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Diaz, huh? Apparently that angry midget runs this madhouse. Let's see what that creep has to do with things...
Tommy Vercetti

Guardian Angels is a mission in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City given to protagonist Tommy Vercetti by retired army colonel Juan Cortez from his yacht docked in Ocean Bay Marina in Washington Beach, Vice City.



Cortez' good friend Ricardo Diaz has a deal to close with the Cubans, but he could use some extra security. So Cortez wants Tommy to protect him, Cortez has set up some special firepower for the meeting in the Washington Beach multi-story car park.

The Mission

Drive to the multi-story car park in Ocean Beach and grab the Ruger set up there for Tommy. Seconds later Lance Vance arrives, Tommy tells Lance to come along to which he agrees. Now drive Lance to the meet in an alley in Ocean Beach. Upon arriving, Ricardo Diaz will arrive as well, along with his bodyguards. Ricardo will then tell Tommy to get a good vantage point.

Take the nearby stairs up to a platform and wait for the Cubans to arrive. Some time after they do, several cars will arrive in succession, two Voodoos, a Van, another Voodoo, and finally a Burrito. They all bring Haitians who attack the men present in the deal. Protect the men by killing the Haitians. Throughout the ordeal, check on Lance who is on the platform across Tommy as he will get attacked every once in a while: if he gets killed, the mission will end in failure.

After the last Haitian is done with, two last Haitians will appear riding Sanchez'; they will take Diaz' money, but one of them will get killed by Lance. Get one of the Uzis that the dead Haitians drop and then get on the dead guy's bike and chase the other guy. The objective in this section is to kill the Haitian, do it in any way, as long as he doesn't escape, except by making his bike explode while he is riding it: this torches the money, failing the mission.

Once he is killed, grab the briefcase he drops with Diaz' money in it and go back to where Diaz is, give him the money, and the mission is complete.

Mission Objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Go to the multistory carpark and pick up the Ruger.
  • Go with Lance to the drop off and watch over Diaz.
  • Haitians! They're busting the deal! Protect Diaz.
  • Grab the bike, chase him down and get Diaz's money back.
  • Collect the briefcase and take it back to Diaz.

Post mission phone call

Ricardo Diaz: Tommy, is Ricardo Diaz, I want to thank you for looking out for me my man. I ask that prick Cortez, he say you the real deal, my friend, why you not come see me. I need a guy like you. All I have now is dickheads, dickheads everywhere, yo. I make you really rich.


The reward for completing this mission is $1000 and the mission The Chase is unlocked. The player can also now access Starfish Island, and also unlocks the five-star wanted level.


NOTE: The censored gang text will be highlighted in red.
Tommy Vercetti goes to visit Juan Cortez aboard his yacht.
Cortez: Thomas, I appreciate your coming. Forgive me for getting straight to business. Diaz has asked me to oversee a minor business transaction.
Tommy: Let's hope it goes better than last time.
Cortez: Which is why I thought of you, my friend. I've dropped some protection at the multistory carpark. Pick it up, then go and watch over Diaz's men at the drop off. Gracias, amigo.
Tommy leaves the yacht.
Tommy: Diaz, huh? Apparently that angry midget runs this madhouse. Let's see what that creep has to do with things...
Tommy goes to the multistory carpark and picks up the Ruger assault rifle left by Cortez. Upon picking the rifle up, he comes across a familiar face in a white Infernus.
Lance: Hogging all the action, I see...
Tommy: Look, you wanna do something other than just shadowing me everywhere? Why don't you come along and show me if you're any use?
Lance: I might just do that. The name's Lance, by the way.
Tommy: Tommy Vercetti, let's go.
Tommy and Lance head to the meeting place, where Ricardo Diaz and his henchmen arrive in a silver Admiral.
Diaz: You must be Cortez's new gun.
Tommy: Until more gainful opportunities arise. (to Lance) They'll be here any minute, we both better get a good vantage point.
Lance: OK! I'll take the balcony, you get the roof across the yard.
Tommy and Lance head to the vantage points, watching over the deal between Diaz and the Cubans. Soon, waves of Haitians arrive in an attempt to disrupt the deal. After dealing with various waves, two Haitians on bikes go and snatch the briefcase with the money.
One of the Haitians gets shot, while the other one rides off to escape.
Diaz: Don't just stand there, you pricks! Chase that Haitian dickhead down!
Tommy gets on the bike and kills the remaining Haitian who attempted to flee with the money, then returns to Diaz.
Diaz: I live! Dickheads! And it's all down to you. What is your name?
Tommy: Tommy.
Diaz: I'll see you soon, amigo, I think!
Diaz drives off, but Lance is nowhere to be found.
Tommy: Shit. Where's that guy Lance?

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  • Diaz' Admiral is bullet, fire, explosion, and damage proof (albeit its tires can still be popped by gunfire or spikes). The player can obtain it by failing the mission by killing Diaz, his men, the Cubans (to break up the deal), or Lance, and then stealing it. The car can be obtained without failing the mission by quickly running to the direction Diaz left. The vehicle will be there with all its properties untouched. This Admiral also has a unique shade of light grey.
    • Occasionally, after failing the mission and obtaining the Admiral, it will revert to normal for an unknown reasons, thus becoming vulnerable to any type of damage.
  • During the part where Tommy has to retrieve stolen money. The word "Haitian" is censored from Diaz's dialogue in the "Haitian friendly" version of the game.
  • If the player hits the final Haitian off his bike and destroy the bike while he's off, he will have no programming other than to stand still and await his fate.
  • This mission does not explain how Lance knew the Kruger would be stashed in the parking garage; however, it is assumed that he followed Tommy and appears after Tommy equips the weapon.
    • Lance mentioned that he'll be watching Tommy on their first encounter, and may decide to join the action instead of letting Tommy "hogging it all", judging by his speech during the cutscene.
  • When the Haitian on the bike is killed, a sniper sound is heard, even though nobody uses sniper rifles in this mission, only Rugers and Uzis. Probably Lance carried one and just switched to it to kill the Haitian, given that his position is not safe enough to hold the sniper rifle all the time.
    • However, killing him does not drop one, indicating a possible developer's oversight.
    • It may be done for dramatic sound effect for when the Haitian is killed.
  • The Ruger must be picked to proceed through this mission and thus will replace the M4 if Tommy has one - however, it is possible to use the M4 by dropping it at the Leaf Link Golf Club (Must complete Avery's mission first), get the Ruger then drive over there to get back the M4.
    • It is also possible to get into the InterGlobal Studios in Prawn Island via a unique stunt jump, grab the M4, and get back out. To avoid having to use the Packer in the studio as a ramp outside the closed gates, using a motorbike is recommended.
    • Furthermore, the player can get as much ammunition for the assault rifle as they want, by failing the mission after picking up the rifle.