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Since its inception in 2008’s World at War, Call of Duty’s Zombies mode has evolved from the simple bunker map of Nacht der Untoten to complex narrative missions and open-world adventures battling the undead. If you include remastered maps and remakes, there are over 50 Zombies maps to choose from from the last 15 years of the series, but not all maps are created equal.
There are many components that can make the Call of Duty Zombies experience unforgettable, and this top 12 list includes maps with the most atmospheric designs, engaging stories, fun Easter eggs, unique features and gameplay innovations.
While there’s only one non-Treyarch Zombies map here, we can still hold out hope that Modern Warfare 3 can bring a high-end experience with the addition of the Zombies mode this year. For the first time in a Modern Warfare game, the undead will rise, and Activision says it will feature massive zombie hordes in the largest Zombies map yet.
Ancient Evil (Black Ops 4)
Ancient Evil is the final map of 2018’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, closing out Treyarch’s Chaos story with an epic story conclusion set in Delphi, Greece. The map is an impressive setting with various temples and monuments dedicated to Greek mythology. The map is divided into two separate sections, and you can ride Pegasus, a mythological flying horse, to travel between the two sections. There’s also a nice tonal transition between the two halves; the starting point is a lighter theme and the upper part has a darker and twisted style.
This map features the more interesting story pieces of Black Ops 4’s overall narrative, with more character development, an epic boss fight involving a corrupted Pegasus and a muscular-looking zombie warlord, and even a thrilling final cutscene with Medusa.
Choosing the twelfth spot on the list saw a huge battle between Ancient Evil and IX, the first map introduced in Black Ops 4. IX is a more casual-friendly map with a huge, open arena to run around in, but Ancient Evil is a much more interesting and aesthetically pleasing map to play. And who wouldn’t want to fly on Pegasus?
Nacht Der Untoten (Black Ops 3)
Zombies maps in modern games wouldn’t exist without the map that started it all and made Nacht der Untoten the godfather of the Zombies mode. It’s a simple map with three small areas, and surviving high rounds can be a big challenge with little room to maneuver.
For this ranking, we’re listing the remastered version of the map included in Black Ops 3’s Zombies Chronicles DLC, which is an even better version of Nacht der Untoten. Not only are the graphics much better with more detail and texture, but advanced lighting and sound improvements add an even more memorable ambience than the original. The entire map looks and feels much more vibrant with improved realism, and the addition of perk machines and Black Ops 3’s Gobblegum further adds to the experience (or the machines can be avoided for a more classic approach). Whichever way you choose to play, this is a great map that’s always worth revisiting.
Call of the Dead (Black Ops)
Call of the Dead from 2010’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 1 may not be a perfect map, but this map offers a special pop cultural experience. This map is the first Zombies map to feature a Hollywood cast, and unlike the later maps Mob of the Dead and Shadows of Evil, these famous figures simply play themselves. Call of the Dead stars the talents of Danny Trejo, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robert Englund and Michael Rooker.
Set on a mysterious Siberian island, Call of the Dead is inspired by legendary writer and director the late George A. Romero, who stars as a zombie on the map. As one of these four actors, you can comfortably kill zombies and enjoy the voice-overs and snowy environment, but this map also contains an important story Easter egg. In the Ensemble Cast questline, players must work together to rescue the original cast of Dempsey, Nikolai, Takeo, and Richtofen, who are trapped in a vault.
Giant (Black Ops 3)
Call of Duty: World at War’s Der Riese is a special Zombies experience because it enables the use of teleporters to navigate the map and the iconic Pack-a-Punch machine to upgrade weapons. Der Riese is also an important factor in the overall Zombies story, as walkie-talkies scattered around the map contain story pieces and clues, setting the standard for future Zombies narratives.
Overall, Der Riese ranks high as a solid casual map, but for this list we’re giving a higher ranking to Black Ops 3’s remastered “The Giant” version of the map. The Giant brings remastered graphics, more Easter eggs, and new mechanics and features, including Black Ops 3’s Gobblegums and a new Wonder weapon. While overly simple compared to later maps, Der Riese is still a blast to play for high rounds or just for casual fun with friends.
