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The player uses a Crusader in Wave 1 of Survival.

Survival is a Diversion in Saints Row: The Third.[1] In Saints Row IV, it is known as Virus Injection.

Once you have the Crusader tank in your garage, Survival missions become much easier.
IGN[2]

Saints Row: The Third[]

First revealed in IGN's video preview highlighting STAG's Crusader tank,[1] Survival tasks players with surviving an onslaught of enemies over three to nine waves. Each wave requires the player to survive a certain amount of time or kill a specific amount of enemies. Players may not stray too far from where they started the Diversion.

When on foot, not in combat and not in a mission or activity, someone can call Playa and inform him that some gang is attacking some location and that Playa should go and help protect the location. At that point a marker will appear on the map. The player is still free to start a usual mission or activity, or to save the game. Saving does not remove the marker, but reloading that saved game will. The player may use homies to complete a Survival. If the player takes too long to get to the marker it will disappear, but there is usually enough time to drive a tank to the location.

Survivals include battles with the Steelport Police, Morningstar, Luchadores, Deckers, Mascots, Zombies and Bikers. Brutes appear as part of the onslaught for the three gangs and the zombies. Playa is granted Cash and Respect for killing enemies and completing each wave.

Availability[]

There are 26 Survivals in total. 24 Survivals are available after We're Going to Need Guns. One more unlocks after Party Time and the final one becomes available after Zombie Attack.

  • Before completing all missions, no Survival calls repeat after being completed.
  • After completing all missions, all Survival calls repeat, regardless of completion status.
  • The only way to avoid unwanted repetition is to complete all Survivals before completing all missions.
  • There is no way to stop random Survival calls after completing all missions.

Allies[]

Allies will spawn at a distance of 80-150.

  • On Easy, Allies will drive a Bootlegger, containing 2 allies
  • On Medium, Allies will drive a Infuego, containing 3 allies
  • On Hard, Allies will drive a Criminal, containing 4 allies
  • Call 13, 20 Easy and Call 21 have one extra Ally
  • Call 07 Medium and Call 16 have one less Ally
  • Call 26 has no Allies

Tips[]

  • Showing up in a Crusader or Challenger tank is an easy way to complete a Survival. In Saints Row: The Third, a homie can be recruited to man a laser gun on the Crusader, adding extra firepower.
  • In some time based survivals one tank may be not last long enough. Additional tanks can be called using the Tank Homie or Vehicle Delivery abilities.
  • It is also possible to reinforce a tank with the vehicle customization glitch making incoming damage irrelevant in all cases.
  • It is possible to complete the easier Survivals with a helicopter or VTOL but the player will have to stay close to the ground or the Survival will cancel.
  • In the final Zombie survival there are no enemies with ranged weapons. This offers an opportunity to get the Headshot Challenge statistic up while safely standing on a low rooftop.

Calls[]

