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* Playing with D-Dog is basically playing with a wallhack. Even before equipment or Buddy Bonds are factored into the equation, DD can identify enemies, prisoners, weapons, vehicles, medicinal plants, and pretty much anything of interest (aside from resource containers) from upwards of 100 meters away, marking them on the HUD without using the Binoculars, and essentially functioning as the Intel Team on steroids. He can be called upon to sit in a place and bark to draw attention away from Snake, and with the right equipment he gains the ability to ambush and kill, stun, or critically wound targets at Snake's command -- most notably, unlike the aforementioned Quiet, he can non-lethally neutralize Heavy Infantry instantly -- or be told to sit on a road to force vehicles to stop and honk their horn to force him to move, providing a window of opportunity to approach the vehicle from behind and Fulton it (and everyone in it) or take out the driver and/or passengers. Even walking near Snake has its benefits while sneaking, since if he gets too close to an enemy without trying to neutralize them, they'll stop whatever they're doing and try to shoo him away, making him handy as a distraction if an enemy gets too close. He can even be outfitted with a portable Fulton of his own, allowing him to extract targets for you. The only downside is that he can be injured while attempting to neutralize an enemy (especially if they're armed with shotguns), since they'll start shooting at him in self-defense.

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* D-Dog, made even more apparent because you get him ''very'' early in the game, and he has a whole host of overpowered and broken abilities that make most missions much easier.
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Playing with D-Dog D.D. is basically playing with a wallhack. Even before equipment or Buddy Bonds are factored into the equation, DD can identify enemies, prisoners, weapons, vehicles, medicinal plants, and pretty much anything of interest (aside from resource containers) from upwards of 100 meters away, marking them on the HUD without using the Binoculars, and essentially functioning as the Intel Team on steroids. steroids.
** Getting the First Aid Manual after Mission 18 (located in Bwala ya Masa Village) makes D.D. a portable Fulton machine, who will automatically go around and try to Fulton all incapacitated/knocked out enemies (or prisoners) within 50 metres or so if the "Get It" command is used. Not only is this broken on its own, but it makes Mission 28 (Code Talker) the easiest place to farm high-level recruits early on. Simply equip D.D. with the Medical (Fulton) Suit, get a grenade launcher that fires non-lethal rounds, and go to town on the Puppet Soldiers you find (presuming you didn't defeat the Skulls). You'll be swimming in high-grade soldiers in no time.
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He can be called upon to sit in a place and bark to draw attention away from Snake, and with the right equipment he gains the ability to ambush and kill, stun, or critically wound targets at Snake's command -- most notably, unlike the aforementioned Quiet, he can non-lethally neutralize Heavy Infantry instantly -- or be told to sit on a road to force vehicles to stop and honk their horn to force him to move, providing a window of opportunity to approach the vehicle from behind and Fulton it (and everyone in it) or take out the driver and/or passengers. Even walking near Snake has its benefits while sneaking, since if he gets too close to an enemy without trying to neutralize them, they'll stop whatever they're doing and try to shoo him away, making him handy as a distraction if an enemy gets too close. He can even be outfitted with a portable Fulton of his own, allowing him to extract targets for you. The only downside is that he can be injured while attempting to neutralize an enemy (especially if they're armed with shotguns), since they'll start shooting at him in self-defense.

