Activities and Diversions are gameplay elements of .
Saints Row IV
All Activities and Target Diversions are tied to optional
Side Quests groups.
All Activities award
Cache, XP, and a territory for City Takeover on completion. Activities can be replayed to earn more money and better medals, but XP is only awarded once.
Many activities are optional, but an easy instance of
Blazin, Platforming Rift, Prof. Genki's Mind Over Murder, and Fight Club are played as a part of the storyline and cannot be skipped.
Racing in Saints Row 2 return, and are now used by all activities. Each Activity has Bronze, Silver, and Gold threshold of score or time. Better medals award more Cache. All gold medals in all Activities are required for 100% Completion. Scoring less than Bronze counts as failing the activity, even in activities such as Platforming Rift and Speed Rift, which have a specific endpoint.
Upgrades are unlocked by completing all instances of an Activity with Silver or Gold medals. Mayhem activities are split into either "On-Foot Mayhem" or "Vehicular Mayhem"
 , and each type must be completed in order to unlock Upgrades.
All Activities are also associated with specific
Challenges, which unlock an upgrade or Super Power upgrade.
The game lists 2 types of Diversions on the
Map: Targets and Collectibles.
All Target diversions are started from a marker on the map, and award Cache, XP, and a territory on completion. Target diversions disappear from the map on completion and cannot be replayed. Collectibles are hidden around
Virtual Steelport and unlocks various rewards when collected. Diversions not displayed on the map are more varied in rewards and the ways of starting them.
Most Diversions are available after
On-Foot Mayhem. Destroy objects with various weapons.
TK Mayhem 
On-Foot Mayhem. Destroy objects with Telekinesis.
Tank Mayhem 
Vehicular Mayhem. Destroy objects with Destructor.
Vehicular Mayhem. Destroy objects with Void.
Mech Suit Mayhem
Vehicular Mayhem. Destroy objects with Mech Suit.
Platforming Rift 
Jump from platform to platform. Land on the center of the platform and get through each section quickly to earn bonus points.
Speed Rift 
Collect orbs and avoid obstacles. Playa automatically runs forward and can only move left, right, jump, or use "Burst Charge" to break blockades.
Telekinesis Rift 
Throw bombs to towers. Damage the towers quickly and constantly to increase the score multiplier. Failing to catch a bomb stuns Playa.
Available after Bending the Rules. Take damage. Earn money relative to the amount of damage taken by traffic collisions.
On-foot racing. Collect green orbs to increase speed.
Prof. Genki's Mind Over Murder
Throw NPCs, Vehicles, and Genki heads to the colored rings.
Fight Club 
Melee and Super Powers combat. Kill opponents in a dedicated arena.
Renamed from Gang Operation. Destroy all Zin soldiers and Wardens in the small area.
Renamed from Survival. Available after The Real World. Survive an onslaught of enemies.
Renamed from Vehicle Theft. Steal the specified vehicle and deliver it to the drop-off point to earn rewards as well as the delivered vehicle.
Renamed from Assassination. Available after Hot and Cold. Go to the specified location and kill the target.
Available after Hot and Cold. Disable all shield generators and the main controller to takeover the area.
Climb a tower and reach the top.
Available after The Real World. Connect the data access circuit correctly before time runs out to make stores usable. Listed as Stores in the map, but otherwise has the same properties as in Target Diversions.
Co-op Diversions are listed as Targets in the map, but they are not required for 100% Completion or City Takeover.
Cat & Mouse
The objective of "cat" is to kill the "mouse" as fast as possible, and the objective of "mouse" is to survive and hit as many checkpoints as possible.
Kill the partner to score points. Score more points than the partner in the time limit to win.
Clusters are used for upgrading Super Powers.
Earned by destroying Zinyak Statues hidden around Virtual Steelport.
Audio Logs contain stories told from various characters.
Unlocks Text Adventures minigame which details Zinyak's rise to power.
A series of special kill maneuvers. XPs are increased by frequently repeating the same type of kill.
A series of maneuvers and stunts which involve a car. XPs are increased either by maintaining the stunt for an extended period of time, or by frequently repeating the stunt.
Started by standing on a moving vehicle and pushing the Action button when prompted. Balance on the vehicle as long as possible by using the left and right movement controls.
Shock the required number of civilians with nudity before time runs out.
Started by aiming a gun at a Store owner. The goal is to follow the owner to the safe.
Prompted upon stealing a car with one or more passengers, there is a prompt to start the Hostage diversion. The aim of this diversion, is to drive around for a certain amount of time, without slowing down enough that the hostage can escape.
Started by aiming a gun at a Civilian. After a certain amount of time, the Civilian drop some Cash and run away.
Available after The Real World. Romance is available with all rescued crewmates on The Ship.
Territory ownership is rewarded upon completion of Activities and Target Diversions. Saints-controlled territories spawn random Homies and increases City Income.
Amount of Activities seen in
Saints Row IV E3 demo