Ascension (Black Ops)
Introduced in Call of Duty: World at War, the Zombies mode started out incredibly simple, lacking missions and perks, but grew in complexity with each map released. Ascension in Call of Duty: Black Ops is loved for not only having a cool abandoned spaceport setting, but also for adding features that will impact the future of Zombies.
Ascension introduces the first Easter egg questline, setting a standard for future maps. The map adds a variety of perk options like never before, with the popular PhD Flopper and Stamin-Up both making their Perk-a-Cola debut. Ascension also introduces Lunar Landers, which are launch pads used to fly to different points of the map while killing zombies below.
The map layout is incredibly fun to play casually, and Ascension’s open spaces are great for beginners who want to practice against “training” zombies or engage in high-round challenges. The only real downside to the map is the pesky monkeys that can take away your advantages; Otherwise, Ascension is a great map to revisit for zombie-killing action.
Moon (Black Ops)
Moon is the final map of Call of Duty: Black Ops that sends Dempsey, Nikolai, Takeo and Richtofen to the moon. Moon has one of the best starting areas of any map; Here you can see how long you can survive an endless zombie horde or escape a teleporter to reach the moon. There’s an adrenaline rush that comes every time you emerge on the Moon as you immediately choke and rush to grab your spacesuit. The map gives you the unique experience of mowing down zombies while experiencing low gravity. This map gives you different movement options and can add some randomness to the flow of fights as both you and the undead jump around.
Beyond the thrill of killing zombies on the Moon, the main Easter egg mission has a satisfying story and delivers one of the most epic conclusions, in which three rockets are launched at Earth, shattering and partially destroying the planet.
Zombies in Space Land (Infinity War)
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s Zombies maps really don’t get enough praise. The mode is often criticized for its lack of character and story depth, and the maps can be a bit silly and cartoonish, but that’s actually part of the charm of the Zombies in Spaceland map.
Infinite Warfare’s Zombies doesn’t try to imitate the classic look or feel of Treyarch’s Zombies or take itself too seriously, allowing Zombies in Spaceland to work well as a very fun retro theme park. You can shoot hoops, play arcade games, ride a roller coaster, blast zombies on the dance floor, complete side Easter eggs, and there’s even a main Easter egg mission that lets you fight an alien boss.
Zombies in Spaceland creates a different atmosphere with cheerful tunes playing throughout the map, and each section of the park has a different theme to provide lots of visual variety. If you can accept the casual and silly vibes, Zombies in Spaceland might be one of the most fun maps to play.
Buried (Black Ops 2)
Black Ops 2’s Buried takes the TranZit/Victis team into an underground western town filled with zombies and Easter egg secrets. Even if you’re not a fan of the old western, there’s a lot of uniqueness to appreciate as Buried is packed with features you won’t find on most maps.
Most importantly, Buried features a friendly non-playable character named Arthur; This character will help you fight zombies if you give him some candy. It can also help in crafting buildable equipment or breaking down barricades to gain access to other areas of the map.
Buried is one of the few maps with a bank system that allows you to store points in the bank to use in the current game or a later game. You can even share points with your teammates, which is great for helping someone rebuild after an untimely death. The map also features a maze with a random path in each game, and there are side Easter eggs that are easy to complete to earn free benefits.
There are even innovations in the weapon pool. Buried offers a souped-up Ray Gun Mark II variant of the iconic ray gun, and two unique Wonder weapons are also available. The Paralyzer is a weapon that lives up to its name: it paralyzes zombies, slowing and stopping them within a small radius, but it can also be used as a mobility tool to be pointed at the ground and fly around the map. The Time Bomb allows you to travel back in time to a specific round, preserving all of your perks, points, and weapons you had at the time you deployed the device. Perfect for fixing a high round mistake where everything went wrong.
Overall, this is a map every Zombies player should experience and is a great map design for casual play.
