Remember cheat codes? Back in the days of the NES and SNES, every game had these wonderful, ubiquitous little sequences of button inputs. Whether it was invincibility, extra lives, or every weapon in the game you were after, chances were you could find it through cheat codes. Some games had clever ways to implement them, but for the most part it was just “press a sequence of buttons and get the thing”.
Happily, this philosophy has survived throughout the Grand Theft Auto series, and the latest instalment has its fair share of codes too. Obviously, you won’t be able to use these cheat codes in Grand Theft Auto Online, because that would give you an unfair advantage. If you’re just playing the single-player component of Grand Theft Auto 5, though, you can go nuts. All you need to do to use these cheats is press the corresponding button sequence; you don’t need to use your phone or be in any special place to access them. Let’s get started – here are the best GTA 5 cheat codes on PS4.
Note: these cheats are also compatible with the PS3 version if you’re still playing that. Obviously the PS4 version is superior, but there could still be some of you out there enjoying the lo-fi delights of the original Grand Theft Auto 5. You never know, right?
Max health and armour – Circle, L1, Triangle, R2, X, Square, Circle, Right, Square, L1, L1
Think you’ve got me on the ropes? Oh no you haven’t! The max health and armour cheat does exactly what it says on the tin: restores your health and armour back to full. This is ideal for those firefights that haven’t quite gone as you’ve expected them to. Just be sure to take cover before you use this one or you’ll be full of bullets before you can come back. Call 1-999-887-853 on your cell phone if you’d prefer.
Raise wanted level – R1, R1, Circle, R2, Left, Right, Left, Right, Left, Right
This is Grand Theft Auto, so naturally you’re going to want as much police attention for your murder spree as possible. Performing this cheat will raise your wanted level, making you more attractive to increasingly difficult hordes of police and SWAT. If you want to use your cell phone for this one, you can also dial 1-999-3844-8483 for the same effect.
Spawn every weapon – Triangle, R2, Left, L1, X, Right, Triangle, Down, Square, L1, L1, L1
Once your wanted level is soaring, you’re going to want some artillery to deal with it. This cheat spawns every weapon in the game, allowing you to dispatch the cops now swarming around you with deadly efficiency. You can also call 1-999-8665-87 to get all of GTA 5’s weapons. You’ll also have maximum ammo for each weapon, making this ideal for tricky missions.
Invincibility – Right, X, Right, Left, Right, R1, Right, Left, X, Triangle
It must be quite boring being an omnipotent deity. Nothing can harm you at all, so you’re pretty much guaranteed to win every fight. Of course, the protagonists of GTA 5 aren’t deities, so they’d probably welcome the ability to resist all damage. Sadly, this one only lasts for 5 minutes, so get what you need to get done over with in that time. The cell number for the invincibility cheat is 1-999-724-654-5537.
Fast swimming – Left, Left, L1, Right, Right, R2, Left, L2, Right
From the sublime to the ridiculous, perhaps. Fast swimming is a constant boon for anyone who finds themselves falling into the water in GTA 5. Swimming in this game is fun thanks to the underwater exploration aspects, but sometimes you just want to get back to shore. Call 1-999-468-44557 to find out how to swim like a shark. You’ll never be caught short after your boat explodes again.
Fast running – Triangle, Left, Right, Right, L2, L1, Square
Increase your running speed by a huge amount with this silly little cheat. If you’ve ever wanted to mimic The Flash, now’s your time to do it. More importantly, if you’re stuck in the middle of the desert and you don’t have access to a vehicle, this is how you can get yourself out of that predicament. If you’re using your cell phone, call 1-999-228-8463 to loan these powers from the gods themselves.
Super jump – Left, Left, Triangle, Triangle, Right, Right, Left, Right, Square, R1, R2
Have you ever wanted to leap tall buildings in a single bound? How about leaping off tall buildings to your doom in a single bound? The super jump cheat has been consistently hilarious in every single Grand Theft Auto game, and 5 is no exception. Holding the jump button down allows you to leap even higher for maximum hilarity. Cell phone users should call 1-999-467-86-48.
Spawn Buzzard attack helicopter – Circle, Circle, L1, Circle, Circle, Circle, L1, L2, R1, Triangle, Circle, Triangle
They’ll pay…they’ll all pay. The Buzzard attack helicopter is the perfect vehicle for taking down entire streets’ worth of cops. With a rapid-fire machine gun and explosive rocket launcher rounds, you’ll be the terror of the skies. If you’re using your cell phone, you should call 1-999-289-9633 to spawn this one. Don’t ever be without your trusty murderous machine again.
Spawn golf cart – Circle, L1, Left, R1, L2, X, R1, L1, Circle, X
One last one for the trolls out there. You can spawn a golf cart to get you around…erm…slightly slower and less efficiently than any other vehicle. Hey, it’s fun though, right? You can also contact some sort of cosmic golf cart disposal unit on 1-999-4653-46-1 for the same effect. Have fun with your ridiculous off-road vehicle, you crazies, you.