I have just completed The Cayo Perico Heist and wanted to start another heist from the Kosatka, but I got this message:

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The setup cost for The Cayo Perico Heist is $25000. Setting up now will set the heist to Hard Mode. Do you wish to proceed?

Apparently, there is a cooldown period before the heist switches back to normal mode from hard mode. How long does this cooldown last? And does it count down even when I'm not playing GTA Online? For example, if I quit the game right after finishing the heist, will I still have to wait for the cooldown to end when I log back in?


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I think it is 1 in-game day (48 minutes IRL). THIS IS NOT CERTAIN INFORMATION. But I suggest doing the heist in hard mode. You have 1 extra fingerprint on each door, and that's it. And you get 10% more from the primary target (90–160k).

  • Does this mean that if I quit GTA Online just after finishing the heist, the next time I log back in to GTA Online, I'd have to wait 1 in-game day before it reverts back to normal mode? Commented Dec 22, 2020 at 3:28
  • Not true. Right now supposedly there's a glitch that it doesn't give you 10% more, and I just did it on hard mode and I don't think it gave me 10% more, I'm pretty sure it said $1.3, and I got $1.3 exactly what it said, cuz if it was 10% more it would've been $1.4. They'll probably fix this in the next patch. Hopefully they'll give us our extra 10% then also. Commented Dec 25, 2020 at 3:35

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