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Top 5 Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies Maps

Updated on July 22, 2017
Screenshot of Call of the Dead
Screenshot of Call of the Dead | Source

Zombies Phenomena!

The phenomena of Call of Duty: Zombies mode has really struck well with avid fans of the Call of Duty franchise and first-person shooter fans as well. It doesn't hurt being an extension the best-selling game of 2010 (Call of Duty: Black Ops) and the achievements and hidden easter eggs do not hurt Zombies mode popularity either.

There were a whopping 10 zombie maps available prior to Black Ops 2 and Black Ops 3, if you include the 4 remastered classic maps originally available in Call of Duty: World at War, each with their own special wonders and the top 5 Black Ops Zombies maps are truly the cream of the crop.

Loading screen to the Ascension Zombies map.
Loading screen to the Ascension Zombies map. | Source


Welcome to the Russian Cosmodrome of Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombie Mode map "Ascension". In the beginning of the level players are more like "Descending" into the bottom level of the cosmodrome, readying their teleporter lagged selves to complete the side quest of the Kassimir Mechanism.

This map is at the top of the list because of all the easter eggs that can be discovered, especially the conspiracy behind the Mega Easter Egg of Ascension.

New weapons made their debut in "Ascension", like the Gersch Device, or Black Hole bomb, as many people refer to it and also Matryoshka Doll Bombs. As well as new weapons; the introduction of what could be the fan-favorite round boss was also introduced in "Ascension", that being the perk-stealing cosmic silverback Space Monkey! The good news about these little theives is that if you could protect your perk machine from them, they would reward you with not only the famous round 5 Max Ammo, but you would also get a free Random Perk!

How to Activate the Power on Ascension

Loading screen to Der Riese Zombies map.
Loading screen to Der Riese Zombies map. | Source

Der Riese

The zombie factory is the setting for the map titled "Der Riese" and also the English translation of the German word. Not only was this map the last and most extensive of Call of Duty: World at War zombies, but was the origin of a few features treasured by zombies mode fans, the world over.

The very first appearance of Monkey Bombs came along with the map pack, as well as the achievement for using them for the first time. Der Riese also featured the first-ever achievement worthy Easter Egg, the "Fly Trap" and also was featured the first appearance of the Pack-a-Punch machine and teleporter device!

Fly Trap on Der Riese

Loading screen to Kino Der Toten Zombies map.
Loading screen to Kino Der Toten Zombies map. | Source

Kino Der Toten

As you enter "The Theatre of the Dead", you may be beside yourself in wonder and also fear. The dark corners of Kino Der Toten, also hide some secrets, but that is not why it made my number 2 (lol, I said Number 2).

Yes our buddies, Richtoffen, Dempsey, Takeo, and Nicholai, are back in action and the environment of the zombie infested theatre is the perfect setting for the zombie-train strategy. Starting a round waiting inside the readied teleporter device, players can quickly escape to the Pack-a-Punch room in the theatre's balcony.

When your up there, the zombies gather in a circle near the seats of the theatre. When you teleport back to the main room, they will waiting to chase you. That's your queue to walk staedily away from them back towards the teleporter, turning to shoot the following train of zombies behind you. An excellent, but sometimes monatonous strategy.

Hidden song can be unlocked once more of course (115 by Elena Seigman) and though there are no new weapons to be found, Kino Der Toten introduces the debut performance of a new zombie creature, "NOVA 6" zombies, which are actually Cosmic Silverbacks of sorts. In the loading screen you can read one of the tips that states..."the Cosmic Silverbacks have many cousins". Those cousins being the Space Monkey, the Great Cosmic Silverback from the arcade top-down shooter "Dead Ops Arcade", and the new monkey zombie from the upcoming map "Shangri-la".

"Kino Der Toten" Pack-a-punch Guide

Screenshot of Danny Trejo in Call of the Dead Zombies.
Screenshot of Danny Trejo in Call of the Dead Zombies. | Source

Call of the Dead

The god-father of zombies, George A. Romero, stars alongside of 4 of the horror movie genre's most infamous stars, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Danny Trejo, Michael Rooker, and Robert Englund. Another Mega Easter Egg can be found in Call of the Dead and features the cast of previous zombie maps, Dempsey, Nicholai, Richtoffen, and Takeo. The reward? An upgraded DG-12 Wundewaffe!

