- After the the ability to have Homies is unlocked, circles will appear in the top right corner of the HUD, to the left of the Health/Weapon section.
- There will be up to three circles, as there can be up to three Followers at once. When a Homie is recruited, their face will be displayed within the circle, along with their current health, which is shown a red quarter-circle.
- In the first Saints Row, the Unlockable Natural Leader allows the player to recruit Homies; it is unlocked three times throughout the game and allows the player to recruit one more maximum Homie at a time each time it is unlocked, up to three maximum Homies at a time. The ability is unlocked for the first time after completing the mission "Canonized", and a further two times after claiming 25% and 50% of Stilwater's Neighborhoods.
- There are three main types of Homies: mission, unlockable and "wannabes" (generic gang members); but they will act essentially the same.
- When followers lose all their health, they will pass out and there is a 30 second countdown to revive them, which can be done by standing over them and pressing action.
- When entering a 2 seat car with more than 1 Homie, any other Followers will enter a second car. The same applies with a motorbike, although Homies are only capable of controlling one extra vehicle, so having four 1-seat motorbikes does not work.
- All 3rd Street Saints gang members can be recruited by pressing Up on the D-pad. However, they will become hostile when attacked and cannot be recruited.
- Wannabes can be found walking around owned hoods, or hanging out in owned Cribs. They can have different apparel styles depending on how they are customized at the Saints Hideout. Some can be found driving the streets in cars in Saints colors. If recruited, they will stop immediately and either follow The Protagonist.
- While Wannabes are stronger than normal Civilians, they are considerably weaker than Special Homies. As with all civilians, non-recruited gang members may carry food, alcohol or blunts which the player can pick up after they are dropped.
- During some missions and activities, a character may be assigned to help The Protagonist, or to be protected. Normal Follower rules apply, and they can be revived if they lose all Health.
- During a mission, if the timer runs out for reviving a mission critical Homie, the mission be fail. This failure timer can be used to trigger a Glitch which allows exiting out of a mission without a failure screen.
- It is not possible to use a Mission Homie as a Human Shield.
- Special Homies are Homies that are unlocked and added to the Cell phone throughout the game. These homies can only be recruited via the "Homies" menu of the cellphone. When they're called, they will spawn in their own vehicle and drive to the player, and are automatically recruited when they exit their vehicle. They have more health than regular homies and take a longer time to faint. However, attacking them mid-battle will give the message "(homie) has been dismissed!" After a homie has died or been dismissed, they cannot be called again for a certain period of time. It is only possible to call the number of Homies that can be recruited - up to 3 once all follower slots have been unlocked.
- It is also possible to instantly kill a Special Homie if they are dismissed while passed out.
- There is a glitch which allows the player to enter a car as a passenger, with the car being driven by a Homie. It also works with entering civilian cars and cop cars.
- It is usually possible to do this by entering the car as they exit it. When trying to steal a police car as the cops are jumping out, The Protagonist can end up sitting in the back seat. Note that the police will not get back in the car when there are Notoriety stars.
- It is possible do with normal civilians, sometimes after colliding with their car they will stop and get out, and it is possible to get into the car as a passenger as they are exiting or re-entering their car. This glitch does not happen with non-saints when pressing the Enter/Action button while standing on the car, and will cause The Protagonist to fall through the car.
Steps for having a homie drive
- Must be able to recruit at least one homie.
- Find a homie driving a car.
- Recruit the homie.
- Dismiss him after he gets out of the car.
- Wait for the homie to head for the car door.
- Press the Enter button button after he has opened the door, but before he is fully inside the car, and The Protagonist will warp into the passenger seat.
- With Homies, it is generally possible to press the Enter button button while standing on top of the car, but only if the homie is already halfway into the car. Too early or too soon will enter as a driver.
- At this point, the homie can be recruited again.
- This will only last until he chooses to get out, which will automatically make The Protagonist exit the vehicle. Occasionally, The Protagonist will also automatically be put back inside of the car if he gets back in.
