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"Destroy the enemy jamming tower in Manhattan."
— Level description

"Black Tuesday" is the second mission of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The player takes control of Derek "Frost" Westbrook, a Delta Force operator in New York. The objective of the mission is to destroy a Russian radio/microwave jammer placed on the Stock Exchange. Once the jammer is destroyed, the player will be extracted by a Black Hawk and must duel against Russian helicopters to reach New York Harbor which is the location of the next mission.



The level begins with the player, Sgt. Derek "Frost" Westbrook, and Sandman climbing from the wreckage of an overturned Humvee in Manhattan. They emerge to find themselves and a friendly Stryker battalion under attack, by Russian infantry and vehicles. The battalion fights their way up the street, past heavy resistance, and meet up with a convoy of Strykers at the corner of Exchange and Broad Street.

Frost, Sandman, and the convoy are then ambushed by a Mi-24 at an enemy roadblock, forcing the team of Deltas to circumnavigate the road block and enter another building. After they clear the shop and alley, they meet with Grizzly and his team, as they fight in front of the Stock Exchange.

As the team reaches the New York Stock Exchange, they fight their way through the trade floor and take a service ladder up to the roof. Using Thermite, Frost destroys the radio jammer on the roof, restoring radio communications to friendly forces, allowing air support to come. They then come under attack by enemy forces positioned on some nearby rooftops.

Frost uses guided missiles from a Predator Drone to neutralize the enemy troops on the roof, as well as an enemy gunship that arrives to provide support for the enemies. A Black Hawk then flies in to extract the team, but they are pursued by several Hinds through the Downtown Manhattan airspace. Frost, operating a Minigun, destroys several gunships. At a nearby construction site, as Frost destroys one of the Hinds, Delta team's Black Hawk crashes into the scaffolding. The impact causes the Black Hawk to whirl out of control, nearly chucking Frost out of the cabin. The pilot eventually regains control of the helicopter and the team is briefed while proceeding to their next mission in New York Harbor.

Video Walkthrough

Weapon Loadout

Starting Loadout
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Main article: Black Tuesday/Transcript




  1. Head to the third floor of the first building entered at the beginning of the game. Poke around the bedrooms on that floor and the intel will be located on the floor of one of them.
  2. Enter the Jewelry Store and look for a table back underneath the stairs. This intel is located on top of that table.
  3. Stay in the Stock Exchange lobby and now look over on the left side. Spot a pair of ammo crates and look for the intel to be sitting near them.
  4. Enter the main Stock Exchange area and look toward the right side of it. In the corner next to the stairs is a trading kiosk counter, and on that counter is the fourth piece of intel.
  5. From the Stock Exchange lobby, go to the roof and find the intel resting on top of a fold-out table just before the final set of stairs.


The news bulletin.

  • This level has a unique reload animation for the M4A1. When Frost exits the jeep he will put a new magazine into the gun and pull the charging handle. In the normal reload animation, the character never pulls the charging handle.
  • The title "Black Tuesday" is a reference to the stock exchange crash during the Great Depression in 1929.
  • Although the level is titled "Black Tuesday", August 17, 2016, the day in which the mission takes place is a Wednesday in real life. The Tuesday would be on the 16th.
    • Additionally, May 13th, the date that appeared on the news channel in the E3 Demo, is also not a Tuesday, it is a Friday.
  • The quote that runs on the TV news crawl is a near exact copy of Mayor Rudy Giuliani comments about casualties following 9/11.
  • The date of this level in the E3 Demo was May 13, 2016, as reported by the TV, where a news program displays the title "BATTLE FOR NEW YORK - America's last stand?". The date is changed to August 17 in the retail release.
  • The victory theme for Delta in multiplayer can be heard while fighting in the Stock Exchange.
  • The news crawl misstates its own news network, stating it as "CNC" when the logo is "CNB".
  • The MSE's symbol is a pyramid with the all-seeing eye, known as the Eye of Providence.
  • During the intel on the loading screen for this mission, it can be seen that the 75th Ranger Regiment is also fighting in New York. This regiment is the one which James Ramirez, Foley and Dunn, the main American protagonists of the previous game, are part of. The 75th is fighting in Central Manhattan Island, as seen from the loading screen.
    • The 2nd Marine Division is also present on the loading screen, apparently fighting in the northern area of Manhattan Island.
  • All stock markets can be seen as falling, apart from those of Activision, Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, Blizzard, Raven SoftwareTreyarch, and War, who have stocks on the rise.
  • In the alley where the player has to throw a 9-Bang, there is graffiti on the wall that says "SHG" and "Sledgehammer", which are both references to Sledgehammer Games.
    • Additionally, there is a sledgehammer on the table near the fifth intel.
  • In one of the destroyed newspaper boxes, one can see a newspaper with the headline "Call of Duty 3".
  • If one looks closely when leaving New York at the end of the mission, the new World Trade Center building can be seen.
  • The Inner Circle spawn theme is played during the assault on the store.
  • All of the taxi cabs in the level say IW New York.
  • On Recruit difficulty, if the player runs out of XM25 ammo after clearing out the Russians in the jewelry store before meeting with Anvil Team, it will be refilled to full ammo again once Sandman tells the player to use the XM25.
  • In the E3 demo for Black Tuesday, the firing sound for the M4A1 is same as its firing sound in Modern Warfare 2.

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  • When looking at the second Hind after it is destroyed, the player will notice that it will seemingly vanish into thin air.
  • When Frost gets out of the Humvee at the start of the level, his wristwatch says the time is 2:45. However, the mission briefing says the time is 10:18.
  • Sandman orders the player to "get on the XM25", as if said weapon was mounted, although the XM25 is handheld.
  • If the player uses all their 9-Bangs before the breach where Sandman orders them to use them, they will automatically be restocked when they get to the door.
  • In the E3 Demo, the mission's date was "Day 2". This was changed before release.
  • If the player stays on the streets for too long after meeting up with allies for the first time, an indestructible Hind will appear and kill him.
  • In the French version of the game, the mission takes place on at 16:32:12 instead of 10:18. The date, August 17th, is still intact however. This appears to be a mistake as 16:32:12 is the time in which the next mission, "Hunter Killer", takes place.
  • Despite New York having power around the city, Captain Price in Modern Warfare 2's Contingency level caused an EMP from a Submarime Missile that caused a blackout on the United States. And Black Tuesday is only a day after Contingency depending on the time zone