Black Ops 4 Blackout Zombies and Mystery Boxes are some of the mode's secrets you can uncover.

In something different for a Battle Royale mode, there are non-player characters on the map to battle - zombies. Their presence is also tied to Blackout Mystery Box locations. Find them both, and you could be get your hands on some valuable loot.

Unlike character unlocks, which are one-time only challenges, these could become part of your strategy to get you kitted up in advance for the final stages of a match - so learning these zombie locations will come in handy.

Black Ops 4 Blackout Mystery Boxes and zombie spawns explained

Within certain specific locations of the map, zombies and Mystery Boxes will spawn. These Mystery Boxes and the zombies themselves can hold any loot in the game, though tend to have rare and valuable items - such as level three armour - through to exclusive drops such as a Raygun, a Cymbal Monkey and Zweihänder.

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Once you arrive there, you have to wait a certain amount of time and kill zombies until it opens. Hunt them down or let them come to you, and soon a sound will play to let you know it's been opened.

You can tell these Mystery Box locations by a large beam of light in the sky:

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There will only ever be two present at once, at five preset locations, so you know exactly where they will be. More can get added when others are opened or expire over the course of a match, indicated by a rumble of thunder. If you hear it, look around to see if one of the locations is near you, then make a decision whether you want to go for it.

Black Ops 4 Blackout Mystery Boxes and zombie spawn locations

At a glance, here are the five Mystery Box and zombie spawn locations in Blackout:

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Blackout Mystery Box and zombie spawn locations map

Specifically, they are found (going anti-clockwise around the map):

West of Array, with the Mystery Box location on the roof of a building at the roadside:

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Lighthouse in the south-west corner of the map:

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Boxing ring 'The Anvill' just west and across the river from Turbine:

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Graveyard south-east of Asylum:

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Asylum in the north-east corner room on the ground floor:

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Remember, they will only be 'active' if the beam of light above them is present. You can see these very far away - from any corner of the map, in fact - so they won't be easily missed.


Getting into Black Ops 4? For Blackout, we recommend our bit list of Black Ops 4 Blackout tips, tricks, battle royale differences and things to know, or alternatively learning more about the Blackout map, all the Mystery Box and zombie locations for useful loot, how to get Merits fast to level Eschelons, and finding out how Blackout character mission unlocks work. We also have a Blackout Challenges and Black Ops 4 Dark Ops list. Meanwhile, here's how to unlock Create a Class in Black Ops 4 multiplayer and finally details on Black Market tiers and gaining levels fast, the Halloween event rewards, end date and timesbest Blackout weapons, guns and multiplayer weapon damage stats.


Other things you should know about Blackout Mystery Boxes and zombie spawn locations

A quick few other things you should know about these Mystery Boxes and zombie spawns:

  • Mystery Box locations are added about a minute after the match begins, and if you want to go after them first, then you can either try and predict them (maybe by deciding on one side of the map or another) using the Mystery Box and zombie spawn locations map above, or by slowing your descent as long as possible. Unlike Fortnite, where you can pretty much travel the span of the map if you pull your parachute as soon as you drop from the Battlebus, you'll fall fairly quickly from the chopper in Blackout, but you can pull back and glide your way across some of the map at least make some headway.
  • Zombies are pretty hardy, but can be taken down with a few punches if you arrive with no weaponry. Try not to get overwhelmed, and make sure you have an exit behind or near you in case things get a little heated.
  • Mystery Boxes and zombies are also a good place to know exactly where other players are, in case you want to chip away at Challenges or get some Merits. Of course, arrive too late, and other players will get better loot, and make them harder to kill...

It'll be interesting to see whether the meta lies in Blackout over time. Will those particularly skilled in looting Mystery Boxes give certain players a real advantage, or is it something that can boost the fortunes of those who go out of their way to find them?

Either way, they're out of Blackout's more unique and novel features - and every visit should have decent loot to make it worth your while. If you can survive the zombie hordes, obviously.

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