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This week's GTA Online update finally lets you steal the Cayo Perico panther statue

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Every Thursday, GTA Online (opens in new tab) gets a new set of sales and bonuses—the latter usually in the form of a reward multiplier for completing one of its myriad activities. This week, though, Rockstar is doing something a little different: offering a one-time, guaranteed chance at the golden panther statue in the Cayo Perico heist.

Cayo Perico has been GTA Online's most profitable endeavour since its release last year. But how much you make depends on which primary target appears in Juan Strickler's vault. The options range from a bottle of Sinsimito Tequila, which will net players a share of $900,000, up to a Pink Diamond worth $1.3 million.

Above that, though, datamining revealed the existence of the golden panther statue, and its $1.9 million pay-out. The problem: it wasn't available in the game. Until now.

The statue will now appear as the primary target the first time you scope out Cayo Perico island this week—although, if you've not done the heist before, you'll need to do a full run to steal the Madrazo Files first. It's worth discovering the statue even if you're not planning to complete the heist this week. As long as you've found it during the intel mission, it should remain as the target until you're ready to run the heist proper.

Once you're done pilfering the game's most lucrative prize, we've rounded up all the other best ways to make money in GTA Online (opens in new tab)—including the Nightclub, which is also on sale this week.

Phil Savage
Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.