Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots: FAQ/Walkthrough

       Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 
FAQ/Walkthrough 

Table of Contents

I - Introduction

001.0 - Contact Info 
002.0 - Legal Info
003.0 - Version History

II - Items, Gameplay, and Everything Else

001.0 - Controls
002.0 - iPod Songs 
003.0 - Items 
004.0 - Emblems 
005.0 - Unlockables 

III - Walkthrough

000.0 - Prologue: Ground Zero 
001.0 - Act One: Liquid Sun
002.0 - Act Two: Solid Sun
003.0 - Act Three: Third Sun 
004.0 - Act Four: Twin Suns
005.0 - Act Five: Old Sun - Incomplete



Welcome to my Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots FAQ. 

Any questions, comments, corrections, or contributions are welcome, my email 
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I add or major corrections. For corrections, please email me only if it's 
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Version History: 

First Submission: Acts 1 and 2 are complete.  
Second Submission: Version 1.0 



II - Items, Gameplay, and Everything Else

001.0 - Controls

For those who don't have the instruction manual or are too lazy to read it, 
this section outlines the basic controls of MGS4. 


- Start - Pauses the game and enters the menu. 

- Select - Display a description of controller functions.

- Left Analog Stick - This button moves Snake and highlights options in the 
various menus. If the stick is only tilted slightly, Snake will walk or crawl 
slowly, which has the benefit of being much quieter. When fully tilted, Snake 
will run. 

- Right Analog Stick - The right stick controls the upgraded camera system. 
By tilting the stick, the player can swing the camera around in any 
direction. If you actually press the R3 button, the camera will automatically 
position itself behind Snake. While aiming a weapon, moving the right analog 
stick will move the crosshairs. 

- L2 - Controls the item menu. To access the item menu, hold down L2 and 
cycle through your items using the right analog stick. Tapping the button 
will automatically equip or unequip whatever item you currently or last had 
equipped. 

- R2 - Controls the weapon menu. To access the weapon menu, hold down R2 and 
cycle through your weapons using the right analog stick. Tapping the button 
will automatically equip or unequip whatever weapon you currently or last had 
equipped.

- L1 - Holding down the L1 button puts Snake in targeting mode, and is the 
only way to fire a weapon. While aiming a weapon, use the right analog stick 
to move your crosshairs. 

- R1 - Instead of the square-button that was used in previous games, Guns of 
the Patriots uses R1 as its attack button. While holding the L1 button down 
and aiming, the button will fire whatever weapon you have equipped. When not, 
R1 will cause Snake to perform a CQC attack, or simply a quick jab if tapped. 

- Triangle - As always, triangle is the action button. Whenever there's an 
option to perform any sort of action, a small picture will appear at the 
bottom of the screen displaying what action Snake can do, which ranges from 
picking up bodies, waking up sleeping soldiers, climbing ladders, and many 
others. While aiming a weapon, pressing triangle also switches to the first 
person point of view. 

- Square - While aiming, pressing square will switch between auto and manual 
aiming. 

- Circle - Pressing the circle button will reload whatever weapon Snake is 
currently holding. If you've expended a part of a clip and have a break in 
the action, be sure to reload so you aren't left vulnerable in a gunfight. 

- X - The X button controls Snake's stance, allowing him to stand, crouch, or 
lie prone when held down. While running, tapping X will cause Snake to 
perform a roll, which can be used to barrel through enemies or dive over 
short gaps. 

- Up/Down Directional - While aiming a weapon, using the Solid Eye binos, or 
with the camera equipped, pressing up or down on the directional pad will 
zoom in or out.  



002.0 - iPod Songs 

***Thanks to Kevin Dwyer for his huge contributions to this section***

A new addition to the Metal Gear series is the ability to listen to music on 
Snake's iPod. Though perhaps not on your personal playlist (or maybe they 
are, who knows), you can find dozens of different tracks from the previous 
Metal Gear titles, including tunes from the MSX games. 


- Takin' on the Shagohod - 
Where It's Found: You begin with this track. 


- Backyard Blues - 
Where It's Found: You begin with this track. 


- Sea Breeze - 
Where It's Found: You begin with this track.


- Calling to the Night - 
Where It's Found: You begin with this track.


- Oishii Chuhan Seikatsu - 
Where It's Found: You begin with this track.

What It Does: While fighting the Beauties, playing this song will cause them 
to start dancing. Sunny will also be dancing if you pause the game and look 
at the onboard camera. 


- Metal Gear 20 Years History (Part I) - 
Where It's Found: You begin with this track.


- Metal Gear 20 Years History (Part II) - 
Where It's Found: You begin with this track.


- Who Am I Really? - 
Where It's Found: You begin with this track.


- Test Subject Burns - 
Where It's Found: You begin with this track.


- MGS4 Integral Podcast 01 - 
Where It's Found: You begin with this track. 


- Inori no Uta - 
Where It's Found: Watch the first mission briefing cinematic and take control 
of the MK.II. The song is in the kitchen.  


- Show Time - 
Where It's Found: After earning the respect from the rebels, offer them items 
by equipping it and pressing Triangle near them. Sometimes they'll give you a 
song in exchange.  

What It Does: Grab a soldier and put them in a CQC chokehold - the soldier 
will start screaming. 


- MGS4 Love Theme (Action Version) - 
Where It's Found: After earning the respect from the rebels, offer them items 
by equipping it and pressing Triangle near them. Sometimes they'll give you a 
song in exchange.  

What It Does: While in a CQC chokehold, PMCs will start crying. 


- MPO + Theme - 
Where It's Found: After earning the respect from the rebels, offer them items 
by equipping it and pressing Triangle near them. Sometimes they'll give you a 
song in exchange.  

What It Does: PMCs will start laughing while in a CQC chokehold.


- Destiny's Call - Break the Fortress - 
Where It's Found: After earning the respect from the rebels, offer them items 
by equipping it and pressing Triangle near them. Sometimes they'll give you a 
song in exchange.  

What It Does: While playing, PMCs will go into a fit of rage while in a CQC 
chokehold.


- Theme of Tara - 
Where It's Found: Inside the militia headquarters in Act One. 


- Zanzibar Breeze - 
Where It's Found: Found in the Urban Ruins, Act One. 


- Level 3 Warning - 
Where It's Found: Advent Palace, Act One


- Theme of Solid Snake - 
Where It's Found: Millennium Park, Act One


- Boktai 2 Theme - 
Where It's Found: Watch the Act Two mission briefing cinematic and take 
control of the MK.II. The song is in the kitchen.  


- The Fury - 
Where It's Found: Cove Valley Village, Act Two 

What It Does: While playing, PMCs will go into a fit of rage while in a CQC 
chokehold. 


- Rock Me, Baby - 
Where It's Found: Inside the Confinement Facility storage container in Act 
Two

What It Does: While prone, the rate of life recovery increases. 


- Metal Gear 20 Years History (Part III) - 
Where It's Found: Inside the Confinement Facility storage container in Act 
Two. 


- Sailor - 
Where It's Found: Vista Mansion, behind some crates in the northeast corner, 
Act Two. 

What It Does: While lying down, the rate of life regeneration will increase. 


- Bon Dance - 
Where It's Found: The marketplace against the wall near some shops in Act 
Two. 

What It Does: PMCs will start laughing while in a CQC chokehold. 


- Sin Bokura no Taiyou Theme - 
Where It's Found: Watch the Act Three mission briefing cinematic and take 
control of the MK.II. The song is in the kitchen.  


- Test Subjects Duality - 
Where It's Found: In Midtown South, Act Three


- Bio Hazard - 
Where It's Found: Hold up a resistance member and search him. 

What It Does: Captured soldiers will begin screaming while in a CQC 
chokehold.


- One Night in Neo Kobe City - 
Where It's Found: Hold up a resistance member and search him. 

What It Does: PMCs will start laughing while in a CQC chokehold.


- On Alert - 
Where It's Found: In Midtown North, Act Three


- The Essence of Vince - 
Where It's Found: Echo's Beacon, on the rooftop in the corner while fighting 
Raging Raven. 


- Lunar Knights Main Theme - 
Where It's Found: Watch the Act Four mission briefing cinematic and take 
control of the MK.II. The song is in the kitchen.  


- Warhead Storage - 
Where It's Found: In the Shadow Moses Tank Hanger, on the catwalk above the 
entrance to the canyon in Act Four. 


- Beyond the Bounds - 
Where It's Found: In the Tank Hanger after Otacon uses the MK.III to open the 
door in the Warhead Storage Building in Act Four. 

What It Does: Increases stun damage.


- Flowing Destiny - 
Where It's Found: In the Canyon, Act Four - watch out for the Gekkos. 

What It Does: While in a CQC chokehold, PMCs will start crying.


- Policenauts End Title - 
Where It's Found: In Otacon's office, enter the code "13462" when prompted in 
Act Four. 

What It Does: While in a CQC chokehold, soldiers will fall asleep. 


- Old LA 2040 - 
Where It's Found: In Otacon's office, enter the code "78925" when prompted in 
Act Four.  

What It Does: While using a sniper rifle, Snake's hands won't shake. 


- Metal Gear 20 Years History (Part IV) - 
Where It's Found: Found in the offices of the B2 basement of the Nuclear 
Warhead Storage Facility in Act Four. 


- The Best Is Yet To Come - 
Where It's Found: In the snowfield near the communications tower where you 
fight Crying Wolf, Act Four. 


- Yell Dead Cell - 
Where It's Found: In the Casting Facility North, Act Four. 


- Metal Gear Solid Theme (Remix) - 
Where It's Found: Outer Haven's bow, Act Five 


- Subsistence Action - 
Where It's Found: Play Metal Gear Online. 

What It Does: While in a CQC chokehold, PMCs will go into a fit of rage, and 
your hands won't shake while using a sniper rifle. 


- Big Boss - 
Where It's Found: Earn the Big Boss emblem (see the Emblems section for more 
details). 

What It Does: While playing, PMC soldiers will scream while in a CQC 
chokehold, your stun damage will increase, and your hands won't shake while 
looking through a scope. 


- Snake Eater - 
Where It's Found: Earn all forty emblems (see the Emblems section for more 
details). 

What It Does: While playing, your stun damage will increase, PMCs will fall 
asleep while in a CQC chokehold, your hands won't shake while using a sniper 
rifle, and the rate of life recovery while lying down is increased. It's 
tough to earn, but it's worth it.



003.0 - Items

003.1 - Health Items 

- Cigarettes - Slightly increases the rate of psyche recovery while equipped, 
but also inflicts damage. Don't smoke, kids. 

- Compress - Increases your rate of psyche recovery for a short period of 
time.

- Instant Noodles - Recovers 100% of your life, 25% of your psyche in cold 
weather, and 50% of your psyche in warm weather.

- Military Ration - Recovers 75% of your life and 5% of your psyche. 

- Muna - Increases your rate of psyche recovery while equipped. 

- Pentazemin - Temporarily stops your hands from shaking while looking 
through a scope. 

- Regain - Recovers 100% of your life, 25% of your psyche in cold weather, 
and 50% of your psyche in warm weather.

- Syringe - Initially restores 100% of your psyche, but its effects are 
reduces as it's used more. After ten uses Snake will throw up and lose psyche 
after effects wear off, and after twenty Snake will lose life as well. 


003.2 - Misc Items 

- Bandana - Gives you infinite ammo while equipped. You can either earn the 
bandana by playing through the game without killing a single enemy, or you 
can purchase it from Drebin for five million Drebin Points. 

- Camera - The camera takes photographs that can be saved and viewed in the 
photo gallery from the main menu. You can find it by Sunny's desk during Act 
Two's mission briefing. 

- Cardboard Box - When the OctoCamo just isn't enough, hide under the box to 
avoid detection by enemies. Don't move around or get in their way, though, or 
they may become suspicious.

- iPod - Plays music in the background if you don't like the actual area's 
soundtrack, and some of the songs even have beneficial side effects. On a 
side note, I'd love to see Snake in one of those iPod commercials. 

- Metal Gear MK.II/MK.III - The little robot that Otacon uses to follow you 
around can be used to scout ahead and lend Snake support by disarming bombs, 
activating switches, and stunning enemies. 

- Oil Drum - Similar to the cardboard box, except Snake can tip the drum over 
and roll around by holding the X-button. If you roll for too long, though, 
Snake will stop and throw up. 

- Scan Plug - The plug is a portable scanner that shows the locations of all 
enemies on a map after they've been scanned, which you can do by putting them 
in a CQC hold and pressing the action button. You can purchase this item from 
Drebin after playing Metal Gear Online for more than ten hours. 

- Signal Interceptor - While equipped, the signal interceptor allows Snake to 
listen to PMC radio conversations in Act Three to locate resistance members. 
Quite frankly, this is a terrible item, and even Otacon gives you other 
options right after giving it to you.

- Solid Eye - Easily the most useful item in the game, the Solid Eye targets 
enemies and items, making them easier to locate, and allows you to use radar. 
The Solid Eye also has night vision and binoculars modes, which you can 
access by highlighting the item in the item menu and pressing either Square 
or Circle. 

- Stealth Camouflage - When equipped, Snake becomes completely invisible to 
enemy soldiers. However, the stealth camo isn't absolute - Gekkos and Dwarf 
Gekkos can still see Snake, and soldiers will still be able to hear him. 
Also, if you run through an enemy, the camo will automatically switch off, 
and it also won't completely conceal Snake while in an alert phase. You can 
obtain the stealth camo by either playing through the game without going into 
a single alert, or you can buy it from Drebin for five million Drebin Points. 