Origins (Black Ops 2)
Black Ops 2’s Origins serves as the game’s final Zombies map and marks the return of Treyarch’s iconic characters Dempsey, Nikolai, Takeo, and Richtofen. The location of the map is an excavation site in Northern France in 1918 during World War I. In this alternate history, France is overrun by zombies and robots. It can be a truly exciting map to experience, as there’s nothing like coming out of bunkers and trenches for the first time and seeing fighter jets in the sky and giant robots stomping on you.
The setup required for higher rounds can be a little more frustrating with Origin’s complex map design. There are narrow trenches, muddy areas that slow you down, heavily armored Panzersoldat enemies, and you need to pay attention to your surroundings because the giant robots crossing the map can easily step on you if you get stuck or don’t pay attention to where you’re going. This map is not suitable for beginners or casual players.
While Origins is more challenging, the map’s Little Lost Girl story Easter egg is pretty rewarding because it lets you build powerful elemental wands, which can be really fun to use against a zombie horde and the final boss.
Der Eisendrache (Black Ops 3)
Der Eisendrache is a snowy map set within Castle Griffin in Austria. This Black Ops 3 map has a great layout that players of all skill levels can enjoy, and also packs a bit of nostalgia with a variety of mechanics inspired by previous beloved maps like Origins, Mob of the Dead, Moon, and Shadows of Evil. This includes the heavy Panzersoldat enemies and elemental weapons from Origins, and you feed dragon heads in the castle, similar to feeding Cerberus heads in Mob of the Dead’s prison.
While it’s debatable to rank Der Eisendrache higher than an even more fan-favorite map like Origins, Der Eisendrache has a less frustrating map flow and takes a weapon type like Origins’ powerful elemental staffs, making it much easier to achieve with elemental bows. It ranks at number three because it is easy and makes it even more fun to use. Overall, this is just a more enjoyable map and much more suitable for players of all skill levels.
Shadows of Evil (Black Ops 3)
Shadows of Evil is the first Zombies map in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and stands as one of the most atmospheric maps in Zombies history. Set in the fictional 1940s Morgue City, the map comes to life with venues like the Black Lace Burlesque club, the Blazing Starlight theater, and a former boxing gym, with a very charming noir-esque vibe. Jazz music adds to the ambience, and each perk machine has a unique 40s-style jingle specific to this map.
The film also stars a Hollywood cast consisting of Ron Perlman, Heather Graham, Neal McDonough and Jeff Goldblum. They play four sinners who try to solve their crimes by completing sacrificial rituals for an entity known as the Shadowman, but actually trigger an apocalypse and must work to prevent the end of the world. While this map can be a fun experience with casual gameplay, Shadows of Evil’s Apocalypse Averted Easter eqq is a very satisfying story to complete.
Just like Mob of the Dead, this map has all the features you’d expect from a high-end Zombies map; The overall design, sound, and storytelling ensure that the atmosphere of Shadows of Evil easily draws you into the strange yet terrifying zombie apocalypse of the 1940s.
Mob of the Dead (Black Ops 2)
Set in Alcatraz Prison in the 1930s, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s Mob of the Dead ticks all the boxes for an ultimate Zombies experience. The map offers one of the most satisfying Zombies Easter egg missions and narratives, as Mob of the Dead features a Hollywood cast consisting of Ray Liotta, Chazz Palminteri, Joe Pantoliano and Michael Madsen, who try to implement an escape plan on the night of the zombie outbreak. He portrays fictional gangsters and Alcatraz inmates.
Mob of the Dead also introduces Afterlife, an astral projection gameplay mechanic exclusive to this map. Entering the Afterlife state after being hit allows you to activate certain objects that need electricity, reach new areas, and also revive yourself. There is a very limited amount of time to return to your body, but it is useful when you are unlucky with the crowd and gives you a second chance at life.
Overall, this bloody, nightmare-filled version of Alcatraz creates the perfect atmosphere for killing zombies, and you can even kill the undead while playing Johnny Cash’s “Rusty Cage.” This is a map that works great as a casual experience with friends or as a more serious adventure to rescue prisoners from the island.