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How to Upgrade the Staff of Lightning in Origins ("Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Zombies")

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The ball of electricity will strike zombies in the area for ten seconds.

The ball of electricity will strike zombies in the area for ten seconds.

Staff of Lightning Upgrade in Origins

The Staff of Lightning was considered one of the more useful staves, but like the others, it would lose its effectiveness by round 20. However, upgrading this staff will transform it into Kimat's Bite. This upgraded staff will not only double in ammo and magazine size, but it will also become much more powerful. It also gains the ability to be charged, which allows it to discharge a ball of lighting that electrocutes enemies in the area for ten seconds.

There are a total of seven steps needed to upgrade this weapon. This guide covers steps three and four, since the other steps are the same for each staff. You can read the details of the other steps in the Guide for Upgrading the Staves in Origins.

In This Guide:

  • Playing the Crazy Place Piano
  • Tune the Electrical Boxes
  • Location of Electrical Boxes
  • The Next Step
The sheet music has been the same every time I have upgraded the Staff of Lightning.

The sheet music has been the same every time I have upgraded the Staff of Lightning.

Playing the Crazy Place Piano

Before you start this step you need to build all four staves and equip the Staff of Lightning.

This step takes place in the Crazy Place, which is the room where the crystals were located. You can get there by creating a portal in one of the element mines. Once inside look for the color purple to find the Lightning Area. There will be some symbols on the wall which are actually sheet music and some purple triangles.

The triangles form a piano. Every time I have upgraded the Staff of Lightning the musical notes were the same. So instead of going into a complicated explanation of the notes, I will instead give you the order. To make this easy, the picture below assigns a number to the keys, none of the upper keys are used.

The Piano Keys numbered.

The Piano Keys numbered.

In order to complete this step shoot the keys with the Staff of Lightning in this order: 6,1,3,3,5,7,4,6, and 2.

If the notes change at any time I will update this guide to include the explanation of how to decode the pattern.

Sparks can be seen coming out of the dial.

Sparks can be seen coming out of the dial.

Tune the Electrical Machines

There are several electrical machines located in various areas of the map. These machines have dials that can be turned by pressing your action button. Normally, they just sit on the map and have no function. However, when you complete the last step one of the dials will begin to spark.

To complete the step you need to find the machine that is sparking and turn the dial by pressing your action button. continue to do this until it stops sparking. Then find the next machine and turn that dial until it stops sparking. Keep doing this until Samantha talks to you.

The machines have been in the same order every time I upgraded the Staff of Lightning. The pictures below show the location and order of the machines.

The Next Step

After you complete these steps you can skip to Step 5 in the Guide for Upgrading the Staves in Origins. The last three steps are the same for all of the staves.

The guide mentioned above also gives information on upgrading the Staff of Ice, upgrading the Staff of Fire, and upgrading the Staff of Wind.


wtf on May 01, 2018:

the 1st step is 6,1,3,3,5,7,4,6, and 2.

DogeDontPlayZ on November 06, 2017:


MADLOBSTER17 on October 28, 2017:

The order of the 1st step is 1,3,6 3,5,7 2,4,6.

Ugh. on August 04, 2017:

I don't understand how you do step one.

advice on July 26, 2017:

if the piano doesn't work look at the wall to the left of it and read it in treble clef

tantoon_06 on July 26, 2017:

u forgot an electircal machine near the door to go to the no man's land

Zombiemaster on November 03, 2016:

It's good but you forgot one electrical theatres one on the back of the excavation site

Ciaran on May 05, 2015:

Brilliant explanation

fuck this on April 28, 2015:

It doesn't tell you about the one that's near church debris wich is 1500 to 1250 point to purchase

apex on September 19, 2014:

Actually for the piano it would be 136,357,268 easy to remember

Zomborg500 on July 01, 2014:

It will not let me shoot 4. Why is that

Wooooh on November 24, 2013:

Dude I could red da music I still didn't no wat to do

sette_seven on November 23, 2013:

same with me, I shoot 3 in order and they never dissapear

mandeex88 on November 12, 2013:

The piano isn't working for me or my boyfriend either. We watched tons of vids and followed the wiki, they don't dissapear.

Melon on November 10, 2013:

Piano is not working

Grace on November 01, 2013:

Last machine is at the excavation site.

VampHalf-Breed on October 30, 2013:

While on the second step of this upgrade you have left out the final panel. there are 7 in all. the final one is at the bottom of excavation site near church where all the boxes are.

Thanks on October 01, 2013:

Thanks so much dude I tried getting help from other places but this spot right here absolute best and easy to understand so thanks man

Derpy on September 29, 2013:

I think if you could add the piano pattern it would count as a good guide

Gabe on September 26, 2013:

Thanks this guide was really helpful but you forgot an electrical machine across from where you open the church