004.0 - Emblems  

Emblems are the rankings - or code names, as it's been known in previous 
games - that you're awarded after completing the game. You earn different 
rankings by fulfilling certain requirements, which occasionally reap rewards. 
There are forty emblems in the game, and unlike in previous titles you can 
earn multiple emblems in a single play-through. 


004.1 - The Emblems 

- Big Boss - 
How It's Earned - This is the most difficult emblem to earn, as there are 
several difficult requirements to fulfill. Complete the game under the 
following requirements:

- Difficulty: The Boss Extreme 
- Continues: Zero, so no dying and no failing missions. 
- Alerts: Zero, though cautions are fine. 
- Healing Items Used: Zero, including non-ration items like noodles. 
- Kills: Zero, including all bosses. 
- Completion Time: Under five hours. 
- Special Items Used: None. 

What It Unlocks - After all of that work, earning the Big Boss ranking scores 
you the Patriot machine gun, the Big Boss face camo, and the Big Boss iPod 
song. 


- Fox Hound - 
How It's Earned - This is the second most difficult emblem to earn, as it's 
nearly identical to the Big Boss with a few exceptions. Complete the game 
under the following requirements:

- Difficulty: Big Boss Hard or higher.  
- Continues: Zero, so no dying and no failing missions. 
- Alerts: Under three.  
- Healing Items Used: Zero, including non-ration items like noodles. 
- Kills: Zero, including all bosses. 
- Completion Time: Under five hours and thirty minutes. 
- Special Items Used: 

What It Unlocks - For your efforts, you receive the Thor .45-70 pistol, which 
is pretty much a shotgun that's the size of a pistol. It holds only a single 
bullet, but that's about all you're going to need. 


- Fox - 
How It's Earned - I suppose this would be the third most difficult emblem to 
earn then, wouldn't it? Fox is about the same as before, but with a little 
more relaxed requirements. 

- Difficulty: Solid Normal or higher.  
- Continues: Zero, so no dying and no failing missions. 
- Alerts: Five or fewer.  
- Healing Items Used: Zero, including non-ration items like noodles. 
- Kills: Zero, including all bosses. 
- Completion Time: Under six hours. 
- Special Items Used: None. 

What It Unlocks - Getting the Fox ranking earns you the long-barreled Desert 
Eagle, which has a long-range scope to attack from a distance. Not bad.


- Hound - 
How It's Earned - Same as the others, this is nothing more than a watered-
down Big Boss run. Complete the game under the following requirements:

- Difficulty: Naked Normal or higher.  
- Continues: Zero, so no dying and no failing missions. 
- Alerts: Under three.  
- Healing Items Used: Zero, including non-ration items like noodles. 
- Kills: Zero, including all bosses. 
- Completion Time: Under six hours and thirty minutes.  
- Special Items Used: None. 

What It Unlocks - For your efforts you get the Type 17 pistol, which has 
fully automatic and semi-automatic options like a machine gun. 


- Mantis - 
How It's Earned - Complete the game under the following requirements: 

- Continues: Zero 
- Alerts: Zero  
- Healing Items Used: Zero, including non-ration items like noodles. 
- Completion Time: Under five hours.  

What It Unlocks - Nothing 


- Wolf - 
How It's Earned - Complete the game without using any healing items like 
rations, noodles, or Regain. 

What It Unlocks - Nothing 


- Raven - 
How It's Earned - Finish the game in less than five hours. 

What It Unlocks - Nothing


- Octopus - 
How It's Earned - Play through the game without setting off a single alert 
phase.

What It Unlocks - Stealth Camouflage


- Bear - 
How It's Earned - Eliminate one hundred enemies using CQC chokeholds. 

What It Unlocks - Nothing 


- Eagle - 
How It's Earned - Register 150 or more headshots. 

What It Unlocks - Nothing 


- Assassin - 
How It's Earned - This one's interesting: you need to stun or kill more than 
fifty enemies with the knife, have more than fifty CQC chokeholds, and have 
fewer than 25 alerts. 

What It Unlocks - The Altair disguise as seen in the April Fools trailer. I 
don't think Kojima quite understands the concept of April Fools... Or maybe 
he does all too well. 


- Pigeon - 
How It's Earned - Finish the game with zero kills, including bosses. 

What It Unlocks - Nothing 


- Blue Bird - 
How It's Earned - Give fifty healing items to the rebel soldiers in Acts One 
and Two. To do this, equip a healing item and press Triangle while standing 
in front of a soldier. As a bonus, sometimes they'll give you something in 
exchange. 

What It Unlocks - Nothing 


- Hawk - 
How It's Earned - Be praised by rebel soldiers more than twenty-five times. 
This will only happen if you kill a PMC near a rebel, so stand near some 
rebels and pick off PMCs during one of the many gunfights you'll stumble 
across. 

What It Unlocks - Nothing 


- Little Grey - 
How It's Earned - Obtain all sixty-nine weapons in the game. Unfortunately, 
this includes the Patriot, which you can only get your hands on by earning 
the Big Boss emblem. 

What It Unlocks - Nothing 


- Ant - 
How It's Earned - Hold up fifty soldiers and search them for items. 

What It Unlocks - Nothing 


- Gibbon - 
How It's Earned - Simply hold up fifty soldiers.

What It Unlocks - Nothing 


- Tortoise - 
How It's Earned - Spend an hour or longer sitting in a cardboard box or oil 
drum. Your best bet is to find a safe place to hide, equip the box, and 
switch the TV to something and kill your hour that way. 

What It Unlocks - Nothing


- Rabbit - 
How It's Earned - Flip through one hundred or more pages in a Playboy 
magazine. You pervert.

What It Unlocks - Nothing


- Bee - 
How It's Earned - Inject fifty soldiers with the syringes, or scan them with 
the scanning plug. 

What It Unlocks - Nothing 


- Gecko - 
How It's Earned - Spend at least one hour hugging the walls. Only the wall 
hugs where you must press Triangle first count. 

What It Unlocks - Nothing 


- Scarab - 
How It's Earned - Roll one hundred times. 

What It Unlocks - Nothing


- Frog - 
How It's Earned - Dodge two hundred times. 

What It Unlocks - Nothing


- Inch Worm - 
How It's Earned - Crawl on the ground for at least one hour. 

What It Unlocks - Nothing 


- Lobster - 
How It's Earned - Remain crouched for at least two hours and thirty minutes 
in the game. 

What It Unlocks - Nothing 


- Hyena - 
How It's Earned - Collect four hundred weapons from dead soldiers. 

What It Unlocks - Nothing, but you should be doing this anyway for the ammo 
and Drebin Points.


- Hog - 
How It's Earned - Enter ten or more combat highs. Combat highs occur when you 
fire one hundred or more rounds during an alert. 

What It Unlocks - Nothing 


- Pig - 
How It's Earned - Use forty or more rations or other healing items. 

What It Unlocks - Nothing 


- Cow - 
How It's Earned - Enter fewer than one hundred alert phases. 

What It Unlocks - Nothing


- Crocodile - 
How It's Earned - Rack up four hundred or more kills. 

What It Unlocks - Nothing


- Giant Panda - 
How It's Earned - Have a completion time of thirty hours or longer. This is 
actually more difficult than it sounds, but you can just leave your PS3 on 
overnight or something. 

What It Unlocks - Nothing 


- Scorpion - 
How It's Earned - Complete the game under the following requirements: 

- Continues: Twenty-five or fewer.  
- Alerts: Seventy-five or fewer.   
- Kills: Two hundred and fifty or fewer.  

What It Unlocks - Nothing


- Tarantula - 
How It's Earned - Complete the game under the following requirements: 

- Continues: Twenty-five or fewer.  
- Alerts: Seventy-five or fewer.   
- Kills: Two hundred and fifty or more.  

What It Unlocks - Nothing


- Centipede - 
How It's Earned - Complete the game under the following requirements: 

- Continues: Twenty-five or more.  
- Alerts: Seventy-five or fewer.   
- Kills: Two hundred and fifty or fewer.  

What It Unlocks - The Corpse Camo 


- Spider - 
How It's Earned - Complete the game under the following requirements: 

- Continues: Twenty-five or more.  
- Alerts: Seventy-five or fewer.   
- Kills: Two hundred and fifty or more.  

What It Unlocks - The Corpse Camo 


- Jaguar - 
How It's Earned - Complete the game under the following requirements: 

- Continues: Twenty-five or fewer.  
- Alerts: Seventy-five or more.   
- Kills: Two hundred and fifty or fewer.  

What It Unlocks - The Corpse Camo


- Panther - 
How It's Earned - Complete the game under the following requirements: 

- Continues: Twenty-five or fewer.  
- Alerts: Seventy-five or more.   
- Kills: Two hundred and fifty or more.  

What It Unlocks - The Corpse Camo


- Leopard - 
How It's Earned - Complete the game under the following requirements: 

- Continues: Twenty-five or more.  
- Alerts: Seventy-five or more.   
- Kills: Two hundred and fifty or fewer.  

What It Unlocks - The Corpse Camo


- Puma - 
How It's Earned - Complete the game under the following requirements: 

- Continues: Twenty-five or more.  
- Alerts: Seventy-five or more.   
- Kills: Two hundred and fifty or more.  

What It Unlocks - The Corpse Camo


- Chicken - 
How It's Earned - Complete the game under the following requirements: 

- Continues: Fifty or more. 
- Alerts: One hundred and fifty or more.
- Healing Items Used: Fifty or more. 
- Kills: Five hundred or more. 
- Completion Time: Thirty-five hours or longer. 

What It Unlocks - The Corpse Camo, and the satisfaction in knowing that you 
managed to play the absolute worst game of Metal Gear Solid 4 imaginable. 



005.0 - Unlockables

As always, there are a few secret items for the player to collect by 
completing the game and meeting certain requirements. A list of these items 
is found here. Note that items you automatically obtain, such as the MGS1 
Snake face camo, are not included. 


005.1 - Special Items

- Bandana - Grants the wearer infinite ammo while worn. Earn the bandana by 
playing through the game without killing anyone, or buy it from Drebin for 
five million Drebin Points. 

- Digital Camera - After finding this item by Sunny desk during Act Two's 
mission briefing you can take MySpace and Facebook pics! Well, you can view 
them in the photo album accessed from the main menu, anyway. 

- Stealth Camouflage - While equipped, Snake becomes invisible (100% camo 
index) to enemy soldiers. However, the stealth camo isn't absolute - Gekkos 
and Dwarf Gekkos can still see Snake, and soldiers will still be able to hear 
him. Also, if you run through an enemy, the camo will automatically switch 
off, and it also won't completely conceal Snake while in an alert phase. You 
can obtain the stealth camo by either playing through the game without going 
into a single alert, or you can buy it from Drebin for five million Drebin 
Points.


005.2 - Camouflages  

- Altair - It looks like Kojima went a step further in that April Fools Day 
joke. Earn Altairs outfit by obtaining the Assassin emblem (see the emblems 
section for more details), which actually has a decent camo index. The 
OctoCamo, of course, will always be higher. 

- Corpse Camo - An embarrassing reward for dying too many times - the Razzie 
of Metal Gear Solid 4. Hide this camo before you brag to your friends about 
how awesome you are at this game. 

- Middle East Rebel Disguise - Explore the northeast section of the rebel's 
headquarters in Act One to find this camo in one of the lockers. 

- South American Rebel Disguise - Explore Cove Valley Village in Act Two to 
find his camo. 

- Suit - Complete the game once to earn this... interesting fashion choice 
for a soldier's uniform. 


005.3 - Face Camo  

- Big Boss - Earn the Big Boss emblem (see the Emblems section for details). 
While wearing this camo, enemies that see you will become terrified or pass 
out. 

- Colonel Campbell - Stun Campbell with the MK.II during Act One's mission 
briefing. 

- Crying Beauty - Defeat Crying Beauty using non-lethal tactics. 

- Drebin - Acquire sixty weapons in one game. 

- Laughing Beauty - Defeat Laughing Beauty using non-lethal tactics. 

- Otacon - Stun Otacon with the MK.II during Act Three's mission briefing. 

- Raging Beauty - Defeat Raging Beauty using non-lethal tactics. 

- Raiden A - Stun Sunny with the MK.II during Act Three's mission briefing. 

- Raiden B - Stun Naomi with the MK.II during Act Three's mission briefing. 

- Screaming Beauty - Defeating Screaming Beauty using non-lethal tactics. 



III - Walkthrough

000.0 - Prologue: Ground Zero

Objectives: 
- Infiltrate the city without being killed by the Gekkos. 

When you jump from the truck, lie prone and crawl under it to find a ration. 
Otacon will be giving you some info about the new camera, so play around with 
it and head over to the southeast where the main city is. There's another 
truck blocking your path, so crawl underneath it to initiate a cinematic. 
Afterwards, find the AK lying on the ground next to the fallen solider, and 
Otacon will tell you how to equip it. Do so, and walk down the street to 
witness some more fighting before the Gekkos crash the party. 

You have two main goals here - reach the next checkpoint and avoid the 
Gekkos. These things aren't nearly as tough as the Rex and Ray models, but 
their machine guns and kicks will really hurt, so always keep your distance 
and don't bother trying to fight them. Fortunately, the soldiers will all be 
so focused on being slaughtered by the Gekkos that they won't pay any 
attention to you. When the cinematic ends, Otacon tells you to head north, 
but there's a Gekko standing directly in front of Snake, so ignore his advice 
for the moment and run around the other side of the building to the south. 
From here, follow the western-most street north and use the buildings as 
cover. If a Gekko spots you, immediately run in the opposite direction or 
duck into the nearest building and lay low. Continue this strategy of running 
to the various buildings to reach the checkpoint at the end. 


