====================================================== Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Boss Guide Version 1.10 By Travis Rappa (Dauragon C Mikado88) ====================================================== ---------------------------------------------------- Updates ---------------------------------------------------- Version 1.00 Started the FAQ. All boss strategies have been added. Fun Tactics will come in later updates. Version 1.01 -Corrected Rex's Rear Laser charge (Level 3 -> Level 5) -Added the abbreviation to quickly get to the Liquid fight. Version 1.10 -Changed 'Fun Tactics' to 'Additional Tactics' -Added many user submitted strategies. -Added MGO ID for a new contact method. ---------------------------------------------------- Table of Contents ---------------------------------------------------- I. Introduction (INTRO) II. General Tips (GENTIP) III. Bosses 1. Laughing Octopus (LOCT) 2. Raging Raven (RRAV) 3. Crying Wolf (CWOL) 4. Vamp (VAMP) 5. Metal Gear Ray (MGRAY) 6. Screaming Mantis (SMAN) 7. Liquid Ocelot (LOCE) IV. Additional Tactics V. Contact Info VI. Credits/Copyright To navigate to a Boss quickly, use the Find function on your browser and type in the abbreviations in the parenthesis. ---------------------------------------------------- I. Introduction (INTRO) ---------------------------------------------------- Metal Gear Solid 4 is finally here and it was well worth the wait! The Metal Gear series is known for its clever and thought-invoking boss fights, and MGS4 is no exception. Many of the bosses are very challenging this time around and considering how many of the bosses possess superhuman abilities and suits, many of the bosses take many hits before going down. However with the right strategy, each boss can be taken down. Well that's what you're here for anyway, right? ---------------------------------------------------- II. General Tips (GENTIP) ---------------------------------------------------- 1. Use your Octocamo - Just because it's a boss fight doesn't mean stealth isn't important. Bosses that become confused and unaware to your presence will allow an easy shot. 2. Pay close attention to your psyche. - The psyche gauge is just below Snake's health bar. The higher the bar is, the greater Snake's psyche is, and thus, better performance. High amounts of stress in combat will cause his psyche to deplete gradually; this occurs frequently during bosses and will drop your aim considerably. Eating noodles, drinking Regain, smoking a cigarette, resting, reading a magazine and the syringe you receive later on all help keep the psyche meter high. 3. Take cover often and rest. - If you take a lot of damage and don't have much recovery items left, find safe cover and have Snake rest idly as long as possible. Snake's health will gradually restore itself. The higher Snake's psyche gauge, the quicker it will restore. The higher Snake's psyche gauge, the quicker it will restore. ---------------------------------------------------- III. Bosses ---------------------------------------------------- ==================================================== 1. Laughing Octopus (LOCT) ==================================================== Difficulty: Medium The first boss you fight, it seems like quite awhile before you even fought one. Unlike most first bosses in the series, Laughing Octopus is not a push around and can deal some serious damage if you don't think on your feet. Octopus will rely on the same technology - Octocamo as well as facecamo which allows her to take on the face or even shape of another object or person. Because of this, it's important to keep note of your surroundings and any changes. If you are going for a tranq kill, prepare for a long fight. Stun Grenades work well here, as she will usually deflect your MK bullets with her tentacles. Fighting her upfront as she is approaching you is usually useless in this sense. She will primarily attempt to fool you by using disguises and blending into the environment. Using your night vision on the Solid Eye is a good tactic for discovering where she is. Pay close attention to the radar as well, she will frequently yell and give out her location. She will not move from her position until you shoot her out of it. Make good use of this advantage and rest to recover health when needed. Occasionally, Octopus will send out these small floating red orbs that will attach themselves to you if they touch you. You can either shoot them in the air or roll if they attach to you. They will explode after some time if you run away from them as well. Be careful to maintain distance from her as well, her tentacle attack has range and can deal a large bit of damage. Be especially careful of her rolling attack which can catch you extremely quickly and deals massive damage if you are hit. Find a crate to go up on if you see this coming. Normal weaponry will take awhile to bring her down with, any heavy assault weapons will bring her down faster. If you are just going for