- "A lesson in business, my friend. If you have a unique commodity, the world and his wife will try to wrestle it from your grasp, even if they have little understanding as to its true value. SWAT Teams have cordoned off the area around my associate and the package. Get over there, pick up the van and act as a decoy. Keep them busy until he should make good his escape."
- ―Donald Love
Decoy is a mission in Grand Theft Auto III given to protagonist Claude by media tycoon and businessman Donald Love from the Love Media building at the Bedford Point district of Staunton Island, Liberty City.
Claude drops by Love Media, looking for more work. Donald tells that SWAT and the police are guarding the Old Oriental Gentleman's location in Pike Creek, Shoreside Vale. Donald wants Claude to get in the van used by the Oriental Gentleman and act as a decoy to the police, in order to let the Oriental Gentleman escape.
Claude gets over to the location, already noticing many Police Cars and Enforcers waiting with officers on foot to pounce as soon as the van starts moving. He then gets inside the van, and gets a six-star wanted level as the waiting LCPD vehicles spring their trap and close in. He drives the van away from the warehouse, making the police chase him, with the Oriental Gentleman then having the opportunity to escape.
In order to complete the mission the player must:
- Get over to Pike Creek and get in the decoy van.
- Now lead the cops away from the warehouse.
- When the player has a five-star or six-star wanted level during the mission before entering the Securicar, only Police Cars and Enforcers will spawn chasing Claude, while the FBI Cars and Barracks OLs will form the roadblocks. If the player has evaded the wanted level before entering the Securicar and then enters it, the army will take over the LCPD with Barracks OLs and Rhinos, making the mission much harder. (Tested on PC & Android)
- Several police vehicles can be seen surrounding the warehouse, getting ready to chase after the Securicar once it leaves. The player can prematurely attack the roadblock in order to clear a path for their escape.
- Pay 'n' Sprays and police bribes will not reduce the wanted level in this mission.
- The LCPD Dispatcher makes a specific alert during this mission upon entering the Securicar: "All units be on lookout for Securicar in Pike Creek area, suspect is armed and dangerous."
- Decoy is the only mission in GTA III which gives the protagonist a six-star wanted level. It shares this feat with the GTA Advance finale Freedom Flies in the 3D era.