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The Ultimate Guide to Unlocking All Zombies Maps in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Want to experience everything Treyarch‘s Zombies mode has to offer in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2? Then you need access to every map. Fortunately, unlocking all the maps is straightforward if you know the steps. This comprehensive guide will give you everything you need to go from just having Nuketown Zombies to surviving across TranZit, Mob of the Dead, and more.

How to Unlock Every Zombies Map

Here‘s a quick overview of how to unlock every Zombies map in Black Ops 2:

  • The main TranZit story mode with Town, Farm, and Bus Depot is available by default.
  • Nuketown Zombies unlocks by purchasing special editions of the game or using the secret code "3ARC UNLOCK".
  • DLC maps – Die Rise, Mob of the Dead, Buried, and Origins require purchasing the associated Zombie Map Packs.
  • Or use "3ARC UNLOCK" on consoles and map commands on PC to access all maps and modes.

With those steps, you‘ll have free reign to battle the undead across every environment Treyarch designed. Now let‘s dive into more details on each method.

Playing TranZit and Nuketown

Black Ops 2‘s core Zombies gameplay takes place across the expansive TranZit experience featuring the areas Green Run, Bus Depot, Farm, and Town. Load up any TranZit map from the Zombies main menu and you‘ll be able to explore these interconnected environments as you build equipment, unlock PaP machines, and fend off increasingly deadly undead.

Casual players may be limited to just TranZit, but collectors and power users should immediately unlock Nuketown Zombies as well according to Purchasing the Care Package or Hardened Edition of Black Ops 2 grants access to this chaotic map full of close-quarters combat and random Perk spawns.

Alternatively, enter "3ARC UNLOCK" on the computer terminal accessible from the main menu. This grants every map free of charge.

Buying Zombies DLC Map Packs

Beyond the core experience, Black Ops 2 offers 4 premium Zombies DLC packs that each add one new map:

  • Revolution – Die Rise
  • Uprising – Mob of the Dead
  • Vengeance – Buried
  • Apocalypse – Origins

Die Rise brings vertical combat across a wrecked Shanghai tower. Mob of the Dead has you battling ghosts on Alcatraz with a star-studded cast. Buried takes place underground in an Old West town. And Origins revisits the very first zombie experiments.

Each Map Pack costs $15 singly or $30 for the Zombies Bundle according to the PlayStation Store. They are available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Steam. Once purchased, the new maps can be accessed from the in-game Zombies menu.

Unlock All Maps with Console Commands

For casual players just looking to sample every environment, spending money on Map Packs may be overkill. Here‘s how to unlock all Zombie maps and modes with simple console commands according to

On consoles, input "3ARC UNLOCK" from the computer terminal in the game‘s main menu. This gives instant free access to every Zombies map and even Dead Ops Arcade.

On PC, open the console with ~, then type "devmap mapname" where mapname is the specific map you want to load. This lets you play any map without owning its DLC.

However, note that using unlocks disables tracking of stats and rankings. But for just enjoying Zombies gameplay, it‘s an easy shortcut.

Surviving and Thriving on Each Map

Now that every map is at your fingertips, let‘s look at gameplay tips and key features to optimize your survival on each:


  • Buildable Equipment – Craft the Turbine, Zombie Shield, and more from parts around the map.
  • Pack-A-Punch Machines – Activate power to unlock weapon upgrades at each area.
  • Bus Transportation – Ride the bus between zones for faster travel.

Nuketown Zombies

  • Backyard Area – Control both houses to unlock this bonus space with Perks.
  • Weapon Challenges – Pack-A-Punch unlocks after shooting all mannequins.
  • Random Perks – Power-Ups randomly activate Perks until the next round.

Die Rise

  • Verticality – Navigate a wrecked skyscraper with elevators and Sliquifier slides.
  • Jumping Jacks – Time jumps between rooftops to avoid long falls.
  • Trample Steam – Build this gadget to boost to higher floors.

Mob of the Dead

  • Afterlife Mode – Take control of a ghost to unlock paths blocked in the real world.
  • Hell‘s Retriever – Retrieve this deadly throwing axe to unlock the Pack-a-Punch machine.
  • Electric Chairs – Trigger these to return to human form after dying as a ghost.

Each map offers unique enemies, buildables, and secrets to discover. For even more tips and tricks, check our in-depth strategy guide.

Finding All Intel for the Story

Scattered across every map are story Intel collectibles that reveal secrets of Group 935‘s zombie experiments according to Finding them unlocks more of the complex background:

  • Radios – Pick up these audiologs of Dr. Maxis and others.
  • Documents – Collect scattered papers filling in story details.
  • Artifacts – Interact with objects related to the story.

Intel spawns randomly each game, so explore thoroughly and kill special enemies to unlock new pieces. Discover the entire story behind the Zombies outbreak.

Mods and Custom Maps (PC)

On PC, players can access a massive library of custom zombies maps according to These often feature unique environments, enemies, and weapons not seen in official maps. Popular examples include:

  • Castle – Defend against the undead in Medieval times
  • Area-51 – Fight in a hi-tech military base
  • Rust – Survive on an oil rig at sea
  • Skatepark – Grind and shoot zombies

To install, download the .map files and place them in usermaps folder under the game directory. Load maps with "devmap mapname" in the console. Custom Zombies maps extend the gameplay exponentially!

Playing Zombies Through the Years

Black Ops 2 represents the pinnacle of classic Zombies map design according to co-studio head Jason Blundell in a 2020 interview with Polygon. Let‘s see how the mode evolved across each release:

Game Notable Maps New Features
World at War Nacht der Untoten Original map, mystery box
Black Ops Five, Kino der Toten Story focus, celeb characters
Black Ops 2 TranZit, Mob of the Dead Buildables, multiple modes
Black Ops 3 Shadows of Evil Gobblegums, weapon kits

Unpacking even a fraction of the lore and content packed into each map could fill an entire book. This guide provides everything you need to access each playground of carnage and experience the pinnacle of Treyarch Zombies firsthand. Now grab your favorite wall weapons, load up Nacht or TranZit in solo or co-op, and see how long you can hold out against the endless armies of the undead!