The Tanegashima was a musket that dated back to the samurai age of Japan.
It originated when the Japanese first encountered Europeans via the Portuguese and got some Arquebus' from them after landing on the Island of Tanegashima (hence the name) by mistake (they were originally going to Okinawa).
Behind the scenes
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
The Tanegashima can be purchased from Drebin in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Its full price is 1,000,000 DP, although a 50% discount is available during Act 5, and a 20% discount on Wednesdays and Sundays. Its overall usefulness was little to none, due to it being antiquated by a significant amount (dating back to the 1500s). However, there is a 1/3 chance that the Tanegashima can create a whirlwind effect that will knock soldiers off their feet by a great distance as well as scatter items across the battlefield. Getting a whirlwind after downloading a trophy patch will result in the trophy "Divine Wind" being unlocked.
- "A near-mythical flintlock gun, the master work of a Japanese gunsmith.
It is said that when fired in a certain place, there is a chance that a divine wind will blow..."
- ―Tanegashima description in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
The Militaires Sans Frontières can develop the Tanegashima Musket by procuring an intact Rathalos wing, during the Monster Hunter Extra Ops in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. Even after the specs are procured, it can only be developed if someone in the R&D Team has the Japanese Patriot skill (Yamato Spirits in the game's Japanese version). It is useless due to being antiquated. However, it does have a 1/3 chance of causing a tornado to occur, which results in the soldier being blown away to one of the MSF's helicopters. If the player uses the Codec shortly after blowing the soldier away via the Tanegashima's tornado, Miller will question why a soldier is dangling from one of MSF's helicopters. The overall design for the Tanegashima musket was likewise based on the Demonlock rifle in the Monster Hunter franchise. Like the special trophy patch for Metal Gear Solid 4 after it, recruiting a soldier via the Tanegashima's whirlwind, the trophy/achievement "Divine Wind" will be unlocked.
- "A surviving relic of the age of the samurai, distinguished by its handsome wood finish.
While clearly ill-suited for modern warfare, there have been reports of mysterious things happening from time to time when the Tanegashima hits its mark.
The most stoic of players might find a place for this in their arsenals...or not."
- ―Tanegashima Musket description in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
Notes and references
- ^ Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Kojima Productions (2010).
Kazuhira Miller (Radio):