Video games are a big part of my life, and I wish I wanted them to stay that way.
If you haven't gotten into Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain yet, then I don't know what you have been doing with your life. Just recently, I reinstalled it on my laptop, and it is still one of the best games I have ever played. The multiplayer is just as engaging as it is difficult, and I'm remembering why I loved this game so much when I was younger.
That being said, I am also starting to remember the intense level of tactical action that needs to be taken in order to invade high-ranking FOBs and come out undetected. Thus I have decided to write an easy-to-read guide that will ensure you learn the best strategy and tactics to invade rival FOBs undetected!
Without further ado, let's dig into the important details you need to follow in order to invade a rival FOB in MGSV:TPP without being detected.
Choosing Your Entry Point and Time
When it comes to invading a rival FOB, it us upon you to choose which platform is most relevant based on which resources you need. For this guide, I have chosen to invade a rival's command platform, and I landed at what I call the mid-section. It is, by my perception, the safest place to land on a rival's FOB.
Landing here allows you to take the low road almost the entire time you are performing an invasion, and taking the low road exposes you to much less personnel. As you can see pictured above, I've drawn out a rough path to give you an idea of the direction you should travel when invading a high-ranking FOB.
Unless you're trying to move your way up the leaderboards aggressively, always choose to invade at 18:00 hours for the best chance of going undetected.
Deciding Which Way to Go
Choosing which direction to travel on an FOB is one of the most daunting aspects of invasions. This is because you have no idea what is waiting for you around every corner. Therefore, we need to limit our exposure to the best of our ability. This means that you want to stick to the low road as often as you possibly can.
By low road, I mean try to stay off the upper decks of your rival's FOB until it is unavoidable. Try to move around the outskirts of the FOB, and—time permitting—take the long way rather than risking a push through the middle to save some meaningless seconds. Practice moving around the outskirts of your own FOB during practice invasions, and memorize those oft-forgotten climbing areas that will keep you safe more often than not.
If all else fails and you have to move to the middle of the map, always look for raised platforms you can crawl beneath!
Heavy Armor, Silent Weaponry, and Lots of Useful Gadgets
Though there are many who would argue me on this point, I always suggest rocking the heaviest suit of armor you have. Sure, it is loud and clunky, but if you just so happen to get detected, you won't die in less than three seconds. The heavy suit of armor provides you enough protection to withstand a detection or two, and enough time to get to safety before you get turned to Swiss cheese.
For your weapons, you want to use your highest durability suppressed weaponry, but once you get further in the game, you'll want to switch over to built-in suppressors like my WU S.Pistol 9 pictured above. There's nothing worse than running out of suppressor durability on all your weapons mid-invasion, so use them sparingly. Of course, make it a focus to hit weak-points, and never take a shot you feel you may not hit—no shot at all is better than missing a shot.
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Finally, for equipment, bring all the support weapons and items you can afford: Grenades, decoys, noctocyanin, cardboard boxes, etc.
There is no better way to throw off the enemy's personnel than throwing a decoy on one side of the map and then moving to the other side to deploy it. The same goes for tossing grenades, and even those infinite magazines available for you to toss are invaluable tools in your arsenal.
Pro-tip: The best time to deploy/utilize explosives and tools to distract the enemy is when you first enter into a platform. Drop a decoy/C4/grenade, move away from it swiftly toward a direction with multiple path choices, and then let it detonate pulling the entire platform's defenses away from your next objective.
The only way to pull off high-ranking FOB invasions without being detected is to utilize everything at your disposal. Don't get greedy, and don't be afraid to make a big boom!
Don't Worry About Time, Mark Your Enemies
I've seen more people rush into invasions as soon as their chopper is ready to deploy them—and then fail—than I have seen successful blind runs. It is never appropriate to go into an FOB blind because the game gives you the chance to scout from your chopper for a reason. If you think you don't need this step, then go ahead and ignore it, but a wise man will utilize this short scouting period to its fullest.
At a minimum you're going to want to fully zoom in with your binoculars and scan the outskirts of the FOB before you drop in. This is for the sole reason you want to mark as many of those pesky UAVs as you possibly can before spawning in. I don't know how many undetected runs have been ruined because a UAV pops up just over my head when I wasn't expecting it.
Every small advantage you can give yourself is crucial to your goal of an undetected invasion, so don't rush in and refuse this boon the game literally hands you for free.
Crawl, Dive and Roll, but Mostly Roll
Like in any stealth game worth its salt, the worst thing you could ever do is start running around standing straight up during an FOB invasion. Let alone many FOBs having their security settings set to long range, standing straight up is a surefire way to get yourself detected with little to no reflex time offered to save yourself. Thus, I command you to come forth on your hands and knees!
I know, it can feel super slow to spend all your time crawling, but that's where practicing diving and rolling comes in. Diving and rolling will speed up your crawling, and eventually it'll be just as fast for you as standing up and sprinting. Yes, you heard me right, it'll take you just as much time crawling properly as it will sprinting to capture the FOB—so stop being impatient and crawl!
Pro-tip: Practice diving and rolling in single player before utilizing it in FOB invasions. You need to get your directional controls and timing down before you can use this method in FOB invasions effectively.
Watch the video included below for an excellent example of a mostly-proper technique for invading a high-ranking FOB undetected.
Mines, Cameras, and Laser Gates
As you can see in all the pictures above, traps are waiting to mess up your undetected run around every corner. The most threatening traps for your run will have to be cameras, because cameras can be placed literally anywhere on high-ranking FOBs. If you think I'm joking about them being literally everywhere, just wait until you run into an FOB that has gun cameras on the ground at the top of every stairwell.
These security devices are going to be the biggest threat to your success, and thus you need to be aware of the placement methods on most FOBs. Most commonly you will have a mine or laser gate right in front of you that can be easily seen and disposed of/avoided; however, that is usually to lull you into a sense of confidence, as there is almost always a trap this is concealing. In my picture above you can see there was a camera around a blind corner, and it was placed right after an easily-ignored laser gate.
Don't be the guy to get comfortable, rush, and run head-first into a camera. There's no shame in moving slow! As well, it is of the utmost importance you learn alternate routes so you can mark cameras while out of their view range. Get creative, explore, and have patience.
Don't Steal the Supply Crates
Just as a short interlude to this guide, you should just let those juicy supply crates sit where they are. They're large and obvious for a reason, to entice you into stealing them, and there is no need to so with such high resource payouts for a successful infiltration. All the ammo and time it takes to remove anti-theft devices, and the risk it poses to stand out in the open for so long just aren't worth ruining an undetected FOB invasion.
Pro-tip: If you really want to steal any and every supply crate you come across, then plant yourself in a corner at the back of the FOB. Be loud and proud, attract all the enemies to you, and snipe them as they funnel down the stairs toward you. The best way to do this is to pack heavy weaponry, and wear the stealth suit so you're harder to see at a distance.
Good Luck Out There!
I really hope that this easy-to-read guide has helped you with pulling off your undetected FOB invasions. When I first started playing MGSV:TPP, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Literally almost every high-ranking FOB saw me detected and killed me faster than I could blink my eyes.
Now, my espionage rank is somewhere in the low seven-thousands, and I compete for top rankings on the leaderboards. It really does get easier as you practice, and once you master those finer nuances like diving and rolling you become an unstoppable stealth master. To this day I still utilize all the advice in this guide, and I'm fine-tuning my strategy all the time to get even more perfect stealth runs.
Hopefully I don't see your name popping up in my revenge target list, because then I'll know you didn't follow this guide! Good luck out there, Big Boss!