3. Call of Duty: Black Ops II Story walkthrough

The story of Black Ops II incorporates some of the main characters from Black Ops I along with incorporating some from the previous (Treyarch) game in its storyline. You will play missions that happened in the 1980s along with futuristic missions from 2025. The campaign will more than likely require 2 playthroughs to complete all achievements. I suggest playing through the missions on Recruit difficulty to ensure you can complete all mission challenges. After you tackle the challenge, collected all the intel and make some of the game altering decisions, play through on Veteran difficulty for the last remaining achievements.

When playing through on Veteran difficulty, you can simply choose to replay a mission and put the difficulty on Veteran. Also, after you have finished the campaign once; you will have more choices in weapons to use. It may be recommended for you to search the loadout you prefer most, but things like Target Finder, the Storm PSR and the Toughness perk will always come in handy.

NOTE: IF YOU'RE PLAYING THROUGH ON VETERAN, MAKE SURE TO PLAY THE STRIKE FORCE MISSIONS AS SOON AS YOU CAN. YOU CAN PLAY THESE STRIKE FORCE MISSIONS ON RECRUIT AND YOU'LL STILL EARN THE VETERAN ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE END, JUST MAKE SURE YOU COMPLETE THE STRIKE FORCE MISSIONS WHILE YOU CAN BEFORE THEY DISAPPEAR.

There are 11 mandatory missions that need to be completed. There are also 5 missions called 'Strike Force' missions. These missions will affect how some situations proceed depending on whether or not you complete them or leave them undone. For each of these missions, there are 10 challenges for 160 challenges in total. One achievement will require you to complete all of these. You can view the challenges before the start of each mission by hitting cn_X and then selecting a specific mission. Once you completed all challenges, you will earn the 'Giant Accomplishment' achievement. While playing through each mission, when you complete a challenge, a message saying "Career Record Updated" will show up in the top left corner indicating that you completed a challenge. If you happen to miss a few challenges in a mission, you can choose to replay that mission to complete the last challenges you may have missed. DO NOT SELECT NEW STORY FROM THE CAMPAIGN MENU. It will wipe all of the challenges you've completed, all of the intel you've acquired, and all of the decisions you've made.

Giant Accomplishment

Complete all challenges in Black Ops II.

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Along with completing challenges, you are given a score at the end of each mission, based on combat, challenges completed, and the difficulty setting. If you earn at least 10,000 points for all 15 missions, you will earn the 'Ten K' achievement. Keep this one in mind while you are playing through each mission. It should be very rare that you earn less than 10k for each mission. You can earn more points by getting headshots, explosive kills, or melee kills instead of regular body shot kills.

Ten K

Minimum score 10k in every mission

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As a miscellaneous achievement, 'Back in Time' can be completed after you complete the campaign as it requires you to use a Future Weapon in a 'past' mission. This means that you need to use an weapon from 2025 in the missions from the 1980's. Simply change you loadout before the mission to a weapon from the 'future'. Choose one of the missions from the 1980s and have your loadout with a weapon from 2025.

Back in Time

Use a future weapon in the past.

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In the campaign, there is a rewind story feature that allows you to go back to a select mission and change a decision you may have made. Once you do this, you will have to play through all missions after this point even if you have already completed them. You will have to find all intel you may have collected and redo all challenges for the missions as well. I would suggest only using this if you failed to make a decision that will cause you to not earn an achievement in later missions.

MISSION 1 - PYRRHIC VICTORY

This mission takes place back in the 1980s. You are going to assist the Savimbi with eliminating the MPLA and rescue Woods. To start, you can customize your loadout before starting the mission. You can do so by pressing cn_Y on the mission briefing screen. There is a rather limited amount of options for the first mission. Just tacking on select fire to the FAL and completing the first mission will do. This will unlock the 'Gun Nut' achievement.

Below is a list of the mission challenges. Completing one of these will earn you the 'Just Getting Started' achievement. Keep in mind that each story mission or Strike Force mission has 10 challenges each and that each of these needs to be completed. It might take a while, but you will feel so satisfied in the end.

Mission Challenges:

  1. Eliminate 15 enemies with a machete - Can be completed throughout the mission. Use your melee attack button (cn_RSc or cn_B depending on your layout).
  2. Destroy all MPLA Tanks - Completed at the beginning when the battle in the field is happening. You can destroy the Tanks with the helicopter rockets. There are four tanks on the first pass, and 9 the second time you call in the air support.
  3. Eliminate 5 enemies with one mortar explosion - Can be completed throughout the mission.
  4. Sink 5 enemy vessels - This is completed while you are on the ship. Use the two mounted turrets to sink the 5 ships pursuing you.
  5. Dive to prone on a grenade and survive - Need to pick up a flak jacket located on the barge where you find woods. This is the only way to survive a grenade while laying on it. This will most likely be the most difficult challenge for this mission. Before you reach the beach for extraction, hide behind one of the trees or rocks to the right of where Woods and Hudson are crouched. Eventually a grenade should come towards you and you will need to run and dive near the grenade and survive.
  6. Eliminate 10 enemies with animal traps. This is completed after the assault on the radio tower when you start moving toward the river. Animal traps are located in the locked shed before the radio station. Traps primed with mortar shells that get you multiple kills with one trap count towards the 10 kills.
  7. Kill 4 enemies with one mortar primed animal trap - You will pick up the animal traps in the locked shed. Once you place the trap, hold cn_X to put a mortar shell under the trap. It is best to put it in a position where there is a bottleneck that forces the enemies to travel one way.
  8. Used elevated positions for 20 confirmed sniper kills - There is a Dragunov in the shed with the animal traps. You need to be sitting in the little tree stands during the escape and kill 20 enemies. There are 3 stands, one at each defensive location. This can also be done with a sniper you put in your loadout before the start of the mission.
  9. Collect all 3 intel - The first intel is located next to the turned over truck that has the mortar rounds, says 'Access' in the field near the beginning of the mission. The second intel is located up the left ladder on the boat. The third intel is located in the tree stand to the left at the second defensive location. (Video times: 1:52 , 7:25, 16:42)
  10. 100% survivability rating - Complete the mission without dying or failing a checkpoint.

