Three Kings
Three Kings mission complete
"Three Kings" mission completion screen


Story arc

3rd Street Saints (prologue)




Compton, Kenshin, Hammerhead, Shaft


Marked: 9. Minimum kills: 0

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(The Brotherhood story arc)
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(The Ronin story arc)

"Three Kings" is the fourth mission in Saints Row 2.

Stilwater Gazette newspaper headline


As they remove the dead bodies from the newly established Saints Hideout, Playa and Johnny Gat discuss forming the crew. Playa remembers Carlos, and Gat notes two people he met when he was in jail, but warns that Playa needs to prove themselves first.[1]

After recruiting Shaundi, Carlos, and Pierce, they return to the Saints Hideout to find Gat canonizing some new recruits. In a scene reminiscent of the "Divide and Conquer" cutscene in the Saints Row mission "Reclamation", Playa takes charge and gives a short speech on wiping out all three opposing gangs and retaking Stilwater. They assign Pierce to handle The Ronin, Shaundi to handle the Sons of Samedi, and Carlos to handle The Brotherhood. With the mission finished, the player is given their first real choice in the game: what gang do they want to take out first?[2]


The following text has been transcribed verbatim from the game files.
Upon completion of the mission, it is available in-game at Newspaper Clipboards.

Apparently, it has all been leading up to this. It began with a presumably benign prison break, but it has ended with the resurrection of the dreaded Third Street Saints. Residents have reported multiple sightings of the purple clad crew roaming the area, doing anything and everything to impress possible recruits -- from gang related killings to dangerous joyriding. The gang has kept relatively quiet, but we at the Stilwater Gazette can only assume this is indeed just the calm before the storm.


Three Kings - Jumps Hit counter
Go to the Suburbs

There are three lieutenants located in the Suburbs District to be recruited into the 3rd Street Saints. They can be completed in any order, and each of them introduce a different gameplay mechanic.

A Kenshin and Compton are parked outside of the Saints Hideout, in addition to whatever vehicle was parked there before beginning the mission.

Recruit Lieutenants for the Saints

When playing the mission in co-op, both players must be together to start each lieutenant's request.

Hit the jumps

Shaundi is standing beside two Hammerheads, but any vehicle can be used. She directs Playa to three Stunt Jumps nearby. Players only need to drive through the corona to complete the jump; landing the jump isn't all too important. Doing these correctly completes three Stunt Jumps. The first Stunt Jump is surrounded by water with only two thin pathways leading to it, and players who get ahead of themselves may end up quickly driving into the water to find themselves without a car.

The jumps cannot be triggered without Shaundi in the vehicle, although the coronas are still visible.

After completing all 3 jumps, Shaundi exits the vehicle and just stands in place.

In co-op, both players must either be in a 4 seater car with Shaundi, or complete each jump in separate cars.

Shaundi is satisfied. Find another Lieutenant
Use the tow truck to tow the car

Carlos requires the player get in the Shaft with him and drive west to Mourning Woods Cemetery, where the player must repossess a Reaper from Ramon, a character who owes Carlos money. Once the vehicle is hitched, the player must tow it back to where they met Carlos. Although this isn't a long distance away, there is an incredible difference in the handling of the vehicle. Ultimately, this section serves to introduce the Tow Truck Diversion.

The Reaper spawns when Carlos is approached, but cannot be stolen until after delivering it. Carlos speaks when inside any vehicle, and pauses if the vehicle is exited.

In Co-op, two tow trucks are provided, and there is a second vehicle to repossess, a Buffalo located in the Trailer Park.

Carlos is satisfied. Find another Lieutenant
Kill the Ronin

Pierce simply wants to kill nearby Ronin. There are only nine of them to kill spread over three different locations, but they won't put up much of a fight.

Pierce is satisfied. Find another Lieutenant

The mission ends once all three lieutenants have been recruited.


  • One Follower ability unlocked


Main article: Newscasts
MUS SHARED 00061 News update (Down Payment)
Jane Valderamma: "Like Saint Nick stuffing candies in a child's shoe, an annonomus individual hid goodies of a different sort in the Stilwater River. This morning bodies of several homeless as well as those belonging to astreet gang known as "The Sons of Samedi" were found floating down the coast. Could this be a bloody portend of things to come? Only time will tell. I'm Jane Valderamma, channel 6 news."


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The Stilwater Gazette newspaper clipping from the completion screen and Newspaper Clipboard.

