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Posted 25 September 2013 - 11:57 PM Edited by Jozzborne, 30 September 2013 - 01:44 AM.

This is a ten step guide that will net you a crap load of money.  When it was all said and done I ended up with roughly $6.3 Billion dollars between the three main characters which each having at least $2 Billion.  I was able to purchase every property in the game and I have been buying all the clothes, planes, choppers, cars, guns, etc and still have at least $5 Billion left. 

 

 

1. Lester's assassination missions are the number one key to this.  DO NOT do them until you have beat the main story.  There are five of them total and the first one you are required to complete in order to advance in the story but the remaining four...don't touch them.  The one assassination mission that you will have to do you should make sure you put it off as long as you can.  Eventually the game will tell you to do it in order to continue with one of the story heists so push it off until then.  Also, do not wait until these missions begin to buy the stocks.  Go all in with all three characters on the correct company before you approach the pay phone/lester (first mission is in person meeting). 

 

2. Don't buy any properties or vehicles at all and don't waste money customizing cars you already own them until after you are done with the game...trust me on this.  You want to build up as much cash as you can early in the game. Don't buy the hanger that they tell you to purchase with Trevor...leave it alone.  Tattoos, clothes, haircuts, cab fares, etc are all fine.  Keep the expenses to a minimum.  You want to have as much money as possible on your characters early on in the game for this to work in full force.

 

3. When you do the first heist (jewelry store robbery) choose the crap drivers and shooters.  You will likely lose some of the score because things will go wrong (I've heard you can stop and recover the lost duffel bag when the driver crashes) but it is worth it in the end.  Every time you use someone they get 25% better at what they do but their minuscule 6-9% cuts stay the same.  This way once you get to the final heist you can use people that aren't going to eat up a ton of the money but are now skilled enough to get the job done. You will get significantly more money on the last job ($32 MM roughly per character).

 

4 (NOT ALWAYS GUARANTEED). When you do the jewelry store heist mission the stock for that company (Vangelico) SHOULD sink big time to about $50-$90 a share (seems random).  Go all in with all your characters when it drops because it SHOULD eventually climb back up and you will make a huge profit.  The reason I stress the "should" is because this stock seems to be the most iffy of all of them.  Some people report it never recovering or never dropping.  I would give it a shot regardless but if you don't see it move much then get your money back.  Also, his stock takes the longest to recover from my personal experience and the quickest way for it to go up is not to wait or do the repeated save trick but to complete actual missions.  Since you shouldn't be buying anything until you get to the next step it shouldn't matter that your funds are in the VAG stock waiting to go up anyways.

 

5. When you get to the mission where you do finally have to do the first assassination mission (hotel assassination) spend every single cent you have on Betta Pharmaceutical stock before you even start the mission (so before you approach Lester on the bench).  Wait for it to max out after the mission is over then sell it all. Then go all in with all your characters in Bilkinton while its down and wait for it to go back up to make another huge profit on the same mission.

 

6. Once you do the mission where you chase Molly through the airport (movie director mission for michael) the stock for FlyUS will crash due to the destruction of the planes.  Go all in after the mission ends and wait for it to recover (might take a few in game days).  

 

7. After you do the final heist...go all in with your characters on the Augury Insurance stock company. Once you do the main end mission after the heist the stock will soar and you will make bank (you will see this increase after the credits roll and you go back to your characters).

 

8. Not going to spoil the heist in case you haven't done it yet but you will make significantly more money if you take the guns a' blazin route vs the stealthy route because it requires less crew so less cuts to hand out (made $24 million on stealthy trial vs $32 million on the other option). Also, remember use the crap guys from the beginning that you should have stuck with.  Their cut percentages will still be small but they will now be good members and experienced from being used previously. You should come out with about $33 MM per character here if you do it right.

 

9. Now that story is done...go back to the assassination missions and do as follows:

 

Assassination 2 (Multi): Go all in on Debonaire and then wait for it to spike up then sell it all and immediately go all in on Redwood.  This is the biggest one..Redwood will recover and you end up around 300% profit. 

