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Special Operations

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Special Operations

Liberation achievement in CoD: Modern Warfare


Complete all Special Ops missions.

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How to unlock the Liberation achievement

  • HythalHythal931,891
    11 Nov 2019 12 Nov 2019 06 Oct 2020
    161 14 199
    * This is achievement is known to be very buggy! If it doesn't unlock after a hard reset, clear the game cache and play through one mission! * How to clear the game cache will be at the bottom of the guide.
    As of the update from 11/8/2019, this achievement has been fixed and is obtainable! This guide is focused on mainly giving hints and tips to help your crew.

    A lot of you also have been saying that the achievement won't pop unless you do it in a single session!

    This achievement requires you to complete all 4 operations of spec ops. You DO NOT need to do the classic spec op missions. On top of that, you can join matches in progress and it will count towards the achievement LONG AS SOMEONE REACHES THE HELICOPTER AT THE END AND SEE THE MISSION ACCOMPLISHED SCREEN.
    11/22/2019: Two new operations have been added to spec ops. El Luigi has commented that he only needed the original 4 missions for the achievement to unlock. SOUZA117 mentions that if the achievement doesn't unlock for you, hard reset your console.

    Class set-ups: I suggest not even bother matchmaking into to random lobbies. Randoms cannot comprehend the complexity of killing bots and completing objectives at the same time. With that said, find 3 other people to help you via LFG or a session here on TA. You cannot do these missions with any less than 4 total people. Next, everyone should run the medic role. This allows you to revive much quicker and gives you the ability to revive all downed teammates instantly with cn_LB + cn_RB. I also suggest using silencers as it is possible to do some parts, or even whole missions using stealth. Also use smoke grenades so you can cover yourself while you revive a teammate.

    General In-Game: Stay close to your team and communicate, of course. Call-out when and what crates you drop and such. On the topic of crates, always look for armor, ammo, and grenades. All crates containing streaks are also good and especially efficient for juggernauts except for the shielded-turret. Another rule of thumb is to shoot helicopter pilots as helicopters roll in to explode them.

    Now I will give you mission specific tips that I picked up on during our run of each mission.

    HEADHUNTER: This was the hardest mission for us. You need to find intel by killing AQ lieutenants, then hack 5 scramblers around a stadium, before finally shooting down a helicopter. Getting the intel shouldn't bee too difficult, however hacking the scramblers can prove to be difficult. The first scrambler has many enemies, but is easy. NOTE The more people next to the scramblers, the quicker you hack it! The second has a juggernaut enemy that has armor and a minigun. The third has more enemies. At this point, multiple tanks spawn that you must destroy. Luckily, the game gives your squad a gunship to help you destroy the tanks. If the gunship doesn't destroy all the tanks, use the RPG's located around the third scrambler to destroy them. The 4th and 5th scramblers have multiple juggernauts and a helicopter constantly shooting at you. It is vital that you stick together so you can revive each other. Kill the juggernauts, hack and destroy the final two scramblers. Now you have to explode the helicopter. Focus your fire on the helicopter, but watch out for more juggernauts. Upon destroying the helicopter, your mission will update telling you to get to the exfil location. Once the chopper lands and you get on it, the mission completes.

    KUVULDA: This one isn't bad. You enter a compound and have to access a database. Then you have three locations where you search laptop files and then have to find 3 crates from each location using the code you find from the laptops. After that you open a hangar door that contains 2 tanks for your team. Once completing the objective there, two opposing tanks spawn use your tanks to take them out. I suggest not having everyone in both tanks in case they explode (you instantly go down). Then you go to the exfil site. For this one you can try to use stealth, however it may take longer. You face the same problems in this mission as the previous, juggernauts, helicopters, overwhelming amount of enemies. Long as you all stay with each other and are using the medic class you can just constantly revive each other. Using smokes can also help you revive a teammate downed with no cover. My last tip is to communicate when you have found a piece of cargo needed for the objective.

