Vanguard Zombies “Day 115” update: Round-based Shi No Numa, new Pack-A-Punch upgrades, & more

In celebration of January 15, which Treyarch and followers are calling 115 Day, the devs are placing out a fairly important replace for Vanguard Season 1 Zombies simply previous to the particular date.

Those who had hoped the basic survival mode would return simply is likely to be in for a deal with, because the replace sees the return of Shi No Numa. Further, the replace may even convey varied adjustments to Artifacts, Pack-A-Punch, and more.

Here are the small print based on the most recent Treyarch blog.

Vanguard Zombies January 11 patch notes


Starting at 9 PM PT Jan. 11 / 12 AM ET Jan. 12, our mid-season replace brings basic survival gameplay to “Shi No Numa” within the new Void Objective, which may even function the introduction to the new Dark Aether entity and story quest coming in Season Two. Players will first have to unlock entry to Von List’s Office, a beforehand closed-off space in Stalingrad the place narrative secrets and techniques and a mysterious new portal await…

Step via to journey to the Void in “Shi No Numa,” the place you’ll advance via rounds by defeating more and more troublesome countless waves of the undead, similar to in conventional Zombies from earlier video games. Clear the present wave of zombies, and the spherical goes up. Upgrade your weapon on the Pack-a-Punch machine, grind these camos, and survive so long as you may. You know the drill.

Once you’ve accomplished 3 rounds within the Void, you’ll be confronted with two selections: Flee or Survive. If you select to remain and struggle, you’ll earn 5,000 bonus Essence for each 3 rounds you survive within the Void. If you make it via 12 rounds or more, you’ll earn a novel reward that stops your Perks from dropping under Tier II everytime you go down for the remainder of the match! Survive lengthy sufficient, and also you would possibly even uncover new particulars about the place the story’s heading subsequent.

Once the portal to the Void has been opened, it would by no means shut throughout your match. When you’re prepared to move again to Stalingrad to improve your Perks and Covenants, you may depart after surviving 3 rounds and return at any time.

To make it easier to alongside the way in which, you’ll earn a Sacrificial Heart every time you full not less than 3 rounds within the Void and efficiently escape again to Stalingrad. Of course, in the event you’re trying to go for prime rounds, you’ll additionally need to spend these Hearts on upgrading your Artifacts earlier than heading again in… and that’s the place the Tome of Rituals is available in.

vanguard zombies tome of rituals


You’re going to wish some critical buffs on your Dark Aether powers if you wish to survive within the Void. The new Tome of Rituals in Stalingrad can present these upgrades, with extra skills ready to be unlocked at every of the 4 new tiers inside its pages.

Invest your Sacrificial Hearts on the Tome of Rituals to unlock the next upgrades throughout a match:

Frost Blast

  • Tier I – Freezes regular and Special enemies for 3 seconds as soon as they’ve been within the Frost Blast zone for 0.5 second.
  • Tier II – Increases the Frost Blast radius by 100%.
  • Tier III – Increases the variety of costs from 1 to three.
  • Tier IV – Frozen regular enemies are insta-killed when broken.

Energy Mine

  • Tier I – Stuns regular and Special enemies hit by Energy Mine for 3 seconds.
  • Tier II – Explodes 3 instances in a row with a 0.75 second delay between explosions.
  • Tier III – Increases the variety of costs from 1 to three.
  • Tier IV – Increases the explosion radius by 66%.

Aether Shroud

  • Tier I – Automatically reload weapons when activated.
  • Tier II – Deal 500% bonus melee injury whereas lively.
  • Tier III – Gain 50% transfer pace whereas lively. Duration prolonged from 5 seconds to eight seconds.
  • Tier IV – Increases the variety of costs from 1 to 2.

Ring of Fire

  • Tier I – Normal enemies contained in the ring take injury equal to 2% of their max HP each second.
  • Tier II – Players inside the ring use ammo from inventory.
  • Tier III – Staying inside the ring for as much as 10 seconds will increase the length from 15 seconds to twenty seconds.
  • Tier IV – Staying inside the ring for as much as 10 seconds will increase your injury bonus from +50% to +75%.

