Special thanks to oxBURN3Rxo and HollabackGaming for helping me collaborate and test original ideas and theories to give our community the most accurate information, all in one place. For a more in-depth guide for mission specific information, take a look at Mikasz's guide below. His guide may just help you finish a mission.
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.
Quitting 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 reset progress. Credit to rafa1000house for bring 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.
Missions you need to watch out:
- Rescue ULP - use Kuruma to block the foundry entrance and leave it when the helicopter appears, so it won't blow your car. Destroy it using heat seekers.
- Rescue Agent 14 - use Kuruma to kill the first wave of enemies after leaving the first area with Agent 14; but be warned: one helicopter will spawn, so hide your car while your teammates destroy the helicopter.
- Escort ULP - just use your Kuruma and don't escort your teammates at all. This misison is very buggy and your can explode from nowhere. I was miles away from helicopters and my car exploded for no reason, so just stay in Paleto Bay, or run to the forest, so you will only deal with enemy cars.
If a player disconnects during a mission, everyone needs to immediately quit the game using the quit out method, as this also voids the progress.
You 100% CANNOT purchase prep vehicles to skip the missions and progress.
You can 100% do all Preps first, then do all Setups; 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. You will need to start with Act I first then move to Act II and finally Act III in order.
When doing Preps, you must be in a public lobby. Public lobbies are fowl. 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 you teammates know.
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: