Call of Duty: Black Ops intel locations guide

Since Call of Duty: Black Ops is set during the Cold War – an era synonymous with the word "secrecy" – you should expect to reach the credits with a few unanswered questions. Don't worry. All the information needed to piece together the game's conspiracy theories is readily available.

Hidden within each of Black Ops' 14 main missions – "U.S.D.D." doesn't count – are three recording boxes known as intel. That's 42 in total, and the more you collect, the more censored black bars will disappear when you access the intel section of the main menu. Plus, you'll unlock an Achievement /Trophy.

So, ready to search? Pick a mission and we'll show you exactly where to look.

Operation 40
Executive Order
The Defector
Project Nova
Victor Charlie
Crash Site


Operation 40 - Intel 1

You’ll follow Woods and Bowman through an arched stone gate and then up a set of stone stairs as they talk about the U.S. trying to kill Castro for the past three years. When you reach the storage building pictured above, check the crates on the wall opposite where you entered. The first intel is right next to the rocket launcher.

Operation 40 - Intel 2

Start looking for this intel after you’ve killed the Castro lookalike and his mistress. You’ll move through a short outdoor section, then into the large, fiery hall with balconies pictured above. The intel is through the first door on the right, past an unmade bed and television.

Operation 40 - Intel 3

The final intel in this mission can be found once you slide down the muddy hill and enter the airplane hangar. Just climb the portable metal stairs on the left and grab the intel on top.


Vorkuta - Intel 1

Wait until Sergei is breaking down the door to the arms locker and you’re climbing the tower stairs with Reznov. Halfway up, he’ll split off to commandeer a broadcast station. The intel will be on a cabinet to the right of his back.

Vorkuta - Intel 2

Sergei is trapped! Slide under the door! Directly ahead will be the control room with a panel to free him, while in the back right corner of the warehouse will be a dark hallway leading to a desk with the intel. Make sure to grab it before climbing the stairs and continuing the mission.

Vorkuta - Intel 3

When you wake up next to the motorcycles, turn around 180 degrees and search the area a few yards behind Reznov. The intel is on a bottom shelf, illuminated by a nearby lamp. This intel must be grabbed before approaching your motorcycle and triggering the chase sequence.


Executive Order - Intel 1

Once you’ve broken cover by shooting the guards - in the mission’s first interior section - make your way up the stairs until you reach the third floor, helpfully labeled with the number “3” painted on the walls. The intel is located under a gold insignia and four TV monitors.

Executive Order - Intel 2

Plant the C4, blow a hole in the wall, then - as the launch room crashes and sparks around you, but before leaving to shoot down the rocket - run towards the computer console in the corner and take the intel.

Executive Order - Intel 3

The third intel can be found in a series of underground bunkers at the end of this mission. Look for a portrait of Vladimir Lenin on the wall to know when you’re in the correct room, then check the top of the computer console near the window for the intel.

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  • aimee - October 8, 2011 8:59 p.m.

    I finished the game on Veteran only to be missing ONE intel. Thanks to this guide, I was able to get the trophy for locating it. Thanks! :)
  • Jdub9064 - August 10, 2011 6:53 a.m.

    great guide, used it through the whole game!
  • Zepaw - March 20, 2011 7:14 p.m.

    Good guide, got them all. I hate looking for collectibles on my own because it takes from the experience.
  • Zepaw - March 20, 2011 6:16 a.m.

    Using the unlock code will make the achievement unobtainable.
  • denniseads - March 6, 2011 3:39 p.m.

    I did get them all! only with your help! TY
  • denniseads - March 4, 2011 3:24 p.m.

    just what I needed !! thanks
  • JoshPelican - December 29, 2010 11:27 p.m.

    Thanks a lot for the guide, guys! Just so you know, you circled the wrong item for the last Intel in S.O.G. :)
  • lilzeusworld7 - December 19, 2010 11:01 a.m.

    Hey, instead of having to find them why don't you just type in 3arc intel on the computer when you hop out of the chair, so you don't have to do all the looking..
  • DR26DETT - April 25, 2012 10:30 p.m.

    but if you od that then you dont get the achevement for grtting them
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - November 28, 2010 4:47 p.m.

    Wow, this is gonna save me a lot of time. Thanks Charlie!
  • hjct95 - November 28, 2010 8 a.m.

    hey guys i really really really need your help, today i took my hard drive to my friends house so we could try and both get the sacrificial lamb achievement in zombies. I moved my account to his hard drive so we could both get the achievement, we didnt get it because we couldnt get the crossbow :(. Anyways i moved my account back to my hard drive later i found that i all ready had all the intel, my friend has the closer analysis achievement, but i didnt have the achievement which i thought was wierd, i then went to WMD to get the last few intel but there was none there. So what im asking is how can i get the closer analysis achievement although i have all the intel???? HEEELLLLPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!! thank you in advance, HJCT95
  • nikrusty - November 27, 2010 6:43 a.m.

    good guide, well screeshotted and videoed. This is how it must be NOT "Turn left go up the stairs under the shelf it an intel item"
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - November 17, 2010 7 p.m.

    @PipBowl420 I think the classified information you unlock in the "Intel" section of the main menu is a pretty proper reward. Though you can also access that through a single cheat code, as one of the previous comments mentioned.
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - November 17, 2010 6:59 p.m.

  • PipBowl420 - November 15, 2010 9:38 p.m.

    Yeah.. -GR- got these intel quickly.. but... there's no proper reward for searching for all these, other than a trophy/achievement
  • rockaholic - November 13, 2010 10:31 p.m.

    i love cal of duty blk ops
  • rockaholic - November 13, 2010 10:02 p.m.

    how do you get out of the chair in the main menu GammaGames
  • jakab11 - November 13, 2010 4:06 p.m.

    yeah i was suprised how many of these i found during my first play through the campaign, i actually found about half. Thanks for cranking out this guide so quickly though, its much appreciated!
  • elpurplemonkey - November 12, 2010 11:48 p.m.

    It must be a total bitch to do guides like this, but well done. Video is invaluable when searching for collectibles.
  • GammaGames - November 12, 2010 11:10 p.m.

    I found a couple of the ones in Vorkuta! And, I think theres a cheat to get all the intel. Get out of the chair on the main meny, go to the computer in the back, and type in 3ARC INTEL! For Zombie maps, type in 3ARC UNLOCK.