Special Operations achievement in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas

Special Operations

Play all maps of every Adversarial game mode

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Downloading the free map DLC packs will cause this achievement to become unobtainable for some players.

How to unlock the Special Operations achievement

  • LitaOsirisLitaOsiris1,048,784
    05 Jan 2010 06 Jan 2010 07 May 2020
    72 8 74
    Update 07/05/20: If you had issues unlocking this achievement because you downloaded the Redux maps it looks as though it’s possible to unlock this through backwards compatibility:

    xEaglExAssassin: After 5 years of waiting finally got the achievement, I downloaded the backwards compatibile version and deleted the map packs before hand and went through the requirements for this. It popped right on queue! Hope this helps !


    There are 57 total from the original and you may have to potentially play through the Redux maps as well if you have already downloaded the DLC. As mentioned so many times, this achievement is glitched to those who have the DLC. You may try to play on the Redux maps if you do not wish to reset your stats (from MCSS Aerocoupe's solution), but there's no guarantee it'll work.

    The modes are (play them in this order to minimise loading time):
    - Attack & Defend
    - Survival
    - Sharpshooter
    - Team Survival
    - Team Sharpshooter
    - Retrieval

    The maps are:
    Border Town
    - All modes
    Calypso Casino
    - All modes
    Casino Vault
    - All modes except Attack & Defend
    - All modes
    - All modes
    Kill House
    - All modes except Attack & Defend
    - All modes
    LVU Campus
    - All modes
    Research Labs
    - All modes
    - All modes except Attack & Defend


    - Do Survival and Sharpshooter together and then Team Survival and Team Sharpshooter together as switching between these modes does not require the game to be reloaded. This just saves a bit of time.

    - I believe having the Redux maps will cause this achievement to glitch. My friend and I did this together. I had never downloaded the maps before and the achievement unlocked for me no problem. My friend had the maps before but had since deleted them. Unfortunately the achievement still didn't pop for him. After reading some posts, most people seem to recommend deleting the maps and clearing the 360 cache before trying for this achievement, although it's not guaranteed to work. Definitely do some research on this beforehand as I'm only posting this as a potential warning to save people some time.

    Update 09/01/10:
    My friend and I tried this again today to try and go for his achievement. He cleared his cache, transferred his profile onto a memory unit and removed his hdd. Playing this way sadly did not work. I'm not sure what you can do at this point :? If we ever come across a solution I'll update this post.

    Update 04/02/10:
    My friend and I tried this again using chris 7urbo's solution of playing the Redux maps on Survival and Sharpshooter.

    We played (in order):
    Bordertown Redux - Survival (he won)
    Streets Redux - Survival (he won)
    Killhouse Redux - Survival (he won)

    Bordertown Redux - Sharpshooter (he won)
    Streets Redux - Sharpshooter (he won)
    Killhouse Redux - Sharpshooter (he won)

    The achievement didn't unlock here however, we had to play another match which was Bordertown Redux - Team Sharpshooter (I won) and my friend received the achievement at the end of this match :) I'm not sure if this last match has to be specifically Team Sharpshooter on Bordertown Redux or if it can be any, but there you go.

    Update 03/08/10:
    Unfortunately it looks like the solution above may not work for everyone so there could be a possibility here that the achievement may be unobtainable for you.

    Update 18/03/13: Make sure you watch out for the name of the mode. Sometimes, even though you might have selected Team Survival, it will say Team Sharpshooter instead but will still play like Team Survival. Keep restarting until you have the right name because there may be an issue with that.

    Update 02/04/13: Mobius Evalon: "All you have to do to remedy this is open Match Settings, Switch to Team Sharpshooter, switch back to Team Survival, then Accept the changes. When the other people in the lobby see "Team Survival" at the bottom right of the lobby screen again, you've fixed the glitch."

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    nufc connorDm me to boost
    Posted by nufc connor on 31 Aug 21 at 11:18
    D4RKDEMON70Me & my friend did this on Xbox one & it didn't unlock. Also we removed the dlc before we tried this achievement, any solution or anyone willing to join to boost this?
    Posted by D4RKDEMON70 on 28 Nov 21 at 01:14
    D4RKDEMON70Me & my friend did this on Xbox one & it didn't unlock. Also we removed the dlc before we tried this achievement, any solution or anyone willing to join to boost this?
    Posted by D4RKDEMON70 on 28 Nov 21 at 01:19
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  • MCSS AerocoupeMCSS Aerocoupe293,237
    14 May 2011 22 May 2011 15 Sep 2011
    52 1 39
    Special Operations - Ultimate Fix Found

    Updated 9/15/11 - see end of Solution for update.

