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This article contains information about various animals in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. These animals can be collected in the wilderness. Unlike Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, they are not captured as food, but instead allow the player to gain heroism points by rescuing them. Small animals can be caught directly by the player character or with the use of capture cages, while large animals are extracted by Fulton recovery. Although some animals are able to be captured without a fight, there are some that are significantly dangerous when engaged in open combat.

Most animals that are caught by capture cage prompt a general acknowledgement from Ocelot, upon the player character leaving the mission area,[1] in some cases remarking on their rarity.[2] Some of the rarest species cause him to provide a more full description of the animal.

The "Conservation" achievement requires extracting at least one of every species to Mother Base.

Animals found worldwide

Black Stork

Black stork
"A species of stork found across Eurasia and Africa. Has a striking contrast between its black body and red bill. In addition to aquatic animals, it also eats small birds, mammals, and even insects. Though some do not migrate, most do, even travelling from Europe to beyond the Sahara in some cases."
―Black Stork description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Common Raven

Common Raven
"The largest member of the Corvidae family, this bird makes its home in a variety of habitats and is found throughout the areas of operation. Young specimens live in flocks before migrating with a mate in adulthood. Has one of the largest brain sizes of any bird, making it very intelligent. The common raven has a long-standing relationship with humans, and appears in the legends of a number of ethnic groups."
―Common Raven description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Gerbil

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"A subfamily of rodents distributed across Central Eurasia and Africa. Many live in arid regions like deserts, savannahs, and wastelands, and the Mongolian gerbil in particular is in high demand as a pet. The fact that they perspire very little and can condense water from their urine from excretion is said to contribute to their hardiness in dry areas."
―Gerbil description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Honey Badger

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"A small mammal that lives in Africa and Southwest Asia, though it could also be found in the Afghanistan area of operations. Has a distinctive two-tone coloration (black belly, white back). Its supremely tough skin and sharp claws enable it to hold its own against larger animals, and is known to fight even lions at times."
―Honey Badger description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
"You caught a honey badger! It may look funny, but it's got one fierce temperament. It attacks bee hives and steals their honey, and will even snatch a lion's kill out from under it."
―Ocelot's commentary on the animal in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Wild Ass

Wild Ass
"Refers to asses found in the wild, as a blanket term for breeds that live from India to Afghanistan, the Arabian peninsula, and Africa. Herbivorous. Wild asses native to Africa are thought to be the ancestors to the domesticated donkey."
―Wild Ass description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Animals found in Afghanistan

Afghan Pika

Afghan Pika
"A pika that lives in Central Asia. With its small ears, it resembles a rat at first glance, but is actually related to the rabbit. Builds its nest in rocky areas or below ground, stocking it with grasses to provide food and bedding during the winter."
―Afghan Pika description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Bechstein's Bat

Bechstein's Bat
"A small bat with a wide distribution from Europe to Central Asia. Lives in woodland areas, roosting in tree holes and old woodpecker nests. Like other small bats, its use of echolocation allows it to fly even in pitch darkness."
―Bechstein's Bat description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Blanford's Fox

Blandford's Fox
"A species of fox found in and around Afghanistan to certain regions of the Middle East. Also known as the Afghan fox. It uses its distinctive tail to help it maintain balance as it climbs up and down rocky areas."
―Blanford's Fox description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
"Hey, that's a Blanford's fox! Foxes spend most of their time alone, but they'll keep the same mate. They say that in the case of the Blanford's foxes, it's for life. (hmph) Can't see the sense of it myself."
―Ocelot's commentary on the animal in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Brown Bear

Brown Bear
"A large bear found across Eurasia and North America. Adult males can grow to 9 ft and weigh over 1,000 lbs. It is an omnivore known to attack even humans, and is deceptively nimble for its size. Extremely dangerous when provoked."
―Brown Bear description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Caracal

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"A member of the family Felidae that lives in and around Afghanistan to the Arabian Peninsula and Africa. Its name means "black ears" in Turkish, and its ears do have long, black tufts of fur. Has exceptional jumping ability, sometimes leaping as high as 3 meters to catch birds in flight. Though its habitat is wide, its numbers are on the decline."
―Caracal description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
"You caught a caracal! It's a predator of the Felidae family that lives in deserts and hilly terrain. Cute... but completely lacking the nobility of an ocelot."
―Ocelot's commentary on the animal in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Cashmere Goat

