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When does GTA Online’s Cayo Perico heist release? Map, Submarine HQ

Rockstar have officially announced the Cayo Perico Heist, and we have everything you need to know about the new island, HQ, and more.

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Rockstar Games have officially announced the latest GTA Online Heist, bringing a new island called Cayo Perico and plenty of new additions to the game. Here’s everything you need to know about the next major update.

It’s been a long wait for a new GTA Heist, with the Diamond Casino job releasing almost a full year ago back in December 2019.

Finally, Rockstar have announced that players will be heading to a new location for their next heist, with the luxury private island of Cayo Perico playing host to the next chapter of GTA Online.

When does the Cayo Perico heist launch in GTA Online?

GTA Online players will need to mark December 15 in their calendars, as that is the date they’ll be able to explore Cayo Perico for the first time.

Rockstar claim this is the “biggest GTA Online adventure ever,” including “an all-new heist location” along with a “brand-new approach to Heist design.”

Where is GTA Online’s Cayo Perico island?

Cayo Perico is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before in GTA Online and marks the first time we are leaving San Andreas since GTA V released back in 2013.

The exotic island is one of the most secure private islands in the world, and home to the world’s most notorious drug dealer. Making it to Cayo Perico will be easy, but breaching it’s defenses, evading and eliminating the heavily armed guards, and escaping with the dealer’s valuable evidence, gold, art, and money won’t be.

Where Cayo Perico sits in the world of Grand Theft Auto remains somewhat of a mystery, but one eagle-eyed fan noticed that the shape of the island spotted in the first teaser looks almost identical to Haiti.

New Submarine HQ

A new heist wouldn’t be complete without a brand-new HQ, and players will be heading under the waves when they get their hands on their submarine.

Heavily armed, the submarine will give players a location to plan their attacks from, and also provide somewhere to hide should the action on the island get a little too dangerous. Rockstar also claim there will be plenty of surprises inside the new HQ, although what they are remain unknown.

What else is new in GTA Online’s Cayo Perico heist?

On top of all the above, players will also be able to acquire new vehicles and tactical weapons, new social areas to party with friends, world-class guest DJs, and also find new radio stations with over 100 new songs to listen to as you cruise around the island.

More information is being revealed about the GTA Online Cayo Perico heist regularly, so be sure to check back to Charlie Intel as we continue to update this article.

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GTA Online Prize Ride January 13 vehicle: How to get Dinka RT3000 for free

Thanks to the GTA Online Los Santos Tuners update, players can earn a weekly Prize Ride vehicle, and here’s how to get one, and what it is.

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The Los Santos Tuners update introduced the LS Car Meet, and this week players can get the Dinka RT3000 free as the GTA Online’s Prize Ride January 13 vehicle.

While players are enjoying The Contract update, the Los Santos Tuners update was certainly up there with the Cayo Perico update in terms of an important content drop for GTA Online. Many players love to earn lots of money, buy amazing, fast cars, mod them how they see fit, and parade them around the city.

As well as adding new cars and collectibles, the update also welcomed a fun new challenge for players to complete. GTA Online’s Ardent Prize Ride can be obtained by meeting a certain requirement, and we’ll detail everything below.

How to unlock GTA Online’s free RT3000 Los Santos Tuners Prize Ride

Dinka RT3000 in GTA Online

To get the RT3000, you’ll need to place in the Top 2 in Street Races for five days in a row to complete the Prize Ride challenge.

Each week, players can unlock a new vehicle for free at the LS Car Meet. From January 13, players will be able to get their hands on this awesome car, but only until January 20, 2022.

That’s the simple condition you will need to meet to win the car for yourself. Given that it normally costs $1,715,000, it’s definitely worth trying to get!

Here’s Rockstar’s official description of the RT3000:

There’s more power behind the Dinka RT3000 than the Palmer-Taylor Power Station when they break out the party dust, start the rave, and let the reactor do its thing. It’s not a complicated formula, but it works.

GTA Online prize ride challenge

With GTA 6 rumored to be in development hell, the GTA Trilogy: Definitive Edition out and not doing well, and the GTA V Enhanced and Expanded Remaster nearly here, the franchise has a lot on its plate.


Also, check out the claim that Rockstar support “ignores” cheaters, and stay tuned for the January 20 Prize Ride vehicle when it releases!

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GTA Online January 13 update patch notes: Nagasaki Shinobi motorbike, Jugular podium vehicle

The January 13 GTA Online update patch notes feature a brand-new motorbike, plus the RJugular added to the Casino Podium rewards.

