The new Contract update for GTA Online has finally been released, and with it comes a brand new property — the Agency! But what exactly is an Agency, and what can you do with them? What location and upgrades should you pick up? Is it possible to make good money with one?
Whether you’re a new player or a returning veteran, this walkthrough will fill you in on everything you need to know about Agencies. Let’s jump right in!
What are Agencies?
Agencies are the latest money-making venture added by Rockstar Games. An interesting part of this business is that you’re not just working with some random street criminal. You’ll be working alongside one of the greatest hustlers San Andreas has ever seen — the legend himself, Franklin Clinton.
As a “hustler that made it,” Franklin now acts as the co-owner and founder of a new celebrity solutions business. This is a gun-for-hire service that caters to the high class of Los Santos, the rich and famous who have special problems of their own. These problems can’t exactly be solved through “legal” means….
Whether it’s recovering stolen vehicles, wiping out troublesome gangs, or helping a music legend get back his stolen phone, F. Clinton & Partner does it all. But he can’t do it alone, and he needs your help to really make it in this town.
Which Agency location should I choose? Which is the best?
There are a few Agency locations to choose from, but which one is the best to purchase? Well, it all depends on what you’re looking for.
The cheapest Agency property is located in Little Seoul, and will set you back exactly $2,010,000. This is a great choice if you’re unable to afford some of the other locations. It also has the added benefit of being smack-dab in the center of the city, which is good if you own a CEO Office nearby.
Sounds like the perfect spot, right? Well, there’s one problem. From my playtime, there are several Security Contract missions that take you down south in Los Santos, which the Little Seoul location is closer to. There are also, however, just as many missions that take you to the east and far-northern side of the map.
Maybe it’s just the RNG, but it actually seems like Security Contracts are more common outside of the city. For my Agency, I went with the location in Hawick. It’s a bit more expensive — $2,830,000 — but from my personal experience, it’s generally closer to where the Security Contract missions tend to take you.
Which Agency upgrades should I get?
Before we get to the money-making aspects, we first have to consider what upgrades are essential. I won’t go over the cosmetic upgrades as they’re just surface-level changes. You can pick ’em up if you can spare the money, but it’s always a good idea to prioritize business upgrades over cosmetics.
The Armory is personally one of my favorite upgrades for this property. It is for all intents and purposes your own personal Ammu-Nation inside of your business! It can sell you weapons, ammo, and even body armor. This means that everything you need for missions — snacks, body armor, ammo — can all be found right inside of your Agency.
Another aspect of it is the ability to purchase certain weapons. The Compact EMP Launcher and the Stun Gun can only be acquired through this Armory. While I personally don’t think either of these weapons are really worth your time, it is still worthwhile to purchase the Armory for the previously mentioned reasons.
This is definitely the upgrade you should save for last. The Accommodation upgrade basically turns your Agency into an additional safehouse. You can set your spawn location inside of this room, so every time you log back onto GTA Online, you’ll start out in your Agency. This isn’t as valuable if you happen to own an apartment nearby, but it still saves you some time either way.
These personal quarters also allow you to change your clothing through the wardrobe. It even comes with an arcade machine to pass the time while you wait for mission cooldowns to wear off! Again, it’s nice to have, but not exactly a necessity.
Third and finally, we have the Vehicle Workshop. This is without a doubt a must-have for your Agency property. Not only does it allow you to upgrade and customize vehicles inside of your business, but you can even install special modifications that can’t be found anywhere else in the game! These special modifications are referred to as “Imani Tech,” and are created by the Agency’s tech expect.
There are only two upgrades available in this category, but they are both incredibly useful. The first one is a lock-on missile jammer, which prevents enemy players from targeting your vehicle with homing launchers and certain weaponized vehicles. This is great for countering Oppressor Mk II griefers!
The second upgrade turns your car into a remote-controlled vehicle that can be driven without a driver from your Interaction Menu. Additionally, it allows your car to be remotely detonated, allowing you to blow up enemy players or NPCs from a safe location. Unfortunately, you cannot get both of these upgrades on the same car, so be sure to choose wisely!
How do I complete the new story missions?
The new story missions are at the front and center of the new Agency property. From the moment you first walk through the doors, you are bombarded with new and returning characters, engaging cutscenes, and the enticement of the closest thing we’ll ever get to a single-player story DLC for GTA V.
You may be wondering: how can I get started with these new missions? After you watch the introductory cutscene, you’ll want to walk upstairs into your private office. Here you’ll find a computer that will allow you to launch the new missions. The game requires you to complete two Security Contracts first, which also can be launched from the same computer.
I’d recommend all new players complete the Dr. Dre Contract at least once. The story is well-written and engaging, and it’s always great to get more screen time from Franklin Clinton. The payouts for this contract are decent, allowing you to earn over $1,000,000 upon completion. It’s not enough to earn back all of your investment, but it’s a start.
How do I make money with the Agency?
While the main story missions are a great way to earn back some money from what you’ve spent on your Agency, it just isn’t enough. Luckily for you, there are a wide variety of replayable missions you can complete to make up for the lost funds. Additionally, the Agency even offers a way for you to generate an income on the side that’s entirely passive!
Remember those Security Contract missions I briefly mentioned earlier? You’re going to want to do those again. By going up to the terminal in your office, you can select from three available Contracts at a time. The three you can choose from will include a random mission type and a random difficulty.
There are several different missions types currently in the game. Gang Termination, Asset Protection, Vehicle Recovery, Rescue Operation, Recover Valuables, and Liquidize Assets are all available to play. I’d recommend you complete each of these missions at least once so you can get a feeling for which ones you enjoy and which ones you don’t.
There are three different difficulties for every mission: Professional, Specialist, and Specialist+. The payouts that you will receive from completing a contract depend on the difficulty you pick, with harder missions paying more. The missions aren’t that much more challenging to complete on higher difficulties, so just pick whatever pays the most.
Agencies are also one of the few businesses in GTA Online to feature true passive income. You’ll find a safe in your personal office that will be automatically filled with a small amount of cash every forty-eight minutes you spend playing the game. This starts out small, but it can be increased by doing Security Contracts.
For every five Contracts you complete, your passive income will grow by $500. The maximum amount of passive income you can generate through the safe is $20,000 every forty-eight minutes! This takes a lot of grinding to get, however. You’ll need to complete 200 Security Contracts in total to acquire this much passive income. Be sure to bring a friend with you, as doing so many by yourself tends to get boring!
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