# Gang Location Phone call
01 Police Yearwood
South of Murderbrawl Arena
Got an idea. You piss off the cops, I'll set up a camcorder and catch it on tape. Then we send it to them as a "fuck you".
02 Police
(Mascots)
New Baranec
Let's Pretend
Mascots! They're gathering at the costume shop! It's... it's how they make more of their kind! You gotta guard the store until the big sale's over!
03 Luchadores Bridgeport
Hospital
We got a problem! The Luchadores are comin' after our boys, can you help?
04 Luchadores Arapice Island
North of Rim Jobs
Hey... I got an inside tip if you wanna take out some Luchadores... They spar down at the chem plant about this time... Bet you'd catch 'em off-guard.
05 Luchadores
(Bikers)
Espina
Near Rusty's Needle
You think you're tough, huh? Callin' you out! Meet 'em at the spot and we'll see who walks away.
06 Police Ashwood
East of Image As Designed
Hey. You didn't hear it from me, but the cops are holdin' a Policeman's Ball. Bet breakin' that up would help the Saints.
07 Police Salander
Between Planet Saints and Friendly Fire
The Saints would be ratings gold for FUZZ! Stir up trouble for the cops at our filming location, and we'll cut you a slice of the profit.
08 Deckers Ashwood
South east of Nobody Loves Me
Some new phone or some shit just went on sale, and Deckers are all over the store. Might be a good time to drop a few.
09 Deckers Ashwood
West of Rim Jobs
I saw some Deckers messing with the cable lines a couple blocks over... said they were gonna hack 'the Saints' book', whatever that is. Thought there may be a reward for the tip?
10 Deckers Burns Hill
South of Meth Lab
Yeah, listen. Just heard about a Decker rave going on. Figured you may wanna do something.
11 Morningstar Camano Place
Leather & Lace
My aniversary's coming up and I need some toys, but Morningstar's buying out all the good stuff from Leather & Lace! You have to stop them!
12 Morningstar Rosen Oaks
Near Gang Operation
The Morningstar are trying to kidnap my sister for one of their whore-houses! You gotta help me, please!
13 Morningstar Rosen Oaks
Friendly Fire
I just saw a whole bunch of those Morningstar guys go into Friendly Fire. They were talking about going after the Saints!
14 Police Camano Place
South of Friendly Fire
20 years on the force and STILL no promotion! I got a little cash banked, and it's yours if you get rid of some of my competion down at the precinct.
15 Police Wesley Cutter Intl
Word is a big shipment of weapons is comin' in to the airport. Draw all the security your way for a while, the Saints could get first pick to sell.
16 Luchadores Port Pryor
East side
I've seen the Luchadores fight dozens of guys at once without breaking a sweat. Doubt you'd even last two seconds, brother.
17 Police
(Luchadores)
Loren Square
North east of Friendly Fire
The Luchadores use Rusty's Needle as a front for distributing their steroids. I heard a big shipments' coming through there right about now.
18 Luchadores The Grove
North west of Image As Designed
Those damn Luchadores stole my 'roids! I'd stop 'em myself but I can't without my pills!
19 Police Brickston
West of Red Onion Herb Dispensary
The police are always in our shit, and we can't get nothin' done! Maybe you can thin them out a bit.
20 Deckers Salander
Planet Saints
The Deckers are raiding Planet Saints, and seems they've paid the cops to look the other way. We gotta take care of the problem ourselves.
21 Morningstar Sunset Park
Saints HQ
Those Syndicate assholes don't know when to quit! They're attacking our crib, and we need help drivin' them off!
22 Police Loren Square
North west corner of Luchador tower
Hey, my friend, there was some rioting after the Stilwater Benefit concert and the cops were just hatin' man, no love, just bustin' heads. How 'bout the Saints go down there and make 'em fuckin' pay for breaking that shit up?
23 Morningstar Henry Steel Mills
Image As Designed
Can the Saints help us? We didn't pay our protection money and now the Morningstar's going to raid the store! We'll make it worth your while!
24 Morningstar Loren Square
South East of Fill-Her-Up Super Toy Shop
I can't believe someone's organized a pro-Syndicate rally downtown! You gonna put a stop to that shit or what?
25 Morningstar Henry Steel Mills
South of Pickpocket Pawn Shop
We heard about what Zimos is doing about unionizing the girls and we want in...but you gotta take out the Morningstar watching us first...
26 Luchadores - Zombie Arapice Island
We're near the chem plant surrounded by... holy shit, they're zombies, man! We can't hold them off for long, we need help! Ahhhh, get off me...!

Levels[]