- It is possible to recruit two other homies who will also ride in the car if it can seat 4. With a 2 seat car, they will steal a second car and follow.
- Since this is a glitch and not a real function, it is not possible to choose where he will drive and he will drive on his own accord.
- There are unconfirmed reports that a recruited homie driver will follow a blue mission path. This will not happen in Saints Row: The Third.
- During the Saint's Row: The Third mission "Learning Computer" it is possible to use this glitch to man the machine gun on the tank.
- There is a glitch that allows recruiting police as homies while playing co-op.
- After starting a co-op game of FUZZ, the host must eject the disk.
- Save when prompted.
- It is also possible to do this with the BEAT cop uniform from the dlc Ultor Exposed.
The cops should now appear with a green cross and are recruitable like normal Homies, and Saints will appear as enemies. This also affects Ultor Masako, FBI, SWAT, Ultor guards, prison guards, and armored vehicle drivers.
There is a glitch in Saints Row: The Third on PC, which causes Homies to be unavailable, this can be solved by editing the saved game file in Notepad.
If the player can only summon one Homie and is playing in co-op they will be unable to summon Homies, as the second player in co-op counts as a Homie.
Homie conversations Edit
In Saints Row: The Third, when the player has certain Homies with them, they may briefly converse with one another. The dialogue may highlight the characters' opinions of each other, their past, or simply serve to add some humor.
|First character||Second character||Conversation|
- Taunting female Wannabes, some may say "Why haven't you called me?" or "Did the sex mean anything to you?"
- The "Super Saints" Cheat Code will prevent followers from being killed. Doesn't apply to police homies during Fuzz.
- Homies, recruited or not recruited, will attack anyone that tries to beat up The Protagonist or runs over The Protagonist.
- Homies will shoot at whatever The Protagonist shoots at.
- After shooting a targeted person and killing them, they may shoot at anyone who is running away from the scene.
- Homies usually attack/shoot law enforcement on sight, even if The Protagonist is not wanted. This can be a problem during the activity, Fuzz, for Homies will attack The Protagonist's cop homies, and the cop homies will shoot the regular Saints Homies. Saints Homies also shoot at The Protagonist's homie with the camera holding and occasionally The Protagonist himself. However, both cop homies and Saints Homies will shoot at the targeted people creating the crimes in the activity.
- The Protagonist cannot run too far away from recruited Homies. If he does so, a red circle will appear on the Mini Map surrounding the homies that are too far from The Protagonist. The Protagonist has a time limit to make it back to the far away homies before they get dismissed.
- If a law enforcement officer follows The Protagonist into a Crib, the Homies inside won't do anything unless they get shot with a bullet from the officer.
- Homies with Molotov Cocktails and RPG Launchers are very weak and useless. Because they do not try to attack The Protagonist, Homies carrying these weapons only tend to aim at enemies and very rarely ever shoot, making them useless.
- Homies usually pick up any weapon that is stronger than theirs found on the ground.
- While it is possible for The Protagonist to become Idle, Homies cannot do so when recruited. Homies in Cribs often perform standard Idle actions, such as dancing, sitting at a table or on chairs, sofas, sitting on a couch and having a Stripper dance on them, on a computer, smoking, drinking, talking on the phone, etc.
- If The Protagonist has three followers and he uses a Taxi, they will lose one follower. Also, The Protagonist must use a Boat, Helicopter, or Plane that can fit three followers, or they can lose a follower doing so.
- Homies' weapons cannot hurt The Protagonist at all, however, their thrown weapons can.
- Not all Homies walk/drive around an owned hood. Some Homies can be found sitting on a helmet, smoking, or guarding an owned building.
- If The Protagonist is trying to evade law enforcement chasing him and passes by a Homie driving, the Homie will give chase behind the law enforcement. Homies on foot will shoot the officer's car. They will then attack the officer if The Protagonist happens to stop the car and the Homies can reach the officer. Driving Homies also join in when they see other Homies attacking someone.