Your Dark Aether powers will change into indispensable at excessive rounds with these upgrades, with every Artifact taking part in a far more necessary position on your squad’s survival than earlier than. Try experimenting with every new set of upgrades, and chances are you’ll simply uncover your new go-to means.

operator with pack a punched weapon


This replace brings one other basic Zombies function to Vanguard:three new camos will now be out there on the Pack-a-Punch machine.

Each time you improve your weapon of alternative on the Pack-a-Punch, will probably be wrapped in a novel camo to visually set it other than the weapon’s base model. Your camo will change in look with every new Pack-a-Punch improve as much as Tier III, and pre-Packed loot weapons may even show these new camos when you decide them up from the Mystery Box or defeated Sturmkreigers.

deathmachine in vanguard zombies


Killstreak weapons are becoming a member of the Support menu on the Crafting Table! When you want some further firepower towards the undead or you end up cornered within the Void, convey out the massive weapons and trigger some carnage.

Once you’ve collected sufficient Salvage, you’ll have the ability to construct the explosive Warmachine or the devastating Deathmachine on the Crafting Table. We know gamers have been eagerly awaiting extra Support choices since launch, and we’re excited to ship these alongside new content material throughout Season One. Get on the market and do some injury.

vanguard operator with zombies behind


We’re bringing some protecting gear to your loadouts and the Mystery Box this week, together with two more weapons unlockable via in-game challenges. Get prepared so as to add the Combat Shield, Katana, and brand-new Welgun SMG to your assortment with this week’s replace!

In Zombies, the Combat Shield will mitigate a portion of injury from the path you’re dealing with when it’s raised, and defend your again from partial rear injury when it’s stowed as an added bonus. The defend can’t break, however you’ll nonetheless take some injury when utilizing it, so that you’ll want to remain in your toes. Paired with the best Covenants, the Combat Shield simply would possibly change into your new favourite weapon that will help you out of some sticky conditions.

You’ll additionally have the ability to unlock the Katana melee weapon and the new Welgun SMG on your loadouts through two new Zombies weapon unlock challenges on this replace:

  • Katana: In Zombies, get 5 speedy kills with a Melee weapon throughout 50 totally different Portal Objectives.
  • Welgun SMG: In Zombies, get 5 speedy Critical Kills with an SMG throughout 50 totally different Portal Objectives.


Let’s be sincere… shifting Zombies to an infrastructure hosted solely on devoted servers for the primary time in a new engine hasn’t been a seamless expertise.

In the previous, conventional Zombies lobbies ran on player-hosted servers, which had been usually vulnerable to a myriad of points, relying on the participant’s connection and a number of other different elements. While the gameplay expertise ought to now be smoother throughout the board for matches of all sizes on devoted servers in Vanguard, the method of pausing mentioned servers for Solo and single-player Private matches isn’t so simple as flipping a change.

Like all of you, we needed Dedicated Server Pause for solo gamers to be included sooner, and the quantity of labor required to get it proper has frankly taken longer than we’d’ve appreciated. Thanks on your persistence whereas we wrap up its implementation in an upcoming replace.


If you’ve been being attentive to the narrative intel and conversations between our Dark Aether entities in Season One, you may need an concept of the place we’re headed in Season Two. In addition to a new hub map situated elsewhere on the globe, we’ll be taking gamers to a number of arenas, together with the Dark Aether itself in a very authentic location crafted for Vanguard Zombies.

There’s lots more within the works for Season Two, together with a number of Wonder Weapons, more survival gameplay, a new story quest, the introduction of a new Dark Aether entity, a new enemy sort, new Objective gameplay, and more. We’re additionally already engaged on future Zombies content material, and we’re not even carried out updating our roster of Operators in Black Ops Cold War

Until then, we hope you get pleasure from this week’s mid-season Zombies replace in Vanguard, and we are able to’t wait to leap into the Void with everybody!

vanguard operators fighting zombies


In the spirit of 115 Day, we’re kicking off a four-day Double-Double Weekend in Black Ops Cold War beginning this Friday at 10AM PT Jan. 14 via 10AM PT Tuesday, Jan. 18! This consists of Double XP and Double Weapon XP in Zombies, and can run alongside an prolonged 2XP weekend in Vanguard and Warzone as effectively.

As a reminder, you’ll proceed to earn participant development and Battle Pass progress throughout titles as you play, whether or not you’re slaying the undead in Black Ops or Vanguard Zombies this weekend. Have enjoyable on the market, and we’ll see you on-line.

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