This page contains tips, tricks and strategies designed to help players succeed in Metal Gear Survive.
The following tips will help players just starting out on their extra-dimensional journey.
EditPatience is Key
The early hours of Metal Gear Survive can seem more like an endurance test than an action game, especially because you won’t be able to readily produce certain items and materials.
For example, you won’t be able to prepare your own Clean Water Bottle until you’ve finished Chapter 7, several hours into the game. Similarly you can’t grow your own food until Chapter 6, and even then you’ll need to wait almost three hours (in real time) before harvesting your first crop of potatoes.
To that end, take the following tips to heart when starting your adventure through Dite.
EditTalk to Virgil before going on missions to get orders
Orders are small tasks such as hunt X amount of sheep or kill X amount of Wanderers. These end up with Virgil rewarding you with materials. You’ll naturally complete these as you do missions, so make sure to accept as many as you can before going out.
EditHave clean water and cook food before missons
Before going out on missions, try and have properly cooked food and clean water. Since hunger and thirst always deplete, it’s always good to have food on hand to replenish you stats.
EditTake the Time to Do Side Missions
While out exploring Dite, check your iDroid for small blue circles that mark side missions. These usually involve hunting some sort of animal.
These are good markers to help hunt down food and supplies you need anyway. After hunting, mark the map with an appropriate stamp so you can hunt there later!
EditCollect Kuban to level up
Kuban (KUB) is the in-game currency used for just about everything. It is the only way to level up as well. Pouring Kuban into your class will unlock one skill point per level.
These skill points can upgrade stats or unlock new moves. When you have a stash of Kuban, remember to level up!
EditGet the “Quick Hands” skill early on
One of the skills in the Survivor class is “Quick Hands” This allows you to gather materials quicker. This means less time standing around and more time moving toward your goal.
EditHealth and stamina recharge
When not taking damage or consuming stamina, those meters will refill. But only to their current max level, which depletes over time in relation to your hunger and thirst stats. If a meter gets low, stop and wait for it to refill.
EditStamina drains when doing practically anything
Stamina, in particular, can be quite finicky. It is used whenever you run, crouch, or crawl and it depletes faster when in The Dust. Keep a special eye on it since it allows you to move around the world quietly.
EditFor the Experienced Field Agent
Once you’ve completed the first few missions, your objectives will become a bit more challenging. These tips will help you make it through The Dust and the threats within it.
EditLevel Up Fast in Multiplayer
Once you unlock the ability to join multiplayer matches from the Staging Area, this quickly becomes your best method of leveling up your character and securing a large stockpile of Kuban energy.
You’ll also be rewarded with a substantial amount of items and materials, which will help ensure that you don’t run out of crafting supplies.
EditOn Top of Old Stabby
If you happen to find yourself on the wrong end of a horde of Wanderers, your best bet isn’t to build a fence and stab through it – it’s to get up on top of a cargo container or similarly-sized structure (providing you’ve got a spear or similar long-reach weapon).
The horde will crowd around below you and become easy pickings for your long-reaching spear. Arrows will do in a pinch, but other melee weapons like the machete or bat are too short to reach down and deal any damage.
EditBurn, Baby, Burn
One of your best bets for dealing with a crowd of Wanderers is to craft a few Molotov Cocktails before starting your expedition, then using a chunk of Kuban or a Lure to get them all in the same place and light ’em up when they’ve gathered around your distraction.
You may need to use two or even three molotovs to down the whole group, but it’s still a lot easier than fighting them head-on.
EditDeath Isn’t So Bad
Sometimes, dying is the best thing you can do. No, seriously.
If you find yourself out in The Dust, low on food and water, as well as running out of oxygen with little Kuban to replenish it, your best bet sometimes is to just lay down and die.
If you use a Revive Pill, you’ll return to life right where you are in the middle of whatever you were just doing, with a full tank of oxygen and maxed out health, hunger, thirst and stamina bars. This can be a much better alternative to trekking all the way to base or restarting from a previous save.
EditWatch For Chrysalis Boxes
While exploring Dite, keep an eye out for these cartons coated in Kuban crystals – they contain unique items and upgrades for your gear.
EditLeave No Scrap Behind
Take a few moments to search the area around Teleporters or Diggers, as the buildings and scrap piles surrounding each target often contain valuable materials
EditVehicles Are Fun But Impractical
If you manage to find a vehicle out in the wasteland, you may be tempted to hop in and gun the engine. While it’s definitely fun to turn a bunch of Wanderers into crystalized hood ornaments, you may want to suppress that impulse.
Vehicles are loud, and an easy way to get a large horde of Wanderers (or worse) chasing after you. Smaller vehicles, like jeeps, can only plow through so many enemies before exploding into a firey (and attention-drawing) wreck.
EditFortify Before an Onslaught
When activating a teleporter or wormhole digger, take your time before activating the machine. Make sure your Hunger and Thirst are as high as they can be, and that you’ve allowed your health and stamina to regenerate as much as they can.
Some areas already defensive structures or item, like machine gun turrets or piles of impassible debris. This allows you to conserve your own resources while also thinning out enemies within lanes of your own design.