Call of Duty: Modern Warfare features a total of 27 base achievements on Xbox One and PC, and 28 Trophies on PS4 for the Platinum Trophy. An additional achievement / trophy was added with the free Spec Ops DLC.
Press [BOOM] to Defuse
Description: Blow up 3 tripwires with explosives.
This achievement can be accomplished in the mission “Hunting Party.” Tripwires will be positioned throughout the hospital. Throw a grenade near the tripwire to blow them up.
Ashes to Ashes
Description: Burn 4 enemies with a single molotov.
This achievement is easily done in the mission “Proxy War.” Molotovs will be provided by your allies on the battlefield. During the assault, a small vehicle will come in carrying four people. Throw a molotov at this vehicle to kill them all in one shot.
Description: Kill 3 Enemies while you are on a ladder.
This achievement can be accomplished in the mission “The Wolf’s Den.” Near the end of the mission, the whole cave will go up in flames. Climb the ladders up and out. While on the ladders, hold the aim button to bring up a pistol. This will allow you to kill a few enemies.
Long Way Down
Description: Crash a helicopter by shooting the pilot.
This achievement can be accomplished on the mission “Into the Furnace.” Multiple helicopters will come in carrying enemy combatants as your team climbs the mountain side, and you will start the mission with a sniper rifle. Aim for and shoot the pilot as the helicopter drops off soldiers to earn this achievement.
Description: Take down a flying Helicopter with a molotov.
This achievement can be accomplished in the mission “Proxy War.” Your teammates will provide molotovs on the battlefield. At one particular segment, a small helicopter will fly towards the team between a group of trailers. A molotov can be thrown directly at the helicopter, and if timed right it will take down the helo. If you miss the helicopter, restart the checkpoint and try again.
Good Effect on Target
Description: Kill an enemy with a direct hit from a smoke grenade.
This achievement should be attempted on a lower difficulty. An enemy won’t die with a smoke grenade hit only. Shoot them in the leg with a pistol once or twice before throwing the smoke grenade to earn a kill.
Out of the Fire
Description: Complete every single player mission on Veteran or Realism difficulty.
Description: Complete the single player Campaign on any difficulty.
Nothing but Net
Description: Neutralize the ‘Fog of War’ machine gun with a frag grenade.
Description: Do not injure any civilians in ‘Piccadilly’.
This achievement can be very tricky. Watch your shots, use cover to protect yourself and wait for an opening, and then shoot when everything is clear. Civilians will run out of most buildings and the subways.
Description: Kill all the enemies in the ‘Embedded’ field of dead bodies.
Description: Only use one cinder block and bring it to the end of ‘Embedded’.
In the mission “Embedded,” you will need to carry a cinder block throughout the area to gain entrance to all areas and go undetected. Make sure you use the same block throughout the mission to earn the achievement, even if you throw it down to pick up something else.
Description: Save Alpha 3-2 from being downed.
This achievement can be accomplished in the mission “Clean House.” Your teammate (Alpha 3-2) will get shot and downed as you move onto the second floor. Captain Price will say “Bravo Six moving to the second floor.” The shots will come from a room to the right of the stairs. Shoot through the door the instant your hear a voice from inside to kill the enemy and save Alpha 3-2.
Description: Complete ‘Clean House’ without being hit using one bullet per threat.
This might take several attempts, even on the easiest difficulty. Memorize the locations of all enemies and be quick on the trigger to avoid being shot throughout the “Clean House” mission.
Love from Above
Description: Destroy 4 trucks with 4 drone strikes before they reach the end of their path in ‘The Embassy’.
This achievement can be accomplished when the team takes to the rooftops with the mortar flare. Use the laser designator to call in a drone strike on the incoming drones. The drone strike will take a second or two to come down, so try to aim where the truck will be instead of where it currently is.
Description: Stop three APCs with Hadir’s sniper rifle.
This achievement can be accomplished on the mission “Higway of Death.” After the initial fight, several APCs will drive in. Shoot several tires to stop an APC in its tracks. Remember to aim in front of the vehicle to make up for the distance.
Description: Shoot the driver of the suicide truck.
This achievement can be accomplished on the mission “Highway of Death.” After the APCs, a suicide truck will drive in with armor plating guarding the driver. Shoot the armored plating to remove it, then shoot the driver to kill him and destroy the vehicle.
Description: Kill both soldiers with one shot in ‘Hometown’.
This achievement can be accomplished at the end of the mission “Hometown,” when the two children go into the field of flowers. Two soldiers will be near a truck. Use the cell phone to get their attention, sneak by, and line them up for a single shot. You might need to try the cell phone more than once if the two soldiers don’t stand together. Try to get one shot through the upper body of one soldier and the head of the other soldier.
Description: Complete ‘The Wolf’s Den’ tunnels using only the 1911.
The beginning segment of the mission doesn’t count towards the achievement. Once you enter the tunnels, the challenge begins. Use any equipment to give yourself the upper hand, aim for the head or upper body of the enemy, and shoot any explosive barrels in the area. Reach the mine cart area to find another 1911 and refill your ammo.
Dodged a Bullet
Description: Never get hit by the sniper while escaping captivity.
This achievement can be accomplished on the mission “Captive.” After escaping the prison, a sniper will attempt to shoot you from a distant building. Look for the red laser to avoid its sights, and listen for a sniper shot to ring out before running out from cover. Make it near the sniper’s building and shoot him down to end the challenge.
Got Something on Your Face
Description: Spit on Barkov.
This achievement can be accomplished on the mission “Captive.” At the start of the mission, you will be interrogated by Barkov. Do not help him in any way, and click the attack button (RT/R2/M2) to spit.
Description: Get at least one kill with eight different weapons when completing ‘Old Comrades’.
This is best done on lower difficulties. Get a kill with a weapon, switch your weapon, get another kill, then pick up a new weapon and get another kill. Continue doing this until you get eight kills with eight different weapons.
Description: Shut off the power to 4 buildings in ‘Going Dark’.
In the mission “Going Dark,” you will enter several buildings to gather intel. Walk around the perimeter of the building and search for an electrical box. Interact with the box to shut the power off. Do this to four buildings before going to the main building.
We Own the Night
Description: Kill all enemies at the Church, Clocktower, and Pool without anyone calling for backup.
This can be accomplished in the mission “Going Dark.” You must enter the Church, Clocktower, and Pool and interact with a hostage before going to the main building. Use the dark as your ally, and shoot any lights along the way. Avoid any vehicles while running from building to building. Once you reach the building, shut the power off using the electrical box attached to the side of the house, and sneak in to find the hostage. You do not need to kill everyone you see, but a quick headshot when no one is around is easier than sneaking passed some guards. As long as no back up is called, and a check point is reached, you will be in the clear.
Warheads on Foreheads
Description: Reach Barkov’s lab entrance using only drone strikes.
This can be accomplished in the mission “Into the Furnace.” Your team will climb the mountain side to reach Barkov’s lab. Stick close to your team and only use the laser designator to call in drone strikes.
Description: Kill at least one enemy while inside The Reading Place, Aural Chic and both Subway undergrounds.
This can be accomplished in the mission “Piccadilly.” Enter these four areas and kill at least one enemy before reaching the Tanto building and ending the mission. View my video walkthroughs to see this done.
Description: Complete all Special Ops missions.
Special Ops is the co-op mode added for free to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. More Spec Ops missions have been added over time, but this achievement only requires the original four missions to be completed. Many players have reported this achievement / trophy not unlocking even after completing all missions. Luckily, this DLC trophy isn’t needed to get the platinum trophy on PS4.