- Homies are very violent when it comes to Civilians. They will beat up and kill a Civilian just for bumping into them. However, if The Protagonist does so, they will not beat him up.
- When there are more than 2 Homies fighting one person, the additional Homies will cheer.
- If The Protagonist hasn't changed his clothes within a few game days, the Homies, like Civilians, will instead criticize him by saying he smells bad, needs to change, etc.
- If The Protagonist recruits Homies and enters a mission, most of the time the recruited Homies are with The Protagonist during the mission's gameplay. This can make taking out swarms of enemies easier, for it will be The Protagonist and Homies in the same mission fighting enemies.
- Homies also appear in owned hoods during missions.
- It usually takes a couple hits or shots to make a Saints Homie angry enough to attack The Protagonist with a comment such as "I'm Sick of You!". When this happens not only does the reticule on the attacking Saints Member changes from a green X to a red circle, but all other nearby Saints Homies will attack and kill the attacking Saints Homie.
- Homies do talk very often when recruited. They cheer when they have successfully killed someone or when The Protagonist makes a Stunt Jump or any other jump involving Big Air. However, they also comment The Protagonist about his driving. Non recruited Homies always compliment The Protagonist, unless The Protagonist has not changed his clothes in a while.
- While a Notoriety may be earned if recruited Homies shoot at someone in front of a law enforcement officer, it will not be earned only if the Homies are the ones shooting. This means if The Protagonist gains Notoriety for his Homies shooting near a law enforcement officer, he will not make his Notoriety rise if he does not attack back. This makes losing a Notoriety level much easier, for The Protagonist does not gain Notoriety if his Homies fight off enemies attacking.
- If The Protagonist gets Smoked and had Homies that needed to be revived, the Homies that weren't revived will also die with The Protagonist. All other recruited Homies either walk away or continue to attack what they were attacking. Homies cannot be Busted.
- Fire must be avoided with regular Saints Homies. Recruited Saints Homies that touch fire can lose all health with one touch, making them unconscious and needy to be revived. Other Homies that touch fire will die with one touch. Explosions and explosive weapons/obstacles must also be handled carefully when around Homies.
- Human Shields must be performed carefully when having recruited Homies, for if a recruited Homie is grabbed they will be dismissed and attack The Protagonist. The same goes for a non-recruited Homie. Taunts must also be performed carefully when around recruited Homies. Taunted Homies will be dismissed if taunted twice and occasionally once.
- A dismissed Homie cannot be recruited back unless The Protagonist dismissed him.
Saints Row 2Edit
- Shock Paddles can be used to revive a fallen Homie.
- It is possible to use 2 of the same Homie if they are a Mission Homie, by recruiting them before starting the mission. This is easiest to do via the Newspaper Clipboard replay feature. See gallery for an example of using 2 Johnny Gats in Pyramid Scheme.
- In Saints Row 2 when playing Co-op, and the guest has a Homie, and the host takes them as a Human Shield, then it would become an enemy, then you can do a Glitch by Jumping on top of a car. Your Co-op partner gets in and when the homie gets about half way in get in the car, you will be in the car in the same seat as the Homie (Front Passenger).
- Unlike Pimps, Homies will never pick up Improvised Weapons.
- Gang Signs, Appearance and Vehicles can be Customized at the Saints Hideout. Their movement style and weapons cannot.
- Common weapons which Homies use in Saints Row 2 include the K6 Krukov, GDHC .50, SKR-9 Threat, 12 Gauge, Tombstone, AS14 Hammer, Pipe Bomb, Molotov Cocktail, NR4 Vice 9. The original melee weapons they use include the Crowbar, Baseball Bat, and Knife. Homies very rarely fight with their hands.
- While Homies can be found inside the Prison Lighthouse Crib, they cannot be found anywhere else on the island. Saints Homies never appear in the Nuclear Power Plant district or Saints Row District.
