Call of Duty Modern Warfare 4 (2019) Trophy Roadmap
- Estimated trophy difficulty: 4/10
- Approximate amount of time to platinum: 10-12 hours
- Offline Trophies: 28 (1, 5, 15, 7)
- Online Trophies: 0
- Number of missable trophies: 0
- Glitched trophies: 0
- Does difficulty affect trophies?: Yes, must beat game on Veteran difficulty for trophy “Out of the Fire”
- Minimum Playthroughs: 1 (but 2 recommended)
- Release Date: October 25, 2019
Welcome to the Call of Duty Modern Warfare 4 (2019) Trophy Guide! This is by far the easiest and quickest Call of Duty platinum to date. There are no online trophies, no Zombies Mode, no Collectibles. Not even Special Operations are needed for the platinum. All the trophies take place in the story, which is very short as usual.
Step 1: Recruit Difficulty Playthrough
To make the miscellaneous trophies easier, it’s recommended to do a playthrough on the lowest difficulty “Recruit” first. Work on all the mission specific trophies as you go through the game. There are no collectible-related trophies.
You can also follow my COD: MW4 YouTube Playlist along the way which shows all story trophies in chronological order.
Below are all trophies in the order you can unlock them:
- Mission 1: Fog of War
- Nothing but Net
- Mission 2: Piccadilly
- Trigger Discipline
- Circus Tour
- Mission 3: Embedded
- Companion Block
- Play Dead
- Mission 4: Proxy War
- Long Way Down
- Wild Fire
- Ashes to Ashes
- Mission 5: Clean House
- Wall Hax
- Golden Path
- Mission 6: Hunting Party
- Press [BOOM] to Defuse
- Good Effect on Target
- Mission 7: The Embassy
- Love from Above
- Mission 8: Highway of Death
- Driver’s Ed
- Pit Stop
- Mission 9: Hometown
- Two Birds
- Mission 10: Wolf’s Den
- Tunnel Rat
- Hang Time
- Mission 11: Captive
- Got Something on Your Face
- Dodged a Bullet
- Mission 12: Old Comrades
- Hot Swap
- Mission 13: Going Dark
- Lights Out
- We Own the Night
- Mission 14: Into the Furnace
- Warheads on Foreheads
Step 2: Mop Up Miscellaneous Trophies via Mission Select
Get all remaining miscellaneous / story-related trophies via mission select. The only thing you should have left after this step is the trophy for beating the story on Veteran difficulty.
Step 3: Veteran Difficulty Playthrough
Replay the story on Veteran difficulty and the platinum will be yours. There are no online trophies or collectibles. The good news is that Veteran has a lot of checkpoints and if you played previous Call of Duty’s on Veteran you won’t have any trouble here whatsoever. Just take it slow and make good use of cover, taking out enemies one by one.
Step 4: Special Operations DLC (not needed for Platinum)
Special Operations mode has a single trophy for beating all 4 Special Operations (Operation Headhunter, Operation Kuvalda, Operation Paladin, Operation Crosswind). It’s a DLC list of its own and not mandatory for the platinum. Simply beat each Special Operation one time. This requires a team of 4 players. It’s difficult (but possible) with a random team. You can sort of “cheat” it by having one player with a riot shield hide, then even if the other 3 die they can respawn. As long as one player stays alive (riot shield is indestructible) the other 3 can respawn. If you have friends and a headset to communicate with them it’s a bit easier. Only the 4 operations listed under “Special Operations” are needed (Survival, Classic Special Ops is not needed).
Useful Tips, Tricks and Guides:
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 4 (2019) Trophy Guide
Unlock all Trophies
|Earn all other trophies in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 4 (2019) to unlock Platinum! The Special Operations DLC is not required for this.|
|Press [BOOM] to Defuse
Blow up 3 tripwires with explosives.
Mission 6: Hunting Party
There are more than 3 tripwires placed throughout Mission 6. You must throw frag grenades at them to blow them up, or use the rocket launcher attachment of your primary weapon. On your way to the hospital you find 2 tripwires and inside the hospital are many more.
|Ashes to Ashes
Burn 4 enemies with a single molotov.