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* There are several points in the game where, either due to a programming oversight or deliberate break, you can do something extremely minor and break any sort of challenge in the level, allowing you to waltz through whole stages easily:
** When fighting Crying Wolf, [[spoiler:hiding under the truck directly in front of Snake as the fight starts will make Snake impossible to damage except from directly in front, give him a fixed 99% camo index, protect him completely from stress or stamina loss due to the blizzard, and make the whole battle a matter of waiting for Wolf to wander into view and blasting her with the biggest, meanest gun at Snake's disposal when she does (unless you [[NewGamePlus already have her rail gun]], which is too bulky to use while prone but will pretty consistently kill her in one shot).]]
** In the first section of the third stage, you're supposed to be disguised as Young Snake and sneak past the guards while tailing your mark. If you switch your [=FaceCamo=] to anyone else, though, ''everyone in the entire level ignores you''.
* Act 4 has at least one area that easily allows you to farm Drebin Points: simply equip as many healing items as you can, let the Dwarf Gekko in the tank hangar spot you, and then let one of them knock you over. They'll begin pulling out guns and shooting at you at this point. The thing is, though, Dwarf Gekko have three hands, but are using two of them just to stand up, so they can't reload - once the mag is empty, they [[ThrowAwayGuns toss the gun away and pull out a new one]]. ''[[BottomlessMagazines Endlessly.]]'' Most of them have the GSR, but a few will also drop the Desert Eagle, which is otherwise unobtainable except by buying it from Drebin (thus saving points if you plan to use it later) and worth ten-thousand points afterwards. In about thirty minutes, you can make a million points by simply not killing the swarming Dwarf Gekko.


* Playing with D-Dog is basically playing with a wallhack. Even before equipment or Buddy Bonds are factored into the equation, DD can identify enemies, prisoners, weapons, vehicles, medicinal plants, and pretty much anything of interest (aside from resource containers) from upwards of 100 meters away, marking them on the HUD without using the Binoculars, and essentially functioning as the Intel Team on steroids. He can be called upon to sit in a place and bark to draw attention away from Snake, and with the right equipment he gains the ability to ambush and kill, stun, or critically wound targets at Snake's command-- most notably, unlike the aforementioned Quiet, he can non-lethally neutralize Heavy Infantry instantly, or be told to sit on a road to force vehicles to stop and honk their horn to force him to move. Even walking near Snake has its benefits while sneaking, since if he gets too close to an enemy without trying to neutralize them, they'll stop whatever they're doing and try to shoo him away, making him handy as a distraction if an enemy gets too close. He can even be outfitted with a portable Fulton of his own, allowing him to extract targets for you.

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* Playing with D-Dog is basically playing with a wallhack. Even before equipment or Buddy Bonds are factored into the equation, DD can identify enemies, prisoners, weapons, vehicles, medicinal plants, and pretty much anything of interest (aside from resource containers) from upwards of 100 meters away, marking them on the HUD without using the Binoculars, and essentially functioning as the Intel Team on steroids. He can be called upon to sit in a place and bark to draw attention away from Snake, and with the right equipment he gains the ability to ambush and kill, stun, or critically wound targets at Snake's command-- command -- most notably, unlike the aforementioned Quiet, he can non-lethally neutralize Heavy Infantry instantly, instantly -- or be told to sit on a road to force vehicles to stop and honk their horn to force him to move.move, providing a window of opportunity to approach the vehicle from behind and Fulton it (and everyone in it) or take out the driver and/or passengers. Even walking near Snake has its benefits while sneaking, since if he gets too close to an enemy without trying to neutralize them, they'll stop whatever they're doing and try to shoo him away, making him handy as a distraction if an enemy gets too close. He can even be outfitted with a portable Fulton of his own, allowing him to extract targets for you. The only downside is that he can be injured while attempting to neutralize an enemy (especially if they're armed with shotguns), since they'll start shooting at him in self-defense.



** Among the weapons without suppressors that can be given suppressors with Weapon Customization is the AM MRS-73 Sniper Rifle, a rifle that happens to be one of only three Sniper Rifles in the game that can be fitted with tranquilizer rounds, and the only tranquilizer rifle to be semi-automatic (compared to the bolt-action of the other rifles, which greatly limits their rate of fire) and have a large magazine (20 rounds, compared to the 5 of the other tranquilizer rifles). Weapon Customization can even give it the medium durability Suppressor from the M2000 Sniper Rifle, which lasts nearly long enough to fire its entire reserve of ammunition and turns silently taking down even the largest outposts into child's play.

