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Schematics are a huge part of Modern Warfare 3’s Zombies mode. Schematics are your key to unlocking the ability to create Aether Tools, Perk-a-Colas, Ammo Mods, Wonder Weapons, and more. But it can be hard to locate these schematics so we have some tips on how to get some.

Where to find schematics in MW3’s Zombies mode

You’ll find schematics from a wide range of sources in Zombies, including completing story missions or contracts. There are some even trickier ways to find schematics as well. Unfortunately, schematics are not guaranteed but here are some tips from seasoned players.

Aether Tools and Aetherium Crystals

Uncommon Aether ToolUpgrades currently held weapon to Uncommon rarity.Story act one mission reward
Rare Aether ToolUpgrades currently held weapon to Rare rarity.Story act two mission reward
Epic Aether ToolUpgrades currently held weapon to Epic rarity.Tier three contract
Legendary Aether ToolUpgrades currently held weapon to Legendary rarity.Red Worm Storm Boss
Raw Aetherium CrystalUpgrades currently held weapon to Pack-a-Punch level one.Tier two contract
Refined Aetherium CrystalUpgrades currently held weapon to Pack-a-Punch level two.Tier three contract
Flawless Aetherium CrystalUpgrades currently held weapon to Pack-a-Punch level three.Red Worm Storm Boss


Deadshot DaiquiriIncrease enemy critical damage.Tier one contract
Speed ColaDrink to reload and replate armor fasterTier one contract
Stamin-UpIncrease run and sprint speed.Tier one contract
Jugger-nogIncreases max health.Tier two contract
PHD FlopperDive to prone triggers an explosion that increases the higher you fall. Grants immunity from fall damage while diving.Tier two contract
Elemental PopEvery bullet you fire has a small chance to apply a random ammo mod effect.Tier three contract
TombstoneOn death, create a tombstone stash at that location containing your backpack inventory in the next game.Tier three contract
Quick ReviveReduce health regen delay time by 50 percent. Reduce time it takes to revive an ally by 50 percent.Story act one mission reward
Death PerceptionObscured enemies, chests, resources, and item drops are keylined.Story act three mission reward

Ammo Mods

Brain RotTemporarily makes a zombie your ally. Zombies with Brain Rot deal Toxic damage.Tier one contract
Cryo FreezeFreezes enemies.Story act two mission reward
Dead WireShocks and stuns enemies.Tier two contract
Napalm BurstBurns enemies over time.Tier one contract
Shatter BlastBullets explode on impact.Tier two contract

Wonder Weapons

Ray Gun caseCrafts the Ray Gun. Automatic laser gun.Tier three contract
The Scorcher caseCrafts The Scorcher. Pulse rifle.Red Worm Storm Boss
Wunderwaffe DG-2 caseCrafts Wunderwaffe DG-2. Zaps groups of enemies.Story act three mission reward


Dog BoneSummons an allied Hell Hound.First Elder Dark Aether contract
Golden Armor PlateArmor slots will automatically refill.Second Elder Dark Aether contract
Aether BladeThrowing knife that seeks an additional enemy before returning.Third Elder Dark Aether contract

If you are looking to grind contracts in an attempt to get more schematic drops, there are certain contracts that are faster to complete. Deliver Cargo has you just driving a vehicle while Eliminate the Bounty has you taking down a zombie boss.