For the scorestreak, see Hunter Killer Drone.
"Assault the Russian submarine."
— Level description

"Hunter Killer" is the third campaign mission of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The player takes on the role of Sgt. Derek "Frost" Westbrook, as he and his squad infiltrate a Russian Oscar II-class SSGN and launch the boat's cruise missiles against their own fleet to cripple it. Later, the player and other team members make their escape from the submarine on Zodiac watercraft as the launched missiles begin to bombard the Russian ships in the area, before escaping in a CH-46 Sea Knight.



The level begins with Frost and Sandman together with their team of Deltas, swimming through the submerged Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and into New York Harbor by using Diver Propulsion Vehicles (DPV).

There they rendezvous with a team of SEALs, and continue toward their objective. The depths of the harbor are filled with mines and the player is instructed to navigate around them using a mine imaging sonar device on the player's DPV.

After successfully passing through the minefield, the team then plants charges on an enemy submarine. The charges detonate and the submarine is forced to surface, allowing the team to board. Frost and Sandman enter through the sub's access hatch and fight their way through the submarine and up to the bridge. The two of them breach the bridge, killing all the sailors within and their commading officer (possibly captain). From the bridge, Frost and Sandman are able to launch the Russian's missiles against their own fleet.

Frost and Sandman then board a Zodiac watercraft that the SEALs have put in place, and make their escape as the battle for New York Harbor rages around them. They are then extracted by a CH-46 Sea Knight and are flown away from Manhattan.

Video Walkthrough

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 - Campaign - Hunter Killer

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 - Campaign - Hunter Killer

Weapon Loadout

Starting Loadout
Found in level


6. Once inside the submarine, be on the lookout for a room that includes a few bunk beds. Walk to the last one, then look in the corner for the intel.

7. On the second floor of the submarine, the intel is in the fuel tank room located just before breaching the missile control room. All of the enemies in this room have laser targeting on their guns so it is hard to miss. Get up on the scaffolding to grab the intel.


Intel locations



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Wet Work (10 Gamerscore/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon) - Complete "Hunter Killer" on any difficulty.

The Big Apple (25 Gamerscore/ Silver Trophy Silver Trophy PS3 icon) - Complete "Black Tuesday" and "Hunter Killer" on Veteran difficulty.



The Freedom Tower in the E3 demo.

Tower 2

The Freedom Tower in the final version.

  • The New World Trade Center Buildings (Including the Freedom Tower) can be seen in the skyline.
    • The Freedom Tower looks different in the trailers than it does in the game.
  • The Statue of Liberty is visible in the level, in the distance, surprisingly intact despite the chaos of the battle.
Shepherd in trouble

"Shepherd in Trouble"

  • In the submarine, on the bunk bed, there is a magazine called "Gossip and Lies", which has a picture of General Shepherd, titled "Shepherd in Trouble". This same magazine can also be found on a seat in a corridor near the start of "All or Nothing" in Call of Duty: Ghosts.
  • If the player stays on top of the submarine too long, a Hind will come and kill them.
  • There are no assault rifles in this level, only SMGs, shotguns and handguns are available.
  • There is a gas tanker in the tunnel that says Schoefield and Condry, a reference to the Sledgehammer Games employees.
  • In the tunnel there is graffiti that says "Sledgehammer", a reference to Sledgehammer Games.
  • When the player controls the Zodiac, Sandman's shooting and changing shooting direction is reused from Price in "Endgame" in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
  • On the loading screen before the mission, the graphics refer to F-15 Eagles dropping JDAM bombs but the subtitles say that the pilots are flying F-22s.
  • This is the only level where a Zubr can be seen.
  • In the loading screen, the video feed showing Metal team assaulting and destroying the jamming tower only shows three operatives, despite there being four.
  • On the SDV, below the sonar reads, "BLACKSPY-5" (logo looks like BLACHSPY-5).
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