The Mount Chiliad Mystery
January 30, 2017 6:07 PM ‐ Long Reads
Welcome to Los Santos, San Andreas, the city that never sleeps. In the shadow of the iconic Vinewood sign the shallow and desperate come and spread across the city, from Rockford Hills to LSX Airport, hoping to find fame and fortune . But away from the glitzy premieres of Vinewood Boulevard and the hipsters of Vespucci Beach, Los Santos has many dark secrets to hide, from bent government agents to secretive cults, there's even a classified chemical research plant and the heavily guarded Fort Zancudo military base.
If you're anything like me, then when you play Grand Theft Auto V you make the most of the amazing world that Rockstar Games have created.
A trip to San Andres can involve a game of tennis in the city of Los Santos or shooting dear with Cletus in Blaine County. You can even climb aboard a cable car and take the ride to San Andreas' highest point, Mount Chiliad.
When stepping out of the cable car you come face-to-face with a mysterious hieroglyph pyramid and it's this mural which has started the biggest ever virtual conspiracy theory and even now, three years after the game's release the mystery still hasn't been solved.
The mural seems to depict Mount Chiliad itself with a representation of a UFO hovering above it.
Five boxes with red crosses in them dotted across the diagram of the mountain indicate the locations where further glyphs can be found, each of which is a clue on the path to the UFO above the mountain at the top of the pyramid.
These additional glyphs all contain the same flying saucer symbol but are accompanied by additional symbols, including:
• An image of a winding path indicating that players should make the journey back up to the top of the mountain.
• A storm cloud which suggests that the UFO may only be visible during a storm.
• A crescent moon which indicates that the UFO is only visible at night.
The two remaining glyphs appear to be faded but you can just make out three dashes which could refer to a time of day.
A further clue is offered at the top of the mountain where the same flying saucer symbol can be found painted in red on a rock underneath a viewing deck, on the side of the deck just above the symbol the words "come back when your story is complete" have been scratched into the wood.
All of this adds up. As the five glyphs suggest, the player should make the journey back up the mountain, during a storm, the lightning bolts around the outside of the mural also back this up. This should be done at night, 3am to be precise and the player should have completed story mode.
If you follow these instructions then you'll be able to see a UFO hovering in the sky above the scenic lookout at the top of the mountain.
Despite the need to find all of these clues and visit the mountain top at a very specific time and during the right weather conditions, it was less than a week after the game's release that players found this easter egg.
However, this isn't all the mural has to reveal, you might have noticed the boxes at the bottom of the image. These relate to three other easter eggs which can be discovered in GTA V.
These are a UFO floating over a huge picture carved in to the rock by a group of hippies at Salvation Mountain, a threatening looking flying saucer high above the Fort Zancudo base and a UFO which has crash landed in the Pacific Ocean.
But these aren't the only extraterrestrial easter egg in the game. There's also an alien suspended in a frozen river in the game's opening chapter and scattered across the whole map are 50 glowing spaceship parts, collect them all and you get your own, glowing alien-car known as the "Space Docker."
So, if people cracked all of these secrets three years ago, then what's left to find? Well, for this you've got to enter the mind of a conspiracy theorist.
Not content with four UFOs and an alien corps, fans are convinced there is more to find. For over three years they've been trying to line up the mural with landmarks and overlaying it on the mountain in the hopes that some of the map's other symbols with reveal secrets.
One of the symbols on the mural seems to depicts a jetpack and many believe that the game's ultimate easter egg is the jetpack but to reach it, the Mount Chiliad Mystery needs to be cracked.
Some have speculated that the jetpack can be found under the military base, this is because in the earlier 'GTA San Andreas,' a jetpack was hidden in Area 69.
For this reason, I think the jetpack icon on the mural is an indication of where to find one of the UFOs, floating right above the place where a jetpack might be stored. The Sandy Shores UFO is floating above the hippy camp's UFO artwork which would also make sense with the icon on the bottom-left of the mural and the UFO that crashed into the ocean could be described as broken like the icon of the cracked egg.
In Area 69 the jetpack was hidden underground and it turns out that in Fort Zancudo, right under the spot where the UFO can be seen in the sky is a small building, inside is the top of a lift shaft. According to the indicators outside the elevator, the only direction this lift travels is down, although no one has yet managed to find a way to get it to work.
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Mount Chiliad Mystery Solved
The amount of videos which have popped up in my YouTube feed with the title "Mount Chiliad mystery solved" is unbelievable. From time to time I watch a few but no one is ever any closer to solving this mystery but their speculation keeps fueling the fire with more and more desperate evidence.
I've seen everything from the way the shadow of a tree falls on the side of a mountain to the way the setting sun reflects off of a stone alter in the altruist's camp.
People have tried flipping the mural horizontally and vertically, overlaying it on the in-game map and then gone to find out what's at each of the points. Some claim this has worked, they've found various collectables there, but none of it really adds up, not in any meaningful way and it's certainly not unlocked any jetpack.
The thing is, when people try to uncover easter eggs like this, they don't just play the game, they dig around through the game's code, open map files and game textures and so far, that's proved fruitless too.
Most of the interiors of the game can be found by glitching your way through the map and seeing what's underneath but in the case of the elevator in the military base I mentioned, there's nothing under it, no lift shaft, no secret bunker and no jetpack.
However, this doesn't necessarily put the Chiliad mystery to bed, there are parts of the game where a player climbs inside of an elevator and the lift doesn't move to another level but it triggers a cut scene, usually the player is transported to another part of the building such as in the Humane Labs and FIB building but, what if they player could be transported to another location all together?
It wouldn't be the first time players leave the San Andreas map in the game, twice during the game, including the first chapter, you'll find yourself in North Yankton.
There's also the possibility that Rockstar just haven't put the easter egg into the game yet. Perhaps the Chiliad mystery is real but the game's developers plan to add the easter egg into the game in a future update.
Either way, it doesn't look like the mystery is going to be solved any time soon but if you think you're up to the challenge then all of the current evidence and clues are below.
The Mount Chiliad Mural
Mount Chiliad Glyph: 1 of 5
Mount Chiliad Glyph: 2 of 5
Mount Chiliad Glyph: 3 of 5
Mount Chiliad Glyph: 4 of 5
Mount Chiliad Glyph: 5 of 5
Mount Chiliad Clue
UFO: 1 of 4 - Mount Chiliad
UFO: 2 of 4 - Sandy Shores
UFO: 3 of 4 - Underwater
UFO: 4 of 4 - Fort Zancudo
Fort Zancudo Bunker Elevator Shaft
UFO Light Beam At Fort Zancudo
Altruist Camp Sun Symbol
Jetpack Symbol At The Altruist Camp
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