Specialists and warriors are AI-controlled companions that will follow you around the game world. This page provides all the key information about potential companions. You will learn where to find them, how to recruit them, what skills they have and when it is best to ask for their help.
- Key information about specialists
- Boomer (dog, scout)
- Nick Rye (human, pilot)
- Grace Armstrong (human, sniper)
- Cheeseburger (bear, heavy)
- Hurk Drubman Junior (human, RPG)
- Jess Black (human, hunter)
- Peaches (mountain lion, stealth)
- Sharky Boshaw (human, heavy flamer)
- Adelaide Drubman (human, pilot)
- Which specialists to select?
Key information about specialists
The important information is that all the available companions have been put into two categories. The first ones are warriors and these somewhat are lower-rank specialists. During the game, you will meet many NPCs that you can recruit as your warriors (you will have to press the appropriate button then - see the above screenshot).
You can recrui8t up to three warriors. Each one of them gas two unique skills and they become available only after you have killed a specific number of people. You can keep a given specialist in your party until the end of the game, or you can "discharge" those of them, whose help you no longer need, or whose skills overlap those of another one.
The second group are specialists. These are unique companions and there are nine of them, in the game. Later in this chapter, you will learn where to find them and how to recruit them for your party.
Each of the specialists has their default gear (sometimes also a means of transport) and their unique skills. For example, Jess Black use a bow and her skills decrease the risk of being spotted by the enemy, and allow her to move around wild animals. Of course, it is best to pick specialists in accordance with what you currently need. Jess is perfect for stealth missions but, if you want to launch a frontal assault on an enemy base, e.g. Nick Rye is much better, since he has a plane and cam bombard selected targets.
By default, you can travel with only one specialist or warrior at a time, but you can increase this limit to two, after you buy Leadership perk (cost: 6 points). From now on, you will be able to have two companions with you. Depending on your needs and preferences, these can be ones of similar sets of skills (e.g. proficient sneakers) or ones with different skills (e.g. one to help you with fights on the ground, and the other providing air support).
Specialists and warriors are not immortal. If they take severe damage, they will pass out. At this point, there are two things that you can do:
You can revive your companion. This is the best possible variant. Do not do that only if the unconscious ally is where you can easily die yourself (e.g. lying on the ground next to an armored vehicle, or is targeted by enemy snipers).
You can allow the companion to die. It will then take a lot of time before the companion will be available again (see the above screenshot). In such a situation, it is best to pick another ally from the list. You can cut the short time it takes to heal wounds of the killed companion, by buying perks in the Leader category. Unfortunately, you buy perks for each specialist separately, and each perk in that group requires 4 perk points. Therefore, it is best to buy perks only for those of the specialists to travel most often with.
Boomer (dog, scout)
Boomer is the first specialist in Far Cry 5. Inarguably, the dog is the easiest to recruit, of all the companions in the game. Boomer is useful while infiltrating enemy bases, because he highlights enemies (which works just like scouting with binoculars). Later in the game, especially after you recruit mountain lion Peaches, he becomes less helpful.
To recruit Boomer, reach Rae-Rae's pumpkin farm in Holland Valley. This has been shown in the above screenshot.
After you reach the farm, you will get a short storyline mission Man's best friend. To complete the mission, you will have to eliminate a small group of Peggies and free the dog that is being kept in a large cage. After you pet the dog and secure the farm, the mission will end and Boomer will appear on the list of available specialists.
Nick Rye (human, pilot)
Nick Rye is the second specialist in Far Cry 5. It will require you to play a larger storyline mission to recruit him. Nick Rye is especially useful, as he provides air support. Thanks to his abilities, you can bomb enemy locations and fight back enemy aircraft.
To recruit Nick, reach Rye & Sons Aviation in Holland Valley. It is by the same road as co Fall's End. This has been shown in the above screenshot.
After you reach the airstrip, eliminate several Peggies and talk to Nick. He will task you with a storyline mission Wingman, where you will have to retrieve Nick's plane. To complete the mission, you will have to steal the plane from Seed's Ranch which is one of Peggies' outposts. Following missions will have to fly a training flight on Nick's plane and fight a fight with a larger group of cultists that appear at the airstrip in the meantime. After you have dealt with all the enemies, you will watch a cutscene and Rye will appear on the list of available specialists.
Grace Armstrong (human, sniper)
Grace Armstrong is the third specialist in the game. You can quickly recruit her after you have helped her defend the church. Grace is perfect in situations where elimination of enemies at long range is needed (e.g. to secure an outpost). She is perfect with her rifle, although her performance depends on the vantage point she takes.
To recruit Grace, reach the Lamb of God church in Holland Valley. This has been shown in the above screenshot.
After you have reached the church, clear the area and talk to Grace, who is in the church tower, by default. You will receive a storyline mission Grace under fire, where you will have to help her defend the church against Peggies. After you have completed the mission (none of the church, and the surrounding cemetery, structures can be destroyed) Grave will appear on the list of available specialists.
Cheeseburger (bear, heavy)
Cheeseburger is the fourth specialist in the game. You will be able to find the bear only after you have seized one of the outposts. Cheeseburger is a very useful companion, who is capable of attracting attention of enemies and eliminating them with ease. However, you have to provide the bear with backup to prevent him from dying on the battlefield.
