Midnight Club: Los Angeles

Strategy Guide/Walkthrough/FAQ
Map: Collectable Barrel Locations



  • Easy collectibles

    Enter the race editor, and press Start to enter the overhead view layout. Press LB, LT, click Left Analog-stick, press RB, click Right Analog-stick, press A to create a race with a checkpoint containing up to 30 collectibles you have not already obtained. Test the race to collect them all. If you are still missing collectibles, delete the checkpoints, and enter the code again.

  • Cheat mode

    Find the indicated numbers of hidden Rockstar barrels (collectables) to unlock the corresponding cheat option. Note: Enabling a cheat will stop your progress in Career mode and disable the earning of money and reputation from races.

      Unlimited Nitro: 10 barrels
      Never Damage Out: 20 barrels
      Unlimited Special Abilities: 30 barrels
      Top Down View: 40 barrels
      No Police: 50 barrels
      No Fines: 60 barrels

  • Infinite money

    Successfully complete Career mode.

  • Karol Garage partner mission

    Get the "Idol" rank (33,500 Reputation) to unlock the Karol Garage partner mission.

  • Hydraulics and air bags

    To unlock hydraulics and air bags, you must join the Rockstar Social Club, link to your Gamertag, then complete four of the twelve "Driving Test" achievements listed on the website. Doing so will unlock hydraulics/air bags for your Gamertag, even if you completely restart the game. If you already have four of the achievements completed, just joining the Rockstar Social Club and linking your Gamertag will unlock the hydraulics and air bags.

  • Vehicle groups

    Reach the indicated rank to unlock the corresponding vehicle group:

      Group 2: Get the "Student Driver" rank (2,000 Reputation).
      Group 3: Get the "Racer" rank (8,060 Reputation).
      Group 4: Get the "Champion" rank (16,500 Reputation).

  • Performance upgrades

    Reach the indicated rank to unlock the corresponding performance upgrade:

      Level 1 Performance upgrades for Group 1 vehicles: Get the "Navigator" rank (800 Reputation).
      Level 1 Performance upgrades for Group 2 vehicles: Get the "Driver" rank (5,600 Reputation).
      Level 1 Performance upgrades for Group 3 vehicles: Get the "Elite Racer" rank (13,700 Reputation).
      Level 1 Performance upgrades for Group 4 vehicles: Get the "Savant" rank (22,760 Reputation).
      Level 2 Performance upgrades for Group 1 vehicles: Get the "Rookie" rank (3,610 Reputation).
      Level 2 Performance upgrades for Group 2 vehicles: Get the "Veteran" rank (10,760 Reputation).
      Level 2 Performance upgrades for Group 3 vehicles: Get the "Legend" rank (19,540 Reputation).
      Level 2 Performance upgrades for Group 4 vehicles: Get the "Hero" rank (26,160 Reputation).

  • Custom items

    Participate in the indicated number of races for a specific vehicle class to unlock the corresponding item that can be customized for that particular class (Tuners, Muscles, Luxury, Exotics, or Superbikes):

      Blowers: 45 races
      Car headlights: 36 races
      Car spoilers: 18 races
      Car stereos: 27 races
      Exhausts: 45 races
      Front bumpers: 9 races
      Front seats: 27 races
      Hoods: 36 races
      Intercoolers: 45 races
      Motorcycle bowls: 36 races
      Motorcycle tails: 18 races
      Motorcycle tanks: 27 races
      Post gauges: 27 races
      Rear bumpers: 18 races
      Skirts: 9 races
      Steering wheels: 27 races
      Taillights: 36 races
      Widebody kits: 45 races

  • Free parts

    Use the following trick to get free parts without completing the game. Go to "Garage", and select "Customize Your Car". Go to "Performance Parts", and press X to auto upgrade. This will check off all parts you can put on. Do not press A. After you press X, press Xbox 360 Guide. Go to your friends list, and join someone's session. Note: You can also go to the recent players list for a better chance of finding someone playing online. When asked if you want to start a multiplayer match, select "OK". When you get on the street, you will have the parts installed with no money deducted from your bank. This also works on any interior or exterior part, but the process is slightly longer to make the car you want. For example, highlight "Front Bumper", then press X. Go to the bumper you want, and press Xbox 360 Guide. Join someone's game, and when you roll out of the garage, you will have that bumper. Quit the multiplayer game, return to the garage, and get any other part desired by doing the same thing.

    Note: This trick only works on cars that can have side pipes (muscle cars). Use the following trick to get free side exhaust pipes. Enter the garage, and select a desired muscle car that can have side pipes. Go to "Customize Car", "Side", and "Side Exhaust". Highlight the desired exhaust, and press B. Go back to "Side Exhaust", and the chosen pipes will now be $0.

  • Easy rank and money

    Go to Arcade mode, and set the AI to "Easy", traffic to "None", and disable power-ups. To earn money, make sure you do not finish in last place.

