Elite achievement in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain


Complete all missions with an S rank.

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How to unlock the Elite achievement

  • Zasta 360GameTVZasta 360GameTV157,421
    13 Sep 2015 14 Sep 2015 14 Sep 2015
    93 4 11
    Firstly, this solution is huge and I use a lot of spoilers here. MGSV:TPP has a total of 50 main story missons, 3 of them have no ratings (2/22/43).

    In the following, I listed some general tips for achieving a S-Ranking:

    - skip all cutscenes, S-rank is all about TIME (cutscenes add time!)
    - be fast and silent (stealth) (extra points for no combat etc)
    - turn off reflexmode, you will get 10k extra points in each mission
    - to get an S-rank you need 130k+ points in a mission
    - don't try to get s-rank on your first playthrough of a mission
    - use shortcuts, if you know where a prisoner or enemy is, just go there directly without getting the Intel!
    - use your buddies

    To unlock mainstory episodes you need to play the yellow side missions.

    Unlock Episode 45:

    1. You need to have spared Quiet at the end of Mission 11.
    2. Quiet is available for the mission.
    3. You have Maximum Bond with Quiet.
    4. You must have seen the cutscene at Mother Base where the scientist is exiled. (listen Cassette Tapes)
    5. You don't use the front "Butterfly" design in your emblem.

    You will get the sidemission 150 if you have met these requirements. The mainstory episode 45 starts directly after this side mission.

    Unlock Episode 46:

    1. Complete all main story missions (excluding 45 and 47-50)
    2. Complete all the core Side Ops that are marked yellow on iDroid
    3. Listen to all story audio/cassette recordings (they are yellow in color)
    4. Upgrade Mother Base

    I've put each mission in a spoiler. Furthermore, you will find my strategy requirements and a little hint for the mission in said spoiler.

    Prologue (Time 15:07 - Points: 202724)
    Requirement: -
    Hint: skip all cutscenes and you have nearly automatically a S-Rank

    Episode 1 - Phantom Limbs (Time: 05:12 - Points: 197037)
    Requirement: -
    Hint: Go directly to the prisoner and extract him via NEW LZ, so you get automatically the "skulls" task

    Episode 3 - A Hero's Way (Time: 03:25 - Points: 171496)
    Requirement: Sniper Rifle
    Hint: Use the south LZ and kill the target with your Sniper Rifle from outside of the camp

    Episode 4 - C2W (Time: 02:05 - Points: 163757)
    Requirement: Grenade Launcher
    Hint: Above the camp is a little mountain path, go up there and destroy the 3 station

    Episode 5 - Over the Fence (Time: 04:11 - Points: 228045)
    Requirement: -
    Hint: On the left side of the basis is a crack, use it and you are close to the prisoner, extract him through the hole in the ceiling for a mission task

    Episode 6 - Where do the Bees sleep? (Time: 13:32 - Points: 176801)
    Requirement: -
    Hint: Kill all 4 skulls at the end and you earn 50k extrapoints (use the Killerbee if you want)

    Episode 7 - Red Brass (Time: 06:03 - Points: 175319)
    Requirement: C 4
    Hint: sneak to the house where the meeting is happen, plant c4 and when all 3 targets are in the house, let the c4 explode

    Episode 8 - Occupation Forces (Time: 05:35 - Points: 181328)
    Requirement: -
    Hint: Use the north LZ and go to the outpost in the south, here you'll find a armored vehicle.

    Episode 9 - Backup, back down (Time: 15:14 - Points: 201267)
    Requirement: C4, Rocket Launcher
    Hint: kill all 11 / 11 targets and you'll earn 160k points, 30k more for a S-rank needed

    Episode 10 - Angel with broken Wings (Time: 03:50 - Points: 195578)
    Requirement: C 4
    Hint: use the c4 to destroy the tank and disctract the guard in the jeep, take the prisoner and escape via chopper

    Episode 11 - Cloaked in Silence (Time: 04:31 - Points: 184743)
    Requirement: -
    Hint: with the supply drop method you'll also solve all mission tasks

    Episode 12 - Hellbound (Time: 12:13 - Points: 233510)
    Requirement: -
    Hint: use the second LZ at the bossfight and your chance is higher to escape faster

    Episode 13 - Pitch Dark (Time: 07:03 - Points: 216503)
    Requirement: Rocket Launcher
    Hint: use the east base entrance and sneak first to the control room, then sneak back and blow the red container up from the outside

    Episode 14 - Lingua Franca (Time: 02:29 - Points: 280057)
    Requirement: -
    Hint: Go directly to the prisoner and extract him via chopper, the north LZ is directly at this position (if you call the chopper)

    Episode 15 - Footprints of Phantoms (Time: 02:53 - Points: 165841)
    Requirement: Rocket Launcher
    Hint: You can destroy all 4 Walker Gears from outside the camp with the rocket launcher