 

Assassination 3 (Vice): Go all in on the Fruit stock beforehand and then cash out around 50% profit.

 

Assassination 4 (Bus): Don't buy anything up front. Once you are done go all in on Vapid.  This takes the second longest to recover...I found that if you just die a few times it will pass a few days in game time and then it will go up around 100% so you basically double whatever you put in which at this point should be hundreds of millions.

 

Assassination 5 (Construction): Go all in on Gold Coast before you start the mission.  Usually peaks around 81% profit.

 

10. For the kicker...invest everything you have into the stock called Tinkle with your characters and then find the man on the east side of the map about halfway up.  He is a random encounter guy that asks you to take him to the airport and then once you get there he tips you off on the stock Tinkle and that you should buy it (you already should have). It will go up about 33% then sell it. Going into this encounter I already had about $1,600,000,000 from all the assassination stock payouts.  This extra 33% pushed me up to over $2.2 Billion on Michael.  The exact location for this guy can be found easily with a google image search.

 

 

 

This is all pretty much by the book what I did and I finished with over two billion dollars on each character when it was all said and done and between the three I had about $6.3 billion.

 

I should include that you deff want to do the Epsilon Program missions prior to doing all the assassination missions because you can easily net another $2MM to your total. Here is a guide: http://www.ign.com/wikis/gta-5/Seeking_the_Truth

 

Also...there are several random encounters with pedestrians that net you pretty good money.  I suggest always checking in to see what they need especially if it's a bike being stolen or someone about to be killed.  The wallet and purse robberies never get you anything so always keep the cash.  There is also a weed farm northeast of Trevor's trailer home that you can rob once a week using Trevor only for $50-80K (seems random) and you can make $60 K for bringing back all of Maudes bounty targets alive. I would do these early in the game because you want to have large sums of money early on ($250K+) with each character because the way you gain money in this game is a snowball effect so the larger you start the larger you finish (stock market strategy).

 

Another last minute tip...the Sonar Dock station on the northwest portion of the map can be bought for $250,000 and then you can go around and grab the 30 nuclear waste objects with the submarine.  You get $23K per pickup and then a $25K bonus when you finish all 30 so you end up making $715,000 when its all said and done minus the $250,000 you put into it so you get netting you a pretty huge profit ($465,000).  It takes a solid 90 minutes to do though.

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 11:59 PM

Could you put it in white text please its hard to read.

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 11:59 PM

Is this some blind test?

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 12:11 AM

I can't f*cking read that sh*t


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 12:12 AM

Just highlight it all


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 12:13 AM Edited by Jozzborne, 26 September 2013 - 12:14 AM.

Is this some blind test?

 

No. Everything on here is guaranteed to work.

 

Could you put it in white text please its hard to read.

 

Fixed, my bad.  I had copied it from my Facebook note that was in black.


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 01:09 AM

Im just about starting those last 4 assassination thingies after the story. (luckely I got a savegame, right before the multiassassination one to start)

But I wish to know the details on it, like I tried it once, and did see a profit on Debonaire for like around 27-30% on each charecter. Where I imidiatly invested in Redwood... But after like 3 savegames (on new slot) it kept falling-sinking =S You say there is a 300% profit, but how? and how long should I keep saving/sleeping (for 6 hours advance)?

Thanks for the guide anyways! Been like totally confused with the other huge post with toddfas guide. This definitely made everything a bit more comprehensive ;)

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 01:20 AM

Im just about starting those last 4 assassination thingies after the story. (luckely I got a savegame, right before the multiassassination one to start)

But I wish to know the details on it, like I tried it once, and did see a profit on Debonaire for like around 27-30% on each charecter. Where I imidiatly invested in Redwood... But after like 3 savegames (on new slot) it kept falling-sinking =S You say there is a 300% profit, but how? and how long should I keep saving/sleeping (for 6 hours advance)?

