MGSV: Phantom Pain Side Ops Guide – Walkthrough, Unlock Achieved

By   /   Sep 3, 2015

A guide on how to complete all side-ops in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

For more help on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, read our Animals Locations Guide, Max Bonding Guide, Blueprints Locations and Mother Base Guide.

MGSV: Phantom Pain Side Ops

Side-ops in the game are short missions which primarily involve extracting a target, finding certain objects, or target practicing.

A side-op can be completed in different ways since there is no grading involved. It’s better to complete these missions alongside the main mission as some of these have certain prerequisites which must be met.

In this guide, we will cover all the side-ops in the game along with their brief walkthrough:

#1 – Extract Interpreter – Russian
Location: South Afghanistan
Pre-req: Mission-2

Head over to east of Spugmay Keep and fulton the guy in a green beret to complete this mission. You can also mark the soldiers from a nearby hill to render the mission a little easier.

#2 – Extract Interpreter – Pashto
Location: South Afghanistan
Pre-req: Side-Op-27

You need to head over to the Moutain Relay Base and fulton the target to Mother Base to complete the mission.

#3 – Extract Interpreter – Afrikaans
Location: North Africa
Pre-req: Mission-14

You need to head over to the west of Bampeve Plantation and silence all the enemies followed by extracting the primary target to complete the mission.

#4 – Extract Interpreter – Kikongo
Location: Southeast Africa
Pre-req: Mission-18

You need to head over to Munoko ya Nioka Station and extract the primary target to complete the mission.

Collecting Blueprints Missions
In these missions, you are required to collect blueprints for various weapons and tools:

  • #5 – Riot SMG Blueprint
  • #6 – Stun Arm Blueprint
  • #7 – IR-Sensor Blueprint
  • #8 – Antitheft Device Blueprint
  • #9 – Gun-Cam Defender Blueprint
  • #10 – UA-Drone Blueprint

We have covered all these locations in our MGS V: The Phantom Pain – Blueprints Locations Guide. You can refer to it for more information!

#11 – Extract the Highly-Skilled Soldier #1
Location: West Afghanistan
Pre-req: Mission-2

To complete this mission, you need to fulton a sniper located on the south side of Yakho Oboo Outpost along with a couple of guards. Approach the area from the west side to complete the mission with ease.

#12 – Extract the Highly-Skilled Soldier #2
Location: South Afghanistan
Pre-req: Side-Op-5 and Side-Op-11

The soldier you need to fulton is on the east side of Da Wialo Kallai. Approach the target from the east side to complete the mission with relative ease.

#13 – Extract the Highly-Skilled Soldier #3
Location: East Afghanistan
Pre-req: Mission-6 and Side-Op-12

You need to head over to the heart of Da Smasei Laman to find your target along with some other baddies. Approach them one after one to complete the mission with no difficulty.

#14 – Extract the Highly-Skilled Soldier #4
Location: Central Afghanistan
Pre-req: Mission-7 and Side-Op-13

You need to head over to Da Ghwandai Khar to find your target with some other enemies. Approach the area from the east side and lure the target to your location to easily fulton him to your position.

#15 – Extract the Highly-Skilled Soldier #5
Location: Northwest Afghanistan
Pre-req: Mission-8 and Side-Op-14

Your target is located on the southern part of the guard post to the east of Aabe Shifap Ruins. You need to approach the hill from the south side to fulton the soldier easily.

#16 – Extract the Highly-Skilled Soldier #6
Location: Southeast Afghanistan
Pre-req: Mission-13 and Side-Op-15

You will find your target on a small outpost between the Easter Communications Post and Mountain Relay Base. Eliminate enemies one by one and you will face no difficulty in approaching your target.

#17 – Extract the Highly-Skilled Soldier #7
Location: Southeast Africa
Pre-req: Mission-14

You will find your target to the west side of Munoko ya Nioka Station. You should approach the target from the west side; detaining any enemies in your path and fulton the target.