    Episode 16 - Traitor's Caravan (Time: 03:48 - Points: 237079)
    Requirement: Rocker Launcher (if you want 50k extrapoints)
    Hint: Ride to the Airport Field and you can extract the Truck before he drives. Killing all 4 Skulls will give you 50k extrapoints

    Episode 17 - Rescue the Intel Agents (Time: 03:36 - Points: 195076)
    Requirement: -
    Hint: the first prisoner in the forest can be extracted via Fulton, the second via Horse or Chopper

    Episode 18 - Blood Runs Deep (Time: 16:17 - Points: 177390)
    Requirement: Grenade Launcher, Sniper Rifle with Suppressor
    Hint: you can kill the first target from outside the camp with the sniper, the escape with the children is hard and they'll only follow you if you are close enough to them. So kill all enemies, then go further with the children. Watch your back at the end since the enemies attack you from behind.

    Episode 19 - On the Trail (Time: 03:15 - Points: 186438)
    Requirement: -
    Hint: use the north LZ and go directly to the meeting point in the mountains

    Episode 20 - Voices (Time: 07:31 - Points: 197859)
    Requirement: Rocket Launcher
    Hint: You can eliminate the Man of Fire with the gas tank and the pool really fast. Wait until the Man of Fire is between the pool and the gastank, then let the gastank explode

    Episode 21 - The War Economy (Time: 02:17 - Points: 158043)
    Requirement: Rocket Launcher
    Hint: Kill the target through the open window from the outside of the Airport field

    Episode 23 - The White Mamba (Time: 03:28 - Points: 349868)
    Requirement: -
    Hint: On the left side from the mission area you can reach the target without any contact with enemies

    Episode 24 - Close Contact (Time: 02:59 - Points: 190308)
    Requirement: Smoke Grenade
    Hint: Go over the right side of the outpost to the tent and use the smoke grenade to extract both prisoners

    Episode 25 - Aim True, Ye Vengeful (Time: 03:11 - Points: 173192)
    Requirement: -
    Hint: use the jeep in the outpost to extract both prisoners at the same time

    Episode 26 - Hunting down (Time: 01:59 - Points: 157124)
    Requirement: Rocket Launcher
    Hint: you can kill the targets from a far distance with a rocket launcher or sniper rifle

    Episode 27 - Root Cause (Time: 02:14 - Points: 193478)
    Requirement: -
    Hint: be fast and use the Truck to escape together with the prisoner

    Episode 28 - Code Walker (Time: 12:28 - Points: 225368)
    Requirement: Sniper Rifle with Suppressor, Smoke Grenades, Night Vision
    Hint: you can run through the section with the sniper skulls, let 1 skull alive for a easier escape

    Episode 29 - Metallic Archaea (Time: 02:32 - Points: 174659)
    Requirement: D-Walker with Machine Gun
    Hint: Use D-Walker with Machine Gun for a really easy way

    Episode 30 - Skull Face (Time: 07:36 - Points: 296834)
    Requirement: -
    Hint: On the left side before you enter the base is a bypass path

    Episode 31 - Sahelanthropus (Time: 02:48 - Points: 181604)
    Requirement: D-Walker with machine gun, Rocket Launcher
    Hint: Torso is a weakpoint as well as the 4 gastanks in the back of the boss

    Episode 32 - To know too much (Time: 02:46 - Points: 290990)
    Requirement: -
    Hint: be fast and don't use the chopper to escape the hot zone

    Episode 33 - [Subsistence] C2W (Time: 04:36 - Points: 246628)
    Requirement: -
    Hint: get a rifle from an enemy and destroy the station in the house with some bullets

    Episode 34 - [Extreme] Backup, back down (Time: 10:10 - Points: 182458)
    Requirement: EMN-ATB-M21 Mines, C4, Fulton Cargo +2 upgrade
    Hint: the best method this time is with mines and extracting some of the tanks

    Episode 35 - Cursed Legacy (Time: 02:25 - Points: 192245)
    Requirement: Smoke Grenades
    Hint: use smoke grenades to knock out the enemies for a short time and hide the extracting of the containers

    Episode 36 - [Total Stealth] Footprints of Phantoms (Time: 02:47 - Points: 166265)
    Requirement: rocket launcher
    Hint: You can destroy all 4 Walker Gears from outside the camp with the rocket launcher

    Episode 37 - [Extreme] Traitor's Caravan (Time: 02:45 - Points: 380292)
    Requirement: -
    Hint: extract the truck at the airport airfield and leave the hot zone, dont fight against the Skulls

    Episode 38 - Extraordinary (Time: 02:31 - Points: 153771)
    Requirement: Rocket Launcher, Smoke Grenade
    Hint: there are 3 locations for the film canister, killing all enemies here is the easiest method

