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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain


Jarrod Garripoli

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-Dogs 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)


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    PC, PS3, PS4, XB 360, XB One
  • Genre
    Action Adventure, Stealth
  • Guide Release
    1 October 2015
  • Last Updated
    7 December 2020
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Big Boss wakes up from a coma after nine years to find himself in a world that has moved on completely. But war never changes. And old enemies from the past are still searching for him, to put an end to his legacy once and for all. You are the legendary soldier, Big Boss, codenamed "Venom Snake". Fight past demons and confront new ones in Hideo Kojima's swansong for the Metal Gear series. Let us guide you on your journey for Hideo Kojima’s final Metal Gear Game: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

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  • The ultimate guide to 100% completion: Every mission and side-ops, all secrets and collectibles at your fingertips.
  • Hi-resolution screenshots and videos to S-Rank every single mission.
  • Information on the Mother Base management meta-game.
  • Carefully designed to avoid unnecessary story spoilers.
  • A full trophy/achievement guide.
  • Locations of all of the collectibles, such as Blueprints, Wild Animals and more.
  • A detailed list of every Key Dispatch Mission.
  • An analysis of every single Side Ops.

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