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Special Ops (often abbreviated as "Spec Ops") is a single-player or co-op game mode in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

They are a set of fast-paced missions in the spirit of "Mile High Club" from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Originally meant to be the co-op portion of the story campaign, it was spun off into its own separate game mode as special ops. This also allowed the designers to add new levels that were interesting, or reuse existing levels with expanded or new objectives, without having to fit them into the singleplayer campaign's storyline, like the campaign missions. The missions can be played solo, split screen or online, with a few being two player exclusive (needing two players in order to play).

Overview Edit

The Special Ops mode was created after Infinity Ward attempted to insert co-op into the main singleplayer campaign mode. Infinity Ward said that they wanted to keep the two man feeling from "All Ghillied Up"; to have each others backs and cover each other and work together to complete the objective. They found that attempting to make singleplayer missions co-op compatible was less fun than a regular singleplayer mode and broke the feeling of immersion they were going for. However, instead of scrapping a co-op mode entirely, they created the Special Ops mode with all levels tailored for two players.

In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, there are 23 Special Ops missions distributed over five categories: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta and Echo. These categories contain missions that will gradually increase in difficulty, requiring successful play (gaining stars) from previous missions to unlock more difficult ones.

In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, one must be promoted to unlock more difficult missions and a new mode called "Survival Mode" was added on in addition to the returning Mission Mode.

Missions are unlocked in a progressive, non-linear order. There are five difficulty groups of missions: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, and Echo. All except the Alpha missions are locked when first playing. To unlock more missions, the player must earn stars by completing missions on different difficulties or meeting certain requirements. Regular nets one star, Hardened nets two stars, and Veteran nets three. There are 69 stars total, meaning that there are 23 levels total.

Many levels are based on the ones from the singleplayer campaign, while others are completely original to Special Ops, including a couple from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The levels themselves have content unique to Special Ops; an enemy called the Juggernaut, for example, who wears heavy armor and is more difficult to kill than a regular soldier. 

All missions are available to play cooperatively with another player, and two missions, Overwatch and Big Brother, can only be played with two players. In co-op mode, players need to use good teamwork and be adept at using a gun in order to stand a chance, especially at higher difficulties. Friendly fire is also a possibility at all difficulties, and players have only marginally more health than most enemies on Veteran difficulty which means that team-killing is very easy to do. If a player is killed in co-op, they will enter last stand, where they can crawl around and use a pistol to kill enemies. There is a limited amount of time in which the other player can come over and revive them. The amount of time changes depending on the difficulty selected. If the player is shot again while downed, they lose the ability to use a pistol and will crawl much more slowly, making movement almost useless and causing enemies to stop targeting them. The amount of time before they bleed out, however, is unchanged. In Overwatch and Big Brother, if the player on the ground dies, the mission is over. Players in the aircraft will not be targeted by the enemy.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Edit

MW2 Spec Ops Menu Alpha Ops

The first Spec Ops level in the Alpha category: The Pit.

All descriptions of these levels are taken from the in-game descriptions of the Special Ops levels.

Alpha Edit

Predator Drones, favela gangs, sniper rifles and stealth. These Ops are short and sweet.

The Pit Edit

Clear all of the enemy targets as fast as possible. Shooting civilians will prevent you from getting 3 stars.

Est. Opposition: None
Classification: Assault
Est. Completion Time: 1:00.00
IW Best Time: 00:22.55

Sniper Fi Edit

Use sniper rifles, claymores and Predator Drones to hold off waves of enemies.

Est. Opposition: Light
Classification: Wave Defense
Est. Completion Time: 4:00.00
IW Best Time: 01:55.50

O Cristo Redentor Edit

Hunt down and eliminate the Favela gang. Minimize Civilian casualties.

Est. Opposition: Light
Classification: Elimination
Est. Completion Time: 2:30.00
IW Best Time: 01:16.20

Evasion Edit

Use silenced sniper rifles and cunning to slip past the enemy patrols.

Est. Opposition: Light
Classification: Stealth
Est. Completion Time: 3:00.00
IW Best Time: 00:43.65

Suspension Edit

Push through the invading forces on the bridge to reach the safe zone.

Est. Opposition: Medium
Classification: Assault
Est. Completion Time: 3:30.00
IW Best Time: 00:53.00

Bravo Edit

AC-130 gunships, snowmobile races, and Vulcan miniguns with explosive ammo. Something for everyone.

Earn 4 stars to unlock.

Overwatch Edit

Rain death from above using an AC-130 gunship to protect your partner.