To recruit the bear, reach F.A.N.G. center in Whitetail mountains. The location has been shown in the above screenshot. There is a Peggies' outpost there which you have to liberate first.
Only after you have secured the F.A.N.G. center, talk to Wade to receive a storyline mission Personal Combat Bear. To complete the mission, you have to obtain a fresh fish, find the bear (he is in the next location occupied by Peggies) and use the fish to tame the bear. After you have eliminated the last group of enemies, Cheeseburger will appear on the list of available specialists.
Hurk Drubman Junior (human, RPG)
Hurk Drubman Junior is the fifth specialist in the game. You can recruit the man without much trouble, after you have completed one of the storyline missions. Hurk uses an RPG that he can destroy cars and planes with. It is a good idea to take him on the missions where you will have to fight larger battles with enemy vehicles.
To recruit Hurk, reach Fort Drubman in Whitetail mountains. The location has been shown in the above screenshot.
Fort Drubman is a ranch belonging to Drubman Sr. and it is from him that you receive the next mission The Prodigal Son. What makes this mission easier is that you will be accompanied by Hurk Junior. The mission itself is about retrieving a jeep belonging to Drubmans. It is not too difficult, but you will have to fight back Peggies, while escaping in the car. After you complete this mission, Hurk Drubman Junior will appear on the list of available specialists.
Jess Black (human, hunter)
Jess Black is the sixth specialist available in the game. To recruit her, you will have to complete a single storyline mission on which she comes with. Jess Black is a perfect specialist for completing missions that focus on acting from shadows. The girl can silently eliminate enemies with her bow and has lower chances of being spotted by enemies, than Grace. Additionally, she will not be attacked by wild animals.
To recruit Jess Black, reach Baron Lumber Mill in Whitetail mountains. The location has been shown in the above screenshot. There is a Peggies' outpost there and you have to liberate it first.
After you have liberated the lumber mill, find Jess, who will want you to help her during mission A Dish Best Served Cold. This is a quest where you are to save hostages and eliminate a lunatic. In this mission, Jess can help you eliminate enemies. After you complete the mission, Jess Black will appear on the list of available specialists.
Peaches (mountain lion, stealth)
Peaches is the seventh specialist in the game. To recruit the tame mountain lion is not too troublesome and to do that, you will have to play a single storyline mission. Just like Jess Black, Peaches is a perfect stealth companion. The mountain lion can sneak much better and attack from hiding effectively. However, remember to highlight only single opponents for Peaches, because she can easily be killed while fighting against a group of enemies.
To recruit Peaches, reach Peaches Taxydermy in Henbane River. The location has been shown in the above screenshot.
After you reach the taxidermy, Miss Mable will task you with a storyline mission Here, Kitty, Kitty. In the mission, you will have to locate the mountain lion, who has escaped. You do not have to fight the feline, but you will have to take it back to the questgiver and deal with the Peggies who have arrived in the meantime. After you complete the mission Peaches will appear on the list of available specialists.
Sharky Boshaw (human, heavy flamer)
Sharky Boshaw is the eighth specialist in the game. It is not too difficult to recruit Sharky and you only have to go with him on a breakneck mission. Sharky is equipped with a flamethrower, thanks to which he is perfect for missions where you do not have to hide from enemies. Sharky can set enemies and vehicles on fire, but also he has increased resistance against explosions and shock.
To recruit Sharky Boshaw, reach Moonflower Trailer Park to the North of the jail in Hope County in Henbane River. The location has been shown in the above screenshot.
After you reach the trailer park, you will notice Sharky playing with his flamethrower. Talk to him and follow him on a storyline Burn, Baby Burn, where you will have to defend against successive waves of enemies. After you deal with all the enemies, Sharky Boshaw will appear on the list of available specialists.
Adelaide Drubman (human, pilot)
Adelaide Drubman is the ninth specialist available in the game. You will be able to recruit Adelaide after you offer to help her with a storyline mission. To some extent, Adelaide resembles Nick, because she also is a pilot. Rely on her if you want to shoot at the cultists, vehicles or enemy helicopters. Her chopper, however, is not as powerful as Nick's plane. The interesting thing is that you can latch on the chopper and climb in (after you have unlocked the grapple).
To recruit Adelaide Drubman, reach Drubman Marina in Henbane River. There is an outpost there to liberate beforehand.
After you have recaptured the marina, talk to Adelaide and accept her mission Friendly Skies. In the mission, you will have to find and retrieve Adelaide's chopper. Grateful for your help, Adelaide Drubman will appear on the list of available specialists.
Which specialists to select?
It should be mentioned that you should unlock perk Leadership skills as quickly as possible, thanks to which you can pick two specialists to travel with you (instead of the default one). See the below recommendations to know who to best travel with:
- If you want to act from shadows, Jess Black and Peaches are the best choices. If you have already lost one of them, you can select Grace Armstrong.
- Hank Drubman Junior, Sharky Boshaw or Adelaide Drubman are great if you plan on participating in open conflicts. As your second specialist, you can also pick Cheeseburger.
- The bear is good at distracting enemies which is helpful during missions where you have to defend yourself or a place.
- If there are going to be enemy aircraft in the mission, it is best to pick Nick Rye, who can distract them and shoot them down. Nick is also a good idea when you are attacked by an enemy plane or chopper, while free-roaming in the game world. You can also choose Adelaide Drubman. She can destroy, e.g. enemy helicopters with ease.