Although he may not be the most instantly recognizable character in all of video games, Solid Snake is still a fairly iconic hero. Not to mention he has been among gamers’ most beloved protagonists, especially after the bandana-brandishing character made the transition from 2D to 3D with Metal Gear Solid.
It is for that reason that many Metal Gear Solid fans were surprised to see The Phantom Pain’s hero, Big Boss or “Punished Snake,” without his iconic bandana. In nearly iteration of the MGS series, or at least those released before the current console generation, Snake (be it Solid or Big Boss) has worn his trademark bandana.
Turns out, though, that is for good reason, as the bandana is one of the many (and we mean many!) collectibles scattered throughout the game. In fact, there are two bandanas players can earn while playing Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, and one of them, dubbed the ‘Infinity Bandana’, features a pretty cool ability.
How to Unlock the Metal Gear Solid 5 Bandana
First up is the basic bandana, which can be earned about three quarters of the way through the main story. In order to unlock the bandana, players will need to have their Research and Development team leveled up to 34 and they will need to complete Side Op #143. That particular Side Op gives Snake an item called Strangelove’s Memento, which combined with the level 34 R&D gives players the option of developing the bandana. The only other things players will need to do from there are spend the 400,000 GMP necessary for bandana development and wait the necessary time.
Once players have the bandana, they will be 50% less likely to sustain a serious injury while out in the field, which can be a huge advantage. Any time Big Boss takes damage there is a chance he can become gravely wounded, and the player is either required to stop and satisfy a ‘heal’ prompt or they simply let Big Boss die.
However, with the bandana equipped, it becomes more likely that Big Boss makes it out of the gunfight with only a few scratches. And when the difficulty ramps up like it does in the later missions, the ability to take more damage can prove very important.
How to Unlock the Infinity Bandana in Metal Gear Solid 5
While the regular bandana offers players a little extra survivability during missions and side ops, the infinity bandana is a little cooler. As the name implies, the infinity bandana gives players unlimited ammo for all of their weapons, essentially turning Punished Snake into a one-man wrecking crew, or a tranquilizer dart-shooting fiend.
To unlock the infinity bandana in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, players will need to have satisfied a number of requirements. And since a few of them are story spoilers, we’ll say that there will be spoilers for Metal Gear Solid 5 from here on out.
First off, players will need to unlock mission 46, the “secret mission” in The Phantom Pain. To do so players will need to first unlock mission 45, which requires having maximum bond with Quiet, watching the cutscene where Huey leaves Mother Base, and using anything buy the butterfly emblem for your Forward Operating Base online activities.
After unlocking and completing mission 45, players will then need to complete all story missions up but not including 46, finish every highlighted (with yellow) Side Ops mission, and upgrade their Mother Base to nearly max potential in order to unlock Mission 46. Once that’s done, it’s time to go get the infinity bandana.
Upon completion of Mission 46 players will earn the Star of Bethlehem, another unique item essential to the infinity bandana’s development. Once acquired, players can use the Star of Bethlehem with a Research and Development level of 48 and 1,000,000 GMP to develop the infinity bandana. Again, wait the development time and infinite ammo will be yours.
While the Infinity Bandana would have been a useful unlockable during a first-time playthrough of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, Kojima & Co. clearly wanted to make players earn the extremely useful accessory. And with it, players can give Snake a more familiar look.
Have you unlocked the bandana or infinity bandana in MGS 5? What other unlockable items have you found very useful?
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is out now for PS3, Ps4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
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