Quiet Buddy | MGSV: The Phantom Pain

Buddy Quiet is one of the companions in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. As with other buddies, she can be taken to missions, where she helps with her unique skill set. She also has a storyline of her own, which can be explored during the events of the game. In this guide, we’re going to tell you everything about Quiet, her backstory, abilities and how to take advantage of them in combat.

Some of the information in this guide hasn’t been confirmed yet. We’ll update it with fresh data as soon as the game’s out.

How To Use Quiet

When you open the map on your iDroid, use the up button on the D-Pad to find the options “Quiet (Scout)” and “Quiet (Attack)”. When you select the option, you have to choose the specific sniper spot where you want her. She’ll then go there and do her thing.

To command her on the field, use the L1 (LB on Xbox) button to bring up the menu with the commands, choose what you want with the right analog stick, then press the stick to confirm your choice.

About Quiet

Quiet is a mutant – she was experimented upon with a virus that gave her supernatural abilities in the attempt to engineer the perfect soldier. She first appears at the very beginning of the game’s story, as an assassin trying to kill Big Boss/Venom Snake.

She fails and is later (during Mission 11: Cloaked in Silence) captured by the Diamond Dogs and taken to Mother Base. Once they arrive, Miller suggests she should be executed – he feels she’s a considerable threat, going after Big Boss and now knowing the location of their headquarters. Boss disagrees, though, and decides to keep her onboard.

She leaves the player’s side at one moment, but there’s a way to stop her from leaving (spoilers ahead).

Quiet’s Uniforms / Costumes

quiet buddy mgsv phantom pain There are different costumes / uniforms for her as well, even though most people will probably have her wearing the costume seen in the trailers.

  • Quiet has an optional Sniper Wolf uniform that can be unlocked.
  • According to some unofficial information, her hair color will be susceptible to change too.

Quiet’s Abilities

Quiet is a sniper. She can turn invisible, and moves extremely fast, leaving only a cloud of dust in her wake. Her hearing is augmented – she can hear ten times better than normal humans. Her vision is enhanced as well – low-light conditions don’t bother her, so her sight is unchanged during night time.

On the other hand, water is a weakness of hers. The parasites inside her react to it, which makes her unable to focus and affects her powers. She reacts to rain (something to watch out, since the weather is dynamic), and there’s supposedly a water pistol you can squirt her with, for some reason.

One of her basic abilities is scouting – she can recon an area, marking a handful of enemies on the radar. She can either follow you around, or hang tight in designated sniper spots, waiting for your instructions. When nested, a line of green laser will indicated her sightline, showing you where she’s looking at the moment.

Here a full list of commands (some won’t be available until you raise your bond level):
  • Fire (kill or tranquilize) – She shoots an enemy.
  • Take aim – She aims at an enemy, and fires when you fire. Useful for simultaneous executions.
  • Cover me / cease cover – Quiet shoots at anyone who notices you, so you can move freely.
  • Shoot this (Grenade ricochet) – She shoots a grenade you throw, lobbing it to an otherwise inaccessible place. The grenade explodes on impact.

Quiet’s Weapons

Quiet carries a sniper rifle to battle. There’s several of them available throughout the game, and you’ll have to either develop them at Mother Base or acquire them on the field. She’ll customize and name each one herself. Some examples include Wicked Butterfly (Renov ICKX with a laser sight) and Sinful Butterfly (Brennan LRS-46 with special, handloaded ammo). Before a mission starts, you can choose to order her to use tranquilizer darts instead of bullets, if you’re going for the non-lethal approach.

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  1. C

    So I did everything on here. It came to a cut scene where Quiet had one of Ocelot’s revolvers and shooting it pass the helicopter blades. After that, she still wasn’t playable as a buddy. Did I do something wrong?

    1. A

      Just gotta be patient pal, when it’s time for her to join, she’ll join. Don’t worry.

      1. C

        Thanks man. I appreciate it

      2. S

        thanks game here for this 😛

    2. T
      Travis Shamasco

      No she just got captured and after that she’s gone for good ?

  2. B
    Breno Borges

    Hi, can we maintain Quiet after a certain mission that she leaves?

    1. A

      I was devastated by the fact that she left after mission 43 and she hasn’t been back since 🙁 I was thinking of restarting the game just to finish before mission 43.

      1. B

        It’s pretty annoying if there’s really no way to get her back, at all, given that you get stuff for her right before her disappearance. Really hope that it’ll get found that she can be regained.

      2. O

        What about previous missions? After she leaves can we still use her for previous missions?

        1. B

          Not at all, hilariously enough. She’s gone for good, it’s very poorly done, as well as her story arc was done.

      3. P

        Have the butterfly in your emblem – before mission 41.

    2. B

      if you do not equip the butterfly emblem, and have her bond to 100% you will lose her for good, it pissed me off when it happened, but that’s what people say, and they say it works.

      1. B

        Wait so if I equip the emblem. And then I get bond to 100 she stays? Or are you saying at 100 she won’t stat.?

  3. N
    Not important

    If i killed her instead of recruiting her can I redo the mission and recruit her

  4. J
    Jamie Thompson

    She playable after mission 14

  5. A
    Anghel Angelo

    Man if you dont play side op 150 and mission 45 she doesn’t leave

  6. J

    Wrong. If you have the butterfly emblem, she doesn’t leave. Yayyy

  7. L

    How do I equip that butterfly emblem then guys? 😀 I really didn´t edit any emblem yet and I don´t want her to leave 🙁

    1. B

      Have her get more kills then you in a mission.

  8. J

    Even with the butterfly emblem, she still left.

  9. S

    OK so I sniped quiet during cloak of silence but left her as I couldn’t find her body after miller tells you to retrieve or kill her. Does that mean she’s now not usable as a buddy or does she pop again somewhere

  10. H
    Help needer

    Can someone please tell me where I can find her on the map

    1. H
      Help needer

      Never mind I found her

  11. T

    Replay cloak of silence 7 or so times and supposedly it reads reunion and you get her back supposedly

    1. E

      Okay so I can confirm. My husband has played the game through the end of the story. After you lose Quiet you have to go back to Cloak of Silence and play it seven times consecutively. On the seventh time the title will change to Cloak of Silence (Reunion) and you play it one more time, take her alive back to Mother Base, and she’s yours once again.

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