Big Boss sneaking through Rio Del Jade, in 1974.

The Rio del Jade ("Jade River") was a river in Eastern Limón that ran through El Cenegal, Costa Rica. It was often used for transporting supplies and goods.

The Rio del Jade was the location of an Sandinista National Liberation Front-owned boathouse/boat repair deck in the 1970s; a two story tall building on struts, featuring two docks, a ladder leading into the second story, with a single room inside. In addition to the boathouse itself, there were also two watchtowers, as well as two shacks, one of which had a hole on the roof. The boathouse was located to the northwest of El Cenegal.[1]


Peace Walker Incident

Main article: Peace Walker Incident

Rio del Jade.


Rio del Jade at night.

During the Peace Walker Incident in 1974, the Rio del Jade was muddy due to the rainy season. After torturing some FSLN members they had captured, the CIA-backed mercenary group Peace Sentinel sent in a force of soldiers and the Chrysalis AI weapon to take over the boathouse, which they referred to as "Target 500." Militaires Sans Frontières commander Naked Snake later traveled to the area to make contact with the Sandinista Comandante, and learn more on Peace Sentinel and their transport routes.

After Snake neutralized Peace Sentinel soldiers stationed at the boathouse, he headed up to the top floor to encounter the FSLN members who were in hiding. There he met Amanda Valenciano Libre, the FSLN's new comandante, having succeeded her late father. After learning more about the situation involving Peace Sentinel, and that their cargo was heading north towards Bananal Fruta de Oro, they were attacked by the Chrysalis AI weapon. The FSLN soldiers also rummaged through some boxes and procured some LAW missile launchers. Snake then saved Amanda from its machinegun fire, and shot down some of its Kidnapper drones with an LAW. However, when he attempted to shoot Chrysalis down, the aircraft effortlessly dodged the missile with inhuman reflexes, revealing its unmanned nature to Snake. One of the kidnappers then captured Amanda's brother Chico and the FSLN members gave chase, with Snake eventually deciding to follow them. However, he had to sneak out of the area via an alternative route due to the arrival of Peace Sentinel reinforcements.

At some point later, the MSF neutralized the reinforcements and started using the boathouse as target practice for sniper rifles.[2] In addition, the MSF also recruited several Peace Sentinel soldiers stationed in the area. The MSF later returned to the boathouse to search for capture KGB agent Vladimir Zadornov, who was in hiding after having escaped the brig aboard MSF's Mother Base. Zadornov had escaped the brig via using his prosthetic as a blowtorch to escape his cell. They eventually managed to retrieve him due to his being planted with a transmitter.[3] Shortly after Big Boss recovered Zadornov, the latter claimed that he had "just gone on a stroll" when questioned by the former about his motives.[4] The MSF later did some operations in the area, including the disarming of Claymore mines planted by an unknown party, destroying a key supply container meant for Peace Sentinel usage, a photo reconnaissance mission, arranging for a Peace Sentinel unit to defect to their group, and a stealth operation.


