Operation Apocalypse Z (Call of Duty®: Black Ops 4)

The undead are rising in the latest Operation, as Zombies spread across all modes of Black Ops 4

Winston Robson
Jul 9 · 10 min read

Overview

Launch week of Operation Apocalypse Z brings new ways to play and experience Black Ops 4 across Multiplayer, Blackout, and Zombies, including new game modes, new weapons, map updates, and more! Here are some updates coming throughout this new Operation:

Now, here’s the intel on Operation Apocalypse Z…

Multiplayer

Reaper returns! The experimental war robot from Call of Duty: Black Ops III returns with added abilities focused on heavy assault and disruption.

Reaper is a heavily armed robotic Specialist that utilizes explosive firepower to gain the upper hand. Reaper’s Special Issue Weaponry is the Scythe — a high-damage machine gun with explosive rounds and a fast fire rate that also inflicts a suppression status effect to nearby enemies. Reaper’s Special Issue Equipment, the Radar Shroud, is a deployable jamming device that conceals an area on enemy mini-maps. This equipment allows Reaper and his teammates to operate undetected within the Shroud’s radius.

Reaper is available at Tier 1 of the Operation, and will be playable in Multiplayer once unlocked.

Another Party Game returns to Black Ops 4 with Sticks and Stones! Players are only given a crossbow, Ballistic Knife, and Combat Axe to battle opponents in this score-based Free-For-All game mode. Players earn varying points by getting kills and can bankrupt enemies with a successful Combat Axe kill. Pay attention to the periodically-sweeping UAV that marks the leading player with a gold dot so that you can hunt them down and try to gain the advantage.

In addition to Sticks and Stones, other Party Games will return in this Operation. Players should be on lookout for Gun Game with the Ballistic Knife as its new final weapon, the return of Infected, and more.

New Multiplayer weapons in the Black Market this Operation include:

  • Reaver C86: A semi-auto crossbow that kills on impact
  • Argus: A precision lever-action shotgun returning from Black Ops III
  • Backhander: A disembodied zombie arm that functions as a one-hit kill melee weapon

Blackout

An eerie fog has settled in Blackout, signaling the onset of the Zombie apocalypse.

Drop into Blackout to experience battle royale at the end of days. Zombies have left the main map in ruins as windows have been boarded up to secure safety, and the waters run red with blood.

Two variants of the Blackout main map will be available:

  • Traditional playlists (Solos, Duos, Quads) are updated with a light fog and unique Zombies-inspired theming “including a familiar voice at the beginning of the match”
  • A limited time playlist named “Quads Fog” has similar environmental changes but with a much thiccer and more foreboding haze

Both maps hold Zombies secrets to find and unlock; players can visit Zombies locations to find some new surprises and special enemies!

Cloaked in darkness where opponents or zombies can assault players off their guard, Alcatraz: Nightfall introduces opportunities for new gameplay tactics on the fan-favorite redeploy map.

This new map variant brings a new game mode: Alcatraz Portals Horde, where the darkness has brought out Hellhounds and the Warden patrolling for anyone with plans of escaping.

These new enemies make survival more difficult, as you’ll still drop in with nine other squads ready to fight. Even though there are more zombies, fewer zombies will spawn in during the final Collapse, so a squad vs. squad battle will determine the victor.

If you want to test your skills against the growing horde, drop into Alcatraz Portals Horde and see if you can find any hidden secrets along the way.

Coming later in the Operation, battle for survival in Pandemic. Operation Apocalypse Z’s limited-time mode is “planned to feature a large-scale fight to survive enemies and zombies.”

Similar to Multiplayer’s Infected, eliminated players return as zombies looking to add more numbers to their horde.

Infected players can respawn all the way up until the final Collapse, where the remaining squads must bunker down and outlast the Pandemic. The last squad of survivors will win.

More characters will be available in the Black Market throughout the Operation, including M. Shadows, Russman, and Danny Trejo!

