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The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops.
For the location, see Rebirth Island.

"Infiltrate the Project Nova Research labs and capture Dr. Steiner."
— Briefing
"My name... is Viktor Reznov... and I will have my revenge!"
— Viktor Reznov/Alex Mason before killing Dr. Friedrich Steiner.

"Rebirth" is the thirteenth campaign mission of Call of Duty: Black Ops.


Level Briefing 1

Transmission # 8-5-19-1-25-19. Designate: ECHO

We believe Mason is headed for the Russian Bio weapons facility

at Vozrozhdeniye "Rebirth" Island, USSR.

Hudson and Team 2 inserted to assault and extract Steiner

2230 hours, February 23, 1968

Level Briefing 2

Transmission # 8-5-19-1-25-19. Designate: ALPHA

We believe Mason is headed for the Russian Bio weapons facility

at Vozrozhdeniye "Rebirth" Island, USSR.

Hudson and Team 2 inserted to assault and extract Steiner

2200 hours, February 23, 1968


After the death of Bowman and the "death" of Woods, Alex Mason and Viktor Reznov seek out Friedrich Steiner at Rebirth Island with the intention of killing him. After fighting their way through the Russian defenses and reaching Steiner, Viktor Reznov declares his name, and then executes Steiner with his pistol right before the glass behind them is shattered by two Hazmat suit-wearing soldiers.

The game then enters a flash back occurring 20 minutes earlier when the CIA's assault on Rebirth Island begins. During the flash back, Hudson and Weaver are moving through the Russian compound in two BTRs, accompanied by a platoon of US soldiers. Hudson and Weaver fight their way through until Hudson's BTR is destroyed by an Mi-8 helicopter. Nova 6 is then released by the helicopter, forcing Hudson and the soldiers to put on gas masks.

After fighting his way to a clean air environment, Hudson attempts to contact Mason, but Mason fails to respond. At the same time Weaver is contacted by Steiner, who tells him that all non-essential personnel are being executed by Dragovich's soldiers and that he might be killed too. When Hudson and Weaver get to the room where Steiner is located, both of them see Mason beating Steiner up and yelling that he is Viktor Reznov and that he will have his revenge. Hudson and Weaver, still in their Hazmat suits, try to breakthrough the glass by shooting it, only to find it is bulletproof. They then smash it with a crate but are too late. Mason executes Steiner and shoots Weaver, but Hudson knocks him out cold. Weaver questions the whereabouts of Reznov, but Hudson states he was never there (he died during the Vorkuta prison escape) and it was a result of his brainwashing.



The player starts off in a cargo container from the ship Novorossiysk with Reznov, who is disguised as a Russian military officer (along with Mason). After some time, the player will exit and take out a lone guard with his own Tomahawk. One must then stick to the shadows while following Reznov through the compound. After the guards begin evacuating, the player must take out two more guards (don't wait, as one will be spotted) until he is on the roof with better weapons. Mason then enters the facility and slaughters Russian troops, going through testing labs for animals and humans. He eventually finds Steiner and Reznov takes his revenge.


After a short cutscene with the Interrogator, the player takes control of Jason Hudson. He will begin on a BTR-60 APC with a machine gun and grenade launcher. Hudson continues to storm the island until the APC is destroyed by a helicopter that drops Nova 6 onto the squad. The player quickly equips a Gas Mask and continues infiltrating on foot, using an Enfield with an Infrared Scope and a Masterkey shotgun, as well as an HK21 with a drum mag. During this part of the mission, the player can take permanent damage (Cracks will appear on the "mask"). If too much damage is taken, Hudson's suit will break open, and the player will die due to exposure to the Nova 6 gas. When no longer in danger of coming in contact with the noxious gas, Hudson removes his gas mask. Once inside the facility, there is very little opposition, as Mason has already killed most of the enemies. Hudson walks through the same rooms as did Mason, killing any survivors along the way. The player will then find himself on the opposite side of the window where Mason is about to kill Steiner. Hudson and Weaver manage to break through the window but are unable to prevent Mason from killing Steiner. Hudson knocks Mason unconscious by pistol-whipping him in the head with his own gun. Weaver questions Reznov's whereabouts but Hudson explains that Reznov never survived the Vorkuta prison break and was a result of Mason's brainwashing.

Video Walkthrough

Weapon Loadout

Mason's Starting Loadout
Hudson's Starting Loadout
Found in level



Main article: Rebirth/Intel


Main article: Rebirth, Part 1/Transcript
Main article: Rebirth, Part 2/Transcript


  • I hate monkeys (15 Gamerscore.png/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon.png) - Obtained when the player kills 7 monkeys in under 10 seconds.
  • No Leaks (50 Gamerscore.png/ Silver Trophy Silver Trophy PS3 icon.png) - Obtained by the player not dying when the Nova 6 gas is deployed.
  • Burn Notice (25 Gamerscore.png/ Silver Trophy Silver Trophy PS3 icon.png) - Obtained by beating "Rebirth" and "Redemption" on Veteran.


  • Reznov/Mason wears the same clothes worn by Kravchenko in the previous mission including his striped shirt and Soviet Army coat.
  • The second intel is in a different location on the Wii. Instead of it being in the gas chamber, it is in Hudson's part, after the would-be third intel. It is at the bottom of the staircase shortly before entering the lab that Mason also entered, after the player gets off the elevator.
  • In this mission, Mason uses a AK-74u, but when Hudson and Weaver see Mason on the monitor, Mason holds an AK-47 without the stock.
  • At the very beginning of the mission, a figure resembling a Teddy Bear can be found carved on one the walls and the roof of the elevator. The torso is on the wall and the head is on the roof.
  • During the Nova 6 battle, the weapon sounds are different.
  • When Mason meets Steiner, Mason's shadow can be seen, but headless.
  • After Mason kills Steiner and is knocked out by Hudson, the player will be given "Escape the Island" as their new objective. Since the level ends soon after the player gets the new objective, it is impossible to complete. It was likely cut from the game, as evidenced by the HUD marker showing the direction and distance to the nonexistent objective.
  • During the section as Hudson, prior to the Nova 6 being released, the cars around the level can be exploded, however post the release of the Nova 6, the cars will not explode.
  • When playing as Mason on the rooftop of the facility, a crashed Mi-8 helicopter can be seen, this is the same helicopter that Hudson shoots at it with a Strela-3.
  • After sliding down the elevator shaft, The player can noclip down and perform an unfinished Takedown on the soldiers talking with the scientists below Mason and Reznov, before shooting them. This takedown is identical to the one the player is able to perform on some soldiers near the helicopter in Payback.