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"A strain of goat kept mainly in Central Asian regions such as China, Mongolia, and Afghanistan. Its name originates from the Kashmir region of northern India. Most of its body surface is covered in thick wool to protect against harsh climates. Cashmere wool, the luxury material known worldwide for its softness and heat retention, is spun from the small amounts of down within this outer layer of wool."
―Cashmere Goat description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Deathstalker

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"A type of scorpion native to the Middle East and North Africa. Can also be spotted in the Afghanistan area of operations. Its most distinctive feature is that its tail is stockier than its claws. As its name suggests, this deadly scorpion carries a powerful venom that can even be lethal to humans."
―Deathstalker description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Gray Wolf

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"A member of the genus Canis, of the family Canidae. Canis familiaris, or the common dog, is said to be the result of the taming this species. The gray wolf has been feared since ancient times, its spheres of habitation frequently overlapping with that of humans. Seldom does it attack humans, but caution must be observed whenever one is encountered, as it is extremely deadly."
―Gray Wolf description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Griffon Vulture

Griffon Vulture
"A species of vulture found from southern Europe to northern India. Has a distinct white collar of feathers. Like other vultures it is a scavenger, feeding mainly on the corpses of animals."
―Griffon Vulture description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Himalayan Brown Bear

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"A subspecies of the brown bear native to the Himalayan area. Some are whitish in color compared to other brown bears. Due to its decline in its numbers in the wild, it is known as the "Legendary Bear" in the Afghanistan area of operations. Like other brown bears, its attacks are ferocious, necessitating caution when encountering it."
―Himalayan Brown Bear description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Karakul Sheep

Karakul
"A strain of sheep with its origins in Central Asian regions, including Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. The world's oldest breed of domesticated sheep, the wool of its lambs is highly prized as a luxury material. Can store fat in its tail as a camel does in its hump. This is said to be the reason for its remarkable resistance to starvation and drought."
―Karakul Sheep description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Leopard Gecko

Leopard Gecko
"A lizard that lives from Northern India to Pakistan and Afghanistan. As the name suggests, it sports a striking leopard-like pattern that has made it popular as a pet. Known for its temperature-dependent sex determination; eggs incubated between 31-33° C will hatch as males, while other temperatures will produce females."
―Leopard Gecko description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Long-Eared Hedgehog

Long-eared hedgehog
"A hedgehog that lives in arid regions in and around Central Asia. Its long ears are distinctive among hedgehogs, and it has excellent senses of hearing and smell. Very resistant to starvation and drought, this is said to be due to its long ears helping with heat radiation."
―Long-Eared Hedgehog description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Oriental Rattlesnake

Oriental Rattlesnake
"A large snake distributed throughout Asia. Adults measure 2-3m in length. Although easily provoked and fast-moving, it has no venom, and its tendency to inflate its neck and make noise when threatened is believed to merely be an attempt to resemble a cobra."
―Oriental Rattlesnake description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Oriental Stork

Oriental Stork
"Large waterfowl native to East Asia. Individual specimens have been observed in the Afghanistan area of operations, with their white body and black flight feathers creating a beautiful contrast. Feeds mainly on aquatic animals such as fish and frogs. Is a close relative of the white stork, which in European folklore is said to deliver newborn babies."
―Oriental Stork description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Red Fox

Red Fox
"A member of the genus Vulpes distributed across the Northern Hemisphere. The use of the word "fox" frequently refers to this particular species. The fox has been well known to humans since ancient times, repeatedly appearing in folklore as a cunning trickster. Fox hunting, in which foxhounds are used, is a traditional sport in a handful of countries."
―Red Fox description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Russian Tortoise

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"A small tortoise found in and around Central Asia. Popular as a household pet. Also known as the "four-toed tortoise" since its fore and hind legs all have four toes. Its forelegs in particular are stockier than those of other tortoises, and have adapted to become efficient burrowing tools."
―Russian Tortoise description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Sand Cat

Sand Cat
"A small feline with a distribution from Afghanistan and its neighbors to the Arabian Peninsula and the Sahara. As its name suggests, it lives in arid regions, mainly sand and rock deserts. Its most distinctive feature is its large, pointed ears. Even the bottom of its paws are covered in fur; this is to protect the skin from high ground temperatures."
―Sand Cat description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Animals found in Angola