Est. Opposition: Light
Classification: Timed Escort
Est. Completion Time: 1:30.00
IW Best Time: 00:35.45
Two Players Required

Body Count Edit

Rack up a large enough body count. Quick kills earn larger bonuses.

Est. Opposition: Medium
Classification: Elimination
Est. Completion Time: 2:30.00
IW Best Time: 00:21:57

Bomb Squad Edit

Race through the Favela marketplace defusing the explosives before its too late.

Est. Opposition: Medium
Classification: Timed Assault
Est. Completion Time: 2:30.00
IW Best Time: 01:14.20

Race Edit

Speed your snowmobile down the mountain, dodging trees, rocks, and thousand foot drops.

Est. Opposition: Minimal
Classification: Driving
Est. Completion Time: 1:30.00
IW Best Time: 01:04.85

Big Brother Edit

Explosive ammunition, Vulcan Minigun, Blackhawk Helicopter. Clear the way.

Est. Opposition: Medium
Classification: Timed Escort
Est. Completion Time: 3:00.00
IW Best Time: 01:25.90
Two Players Required

Charlie Edit

Time trials, explosive breaches, boneyards and enemies in Ghillie Suits. Things are getting a bit tougher.

Earn 8 stars to unlock.

Hidden Edit

Evade enemy patrols and Ghillie Snipers near Chernobyl.

Est. Opposition: Medium
Classification: Stealth
Est. Completion Time: 4:30.00
IW Best Time: 01:45.60

Breach & ClearEdit

Smash through enemy defenses in the Gulag and escape.

Est. Opposition: Heavy
Classification: Assault
Est. Completion Time: 1:30.00
IW Best Time: 00:14.10

Time Trial Edit

Launch your snowmobile across the chasm before time runs out. Hit the flag gates to get extra time.

Est. Opposition: Light
Classification: Timed Driving
Est. Completion Time: 1:30.00
IW Best Time: 01:07.00

Homeland Security Edit

Sentry guns, Thermal sights, Rocket launchers and Claymores. Defend yourself from five difficult waves of attackers.

Est. Opposition: Heavy
Classification: Wave Defense
Est. Completion Time: 11:00.00
IW Best Time: 07:31.20

Snatch & Grab Edit

Battle Shadow Company and Juggernauts in the airplane graveyard. Grab the intel and escape to the extraction point.

Est. Opposition: Medium
Classification: Assault
Est. Completion Time: 3:30.00
IW Best Time: 01:22.40

Delta Edit

Blizzards, airports, estates and bridges. Five challenging Ops.

Earn 20 stars to unlock.

Wardriving Edit

Laze targets for the Stryker armored vehicle. Battle in the 'burbs house to house, room to room.

Est. Opposition: Heavy
Classification: Assault & Defend
Est. Completion Time: 9:00.00
IW Best Time: 3:25.25

Wreckage Edit

Use C4, grenade launchers, RPGs, sentry guns, semtex and more to destroy every vehicle on the bridge.

Est. Opposition: Medium
Classification: Vehicle Killspree
Est. Completion Time: 3:30.00
IW Best Time: 01:40.40

Acceptable Losses Edit

Sabotage the remote airbase with your silenced weapons and heartbeat sensor.

Est. Opposition: Medium
Classification: Stealth
Est. Completion Time: 7:00.00
IW Best Time: 00:48.15

Terminal Edit

Pummel your way through enemy riot shield ambushes.

Est. Opposition: Heavy
Classification: Assault
Est. Completion Time: 4:00.00
IW Best Time: 00:34.60

Estate Takedown Edit

Eliminate Ghillie Snipers, Elite Mercenaries, and Juggernauts guarding the estate.

Est. Opposition: Medium
Classification: Elimination
Est. Completion Time: 9:00.00
IW Best Time: 02:59.60

Echo Edit

An oil rig and a favela full of Juggernauts. These Ops are fast and brutal.

Earn 40 stars to unlock.

Wetwork Edit

Breach and clear two deadly rooms full of enemies and hostages to capture the oil rig.

Est. Opposition: Massive
Classification: Assault
Est. Completion Time: 5:00.00
IW Best Time: 03:10.30
Slow-mo Breach

High Explosive Edit

Kill all ten Juggernauts using only explosives and a knife.

Est. Opposition: Massive
Classification: Elimination
Est. Completion Time: 6:00.00
IW Best Time: 02:47.70
Explosives & Knives Only

Armor Piercing Edit

Kill all fifteen Juggernauts on the oil rig.

