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Hack the Planet
"Hack the Planet" mission completion screen
"Hack the Planet" mission completion screen

Breaking the Law

Quest Objective

Take Over a Store


Marked: ?. Minimum kills: ?

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"Hack the Planet" is the eighth mission in Saints Row IV.

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For the "Hack the Planet" achievement,
see Achievements in Saints Row: The Third

There's lot of ways to disrupt the simulation.
— Quest description


This is the first of three missions in the "Breaking the Law" quest.

After retrieving Playa from the Zin mothership,[1] Kinzie Kensington wants them to start messing up the simulation.

Although all stores were previously accessible, all stores become locked without explanation after completing The Real World. Kinzie is somehow already aware of this and instructs Playa that Store Hacking is a good place to begin, despite Playa not previously having been informed that stores were now locked.

Playa opts to hack Planet Zin, and becomes surrounded by ZPD officers after triggering the security alarm. As the Notoriety level increases, all the police transform into Zin, which Kinzie explain as stepping up their security. Later, Zin Portals start appearing, spawning more Zin soldiers. Playa deals with resistance and with a Golden CID, clearing all Notoriety.


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Similar to "Bending the Rules" and "Hot and Cold", this mission acts as a tutorial, introducing Store Hacking.

Go to Planet Zin

Head to the Planet Zin in Yearwood.

Hack store

Enter the Hacking marker and press Action button to enter Store Hacking screen. If this is the first time hacking a store, the Store Hacking tutorial is displayed.

Kill police

After hacking a store and getting some spare Cache and XP, prepare to fight a few waves of ZPD officers. They do not present much of a threat, but make sure to collect health pickups from dead enemies or civilians.

Kill aliens

During the third wave all policemen transform into Zin and get new weapons.

Destroy portals

Soon Portals start appearing and must be destroyed. These are tougher than normal enemies – make sure to use either a Pump-Action Shotgun or a Semi-Auto Shotgun (if the "Simulated Instruction" Side Quest has been completed) to quickly destroy portals; killing nearby enemies is not required.

Snatch Command C.I.D.

As all portals are destroyed, a Golden CID appears. These are larger than normal C.I.D.s and serve for removing all Notoriety when destroyed. Chase the C.I.D. and destroy it with Action button to complete this mission.



  • "Hack the Planet" is a catch-phrase from the film Hackers.
    • The mission name also alludes to "hacking the Planet" Zin store.
  • Although this mission introduces Store Hacking, it is possible to hack all Stores before beginning this mission. If Planet Zin in Yearwood is already hacked, the mission immediately progresses to the next objective, but Kinzie still says her line about tripping the alarm.
  • Although Text Adventures and Zinyak Statues are unlocked after the mission, they are available before "Hack the Planet".
  • This is the first storyline mission to feature Portals.
  • The traffic is fully absent in this mission.
  • This is the only mission in Saints Row IV that involves City Takeover in Carver Island District.



If Zinyak wants a fight, we're going to bring it to him. Taking down this simulation will wreak havoc on all the Zin systems and help us locate our friends. There's plenty you can do to overload, disrupt, and generally break the whole damn thing so let's start small. I know hacking stores seems trivial, but it's a good place for us to begin. All right, get moving.
— Kinzie Kensington