the facecamo, you can lethal kill the beast. After you kill Laughing Octopus, she will shed her protective armor and enter human form: Laughing Beauty. I don't really consider this its own boss fight so I am including it here. All you must do is keep shooting her as she slowly walks to you. There is no reason to get hit at all, and if you do she will try to choke you, in which you can easily shake her off. I recommend stamina killing her for her facecamo. You will eventually land shots and bring her down regardless of her dodging. Congratulations! You have beaten the first boss. ==================================================== 2. Raging Raven (RRAV) ==================================================== Difficulty: Medium (Another long fight) Another fairly long, but not too difficult boss fight. Raging Raven possesses other unmanned flyers which fire missiles at Snake, making the fight a bit more of a headache. Unlike your fight with Octopus, you are given a much larger battlefield to maneuver in. Personally I fought this battle on the roof, but it is possible to win it on the lower levels, I just feel it is harder to win it there. So with that being said, begin the fight by making your way to the top of the tower. You will encounter a large amount of the unmanned flyers here; take them all out with an assault rifle, which will force Raven to make her appearance. She will usually stay in one position for a few moments before flying to the next one, allowing you to hit her with your best weaponry. Be careful however, she will fire missiles at you while you are shooting; hit-and-run shooting is the way to go. If you are hit with the missile Snake will go flying, and can even fly off the roof (instant death). Luckily, it does not deal a large amount of damage. If you have the RPG-7 and have well aiming you can deal heavy damage to her if it lands. Handguns and assault rifles will make this LONG fight. You can also attempt to snipe her head if you can aim well. Either way, this fight tests your ability to aim quickly, as the unmanned gliders are also difficult to shoot down at times. Occasionally, Raven will overheat and throw a Stun Grenade at you. Quickly equip the Box or the Drum Can to resist the flash once you hear her say she is overheating. This will give you a few seconds to shoot her some more. She will then fly over to one of the far roofs and rest for a moment. You will notice many flyers around her as well. This is a perfect time to snipe her or fire a missile at her for easy damage. If you wish to rest and recover naturally, go back down into the tower and go down the first set of stairs, but rest at the wall that is there before the next set of stairs. I never got hit here once, even with Raven shooting missiles at me. Once you deal with Raging Raven you will fight her human form, Raging Beauty. This is the exact same battle as when you fought Laughing Beauty. Tranq her if you want her facecamo, otherwise you can kill her quickly with the RPG-7. ==================================================== 3. Crying Wolf (CWOL) ==================================================== Difficulty: Easy (with Solid Eye NV) Very Hard without Similar to Raging Raven, you will also have to deal with FROGS during this fight. Make good use of your Octocamo here and pick them off one-by-one. I recommend equipping a suppressor to whatever gun you use so you don't get an alert. Solid Eye with Night Vision is ESSENTIAL to make this fight easier. You will be able to track Wolf's unique prints in the snow, and track her down when she moves positions. It will also allow you to see through the intense blizzard. Projectile missiles are also essential to deal good damage to her. Sometimes she will appear out of her protective wolf armor, in which you could snipe her, but she can detect you from far away and will send her own missiles at you. Sometimes she will charge at you and will jump on you. If you want too long it becomes unavoidable, it will deal massive damage to your health AND your psyche gauge. Stay moving at all times if she is running to you. You can also attempt to shoot a missile at her if you are quick enough, but it is risky. Basically repeat this until she dies. You can easily track her movements with the Solid Eye on Night Vision, so keep that on at all times. After you beat her, she will become Crying Beauty. Same deal as all the others. Either tranq for facecamo or kill lethally however you want. ==================================================== 4. Vamp (VAMP) ==================================================== Difficulty: Easy (if you know what to do) Vamp is a pretty straight forward fight, attack him with an assault rifle at his head, and gradually bring him down. He will mostly jump around places, but will sometimes make a large leap at Snake. Use a side roll to avoid it. He may throw knives at you as well; you can either take the damage or run away from them. They do not do that much. Once you bring his health down to zero the