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Guide Name: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
First Published: 01-10-2015 / 00:00 GMT
Version: 1.0 (????) 14-08-2018 / 16:00 GMT

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Strategy Guide

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Buddies

Buddies

D-Dog

D-Dog can first be found during Missions 3, 4 or 5, near the landing zone for each particular mission. You will likely hear a puppy barking and hear Miller talk about an animal. Find the puppy and you will be able to Fulton extract him back to your base. You’ll see a cutscene upon returning to Mother Base, then will need to finish six missions (three from 7-10; replays count). Revisit the base and upon leaving, you will gain a new Buddy to bring into the field.

D-Dog's primary function is to mark targets for you (left), but he can also attack enemies to help you in combat (right).

D-Dog can be a very powerful ally, with his sole purpose being a portable radar. He will pinpoint locations of enemies, vehicles, weapons, prisoners, and even wild animals, starting at 60m and going up to 120m when his bond meter is full. He can even mark the locations of plants and mines on your map and with his various equipment, he can be ordered to attack, stun and even kill enemy soldiers.

D-Dog Equipment

Name Rank Item/Skill Req. Unit Level Req.
Sneaking (Knife) 2 100K GMP, Electrospinning Specialist R&D (10)
Sneaking (Stun) 3 200K GMP, STUN ARM Blueprint, Minor Metal (150) R&D (20), Security (20)
Battle Dress 4 400K GMP, Biological Material (400), Materials Engineer R&D (34), Combat (34)
Tactical (Fulton) 3 240K GMP, First Aid Manual Key Item, Bond 60+ R&D (24), Medical (24)