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"Black Ops Cold War Zombies": Wonder Weapon Fire and Electric Upgrade Guide for Die Maschine

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Black Ops Cold War Die Maschine Level

The Call of Duty: Black Ops series is known for having a lot of unique and bizarre weapons in Zombies mode. While most of the maps have conventional weapons, many of them feature a Wonder Weapon that is usually powerful against the hordes of the undead. Black Ops Cold War Zombies has a brand new gun called the D.I.E. Shockwave. The Wonder Weapon can be acquired in one of the Mystery Boxes in the Die Maschine level. It's possible to get the gun for free, though.

The D.I.E. Shockwave deals devastating damage to multiple enemies. Pressing the right trigger fires a massive blast that pulverizes zombies. The left trigger sucks the life force from enemies, allowing you to replenish ammo for the gun. It's similar to the Thundergun in some regards.

This article will explain how to get the D.I.E. Shockwave for free by completing an Easter Egg quest. It will also explain how to upgrade the Wonder Weapon to deal fire or electric damage.


A Free D.I.E. Shockwave Wonder Weapon

In order to this free gun, it's necessary to complete these objectives:

  • Turn on the power in Die Maschine
  • Go into the Dark Aether dimension and create the Pack-a-Punch
  • Must reach a round where the Megaton boss spawns

Ideally, you'll want to get the Wonder Weapon as early as possible in Black Ops Cold War Zombies. The Megaton boss should spawn on Die Maschine around round 8 or so. Look for an enemy in a hazmat suit. You must defeat the Megaton until it splits into two enemies.

One of the Megaton enemies will drop a keycard. It will appear as a yellow (ultra rare) pickup on the ground. Take that keycard to the Weapons Lab. Go into the smaller room and place the keyboard near the drawer.

The drawer will open up and give you the D.I.E. Remote Control. Return to the Nacht der Untoten bunker. Find the Living Room area. The top left part of the screen displays your current location.

This enemy has the keycard

This enemy has the keycard

Take keyboard here

Take keyboard here

Feed Zombie Souls to D.I.E.

Turn on the D.I.E. with the remote in the Living Room section of the bunker. It is behind a door. You'll be able to see it behind a broken wall that is diagonal to a staircase.

The remote activates a trap. Your objective is to feed the zombie souls through the door. Stand near the door and the zombies will get sucked into the door. You need to get 20-30 zombie souls through the door. If the trap turns off, turn it back on after it cools down.

When the trap stops sucking souls, activate the D.I.E. to discharge all the energy. The door will be blown open, allowing you to obtain the D.I.E. Shockwave gun in Black Ops Cold War Zombies.


Prerequisites for Upgrading (Fire or Electric)

  • Build the Aetherscope on the workbench below the Pack-a-Punch
  • Complete the Ghost and Diary Step of the Easter Egg (portal near Speed Cola)
  • Go to the Medical Bay and enter the password on the computer

If you do not complete the first few steps of the Easter Egg in Black Ops Cold War Zombies, then not all of the portals will spawn on Die Maschine, making it impossible to upgrade the Wonder Weapon.


Thermophasic (Fire Upgrade)

Go to the Pond area. It's near the Crash Site and below the abandoned bunker. There will be an Anomaly. Use that portal to enter the Dark Aether dimension.

You'll notice that part of the plane is floating in the Crash Site while you're in the Dark Aether. Below the floating plane is a box. Melee the box to open it up. Grab the fuse part that is inside.

Take the fuse (while in Dark Aether) to the Weapons Room that is in the underground area. There will be a plasma cutting machine opposite the Deadshot Daiquiri perk. Place the fuse in the machine.

Return to the Pond section once you're back in the normal world. There will be a truck with a weapon crate. It will allow you to open it up and upgrade your D.I.E. Shockwave to the D.I.E. Thermophasic.


Electrobolt (Lightning Upgrade)

Make your way to the Particle Accelerator room where the Pack-a-Punch is. Enter the Anomaly portal that is below to enter the Dark Aether dimension. The Anomaly is right behind some stairs.

Acquiring this upgrade in Black Ops Cold War Zombies is time-dependent, therefore, you should purchase the Stamin-Up perk to move faster. There will be three shining crystals in Die Maschine that you need to suck the energy out of with the D.I.E. Shockwave. You can only suck the energy out of one crystal at a time.

Crystal Locations

  • On top of the rooftop in the Bedroom where the Stamin-Up perk is located
  • On a rock that is located on the right of a Mystery Box location in the Pond area
  • Left of the Jugger-nog perk before entering the cave into the facility

Once you have crystal energy, return to the bottom section of Pack-a-Punch and locate an ammo box that is on the other side of the Anomaly. Shoot the Wonder Weapon to unleash the energy. Repeat until you've unleashed each crystal into the ammo box.

Make sure to sprint. If you take too much time, you'll be transported out of the Dark Aether dimension. If you manage to obtain your third crystal energy and run out of time, the game will still let you finish the quest for the Electrobolt.