For strong soldiers to appear more often, you will need at least two soldiers that have the "Bait" career and at least one soldier with the "Headhunter" career. Start EXTREME mode with your headhunter soldier. Sometimes when you look at a soldier their stats will appear red. This means that the skill can be upgraded to S3. Also, soldiers that drop the following items have the following stats:
Drop What it means Chaff Grenade They can be upgraded to A and S ranks Magazine They have more than 230 LIFE Gako They have more than 230 LIFE and their skills can be upgraded to A and S ranks.
Unique Character Refinements, Fashion Mags, Hearts of Justice, a
In conjunction with R-A-Y-M-A-N's hint, I believe what character you get doesn't matter on the difficulty level. I played through normal once, and got Teliko, and never got anyone else on normal. I got every Unique character (besides Old Snake, etc. And Johnny) on hard over about 10 plays through. Hard and Extreme definitely have the most luck. (On a related note, you get prisoners about every 5 stages in hard, if you are lucky, you may find two uniques) Now for the elusive Fashion Mags: Everybody asks about Fashion Mags, what do they do?, where are the found? Et cetera. Fashion Mags give you a new move to use in online play. Moves like Hero# and Shrug can only be gotten like this or through collecting all the soldiers ( a daunting task) if you use it on one person, it effects every soldier you have and/or will ever get. These can be found randomly at kerotan points. (There are only a certain amount per difficulty level, so if you stop finding them, switch to hard or extreme) Then there are the Hearts of Justice. These have probably been found by most of the addicts around here. (If you go to a kerotan point with a white genome, there is a 100% chance of finding one) but most people don't know what they do. If used on a white genome (only soldier it can be used on) it will change them to a certain color. Changing the color doesn't do much besides make your genome look pretty. Secret Areas This is just for fun value. In the prison cell in western wilderness there is a cracked wall, and if you grenade the wall, it falls apart, and there is a pretty much empty room on the other side. (I strongly believe there are other secret areas, if you find any, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org) And the best character in the game is pretty hard to for anyone who doesn't play very much. If you go into Ap scout and find someone who says you're a newbie or don't have enough exp, max a soldiers exp out, and go back where you found the guy. He'll join you. (provided you have the soldier on your team) He is ranked higher than the Hideochan Radio and Tuchan Princess soldiers.
Fassion mag,heart of j,stealth etc To get these first you have to hear a (wa-wa)sound,follow the sound till you reach the center of the sound then crawl around that area until an item (represented with a frog) and you will get a very rare item.
Bonus stage On stage 14 for extreme difficulty and look for a PURPLE advance point,go there and you will be taken to the bonus stage and there you will find either lots of good equiptment or hard 2 get solders Heart of j When you get this go to manage,find a good white genome solder press use item select the heart of j and he will turn a different color
If you have a second profile that has used a portable ops save file and have characters like Python. On the first profile complete extreme and go through normal dificulty a few times you will find Python, and Major Zero. Also on Extreme you can find Olcelot. Ray Cambell is worth the wait to find him. He is all A's and B's no S's.
The AP scout is a confusing bit of software, but it's easy to use if you know how to. Most important to the AP Scout is location, location, location. You might find a weak Male USSR soldier, but walk for a while and you might find an Ocelot Soldier or KGB. The distance you have to walk between soldiers varies, but it usually isn't very far. Of course, KGBs and Ocelots have a really small AP location, with enemies you can find in easy mode taking up the most space. Also, the cryptic hints that you get for soldiers can sometimes be confusing, but most are straightforward. Some wierd ones are... ...you really should dress lighter. (bring USSR soldier with his sleeves rolled up) ...have any tarantulas with you? (Unknown) ...you have low Stamina. (Seems straightforward, but even if you use soldiers with 600+ stamina the person won't accept you.) ...bring me big boss! (For non-MGS fans, this means bring liquid snake) Hope this helped.
When you get out your weapon for the first time, press L and O and you will reload even though you haven't fired. It will give you one extra shot. This is very useful with shotguns. This will not work with the RPG-7, grenades and knife.