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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 achievement and trophy guide

Ménage à Trois


Destroy 3 tanks with a single 105mm shot in “Iron Lady.”

You can do this at the very begging of the mission. Once you’re in control of the AC-130, don’t destroy any of the tanks and simply wait for three of them to cluster. It’ll take about sixty seconds for the tanks to group close enough.



Kill 9 enemies with A-10 strafing runs in “Scorched Earth.”

The 9 kills do not have to be in a single A-10 strafe run. Take as many runs as you need and focus on the soldiers instead of the tanks. Eventually a stream of soldiers will come from the building across the street. Know that as soon as you take out the third tank, the checkpoint triggers and you’ll have to restart the entire mission if you want another go at this.

No Assistance Required


Complete a Special Ops Mission Mode game on Hardened or Veteran with no player getting downed.

You can unlock this on the short mission “Mile High Jack” fairly easily. Make sure to grab the AA-12 shotgun early on to make things even easier. Note that you must do this on co-op for it to count.

One Way Ticket


Make it to Westminster. Complete “Mind the Gap” on any difficulty.

Out of the Frying Pan…


Complete “Persona Non Grata”, “Turbulence”, and “Back on the Grid” on Veteran difficulty.



Earn 48 stars in Special Ops Mission Mode.

You’ll need to complete all missions on Veteran difficulty to unlock this achievement.



Complete “Mind the Gap”, “Goalpost”, and “Return to Sender” on Veteran difficulty.



Escape the city. Complete “Blood Brothers” on any difficulty.



Assault the shipping company. Complete “Return to Sender” on any difficulty.

Scout Leader


Collect 46 Intel Items.

Check out our complete collectibles guide here.

Serrated Edge


Finish a Juggernaut with a knife in Special Ops.

Start up the “Toxic Paradise” spec ops mission. You’ll run into a Juggernaut on your way to get the last two samples. Put a fair amount of bullets into him, then stun him with your flash grenade. He’ll be harmless for a moment, so run up and start stabbing. If he doesn’t die by the time he recovers, throw another flash and try again.

Storm the Castle


Discover Makarov’s next move. Complete “Stronghold” on any difficulty.



Kill 5 enemies with a single grenade in Single Player or Special Ops.

Start up “Persona non Grata” from Act I. At the beginning of the level, you’ll have to defend the courtyard as enemies stream in through the front gate. You can try and lob a grenade from the window where you begin, but it’s better to wait until you’re at ground level. Follow Soap downstairs and run out of the building and over to the front gate as quickly as you can. Cook a grenade and toss it just as the first group of enemies start streaming in.



Reach Wave 10 in each mission of Special Ops Survival mode.

Not too difficult, especially with a friend. It’s only a matter of the time commitment and leveling up enough to unlock all of the missions. There are 16 missions, and you need to reach level 25 to unlock them all.

The Best of the Best


Complete the campaign on Hardened or Veteran difficulty.

If you’re achievement/trophy hunting, we recommend going for Veteran and avoiding Hardened since the former is playable immediately. There are no other achievements connected to Hardened difficulty, but there are plenty for Veteran.

It’s going to take a lot longer to complete the game on Veteran, as just a couple bullets can kill you. Be patient and take cover, though it’s important to find a balance between this and moving at certain points, because sometimes enemies will keep coming until you move up. Remember to use your grenades and equipment, and swap out your pistol with something better whenever you can.

The Big Apple


Complete “Black Tuesday” and “Hunter Killer” on Veteran difficulty.

The Darkest Hour


Complete “Eye of the Storm”, “Blood Brothers”, and “Stronghold” on Veteran difficulty.



Earn 1 star in each mission of Special Ops Mission Mode.

You earn one star in a spec ops mission by completing it on regular difficulty level (with the exception of “Stay Sharp”). Simply complete all missions on regular to unlock this achievement.

This Is My Boomstick


Kill 30 enemies with the XM25 in “Black Tuesday.”

You begin the chapter with an XM25 in your secondary weapon slot - do not drop it. There are three areas where the enemies are concentrated: at the first roadblock where the trucks and chopper show up, in the store where enemies stream in from the street, and the stock exchange floor. If you run out of shells, there is an ammo crate just inside the entrance to the stock exchange.

This is the End


Complete “Scorched Earth”, “Down the Rabbit Hole”, and “Dust to Dust” on Veteran difficulty.

Too Big to Fail


Destroy the Jamming Tower. Complete “Black Tuesday” on any difficulty.

Up to No Good


Infiltrate the village. Complete “Back on the Grid” on any difficulty.



Reach Wave 15 in each mission of Special Ops Survival mode.

This is made much easier if you are not alone. There are 16 missions, and you need to reach at least level 25 to play them all.

Vive la Révolution!


Reach the church. Complete “Eye of the Storm” on any difficulty.

Welcome to WW3


Save the US Vice President. Complete “Goalpost” on any difficulty.

We’ll Always Have Paris


Escape Paris with Volk. Complete “Iron Lady” on any difficulty.

Wet Work


Take back New York Harbor. Complete “Hunter Killer” on any difficulty.

What Goes Up…


Destroy all the choppers with only the UGV’s grenade launcher in “Persona Non Grata.”

You’ll get a chance to remotely control the UGV near the end of the mission. Save your grenades for the choppers, as you only have the 24, and you may need a few practice shots to get the hang of the projectile arc. Attack choppers need to be hit twice and carrier choppers once.

Who Dares Wins


Complete the campaign on any difficulty.