Black Ops 2: How to Unlock Every Ending [Guide]

The new campaign choices in Black Ops 2 can lead you to several different endings, and here we’ll show you how to unlock every available ending. There might be minor changes between the outcomes, but there are four major endings you can reach depending on who survives the campaign. Below, we’ll give you tips for uncovering the truth, and how to unlock the best endings or even the worst, if you’re so inclined.

Be warned! There are major plot spoilers ahead.

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Endings Guide

Ending #1 (Best):

  • Major Decisions: Save Woods / Save Karma / Spare Menendez
    • Ending #1 Prerequisites:

    • Note: To unlock the best ending, you’ll need to accomplish the goals below before making the final choice.
    • Pyrrhic Victory: Successfully rescue Woods.
    • Celerium: Recover the Celerium Worm.
    • Old Wounds: Interrogate Kravchenko to learn about the CIA mole.
    • Time and Fate: Find all the intel to learn about CIA mole
    • Fallen Angel: Find Zhao’s secret meeting intel / Harper successfully protected
    • Karma: Save Karma / DeFalco dies
    • Suffer With Me: Menendez is unable to manipulate Woods
    • Achilles’ Veil: Keep Farid alive / SDC allies with US military forces (Strike Force Complete)
    • Odysseus: Save Admiral Briggs / SDC protects the USS Obama with Drones / USS Obama survives long enough for SDC reinforcements / Karma & the USS Obama survive the attack
    • Cordis Die: Save the President
    • Judgement Day: Capture Menendez

Ending #2:

  • Major Decisions: Save Woods / Karma Dies / Spare Menendez
    Ending #2 Prerequisites:

    • Pyrrhic Victory: Successfully rescue Woods
    • Celerium: Recover the Celerium Worm
    • Old Wounds: Kill Kravchenko without resistance
    • Time and Fate: Find intel, thoroughly search
    • Fallen Angel: Find Zhao’s secret meeting intel / Harper’s face is burned
    • Karma: Karma dies
    • Suffer With Me: Menendez is able to manipulate Woods / Woods dies / SDC left vulnerable
    • Achilles’ Veil: Attempt to shoot Menendez / Farid dies
    • Odysseus: Admiral Briggs dies / USS Obama has no defenses to counter assault / USS Obama’s crew killed
    • Cordis Die: Rescue the President
    • Judgment Day: Capture Menendez

Ending #3:

  • Major Decisions: Save Woods / Karma Dies / Kill Menendez
    Ending #3 Prerequisites:

    • Pyrrhic Victory: Successfully rescue Woods
    • Celerium: Recover the Celerium Worm
    • Old Wounds: Kill Kravchenko without resistance
    • Time and Fate: Find intel, thoroughly search
    • Fallen Angel: Find Zhao’s secret meeting intel / Harper’s face is burned
    • Karma: Karma dies
    • Suffer With Me: Menendez is able to manipulate Woods / Woods dies / SDC left vulnerable
    • Achilles’ Veil: Attempt to shoot Menendez / Farid dies
    • Odysseus: Admiral Briggs dies / USS Obama has no defenses to counter assault / USS Obama’s crew killed
    • Cordis Die: Rescue the President
    • Judgment Day: Kill Menendez

Ending #4 (Worst):

  • Major Decisions: Woods Dies / Karma Dies / Kill Menendez
    Ending #4 Prerequisites:

    • Pyrrhic Victory: Successfully Rescue Woods
    • Celerium: Recover the Celerium Worm
    • Old Wounds: Kill Kravchenko without resistance
    • Time and Fate: Thoroughly search the compound
    • Fallen Angel: Find Zhao’s secret meeting intel / Harper’s face is burned
    • Karma: Karma dies
    • Suffer With Me: Menendez is able to manipulate Woods / SDC left vulnerable
    • Achilles’ Veil: Save Faird / Attempt to shoot Menendez
    • Odysseus: Admiral Briggs dies / USS Obama has no defenses to counter assault / USS Obama’s crew killed
    • Cordis Die: Rescue the President
    • Judgment Day: Kill Menendez

Ending #5:

  • Major Decisions: Woods Dies / Karma Dies / Spare Menendez
    Ending #5 Prerequisites:

    • Pyrrhic Victory: Successfully Rescue Woods
    • Celerium: Recover the Celerium Worm
    • Old Wounds: Kill Kravchenko without resistance
    • Time and Fate: Thoroughly search the compound
    • Fallen Angel: Find Zhao’s secret meeting intel / Harper’s face is burned
    • Karma: Karma dies
    • Suffer With Me: Menendez is able to manipulate Woods / SDC left vulnerable
    • Achilles’ Veil: Save Faird / Attempt to shoot Menendez
    • Odysseus: Admiral Briggs dies / USS Obama has no defenses to counter assault / USS Obama’s crew killed
    • Cordis Die: Rescue the President
    • Judgment Day: Spare Menendez

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9 Comments on Black Ops 2: How to Unlock Every Ending [Guide]

sam

On November 17, 2012 at 7:44 pm

You missed an ending there is one where Karma dies, Menendez kills Woods, and you spare Menendez, but he later commits suicide at his sisters grave.

Tylortylor

On November 17, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Um, Woods dies? You mean you are supposed to let the same guy that is telling the story from the future die in the past?

Matt

On November 19, 2012 at 11:34 am

my question about this ending guide.. i see that the worst ending has woods dying in the first mission.. how do you go about this? especially if he’s already old prior to this mission starting.. im just curious cause i cant find a video online

Kevin Thielenhaus

On November 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm

@Matt,

That was an error that’s since been corrected. Woods can die, but not during the first mission.

Apologies for the confusion.

josh

On November 29, 2012 at 11:42 am

anyone know what Zhao’s secret meeting intel on Fallen Angel is about? Wasn’t covered in the video

Neal

On November 29, 2012 at 11:47 am

Whata about mason lives, karma lives but then you kill mendez in the end? Havent seen anything for that combo

Nik

On May 17, 2013 at 11:04 pm

how can you save farid by trying to shoot menendez in Achilles’ Veil??

Kevin Thielenhaus

On May 20, 2013 at 8:44 am

@Nik,

It seems like there is no way to save Farid, he will always die if you try to shoot Menendez in Achilles’ Veil.

Jeda

On June 5, 2013 at 8:47 am

Guys when they say “Woods” they mean Mason