  • Getting rid of police

    Use the following trick to get rid of the police when doing a race. Finish the race, and enable the "No Police" cheat, then turn it off again. The police will disappear, and it will not have any effect on what you do afterward.

  • Catching freeway racer

    When you see a red target far away on the map, enable the "No Damage" and "Unlimited Nitro" cheats to reach them quickly. Then, turn off both cheats once you are about to race him to keep your reputation and money intact.

  • Teleport

    In both offline and online game modes, you can teleport around the map by entering the race editor, switching out of "drive and drop" mode, moving the pointer to where you want to go, then going back to "drive and drop" mode, and exiting the creator. You will be where you ended the race editor.

  • Achievements

    Accomplish the indicated achievement to get the corresponding number of Gamerscore points:

      Wanted Man (10 points): Pull over while the police are in 'pull over' mode, then drive away during the ticketing cutscene.
      Out On Bail (10 points): Evade the police successfully when they are in pursuit.
      Neither Bird nor Plane (10 points): Travel 1020 feet in a single jump.
      Jordan Jumpman (10 points): Spend more than 10 minutes in the air. Brought to you by Jordan Brand.
      Unicycle (20 points): Drive a cumulative total of 50 miles while doing a wheelie on a motorcycle.
      Just Get A Motorcycle (20 points): In a car, drive a cumulative total of 50 miles on 2 wheels.
      Hear me Roar! (20 points): Unlock Level 3 Roar.
      Anger Management (20 points): Unlock Level 3 Agro.
      Set To Stun (20 points): Unlock Level 3 EMP.
      Zoning Out (20 points): Unlock Level 3 Zone.
      In the Lap of... (20 points): Beat the Luxury Champ.
      Name that Tune (20 points): Beat the Tuner Champ.
      World's Strongest (20 points): Beat the Muscle Champ.
      Two Wheels of Fury (30 points): Beat the Motorcycle Champ.
      How Exotic (30 points): Beat the Exotic Champ.
      The Basics (10 points): Complete one of the missions you receive in the mission log.
      What's a Speed Limit? (20 points): Win 15 dynamic freeway races.
      Streaker (20 points): Win 5 races in a row offline.
      Winning With Less (20 points): Win 10 races on a motorcycle.
      Go on Green (20 points): Win 15 Red Light Races.
      Destroyer of Worlds (20 points): Successfully destroy 15 opponent vehicles using the Payback vehicle at the Beaches garage.
      Here for a Pickup (20 points): Successfully deliver 15 vehicles out of the Hollywood garage.
      Father Time (30 points): Completely unlock a time trial by completing all 3 missions.
      Uncle Time (20 points): Finish the first mission for each of the 4 time trials.
      Competitive Glory (20 points): Win each of the 4 tournaments at least one time.
      It's How You Play The Game (30 points): Finish 300 offline races. Winning is not required.
      The Winner (30 points): Win 180 offline races.
      Rags To Riches (30 points): Have $1 million dollars in the bank while playing in Los Angeles.
      Have Car, Will Travel (30 points): Drive a total of 5,000 miles, including any miles driven online or offline.
      Getting Off the Bench (10 points): Enter an online cruise and join a proposed race.
      Who Made This? (10 points): Enter a Race Editor Race online.
      Saving Los Angeles (10 points): Enter the Race Editor, create a race, and then save it.
      Paparazzi (10 points): Save 16 photos to your photo album.
      T-Mobile myFaves (10 points): Join an online game with 5 of your friends. Stay Connected with MyFaves from T-Mobile.
      Turn in the Work (10 points): Submit a vehicle to Rate My Ride.
      Everyone's a Critic (20 points): Rate 25 rides online.
      Crossing the Line (20 points): Finish 50 races online.
      Master Thief (30 points): Steal 80 flags while playing Capture the Flag or other battle matches.
      Postman (30 points): Deliver 100 flags in Capture the Flag or other battle matches.
      Ranking Up (30 points): Win 20 ranked matches online.
      Where in the World? (10 points): Find half of the collectables in Los Angeles.
      Waldo's Still Missing (40 points): Find all the collectables in Los Angeles.
      Retire the Master (50 points): Beat the City Champ.
      Mild Dedication (10 points): In Goal Attack, complete every goal for one race.
      True Dedication (100 points): All Goal attacks must be unlocked and every goal for every race completed.

    The following achievements require the "South Central" bonus downloadable content:

      Been there, Done that (50 points): Finish the South Central career.
      Brother Time (20 points): Complete the 3 missions for the South Central time trial.
      Easier than the Hills (20 points): Complete the South Central tournament.
      Goin' South (10 points): Meet the South Central Mechanic.
      GOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!!! (60 points): Finish all South Central Goal Attacks.
      Low Ballin' (20 points): Win 10 races in a Low Rider.
      Money for nothing (20 points): Complete the South Central Wager Mission.
      Sign Here (20 points): Complete 10 deliveries in South Central.
      South Central Test Drive (10 points): Win 10 races in an SUV.

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