Previous level Revelations
Next level Checking Out (chronologically)
Game Call of Duty: Black Ops
Character Alex Mason
Team CIA
Place Gulf of Mexico
Date 0600 hours, February 26, 1968
Objective Assault the Rusalka
Protect Squad
Destroy enemy hind
Land Helicopter
Rendezvous with Weaver below deck
Shoot down enemy helicopters
Pickup the Valkyrie Rockets
Neutralize all threats
Rendezvous with Weaver below deck
Infiltrate the Numbers Station
Find and kill Dragovich
Stop the transmission
Escape the Numbers Station
Enemies Soviet Armed Forces
Dragovich: "You should have been my finest agent! It would all have been so much simpler..."
Mason: "It IS simple. I'm gonna kill you!"
Nikita Dragovich and Alex Mason

"Redemption" is the fifteenth and final mission of Call of Duty: Black Ops. It is set upon a Russian ship, the Rusalka, and has Mason and Hudson attempting to stop Nova 6 from being unleashed in the USA.


Level BriefingEdit

Transmission # 9-19 Designate: X-RAY

Mason, Hudson, and Weaver headed to intercept Soviet Commercial ship Rusalka

Location: Gulf of Mexico

We believe the ship is transmitting the signal

0600 hours, February 26, 1968


With only hours away from the scheduled Nova 6 gas release in US cities, Hudson leads forces on a heli-borne assault on the Rusalka to stop the broadcast. First, Mason pilots the Huey gunship to destroy the AA defenses on the ship. But the AA's start firing on the player's team so the player has to start taking out the defenses. Once the air defenses are neutralized, Weaver's team is inserted from the heli-pad. As the team attempts to make their way into the ship via entrance at the Rusalka's bow section, Mason and Hudson provide fire support for the team as they advance through the port side deck. Here, Mason is forced to destroy an Mi-24A. The fight cripples Mason's Huey, forcing him to make a crash landing at the heli-pad, nearly making the player go flying off the side, but luckily the player survives. Mason and Hudson advance through the starboard deck, dealing with a mass amount of foot soldiers and two Mi-8 HIPs using Valkyrie Rockets before venturing below deck.

Once they fight their way to the lower deck, they find the Rusalka is just the surface section, and that the real Numbers Station is underwater. After ordering Weaver to leave the Rusalka and calling in the Navy to sink it, Hudson and Mason swim to the underwater station to shut off the numbers transmission. After they gruesomely fight their way to the command center, Mason accesses the control console and shuts down the broadcast. Dragovich appears, and is about to shoot Mason when Hudson distracts him, allowing Mason to pull him off the walkway and drown him underwater.

With Dragovich finally dead, Mason and Hudson escape the crumbling underwater station by swimming to the surface, where they are greeted not only by Weaver but by a large US Navy battleships, air units, helicopters and patrol boats as well. The crisis is averted.

Video WalkthroughEdit

Call of Duty Black Ops - Campaign - Redemption

Call of Duty Black Ops - Campaign - Redemption

Weapon LoadoutEdit

Starting Loadout
Found in level


Ending cutsceneEdit

Mason and Hudson surface to the American fleet. Weaver helps Mason onto a boat, proclaiming victory. Mason is unsure, haunted by his last conversation with Dragovich. The scene switches to a woman narrating seemingly random numbers. While this occurs, archival footage plays of John F. Kennedy arriving at Love Field in Dallas, Texas, shortly before his assassination. It shows Kennedy and his wife Jackie disembarking Air Force One, shaking hands with the supporters, and driving through the streets of Dallas. The footage then rewinds and the view shifts to the crowd gathered around the President's 1961 Lincoln Continental limo. The camera zooms in and reveals Mason as a part of the crowd. Over this footage, Mason can be heard saying numbers and words related to the assassination, such as "11/22/63" (November 22, 1963, the date of the assassination), "Texas", the state the assassination took place in, and "6.5 Millimeter", referring to the caliber of bullets allegedly fired by Lee Harvey Oswald to kill Kennedy. Just as the cutscene finishes, Mason whispers the word 'Ascension'. The video adds speculation that Mason killed John F. Kennedy while still brainwashed by Dragovich and framed Oswald, or at least was directly involved in the murder. Afterwards, the credits roll, followed by the beginning cutscene of "Five".

Intel LocationsEdit

  • Intel No. 40: (1/3) There will be two metal shipping containers with a collapsed mast on top of it on the ship. The intel will be under the open door of the first one.
  • Intel No. 41: (2/3) After descending into the ship and reaching a control room with large pipes in the middle, the intel can be found hidden under the first table the player comes to, between the weapons crates.
  • Intel No. 42: (3/3) When fighting through the flooded underwater station, after going through a room with a GPS map on the wall and going up a metal staircase, the final intel is on the floor under a desk to the players right.


Main article: Redemption/Transcript


Closer Analysis (15 Gamerscore/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon) - Obtained by collecting all the Intel.

Double Whammy (15 Gamerscore/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon) - Obtained by destroying the 2 helicopters with 1 Valkerie missile.

Burn Notice (25 Gamerscore/ Silver Trophy Silver Trophy PS3 icon) - Obtained by beating "Rebirth", and "Redemption" on Veteran.

Stand Down (35 Gamerscore/ Silver Trophy Silver Trophy PS3 icon) - Obtained by beating the Campaign on any difficulty.

BLACK OP MASTER (100 Gamerscore/ Gold Trophy 15px) - Obtained by beating the Campaign on Hardened or Veteran.


Main article: Redemption/Trivia