In Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, the climactic and emotionally charged boss battle against The Boss, also known as The Joy, is one of the most memorable and challenging encounters in the game. As the mentor of the protagonist, Naked Snake, The Boss is a formidable opponent with unparalleled combat skills and tactics. 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 legendary soldier.
The battle against The Boss takes place in a large field filled with white flowers, which can be used for cover and camouflage. The Boss is an expert in CQC (Close Quarters Combat) and will engage you in hand-to-hand combat, as well as using her Patriot assault rifle to deal ranged damage. Your goal is to deplete her health within the 10-minute time limit while avoiding her powerful attacks.
Step 1: Prepare for the Battle
Before engaging in the boss fight, make sure you have the following items equipped:
- M1911A1 pistol or another reliable weapon (for dealing damage to The Boss)
- Mk22 tranquilizer pistol (for non-lethal takedowns)
- Rations and other food items (to maintain stamina)
- Cure items (to treat injuries and burns)
- Camouflage (to blend in with the environment)
Step 2: Locate The Boss
As soon as the battle begins, use the environment and white flowers to your advantage by staying low and moving slowly to locate The Boss without being detected.
Step 3: Engage The Boss in CQC
Once you have located The Boss, approach her and engage her in CQC by pressing the CQC button when you are close enough. Successfully countering her attacks will deal damage and temporarily stun her, allowing you to follow up with additional attacks.
Step 4: Use Ranged Weapons
When The Boss is stunned or at a distance, use your M1911A1 pistol or Mk22 tranquilizer pistol to deal damage or incapacitate her. Be cautious, as she will quickly recover and retaliate with her Patriot assault rifle.
Step 5: Evade and Counter The Boss’s Attacks
Throughout the battle, The Boss will use a variety of CQC techniques and her Patriot assault rifle to attack you. Be prepared to evade or counter her attacks by using the environment for cover and timing your CQC counters correctly.
Step 6: Manage Your Health and Stamina
Make sure to keep an eye on your health and stamina throughout the battle, using rations, food items, and cure items as needed to stay in top fighting condition.
Step 7: Repeat Steps 2-6
Continue to follow steps 2-6, locating The Boss, engaging her in CQC, using ranged weapons, evading and countering her attacks, and managing your health and stamina until her health is depleted within the 10-minute time limit.
Tips, Tricks, and Known Glitches
- Choose your camouflage wisely: The white flowers in the battle area can provide excellent cover and camouflage. Equip a suitable camouflage pattern to blend in and avoid detection.
- Use the Mk22 for a non-lethal victory: If you wish to achieve a non-lethal victory against The Boss, use the Mk22 tranquilizer pistol to incapacitate her instead of lethal weapons.
- Listen for The Boss’s footsteps: The Boss’s footsteps can give away her position, allowing you to locate her more easily. Use headphones or a surround sound system to enhance your audio experience and pinpoint her location.
- Take advantage of stun grenades: Stun grenades can be used to temporarily disorient The Boss, giving you an opportunity to close in and engage her in CQC or deal damage with ranged weapons.
- Known Glitch – Infinite Ammo: There is a known glitch that can provide you with infinite ammunition for your M1911A1 pistol during the battle. To perform this glitch, rapidly tap the R2 button (or the equivalent button on your console) while firing the pistol. This will cause the ammunition counter to reset, giving you unlimited shots. This glitch can make the battle significantly easier, but it may detract from the intended challenge and experience.
By following this step-by-step guide and utilizing the tips, tricks, and known glitches provided, you should be able to defeat The Boss in Metal Gear Solid 3 with relative ease. Remember to stay patient, observant, and use the environment and your combat skills to your advantage. Good luck, and happy gaming!