Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain Guide: Afghanistan Side Ops Guide

Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain Guide: Afghanistan Side Ops Guide

During your playthrough of Metal Gear Solid 5, you will come across some Side OPs you can do for extra money and Mother Base units. These start of simple but quickly get more difficult as the game goes on. Check out this Metal Gear Solid 5 Afghanistan side ops guide to help you complete them all!

Metal Gear Solid 5 Afghanistan Side OPs Guide

You start off with a few and unlock more as you beat Side Ops and missions.

Extract Interpreter (Russian)
You can land really close to this guy so you can either run or use the horse to get there. As soon as you get there, use your scope to find the guy with the Beret. There are two other enemies in the area as well. Wait for the Beret guy to go into the building and take out the other two outside. Once they are down, lure the Beret guy out and extract him to complete the mission.

Metal Gear Solid 5 English interpretor

Extract Interpreter (Pashto)
This is for another language that you will need down the line. Head to the way marker and you can see him laying on the ground near two guards. There are 6 guards in total at this guard post. I started with the solo ones and left the last two until it was just them. Once it was them, I used a mag to distract them and took them out. Some of these guys had decent stats for me at this point so it might be worth adding some to your Mother Base.
Secure The RIOT SMG Blueprint
I’m not sure if I got this for completing a Side OP or if I got it form interrogating a guy in Da Wialo Kallai. The OP takes place in Da Wialo Kallai so land near there. Head into the camp and find a lone soldier to interrogate and he should point out where the blueprint is, it will be a check mark on your map. Head there and grab the box, it is a little white box near some books.
Extract The Highly-Skilled Soldier 01
You might have to start far away from this location depending on what you’ve taken over. Spawn as close as you can and make your way to the marked area, take out the guard post near there so you can use it later. This guy is a sniper on a hill with two buddies. When you are moving around the bridge he will spot you and you will know his location from there. I crawled over the bridge and went around to the left of the mountain to get the drop on them.

Metal Gear Solid 5 Highly Skilled Soldier 01 location

Extract The Highly-Skilled Soldier 02
This guy wasn’t all the impressive for my army but if you do it early enough he may be useful. You will find him at Da Wialo Kallai with a few soldiers around. He patrols with another guy around the middle of town. Grab a soldier on the outside and use him to get the intel on his location. I had D Dog at this point so I could see him from a distant and sneak up on him. If you don’t have D Dog just use you scope to get his location and sneak up behind him and his friend. Take them both out and evac the Skilled one to beat this mission.

Take out the guy furthest back first, this should alert the other two to him but not you. Once they go to check him take out the other guy that ISN’T the sniper. This will leave you time to tranq the sniper and extract him. You could also choke the back guy out and tranq the sniper and the guy next to him as well. If you don’t have a sniper yet you can take this one.

Extract The Highly-Skilled Soldier 3
The guy you are trying to capture isn’t great stat wise but he has a skill. You will want to snag a few of the guys around him as well, I got a couple of A and A+ guys in this area. This is where the target is on the map.

Metal Gear Solid 5 Highly Skilled Soldier 02

This is the rock I hit behind to lure people towards me.

Metal Gear Solid 5 Soldier 3 Hiding Spot

With D Dog all you have to do is use bark to get a couple guys to come after you. Without D Dog you need to use Mags and yourself to lure them in. I would get close enough for the ! to get over their heads and then run back. Once they got to the position they saw me I, I would toss a Mag to lure them in and take them down. If it was two I would use the trang gun with head shots so I didn’t alert anyone else. Once you have someone down, bring them up the the way you came in and extract them out. Even if you don’t think you will use them extract them, don’t want one waking up when you are trying to clear out the last couple guys.

You will have to move closer for the guys under the tent. Lure the ones out the outside and then take out the elite. He has a helmet on so you will need to shoot him in the face with the Tranq.

Extract The Highly-Skilled Soldier 4
This guy is a sniper and he has a buddy next to him. You can find him here.

Metal Gear Solid 5 Highly Skilled Soldier 4

All you have to do is sneak up on him and Tranq his buddy. From there you can either grab or Tranq the target and extract him.

Extract The Highly-Skilled Soldier 5
Make sure you don’t kill the guy you need to extract! There are about 8 troops here and two snipers on the ridge. Take out the snipers and then you can go for the soldier.

Metal Gear Solid 5 High Skilled Soldier 6

I used my Tranq sniper rifle to take down the whole camp. From there I went in and took the ones back to base I wanted and got out.

Extract The Highly-Skilled Soldier 14
This one can be easy if you play it smart. Just go along the south part of the base and you will only run into a few enemies.

Metal Gear Solid 5 Highly Skilled Soldier 14

The guy is up on a roof so you will have to climb up there. You can Tranq him from a distance and then climb up at the front of the building. Watch out for the two guys patrolling near the building. I’d take them out to avoid being caught.