001.0 - Act One: Liquid Sun

Objectives: 
- Locate the Metal Gear MK.II. 
- Meet your contacts, the Rat Patrol. 
- Find and eliminate Liquid Ocelot. 


001.1 - Northwest Sector 

After Snake's first personal encounter with the new Metal Gear, save your 
game if you'd like and watch the prologue that begins with Snake in a 
graveyard, an allusion to the end of Metal Gear Solid 3. When all of that is 
through and the game returns to the present day, Otacon will give Snake some 
briefing on the OctoCamo and tell him to find the MK.II, directly north of 
Snake's current position. 

The first and most obvious thing to do is to put this fancy OctoCamo to good 
use. Lie prone and allow it to blend in with the stone, and crawl into the 
main street. Things are a bit quieter here, so don't worry about franticly 
running in circles like before. There are only two soldiers to begin with, 
but as you make your way down the street a tank will pull up and another 
battle group will file out. Still, your situation has dramatically improved 
from ten minutes ago. 

Hang back for a moment and wait for the troops to start attacking. When some 
of the rebels begin their strike, crawl down the street and enter the 
building in the southwest corner. Inside you'll find a petro bomb, and in a 
small room just down the hall you'll become reacquainted with your old 
friend, the cardboard box. Leave through the same way you entered and crawl 
across the street to the east side. From here, use the shadows to make your 
way north and avoid the soldiers that patrol back here, and enter the ruins 
near the tank. A dead guy will fall from the second story, and just behind 
him is a small room with a pair of fallen soldiers and an open window. Pick 
up their ammo and jump outside when the coast is clear. There's another 
soldier walking around, but he's searching through the buildings on the west 
side, so crawl over to the van and enter through the door behind it. 

This area is one long path, but the southern side has a small, enclosed area 
on its west side you can hide in. Swing the camera around so that it's 
looking down the corridor and watch the soldier walk down it. When he passes 
by you, slip behind him and use the boxes and crates at the end for cover. 
There are a few soldiers patrolling the streets, so wait for them to pass by 
before crossing the street and entering the building to the north. 


001.2 - Red Zone

This new area is known as the Red Zone, but there isn't much that's different 
from the previous one. Walk up the stairs that are near the entrance of this 
area, and Otacon will chime in that pressing the X-button while running will 
cause Snake to perform a rolling dodge, which can be used to pass over small 
gaps. Conveniently, there's a small gap that you need to cross over just 
ahead, so roll over it and hide behind the boxes in the next room. There's a 
soldier just ahead, but fortunately he has his back to you. Equip your knife, 
sneak up behind him, and either stab or shock him. Pick up his weapon, which 
Otacon will tell you has an ID lock that prevents you from using it, and jump 
over the broken wall to drop down to the next floor. There are enemies 
patrolling the streets below that can spot you, so lie prone and crawl north 
along this floor. At the end, pick up the ration and jump down to the 
streets. Pick up the compress in the corner of this area, and head north. 
There are a few soldiers standing around who have the potential to give you 
trouble, but the checkpoint is in the room right next to you. Enter the 
building via the large crack in the wall to trigger the cinematic. 

Good old Otacon comes through here, and he sets you up with several neat 
items, including the Metal Gear MK.II, the Solid Eye, the Operator pistol, 
and the Mk.2 tranquilizer gun. After checking out all of your new gear, climb 
up the ladder in this room and walk along what's left of the second floor. 
While this is happening, an explosive round will hit the building near some 
crates. However, you can use these crates and the rubble to cross the street 
and reach the building on the other side. There are two soldiers here around 
the corner, so head to the left from the debris bridge and sneak up behind 
them. Pick up the ammo lying on the ground, and knock them out with a pair of 
CQC throw-downs. 

Now, the next checkpoint is inside the rebel base, and there are two 
different ways to get there. On one hand, you can simply sneak inside and try 
to avoid getting in between the rebels and PMCs, but you'll probably be seen 
and the base is fairly well guarded. If, however, you fight with the rebels 
and help them win the battle, you'll gain their trust and earn free access to 
the base. As a bonus, the base is filled with tons of goodies to pick up, so 
this guide will outline the latter.

You have a decent vantage point from the roof here, so eliminate as many PMCs 
as you can find. Afterwards, look to your south - the second floor of the 
building here contains an RPG-7, which you'll need to destroy the PMC tanks. 
Return to the room where the MK.II was and exit through the door into the 
streets. The building south of the one we need to enter has a stairway inside 
of it, so use it to reach the second floor and climb onto some crates to 
cross over to the next rooftop. Once you've shimmied across the narrow board, 
drop down to the right and pick up the RPG and packet of instant noodles. 

Properly equipped to handle the tanks, stand in the alley perpendicular to 
the Stryker and launch a rocket at it. When it explodes, head over to the 
northeast corner where the rebels are mounting their front. In a small room 
near the entrance to the next area is another RPG, so pick it up and run over 
to the second and final tank farther down the street. Destroy it, and finish 
clearing out any remaining PMCs. When the rebels cry out, "We did it!" the 
battle is over and you've won their trust. Enter the rebel's safe house in 
the northeast corner. 


001.3 - Militia Safe House

It's pitch black here, and Otacon suggests switching the Solid Eye to its 
night vision mode. Sounds like a plan, so do that and explore the base. If 
you helped the rebels in the previous area, the troops here will love you, 
and won't give you any trouble, so run around and pick up all of the weapons 
and items you can find. If they still consider you an enemy, however, you'll 
have to take it slow and peak around corners using the Solid Eye, but you can 
always return to the Red Zone and help them if you'd like. Near the end 
you'll find a few rooms with wounded and dead soldiers with quite a bit of 
ammo lying around, as well as a new song for your iPod - the Theme of Tara. 
Continue on, past the room with the scientists examining the mechanical wing, 
to find several rooms with RPG rounds, among others. At the end, head 
upstairs to the city. 


001.4 - Urban Ruins 

The cinematic prior to this area introduces you to one of the most important 
side-characters in the game. Drebin is an arms dealer (or gun launderer, as 
he calls himself) who takes weapons from fallen PMCs, removes the ID locks 
from them, and sells them to rebels for a profit. He extends the same offer 
to Snake, and is even willing to work on a barter system since Snake doesn't 
carry cash on him. Whenever Snake picks up a weapon that he already has, he 
will keep the ammo but the MK.II will deliver the weapon itself to Drebin, 
which will earn Snake Drebin Points - or "DP" for short. After collecting 
enough points, Snake can call on Drebin to unlock weapons for him, purchase 
new ones, and buy additional ammo and modifications. As an interesting note, 
Drebin reduces all of his prices by twenty percent on Sundays and Wednesdays, 
so if you're looking to make some pricey purchases you may want to wait a few 
days or reset the calendar on your PS3. As a final gesture of friendship, 
Drebin also gives you the M4 Custom, an excellent machine gun, entirely for 
free. What a guy. 

When you finally take control of Snake, turn around and pick up the RPG ammo 
at the end of the alley behind you. Now head south and collect the rest of 
the ammo lying around here. Run up the two flights of stairs and drop down to 
the ledge on the west and the rubble between the two buildings to find 
another RPG and a Dot Sight, which you can sell to Drebin for a nice bounty 
if you'd like. Afterwards, enter through the large crack in the wall and 
crawl underneath the partially destroyed floor. If you're having trouble 
figuring out where to go, turn on the Solid Eye's night vision and follow the 
footsteps left behind. 

At the north end you'll come across two soldiers holed up and shooting out 
the window. Knock them both out and collect all of the ammo lying around 
before following the path east. When you're finally able to stand back up, 
continue on until the floor above you collapses, which allows you to reach 
the new area beyond that. Lean against the wall and shimmy across the narrow 
ledge, and then slide down to the lower level to the west and jump down to 
the stairs to initiate the cinematic. 


001.5 - Downtown 

Oh Johnny, you and your bowel problems... 

The game not-so-subtlety tells you to use the tattered oil drum to pass 
through the next area, and you can use the drum by holding down X to tip it 
over and roll around inside of it. Just be warned that if you roll for too 
long, Snake will get sick and have to stop, leaving himself wide open for 
anyone that decides to attack. 

Turn around and check out the ruins behind you to find a ration, and then 
follow the street down on the west side until you come across the entrance to 
a back street. The soldiers in these side streets won't bother you, so don't 
worry about being sneaky here. About one block down you'll encounter some 
rebels attempting to fight a sniper, and Otacon suggests trying to find 
another route. Once again, Otacon is the master strategist, so hug the south 
wall and enter the narrow alleyway. In the middle is a small gap between 
buildings that Snake can just fit through, so wedge in between and continue 
on the other side. Snake will encounter some soldiers here preparing for 
another fight with the PMCs, but don't follow after them. Instead, go in the 
opposite direction until you reach a split. Both paths lead back out into the 
main street, but on is in front of the tank and the other behind it, so take 
the latter to avoid being slaughtered. 

Sneak behind the Stryker and cross the street to the south side. Enter the 
next alley near the van and crawl beneath the building to find some stun 
grenades. Afterwards, return to the main street - the rebels are in a heavy 
gunfight with the PMCs, who have tanks, snipers, and aircrafts dropping bombs 
overhead. It sounds honorable to stick around to help, but play it safe and 
avoid as much fighting as possible. Run to the end of what remains of the 
city and enter the lone door across the street. 


001.6 - Advent Palace 

Thankfully, the Palace is completely deserted for the time being, so the only 
things you have to worry about here are the numerous traps. To solve this 
conundrum, use the Solid Eye to spot the claymore mines and sleeping gas 
bombs planted around the four floors - most notably on the stairs - and crawl 
to pick them up or use the MK.II to disarm them. The Palace has a myriad of 
items, including tons of ammo, health items, and a new iPod song. It would be 
extremely time consuming to list every item location, and since you have free 
reign of the building you should explore every nook for extra goodies. 
Additionally, the more mines you pick up now, the fewer there are going to 
still be on the way back down. 

Once you reach the roof, pick up the items in the bar and enter the hallway 
to initiate a cinematic that introduces your informants, the Rat Patrol, 
whose members include Meryl from the original Metal Gear Solid and the 
lovable goofball Johnny, also known as Akiba. After Meryl and Snake go over 
the mission details with a rant at the expense of Colonel Campbell thrown in, 
Liquid's Haven Troopers drop in to crash the party. Snake, along with Meryl 
and the rest of the Rat Patol, have to shoot their way out of the Palace. 

This battle is the first time you're really in a position where you 
absolutely must fight, and depending on how many alerts you've accidentally 
set off, you may or may not be very handy with a weapon at this point. 
Fortunately, Meryl and her team - with the exception of Akiba - are actually 
pretty competent, so you can rely on them to handle most of the enemies that 
attack. 

When the fight begins, equip your M4 and hide behind the bar as the Troopers 
attack. These ladies are pretty tough, and they have a nasty habit of 
throwing grenades far too often, but you'll most likely be safe if you keep 
your distance. Be sure to avoid friendly fire if one of Meryl's team walks in 
front of you, and do your best to take out the troops with headshots. After 
the roof is clear, follow the team down to the third floor, where another 
battle groups attacks, jumping around the ceiling and coming at you from both 
sides of the room. Stay near the team and take as many as you can out, but 
don't go crazy trying to kill every last one. When Meryl's team pushes on 
into the next room, follow after them regardless of how many enemies are 
still hanging around. 

In the bar area, you'll be dealing with more of the same, except now the 
enemy attacks are more centralized. Jonathan and Ed will hold off the enemies 
that come from behind, and you and Meryl should deal with the troopers that 
attack from the window and door ahead of you. Johnny, of course, will hide in 
the corner and be of little use to anyone. Eventually, the attacks will 
subside and the team will continue along the balcony and down to the second 
floor. Be sure to keep up with them and not get left behind, and find a good 
hiding spot near the balcony. The soldiers here attack from the second and 
third floor now, so watch out for attacks coming from above. The positive is 
that none of the enemies get close to you, so you can stay where you are and 
fight without having to stop and look behind you every few seconds. 

Meryl will head over to the bathrooms and stop near a cracked wall with laser 
tripwires on the other side. Stay near her and fight the Haven Troopers that 
attack. One of them will throw a stun grenade, and Akiba will be knocked out. 
Otacon will ring in to let Snake know about this, and it's your job to wake 
him up, which you can do by crouching near him and pressing the action 
button. When Johnny's awake and all of the enemies are out of action, follow 
the team through the broken wall and watch Johnny display a surprising moment 
of competency as he disarms the laser trap. Follow the team down the hole to 
the first floor, and stand in one of the two doorways behind the bar and wait 
for the next gunfight to begin. A tank will burst through the wall near the 
far side of the bar, and dozens of Haven Troopers will appear. Use the bar 
for cover and pick off the troopers one by one alongside Meryl. With only a 
few enemies remaining, Meryl leaves you to finish the job, so clear the area 
of the stragglers and follow her through to the elevator. A cinematic will 
play as each member jumps down the shaft, and afterwards the only thing left 
to do is follow after them and walk into the final area. 

The final cinematic in the Palace shows the Rat Patrol quickly working 
together to eliminate a Haven Trooper ambush. Afterwards, Meryl will explain 
a bit more about the nanomachines, and she'll give Snake the location of 
Liquid's base before leaving. When the codec conversation between Snake and 
Otacon ends, grab the P90's dropped by the Troopers before climbing up the 
debris and over the crates at the top to reach the city again. 


