MW3 Zombies Season 3 Reloaded patch notes: Union story mission, Dark Aether Rift, Schematics, more

Joseph Pascoulis
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MW3 Zombies is getting a major refresh for Season 3 Reloaded, as the update is set to bring a heap of new content. Here are the full patch notes for MWZ in Season 3 Reloaded.

MW3 Zombies is due an update, and Season 3 Reloaded is aiming to do just that with a bunch of new content announced in the patch notes.

From a new story mission and Dark Aether Rift to Schematics and the Rainmaker Warlord, here are the full patch notes for MW3 Zombies.

MW3 Zombies Season 3 Reloaded patch notes

Here are the full Season 3 Reloaded patch notes for Zombies in Modern Warfare 3:




  • A new anomaly has appeared in the Exclusion Zone and Dr. Jansen has gone through the portal alone. Operation Deadbolt Strike Teams must now conduct a rescue mission with Ravenov’s help to get her back before it’s too late.


  • Seek out and attune the required relics after completing the Season 3 Reloaded Story Mission to re-open the Dark Aether Rift for subsequent runs. Complete the objectives within to acquire new powerful schematics.
    • Dark Aether Rifts are unlocked by solving a hidden quest, which activates after completing the new Season 3 Reloaded Story Mission.


  • Dead Wire Detonators: Electrify your blasts for massive damage using the Dead Wire Detonators, adding the Dead Wire Ammo Mod effect to all of your explosive armaments, including Lethals and Launchers.
    • Note: Dead Wire Detonators do not apply to Wonder Weapons.
  • Golden Mask Filter: Forget the constant search for a functioning gas mask when approaching strongholds and other areas where gas threatens to suffocate incoming Operators. Attaching the Golden Mask Filter to a gas mask causes its charge to self-regenerate over time. The mask can still break if its charge is fully used up in one go, though the filter will be reapplied to the next one you find.
  • Sergeant’s Beret: With the undead roaming around, you’ve got enough to worry about before taking Zakhaev’s Mercs into consideration. Don the Sergeant’s Beret to trick the faction into thinking that you’re one of their own. As a bonus, you’ll gain a Merc Bodyguard who fearlessly follows you into the action.


  • Challengers of the new Warlord Rainmaker will need to plan their tactics carefully when approaching this artillery and demolitions expert. Find him in his fortress on Rahaa Island in the southeastern Urzikstan Exclusion Zone, where he’s supported by an army that he’s only too willing to expend in pursuit of annihilating Operation Deadbolt.


  • Stash Storage Increased
    • The Stash storage limit has been doubled, allowing Players to store 20 acquisitions instead of 10.
  • Exfil Based Schematic Cooldown
    • When Players successfully exfil they will now also receive Schematic cooldown time in addition to their Insured Weapon cooldown time reward.



  • Addressed an issue that would knock back Containment Levels by one Tier when Players exfil from a Story Mission.
  • Addressed an issue that prevented equipped Lethals and Tacticals from saving when traveling to a Dark Aether Rift or Story Mission if the Player had expended all of them.


  • Zombies
    • Hell Hounds
      • Friendly (Pet) Hell Hounds acquired from a Dog House in the Medium and High Threat Zones will no longer reset their Tier when entering and exiting the Aether Storm.


  • Weapon Blueprints
    • MORS
      • Situation Hazard BlackCell
        • Addressed an issue that prevented the Desync Dismemberment Death Effect from always applying to enemy kills.


  • Players can now interact with the Containment Level UI on the Strike Team Ready menu.
  • The Containment Level splash screen when a Player exfils will now correctly display their Containment Level progression gained during the match.


  • Added various crash and stability fixes.

For more, check out everything we know about Special Zombies and where to find Schematics in MW3 Zombies.

Source: Call of Duty