Thanks for the guide anyways! Been like totally confused with the other huge post with toddfas guide. This definitely made everything a bit more comprehensive ;)

 

Debonaire should go up much more than that, upwards of 81% I believe.  

redwood should go up a ton though.  Mine went up 300% on the money and others have confirmed similar numbers.  I would try switching out to a different character and sleeping or killing yourself.  Time spent in the hospital passes a lot quicker and I did this on a few of these to speed up the process (especially for the Vapid stock increase).  If you sold Debonaire at 30% then possibly it's because it wasn't all the way finished going up (meaning Redwood wasn't all the way finished going down)?

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 01:29 AM

I'm going to try this on my second play-thru. Only acheevo/trophy I have to obtain for solo is spend 200$ million. Thanks, OP.


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 01:34 AM

I'm going to try this on my second play-thru. Only acheevo/trophy I have to obtain for solo is spend 200$ million. Thanks, OP.

 

No problem.  I actually got the achievement when I was buying the stocks during the process.


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 01:38 AM

Very nice.


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 01:45 AM

I just finished the game yesterday day night and was looking at the numbers and thought wow I'm broke already and don't see the money returning for a long time. I then started thinking about the options and realized I probably missed out on opportunities, which this thread confirms now I have the choice to start over what I just finished or try and make my money back nice and slow. Damn.
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Posted 26 September 2013 - 01:47 AM

I just finished the game yesterday day night and was looking at the numbers and thought wow I'm broke already and don't see the money returning for a long time. I then started thinking about the options and realized I probably missed out on opportunities, which this thread confirms now I have the choice to start over what I just finished or try and make my money back nice and slow. Damn.

 

Yeah I feel ya.  I went ahead and started a new playthrough and skipped all the cutscenes.  Since I already knew what to do and where to go for everything it didn't take that long.  Beat it in about a day and a half second time (again with no cutscenes).


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 02:05 AM Edited by Poker2012chu, 26 September 2013 - 02:06 AM.


Assassination 2 (Multi): Go all in on Debonaire and then wait for it to spike up then sell it all and immediately go all in on Redwood.  This is the biggest one..Redwood will recover and you end up around 300% profit. 

 

 

One tip I would like to add to this part: don't stare at your stocks and watch Redwood hit 300%. You have to do something else. I personally didn't see Redwood gain that much by watching. I then switched to Franklin and did a flight from LSX to Sandy Shores. Upon landing, I checked the market, and sure enough, Redwood hit a 302.5% profit.

 

You don't have to travel around the map per say, but you should be doing something else than watching the stocks because Redwood didn't rise much until I did something other than watching the market.


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 02:10 AM

 


Assassination 2 (Multi): Go all in on Debonaire and then wait for it to spike up then sell it all and immediately go all in on Redwood.  This is the biggest one..Redwood will recover and you end up around 300% profit. 

 

 

One tip I would like to add to this part: don't stare at your stocks and watch Redwood hit 300%. You have to do something else. I personally didn't see Redwood gain that much by watching. I then switched to Franklin and did a flight from LSX to Sandy Shores. Upon landing, I checked the market, and sure enough, Redwood hit a 302.5% profit.

 

You don't have to travel around the map per say, but you should be doing something else than watching the stocks because Redwood didn't rise much until I did something other than watching the market.

 

Saving passes time by 6 in-game hours. Save three times and you'll be at your 300% increase. This is a lot faster than flying around or doing something else just to pass time.


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 02:13 AM

I'd also suggest investing in Facade after selling Fruit stocks.


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 02:26 AM

Just want to give a shoutout to the OP-- this is the most brief and useful guide I've seen on this (I've been looking-- hard to get though all the garbage on some of the threads that have gone over most of this).

 

The only improvement I would make would be to point out more of the "profit" percentages for each investment-- What I mean is what we should expect to get in return so we don't sell early (I know you did some of these but not all)... and what it does after it peaks....

 

Example-- Betta investment for first assasination mission can return up to about 82% (it rises steadily over about an in game day then drops off suddenly)

 

Thanks for sharing-- going to book mark this thread.