Once you complete all the challenges in this mission, you will earn the 'Mission Complete' achievement.

Mission Complete

Complete all challenges in a level.

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Just Gettin' Started

Complete 1 challenge in any level.

Just Gettin' Started
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Gun Nut

Complete a level with customized loadout.

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No Man Left Behind

Rescue Woods.

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MISSION 2 - CELERIUM

Mission Challenges:

  1. Eliminate enemy drone before lift-off - This is done at the location just after you run into the guys with optical camo near a small elevator in the jungle. You need to destroy the lone helicopter before it leaves the ground. Shooting one burst of the Titus weapon will be enough to take it out.
  2. Eliminate 10 enemies with heli turret - To the left of where you destroyed the drone; there is another one that is being put together. Make sure you have an access kit and you can take control of the turret and use it against 10 enemies.
  3. Destroy two sentry turrets while disabled - You need to use EMP grenades to disable the turrets. From there, shoot at them until they are a pile of scrap metal. There are multiple turrets throughout the mission. This can be completed in the next area where the turret you just used is facing.
  4. Eliminate 30 enemies while using optical camo - Find optical camo just after the elevator ride to the underground facility. From there, use it and kill 30 enemies.
  5. Eliminate 4 enemies with one round from the Titus Weapon - This challenge requires you to use your secondary weapon. The Titus shoots out multiple explosive shots. Shoot it into a group of four or more enemies to complete this challenge. This can easily be earned once you reach the elevator to head down to the lower part of the facility.
  6. Destroy two enemy ASDs by exploding nitrogen tanks - This challenge is completed after you enter the underground facility and go down to the second level. ASDs are the drones that drive around on the ground. There are multiple nitrogen tanks near each of the ASDs. Take aim and watch the fireworks.
  7. Protect ASD resource from destruction - There is an access panel where you can commandeer an ASD. This needs to be done before you find the guy in the box. Make sure this drone survives until the end of the mission.
  8. Eliminate 10 enemies with an assault shield - You will be able to find an assault shield around where you pick up the Celerium and find the guy hiding in a box. Smash 10 enemies to complete this challenge.
  9. Collect all 3 intel - The first intel is near the drone you destroy at the beginning. There is a room behind it and the intel is sitting inside to the left on a table. The second intel is located in the first large room you enter once you make it to the underground facility. From the narrow hall, take a left into a room with computer/monitors and it is sitting in the back left corner. The third intel is located near where you can get the ASD and assault shields. After the first ambush after finding the guy in the box, a door will open across from Celerium room allowing you to reach the third intel.
  10. 100% survivability - Complete the mission without dying or failing a checkpoint.

Gathering Storm

Investigate the jungle facility.

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MISSION 3 - OLD WOUNDS

Mission Challenges:

  1. Eliminate 15 enemies with the pulsar sword - Simply melee kill 15 enemies the pulsar sword. You will find the sword in a skeleton of to the right at the beginning of the mission.
  2. Destroy an enemy helicopter with a mortar - You will be able to find mortar rounds in a locked room after the meeting with the Afghans. When you begin your horseback journey to battle, a troop transport will be near the ground, chuck a mortar round or two at it to complete this challenge.
  3. Destroy a tank with an anti-tank mine - Grab the mines using the Access Kit found in the weapon cache in the Western location. Then, plant the mine in the path of a tank.
  4. Run down 10 enemies while on horseback – Simply run over 10 soldiers while or horseback. There are plenty of them running around the desert for you to take advantage of.
  5. Destroy an enemy helicopter with a truck mounted MG - There is a pickup truck with a mounted MG in it near the ammo cache you need to secure. There will also be a few helicopters flying in this area.
  6. Destroy 4 enemy helicopters in the North Pass – This will be priority one after you detonate the cratering charges. When you get on horseback again, head to the left where the BTRs and Tanks are coming from. On the hill, you will be able to see helicopter off in the distance. You will need to destroy 4 of them.
  7. Destroy an enemy helicopter without using the stinger lock-on feature - This can be done in multiple areas of the mission. It is best done after you destroy the 4 helicopters in the North Pass.
  8. Use the secondary fire function of the Stringer launcher to kill 25 enemies - The stinger can be found on the same roof of the mines. You can sit on this roof and farm the kills as there will be constant reinforcements until you destroy both BTRs in this area.
  9. Collect all 3 intel – The first intel is located in the room where you meet with the C.I.A. guy, the Afghan, and Zhao. It is to the left of the table that has the map on it. The second intel is located near an ammo supply point in the area between the 4 passes. The third intel is located near the ammo cache that needs to be secured. There will be a small cave to the right from where you enter the pass and it is lying on the ground.
  10. 100% survivability - Complete the mission without dying or failing a check point.

When you reach the interrogation of Kravchenko, Mason will start seeing numbers and want to shoot him. Make sure you keep tapping cn_X to prevent this. The decision here will affect earning an achievement in a later mission.

Shifting Sands

Gather intel on Raul Menendez from Mullah Rahmaan.

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STRIKE FORCE - F.O.B. SECTRE

After completing the third mission, you will have 'F.O.B. Spectre' and 'Shipwreck' available to play. I recommend going through the Strike Force tutorial before playing these missions. These missions are not required to be played on Veteran difficulty or completed as all to continue the main storyline, but they do have challenges that count towards one achievement. You will have up to 4 main storyline missions to complete these missions before they are removed from the list. You will have to complete this mission along with 'Shipwreck', 'I.E.D.', and 'Dispatch' to earn the 'Ship Shape' achievement in the mission 'Odysseus'.

You are given 3 attempts per Strike Force mission to complete the overall objective. Failing to complete this mission will result in 'Ship Shape' not being earned later in the story. You are required to defend F.O.B. Spectre for 10 minutes. You will have two sentry turrets, 1 CLAW, and two infantry squads at your disposal. The CLAW and sentry turrets are not replaceable after they are destroyed, but you will receive infantry reinforcements. I recommend placing one infantry squad near objective C and the other in the building near objective A. It is best to tackle one mission challenge at a time.

