Grand Theft Auto 5: Easter Eggs, Secrets & References


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Welcome to the compendium of oddball Easter eggs, sly secrets and wry references hidden away in Rockstar’s epic next entry into the Grand Theft Auto franchise. Nothing is left alone, there are callbacks to previous GTA games, reappearances of old friends, and new paranormal myths to dig up.

Rockstar has always loved playing games with it’s fans, and the cryptic clues just keep coming. Check out the list below to find every hidden secret we’ve discovered so far, and drop us a line if we’re missing something cool.

Needless to say, there will be spoilers ahead.

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Easter Eggs, References & Secrets

Work-in-Progress – Found any other references or Easter eggs? Let us know in the comments!


The Ghost of Mt. Gordo

  • At the top of Mt. Gordo, there is a message that reads “Jock“. Check the message out between 23:00 and 24:00 to discover a creepy ghost. Spoooooky!

Bigfoot Exists!

Underwater UFO & Aliens on Ice

  • Located in the waters on the northern ridge of the map, you can find a sunken alien spaceship. That’s not all…

  • In the tutorial mission, locate this alien-on-ice by taking your car off-road and onto the frozen stream. Under the bridge, you’ll locate this chilly extraterrestrial.

Conspiratorial Secret Messages on the Special Edition Map

  • Put under a UV (black) light, secret messages and symbols will appear on the Special Edition map.
  • These symbols point to all sorts of hidden Easter eggs, some of which appear on this very page.

Brucie Kibbutz and More Old Friends

  • Brucie Kibbutz returns on Bleeper, GTA’s equivalent to Twitter.
  • Not only that, but Niko Bellic’s old friend Packie McReary returns. Franklin can help him during a heist, and he’ll join your crew for the remainder of the game.
  • Niko Bellic is even referenced. The hero of GTA 4 is mentioned during the first heist, described as an “Eastern-European” that was making a name for himself back in Liberty City and got out of the business.

[Thanks to Commenter Brad for the tip.]

  • Another former GTA protagonist returns! Johnny Klebitz (protagonist of GTA 4: The Lost and Damned) appears in an early mission with Trevor, in which Johnny confronts Trevor for sleeping with his girlfriend Ashley.

[Thanks to Commenter Duncan for the tip.]


Welcome Back to Grove Street

  • The early setting of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas returns in GTA V. The Grove Street Families, the gang affiliated with main protagonist of GTA:SA Carl Johnson, also returns.

  • On one of the buildings, players can find graffiti stating, “WELCOME BACK. We missed you last time.” that welcomes players back to the sandbox of San Andreas after leaving for Liberty City in GTA IV.

  • More old friends from GTA: SA are referenced in Franklin’s place. Look in the bedroom to find a poster for Mad Dog. On the floor? It looks like OG Loc made it with his own album.

A Walk in Elysian Fields

  • Elysian Fields Co., the villainous construction company embroiled in the highway conspiracy in L.A. Noire appears in Los Santos.
  • L.A. Noire takes place, naturally, in Los Angeles. GTA V’s Los Santos is a fictionalized version of the city.

No Country for Old Gangsters

  • Out in the desert surrounding the military base, the player can find the aftermath of a gunfight between two groups. A silver briefcase isn’t too far away from the carnage.
  • This scene is similar to the massacre Llewellyn discovers at the beginning of No Country For Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy. Unlike the novel (or film adaptation) taking the money won’t cause a violent killer to trail you. Just two gangsters on motorcycles.

The Playboy Mansion

  • Yes, the infamous mansion makes an obvious appearance in Vinewood.

  • Just travel to the location on the map. Outback, you’ll even find the Grotto.

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17 Comments on Grand Theft Auto 5: Easter Eggs, Secrets & References

Brad

On September 18, 2013 at 8:13 am

Setting up the first heist they mention an Eastern European that was making a name for himself in liberty city!!!

