Grand Theft Auto Online

GTA Online: What Happened to Cayo Perico’s Panther Statue?

Article By 
Alan Walsh
April 10, 2021
Grand Theft Auto Online

GTA Online: What Happened to Cayo Perico’s Panther Statue?

Article By 
Alan Walsh
April 10, 2021

Did you know there is still an unreleased Primary Target for The Cayo Perico Heist in GTA Online? In total, there are five elusive objectives – but only four are currently live in the game. The mysterious, diamond-encrusted Panther Statue has yet to be circulated.

This rare, highly sought-after sculpture is worth the most of any Primary Target that you can scope out at Cayo Perico. Successfully stealing this exotic item from El Rubio and returning it to the Fence in Los Santos will net you $2.09 million – and that’s before you throw in any secondary targets like Cash, Gold, Weed, Cocaine or Paintings for good measure.

It’s been almost five months since The Cayo Perico Heist launched in GTA Online. Fans might recall that The Diamond Casino Heist also had a unique vault item – Diamonds. These were first introduced as part of Valentine’s Day last year and from time to time, resurface during special event weeks.

However, The Cayo Perico Heist is a unique situation. It’s the first of any heist that can be prepared and completely entirely by yourself without any comrades and players were quick to realize it’s by far the most efficient way to make money in GTA Online. This has allowed grinders to reap the rewards and Rockstar has certainly taken notice of this.

This is speculative of course, but I suspect that the Panther Statue been shelved, at least for now. From their perspective, allowing solo players to earn more than $2 million from a single, easy-to-complete heist would not be ideal – and while the Panther Statue wouldn’t be the guaranteed target upon subsequent replays, players are still able to make some serious cash from Cayo Perico regardless of its availability.

If you’ve yet to experience The Cayo Perico Heist in GTA Online, I’ve included a breakdown below of the value of each Primary Target on both Normal and Hard difficulties.

  • Sinsimito Tequila: $900K (Normal) | $990K (Hard)
  • Ruby Necklace: $1M (Normal) |$1.1M (Hard)
  • Bearer Bonds: $1.1M (Normal) | $1.21M (Hard)
  • Pink Diamond: $1.3M (Normal) | $1.43M (Hard)
  • Panther Statue: $1.9M (Normal) | $2.09M (Hard)

While the Awards menu in GTA Online does recognise an unreleased Primary Target, there’s every chance this could change in a future title update. Of course, Rockstar might still release the Panther Statue as it is, or they may opt to rebalance the earnings of The Cayo Perico Heist. This would of course be the worst-case scenario – we saw how the Red Dead Online community reacted to the Daily Challenges nerf last December. Not only did it cap Streaks at 28 days, but it also cut the total Gold earnings by half. Rockstar put these changes down to “economy rebalancing.”

Any significant alterations to the pay-outs for The Cayo Perico Heist would significantly reduce its replayability and the overall “fun factor.” After all, you’re robbing the most notorious drug lord in the Caribbean, not a small countryside bank.

With the Summer fast approaching, the expectation is that Rockstar will release new updates for both GTA Online and Red Dead Online ahead of the “Expanded and Enhanced” edition of Grand Theft Auto V, though the company has remained fully tight-lipped on any concrete details. All we know is that a notable aspect of The Cayo Perico Heist remains under-wraps for now. While the Panther Statue even appeared in the update’s official trailer, it remains to be seen if it’ll ever see the light of the day.

Alan Walsh

Alan is the co-founder and co-owner of FullThrottle Media. As someone who enjoys spending all his free time playing video games, he keeps the website updated with new and relevant content, including news stories, reviews and opinion pieces for the games he likes writing about the most. He also tweets too much, probably.