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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain


Jarrod Garripoli

Side Ops are the side missions of The Phantom Pain, requiring you to complete a simple objective in the game’s world, such as extracting a specific person or rescuing a prisoner. There’s a total of 157 Side Ops in the game, with the majority of them spread across Afghanistan and Africa, as well as a few located at Mother Base.

These side missions are not graded like the main missions, so you can try to complete them in any manner you wish, although this guide will still focus on the non-lethal method (tranquilizer darts and/or Fulton extraction). Each of the objectives in every Side Ops is usually in the center of the highlighted circle on your map, so you have a good idea where to go in some of the larger areas.

Side Ops missions will unlock as you play through the main missions and other Side Ops, with important ones having a yellow circle instead of blue. Note that there can only be so many Side Ops available at one time, so if new ones aren’t appearing when they should, then you will need to complete some of the ones already there. Sometimes, it’s possible for ones you have already finished to appear as available again if there are no others available in that area.


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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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