Metal Gear Solid 5: Build the best Mother Base without spending money on your FOB

By Sherif Saed, Wednesday, 2 September 2015 15:06 GMT

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How to level-up Mother Base platforms

While expanding a platform gives you more room, levelling it up is what matters. While getting more room to accommodate more soldiers automatically means your level will increase (provided you fulton recruits regularly), micro-managing each unit is the best way to maximise potential and sometimes, game the system.

Each soldier you fulton from the field comes with a set of attributes and in some cases, a special skill. You can find out each of their attributes when you scan them in the field using your binoculars. Each one has a rating from E to S shown under icons representing the different platforms. To do this, your scope has to be upgraded at least once. The more you upgrade it, the wider the range of attributes you can see.

Don’t just fulton anybody, be smart and choose the ones that will serve your needs better. For instance, if you’re looking to level up your R&D platform, you will need to find the soldiers with the highest possible rating in that attribute. It will take you some time to get acquainted with the icons, but once you do, it won’t be a problem.

Here’s how they look like when they reach Mother Base:


As you can see, the attributes vary from one to the next. Using this scale, you can easily decide which platform will be a better fit for which soldier. They’re automatically being assigned by the game, but you can always override it to your advantage.

Let’s say you want to craft something that requires you to have Intel level 5, and your level is 2. You can easily move soldiers from R&D or whatever to Intel to gain a boost. It doesn’t matter if Intel is their best attribute because it will all stack to push you over and get you to level 5.

Keep in mind that doing so will lower the level of whichever platform you borrowed them from. Platform levels are flexible in The Phantom Pain, so don’t downgrade the level of the ones you need in that moment. Once you get your Intel to 5, give the order to craft your item and once that’s done, move those soldiers back to where they were.

As for the special skills, these can be helpful for crafting certain items, like a gunsmith skill for crafting higher-grade upgrades or special field skills if you choose to play as any of them instead of Snake. Sometimes upgrades will be halted because you’re missing a certain special skill. Going over your mission and side ops rewards is a good way to track them down.

Some of these skills however are harmful like the Troublemaker skill, which increases the frequency of fights breaking out between members of the same unit. We will get to that part later.

Next: How to stop staff from fighting at Mother Base

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