Call of Duty: Black Ops Easter eggs guide

Double Rainbow!

Above: So bright. So vivid 

Oh my God, what does this mean? Two intense, full on rainbows all the way across the sky of Call of Duty: Black Ops? Right in the front yard of multiplayer map Nuketown? Oh wow! Oh wow! WOO HOO HOO! YEAH!

No, seriously, what does this Easter egg mean? Well, probably just that Treyarch's developers saw the same YouTube sensation that everyone else saw back in July, then decided to throw the internet meme into their game. Now if only Hungrybear9562 were available as an avatar skin.

Also, see what's printed on the side of the school bus?

Population: You

While admiring the double rainbow in Nuketown, also be sure to check out the "Welcome to Nuketown" sign. Notice the population number? It changes to match the number of players in your match – after all, mannequins don't count as citizens, and they're the only other ones around.

Mannequin surprise

Here's a challenge. According to developer Treyarch, during an interview with GameSpot editor (and former GamesRadar intern) Shaun McInnis:

"If you pop the heads off all the [Nuketown] mannequins… and I mean all of them… and I mean in record-breaking time… there's a little something special for you. [It] takes a well-coordinated team of people. You're gonna need a full team of professionals to make this happen."

So what's the reward? No one knows yet. The most popular rumor in forum threads is that a new zombie mode is unlocked, but as of this article's posting – four days after the game's release – a video with proof has yet to be uploaded anywhere. Which means you could still be the first to do so. If you succeed, let us know so we can post a story on your glorious triumph!

Movie reference: Apocalypse Now

Piloting a boat upriver into the madness at the heart of war – a description of Francis Ford Coppola's epochal film, Apocalypse Now, or a description of the tenth mission in Call of Duty: Black Ops?

Both! In this level, the game treats players to a ton of imagery that directly evokes the movie, including the bridge at the last American outpost, a burning Huey on the riverbank, and a herd of water buffalo. The soundtrack has a parallel, too, in the form of The Rolling Stones. During the game, you blast away at enemy defenses while listening to “Sympathy for the Devil,” while a scene from the film features the crew blaring “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” from the boat’s radio.

Movie reference: The Deer Hunter

The Russian Roulette scene in 1978’s The Deer Hunter is one of the most famous – and famously intense – pieces of human drama ever committed to film, with Robert DeNiro and Christopher Walken turning in amazing performances as American POWs during the Vietnam War.

So when you and your buddy get captured by the enemy in Black Ops' version of Vietnam, how could the developers possibly resist an opportunity to pay homage? Watch the game version above, and the original movie clip below.

Above: NSFW

Return of the teddy bear

Teddy bears have been an ongoing Easter egg in this series since the very beginning – hell, this Call of Duty wiki page lists at least 35 appearances by the toy, scattered throughout the multiplayer and campaigns of at least five different games.

While we haven't spotted any during the Black Ops missions – yet – we definitely know they've returned. Above is a bloody, ravaged teddy bear from the Kino Der Toten zombies mode. He can be found right at the outset, on a balcony in the first area. If and when you locate more, let us know in the comments section.

Return of the watermelon

Another mainstay in the Call of Duty universe is the watermelon. Modern Warfare required you to knife one of these refreshing and delicious fruits as a part of your training, while Modern Warfare 2 featured an exaggerated exploding variety. While Call of Duty: Black Ops only has regular watermelons, as far as we can tell, it has a lot of them. Seriously, count next time you play through the campaign – there are far too many to be accidental.

Sexy man pile! (Actually dead)

Okay, this final Easter egg is odd, as we're not even sure if it really exists. While playing the Numbers mission during the Black Ops review event two weeks before the game's release, we found this random stack of corpses. They definitely weren't enemies we had killed, and they were tucked away in a forgotten corner of the level.

When we tried locating them again this week, however, they were gone! Did Treyarch patch them out? And if so, what is Treyarch trying to hide?

Nov 12, 2010

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  • codyblair - October 16, 2011 1:50 p.m.

    go to Firing Range and the building close to the spawn by the tunnel has a teddy bear. go up the stairs and go by the big square in the back and look up. it is stuck in the ceiling.
  • psycho ninja 4 - October 2, 2011 1:19 a.m.

    I started off with five and dead ops as soon as i put the game in. I thought that was normal.
  • holy99 - July 14, 2011 6:30 p.m.

    The Little Secret You Get For Knocking Off The Heads Of The Mannequins Is "Sympathy For The Devil" By Rolling Stones Playing On All The Loudspeakers As Shown Here: Also Be Sure To Watch:
  • snapshot2013 - July 11, 2011 7:01 a.m.

    i blew all the dummies heads off in nuketown in a tim of this was on my stop watch 6min.9sec
  • jakejake8976 - March 6, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    it is about the teddy bear if u go to firing range if u go in 1 of the buildings if u spectate and go between some boards and the roof the teddy bear is on some boxes
  • tylerpool - February 9, 2011 9:05 p.m.

