GTA Online: Cayo Perico Heist Guide

Here is a complete breakdown of the Cayo Perico Heist in GTA Online.

Cayo Perico is the latest update for GTA Online, which offers players a diamond heist job that is particularly troublesome, but certainly worthwhile.. This guide will help you complete the Cayo Perico Heist in the quickest way possible.

There are so many ways you can approach this job that it may get confusing, especially to new players. You may find your own way through, but read on if you want to get it done without the thought and effort.

Cayo Perico Heist Walkthrough

Talk to Miguel Madrazo

In order to start the Cayo Perico Heist you need to travel to the East Vinewood and enter the Music Locker club. This obscure nightclub can be found right under The Diamond Casino & Resort, the entrance to which can be seen on the north side of the ground floor of the casino.

Once you enter the club you will find Miguel Medraza sitting at the table with some ladies. Speak to him and he will ask you to deal with his family's longtime foe Juan Strickler, also known as El Rubio.

Purchase Kosatka Submarine

The discussion with Miguel will prompt you to purchase a nuclear submarine Kosatka for as much as $9,085,000. So be sure to have this amount of cash to continue with the heist.

You can purchase the submarine using an app on your mobile phone through Warstock Cache & Carry shop.

Gather Intel

The staff of the submarine will introduce you to a control panel, which will help you execute the heist on the Cayo Perico island. Your first task will require you to gather intel on El Rubio's compound.

Here you need to scope four types of locations:

  • Infiltration points
  • Escape points
  • Compound entry points
  • Points of interest

Out of eight possible infiltration points the best one is Drainage Tunnel, which is located right under the El Rubio's compound. In order to scope this point you need to simply take a boat to the compound at the southern edge of the Cayo Perico island and take a dive under the water.

Out of four possible escape points the best one is Kosatka. It's the easiest one as you don't need to scope anything, since you already own the submarine.

Out of six possible compound entry points the best one is Drainage Tunnel. You've already scoped this one earlier, so there is no need to waste time on the other ones.

Out of six possible points of interest the best are Power Station and Control Tower. Both are located in the north of the island and are really easy to scope.

Make Preparations

Once you've scoped all four points you can start making preparations, which include four types of set-ups:

  • Approach vehicles
  • Equipment
  • Weapon loadout
  • Disruption

Out of six possible approach vehicles the best one is Submarine Kosatka. This is an obvious choice, since you already own the submarine and it's great for stealthy gameplay. Use it to approach the drainage tunnel and break into the compound.

Out of four possible equipment choices the best are Fingerprint Cloner,  Cutting Torch, and Plasma Cutter. You will need the cloner to open the safe at the compound, which is impossible otherwise; the torch is most suitable for cutting through the drainage tunnel; and the plasma cutter is needed to steal the diamond.

Out of five possible weapon loadouts the best one is Aggressor. It includes a fully automatic assault rifle, a submachine gun, a machete, and a grenade. Also, be sure to purchase a suppressor for $5,000, which is a must for stealth.

Out of three possible disruption set-ups the best one is Armor. It removes the protective helmets off of the guards, so you can easily headshot them all.

The Finale

In the last menu select the Main Dock as the escape point, since El Rubio's thugs will seal off the drainage tunnel. Also, pick night as the time of the day for stealth.

After all the preparations you can start the actual heist following these steps:

  1. Approach the drainage tunnel and cut open the grate
  2. Enter the El Rubio's compound
  3. Go to the underground vault (yellow marker on the map)
  4. Use your Fingerprint Cloner to unlock it
  5. Use your Cutting Torch on the lock
  6. Use your Plasma Cutter on the protective shield
  7. Steal the pink diamond
  8. Escape the compound through the Main Dock

Use the boat at the dock to reach the submarine and this will end the Cayo Perico Heist job.

That's all you need to know in order to complete the Cayo Perico Heist in GTA Online. Be sure to check out our other GTA Online guides for more tips and tricks.

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Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin.

Published Dec. 24th 2020

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