Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Boss FAQ Final
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Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Boss FAQ

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This walkthrough was originally written for Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater on the PS2, but the walkthrough is still applicable to the vita version of the game.
Boss (The Cobra Unit) FAQ

For Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater for the Sony Playstation 2 Entertainment

Charles Alan Ratliff (Vito Raliffé)

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Last Updated: November 9th, 2005
Version: Final

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Tables of Contents

I.    Introduction
II.   Revolver Ocelot
III.  The Pain
IV.   The Fear
V.    The End
VI.   The Fury
VII.  The Sorrow
VIII. Colonel Volgin
IX.   The Shagohod/Colonel Volgin
X.    The Boss
XI.   Links
XII.  Copyright Information

I. Introduction

The following is my walkthrough for each Boss encounter throughout the game.
Near the top of each strategy, will be a list of special unlockable items or
cheats for that specific boss. The cheats though only apply to The End's boss
battle. I do not really like Introductions, so lets get on with the walkthrough.

II. Revolver Ocelot
Special Unlockables:

Animals Uniform- Earn this by defeating Ocelot non-lethally. This means take
down his Stamina bar instead of his health. Use the Mk22 during this battle.

Your first boss battle is pretty simple. When you start the fight, go directly
to your left and hide behind the tree and rock to get your bearings. DO NOT STAY
HERE FOR TOO LONG. As you probably noticed from earlier on in the game, Ocelot
is a master of ricochet shots, and will still be able to hit you from any
position. If you are low on health or stamina, do not worry, there is a snake to
the right of the field in front of the tree that you can climb, and there is a
rabbit directly in front of your position if hiding behind the rock.

The field of battle is relatively small, so there is only so much that you can
do. You are blocked in by two cliffs, preventing you from backing up too far or
getting too close to Ocelot. If you want a laugh though, come towards the screen
and fall off of the cliff. Snake will automatically grab on to the ledge, so do
not worry about dieing. If you listen, all of the soldiers that are watching the
fight will start laughing at you for being so clumsy.

If you go to far back in the field though and stay there, Ocelot may choose to
shoot one of the hornet's nests down. When this happens, just pull out your
knife and ward off the hornets. Make sure you pick up the ointment though, along
with the nest itself. The nest, when eaten, will provide Excellent stamina

Some other places of note though include the rock and tree to your left in which
you can hide behind, and the tree to your right which you can climb. If you want
to be fancy, climb to the top of the tree, and walk along the branch. While
facing Ocelot, press the Triangle button to hang from it, and make sure you have
your M1911A1 equipped. You can fire on Ocelot from third person, or first-person
view for better aiming. This is not recommended though, because it leaves you in
the wide open and there is nothing you can do to avoid being shot. If you have
plenty of health though, go right ahead. It gives you an easy view of where
Ocelot will try and hide.

So at the beginning of the fight, have any firearm equipped. If you have plenty
of health and want to make this a quick fight, you can just stand out in the
open following Ocelot in first-person view the whole time and firing on him. If
you want though, you can be tactical about it, and peek around from the rock or
trees. The first time you hit Ocelot, his soldiers will say, "Major! Backing you
up!" and they will open fire upon you. Try and hide to avoid being shot,
remember though, they are behind you, so you will need to make yourself open to
Ocelot to do so.

---There some great advantages during this fight that you can use---

There are three beehives hanging from trees throughout the level. No matter
where Ocelot is when you shoot them down, the bees will chase him and stop him
from shooting, this is another great opportunity to shoot him. If you shoot off
his hat, he will go and pick it up, shoot him when he does this.

Second, if you look to the left of the large tree in the middle (on Ocelot's
side) there will be a goat eating there. If you shoot it, one of the soldiers
will say, "What was that? Show some respect!" and Ocelot might yell, "Son of a
bitch!". Some of the dialogue during this fight will be different based on your

You can also toss grenades over there near Ocelot. He will try his best to avoid
them, so when he tries to roll out of the way, you can probably get a shot off
while he is distracted.