    For Kino Der toten, the 3 meteorite pieces, the teddy bear, and all the wonder weapons have to do with the backround of Zombies in general. First of all, the teddybear is from Samantha Maxis, Daughter of Dr.Maxis, the man who created the teleporters and the wonder weapons. When Dr. Maxis put sams pregnant dog inside the teleporter to test the results, it created the first Hell dog, who then had more hell dogs as puppies. Because Richtofen says "Samantha, what have i told you about this" when the teddy bear appears, it seems she is in control of the box. And when richtofen kills a hell dog on the dog round, he says "Take it back samantha" proposing she is in control of them, since her dog was the first. Also, there are 3 types of "Easter eggs in kino, teddy bear definatly NOT one of them. The first is the meteorite pieces. They can be found in the Main Lobby, Alley Way, and the Dressing Room(I wont say where). Finding them will start the song 115, which is what powers the wonder weapons, pack a punch, and teleporter. Second is the radios. there is one on the rooftop in the alleyway, and one on the chandelier in the theater. you can shoot them to activate some dialogue from dr. maxis. Finally, there are the films. After you leave the projecter room from the teleporter, you will appear in 4 possible rooms. There is a dentist office, goverment office, Samanthas room, and the Demonic samanthas room. THere are 3 film reels, randomly place in the rooms. You can grab them by going up to them and holding Square. (Ps3) You use them by then going into the teleporter again, and at the projecter hold Square. This will start the dialogue and the screen will show images. Thats all the easter eggs i know, but the cheats and glitches you will have to find out like i did.
  • FrozenDonkey - January 6, 2011 8:19 p.m.

    About Return of the teddy bear, There is another one to be found in the random weapon box from the Kino Der Toten zombies mode. I was waiting for a weapon when suddenly a teddy bear appears.
  • sectorx - January 3, 2011 6:28 a.m.

    You forgot one! (This comes out of memory so I may be wrong but) In the mission "Wolverines" in Mw2 you fight across a group of stores, one is a gas station. The name? Nova Gas Station. It's a lucky guess but it MIGHT just be a nod from Treyarch to Infinity Wards latest game? By the way I made an account just to put this up when looking for some easter eggs I may have overlooked, and hell the process of making an account on this site is kinda annoying, glad i didn't have to fill in any profile info :D. P.S: Think that "No Russian" reference just doesn't make sense to make, seriously that level was just swimming in Russian no coincidence...
  • koolman101 - December 27, 2010 2:01 a.m.

    you know what i found? the sexy man pile on the game. yah, i was looking around for other stuff and i went down a roof and found these guys, like you said, tucked away, alone in the corner. its really weird why they put that in the game, but they have it and it is NOT patched out. thought i would let you guys know.
  • Deadlypancake - December 23, 2010 7:02 p.m.

    When you shoot all the mannequins the loud speckers start playig Sympathy for the Devil by the Rolling Stones. Also you have to shoot all there heads off in under 15 seconds.
  • XeroSpace21 - December 21, 2010 8:52 p.m.

    The mannequin Easter egg is the song "Sympathy for the Devil" don't believe me? Watch this video by NextGenTactics and you shall believe:
  • Nilliak - December 16, 2010 7:07 p.m.

    In "Five" in the very starting room if you look at one of the small presidential seals on the walls from across the room it looks like a treyarch symbol, and as you get closer it looks normal.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - November 26, 2010 2:09 p.m.

    I found the sexy man pile too! I also found it on the numbers mission, but the bodies were wearing different clothes. I don't know if it has to do what difficulty you are playing on, I was trying to beat the game on veteran.
  • Yarok - November 23, 2010 2:51 a.m.

    Protip: On PC version, it's space instead of LT/RT.
  • aaronthoman - November 21, 2010 8:33 p.m.

    what if you are to type the letters into the computer.? has anyone tried? it would be kinda wierd to have everything unfold if it where to work...
  • mjs1026 - November 20, 2010 11:17 p.m.

    The game DOA on the computer is a version of the xbox live community game "I made a game with zombies in it"but with some altercations
  • ongong - November 18, 2010 3:47 p.m.

    have you noticed that the numbers are not over 26? they might relate to the alphabet- a=1 b=2 c=3, etc. Anyone know?
  • Spartan11794 - November 17, 2010 7:57 p.m.

    I was skeptical when I heard of this, but it did make some sense, seeing as its an easter egg about a movie in a movie theater, anyway, I finally found a video of a Kino Der Toten easter egg
  • Riverteen101 - November 17, 2010 1:53 a.m.

    they never actually patched the sex pile. i found it!!!!
  • cronomonkey - November 16, 2010 3 a.m.

    (N00B comment) what is "the latter"

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