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Here are your NPC allies in Far Cry 5

We are so very sorry, Montana

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Today Ubisoft unveiled more characters that will be available to fight alongside players in Far Cry 5. Ubisoft is certainly going all-in with its portrayal of rural Montanans as violence-obsessed gun nuts, but some of these do look a little bit interesting, including a very good dog named Boomer.

Nevertheless, it’s mostly a bunch of kooky and iconoclastic characters, most of which continue to deviate just a wee bit from the sincere tone videos that were used to announce the game at last year’s E3.

Let’s run through them all here real quick.

Nick Rye is a pilot, an expectant father and, from what I can tell, a semi-literate moron. He has trouble pronouncing the word “father” and likes to use George W. Bush-era puns to refer to his ability to drop bombs on your enemies from a small, fixed-wing aircraft that may actually be a crop duster.

On the slightly more endearing (read: silent) end is Jess Black, “the master huntress.” She uses a compound bow to sneak up on enemies. Wild, dangerous animals will not attack her.

Hurk Drubman, Jr. is listed as being “dangerously stupid.” Hopefully he’s there to provide some comic relief. His passion for shooting things with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, he says, “lives in [his] balls and it bubbles up to [his] guts.” He wields what looks very much like a Karl Gustav recoilless rifle, which the U.S. Army uses to make new doorways in the walls of hardened, bomb-proof bunkers. Drubman uses his for launching heat-seeking rockets at helicopters.

He also claims to be a devotee of the Monkey King, which is... curious.

Adelaide Drubman flies a helicopter, which she says will be “hot and ready to go like a bride on her wedding day.” It’s a dead ringer for the classic Bell 47 that you might be familiar with from the intro to M.A.S.H., it’s just that hers is painted hot pink. She will deliver a helicopter to the player, or when called upon to engage targets, she will do so with twin .50 caliber Browning M2 machine guns. Her magazines are substantially bigger than yours.

A baseball card of a dog named boomer. He has paracord for a collar and a sad, floopy ear.
According to the video above, you can pet Boomer and yes, he will lick your virtual face.

Victor “Sharky” Boshaw specializes in setting fire to things. His incendiary rounds have a chance to do flame-based damage and he’s personally quite resilient, being immune to most explosives in the game.

Grace Armstrong is a medal-winning Olympic sharpshooter and former U.S. Army sniper who fought in Afghanistan. She has a highly visible green laser sight that make her targets easier to distinguish, and her rounds have the potential to scare off enemies. Also, like Black, she seems mercifully quiet.

Last, but definitely not least, is Boomer. He is a dog and also a good boy, which is clear from his baseball card. This pupper has a backstory as well. He lost his family to the cult that’s taken over the town and enjoys disarming people and bringing back their weapons. He can also tag all nearby enemies, much like D-Dog in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.

Ubisoft has been doling out quite a bit of new information on Far Cry 5 lately, including details on its season pass which includes visits to Vietnam and Mars, as well as zombies. The game is expected to launch on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 27.

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