Kinzie: "I think it'd be best to start at--"
Playa - Female 1: "Planet Zin. If I'm taking a store back from Zinyak, I want the one with his ugly face on it."
Playa - Female 2: "Planet Zin. If I endeavor to take a store back from Zinyak, then I want his crown jewel."
Playa - Female 3: "Planet Zin. If I'm taking back a store from Zinyak, I'm starting there on principle."
Playa - Male 1: "Planet Zin. If I'm gonna work to take a store back from Zinyak that's where I'm going first."
Playa - Male 2: "Planet Zin. If I go through the trouble of taking a store from Zinyak, I'm going high end."
Playa - Male 3: "Planet Zin. Go big or go home, am I right?"
Nolan North: "Planet Zin. If I'm gonna work to take a store back from Zinyak that's where I'm going first."
Kinzie: "Okay, good point."
— "MM02 01 Mission Start"
Playa - Female 1: "Planet Zin... And I thought "Freckle Bitch's" was tacky."
Playa - Female 2: "Planet Zin... How gauche."
Playa - Female 3: "Planet Zin... Somebody's got a high opinion of themselves."
Playa - Male 1: "Planet Zin... who names a store after themselves."
Playa - Male 2: "Planet Zin..."
Playa - Male 3: "Planet Zin... Not quite storming the Bastille, but it's a start."
Nolan North: "Planet Zin... who names a store after themselves... Dick."
Kinzie: "So you should be able to hack it from right outside the door. Good luck."
— After arriving at the store
Playa - Female 1: "Bah, Kinzie's job is easy."
Playa - Female 2: "Bah, Kinzie's job is easy."
Playa - Female 3: "Bah, Kinzie's job is easy."
Playa - Male 1: "Bah, Kinzie's job is easy."
Playa - Male 2: "Man, Kinzie's job is easy."
Playa - Male 3: "Oof, yeah. Fucking Kinzie's job's easy."
Nolan North: "Bah, Kinzie's job is easy."
— After completing hacking the store
Playa - Female 1: "Is there a cop convention I don't know about?"
Playa - Female 2: "Kinzie? Qu'est-ce que c'est?"
Playa - Female 3: "And of course, the police show up."
Playa - Male 1: "What the fuck is this shit?"
Playa - Male 2: "Hey, what the fuck?"
Playa - Male 3: "Oi, what just happened?"
Nolan North: "What the fuck is this shit?"
Kinzie: "Oops, you must've tripped the security alarm."
Playa - Female 1: "And this'll happen every time?"
Playa - Female 2: "Must this happen every time?"
Playa - Female 3: "Is this gonna happen every time I hack a store?"
Playa - Male 1: "This gonna happen every time?"
Playa - Male 2: "I gotta put up with this every time?"
Playa - Male 3: "And I can expect this every time?"
Nolan North: "Aw come on, is this gonna happen every time?"
Kinzie: "I think I can cut off the outside security program from the rest of the stores, so no, it shouldn't happen again."
Playa - Female 1: "Thank you. Now it's time to beat feet..."
Playa - Female 2: "Merci. Now to make my escape..."
Playa - Female 3: "Time to get outta here..."
Playa - Male 1: "Good. Shouldn't I be running, though?"
Playa - Male 2: "Good. Now to get the fuck out of here..."
Playa - Male 3: "Shouldn't I really be going now?"
Nolan North: "Good. Shouldn't I be running, though?"
Kinzie: "Uh... No wait, don't. I wanna see how their reaction protocols work."
Playa - Female 1: "Oh sure, 'cause it's me getting shot at."
Playa - Female 2: "You mean like shooting me full of holes?"
Playa - Female 3: "Yeah, you sit behind a computer. I'll go get shot at for your entertainment."
Playa - Male 1: "Oh yeah sure, just let me get shot at for you."
Playa - Male 2: "Oh, sure, 'cause I don't mind getting shot."
Playa - Male 3: "Oh it's my pleasure getting shot at for you."
Nolan North: "Oh sure, no problem, let me get shot at for you."
Kinzie: "Whine, whine, whine..."
— After Cops Arrive
Playa - Female 1: "Hey, did you see that, Kinzie?"
Playa - Female 2: "Are you seeing this, Kinzie?"
Playa - Female 3: "That's not good."