Duncan

On September 18, 2013 at 4:05 pm

One the first mission you get to play with Trevor in the cutscene he smashes Johnnys head in! (johnny being the main character in the GTA IV DLC: The Lost and the Damned!

Tenk

On September 19, 2013 at 4:00 am

when I found the case at the shootout, some dude was there, dying, and told me I was dead when I took it. afterwards I stole one of the trucks and headed offroad, where two guys on dirtbikes started chasing me and shooting. trevor remarked “arrgh I knew it wouldn’t be that easy”

Dustin

On September 19, 2013 at 8:53 pm

In the mission “Urban Safari” Franklin, Lamar, and Trevor go into Grove Street territory to do a drug deal… turns out that they actually go to Sweet Johnsons (CJ’s brother) house and its Sweet who trys to rip them off.

Bryant

On September 21, 2013 at 1:06 am

“This scene is similar to the massacre Llewellyn discovers at the beginning of No Country For Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy. Unlike the novel (or film adaptation) taking the money won’t cause a violent killer to trail you. ”

Bull. I was playing as Franklin, encountered this, and was on the highway when I was fired upon with Combat MG’s. Franklin’s reaction? “Man, I knew this was too easy!”

John

On September 21, 2013 at 9:07 am

Franklin, Lamar, and Trevor do NOT meet Sweet or any members of the Johnson family in the mission “Urban Safari”.

Remember that the Ballas gang now controls Grove Street, so The Johnson Family and Grove St gang were either driven out or killed. Also, this is the HD universe, which is why the houses on Grove St do not look the same as the ones from GTA: San Andreas.

Rob

On September 22, 2013 at 5:04 am

Bawsaq comes from Scottish humour (the game is made in Edinburgh, Scotland). The real stock market is called the Nasdaq. Pronounced Nas-dack. Bawsaq is Baw = ball and saq = sack. ‘Ball sack’.

Man, you’re a total baw sack.

iamjc101

On September 22, 2013 at 6:34 am

It cant be sweet “cj’s brother” becouse first off that would be riders house “cj’s close friend in a way” and second that area is controled by the ballas at the time of the mission and sweet is really loyal to the grove and would never be a part of the ballas

Kevin Thielenhaus

On September 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm

@Bryant,

They’re too easy to kill, and therefore don’t count. That’s the logic I’m going with.

???????????????

On September 23, 2013 at 4:18 pm

gta4 sucked gta5 was a lot better

Dan

On September 24, 2013 at 9:01 am

Also, I was walking on the street near a gang member and I heard him answer his phone saying; “ey wassup CJ?” And he goes on from there. It was the ones that wore white tank tops

Tydeus

On September 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm

“This scene is similar to the massacre Llewellyn discovers at the beginning of No Country For Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy. Unlike the novel (or film adaptation) taking the money won’t cause a violent killer to trail you.”

Nah, just 2 cars with 2 people in each. Or was it one with one guy? I forget.

Mitch2161998

On September 25, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I found a wall in between the strip club and gun RANGE and it says in red nothing here

I dont trust it

(Beating heart). (Nothing hodden beyond this door) :)

Mitchell

On September 26, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Carl Johnson clothing line frontalot. In gta 4 carl johnson is seen on a billboard with the name brand frontalot in gta v alot if not all of the frontalot clothes are green for frank

Cameron

On September 28, 2013 at 1:05 pm

they said cj doent exist its like two different universes HD and SD so the only others who exist are the ones from gta 4

TheRedX

On September 29, 2013 at 1:05 pm

During the car theft missions for Devin, the garage where you deliver them has a list of cars painted on the wall that only show up under ultraviolet light just like in the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds”

Reggie

On November 11, 2013 at 2:52 am

After u win the triathlete mission as frank in the country u will see a blue blimp. Two guys are trying to kill a lady. If u save her she will ask u to take her home. As u are driving, she will mention her father and his ties with the mob. Her father name is tommy v. And she says he was “whacked” you take her home and later u get money wired to ur account for saving her. There are many secrets not yet uncovered