Zombies

The Aether story continues in “Alpha Omega”

Following the events of “Classified” and “Blood of the Dead”, the Primis and Ultimis crews travel to a secret Broken Arrow facility at Nuketown.

This gameplay space, which is 400% larger than “Nuketown Zombies”, features both familiar nostalgia and new elements. In “Alpha Omega”, players will face new enemies, including Jolting Jacks and Nova 6 Bombers that are deadlier evolutions of the Nova 6 Crawlers from “Kino Der Toten”.

Plus, you’ll fight against a new special round foe, the Lightning Hounds. As the Aether story heads toward an epic conclusion, “Alpha Omega” works to unravel the mysteries of the beginning and the end.

Gear up for this epic new battle with the latest Perk, Blood Wolf Bite. When activated, players are given a friendly wolf companion named Luna that aids in surviving the undead.

Once in the map, Luna fights alongside the player, killing zombies and even dealing damage to larger or mini-boss type enemies. If Blood Wolf Bite is placed in the Modifier slot, a Luna kill has the chance of spawning a mini-Power-up, such as a small amount of ammo, points, or power.

Classic Elixirs from Black Ops III will also arrive at the start of the Operation.

Phoenix Up is for players who want to lend a helping hand, reviving all teammates and allowing them to keep their Perks. Head Drama makes every shot really count. When equipped, any bullet that hits a zombie damages its head.

The Argus shotgun and Reaver C86 semi-auto crossbow will be added to the Mystery Box at the start of Operation Apocalypse Z. Also, the new Zombies experience delivers a new Gauntlet later in this Operation. Players will be able to tackle thirty new challenges while battling the undead in the upcoming “Alpha Omega” Gauntlet, “Duck and Cover”.

Black Market

Operation Apocalypse Z brings new gear and weapons to the Black Market

The Operation Contraband stream contains 40 predefined Tiers lasting through the first half of the Operation, followed by a new stream to cover the second half.

The Contraband stream will also include an earnable Ultra Weapon Bribe. Ultra Weapon Bribes guarantee one new ranged Black Market weapon and two Reserve Cases. If you already own a variant of all Black Market weapons, Ultra Weapon Bribes will award an additional Black Market weapon variant.

Here’s an overview of the Black Market in Operation Apocalypse Z:

  • 40 Tiers: Preview all the earnable rewards in the first half of the Operation on day one.
  • New Specialist: Reaper is available at Tier 1 and playable in Multiplayer and Blackout once unlocked.
  • New Black Market Weapons: The Argus shotgun, Reaver C86 semi-auto Crossbow, and Backhander melee weapon.
  • New Blackout Characters: Russman, M. Shadows, and Danny Trejo.
  • New MK II Weapons: Available in Reserves, find MKII Weapons for the Mog 12, Saug 9mm, and Vendetta.
  • New Mastercrafts: TheWundergewehr 115” for the Koshka is available at Tier 20 of the Contraband stream and the “Imaginator” for the Daemon 3XB is in Reserves. If the “Imaginator” is acquired by a player who doesn’t own the Daemon 3XB, it will serve as a functional ranged weapon, effectively adding the Daemon 3XB to the player’s Armory.
  • New Weapon Camos: The green “Derezzed”, post-apocalypse dust “Smoke Blast”, and the out-of-this-world ‘Time Out’ camo.
  • New Specialist Outfits: Zombies-inspired Specialist’s outfits include “The Prepper” for Spectre, “The Cheerleader” for Outrider, and “The Waitress” for Zero amongst others. Also, new Legendary outfits like “Fossil” for Firebreak, “Ritual” for Prophet, and more can be found in the Contraband stream and in Reserves.
  • New Weapon Charms: Available in Reserves, equip the latest Weapon Charms before you head into battle like “Pillow Talk”, “Just Peachy”, and “Byte Me”.
  • New Death Effects: Add something extra when you take down enemies with new Death Effects — “Black Hole” and “Magma”.
  • New Gestures: Bust a move with new gestures “Breakin’ For Beats” and “Nooice”.
  • New Jump Pack: Equip the “Night Terror” jump pack to drop into Blackout in epic Zombies fashion.
  • Blackjacks’ Reserves: Operation Apocalypse Z Reserve items include the Vendetta MKII, Argus, M. Shadows, Specialist outfits such as Battery’s “Kaleidoscope”, and more.