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** Among the weapons without suppressors that can be given suppressors with Weapon Customization is the AM MRS-73 Sniper Rifle, a rifle that happens to be one of only three Sniper Rifles in the game that can be fitted with tranquilizer rounds, and the only tranquilizer rifle to be semi-automatic (compared to the bolt-action of the other rifles, which greatly limits their rate of fire) and have a large magazine (20 rounds, compared to the 5 of the other tranquilizer rifles). Weapon Customization can even give it the medium durability medium-durability Suppressor from the M2000 Sniper Rifle, which lasts nearly long enough to fire its entire reserve of ammunition and turns silently taking down even the largest outposts into child's play.


** Most importantly, weapon customisation allows to field superior weapons much, much earlier than it is even feasible to develop them and at a fraction of their price. Since the costs of fielding weapon are tied to the gun's base and its tier, it is possible to take low-tier version of the gun and slap on it all the GunAccessories of the high tier ''while not paying for those''. With legendary gunsmith on board, the only reason to develop new guns is to gain new accessories to mix and match between guns, but that's it.



* Infinite farming is an exploit related with repeatively playing mission 8, Occupation Forces. It takes about 3 minutes to finish and all it takes is having decoys and Cargo +2 upgrade for Fulton. With those it's a matter of riding on horseback toward the convoy, set up decoys, place D-Horse on the road and then just sneak behind the convoy when it stops and fulton all three vehicles. 250.000 GMP (from selling the fultoned vehicles), along with 1600 heroism and the money eared on S-ranking the mission are yours.
** If one is interested only in heroism, there is also mission 4, [=C2W=]. Once the local air radar is destroyed, it is possible to simply designate the landing spot right on the mission target, use the on-board minigun to destroy all 3 relay dishes and depart instantly from the site. It takes exactly 55 seconds to do so and nets 1600 heroism, along with enough income to always turn profit on it. It's also the fastest way of grinding bond with buddies and eventually provides A-rank and above volunteers after finishing the mission. This is ''also'' the fastest and safest way of getting medals for your personel, taking less than 5 minutes to field the same person three times and enjoy nice skill boost.
* Since the amount of active players greatly decreased over the years, but their [=FOBs=] are still online, the easiest, fastest and safest way to get obscene amount of resources along with S-rank volunteers is to continously raid [=FOBs=]. All it takes is finding low defense [=FOBs=] with the right platforms for the right materials as reward. Then it can be raided in less than 5 minutes with close to zero effort. Retaliation? Chances are the other player wasn't online for past year or three. It trivialize staff management and getting resources to the point there is hardly any initiative left during campaign missions to fulton anyone and anything, aside getting rid of the unconscious soldiers and fulfilling objectives.

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* Since the amount of active players greatly decreased over the years, but their [=FOBs=] are still online, the easiest, fastest and safest way to get obscene amount of resources along with S-rank volunteers is to continously raid [=FOBs=]. All it takes is finding low defense [=FOBs=] with the right platforms for the right materials as reward. Then it can be raided in less than 5 minutes with close to zero effort. Retaliation? Chances are the other player wasn't online for past year or three. It trivialize staff management and getting resources to the point there is hardly any initiative left during campaign missions to fulton anyone and anything, aside getting rid of the unconscious soldiers and fulfilling objectives.


** If one is interested only in heroism, there is also mission 4, C2W. Once the local air radar is destroyed, it is possible to just designate the landing spot right on the mission target, use the on-board minigun to destroy all 3 relay dishes and depart instantly from the side. It takes exactly 55 seconds to do so and nets 1600 heroism, along with enough income to always turn profit on it. It's also the fastest way of grinding bond with buddies and eventually provides A-rank and above volunteers after finishing the mission. This is also the fastest and safest way of getting medals for your personel, taking less than 5 minutes to field the same person three times and enjoy nice skill boost.

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** If one is interested only in heroism, there is also mission 4, C2W. [=C2W=]. Once the local air radar is destroyed, it is possible to just simply designate the landing spot right on the mission target, use the on-board minigun to destroy all 3 relay dishes and depart instantly from the side.site. It takes exactly 55 seconds to do so and nets 1600 heroism, along with enough income to always turn profit on it. It's also the fastest way of grinding bond with buddies and eventually provides A-rank and above volunteers after finishing the mission. This is also ''also'' the fastest and safest way of getting medals for your personel, taking less than 5 minutes to field the same person three times and enjoy nice skill boost.