Mission Challenges:

  1. Melee 10 enemy soldiers - Self-explanatory.
  2. Eliminate 20 enemy soldiers with the sentry turret - Self-explanatory.
  3. Eliminate 10 enemy soldiers with the CLAW - CLAWs are the four legged machines. You will need to be in control of the CLAW and kill 10 enemies. You only get 1 for this mission.
  4. Complete the mission without having a defense field lowered - The enemy cannot take down one of the three objectives you are tasked with defending.
  5. Eliminate 3 ASDs with the sentry turret - ASDs are the small machines on tracts. Destroy three of them while in control of a sentry turret. The turret up on the helipad will have the best visibility for the ASDs dropped in on this mission. The Osprey looking vehicles will lower ASDs down to the ground.
  6. Eliminate 20 soldiers with head shots - Self-explanatory.
  7. Destroy 12 quad drones - These are the machines that fly and have four rotors. Take them down with anything you can. The ones you kill while in control of a specific unit count towards this challenge.
  8. Prevent the enemy from placing more than one hacking module - If you complete challenge 4, you will complete this one.
  9. Do not allow more than one sentry turret to be destroyed - You have two sentry turrets are your disposal. At least one of them must remain intact until the end of the mission.
  10. Complete the mission in tactical view only - Tactical view is the view where you do not have full control over units on the field. You enter this view by hitting cn_back. You can simply tell them where to go on the map and who to direct fire at. You will need to complete the entire mission in tactical view for this challenge. You will have to replay the mission for a second time to earn this challenge and the other 9.

After successfully defending F.O.B. Spectre, you will earn the 'Defender' achievement.

Defender

Successfully defend FOB Spectre from incursion.

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STRIKE FORCE - SHIPWRECK

These missions do not need to be played on Veteran difficulty, but they do have challenges that count towards one achievement. Failing to complete this mission will result in 'Ship Shape' not being earned later in the story mode. The goal of this mission is to plant 3 network intrusion devices to bring down the SDC Cargo Freighter. If you have played multiplayer, you will recognize this map as Cargo. For the main objectives, it is best to work your way from C to B to A when placing the network intruders.

Mission Challenges:

  1. Destroy two CLAWs using only soldiers - CLAWs are the four legged machines. You will need to play as one of the soldiers and eliminate two of them. It is best that you choose a soldier with grenades, a grenade launcher, or a light machine gun.
  2. Used only 3 network intrusions to complete the mission - These are the devices you need to place at the 3 different locations. You can only use 3 of them to complete this challenge. You will need to defend the ones you place down before moving to the next objective.
  3. Complete the mission with more than 2 minutes remaining - This is fairly simple on lower difficulties.
  4. Eliminate 10 soldiers with head shots - Self-explanatory.
  5. Melee 15 enemy soldiers - Self-explanatory.
  6. Destroy 3 ASD while using the CLAW - AS's are the small machines on tracts. They have grenades as well as a machine gun. You will need to play as the CLAW and destroy 3 ASDs. The CLAWs will not be put into play until about 3-4 minutes into the mission.
  7. Eliminate 15 soldiers with explosives - Use the ASD, Frag Grenades, to kill enemy soldiers.
  8. Eliminate 15 soldiers who are stunned - Use your secondary grenades while playing as a soldier to stun your enemies and then eliminate them.
  9. Run over 20 soldiers with the ASD - Self-explanatory.
  10. Complete the mission in tactical view only - Tactical view is the view where you do not have full control over units on the field. You enter this view by hitting cn_back. You can simply tell them where to go on the map and who to direct fire at. You will need to complete the entire mission in tactical view for this challenge. You will have to replay the mission for a second time to earn this challenge and the other 9.

Once you complete this mission, 'Singapore Sling' will unlock.

Singapore Sling

Successfully neutralize the SDC freighter at Keppel Terminal.

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MISSION 4 - TIME AND FATE

In this mission, you will be playing as Menendez and as Alex Mason. This mission will give your more insight as to why Menendez is doing what he is doing in the future.

Mission Challenges:

  1. Eliminate 7 PDF soldiers with a shotgun in under 10 seconds - PDF soldiers are the first ones you encounter in the mission. They are the ones ravaging the village. You start out with a shotgun in your possession. The best time to complete this is while you are in the frenzy mode. You also want to be going for the 'Man of the People' achievement during this time as well, so make sure to save all the civilians you can before the horse stable area.
  2. Eliminate 10 PDF soldiers with a truck mounted MG - After you leave the barn and are just outside the house where Josefina is, a truck will drive into the courtyard that has a MG mounted on it. Use the MG to eliminate 10 soldiers in the courtyard.
  3. Rendezvous with Josefina in less than 140 seconds - This starts as soon as you gain control of Menendez. Your main objective at the start of the mission is to reach Josefina. You have 2 minutes and 20 seconds to reach her for this challenge. You will be a little pressed for time to complete the 3 above challenges and do to this one all in one go. You may have to sacrifice one challenge for the other.
  4. Eliminate 12 Cartel soldiers with Molotov - After you reach Josefina and go through the cut scene, the cartel will now come into play. The Molotov are located in the first area you come to and require the access kit to get into the crate. Make sure to make good use of the Molotov as there are no resupply points for them. One very good spot to use a few of them are when you reach the MG in the little shack. Take the stairs up to the right and in the hut on top of the hill, there are normally 4-8 soldiers in there.
  5. Crash an enemy truck - This is done just past the hut where Molotovs were used. A truck will come at you and you will need to kill the driver and make him crash into the fence. If the truck stops on its own and the enemies get out, simply reload the checkpoint.
  6. Eliminate 10 Cartel soldiers with mortars - These are located in a locked garage when you make it to where Woods spots Noriega from a balcony. Make good use of the mortars as there are no resupply points for them.
  7. Eliminate 10 Cartel soldiers with a machete - This is located in a locked room when you make it into the Cartel's drug operation center underground.
  8. Locate the evidence of a C.I.A. presence - It is located in the room where the cartel are attempting to burn the evidence. When you are looking at the furnace upon entering the room, take a right and it is sitting on the desk.
  9. Collect all 3 intel - The first intel is located on a wagon at the right end of the barn where the horse run at you. The second intel is located in the right watch tower in after you pick up the mortars. The third intel is located in the Cartel's drug operation center underground in one of the side rooms before reaching the area where the Cartel are burning the files.
  10. 100% survivability - Complete the mission without dying or failing a check point.