Black Ops Pass

Three more Multiplayer maps and a new Zombies experience are available to Black Ops Pass owners in Operation Apocalypse Z.

Der Schatten

Set in the 1940s at the height of Nazi Germany during the Zombies experience “Der Eisendrache”, Der Schatten begins by spawning players into the map via a time portal. The zombies have already arrived in Eisenstadt, Austria, and you’ll see them in store windows along with other nods to Zombies history, including Samantha’s teddy bear.

A fallen “Giant” robot has crashed, dispersing Element 115 throughout the play space, suspending various parts of the environment in mid-air. In “The Shadow” of the Zombies experience, this Multiplayer map offers unique engagements against the backdrop of Treyarch Zombies lore.

The map has multiple interior spaces including opportunities to fight inside a crashed robot that adds a new dynamic to the Multiplayer space. Players can use the robot parts to flank, gain cover, and other tricks to get a tactical leg up over the opponent.

There’s also an opportunity to get in the literal head of the robot and overlook parts of the map. From that power position players can pick off enemies or press a button that activates the robot’s finger to smash unsuspecting foes. Der Schatten also holds various structures and longer sightlines on the streets, creating a versatile battleground ready for players to enjoy.

Remnant

Hop off your tour bus and visit Remnant, a modern day museum that specializes in collecting and showcasing curiosities, oddities, and nightmares surrounding Zombies-related events.

A newly arrived relic has unleashed chaos and death, wiping out everyone in the museum. Players who trek past the Bio Response Initiative vans will discover various exhibits modeled around epic moments in Zombies history, including a familiar bus and diner that offer a distinct Multiplayer experience.

Remnant is a large-scale map with wide spacing for longer engagements as well as close to mid-range firefights among various part of the interiors.

The map is primarily indoors, so ground-based Scorestreaks will play well. And with a larger map, moving around the outside (in or out of the water) or using a telepad to teleport quickly to another location is ideal to finding and eliminating enemies.

Take in the sights and stop by the gift shop if you have a chance between battles to enjoy this specialty museum in the heart of Louisiana.

Havana

Havana returns to Black Ops 4, where “an escalating conflict has cleared out the streets.” This Black Ops flashback is set during the Cold War with revolutionary posters and flak guns fortified by sandbags signalling an uprising.

The map is filled with multiple houses, bars, alleys, and other spaces that favor close-quarters builds.

For those who want to literally take to the streets, long sightlines can be found that overlook parts of the map as well as various environment pieces that can serve as cover during intense engagements.

There are multiple ways to get across the map that offer both risks and rewards, so players will have to think strategically and play to their strengths.

The Aether story returns to an expanded version of Nuketown players have never seen before.

Battle for survival as the Primis and Ultimis characters for the first time in Zombies history in “Alpha Omega”.

Boasting a map 400% larger than the OG Nuketown and “packed with twice as much character dialogue” than previous Zombies experiences, “Alpha Omega” picks up the baton where the events of “Blood of the Dead” and “Classified” left off.

Players will face off against new enemies and unravel the twisted secrets of the Aether story as versions of Nikolai, Richtofen, Takeo, and Dempsey from two different timelines. What lies beneath the surface at this overrun Broken Arrow testing facility?

Conclusion/TLDR

Thoughts? Feelings? Concerns? At this point I’m done if they take away Alcatraz one more time.. Thanks for stopping by! Here’s the trailer:

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