How to Keep Quiet as a Buddy in MGS5: Phantom Pain (the “Quiet” Ending)

Warning! Spoilers ahead!

One of the biggest disappointments that gamers have regarding Metal Gear Solid 5: Phantom Pain – and that’s usually something you find out after you complete the game – is that you lose Quiet as a buddy and you can’t use her in the game anymore. However, the good news is that if you are ready to sacrifice 100% completion of the game, you can still keep Quiet as a companion in MGS 5 – and we’re here to tell you exactly what you have to do! So let’s not waste a single second and let’s do this. Because, well, everybody loves Quiet!

Everything starts at mission 41 in the game and based on your actions and items that you’re using, you will or will not lose her. There are two ways to keep Quiet as a Buddy in MGS5: Phantom Pain:

1. Keep the bond you have with her at 85% (some claim than anything under 100% works). This is not advisable if you can do option No. 2 because not having her at 100% locks out some of her abilities and it’s pretty difficult to maintain anyway.

2. Use the Butterfly (front) design in your emblem – but make sure you use it before completing mission 41 in the game.

How to get the Butterfly Front design?

This isn’t the easiest design to get, but it’s doable and since it allows you to keep Quiet in the game and not lose her forever, I’m sure it’s worth the trouble!

You need to get the Codename Butterfly after completing any mission in the game – and this one is awarded if Quiet does the majority of the shooting in a mission. In theory, you only need one mission to get the Codename Butterfly award, but the game takes the previous three missions in account when deciding the results, so you might actually have to let her do most killing for three missions in a row! Also, make sure that during the last mission you get spotted at least once, otherwise you’ll get the Fox codename instead.

UPDATE: There seems to be a new and better method of getting Quiet back in MGS5, which also allows you to get 100% completion. It involves modding your game and it obviously works only with the PC version. Here is what you have to do (thanks, Reddit!)

1. Download the MGSV QAR Tool from Nexus Mods

2. Make a backup of all files you’re about to modify!

3. Extract the the data1.dat file located in common\MGS_TPP\master\ directory

4. In file data1\Assets\tpp\script\lib\TppStory.lua

Line 595 : function e.CanArrivalQuietInMB(n)

Immediately after, add:

gvars.str_didLostQuiet=false
TppBuddy2BlockController.SetObtainedBuddyType(BuddyType.QUIET)
TppBuddyService.UnsetDeadBuddyType(BuddyType.QUIET)
TppBuddyService.UnsetBuddyCommonFlag(BuddyCommonFlag.BUDDY_QUIET_LOST)
TppBuddyService.UnsetBuddyCommonFlag(BuddyCommonFlag.BUDDY_QUIET_HOSPITALIZE)
TppBuddyService.SetSortieBuddyType(BuddyType.QUIET)
TppBuddyService.SetFriendlyPoint(BuddyFriendlyType.QUIET,100)
TppMotherBaseManagement.RefreshQuietStatus()

5. Repack the .dat file using the QAR tool.

If you are having trouble doing this, here’s a video guide of the whole thing!

These would be the methods to keep Quiet in Metal Gear Solid 5: Phantom Pain. Have in mind that if you keep her, you can’t get 100% completion in the game. But I personally believe it’s worth it!

How to Fix Metal Gear Solid 5: Phantom Pain Crashes, Freezes and Other Problems

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The highly anticipated Metal Gear Solid 5: Phantom Pain has finally been released, but just like all the big name releases of present times, it wasn’t a flawless, error and problem free launch. Fortunately, it’s not a lot of people who are affected by launch problems, crashes of the MGS5 black screen, but those who are affected surely want to know if there is a way to fix them and enjoy the title problem-free. We are here to try and help you achieve that, so let’s check out below how to fix Metal Gear Solid 5: Phantom Pain crashes, freezes and other problems.

First of all, before trying any of the fixes, do the usual regular check-up before trying to run any game: make sure that your system meets the minimum requirements for running the game. If you’re playing Metal Gear Solid 5 having the minimum or close to minimum specifications, lower the graphics settings to a minimum (you can’t expect to run a game on ultra high if you don’t meet the requirements). Even if you do meet the recommended requirements, try to lower the settings a bit and see if things improve – this should work especially for low frame rate issues, freezing and laggy gameplay.

Next, make sure that you have the latest drivers installed: reinstall them if you have any doubts, but don’t limit it to the visual drivers only. Sound drivers, display drivers and everything else should be checked as well. Perform a clean install of the game or at least verify its integrity in Steam to make sure that all the files were installed.

If these don’t help in any way, we have to go a bit more in depth with our Metal Gear Solid 5: Phantom Pain crash and freezing solutions, based on the problems you encounter. Below we have some extra advice, based on the most common problems that have been reported so far:

1. Metal Gear Solid 5 Phenom II processor problems
Apparently, people who are running on a Phenom II processor are currently unable to play the game (as the developers themselves reported). They are working hard on delivering a fix, but until then there doesn’t seem to be much you can do.

2. MGS 5 Black Screen (With white squares) Fix
Some users who were getting a black screen reported that changing the resolution (increasing it) solved the problem – so it’s definitely worth trying this!

3. Metal Gear Solid 5: Phantom Pain crashes at startup
If the game installed correctly (check the integrity in Steam) and you are using an overclocked card, this might be the problem: reset it to factory settings and the game should run for you!

4. How to fix MGS 5 random crashes
Some users on the Steam forums have reported that turning off Motion Blur and Camera shake stopped the random crashes they were getting. Some gamers managed to fix this problem (but especially freezing and low performance) by unplugging any USB controllers they had plugged in.

5. MGS 5 missing MSVCR110.dll file fix
This means that you have a missing Microsoft Visual Studio redistributable file. This is easily fixed by installing the program for free from Microsoft’s official website. You can download the problem here and you’ll fix the missing file error.

6. How to remove the 60FPS cap
We’ll have an in-depth tutorial on this later on, but you might get it right from this quick one as well: go to your Steam install folder and double click the userdata folder. Go to the MGS 5 install folder (usually appearing as 287700 in userdata) and find the file TPP_GRAPHICS_CONFIG into the local folder. Open it with notepad and find the following line: framerate_control: Auto (you can search by pressing CTRL and F and type “framerate_control”). Set the “Auto” string to Variable and you’ve removed the 60 FPS limit! Don’t forget to save the file, though!

7. MGD 5: Phantom Pain FOV Issues
Unfortunately, at the moment, there is no option to change the default FOV in the game, but as soon as we find a fix or a hotfix is released, we’ll let you know.

This would be all that we have right now in terms of crash fixes for Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain. If you have other problems – or especially other fixes to these problems – please let us know by commenting below.