'Man of the People' is earned while you are playing as Raul Menendez when he is in his frenzy mode at the beginning of the mission. You will need to save 7 people who are being brutalized by the PDF. The video below will have the location of all 7 people to save. (Video time: 0:52-2:08)

'Driven by Rage' is earned by completing this mission on any difficulty.

Man of the People

Stop the brutality inflicted by the PDF.

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Driven by Rage

Take down Menendez and his operation.

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MISSION 5 - FALLEN ANGEL

This mission might take you two attempts to complete the challenges due to the end with the vehicle pursuit. You will have the option to drive the SOC-T or fly the drone. Also note that during the surveillance, you must complete the 400 TB challenge in order to unlock the 'Dispatch' strike force mission.

Mission Challenges:

  1. Avoid damage from debris in the streets - While you are maneuvering through the flooded streets, do not take any damage from the debris moving in the water. This includes the floating cars, wood, buses, etc.
  2. Direct the CLAWs to eliminate 8 soldiers in the flooded street - This challenge starts after you have the CLAWs get on the roof through the access point just after the clearing out the market. Hit cn_up to bring up the CLAW targeting, then hit cn_RT at the target you want them to take down.
  3. Record 400 TB of data from Menendez during the surveillance - When you are recording the conversations between him and the other man, you need to collect 400 TB of info. There are more than enough opportunities to complete this challenge.
  4. Incinerate 10 soldiers with the flamethrower attachment - This challenge starts when you have full control over the CLAWs after you finish the recording of Menendez. The CLAW in the garage will have 10+ soldiers around it for an easy challenge.
  5. Protect both CLAWs from destruction - Pretty self-explanatory. Make sure your CLAWs are not destroyed during the mission. The biggest threats are the RPG guys for the CLAW located on the rooftop after you gain full control over them.
  6. Deploy two SOC-T boost to find alternate routes - This challenge starts during the escape scene. The SOC-T you are driving has a boost feature to speed you up. You will need to take two alternate routes by using some of the jumps in this section. The first one is located on a bridge where the ramp is a fallen down street sign. The second one is located after you head through the big building where you have to take a series of left turns. The jump is a dirt ramp that launches you through a window and through a building. You will need to hit the boost near the top of the ramp to make sure you have enough speed.
  7. Destroy 20 enemy vehicles withe drone missiles - Challenge 7 and 6/8 cannot be done at the same time. You will be given a choice to play as the Drone or drive the SOC-T. If you choose the drone, simply destroy 20 vehicles in the escape scene of the mission.
  8. Destroy 8 enemy vehicles with the SOC-T - This challenge starts during the escape scene. The SOC-T you are driving has a boost feature. You will need to get right behind the other jeeps driving around and hit cn_A to boost into them and make them crash.
  9. Collect all 3 intel - The first intel is located in the room you start in. The second intel is located in a pathway to the right just after you get off the flooded street after pushing your way through the gate. The third intel is located immediately after entering the ruined building after passing the death drones in the flooded streets. Specifically, it's where a third death drone briefly lit up the interior.
  10. 100% survivability - Complete the mission without dying or failing a check point.

'Hey Good Looking' is earned near the end of the mission during the chase where you need to avoid the flame coming out of the gas pipes before entering the last warehouse. You will need to take the car through the right side of the entrance just below the origin of the flame. (Video time: 17:47-17:57)

'Waterlogged' is earned by completing this mission on any difficulty.

Hey Good Looking

Plastic surgery avoided

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Waterlogged

Gather information on Raul Menendez' suspected terrorist plot.

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STRIKE FORCE - I.E.D.

This mission is not required to be played on Veteran difficulty, but they do have challenges that count towards one achievement. Failing to complete this mission will result in 'Ship Shape' not being earned later in the story mode. This mission becomes available after completing 'Fallen Angel'. You are tasked with escorting a convoy through the desert. The level layout may look familiar as it is the one from mission 3. It will be best that you play this twice to earn all challenges. In one playthrough you should do challenge 4, 5, and 10 together. On the second playthrough you should be able to complete the other 7 challenges with the quad drone. You will want to use the quad drone 85% of the time and focus on the RPG soldiers the most since they will deal the most damage to the convoy.

Mission Challenges:

  1. Eliminate 3 enemy soldier while they are planting an I.E.D. - You will want to be controlling the Quad Drones. The soldiers planting the I.E.D.s are the soldiers that run into the road ahead of the convoy and are placing mines in their path. You should be able to complete the challenge after clearing out the first 2 locations.
  2. Eliminate 10 enemy soldiers while on horseback - You simply need to kill 10 soldiers that are riding a horse. There are probably around 30-40 that are on horseback during this mission.
  3. Convoy does not stop due to an I.E.D. - There are 4 I.E.D. locations on this map and at each location there are 3-4 mines. If you get far enough ahead of the convoy, you will be able to catch the I.E.D. soldiers. Simply shoot the I.E.D.s at each location.
  4. Destroy 3 tanks with a kinetic projectile - This can be done easily while playing through on tactical view. Push cn_down to control it and hit cn_RT to fire the projectile. There are 4 tanks in this mission. The reload time is pretty significant for this weapon, so make sure you target the tanks as soon as possible so the other units don't destroy more than one of the tanks.
  5. Destroy a helicopter with a kinetic projectile - There are 3 helicopters in this mission. They will show up after you reach I.E.D. location 3. Make sure you target them as quick as possible since the quad drones make short work of the helicopters.
  6. Eliminate 20 enemy soldiers as a quad drone - Pretty self-explanatory. Kills that you make for the soldiers riding on horseback do count towards this one as well.
  7. Run over 10 enemy soldiers as an ASD - This can be done near the end of the mission where the weapon cache was for mission 3. There are plenty of soldiers on the ground. Just be cautious of the RPG soldiers in the area.
  8. Use only an ASD to destroy a tank - You only need to destroy 1 tank with using only the ASD. There are 4 tanks throughout this mission.
  9. Keep all vehicles in the convoy safe - All vehicles must reach the extraction zone.
  10. Complete the mission in tactical view only - Tactical view is the view where you do not have full control over units on the field. You enter this view by hitting cn_back. You can simply tell them where to go on the map and who to direct fire at. You will need to complete the entire mission in tactical view for this challenge.