Prisoner Extraction 1
You can get this prisoner from the Eastern Communications Post. Grab one of the soldiers on the outside of the base and interrogate him to get the location of the prisoner. I took out all the soldiers on the outside of the camp and worked my way in. There is one guy with a riot shield watching the prisoner so you can’t shoot him from behind. I used a mag to get him out and shot him in the face with a tranq, careful not to hit his helmet. Get the prisoner out and extract him to beat the mission.
Prisoner Extraction 2
I had alot more trouble with this one, highly recommend going at night here. The prisoner is in the building, interrogate someone to get her exact position. First thing you need to do is use the scope to get the position as many enemies as possible, including that sniper up top. The sniper is what makes this mission difficult.

If you launch a guy up in a balloon and he sees you, alert, if you take him down and the other guy up there see him, alert. I worked my way around the outside with the tranq gun and took people down WITHOUT sending them back to base. Once I got close to the building I lured them the remaining enemies out one by one with mags and hid the bodies until it was just the two up top. Wait for the guy up top to be looking away form the ladder and go up, take them both down. Now you can send the prisoner back to base and any other soldiers you want to take. There is a radar station you can take down to get the chopper close to that base.

Prisoner Extraction 3
This guy is really deep in an enemy base. I stuck to the right side of the base and snuck into there without getting caught and got him out. This is where you can find him.

Metal Gear Solid 5 Prisoner Extraction 3

Bring the Tranq pistol and take down anyone who you think might see you. I got caught on my way back out, but if you stick to the right there are only a few guards in your way.

Prisoner Extraction 4
At first glance this one seems hard because it is in a well protected base, The reality is you only have to deal with about 5 guards if you go at night. Here is where you can find the prisoner.

Metal Gear Solid 5 Prisoner Extraction 4

Go underneath the base and use the stairs and scaffolding to climb up to the bridge. You should see two guards by the prisoner, one in the tower and two on the bridge. Take the two on the bridge down first because they are most like to see you. If you plan on extracting anyone, wait until you do it with the prisoner. Once the bridge guards are down you can take the two near the prisoner. I ignored the tower guy because he didn’t know what was going on. I piled up who I wanted to extract, extracted them and got out before anyone knew what was going on.

Prisoner Extraction 5
This one isn’t to bad because there aren’t that many troops protecting him. I brought a tranq sniper rifle and shoot everyone at a distance.

Metal Gear Solid 5 Prisoner Extraction 5

Take out the troops and extract the prisoner.

Extract The Little Lost Sheep
You will get the sheep in Da Wialo Kallai. I actually got lucky and the way I came in was where the sheep was. I’m sure you can get the intel from an enemy as well if you need to. This pic is where I found the sheep, extract him to beat the mission. Here is the Sheep’s location on the map.

Metal Gear Solid 5 Sheep Location

Mine Clearing 1
I would bring D Dog for this mission if you have him. Here is a picture of the mine locations.

Metal Gear Solid 5 Mine Field

To disarm a mine you need get behind it and hold the disarm button. D Dog will alert you when you are close to mines so you can keep your eyes open. Unlike previous MGS games yo don’t need to be prone to do this. This should be obvious, stay out of the red mine light to prevent blowing up. Once they are all disarmed you will beat the mission.

Mine Clearing 2
Just another basic mine clearing operation. You can find all the mines in this location on the map.

Metal Gear Solid 5 Mine Clearing 2

Like last time, get behind them and disarm them.

Eliminate The Tank Unit 01
You should bring a launcher for this mission to help you take out the tank. This position right here is a Mortar that you can use on the tank and the enemies near the tank.

Metal Gear Solid 5 Mortar Positon for Tank

This will likely kill the men near there so if you want to capture any of them don’t use it. It takes around 6 shots to destroy the tank with the Mortar so keep firing from the safe spot to blow it up. The tank doesn’t move so you can just spam the button until it goes down.

Eliminate The Armored Vehicle Unit 01
This is where the armored vehicle actually is, you need to take care of all the soldiers as well though.

Metal Gear Solid 5 The Armored Vehicle Unit

I tranqed the two guys by the vehicle and then crawled to the vehicle. Once I was near it, I planted all my c4 and crawled away and blew it up. That alerted the reaming two soldiers and they came to me. I took them out and beat the mission.

Eliminate The Armored Vehicle Unit 02
This one has you taking out a few soldiers and an armored vehicle. This is where you can find the vehicle. If you don’t want to extract the vehicle you should bring some explosives.

Metal Gear Solid 5 Armored Vehicle Unit 02

I just crawled up to the vehicle and extracted it and took out the troops with explosives.

Extract The Wandering Mother Base Soldiers 01
This has you getting one of you men from 9 years ago. They are a bit harder than the average enemy and takes about 3 CQC sequences to stun. I couldn’t land a head shot with the Traq so I don’t know if that can drop them in one shot or not. You can find him here, on top of the mountain.

Metal Gear Solid 5 Mother Base Solider Location 1

I ran after him and dove into him. I got up and CQCed him after that until he was stunned. He hit me once, it seems to stun you or something because you can’t get up right away. If he hits you he will run to try to take him down quickly.