The best advantage though, is when he has to reload. After the first
mini-cutscene where Ocelot says "You won't get away from me!!" (this happens
after he uses all of the ammo from his first gun) there will be a second
mini-cutscene after he uses all of the ammo from his second gun. The cool part
about the cut-scenes though, is that you can skip them, but still hear what he
says. So instead of watching him reload, press X and shoot him while he is still
talking! This is where you will get most of your hits from, is when he is
reloading. If you shoot him once while he is reloading both guns, he will run
all the way to the big tree in the middle. If he is far away from it though, you
can shoot him a whole bunch of times before he gets there! If you are low on
health though, this is a good time to hide and crouch to gain some of it back
before he is done reloading.

When you get his health pretty low, the soldiers will open fire again, but it
will not last long, so ignore them. Pretty soon, using all of these strategies,
Ocelot should be easily and quickly defeated.

III. The Pain
Special Unlockables:

Hornet Stripe Camouflage:
Earn this by defeating The Pain non-lethally. This means take down his Stamina
bar instead of his health. Use the Mk22 during this battle.

I find the best strategy for this fight is to stay in the water. In the water,
his bees cannot get to you, and if he uses the Tommy gun or grenades, you can
swim away quickly. Another advantage, is being able to swim away and appear
somewhere without him noticing you, giving you the perfect chance to get off
some good shots.

If you are low on stamina, in the water there are plenty of fish for you to
catch, and they provide decent stamina recovery. You will most likely end up
catching Arowanas. If this is your first time eating fish, there will be a
mini-movie of Snake eating one.

The best weapon to use is a machine gun. I used the AK-47 myself. It can also be
shot from underwater too. Whenever you start shooting The Pain, make sure you
shoot him until he falls over. This ensures you got in the most hits possible
before he would stop taking damage.

The Pain's main attacks at the beginning include him having the bees bring him a
Tommy gun to fire at you, and the bees dropping grenades. For the Tommy gun,
just swim away quickly and you should be able to avoid the bullets. With the
grenades, you can either swim away or shoot the bees holding the grenades so
they drop before getting to you. If you hear him yelling grenade, you can
usually shoot him before he begins to form it. If done quick enough, the grenade
will explode around him, causing all of his bees to fly away leaving him
vulnerable, take this time to shoot him down. Another one of his attacks is him
launching a massive swarm of bees at you that cover your whole body rendering
you immobile. This will only happen if you are not in the water though, so you
should not have to worry about it.

Periodically, The Pain will defend himself by covering himself in bees. Your
bullets will be ineffective most of the time, unless he does not know where you
are and is staying still. If this is the case, you can still shoot him. You will
know if your bullets are hurting him or not by him either mocking you or
screaming from pain.

After getting his health down about half way, there will be a cut-scene. After
this, he will have a new attack where he launches bullet bees at you. If you get
hit, immediately cure yourself, because the bee will eat at the inside of your
body, slowly decreasing your health.

This boss battle is one of the easier ones, especially if the water tactic is

To simplify it, shoot him until he falls over, swim away, pop back up, and
continue the process. If he is launching an attack, swim under water to a
different area so he will not know where you are. It is very easy.

IV. The Fear
Special Unlockables:

Spider Camouflage:
Earn this by defeating The Fear non-lethally. This means take down his Stamina
bar instead of his health. Use the Mk22 during this battle.

As soon as the battle begins, press Start and Cure yourself of the crossbow bolt
wound and the poison.

Then, when you exit out, immediately select your Thermal Goggles in the L2 menu.
Then, select your choice of firearm; I prefer a machine gun because of the zoom
feature and rate of fire. You will need it for someone as quick as The Fear.

I think this is the easiest of all boss battles. First of all, make sure you
stay in the same spot that the battle placed you in! You have a perfect view of
everywhere that The Fear will be at. There are traps laid about the field, plus,
you will probably just be shot if you try running around.

Select a machine gun, hold L1 to zoom in, and follow wherever The Fear goes
using your thermal goggles while staying in first person view. So during this
entire fight, hold R1 to stay in first person view. Put your gun down to move
faster, then, when you spot The Fear, aim your gun and fire, but do it quickly.
All he will do is jump from tree to tree. So just follow him and shoot him the
whole time.

If you do get hit though, cure yourself immediately, but, if you use this
strategy correctly, you probably will not get hit often if at all. When his
stamina or health gets really low, he may try to find food. If you can, find his
position and shoot him.

Also, sometimes during the fight, he will jump down from the trees and run at
you to try and knock you over. Just keep firing on him when he tries this.

