Call of Duty: Black Ops PS3 Cheats Guide

Unlock all intel, play the original Zork, and more

Soldier aiming at enemies in Call of Duty: Black Ops


Call of Duty: Black Ops is the seventh installment of the popular Call of Duty first-person shooter video game series published by Activision and developed by Treyarch. It launched in 2010 on Windows PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and the Wii. Set during the Cold War, it tells the story of CIA operative Alex Mason, who's trying to recall certain memories to foil a chemical attack on the U.S. If you're looking for some assistance, we have a list of cheat codes below that can help.

This guide applies specifically to the PlayStation 3 version of the game. An Xbox 360 guide is also available.

Call of Duty: Black Ops CIA Database Codes

While at the Main Menu, press L2 and R2 repeatedly. After pressing five times each, you'll break free of your interrogation chair and stand up. Walk over to the computer and enter any of the following codes:

Cheat Code Effect
3ARC INTEL Unlocks all intel.
3ARC UNLOCK Unlocks Dead Ops Arcade and Presidential Zombie Mode (where you can play as Nixon, Kennedy, Castro, or McNamara).
Alicia Loads the Alicia virtual therapist.
CAT Lists all audio files and pictures.
cd .. [enter] cd .. [enter] cd bin [enter] ls [enter] Access the root directory to see all the codes.
DIR Lists audio files and pictures that you can open with a specific command.
DOA Activates Dead Ops Arcade Mode.
FOOBAR Displays a message: "FI FIE FOE FOO".
HELP Shows system commands and pentagon email access.
LS Lists a directory name.
TYPE "NAME.EXTENSION" Shows a file from the folder you're currently viewing.
WHO Shows a list of login names.
ZORK Unlocks the 1980s text-based adventure game Zork I: The Great Underground Adventure.

Using the 3ARC INTEL code disables the Closer Analysis achievement. Another way to activate the effects of Zombie Mode is to beat the game on any difficulty level.

More CoD: Black Ops Cheats and Tricks

  • The WHO code from above shows login names, but you need the passwords to the accounts to actually access them. The Call of Duty: Black Ops CIA computer logins and passwords list is what you need to open those accounts, and from there, the DIR and CAT commands let you view their files.
  • There's also a cheat to unlock all Zombie Mode maps in 'Call of Duty: Black Ops.'
  • You can disarm a Ccaymore by entering a prone position behind it with a knife. It will explode without killing you.
  • While playing the Annihilation DLC, hold down X while approaching the small teddy bears to hear a hidden song called "ABRACADVRE." You can find one bear in the first room you're in. The second is on a high ledge next to the speed cola machine, while the last is near the lunar lander but closest to the stamin-up. For the last one, enter the gate on the left side of the map and hide behind it.
  • You can change the background music in Call of Duty: Black Ops by hitting the button on the red telephones of the Zombies Map Five.