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A new week means a new GTA Online update, with January 13’s patch including the new Nagasaki Shinobi motorbike, a new Double Down mode, and the Jugular added as this week’s Podium reward.

2022 is kicking off with a bang, with GTA Online offering players plenty of free content after the huge Contract DLC update.

The series as a whole is in an interesting place right now as the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S re-release is due in early 2022, GTA 6 is apparently stuck in development hell, and the GTA Trilogy has had a tough time with players lamenting countless glitches that have made the game the lowest-rated Metacritic title ever.

However, one element of the franchise that remains steadfast is GTA Online as Rockstar keeps pumping it full of changes and content to maintain its status as an absolute moneymaking success for the Grand Theft Auto franchise.

GTA Online January 13 patch notes

New Nagasaki Shinobi motorbike

Shinigo Nagasaki in GTA Online

The headline addition to GTA Online this week is a brand-new vehicle based on the real-life Kawasaki Ninja.

Available from Legendary Motorsport, the Nagasaki Shinobi will set you back $2,480,500, and was first spotted as part of The Contract update back in December.

The bike’s official description reads: “The latest from the two-wheel powerhouse Nagasaki. With force like this, all you need to worry about is an overactive wet sump lubrication system. The bike will be fine.


Raiden Diamond Casino Lucky Wheel Reward

Coil Raiden in GTA Online

The grand prize at the Diamond Casino Lucky Wheel this week is the Jugular, a four-door sports saloon that bears a striking resemblance to the Mercedes 300SL.

Normally worth $1,225,000, players can get this vehicle for free if they land on the vehicle reward during one of their free spins this week.


3x & 2x GTA$ & RP

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Special promotions and extra earning opportunities are here once more as players can get a nice helping of 3x GTA$ and RP on the new Double Down mode.

On top of that, there’s also 2x GTA$ & RP on High Society Leak, Payphone Hits, and Associate or Bodyguard salary.

Players can also unlock a Pastel Green Smoking Jacket by playing Short Trips.


Vehicle & property discounts

Executive office in GTA Online

GTA Online players will find big discounts on five vehicles, all with 40% off this week. Players will also save big on the Garages, which all have 30% slashed off their original selling price.

Here are all the latest discounts in GTA Online:

  • 40% off
    • Autarch ($1,173,000)
    • DR1 ($1,798,200)
    • R88 ($1,869,000)
    • Lynx ($1,041,000)
    • Previon ($894,000 – $670,500)
  • 35% off
    • PR4 ($2,284,750)
  • 30% off
    • All Garages
    • Imani Tech
    • Champion ($2,096,500 – $1,572,375)
  • 25% off
    • Agencies (+Renovations)

That just about does it for this week’s January 13 update, which will last until January 19, 2022 – so check back then for all of the latest bonuses and discounts.


Also, check out our ranking of the GTA games from worst to best, and the full chronology of the GTA franchise.

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GTA players beg Rockstar to finally fix “cardboard” body armor

GTA Online players are calling for the developers to make some major changes to the game’s ‘cardboard’ body armor.

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GTA Online players are frustrated with the state of body armor in the game, criticizing it for being like “cardboard” and are calling for the developers to make some major changes.

GTA Online features a plethora of different activities for you to try out. You can even battle other players with a wide selection of powerful weapons. However, your opponents can also use these guns to take you out.

One way of defending yourself is purchasing body armor to lessen the damage done to you by bullets. While this sounds ideal, players have complained that this item doesn’t offer much protection.

Body armor in GTA 5

Reddit user ‘codmike86’ made a post criticizing the body armor in the GTA Online subreddit. Their main complaint was that the item is “as tough as cardboard” when this game is almost a decade old.

“There’s no point in wearing body armor at all if it takes is 3 bullets,” wrote the Redditor. “Can’t even stack the light armor when purchasing it.” Many other players shared this sentiment in the comments.

“The thing that annoys me is that fall damage or getting hit by vehicles eats the armor bar because it makes no sense,” commented one frustrated user. “I only use it before gunfights now.”

Now, players are calling for Rockstar Games to make some major changes to the in-game body armor. They want the item to be able to endure more gunfire, making it worth the purchase.

Some users jokingly stated that the NPCs are more resistant against gunfire than body armor. “I want the nanolaminate energy-shielded binco shirts the NPCs all have that allow them to inhale 15-20 bullets to the chest,” one commenter sarcastically stated.

At the time of writing, Rockstar Games haven’t announced any upcoming changes to the body armor in GTA Online. So, players will need to take cover in order to avoid taking too much damage.


For more GTA, check out the best GTA V PC settings and GTA V’s minimum and recommended PC specs.

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