This should be all you need to do to beat him.

V. The End
While there are a lot of people that hate this boss fight (because it can take
so long), it is personally one of my favorites. It is the first realistic sniper
duel ever in a game. Although I will admit, it was a bitch to do for this FAQ.

If you really do not want to have to fight him, the following are some quick
ways to make sure you will not have to deal with him. Although some of the
following can be considered cheating.

The non-cheating way:
After you enter the area where you need to shoot The End, (after Ponizovje
South) there will be a cut-scene of the Cobra Unit and Volgin at the docks.
After the cut-scene ends, pull out a SVD (You can find the SVD in Ponizovje West
(which is located on the left side, near the end of the path on Ponizovje South,
after the trees, north in a small building near the top of the screen.) and
quickly shoot The End over and over before he rolls away. If you do it
correctly, you will kill him. Watch out though! When he explodes, one of his
wheels will hit you right in the face if you do not move! When you get to
Sokrovenno South (where you would usually fight him), instead of fighting The
End, you will fight troops of the Ocelot Unit instead.

Setting your PS2 clock forward:
Once you reach the area where you fight The End, save your game, and turn off
the game. When you are on the Main Menu of the PlayStation 2 (where you can
alter your memory cards and settings for the PS2), set the clock a few weeks
ahead, and when you reload your game, a cinematic will play and you'll learn The
End is dead!

Reveal The End's location on your map:
During your battle with The End, press Start to go to the Survival Viewer.
Select Map and enter the following code:

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Square, Triangle

A red dot will appear giving you the location of The End. When you exit the menu
and come back to it though, you will have to re-input the code.

The battle takes place in three areas. The first one being Sokrovenno South, the
second being Sokrovenno North, and the last being Sokrovenno West. If you take
too long to find him, in some cases, he will move on to a different area.

Special Unlockables:

Mosin Nagant:
This is a Sniper Rifle that fires tranquilizer darts instead of bullets. It is
used to put enemies to sleep for to defeat bosses by depleting their stamina.
You receive this by defeating The End non-lethally. Do this by bringing his
stamina down, and use your Mk22. Some ways to bring his stamina down is to chase
him around, or wait the battle out and let it run down to the last bar
naturally. Then, after defeating The End, you have to find the sniper rifle
yourself. It is located in Sokrovenoo North, in the northwest part of the area I

Moss Camouflage:
Earn this by holding up The End (like you would any other guard) by sneaking up
on him from behind. He will slowly lay down. When he does, point the gun at his
head or crotch, and shake him down. It may take a couple of tries for him to
actually give you the camouflage though.

----The following will be various ways of detecting The End without using any

Thermal Goggles:
Use these to detect The End more easily in his hiding spots, or to find his
footprints. If you had a close encounter with The End, you can use these to
follow his footsteps and ambush him. You can also chase him around, bringing
down his stamina quickly.

Directional Mic:
This is my personal favorite. The End sometimes talks to himself, and you can
also hear his heavy breathing. Use the Directional Mic to find out the direction
you need to go in to find The End. The louder he is, the closer you are to the
direction he is in.

Being Spotted:
When The End spots you and fires at you, this will reveal his location on the
Survival Viewer Map (Press Start). He will be a red dot.

You can also spot The End by a gleam of sunlight off of his Sniper Rifle. He
will heal himself by using photosynthesis too, and when he does this, a large
sunray will shine down upon him, giving away his location.

Press Start to go the Survival Viewer, and go down to the Map. The more you
explore each area, the more of the map that will be revealed. The circles are
Sniper Spots, which are the locations that you can find The End at. So if you
are having trouble finding him, check these locations.

Through his scope:
Sometimes through out the fight (mainly if you have a hard time finding him, and
when The End spots you) the camera will switch to the view of looking through
The End's scope. You will be able to see yourself, and The End will be trying to
shoot you. The controls change for movement, so try and find a hiding place
anyways. This should also give you an idea as to where to look for The End.

How not to be captured:
When you are looking for The End, and you have an opening directly behind you,
it may be a good idea to place some Claymore there. Sometimes The End will sneak
up behind you, ending the boss fight until you return back to the area, which is
an annoying hassle.

Better safe than sorry. Also, hiding in logs will make this impossible for him
to do.

