- "Your brother said you needed a hand. Looks like you'll need more than that."
- ―Niko Bellic
Smackdown is the first mission that Niko Bellic does for Derrick McReary in Grand Theft Auto IV. To get the mission the player can call Packie after the Three Leaf Clover mission. Derrick is one of the McReary brothers. In this mission Derrick asks Niko to kill one of his war mates, Bucky Sligo.
When Niko meets Derrick at the park in Acter, Alderney, he's severely intoxicated and incoherent. It takes a while for him to explain that he's got a problem. One of his War buddies, Bucky Sligo who was busted into prison by Derrick is now blackmailing him, threatening to kill his family. Derrick decides to end this, so he asks Niko to kill him.
In order to find Bucky's whereabouts the player will need to get access to a police computer, which means to enter a police car. There are a few parked nearby since an LCPD station is right around the block. Once inside a police car, bring up the police computer and search for "Bucky Sligo" (or just "Bucky").
Pull up to the Burger Shot location. A cutscene shows Niko blasting the siren and Bucky riding away. Chase the truck through the various alleys until he parks his truck at his hideout. Bucky will abandon his car and head into the hideout, where the five members of his crew are stationed. Killing Bucky and his gang will then result in a two-star wanted level.
Once the player has evaded the police, Derrick will call Niko while intoxicated and say that alive and dead are "both the same thing." Niko tells him he will speak to him when he is among the living.
In order to complete the mission the player must:
- Find a cop car
- Use the police computer to find Bucky's hangout
- Search for BUCKY SLIGO
- Drive to Burger Shot where Bucky hangs out
- Follow Bucky to his crew
- You have found Bucky's crew, take down the whole gang
- Lose your wanted level
- If you're dating Kiki, and are on good terms with her, you can call her to lose the wanted level.
- It might be a good idea to call for back up when you arrive at Bucky's place in a Police Patrol to save you the extra work and ammo.
- An easy way to not get a wanted level is to call for police for like 10-20 times the police will be like a small army they will enter in the house and kill Bucky's men for the player and even kill Bucky for the player as well.
After the Mission
- Shortly after you finish this mission, Niko gets a phone call from Brucie who says his pal Stevie will be in touch about "some cars he needs found". From now on Niko will receive text messages from Stevie with locations and photos of cars that he can steal and to deliver to him for a cash reward.
- Soon after you complete this mission, Niko will get a text from Ray Boccino. He tells Niko that he has set up a new safehouse for him in Alderney. It is located on Mahesh Avenue in Alderney City, not too far from the Booth Tunnel that connects Alderney and Algonquin.
- This is the first mission in Alderney.
- Completing this mission and A Long Way to Fall unlocks the Alderney Safehouse.
- You will still receive a 2 star wanted level even if the police kill Bucky.