Diamond Dogs was a mercenary unit led by Big Boss around the 1980s. It was created as a result of the devastation of the Militaires Sans Frontières as well as the attack on Mother Base. The name stems from the group's profession as "dogs of war," who were willing to carry out unsavory jobs for clients, while at the same time maintaining pride in their work. Owing to their name, they also carried diamonds, some converted from the cremated ashes of those who perished in battle, into battle. They also collected raw diamonds for the funding of Mother Base.
Military resources (1984)Edit
- Punished/Venom Snake/Big Boss (founder/commander)
- Kazuhira Miller (sub-commander)
- Ocelot (interrogation specialist and weapons trainer)
- Huey Emmerich (R&D scientist/bipedal weapon developer)
- Troops (including survivors of the MSF Mother Base attack)
- Morpho (chopper pilot)
- Enemy defectors
- Rescued POWs
Quiet was known at least once to operate alongside Venom Snake.
Base of operationsEdit
Similar to its predecessor, Diamond Dogs also had an offshore plant called Mother Base. By the time Big Boss awakened from his coma, the base had been nearing completion, with Ocelot assisting in the finishing touches while Big Boss was off rescuing Miller in Afghanistan. They contained both square struts and hexagonal struts, and were also colored orange.
Like its predecessor, Diamond Dogs had various unit divisions, four of which were retained from its reformation from MSF, plus a sixth, new unit with unknown objectives. The Intel Team from MSF was further split up into two separate divisions: The Intel Unit dealt with any intelligence and enemy movements in areas the Diamond Dogs were currently infiltrating, and the Support Unit sent packages containing requested items by any Diamond Dogs operatives during a mission. The Mess Hall Team, meanwhile, is absent from Diamond Dogs.
- Combat Unit
- R&D Team
- Support Unit
- Medical Unit
- Intel Unit
The soldiers underwent various training regimens on Mother Base, overseen by both Ocelot and Big Boss. In addition, the shooting range was moved to outdoors.
Like MSF before it, the Diamond Dogs recruited personnel either by abducting enemy soldiers or rescuing POWs via Fulton Recovery using modified choppers. However, unlike with MSF, recruitment required some payment in raw diamonds and good weather conditions, otherwise the recovery balloon would be knocked off-course and the would-be recruit would likely die. In addition to Fulton recoveries, recruitment was also carried out directly on the battlefield by carrying them to a nearby chopper, especially while rescuing members who were incapable of using the Fulton system.
The standard Diamond Dogs uniform.
- Two-eyed balaclava (note: only a few of the standard infantry wear this as part of the uniform)
- Head set (note: only the standard infantry wear this as part of the uniform)
- Utility SPIE (Special Patrol Insertion/Extraction) Harness
- Tactical Plate Carrier Vest (Vietnam Era Chickenplate)
- US LC-2 Individual Equipment Belt w/ QR (Quick-Release) Buckle Hello
- US M1956 Universal Ammo Pouch
- US 1-Quart Plastic Canteen w/ LC-1 Canteen Cover
- US M1967 Nylon Field Pack (Butt Pack)
- Bianchi M12 Universal Holster w/ Drop Leg Extender
- Jungle fatigues (olive drab fatigues customized with knee braces on the right side and brassards with the Diamond Dogs insignia on them. Snake however wears Tiger Stripes patterned fatigues with 1 black knee brace on his right knee and black paracord tied on his left leg.)
- Jungle boots
- Memorial Diamonds made of cremated remains of soldiers who fell into battle to act as a "shining light."
- African and Afghan raw (most African ones are blood diamonds) diamonds to fund Mother Base.
Diamond Dogs utilized a wide variety of weaponry, including various United States and Russian technologies, and those from the Western and Eastern Blocs, as well as antiquated weapons dating back to World War II. Most of them surviving resources from the destruction of MSF. They came in three main categories: Primary, secondary and support.
- Combat Knife
- Stun Arm (Snake)
- Wu Silent Pistol
- AM D114 Pistol
- Uragan-5 Pistol
- Single Action Army (Ocelot)
- S1000 Shotgun
- AM MRS-4 Rifle
- AM MRS-4 Rifle (SL)
- AM MRS-4 Rilfe M3
- AM Rifle Type 69
- AM-69 AAS Rifle
- Unnamed assault rifle
- Secret Weapon
- Sz.-336 SMG
- M2000 Sniper D
- Unnamed sniper rifle
- FB MR R-Launcher
- Unnamed missile launcher
- Hand grenade
- Flare grenade
- Smoke grenade
- M21 D-Mine
- Anti-aircraft guns
Emplaced weaponry could be procured via Fulton recovery.