* Playing with D-Dog is basically playing with a wallhack. Even before equipment or Buddy Bonds are factored into the equation, DD can identify enemies, prisoners, weapons, vehicles, medicinal plants, and pretty much anything of interest (aside from resources) from upwards of 100 meters away, marking them on the HUD without using the Binoculars, and essentially functioning as the Intel Team on steroids. He can be called upon to sit in a place and bark to draw attention away from Snake, and with the right equipment he gains the ability to ambush and kill, stun, or critically wound targets at Snake's command-- most notably, unlike the aforementioned Quiet, he can non-lethally neutralize Heavy Infantry instantly, or be told to sit on a road to force vehicles to stop and honk their horn to force him to move. Even walking near Snake has its benefits while sneaking, since if he gets too close to an enemy without trying to neutralize them, they'll stop whatever they're doing and try to shoo him away, making him handy as a distraction if an enemy gets too close. He can even be outfitted with a portable Fulton of his own, allowing him to extract targets for you.

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* Playing with D-Dog is basically playing with a wallhack. Even before equipment or Buddy Bonds are factored into the equation, DD can identify enemies, prisoners, weapons, vehicles, medicinal plants, and pretty much anything of interest (aside from resources) resource containers) from upwards of 100 meters away, marking them on the HUD without using the Binoculars, and essentially functioning as the Intel Team on steroids. He can be called upon to sit in a place and bark to draw attention away from Snake, and with the right equipment he gains the ability to ambush and kill, stun, or critically wound targets at Snake's command-- most notably, unlike the aforementioned Quiet, he can non-lethally neutralize Heavy Infantry instantly, or be told to sit on a road to force vehicles to stop and honk their horn to force him to move. Even walking near Snake has its benefits while sneaking, since if he gets too close to an enemy without trying to neutralize them, they'll stop whatever they're doing and try to shoo him away, making him handy as a distraction if an enemy gets too close. He can even be outfitted with a portable Fulton of his own, allowing him to extract targets for you.



** Adding suppressors to almost any weapon that doesn't come with it for free? Check. Making a long-range assault rifle with good fire rate, suppressor and an underbarrel grenade launcher? Check. Using a ''[[MoreDakka 70 round drum magazine]]'' on a semi-auto sniper rifle to hardly run out of ammo? Check.

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** Adding suppressors to almost any weapon that doesn't come with it for free? Check. Buffing suppressors for other guns so you run out of ammo before suppressors wears off? Check. Making a long-range assault rifle with good fire rate, suppressor and an underbarrel grenade launcher? Check. Using a ''[[MoreDakka 70 round drum magazine]]'' on a semi-auto sniper rifle to hardly run out of ammo? Check.


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** Most importantly, weapon customisation allows to field superior weapons much, much earlier than it is even feasible to develop them and at a fraction of their price. Since the costs of fielding weapon are tied to the gun's base and its tier, it is possible to take low-tier version of the gun and slap on it all the GunAccessories of the high tier ''while not paying for those''. With legendary gunsmith on board, the only reason to develop new guns is to gain new accessories to mix and match between guns, but that's it.


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* Infinite farming is an exploit related with repeatively playing mission 8, Occupation Forces. It takes about 3 minutes to finish and all it takes is having decoys and Cargo +2 upgrade for Fulton. With those it's a matter of riding on horseback toward the convoy, set up decoys, place D-Horse on the road and then just sneak behind the convoy when it stops and fulton all three vehicles. 250.000 GMP (from selling the fultoned vehicles), along with 1600 heroism and the money eared on S-ranking the mission are yours.
** If one is interested only in heroism, there is also mission 4, C2W. Once the local air radar is destroyed, it is possible to just designate the landing spot right on the mission target, use the on-board minigun to destroy all 3 relay dishes and depart instantly from the side. It takes exactly 55 seconds to do so and nets 1600 heroism, along with enough income to always turn profit on it. It's also the fastest way of grinding bond with buddies and eventually provides A-rank and above volunteers after finishing the mission. This is also the fastest and safest way of getting medals for your personel, taking less than 5 minutes to field the same person three times and enjoy nice skill boost.

