How to unlock side missions in Mafia 3

Mafia 3 side missions are optional tasks you can do in order to help your underbosses. Each one of your lieutenants will have their own chain of side missions, which can help you develop your relationship, improve your mobs standing and get cool new items. They aren’t available from the start, though, so you don’t have to worry about not seeing them as soon as you start playing. In this guide, we’re going to show you how to unlock Mafia 3 side missions.

Mafia 3 Side Missions

As soon as you’ve recruited your first underboss, you’ll be able to see the objectives of their first side mission. But you won’t be able to play it. It’s most certainly a bug – the game shows it to you, but you can’t play it.

Instead, you’ll have to wait until you’ve finished your first sit-down, in the main story mission An Emotional Attachment. After you’ve calmed the passions of your lieutenants and made them promise to work with each other, each will be awarded a district of their own.

  • Burke will get Pointe Verdun, where you can start the IRA Don’t Ask carjacking side missions.
  • Cassandra will be stationed in Delray Hollow, which is where you should go to begin the .45 In My Hand chain.
  • Vito will get River Row, where you get to play a hitman in I Need a Favor.
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Completing these missions will earn you money and, more importantly, favor with your underbosses. In order to progress, you’ll have to assign a district to the lieutenant in question after a several side mission. This will unlock further quests, and let you develop your relationship even more. What’s great is that they’re tied into the broader story, so it will never feel like you’re wasting time – you’ll always be actively working towards taking down the Marcanos.

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  1. R
    Rohit Joshi

    Hello Gosunoob, I did side missions (IRA dont ask for Burke, .45 in my hand for Cassandra and Hitman – I need favor for Vito). Now after doing these 3 side missions, i captured and recruited that “Garbage Dump” district and his lieutenant to Burke. Now after all this i was further expecting side missions from Burke, but they never popped on map, infact still under “Assets” menu the 3 under-bosses has 3 district each which are assigned to them as a part of story. As per me Burke should had 02 districts. Is it a bug or it will show once i further progress? One thing to add i didn’t assigned Garbage Dump district to Burke via sit-down option because i never got this option, i got this only once during “Emotional Attachment” mission. Is something wrong or bug in game?

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      Gosu No0b

      Hi Joshi, in order to get 2 additional side missions from Burke, you have to assign district to Burke through sit-down option. You need to conquer a district first, then you get sit-down option. You can take a look at this guide: How to Assign Districts in Mafia 3 –

  2. J

    The colors for the story missions what do they mean. For story missions the colors are either yellow and then a pink/or rose gold kind of color. The side mission I get as those relate to your underbosses but just wondering about the story missions.

  3. P

    Idk if it’s just me but I’ve found out the hard way that if you run the bought on land while doing the weed smuggling missions or die before killing your target while doing Vito’s hitman missions then they appear to be gone forever. I died on vito’s mission cause i didn’t pause the game and now it isn’t available to complete. The same happened with Emanuel after hitting an island with the boat.

  4. P

    Here’s an update. Suppose I should’ve tried this before posting. Regarding the issue with Vito’s “I need a Favor” mission, i completely exited the game. Took the disk out, hit start on it, hit quit, inserted disk. Upon starting it again, doing the mission was again an option. Idk if it matters but I went and talked to Vito before taking out the game, so that’s where i started after continuing. With the Weed Smuggling mission, nothing helped and i had to start a new game to use Cassandra at her full potential.

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