fight seems over. After about 5 seconds he will get up again and the fight will resume with him at full health. This can continue forever if you do not stop his regeneration. To beat him, get behind him once he falls to the ground after you defeat him. Make sure you have the syringe equipped. Once he is up, quickly hold down R1 near him and you will grab him in a CQC hold. Make sure you have a handgun, knife or no weapon equipped so you can grab him. Assault rifles do not work properly. Once you have him held, press the action button (triangle) and you will inject him with the syringe. The fight will then be over. ==================================================== 5. Metal Gear Ray (MGRAY) ==================================================== Difficulty: Easy Could you ever imagine such an epic battle...? Metal Gear REX vs Metal Gear RAY. Ray was designed to eliminate all other Metal Gears, but this fight is actually quite easy, as long as you are aware of Rex's abilities. You can change which weapon you use from the weapons menu. You can employ each of Rex's weapons used against you in MGS. This includes the gatling gun, the homing missiles and the rear laser. The rear laser must be charged before it can be used. You must hold down the aiming button to charge it. You can actually charge it all the way to level 5, which takes some time, however it has the best damage you can deal to Ray, I would recommend using it often. All three of the weapons will overheat if you use them too much, so switch to another weapon when this happens, fortunately they cool down quickly. Use the missiles as a good alternative to the laser; just make sure you have a clear shot to fire. I recommend switching between the laser and the missiles; the gatling gun is not worth it. Ray's attacks are all similar to the ones used against Raiden in MGS, including the missiles and the 'water cutter' attack that it used to escape the tanker. The water cutter attack is very powerful, stay moving frequently to dodge it. Ray will also attempt to tackle Rex, and jump on it for a large amount of damage. Use the X button and dodge to the left or the right to avoid this. After you have done that, get close to Ray and wait for a signal for the action button to come up. Rex will then grapple Ray in its mouth and hit it with the rear laser to deal a large amount of damage, very cool to see. Overall this fight is quite easy, and I find REX actually has the advantage over Ray here. Focus on using the laser and missiles as your primary attack, and use the sidesteps to dodge when needed. ==================================================== 6. Screaming Mantis (SMAN) ==================================================== Difficulty: Easy (once you know the proper strategy) This fight is extremely nostalgic to Psycho Mantis, and you will soon find out why. You must protect yourself, as well as Meryl's own life from Mantis' control. Begin the fight by immediately injecting yourself with the syringe, the actual fight will begin once you do that. If you look carefully, you will notice two dolls to the left and right of Mantis. A Psycho Mantis doll and a The Sorrow doll. You must shoot these, not Mantis herself. Be careful of the floating FROG corpses, they can shoot you or stab you if you get too close. Once you shoot either doll a few times, Mantis will begin to manipulate Meryl more and have her attack you. Take cover behind one of the pillars at the top of the stairs, and Meryl will leap over to you. Grab her using a CQC attack (remember only handguns, knives or unarmed for a grab), make sure the syringe is equipped, and then press the action button when she is grabbed to inject her with the syringe. Basically this is the exact same thing you did to Vamp. It will instantly knock her out. Once Meryl is knocked out, continue to fire on Mantis' dolls. After another few more hits, Mantis will raise Meryl once again, and put the gun to her head this time. Quickly go down to the center of the battlefield and grab Meryl in another CQC hold and inject her again with the syringe. The FROGS corpses will most likely be near you and will attempt to stop you. Keep trying to hit her with the syringe if they land a hit on you. Once you deal with Meryl again, you will finally be able to kill Mantis freely. Continue to work on whatever doll you were shooting at the time, you will notice it gradually fall from her side. After about 10 hits or so it will fall from her side and fall to the ground nearby. Quickly run to where the doll fell and pick it up before she does herself. Repeat this for the second doll. Be careful of her warping and slash attack, she will scream "SNAAAAAKE" before she warps to you, giving you plenty of time to run away. Once the second doll falls, you can now kill Mantis. Equip the Mantis doll and fire off the projectile at her. If it lands, you will be able to string her up like she did to the others. Hold L1 and keep moving the Sixaxis back and forth between you and the screen, this