Playa - Male 1: "Whoa, did you see that, Kinzie?"
Playa - Male 2: "Kinzie, you catch that?"
Playa - Male 3: "Blimey! You seeing this, Kinzie?"
Nolan North: "Whoa, did you see that, Kinzie?"
Kinzie: "What?"
Playa - Female 1: "The cops changed into Zin!"
Playa - Female 2: "The gendarmes just transformed into Zin."
Playa - Female 3: "The Zin are taking over bodies!"
Playa - Male 1: "The cops just transformed into Zin."
Playa - Male 2: "The cops just turned into Zin."
Playa - Male 3: "The coppers transformed into Zin."
Nolan North: "The cops just transformed into Zin."
Kinzie: "Looks like they're stepping up security even more. Be careful."
— After Cops Transform
Playa - Female 1: "Shit, now Zin are dropping in from the sky! That's fucking cheating."
Playa - Female 2: "And now more Zin drop in out of nowhere? It is not fair."
Playa - Female 3: "Oh, come on! They can jump out of portals too? This is some bullshit!"
Playa - Male 1: "Shit, now Zin are dropping in from the sky! Hey! That's fucking cheating."
Playa - Male 2: "Aw, c'mon! Now Zin are raining down from the sky! That's fucking bullshit!"
Playa - Male 3: "More Zin dropping in like death from above!"
Nolan North: "Shit, now Zin are dropping in from the sky! That's fucking cheating."
Kinzie: "Those are access portals. You should be able to destroy them to stop more soldiers from showing up."
Playa - Female 1: "Great."
Playa - Female 2: "Excellent."
Playa - Female 3: "Sounds good."
Playa - Male 1: "Good."
Playa - Male 2: "Cool."
Playa - Male 3: "Right."
Nolan North: "Good."
— After Alien Portals start to appear
Kinzie: "Hold on, look at that gold floating robot thing. I think it's controlling the security program here."
Playa - Female 1: "Yeah, so?"
Playa - Female 2: "And... your point?"
Playa - Female 3: "And, so...?"
Playa - Male 1: "Yeah, so?"
Playa - Male 2: "So what?"
Playa - Male 3: "So?"
Nolan North: "Yeah, so?"
Kinzie: "So, if you catch the golden orb and shut it down then the Zin should no longer see you as an immediate threat."
Playa - Female 1: "Catch the golden orb? You know how stupid that sounds?"
Playa - Female 2: "Catch the golden orb? Is there a prize for this?"
Playa - Female 3: "Catch the gold ball? Am I hoppin' on a red train next? Maybe wear a jaunty hat?"
Playa - Male 1: "Catch the golden orb? Do I get points for that?"
Playa - Male 2: "Can I sell it once I catch it?"
Playa - Male 3: "Catch the golden orb? Do I need to ride a broom for this?"
Nolan North: "Catch the golden orb? Do I get points for that?"
Kinzie: "Ummm... no?"
— After the Golden CID appears
Playa - Female 1: "C'mere you little shit."
Playa - Female 2: "Come to me, you little monster."
Playa - Female 3: "Come over here, you little terror!"
Playa - Male 1: "Come here you little bastard."
Playa - Male 2: "Get your little ass over here!"
Playa - Male 3: "C'mere, you wee bastard."
Nolan North: "Come here you little bastard."
— After catching the Golden CID
Playa - Female 1: "Kinzie, I did it!"
Playa - Female 2: "Kinzie, success!"
Playa - Female 3: "Looks like it worked!"
Playa - Male 1: "Kinzie, it worked!"
Playa - Male 2: "Got it, Kinzie!"
Playa - Male 3: "Kinzie, you were right!"
Nolan North: "Kinzie, it worked!"
Kinzie: "Great! At least you have a way to get the Zin off your back now, so keep that in mind. Remember, this is only the beginning. With everything we're going to throw at Zinyak he won't know what hit him."
— After destroying the Golden CID


Playa heading to Planet Zin

Hacking the store

The ZPD attack as a result of Playa hacking Planet Zin

The Police turn into Zin as a way to improve security

The Zin use Portals as a way of dropping in more Zin reinforcements

Playa chasing down the Command C.I.D. to remove all notoriety

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  1. Mission: The Real World