In Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, one of the most intense and challenging boss battles you will face is against the Shagohod, a massive, nuclear-equipped tank developed by the game’s primary antagonist, Colonel Volgin. This guide will provide you with a step-by-step approach to the battle, along with some tips and tricks to help you defeat this formidable foe.
The Shagohod battle takes place in two distinct phases. In the first phase, you will face the Shagohod tank directly, while in the second phase, you will battle the Shagohod with Colonel Volgin piloting it. The Shagohod is heavily armored and armed with a variety of powerful weapons, including machine guns, missiles, and a devastating drill attack. Your goal is to destroy the Shagohod while avoiding its deadly arsenal.
Shagohod Boss Fight Step-by-Step Guide
Step 1: Prepare for the Battle
Before engaging in the boss fight, make sure you have the following items equipped:
- RPG-7 rocket launcher (for dealing damage to the Shagohod)
- M1911A1 pistol or another reliable weapon (for dealing damage to Colonel Volgin)
- Rations and other food items (to maintain stamina)
- Cure items (to treat injuries and burns)
Phase 1: Facing the Shagohod
Step 2: Evade the Shagohod’s Attacks
As soon as the battle begins, keep moving to avoid the Shagohod’s machine gun fire and missile attacks. Use the various obstacles and structures in the area as cover.
Step 3: Target the Shagohod’s Treads
Aim for the Shagohod’s treads with your RPG-7 rocket launcher, as damaging them will temporarily immobilize the tank, making it vulnerable to further attacks. Be patient and wait for the right moment to strike.
Step 4: Attack the Shagohod’s Rear
Once the Shagohod is immobilized, quickly move behind it and target the exposed fuel tanks on its rear with your RPG-7. This will deal significant damage to the tank.
Step 5: Repeat Steps 2-4
Continue to follow steps 2-4, evading the Shagohod’s attacks, targeting its treads, and attacking its rear until its health is depleted, triggering the second phase of the battle.
Phase 2: Facing Colonel Volgin and the Shagohod
Step 6: Evade Colonel Volgin’s Attacks
In this phase, Colonel Volgin will pilot the Shagohod, making it even more dangerous. Continue moving to avoid its machine gun fire, missiles, and drill attacks.
Step 7: Wait for EVA’s Assistance
EVA will join the battle on her motorcycle, providing you with an opportunity to deal damage to the Shagohod while she distracts it. Wait for her to draw its attention before attacking.
Step 8: Target Colonel Volgin
While EVA distracts the Shagohod, use your M1911A1 pistol or another reliable weapon to target and shoot Colonel Volgin, who is exposed in the cockpit of the tank.
Step 9: Repeat Steps 6-8
Continue to follow steps 6-8, evading the Shagohod’s attacks, waiting for EVA’s assistance, and targeting Colonel Volgin until the Shagohod is finally destroyed.
Tips, Tricks, and Known Glitches
- Conserve RPG-7 ammunition: The RPG-7 is your primary weapon for dealing damage to the Shagohod, so be sure to conserve your ammunition and only fire when you have a clear shot.
- Use obstacles to your advantage: The various structures and obstacles in the area can provide valuable cover from the Shagohod’s attacks. Use them wisely to minimize damage.
- Keep an eye on your health and stamina: Don’t forget to manage Snake’s health and stamina during the battle by using rations, food items, and cure items as needed.
- Known Glitch – Instant Defeat: There is a known glitch that can cause the Shagohod to be instantly defeated during the second phase of the battle. If you manage to shoot Colonel Volgin at the exact moment he is about to launch a missile, the missile will explode inside the Shagohod, instantly destroying it. This is extremely difficult to pull off and is not a reliable strategy, but it is an interesting quirk of the battle.
By following this step-by-step guide and utilizing the tips, tricks, and known glitches provided, you should be able to defeat the Shagohod in Metal Gear Solid 3 with relative ease. Remember to stay patient, observant, and make use of the environment to your advantage. Good luck, and happy gaming!