  • In the opening cutscene, before Playa leaves the Saints Hideout, Johnny Gat asks them what kind of gang they want, although a choice is never presented.[1][3] This may have originally been an introduction to Gang Customization.
  • In single player, Carlos asks Playa to repossess a Reaper, and when he is later unlocked as a Homie after completing "Red Asphalt" and calling Eye for an Eye, he drives one.
  • The speech Playa delivers at the end of the mission[2] pays homage to the speech Julius Little gave at the end of the mission "Reclamation" in Saints Row as there are many similarities, though a few smaller ones may just be coincidences:
    • Both start the speech by stating that they have "some serious shit to discuss".
    • The first lieutenant the leader assigns to a gang is African American (Dex, Los Carnales/Pierce, Ronin).
    • The first lieutenant assigned to the second gang (Troy, Vice Kings/Shaundi, Sons of Samedi) questions it, prompting the leader to reply with "Fuck you say?"
    • The lieutenant working on the second gang (Johnny Gat, Vice Kings/Shaundi, Sons of Samedi) gets kidnapped and rescued in a mission (Green With Envy/Veteran Child (Mission)).
    • The lieutenant assigned to the third gang (Lin, Westside Rollerz/Carlos, Brotherhood) later dies in a mission (Liberation/Red Asphalt) and after completing that gang's storyline, can be unlocked as a zombie homie (Zombie Lin/Zombie Carlos).
    • The third gang (Westside Rollerz/Brotherhood) has Donnie as a member.
    • Both end the speech by saying "Once you're done here go talk to one of these guys. They'll have something for you to do. It's our time now. Let's get this shit started".
  • The conversation with each lieutenant after completing their task is different depending on whether they are the last to be recruited. There is also unused dialogue indicating the the mission was originally to have ended by driving back to the Saints Hideout, and whichever lieutenant was last to be recruited gives a speech revealing more of their background.


"Hiring Rush" cutsceneEdit

Johnny Gat: "Ya know, this ain't exactly what I had in mind for my day..."
Playa: "We gotta clean this place out."
Playa (Male 2): "Yo, we gotta clean this place out."
Johnny Gat: "Yo, I'm not a fuckin' janitor..."
Playa: "No shit, you're a goddamn diva."
Johnny Gat: "Come on, this is the kinda shit people who just got canonized should have to do."
Playa: "Good idea, we'll just ask some of the crew for help: (Looks at dead body) Hey buddy, wanna help? No? (Looks up at Gat) Looks like we're doin' this ourselves."
Playa (Male 2): "Good idea, we'll just ask some of the crew for help. Hey buddy, wanna help? No? Looks like we're doin' this ourselves."
Johnny Gat: "That's my point. We can't really run a gang if we don't have, ya know, A FUCKING GANG."
Playa: "You said it yourself, most of the old crew are either dead or busted by Troy... we're gonna have to start fresh."
Playa: "You said it yourself; most of the old crew are either dead or busted by Troy...we're gonna have to start fresh."
Playa (Male 2): "You said it yourself, most of the old crew are either dead or busted by Troy...we're gonna have to start fresh."
Johnny Gat: "Yeah, well let's get on that, 'cause I'm done moppin' up blood."
Playa: "This kid Carlos helped me bust out, he seems alright but we're gonna need more...whatchu thinkin'?"
Johnny Gat: "Yo, I met some people in jail who might work, let me make some calls. Once I find out where these bitches are you're gonna have to show them that you're the real deal though....they won't just follow anybody."
Playa: "It won't be a problem."
Johnny Gat: "Hey, before you go, what sort of crew you lookin' for?"
— "Hiring Rush" cutscene



Hey I'm Shaundi, whaddya say you show me what you can do in that thing?
— Shaundi, upon meeting her

Good times, good times...whenever you're getting everyone together let me know, I'd love to roll with you guys.
— Shaundi, after completing the jumps if there are other lieutenants remaining

Playa: "Whatchu say we go meet the rest of the boys Shaundi?"
Shaundi: "Good times, let's go..."
— After completing the jumps if Shaundi is the final lieutenant

Shaundi: "Why don't you try drivin' the wrong way?"
Shaundi: "I bet this heap can get some air, let's find a jump?"
Shaundi: "How close you think you can get to that car?"
Shaundi: "Pull the handbrake and take some corners..."
Shaundi: "Good times, let's go..."
— Shaundi, unused Driving Stunt objectives

Back when I was in jail Johnny and I set up a pruno ring. The stuff had a 20% chance of makin' ya go blind, but man did it have this great oak-y flavor ya know what I mean? Well, ya probably don't 'cause you were in a coma but you get what I'm sayin'. The point is that I was the only person who could make the stuff without killin' somebody, so I'd handle the pruno and Johnny would just beat the hell outta people until they'd buy from's was pretty cool...
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— Shaundi, unused dialogue from cut drive to Saints Hideout


I'd love to help the Saints but first I need you to do me a favor...a deadbeat friend of mine owes me money. Can you help me repossess his car?
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— Carlos, upon meeting him