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* A fully upgraded Armor Breaker makes quick work of armored enemies.


* The Cluster Guided Missile 25 Rocket Launcher eclipses the other Rocket Launchers in its default state, but once it gets upgrades to increase the number of rockets it fires per salvo, it starts to reach the point of absurdity. These upgrades also usually increase the damage per rocket even further, allow the CGM to lock onto more targets at once, and increase the number of salvos per resupply, making it capable of obliterating everything short of Sahelanthropus before it needs a refill. Just to drive home how much of a gamechanger adding more rockets to the mix is, the raw damage output from the final non-FOB upgrade is capable of shredding even the Extreme difficulty Skulls with only a few shots, when even the penultimate version struggles to bring them down.
* The final upgrade for the WU Silent Pistol comes with an infinite Suppressor, making it the only tranquilizer weapon in the game (aside from an identical, but separately earned, weapon for D-Walker) to have a suppressor that doesn't break after extended use. While the suppressor can't be added onto other weapons with Weapon Customization, it still means that, with proper aim, its possible to silently and non-lethally take down even the largest Outposts in the game armed with only this pistol and with its 30 rounds, and even extract every soldier in it without resupplying after only a few Fulton upgrades.


* The CGM 25 Rocket Launcher eclipses the other Rocket Launchers in its default state, but what really cements its position on this list is its final upgrade, which increases the number of rockets it fires per salvo, increases the damage per rocket even further, allows the CGM to lock onto eight targets at once (up from six), and increases the number of salvos per resupply to eight. The raw damage alone is capable of shredding the Skull units [[NintendoHard (the ones from the Extreme missions]], to say nothing of the ones from the standard missions) in only a few salvos, when even the penultimate version struggled to bring them down.

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* The CGM Cluster Guided Missile 25 Rocket Launcher eclipses the other Rocket Launchers in its default state, but what really cements its position on this list is its final upgrade, which increases once it gets upgrades to increase the number of rockets it fires per salvo, increases it starts to reach the point of absurdity. These upgrades also usually increase the damage per rocket even further, allows allow the CGM to lock onto eight more targets at once (up from six), once, and increases increase the number of salvos per resupply resupply, making it capable of obliterating everything short of Sahelanthropus before it needs a refill. Just to eight. The drive home how much of a gamechanger adding more rockets to the mix is, the raw damage alone output from the final non-FOB upgrade is capable of shredding the Skull units [[NintendoHard (the ones from even the Extreme missions]], to say nothing of the ones from the standard missions) in difficulty Skulls with only a few salvos, shots, when even the penultimate version struggled struggles to bring them down.

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* Playing with D-Dog is basically playing with a wallhack. Even before equipment or Buddy Bonds are factored into the equation, DD can identify enemies, prisoners, weapons, vehicles, medicinal plants, and pretty much anything of interest (aside from resources) from upwards of 100 meters away, marking them on the HUD without using the Binoculars, and essentially functioning as the Intel Team on steroids. He can be called upon to sit in a place and bark to draw attention away from Snake, and with the right equipment he gains the ability to ambush and kill, stun, or critically wound targets at Snake's command-- most notably, unlike the aforementioned Quiet, he can non-lethally neutralize Heavy Infantry instantly, or be told to sit on a road to force vehicles to stop and honk their horn to force him to move. Even walking near Snake has its benefits while sneaking, since if he gets too close to an enemy without trying to neutralize them, they'll stop whatever they're doing and try to shoo him away, making him handy as a distraction if an enemy gets too close. He can even be outfitted with a portable Fulton of his own, allowing him to extract targets for you.


