Two sources have told me the NAT trick no longer works due to a recent patch. I personally cannot confirm this. Please leave a reply on the solution about your success/ unsuccessful attempts utilizing it recently.
As of now, you need to complete all three of the Criminal Mastermind Challenges achieved in Grand Theft Auto Online. To find your progress, you must be in an online lobby, public or private. Press
, then use
to find the Stats tab at the end. Press
, then scroll down to Awards. Press
on Awards, then scroll down to The Doomsday Heist. Press
to view all The Doomsday Heist related awards available. The three challenges you need to focus on are:Criminal Mastermind II
: Complete The Doomsday Heist in order, with the same team of 2 players, on hard difficulty, without losing any lives on Setups and Finales. Criminal Mastermind III
: Complete The Doomsday Heist in order, with the same team of 3 players, on hard difficulty without losing any lives on Setups and Finales.Criminal Mastermind IV
: Complete The Doomsday Heist in order, with the same team of 4 players, on hard difficulty without losing any lives on Setups and Finales.
While working on each of these awards, you will likely complete All in Order bonus and Loyalty II,III, and IV. Criteria every player needs to know to avoid progress reset:
You CAN die during Preps, but CANNOT die during the Setups or Finales.
You CAN fail a Setup or Finale and choose quick restart option. If you do fail a mission, make sure it wasn't due to a death.
The quit out trick for player death during Setups and Finales is easily the most important trick to use. If a player in your crew dies, hit
, then either select Grand Theft Auto V and scroll down and hit quit, or simply select another game in the recently played list. The game must be exited in less than five seconds from the moment a team member dies. The idea is similar to the Dashboard method players used for the original Criminal Mastermind on the Xbox 360. This method does not 100% work, as missions auto save checkpoints, and if you happen to die during the auto save, it automatically fails the Criminal Mastermind.
Personal in game vehicles that explode cause the game to immediately autosave. If you die due to a personal vehicle explosion, it will likely reset your progress. Credit to rafa1000house for bringing this to our attention. I can confirm this is true as both progress resets I've encountered were a result of car explosion killing us causing an immediate autosave, voiding the medal. Typically, any mission with helicopters will likely lead to potential explosion due to their heat seeking missiles.
If a player disconnects during a mission, it's advised that everyone needs to immediately quit the game using the quit out method, as this may void progress.
You CANNOT purchase prep vehicles to skip the missions and progress.
You CAN do all Preps first, then do all Setups for each Act; or do Prep, Setup, Prep, Setup until completion of the Finale. As stated in the actual challenge, you MUST do ALL Setups and Finales in order, top to bottom, starting with Act I and finishing with Act III.
When doing Preps, you must be in a public lobby. Public lobbies are foul. To get your own solo public lobby, press
and go into My Games and Apps. Go to Apps, then Settings. Go to Network, then Network Settings. Finally, press Test NAT Type. This will kick you out of the public lobby, though it will appear as if you kicked everyone else out. Here, you will have plenty of time to invite your friends from a party chat to your now empty public lobby. When unwanted players join your public lobby, everyone can vote to kick the player/players out.
When doing Setups and Finale Heists, its best to go into a private lobby. There are reports of server issues in public lobbies that can cause players to disconnect from a full lobby at the end of a Setup, causing server lapses that reset progress.
When you start a Criminal Mastermind play-through, you MUST complete it with the same people in the same order before starting a new one. You CANNOT do multiple Criminal Masterminds play-throughs at the same time. Example, you can not start CMII with friend A, then start CMIV with friends B, C and D and continue progress for CMII. However, do keep in mind, if friend A was the host of CMII play-through, THEY will keep THEIR OWN progress if you decided to reset YOUR OWN by going for CMIV. So if you do decide to start a new play-through, it's best to let your teammates know.
You DO NOT need to complete every challenge with the same players for all three play-throughs. You do not need to play with friend A for CMII, CMIII, and CMIV. You CAN play with friend A in CMII; friend B and E in CMIII; and friends B, D, and F in CMIV. Just ensure you are playing the entire play-through, Act I through Act III, with the players you start each play-through with.
These DO NOT need to be completed in one session. You can play a few missions a night for a couple of weeks. Progress will not be interrupted while playing free roam, multiplayer, or other non Doomsday heists.
It's IDEAL to make sure every player doing the heist missions to be in the same organization. To do this, the player hosting the missions needs to hire each player as a body guard after registering as a CEO. This helps the system keep the group as a unit, as servers can split players up prior to missions starting. I would recommend players all being within the player owned facility before starting each mission to avoid sync issues.
Tips and Tricks:
Basic start up procedures include:
Using the Interaction menu:
Purchasing a Facility:
Registering as a VIP, CEO, President and hiring heist Crew:
“The Standard FPS-2 control setting is the best option because it allows you to sprint while having the interaction menu open.”
*Credit to Rheinadler for this suggestion*
Special thanks to oxBURN3Rxo and HollaBackGaming for their contributions. Thanks for all the up-votes and contributions in the comments! Good luck to everyone!