  • Wave - the number of waves in the Survival location
  • Goal - the number of enemies, or seconds
  • Allies - the percentage chance of allies spawning
  • $ - the amount of Cash awarded
  • Respect - the amount of Respect awarded
Wave 1 Wave 2 Wave 3 Wave 4 Wave 5 Wave 6 Wave 7 Wave 8 Wave 9
Wave Diff Unl Type W G A $ R G A $ R G A $ R G A $ R G A $ R G A $ R G A $ R G A $ R G A $ R
01A01 Easy01Easy m03 Time 4 45 0 60 30 90 10 180 90 45 40 120 60 30 80 75 40
01B01 Medium01Medium m03 Time 6 45 0 90 45 90 10 270 135 45 40 180 90 15 80 150 75 30 40 60 30 30 0 45 25
01C01 Hard01Hard m03 Time 7 45 0 120 60 120 10 360 180 60 40 240 120 30 80 150 75 30 40 120 60 30 10 90 45 30 0 60 30
02A02 Easy02Easy m03 Time 4 15 0 15 10 45 5 120 60 90 10 180 90 60 40 120 60
02B02 Medium02Medium m03 Time 4 15 0 15 10 45 5 240 120 120 10 360 180 120 40 480 240
02C02 Hard02Hard m03 Time 5 15 0 15 10 45 0 240 120 120 0 360 180 105 40 480 240 90 80 600 300
03A03 Easy03Easy m03 Kills 5 3 0 60 30 8 20 150 75 5 40 120 60 5 80 150 75 5 0 90 45
03B03 Medium03Medium m03 Kills 7 3 0 60 30 8 20 150 75 8 40 200 100 5 80 150 75 8 40 120 60 5 0 90 45 3 0 60 30
03C03 Hard03Hard m03 Kills 7 3 0 60 30 13 20 240 120 10 40 200 100 5 80 250 125 8 40 200 100 8 0 150 75 3 0 60 30
04A04 Easy04Easy m03 Kills 5 3 0 30 15 5 5 60 30 8 10 90 45 5 40 120 60 3 80 150 75
04B04 Medium04Medium m03 Kills 5 3 0 30 15 5 0 60 30 8 5 150 75 5 40 200 100 3 80 250 125
04C04 Hard04Hard m03 Kills 5 3 0 30 15 5 0 60 30 10 0 240 120 8 40 320 160 5 80 250 125
05A05 Easy05Easy m03 Kills 5 3 0 60 30 5 0 90 45 5 40 120 60 5 60 135 65 5 80 150 75
05B05 Medium05Medium m03 Kills 7 3 0 60 30 3 0 75 40 5 0 90 45 8 0 105 55 8 40 120 60 8 60 135 65 5 80 250 125
05C05 Hard05Hard m03 Kills 7 3 0 60 30 3 0 125 65 5 0 150 75 8 0 175 90 10 40 200 100 10 60 225 115 10 80 250 125
06A06 Easy06Easy m03 Kills 6 3 0 50 25 8 20 90 45 8 40 200 100 5 80 150 75 5 40 120 60 5 0 90 45
06B06 Medium06Medium m03 Kills 6 3 0 30 15 8 20 150 75 8 40 200 100 5 80 250 125 8 40 200 100 8 0 150 75
06C06 Hard06Hard m03 Kills 6 3 0 30 15 8 20 150 75 10 40 320 160 8 80 400 200 10 40 320 160 8 0 150 75
07A07 Easy07Easy m03 Kills 5 3 0 60 30 8 0 150 75 5 40 120 60 5 80 150 75 5 80 150 75
07B07 Medium07Medium m03 Kills 5 3 0 60 30 10 0 240 120 8 40 200 100 5 80 150 75 8 40 200 100
07C07 Hard07Hard m03 Kills 6 3 0 60 30 10 0 240 120 8 40 320 160 5 80 250 125 8 40 320 160 8 0 150 75
08A08 Easy08Easy m03 Kills 3 8 20 200 100 5 40 225 115 5 80 250 125
08B08 Medium08Medium m03 Kills 3 10 25 320 160 8 40 360 180 5 80 400 200
08C08 Hard08Hard m03 Kills 3 13 30 400 200 10 40 450 225 8 80 500 250
09A09 Easy09Easy m03 Kills 6 3 0 30 15 5 10 60 30 5 10 90 45 3 40 120 60 3 80 150 75 5 10 90 45
09B09 Medium09Medium m03 Kills 6 3 0 30 15 8 10 100 50 8 10 150 75 5 40 200 100 3 80 250 125 10 10 240 120
09C09 Hard09Hard m03 Kills 6 3 0 30 15 8 10 100 50 10 10 240 120 8 40 320 160 5 80 400 200 13 10 300 150
10A10 Easy10Easy m03 Time 5 30 0 30 15 60 0 135 70 45 40 180 90 30 80 150 75 45 40 180 90
10B10 Medium10Medium m03 Time 5 30 0 30 15 90 0 180 90 75 40 240 120 60 80 300 150 75 40 240 120
10C10 Hard10Hard m03 Time 5 30 0 30 15 120 0 270 135 105 40 360 180 90 80 450 225 105 40 360 180
11A11 Easy11Easy m03 Kills 4 5 0 60 30 5 5 90 45 8 40 320 160 3 80 150 75
11B11 Medium11Medium m03 Kills 4 5 5 60 30 10 15 240 120 13 40 520 260 5 80 400 200
11C11 Hard11Hard m03 Kills 4 5 15 60 30 15 25 390 145 18 40 720 360 10 80 650 325
12A12 Easy12Easy m03 Kills 4 5 0 60 30 15 10 390 195 8 40 320 160 3 80 150 75
12B12 Medium12Medium m03 Kills 4 5 0 60 30 10 15 240 120 13 40 520 260 5 80 400 200
12C12 Hard12Hard m03 Kills 5 5 0 60 30 10 0 240 120 13 40 520 260 10 80 650 325 13 40 520 260
13A13 Easy13Easy m03 Kills 5 5 0 60 30 5 5 90 45 3 40 120 60 3 80 150 75 5 10 90 45
13B13 Medium13Medium m03 Kills 6 5 0 60 30 10 5 240 120 8 40 320 160 3 80 150 75 3 40 120 60 5 15 90 45
13C13 Hard13Hard m03 Kills 6