Can someone get me another?
Check out this topic.

Girlfriends?
There are 6 of them in total. Denise Robinson, Michelle Cannes, Helena Wankstein, Barbara Schternvart, Katie Zhan, and Millie Perkins. Dating the girlfrieneds to 100% is not needed to acheive 100%.

Denise Robinson: She becomes your girlfriend once you complete the mission Burning Desire. Getting 100% unlocks the pimp suit.

Michelle Cannes: She can be found at the driving school in San Fierro at 00:01-12:00. Getting 100% unlocks the racing suit.

Helena Wankstein: She can be found on the balcony of the Ammu-Nation in Blueberry at 08:00-12:00 or 14:00-02:00. Getting 100% rewards you with the farm outfit.

Barbara Schternvart: She can be found outside the cop station in El Quebrados at 16:00-06:00. Getting 100% unlocks the cop suit, and the ability to keep your weapons when you get busted.

Katie Zhan: She can be found outside the Avispa country club in San Feirro at 12:00-00:00. Getting 100% unlocks the medic suit, and the ability to keep your weapons when you get wasted.

Millie Perkins: She becomes your girlfriend in the mission Key To Her Heart. Available at 02:00 to 10:00 or 14:00-18:00. Getting 100% unlocks the gimp suit.

How many schools are there?
There are a total of 4 schools. Driving School, Boat School, Bike School and Flying School.

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 06:58 PM

Good questions and answers!
But your right,
4 years late...

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 07:05 PM

A few things to fix:

Typos in the Schools thing.

Andromada was used in Stowaway and Home in the Hills.

San Fierro, not Ferrio.

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 07:12 PM

QUOTE (QwertyAAA @ Jun 7 2008, 16:05)
A few things to fix:

Typos in the Schools thing.

Andromada was used in Stowaway and Home in the Hills.

San Fierro, not Ferrio.

Thanks for those. wink.gif


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Posted 07 June 2008 - 07:43 PM

QUOTE (Unlimited @ Jun 7 2008, 22:28)
I'm stuck at 99.53%. What am I missing?

One cannot be stuck at 99.53%. It should be 99.47% since every mission accounts for either 0.53% or 0.54%.

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 07:44 PM

QUOTE (girishb @ Jun 7 2008, 16:43)
QUOTE (Unlimited @ Jun 7 2008, 22:28)
I'm stuck at 99.53%. What am I missing?

One cannot be stuck at 99.53%. It should be 99.47% since every mission accounts for either 0.53% or 0.54%.

dontgetit.gif whatsthat.gif I thought it was .47% per mission.

Guess I was wrong. Thanks for pointing it it out.

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 07:47 PM

QUOTE (Unlimited @ Jun 8 2008, 01:14)
QUOTE (girishb @ Jun 7 2008, 16:43)
QUOTE (Unlimited @ Jun 7 2008, 22:28)
I'm stuck at 99.53%. What am I missing?

One cannot be stuck at 99.53%. It should be 99.47% since every mission accounts for either 0.53% or 0.54%.

dontgetit.gif whatsthat.gif I thought it was .47% per mission.

Guess I was wrong. Thanks for pointing it it out.

Well, after months of maintaining the stats for the Chain Game, I can't be wrong. wink.gif

There are a few spelling mistakes you might wanna correct just to present the FAQ in a better way. If you use Firefox, it has a spell checker. icon14.gif
For SA related words, just use Google.

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 08:42 PM

Nice work. Good faq.

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 10:19 PM

I think you have gotten many of the most asked topics that are still being asked frequently. icon14.gif

Could you please fix Cesear Vailapando to Cesar Vialpando? Thanks.

For the part about 100% reward, don't you get unlimited ammo also?

For the part about territory by the Hotel in Jefferson, perhaps you might like to add that killing 3 Vagos will also start a gang war with Ballas? Also a tip that CJ needs to be in the territory, but he can shoot at gang members that are outside of the area.
Perhaps also a tip about the 2 other small gang areas, the Ballas sliver below Mulholland and the Vagos square in Los Flores, that it's handy to take those areas before the surrounding areas. When I read those tips it helped me to take over those.

For Version 3, I have understood it is not downgradeable or moddable?
It could be handy also to inform that even if people downgrade v2, it still uses v2 savefiles (if one wants to download them from internet and use them).

Perhaps put a link to your post to some maps of the various collectables?
Maybe a tip that jetpack helps with horseshoes? Maybe a tip that 2 of the oysters are in the SF naval base and give you 5 (or 4) stars? Also a tip about the missions that have No Wanted level that can help with the collectables etc early on?

Perhaps a mention that dating girlfriends is not required for 100%?
Perhaps mention that if one collects all the oysters all girlfriends accept CJ for a date regardless of his physical appearance (that normally varies a lot depending on girlfriend)

Isn't Helena's 100% reward a farm outfit?

And don't you get the gimp suit during the mission Key To Her Heart, not after dating Millie to 100%?
Perhaps include a tip about needing to date Millie only 2 times while wearing the gimp suit to get the keycard that enables the Woozie casino heist mission?
Also lots of reports that Millie is not available for dates. What I have read is that it's worth going to another area outside of LV and save game there and then come back and she might be available.

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 10:34 PM

@aFlin: I added most of the suggestions you made. Thanks for your input. wink.gif

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 10:56 PM

No problem and thanks Unlimited

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Posted 07 June 2008 - 11:58 PM

QUOTE
insperation
...perhaps you mean inspiration.