001.7 - Crescent Meridian

Enter the streets and watch as a tank appears to bring more pain to the 
battle. Crawl across the street and enter the small, enclosed area on the 
right that has a ladder against the wall. Climb up and walk across the narrow 
ledge to find a perfect vantage point being occupied by a soldier. A bomb 
will shortly go off and kill him, so take his place and pick off the PMC 
soldiers you can see, but remain prone to avoid drawing attention to 
yourself. The tank will eventually explode, and with a bit of help from 
Snake, the rebels will take the streets and declare victory. 

The celebration is short-lived, however, as a second skirmish begins just 
down the street. Crawl forward with the rest of the rebels, but only focus on 
the two PMCs behind some sandbags under an overhang to the west. Behind them 
is a ladder, and when you've taken them out, climb up and follow it around to 
the next block. Jump down and watch the cinematic that follows, which 
introduces the Beauty and the Beast Corp. 


001.8 - Millennium Park 

After the Beauties wreck havoc and slaughter the soldiers, lie prone on the 
southern sidewalk and crawl down the street to the west. There's a pair of 
PMCs here, but they're only focused on the northern half of the street, so 
you can sneak right past them. As you approach the barricades, cross over to 
the northern side of the street and crawl to the end, where you'll find 
sandbag barricades with unmanned mounted machine guns. Shoot the soldiers 
guarding the entrance to the park, including the one on top of the tank, and 
head inside. Hide in the grass as you scope out the area and wait for the PMC 
to the south to pass by. Afterwards, crawl north and hide behind the stack of 
lumber until the second of the two PMCs patrolling the park walks south into 
the circle, when you should run around the east side of the lumber and slip 
in between the wall and the small shed to avoid him. 

Leave this area through the west entrance and hug the east wall as you make 
your way northwest. There are a few soldiers hanging around here, but as long 
as you're patient you can avoid them - and if not, take them out with a shot 
from your Mk2 or another silenced weapon. As you approach the entrance to 
Liquid's headquarters from the east, you'll come across a PMC that you'll 
probably have to take out, and another that walks north and south near the 
checkpoint. Wait for the latter to begin heading south, and walk over to the 
doorway to finish the first Act. As a side note, if you're spotted here, 
you're best bet is to simply run to the checkpoint, even though you do have 
the opportunity to hide in the dumpster, which is pretty cool too. 



002.0 - Act Two: Solid Sun

Objectives: 
- Rescue Naomi Hunter.  

002.0 - Mission Briefing 

During the prologue leading up to Act Two, take control of MK.II by pressing 
Square and explore the aircraft. Since you begin on the lower deck, pick up 
the battery near the helicopter and a camera by Sunny's desk. Afterwards, 
climb up the stairs to find a packet of instant noodles and a new song for 
your iPod. 


002.1 - Cove Valley Village
 
There are two ways to go about this area depending on whether or not you're 
interested in rescuing the captured rebels. If you aren't, then this 
section's a breeze, as you can simply crawl down the path and hug the west 
wall to reach the exit without running into any PMCs. If you are looking to 
take part in a rescue mission, then you have to get your hands a little 
dirty. Lie prone at the edge of the cliff you begin on and aim your Mk2 or 
another silenced weapon at the nearest soldier, who's walking towards you on 
the east side of the building. Knock him out with a tranquilizer dart, and 
wait for one of his buddies to find him. When they come over to investigate, 
knock him out as well. Repeat this strategy two more times, totaling four 
soldiers, before taking out the two actually guarding the POWs and the final 
PMC hiding in the building just in front of you. When they're all asleep, you 
can run around and pick up all of the items dropped by the soldiers and 
stored in the buildings. 

As a bonus, the rebels will pick up weapons and head for the battle about to 
occur at the power station, which is where you have to end up anyway. Keep in 
mind that the rebels will have a tough time staying alive without some help, 
so if you want to benefit from their presence be sure to lend them a hand. 
Fortunately, the Cove Valley isn't terribly well guarded, so you shouldn't 
have a problem nailing one or two PMCs with tranquilizer darts and letting 
the rebels take care of the rest. Of course, if you aren't interested in the 
skirmish between the two armies, you can continue crawling along the sides, 
climbing up the rock walls, and knocking out the PMCs that get in your way. 

Near the entrance to the power station, you'll come up to the base of a hill 
with a log at the top. Crawl up and hide there, and wait for the PMCs to 
shout out, "We've got company!" Don't worry, they aren't talking about you - 
regardless of how you played the previous area, some rebels will show up and 
begin fighting, so use your log as cover and wait for the PMCs to move away 
from the exit. Use your Solid Eye to locate enemy positions, and knock them 
out with a quick headshot if he gets too close to your hiding spot. If you 
didn't rescue the POWs in the beginning, the rebels will be suspicious of 
you, but you can solve that by giving them a hand in the fight at hand. Crawl 
past the rebels and any remaining PMCs, and leave the Village. 


002.2 - Power Station

As you appear near the power station, Raiden will call via codec and give you 
bits of information. When he's finished, head down the path, past the rebels, 
and crawl north until you pass by a small area to the east that dips in. Now 
look up above - two PMC snipers are hiding there waiting to gun down all of 
the rebels one by one. Take them out, and continue north to where the actual 
battle is taking place.  

The rebels are hopelessly outgunned, and the mounted machine guns, snipers, 
and motors initially make this battle an absolute slaughter. To avoid being 
wiped out, head east, past a large rock and a log, and up and around a hill 
that leads back to the Cove Village. Pick up the ration near some debris, and 
crawl back down to the eastern side of the power station. Some rebels will be 
attacking from this side, so give them a hand eliminating any threats in the 
area before entering the inner compound through the gate between the brick 
wall and the chain link fence. Take out the two PMCs here, and enter the 
computer room to find some C4 and a ration under the table. If you wait 
around long enough, the rebels will destroy the control panel in the main 
room - it's the only machine that appears white if you wear your night vision 
- or you can speed things up and do it yourself. After the battle is all but 
over, leave the compound and head northwest towards the tank to meet up with 
Drebin again, who gives you some information on the Beauty and the Beast Corp 
and the System. 

When Drebin leaves, you can go back and loot any of the previous areas for 
items you missed on you first run, since the rebels now control all of it. 
Afterwards, you'll notice that there are three exits from the power station - 
one in the northeast and two in the northwest. Take the southern of the 
northwest paths to find some helpful items such as a pack of instant noodles, 
the XM8, and the Javelin before continuing on towards the checkpoint. When 
the path forks, take the easier northwest route to reach the confinement 
facility.


002.3 - Confinement Facility 

The area east of here is in the midst of a heavy gunfight, but this region 
you're in is relatively quiet, with only a few guards patrolling the area. 
Tanks will drive down the street to engage the rebels, however, so stay on 
the rock formation and off of the road. Keep your eyes open for a PMC hiding 
on this path, though, and take him out with a quick CQC throw before he can 
sound an alert. Follow the rock path north until you reach a small 
encampment, which contains a few soldiers and two captured rebel POWs. If you 
want to rescue them, you'll have to take out the handful of PMCs guarding the 
area, including the sniper in the watchtower to the north. Reserve the 
soldier actually guarding the two rebels for last since his back is always 
facing you, making him an easy target for a CQC throw. Before leaving, check 
under the main building for some items, and head through the mineshaft in the 
northeast corner. 
 

002.4 - Vista Mansion
 
Feel free to make any number of jokes at the expense of Bill Gates or 
Microsoft, as Vista Mansion is the site of a PMC battle that Snake, 
unfortunately, must pass through the reach the research lab where Naomi is 
being held. However, the entrance to the mansion is blocked off by a large 
gate, so hug the rock wall and follow this path east. As you approach the 
gate, a rebel bulldozer crashes through it before being destroyed by PMCs. 
Otacon warns you to protect the bulldozer, but I've never had a problem with 
it surviving long enough, so just focus on staying alive while the rebels do 
their work. As a side note, the destruction of the gate means that the rebels 
have won the battle they were fighting in the Confinement Facility, so you 
can go back and pick up some neat weapons, including the FIM-92A, chaff 
grenades, and M870 Custom, and items like instant noodles, ammo, and a song 
for your iPod. 

Back at Vista Mansion, enter through the now-destroyed gate and follow the 
east wall behind the tents until you reach some storage crates in the 
northeast corner. Slip in between the wall and the crates for an iPod song, 
and then head for the stairs in the rear entrance to the mansion. Once 
inside, head through the door on the right and follow the hallway west until 
you reach a staircase. Before going upstairs, however, lay low near the 
potted plants and wait for the two soldiers to run down and enter the battle. 
Once they've left the room, climb up the stairs and leave the bedroom through 
the east door partially concealed by shadows, and check out the northern end 
of the building. Pick up the ammo here before jumping down through the 
skylight. Follow this underground tunnel around to find a ladder at the end 
that leads to Naomi's research lab. 


002.5 - Research Lab

Naomi is kidnapped and Snake is left to handle the Haven Troopers that 
attack. The level begins in a caution phase, and you'll be spotted and go 
into an alert if you hold your ground and fight. Instead, run south and hide 
under the bed in the other room and wait for the two Troopers to appear. 
Knock them out with shots from the Mk.2 - be sure to hit them quickly, or 
else they begin to search the lab and won't be in view for quite some time. 
When they've both fallen unconscious, two more Troopers crash through one of 
the east windows and appear in the doorway to the right of the bed, so keep 
your crosshairs pointed there and blast them when they show up and come into 
view. Four more Troopers appear in teams of two from the east room, so repeat 
the same strategy to knock them out of action. When all eight Troopers are 
incapacitated, the caution disappears. Crawl out from under the bed and begin 
collecting as many items as you can. When Laughing Octopus screams out 
Snake's name, the boss fight will begin. 


Boss: Laughing Octopus
 
The first thing to remember when fighting Octopus is that you can't beat her 
in a straight-out gunfight. Her armor is way too tough to penetrate, and 
she'll mow you do before you even get two shots in since she uses her 
tentacles to deflect your bullets. Instead, you'll have to use quick attacks 
and catch her by surprise when she's hiding. 

When the level begins, Snake is about a foot in front of Octopus, who's about 
to whip out her machine gun and unload on him. To prevent an untimely death, 
quickly run out of the room through the west door and use the wall for cover. 
While she's shooting, switch your weapon to either a shotgun or machine gun 
and equip the Solid Eye. After she stops, peak out and fire off a few rounds. 
If you get a hit, Octopus will crawl up into a ball, release an ink cloud, 
and disappear. She leaves behind several tracking bombs, however, so get out 
of the area and wait for them to explode. 

From here, Octopus may take one of two strategies. In the more aggressive of 
the two, she'll crash through any of the windows surrounding the research lab 
to catch Snake off guard. To avoid this, never enter the outer hallway until 
you're positive Octopus is hiding somewhere, and not coming out to attack. 

For the more defensive of the two, Octopus will find a place to hide and use 
her own version of the OctoCamo to blend in. You can still roughly see her 
outline, and the Solid Eye's night vision does help a little, but the easiest 
way to track her is by waiting for Octopus to call out and find her icon on 
the radar. From there, you can locate her general position and figure out 
where's she's hiding. If you're really having trouble, Otacon will chime in 
when you get close to her and give you a hint that varies in helpfulness. 
Make sure to thoroughly check every area, however, because Octopus can hide 
against walls, on the ceilings, in front of paintings, in boxes, and just 
about any other spot you can imagine. 

Those are her two basic strategies, but Octopus has a few other tricks to 
complicate this fight. Besides her P90 machine gun and tracking bombs, 
Octopus can use her tentacles to grab you, which can be devastating to your 
life gauge. Later on, when she rolls up into a ball, she may charge at you 
instead of disappearing, and this attack is also pretty painful and knocks 
away a considerable amount of life. All in all, her attacks mean that should 
always keep your distance from Laughing Octopus, preferably having a wall 
between the two of you. Later on when she begins to use her rolling attack, 
you may want to consider standing on any of the tables or boxes if you aren't 
sure where she is, or if you are sure that she's in the middle of using the 
attack.

Her final trick isn't very difficult to exploit, and in reality you'll 
probably be hoping she uses it more often than she does. In an attempt to 
confuse you, Octopus will disguise herself as a fallen Haven Trooper, Naomi, 
or even the MK.II and lie around and wait for you to come close - in 
particular, the MK.II will attempt to lure you down a hallway and trick you 
into stepping on a claymore. Don't be fooled, blast her while she's 
vulnerable for free hits. 

As long as you remain on the defense and only attack Octopus when she leaves 
herself open, you should be able to knock her life down to zero. Remember - 
patience is the key. When Laughing Octopus is killed, she becomes Laughing 
Beauty. 


Boss: Laughing Beauty 

As with all of the Beauties, Octopus slowly stumbles around and attempts to 
grab you. If she does, her bear hug will cause some damage until you're able 
to wiggle free, so be sure to keep your distance. When you shoot at her, 
Octopus and the other Beauties have a nasty habit of being able to dodge some 
of your shots, but don't be discouraged - simply continue aiming for her 
chest and you'll eventually get your hits in. 

If you defeat Laughing Beauty using non-lethal tactics, you'll earn the 
Laughing Beauty face camo. Also, if you defeat Octopus using non-lethal 
tactics, you'll earn the Laughing Octopus doll, which can be found on the bed 
during the Beauty fight. Keep in mind that you can only obtain the doll 
during this fight, so grab it before defeating her the second time. 


