Ever since the first Grand Theft Auto release way back in 1997, the video game developer Rockstar North has made sure to pack each game in the series with loads of Easter eggs, many of them discovered by the best GTA 5 YouTube channels. From references to other games and movies, callbacks to past GTA games, or just some simply oddball goodies to find, the sheer number of in-game GTA Easter eggs throughout the series is exhaustive. In this list, we’ll highlight some of the funniest, most clever, and generally most memorable Easter eggs in the Grand Theft Auto games.
Did you know that you can find the apartment from Scarface in GTA Vice City? Or that exploiting a glitch in GTA IV can launch your car halfway across the city? There are even allusions to still-unsolved mysteries you can find in GTA 5.
The Grand Theft Auto series is one of the longest running, best-selling video game franchises of all time. With such a massive history behind it, the developers have ample room to squeeze in countless hidden features for gamers to find. While this list by no means contains every Easter egg and hidden gem in the series, we consider these to be the very best. As always, feel free to leave a comment with your favorite Easter eggs from the Grand Theft Auto series!
Between 23:00 and 0:00, a female ghost will appear on the eastern peak of Mount Gordo. While the ghost doesn’t move or react to being shot, it will fade away if the player gets too close. While the ghost is present, the word “JOCK” appears written in blood on the rocks beneath it. This is a possible indication that it’s the ghost of the deceased wife of the character Jock Cranley.
During the mission “Hood Safari,” players can see three people riding BMXs down Grove Street away from the cul-de-sac. They closely resemble CJ, Sweet, and Big Smoke from GTA: San Andreas.
If you head to the parking lot behind the Malibu Club at 23:00, you can get a great view of a rather interesting arrangement of window lights on the hotel. Additionally, a jet of “water” sprays from the top of the building at 15 minute intervals.
On top of the Gant Bridge in San Fierro, a sign reads “There are no Easter Eggs up here, go away.”
In Staunton Island, go to the parking lot across the street from Donald Love’s condo (the same place from the mission “Kingdom Come.”) Grab a large car (Patriot, van, etc.) and park it next to the dumpster in the back of the lot. Jump onto your car, then the dumpster, and then over the wall. Walk to the left, and look for a hidden message from the developers on a wall behind a ramp.
Video: YouTubeThroughout GTA V, you can stumble upon clues that let you follow in the footsteps of the Infinite 8 Killer and will eventually lead you to the location of his victim’s bodies.
GTA: Vice City draws a ton of influences from the classic ’80s film Scarface. While its Miami setting and drug trade themes may be apparent, there are very specific references to Scarface throughout the game.
The most obvious is the Vercetti Estate, which is modeled after Tony Montana’s mansion in the movie, but did you know that Vice City pays homage to the infamous chainsaw scene in Scarface as well? In the Ocean Beach neighborhood, you can find Apartment 3C, a reference to the scene in Scarface where Tony Montana’s friend is killed with a chainsaw in a bathtub. On the south side of the building, you can take a staircase up into the apartment and find a chainsaw in the blood-splattered bathroom.
A Sprunk billboard featuring the slogan, “A Taste of Things to Come” can be found in the Jefferson neighborhood of Los Santos. In the mission “Reuniting the Families,” a car crashes through the billboard tearing a hole in the sign at a very convenient spot. From that point on, the slogan reads “A Taste of ___ Come.”
At the movie studio, take a look around the sound stages and you’ll come across proof of a great American conspiracy surrounding the Moon landing.
In the mission “Predator,” the player can use the thermal scope to see Bigfoot standing on the bottom right of the screen.
In the Xbox One, PS4, and PC versions of GTA V, hidden peyote plants around the map can be consumed and let the player wander around the world as a random animal.
After completing the game to 100%, you’ll unlock the “Frankie Outfit.” It consists of, simply, a white t-shirt featuring the text “I completed Vice City and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.” Although it’s not entirely useless – changing into the outfit will remove up to a two-star wanted level.
Underneath the train bridge in North Yankton, you can see an alien in the ice under the frozen creek. This Easter egg can be spotted in the missions “Prologue” and “Bury the Hatchet.”
There are a few different easter eggs to discuss when it comes to the Statue of Happiness, GTA IV’s riff on the Statue of Liberty. Most notable is the giant beating heart inside the statue. To access the inside of the statue, you’ll need a helicopter to reach the upper platform of the pedestal. On one of the sides is a door with a sign next to it reading, “No Hidden Content This Way.” Enter here, and you’ll see a ladder leading up into the body of the statue. The heart is chained up at the top.
Instead of a torch, she’s holding a steaming cup of coffee. This is a reference to GTA: San Andreas‘s infamous “Hot Coffee” scandal.
On her tablet are the words:
“Send us your brightest, your smartest, your most intelligent,
Yearning to breathe free and submit to our authority,
Watch us trick them into wiping rich people’s asses,
While we convince them it’s a land of opportunity.”
There’s a swing set at the playground in the Firefly Projects with a very special talent.
If you head to the old, abandoned mansion in Westdyke and go around the back of the garage, you’ll see a car parked in the bushes. This is the Sultan RS, a very rare car in the game that can only be found here.
In the Chiliad Mountain State Wilderness, you can find a drug deal gone wrong. Down the slope from the scene, you can find a wounded man on the ground warning you to “stay away from the case.” Picking up his briefcase results in the player being awarded $25,000, and the man declaring that “you are a dead man.” This is a reference to the movie No Country for Old Men, in which the protagonist stumbles upon a similar scene and takes a briefcase full of drug money.
If you pay attention to the newspapers blowing around on the streets of Liberty City, you might notice an interesting headline pop up from time to time: “ZOMBIE ELVIS FOUND.”
On Liberty Campus, look for a student walking around with a yellow notepad. Kill him and use a scoped weapon to look at the notebook he drops.
HEY, IT’S A PENIS.