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The PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) is a piece of equipment in the Just Cause game series.
Just Cause (1) map legend

Map legend (JC1, PC).

Common descriptionEdit

It's a device used by some secret agents, which functions as the in-game options menu. It can be used to call in an extraction or heavy drop in times of need, shows statistics and provides a detailed map with location markers, race markers, mission trigger points and other items of interest.

Features (JC)Edit

In the PC version it freezes the game and the PDA is a small pop-up window. In the PS2 version the PDA has its own menu, accessed with the SELECT button.

Features (JC2)Edit

  • Map of Panau.
    • Showing the borders of the faction territories.
    • Conditions and locations of all "discovered" settlements.
    • Race locations and basic data.
    • Mission locations.
  • Setting way-points to the map (a GPS type of feature).
  • Incoming news through the Panau Broadcasting Company.
  • Information about the main characters of the game.
  • A list of all vehicles, with updated markings for the ones you've driven.
  • Extraction.
  • Chaos points.
  • Money.
  • Approximate amount of progress needed to unlock the next missions and Black Market items.
  • The number of collectible items that you have, left over from the last time you upgraded any weapons and vehicles.
  • Statistics.

Other info (JC2)Edit

  • The PDA is known to use digital memory cards, which might be equipped with a beacon, because they can be located from a distance.
  • It can be taken apart and bugged in under a minute, while the device is at the same time downloading info. This is evident at the end of the mission Casino Bust when Karl Blaine asks Rico for his PDA to add info about the faction leaders. Blaine enters his mansion, downloads the info onto the PDA's memory card and gives it back to Rico within a minute.
  • It can wirelessly download info from laptops as seen during multiple faction missions, like Mile High Club, Siphoning Gas, Clear Skies and possibly more.
  • The Ular Boys civilian business associate Portuguese Pete is known to have owned a PDA.
  • The government pilot in the mission Airport Troubles is known to have owned a PDA.
  • It can be set to automatically shut down when the owner dies, as was the case with Portuguese Pete.
  • Sri Irawan believes that "gastric juice" and "bile", as found in a rectum when a person dies, might ruin the PDA.
  • All Panauan faction leaders are aware, but not amazed by the PDAs abilities, which means that the Personal Digital Assistant is a pretty common device in the fictional Just Cause universe. Possibly similarly to "smartphones" in reality.
  • The JC2 variant of the PDA has a 3D map. This can be seen when looking at the mountains and moving east to west, or north to south.
  • Unrealistically, the PDA still functions after the EMP on Hantu Island destroys a boat or plane that Rico was using. In a real situation, the PDA would be completely useless and worth nothing.

Just Cause 3Edit

In JC3 the PDA is called "commlink". The Agency is said to have given these to all rebels.

Different pre-announcement leaked screenshots show the PDA completely differently. In some it was displayed on screen over Rico, as a pop-up window that breaks the fourth wall and in some it was an in-game hologram, projected by the Grappler. The new grappler has a curved and presumably flexible screen on it. The screen shows an outdated PDA design that was seen on some of the leaked screenshots. A full-size plastic replica of the grappler, that was a part of the "collectors edition" of the game, has that same image as used in-game. See Cut game content from Just Cause 3 for more about this.

The final design of the interactable PDA is similar to that of JC2 in the sense that it works like a pause menu with none of the game being visible from the edges.


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