002.6 - Mountain Trail
 
The goal now is to track the soldiers that took Naomi, and Raiden calls to 
give you some tips. He goes in depth about picking up scents and observing 
animals, but all you really need to focus on is using the Solid Eye's night 
vision to see the footprints. 

When you begin, head southwest and pick up the ration lying on some grass 
just off the path. Continue following the footprints until the path diverges 
- take the northern one to find a soldier standing in front of a river. Use a 
CQC throw to knock him out, and pick up his weapon and the fore grip B lying 
on the ground. Return to the main area and follow the trail that goes 
northwest. Cross the bridge and wait for the soldier to walk past you - when 
he does, sneak up behind him and take him out. Follow the northwest path he 
was standing in front of to find some noodles, but watch out for the claymore 
planted near it. Noodles in hand, return to the path and take the other 
northwest path. There's a soldier patrolling here, so make sure to crawl and 
shoot him before he spots you. There are some stun grenades and a PSS handgun 
around the shack here, so pick them up before continuing to trail Naomi on 
the east trail. 

As you enter the next area, stop at the entrance and look for the sniper 
directly in front of you. Eliminate him before he can spot you, and follow 
the southern route to find the ruins of a building guarded by a pair of 
soldiers. Knock them out with your Mk.2, and pick up the ammo and RPG behind 
the building itself. Afterwards, return to the area with the sniper and take 
the east path, but stop before entering the open area. Lie prone near the 
rock, and swing the camera around to find a soldier crouched near some boxes 
- take him out and continue down the path until you reach the riverside. 

Otacon will comment on how Naomi's footprints have disappeared, and an audio 
flashback of Campbell's bizarre alien abduction in Sons of Liberty will play 
in Snake's mind. Continue along this path until it diverges into three 
different routes - north, south, and west. The west path has two Haven 
Troopers and leads back to the river, and the south route is optional but has 
some items being guarded by a Haven Trooper. After collecting your items, 
continue tracking Naomi along the northeast path, but turn off your Solid Eye 
from here. As Raiden mentioned earlier, the Solid Eye's humming sound will 
alert enemies of your presence, and the Haven Troopers here will become 
suspicious and come to investigate if you leave it on. As you follow this 
path, taking out the Haven Troopers that get in your way, there's an open 
area with a large tree stump in the center. Possibly unbeknownst you with if 
your Solid Eye is off, there's a soldier planting a claymore mine there, so 
wait for him to finish up and leave before crawling down the northern route 
to find some noodles, a ration, and a cement block in the ground with all of 
the developers' handprints and signatures in it.  

Afterwards, return to the tree stump and head northeast. As you follow this 
path, knock out the Haven Troopers and normal soldiers you come across, but 
occasionally flip on your night vision to spot any claymores planted in the 
area - particularly around the spot where you find Naomi's shoes. Also in 
this area is muna, an extremely helpful item that speeds up the rate you 
recovery psyche, so be sure to grab that as well. As the path continues to 
split, keep sticking to the western-most route until it begins to curve 
around to the north. Follow it around and knock out the soldier patrolling 
here - Otacon will call in observe that there are a lot more footprints, 
which he interprets to mean that you're getting close. He happens to be 
correct, because there's an entrance to a mine in this area that leads to the 
heliport where Naomi was taken. Run inside to escape from this hellhole of a 
maze. 


002.7 - Stryker Escape 

Good old Drebin shows up just in time to rescue Snake and Naomi, and his 
Stryker tank plows through the areas you just visited to escape. Snake climbs 
onto the roof to protect the tank from any enemies that attack, and while 
this is going on you have unlimited ammo for all of your weapons and access 
to the tank's mounted machine gun. Your best bet is to stick to the tank's 
gun, however, since it's a great deal more powerful and you don't have to 
worry about reloading.

The first stop is at Vista Mansion, but there aren't too many real threats 
here so take this opportunity to get accustomed to the gun and how it 
handles. Slaughter all of the enemies that get near the tank, but if one 
happens to climb on and gets too close to the turret to kill you'll have to 
stop shooting and use a CQC throw to knock him out. Some advanced soldiers 
wearing attack gear appear from the front gate that causes Drebin to sound 
concerned, but they won't give you any trouble. With the area clear, Drebin 
continues down to the Confinement Facility. 

This is where the fun really begins, because now you have to fight an 
onslaught of Gekkos that, unlike the advanced soldiers, can actually do some 
damage and take more than a few hits to go down. You still should only use 
the mounted turret and focus about ninety-nine percent of your energy on 
taking out the Gekkos. With the final one percent, be sure to look behind and 
around you when you catch a break in case any zombie-soldiers are able to 
climb onto the tank. If you can kill them before they grab Snake, you'll be 
able to continue fighting without having to stop and equip the mounted gun 
again. As long as you mind your surroundings and shoot the soldiers before 
they get close to the tank, though, you'll be fine. When the last of the 
Gekkos are destroyed, Drebin drives down the road, plowing through enemies on 
the way to the Power Station. 

When Drebin stops, Otacon will tell you to "do something about that gate" but 
your first priority should be to destroy the tank driving around here. It 
only takes a few seconds of shooting to blow it up, and afterwards you can 
focus on the gate without having to worry about too much resistance aside 
from the mob of zombie-soldiers hanging around. After both sides of the gate 
are junk, you'll continue towards the market as more Gekkos arrive to stop 
you. Unlike before, you aren't required to destroy them all and Drebin 
continues to drive, so do your best to shoot as many of them as you can to 
hold them at bay. The Gekkos also don't really ram the tank as they did 
before, so the Stryker shouldn't take nearly as much damage as it did the 
last time - if any. 


002.8 - Marketplace 

Whew, well that was exciting. As a reward for surviving the tank scene, you 
get to watch a much less whiney cyborg Raiden absolutely manhandle a group of 
Gekkos, which is, needless to say, pretty damn cool. Afterwards, you still 
have to escape from the marketplace while it's being leveled by Gekkos. 

If your life gauge is low, hang around here and allow yourself to recuperate. 
When you're ready, head to the left under a stone overhang behind the first 
series of shops. There are Gekkos everywhere, but there are also a lot of 
civilians, so don't bother trying to fight them. Instead, if you have any 
chaff grenades, now would be the time to use them - the scrambled computers 
in the Gekkos gives you an extra second to dodge by them, which should be 
enough if you time it correctly. 

Leave the overhang and head east, but don't take the alleyway even though it 
appears to be safe - a Gekko will crash through and block your path if you 
try. Hug the north wall of the market and roll past the Gekko standing on the 
corner of the street. Jump over the fence to continue past the debris, and 
pick up an M72A3 rocket launcher in a dead-end just after the alleyway. Wait 
here until the Gekko in the street rams through the stalls to the east, 
clearing a path for you in the process, and follow after it. Duck into a 
small inlet on the south side of the street before the point where the Gekko 
stops, and allow it to walk back west. Dodge past it and make a mad dash for 
the exit. A single Gekko is blocking your path, but you can roll past it and 
trigger the cinematic before it actually makes contact with you. 

After that extremely hectic scene, the game gives you one more reward - the 
scene shown in one of the trailers where Raiden fights Vamp. Awesome. And so 
concludes Act Two. 



003.0 - Act Three: Third Sun 

Objectives: 
- Tail a resistance member to their headquarters in Midtown North. 
- Protect the van carrying the corpse of Big Boss. 

The majority of this act is spent tailing a resistance member to their 
hideout, and there are two different routes they'll take depending on whether 
you're playing on Big Boss Hard or any of the easier difficulties. Both 
strategies are outlined here, so skip to whichever one you're looking for. 

Before getting into an actual walkthrough, however, there are a few tips to 
help you get through the streets without bringing too much attention to 
yourself: 

- First and foremost, ditch the civilian outfit you start with. Sure, it 
looks cool and the Young Snake face camo is nostalgic, but it doesn't help 
you in any way. Because of the curfew the city is under, PMCs will go into an 
alert if they see you regardless of what you look like, and the trench coat 
does little to blend in with the environment. On the other hand, the OctoCamo 
and face camo will score you anywhere from 75-99% invisibility while prone. 

- Keep your distance from the resistance member you're using as a mark, about 
a block if possible. After all, you have the radar to keep track of him and 
he doesn't move terribly fast, so you shouldn't have any problems keeping up 
with him. The reason you should hang back is if you run into any PMC trouble 
that requires you to hide. If you're too close, you might spook the 
resistance member and cause him to run away, or worse, get arrested. If you 
stay far enough away, you'll have plenty of room to sneak around without 
alerting anyone. 

- Also, ignore the signal interceptor. Even Otacon mentions you can use the 
Solid Eye's radar instead, and it's a lot easier to find a resistance member 
as well as keep track of the PMCs when combined with the Solid Eye's night 
vision. 

- Finally, don't attack PMC soldiers if you can help it. Occasionally, the 
resistance member you're tracking will run into a road that's blocked off and 
stop - or even be arrested - and Otacon will tell you to rescue him. Don't, 
more often than not it isn't worth the risk and you can always find another 
resistance member to replace him. If you absolutely must engage in a fight, 
use a silenced weapon. I highly recommend sticking to the Mk.2 since an 
unconscious soldier won't cause the soldiers to call for backup the way a 
dead one will. 


003.1 - Big Boss Hard 

If you haven't discovered by now, compared to the other difficulties, Big 
Boss Hard is, well... harder. As such, Act Three is a little more complicated 
than the others, as the resistance member you end up tailing takes a much 
longer route that goes through areas they won't in the easier difficulties. 

003.11 - Midtown South Sector 

Walk down the street a little until a cinematic plays showing a suspicious 
looking character walking around. That's your resistance member, so hide 
behind the parked van and wait for him to cross the street heading east. 
There aren't any enemies around here, so use this time to figure out how you 
plan on tracking this guy and anything else you may want to do. Meanwhile, 
the resistance member is taking an unnecessarily long route but continues 
east until he hits the edge of the city and turns north. 

At the end of this block, your mark starts going west, but runs into trouble 
when he spots a soldier standing at the end of the block. Otacon tells you to 
give him a hand, but again, it's not worth it. Stay behind the building and 
wait until the mark gives up and turns around to find another route. Lean 
against the wall and watch as he runs past you, down the next street south of 
the one he planned on going down, and up a flight of stairs, which takes him 
right over the street - and PMC - he was initially trying to get through. At 
the end, he jumps onto a roof and heads west, which leads to a ladder. After 
he climbs down, he'll spot a soldier patrolling the street, so wait at the 
top of the ladder until he decides to take another route. Give him enough 
time to get far enough away, and then follow suit.  

Following this change of plans, the mark walks north, up a short flight of 
stairs, and enters the park. As he starts to walk north, hide behind the east 
statue he passes by. After running into more PMC resistance, the mark runs 
back south, but stops by the west statue for a bathroom break. When he's... 
finished, he'll head north again. This time he climbs over the grassy hill 
and tries to sneak behind the two guards, but thinks twice and decides 
against it. Instead, he makes the much more intelligent decision to hurl a 
grenade in the park, much to Otacon's surprise. A caution will be instated, 
but it isn't too difficult to lay low. Meanwhile, you mark has left the park 
and is currently north of the park admiring a poster of a young, pretty 
Japanese girl. When the caution ends, he runs down the street and hides in 
one of the park's stairways while a patrol vehicle passes by. Snake has to 
follow his lead, but you can just lie prone by the wall for an easy 90% camo 
index and avoid the patrol. The rest of this area should be smooth sailing 
without any PMCs in the way, so tail the resistance member to Midtown 
Central.  


003.12 - Midtown Central Sector
 
Crawl down the street and peak around the corner to find your friend the 
resistance member gawking at another poster, the pervert. Stay out of sight 
for a moment and wait for him to leave, return for a second look, and leave 
again, and then follow him into the main area. 

This area is extremely annoying, because you have a helicopter searchlight to 
worry about on top of the PMCs - all why trying to keep track of the 
resistance member. The key to making it through this area is remembering that 
even though the actual searchlight may not shine on you, being within a few 
feet of it will still cause the troops to go into a high alert. To avoid 
this, watch as the resistance member sneaks by the soldiers, and allow the 
searchlight to make a full pass before even getting close to where it's 
looking. When you do make your move, be quick about it and head for the river 
by taking the stairs on the west side of the square. 

From the stairs, look over to the river and find your mark, who's wading 
across to the other side to avoid another searchlight. This one isn't as 
difficult to avoid, however, so allow it to make a pass to see where it goes 
and follow after the resistance member, using the bridge overhang as cover 
for when the searchlight passes by. There aren't any more threats in this 
area, so follow the mark down the riverbank and into the Northwest Sector.  


003.13 - Midtown Northwest Sector
 
Lie down and crawl towards the resistance member as he climbs out of the 
water. Hide in the shadows underneath the bridge and wait for the searchlight 
to go away before heading up the stairs and taking a left to follow after the 
resistance member. Unfortunately for everyone, while attempting to sneak past 
some soldiers, the resistance member alerts them to his presence and is 
arrested, so you'll have to eliminate the PMCs if you want to continue. The 
Mk.2 is the easiest way to do this, since you only have to hit them a single 
time and simply wait until they fall down. If you use a lethal weapon, 
there's a chance they'll escape and call for backup, and that's the opposite 
of what we want. 

When the resistance member is a free man and has gotten over the shock of 
having been rescued, he'll continue down the street and leave through the 
Northeast Sector exit. Since the enemies in this area are all unconscious, 
stroll after him. 


