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Shit's closing in. The heat's coming. There's fucking snitches everywhere.

Elizabeta Torres

Shifting Weight is a mission in The Lost and Damned. It is the last mission that is given by Elizabeta Torres to Johnny Klebitz.


The mission starts with Elizabeta telling Johnny and her associates that she believes that she is being pursued by the police. She wants the cocaine delivered from the previous mission to be sold as soon as possible.

Johnny, Malc and DeSean all head out to the deal over by the basketball courts. During the deal, one of the buyers decides to take the drugs without payment. To demonstrate that she is serious, she shoots and blows up Johnny's Hexer. In return, Malc kills the female buyer. The other dealer gets away, and police arrive.

Johnny must now ride as the passenger on Malc's bike as they escape. The police give chase in numerous police cars, Enforcers and helicopters. As Johnny, the player must defend himself, DeSean, and Malc by shooting the pursuers down.


Johnny is on the back of Malc's bike for the remaining part of the mission; all the player has to do is shoot an endless amounts of cops with the Assault Shotgun and defend DeSean. Fortunately, the Assault Shotgun has unlimited ammo, so there's no need for the player to reload. During the chase, several red explosive gas canisters that cause huge explosions when shot are encountered and the explosions will take out several cars at once. Also, after passing through the gas station, the player can hit one of the pumps for a cinematic that shows the station erupting and destroying any close police vehicles as Malc and Johnny narrowly escape the explosion.

Around halfway into the chase a Police Maverick joins the pursuit. Near the end of the mission the player becomes trapped in the Grotti car dealership. They escape by either shooting the window to get out or waiting for Malc to drive through the window himself. The final part is a straight chase under the highway bridge with a total of three cop cars following the player there. Malc shoots the driver in the final cop car. The cop car hits the side of the post and one officer comes flying out of the windshield, cinematic style.

Johnny gets off of Malc's bike, giving them the drugs and bids farewell to them. Johnny then calls Elizabeta saying the deal went bad and Elizabeta says to stay away from her, as the heat is closing in.

Mission Objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Go to the deal.
  • Defend DeSean from the cops

Video Walkthrough


  • If Terry and Clay are called for backup, one of them will ride with a brother on his bike and help Johnny shoot the LCPD while Johnny rides with Malc and defends him and DeSean from the cops.
  • Johnny can call Elizabeta after this mission, she explains that the police are busting in her apartment and hears her telling Marta to flush drugs down the toilet.
  • At the end of the mission Malc jokes that he and Johnny should get a room at the Jefferson Motel, a motel in Jefferson, Los Santos, San Andreas.
  • If there are LCPD right behind the player when they get to the gas station - and there almost certainly will be - and the player shoots the fuel stations, or the cars crash into them (one always will), a large explosion will result, and the game will switch into a cinematic view and go into slow motion for about three seconds. After this, Johnny will use one of a few lines, including "Fuck me! The gas station!", "Gas is really gonna get expensive now!" and "Think of the environment, man".
  • Johnny has many different lines for destroying police cars, including "That pigs got engine trouble.", "That's a case of over steering if ever I saw it", "Looks like you're on foot now, friend", "Cop's gone and broke his car", "LCPD can't even get their own cars to work!", "Having some engine trouble, pig?", "Those chumps need a mechanic!", "Sorry dude!", "Your engine's busted, asshole!", "Take it to the shop, copper", "Shit, cop car broke down", "Sorry, brother!", "Leave us the fuck alone!", "So long, man. You broke down!", and "So long, cherry top.".
  • Destroying the police cars will also play a unique broken siren sound effect not heard in normal gameplay.
  • All of the player's weapons (except the explosives) will have unlimited ammo during the chase.
  • During the last part of the chase, Johnny will be prompted to use his pipe bombs (although this is not absolutely necessary). If he doesn't have any bombs (or, if he is carrying molotov cocktails), he will receive grenades from Malc.
  • If the player is killed after the part where the police surrounds them, they will start from there when they retry the mission.
  • When the team is surrounded, Malc tells Johnny to shoot the Grotti showroom's windows with a weapon of his choice. If the player doesn't shoot the windows, Malc will eventually break both the windows with his bike without a problem.
  • When the female buyer shoots Johnny's Hexer, her Pistol makes the sound of the Micro SMG in the game.
  • At this point in the timeline, Elizabeta should have already been arrested by the LCPD.
  • This mission takes place after Have a Heart as Elizabeta is paranoid and already has her gun out.
  • A Double T Custom would appear under the overpass at the far left corner when the mission ends. This is the easiest opportunity to obtain one.
  • In the end of the mission a cutscene showing a cop ejects from a police car through its windshield after being crashed into a post will play. Strangely enough, if the player manages to see the windshield and the hood of the said police car, they are magically repaired and there are no damages on them.