For the vehicle in Grand Theft Auto V, see The Liberator.
"An Old Oriental Gentleman I know has been kept hostage by some South Americans in Aspatria. They're trying to extort additional funds from me, but I don't believe in renegotiation. A deal is a deal..."
Donald Love

Liberator is the first mission in Grand Theft Auto III given to protagonist Claude by media tycoon Donald Love from his offices in the Bedford Point district of Staunton Island, Liberty City.


Claude goes to see Donald Love, who thanks him for dealing with a "personal matter". He also informs Claude of knowing an "Old Oriental Gentleman" who is now kidnapped by the Colombian Cartel and he wants Claude to rescue him from a Cartel compound in Aspatria.

Realizing that the only way to enter the compound is by entering with a Cartel Cruiser, Claude goes to Fort Staunton, steals one, drives to the compound and is automatically allowed inside the compound, but is quickly recognized by the Colombians. Claude quickly reacts and takes all the Colombians out before finding the Old Oriental Gentleman in one of several garages (in each of which at least one Cartel member is hiding). Once all the Colombians are dead, he gets in a car with the Oriental Gentleman and takes him back to Donald Love, completing the mission.

Mission Objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Go 'jack' a Columbian gang car, so you can infiltrate the hideout, head north and you'll find one in Fort Staunton
  • Rescue the Old Oriental Gentleman
  • Take the Old Oriental Gentleman back to Donald Love's building


  • Bear in mind that the garage where the Old Oriental Gentleman spawns is completely random.
  • An effective method when killing Cartel members is to simply run over half of them using the same Cartel Cruiser the player used to enter, to the point the vehicle is badly damaged from gunfire and the player is required to dispatch the rest on foot.
  • When dealing with Cartel members holed up in the garages, the player may benefit by using a shotgun. As the garage doors will only open when the player is close to the door and also the hiding Cartel, players may sustain more damage due to close-quarter gunfire, thus requiring the players kill them as quickly as possible; shotguns can easily deal a single-shot kill, ensuring minimal damage to the player. However, this is a risk as the Old Oriental Gentleman may be harmed by the gunshot. Caution is advised.
  • Similarly, using an M16 will make quick work of the enemies appearing in the garages, and in a slightly more controlled way than using the shotgun. Use the auto-aim to start firing quicker, but be in a slightly diagonal position so as to not hit the Old Oriental Gentleman behind the gangster, just in case he appears inside the garage.



Video Walkthroughs

iPad Version
GTA 3 - iPad Walkthrough - Mission 46 - Liberator

GTA 3 - iPad Walkthrough - Mission 46 - Liberator

PC Version
GTA 3 - Walkthrough - Mission 46 - Liberator (HD)

GTA 3 - Walkthrough - Mission 46 - Liberator (HD)


  • While it is possible to enter the Cartel compound without a Cartel Cruiser by jumping over the gate using a large vehicle, the compound remains empty and non-interactive until the player is driving a Cartel Cruiser.
  • The Oriental Gentleman that Claude must rescue in this mission also appears in the game's intro cutscene. He was kidnapped when the Colombian Cartel stopped the SWAT van that Claude and 8-Ball were in.
  • The same compound appears in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories mission Shogun Showdown, which was once owned by the Yakuzas.
  • This is the only time where Cartel Cruisers are parked inside the compound.


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