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This is a list of the unlockable awards in the Syphon Filter series.

Syphon Filter: The Omega Strain

Ratings

Most ratings are simple: just get a certain number of kills with a specific weapon. This applies to 5 ratings, but the last requires a different task.

The table illustrates the various ratings and the 'difficulty' levels each of them has. The requirement is listed and the reward is in brackets.

Combat Specialist Combat Knife Specialist Combat Sharp Shooter Nonlethal Force Specialist Tactical Explosives Specialist Team Efficiency Specialist
Intermediate Score 300 kills

(G 33E)

Score 50 knife kills

(Stiletto)

Score 200 headshots

(Dragunov SVD)

Score 50 nonlethal kills

(EDT)

Score 100 grenade kills

(M61 fragmentation grenade)

Complete 2 missions with team par

(M1 Super 90)

Advanced Score 600 kills

(FA MAS)

Score 100 knife kills

(Shuriken)

Score 450 headshots

(AUG 300 Mod-R)

Score 100 nonlethal kills

(DormaGen gas)

Score 200 grenade kills (Incendiary grenade) Complete 4 missions with team par

(Shot Defender)

Expert Score 900 kills

(FAL)

Score 250 knife kills

(IPCA Commando)

Score 750 headshots

(Advanced Combat Rifle)

Score 200 nonlethal kills

(Air pistol)

Score 350 grenade kills

(Sarin nerve agent)

Complete 6 missions with team par

(MDS A3)

Elite Score 1,300 kills

(C8 rifle)

Score 450 knife kills

(Vibro Blade)

Score 1,100 headshots

(Barrett M82)

Score 350 nonlethal kills

(EPDD)

Score 500 grenade kills

(M79)

Complete 9 missions with team par

(M16 K)

General strategy for ratings

This video provides some guidelines for a player to quickly rank up in ratings. A text walkthrough is listed here.

Combat Specialist

This doesn't exactly have any special requirements; just score as many kills as possible. It's highly recommended you complete this ASAP to acquire the C8 rifle, which is a great weapon to par missions with. You can also work towards other specific ratings while doing this.

Combat Knife Specialist

Best done in Carthage 2 (watch the video for more details) or in the Lorelei. The jump glitch will allow you to acquire a 10,000 armour flak jacket from Mujari; the player can then proceed with the mission and kill enemies with the knife. Bring DormaGen gas grenades to commit suicide in order not to lose this exceedingly massive armour advantage.

Combat Sharp Shooter Specialist

The ACR is a great weapon for this in Carthage 2; the video will have more information.

Non Lethal Force Specialist

Again, the video will contain more detail, but this basically involves using the riot shotgun (from the magic box) against Imani Grey.

Tactical Explosives Specialist

Once again in Carthage 2, the magic box is required to get the MGL, which the player can then use against enemies.

Special ratings

These are more complicated than ratings: you have to complete a series of related objectives over numerous missions. Rewards range from unlocking a new weapon to gaining an ability.

Bio-data Retrieval Expert

  • Carthage 1: Collect 5 water samples
  • Carthage 1: Perform field autopsy
  • Belarus 1: Take tissue sample from cow carcass
  • Belarus 2: Obtain sewage sample
  • Minsk: Deploy viral sniffers at marked locations
  • Chechnya: Collect tissue sample from villager's body

Reward: Increased body armour (50% extra)

Computer Information Expert

  • Carthage 1: Retrieve Broussard's laptop (Team)
  • Minsk: Download Meta Global records
  • Tokyo: Upload computer data
  • Zurich: Access mainframe computer
  • Ukraine: Find Omega Strain DNA code

Reward: UNP .45

Elite Combat Expert

  • Earn Elite Combat Specialist
  • Earn Elite Combat Knife Specialist
  • Earn Elite Combat Sharpshooter
  • Earn Elite Nonlethal Force Specialist
  • Earn Elite Tactical Explosives Specialist
  • Earn Elite Team Efficiency Specialist
  • Earn Elite Discrete Personnel Elimination Expert

Reward: SSP 90

Elite Discrete Personnel Elimination Expert

  • Kyrgyzstan: Poison Saydahmat's water chalice
  • Yemen 1: Eliminate Yushchenko
  • Tokyo: Eliminate HNT leader Matsua
  • Myanmar: Eliminate Muang

Reward: Headshot Lock

Field Efficiency Expert

  • All missions: Beat single player mission deadlines

Reward: Increased ammo (How much extra depends on each weapon)

