Black Ops 2 Trophy / Achievement Guide

A guide to earning Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's Xbox Achievements, Playstation Trophies and Steam Achievements

Be aware, this guide contains campaign spoilers. If you want to play through Black Ops 2 blind, without knowing the plotline, consult this guide only once you have already completed the game.

This guide is still a work in progress

Platinum
Awarded when all other trophies have been unlocked
Platinum

Unlock all other trophies (PS3 only)


Campaign 

No Man Left Behind
Rescue Woods
Bronze / 20G

Story completion. Complete the mission Pyrrhic Victory to unlock.

Gathering Storm
Investigate the jungle facility
Bronze / 20G

Story completion. Complete the mission Celerium to unlock.

Shifting Sands
Gather intel on Raul Menendez from Mullah Rahmaan
Bronze / 20G

Story completion. Complete the mission Old Wounds to unlock.

Driven by Rage
Take down Menendez and his operation
Bronze / 20G

Story completion. Complete the mission Time and Fate to unlock.

Waterlogged
Gather information on Raul Menendez’ suspected terrorist plot
Bronze / 20G

Story completion. Complete the mission Fallen Angel to unlock.

What Happens in Colossus…
Find the Karma weapon
Bronze / 20G

Story completion. Complete the mission Karma to unlock.

False Profit
Capture Manuel Noriega and bring him to justice
Bronze / 20G

Story completion. Complete the mission Suffer With Me to unlock.

Deep Cover
Capture Menendez

Bronze / 20G
Story completion. Complete the mission Achilles' Veil to unlock.

Sinking Star
Interrogate Menendez
Bronze / 20G

Story completion. Complete the mission Odysseus to unlock.

Late for the Prom
Escort the president to the secure location in downtown LA
Bronze / 20G

Story completion. Complete the mission Cordis Die to unlock.

Death from Above
Stop Menendez once and for all
Silver / 50G

Story completion. Complete the mission Judgment Day to unlock.

Old Fashioned
Complete “Pyrrhic Victory”, “Old Wounds”, “Time and Fate” and “Suffer With Me” in Veteran
Silver / 50G

Difficulty based. See Black Ops 2 Master.

Futurist
Complete all future levels in Veteran
Silver / 50G

Difficulty based. See Black Ops 2 Master. The 7 future levels required for this trophy are:
  1. Celerium
  2. Fallen Angel
  3. Karma
  4. Achilles' Veil
  5. Odysseus
  6. Cordis Die
  7. Judgment Day
Black Ops 2 Master
Complete the campaign on Hardened or Veteran difficulty
Bronze / 15G

Black Ops 2 Master requires you to complete the entire Black Ops 2 campaign on Veteran difficulty - the hardest difficulty available.

Veteran is available from the outset, but it is recommended that you play the Campaign once through on Normal just to enjoy the story (Veteran can get very frustrating).

You need to learn to use cover and special grenades, go slowly and avoid being surprised at any cost.

A lot of the campaign is scripted based on specific events - either
killing all enemies in the area, after a set time period, or when you move to a specific point - and it often takes trial and error in order to learn these moves in order to hit the checkpoints.

Just Gettin’ Started
Complete 1 challenge in any level
Bronze / 10G

Awarded for completing singleplayer mission challenges. Really nothing to worry about, as you will undoubtedly complete a challenge by accident in at least one of the missions during your playthrough. See Giant Accomplishment for more info about mission challenges.

Mission Complete
Complete all challenges in a level
Silver / 10G

Awarded for completing singleplayer mission challenges. See Giant Accomplishment.

Giant Accomplishment
Complete all challenges in Black Ops 2
Gold / 50G

Each mission in Black Ops 2 has 10 challenges. For this trophy, you will need to complete every challenge in every mission, including Strike Force. There are 16 missions, making for a total of 160 challenges. You can check the requirements for the challenges in each mission by going to Career Record at the mission select screen.

Singapore Sling
Successfully neutralize the SDC freighter at Keppel Terminam
Bronze / 15G

Awarded for completing the Strike Force mission, Shipwreck

Desert Storm
Successfully escort the VIPs to safety
Bronze / 15G

Awarded for completing the Strike Force mission, I.E.D.