    Episode 39 - [Total Stealth] Over the Fence (Time: 04:13 - Points: 386665)
    Requirement: -
    Hint: On the left side of the basis is a crack, use it and you are close to the prisoner

    Episode 40 - [Extreme] Cloaked in Silence (Time: 08:33 - Points: 170209)
    Requirement: -
    Hint: The supply drop works also here, all you have to do is to look briefly out of cover to force a shot by quiet

    Episode 41 - Proxy War without End (Time: 07:19 - Points: 209412)
    Requirement: EMN mine, Smoke Grenade, C 4
    Hint: all vehicles pass the same outpost on different times

    Episode 42 - {Extreme] Metallic Archaea (Time: 05:11 - Points: 195032)
    Requirement: D-Walker with machine gun, rocket launcher
    Hint: use D-Walker and stay away from the Skulls, they disable all vehicles if you are to close

    Episode 44 - [Total Stealth] Pitch Dark (Time: 08:27 - Points: 207753)
    Requirement: rocket launcher
    Hint: play at 1800 and use the east entrance, sneak first to the control room then sneak back and blow up the red container from the outside

    Episode 45 - A Quiet Exit (Time: 10:29 - Points: 174881)
    Requirement: ATB Mines, CGM 25 Rocket Launcer, Battle Dress
    Hint: 14 tanks is a lot and your best way to destroy all is with the CGM 25 Rocket Launcher and many supply drops

    Episode 46 - The Man who sold the World (Time: 12:31 - Points: 186944)
    Requirement: -
    Hint: you replay the prologue, skip all cutscenes and you get nearly automatically a s-rank

    Episode 47 - The War Economy (Time: 02:15 - Points: 158377)
    Requirement: rocket launcher
    Hint: Kill the target through the open window from the outside of the Airport field

    Episode 48 - [Extreme] Code Walker (Time: 06:56 - Points: 210037)
    Requirement: -
    Hint: Dont fight against the Sniper Skulls, ride through this section

    Episode 49 - [Subsistence] Occupation Forces (Time: 04:08 - Points: 255910)
    Requirement: -
    Hint: run to the 3 vehicle locations and extract all

    Episode 50 - [Extreme] Sahelanthropus (Time: 02:05 - Points: 163757)
    Requirement: Light tank ZHUK-BR 3, D-Walker, rocket launcher
    Hint: Torso is a weakpoint as well as the 4 gastanks in the back of the boss

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    DualmilionFor Episode 9, instead of destroying 11/11 tanks. You start at the south LZ. Take Horse, put him on the road that the first tank from the Southern Palace is going. Put him somewhere past a rock so you can hide, the tank will stop and honk at the horse. Crouch out and fulton the tank. Run the clock out and youll get S rank because youll get the No Trace bonus worth 200k. Make sure not to leave any trace. No gunshots, mines, tranqs etc
    Posted by Dualmilion on 06 Oct 20 at 13:40
    BionicTriforceIt's amazing how many of these guides never do a quick map check so you can see where they are instead of trying to indicate one of the identical tan buildings.
    Posted by BionicTriforce on 04 Jan at 00:59
    Zasta 360GameTVWhy you want a map for a mission walkthrough? Makes no sense.....
    Posted by Zasta 360GameTV on 04 Jan at 01:12
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  • HFD R3m0t3 j03HFD R3m0t3 j03989,081
    01 Sep 2015 03 Sep 2015
    21 9 11
    There's an excellent playlist for S-Ranks by PowerPyx on youtube:

    As of now, it's not complete, yet. 31 Missions done, but the game came out just yesterday, so it should be complete by the end of this week.

    This is not my playlist, i don't want any credit for the work of others :)

    Update (03/09/15): 40 Videos online.
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    fallouthirteenThis achievement has a bug. If you do C2W and get no ranking (because you already destroyed the equipment before the mission) you'll be unable to get an S rank on it (even if you replay it). Just completed every mission with S rank and replayed that mission and achievement still didn't unlock.
    Posted by fallouthirteen on 21 Sep 15 at 22:52
    CASP3R@falloutthirteen Same thing just happend to me, hopefully they fix this problem soon
    Posted by CASP3R on 24 Sep 15 at 19:28
    CASP3RThe C2W bug is now fixed as of 6 October! smile
    Posted by CASP3R on 06 Oct 15 at 17:38
  • Seraphim17Seraphim17863,921
    11 Sep 2015 12 Sep 2015
    12 3 0
    Here is a playlist link to an S rank walkthrough of every main mission. It is from a new game and for the most with a limited Mother Base making all but few strategies possible with very minimal equipment/requirements. It also features full commentary to further elucidate strategy.


    Hope this helps.
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