Military Tactics Expert

  • Belarus 1: Eliminate Zhidkov
  • Belarus 2: Destroy comms truck
  • Belarus 2: Destroy power substation
  • Belarus 2: Shut down gas mains
  • Belarus 2: Destroy bridge to stop tank (Team)
  • Yemen 1: Destroy comms equipment
  • Yemen 2: Destroy SCUD firing mechanism (Team)
  • Lorelei: Plant 4 nukes on lower levels
  • Tokyo: Plant C-4 charges on lab floor
  • Myanmar: Plant 4 claymores along path
  • Myanmar: Plant C-4 on each log bridge
  • Myanmar: Plant C-4 on foot bridge
  • Ukraine: Complete all objectives

Reward: MGL

Stealth Operations Expert

  • Italy: Maintain stealth
  • Kyrgyzstan: Maintain stealth
  • Yemen 1: Maintain stealth
  • Yemen 2: Do not sound alarm until al-Hassan is dead
  • Minsk: Maintain stealth
  • Chechnya: Maintain stealth
  • Lorelei: Maintain stealth until meeting Mujari
  • Tokyo: Breach security without triggering alarm
  • Zurich: Maintain stealth
  • Montenegro: Maintain stealth

Reward: VSS DU

Survival Tactics Expert

  • All mission: No player deaths

Reward: Increased HP (Approximately 50% extra)

Commendations

To earn a commendation, you must complete every objective in a series of missions commanded by a person, in order to receive a certificate and special weapon. The difficulty of each specific commendation is determined by whether or not there are team objectives which you must complete in each operation commanded by that person in question (for example, Teresa's and Mujari's commendations are generally the easiest since this only needs you to complete objectives in missions without team goals but Imani's, Stone's and Lian's commendations all have a requirement of completing objectives in 3 ops, 2 of which contain team goals).

Ehud Ben Zohar

  • Yemen 1: Complete all objectives
  • Yemen 2: Complete all objectives

Reward: Desert Sniper .44

Gray, Imani

  • Carthage 1: Complete all objectives
  • Carthage 2: Complete all objectives
  • Carthage 3: Complete all objectives

Reward: 93R

Lipan, Teresa

  • Zurich: Complete all objectives

Reward: G 53

Logan, Gabriel

  • Montenegro: Complete all objectives
  • Ukraine: Complete all objectives

Mujari, Lawrence

  • Chechnya: Complete all objectives
  • Lorelei: Complete all objectives

Reward: Riot shotgun

Stoneman, Gary

  • Italy: Complete all objectives
  • Belarus 1: Complete all objectives
  • Belarus 2: Complete all objectives

Reward: SR-15

Xing, Lian

  • Kyrgyzstan: Complete all objectives
  • Tokyo: Complete all objectives
  • Myanmar: Complete all objectives

Reward: China type 67

Medals

These are somewhat similar to the special ratings: you earn them by completing a series of related objectives.

Agency Medal of Valour

  • Earn all ratings
  • Earn all special ratings
  • Earn all commendations
  • Earn all other medals
  • Earn highest rank

Reward: M249 SAW

Carthage Exemplary Service Tribute

  • Carthage 1: Protect CHA officers
  • Carthage 2: Protect CHA officer
  • Carthage 2: Eliminate all 4 ALA death squad assassins
  • Carthage 3: Rescue injured SWAT officers (Team)

Reward: Spectre

Ellison Warner Award

  • Belarus 2: Destroy SCUD missile
  • Yemen 2: Destroy SCUD firing mechanism (Team)
  • Myanmar: Recover flight recorder (Team)

Reward: Tec 45

The Golden Cross of Russia

  • Kyrgyzstan: Complete all objectives
  • Yemen 1: Photograph Fadhil's files
  • Minsk: Complete all objectives
  • Montenegro: Find evidence linking Niculescu to Syphon Filter
  • Ukraine: Complete all objectives

Reward: THG Blaster

Great Lakes Service Medal

  • Carthage 1: Complete all objectives
  • Carthage 2: Complete all objectives
  • Carthage 3: Complete all objectives
  • Yemen 1: Photograph Fadhil's files
  • Zurich: Obtain ALA financial records

Reward: MDS-K PDW

Homeland Security Citation

  • Earn Carthage Exemplary Service Tribute
  • Earn President's Official Liberty Award
  • Zurich: Obtain Birchim's files

Reward: FAL SG-1

Karkadann, Alima's Unicorn Charm

  • Yemen 1: Complete all objectives
  • Yemen 2: Complete all objectives
  • Ukraine: Bring Alima Haddad to safety

Reward: Desert Eliminator .357

Kinshi Kunsho: Order of the Golden Dragon

  • Earn Republic of Korea Service Award
  • Kyrgyzstan: Complete all objectives
  • Tokyo: Complete all objectives
  • Myanmar: Complete all objectives

Reward: SPAS-12

Medal of Distinction

  • All mission: Beat single player mission deadlines

Reward: US M60 E3

Mossad Friend to Peace Medal

  • Earn Karkadann, Alima's Unicorn Charm
  • Kyrgyzstan: Eliminate Zayed al Dhahiri

