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For the character in Modern Warfare (2019), see Nikolai (2019).
For other characters, see Nikolai.
"Da - I know a place."
— Nikolai responding to Price at the end of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

"Nikolai" (Russian: Николай) is the code name [1] of a Russian informant amongst Imran Zakhaev's Ultranationalists, and an ally of the SAS in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. He continues to help MacTavish and Price in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. His real birth name has not yet been revealed.


Cold WarEdit

Nikolai is a former Soviet Army Senior Sergeant from an anti-tank rifle unit.[2]

Nikolai is also a veteran of the Soviet-Afghan War.[3] He was also a pilot as it was mentioned in "The Enemy of My Enemy" in Modern Warfare 2.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare RemasteredEdit

In events before the mission "Blackout", Nikolai has been detained by the Ultranationalists under suspicion of espionage. The SAS team under Captain Price must find and rescue him before he is executed. He had been informing the British from the Ultranationalist camp until his cover was blown. He helped to start the entire chain of events in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, as it was he that supplied the intel for the cargo ship mission.

In "Hunted", the Black Hawk carrying the extracted team is shot down over hostile territory, and he is forced to fight alongside the team with only the AK-74u that Price gave to him. Finally, under cover of AC-130 fire, Nikolai is evacuated by a second helicopter to a safe house in Hamburg, and his last mention in the game is a loading cutscene in which he sends the SAS the coordinates to Khaled Al-Asad's safehouse in Azerbaijan.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Edit

Nikolai plays a bigger role in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 than in its precursor, and he is quite adept at flying and driving multiple vehicles, though it is unknown how he has acquired them. He appears to be a mercenary pilot.

In "The Hornet's Nest", the stranded Task Force 141 team is left without a helicopter, since the U.S. has been barred from entering Brazilian airspace and the Russian invasion of the United States has overwhelmed civilian communications. Captain John "Soap" MacTavish calls Nikolai to come rescue the team. Nikolai arrives in a Pave Low, but heavy RPG fire makes the landing zone "too hot", or dangerous. Soap orders Nikolai to wave off, as the team should be able find a secondary extraction point. Sergeant Gary "Roach" Sanderson, when running and keeping up with the Task Force, falls from the rooftops, further delaying the exit. Roach quickly rushes throughout the favela, evading enemy forces, reaching the rooftops, and making it to the helicopter.

In "The Enemy of My Enemy", Nikolai extracts Price and Soap from the Boneyard under fire in a C-130 Hercules as Price and Soap drive their jeep into the cargo hold of the plane. Nikolai then drops off Price and Soap at Site Hotel Bravo in "Just Like Old Times," but despite having been told that it was a one-way flight, he returns to rescue the two in "Endgame" with a Little Bird. The last sentence he says is "Da, I know a place." The place he is referring to is a safe-house in Himachal Pradesh, India.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3Edit

Nikolai is almost always alongside Yuri and the disavowed Task Force 141, ready to help when needed. In the introduction of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, he and Price carry an injured Soap to the helicopter with Yuri. He also provides remote air support during the mission to capture Waraabe in Somalia. His Hind is shot down during the extraction and he has to be rescued from the Somali Militia during a blackout sandstorm. During a raid at Karlstejn near Prague, Nikolai seems to have deployed Yuri and Price and later extracts them after informing Delta Force about Makarov's hunt for Alena Vorshevsky. In the mission "Dust to Dust", Nikolai provides support and recon for Price and Yuri as they make their way through the hotel on a mission to kill Makarov.

Call of Duty: HeroesEdit

Nikolai, when a Landing Zone is built, will sometimes land his Pave Low at the player's base for repairs. He is referred to as the Engineer, and as a token of gratitude, will decrease the amount of time to upgrade a building. He has since been replaced with supply drops and has not appeared back in the game since.


Before Call of Duty 4: Modern WarfareEdit

Call of Duty 4: Modern WarfareEdit

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Edit

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3Edit

  • Himachal Pradesh, India — Takes Price and a wounded MacTavish to the safehouse.
  • Boosaaso, Somalia — Provides helicopter support while searching for Waraabe and shot down before subsequently escaping the sandstorm.
  • Arabian Peninsula — Drops Price and Yuri to kill Makarov in Hotel Oasis. Provides play-by-play as to Makarov's location within the hotel.



Call of Duty 4: Modern WarfareEdit

  • "The Americans are making mistake. They will never take Al-Asad alive."
  • "The man is a coward, Captain Price. Al-Asad would never sacrifice himself. There is a safehouse in Azerbaijan that Al-Asad has used in the past. I am sending you the coordinates."

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Edit

  • "Price, I am approaching the boneyard. I see you do not have situation under control. Very unsafe to land. It looks like when I was in Afghanistan with the Soviets!"
  • "Вот дерьмо! Нет, мне явно недоплачивают за эту работу! Одни ракеты сколько стоят! Твою мать! Пизда!" (Holy shit! No, I'm really not paid enough for this job! The missiles alone cost so much! Motherfucker! Cunt!)
  • "Da - I know a place."


  • In "The Enemy of My Enemy", Nikolai is heard yelling in Russian, directed at Shadow Company or the mercenaries attempting to shoot him down. (He says: "Вот дерьмо! Нет, мне явно недоплачивают за эту работу! Одни ракеты сколько стоят! Твою мать! Пизда!!"; (trans. "Holy shit! No, really, I'm not paid enough for this job! The missiles alone cost so much! Your Mother! Cunt!")
  • He speaks Russian (as native) and English (as foreign). Also Nikolai knows Arabic, as he hacked into the Hotel Oasis's security at the Arabian Peninsula.
  • If looking closely at the plane's cockpit in "The Enemy of My Enemy", the player will see that no one is actually piloting Nikolai's plane.
  • During the "Blackout" cutscene, one can see pictures of Nikolai with an AK-47 (which he never wields) in "F.N.G", and him crouching near the crashed UH-60 equipped with a Minigun on "Heat".
  • In the end of "Endgame", he wears a pilot uniform; but in the beginning of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 mission "Persona Non Grata", he wears a combat uniform even though the level takes place just hours after the end of "Endgame".


  1. "Blackout" pre-level chatter
  2. "Blackout" loading cutscene
  3. "The Enemy of My Enemy" dialogue
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