All MW3 Zombies Act 1 missions and rewards list in Modern Warfare 3

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Want to learn about the MW3 Zombies Act 1 missions and rewards? Tacking the hordes of a Call of Duty Zombies mode is always a challenging experience. And in MW3, there are plenty of rewards that these missions provide.

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What are the rewards for all MW3 Zombies Act 1 missions

Act 1, known as Operation Deadbolt, has six tiers with their own calling cards, weapon charms, and consumable rewards in MW3 Zombies. You also earn bonus experience from clearing missions and unlock a final story mission after the others are beaten. Be it with strangers or friends, clearing these missions can be tough. Here’s how to exfil in MW3 Zombies if things get too chaotic.

MW3 Zombies Act 1 missions and rewards: An image of the menu highlighting tier 1 missions in the game.

Tier 1 missions and rewards

The first tier offers Jugger-Nog can and Stamin-Up can rewards in addition to others over its six missions. Here are some tips and tricks for MW3 Zombies.

Mission nameObjectivesRewards
Direct LinePing a Contract in the Tac Map in Zombies. And then, complete a Contract Exfil.Jugger-Nog Can Acquisition and 1500 XP
Treasure HunterOpen 25 Loot Caches in Zombies.Instant Insanity Sticker and 1500 XP
Road RageKill 30 Zombies by running them over with vehicles in the mode. Also, repair 1 vehicle tire.Stamin-Up Can Acquisition and 1500 XP
Wall PowerPurchase a weapon from a Wall Buy in Zombies. Then, kill 50 Zombies with any Wall Buy weapon.Get Smoked Emblem and 1500 XP
FirepowerPack-a-Punch a weapon to Level I in Zombies. Then, kill 50 Zombies with any Level I Pack-A-Punched weapon.Uncommon Aether Tool Acquisition and 1500 XP
Take Up ArmsPurchase a primary weapon from a Mystery Box in Zombies. Then, kill 50 Zombies with any Mystery Box weapon.Cryo Freeze Ammo Mod Acquisition and 1500 XP
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Cryo Freeze Ammo Mod is great against zombies

This mod to your weapon lets you slow zombies down, making hordes easier to tackle.

Tier 2 missions and rewards

Note that Tier 2 of Operation Deadbolt in MW3 only has a single mission. This nets you a sweet weapon blueprint for the other MW3 Zombies Act 1 missions. Here’s how to find and destroy the mercenary convoy in MW3 Zombies.

Mission nameObjectivesRewards
InterceptorDestroy Mercenary Convoy and then collect Stronghold Keycard dropped by Mercenary Convoy.Bone Rattle Weapon and 3000 XP
MW3 Zombies Act 1 missions and rewards: An image of the menu highlighting tier 2 missions in the game.

Tier 3 missions and rewards

Tier 3 offers five missions that give players better rewards than the first two tiers.

Mission nameObjectivesRewards
Freezer BurnSlow 50 Zombies with Cry Freeze Ammo Mod on a weapon. Then, slow 10 Hellhounds with Cryo Freeze Ammo Mod.Baseball Fan Calling Card and 1500 XP
MinelayerKill 25 Zombies with the Energy Mine Field Upgrade in Zombies. Next, kill 25 Mercenaries with the Energy Mine Field Upgrade.Rare Aether Tool Acquisition and 1500 XP
Pit StopFully refuel 3 different vehicles at Gas Stations on the map.Double XP Token Consumable and 1500 XP
SaboteurComplete an Aether Extractor Contract in the game. Also, kill 15 Mercenaries guarding the Extractors. Then, shoot down a reinforcement helicopter. Finally, exfil with the Uncommon Aether Tool Plans.Hamlet Charm and 1500 XP
Automated BackupActivate 3 Deadbolt Turrets with Ammo Mod Circuit Boards in Zombies.Death Perception Can Acquisition and 1500 XP

Tier 4 missions and rewards

Once again, Tier 4 just has one mission and a solid reward.

Mission nameObjectivesRewards
InfiltratorObtain a Stronghold Keycard. Then clear a Terminus Outcomes Stronghold. Finally, retrieve Terminus Outcomes Record from the Stronghold Safe.Raw Aetherium Crystal Acquisition and 3000 XP
MW3 Zombies Act 1 missions and rewards: An image of the menu highlighting tier 4 missions in the game.

Tier 5 missions and rewards

Tier 5 has six missions with a load of objectives to clear in MW3 Zombies Act 1. But with high-damage output Ammo Mod rewards, it’s well worth your time.

Mission nameObjectivesRewards
Hands OffKill 20 Zombies with Sentry Guns in Zombies. Next, kill 10 Mercenaries with Sentry Guns. And then acquire the Cyphered Tablet.Mayhem On Wheels Calling Card and 1500 XP
BlastedDestroy armor on 25 Zombies using Shatter Blast Ammo Mod in the game mode. Then acquire a Cyphered Tablet.Napalm Burst Ammo Mod Acquisition and 1500 XP
Bring Em OnKill 50 Zombies with Frenzied Guard Field Upgrade active in Zombies. Next, kill a Spectral or Elite enemy with Frenzied Guard Field Upgrade active. Also, acquire a Cyphered Tablet.Double Weapon XP Token Consumable and 1500 XP
Hostile TakeoverLoot 3 Safes across the map. Also, kill 50 enemies while drilling Safes in Zombies.Masked And Angry Charm and 1500 XP
ChaperoneComplete an Escort Contract in Zombies. Next, kill 75 Zombies during a single Escort Contract. Ensure that the ACV’s health above 50%. And finally, exfil with the Quick Revive Recipe.Rare Aether Tool Acquisition and 1500 XP
Nest WreckerObtain a Gas Mask in Zombies. Then destroy an Aether Nest. Finally, acquire a Cyphered Tablet.Shatter Blast Ammo Mod Acquisition and 1500 XP

Tier 6 missions and rewards

The final tier only has one mission and unlocks the final story mission.

Mission nameObjectivesRewards
Where’s Dr. Jansen?Complete an Outlast Contract in Zombies. Finally, obtain Dr. Jansen’s Tablet Exfil.Ride And Die Calling Card and 3000 XP
MW3 Zombies Act 1 missions and rewards: An image of the menu highlighting tier 6 missions in the game.

Story mission and rewards

The final story mission gives a massive boost in XP and is unlocked only after completing the previous 20 missions. Doing so unlocks the second Act and its missions in MW3 Zombies.

Mission nameObjectivesRewards
ExtractionDeploy to Dr. Jansen’s coordinates in Zombies. Then, bring Dr. Jansen in for questioning.Rage and Fire Loading Screen and 5000 XP

That covers all the MW3 Zombies Act 1 missions and rewards. If things get too intense, consider the MW3 sentry gun glitch to make your life a little easier. The game is out on PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. So if you’re thinking about playing with friends across platforms, check our MW3 crossplay guide.

Can you directly access the story mission in MW3 Zombies Act 1?

No, you have to clear all six mission tiers to access the story mission.

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Antony Terence

Antony Terence is a Guides Writer for VideoGamer. While he is particularly fond of city-builders, shooters, and strategy titles, he won’t turn down a good JRPG or a turn-based roguelike.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 (2023)

  • Release Date: November 9, 2023
  • Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series S/X, Xbox Series X
  • Genre(s): Action, Shooter