#18 – Extract the Highly-Skilled Soldier #8
Location: Northwest Africa
Pre-req: Mission-16 and Side-Op-17

You will find your target in Mfinda Oilfield; on the level below the oily water. You should approach the area from the west side, climb some fences, and drop down to find your target.

#19 – Extract the Highly-Skilled Soldier #9
Location: Central Africa
Pre-req: Mission-19 and Side-Op-18

You will find your target on the northwest of Ditadi Abandoned Village. I recommend reaching the area from the north side and luring the target to your position instead of reaching him directly.

#20 – Extract the Highly-Skilled Soldier #10
Location: North Africa
Pre-req: Mission-18 and Side-Op-19

You will find your target to the south side of Bampeve Plantation. There are a couple of guards patrolling the area, but they are not much difficult to deal with. Deal with the guards and fulton the target to complete the mission.

#21 – Extract the Highly-Skilled Soldier #11
Location: Southeast Africa
Pre-req: Mission-20 and Side-Op-20

You will find this enemy in the Munoko ya Nioka Station with a small army of enemies. Reach the enemies one by one before you fulton the primary target.

#22 – Extract the Highly-Skilled Soldier #12
Location: Northeast Africa
Pre-req: Mission-23 and Side-Op-21

You need to fulton a sniper located to the south side of Kungenga Mine. The primary target is along with some other snipers so it’s better to approach the target crouching. Incapacitate the targets one by one using a non-lethal sniper rifle and then fulton the primary target.

#23 – Extract the Highly-Skilled Soldier #13
Location: South Afghanistan
Pre-req: Mission-31 and Side-Op-16

Your target is a sniper located to the west side of Spugmay Keep along with another sniper. The idea is to reach the area from the north of the sniper and use non-lethal sniper rifle to incapacitate the targets; completing the mission.

#24 – Extract the Highly-Skilled Soldier #14
Location: North Afghanistan
Pre-req: Mission-31 and Side-Op-23

You will find this enemy to the east side of Afghanistan Central Base Camp; near a shooting range. Reach the target using the stairs on the south of the area and fulton him to Mother Base.

#25 – Extract the Highly-Skilled Soldier #15
Location: East Africa
Pre-req: Mission-31 and Side-Op-22

You need to fulton the guy patrolling the uppermost floor of the Lufwa Valley Mansion. The best way to complete the mission is to approach the mansion from the front entrance and getting rid of enemies on your way before fulton extracting him to Mother Base.

#26 – Extract the Highly-Skilled Soldier #16
Location: Northeast Afghanistan
Pre-req: Mission-31 and Side-Op-24

In order to complete the mission, you need to infiltrate OKB Zero and extract an enemy under the arcades; in the heart of the compound. There are plenty of resources in the area for Mother Base so make sure to take your time with mission and then extract the target.

#27 – Prisoner Extraction #1
Location:Southeast Afghanistan
Pre-req:Side-Op-5

Head to the middle of the Eastern Communications Post and find the prisoner inside the building with the radio transmitter. Reach the area from the west side and fulton the prisoner to Mother Base.

#28 – Prisoner Extraction #2
Location:Southwest Afghanistan
Pre-req:Side-Ops-27

You will find the prisoner that you need to rescue in Shago Village; on the upper floor of a building. To make things a little easier, you should mark as many enemies as possible.

#29 – Prisoner Extraction #3
Location:North Afghanistan
Pre-req:Mission-8 and Side-Ops-28

The prisoner is located in the Afghanistan Central Base Camp.You should take the similar route as in Mission-12 by heading towards the easternmost hanger instead of the one in the north side to reach the prisoner.

#30 – Prisoner Extraction #4
Location:Southeast Afghanistan
Pre-req:Mission-9 and Side-Ops-29

This prisoner is located to the west side of the bridge near the Mountain Relay Base. Reach the area from the northeast side and mark all enemies along the way to complete the mission without any difficulty.

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