GTA 5 Mission - Sidetracked

Sidetracked is a main story mission in Grand Theft Auto V given by Lester Crest, involving protagonist Michael De Santa, Franklin Clinton, Trevor Philips.

It's the 78° mission in chronological order of the GTA V story mode.

This is a Heist Setup mission that is played depending on the approach selected for The Big Score (Obvious Approach).

Prepare for the Big Score.

Gold Medal Objectives (100%)

The following are the Mission Objectives required to obtain the Gold Medal in the mission "Sidetracked":

  • Time: Finish the mission in 04:30.
    • Use a sniper rifle to remove the guards.
    • Fly low in the chopper to move faster.
  • Undetected: Don't get caught while taking over the train tracks.
    • Use a sniper rifle or a suppressed weapon to get rid of the guards.

Note: You can complete each Gold Medal requirement in multiple playthroughs of the mission. You don't need to obtain them all in one single playthrough.

Sidetracked - Mission Details:

This mission can be completed by either MichaelFranklin or Trevor

Lester will text the player telling them that he has a crane ready to steal the train. The player heads to the railway station in the Grand Senora Desert. There are two railway workers which the player knocks out. Then, the player will head to the cabin and switch the train tracks so the next train is diverted. 

Play then is switched to Trevor, who is flying a chopper with a magnet. He picks up the train's engine with the magnet and takes it back to his airstrip. He then goes back, picks up one of the flatbed cars and delivers it to his airstrip. 

Sidetracked: Mission Objectives

  • Incapacitate the railway workers.
  • Wait for a train to stop in the sidings.
  • Pick up the freight engine.
  • Take the freight engine to Trevor's airstrip.
  • Pick up a flatbed carriage.
  • Take the flatbed to Trevor's airstrip.

Sidetracked: Mission Info

Mission Number 78
Mission Type Branching Choice
Mission Giver
Protagonist (Playable) Michael De SantaMichael De SantaFranklin ClintonFranklin ClintonTrevor PhilipsTrevor Philips
Location Davis Quartz; Grand Senora Desert
State / Area Los Santos
Heist Finale
Notes This is a branching mission that is played when choosing The Big Score (Obvious Approach)
Featuring Freight TrainFreight TrainSkyliftSkyliftSandy Shores AirfieldSandy Shores Airfield

Sidetracked: Videos

PS3 / Xbox 360: Gold Medal Video Walkthrough

PS4 / Xbox One (First Person): Gold Medal Video Walkthrough

Sidetracked: Screenshots

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