will shake her and inflict damage to her. You can kill her in one go with this, quickly ending the fight. Note that both her stamina and health gauge will deplete together. You know the drill now, either tranq or lethal kill Screaming Beauty to win. ==================================================== 7. Liquid Ocelot (LOCE) ==================================================== Difficulty: Varies. Fairly difficult overall. The fight you've been waiting so long for is finally here...Snake VS Liquid Ocelot, and boy is it an epic fight. There are four stages to his fight, the last one being very straight forward. Each stage represents a progression from MGS1 to MGS4, each to music from the respective games, very nostalgic. Each form of Ocelot has his own unique move set, some easy, some more difficult. You will first begin to MGS1 music and fighting a very similar style Liquid. Press Select to bring up the controls for Snake if needed. Sidesteps are a good way to avoid blows and get a combo on Liquid, you can also block his attacks and counter with your own. He can use the running head butt attack similar from MGS1, it can be blocked but it will break your guard. Keep dodging, blocking and delivering combos and eventually you will come to... MGS2 Liquid Ocelot, the alert music from the tanker will now play. I find this form most easy to beat; Liquid will focus primarily on using a powerful lunge fist which will deal a massive amount of damage if it lands. Sidestepping will work best here to counter, but even blocking gets the job done. Once you dodge the attack, you can either try to get a combo on Liquid or do dash punches (Forward + X combined with R1). Playing defensive and dodging is the way to go on this form. Eventually Liquid will change fighting styles once again, to reflect on Ocelot from MGS3. Snake's name will change to 'Naked Snake' and Liquid's to 'Ocelot'. The theme for Snake Eater will now play as well. Ocelot will focus on short-range CQC attacks. Do not use the dash punch now or it will most always miss. Being aggressive with combos helps more, as well as the occasional ducking and sidestepping. If you are caught in a hold, hit the action button quickly when it is displayed and you can break the hold. If he gets you in a chokehold, rotate the left analog stick as quickly as you can to break free. Once you deal with Liquid a third time, the music will change to 'Old Snake' from MGS4, and both fighters will move very sluggishly towards one another. You will only be able to swing using R1 now, make sure you are close to Liquid before pressing R1. Keep mashing the button to keep striking Liquid consecutively, if you wait too long then Liquid will strike back. You can actually die on this part if you let Liquid continue to counterattack, then you'll have to start all over if you do. Keep this up, and eventually the fight will end. Congratulations, you have beaten the Final Boss in MGS4. Enjoy the lengthy but enriching ending! ------------------------------------------------------ IV. Additional Tactics ------------------------------------------------------ Here I will post strategies and tips sent to me by e-mail. If you want to submit your own just e-mail me at my contact info below. ==================================================== Laughing Octopus ==================================================== While I was fighting the Laughing Octopus, I've found that the survival knife is a good way to do some decent damage and save ammunition. Here are a couple of examples, one-when she first uses her camouflage and stands against the wall (I am quite sure you know what I'm talking about), I usually run up to her and pull off a knife combo, afterwards, she would still be standing there and so I would pull off two to three more hits before she would fall to the ground. This did alot more damage than I expected by the way. Other examples are very similar, and this when she either hides on the wall over the painting, hiding in a box, lying on the floor as a FROG, disguising as one of those human figures, or lying on the floor with her face disguised as Naomi. The technique applies to All the examples. Also, I want to point out that when she does disguise her face as Naomi, you can still slice and dice her even as she is spewing out that ink. if Laughing Octopus is lying on the floor disguised as someone else, be sure to attack her in First Person mode while crouching to hit her. This is only if you don't have the auto aim function enabled. -Submitted by Jonathan S. This is an interesting bug I found when fighting laughing octopus. There should be a room where 2 boxes stacked on each other. Get on the highest box and wait there while facing the door. She will continually walk past the door and shoot at you. Since there's a wall, her bullets will not go through. But if you shoot at her while she's shooting at you, you can still damage her. This mostly work when she's at 50% life/psyche, and she will eventually move away to hide. If