Main Ops

Contact the Sandinista Commandante

"Miller: Snake, I rigged that radio so you can contact our young lady friend Paz.
Snake: Is she OK?
Miller: No need to worry. She's tougher than you think...
Snake: Still just a kid.
Miller: Which is exactly why she could be an effective source of information. Besides, that little angel de la paz is the one who gave us this mission, right?
Snake: ...I guess.
Miller: I'll put her on.
Paz: Snake...
Snake: Paz. Where are you?
Paz: Ciudad Colón. A school. The teacher told me to stay here until things quiet down.
Snake: Teacher? Oh, him. He's... Yeah, that's probably good advice.
Paz: Si. He has a radio in his room, so we can talk anytime.
Snake: ...Pretty fancy for a teacher.
Paz: Promise me, Snake, that you'll bring back peace. And...
Snake: I know. I'll contact you if I find your friend.
Paz: Thank you. Snake, if you need to know about Costa Rica - the geography, the climate, the wildlife, anything - just ask me. I know about its history and laws, too. We learned it all in school.
Got it. I have a question, I'll ask.
Paz: ...I, uh...
Snake: What?
Paz: In school I also learned that peace is an unnatural state for human society. And that war is a constant threat to our relationship with others.
Snake: That's right.
Paz: So, to achieve peace, we have to create it ourselves. Crying about it won't bring it about, or make it last. Each one of us must go and seek it out.
Snake: You won't find it without making sacrifices. No offense, but I don't know what peace is. Never felt what it's like. Never even been interested in it.
Paz: Snake...?
Snake: Ah, sorry. Listen Paz, I think your ideas are... admirable, and I hope they turn out to be right.
Yeah, me too.
Snake: Peace is in your name. Who better to help bring it back?
Paz: Thanks, Snake. I will be here whenever you need me. See you later.
Miller: Snake, use your radio to call people. But stay alert. You're in the middle of a mission, and you can't afford to let your guard down.
Snake: Got it.
Miller: Need to know more about Costa Rica? Paz can help you out.
Snake: Good to know.
Miller: We'll follow their transport route. That should take us straight to their main base.
Snake: From what I've seen, it looks like nukes.
Miller: Agreed. The key thing now is to confirm whether those "spears" really are what we think they are, and if so, why they're here.
Snake: Follow the transport route, find the nukes.
Miller: That's what I'm thinking. First we should make contact with the Sandinista comandante. They can tell us more about what's up ahead. But it looks like their hideout's already come under attack.
Snake: We'd better hope they're still alive.
Miller: Snake, infiltrate that cabin and secure the Sandinistas' comandante. Neutralize any guards by knocking them out, putting them to sleep, or even using the Fulton recovery system. You choose how to handle it, Boss.
―Mission select briefing for "Contact the Sandinista Comandante"

Pursue Amanda

"Miller: The direction Amanda's Sandinistas were going corresponds to the location of the next outpost, a supply depot. We should be able to make contact with her there."
―Mission select briefing for "Pursue Amanda"

Zadornov Search Mission 1

"Miller: Snake, Zadornov has escaped custody. Find him!"
―Mission select briefing for "Zadornov Search Mission 1"

Extra Ops

[006] Marksmanship Challenge

"Miller: Commencing training mission. Missions like this are key to building your basic skills. Be careful out there."
―Mission select briefing for "[006] Marksmanship Challenge"

[011] Fulton Recovery

"Miller: Here's a rundown of your mission. This one's perfect for a warm up. Nice and easy. Don't let yourself get lazy, though. Stick to it and get the job done."
―Mission select briefing for "[011] Fulton Recovery"

[018] Target Demolition

"Miller: Let's get this mission started. Complete the mission and proceed to the Fulton recovery point so we can get you back alive and well. Good luck out there."
―Mission select briefing for "[018] Target Demolition"

[033] Disarm All Claymores

"Miller: Here's a rundown of your mission. This one's perfect for a warm up. Nice and easy. Don't let yourself get lazy, though. Stick to it and get the job done."
―Mission select briefing for "[011] Fulton Recovery"

[050] Perfect Stealth

"Miller: Time for your mission briefing. This is going to be a tough one. Be ready for a protracted fight. I know you can do it. Get out there and kick some ass!"
―Mission select briefing for "[050] Perfect Stealth"

[057] Paparazzi

"Miller: Let's get this mission started. Complete the mission and proceed to the Fulton recovery point so we can get you back alive and well. Good luck out there."
―Mission select briefing for "[018] Target Demolition"

Notes and references

  1. ^ Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Kojima Productions (2010).
    Miller (Radio): Head for the FSLN boathouse. It's northwest of there.
  2. ^ Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Kojima Production (2010).
    Briefing Files > About This [[006] Marksmanship Challenge] Mission > Miller > Target Practice / Rio del Jade
    Miller: We've already taken care of the enemy soldiers in there. It should be deserted.
  3. ^ Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Kojima Productions (2010).
    Kazuhira Miller: Snake, we've got a problem. Zadornov's not in his cell. // Naked Snake (Big Boss): What?! // Miller: He must have used his prosthetic as a blowtorch to cut through the bars. But we've managed to narrow down his location using a transmitter we planted on him. I'm adding a new mission. Find the KGB agent Zadornov!
  4. ^ Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Kojima Productions (2010)
    Vladimir Aleksandrovich Zadornov: Heh heh... So you found me. // Naked Snake (Big Boss): It wasn't hard. What're you up to, anyway? // Zadornov: Just... going for a stroll. // Snake: Kaz, I've got Zadornov. Returning home. // Kazuhira Miller: Acknowledged, Snake.