003.14 - Midtown Northeast Sector

Drop down to the ground and track the resistance member as he walks down the 
street and around the corner. He'll stop in front of a building and hide 
behind some columns to avoid being seen by the PMCs, so follow his lead and 
do the same to prevent sounding an alert. After passing by the soldiers 
patrolling the area, head to Midtown North through the exit the mark takes. 
Whew, finally an area that was nice and short for a change... 


003.15 - Midtown North Sector 

Hang back by the dumpsters and such when the mark enters the courtyard on the 
west side of the alley. In a few seconds, he'll reemerge in one of the green 
PMC uniforms, which allows him to walk past any of the soldiers undetected. 
Unfortunately you don't have this luxury, so Snake still has to remain hidden 
to avoid causing a scene. 

As the mark walks down the main road to the northeast, take the alleyway that 
heads to the west and follow the southern road in that direction until you 
come across a white truck near a side street with three soldiers standing 
guard at the other side. This street connects the one the mark is on and 
he'll join the three PMCs on their patrol, so hang here until they get around 
to it. 

When they finally do reach your hiding spot, the resistance member and two 
PMCs will head west until he comes up to a white van parked near the truck. 
At this point, your mark will leave his partners and cross the street to slip 
down an alley. Follow him, but stay in the alley lying prone - another patrol 
car will drive by, and while the resistance member will be unaffected, you'll 
be left with the proverbial check as the PMCs hunt you down. When the vehicle 
passes by, crawl along the sidewalk, stopping whenever you hear another 
vehicle coming, until you see the resistance member duck into a dead end. 
After getting rid of his PMC uniform, your mark will walk to the end of the 
street and reach the resistance headquarters.  


003.2 - Solid Normal, Naked Normal, Liquid Easy 

The route the mark takes on the lower difficulties is much easier to follow 
and skips over a few areas. There are also fewer soldiers patrolling the 
streets, which makes things much less frustrating. Astute readers may notice 
that parts of this section are identical to the ones described in Big Boss 
Hard, and that's because they are and I was too lazy to rewrite them. 


003.21 - Midtown South Sector 

Walk down the street a little until a cinematic plays showing a suspicious 
looking character walking around. That's your resistance member, so hide 
behind the parked van and wait for him to cross the street heading east. 
There aren't any enemies around here, so use this time to figure out how you 
plan on tracking this guy and anything else you may want to do. Meanwhile, 
the resistance member is taking an unnecessarily long route but continues 
east until he hits the edge of the city and turns north. 

At the end of this block, your mark starts going west, but runs into trouble 
when he spots a soldier standing at the end of the block. Otacon tells you to 
give him a hand, but again, it's not worth it. Stay behind the building and 
wait until the mark gives up and turns around to find another route. Lean 
against the wall and watch as he runs past you, down the next street south of 
the one he planned on going down, and up a flight of stairs, which takes him 
right over the street - and PMC - he was initially trying to get through. At 
the end, he jumps onto a roof and heads west, which leads to a ladder. After 
he climbs down, he'll spot a soldier patrolling the street, so wait at the 
top of the ladder until he decides to take another route. Give him enough 
time to get far enough away, and then follow suit.  

Following this change of plans, the mark walks north, up a short flight of 
stairs, and enters the park. As he starts to walk north, hide behind the east 
statue he passes by. After running into more PMC resistance, the mark runs 
back south, but stops by the west statue for a bathroom break. When he's... 
finished, he'll head north again. This time he climbs over the grassy hill 
and tries to sneak behind the two guards, but thinks twice and decides 
against it. Instead, he makes the much more intelligent decision to hurl a 
grenade in the park, much to Otacon's surprise. A caution will be instated, 
but it isn't too difficult to lay low. Meanwhile, you mark has left the park 
and is currently north of the park admiring a poster of a young, pretty 
Japanese girl. When the caution ends, he runs down the street and hides in 
one of the park's stairways while a patrol vehicle passes by. Snake has to 
follow his lead, but you can just lie prone by the wall for an easy 90% camo 
index and avoid the patrol. The rest of this area should be smooth sailing 
without any PMCs in the way, so tail the resistance member north to the next 
area. 


003.22 - Midtown Northeast Sector 

Take a left and head west to find your mark again - he's hiding behind a 
mailbox near the crosswalk. Wait for him to cross the street and turn the 
corner, and then sneak after him. There's a helicopter with a searchlight in 
this area, but if you stay flush against the building's walls and crawl along 
the sidewalk you should be fine. The resistance member will make a break for 
his next hiding place, but don't panic and chase after him. Again, you still 
have him on your radar, and in the time he takes to stop and make sure the 
coast is clear you can catch up. 

As the resistance member is heading north, you'll want to be sitting by the 
car to the south. In trying to sneak behind two guards, he ends up kicking a 
can and alerting them to his presence. The two PMCs arrest him and lead him 
back south, so you'll have to rescue him if you want to continue. Using your 
Mk.2, quickly fire off two rounds and knock the two of them out before they 
get anywhere - the positive to using the tranquilizer gun is that you simply 
need to hit them anywhere in one hit, and they won't call for backup if you 
don't land a headshot. 

Having just been freed, the resistance member will do one of two things. If 
you're lucky, he'll run up the stairs and hide there before continuing 
towards the hideout. If not, he'll run back to the main area and be caught by 
all of the guards patrolling there. Should he be arrested again, don't bother 
saving him - not only doesn't he deserve it, but another resistance member 
will arrive shortly to replace him. From here, follow the resistance member 
northwest and head through to the next area. 


003.23 - Midtown North Sector 

Hang back by the dumpsters and such when the mark enters the courtyard on the 
west side of the alley. In a few seconds, he'll reemerge in one of the green 
PMC uniforms, which allows him to walk past any of the soldiers undetected. 
Unfortunately you don't have this luxury, so Snake still has to remain hidden 
to avoid causing a scene. 

As the mark walks down the main road to the northeast, take the alleyway that 
heads to the west and follow the southern road in that direction until you 
come across a white truck near a side street with three soldiers standing 
guard at the other side. This street connects the one the mark is on and 
he'll join the three PMCs on their patrol, so hang here until they get around 
to it. 

When they finally do reach your hiding spot, the resistance member and two 
PMCs will head west until he comes up to a white van parked near the truck. 
At this point, your mark will leave his partners and cross the street to slip 
down an alley. Follow him, but stay in the alley lying prone - another patrol 
car will drive by, and while the resistance member will be unaffected, you'll 
be left with the proverbial check as the PMCs hunt you down. When the vehicle 
passes by, crawl along the sidewalk, stopping whenever you hear another 
vehicle coming, until you see the resistance member duck into a dead end. 
After getting rid of his PMC uniform, your mark will walk to the end of the 
street and reach the resistance headquarters.  


003.3 - Motorcycle Chase 

This section is either extremely fun or devastatingly difficult depending on 
if you're going for a no-kill game to earn any of the better rankings. If you 
aren't going for a non-lethal game, play this section the same way you did 
the tank scene at the end of Act Two. The Vz 83 machine gun EVA gives you has 
unlimited ammo during this scene, so hold R1 down and shoot anything that 
moves - besides the black van, of course. In the later parts of the scene, 
focus more on the Haven Troopers than on Raging Raven since the Troopers are 
more likely to wipe the floor with you, but overall you shouldn't have too 
much trouble staying alive through to the boss fight. 

Non-lethal games are a bit trickier, and this is much more difficult than the 
scene in Act Two, as most of the threats you had to be concerned about were 
machines. Attempting to aim your wimpy Mk.2 or V-Ring shotguns while the 
motorcycle drives in circles to avoid enemies can be frustrating beyond 
belief, and you'll have to minimize the damage rather than completely protect 
the van. Ignore enemies that aren't going to destroy you or the van by 
themselves and focus on the enemies that can - namely the Haven Troopers and 
PMCs manning the mounted machine guns. When Raging Raven shows up, you can 
destroy the Sliders since they aren't human, but obviously you can't shoot 
Raven with a lethal weapon. After getting through that travesty, you're 
rewarded by having to fight an arduous battle against Raging Raven. 


003.4 - Echo's Beacon 

Boss: Raging Raven 

Raging Raven is a fairly annoying boss to fight because you spend the 
majority of the time sitting around waiting for an opportunity to attack. The 
tower the battle takes place in has four or five stories, but you'll want to 
stay exclusively on the highest level at all times. Since you begin on the 
ground floor, this means immediately running up - after you've picked up any 
items you can find, of course. Otherwise, Raven will crash through the walls 
and throw quick attacks that inflict quite a bit of damage, and there aren't 
very many great places to hide and consistently avoid her since she attacks 
from all directions.  

Once at the top, equip any rifle with a scope, I recommend the M14, and 
crouch down just inside of the doorway that leads outside. Raging Raven and 
her Sliders will be flying around, and it's extremely difficult to pick them 
off since they're constantly moving, but it gets easier once you figure out 
how far ahead you have to shoot to register a hit. Once you've destroyed a 
few of the Sliders, Raven will make her appearance. 

After sitting around for a few minutes without being able to get a clear 
shot, you may be tempted to venture outside and be more aggressive. However, 
doing this will prove to be fatal, as before you get a chance to pinpoint 
Raven's location she'll launch missiles and knock you around - possibly 
completely off the tower. It's a real pain, but you're much more likely to 
come out in one piece if you stay in the doorway - there's only one direction 
attacks can come from, and you can use the inside of the room as cover. When 
Raven appears in front of you, quickly take aim and shoot her out of the air 
before ducking back inside and avoiding her attack. 

Finally, if you call Otacon, he'll figure out that Raven's weapon will 
overheat if she uses it too much, that she forgets to let it cool down when 
she gets angry, and that she gets angry when Snake destroys her Sliders. If 
you're willing to use the extra ammo, considering take shots at the Sliders 
and send Raven into a blind rage, causing her to lose the use of her weapon 
for a short time. When this happens, Raven will set down on a rooftop, giving 
you an easy shot. 


Boss: Raging Beauty 

This boss is identical to the previous Beauty, so there isn't much else to 
say that hasn't already been said. Like Octopus before her, Raven will lumber 
over to you and attempt to grab you, but she's easy enough to avoid simply by 
backing up. Be sure not to back yourself into a corner and fire your Mk.2 or 
another weapon to take her down. Raven and the other Beauties have a nasty 
habit of being able to dodge some of your shots, but don't be discouraged - 
simply continue aiming for her chest and you'll eventually get your hits in.

After defeating the Raging Beauty, Snake will earn Raven's MGL-140 grenade 
launcher and the Raging Beauty face camo if you defeated her using non-lethal 
tactics. Fortunately, the boss battle marks the end of Act Three, so you 
don't have to worry about chasing after anyone like in the previous act. 



004.0 - Act Four: Twin Suns 

Objectives: 
- Locate Metal Gear Rex in the underground base of Shadow Moses. 
- Escape from the base. 


004.0 - Heliport (1998) 

It turns out that one of Snake's flashbacks is actually playable, so you get 
to take control of Solid Snake from his MGS1 days. From behind the storage 
container, run to the right and hide behind the second container on the snowy 
hill. A genome soldier will walk by and looking around, so wait here until he 
continues down the row before making your way to the actual building. Wait 
for the surveillance camera to look away before stepping in front of it, 
because Snake will pause and exclaim, "A surveillance camera!?" while it 
continues to survey the area in front of it.

Afterwards, run up the stairs near the camera and lean against the left wall 
to see if the other genome soldier is in the area. If he is, wait for him to 
head back to the left side of the building - otherwise, make a break for the 
ventilation shaft on the ground and crawl through. Once inside the Shadow 
Moses facility, the flashback will end and Otacon will wake Snake up. 


004.1 - Snowfield and Heliport 

As Old Snake in 2008, check the area you begin in for some ammo before 
heading west through the narrow neck of the area. As you appear in the second 
half of the snowfield, turn on the Solid Eye's night vision to see what's 
going on - Snake is standing on a ridge above the main area where a Gekko is 
patrolling. Pick up the ammo at the end and slide down the bank and lie prone 
to avoid being seen. Crawl along the northern wall, but keep an eye on where 
the Gekko is, as it turns around and backtracks a few times. At the exit, 
wait for the Gekko to begin heading east and leave through the bottleneck 
area as a familiar Metal Gear theme, The Best Is Yet To Come, begins to play 
in the background. 

This path leads to the heliport as it appears in modern times - ruins, long 
abandoned and left to freeze over. There aren't any enemies here, so feel 
free to around picking up any items you can find. In particular, there are 
still chaff grenades on the helipad, which may actually come in handy later 
on, and a ration behind the storage containers against the east wall. 
However, there are some new items as well, including various grenades and RPG 
ammo in the storage sheds on the west side of the heliport. You can also 
check out the familiar areas like the elevator for some audio flashbacks. 

Otacon mentions that the front door of the tank hanger is open, but a true 
Metal Gear Solid fan knows that the second floor ventilation shaft is the 
only real way to enter Shadow Moses. Besides, you'll avoid a great deal of 
grief if you do, so take the extra second to climb the stairs and crawl 
around - you even get to listen the introduction of "MacDonald Miller" from 
the original game. 


004.2 - Tank Hanger and Canyon 

Once inside, crawl to the right and follow this path all the way to the end - 
you can stop and look out the handful of grates you pass by if you'd like, 
and you'll find another song for your iPod at the end. The ladder that allows 
you to climb down has long been destroyed, but Snake can slide out and hang 
from the vent. Make sure the floor here is clear and drop down. 

