How to Recruit Gang Members in "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas"
By James Holloway
Updated September 22, 2017
Life is tough on the mean streets of "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas," but CJ doesn't have to go it alone. If you want to, you can recruit a group of fellow Grove Street Families members to back CJ up.
Recruiting Gang Members
To recruit a member to your gang, look for people on the street wearing the green colors of the Grove Street Families. Approach them and target them as if you were going to shoot them. Instead, recruit them by pressing "G" if you're playing on PC or pushing up on the D-pad if you're playing on a console. Alternatively, push the "H" key or down on the D-pad to recruit them but tell them to stay in place.
As your Respect score increases, the number of gang members you can recruit will increase. Initially, you'll only be able to recruit two gang members, with a new one being added at 10%, 20%, 40% and 60%. Once your respect exceeds 80%, you'll be able to recruit a squad of seven gang members to back you up.
Using Gang Members
Gang members are very useful in missions that involve combat against multiple opponents; they can help keep the crowd off you while you target enemies one at a time. Having gang members also allows you to make drive-by attacks against rival gangs or other targets. They can be a nuisance when trying to be subtle, however, as they'll occasionally start fights with rival gangs or even the police.
Dr James Holloway has been writing about games, geek culture and whisky since 1995. A former editor of "Archaeological Review from Cambridge," he has also written for Fortean Times, Fantasy Flight Games and The Unspeakable Oath. A graduate of Cambridge University, Holloway runs the blog Gonzo History Gaming.