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The Dark Aether is one of the most dangerous locations you can visit in Call of Duty MW3 Zombies. It’s accessed via a Dark Aether Rift in the High Threat Zone on Urzikstan and comes with several challenges for Act 4 of the Zombies questline. While you will likely spend most of your time figuring out how to complete Act 4, you might be left with a burning question of how to exfil from the Dark Aether in Zombies.

More specifically, this question will likely pop up for you when you complete Act 4 and go back to the Dark Aether by using an Elder Sigil. This brings you into the Tier 4 section of the Dark Aether, where you need to complete contracts around the map to earn more Elder Sigils and all of the other Classified schematics. It’s here where the exfil process gets extremely confusing, so I’m here to help.

Exfil locations in the Dark Aether in MW3 Zombies

Unlike the regular map of Urzikstan, there aren’t marked exfil locations on your map while you’re in the Dark Aether. Instead, you have to find them on your own, which is challenging during your first run in the area. I personally didn’t find the exfil locations until the timer was under a minute while in the Dark Aether, so I certainly cut it close.

To make sure that doesn’t happen to you, check out the map below to see the two set exfil locations in the Dark Aether:

The exfil locations in the Dark Aether. Screenshot via Upcomer

These two exfil locations will never change in the Dark Aether, so you can continue to use them over and over again. The first one, located in the center of the map, is underneath the fortress, so you’ll have to go down some short stairs in the fortress itself and then find a small doorway that leads into a tunnel. This tunnel eventually brings you to a rift you can use to extract from the map.

The second location, located in the southeast, is on top of the fortress walls. You’ll have to use an ascender or find another way to get up to the rift’s location. I used the Scorcher to propel myself up there, but you can also climb the stairs if you can outrun the zombie horde behind you. The rift on top of the fortress is fairly easy to see once you’re up there.

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And there you have it, those are the only two ways to exfil from the Dark Aether once you’ve made it to Tier 4 in MW3 Zombies. Once you’ve exfilled once or twice, you’ll start to remember where the exfil locations are, making it not nearly as confusing.