    I have been informed by a friend of the ultimate fix for the Special Operations glitch, no thanks to Ubisoft’s Tech Support who still denies there is an issue with the achievement. I have checked into the rules and policies and found nothing that indicates this is an illegal procedure, and I even got a second opinion. But just so everyone knows what this does, here goes:

    This fix does the following things:
    1. Only affects the game you use this procedure on.
    2. Resets your achievement progress tracker for the game.
    a. Allows you to restart an achievement attempt from scratch, like you are starting the game for the first time.

    This fix does NOT do the following:
    1. Instantly award achievements.
    2. Award achievements for stuff you have not legitimately done.
    3. Affect any stats saved on the game/Xbox servers

    There is a danger warning with this fix:
    1. If you have other achievements left to unlock in the same game, their progress will be set to 0 as well. So, for example, if you are 1 checkpoint away from beating the game on the hardest difficulty and do this fix, you will need to start the campaign on the hardest difficulty from scratch in order to get that achievement. So make sure you finish all other achievements you are working for in this game first.
    2. Because your rank is saved/stored on servers, it is not known if this fix would set your rank tracker to 0 experience, or if your rank achievements are pulled solely from the servers and therefore would be left untouched. If you already have earned the Elite Rank, this is not a concern. But if not, I would recommend playing until you get Elite first, just to be safe.

    Just to be 100% clear, this is not “gamesaving” where you take someone’s profile/saved game and use some glitch to unlock achievements on a profile that has never played the game. What this fix does is quite the opposite, it resets the tracker to nothing so that you may start an achievement attempt from scratch; you must successfully complete the achievement requirements after doing this fix in order to unlock the achievement.

    Note: You will need at least 2 or 3 forms of memory:
    A memory card or USB flash drive for your profile
    A removable hard drive, memory card, or USB drive for DLC and your existing content for this game (optional)
    A different removable hard drive, memory card, or USB drive, or internal memory for the game to use while the above memory device(s) is/are not connected.

    Now, for how to do the Special Operations Ultimate Fix:
    1. Delete or move (to removable hard drive or memory card) all DLC, saved games, multiplayer templates, and custom heads for this game only. (If you save your data, it will allow you to use your data after fixing the Special Operations achievement. Just do not reconnect the device with your data until after you have unlocked the achievement.)
    2. Move your gamertag profile to a memory card or USB flash drive (can not be on a removable hard drive and cannot be the same place you moved the items from step #1).
    3. Clear the cache on each and every memory device (go to Guide Button, over to System Settings, down to Memory, then go to each device, hit Y, and choose Clear System Cache).
    4. Turn off your console, and if you moved items in step #1, remove that device now. (Leave device with your profile attached).
    5. Turn console back on, log back into Xbox Live, and clear your cache again, just to be safe. If you removed the hard drive, you may need to redownload the Xbox Live Update.
    6. Start the game; you will be prompted about the Title Update for the game. Do not accept the update!!
    7. As soon as you have declined the update and that popup window closes (but before you see the main menu screen), remove the device that has your gamertag on it. You will get a warning message asking you to reinsert your memory device. Do not reinsert it yet.
    8. When the Main Menu comes up, the first option should be to Start New Story. If the first option is Load Last Checkpoint, you did not do step #1 right, go back and start from #1.
    9. Go to Single Player, choose Story Mode. You should have Start New Game and Scene Selection as the only options. Choose Start New Game.
    10. Before you choose a difficulty, reinsert the memory card/USB flash drive with your gamertag. The message asking you to reinsert it should go away. Hit the guide just to verify it still shows your gamertag as being logged in (Not on Live since you declined the update in step #6).
    11. Choose Normal, and press A to start the campaign.
    12. Allow all of the cut scenes to play out, and play the game until you get to the first checkpoint. Go just past the checkpoint and kill the next bad guy.
    13. Reload the checkpoint. Verify it is where you had just passed through.
    14. Go to Main Menu.
    15. Go to Dashboard. You should automatically connect to Xbox Live.
    16. Start the game again. This time, accept the Title Update.
    17. Go to Multiplayer and start working on the Special Operations achievement requirements. (I suggest you host the matches just to be safe).
    18. The first mode you should work on is Survival, as this will tell you if the glitch that has been affecting you has been fixed. (When glitched, Survival matches display as Sharpshooter in the lobby and/or loading screen. If the fix has been done properly, it will not show the wrong mode.)
    19. Make sure for Attack and Defend to change the time to 5 minutes to be sure you can complete the objectives and have a clear winner in each match.
    20. Continue playing through all of the map/mode combinations and you should have the achievement within 4 hours.