African Bullfrog

African Bullfrog
"A large frog with a distinctive ball shape, found throughout southern Central Africa. Known to eat small animals in addition to its usual insect diet. Child-rearing is left to the male, which will even dig trenches between ponds to allow its tadpoles to escape water that is soon to dry out."
―African Bullfrog description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

African Civet

African Civet
"A species of civet cat that lives in sub-Saharan Africa. Has a distinctive speckled coat. Secretions from its perineal glands give off a unique aroma and are used to produce perfumes and colognes, though in fact their purpose is for marking territory."
―African Civet description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
"That's an African civet! In Indonesia, coffee beans harvested from civet dung go for a high price. I've never heard of people doing that in Africa, but, I wouldn't mind giving it a try."
―Ocelot's commentary on the animal in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

African Fat-tailed Gecko

African Fat-tailed Gecko
"A lizard that is native to West Africa but can commonly be seen in the Central African area of operations. Recognizable by its large black eyes and its fat tail, which serves as a nutrient store. In high demand as a domestic pet."
―African Fat-tailed Gecko description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

African Wild Dog

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"A member of the family Canidae that is native to Central Africa. Also known as the "painted dog" due to its speckled coat. An exceptional hunter capable of running faster than 60 kilometers per hour, it should not be underestimated. With its habitat shrinking, its numbers are also on the decline."
―African Wild Dog description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Anubis

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"The "Legendary Jackal," which has only ever been observed in the Africa area of operations. Its fur is an intense dark brown hue. The name "Anubis" comes from the ancient Egyptian god with the totem of a jackal. At the time, jackals were thought to protect the dead, and it was believed that is why Anubis, god of the underworld, was represented as such."
―Anubis description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Black Mamba

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"A large snake native to Sub-Saharan Africa. Some specimens grow to over 4m in length. Its name comes from the black coloring of the inside of its mouth. Famous for its potent neurotoxin, which is all but guaranteed to kill humans unless they are immediately given the proper treatment."
―Black Mamba description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Boer Goat

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"A large goat born of selective breeding in South Africa at the start of the twentieth century. Kept as livestock by farmers worldwide, it is also often seen in the Central Africa area of operations. Most specimens have horns in addition to their distinctive drooping ears and large nose. Mainly bred for meat production."
―Boer Goat description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Emperor Scorpion

Emperor Scorpion
"A large scorpion found in Central and West Africa. Its glistening black body can measure up to 20cm long, and its tough, stout claws squeeze powerfully enough to even draw blood from humans. Despite its impressive size, its venom is comparatively mild."
―Emperor Scorpion description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Four-toed Hedgehog

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"A hedgehog found in East, West, and Central Africa. As the name suggests, its rear feet having only four toes is its distinctive feature. Like other hedgehogs, it rolls into a ball when threatened, defending itself by pointing its spines outward."
―Four-toed Hedgehog description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Grant's Zebra

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"Native to East and South Africa, this zebra can also be seen in the Central Africa area of operations. Its stripes are broader in comparison with other zebra breeds. Though the stripes seem to make it stand out, they are thought to have the effect of blurring the lines between individuals to confuse predators on the savannah. Its skittish nature makes it unsuitable for livestock."
―Grant's Zebra description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Jehuty

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"The "Legendary Iblis," which has only ever been observed in the Africa area of operations. Its beautiful blue form is reminiscent of the ancient Egyptian god Thoth. The name "Jehuty" comes from the pronunciation of Thoth in ancient Egypt. Legend says the one who captures Jehuty will inherit his power."
Jehuty description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Lappet-faced Vulture

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"A large vulture found mainly in Africa. Has red, ear-like folds on its head. The fiercest among African vultures, it will even snatch carrion from other vultures."
―Lappet-faced Vulture description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Leopard Tortoise

Leopard Tortoise
"A large tortoise native to Central, South, and East Africa. Some specimens grow to a shell length of 70cm. Its name comes from the variegated pattern on its shell. Has a relatively long lifespan; some are recorded to have lived for over 50 years."
―Leopard Tortoise description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Marsh Mongoose

