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Grand Theft Auto V

Merryweather Heist (Off-shore Approach)

Claire Farnworth

Quick Mission Guide (Off-shore Approach)

Follow these steps to complete the mission successfully without worrying about medal requirements. If you need help with the Gold Medal, check here.

  1. Once you’ve done the heist preparations, head to the H on the map to begin this heist.
  2. Sandy Shores - After the scene has come to a close, drive the crew up to Sandy Shores Airfield and take the cargo to pick up the sub.
  3. Test Site - Now fly over to the Test Site and drop the sub in the water.
  4. Trackify - Once you’ve arrived, open the Trackify App and head towards the red dot to find the device, now ascend above the water and switch back to Michael to pick up the sub.
  5. Return! - Finally, switch over to Franklin and take out the enemies whilst Michael flys back to the airstrip to complete the mission.

Gold Medal Requirements:

  1. Show No Mercenary - Eliminate all pursuing Merryweather enemies.
  2. Salvager - Find the container within 02:00.
  3. Mission Time - Complete within 14:30.
  4. Weathering The Storm - Escape the pursuing Merryweather enemies in less than 04:00

The less confrontational approach.

Show No Mercenary

As Franklin, you must gun down all choppers and boats that attack you. Most of them go down easy under the heavy fire from the gun but there are a few times you will need to be prepared to switch positions to attack the new threats.

Once you’ve cleared one side of enemies, switch to another. Do not forget to move to the back when the attack to the rear comes. Keep an eye on the radar for all the threats and eliminate enemies quickly.


Launch the Trackify app and head in the direction of the red blip. It works like a sonar though slightly more accurate. Adjust your position with the red blip all the while keeping your foot on the accelerator. If you’re on the ball, you should have no trouble with this challenge. Drive into the container to pick it up.

(1 of 2) Use the Trackify App to locate the device

Use the Trackify App to locate the device (left), then shoot down the helicopters whilst you fly back to the airstrip. (right)

Mission Time

If you got Michael the flying lessons, it makes the mission a lot less fiddly. You have to be precise when handling the Cargobob but otherwise, the time is not unreasonable.

Weathering The Storm

Always take out any choppers that appear first and then focus on the boats. Aim to shoot the pilot and the chopper will soon go down. Switch sides when prompted on screen and keep that gun firing! If you gun all the enemies down quickly, there will be no more pursuers and you will have completed two objectives at once.

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You stole an experimental super weapon from Merryweather... and gave it back.

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    Rockstar Games
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS3, PS4, PS5, Steam, XB 360, XB One, XB X|S
  • Genre
    Action Adventure
  • Guide Release
    16 September 2013
  • Last Updated
    23 December 2023
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Claire Farnworth, Shane Williams

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