Marked: 5. Minimum kills: 0
- Julius, if he wants to run with the Saints he's gotta be canonized.
Playa follows up on Julius Little's request for him to join his gang, and heads to the Saints Row Church. Upon arrival, a group of 3rd Street Saints meet in the graveyard outside the church. Julius Little emerges from behind one of the pillars and gives a speech on cleaning up the Row. When Johnny Gat, a lieutenant of the 3rd Street Saints, notices Playa standing amongst them, Julius explains that he and Troy found and recruited them. Gat argues that if Playa wants to run with the Saints, they'll need to be canonized, with Troy claiming "he's right, Julius. Everyone had to do it".
It transpires that "canonization" is fighting gang members of the 3rd Street Saints, and whether or not they win the fight, Playa is officially welcomed into the 3rd Street Saints by Dex, Troy, Johnny Gat and Julius Little. Julius then gives another speech on respect, and the mission ends.
- Welcome to the 3rd Street Saints.
- — Julius Little
The following text has been transcribed verbatim from the game files.
Upon completion of the mission, it is available in-game on the 'Story' page, accessed from the 'INFO' tab of the pause menu.
This mission is available at the church in Mission Beach in the Saint's Row District after starting a new game, creating Playa and watching the opening cutscene to Saints Row, "The Streets of Stilwater".
- Go meet the Saints
After a tutorial popup regarding Save Points, the objective "Go meet the Saints" is displayed, and is listed in the "Objectives" section of the Pause Menu. This mission is not active at this point, as pressing down on the D-Pad does not prompt to exit the mission.
If the mission is not started, the message "The Saints need your help!" is periodically displayed, first after 2 minutes, and then one additional minute later each time. This message is not shown when loading a saved game.
- Defend yourself.
After starting the mission and watching the cutscene, this is the only objective. The mission starts from here when replaying at a Theater.
This mission is essentially a tutorial mission, introducing hand to hand combat; the right and left triggers swing Playa's right and left fists respectively, the left bumper kicks, and holding both the left and right triggers at the same time blocks.
Playa faces a minimum of five opponents over three waves; the first wave consists of one opponent and the second and third waves both consist of two opponents. Being the first in the game, the mission is generally easy, and players shouldn't even need to defend. Simply go on the offensive, pulling both triggers separately to constantly pummel opponents. If an opponent defends by raising their fists in front of their heads, pressing the left bumper to kick them breaks their defense, allowing the player to continue to hit them normally again.
All opponents have a large red arrow above their head; if any spectators are attacked, they also join the fray. Additionally, Julius, Johnny Gat, Troy, and Dex are invincible, and if any of them are attacked, they all attack together.
The mission can be completed by winning or losing the fight. Losing the fight triggers a slightly different cutscene, and the cash reward is lowered from $1,000 to $200.
- Cash: $1,000 (win) / $200 (lose)
- Respect: None
- Achievement: Canonized (10)
- Mission: Back to Basics
- Special: Natural Leader (one Follower)
- Homie: Wheel Woman
- Canonization in real life is an act by a Christian church of declaring a deceased person to be a saint, mirroring the canonization in the games, in which recruits have to fight gang members to become a Saint.
- Canonization also takes place in the mission "Three Kings" in Saints Row 2 - Johnny Gat beats up some initiates at the Saints Hideout after Playa recruits Carlos, Pierce, and Shaundi, although those three are not canonized on-screen.
- In Saints Row: The Third Kinzie, Oleg, Zimos, Josh Birk, Angel De LaMuerte and Viola are not canonized on-screen.
- This mission has two endings depending on the outcome of the fight, but the cutscenes vary only slightly. Only the cutscene which is played is available at Theaters afterward. The subtitles for Julius' "Let's get down to business." speech contain minor differences.
- "Welcome to the 3rd Street Saints" features Playa standing staunchly in the graveyard, as Troy and Dex congratulate him on his skill. Johnny claims it took him half the time, and Julius welcomes Playa officially before going onto his speech on respect and clearing up the Row.
- "Blood In, Blood Out" features Playa on his knees as members of the 3rd Street Saints kick him to the ground. Troy consoles Playa that everyone went through it, and the rest of the cutscene follows the same as "Welcome to the 3rd Street Saints".