Reward: Galil SG-1

President's Official Liberty Award

  • Carthage 3: Complete DPE order on Masson
  • Italy: Assassinate Dimitri by the bell tower at 3:00 PM
  • Belarus 1: Eliminate Zhidkov
  • Kyrgyzstan: Poison Saydahmat's water chalice
  • Myanmar: Eliminate Muang

Reward: Heckler and Koch PSG-1

Republic of Korea Service Award

  • Kyrgyzstan: Locate Yuschenko's papers
  • Yemen 1: Obtain Thae-bok Jon's credentials
  • Tokyo: Upload computer data
  • Myanmar: Find Yong-jun Kim's briefcase

Reward: China type 56

South African Freedom Medal

  • Earn Carthage Exemplary Service Tribute
  • Earn Stone's Medal of Courage
  • All missions: No collateral damage
  • Belarus 1: Escort all workers to safety (Team)
  • Lorelei: Rescue level 5 salvage personnel

Reward: Sweeper 12 gauge

Stone's Medal of Courage

  • Belarus 2: Rescue Stone
  • Ukraine: Provide covering fire for Stone

Reward: SPA-15 shotgun

United Nations Peace Award

  • Cure the Omega Strain

Reward: Heckler and Koch G11

Ranks

Ranks are determined mainly by completed objectives and ratings. The more you complete, the higher your chances of being promoted. Note that it is only possible to attain the highest rank through both offline AND online games.

Recruit

  • Field Agent (default rank)
    • Reward: None
  • Investigative Agent
    • Reward: G-17
  • Intelligence Agent
    • Reward: Combat shotgun

Officer

  • Field Officer
    • Reward: Steyr AU300 Mod-SMG
  • Investigative Officer
    • Reward: Colt M16A1
  • Intelligence Officer
    • Reward: Colt M1911 A1
  • Field Research Specialist
    • Reward: Jerico 41
  • Investigative Research Specialist
    • Reward: MAK-10 10mm
  • Intelligence Research Specialist
    • Reward: Heckler and Koch MP7
  • Field Analyst Specialist
    • Reward: Slug Defender
  • Investigative Analyst Specialist
    • Reward: SSG 550
  • Intelligence Analyst Specialist
    • Reward: Fabric Nationale Five Seven

Commander

  • Field Supervisor
    • Reward: Heckler and Koch Mark 23
  • Investigative Supervisor
    • Reward: Colt M4 carbine
  • Intelligence Supervisor
    • Reward: Colt M16A2
  • Field Operations Commander
    • Reward: Pancor Shot Hammer
  • Investigative Operations Commander
    • Reward: Colt M4
  • Intelligence Operations Commander
    • Reward:Stava M70B1

Top Brass

  • Assistant Chief of Operations
    • Reward: Pancor Slug Hammer
  • Deputy Chief of Operations
    • Reward: AUG300 HBAR
  • Chief of Operations
    • Reward: Heckler and Koch Close Assault Weapon System
  • Commander in Chief
    • Reward: Heckler and Koch Mark 23 SD

Frequently asked questions

How does the Headshot Lock work?

This ability can only be activated at close proximity - ranges at which a shotgun or other similar weapon is effective. Lock onto somebody with R1, then press L1 simultaneously. The normal target cursor will turn into a triangle and lock onto the person's head - almost like the Predator's plasmacaster when it targets an enemy. Unlike the Predator's cannon. it will NOT show up at extreme ranges.

How does the neck snap work?

The neck break can be unlocked by either completing the Carthage missions within solo par, OR completing Italy in the time limit. Sneak up behind somebody WITHOUT weapon equipped and hit the square button. Your target MUST be stationary to make this work - much like the throat slash. It will ignore armour and kill with a single hit - much like the throat slit.

How does the throat slash work?

This can be performed with any knife, but NOT the shuriken. It can ALSO be executed right off the bat - in other words, you do NOT have to complete missions within par to acquire it. The rules are generally similar to the neck snap - your target cannot be moving, and you need to sneak up behind your victim. It will, as with the neck snap, also bypass armour and kill instantly.

How do the shurikens work?

There are two distinct types of throwing stars you can use. The first one are the normal weapons acquired from the Advanced Combat Knife Specialist rating (ACKS). They are ONLY effective at short range, so you will need to be uncomfortably close to your target and it's best to headshot enemies with these. The second type is the one you are given for Tash, Kumy, Kyrgystan: Saydahmat's Village, where Lian is the character you play as. These are poisoned, but you will still need to be rather close to a target again. Fortunately, a green lock-on will take down enemies instantly WITHOUT requiring headshots.

How does the Dual wield work?