Hiding in logs is also a good way to naturally bring down his stamina. One time,
I watched a movie while on my game, I was hiding in a log. I switched it over
every so often, and once he got down to one bar, I started shooting him. Just
make sure he does not get a chance to heal himself and you will be fine.

Climbing up trees is another way to make sure you will not be captured. Problem
with this is, is that you are in the perfect spot to be sniped, so make sure he
will not be able to spot you if you choose to climb a tree.

If you do happen to be captured, The End will take you back to the Labs (where
you were disguised as a scientist) and put you in a jail cell. You will have to
go all the way back to Sokrovenno South to continue fighting him. The quicker
you are, the less time The End had to heal.

If you are shot, immediately go into the Cure menu and use the knife to extract
the tranq dart. If you do not, your stamina will decrease, and once it reaches
zero, you will have to start the battle over.

Use any weapons that you want. If you just want to kill him and not worry about
any unlockable items, use the following strategies above, and use your SVD
(Sniper Rifle) to help find him. When you do spot him, shoot him in the head
until he falls down. Continue this process until The End is defeated.

If you happen to come across The End's pet parrot, kill it. Or you can put it to
sleep and eat it. Just get rid of it so it will not reveal your location to The

VI. The Fury
Special Unlockables:

Fire Camouflage:
Earn this by defeating The Fury non-lethally. This means take down his Stamina
bar instead of his health. Use the Mk22 or Mosin Nagant during this battle.

When the battle begins, equip a firearm (preferably a machine gun). I used the
AK-47, and changed the firing rate to one bullet at a time. It saves ammo,
especially since The Fury can only take three hits until he falls over.

Then, change your face paint to Black and your uniform to Olive Drab. While at
first the Black uniform may seem the better choice, it isn't once you actually
move into the hallways. Move away from the screen (forward) and climb onto the
upper level to your left. This is the perfect spot to decide how you want to
defeat The Fury.

Now, There are two different ways that you can defeat The Fury. You can wait for
him to find you, shoot him down, then run and hide. Or, you can find him
yourself, set up traps, or lure him closer so you can shoot the barrels lying
around or shoot him with your gun. If you are going for stealth, crawl with the
above camouflage combo on. The Fury will barely ever see you. So when you shoot
him three times to knock him over, immediately stand up and run away.

If you get burned, immediately go into the Survival Viewer and Cure yourself.

The Fury does not really have any special attacks. All he does is fly around and
use his flamethrower. There are quite a few hallways for you to hide or lure The
Fury into, along with plenty of barrels. Whenever The Fury is near a set of
barrels, immediately shoot them. They will deal considerable damage to him.

The Fury is fairly easy, and there is nothing really of interest in this level
except for the ledge that you can fall off of if you are not careful, and the
bats that you can eat if you need stamina.

VII. The Sorrow
Special Unlockables:

Spirit Camouflage:
Survive to the end of the "battle" and walk up to The Sorrow until you "die".
Then use the Revival Pill. If you die before making it to The Sorrow and use the
Revival Pill, you will not receive the Spirit camo.

The Sorrow does not present what you would call a "real" boss battle, meaning no
attacks or any hiding techniques will be needed.

When you begin, you will notice The Sorrow floating away from you, and the next
thing you will probably notice, is his lack of health or stamina bars. This
means whatever you do, you cannot hurt him, but you can try if you wish. The
Sorrow will just turn into a blue wave, and sometimes teleport away from you.

This boss "battle" will be different for everyone, because it is based on how
many people you as a player, have killed. If you went through the game blasting
everything in sight, there will be tons of dead soldiers or scientists grabbing
out at you trying to harm you, but if you killed one or two people, they will be
the only ghosts you encounter, along with the bosses.

Follow The Sorrow through the whole level, and dodge any ghosts who try to grab
you, because each hit will take off part of your health, and if you get hit too
many times, you will die and have to restart, or, you can use the revival pill.
The second option is not recommended though because you will not get to earn the
Spirit camouflage. The ghosts can be shot, and sometimes they will scream out
when you do, but it is still ineffective. The Sorrow himself will try launching
an attack, where he shoots a large vortex at you, and when hit, if will take off
your health, and a black and white image of The Sorrow or his corpse will flash
on screen. I suggest getting hit on purpose just to see these images, because
they are interesting and will be the only chance to view them.