Mission 4: Proxy War — Objective: Secure Armory
During the first big enemy encounter in this level, you can see a helicopter landing in the middle of the area, it will drop off 4 enemies simultaneously. As soon as you see a helicopter in the air, be very quick and run straight to it. This is best done on Recruit Difficulty (the easiest difficulty) so that enemies don’t kill you on the way. If you’re quick enough you’ll get to the helipad before the helicopter lands on it. Wait for the soldiers to touch the ground (don’t throw molotov while they’re in the air because it will blow up the helicopter and count as an explosion instead of a burn). When they’ve touched down, throw a molotov on the floor between them. You have to time it just right, you can’t give them any time to run away. If you do it correctly all 4 will start to burn simultaneously. They don’t have to die from it, the molotov’s fire just has to hurt them for the trophy to unlock. If it doesn’t work, restart the checkpoint to try again (can take a few tries to get the timing perfectly, see the video). Molotovs are your default throwable in this mission.
Note: You can also get “Wid Fire” here in the same place for downing a helicopter with a molotov.
Kill 3 Enemies while you are on a ladder.
Mission 10: The Wolf’s Den — Objective: Find a way up the Mineshaft
Inside the mine tunnels when you must push the 2nd cart, pick up the 1911 pistol under the cart. Then climb up the burning ladders and shoot the enemies while on the ladders. If something goes wrong you can restart the checkpoint (the kills are also farmable via checkpoint restart if you find it easier – kill 1 guy from ladder, restart checkpoint, repeat).
|Long Way Down
Crash a helicopter by shooting the pilot.
Mission 4: Proxy War — Objective: Secure Armory
During the first big enemy encounter in this level, you will see two helicopters flying around. It’s best that you pick up the Sniper Rifle “Kar98K” at the start of the level for this (in first room next to staircase). Aim the sniper rifle at the pilot – he will be outlined in red so is easy to see. Shoot at the pilot to down the helicopter. If the trophy doesn’t pop, reload checkpoint immediately.
Take down a flying Helicopter with a molotov.
Mission 4: Proxy War — Objective: Secure Armory
During the first big enemy encounter in this level, you can see a helicopter landing in the middle of the area. As soon as you see a helicopter in the air, be very quick and run straight to it. This is best done on Recruit Difficulty (the easiest difficulty) so that enemies don’t kill you on the way. If you’re quick enough you’ll get to the helipad before the helicopter lands on it. Then simply throw molotovs at it. If you don’t get to the helicopter in time, restart the checkpoint (or the mission) to try again. Molotovs are your default throwable in this mission.
Note: You can also do “Ashes to Ashes” here for burning 4 enemies with a single molotov. The helicopter will drop off 4 soldiers on the helipad, after they have landed on the ground throw a molotov on the floor between them.
|Good Effect on Target
Kill an enemy with a direct hit from a smoke grenade.
Mission 6: Hunting Party — Objective: Reach the Third Floor
During Mission “Hunting Party” you automatically start with Smoke Grenades. After entering the hospital, there is an enemy bleeding out on a sickbed in the left room (left of the tripwire in the corridor). He’s bleeding out and in “Last Stand”. Quickly rush to him and throw a smoke grenade at him for an instant kill. If you take too long he will bleed out or your teammates might kill him.
|Out of the Fire
Complete every single player mission on Veteran or Realism difficulty.
|Beat all 14 story missions on Veteran difficulty for this (no need to pick Realistic difficulty). You take a lot more damage on Veteran. Just take it slow, make good use of cover, and take out enemies one by one. There are plenty of checkpoints which helps. Compared to previous Call of Duty’s this is one of the easier ones to finish on Veteran.|
Complete the single player Campaign on any difficulty.
|Complete the story (14 missions) on any difficulty. The easiest difficulty “Recruti” counts for this, too.|
|Nothing but Net
Neutralize the ‘Fog of War’ machine gun with a frag grenade.
Mission 1: Fog of War — Objective: Locate Barkov’s Gas
After you enter the enemy facility, two of your teammates will open up a door. Behind that door is a trainyard and a Machine Gunner shoots from where a blue floodlight is. This is not a stationary machine gun, but rather a person carrying a Machine Gun and shooting at you. Clear out the other enemies first. Then go up the stairs to the left of the machine gunner. Get close to him and throw a grenade, it will instant kill him.
Do not injure any civilians in ‘Piccadilly’.
Mission 2: Piccadilly
You must complete the entire mission without shooting any civilians. Luckily, it’s a very short mission. This is best done on Recruit Difficulty. Then the enemies don’t deal you much damage and you can get really close to them. Stand in front of them and aim at their feet, this way the bullet can’t keep flying or accidentally hit a civilian. At the end of the mission the trophy will unlock (after sacrificing the bomb vest hostage to save the other hostages).
Kill all the enemies in the ‘Embedded’ field of dead bodies.