    PALADIN: *IMPORTANT* THERE IS CURRENTLY A GLITCH ON THIS MISSION THAT MAKES YOU INVINCIBLE. PLEASE REFER TO THE GUIDE BELOW MINE FOR HOW TO DO IT THIS HAS BEEN PATCHED AND NO LONGER WORKS! Enter a storage facility, hack a signal jammer, grab HVI, bring her to the LZ. Not too bad, right? Welp, the LZ takes you to a vehicle that needs your covering fire. You kill enemies wielding RPG's and have to look for mines in the road and dispose of them. After a walk, you reach a parking lot of a market. Defend a crate, go inside of the market, defend another crate, go to the back of the market, defend again, leave. Ugh. For the first section with the HVI you have a part where you must defend an area. I suggest bringing her into the locker room and placing her into the showers. Other than that, the begging is easy stuff. Escorting the vehicle is easy too. Just focus RPG's and shoot down any helicopters while looking for mines on the road. Once you reach the parking lot, you need to defend a crate. There are many enemies that come at you. Of course, you need to stay together so you can get quick revives of each other. Kill snipers on top the market as well. It only gets worse after this. IMPORTANT Go to the right side of the market outside and get to the roof for more supplies for your team and then head into the market. Inside you face the same enemies from different angles, but now with juggernauts. Plural. What we did was split into teams of two and posted up on different scaffolds. Try to save your smokes for if you need to defuse a bomb that specific enemies place on the crate. For the last and hardest bit, you do everything you just did except with more helicopters, juggernauts and even tanks. Destroying the tanks is particularly difficult due to the limited supplies. I have no tips other than what I have already told you. If you manage to kill everything, you will see your friendly chopper ready to get you out of there.

    CROSSWIND: This mission is very straight forward and actually pretty easy. You begin by disrupting enemy comms on a rooftop. There are juggernauts, but nothing you haven't faced. Then your team will proceed to the main terminal to do the same exact thing. Next you must infiltrate a plane. Get into the car that your marker leads you to. Have everyone ready to shoot two enemy vehicles that start to pursue you. After that you just need to get to the plane and go inside of it. This is the only hard part. You have only 3 minutes to sweep through the plane and exit. If you have done the Mile High Club then you know what your in for. However with 4 people this is much easier. Split into teams of 2, one goes right the other left. If someone gets low on health have them peal off behind their partner. Constantly push forward until you retrieve the nuclear core. Jump out the plane and parachute down. NOTE You can do this whole next section very easily by staying on the road outside of the entire scrapyard. Land your parachutes in front of the scrapyard and go right, staying on the road. At this point you are in stealth and the enemy doesn't know where you are. After you've turned right, you'll want to go left up the road next to the scrapyard. You should be following a wall. Eventually you'll come across a hole in the wall and it's a straight shot to the exfil location. You can sneak through to the exfil, but alternatively you could just run with your squad to the exfil and use your medic abilities to revive anyone who is unfortunate enough to go down. Climb the ladder and wait for the helicopter to come. A tip here would be to just prone and watch the ladder for any enemies. If you just lay down you can't be shot. Once the chopper arrives, get on.

    At this point the mission should complete, unlocking you the Liberation achievement!

    How to clear game cache (for people who have hard reset and replayed any missions they think may not have counted for the achievement):

    You need to go to My Games and Apps > Click the start button on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare > Manage Game and Add-ons > Saved Data > Delete the data for the account with the bugged achievement > Now start the game again.

    It should re-sync all of save and *hopefully* unlock your achievement . This SHOULD NOT delete all your saved progress for campaign and such. I tested it and it appeared to keep all of my single player progress intact. Since, I already have the achievement, I cannot clarify whether or not this actually works as another user has just commented that it had worked for them.

    An alternate method from RuneSlayer4421:
    If clearing the cache/hard reset doesn't work, removing your profile then doing a hard reset before re-adding should get your data to re-sync. This is what I had to do for Borderlands 2 and 3 achievements that didn't want to pop when the requirements were met.

    I'm sorry if this guide was convoluted in any way, but I hope it helped you in some way! Lastly, if you have any sort of tip, advice, or correction to my guide please comment it so I can make the appropriate changes. Thank you!

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    o ImOneShotAnyone looking to do this, hit me up on xbox
    Posted by o ImOneShot on 05 Jul at 13:14
    SaberRustyNever have I had to try so hard for such a frustrating achievement before....

    I wiped all save data and went from Headhunter onward. The achievement didn't pop until I finished Paladin, so either it was being very weird about completion, or they have actually corrected the achievements requirements to need all missions and that was the one I hadn't "done" (which was very weird as every mission had a check in its completion box).
    Posted by SaberRusty on 08 Oct at 19:22
    ShadowBotboiDid it in 2 hrs with all randoms died 5 times today is a good day.
    Posted by ShadowBotboi on 18 Oct at 22:43
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  • Trip0dT0mTrip0dT0m467,025
    12 Nov 2019 14 Nov 2019
    27 4 11
    heya guys
    this achievement is probably the hardest in the game but its not bad when you have a good team and practise
    you can find good teams on this website by setting up game sessions for it but i got mine by just playing with randoms
    the missions themselves are pretty easy to follow (when they are not glitched out )

    the main tips i have for this achievement are as follows

    USE THE RIOT SHIELD !!! the riot shield and lmg combo is awesome for the first 3 missions and use the sniper with riot shield for the last mission, the riot shield can take an infinite amount of damage so will protect you from juggernauts meaning you can literally walk right past them and right up to the objectives , plus they are still protecting you whilst you have your lmg out because the riot shield is on your back