Carlos: "How ya been?"
Playa: "Busy..."
Carlos: "Yeah, I heard what you did at Johnny's trial..."
Playa (Male): "I couldn't let my boy fry. You know Gat from jail?"
Playa (Female): "I couldn't let him fry. You know Gat from jail?"
Carlos: "Ya know I saw Johnny in prison once...he didn't look like a really happy guy..."
Playa: "He's happy enough when he's killing somebody...seriously though, he's a good guy, just don't piss him off."
— Driving with Carlos
Carlos makes a phone call
Carlos: "Hey Ramon, what's up?"
Carlos: "Listen I don't got a lotta time I was just calling to let you know that I stole your car."
Carlos: "Are you there? Great. Here's the deal, if you don't want your car cubed I really suggest you pay me what you owe to ya later Ramon."
— While towing the car

Carlos: "So am I in the Saints?"
Playa: "Yeah, you're in, Carlos...I'll meet you at the old mission."
Carlos: "See ya then..."
— After dropping off the car if there are other lieutenants remaining
Playa: "Aight Carlos, let's go home.."
Carlos: "I can't wait to meet the rest of the gang..."
— After dropping off the car if Carlos is the final lieutenant

So where you want me to meet you and Gat?
— Carlos, unused dialogue

Carlos: "So you're actually putting the crew back together huh?"
Carlos: "Hell yeah...but first let's kick it to Technically Legal, I haven't had a chance to relax since we busted out."
— Unused dialogue from start of mission

When Julius formed the Saints, my brother was one of the first to join up. He wasn't as smart as Dex, or as tough as Johnny, but he was loyal. He believed in the Saints enough to die trying to defend their church. The Saints need to reclaim this city because I don't my brother to have died for nothing.
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— Carlos, unused dialogue from cut drive to Saints Hideout


Sup, I'm Pierce, if I'm gonna run with you I wanna see you fuck some Ronin' up...
— Pierce, upon meeting him

Pierce: "I'm definitely down for bein' with your crew."
Playa: "Good, meet me at the abandoned mission house."
Pierce: "I'll be there."
— After killing the Ronin if there are other lieutenants remaining
Playa: "You ready to meet the rest of the Saints, Pierce?"
Pierce: "Aight, let's do it..."
— After killing the Ronin if Pierce is the final lieutenant

Playa: "So what's your deal?"
Pierce: "My deal is that I'm the total package. You need someone shot? I can do it. You need someone to stratagize? I can do it. You need to score court side tickets? I can do it. Ya know what the only thing I can't do is? Be stopped. (Beat) or figure out how to play pai gon poker, cause that shit don't make a damn bit of sense."
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— Unused dialogue from cut drive to Saints Hideout

"Welcome to the Third Street Saints" cutsceneEdit

Playa: "What the hell is going on?"
Johnny Gat: "I had to do some canonizing. Hold up..."
Johnny Gat: "'re next."
3rd Street Saints gang member: "Wait, what?"
Johnny Gat: "Sorry 'bout that."
Protagonist: "Where'd you find these guys?"
Johnny Gat: "Like I said, I made some calls..."
Carlos: "You guys actually hang out down here?"
Shaundi: "I dunno...add a flat screen, some throw pillows and a hookah and this place would be alright."
Pierce: "You definitely need a stripper pole in this bitch."
Johnny Gat: "Definitely."
Carlos: "Yeah."
Playa: "Oh yeah."
Shaundi: "So whatta we do now?"
Johnny Gat: "We listen."
Playa: "Alright, everybody listen up, we got some serious shit to discuss. The Saints used to own Stilwater and it seems like the only muthafucka's that remember that is me and Gat. I think it's time we give those other crews a wake up call."
Playa: "Now I ain't gonna lie, a lotta shit's changed since I've been outta the game, so I'm gonna need some help. Pierce, you're on the Ronin. I wanna know who's callin' the shots and what businesses they're running."
Pierce: "Done."
Playa: "Shaundi, you got the Sons of Samedi."
Shaundi: "It's gotta be them?"
Playa: "Fuck you say?"
Shaundi: "It's cool...I...I got this."
Playa: "Carlos..."
Carlos: "The Brotherhood, I'm on it."
Playa: "'Aight. Once we're done here talk to one of these guys...they'll have something for you to do. It's our time now...let's get this shit started."
— "Welcome to the Third Street Saints" cutscene

3rd Street Saints gang member: "Absolutely..."
3rd Street Saints gang member: "Yep..."
3rd Street Saints gang member: "Yeah..."
3rd Street Saints gang member: "Nice..."
— Unsorted from cutscene


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Cutscene: Hiring Rush
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cutscene: Welcome to the Third Street Saints
  3. Image:
    Three Kings - Gat asks Playa what sort of crew he is looking for

    Gat asks Playa what sort of crew he is looking for

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