Modern Warfare Zombies Aetherium
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How to get and use Rare, Epic, and Legendary Aetherium in Modern Warfare Zombies (MWZ)

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Aetherium is a gameplay feature unique to Modern Warfare Zombies that is used to craft Schematics and make your weapons stronger. Here’s how to get and use Aetherium in MWZ.

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How to farm Aetherium in Modern Warfare Zombies

Aetherium is an Acquisition which is a single-use item that you can find in the Exclusion Zone. Other Acquisitions are Perk-a-Colas, Ammo Mods, and Wonder Weapons — it’s different from Essence. Also, as a quick caveat, I’ll update this article when we have more concrete details about Aetherium and I have hands-on gameplay.

Related: How to get Essence fast in Modern Warfare Zombies (MWZ)

Aetherium, in its Rare, Epic, and Legendary form, can be found anywhere in the Exclusion Zone. When you are on a run, loot everything to try and find Aetherium. But, much like finding Golden Skulls in DMZ, Aetherium is hard to find.

The trick to finding Aetherium is the higher the Threat Zone, the more likely you are to stumble across a rarer piece of Aetherium. However, you run the risk of getting overrun by zombies. If you feel like your current build is ready for the higher Threat Zones, then enter and keep an eye out for Aetherium.

Again, I won’t know for sure until I get my hands on the game, but I’m guessing that you’ll likely be able to pick up Aetherium from downed zombies. I would imagine the boss zombies have a higher likelihood of dropping Aetherium and at higher rarities.

How to use Aetherium in Modern Warfare Zombies

Since Aetherium is an Acquisition, you can only use it if you successfully exfil with it. If you make it out, you can use Aetherium to craft Schematics that specifically make your weapons stronger.

Related: How to find and use Acquisitions and Schematics in Modern Warfare Zombies (MWZ)

Rare, Epic, and Legendary Aetherium are used to upgrade your Pack-a-Punch weapon level. Apparently, you can level up all your weapons from level one to level two.

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From his early days of blog-style music, movie, and game reviews to working as the Esports Writer at Coastline Community College, Noah Nelson now works fulltime as a Staff Writer for Attack of the Fanboy and PC Invasion. He has been helping gamers everywhere with Destiny 2 god rolls, Warzone 2 DMZ missions, and collectibles in any indie game for over a year and a half. His Bachelor's Degree in English Rhetoric and Composition with a minor in Journalism from CSULB has shaped him to be a strong writer and editor. His fondest gaming memory is playing Sly Cooper 2 after begging his mom (for hours) to play it before his birthday and he still cries myself to sleep remembering the time he accidentally saved over his 99% completion save file in Kingdom Hearts 2.