In Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, is there a way to avoid or not do the [EXTREME] missions? I did all of those up until Metallic Archaea.

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They are completely optional unless you want 100%, I got the true ending without doing any of them. You only need to do the missions and side ops that are marked in yellow. When you run out of those, just 'pass time' by doing any side ops or replaying old missions for a while, and eventually you'll get calls progressing the story and unlocking more yellow missions. You'll have to do that a couple of times.

image of my mission list with the true ending unlocked but none of the [EXTREME]s done.


You need to do the extreme missions, however, I found out that there are ways you can do them without being an active participant. Like in mission 31 where we have to take Sahelanthropous, i hid behind cover in a valley where he couldn't see me at all and order bombardments and air support from my i-droid. I hope i was of some help without spoiling it for you. This is the best part of the game that it stays true to the idea that you can choose anyway to approach the mission.

  • Frankly i found riding D-Horse best, it let me empty my explosives into it while staying highly mobile. Seriously though this isn't relevant to the question that mission is neither Extreme nor optional
    – IG_42
    Commented Oct 14, 2015 at 16:01

I finished all yellow side ops and yellow missions because I suck at stealth and didn't want to attempt them with no reflex mode.

But after you do yellow missions and side ops, just pass time with more side ops and some fob and eventually you’ll get a call progressing the story.

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    There was an answer already, but I appreciate the thought. Commented Nov 14, 2017 at 4:12

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