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

Updated on April 13, 2016
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. | Source

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. | Source

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. | Source

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. | Source

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 First Sparking Machine Can be found at Generator Station 5.
The First Sparking Machine Can be found at Generator Station 5. | Source
The second location is the bottom floor of the church, by the Zombie Tank.
The second location is the bottom floor of the church, by the Zombie Tank. | Source
Next is the top floor of the Church, by the Mystery Box.
Next is the top floor of the Church, by the Mystery Box. | Source
The forth location is by Generator Station 4, beside the entrance to the Wind Mine.
The forth location is by Generator Station 4, beside the entrance to the Wind Mine. | Source
The fifth location is by Generator Station 1, down the steps by the Lab.
The fifth location is by Generator Station 1, down the steps by the Lab. | Source
The last machine should be at the Tank Station, by the back door that leads to the mud area.
The last machine should be at the Tank Station, by the back door that leads to the mud area. | Source

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.

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      Gabe 3 years ago

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

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      Derpy 3 years ago

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

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      Thanks 3 years ago

      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

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      VampHalf-Breed 3 years ago

      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.

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      Grace 3 years ago

      Last machine is at the excavation site.

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      Melon 3 years ago

      Piano is not working

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      mandeex88 3 years ago

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

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      sette_seven 3 years ago

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

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      Wooooh 3 years ago

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

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      Zomborg500 3 years ago

      It will not let me shoot 4. Why is that

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      apex 2 years ago

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

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      fuck this 2 years ago

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

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      Ciaran 2 years ago

      Brilliant explanation

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      Zombiemaster 8 months ago

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

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      tantoon_06 42 hours ago

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

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      advice 33 hours ago

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

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