The genome soldiers previously patrolling the tank hanger during your last 
visit have been replaced by Dwarf Gekkos - god-awful little creatures that 
jump around and shoot at you. They normally wouldn't be a problem, as you saw 
EVA deal with a few of them earlier, but Dwarf Gekkos roam in packs - dozens 
in a single area. You're free to check out the adjacent rooms in the hanger 
to find some items, but it really isn't worth the trouble. Besides, the 
canyon entrance is directly below you, so hop over the fence, drop down, and 
sneak out of here before a Dwarf Gekko spots you. 

In the canyon, Grey Fox's introduction will play in Snake's mind, and you can 
check out the southeast corner for some RPG rounds and 5.56 x 45mm ammo. The 
area initially appears to be empty, but upon closer inspection you'll see two 
dormant Gekkos - one on either side of the canyon. If you begin to get too 
close to one, Otacon will comment on how he thinks the drives must be shot, 
but if you get any closer the machine will spring to life and start 
patrolling the area, so be careful. If you remain prone you'll be camouflaged 
enough to avoid being seen, so grab the items and head inside the nuclear 
storage facility. 


004.3 - Nuclear Warhead Storage Building 

Fortunately, this facility is deserted of both humans and machines, and as a 
bonus you can use your weapons here without any pesky Russian women getting 
on your case. Otacon will call and tell you to head through the door at the 
far north end, and the two will reminisce about using the secret passage in 
the commander's office. On your way to the back, jump in the back of the 
truck and pick up the FIM-92A missile launcher, as well as any of the other 
boxes of ammo lying around. Afterwards, head over to the door and attempt to 
open it using the switch on the right, only to discover that it's locked. 
Otacon will call again and suggest that you go to his old office and login 
there to open the door and check the records of what's been going on at the 
base lately. He also gives you the password to his computer - 48273. 

Climb up the stairs to the second floor and head over to the elevator. Otacon 
will ring in to say he powered the generator, so it should be enough to let 
you ride it. Everything turns out to work smoothly for a change, because the 
elevator comes up and brings Snake down to the B2 basement without any 
problems. When you step out, Otacon suggests that you head down the main 
hallway, but you can use the side office instead to find some items. About 
halfway through Snake and Otacon will discuss destroying the electrified 
floor's switchboard with the Nikita missile launcher, and Otacon will make a 
comment about how it looks like the switchboard could still be activated if 
the current was turned back on. Hmm, sounds like a tidbit of information 
worth remembering. 

At the end of the offices, pick up the iPod song and crawl under the desk to 
reach the main hallway. From here, head east down the corridor where Grey Fox 
slaughtered the soldiers to reach Otacon's office. As with most of the other 
rooms, this one is empty but has plenty of items to pick up, but first Otacon 
asks you to enter the password he gave Snake earlier. If you can't remember 
it and are somehow too lazy to scroll up two paragraphs, it's "48273". Not 
that it really matters, since even if you get it wrong Otacon will remember 
for you - but only after cracking a joke about Snake's memory. However, there 
are a few tricks here - entering the codes "78925" or "13462" will score you 
new iPod songs, and the code "14893" will earn you one hundred thousand 
Drebin Points! 

Once the cinematic ends, Otacon will tell you that the door should be 
unlocked and to return to the first floor. Do that, but grab all of the ammo 
and health items in the office first. As Snake just begins to step on the 
electrified floor, a Gekko will crash through the ceiling and begin 
patrolling the area. If only there was a way to turn the floor's current back 
on... 

Hang back in the non-electrified hallway and activate the MK.III. Send it 
across the hallway and under the desk leading into the offices where the 
switchboard is. Once there, press the action button and the MK.III will 
activate the current, destroying the Gekko. Afterwards, you can casually walk 
down the hall and take the elevator back up. Of course, if you happen to 
accidentally destroy the MK.III, Snake can always crawl under the desk and 
simply avoid the Gekko - just be sure to wait for it to be at the far end of 
the hallway before calling the elevator down. 

Back in the warhead room, jump over the railing and drop down to the first 
floor. The MK.III will begin opening the door, but another Gekko will appear 
- having taken the elevator, no less - to search for you. It takes the MK.III 
three minutes to open the door, so Snake must distract the Gekko and protect 
the MK.III for that amount of time.

This is actually pretty easy to do. When the Gekko first appears, run over to 
the southwest corner and find a machine gun with ammo you don't use very 
often - I usually choose the P90. From here, shoot the Gekko to draw its 
attention to Snake and away from the MK.III, and simply run circles around 
the warheads until time expires. Should the Gekko get bored and wander over 
to the north door, shoot it some more and lead it back. At the end, you can 
knock its legs away to give you enough time to escape. 

Alternatively, you can be sneaky and knock on the walls to distract the Gekko 
without going into an alert. However, this method is a little more difficult 
and you may end up dying if you get mixed up, so I'd only attempt this if 
you're interested in earning a specific emblem that has an alerts limit. 


004.4 - Snowfield and Communications Tower 

Before going anywhere, lie down and allow your life gauge and psyche to 
rejuvenate. You'll also want to unequip the Solid Eye to recharge its battery 
and pick up the items sitting on the platform and inside the storage shed 
here. Afterwards, head jump down to the snowfield below to fight the boss, 
Crying Wolf. 


Boss: Crying Wolf 

As soon as you take control again, you're going to want to figure out what's 
going on, so find a place to hide. There's a truck parked just north of the 
fallen tree, so run over and crawl under that - there's also a ration sitting 
there. Now that you're safe for the time being, let's figure out how to 
approach this boss. 

There are a few key issues that make this fight incredibly unbalanced, and 
not in Snake's favor. For one, there's a blizzard going on, making visibility 
all but zero without the Solid Eye's night vision. On top of that, you also 
have to deal with a team of Haven Troopers patrolling the area along with 
Crying Wolf herself - and unlike the Troopers in the research lab before 
Laughing Octopus, new Haven Troopers arrive to replace any of the ones you 
eliminate. 

And then there's the actual boss you're fighting. Crying Wolf is wearing 
armor that prevents body heat from escaping, so you can only see small parts 
of her body using the Solid Eye's night vision. She also takes on a few 
characteristics of wolves, so she's extremely quick and can track you by your 
scent if Snake is downwind. If she finds Snake out in the open, she'll pounce 
on him and shoot her rail gun.

The obvious strategy here is to stay safely under the truck and shoot at 
Crying Wolf when she shows up. While this does work to an extent, it's 
extraordinarily time consuming since it may take Crying Wolf several minutes 
to wander into range. She may not even show up at all, and you'll just waste 
time and effort trying to take her out this way. As long as you keep the 
night vision on and stay upwind, you'll stand a good chance of catching 
Crying Wolf by surprise. If you can't find her, figure out which way the wind 
is blowing and make sure you aren't downwind, and if you are, move. That will 
accomplish two goals - searching the area for Crying Wolf and not dying. As 
for the Haven Troopers, ignore them unless they pick a fight with you, in 
which case quickly blast them and try not to lose sight of Wolf. 

As for actually attacking, you only want to fight this battle at a distance. 
Once you get within pouncing range, the advantage goes to Crying Wolf, so use 
a long-range weapon with a scope to fight. You'll want to make every shot 
count anyway, since you can only inflict damage by hitting her exposed body, 
which only appears when she's preparing to fire the rail gun. However, 
actually finding Crying Wolf is about three-quarters of the battle, so once 
you've figured out where she is you'll have an easier time hunting her down 
each time after. 

At its very core, this battle is still sniper against sniper. The only 
difference is that your opponent is much larger and has a more powerful 
weapon. Still, this fight is all about anticipating your enemy's next move 
and thinking strategically to avoid leaving yourself vulnerable. 

Once you've taken down Crying Wolf, she becomes Crying Beauty. 


Boss: Crying Beauty 

As with all of the Beauties, Wolf slowly stumbles around and attempts to grab 
you. If she does, her bear hug will cause some damage until you're able to 
wiggle free, so be sure to keep your distance as always. By now you should be 
a pro at taking these ladies down, so whatever you've been doing, do it 
again. 


004.5 - Blast Furnace and Casting Facility 

Luckily, the blast furnace has long been turned off so you don't have to 
worry about being burned or warming any keys, but there are quite a few Dwarf 
Gekkos in here that will give you problems. 

From the entrance to the blast furnace, head west along the first catwalk and 
hug the wall to shimmy across the narrow ledge. Once on the other side, run 
down the stairs and check the door in the northeast corner. It's locked, of 
course, but Otacon tells you that the other exit here - the one in the 
northwest corner - should be accessible. Turn around and head back up to the 
third floor, and then drop down from the catwalk to the ground level, 
avoiding the Dwarf Gekkos in the process. Open the elevator and take it down 
to the B5 basement. 

Once inside the casting facility, stay inside the elevator to avoid being 
seen by the Gekko. When it turns around, follow the south wall east and make 
your way straight up, but cross back over to the western side of the room 
before entering the northern portion of the casting facility - just be aware 
of where the Gekko while you're doing this. 

In the northern half, not only are there more Gekkos, but now there are teams 
of Dwarf Gekkos patrolling the area, which complicates things even more. Stay 
on the west side of the facility and slowly make your way north, using the 
various mechanical equipment lying around as cover from the Gekkos. Near the 
end on this side are three Dwarf Gekkos patrolling around a small strip, one 
you need to pass by to reach the exit. Wait for them to finish scanning the 
west wall and being rolling to the other end, and quickly run across and dive 
behind a large piece of equipment with a ration between it and the wall. From 
here, all that's left to do is cross back over to the eastern side without 
being seen by the Gekko in the center. Wait for it to walk south and climb 
onto the conveyor belts, but make sure the Dwarf Gekkos on the other side 
don't see you either. When they're facing away, jump down and run to the 
exit. Climb down the ladder and exit through the door leading to the 
underground base. 


004.6 - Underground Base and Supply Tunnel 

Run to the end of the hallway and crawl through the broken gate to reach the 
room on the other side. This room should look familiar, but now it's invested 
with more Dwarf Gekkos and ravens. There's a single Dwarf Gekko that rolls 
along the catwalk, so follow well behind and wait for it to investigate the 
right side away from the entrance to Rex's holding area. Once the coast is 
clear, run up and duck under the Gekko on the wall to avoid being seen. Keep 
in mind that the door leading to the elevator won't open if you're in an 
alert phase, and there's an endless swarm of Dwarf Gekkos if you are. If the 
scene is quiet, enter the underground base and prepare to fight Liquid's 
second-in-command, Vamp. 


Boss: Vamp 

This battle is actually a lot easier than when Raiden and Vamp went at it in 
the Big Shell. However, this fight has a gimmick, but we'll get to that 
later. 

Vamp's attacks are pretty standard by now - he's extremely agile and loves to 
throw knives at you. Besides that, Vamp also has a powerful melee combo that 
he'll use after leaping or running up to you. Overall, though, this battle 
isn't too tough, mainly because Vamp doesn't bother dodging your gunshots 
anymore. In fact, as he's charging at you, use the opportunity to unload an 
entire clip on him and knock away large chunks of his life at a time. 

Of course, it's hard to imagine Vamp kicking the bucket so easily, but this 
time he doesn't revive in a cinematic. Instead, as Otacon is celebrating, 
Vamp gets back up and starts fighting again, leaving Snake to try and figure 
out a way to stop him for good. 

If you remember back to Act Two, Naomi told Snake that Vamp is immortal 
because his nanomachines are designed to immediately repair any injury he 
receives. Therefore, logically, if there was a way to suppress his 
nanomachines, Vamp wouldn't be able to regenerate. If only Snake was carrying 
an item that suppressed nanomachines... 

Luckily, Snake happens to have an item that serves just that purpose - the 
syringes Naomi gave him that he's been jabbing into his neck for the past 
three acts. Equip the syringes as an item and begin fighting Vamp again, only 
this time your goal is to get close enough to put him in a CQC choke hold, 
whether this means "killing" Vamp and waiting for him to get up or charging 
him after he knocks Snake to the ground. Either way, once he's in Snake's 
grip, pump him full of the stuff. Vamp's life gauge will plummet to zero, and 
this part of the boss fight ends. 


Boss: Suicide Gekkos 

Raiden shows up to settle the score with Vamp once and for all, and it's up 
to Snake to keep the kamikaze Gekkos from detonating themselves and killing 
everyone. Fortunately, Crying Wolf's rail gun packs enough of a punch to 
destroy a Gekko in a single shot, but only once it's been fully charged. To 
charge the rail gun, hold R1 while in aiming mode and wait for the tiny meter 
below the weapon icon to reach one hundred percent. Once it does, find the 
nearest Gekko and destroy it. To avoid taking damage, stay under Rex near the 
corner, but move away when Otacon says, "They're coming from above - watch 
out Snake!" because a Gekko will attempt to sneak up from behind you there. 

You have to destroy about twenty Gekkos, but this isn't very difficult to 
accomplish and stay alive at the same time. Again, as long as you use Rex for 
cover the majority of the Gekko attacks will miss you completely. When Raiden 
finishes off Vamp for good, the battle ends. 


004.7 - Escape from the Underground Base 

Snake has been in this situation before - escaping from the underground base 
beneath Shadow Moses before everything explodes around him. What's different 
this time around is that before, Snake wasn't piloting Metal Gear Rex. Oh 
baby... 

For the first time in the series' history, the protagonist finally gets to 
control a Metal Gear, and you've got the best of the best with Rex. 

