|«||Treacherous sons and daughters of Kyrat who call themselves proud citizens even as they take up arms against King and force their fellow citizens to join their pathetic rebellion. They are terrorists and enemies of the Crown.||»|
King Min's Kyrat
The Golden Path is a rebel faction that appears in Far Cry 4. Founded by Mohan Ghale, they rebel against Pagan Min's rule of Kyrat and try to liberate their country by fighting against his Royal Army and Royal Guard in Second Kyrati Civil War. As of 2014, their base is in Banapur, a region of south-western Kyrat. If the player tries to kill one of the Golden Path members they will try to kill the player. They mostly own the Terai area and Southern Kyrat until the player completes A Key to the North. They can also be seen walking around in a group of three to five members in various areas of Kyrat. They can also be seen frequently fighting animals and enemy soldiers. They never try to liberate outposts or fortresses. They can also be seen driving in their army trucks often with four or three members depending on which type of truck they are driving in.
The generic Golden Path soldiers are playable in the Battles of Kyrat multiplayer mode, where they fight against a hunter-like faction working for Pagan Min called the Rakshasa.
Mohan Ghale's era
The Golden Path was founded by Mohan Ghale in 1987 after Pagan Min seized power at the end of the First Kyrati Civil War and Mohan rallied the remnants of the Royalists to resist Pagan Min's rule in Second Kyrati Civil War. Mohan's insurgency named themselves the "Golden Path", which comes from Ishwari Ghale's dream of them 'walking along a golden path'.
Initially, the purpose of the Golden Path was to restore the old monarchy by taking the throne back from Pagan Min until another royal heir of the previous dynasty could be found. Ishwari as a Tarun Matara would serve as the regent of the country.
During the first year of the Golden Path, Ishwari constantly pressured Mohan to begin accepting female soldiers. However, due to Mohan's strictly conservative nature he always refused to do so, even when the group needed it the most. Although both sides of the war had recruited many to their cause, Pagan Min's appointment of Yuma Lau as the general of the Royal Guard had greatly hindered the progress of the Golden Path. The Golden Path managed to keep their insurgency viable by receiving support from the United States which supplied the Golden Path with weapons, but Mohan refused the involvement of the U.S.'s military advisors as Mohan believed that the war should be won by Kyratis instead of Americans.
The Golden Path kept on losing ground to Pagan Min's Royal forces and Mohan's tensions with Ishwari had continued to escalate. To placate Ishwari, Mohan made a compromise. Ishwari would be allowed to contribute to the cause by sending her to the Royal Palace along with Ajay Ghale to spy on Pagan Min. Initially the plan was a success, for she identified some potential defectors among the Golden Path's ranks. Over time Ishwari's opinion of Pagan Min was swayed and she ended up falling in love with Pagan Min. Mohan found out that Ishwari bore Pagan an offspring -- Lakshmana Min, the child of Pagan Min and Ishwari—and he was engulfed with anger and jealousy. Mohan went on to kill Lakshmana, and in revenge Ishwari killed Mohan before she fled to the United States along with Ajay.
Post Mohan's death
The next two decades doesn't get any better for them. Already losing the war, the Golden Path has been reduced to the point where they only control one key location: the Terai region in the southwest and some sporadic resistance installations and patrolling in South Kyrat
At some point, the Golden Path began accepting women to join the ranks. Among them, there is Amita, who, alongside with Sabal, rose to become key members of the group and eventually, become the leaders of Golden Path. However, due to their opposing views regarding the future of Kyrat, with Amita being progressive and Sabal being traditionalist, they eventually became known as the "two-headed elephant who are going the opposite direction".
Events of Far Cry 4
Hearing the news of Ajay's return to Kyrat, Sabal sent some of his men along with Darpan to escort him into the country. However, their plan was foiled when a firefight ensues at the border checkpoint, capturing both Darpan and Ajay and detained them for a dinner in De Pleur's Compound. Being aware of this, Sabal got some soldiers and himself to rescue Ajay and brought him to Banapur.
Amita, knowing that Sabal rescued Ajay merely because he is the son of Mohan Ghale, and seeing Ajay's initial reluctance to help the cause, is skeptical towards him. Later on she changed her attitude after she witnessed Ajay rescue civilians from the Royal Army and captured an outpost, which she deemed impossible without negotiations.
With Ajay on their side, the Golden Path progressed significantly, but tensions between Amita and Sabal becomes increasingly apparent. Depending on the player's decisions, one of them would eventually become the sole leader of the Golden Path.
The Golden Path kept on progressing to the point where they captured the King's Bridge, which they never achieved before, and reuniting Utkarsh with the rest of the cause, but even with the leader decided, the tensions between Amita and Sabal have never been resolved. It finally reached the boiling point after the mission in Jalendu Temple. Whoever the player sides with on that mission, they will order Ajay to kill their rival. Thus, this decision the player made regarding the fate of Jalendu Temple will decide the future leader of Kyrat.
Just like Royalists, Golden Path members don a light-blue uniform marked with a yellow Golden Path logo on the back, combat boots, and a yellow bandanna or armband. The uniform is the same for both males or females. Snipers will wear a yellow camo hat, while Defenders will wear a vest.
In the Battles of Kyrat multiplayer mode, they wear a slightly different uniform, with a gray vest, and white shirt. There is no female version of this outfit, as female soldiers are not playable in this game mode (likely due to the fact that the battles against the Rakshasa took place before Amita joined the Golden Path).
There are assaulters, defenders, rocket soldiers, and snipers, all with similar uniforms.
- Mohan Ghale (Founder and former leader)
- Darpan (co-founder and former lieutenant)
- Ishwari Ghale (formerly)
- Sabal (leader/co-leader)
- Amita (leader/co-leader)
- Longinus (weapons provider)
- Ajay Ghale (Possible leader if you kill Amita and Sabal)
- Gopal (Supplies)
- Roopa (Officer) She claimed that Gopal was not a member.
- Pranav (Armed Escort)
- Banhi (Armed Escort)
- Balin (Sniper)
- Natesa (She gives the mission to kill Vora and Balance of Power mission)
- Henna (She gives the mission to kill Cpl. Satish Nath)
- Juan Cortez (Military Advisor - Presumingly)
- Pavitra (She was interviewed by Divya Kandala)
- The name "Golden Path" may have been inspired by the mountainous Peruvian rebel group known as the Shining Path.
- The name might have also been inspired by "the one true Golden Path pressed upon mankind by the God-Emperor Leto II" in Frank Herbert's sci-fi novel "Dune".
- In Dune, Paul died before making the Golden Path possible, but his son Leto successfully carried out the Golden Path. In the game, Mohan died before guiding the Golden Path to victory, but Ajay made Golden Path victory possible.
- Through the Golden Path, Leto wants to teach mankind a crucial lesson that they must not blindly follow charismatic leaders who may turn abusive and tyrannical, or even worse, leave mankind stagnant, which is tantamount to utter doom. Ironically, the Golden Path in the game fall for exactly that, they either ended up with Amita who turned abusive and tyrannical, or Sabal who got Kyrat backward and stagnant, which doomed their future.
- In map editor they never seem to die no matter how much damage they go through.
- All male Assaulters Troops have either all have a beard or are shaved with no beard. All the female Assaulters, Rocket Launcher, and Sniper units share the same type of appearances.
- All rocket launcher units are females, and all of the sniper units are male. Assaulters and Defenders can be either gender.
- Some assault rifle-wielding units will wear vests, though it is currently unknown if these are actual defenders, or just re-skinned assaulter units (likely the former, as the maximum tier of guns-for-hire mercenaries appear to be wearing these flak vests, something which the other two tiers lack).