Defender
Successfully defend FOB Spectre from incursion
Bronze / 15G

Awarded for completing the Strike Force mission, FOB Spectre

Art of War
Successfully assassinate SDC Chariman Tian Zhao
25G

Awarded for completing the Strike Force mission, Dispatch. This mission is unlocked by completing the other Strike Force missions

Blind Date
Successfully rescue HVI
Bronze / 15G

Awarded for completing the Strike Force mission, Second Chance. This missions is unlocked by allowing DeFalco to escape in the campaign mission, Karma.

Family Reunion
There are two futures
Bronze / 10G

At the end of mission 7, Suffer with Me, you will be instructed to execute a blindfolded prisoner with a sniper rifle. Game prompts tell you to go for the headshot, but for this trophy, you must shoot the prisoner in the arms or legs. This will not kill them first time, so you will need to follow up with another shot to the arms or legs. Doing this will unlock the trophy.

Hey Good Looking
Plastic surgery avoided
Bronze / 10G

During mission 5, Fallen Angel, during the driving sequence, avoid the fire spewing from the pipeline by keeping far right at the end of the sequence.

Showdown
A duel between rivals
Bronze / 15G

  1. During mission 6, Karma, let DeFalco escape
  2. In Mission 8, Achilles' Veil, kill Harper
  3. Do not complete the Strike Force mission, Second Chance
  4. In mission 9, Odysseus, the trophy will unlock during a cutscene

Dirty Business
Listen and think before you shoot
Bronze / 15G

When you have captured Kravchenko in Old Wounds, resist the urge to shoot him by tapping the indicated button when the QTE pops up. The trophy will then unlock in Suffer With Me when interrogating Noriega.

Ship Shape
Reinforcements on the way
Bronze / 10G

Complete all 5 Strike Force missions before starting mission 9, Odysseus. During this mission, you will be instructed to shoot Briggs in either the head or leg. Shoot him in the leg.

Dead or Alive
Jailor or executioner
Bronze / 15G

Unlocked by choosing to either capture or kill Menendez at the end of the game. Cannot be missed.

Ultimate Sacrifice
Only one can survive
Bronze / 15G

In mission 8, Achilles' Veil, you will be given the choice to kill Menendez or Harper. Choose Menendez.

Good Karma
Crack the celerium worm
Bronze / 20G

This trophy requires several steps, so can easily be missed:
  1. Complete all Strike Force missions before reaching campaign mission 9
  2. In mission 6, Karma, kill DeFalco
  3. In mission 8, Achilles' Veil, kill Harper
  4. In mission 9, Odysseus, shoot Briggs in the leg.

After you have completed mission 9, the trophy should unlock

High IQ
Collect all intel
Bronze / 20G


Back in Time
Use a future weapon in the past
Bronze / 10G

Weapons are unlocked through progress, so you may need to play a while to unlock a future one. Once you have an appropriate weapon, play any of the past missions:
  • Pyrrhic Victory
  • Old Wounds
  • Time and Fate
  • Suffer with Me

During the course of the mission, kill at least one enemy with the future weapon. After you complete the mission, the trophy will unlock.

Man of the People
Stop the brutality inflicted by the PDF
Bronze / 15G

In mission 4, Time and Fate, you will go through a village where soldiers are attacking the civilians. Kill the soldiers to unlock this trophy.

Gun Nut
Complete a level with customized loadout
Bronze / 10G

Before starting a mission, modify your loadout from the default, and play through that level. Completing it will land you the trophy.

Ten K
Minimum score of 10k in every mission
Bronze / 15G



Multiplayer

Welcome to the Club
Reach Sergeant (Level 10) in multiplayer Public match
Bronze / 10G

Head into multiplayer and start playing some Public games. Unless this is your first time playing Call of Duty, this will be very simple, and you should reach Sergeant within a few matches.

Welcome to the Penthouse
Prestige once in multiplayer Public match
Gold / 50G

In order to Prestige, you will need to reach rank 55. Depending on whether you enjoy Black Ops 2's multiplayer, this will either come naturally as part of your ranking, or it will be a laborious grind.

To rank up the quickest, I would recommend playing modes you enjoy most over forcing yourself to play "high XP" modes. The same goes for weapons. Low end scorestreaks will net you easy extra XP as well.

This will take 16 - 24 hours of game time, depending on how good you are and how high your score per minute is.