    USE THE MEDIC SPECIAL ABILITY!!! this special ability is by far the best because it gives you the ability to revive team mates faster and also if you press lb + rb you can revive all downed team mates

    HANG BACK!!! if you have half decent team mates id recommend you hang back because they will still die at some point and if your the last one alive you can just sit in a corner with your riot shield not taking damage and your team mates will be back in 1 minute

    SELECT MUNITIONS BEFORE THE MISSION!! you can select which munitions you wish to have before the mission has even started and you can select things like cluster missiles and jug suits which are great for taking out tanks or other jugs, you can still find munitions on the ground but its a bit random from what i have seen so far

    with these 4 tips you should be set and just follow the mission objectives

    i have also made a video guide below for anyone who prefers them

    any other questions or tips please leave in the comments below :)
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    Kival4362Qual é os nomes das missões para fazer essa conquista
    Posted by Kival4362 on 22 Apr 20 at 23:22
    NoHeroes94I personally unlocked this personally absolutely fine after finishing the 4th original Special Op. I made progress exclusively over this past weekend (May 16th - 17th). I will detail everything I did, to explain what worked for me. May not help anyone else, but you never know.

    1) I hadn't successfully completed any Spec Ops before the most recent patch. I did 1 Spec Op on Saturday 16th May, and 3 Spec Op on Sunday 17th May both within a 7-10pm GMT window. I'm wondering if a patch/update has reset progress for some people who had already completed some but not all 4 Spec Ops, although this is admittedly speculative. I tried once on launch, though "f**k that", and only came back this weekend to try again, so I hadn't had any done between updates.

    2) I had cross-platform activated, but only ever played with XB1 or PC users. Someone I've spoken too who has had this glitch on them played with PS4 players.

    3) I did every one of the original 4 Spec Ops from start to finish in matchmaking over a 2 day span. In order, I did Crosswind - Kuvalva - Headhunter - Paladin.

    4) I didn't play or finish ANY other Spec Op, just these 4.

    5) I didn't join in mid-way for any of the 4 required - I was there from mission brief to mission accomplished.

    6) I was personally on the Exfil helicopter for every single Spec Op (i.e. I didn't miss the helicopter for any). Some say that as long as you see Mission Accomplished it should count, but I was personally on the Exfil heli each time.

    7) After each mission successfully, I'd only revert to menu once I could see the lobby screen again. The achievement unlocked the moment my 4th Spec Op (i.e. Mission Accomplished screen), so this probably doesn't matter, but I'd do it to be safe - it's maybe 30 seconds of your time.

    8) I didn't die during the final objective (Exfil) in any of the Spec Ops. Once the objective was to Exfil I'd just leg it to the helicopter, cover teammates, and take a cautious path.

    9) I didn't restart a checkpoint for any Spec Ops where you receive a checkpoint. If we died, people either quit out booting us all to menu, or I quit out. Every one was start to finish, without a checkpoint reload. People died at various points, of course, but never the whole squad.
    Posted by NoHeroes94 on 18 May 20 at 13:05
    PAX WestI have tried all the recommended ways to get the achievement to unlock, but it still isn't working, currently playing through them all again to see if that works

    Had to replay two of them
    Posted by PAX West on 21 Jun 20 at 19:26
  • BazingatorBazingator1,540,917
    03 Dec 2019 04 Dec 2019
    16 4 2
    A really cheap way to do headhunter (and possibly other operations) is to have 1 person just sit in the spawn and run in circles so they don't disconnect. It is basically impossible to go down in spawn so this allows your teammates to respawn indefinitely. I did it this way with randoms, took them about 2 hours to complete it but they did eventually. Once you destroy the helicopter and you must evacuate just jump off the building and get in the helicopter.
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    YaIrishMick96Tried doing this on Paladin and a bloody Juggernaut comes strolling up the stairs. It's a better way to do it than doing it legit because they're stupidly hard. But not bulletproof
    Posted by YaIrishMick96 on 21 Apr 20 at 23:37
    YaIrishMick96Eventually got lucky a team knew what they were doing. Still had 2 juggernauts come up stairs and a suicide bomber so it's not a safe zone
    Posted by YaIrishMick96 on 24 Apr 20 at 10:50
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