Cold medicine is a type of medicine used to counteract the common cold. Although they can't cure a cold outright, they can suppress the cold as well as strengthen up the body's immune system to overcome the virus through a variety of methods, including doing such actions against cold symptons such as suppressing fevers as well as halting sneezing, runny and/or stuffy noses, and teary eyes.
During both the Virtuous Mission and Operation Snake Eater in 1964, Naked Snake was equipped with cold medicine as part of his survival gear. GRU Spetsnaz soldiers operating in Tselinoyarsk during this time, also carried medicine on hand. The cold medicine in Tselinoyarsk was made from the native Amur Kudzu shrub, due to its roots containing a number of isoflavones, including daidzins, which possessed strong fever-reduction properties.
During the Zanzibar Land Disturbance in 1999, cold medicine containing lysozyme chloride was available to the soldiers in case they came down with a cold. Ex-FOXHOUND operative Solid Snake procured some for his own use, after catching a cold while swimming in an underground drainage ditch.
During the Shadow Moses Incident, Johnny Sasaki became afflicted by a cold from the weather in Alaska, for which he took medicine, though it had little effect, and sometimes put him to sleep. Solid Snake, during his mission there, procured some medicine.
In 2009, some cold medicine was stored onboard Arsenal Gear due to the temperature drop inside Arsenal for GW's systems to function. Raiden later procured some after he was captured and escaped captivity.
|The following information has been detailed in official Konami-licensed media, which were written by various external authors. Therefore, its status in the Metal Gear canon is unconfirmed.[?]|
The medicine used during the Shadow Moses Incident was capsule containing a powerful new synthetic inhibitor for use against the Alaskan flu and the cold. It dissolves into the blood stream upon ingesting the medicine and attacks any cold symptoms in a very aggressive manner, also toughening up the white blood cells and also causes a neurological reaction in the brain to cause the operative to lose all physical manifestations of a cold.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Cold Medicine first appears in Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake and allows the player to cure Snake of cold symptoms. Snake will develop a cold if he remains in the water of the underground drainage ditch for an extended period of time, causing him to sneeze at regular intervals, and alerting any nearby guards. While swimming in the drainage ditch is not mandatory, this article assumes that Snake did so.
- "Contains lysozyme chloride to fight nasal congestion. Helps stops [sic] sneezing, runny nose, stuffy nose, and teary eyes."
- — Cold Medicine description in Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
Medicine appears in Metal Gear Solid and serves the same purpose as in the previous game. After Snake escapes imprisonment, he will become afflicted with Johnny Sasaki's cold if the player submitted to Revolver Ocelot's earlier torture. The Medicine is found in the southwest of the 1st floor basement of the Warhead Storage Building.
It reappears again in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. Because of Raiden being stripped of all his gear, including his clothing, upon his capture, as well as Arsenal Gear's cold temperature for GW's operations, Raiden could become afflicted with a cold due to his lack of protective warmth over his body after escaping. It can be found in the Stomach and the Jejunum sections of Arsenal Gear.
Cold Medicine reappears in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater as a healing item for use in the Cure menu. The player starts the game with a limited number, but can acquire more either by locating Amur Kudzu, identifiable as plants with purple berries, or finding them ready-made in places such as Chyornaya Peschera. In addition, a similar item, the digestive medicine (which cures stomachaches), can be obtained by locating the Russian False Mango.