Mission 3: Embedded — Objective: Follow Farah
After destroying the two helicopters with C4, you need to follow Farah. You’ll come to a sort of garden area with lots of dead bodies on the right side. Farah will lay down and tell you to do the same and stay still or else the enemies will spot you. But for this trophy, you must do the opposite and face the enemies head on and kill all of them in this segment. Be sure to bring some good fully automatic weapons (switch between weapons when magazine is empty, it’s quicker than reloading). Start shooting the enemies as soon as the first one steps through the door on the other side – this is better than letting all of them group up. Also make sure you’re playing on Recruit difficulty to reduce the damage you take from enemies. You can combine it with trophy “Companion Block” which takes place in the same mission.
Only use one cinder block and bring it to the end of ‘Embedded’.
Mission 3: Embedded — Objective: Get Through Building
Early in the mission, you’ll come to a place where Farah (girl you’re walking with) goes to the right side to some trucks and you must go left where the workers are and pick up a cinder block. This is an unmissable story part, as you need to pick up the cinder block to get past the guards (they will think you’re one of the workers). Bring that very same cinder block all the way to the end of the mission! You are allowed to drop the block in every enemy section. Feel free to shoot any enemies in your way. Then before moving on to the next objective, remember to take your cinder block with you. Also make sure you don’t confuse it with other cinder blocks sitting on the floor. Best to put it in memorable places where there are no other blocks. You can combine it with trophy “Play Dead” which also takes place in this mission.
When you reach the very end of the mission there will be a button prompt at a ladder leading into a hole. Make sure you hold the cinder block in your hands before holding but don’t let it drop into the hole (there are reports that if it falls down the hole you don’t get the trophy). So just stand back a few steps and not right over the hole.
Save Alpha 3-2 from being downed.
Mission 5: Clean House —Objective: Secure Second Floor
Alpha 3-2 is the codename of one of your teammates called “Sgt. Madden” during Mission 5: Clean House. In this mission you go through a dark house and must shoot all the enemies hiding behind doors.When you go up the stairs to the 2nd floor, there will be a door on the right side. You must shoot through this door before your teammates walk past it. This will expose the enemies behind the door. Kill all enemies in the room behind the door and go through all the rooms. When you move on to the third floor the trophy will unlock.
Normally, if you were to not shoot through that door, the enemies would shoot through it when Sgt. Madden (Alpha 3-2) walks behind it, thus he’d get downed. It’s easier to do it on mission replay once you’re familiar with the level layout.
Complete ‘Clean House’ without being hit using one bullet per threat.
Mission 5: Clean House
You have to complete the mission while killing all killable enemies yourself using 1 bullet per enemy only. You’re not allowed to take any damage. If you mess up you can use checkpoint restart (no need to use mission restart).
This is a bit more complicated than the trophy description makes it out to be. If you shoot some people in the wrong order or too early or let your teammates kill them it can void the trophy.
Look at the video and replicate it EXACTLY floor by floor. This means killing all the enemies in the exact order I did and letting them grab their weapons first.
Here’s everything Step by Step:
The points of trouble that can mess up the trophy are A) when you shoot the fake hostage before she draws a gun; and B) when you shoot the last woman too early or let Price kill her.
Other things I did when I got the trophy:
Remember it’s fine to use Checkpoint Restart if you make a mistake. Especially shooting the hostage taker in the head without getting hit by him can take a few tries.
Kill at least one enemy while inside The Reading Place, Aural Chic and both Subway undergrounds.
Mission 2: Piccadilly — Objective: Neutralize Terrorists
This level is basically just one giant town district. While the story wants you to go to the reading place, the two underground sections and Aural Chic (clothing store) are optional and you have to go out of your way to enter them. Each location has at least one enemy, kill them there.
|Love from Above
Destroy 4 trucks with 4 drone strikes before they reach the end of their path in ‘The Embassy’.
Mission 7: The Embassy — Objective: Mark Targets from rooftop
After Captain Price gives you the drone laser pointer, you must climb the ladder to a roof. In the next section I shot all enemies (didn’t use the drone here). After all enemies are cleared out, wait on the rooftop. A blue civilian vehicle will pass by the street on the left, ignore this one (don’t fire drone strike at it).
After the blue civilian car has passed, the 4 enemy trucks for this trophy will start to spawn. They are trucks with a manned turret on the back and enemies inside. You can only use 1 drone strike per vehicle. If you mess up, restart the checkpoint immediately. Timing is important, you must aim about 5-10 meters in front of where the trucks are driving. It takes 1.5 seconds for the missile to hit the ground. Destroy all 4 trucks with one drone strike each. You can equip the drone laser pointer by pressing .