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** Among the weapons without suppressors that can be given suppressors with Weapon Customization is the AM MRS-73 Sniper Rifle, a rifle that happens to be one of only three Sniper Rifles in the game that can be fitted with tranquilizer rounds, and the only tranquilizer rifle to be semi-automatic (compared to the bolt-action of the other rifles, which greatly limits their rate of fire) and have a large magazine (20 rounds, compared to the 5 of the other tranquilizer rifles). Weapon Customization can even give it the medium durability Suppressor from the M2000 Sniper Rifle, which lasts nearly long enough to fire its entire reserve of ammunition and turns silently taking down even the largest outposts into child's play.


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* The CGM 25 Rocket Launcher eclipses the other Rocket Launchers in its default state, but what really cements its position on this list is its final upgrade, which increases the number of rockets it fires per salvo, increases the damage per rocket even further, allows the CGM to lock onto eight targets at once (up from six), and increases the number of salvos per resupply to eight. The raw damage alone is capable of shredding the Skull units [[NintendoHard (the ones from the Extreme missions]], to say nothing of the ones from the standard missions) in only a few salvos, when even the penultimate version struggled to bring them down.
* The final upgrade for the WU Silent Pistol comes with an infinite Suppressor, making it the only tranquilizer weapon in the game (aside from an identical, but separately earned, weapon for D-Walker) to have a suppressor that doesn't break after extended use. While the suppressor can't be added onto other weapons with Weapon Customization, it still means that, with proper aim, its possible to silently and non-lethally take down even the largest Outposts in the game armed with only this pistol and with its 30 rounds, and even extract every soldier in it without resupplying after only a few Fulton upgrades.


* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater [[UpdatedRerelease 3D]]'', the Photo Camo feature, which lets you create camouflage from pictures taken with the [[Nintendo3DS 3DS']] cameras, can generate camouflages that grant a 100% Camo Index, normally only obtainable with the Stealth Camouflage item only available in a [[NewGamePlus New Game+]], or the Moss Camo, obtained by holding up [[ThatOneBoss The End]].

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* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater [[UpdatedRerelease 3D]]'', the Photo Camo feature, which lets you create camouflage from pictures taken with the [[Nintendo3DS [[UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS 3DS']] cameras, can generate camouflages that grant a 100% Camo Index, normally only obtainable with the Stealth Camouflage item only available in a [[NewGamePlus New Game+]], or the Moss Camo, obtained by holding up [[ThatOneBoss The End]].


* The Infinity Wigs from ''Sons of Liberty'' make a return as accessories for Raiden, albeit with different effects. Wig A (brown) grants infinite Sub-Weapons so long as it is equipped, making it easy to spam EMP Grenades and 3D Photo Frames. Wig B (blue/aqua) makes Blade Mode and Ripper Mode infinite (but Ripper Mode can no longer be used at the same time as Blade Mode). The Blade Mode Wig (blonde) has the same effect as a maximized Fox Blade, but only takes effect when Blade Mode is active. Using any of these has ''no effect'' on your battle ranking, but all of these have to [[EarnYourFun be earned]] by collecting enough Left Arms, Data Storages, and in the case of the Blade Mode Wig, finishing the game on Hard Mode.


* Downplayed with a number of items, including the Chicken Hat and the Stealth Camo Prototype. If you use them on a mission you won't be able to get an S-Rank, though since side-ops aren't graded, you can use as many of them as you want. D-Walker's Fulton Ballista weapon is of particular note, as it makes tank missions laughably easy by letting you stay a far distance away and extract them instantly.



* The Brennan LRS-46 sniper rifle. Yes it has a slow rate of fire, but its shots are so absurdly powerful that even the enhanced stone armor of the bulkier Skulls is about as effective as wet tissue paper in defending against it. The only enemy in the game that can take more than 3 shots from it are the red gunships and Sehalanthropus.
** The Serval has the power of the Brennan and semiautomatic fire. This allows it to shoot much faster, taking down enemies like the Skulls in seconds.


* Raiden's super sprint ability in the ''Ground Zeroes'' mission "Jamais Vu". Being able to run off at twice the normal sprint speed allows the player to reposition themselves far more easily during a firefight. It also becomes available in ''The Phantom Pain'' after [[EarnYourFun S-ranking every story mission]], which by that point qualifies as a BraggingRightsReward.

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