Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas achievements

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

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There are 33 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas achievements worth 2,147 (1,000)

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Secret Achievement in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Secret Achievement109 (50)

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Achievement won on 29 Oct 14
TA Score for this game: 2,147
Posted on 29 October 14 at 02:56
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I dedicated some time to unlocking this achievement earlier and I was checking my progress in the "territories taken over" category in the Gangs section of my Stats to see how many territories I had left to take over.

When I got to 19 territories taken over, the achievement popped for me. After checking the Gangs tab again, under "territories held", the number 30 was there. With that being said, it seems that you don't necessarily have to take over 30 territories, but have 30 territories under your control at one single time.

As an example, this means that you cannot take over 14 territories early on and then finish up the final 16 later on in the game, as it's not a cumulative counter over time.

My tactics to accomplish this feat consisted of taking a lot of cover (by crouching down behind things) and funneling enemies in through a tight space (like an alleyway or a driveway with high fences on both sides of it). My go-to weapons were the Tec-9 (I used it so much clearing gang territories that I ended up attaining the dual wield version of it and since most of the gang members carried submachine guns with them, the ammo for this was replenished quite often) and an AK-47 (which a lot of gang members drop, which in turn supplies a lot of ammo for it). I always made sure that I had Body Armor on since a large group of enemies were able to kill me fairly quick without it. Body Armor and Hearts (which replenish Health) are dropped pretty often during each battle, so it's best to scavenge the battleground between waves to stock up on ammo, health, or body armor. I also had "lock on" targeting mode on (which you can toggle on or off by going to the "game" section under Options) and after I would target an enemy and kill him, C.J. would quickly target any nearby enemies, making it easy to kill three or four gang members in one quick swoop since the targeting system snaps from target-to-target. I would also recommend saving at the nearest safe house after each territory battle for two reasons:

1. I always saved in close proximity to a gang territory so, if I were to die, I wouldn't have to travel that far when I reloaded the game (since being sent to the hospital sucks as it cuts off part of your cash).

2. Often, after I would take over a territory, another one somewhere on the map (that I owned) would start to be taken over. When I would save my game and exit my safe house, this territory would no longer be under attack and I would still be in control of it. In hindsight, this helped a lot, especially after I realized that I had to hold 30 territories at once to unlock the achievement.

The achievement is worded in an odd way, (as I was confused, myself) so I hope this clears the air a little bit. Just remember that the "territories held" subsection (under "Gangs" in the Stats menu) is your guideline for attaining this achievement.

Have a nice day!
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