Big Leagues
Win 5 multiplayer League Play games after being placed in a division
Silver / 20G

This will require you to play at least 10 games in League Play. League Play is a new mode in Black Ops 2 multiplayer that allows you to play competitively in public matches.

Head into
League Play and get placed in a division by playing 5 ranking matches. After these five games, you will be given a division. Play five more and try to win each one and the trophy will unlock. It does not have to be five matches in a row.

Trained Up
Win 10 multiplayer games while playing in Combat Training playlists
Bronze / 10G

Be on the winning team in 10 multiplayer Combat Training matches. You can access these matches by going to multiplayer - Public Match - Combat Training, and choosing one of the three playlists.

Party Animal
Win 10 multiplayer games while playing in Party Games playlists
Bronze / 10G

Head into the Party Games playlist and select either Gun Game, One in the Chamber, Sticks and Stones or Sharpshooter and try to come out on top. Winning 10 matches will earn you the trophy.


Zombies


Tower of Babble
In TranZit, obey the voices
Silver / 75G


Don’t Fire Until You See
In TranZit, have all doors opened without being set on fire
Bronze / 30G


The Lights Of Their Eyes
In Green Run, pacify at least 10 zombies with 1 EMP
Bronze / 5G

This trophy requires some luck, as you will need to get EMP grenades out of the Mystery Box. The mystery box requires 950 points per try, so keep killing zombies and boarding windows to rack up enough for another go. Once you have the EMP grenades, try to group together as many zombies as you can before throwing one into the group. If you've stunned enough zombies, the trophy will pop.

Undead Man’s Party Bus
In TranZit, complete all additions to the bus in 1 game
Bronze / 15G


Dance On My Grave
In Green Run, acquire your tombstone
Bronze / 5G

This can only be done in co-op Zombies, but can be done solo in split-screen.
One player must buy the Tombstone perk, and then be killed. Do not revive the downed player - let him die completely. Kill any remaining zombies to finish the round. The player with Tombstone will then spawn back in. Simply run to the spot where you died, and collect the floating tombstone marker to retrive your perks and weapons, and unlock the trophy.

Standard Equipment May Vary
In TranZit, acquire 4 different equippable items in 1 game
Bronze / 25G


You Have No Power Over Me
In TranZit, defeat "him" without being attacked by "him"
Bronze / 15G

For this trophy, you must kill the Avogadro, the electrical zombie that is the special enemy in Tranzit. The best way to defeat "him" is using EMP grenades, which will kill him instantly. You can also use the knife, or regular weapons, but this will take much longer.

  1. Acquire EMP grenades from the mystery box
  2. Activate the power at the fourth stop, the Bunker
  3. Leave a single zombie alive and wait until you see a thunderstorm happening overhead
  4. Kill the remaining zombie. The Avogadro has a 50% chance of spawning at the stop underneath the thunderstorm during round transition
  5. If he spawns, throw your EMP grenades to kill him and unlock the achievement
  6. If he doesn't, travel in the bus until you find the stop with the thunderstorm and try again

I Don’t Think They Exist
In TranZit, kill one of the denizens of the forest while it is latched onto you
Bronze / 10G

In TranZit, run into the fog. You should hear the screeches of the denizens, and one will most likely jump onto you. As they scratch your face, repeatedly hit the melee button. If done correctly, you will kill the denizen, and the trophy will unlock.

Fuel Efficient
In TranZit, use an alternative mode of transport
Bronze / 10G

Around Tranzit, there are several street lamps that emit a strange green glow. These can be used to create teleporters, the alternative mode of transport required to unlock this trophy.
At the first bus stop, one of these lamps can be found in the street outside the bus depot. It needs to be powered, either by turning on the electricity at the Bunker stop, or by placing down a Turbine, which can be crafted in the starting area.
Once the lamp is lit, run into the fog and get one of the denizens to grab onto you. With the denizen on your head, run into the green light. The denizen will jump off and create a portal in the ground.
Jump into this portal to be teleported to a random location, and unlock the trophy.


Happy Hour
In TranZit, buy 2 different perks before turning on the power
Bronze / 10G

This requires the Turbine to create a power source. Build the Turbine and take it to a perk machine. Place it down and the machine will power, allowing you to buy the perk. You will need enough points to purchase the perk, so budget wisely.

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