Truck 1 – Drives down the middle area
Stop three APCs with Hadir’s sniper rifle.
Mission 8: Highway of Death — Objective: Stop Russian Assault
At the end of the mission, some white smoke will be dropped on the left side of the highway and 4 APCs (armored vehicles) roll in. Equip Hadir’s Sniper Rifle (given to you at start of mission). The way you disable the APCs is by shoot off 3 tires (they have 6 tires total). After shooting 3 tires, the APC will come to a halt.
Shoot off 3 tires per APC. You only need to do this to 3 of the 4 APCs. Start shooting as soon as they appear on the far left of the screen and adjust your aim for bullet-drop and wind. If you feel like you’re taking too long, restart the checkpoint immediately.
Shoot the driver of the suicide truck.
Mission 8: Highway of Death — Objective: Stop Suicide Truck
About a third through the mission, you get the objective to stop a suicide truck. Just do what the game wants you to do and shoot the driver. There are some wooden boards in front of the windshield that you need to shoot off first. Hit those a few times. When the windshield is exposed you can shoot the driver. This gets increasingly easier the closer he gets to you. Use Hadir’s Sniper Rifle that you are given at the start of the mission.
Kill both soldiers with one shot in ‘Hometown’.
Mission 9: Hometown — Objective: Steal the Vehicle
This trophy takes place at the very end of the mission, when you have to sneak through the poppies to steal a truck.
There are two soldiers in that area. Lay low in the poppies and press after the prompt comes up on the screen / when your brother reaches the end of the hill. This will call your brother’s phone, which distracts the enemies. They’ll walk over there. Walk behind them and pick up the revolver from the table in the middle of the area. Climb onto the table, line up both enemies and shoot. Aiming at their torso or any body part will do, the bullet will blow through them easily. Doesn’t have to be a headshot. The game also creates a checkpoint right after picking up the revolver so you can retry if you need to.
Complete ‘The Wolf’s Den’ tunnels using only the 1911.
Mission 10: The Wolf’s Den — Objective. Proceed to the Team Room
After you enter the tea room and open the hatch on the floor, there will be a mid-mission cutscene. You’ll then drop down to a dark tunnel area. This is where the trophy starts (before the tunnels you are still allowed to use other weapons).
After this point use only the 1911 pistol and nothing else (don’t even use flashbangs / grenades). You’ll automatically hold it in your hands after the tunnel cutscene. You also get new ammo for it, in case you use up your previous 1911 ammo. However, you still can’t spray bullets unnecessarily as there’s not super much ammo. It’s best to play on Recruit and do headshots only. There are also ammo drops for the 1911 pistol throughout the tunnels. Just avoid running out of ammo and don’t fire any other weapon or grenade.
After defusing the cables at the end of the mission, the trophy will unlock.
|Dodged a Bullet
Never get hit by the sniper while escaping captivity.
Mission 11: Captive — Objective: Find where Barkov took Hadir and the others
After fighting through the first wave of enemies in this level, you will come to an area with a Sniper. A red laser will show you where he’s aiming. The general strategy is to sprint-slide from cover to cover after you hear him fire a shot. At the start, go across the street behind the brick “house”. Take out all enemies that arrive in cars on the right side. Then stick to the right side, sliding from one small cover to the next. As you get closer to the Sniper there’s a bridge on the right side. Make sure you quickly slide over to the wall under the bridge. Hug the wall, the Sniper can’t hit you there. Lay low as you go uphill and lastly wait for him to miss a shot and then sprint-slide over to the building the Sniper is in. When you enter, aim above to kill the Sniper. The trophy will unlock there immediately as soon as you killed the Sniper.
If you get hit by the Sniper you are allowed to restart the checkpoint.
|Got Something on Your Face
Spit on Barkov.
Mission 11: Captive — Objective: Survive Interrogation
At the start of the level, Barkov will escort you from your prison cell to an interrogation chair. When you see 4 dialogue choices press (Right Stick) to spit in his face. Don’t pick any of the dialogues.
Get at least one kill with eight different weapons when completing ‘Old Comrades’.
Mission 12: Old Comrades
This is straightforward enough. Pick up all different weapons dropped by enemies and do a kill with each. There are much more than 8 weapons in this level. From the first weapons box you can choose from 3 weapons – pick the M19 (it is the rarest drop by enemies in this level). At the end of the mission you enter a Van where you find the M91 Machine Gun & RPG-7 Rocket Launcher. That’s 3 weapons given to you automatically that you don’t have to worry about, so you really just need to find 5 from enemies which isn’t a problem at all.