Desert Storm

Successfully escort the VIPs to safety.

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MISSION 6 - KARMA

This mission will affect which achievements may and may not be earned later in the story mode. Depending on what you do by either saving Karma or letting DeFalco escape with her will determine whether or not you will earn 'Showdown' or 'Good Karma' during the mission 'Odysseus'. If you allow DeFalco to take Karma, the strike force mission 'Second Chance' will become available to you. If you want to earn the 'Giant Accomplishment' achievement, it is best to let Karma escape in this mission so that you can play the 'Second Chance' mission.

When you have the option to save Karma, you will need to decide which achievement you are going for during the mission 'Odysseus'. You will have the option to complete 'Good Karma' or 'Showdown'. 'Good Karma' will require you to save Karma in this mission or in the 'Second Chance' strike force mission. I suggest letting Karma escape with DeFalco to unlock the 'Second Chance' mission. This way you will be able to play that mission and complete the challenges.

If you choose to go for the 'Showdown' achievement in the 'Odysseus' mission, you have to let Karma go with DeFalco so DeFalco is present in mission 9. To complete the challenges for the 'Giant Accomplishment' achievement, you can choose to replay the 'Second Chance' mission instead of completing it from resuming the campaign. If Karma is present during the mission 'Odysseus', you will not be able to earn the 'Showdown' achievement.

Mission Challenges:

  1. Obtain retina scan in less than 60 seconds - When you have control of Ziggy, you have 60 seconds to make it to the guy to scan his retina. Jumping makes you go faster, but only jump when you are on a level surface and not climbing up walls or the pipes. You will have a timer in the bottom right of your screen. If you run over the 60 seconds, simply reload the last check point.
  2. Retrieve precious cargo (Ziggy) - You will need to go into the room where Ziggy is which the room where the retina scan gives you access. The spider will be lying on the floor in the room to the left of the first intel location.
  3. Kill 5 soldiers with head shots in Club Solar - You will have a KAP-40 with a RDS. Many of the kills you can get will be in slow motion. When you make a head shot, you will hear the ever distinctive sound.
  4. Ensure that no civilians are killed - This challenge is also done in club solar after Karma is taken by DeFalco. Make sure you do not hit any civilians in the cross fire.
  5. Incapacitate 20 soldiers with the Combatant Suppression Knuckles - The knuckles are found in the armory after the bomb goes off. Make sure you have your access kit equipped before starting this mission.
  6. Protect the ASD from destruction - You will be able to access the ASD from a locked room during the pursuit through the mall to capture DeFalco.
  7. Eliminate 5 enemies that are rappelling - When you reach the outdoor area after going through the mall, helicopters will be dropping in troops. Kill 5 of these soldiers rappelling from the choppers.
  8. Eliminate 25 soldiers in the outdoor area - This is the area right after the mall and described above. Simply take out 25 soldiers in this area. You can kind of take your time pushing through as there will be reinforcements until you progress through the level.
  9. Collect all 3 intel - The first intel is located in the server room on a desk in the back right side of the room. The second intel is located in a shop on the bottom floor, right side of the mall and it behind the cashier counter. The thid intel is located after you open the door and lots of civilians come rushing out. Go down the escalator, then after entering the large plaza, hug the right wall and the intel is on the last kiosk before the stairs.
  10. 100% survivability - Complete the mission without dying or failing a check point.

'What Happens in Colossus...' is earned by completing this mission on any difficulty.

What Happens in Colossus...

Find the Karma weapon.

What Happens in Colossus...
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STRIKE FORCE - SECOND CHANCE

This mission will only be available if DeFalco escapes with Karma during mission 6 and will only be available before you complete 'Suffer With Me'. It is not required to be played on Veteran difficulty, but they do have challenges that count towards one achievement.

If this mission does appear by letting Karma escape and you fail to complete these challenge, it will result in 'Giant Accomplishment' not being earned later in the story mode as challenges will not be completed. The majority of the challenges in this mission are very straight forward. Like all other missions, it will require at least 2 play through to complete all challenges. I recommend going for challenge 8, 9, and 10 at the same time and the rest in a separate play through.

Mission Challenges:

  1. Eliminate 10 enemy soldiers as H.V.I. (Karma) - Once you find Karma, you will have the ability to play as her.
  2. Eliminate 10 enemy soldiers as a VTOL Gunner - You will have a VTOL gunship at your disposal until you find Karma. This challenge is very easy.
  3. Melee 10 enemy soldiers - Pretty self-explanatory.
  4. Eliminate 15 enemy soldiers with head shots - Pretty self-explanatory.
  5. Destroy 4 quad drones - There are only 5-6 quad drones on this level. Make these your priority targets when you run across them. If they are destroyed by the A.I. units, the kills will not count.
  6. Eliminate 15 enemy soldiers with explosives - Pick a soldier that has Semtex or grenade launcher and eliminate the 15 soldiers.
  7. Eliminate 5 enemy soldiers with exploding vehicles - This one can be a little frustrating since most enemies will not run by a car and there are limited cars on the map.
  8. Find the H.V.I. in less than 90 seconds - The H.V.I. will always be in the last building you search. I typically search from left to right.
  9. Extract the H.V.I. in less than 60 seconds - It is best that the last building you search is is the one closest to the insertion/extraction point. This will help guarantee that you will have Karma extracted in under 60 seconds.
  10. Complete the mission in tactical view only - Tactical view is the view where you do not have full control over units on the field. You enter this view by hitting cn_back. You can simply tell them where to go on the map and who to direct fire at. You will need to complete the entire mission in tactical view for this challenge.

