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Guide Name: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
First Published: 01-10-2015 / 00:00 GMT
Version: 1.0 (????) 16-08-2018 / 19:54 GMT

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Strategy Guide

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Chapter 1 Main Missions

Chapter 1 Main Missions

M19 - On the Trail

Obtainable Skills/Blueprints
Gunsmith (Assault Rifles), Missile Guidance Specialist, ISANDO RGL-220 Blueprint
# Mission Task Mandatory/Optional
1 Identified subordinate of the PF commander, the Major. Optional
2 Identified the PF commander, the Major. Optional
3 Eliminated the PF commander, the Major. Mandatory
4 Extracted the PF commander, the Major. Mandatory
5 Extracted the subordinate of the PF commander, the Major. Optional
6 Extracted prisoner being held at Munoko ya Nioka Station, NE Guard Post. Optional
7 Listened to the conversation between the PF commander (the Major) and his subordinate. Optional

The commander of a PF, known as the Major, has been spreading a rumor about selling nuclear weapons. His location is unknown, but he has a subordinate that you can follow that will lead you straight to him. You’ll be following someone in this mission and moving quite a distance, so bringing along D-Horse as your Buddy might be the best option for you.

Approach the camp shown as the yellow marker on your map and just go around marking people, keeping a close eye on the vehicle in the camp. Eventually, you’ll see some guards walking towards it, so tag them to find out one of them is the subordinate. He’ll get in the vehicle, along with some of the others, and start driving.

Warning: If you happen to alert enemies (the red !, which triggers Reflex Mode if you have it enabled), the meeting will be cancelled and the Major will likely try to escape. Should this happen close to the meeting place, you might be able to get him before he does leave. If not, then you’re out of luck and will need to restart.

Just follow the vehicle as it drives until it makes a stop at the guard post numbered 16 on your map. The Major isn’t here, but the subordinate will switch vehicles and continue on to the meeting place. The next stop will be the meeting place, so get up on the hill that overlooks it and identify the Major with your binoculars. You can get him here, but there will be a lot of troops around, making it difficult to do without getting noticed.

Identify the target (left). If you like, use your traq gun to carefully subdue the enemy or wait for the target to move on where there are less troops surrounding him (right).

Feel free to listen in on their conversation using your binoculars and once they’re finished, the Major will head north to a small guard post. The enemies here might be scouting around a lot, so watch their movements to spot any openings. The Major will most likely stay in one of the tents, so subdue him and carry him somewhere else for extraction.

Mission Tasks 1, 2, 5 & 7

All but one of the mission tasks revolve around the Major and his subordinate. Make sure you identify them first with your binoculars before you extract them. Also, you will want to listen in on their conversation (use your binocular’s mic) before moving in on them.

Mission Task 6

If you follow the road and go through Munoko ya Nioka Station, then you will happen upon the guardpost where the prisoner is being held. Either bring D-Dog along to get him to spot the prisoner for you, or interrogate one of the enemies to pinpoint the location.