The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Warzone The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Mobile
For the original character, see Simon "Ghost" Riley.

"An expert in clandestine tradecraft, sabotage and infiltration. He lives with a redacted past and an undercover present, marked by a concealed appearance to hide his identity and maintain anonymity in the field."
— In-game biography

Lieutenant Simon Riley, also known as Ghost, is a character featured in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone. First mentioned at the end of the campaign, Ghost was released as a SAS operator of the Coalition as part of the Battle Pass with the launch of the Season Two of content for Modern Warfare.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Born in Manchester, Simon Riley joined the Special Air Service and spent the majority of his career serving numerous short-term deployments and executing covert assignments in classified locations. He became an expert in clandestine tradecraft, focused on sabotage, ambushes, and infiltrations into denied areas and hazardous environments. Ghost concealed his identity under a hallmark skull figured mask to maintain anonymity in the field.[1]

At one point, Ghost worked in the same unit as Mace.[2]

Task Force 141 and War in Verdansk[edit | edit source]

Price: "There he is... Simon Riley"
Laswell: "There's no picture."
Price: "Never."
Kate Laswell asking about the photo on Riley's file.

Following the death of General Roman Barkov, Ghost was recruited by Captain John Price in the newly formed Task Force 141 where he became a commanding officer. Following the invasion of Verdansk by Al-Qatala on March 3rd, 2020, Riley was deployed in the city to assist the Armistice initiative against the terrorist organization supplied by Victor Zakhaev. During one of Armistice's operations, Ghost helped the Arm-4 team infiltrating the occupied Verdansk airport to retrieve a nuclear core.

Fall of Armistice and Hunt for Zakhaev[edit | edit source]

Price: "Can you talk?"
Riley: "I can listen..."
Price: "Zakhaev's plan is working. The Armistice in Verdansk has officially fallen. It's bloody chaos."
Riley: "Tell me something I don't know."
— Price talking to Ghost in the Season 3 cutscene.

When Al-Qatala released toxic gas within Verdansk, Ghost discovered a chaotic situation where the operators of Armistice have turned against themselves and began targeting each other. He soon requested Price to send him reinforcements he could trust. Riley managed to escape the city and was deployed to a classified location where Price informed him that Zakhaev's plan worked, with the Armistice now officially disbanded. Ghost was assisted during this operation by "Alex", who was sent by Price.

Call of Duty: Mobile[edit | edit source]

Ghost appears in Call of Duty: Mobile and was added as part of the Season 12: Going Dark Battle Pass. His Dark Vision skin also appears and was a part of the Season 13 Wint3r War Battle Pass. These skins are uniforms for the Original Ghost. Ghost's Stealth skin and Loose Ends skin are based off his UDT Ghost and Classic Ghost skins from Modern Warfare, respectively.

Personalization[edit | edit source]

Skins[edit | edit source]

Name Rarity Image How to obtain
Winter Theatre Epic Ghost "Winter Theatre" skin MW2019.png Bundle Warzone Pro Pack
Apparition Legendary Ghost Apparition skin Modern Warfare 2019.png Bundle Ghost: Fighting Spirit
Azrael Legendary Ghost "Azrael" skin MW2019.png Bundle Ghost: Grim Reaper
Classic Ghost Legendary Classic Ghost Skin MW2019.png Bundle Ghost Pack: Contingency
Dark Vision Legendary Ghost Dark Vision Skin.webp Operator Mission
Dreadwood Legendary Ghost Dreadwood skin MW2019.png Bundle Beyond the Pale
Ghosted Legendary Ghost Ghosted Skin.webp Battle Pass Season Two Tier 100
Jawbone Legendary Ghost Jawbone Skin.webp Battle Pass Season Two Tier 0
Last Breath Legendary Ghost Last Breath Skn.webp Operator Mission
Mandible Legendary Ghost Mandible Skin.webp Operator Mission
Reckoner Legendary Ghost Reckoner Season2 MW.png Operator Mission
UDT Ghost Legendary Ghost UDT skin TF141 M4A1 MW-2019.png Bundle Ghost Pack: Oil Rig

Quips[edit | edit source]

Name Rarity How to obtain
Tosser Common Unobtainable
Cheers Epic Bundle Ghost Pack: Contingency
Done and Dusted Epic Bundle Beyond the Pale
For my Mates Epic Bundle Ghost: Fighting Spirit
Hard Lines Epic Bundle Ghost: Grim Reaper
Off you go Epic Operator Mission
Sod Off Epic Operator Mission
Stay Frosty Epic Bundle Ghost Pack: Oil Rig
Your English Welcome Epic Unobtainable
F Off Legendary Unobtainable

Finishing Moves[edit | edit source]

Name Rarity How to obtain
Slideshot Base Unlocked by default
Belly Flop Epic Bundle Ghost Pack: Oil Rig
Universal Finishing Moves

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • With the release of Title Update 1.12 on December 18th, 2019, most TVs that displayed static in Modern Warfare multiplayer maps, such as Arklov Peak, Rammaza or Tavorsk District, would occasionally show a distorted image of Ghost for a few seconds.
    • As of Title Update 1.13, on January 22nd, 2020, the giant screens on the multiplayer map Piccadilly would occasionally display an image resembling Ghost's skull face plate.
  • During Season Two, Ghost could be seen in the background inside the lobbies for the Multiplayer and Special Ops modes.
    • After Title Update 1.15, on February 25th, 2020, Ghost would follow the players in the lobbies for some time before turning back.
  • Unlike other SAS operators, Ghost's intro video opens with a black screen rather instead of a white screen.
  • Ghost's "For My Mates" quip, which is available in the Fighting Spirit bundle, is a reference to a quote said by the original John Price in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

References[edit | edit source]

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