Blind Date

Successfully rescue HVI.

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MISSION 7 - SUFFER WITH ME

For your loadout, I suggest an RPG as a starting weapon to help with one of the challenges in this mission. You should also have your access kit to get the special grenades, flak jacket, and IR strobes in this mission.

Mission Challenges:

  1. Perform a knife throw at an enemy guard post - After you climb up from the storm drain, you will be able to throw a knife at the guard that exits the guard hut.
  2. Survive an enemy RPG blast that causes enemy collateral damage - You will find a flak jacket in the warehouse you enter through the skylight.
  3. Destroy Noriega's Private Jet - After you exit the warehouse you were in, you will see a jet getting ready for take-off. Use the RPG to take it out.
  4. Eliminate 10 enemy soldiers with a truck mounted MG - There is a truck with an MG in the back of it near the plane. use this to eliminate 10 soldiers from this area.
  5. Distract 8 enemy soldiers with Nightingale grenades at the same time - After clearing out the first courtyard after the knife throw, there will be a crate in front of a warehouse with these grenades in them. You will throw them in the area where Noreiga's plane is located. You can spam the grenades near the blown up plane.
  6. Eliminate 15 enemy soldiers with the IR Strobe - You will find the IR strobes after the point at which you are fighting through the streets. After you exit the building after giving Noriega an unloaded weapon, stick to the left alleyways. It will be located in a locked area that requires the access kit to reach.
  7. Destroy enemy ZPU - This is the AA gun mounted on top of the roof. Use an RPG or grenade to destroy it. It is located on a roof just before you reach the clinic.
  8. Eliminate 8 enemy soldiers in the clinic - In the clinic you will help a lady. After a little scuffle, multiple enemies will charge at you. Make sure to take out at least 8 of them before Mason takes them out.
  9. Collect all 3 intel - The first intel is located on the second floor of the warehouse that you entered through the skylight. It is located on a shelving unit just before you go to the airstrip. The second intel is located in a house to the left, when you see a church up ahead with an objective marker 85m away. The third intel is located on a table in the first room on the right at the first left of the medical clinic.
  10. 100% survivability - Complete the mission without dying or failing a checkpoint. One point to take note of is the part in the building where a strobe is thrown in and Woods yells "Move! Gunship strike inbound!". This part requires surprisingly precise timing on your sprinting and jumping if you don't want to die. If you do die here, you'll unfortunately have to restart the whole mission if you're only going for this challenge.

'Dirty Business' is the first achievement that brings in some of your previous decision making in several cut scenes. In the mission 'Old Wounds', you should have chosen not to shoot Kravchenko. They also reference the C.I.A. file found in the Cartel bunker from mission 4. In the mission 'Suffer With Me', you will meet with Noriega to complete the next step in the process. After you find him in the hotel and question him, the achievement will pop after the conversation is over. (Video time: 5:30-6:46)

'Family Reunion' is earned near the end of the mission. You will be on the rooftop with a sniper rifle and instructed to take a headshot on the hostage with a bag over his head. Instead of doing that, take a chest shot. Once he falls to the ground, you will take another chest shot and then the achievement will unlock. (Video time: 15:35-End)

If you have been playing the missions on Veteran difficulty, you will unlock 'Old Fashioned' at the end of this mission. 'False Profit' also comes in at the end of this mission, but it is not difficulty specific.

Dirty Business

Listen and think before you shoot.

Dirty Business
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Family Reunion

There are two futures.

Family Reunion
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Old Fashioned

Complete "Pyrrhic Victory", "Old Wounds", "Time And Fate", and "Suffer With Me" in Veteran.

Old Fashioned
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False Profit

Capture Manuel Noriega and bring him to justice.

False Profit
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STRIKE FORCE - DISPATCH

This mission does not have to be played on Veteran difficulty, but it does have challenges that count towards 'Giant Accomplishment'. Failure to complete this mission will result in 'Ship Shape' not being earned later in the story mode. This mission becomes available after completing 'Suffer With Me'. In this mission, you are tasked with killing General Zhao. This will cause the Chinese to side with you during 'Odysseus'.

Mission Challenges:

  1. Melee 10 enemy soldiers - Self-explanatory.
  2. Destroy 6 ASDs while they are disabled - Use a soldier that has EMP grenades. When you see an ASD, throw one at it and then unload your weapon on the ASD until it is scrap metal.
  3. Complete the mission with 3:00 or more remaining - This may be a little difficult to obtain if you are going for the other 8 challenges. You can most likely do this challenge with the tactical view one.
  4. Eliminate 20 enemy soldiers with headshots - Self-explanatory.
  5. Eliminate 10 enemy soldiers while they are stunned - Use a soldier that has EMP grenades or concussion grenades. Then eliminate the soldiers when they are stunned.
  6. Eliminate 15 enemy soldiers with explosives - Pick a soldier with the SMAW, grenade, or Grenade launcher.
  7. Destroy 3 sentry turrets while they are disabled - You will need a soldier that has EMP grenades. Make sure the sentry turret is affected by the EMP before taking it out. There are 4-6 sentry turrets on this map.
  8. Destroy 2 ASDs with one explosion - It is best that you have a soldier with the SMAW launcher. There are 7-9 ASDs in the map. Make sure two of them are close together before firing the shot.
  9. Use only one hacking module to complete the mission - When you reach the down VTOL ship, you can only place one hacking module to complete this challenge. Make sure all your reinforcements are with you before placing it. It will take 1 minute to hack the VTOL ship.
  10. Complete the mission in tactical view only - Tactical view is the view where you do not have full control over units on the field. You enter this view by hitting cn_back. You can simply tell them where to go on the map and who to direct fire at. You will need to complete the entire mission in tactical view for this challenge.