 

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 05:24 AM

Thanks

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 05:32 AM

Seeing as how I am more than halfway through the game and barely have $200,000 between all three characters, I don't see how this trophy is easy.  Unless I somehow make $2 million in the next few missions, there is no way this is going to happen.  It is also annoying because I have all of these asset properties to buy, but I cannot even afford them.  


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 07:22 AM Edited by Poker2012chu, 26 September 2013 - 07:23 AM.

Seeing as how I am more than halfway through the game and barely have $200,000 between all three characters, I don't see how this trophy is easy.  Unless I somehow make $2 million in the next few missions, there is no way this is going to happen.  It is also annoying because I have all of these asset properties to buy, but I cannot even afford them.  

 

The last heist gives you between 18 and 36 million (per character, depending on the crew cut). Doing the Lester missions that aren't required for story mode like OP suggests will get you at least into the 9 digit range and into the 10 digit range if you can access BAWSAQ and time the investments right.


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 07:37 AM

Im just about starting those last 4 assassination thingies after the story. (luckely I got a savegame, right before the multiassassination one to start)
But I wish to know the details on it, like I tried it once, and did see a profit on Debonaire for like around 27-30% on each charecter. Where I imidiatly invested in Redwood... But after like 3 savegames (on new slot) it kept falling-sinking =S You say there is a 300% profit, but how? and how long should I keep saving/sleeping (for 6 hours advance)?
Thanks for the guide anyways! Been like totally confused with the other huge post with toddfas guide. This definitely made everything a bit more comprehensive ;)

 
Debonaire should go up much more than that, upwards of 81% I believe.  
redwood should go up a ton though.  Mine went up 300% on the money and others have confirmed similar numbers.  I would try switching out to a different character and sleeping or killing yourself.  Time spent in the hospital passes a lot quicker and I did this on a few of these to speed up the process (especially for the Vapid stock increase).  If you sold Debonaire at 30% then possibly it's because it wasn't all the way finished going up (meaning Redwood wasn't all the way finished going down)?


Thanks man! I'll Try that ;)

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 04:26 PM

Nice tutorial :)

I don't think I can be bothered to start over though


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 04:27 PM

I'm two-thirds of the way through the missions, but luckily I've already been doing everything mentioned in the OP (except the lower crew cuts thing, but oh well).


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 04:41 PM

I Agree with most stated in this thread but diagree with the characters, i did what you stated with the heists because i was greedy, in the end i don't believe it will pay out better i just restarted and have completed the jewlery heist when i picked the best members i recieved a nearly 800k payout when i used the worse characters i lost a guy and couldn't clean out the store. It also states the better the crew the better the payout Skills or not. just a hint for anyone attmepting this currently.


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 05:15 PM

The total from the jewlery heist was the same regardless of which crew I used, however I did make more with the better crew simply because I failed to pick up the bag that was dropped. That bag contains near 1.4 million dollars, basically 1/3 of the total heist cash.


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 05:17 PM

Also on the random repeatable encounters you missed a pretty good one:

 

deal gone wrong - north of the river in North Chumash off the main highway there is the scene inspired by No Country for Old Men. Basically a circle of vehicles and npc's dead or dying. go over the hill to find two more npc's and a briefcase with $25,000. It's spawns every time I drive by it. Sometimes members of one of the sides come after you but you can avoid this by switching characters after you get the loot.


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 05:22 PM

Thank you very much for the cool tips.  How do you skip the cutscenes when playing on Xbox 360?


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Posted 26 September 2013 - 10:14 PM

With regard to the stocks you need to invest in on BAWSAQ, how will this change once the Social Club actually works?  Will these investments be less predictable when BAWSAQ starts responding to player actions?  Or will that only be Online? 


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Posted 27 September 2013 - 01:39 AM

Great guide! Only problem I had was where you said to invest in AUG after the last mission. Once the game credits rolled my characters spawned with their 35 million and as I was about to immediately invest in AUG I noticed it already spiked 100%. I guess you don't have time to invest your final heist cash into it you must invest before final mission

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 02:09 AM

f*ck I finished the game with only 24 million and I've f*cked this save up and I don't feel like starting the f*ck over




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