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"Trained as a Green Beret, Adler entered the CIA's Special Activities Division in 1959, after which he only appears sporadically in the Agency's records. While an undisputed leader, he is an enigma to all that serve with him."
— In-game biography

Special Officer Russell Adler [2] is the deuteragonist of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. He is a CIA agent charged with stopping the mysterious Soviet agent codenamed Perseus. Adler is described as "America's monster" with a "dark charisma".[3]

Adler is also playable as an operator in Call of Duty: Warzone upon the purchase of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.[4]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Born on February 12th, 1937. Russell Adler enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1955 and qualified for U.S. Army Special Forces in 1957. He was recruited into Special Activities Division in 1959.

Russell Adler later joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1966 and was assigned to the MACV-SOG in 1967 to investigate Soviet activity in Vietnam.

After Vietnam, Adler disappeared from and only sporadically appears in the CIA's records but continued to be affiliated with a number of clandestine operations. His deep knowledge of covert tactics, fluency in Russian and German, and mastery of espionage make him one of the few key operatives that the CIA can consistently rely upon.[5] One such operation was the raid of Rebirth Island, in which he was responsible for capturing and interrogating Vikhor Kuzmin, a Soviet operative in charge of overseeing Nova 6's production on the island. Despite his interrogations, Adler was unable to force Kuzmin to disclose any critical information; in retaliation for what Lev Kravchenko did to fellow CIA operative Grigori Weaver back at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Adler stabbed Kuzmin's left eye with a knife.

On January 13, 1981, during a mission with Frank Woods and Alex Mason in Turkey, Adler discovered that the Soviet agent Perseus became active and four days later Jason Hudson tasked Adler to build a team to track down and eliminate Perseus. During his mission, he came across an injured operative of Perseus, who he subsequently captured and brainwashed into falsely believing they were a CIA agent who served with Adler in Vietnam, alongside nicknaming the operative "Bell".

Despite breaking through the conditioning, Bell still managed to assist Adler and his allies in stopping Perseus' plot to detonate nukes across Europe. Adler would take Bell to a cliffside, telling them they were a hero for making sacrifices to stop Perseus. Adler would then tell Bell that he had to make one last sacrifice, and that it wasn't personal before both of them drew their pistols on each other. The fate of Bell remains unknown, but Adler managed to survive the encounter and return to the CIA.

Adler would soon find himself confronting Kuzmin again, where would be baited by the Perseus operative into coming to the Mall at the Pines after a raid on a CIA base in West Berlin. Alongside a strike team, Adler arrives at the mall, only to be ambushed by Kuzmin and his soldiers. "Stitch" would give the order to kill all of the NATO operatives - save for Adler. A firefight ensued, which ended with Adler being captured by Stitch and transported onto a helicopter.

By April 19th, 1984, Adler was reported by Kapano "Naga" Vang to be headed to Verdansk.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War[edit | edit source]

Adler is unlocked as a playable operator for Multiplayer and Zombies modes by completing the challenge.

Personalization[edit | edit source]

Skins[edit | edit source]

Name Image Rarity How to obtain
Mountain Drab Adler Mountain Drab Skin.webp Base In Multiplayer, get 10 kills with Scorestreaks or Killstreaks
Renegade Adler Renegade Skin.webp Rare Battle Pass Season Two Tier 20
Beirut Adler Beirut Skin.webp Rare Operator Mission
Bright Star Adler Bright Star Skin.webp Rare Operator Mission
Iron Delta Adler Iron Delta Skin.webp Rare Operator Mission
Lighthouse Adler Lighthouse Skin.webp Rare Operator Mission
Traveler Adler Traveler Skin.webp Rare Battle Pass Season One Tier 1
Globetrotter Adler Globetrotter Skin.webp Rare Operator Mission
Summit Adler Summit Skin.webp Rare Operator Mission
Base Jumper Adler Base Jumper Skin.webp Epic Battle Pass Season One Tier 90
Stalker Adler Stalker Skin.webp Epic Operator Mission
Glitz Adler Glitz Skin.webp Epic Operator Mission
Confidential Adler Confidential Skin.webp Epic Bundle Black Ops Cold War Starter Pack
Detective Adler Detective Skin.webp Epic Bundle Double Agent
Gauntlet Adler Gauntlet Skin.webp Epic Bundle Field General
Ranger Adler Ranger Skin.webp Epic Bundle Scout Team
Razor Wire Adler Razor Wire Skin.webp Epic Bundle Platoon Sergeant
Red Adler Red Skin.webp Epic Bundle Shamrocked
Miami Adler Miami Skin.webp Epic Bundle Miami Nights
Wetlander Adler Wetlander Skin.webp Epic Bundle River Slasher
Ambassador Adler Ambassador Skin.webp Legendary Game Fuel’s Exclusive Content (US only)
Gunslinger Adler Gunslinger Skin.webp Legendary Bundle Most Wanted

Call of Duty: Warzone[edit | edit source]

Adler is mentioned in several intel pieces in Call of Duty: Warzone. The intels relate to his investigation into Perseus, who had ties with Imran Zakhaev. He is also playable as an Operator with the purchase of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

Call of Duty: Mobile[edit | edit source]

Adler could be unlocked for Call of Duty: Mobile as a playable character by playing the Multiplayer Open Beta of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. [6] Later, Adler come back in Season 13 Wint3r War Battle Pass with the uniform Mountain Drab. [7] Adler is also a supporting character in the comics.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War[edit | edit source]

Call of Duty: Mobile[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Adler's blood type is AB-.
  • If asked by "Bell" about the origin of his facial scars, Adler will come up with one of three lies:
    • He may cryptically answer that he was once in with the wrong crowd when he was younger, and will vaguely mention that an unnamed girl "wasn't worth it".
    • Another story told by Adler is that he was chasing a target when he tried to make a jump off the roof of a building. The jump was successful, but the landing "not so much." He then gives "Bell" advice to always know where the utility poles are.
    • He also may state that he was attacked by a tiger during a mission in 1973.
  • When discussing the archival of Soviet intel recovered in Vietnam, Adler tells Bell about his ex-wife. It is not clear whether he is joking or not.

References[edit | edit source]

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