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The Shagohod is not a mecha, but rather, a tank. It does, however, look
like a giant fucked-up combination of insects such as a bee, an ant, a caterpillar,
a scorpion, and Paris Hilton.
Developed: 1961-1964 by Dr. Nikolai Stephanovich Sokolov
Used by: Volgin
Destroyed by: Naked Snake, Eva, The Sorrow?
"The Treading Behemoth."
The Shagohod is not a Metal Gear. Plans for an actual Metal Gear were made by Aleksandr
Leonovitch Granin around the same time Sokolov planned the Shagohod. Due to the
idea of a bi-pedal nuclear tank being absurd to Volgin, the funding went to Sokolov
while Granin was left to sit around and get wasted at his research facility. The
Shagohod is still similar to Metal Gear as a "mobile nuclear launch platform," although
it's a typical battle tank as opposed to the stereotypical giant robots that are
The Shagohod during Phase 1, a.k.a. Phase "well, you could launch a nuke
out of it, but it won't get too far, sry bro lol."
Rejecting Granin's plans, Volgin sought for Nikolai Sokolov, who was working
under Kruschev. He then puts all funding behind Sokolov's Shagohod project, ultimately
rendering Granin useless as the Granin Design Bureau (OKB-812) was now being used
to develop the Shagohod rather than his bi-pedal project. After some time, Sokolov
realized that he created a nuclear tank, and nukes are bad. So he freaks out and
wants to get the fuck out of the Soviet Union, since they'd rather kill him than
have him do something that has nothing to do with weapons. In 1962, the Americans
succeed in helping Sokolov escape! ...but then they are forced to take him back
as an agreement in the conclusion of the Cuba Missile Crisis. Sokolov was then put
to work at the isolated OKB-754 under close watch by the KGB. With the Soviet Union
divided in regards to it's leadership, Volgin was severely pissed that Kruschev's
people were in control of the Shagohod development.
USE IN VIRTUOUS MISSION
The CIA sends in Naked Snake to rescue Sokolov while the Shagohod is in Phase 1
and incomplete. Sokolov burns all of the written plans and goes with Snake in hopes
of getting back to the United States. The mission goes to shit as Volgin, the GRU,
Ocelot's unit, The Cobras, and The Boss all assist in taking Sokolov and airlifting
the Shagohod via an-assload-of-Hinds. Sokolov is put back to work on the Shagohod,
this time in Volgin's huge fortress Groznyj Grad.
USE IN OPERATION: SNAKE EATER
All that buttfucking by Volgin apparently was worth it. Or was it?
Phase 2 begins it's final preperations, thus allowing the Shagohod to launch
nuclear missiles into the United States by using attached rocket boosters. Sokolov
hands Eva the Shagohod nuclear missile launch data in Groznyj Grad right before
Snake meets up with him and learns that Phase 2 is being housed in the hanger.
Snake and Eva plan out the destruction of the Shagohod, with Snake infiltrating
Groznyj Grad again to place C3 on the Shagohod's fuel tanks in the hangar and Eva
placing some on a bridge just in case. Snake manages to place C3 on all four fuel
tanks and starts a timer for detonation. Snake manages to escape just in time to
not get fucked up by the huge explosion that follows and hops in Eva's motorbike.
Snake is in total awe as the Shagohod manages to haul ass at an obtuse angle.
This would be more impressive had it went through a flaming loop as well,
but this is 1964 guys, c'mon.
The Shagohod still managed to survive. With Volgin controlling it, the Shagohod
chases Snake and Eva, destroying everything in it's way. While on a run, Volgin
tries out the rocket boosters only to fail due to Snake's RPG-7 rockets. Eventually,
they reach the bridge Eva put C3 on, and Snake detonates it with a bullet at the
right moment to have the Shagohod sink... but not quite as those fucking rocket
boosters are put to good use and the Shagohod manages to stay on dry land.
Volgin: the ultimate fist fucker. Ouch.
As expected, and since the chase scene was getting tedious, Snake and Eva battle
the Shagohod. Snake manages to destroy the Shagohod's controls using the RPG-7.
However, Volgin does not give up. Getting out of the cockpit, he punches through
the exterior and rips out just the right cables. Then, tapping his random electricity
powers, Volgin directly controls the Shagohod, possibly actually becoming the Shagohod.
Snake continuously fires at Volgin to kill him while Eva distracts him by giving
him the arm.
As it randomly begins to rain, Volgin oddly enough attempts to demonstrates what
happens when electricity meets water. Being the walking electric conductor he is,
he gets hit by a thunderbolt, causing massive explosions and such. Since The Sorrow
is known to make it rain at times, it's possible that The Sorrow decided to make
it rain and have a lightning bolt hit Volgin. That, or Zeus got pissed.
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Up to two.
Footage of Phase 2 testing. The Shagohod's rocket boosts can be seen in
~ 305,000 lbs / 152,500 kg
74'10" / 2,280 cm
26'11" / 820 cm
20'11" / 640 cm
TWO 12.7mm DShKM Heavy Machine Guns (300 rounds)
ONE 12.7mm DShKM AA Gun (360 rounds)
ONE 100-barrel Machine Gun pod
SIX 9K112 Kobra Surface-to-Air-guided Missiles
ONE SS-20 Saber-class nuclear missile
50 MPH / 80 KPH without rocket boosters
300 MPH / 483 KPH with rocket boosters
403.7 miles / 650 km
The Shagohod resembles The Tumbler in Batman Begins. It should be noted
that Batman Begins was released the year after Snake Eater was.
"Shagohod" means something along the lines of "step walker" in Russian.
In Communist Russia, Shagohod controls Volgin!
It is later revealed that Eva was not Eva, but was a Chinese Philosopher
agent in disguise. While the Philosopher's Legacy she had was a fake, the Shagohod
data she recieved from Sokolov probably was real. Too bad the Shagohod becomes
obsolete within six years.
In a twist of irony, Sokolov develops Metal Gear RAXA for the United States,
based on his experience developing the Shagohod and Granin's plans.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004)
Metal Gear Acid
Metal Gear Acid²
Cameo, Crossover, and Misc. appearances:
Metal Gear Solid: Subsistence
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
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