Marsh Mongoose
"A semiaquatic mongoose that lives in sub-Saharan Africa. Has blackish-brown fur, and uses reed leaves and branches to construct its dens. According to one theory, it preys on birds by displaying its pink anus, making them believe it to be fruit."
―Marsh Mongoose description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
"That's a marsh mongoose. Mongeese are widely known as snake eaters. Careful one of them doesn't get you too, Snake."
―Ocelot's commentary on the animal in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Martial Eagle

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"Africa's largest bird of prey, found in sub-Saharan Africa. Has blackish brown specks on its abdomen. Its keen eyesight and ability to hunt even carnivorous animals place it at the top of the food chain in its habitat."
―Martial Eagle description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Namaqua Chameleon

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"A type of chameleon native to arid regions from Angola to South Africa. Unlike most chameleons it lives on the ground, to which it adapted by evolving a distinctive chubby body and short tail. Though it maintains a blackish color during morning and evening, it turns gray in the daytime to reflect sunlight and avoid excess heat absorption. Will sometimes dig a hole in the sand and crawl inside to remain cool."
―Namaqua Chameleon description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Nubian

Nubian
"A goat that originates from the Nubian region that stretches from southern Egypt to Sudan, but can also be found in the Central African area of operations. Recognizable by its long, drooping ears and broad nose. Its milk is fatter in comparison to that of other breeds. The Nubian was modified by English breeders to become the Anglo-Nubian, which is commonly kept in a range of countries."
―Nubian description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Okapi

Okapi
"With its numbers on the decline, the okapi is a rare sight for those lucky enough to find it in only a certain region of Central Africa. Though its striped legs suggest links to the zebra, in actual fact it is a closer relative to ancestors of the giraffe. For this reason, it is often referred to as a living fossil."
―Okapi description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Rainbow Agama

Rainbow Agama
"A lizard found in Sub-Saharan Africa. The name comes from the male's coloring during its breeding period; blue body and vibrant red/orange head. Males have a habit of bobbing their heads up and down as if doing push-ups, which is in fact a form of courtship display."
―Rainbow Agama description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Rock Hyrax

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"A mammal found across Africa to parts of the Arabian Peninsula. Though it resembles a guinea pig, it has hoof-like claws and is in fact closely related to ungulates such as the elephant. Has wet foot pads to increase adhesive ability, helpful for climbing up and down rocky areas."
―Rock Hyrax description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Side-striped Jackal

Side-striped Jackal
"A species of jackal found in Central Africa whose name is derived from the distinctive white stripes on the sides of its body. Though it eats carrion, it will also hunt small animals, tearing into them with its sharp canine teeth."
―Side-striped Jackal description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Tree Pangolin

Tree Pangolin
"An arboreal mammal native to Central and West Africa. Like other pangolins, its body is covered in hard protective scales made of the same keratin that makes up human fingernails. Excessive hunting among other factors has caused its numbers to dwindle."
―Tree Pangolin description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
"You caught a tree pangolin! It's a mammal that resembles the armadillo, but genealogically isn't far removed from order Carnivora. It's endangered due to poaching, since its scales are said to ward off evil spirits and have medicinal uses."
―Ocelot's commentary on the animal in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Trumpeter Hornbill

Trumpeter Hornbill
"A species of hornbill found in southern Africa. Has a casque on its bill reminiscent of a rhinoceros horn. It is said that this casque has the effect of amplifying its calls, hence "trumpeter." Feeds mainly on fruit and insects."
―Trumpeter Hornbill description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Tsuchinoko

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"A legendary snake said to reside throughout Japan, though some claim to have spotted it in the Tselinoyarsk region of the Soviet Union and within the Central Africa area of operations. Has a body as fat as a beer bottle, but a very slim tail, and is said to move like an inchworm rather than slithering in a snake-like fashion. Since there are no official records of its capture, it is eagerly sought out by UMA enthusiasts."
―Tsuchinoko description in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
"Is that... a Tsuchinoko? It's a legendary serpent said to inhabit parts of Japan. No one's ever caught one before. (chuckle) Boss, you just made the discovery of the century!"
―Ocelot's commentary on the animal in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Notes and references

  1. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015).
    Ocelot: Good, you captured it alive.
  2. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015).
    Ocelot: That's a pretty rare animal you caught!

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