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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Guide – How to Fast Travel

by Kyle Hanson

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Have you been spending hours and hours riding your horse across the desert of Afghanistan in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain? Wasting time sitting and waiting for your helicopter to pick you up and drop you off nearer your objective? Well wait no longer as it turns out MGSV: The Phantom Pain has a somewhat hidden fast travel system.

I say “somewhat hidden” because there is little to direct the player to its existence, though it is sitting out in the open for discovery. Unfortunately it isn’t as simple as just clicking on the desired location on the map, instead it uses some traditional Metal Gear Solid mechanics to get you where you want to go.

The key to all of this is the orange platforms found within enemy areas of the map (pictured above). These orange platforms are “delivery bays” where trucks will pick up and drop off equipment. By using these you can essentially fast travel to any other spot with one of these bays. All you have to do is stand on the platform and hop in your trusty cardboard box.

Of course it isn’t quite as simple as that, you can’t use them to travel somewhere that you haven’t been before. You first have to unlock them by interacting with the sign standing next to them, which contains an “invoice” for that location. By doing this you will grab an item that unlocks the location for fast travel.

Once you have two or more locations unlocked you just need to get into your box on the platform and hold Y once the prompt appears. This will open your map where you can select a new location. The screen will go black and you’ll magically be transported to the new location, saving you tons of horseback riding and helicopter waiting.

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