so, just go ahead and leave the spot, shoot her, and run back on the top of the box. -Submitted by Long Phan ==================================================== Raging Raven ==================================================== Nothing here yet! ==================================================== Crying Wolf ==================================================== Get under the tank, and equip Night Vis. Preferable weapon is sniper, for when she runs into the woods, because she opens her armour and you can crack off a great shot that'll significantly lower her health. The worst that can happen is that she attacks the tank and you lose about 1/5 of health (if that...) which recovers quickly either. Whilst she's running around it's fun to pick off the FROG's too ^_^. -Submitted by Bo17 After the cutscene ends and you regain control of Snake, duck under the truck parked near you. From there, by using the Face and OctoCamo, you'll be 99% invisible. The soldiers looking for you will search the area, and it is broad enough that you can snipe them with head shots. I used the M1 because it has a good scope without having to customize it, and you'll just need 1 shot to take out the soldiers, as well as being silent. Its range is great, too. The best bet is to snipe them in open areas where others can see the body. They'll go towards the fallen comrade and kneel to check their status (perfect baiting technique). Once you dispatch them, it's one-on-one against Wolf. Stay where you are and wait until she comes into an area you can see her. Once she pops her head out to scan for you with the rail gun, shoot her in the head, wait for her head to recoil, shoot a 2nd time, wait again, shoot a third time. She'll get back into the machine and run off. Rinse and repeat. Every 3 head shots took a quarter of her life, so I did this 4 times and finished her easily, but not quickly. It's a sniper showdown, so if you're patient, you'll get the best of her. The second half of the battle when she's Crying Beauty is the same as the others. I've only beat her with lethal means; I have not attempted this with the Mosin Nagant or the Mk22. -Submitted by Fireagle (MGO ID) ==================================================== Vamp ==================================================== Nothing here yet! ==================================================== Metal Gear Ray ==================================================== Nothing here yet! ==================================================== Screaming Mantis ==================================================== Nothing here yet! ==================================================== Liquid Ocelot ==================================================== I found out of a tactic that works pretty well. MGS1 Fight: Go for the Big punch here. Punch him on so he is near the edge and continue with the big punch. Be sure to press the punch button two or three times since he will nearly fall of the edge the first time. When he rises continue to punch him and you'll take him down easily. MGS2 Fight: As you mentioned, he will focus on the powerful hit. Just step aside when he is about to hit you and the Big punch him or combo him down. CQC and grab him works well too. MGS3 Fight: I did go for the same tactics here as Ocelot did. CQC and choke him to deplete his stamina bar wich will deplete his life bara when his stamina is down to zero. -Submitted by Bjvrn Andersson ------------------------------------------------------ V. Contact Info ------------------------------------------------------ E-mail: Neolavie@live.com MGO ID: Crisis I will accept other people's 'Additional Tactics' for any boss. Simply put in the subject 'Additional Tactics for xxxx Boss'. Make sure you include your name or screen name so I can give proper credit to you. I will also accept Additional Strategies for any boss as well. Please give me something to credit you by for this as well or I will use whatever name was given to me in the sender line of the e-mail. I will not post your e-mail publically unless you tell me to do so. If you absolutely need help with a boss or are confused with a certain strategy listed you may also e-mail me. I would recommend using the MGS4 board at GameFAQs if you are having trouble past my strategies. You can also send me corrections to the guide if they are needed. Lastly, you can contact on me MGO if I am on. I also run a knife/CQC clan called Aurora. Feel free to apply if you love it as much as I do. ------------------------------------------------------ VI. Credits/Copyright ------------------------------------------------------ I would like to thank the amazing team of Kojima Productions for putting out such an amazing MGS game. It was a very long wait, but well worth it. I would also like to express thanks to GameFAQs as well as other sites that have allowed and requested to host this guide. The information expressed in this guide is copyright to me, Travis Rappa (Dauragon C Mikado88). 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