New features include the zip-line, ice-slide, the new perk Deadshot Daquiri, the Scavenger (wonder weapon) and also the VR-11 which turns zombies back into humans by injecting them with NOVA 6 gas. Another great map for the zombie train strategy

Loading screen from Shangri-La Zombies.
Loading screen from Shangri-La Zombies. | Source


From the latest dlc release for Call of Duty: Black Ops, the "Annihilation" Map Pack; "Shangri-la" zombies offers up some classic features from old school, close-quarters maps like "Nacht Der Untoten" and "Shi No Numa."

Randomly appearing throughout the map are the infamous perk machines that used to be found in one specific location. Finally returning to random locations; this gives players a little more of a challenge to the experience of a smaller map.

The new traps are just amazing and for the record, are not just there to impede the living dead zombies that chase you throughout the map, they also impede the movement and lives of the players who dare enter them. Quicksand and bamboo spikes that shoot from the ground in rapid succession are just to name a couple of these traps, and though one might think the spikes would kill any zombies that walk through them, but this is not the case!

New weapons are always a plus! Shangri-la features a weapon that surely will cut any zombie down to size, the Shrink Ray Gun! This map also features the return of the exploding little Monkey Bomb and of course the Ray Gun!

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      Matthew Hotaling 8 months ago from Missouri

      Thanks peeps! You all leave the best comments!

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      justin 4 years ago

      der reise all the way

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      artix 5 years ago

      The first map is call of the dead

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      kut 5 years ago


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      ronan 5 years ago

      ik snab dit niet

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      seriouslyserious 5 years ago

      i like nacht der untoten cuz its extremely fast paced and you can just rack up points so fast. but the best one is der riese

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      isaac 5 years ago

      best is Der Riese I speak on behafe of me and my friend mat

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      Bo zombies 5 years ago

      Call of the dead are the best map ever because it's the most featured maP ever also you can have all perks + 4 wunder weapon that you can't have in another map

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      Zombizfanz 5 years ago

      For me Kino der toten and Der riese is the best. I like call of the dead too.

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      bjTj 5 years ago

      I and also call of the dead is really awesome!

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      bjTj 5 years ago

      I got rezurection but moon don't work but I still thi nk Shangri-la is the best and last ill have to say Dead Ops Arcade

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      ronerski12 5 years ago

      call of the dead number 1

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      Survivor 101 5 years ago

      call of the dead sucs because of george

      kino is a good map but boring

      shnagri la haven't tried it yet

      ASCENION best map ever!!!!!

      Five sucks

      werruckt not so much

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      Kino 5 years ago

      1.Kino der toten

      2.Der Riese



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      O_O 6 years ago

      1.kino 2.five 3.moon 4.ascension of the dead

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      Memd 6 years ago

      1. der rise 2.moon3.kino der toten 4.shangari la 5.verrukt.6.shi no Numa 7. Nacht der untoten 9.five.deadops acarde

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      Blue 6 years ago

      the best map is verruked however you pell it

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      der riese 6 years ago

      I think der diesel cause lots of info Radios and stuff but don't get me wrong moons just as good when u find samantha oops spolier

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      deathcasey 6 years ago

      hey um what pack has ascension call of the dead shangri la and moon?

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      Alpha 6 years ago

      shangri la was bored there's nothing interesting here

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      MILTON111 6 years ago

      1.Der riese of the dead

      3.shangri la



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      Matthew Hotaling 6 years ago from Missouri

      That is definitely a reputable list my friend. My list has indeed changed as well since the introduction of newer maps. I suppose I will have to take the time to update mine as well:

      1. Moon

      2. Ascension

      3. Shangri-la

      4. Kino Der Toten

      5. Der Riese

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      Sam Stenner 6 years ago

      Here's the order my brother & I came up with:

      1: Der Riese/Shangri La

      2: Moon

      3: Kino Der Toten

      4: Acension/Call Of The Dead

      5: Dead Ops Arcade

      6: Nacht Der Untoten

      7: 'Five'

      8: Zombie Verruckt

      9: Shi No Numa

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      Mandy 6 years ago

      where is the moon map

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      king john 6 years ago

      I started with kino I end with kino

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      king john 6 years ago

      I started with kino I end with kino

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      John 6 years ago

      Moon is the best

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      call of the dead is the worst zombies map ever it is the space age moon is the best

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      kENNETH 6 years ago


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      mafia 6 years ago


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      shangri-la 6 years ago

      It's a bit of a challenge,AND IS ThE Best zombie map

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      shangri-la 6 years ago

      It's a bit of a challenge,AND IS ThE Best zombie map

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      Erlindd 6 years ago

      Wheres the moon map?