- When Rounds Square Shopping Center becomes an owned neighborhood to The Protagonist, Saints Homies will spawn inside the mall. However, Ultor Security Guards still spawn inside the mall, owned or not owned. This is the only location where Ultor Security Guards and Saints Homies can be found together in the same place, even though the two are enemies
- Even though Homies can be made to look like Pimps and Hos, they do not behave like them.
- While the majority of Civilians tend to disappear when it rains in, Saints Homies still will appear very often.
- If the Stored Vehicle Delivery driver is killed, there is an on-screen messages reading "Drive-up Homie is down".
Saints Row: The ThirdEdit
- The Mollusk Launcher can be used to have any character fight for The Protagonist, although they cannot be recruited.
- In Saints Row and Saints Row 2 , Homies will shoot at whatever The Protagonist shoots at. In Saints Row: The Third, homies do not shoot at cars if The Protagonist does.
- While driving a second vehicle, if Homies fall too far behind, their vehicle may disappear. If a Driving Homie loses his vehicle, they will steal another one and continue driving.
- Homies can also now fly helicopters, which may disappear if they fall too far behind.
- Homies standard weapons include the Grave Digger, K-8 Krukov, TEK Z-10 and Annihilator.
- There are more options for how gang members look. Gang Members can now look like Morningstar members, The Luchadores, The Deckers, Hos, Strippers, Clubbers, etc. This is the first time Homies can be made to look like enemy gang members, but will have the Saints trademark Purple on them to distinguish them from their normal counterparts.
- If The Protagonist uses any of his Special Weapons or Explosives on an enemy or car with any nearby homies around that area then , they will turn on The Protagonist Unlike Saints Row and Saints Row 2.
- Fewer Saints Homies spawn in owned Hoods and Cribs in Saints Row: The Third.
- It is now easy for Saints Homies to leave The Protagonist even when being attacked by accident.
- Regular Saints Homies are the same Homies that drive vehicles to The Protagonist when called.
- Homies in Saints Row: The Third can use mounted weapons on a Challenger, Crusader, N-Forcer or Bulldog when in the vehicle.
- Homies also have the ability to use Human Shields, much like The Protagonist and other gang members can.
- Enemy Gang Members can use Saints Homies as Human Shields. If a recruited Saints Homie gets used as a Human Shield, The Protagonist has a time limit to save the trapped Homie before he gets dismissed or killed.
- Homies will spawn in acquired areas only when the entire neighborhood is taken. Anything less and the Syndicate will still spawn everyone in the neighborhood. Saints will be driving in the cars selected for them to drive, but they will be in generic colors instead of purple. If recruited, they will either get out of their car or follow in their car.
- Oleg and other Brute homies become hostile more quickly than other followers.
- If any followers get caught in an explosion caused by the player, but did enough damage to render them unconscious and unable to react, they can be safely revived without becoming hostile.
- Even homies will become hostile after being attacked, they can be recruited again just a few seconds later.
- With the exception of Shaundi during Three Way when fighting Kia, essential Homies cannot be taken hostage.
- During missions where essential Homies are automatically recruited, they will not turn against The Protagonist.
- The Sonic Boom does not cause Recruited Homies to gain any hate when hit, and are resilient to the fully charged attack so that they only stumble rather then get ragdolled, making the Sonic Boom fairly safe to use around recruited homies. Unrecruited homies however will still be vaporized by a fully charged attack.
- Shaundi is the first Homie to be unlocked (including DLC Homies) after I'm Free - Free Falling, with Zombie Gat being the last Homie to become available in the base game.
- The only way to unlock all optional Homies is to buy the Unlockable Pack DLC. Those Homies gained from the decision based missions will become available after We're Going to Need Guns.
- Homies with Explosive Weapons (Like the M2 Grenade Launcher and Annihilator) will stick closer to The Protagonist and lose the ability to crouch.
- A Homie may change features such as hair colour while the Protagonist Is in a store.
- Unlike the previous games, Homies will not be driving in controlled neighborhoods unless called upon.
- To revive Homies, The Protagonist helps them stand back up. In Saints Row and Saints Row 2, The Protagonist would pour a 40 oz on them.