Est. Opposition: Massive
Classification: Elimination
Est. Completion Time: 7:00.00
IW Best Time: 04:12.25

Achievements/Trophies Edit

Desperado (10 Gamerscore/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon) - Kill 5 enemies in a row with 5 different weapons or attachments in single player or Spec Ops.

Drive By (10 Gamerscore/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon) - Kill 20 enemies in a row while driving a vehicle in single player or Spec Ops.

Downed but Not Out (10 Gamerscore/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon) - Kill 4 enemies in a row while downed in Spec Ops.

I'm the Juggernaut… (10 Gamerscore/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon) - Kill a Juggernaut in Spec Ops.

Knock-knock (10 Gamerscore/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon) - Kill 4 enemies with 4 shots during a slow-mo breach in single player or Spec Ops.

Look Ma Two Hands (10 Gamerscore/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon) - Kill 10 enemies in a row with Akimbo weapons in single player or Spec Ops.

No Rest For the Wary (10 Gamerscore/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon) - Knife an enemy without him knowing you were there in single player or Spec Ops.

Some Like it Hot (10 Gamerscore/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon) - Kill 6 enemies in a row with a Thermal weapon in single player or Spec Ops.

Ten plus foot-mobiles (10 Gamerscore/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon) - Kill at least 10 enemies with a single Predator Missile in single player or Spec Ops.

The Harder They Fall (10 Gamerscore/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon) - Kill 2 rapelling enemies in a row before they land on their feet in single player or Spec Ops.

Two Birds with One Stone (10 Gamerscore/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon) - Kill 2 enemies with a single bullet in single player or Spec Ops.

Unnecessary Roughness (10 Gamerscore/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon) - Use a Riot Shield to beat down an enemy in single player or Spec Ops.

Gold Star (20 Gamerscore/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon) - Earn 1 star in Special Ops.

Hotel Bravo (20 Gamerscore/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon) - Earn 4 stars in Special Ops.

Charlie On Our Six (20 Gamerscore/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon) - Earn 8 stars in Special Ops.

It Goes to Eleven (20 Gamerscore/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon) - Earn at least 1 star in 11 different Special Op missions.

Operational Asset (20 Gamerscore/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon) - Earn all 3 stars in at least 5 different Special Op missions.

Blackjack (20 Gamerscore/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon) - Earn 21 stars in Special Ops.

Honor Roll (20 Gamerscore/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon) - Earn at least 1 star in each Special Op mission.

Operative (30 Gamerscore/ Silver Trophy Silver Trophy PS3 icon) - Earn all 3 stars in at least 10 different Special Op missions.

Specialist (30 Gamerscore/ Silver Trophy Silver Trophy PS3 icon) - Earn 30 stars in Special Ops.

Professional (30 Gamerscore/ Silver Trophy Silver Trophy PS3 icon) - Earn all 3 stars in at least 15 different Special Op missions.

Star 69 - (90 Gamerscore/ Gold Trophy Gold Trophy PS3 icon) - Earn 69 stars in Spec Ops.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3Edit

Special Ops returns in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and includes Survival Mode, where the player must survive against increasingly difficult waves of enemies. Survival Mode can also be played on all multiplayer maps, sometimes with minor modifications to maintain balance. Presumably, these modifications are meant to prevent players from exploiting easily defensible positions. Spec Ops will also provide objective-based challenges similar to those in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. It supports up to two players, both online and split screen, and now has its own matchmaking system.

Mission ModeEdit

Main article: Mission Mode

These missions are split into 4 tiers of 4 missions, each tier requiring a specific rank level in Spec Ops to access. All missions, except for Stay Sharp and Charges Set, have 3 levels of difficulty to choose from. Missions marked with (*) must have two players in order to be played. Mission Mode is not available in the Wii version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Tier 1: Unlocked at startEdit

Tier 2: Unlocked at Lvl. 5Edit

Tier 3: Unlocked at Lvl. 10Edit

Tier 4: Unlocked at Lvl. 15Edit

Content Pack 3Edit

Content Pack 5Edit

Content Pack 6Edit

Content Pack 7Edit

Content Pack 8Edit

Survival ModeEdit

Main article: Survival Mode

Chaos ModeEdit

Main article: Special Ops Chaos

GalleryEdit

Trivia Edit

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Edit

  • Both players cannot die at the same time. For example, if one grenade rolls next to them, one will always survive the blast.

See also Edit

References Edit

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