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Top 5 "Call of Duty: Black Ops – Zombies" Maps

I specialize in anything zombie-related, so it's a given that I love to play "Call of Duty: Black Ops – Zombies."

Screenshot of "Call of the Dead"

Screenshot of "Call of the Dead"

Zombies Phenomena!

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

There were a whopping 10 zombie maps available prior to Black Ops 2 and 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.

1. "Ascension"

Welcome to the Russian Cosmodrome of Call of Duty: Black Ops – Zombie Mode map, "Ascension." At the beginning of the level, players are more so "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, as well as the Matryoshka Doll Bombs. 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 thieves 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!

Loading screen to "Der Riese" Zombies map.

Loading screen to "Der Riese" Zombies map.

2. "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, but it 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." It also featured the first appearance of the Pack-a-Punch machine and teleporter device!

Loading screen to "Kino Der Toten" Zombies map.

Loading screen to "Kino Der Toten" Zombies map.

3. "Kino Der Toten"

As you enter "The Theatre of the Dead," you may be beside yourself in wonder and 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, Richtofen, 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 you're up there, the zombies gather in a circle near the seats of the theatre. When you teleport back to the main room, they will be waiting to chase you. That's your queue to walk steadily away from them back towards the teleporter, turning to shoot the following train of zombies behind you. An excellent, but sometimes monotonous strategy.

A hidden song can be unlocked once more of course (115 by Elena Siegman) 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."

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Screenshot of Danny Trejo in "Call of the Dead" Zombies.

Screenshot of Danny Trejo in "Call of the Dead" Zombies.

4. "Call of the Dead"

The god-father of zombies, George A. Romero, stars alongside four 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, Richthofen, 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."

5. "Shangri-La"

From a 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. For the record, they 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 a few of these traps. Though one might think the spikes would kill any zombies that walk through them, 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!

Fan Favorite Five

How to Activate the Power in "Ascension"

Fly Trap in "Der Riese"

"Kino Der Toten" Pack-a-Punch Guide

"Call of the Dead" Easter Egg Tutorial

How to Upgrade Weapon in "Shangri-La"


Matthew Hotaling (author) from Missouri on July 30, 2017:

Thanks peeps! You all leave the best comments!

justin on April 30, 2013:

der reise all the way

artix on January 23, 2013:

The first map is call of the dead

kut on September 11, 2012:


ronan on September 11, 2012:

ik snab dit niet

seriouslyserious on August 19, 2012:

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

isaac on August 18, 2012:

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

Bo zombies on June 21, 2012:

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

Zombizfanz on June 10, 2012:

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

bjTj on June 10, 2012:

I and also call of the dead is really awesome!

bjTj on June 10, 2012:

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

ronerski12 on June 09, 2012:

call of the dead number 1

Survivor 101 on May 29, 2012:

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

Kino on May 11, 2012:

1.Kino der toten

2.Der Riese



O_O on April 25, 2012:

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

Memd on April 18, 2012:

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

Blue on April 12, 2012:

the best map is verruked however you pell it

der riese on March 22, 2012:

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

deathcasey on March 06, 2012:

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

Alpha on March 06, 2012:

shangri la was bored there's nothing interesting here

MILTON111 on February 25, 2012:

1.Der riese of the dead

3.shangri la



Matthew Hotaling (author) from Missouri on February 21, 2012:

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

Sam Stenner on February 15, 2012:

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

Mandy on January 04, 2012:

where is the moon map

king john on January 03, 2012:

I started with kino I end with kino

king john on January 03, 2012:

I started with kino I end with kino

John on December 31, 2011:

Moon is the best

anonymous on November 18, 2011:

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

kENNETH on November 17, 2011:


mafia on October 25, 2011:


shangri-la on October 17, 2011:

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

shangri-la on October 17, 2011:

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

Erlindd on October 08, 2011:

Wheres the moon map?

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