Rex has three attacks you can use - the Gatling gun that's used like any 
other weapon, a charge by pressing X, and a kicking combo that can be used by 
pressing R1 when not aiming. Your main weapon should obviously be Rex's 
built-in weapons, but you'll still have to rely on the kicks at times. But 
don't worry, Rex is durable enough to take the Gekkos on, and five minutes is 
actually more than enough time to reach the end. In fact, you may even want 
to consider sticking around for a while killing the endless swarm of Gekkos 
to earn more Drebin Points. When either time or Rex's life gauge is expiring, 
head for the exit and prepare for the final battle in this act. 


Boss: Metal Gear Ray 

And I bet you thought it wasn't going to get any more exciting than crashing 
through hundreds of Gekkos in Rex, didn't you? 

It turns out that even though Ray was designed to wipe the floor with other 
Metal Gears, it doesn't really stand a chance against Rex - I chalk it up to 
Rex's good old-fashioned American engineering. Along with the Gatling gun and 
melee attacks, you also have access to Rex's FE Laser and AT Missiles, which 
you can use by cycling through your items using R2. Personally, I find it 
easiest just to stick to Rex's kicking combo followed by a special attack you 
can use by pressing Triangle when you're near Ray. However, the missiles and 
laser are both good weapons to use, and the Gatling gun can destroy Ray's 
missiles, so feel free to mix and match to find what works.

On the other hand, Ray has also kept most of its attacks from Sons of 
Liberty, including the water cannon and the hailstorm of missiles. It only 
attempts to use these attacks, however, when you give Ray enough time and 
space to stop fighting. If you continue to attack it, you'll reduce Ray's 
arsenal of attacks to simply charging and tackling Rex. 

The key to winning this battle is to stay as close to Ray as possible. 
Ocelot's Ray is much more agile than the lumbering Rex, but if you can keep 
the distance between the two Metal Gears at a minimum, that advantage goes 
right out the window. Rex also has an advantage due to all of the buildings 
and machinery in the port, which prevents Ray from attacking at long ranges. 
Overall, though this is easily one of the most memorable boss battles in the 
game, it isn't a very difficult one. Enjoy beating up on Ray and admire the 
animations, and prepare for the fifth and final act. 



005.0 - Act Five: Old Sun

Objectives: 
- Reach GW's server and upload FoxAlive. 
- Defeat Liquid Ocelot. 

005.1 - Ship's Bow

This area is horrible, plain and simple. A caution is automatically 
instated as soon as you take control, and dozens of Haven Troopers and 
Gekkos are aggressively patrolling both levels. The key to getting 
through this area in one piece is to remain cool and, despite your 
possible first inclination to panic and shoot everything in sight, 
stick to stealth. 

When you take control, equip the Mk.2 and crawl to the eastern side of 
the ship, which is the left in this case since you're facing south. 
Crawl down the path here and shoot the two Haven Troopers that begin 
walking towards you. If you can, aim for the one behind the other to 
avoid the point from getting suspicious. Once they've both been knocked 
out, continue down the side of the ship. Another pair of Haven Troopers 
jump down from the second floor in front of you, so take them out as 
well. 

Keep heading down this path until you reach the two Haven Troopers' 
bodies. Another Trooper will begin walking in Snake's direction, and 
they may become suspicious if they see the bodies lying around. Quickly 
knock her out with a headshot, and wait here for a moment. Two more 
Troopers are patrolling this area, but you can wait for them to walk 
away and sneak by. As you approach your last victim's body, another 
Haven Trooper be show up farther down - knock her out, too. 

Here's where the trouble can begin if you slip up. A Gekko is roaming 
around the south end of the bow - directly in front of the porthole you 
need to enter. We can worry about that later, however, as the task at 
the moment is to simply reach the exit first. There are some crates and 
a large cylindrical tank labeled "R1" in front of you, so stand up and 
hug the tank to squeeze between them and avoid entering the main area 
where the Gekko is. Once on the other side, begin crawling south again, 
but keep an eye on your radar for any hostile blips. Two more Haven 
Troopers will jump down from the second floor, so keep your Mk.2 on 
hand and take them out. 

From here it's a straight run to the exit, but there's a catch. The 
door you need to go through is airtight, and you have to turn the 
handle several times before it opens. This can create problems if 
you've set off an alert, as you probably won't have the time to open it 
before being attacked. 

With this in mind, crawl around the corner and hide behind a crate east 
of the door. A second Gekko will jump down directly in front of the 
door, but Mei Ling comes through when it counts, and one of her ship's 
canons hits the Gekko, destroying it. With that out of the way, wait 
for the remaining Gekko to walk away, and then quickly run over and 
open the door. Once inside, grab all of the items and enter the 
elevator. 


005.2 - Command Center

Grab the ammo around in the first room before heading through the door 
and triggering the cinematic. When you regain control, eliminate any 
Haven Troopers you can see, but at the same time make your way out of 
the center circle. You're supposed to be protecting Meryl, but it's 
impossible to stay next to her because enemies attack for all 
directions and on both the first and second floors. Behind some of the 
computers, however, you'll benefit from the cover it provides on top of 
preventing anyone from shooting you in the back. Stay near the stairs 
that run perpendicular to the rows so that, should a group of Haven 
Troopers rush towards Snake, you can quickly move out to fight them. 
Following the first wave of attacks, more Troopers will appear on the 
balcony above and attack from a distance, so continue to remain 
crouched behind the computers and pick them off one by one, making sure 
to watch for anyone on the ground floor sneaking up on you. 

When the Haven Troopers on the balcony are wiped out, another small 
team puts up one final stand against you, jumping down from the second 
floor. Make sure you have full health and psyche, and knock them out 
and get ready for the boss. 


Boss: Screaming Mantis
 
Fans of the original Metal Gear Solid should find this boss familiar, 
as it's basically a watered down version of Psycho Mantis. Screaming 
Mantis, however, only uses her powers to control people's action, so 
you don't have to worry about dodging objects or having to switch 
controller ports to prevent Mantis from reading your mind. 

That being said, this fight is still a gimmick, so once you figure out 
how to attack it doesn't prove to be much of a challenge. 

When Mantis first begins her attack, run from the center area and use 
the computers for cover. If you attempt to shoot her, you'll notice 
that the crosshairs won't focus on Mantis. Give Otacon a call - as 
before, the good doctor reasons his way to an epiphany. Assuming Mantis 
doesn't actually have telekinetic powers, she must be doing something 
to manipulate people's nanomachines to control them, so you'll need 
something that suppresses nanomachines if you want to make this more 
than a one-sided fight. With that in mind, equip your syringes and jab 
yourself in the neck with one and you'll see the strings around your 
body disappear. 

Now you can actually begin fighting her, but once again you have to 
pause for a minute, because none of your attacks appear to be doing any 
damage. However, if any of your stray shots happen to hit her Psycho 
Mantis doll hanging on her right side, you'll notice that she hunches 
over in pain. Any sign of pain is a good sign, so focus all of your 
shots at that doll. Since Mantis doesn't attack for herself, she'll 
throw some Haven Troopers your way, but for the time being they aren't 
too aggressive. Strafe around the computer and continue shooting the 
Mantis doll until the mid-battle cinematic plays. 

Now Meryl gets dragged into the equation, and unlike the Haven 
Troopers, you should actually care about keeping her alive. Screaming 
Mantis will use Meryl as a human shield while having her shoot at you, 
so inject her with one of your syringes to release her from Mantis' 
hold and get her out of the way. Without having Meryl as a distraction, 
continue attacking her Psycho Mantis doll until a second cinematic 
plays. 

Screaming Mantis finally throws everything she has at Snake, 
aggressively ordering her Haven Trooper pawns to attack and using 
others, possibly Meryl, as a shield for the doll. This still isn't too 
much of a problem, and you can poke Meryl with another syringe if she 
gets in the way. Finally, when you've inflicted enough damage on the 
doll it will break from the string and fall to the ground. Immediately 
run over and grab it. As a side note, if you'd like a bonus item, shoot 
the Sorrow doll on Mantis' left side until it falls down as well. The 
Sorrow doll acts the same way as the Mantis one, but now you have 
control over dead guys. Sweet. 

Psycho Mantis doll in hand, give Screaming Mantis a dose of her own 
medicine and fire a nanomachine-controlling blast her way - you can to 
equip the doll from the weapons menu and use it like any other weapon. 
Once Snake has her under his control, the game will tell you to shake 
the controller to fling Screaming Mantis around. Make sure to use long, 
overly dramatic shakes to inflict damage, and continue this until she 
kicks the bucket. 


Boss: Screaming Beauty 

Yawn - these are getting a little tedious, aren't they? As with the 
others, Screaming Beauty will drudge over in her zombie state and 
attempt to grab you. Don't let her, and shoot her with the Mk.2 to 
knock her out. Just be glad there are only four of them, unless... 
Euphoric Ocelot? God I hope not. 


005.3 - Missile Hangar 

The missile hanger is void of any soldiers, but instead they've been 
replaced by Dwarf Gekkos - an infinite number of them. If you have any 
chaff grenades, use them here to confuse the little monsters. Besides 
that, however, don't spend a considerable amount of time fighting. Run 
roll down the catwalk and through the army of Dwarfs, only stopping to 
shoot if one of them knocks you down. 

After pushing through the final line of Dwarf Gekkos, Snake must trudge 
through the corridor that's blasting radiation. At first, Snake simply 
walks down the hall, but eventually his weakened body begins to break 
down and he's reduced to crawling to the end. There's a time limit 
here, though not displayed, so tap Triangle as quickly as you can to 
inch forward and reach the door at the end. Once you do, a cinematic 
will play showing the MK.III uploading FoxAlive, and eventually you'll 
face the final challenge, the big boss man himself, Liquid Ocelot. 


005.4 - Ship Exterior

Boss: Liquid Ocelot
 
True to the character, Liquid just refuses to bite the dust, and this 
battle is broken up into four different versions. The main idea is 
pretty much the same, though, and involves fighting Liquid one-on-one 
with only your CQC abilities as a weapon.


- Round One: Liquid Snake - 

This portion of the fight is a mirror of the fight on top of Rex in the 
original Metal Gear Solid - Snake's movements even control the same. 
Liquid mainly uses his headbutting attack, but he also has a pretty 
good punching combo you have to watch out for. When it comes to 
offensive, stay just far enough way to avoid Liquid's charge, and then 
quickly lunge forward and strike before he can recover. Avoid getting 
stuck in the corner, and use the columns sticking out of the ship for 
protection if you need to escape from Liquid. If you land your first 
punch, keep tapping the attack button to perform a pretty effective 
combo that ends with a powerful roundhouse kick. 

With only about an eighth of his life remaining, Liquid Snake 
transforms in Liquid Ocelot, and it's time for Round Two.


- Round Two: Liquid Ocelot - 

The rejuvenated Ocelot is easily the most difficult of the four 
variations, and he now has a lunging punch that's absolutely 
devastating if it connects. At the same time, he can still block your 
attacks and you don't bring anything new to the table, so the scales 
aren't exactly in your favor. 

The key in this round is avoiding Ocelot's lunging punch. As mentioned, 
it destroys you, and you may not be able to keep up with Ocelot long 
enough to drain his life gauge. Personally, I get pretty demoralized 
after being nailed by one, as well... 

However, attacking becomes pretty obvious. Liquid Ocelot leaves himself 
wide open for a good combo after he throws everything at you in his 
lunging punch. When you see him winding up, dodge out of the way and 
charge forward to catch him off guard and land some hits. Keep this up 
and remain on the defense - only attack when the opportunity arises - 
to win this round. 


- Round Three: Revolver Ocelot - 

Realizing he's on the receiving a beatdown, Ocelot shakes away the last 
remnants of Liquid and resorts to using the CQC he picked up from Big 
Boss back in the sixties. Here, Ocelot has an unblockable CQC combo 
that ends with a head smash. Fortunately, it isn't as damaging as his 
lunging punch, and finally Snake evens the odds by using his own CQC 
abilities. 

You'll want to be more aggressive here, actively going after Ocelot 
instead of waiting for him to come to you. Don't be foolish, of course, 
since blindly running up fists swinging will only end with Snake on his 
back, but stay close to Ocelot and attack whenever you can. If you land 
a few hits, press Triangle to finish Ocelot off with an animated attack 
that does a good amount of damage. 


- Round Four: Geriatric Ocelot - 

This isn't really a fight, but you still have to finish Ocelot off. 
Both of you move extremely slowly, but you don't have to worry about 
running around to avoid attacks either. Just get close enough to throw 
a punch and press R1 to watch a cinematic of Snake hitting Ocelot, 
which seems to be fairly painful for both parties. If you stand around 
for too long, Ocelot will also attack in the same way, and if you 
attack from afar you'll get to watch a cinematic of Snake flailing 
around. Ocelot doesn't have a life gauge, but it doesn't take too many 
hits before he finally gives up and croaks. Well, he stops fighting, 
anyway - Metal Gear characters have a nasty habit of not dying, so I'll 
hold off on declaring Ocelot deceased just yet. 



With Ocelot out of the picture and the Patriots eliminated, so ends 
Metal Gear Solid 4 and possibly the series. Congratulations on 
completing the game, but make sure to stick around and watch all of the 
credits. As always, there are several plot twists that are thrown at 
you right at the end, and in particular, an old comrade from the past 
drops in to visit Snake - and I was just saying something about 
characters not dying, wasn't I? 

There aren't any playable sections remaining, so to avoid spoilers this 
is where this guide will end. My suggestion is to grab a drink, get 
comfortable, and sit back to watch the grand finale. Thanks for 
reading, and hopefully you found this guide as helpful as possible. 

     
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