Shut off the power to 4 buildings in ‘Going Dark’.
Mission 13: Going Dark
During this mission you can use some power switches on the walls of buildings to turn off the lights.
|We Own the Night
Kill all enemies at the Church, Clocktower, and Pool without anyone calling for backup.
Mission 13: Going Dark — Objective: Find Hadir
When you have to use a rope to repel down to a big open town area, there will be 3 marked main objectives (press Touchpad to see them). They are the Church, Clocktower, Pool.
You must kill all enemies in these 3 locations without them starting to shoot at you. Just kill everyone you see, carefully go through the entire building. Also increase the volume of your game so you can hear enemies talking or making other noises (using headphones helps to hear where the sounds are coming from). Because the enemies are roaming around and don’t always stay in fixed places it will slightly vary where they are.
The trophy will unlock as soon as you cleared out all enemies in these 3 locations. You don’t have to finish the mission for it to unlock. The big building in the middle where they hold Hadir can be ignored. If you get spotted you are allowed to restart checkpoints. Enemies are allowed to find corpses, they just can’t start shooting at you.
Because of how the enemies roam around once you cut the power and the order you kill them in, the enemy locations can slightly vary. If the trophy doesn’t unlock and you’re sure you have not been seen, then recheck all locations. You can also shoot a window to lure the last surviving enemy.
|Warheads on Foreheads
Reach Barkov’s lab entrance using only drone strikes.
Mission 14: Into the Furnace — Objective: Reach the Lab Facility
From the beginning of the mission you are only allowed to use (=shoot) the laser pointer until you reach the top of the hill. The trophy will pop when reaching the entrance door to the labs (just before going inside the building). You can’t shoot any of your weapons and can’t throw back enemy grenades either. Press to equip the laser pointer to request drone strikes. Your drone has unlimited ammo but takes a while to recharge. This is best done on recruit difficulty.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare 4 (2019) – Special Operations DLC
Complete all Special Operations missions.
|Special Operations mode has a single trophy for beating all 4 “Special Operations”:
It’s a DLC list of its own and not mandatory for the platinum. Simply beat each Special Operation one time. This requires a team of 4 players (there is matchmaking that automatically connects you to random online players). It’s difficult (but possible) with a random team. If you have friends and a headset to communicate with them it’s easier to pull this off. Only the 4 operations listed under “Special Operations” are needed. You do NOT need Survival / Classic Special Ops.
You can sort of “cheat” it by having one player with a riot shield hide far away from enemies, then even if the other 3 die they can respawn. As long as one player stays alive (riot shield is indestructible) the other 3 can respawn.
Your Multiplayer level (and unlocked equipment) is shared to Co-Op mode. So if you level up online, you gain co-op ranks as well. The recommended loadout for all 4 players is “Heavy Support”. You can select this at the start of the match (after the match has loaded up, your level doesn’t matter – can be selected even if you already unlocked custom loadouts). It comes with a Riot Shield and M91 Machine Gun. The Riot Shield is a huge help as it blocks bullets from behind while carrying the MG, or if you’re in a tricky situation you can completely block damage from the front and melee enemies with it. The riot shield is indestructible. All 4 people should play as a medic, it allows you to revive teammates faster and has a cooldown-ability that can instantly revive all 3 other players wherever they are on the map. One problem can be running out of ammo. Luckily the MG deals lots of damage and has lots of ammo, but bring 3 ammo packs (selected under killstreaks) and have your friends bring some too. Then you can replenish ammo when you need it. If you play with randoms, you can hang back and let them do all the work for you, while you just hide with a riot shield – as long as you’re alive the others can revive (but keep moving or else you get kicked for inactivity).
NOTE: This trophy is only obtainable since patch 1.07 (November 07, 2019). It was bugged before then. However, if you did the 4 operations before the patch, you only need to redo Operation #1: Headhunter and the trophy will pop (no need to replay all operations in this case – but make sure you replay the first mission and not the others).
Special Thanks / Credits
Massive thanks to the following people for sending tips:
RamiAlJ = First platinum achiever, provided a first estimate of time to plat and difficulty, as well as tip for “Golden Path”
Infamous__Dan = Plat time/difficulty estimate and tip for “Good Effect on Target”
wolker4 = Some of the tips for “We Own the Night” and “Liberation”
Aesura = Additional tips for “Circus Tour” & “Companion Block”