Art of War

Successfully assassinate SDC Chairman Tian Zhao.

Art of War
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MISSION 8 - ACHILLES' VEIL

Mission Challenges:

  1. Destroy 20 quad drones - There will be quad drones all throughout the mission. Any kills done by A.I. allies will not count towards this challenge. After the VTOL's crash Menendez's speech, stick around in this area to eliminate as many drones as possible.
  2. Eliminate 20 enemy soldiers with a sword - After you pick up the optical camo, challenge 3, head to the left of the courtyard and process that way to the next waypoint. You will see an access point to the sword.
  3. Melee 20 enemy soldiers while using optical camo - You will find the optical camo in the same building as intel #1. It will be in the next room up from the intel. From there, melee kill 20 enemy soldiers. You can also complete the 2nd challenge in tandem when you have the sword.
  4. Destroy 8 quad drones with a turret - When you reach the area with the ASD, there will be a gate on the right side of the map that you can gain access through that will take you to the turret. These kills will also count towards challenge 1.
  5. Eliminate 5 enemy soldiers by exploding vehicles - There are many enemies and vehicles in the area with the ASDs. Make sure several enemies are around a vehicle and destroy it. You can use multiple vehicles to complete this challenge.
  6. Destroy 4 enemy ASD while they are disabled - Make sure you have EMP grenades and refill your ammo whenever possible. There are only 5 enemy ASD drones in the area.
  7. Eliminate 5 enemy soldiers using the VTOL gunner - This challenge can only be done when you choose to shoot Menendez after the VTOL with Harper is shot down. Please read the 'Ultimate Sacrifice' achievement description below.
  8. Direct quad drones to eliminate 25 enemy soldiers - After you gain control of David, you will be able to order the Quad Drones to attack particular enemies. You will simply need to have them attack in a general area where the enemies are.
  9. Collect all 3 intel - The first intel is located in the same area where you initially start challenge 1. There is a staircase on the right side of the courtyard that will take you to an upstairs room with the intel. The second intel is located in the room to the left after you come out of the narrow alley when playing as David. It will be located behind some furniture in the right corner of the room. The third intel is located on a roof of a building just before you reach the bridge to cross where Menendez is located.
  10. 100% survivability - Complete the mission without dying.

'Ultimate Sacrifice' is earned in this mission. You will run into a short scene with Menendez where you will be given the option to shoot at Menendez or Harper. You can still earn this achievement by not doing either of them. If you wait 20 seconds, Menendez will shoot you, Farid, and the achievement will pop. Either way, you MUST shoot Menendez for this achievement. If you plan on going for the 'Showdown' or 'Good Karma' achievement you MUST kill Harper since Farid is needed for the achievement. A good way to get 'Ultimate Sacrifice' and ensure that you can earn one of the other two is to shoot Menendez and then after the achievement pops, save and quit to go back to the previous check point and choose to execute Harper. (Video time: 8:17-9:59)

'Deep Cover' is earned by completing this mission on any difficulty.

Ultimate Sacrifice

Only one can survive.

Ultimate Sacrifice
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Deep Cover

Capture Menendez.

Deep Cover
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MISSION 9 - ODYSSEUS

Make sure to equip EMP grenades instead of the shock charge for this mission. What you choose for your starting loadout will be in the armoury.

Based on your past decisions, you will either be able to earn 'Good Karma' or 'Showdown' during the scene with Menendez holds Admiral Briggs hostage. You will can only get one or the other as the cut scene here both involve Farid. The 'Showdown' achievement will pop up during this scene, while 'Good Karma' will pop at the end of the mission.

Mission Challenges:

  1. Locate gift in Mason's State Room - In the area where the first sentry turret is there will be a room to the right that you will have to open. The 'Gift' is located on the desk in Mason's room.
  2. Incapacitate 20 enemy soldiers with CSK - As soon as you come to after Menendez knocks you out, you will be able to get the Knuckles from the access point. Then simply melee 20 soldiers throughout the mission.
  3. Eliminate 8 airborne enemies before they land - When you reach the point where you can see the flight deck, you will also see troop flying in. Eliminate 8 of these guys before they land on the deck.
  4. Provide sniper over watch for the SEAL team across the flight deck - After you try to access the security systems from the bridge, you will walk into a hallway where there is a sniper leaning against the right side railing. You will need to take out many of the soldiers on the flight deck while the SEAL's cross the deck.
  5. Eliminate 10 enemy soldiers with a security turret - There are two spots you can do this challenge. You will see the access points fairly easily on the map.
  6. Destroy 3 security turrets while disabled - There are 5 security turrets that are hostile to you throughout the map. Make sure to throw an EMP grenade at it before taking the turret out.
  7. Direct the CLAW to eliminate 5 enemy soldiers - There is an access point on the left side of the flight deck from where you reach the flight deck after the lift. The targeting system works like previous missions.
  8. Get to extraction in less than 90 seconds - Once you ride the lift up to the flight deck, the timer begins. You will have the opportunity to complete challenge 7 in this time frame. You will also have to pick up the third intel from the right side of the flight deck.
  9. Collect all 3 intel - The first intel is located on the bridge to the right side of where you try to access the security systems. The second intel is located after you reach the area where Menendez held Briggs hostage. It will be located up a small set of stairs and on a table on the right side of the room. The third intel is located on the right side of the flight deck when you are completing challenge 8. It is in one of the VTOLs.
  10. 100% survivability - Complete the mission without dying.

'Sinking Star' is earned by completing 'Odysseus' on any difficulty. If you completed the 'F.O.B. Spectre', 'I.E.D.', 'Shipwreck, and 'Dispatch' Strike Force missions, you will also earn the 'Ship Shape' achievement at the end of the mission. One step that you need to do in this mission is to shoot Admiral Briggs in the leg and not kill him.

Ship Shape

Reinforcements on the way.

Ship Shape
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Good Karma

Crack the celerium worm.

Good Karma
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Showdown

A duel between rivals

Showdown
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Sinking Star

Interrogate Menendez.