If you try swimming, it will not work, and you will most likely get hurt by a
ghost while trying to do so.

Also, look out for what the soldiers may do and say, some of them can be pretty
funny, or let you know how sick of a player you can be.

After seeing The Fury, there should be no more soldiers. The Sorrow will
teleport to the end of the level, and you will have to keep walking. When you
get near him, you will die.
Pill" to continue the game and began a new cinematic.

A little cool hint, is when it says to hold R1, look up and to the right, you
will see The Sorrow's spirit disappear if you catch him in time.

VIII. Colonel Volgin
Special Unlockables:

Cold War Camouflage:
Earn this by defeating Volgin non-lethally. This means take down his Stamina bar
instead of his health. Your gun should be the Mk22 or Mosin Nagant.

As soon as the fight begins, press start and go to the Camouflage screen. Go to
"Uniform" and select any other outfit than: Scientist, Officer, or what you have
on which is Maintenance. You cannot use any firearms with these on. It does not
matter what outfit you pick, because it is impossible to hide from Volgin. You
are stuck in a small square room.

It should go without saying that whenever you get injured, immediately cure
yourself. Make sure your stamina is high so your health will regenerate
throughout the fight.

For one, do not shoot Ocelot. If you shoot him enough times and kill him, you
will have to restart the fight.

Do not pull out your gun at any time unless Volgin is lying on the ground. He
will only be encouraged to attack you from long-range. Whenever he is not
stunned, do not have your gun equipped.

I find the best tactic to use is to take down his stamina all the way instead of
his health. If you have the Handkerchief, go up to him and keep pressing square.
By doing this, he should be defeated within 20 seconds. This applies to both
parts of the battle (the other part after the cut-scene). If you do not, use the
Mk22 and the following tactics below.

So, after changing your camouflage, charge Volgin, and use CQC on him by
pressing the Circle button hard and throwing him in any direction. It is the
same technique that you do with the soldiers. No matter in what position you
grab him, use L3 and the circle button to throw him down.

If you throw him down immediately after pressing circle, he will land flat on
his back. If you grab him in the interrogation position, make sure you throw him
down quickly or he will throw you off. If done successfully, he will land on all

Either way he is down, so when this occurs, pull out any type of handgun, and
shoot him once in the body to keep him down, then aim at his head and fire
another round, since it will take off more stamina than a body shot.

After he gets up, he will most likely try to shoot an electrical charge at you,
this will follow you, so your safest bet is to run either left or right and
perform a roll.

During the fight, Volgin will charge himself up in an electrical field. You will
notice a current of electricity flowing on the outside on his body. DO NOT GRAB
HIM! You will only hurt yourself. Guns are useless too. Just wait until it goes
away. It is especially dangerous though because he will use it at random points
during the fight, so sometimes right before you grab him, he will charge up and
shock you.

Another one of his attacks is using his electrical current to fire bullets at
you. Just run away from them and you should be fine, but, if you can get the
positioning without getting hit, you can grab him while he is doing this and
throw him down.

Volgin will also use the electrical breaker in the back of the room to charge
himself up. This is the perfect opportunity to get off a headshot.

And a very powerful attack is when he punches you up into the air. When you
stand up, you will puke. This will decrease your stamina by a WHOLE BAR, so make
sure you keep it up.

After getting his stamina down half way, there will be a cut-scene. After the
cut-scene, use the exact same tactics as above. He will use the bullets on the
ground at the beginning of the fight to fie them at you. Try your best to dodge
them if you can. Make sure you cure yourself if you get hit though.

When his stamina gets really low, he may fire multiple electrical attacks at
one. Try your best to stay in between them.

Continue using these tactics and you should be able to defeat Volgin!

IX. The Shagohod/Colonel Volgin
---Part One: The Shagohod---

As soon as the battle begins, hold R2 and select your RPG-7 and hold L1 to look
through the scope. You should notice smoke coming out of the back of the
Shagohod, this is the spot you need to hit, and it will be the only place where
the Shagohod can take damage. Immediately shoot the left tread, and then, to
reload quicker, while still holding L1, tap R2 quickly twice, your RPG will
automatically be reloaded. Then, shoot the right tread. EVA will drive around
and stop the vehicle when you have a clear shot.

