For other uses, see The Exchange.
"The real question is, did you turn up to rescue Maria, or to get me back? Well, I got news for you! Shooting you will be a pleasure, but dating you was only business! You are muy pequeñito amigo! Throw over the cash. You have been a busy boy, but you haven't learned. I'm not to be trusted. KILL THE IDIOT!"

The Exchange is the final storyline mission in Grand Theft Auto III. It is given to the main protagonist, Claude, by Colombian Cartel leader, ex-girlfriend, and main antagonist Catalina from the Cartel Mansion in Cedar Grove, Shoreside Vale, Liberty City.


Catalina recently kidnapped Maria Latore. She now wants Claude to bring $500,000 to the Cartel mansion in Cedar Grove in exchange for not having Maria killed. Claude then arrives at the mansion and hands over the money to Catalina, who lies and walks off with the money, leaving Claude in the mercy of her Colombian Cartel men.

Claude is put under gunpoint by a Cartel gang member, but quickly escapes by punching him and taking the pistol he dropped. After being shot at, he shoots the Cartel men who start shooting, gets a car and exits the mansion only to find a helicopter hovering above him which holds both Catalina and Maria. Claude follows the helicopter all the way to the base of Cochrane Dam and kills every Cartel goon on his way.

After coming halfway and nearly closing into the helicopter as well as getting past all the Cartel goons who are heavily armed, Catalina drops off Maria at the loading bay, guarded by a couple of her men and reenters her helicopter. Catalina's chopper fires missiles at the ground while Claude gets to Maria and kills all the Cartel men. One Cartel member gets in a Flatbed and tries to run over Claude. Claude picks up a rocket launcher to shoot down Catalina's chopper with Maria nearby. After successfully hitting the helicopter, it crashes against the dam in the water, killing Catalina. The helicopter can also be destroyed before getting to Maria; this will remove the time limit. Afterwards, Claude and Maria walk together as they cross over to the other side of the dam.

While the credits are rolling on the screen Maria can be heard talking right before a mysterious gunshot, after which, she remains silent and is no longer heard. The news also reports the crime scene with witness Clive Denver.


Possible Deaths

Mission Objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Get Catalina
  • Follow the chopper to find Catalina
  • Get Catalina
  • Rescue Maria
  • Take down Catalina's chopper



Video Walkthroughs



The white Helicopter.

  • This is chronologically the last mission in the 3D Universe by plot order.
  • This is one of the three final storyline missions in the GTA series given by an antagonist, the other two being "The Time's Come" and "Something Sensible".
  • As Claude punches the Cartel member, Catalina instantly vanishes from the camera view. This was, however, fixed in the mobile version.
  • When Catalina says the line "Get this thing airborne!" as she boards the helicopter, the line is muted in the mobile version for an unknown reason, although the subtitles still appear when it is supposed to be said.
  • The helicopter that Catalina rides is a blank-textured version of the police helicopter with no collision detection.
  • Catalina's helicopter is indestructible until she drops Maria at the loading bay and boards the helicopter again.
  • The explosions from the helicopter don't affect Claude's health.
  • Maria's speech during the credits was originally supposed to be longer during the beta. It was later cut shorter for unknown reasons.
  • After this mission, the Colombian Cartel will carry AK-47s.


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