Sinking Star
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MISSION 10 - CORDIS DIE

Mission Challenges:

  1. 100% impact ration with SAM engagement on highway - While progressing through the story, you will encounter the SAM. You must hit the drones with every shot you take to complete this challenge. The easiest way it to way until they fly overhead and then trying to take them down while they do so.
  2. Perform 10 head shot sniper kills from the upper freeway - When given the option to rappel or snipe, take the sniper option. Then you must perform 10 head shots from on the freeway.
  3. Direct the quad drones to eliminate 8 enemy soldiers - You will come across a part of the map that has an enemy CLAW near a turned over truck that has 'access' on it. The quad drones are inside. Use cn_up to target enemies.
  4. Rescue the trapped SSA in damaged vehicle - Once you reach Plaza Downtown, there will be a overturned vehicle that has 'Access' labelled on it. Force open the top hatch to save the SSA.
  5. Destroy 30 enemy drones using the SAM turret on the roof - After rescuing the SSA, go into the building to the left that says SHOPS. Up the stairs there will be an access point that will take you to the roof to use the SAM turret.
  6. Protect G20 cougar at the intersection - You will reach a location on the map where there is blue smoke shortly after challenge 5. You need to protect the vehicle near the smoke that has the way point on it. There will be RPG soldiers sitting on the roof top on the other side from where you approach it from. Make sure to take these guys out immediately.
  7. Destroy 3 drones with one shot - Once you start chasing the drones over the city, your FA-38 will have access to the Sky Buster missile by pushing cn_LB. Use this missile when you have at least 3 drones targeted in front of you.
  8. Protect all G20 vehicles - Once you get in the FA-38, there will be 3 vehicles you need to protect during their escape. This challenge will not be flagged as complete until the mission is over.
  9. Collect all 3 intel - The first intel is located on the freeway below where you were providing sniper cover. It is on the left side past the charter bus and behind a burning car. The second intel is located on the street where you must destroy 3 enemy CLAWs. It is located in the left side of the street in a hotel on the reception desk. The third intel is located just past the access route to the roof for challenge 5. It is up the stairs to the right and is laying on shelf at the T-shirt stand.
  10. 100% survivability - Complete the mission without dying.

'Late for Prom' is earned by completing Cordis Die on any difficulty.

Late for the Prom

Escort the president to the secure location in downtown LA.

Late for the Prom
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MISSION 11 - JUDGEMENT DAY

I suggest equipping the Storm PSR (in the Special-section while selecting your loadout) instead of the sniper they give you. This makes destroying the Laser Turrets much easier and it can be used for challenge 4. If you have the Scavenger Perk unlocked, equip that as well before starting the mission.

Mission Challenges:

  1. Avoid all anti-air missiles - When you jump out of your VTOL, you simply need to avoid all missiles being shot up at you.
  2. Destroy all laser turrets - There are six total laser turrets at the beginning of the mission. There are two on the tall left building. Two to the right of the large stair case, on the ground and on a small building. The last two are located on the tall right building towards the way you need to move to progress through the mission. I recommend having the Storm PSR as your secondary weapon. Charge up a shot to take out the turrets
  3. Destroy 3 enemy quad drones while disabled - Make sure to have EMP grenades for this mission. There will be multiple areas with enemy quad drones to EMP them and then destroy them. The best area for this is when you enter the compound in the main control room.
  4. Perform 10 sniper kills from more than 40 meter distance - This is best done at the very beginning of the mission. There will be snipers located on top of several buildings. Having a dual band scope will allow you to spot these enemies more efficiently. This must be completed before you enter the large building housing the drone controls.
  5. Melee 3 camouflaged enemies - These guys will show up shortly after you pick up the KPW tablet. They are still pretty easy to spot in their optical camo. There is also another location when you get into the compound where there will be at least 8 camo soldiers. Simply melee 3 of them for this challenge.
  6. Direct quad drones to eliminate enemy CLAW - There are two locations to complete this challenge. You can access the drones as soon as you land when completing challenge 1. Stick to the left and the drones are in a crate that is labelled with the 'Access' text. From there, simply target a CLAW with the drones.
  7. Eliminate 5 enemies with one KPW projectile - You will find the KPW control tablet in a downed VTOL behind the building that is directly in front of you when you make it up the large stair case at the beginning. The best spot to use this weapon is on the second stair case you encounter after the area with the storage barrels.
  8. Protect ASD resource to the objective location - There will be an access point in the compound in a large two story room. The access panel is located in the right side of this room. The ASD must survive until you reach the point where Menendez is on broadcast.
  9. Collect all 3 intel - The first intel location is on the small building that had the laser turret on top. The second intel is located inside the compound controlling the drones. In the main control room, it is located two or three rows up on the opposite side you entered from, lying under a monitor. The third intel is located in the dark room after you fight a group a camo soldiers. It is located on the bottom floor on a box.
  10. 100% survivability - Complete the mission without dying.

You will find the final 3 intel in this mission, to earn the 'High IQ' achievement.

'Dead or Alive' is earned in the sequence where you have the option to capture Menendez or to kill him. Do not wait too long to make the decision or you will miss out on the achievement. It does not matter which decision you make.

If you completed all 11 main missions on Veteran difficulty, you will earn 'Black Ops II Master'.

'Death from Above' is earned by completing the main story missions on any difficulty.

'Futurist' is earned by completing the following missions on Veteran difficulty: 'Celerium', 'Fallen Angel', 'Karma', 'Achilles' Veil', 'Odysseus', 'Cordis Die', and 'Judgement Day'.

High IQ

Collect all intel.

High IQ
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Dead or Alive

Jailor or executioner.

Dead or Alive
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Futurist

Complete all future levels in veteran.

Futurist
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Black Ops II Master

Complete the campaign on Hardened or Veteran difficulty.

Black Ops II Master
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Death from Above

Stop Menendez once and for all.

Death from Above
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If you have uncompleted challenges in some of the missions, do NOT start a new story. This will wipe out any challenges you have completed. Simply choose to replay the missions in which you need to complete challenges.

That's it for the campaign achievements! Now onto the Multiplayer achievements!

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