You should notice a hole with smoke coming out of it. Shoot this to take down
the Shagohod's health. Sometimes, you may even be able to get more than one shot
off. So keep doing the reloading trick and fire.

If you take too long though trying to defeat him, Volgin may launch two missiles
at you. When he does this, take aim and hit the first one, then do the reloading
trick and hit the second one before it gets to you. You should quickly have this
over in a minute or two. Then, after the cutscene, comes part two.

---Part Two: Colonel Volgin---

There is a ton of strategies for part two that I discovered while recently
playing, but I will start off with the easiest and quickest one.

Strategy One: Turrets

As soon as the battle starts, run to your right and towards the screen. Shoot
the barrels so you will not get hurt by them later, and get into the green
turret by pressing Triangle.

If you went to your left at the beginning, you would have gotten these little
wimpy turrets that are not nearly as powerful.

If you do this right with good aim, you can avoid ever being attacked by Volgin.
Hold L1 to zoom in, and aim the crosshairs on Volgin. When Volgin is as far away
from you as possible, open fire. Keep shooting him, even when his shield is up.
You will break his shield if you stay on target and keep hitting him. You should
be able to kill him before he gets to you.

If he does get to you though, he will run over the turret, causing it to explode
and giving you severe burns. If this happens, go into the Survival Menu and cure

After blowing up the turret, Volgin will back up and starting shooting at you.
When he does this, just run either left or right around the whole field. You
should be able to avoid all bullets and missiles. Sometimes though, you may need
to tap X to do a roll to avoid a missile or two. Soon, he will follow EVA.

Or, if you wish, you can run towards the Shagohod and hide under it. Volgin will
try and run you over, but just make sure you stay under him the whole time and
eventually he will get bored and will start chasing EVA again. Do not try and
hide in the middle though, or you will be hit. Stick near the treads on either
the left or right sides.

After he starts chasing EVA again, find another large green turret and finish
him off.

Strategy Two: SVD

By using this strategy, you can beat Volgin in literally two shots, and avoid
getting hurt at all.

When Volgin is chasing EVA and is away from you, first use your rocket launcher
to shoot one of the treads. This will immobilize him.

Then, take out your SVD and zoom in on his head and fire. It will take away half
of his health.

After getting hit though, Volgin will start chasing and firing at you. When he
does this, just run either left or right around the whole field. You should be
able to avoid all bullets and missiles. Sometimes though, you may need to tap X
to do a roll to avoid a missile or two. Soon, he will follow EVA.

Or, if you wish, you can run towards the Shagohod and hide under it. Volgin will
try and run you over, but just make sure you stay under him the whole time and
eventually he will get bored and will start chasing EVA again. Do not try and
hide in the middle though, or you will be hit. Stick near the treads on either
the left or right sides.

When he does start chasing EVA, immobilize the Shagohod with another rocket, and
shoot another round into his head, and you're done!

X. The Boss
Special Unlockables:

Snake Camouflage:
Earn this by defeating The Boss non-lethally. This means take down her Stamina
bar instead of her health. Use the Mk22 or Mosin Nagant for this battle.

Scroll down to the very bottom for some things to do after defeating The Boss.

If you do not want to use the Sniper Rifle strategy below, please scroll down to
some other strategies that I have come up with.

Strategy One: SVD

As soon as the battle begins, press the Start button and go to Camouflage, then
select Face. Select "Zombie", then press X to go back and select Uniform. From
here, pick either Choco Chip or Fly. While the Scientist may increase your Camo
Rating by 20 more percent then the other two, Do not select it. In the Scientist
camo, you are not able to select any weapons, which of course would be bad for a
boss battle.

Now be prepared, because The Boss is charging right at you, so before she gets
to you, select your knife. Now, The Boss is much more of an expert at CQC than
you, so instead of trying to throw her down, attack with the knife, and if you
hit her, just run away and hide instead of trying to take her down, it is not
worth it. If you have a gun equipped and get thrown down by The Boss, she will
take the gun away, and scatter the ammo around. You will have to pick up the gun
and some ammo if you wish to use it again.

After getting away from her, duck into the flowers. The Camo Index is so high
she will never see you most of the time. This is when I pull out my SVD, and
find her position. Some people may not like this because of the flowers
hindering your view or because of the slow pace, but I find it to be the most

To move around the field while crawling, tap R2 quickly to de-select the SVD.
When you see The Boss, select it and press L1 to zoom on her. If you wish, press
Triangle to zoom in even farther on her. When you have her in your sights, fire
twice, this should knock her down.

