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Combat Hardened achievement in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Combat Hardened

Complete the single player Campaign on Veteran or Realism difficulty.

Combat Hardened-1.9
25 November 2020 - 2 guidesOffline Game ModeSingle PlayerDifficulty SpecificStackable

How to unlock the Combat Hardened achievement

  • Arkinvader99Arkinvader99332,957
    13 Nov 2020 13 Nov 2020 14 Nov 2020
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    Some have mentioned in the comments that they didn't need to complete Ashes to Ashes if they didn't chose that ending. For me I did then it poped so your milage may vary

    I would like to echo the other guides in saying it is to beat the campaign on Veteran.
    But in order for the achievement to pop you must complete both missions, Ashes to Ashes and The Final Countdown. The choice for the different missions to either is found in the mission Identity Crisis.

    Another side not is you DO NOT need to complete the side missions for this to unlock. I had only completed one (Red Circus) during my Veteran play through and still got the pop.

    Hope this helps, Happy Hunting.

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    GerbasgamerSo I just played a few missions out of order and I got the achievement despite not having completed all missions on Veteran.
    It popped after finishing "The Final Countdown" but I haven't even finished "Desperate Measures" on Veteran. However, I did complete "Ashes to Ashes" but none of the side missions. If you do both endings, maybe you're allowed to skip one of the other main missions.
    Posted by Gerbasgamer on 23 Dec 20 at 09:25
    FancyKilerWalesThis has to be one of the easiest CoD campaigns on Veteran. Make sure you take the extra health and explosion resistance perks when building your character at the start. The are only two truly challenging parts, one where you are being extracted by a helicopter on a server (there is just no cover) and the other is a brief section in a car where you have to use a grenade launcher in the final mission (truth ending).
    Posted by FancyKilerWales on 02 Jan at 00:20
    Rubber DucksssYeah pretty easy to complete on Veteran. I tool through perks Violent Tendencies (bullet damage increase 25%) and Survivor (health increase by 25%).
    I did all side missions as well, but didn't have Ashes to Ashes unlocked and still got the achievement at the end of The Final Countdown
    Posted by Rubber Ducksss on 08 Feb at 12:31
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  • nnpocnnpoc37,209
    03 Jan 2021 04 Jan 2021 04 Jan 2021
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    The only way to do it, is to just do it. There aren't many tips or tricks to complete it, but this doesn't mean there aren't any tips.

    They are your best friend. The A.I. in this game is laughable, to say the least, so smoke grenades are perfect for getting out of a sticky situation as they practically become blind everytime you use them. Trust me, it makes Operation Chaos so much easier.

    Use it at every opportunity. Going out guns-blazing will get you killed faster than you can say "Solovetsky".

    They can't die and they can kill enemies. Use this to your advantage. If you find yourself overwhelmed, fall back and let Woods or Adler thin the ranks.

    I originally played the campaign on Hardened, so I could have a faint memory of where all the enemies were and develop my own strategies for each mission. Of course, this tip is optional if you're just really a glutton for punishment.

    Ashes to Ashes is a far easier mission than The Final Countdown. Make sure to radio Perseus before setting of to Duga however, and don't light Adler's cigarette for a calling card. Or attempt to light his cig, I don't control you.

    The few people with rocket launchers on the roof are not a big threat, as most of the time, they're gonna miss. The snipers should be your biggest concern however. Throw your evac smoke near the building you killed Rudnick in, and sit and wait for the enemies to flood in and pick them off. Use your smoke grenades to safely get to the chopper. Also, you don't need all of the evidence to successfully identify Perseus's key assets. You'll get a calling card if you identify all 3 suspects correctly

    Use cover, abuse your friendly A.I., abuse smoke grenades. Also, pick up the M76! Keep in mind that you absolutely need all of the evidence to shut down Aldrich's spy ring. You'll get a calling card if you do.
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