Exploring the Storyline Missions and New Features in GTA Online’s Los Santos Drug Wars DLC
Rockstar Games has kicked off its winter DLC with a bang in Grand Theft Auto V’s online mode, introducing new cars, properties, and a whole new storyline with the Los Santos Drug Wars update. The new expansion also includes a new asset lab, The Brocade, and a lively cast of new in-game friends for players to meet and interact with.
The storyline for Los Santos Drug Wars comprises six distinct missions at present, labeled Quests in the Rockstar job section of the pause menu. The DLC’s focus is a group of Juggalos who were called into town by cousin Wade, a character who has made an appearance in previous installments of GTA V’s online mode.
Players meet the Juggalos as they are making acquaintances with Ron Jakowski, CEO of Trevor Phillips Industries, who serves as the primary contact for the smuggling business or “The Hangar” in the storyline. As players are introduced to Jakowski, key characters Dax, Lab Rat, Luchadora, and Mutt are interrupted by members of the Lost MC biker gang, which sets off the events of the game.
The first mission, Welcome to the Troop, involves taking out the bikers and retrieving a stolen RV before returning it to base. Completing this mission unlocks a new contact, an award, and access to the new Freakshop. The next mission, Designated Driver, sees players heading to the docks to pick up a trailer before being attacked and having the trailer destroyed by the Lost. The mission requires players to exact vengeance on the Lost MC Clubhouse and steal some of their grain.
The third mission, Fatal Incursion, takes players to Stab City to blow up property belonging to the Lost MC bikers. Players then move on to a fishery to collect a shipment of ice, encountering resistance along the way. The fourth mission, Uncontrolled Substance, is a straightforward survival challenge.
The fifth mission, Make War Not Love, involves raiding a hippie camp, taking out the clowns, and stealing lab equipment. Players then have to locate and take out three more vans. The final mission, Off the Rails, sees players sneaking into a compound, taking a photo of a manifest, collecting precursor chemicals, and getting out of dodge. Players then cause a train wreck to get more chem, then liberate the Brocade and make their way back to the Freakshop.
Completing the storyline missions earns players a reward of $250,000 on their first completion, though this may be a limited-time offer. After finishing the missions, players gain access to the new Smilies on the map and make their way to any one of them to enter a warehouse, take out guards, and load pallets onto a flatbed truck. Once loaded, players can drive back to the shop to secure the acid lab for $750,000.
GTA Online’s acid lab functions similarly to any other biker business, with the ability to purchase supplies, wait for production, and sell items. As with other updates, Rockstar Games will continue to follow a drip feed with additional content for the Los Santos Drug Wars expansion added over time.
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