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Posted 08 June 2008 - 12:24 AM

QUOTE (doesntcheatGTA @ Jun 7 2008, 20:58)
QUOTE
insperation
...perhaps you mean inspiration.

Thats enough out of you. tounge.gif

Thanks smile.gif

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Posted 08 June 2008 - 12:24 AM

Though this topic may be a bit late, it's helpful. Good job. icon14.gif

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 09:48 AM

Agreed, it would have been better out one year after SA instead of four. Still, it's a good effort. icon14.gif
And it'll help the newbs/noobs who are new to SA and have many questions. This should be a topic that people should look through before posting their question.

I'm bored, so I might do a complete scan of typos and grammar mistakes.

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 03:59 PM

QUOTE (radicell @ Jun 11 2008, 06:48)
I'm bored, so I might do a complete scan of typos and grammar mistakes.

Thanks alot radicell. smile.gif

Too bad this wouldn't have gotten pinned. Probably would be more helpful that way. confused.gif

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 04:34 PM

y r u guys still playng SA mad.gif did u know gta4 came out biggrin.gif
gta4 is way better
r u too poor to buy it hahahahahahahaha suicidal.gif

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 04:37 PM

QUOTE (tough juice @ Jun 11 2008, 16:34)
y r u guys still playng SA mad.gif did u know gta4 came out biggrin.gif
gta4 is way better
r u too poor to buy it hahahahahahahaha suicidal.gif

I find SA better. I have got IV, but I play SA alot more.

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 04:52 PM

QUOTE (tough juice @ Jun 11 2008, 13:34)
y r u guys still playng SA mad.gif did u know gta4 came out biggrin.gif
gta4 is way better
r u too poor to buy it hahahahahahahaha suicidal.gif

Unless you got something nice to contribute to my topic, could you please stay out.

And for the record, yes I know GTA IV is out. I'm not too poor to buy it. I just don't want to. I prefer to play games on PC, so when it comes out for PC I'll get it then.

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 08:03 AM

QUOTE (tough juice @ Jun 12 2008, 05:34)
y r u guys still playng SA mad.gif did u know gta4 came out biggrin.gif
gta4 is way better
r u too poor to buy it hahahahahahahaha suicidal.gif

Damn, i was looking forward to reporting this guy, i already had in my mind what i was going to say to get him in as much sh*t as i could.
Curse whoever beat me.

@Topic: Looks pretty good, found a lot of grammar mistakes and incorrect spelling but i didn't want to point them out, 'cos people would get angry. But, if you want me too, i will, im refraining at the moment.

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 04:24 PM

QUOTE (!!GameCH33TA!! @ Jun 12 2008, 05:03)
Curse whoever beat me.

@Topic: Looks pretty good, found a lot of grammar mistakes and incorrect spelling but i didn't want to point them out, 'cos people would get angry. But, if you want me too, i will, im refraining at the moment.

That would be me.

About the grammer, well radicell went through the whole topic and fixed all of those so, so there shouldn't be many now. wink.gif

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 09:54 AM

Um i found a Spelling mistake. In whats the difference between V1,V2,V3, under Version 3 you spelt about as aobut wink.gif

But umm yeah nicely done and well put together except your a few years late.

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 10:59 AM

QUOTE (Unlimited @ Jun 13 2008, 05:24)
About the grammer, well radicell went through the whole topic and fixed all of those so, so there shouldn't be many now. wink.gif

I know you said that there shouldn't be many, but this one was just screaming at me.

QUOTE (First post)
How do I recruit my gang members?
To recruit a Gvore Street Families gang member, take your weapon and aim it at them. Once you have done that simply press G or H to recruit them into your gang.


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Well done, otherwise.

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Posted 13 June 2008 - 03:24 PM

Just fixed those two spelling mistakes that iLusion and !!GameCH33TA!! pointed out.

Thanks for the feedback guys. smile.gif

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 03:53 PM

Sorry for the double post.

Thanks for the pin, whoever did it. wink.gif

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 01:57 PM

Hey i have a new question:
In the version 1 of the game, how do you auto lock-on when on fight stance?

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 02:14 PM

QUOTE (ZSaiyan @ Jul 30 2008, 19:27)
Hey i have a new question:
In the version 1 of the game, how do you auto lock-on when on fight stance?

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Press the right mouse button(for pc) if you want to lock on. I'm not sure of this.

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 03:10 PM

QUOTE (ZSaiyan @ Jul 30 2008, 19:27)
In the version 1 of the game, how do you auto lock-on when on fight stance?

In any version of the game, if you want auto-aim, you'll have to change the controller to Joystick from Controller Options. But note that you'll lose the free look of the mouse.

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Posted 30 May 2009 - 11:55 PM

Why did you say its old and hardly anybody plays it? It might be old but in my opinion it is probably the most played GTA of them all, plus its the most popular of the GTA's to be moddified.

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 01:09 AM

okay i didnt know anywhere else to ask this question, so im asking it here. ok i was playing gta sa, until i got to the part where you get to the badlands, and all the grove st gang members disapear. i was getting bored, so i put on the cheat where there are only gang members and no peds or cops. i have max respect, and i got it by earning it, not cheating. well everytime i try and recruit a grove st person, they reject me!




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