Extract The Wandering Mother Base Soldiers 02
– Another Soldier pick up in Afghanistan. This one is at this location on the map.

Metal Gear Solid 5 Mother Base Soldier 2

He is at the top of the hill and you can Tranq him down in one shot. He tossed a weird smoke grenade at me but I avoided it and put him to sleep. I’m not sure if it damages you or what it does, avoid it none the less.

Unlucky Dog 01
This is another prisoner extraction mission but a harder one due to the location. Here is the location of the prisoner in the base.

Metal Gear Solid Unlucky Dog Prisoner Prisoner Location 1

Now if you want to just clear out the base, that’s a fine option but it will take some time. You can sneak around the back of the base and go underneath to get inside. There will be two guys watching the prisoner and one at the hatch entrance you will use to get into the base. Take the first guy out and toss him into the hatch so no one sees him. The two inside need to be taken down quickly so they don’t alert anyone else. I used a tranq for both of them, headshots. Then I grabbed the prisoner and brought him outside and lifted him to base. They did see him go in the air but by the time they started searching I was already out of there.

Unlucky Dog 02
And I thought the last one was a bit rough. This one is in the same locations as the main mission for the Honey Bee. Here is the location of the prisoner that you are going after.

Metal Gear Solid 5 Unlucky Dog Prisoner Location02

I also had quite a few high level soldiers in the area that were worth taking. D Dog and his bark command can very very helpful during this mission, also you should go at night.

There are two prisoners in the same spot for this mission. I used D Dog to bark and lure soldiers to me one by one and took them down. If you don’t have D Dog you will have to do it the old fashion way, mags and yourself. Toss a mag and pop out so they come to your position. Take the ones you want home and leave the rest. If you don’t care about taking anyone just call in an attack chopper to do all the work for you.

Stun Arm Blueprint
This one is pretty easy. You can find the blueprint here in the power plant. Just work your way up the

Metal Gear Solid 5 Stun Arm Blueprint Location

left side and take out any enemies along the way, I had like 3 guys to deal with.

Capture The Legendary Brown Bear
You do not want to get hit by the bear. It isn’t a one shot kill but it will disable you and he will hunt you down after. Bring the Tranq sniper rifle to keep the distance, also D Dog so you can locate him at a distance. Here is where you can find the Bear and the B is the road to him.

Metal Gear Solid 5 Legendary Brown Bear Location

With a head shot from the Tranq sniper he will drop in a shot and you can avoid a fight. If you miss, try to use get him below you so he can’t swipe or charge you.

Eliminate Heavy Infantry 01
This mission is at a guard post north of Lamar Khaate Palace. This is the location on the map, there are two of them and they are heavily armoured.

At the base you should see one red barrel near on of the troops. I lured both of them there with my Mag tossing and blew it up with a silenced rifle. When it blows up it won’t kill them but it will blow their helmets off. With their helmets off I tranqed both of them and captured them. If you don’t want to do that you can head shot them or go overkill and rocket them.

Extract The Legendary Gunsmith Again
This time you are going to Afghanistan to get another Gunsmith. You can find him here on the map.

Metal Gear Solid 5 Legendary Gunsmith Location 2

I worked my way around to his location and dropped down on almost on top of him. He has three guys protecting him but with the Tranq pistol and a silencer you can drop them all before they know whats going on. Grab the prisoner and get out without anyone being alerted.

Eliminate Heavy Infantry 03
This one has to do with 3 heavy armored troops in a base. You can find them here.

Metal Gear Solid 5 Heavy Infantry 03

Since there is only three, you can sneak up on them and knock them out of knife them if you didn’t bring a rocket launcher. I actually had D Dog stun one and when the others came around the corner I knifed them. Check their stats because one of them was an A++ for me.

Extract The Legendary Gunsmith Yet Again
This is the last Gunsmith side op you will be doing. Once you get him you will be able to customize your weapons how you want. Here is where you can find him.

Metal Gear Solid 5 Prisoner Extraction 3

I did end up getting caught this time before I could get the extraction going. I went in from the back and went under the fort to get inside. I slammed a door open and two guys were inside near the prisoner door so that’s how I got busted. If you don’t slam the door open, you should be able to take them both down without alerting anyone else. Grab the prisoner and get out after that.

Secure the IR-Sensor Blueprint
You can find the blueprint here on the map.

Metal Gear Solid 5 IR-Sensor Blueprint

If you come in from the south you can walk up to the door with little resistance. I had to take down three soldiers total on the way up there. Also don’t forget to the the Final Countdown tape from the player.

Intel Agent Extraction
This is actually for the Hideo Kojima troop so you should do this ASAP. You can find him here on the map.

Metal Gear Solid 5 Hideo Kojima Side Mission Guide

If you go along the right side of the mission area, you can only come across 5 or so enemies. There are 2 troops protecting the prisoner you will need to deal with, double head shots worked for me. He has to be carried to a chopper due to his injuries, just run out unless you didn’t clear the path.

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  • Jomama Omyballs

    This guide doesn’t have all the Afghanistan Side-ops. Where’s Extract the AI pod?