"Shittycheapbatteriesh or shumin'. There'sh shum more on the bench (Translation: Shitty cheap batteries or something. There's some more on the bench)."
Phil Cassidy, after he is drunk

Boomshine Saigon is the second and final mission in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City given to protagonist Tommy Vercetti by Phil Cassidy from his firearms business in Little Haiti, Vice City.


Tommy goes to Phil's Place and finds a drunken Phil, who shows him his boomshine bombs. Phil presses the detonator as Tommy ducks down on reflex, but the bomb fails to explode. Realizing it must be the remote's batteries, Phil staggers over where he has fresh ones sitting on the bench beside the bomb. Having just changed the batteries, Phil throws up his arms in celebration, with the bomb just off to his right. The motion causes him to accidentally pull the trigger, and the explosion blows off Phil's right arm. Phil knows he's injured, but only falls to his knees laughing, too drunk to feel the pain.

An intoxicated Tommy then gets Phil into his Patriot and drives him to the West Haven Community Healthcare Centre. Phil, however, states that the hospital is full of police and Viet Cong as to his illusions, and asks to be driven to an ex-army surgeon in Little Havana, (as he owes Phil a favor) completing the mission.

Mission objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Quick, get Phil to the hospital!
  • Get Phil to the surgeon in Little Havana

See Also



Video Walkthroughs

PC Version
GTA Vice City - Walkthrough - Mission 47 - Boomshine Saigon (HD)

GTA Vice City - Walkthrough - Mission 47 - Boomshine Saigon (HD)


iPad 2 Version
GTA Vice City - iPad Walkthrough - Mission 47 - Boomshine Saigon

GTA Vice City - iPad Walkthrough - Mission 47 - Boomshine Saigon



  • The song that can be heard playing in the background during the opening cutscene is "Burnin' for You" by Blue Öyster Cult. The song is not featured on any of the in-game radio stations.
  • During the cutscene, Phil blows off his right arm. However, it shows him with it intact and his left arm missing when he is dropped off at the doctor. This means the initial cut scene is incorrect as in the GTA III mission Arms Shortage (and the Liberty City Stories mission More Deadly Than the Male), Phil is missing his left arm.
  • The mission's name is a reference to the Billy Joel song Goodnight Saigon. Saigon was the capital of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War, and Phil often claimed he served in the Vietnam War.
  • In Grand Theft Auto III, Phil claims that his arm was blown off in Nicaragua, but the events of this mission contradicts Phil's statement in GTA III. It's likely that he bragged about the incident.
  • This is the only time in the 3D Universe that the player can be arrested for drunk-driving.