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Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis logo
Biographical information
Nationality Flag of the United Kingdom British
Physical description
Career and family information
Affiliation(s) Outer Heaven (mother company)
Metal Gear information
Main appearance(s) Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
"A sense of duty when the risks run high"
— Praying Mantis slogan

Praying Mantis was a private military company that operated under the mother company Outer Heaven, run by Liquid Ocelot. It was based in Britain, and utilized the SOP system, using nanomachines to enhance and regulate their senses. Their business activities include soldiers for hire, supply and logistics services, education and training for state armies, and everything expected from a PMC. The name is based on FOXHOUND member Psycho Mantis.


At some point during the Iraq War, the Praying Mantis PMC contracted with the U.S. Government to send large amounts of its soldiers into combat zones. In 2014, Praying Mantis was deployed in the Middle East to fight off the local militia soldiers, the reasons for the local regime hiring them was partially due to their aforementioned experience in the Iraq war.[1] Numerous members were eventually killed and/or went catatonic after Liquid Ocelot tried to hijack the SOP System with Liquid's DNA.

Sometime later, Screaming Mantis challenged Solid Snake on Outer Haven, but was soundly defeated.


Praying Mantis soldiers are well known for their appearance. They wear khaki flight suits and tactical armor. They can be seen wearing black fleece SPEAR-style jackets under their Land-CIRAS armor vests and balaclavas as well as headets. Troops can be identified in their role depending on the headgear they wear; ones wearing the black ballistic helmet also have Bolle X800 goggles and are seen to be regular troops while the troops wearing baseball caps also opt for specialized roles such as snipers, spotters and radiomen. The troops usually wear Peltor COMM-TAC II Headsets.

Two Praying Mantis soldiers, circa 2014.

Their primary weapon is the Mk.17 and their basic sidearm is the GSR. Several of them can also be seen using the M14 EBR as their sniper rifles (or DMRs (Designated Marksman Rifles) in a sense) against the Middle Eastern militiamen with great precision and effect. Some of them can be seen with the M870 Custom, they use the "master key" variant in standalone configuration. In rare cases, they also use the FGM-148 Javelin. Vehicles used include the Humvee armed with an M2HB .50 caliber heavy machine gun and the Stryker APC (Armored Personnel Carrier). Praying Mantis have deployed Gekko extensively against the militiamen, and have been known to use smoke grenades as a means of escaping disadvantageous situations; as evidenced when the Middle Eastern militiamen arrived in a BMP-3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle. Regarding the Gekko, when they are deployed against enemies, the Praying Mantis soldiers usually call a retreat beforehand to ensure they don't get caught in the crossfire.

The Praying Mantis PMC are known to utilize jet-propelled attack helicopters armed with machine guns and missiles, for close-combat air support, as well as Slider UCAVs (Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles) (belonging to Raging Raven).

Behind the scenesEdit

Praying Mantis's equipment and tactics, as well as their TV-ad and their previous involvement in the 2003 War of Iraq, suggests that the group specializes in urban warfare and desert warfare. The TV-ad also notes that they use unmanned surveillance systems.

From the map presented in Act 1 Briefing, Its headquarters appears to be located in the heart of England, apparently in Sheffield or Nottingham.

Before Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots's release, the Praying Mantis soldiers in earlier versions of the game carried the M4 Custom equipped with a vertical handle grip, scope and laser sight. Soon, they were shown using the M4 carbines without the customization and this was later changed to the Mk.17 during the later stages of development. However, in the game, Drebin mentions to Old Snake that the M4 Custom is however a popular favorite weapon in use by the more powerful PMCs over the world (also referencing back to the earlier modes of MGS4 where photos of Praying Mantis troops with M4s exist). Their equipment could be almost completely imitated by soldiers in Metal Gear Online before it's final shutdown.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Otacon explains this in a Codec call.


See alsoEdit

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