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"Menendez, successfully captured during the Yemen assault, is brought on board the USS Barack Obama for immediate interrogation."
— Mission description

"Odysseus" is the ninth mission in Call of Duty: Black Ops II that takes place on the U.S.S. Barack Obama. After capturing Raul Menendez, the ship comes under attack.



The level is preceded by a short cutscene on the deck of the Obama between Admiral Briggs and David Petraeus. The direction of this cutscene depends on the player's actions in the Strike Force missions. If they were all successfully completed (with the exception of Second Chance), the two will converse fondly about the recently developed alliance between China and the U.S. If the Strike Force missions were not all completed, then the conversation will be more sour and the Secretary of Defence will order DEFCON 3 due to China now being armed against the U.S. Regardless, the cutscene will end with the arrival of Mason and the captured Menendez.

Odyessus opens with Menendez being interrogated by Salazar, before requesting to speak only with Mason, who then enters the interrogation room. The two converse briefly but Briggs interrupts Mason with news that the Obama is under attack by enemy drones. This leads to Menendez holding Salazar hostage and knocking Mason unconscious.

Mason is awoken by Salazar, who informs him that Menendez has escaped. Mason then fights his way throughout the contested Obama, fighting against invading mercenaries and the ship's own automated defense system, whilst communicating with Briggs, who suggests rebooting the ship's system. Salazar moves to Briggs' location, while Mason finds out that rebooting will allow Menendez access to the server room, but is unable to inform Briggs before the Admiral allows the operation to happen. If Harper's alive, he'll inform Section of the Jet Wings assault on the Obama and clear some PMCs using Jet Wings to board the Obama. He'll also take control of auto turrets to assist Section while proceeding to the bridge.

Server Room confrontation

At this point, several potential outcomes can happen as a result of the player's action in the previous missions Karma, Achilles' Veil and potentially Second Chance.

The player shifts control from Mason to Menendez, standing outside the server room with DeFalco, if he survived the events of Karma, or a random mercenary if he did not. Menendez enters the server room and takes Briggs hostage. Salazar, who is revealed to have been working with Menendez then opens fire on the sailors and potentially others depending the player's actions:

If Chloe was rescued in Karma (and DeFalco killed) and Farid survived the events of Achilles' Veil, Salazar will attempt to shoot Chloe, resulting in Farid jumping in front of her, taking the bullet and dying, whilst Chloe is then knocked unconscious by Salazar after trying to tackle him.

If Chloe was rescued in Second Chance and Farid survived Achilles' Veil, DeFalco will knock her unconscious before he is shot by Farid, who is then shot by Salazar.

If Chloe was rescued in Second Chance, but Farid did not survive Achilles' Veil, she will be killed by DeFalco, who slices her throat.

If Chloe was rescued in Karma, but Farid did not survive Achilles' Veil, she will surrender to Salazar, who will then shoot and kill her.

If Chloe was captured in Karma and was not rescued through Second Chance, but Farid survived Achilles' Veil, he will then shoot DeFalco, but is shot in return, resulting in the pair of them dying. This also results in the player unlocking the Showdown achievement.

If neither Chloe nor Farid are present, then Salazar will simply shoot the sailors and move on.

Menendez will then be given the chance to either kill Briggs by shooting him in the head, or sparing him at Salazar's urging by shooting him in the leg. If the player simply waits and doesn't shoot at all, Salazar will knock him unconcious, essentially leaving Briggs unharmed. He then proceeds to upload a virus into the U.S. satellite network that controls the entire U.S. military drone fleet, before the player shifts control back to Mason.

Mason then enters the server room and ascertains Menendez's goals. If Chloe survived the confrontation, she will awaken and suggest and start working on a method to try and stop Menendez. Briggs, if he survived too, will give Mason some advice before falling back unconscious. It is at this point that Harper can turn up, provided he survived the events of the previous mission.

Mason then chases after Menendez, who has escaped the Obama, encountering Salazar, who has surrendered. If Harper is present, he will execute Salazar for his betrayal. If not, Mason will simply order him off. Mason then makes his way to the deck of the ship, and boards a VTOL. A Merc manages to wound pilot Crosby, but Section (or Harper if he survived Achilles' Veil) will proceed to shoot the Merc and kick him off the VTOL as it is rising and thus concluding the mission.


Admiral Briggs survived & re-activated USS Obama’s defenses

Admiral Briggs died before he could re-activate USS Obama’s defenses

SDC sent hundreds of drones to protect the USS Obama

SDC refused to send any drones to protect the USS Obama

The Obama’s defenses hold in time for SDC reinforcements arrival - the Obama was saved!

SDC drone reinforcements arrived, but the defenseless USS Obama was already destroyed

The Obama's defenses were not enough to repel Menendez's attack - the Obama was lost!

The defenseless USS Obama was destroyed by Menendez's attack

Karma & the crew of the USS Obama survived Menendez attack!

Karma is missing & could not analyze the Celerium WORM

Karma was executed & could not analyze the Celerium WORM

The crew of the USS Obama survived Menendez attack!

The crew of the USS Obama were lost when the carrier was destroyed

Video Walkthrough


Completing 2 challenges unlocks Hardness for the singleplayer loadout.
Completing 5 challenges unlocks the Assault Shield for singleplayer loadout.

  • Locate gift in Mason's state room.
  • Incapacitate enemy personnel (x20) using Combatant Suppression Knuckles.
  • Provide sniper overwatch for SEAL team advance across flight deck.
  • Eliminate enemy personnel (x10) with security turret.
  • Destroy security turret (x3) while disabled.
  • Eliminate airborne enemies (x8) before they land.
  • Direct CLAW to eliminate enemy personnel (x5).
  • Get to extraction in under 90 seconds.
  • Collect intel (x3).
  • 100% survivability rating.

Weapon Loadout


Menendez Loadout

Recommended loadout

Found in level

Access Kit

  • Combatant Suppression Knuckles are available at the beginning of the mission, just after the interrogation scene. When Salazar opens the weapon room, the player can find a closed case on the nearby console. The knuckles are found inside.
  • Control over the security turrets. After Raul Menendez escapes the interrogation room and Section reaches the bridge, there will be a panel that grants access to the room's security turret. This happens again in the ship's pipe room.
  • Upon reaching the flight deck, immediately to the left is a control station which is blocked by a piece of debris. Accessing this station activates a CLAW that the player can use to clear a path to the VTOL.



Main article: Odysseus/Trivia


  • Ship Shape (10 Gamerscore.png/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon.png) - Reinforcements on the way.
  • Showdown (15 Gamerscore.png/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon.png) - A duel between rivals.
  • Good Karma (20 Gamerscore.png/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon.png) - Crack the Celerium worm.
  • Sinking Star (20 Gamerscore.png/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon.png) - Interrogate Menendez.


Main article: Odysseus/Transcript


  1. Treyarch's Black Ops Timeline