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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Paul Williams
First Published: 01-04-2014 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 10-09-2020 / 02:15 GMT
Version: 1.0 (????) 21-09-2020 / 18:42 GMT

S Rank Tips

Achieving an ‘S’ Rank in the Ground Zeroes is dependent on a number of things. Firstly you should disable the reflex mode from the gameplay menu – this will grant you an instant boost to your score at the mission’s end. Obviously you do not want to be spotted and you will want to not kill anybody.

Mission Scoring:

The following bonuses will be added to your score at the end of the level if you are able to meet the requirements as you move through the mission.

  • 0 Combat Alerts = +5,250
  • 0 Kills = +3,500
  • 0 Retries = +5,250
  • No Reflex = +5,250
  • Prisoners Rescued = +21,000 (6 at +3,500 each)
  • Escaped Prisoner Recovered = +3,500

Below you’ll find a video detailing an S-Rank run through the mission. If you wish to try it yourself first, the following will give you a brief step-by-step to consider:

  • Ignore the XOF Patch and Casette locations, if you want to pick them up, do so in another run of the mission, time is crucial and you don’t want to waste it by picking up collectibles!
  • You should rescue all of the prisoners from the prison compound along with Chico. Extract them before proceeding.
  • Ignore the optional task to save the prisoner to be executed.
  • After rescuing Chico and take the truck into the admin building area.
  • Turn off the power and clear the courtyard and boiler rooms of enemies. Work your way down into the basement and rescue Paz.
  • Backtrack through the admin area, neutralising the pair of new guards that have appeared.
  • Stick Paz in the truck. At this point, pull out your iDroid and summon a helicopter to the mission start location. Hop into the truck and drive to the mission start location.
  • Unlock the gate and run up the hill to the start location and get on the chopper to complete the mission.


Guide Information

  • Publisher
  • Platforms
    PC, PS3, PS4, 360, XB1
  • Genre
    Action-adventure, Stealth
  • Guide Release
    1 April 2014
  • Last Updated
    10 September 2020
  • Guide Author
    Paul Williams

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This guide includes the following:

  • The basics to combat and in-game mechanics.
  • Complete walkthroughs for each mission incorporating all optional objectives and collectibles.
  • Strategies to earn you those elusive S-Rank scores for each mission with text and video guides for each.
  • Collectible locations guide for every XOF Patch and Cassette Tape.
  • Comprehensive list of secrets and Easter Eggs.

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