    Good luck and post over at Ubisoft (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/1991064316/m/421109...) if it helped you /a friend unlock the achievement.

    Just for the sake of curiosity... As of 9:40 AM EST on 5/22/11 there are 3,795 people on True Achievements who have unlocked Special Operations. But 2,803 have unlocked the rank of Elite. And 5,763 have Rainbow Six Legend (completed the game on Realistic Difficulty). https://www.trueachievements.com/Rain...s-xbox-360.htm

    Update - 9/15/11 - Two people have used this fix and unlocked the achievement without playing Retrieval. I do not know why. Maybe the fix doesn't fully wipe out the achievement tracker?
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    CakesFor anyone attempting this is 2021: I followed the steps verbatim, however I did not get the 'Reinsert Memory Device' notification. I just made sure to pull out the USB prior to the Demonware splash screen finishing.

    After completing the final steps, I did the full rotation A/D, Surv, SS, TSurv, and completed the first three maps of TSS when the achievement popped.

    Hope this gives some hope to anyone having difficulties this year before the servers close.
    Posted by Cakes#1517 on 30 Apr 21 at 04:46
    ULTRAxNAPAThis solution worked for me as of 11/30/2021

    1. First played on XB1X 11/27/21 For some reason the DLC installed on it's own.

    2. Deleted DLC and did all Maps & Modes, No achievement.

    3. Reinstalled DLC did all the modes with Redux maps from DLC, No achievement.

    4. Installed game to 360 with no DLC downloaded ever. Did all the Maps & Modes, No Achievement.

    5. Followed this solution to the Tee. Achievement unlocked after completing all Maps & Modes.

    Hopes the helps! Thank You MCSS Aerocoupe.
    Posted by ULTRAxNAPA on 30 Nov 21 at 23:15
    Maxterfeak3After almost 10 years and trying this 8 times and doing 23 long attemps

    At the 24th on second TSS popped

    I got the Chievo finally

    Thanks, really thank you
    Posted by Maxterfeak3 on 11 Apr at 03:36
  • Mgd226921Mgd226921586,633
    03 Jun 2011 03 Jun 2011
    21 5 13
    I take no credit what so ever for this solution all credit goes to:
    this solution is found on 360a

    Fix for Special Operations
    In Short:

    If you have played all 6 adversarial modes on all maps but are still not getting the achievement, this is probably because your Team Survival matches are registering as Team Sharpshooter. When you are in the lobby it will show a picture of the map in the bottom right and under this picture will be the game type. In a Team Survival match, it should say "Team Survival." If it says "Team Sharpshooter" then you are NOT getting credit for completing rounds of Team Survival. This is why you are not unlocking the achievement!

    The Fix:

    Delete the Red and Black Map Packs first. After they are gone, clear your cache.

    After you have deleted the map packs and cleared your cache go back and replay all maps in Team Survival. When you are in the lobby it will show a picture of the map in the bottom right and under this picture will be the game type. Make sure this says "Team Survival" for you and your boosting partner. If it says "Team Sharpshooter" for either of you the achievement will not unlock!

    When you have completed all of the Team Survival maps the achievement will unlock.

    Furthermore, if you are having trouble getting the Team Survivalist achievement, this fix will also work for that.

    YES, you CAN commit suicide to speed up the rounds! NO you do NOT have to complete the objectives in attack and defend or retrieval! NO you DO NOT have to complete all the maps from the Red and Black packs!

    The Story:

    I have several friends who have had problems with this achievement, and while I was helping one figure out why he wasn't getting the achievement we noticed that Team Survival Matches were showing up as Team Sharpshooter matches even though they played like team survival (no respawns). He had already removed the map packs so he went to the dashboard and cleared his cache. When he got back he noticed that his team survival matches were now displaying correctly but mine were still showing up as team sharpshooter. We figured that this wouldn't matter as he would likely still get credit for the team survival as it was displaying correctly on his end, but we were wrong. We played all team survival maps and he still didn't get the achievement, so we decided that perhaps it was my end screwing it up! I went and deleted the map packs and cleared my cache. After this we were both showing Team Survival matches correctly and we ran through the team survival maps again and he got his achievement. Problem solved!
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    Mgd226921Thank you for the confirmation Haiko.
    Posted by Mgd226921 on 30 Oct 16 at 22:02
    xRNMxSnipeKinGThank you this worked like a charm, got it after finishing my first survival game.
    Posted by xRNMxSnipeKinG on 22 Apr 21 at 22:56
    Mgd226921Awesome, I am glad you got the cheevo. Hopefully, you are done with the game!
    Posted by Mgd226921 on 23 Apr 21 at 00:46
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