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For the gang featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, see Ballas (3D Universe).

Don't fuck with the Ballas, baby! We go out in a blaze!
— Ballas member

The Ballas are a large African American street gang featured in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online, where they appear as secondary antagonists in the Lowriders update missions. They mainly operate in the cities of Los Santos and Davis.


They still maintain their traditional rivalry with the Families. They usually do not attack if the player happens to walk through or pass through their territory. However, if taunted enough times, or if one fires a gun in their territory, or just because of walking near and staring at the Ballas, they will become hostile and begin to shoot or punch the player. Their dogs will also occasionally attack the player, especially if the player is Franklin. The Ballas are supporters of the Los Santos Panic Basketball Team and the Boars Baseball Club, with their purple attire matching the teams' colors.

One of the protagonists, Franklin Clinton, is not on friendly terms with the Ballas as he is part of The Families. However, if he speaks to a Ballas member, they will not be aggressive at first, although they become hostile when Franklin insults them (usually the 3rd time you press the talk button).

They can often be seen drinking, driving cars, bikes, and even walking dogs. Most Ballas stand on the sidewalks in groups of 3-5. Their weapons include pistols and knives. Members are also seen smoking cigarettes, marijuana, and drinking Pißwasser.

They're brash and love to show off their weaponry, money and guns in social media. According to Trevor Philips during his Series A funding, he scoped out their weed stash due of their overexposure of their stuff in Snapmatic.

By 2021, during the events of GTA Online: The Contract, the rivalry between the Ballas and The Families ends once again as they unite together under Vernon and P to take on the Vagos who stole a copy of Dr. Dre's phone, which contains unreleased music.


The Ballas could be based on the Bloods gang in Los Angeles, because they wear hats with P's and B's on them just like the real life Bloods. They also have certain traits of Crips, (Certain set names) a similar color and other small factors. Also Rockstar switched the secondary colors of each gang and so Families wear green and Ballas purple, to prevent favoritism. The Ballas also have turf on east side of south LS, just like Bloods in real life.


The Ballas control almost the entire community of Davis. The cul-de-sac of Grove Street is a particular hot spot for activity as well as Davis Avenue, Brouge Avenue and Covenant Avenue in the neighborhood. The Ballas also have a marijuana growing/packing business set up in an abandoned sawmill to the southwest of Paleto Bay.

The Ballas also seem to be somewhat active in Chamberlain Hills, despite the fact that it is strongly controlled by the Families. Ballas can be seen hanging out with lowriders on Forum Drive, and in a nearby shopping center on Innocence Boulevard in Strawberry during Community Outreach. Ballas members are also seen residing in an apartment on Forum Drive during the preparation mission for Setup: Rescue ULP. Additionally, Ballas can be seen hanging out and playing basketball with Stretch during The Third Way at the BJ Smith Recreational Center. This presence is only seen in aforementioned certain missions, as Ballas will not spawn in Chamberlain Hills during free-roam.


  • Original Covenant Ballas (OCB): A Balla set that controls the western part of Davis, with their hotspots for activity being Grove Street and Covenant Avenue. They can be heard saying "OCBG! FK, VK all day!". The Balla OGs D and P were from the Original Covenant Ballas set which may be the main set due to this set appearing in most missions, and also being mentioned the most. They normally wear varsity jackets with the Boar logo on either the front or back as well as shirts with "SA" and the Boar logo on the front. The OCB are based on the Tree Top Piru Bloods gang in Compton. This can be proven as they are seen to occupy Grove Street which is based on Spruce Street in Compton which is occupied by the Tree Top Piru.
  • East Side Ballas (ESB): A Balla set that controls the eastern part of Davis, with they hotspots for activity being Brouge Avenue and Davis Avenue. They can be heard saying "East Side, n----!" and "Fuck you, West Side bitches!". They normally wear jerseys of the Los Santos Panic or purple striped polo shirts, and sometimes black and white tank tops. They are at war with the Families, mainly the Davis Neighborhood Families set. The East Side Ballas are most likely based on the Mob Piru or East Side Mob Piru gang as they sport P's on their hats, much like many Piru sets in Compton (which was the inspiration for Davis).
  • South Rancho Ballas (SRB): A Balla set based in an unknown part of Los Santos, with their clothes suggesting that their territory is in the southern part of Rancho. If this is true, they are probably at war with the Los Santos Vagos, mainly the Original LS Vagos set, due to the proximity of the territories. Members often wear "Rancho" text on their clothing. The Rancho of GTA San Andreas was Jefferson which was referred to as "Rollin Heights Ballas Country" but in the HD Universe Rancho is mainly a Vago turf. The SRB are most likely based off of Avenue Piru Gang out of Inglewood.



Mission Appearances

Grand Theft Auto V

Strangers and Freaks

Grand Theft Auto Online

The Diamond Casino Heist
Los Santos Tuners
The Contract


  • Playa: Ballas Gang Slang - refers to a friend.
  • Ball-sack/Ball-sacks: Disrespect term
  • Ball-Pushers: Disrespect Term
  • Ball-Suckers: Disrespect Term
  • Ball-less: Disrespect Term
  • Balla: Greeting
  • OG/Original Gangster: A high-ranking, influential and well-respected member. One who has put in a lot of work.
  • FK/Family Killer/Family Killa: Disrespect term used by Ballas for The Families
  • VK/Vago Killer/Vago Killa: Disrespect term used by Ballas for Vagos
  • AK/Azteca Killer/Azteca Killa: Disrespect term used by Ballas for Aztecas
  • Homie/Home Boy/Home Girl: Contemporary street slang - refers to a friend
  • Hood: Neighborhood



  • In one of the dialogue used by random Ballas members, they mention Big Smoke, the Grove Street Families member and traitor in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. [citation/verification needed]
  • Ballas keep their unique highly modified bright purple and gold coloured gang cars in their cul-de-sac in Grove Street. They can be found parked or driving slowly around the area.
  • In The Underbelly Of Paradise, it is implied that the Ballas have territory in Strawberry, however they are not programmed to spawn there. This may also be true of Rancho, as certain Ballas members wear shirts with "Rancho" on them.
  • The Original Covenant Ballas set is revealed by Adric Howard, a Balla of this set, who posted an update to Feud's Lifeinvader page. "Only bitches wear green. Original Covenant 4 life.". Lamar and Franklin mention the OCB when hanging out.
  • Their favorite radio stations are Radio Los Santos, The Lab, West Coast Classics and WCTR.
  • Ballas inhabit territory on Davis or Southeast Los Santos, as the Bloods have most territory on Compton (which inspired Davis) or Southeast Los Angeles.
  • There is one Balla from the OCBG (Original Covenant Balla Gangsters) who has a complexion similar to rapper DJ Quik. He can be seen on Grand Theft Auto V's website as well. DJ Quik was a member of the Tree Top Piru Bloods (whom the OCBG are based on), hinting more evidence that the Ballas are alluded to the real-life Bloods.
  • The Ballas are one of the six gangs from 3D Universe to reappear in the HD Universe. The other gangs returning are the Yardies, Russian Mafia, The Families, Los Santos Vagos and Varrios Los Aztecas.
  • In GTA Online, defeating the Ballas in five gang attacks in one session will result in a bounty on your head. You will also receive a threatening text message from an unknown person: "Who the fuck do you think you are? You're dead now."
  • In Director Mode, there is a pedestrian who is listed as the OC Balla Boss. However, this pedestrian is actually a Families member.


  1. P's model name: ig_ballas_leader
  2. The Third Way was confirmed to be the canon ending of GTA V during the mission Casino - Strong Arm Tactics in GTA Online: The Diamond Casino & Resort.