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How To Use The Fake Death Pill In Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater?

by: Dabe ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

It is an often asked question to a conundrum that has irked gamers since the games eponymous release. Defeating The Sorrow isn't easy, but this article will explain how to effectively solve the small problem presented, whereby Naked Snake has to escape a false death.

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    A Guide On How To Use The Fake Death Pill In Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

    There are certain moments in video games where players are left to scratch their heads and come up with a preposterously arbitrary answer to the riddle in front of them. For adventure games, this is almost a given, with titles like Monkey Island or Sam & Max requiring some arbitrary item crafting in order to advance. We as a collective gaming entity can never forget things such as the rubber chicken with pulley in the middle or Meryl’s codec number on the back of Metal Gear Solid’s game box.

    This article focuses on one of these moments that perhaps has some contextual meaning to it, as opposed to being flat out arbitrary, with the story integrating itself into the mechanic. The conundrum is found in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater during the eerie boss battle with The Sorrow. Traversing the dreamlike river down stream, Naked Snake is being goaded by The Sorrow during his wading, with the enemies he has killed during the game coming to attack him in a zombie like conveyor belt.

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    Defeating The Sorrow Using The Fake Death & Revival Pills

    Fake 002   In order to defeat the boss level, players will have to effectively use the fake death pill, which ominously sits in the inventory throughout the first half of the game. The solution definitely doesn’t present itself to players initially and plenty of gamers have found themselves struggling with this boss fight because of it. Anyways, read on to find out how to use the fake death pill in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.

    Firstly, players should note that they are in a state of dreamlike consciousness, being manipulated by The Sorrow during this encounter. As such, it is worth pointing out that normal fighting methods do not apply, instead Naked Snake needs to travel through the river until all enemies have been encountered. Note that players who have tranquilised or avoided all enemies will only come across the supposed ghosts of past boss battles -The Fury, Pain, End & Fear.

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    How To Use The Fake Death Pill In Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater To Defeat The Sorrow

    Fake 001   The player must reach the tumultuous end of the river & proceed to select the fake death pill from their inventory or better still allow The Sorrow to deplete Naked Snake’s full health bar. Upon this apparent death, players will have several seconds to select & use the Revival Pill, fully restoring Snake’s health while reviving him back to a living state. Using this Revival Pill is key to completing the boss encounter with The Sorrow.

    Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is such a great game it would be a shame for players to miss out on the later third of the narrative due to this cheeky mechanic. Hopefully in this article, readers have found out how to use the fake death pill in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater effectively, with Naked Snake waking up by a stream & encountering EVA soon thereafter. This gameplay section is just a further demonstration of Hideo Kojima’s statuary insanity and a great example of the logical thinking put into the Metal Gear series as a whole.