- This is the only mission in the entire series with a variable Cash reward, although Three Way has two endings, one of which does not have a mission end screen, and thus has no rewards at all.
- All weapons are removed from the inventory during the mission, but are restored afterward.
- Hitting other gang members causes them to engage in combat.
- Attacking Julius Little, Johnny Gat, Troy or Dex is the fastest way to complete the mission, as they are invincible and all attack together.
- Lin is the only 3rd Street Saint lieutenant not present in this mission.
- When loading a save game, or replaying this mission at the theater, the pre-mission "Go meet the Saints" objective does not appear, and is not listed as an Objective in the Pause Menu.
- Benjamin King later states in the mission "The King and I" that he wrote the "I don't care what flags they're flyin'" speech that Julius gives in the opening cutscene to this mission.
- The Brady Saints Row game guide incorrectly lists one of the objectives of this mission as "Beat up the Saints".
- "Rallying Cry" is also the opening cutscene for the Saints Row 2 mission, "The Siege".
- There is a disabled line in the Canonized mission script to unlock Mission Beach upon completion.
"Rallying Cry" cutsceneEdit
- Julius Little: "Every muthafucka here knows what we need to do. Those bitches be ridin' around, thinkin' they own these streets. I don't care what flags they're flyin'... Rollerz, Carnales, Vice Kings... no one's makin' this nigga scared to walk the Row. We 'bout to lock this shit down... right now."
3rd Street Saints gang member #1: "Alright! Yeah!"
3rd Street Saints gang member #2: "Yeah!"
Johnny Gat: "Fuck yeah!"Johnny notices PlayaJohnny Gat: "Who the fuck's this guy?"
Julius Little: "Troy and I found him, I was gonna see if he'd ride with us."
Johnny Gat: "Julius, if he wants to run with the Saints he's gotta be canonized."
Troy: "He's right, Julius. Everyone had to do it."
Julius Little: "You ready for this, playa?"
- — "Rallying Cry" cutscene
- Julius Little: "You got spirit son, I'll give ya that."
Julius Little: "Oh you wanna play with the big boys, do ya?"
Troy: "You didn't want us involved..."
Troy: "You think that's funny, huh?"
Johnny Gat: "You just started somethin' you can't finish."
Johnny Gat: "Julius, this kid ain't smart but he's got guts."
- — Upon attacking a lieutenant
"Blood In, Blood Out" cutsceneEdit
- Julius Little: "That's enough!"
Troy: "C'mon, get on your feet. We all went through that."
Johnny Gat: "Blood in, blood out."
Julius Little: "Welcome to the 3rd Street Saints."
Julius Little: "Let's get to business. If we're serious about takin' back the Row, we gotta let those muthafuckas know what time it is. Break it down, and it's all about respect. Get enough of it, they're gonna back off, and we're gonna move right on in. We got some friends in town that could use some help. Give 'em a hand. 'Course, you can always drop any muthafucka flyin the wrong flag. So long as word gets out that the Saints is on the Row, I don't give a damn how you do it. You feel me?"
- — "Blood In, Blood Out" cutscene
"Welcome to the 3rd Street Saints" cutsceneEdit
- Troy: "You earned your colors today."
Dex: "That's some impressive shit; the only other Saint who kicked ass like that was Johnny."
Johnny Gat: "Shit, took me half the time."
Julius Little: "Welcome to the 3rd Street Saints."
Julius Little: "Let's get down to business. If we're serious about takin' back the Row, we gotta let those muthafuckas know what time it is. Now you break it down, and it's all about respect. Get enough of it, they're gonna back off, and we're gonna move right on in. We got some friends in town that could use some help. Give 'em a hand. 'Course, you can always drop any muthafucka flyin the wrong flag. So long as word gets out that the Saints is on the Row, I don't give a damn how you do it. You feel me?"
- — "Welcome to the 3rd Street Saints" cutscene
- ↑ Ending: Win the fight
- ↑ Ending: Lose the fight
- ↑ Note: Played upon losing too much health during the fight.
- ↑ Cutscene: The Streets of Stilwater
- ↑ Cutscene: Rallying Cry
- ↑ Cutscene: Welcome to the 3rd Street Saints
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