The Diamond Dogs also possessed various equipment. They came in two categories: Items and Tools.
- Night vision goggles
- Cardboard boxes
- Phantom Cigars
- Medical Spray
- Fulton Recovery System
- Storage containers/resources
- Common metals
- Raw Diamonds (L)
- Raw Diamonds (S)
- Memorial Diamonds
- Blood Diamonds(not confirmed yet)
Storage containers could be procured via Fulton recovery.
Various animals could be procured via Fulton recovery.
Vehicles and AircraftsEdit
- Mil Mi-24
- Motorcycle (at least one)
- Unidentified H-60 "-Hawk" -type helicopter
- Armored personnel carrier
- Unidentified unmanned aerial vehicle sentry
Several of these vehicles could be procured via Fulton recovery.
- Gun camera
- Infrared sensors
The Diamond Dogs logo depicted a cut diamond, with a black Rhodesian Ridgeback hound's head snarling and from the side, while a yellow banner underneath gave the name of the organization.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Diamond Dogs first appeared in the form of an emblem on Big Boss's uniform, in an "classified" artwork unveiled online by Kojima Productions. The artwork was used to promote the recruitment of engineers to help develop the next canonical game in the Metal Gear series, which was later revealed to be Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The artwork in question depicts Big Boss accompanied by a dog, presumably either a foxhound or a Rhodesian Ridgeback. Due to the angle of the artwork, only the word "Dogs" is legible, on the right side of Big Boss's uniform. However, Hideo Kojima tweeted a full image of the logo, revealing the entire name.
During the Metal Gear 25th Anniversary segment of Konami's pre-E3 show, the Diamond Dogs image popped up, implying that it would have some ties to the 25th Anniversary.
On January 30, 2013, Kojima tweeted that he had an iPhone case that bore the logo of Diamond Dogs. He also stated in the same tweet that it wasn't for sale. Later, he stated that he started using it as his actual case.
Towards the end of the GDC 2013 trailer for The Phantom Pain, as well as a voice (implied to be Miller's) mentioning that they had found their "new home," Diamond Dogs were hinted at being a replacement for the MSF. Kojima later confirmed some of the details in an interview.
Aside from the aforementioned meanings behind the name "Diamond Dogs," it is also a reference to the David Bowie album of the same name, whose work has previously been referenced in other games in the series. It might also be a reference to blood diamonds, which are diamonds that are mined and sold in countries during major conflicts, usually within Africa. Both potential origins of the name were acknowledged by Kojima, who commented that some of these suggestions indeed touched on the meanings behind it.
In the E3 Green Band trailer ending, Miller and Big Boss arrived at a base (implied to be owned by Diamond Dogs) that strongly resembled Mother Base. Whether this was meant to imply that Mother Base survived the attack by XOF or simply that they utilized a similar design choice for the base has yet to be revealed. In addition, the E3 2014 trailer showed the base to have a similar design to Mother Base.
Toward the end of the E3 2014 trailer for The Phantom Pain, Venom Snake is seen killng several Diamond Dog soldiers, who seem to show little or no resistance or awareness to his actions. Why Venom Snake killed his own men is unknown.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ^ a b c d e Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Kojima Interview. GameTrailers.com. Retrieved on 2013-04-19.
- ^ a b Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (E3 2014 trailer), Kojima Productions (2014).
Kazuhira Miller: We're not burying them [the cremated remains] at sea? What then? // Punished Snake/Big Boss: We'll mine diamonds from their ashes. Take them into battle with us. // Miller: A shining light to our brothers in arms, even in death. // Snake: We are diamond dogs.
- ^ http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jul/18/hideo-kojima-interview-metal-gear-solid-phantom-pain?CMP=twt_gu
- ^ https://twitter.com/Kojima_Hideo/status/296153140863070208/photo/1
- ^ https://twitter.com/Kojima_Hideo/status/298315154129575936/photo/1
- ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (E3 2014 trailer), Kojima Productions (2014).
The three soldiers seen apprehending Snake at the beginning of the sequence are heard moaning and grunting before Snake draws his pistol and shoots them with little effort. A fourth soldier walks by, seemingly oblivious to what had just occurred before being shot himself. A fifth corpse is seen, unclear when he was killed.