You’re going to need some gear to survive Afghanistan in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. And I’m going to need some tablets, as my depth perception is worth Jack-sh** as I dial up the authenticity and play the entire game with an eye-patch on.
Throughout Metal Gear Solid V, you’ll have the chance to upgrade your gear and find newer better weapons with which to introduce the Diamond Dog lead bullet philosophy. Some of these blueprints can be acquired by completing missions and side-ops. Others, you’re going to have to dig around for.
Here’s where you can find them, if you keep an eye out for such things. Also, mild spoilers, I suppose.
UN-ARC – Assault Rifle
Search the Wakh Sind barracks.
G44 – Assault Rifle
Search the abandoned village in Ditadi.
ISANDO RGL-220 – Grenade Launcher
Inside the Kungenga mine .
HAIL MGR-4 – Grenade Launcher
Complete the Destroy the Uranium Centrifuges mission.
GEIST P3 – Handgun
Complete the Break Through the Blockade Force mission.
WU S333 – Handgun
Complete the Restore the DMZ mission.
URAGAN-5 – Handgun
Complete Mission 16 and then search the Bampeve Plantation.
ZORN-KP – Handgun
Complete the Defend the Pipeline mission.
UN-AAM – Machine Gun
Search the Nova Braga Airport during Mission 21 .
LPG-61 – Machine Gun
Complete the Recapture the Port Facilities mission.
FB MR R-LAUNCHER – Rocket Launcher
Complete the Liberate the Tanker mission.
RIOT SMG – Submachine Gun
Complete Side Op 5: Wialo Village.
ZE’EV – Submachine Gun
Complete the Search and Destroy Remaining Forces mission.
MACHT 37 – Submachine Gun
Complete Mission 23 and then search inside Kungenga Mine.
KABARGA-83 – Shotgun
Can be found inside the Mfinda Oilfield.
BULLHORN SG – Shotgun
Complete the Prevent the Coup d’etat mission.
BAMBETOV SV – Sniper Rifle
Complete Mission 6 and then search the Lamar Khaate Palace.
AM MRS-71 – Sniper Rifle
Complete the Destroy the New Fighter Aircraft mission.
BRENNAN LRS-46 – Sniper Rifle
Complete Mission 23 and then search inside Lufwa Valley.
STUN GRENADE – Support Weapon
Can be found inside Kiziba Camp.
FLAMETHROWER – D-Walker Upgrade
Complete Mission 31 and then search inside Munoko ya Nioka Station.
STUN ARM – Prosthetic
Complete Side Op 6: Serak Power Plant to gain the stun arm prosthetic.
IR-SENSOR – Security Device
Complete Side Op 7: Qarya Sakhra Ee to be rewarded the IR-sensor.
ANTI-THEFT DEVICE – Security Device
Complete Side Op 8: Masa Village, East Guard Post for the anti-theft device.
GUN-CAM DEFENDER – Security Device
Complete Side Op 9: Nova Braga Airport.
UA-DRONE – Security Device
Complete Side Op 10: Afghanistan Central Base Camp.
PB SHIELD – Shield
Complete Mission 6 and then search inside Smasei Fort.
Last Updated: September 2, 2015