When she is down, tap R2 to de-select the SVD, stand up, run away a little, then
press and hold X to go into a roll which leads into a crawl. This way, The Boss
will not know where you shot from and cannot track you. Instead, she will run
away and hide.

Here is a small tip if you cannot find where she runs to. If you look up when
you hear her running, you will see petals from the flowers flying in the air in
the direction she is going. This usually leads to the tree that she will choose
to hide behind.

If you do not want to be crawling around when you shoot her, you can stand up
and use the SVD too. Although she will most likely see you, make sure you shoot
her twice before she can chase you or fire.

If you are spotted, just fire the Sniper Rifle at her twice to make her fall
over. Stand up and run away to hide to make sure she does not take your weapon

Also, Five minutes into the battle, the Snake Eater theme will cue. This means
you have 5 more minutes to kill her, which should not be a problem if you follow
this strategy correctly.

Simply continue this process until she is dead.

Strategy Two: Any firearm

This is another strategy by me for those who do not like the slow pace of the
Sniper Rifle battle.

As soon as the battle begins, press the Start button and go to Camouflage, then
select Face. Select "Zombie", then press X to go back and select Uniform. From
here, pick either Choco Chip or Fly. While the Scientist may increase your Camo
Rating by 20 more percent then the other two, Do not select it. In the Scientist
camo, you are not able to select any weapons! With this set-up, while hiding in
the flowers on your stomach, your Camo Index will be 85%, against a tree it will
be 75%, and while standing up in the open, it will be 35%.

Now be prepared, because The Boss is charging right at you, so before she gets
to you, select your knife. Now, The Boss is much more of an expert at CQC than
you, so instead of trying to throw her down, attack with the knife, and if you
hit her, just run away and hide instead of trying to take her down, it is not
worth it.

But, if you want to bring down her stamina, move the Left Analog Stick (L3) in
circles and rapidly tap the Circle button to throw her down.

If you want to take down her health instead of her stamina, try to avoid CQC.
Also, if you have a gun equipped when she throws you down, she will take the gun
and ammo away, and throw them into the air to scatter them around. If you wish
to use the gun again, you have to pick it up, along with some ammo to use it.

After escaping The Boss, run and go hide behind a tree to avoid her bullets.
From here, select any firearm you wish, whether it be a Rocket Launcher, of if
you have it, preferably the Patriot. This strategy will work with any firearms.
Some firearms though are more effective than others, figure which one works best
for you as you play.

While you are hiding, make sure to look for where The Boss goes. When she tries
to hide, you will already know where she is and have the upper hand against her.
Using the R3 stick to look around helps greatly.

When you peek out from the tree though, make sure you aim and fire quickly,
because more than likely The Boss will spot you. Shoot her enough times so that
she falls to the ground and you can hide again.

If she does end up chasing you down though, use a machine gun and fire at her,
she will dodge most of the bullets, but if you are good, you can hit her enough
times to make her fall down and avoid her.

Also, 5 minutes into the battle, the Snake Eater theme will cue. This means you
have 5 more minutes to kill her, which should not be a problem if you follow
this strategy correctly.

Simply follow these strategies and The Boss should be an easy opponent.

After defeating her, she will give you her Patriot (which you can use the next
time you play through, and it has infinite ammo) to kill her with. The black
bars will disappear, and you have to press the Square button to fire and kill
her. I think it adds a cool effect for the player when you have to fire the last
bullet yourself. If you do not shoot her, eventually the game will make Snake
fire and the next cinematic will start. You can wait a while if you want to, the
screen slowly backs away from Snake and her body, and when it reaches that
certain point, the job will be done automatically.

During the next cut-scene, hold the R1 button the whole time. The game will not
tell you when to press it at all, and if you press it anyways, you can look
through Snake's eyes and see The Boss's and The Sorrow's spirits together.

XI. Links
These are links to my other Metal Gear FAQs.

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PS2) FAQs=

Ape Escape (Snake Vs. Monkey) FAQ -

Items FAQ -

Weapons FAQ -

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots FAQs (PS3)=

Trailer FAQ -

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