This is obtained if Yemen 2 is complete with Zohar surviving. If he dies, quit the mission IMMEDIATELY and retry it. You will automatically begin any mission with 2 pistols which you selected from the weapons screen, or, if you elected to have no handgun, you will pick up 2 of these weapons from enemies. Both weapons are fired at enemies at the same time. Therefore, a single hit will register as TWO hits. This allows you to waste less ammunition killing them while carrying MORE reserve ammunition.

How do I cure the Omega Strain?

  • Carthage 1: Perform field autopsy
  • Carthage 2: Obtain Mujari's micro recorder
  • Belarus 1: Obtain cow carcass tissue sample
  • Belarus 1: Obtain Dobranski's safe documents
  • Belarus 2: Obtain sewage sample
  • Yemen 2: Obtain Yushchenko's viral container (this is not an actual objective, you need to complete the mission with Zohar surviving)
  • Minsk: Obtain Omega Strain serum
  • Lorelei: Obtain original virus sample
  • Tokyo: Obtain lab sample
  • Ukraine: Obtain Omega Strain DNA code

Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror

Ratings

Stealth Combat Specialist Combat Knife Specialist Elite Weapons Expert Survival Expert Tactical Combat Specialist Combat Sharpshooter
Intermediate 20 stealth kills

(Silenced Tek-9)

50 knife kills (SSP 90) 120 dart kills

(5 darts)

4 missions completed without failure (Sawed-off pistol)

21 environment kills (USAS-12) 100 headshots

(Dual wield)

Advanced

42 stealth kills

(Silenced MDS A4)

115 knife kills (Chinese Type 56) 240 dart kills

(8 darts)

10 missions completed without failure (Increased HP) 42 environment kills (Jerico-41) 225 headshots

(M67 grenade)

Expert

64 stealth kills

(Silenced .44)

170 knife kills (C11) 360 dart kills

(10 darts)

17 missions completed without failure (Calico w/ HE rounds) 63 environment kills (M82 BFG) 350 headshots (Flare gun)
Elite 86 stealth kills

(EPDD)

233 knife kills

(Multi Grenade Launcher)

480 dart kills

(KemSynth Tower)

28 missions completed without failure (Desert Express .50)

84 environment kills (Jackhammer w/ HE shells) 475 headshots

(Sana Yemen)

Weapons

  • SP-57: Complete Training 1 in record time
  • FA MAS: Complete Training 2 in record time (3:00 or less)
  • UNP .45: Complete Training 3 without wasting a shot
  • M1 Super 90: Destroy 5 DU containers in Episode 4 Part 1
  • M16-A2: Destroy 5 DU containers in Episode 4 Part 2
  • M4 Carbine: Destroy 5 DU containers in Episode 4 Part 3
  • SMAW: Destroy every warhead in Episode 4 Part 3
  • AK-47: Score 25 headshots in Episode 6 Part 1 (only doable on Hard mode)
  • M4 with silencer: Score 10 headshots in Episode 7 Part 4 (only doable on Hard mode)
  • M249 SAW: Complete KemSynth Tower in record time (2:42 or less)
  • Shot Defender: Complete Sana Yemen in record time (3:39 or less)

MIssions

  • "Goodnight Sweetheart": Complete all the training missions
  • "KemSynth Tower": Collect all the four Elite Combat Expert awards
  • "Sana Yemen": Collect all the four Combat Sharpshooter awards
  • "Birds of a Feather": Finish the story on normal or hard difficulty
  • "Jimmy Zhou's Army": Finish "Birds of a Feather"

Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow

Ratings

Stealth Combat Specialist Combat Knife Specialist Elite Weapons Expert Survival Expert Tactical Combat Specialist Combat Sharpshooter
Intermediate 15 stealth kills

(Silenced Tek-9)

50 knife kills

(Flashbang grenade)

150 dart kills

(5 darts)

2 missions completed without failure

(Sawed-off pistol)

20 environment kills 122 headshots
Advanced 34 stealth kills

(Silenced MDS A4)

180 knife kills 280 dart kills

(8 darts)

5 missions completed without failure

(Increased HP)

50 environment kills 244 headshots

(Over Under, ie, M16 carbine with M203 grenade launcher)

Expert 46 stealth kills

(Silenced .44)

430 dart kills

(10 darts)

12 missions completed without failure

(Silenced M4)

80 environment kills 366 headshots

(Dual

wield)

Elite 68 stealth kills

(EPDD)

368 knife kills

(Killing Time)

565 dart kills

(Left Behind)

22 missions completed without failure

(Calico HE)

118 environment kills 488 headshots

(M82 BFG)

Missions

  • "Killing Time": Collect all the four Combat Knife Specialist awards
  • "Lian's First Time": Finish all the training missions
  • "Shadowed": Finish the story mode on normal or hard
  • "Behind the Scenes": Finish the story mode on hard
  • "Left Behind": Collect all the four Elite Combat Expert awards
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