Here’s what importing a Ground Zeroes save unlocks in The Phantom Pain

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is coming tomorrow, and it’s got many people rather excited. Thanks to stellar, week-early reviews, even those who aren’t caught up in Kojima’s convoluted narrative are keen to see what the fuss is all about. There’s no better way to see that, in my opinion, than by playing through Ground Zeroes; the game that serves as a prologue to the events that unfold in Phantom Pain.

That prologue was derided by many as a paid demo, which took just two hours to finish, but there was more to it than you’d imagine. Here’s the thing though – while it was certainly possible to run through and see the credits in minutes, there were many missions to do, many voice recordings to collect and many people to save.

That game’s just been updated, allowing you to import your Ground Zeroes save file in to Phantom Pain. Doing so will add a few costumes to the game, but also bring extra people to your game as volunteers to your Mother Base, each with their own stats (via Gearnuke). The more people you have, the better your overall equipment and experience will be.

Here’s a list of the stupidly named people you’ll get in The Phantom Pain through importing a Ground Zeroes save. The missions you’ll need to complete are ones within The Phantom Pain, and it seems you may need a 100% Ground Zeroes Save to get everybody.

Mother Base Recruits 

Recruit Name Recruiting Condition
Ochre Chamelon Complete One Mission from 03, 04 and 05
Grizzly Hedgehog Complete One Mission from 03, 04 and 05
Hungry Crocodile Complete One Mission from 03, 04 and 05
Wild Harrier Complete One Mission from 03, 04 and 05
Gray Wallaby Complete Mission 06
Blue Chamelon Complete Mission 06
Midnight Mastiff Complete Mission 06
Eye Complete Mission 06
Finger Complete Mission 06
Frigid Mongoose Complete two missions from 07, 08, 09 and 10
Hunting Stallion Complete two missions from 07, 08, 09 and 10
Assassin Harrier Complete two missions from 07, 08, 09 and 10
Mad Wallaby Complete two missions from 07, 08, 09 and 10
Wild Stallion Complete two missions from 07, 08, 09 and 10
Night Tree Frog Complete mission 12
Pirate Capybara Complete mission 12
Roaring Capybara Complete mission 12
Bitter Centipede Complete mission 12
Crying Sturgeon Complete mission 12

Wondering how to transfer your save data?

How to Transfer Save Data?

  • Download the latest update for Ground Zeroes on your choice of platform.
  • Go to the main menu screen. Select “Upload Save Data” from the menu.
  • Download the latest update of The Phantom Pain on your platform.
  • Go to main menu screen of The Phantom Pain. Select “Download Save Data” from the menu.

This apparently will allow you to transfer across platforms within the same platform family – so you’ll be able to move your PS3 Ground Zeroes save to your brand new PlayStation 4 that you bought specifically to play The Phantom Pain on.

Last Updated: August 31, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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