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How to Complete Essence of Aether in MW3 Zombies

Find out where to find all Essence containers in MWZ here.

You never know what your drop zone will be in Uzbekistan, so finding much of anything at the get-go can be a challenge. When working towards completing missions, more is at stake. The Essence of Aether mission will send you searching for three Essence sample containers across the map. So, here’s how to complete Essence of Aether in CoD: MWZ.

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How to Find All Essence of Aether Containers in MWZ

First, I recommend you acquire a vehicle for the sake of time. This will make travel easier, as you’ll need to go to the Quadri Shopping Center, Hamza Bazaar, and Rostova Shops, locating each container there. If you’re having trouble finding the Essence Containers, we’ve got a map with their exact location marked for you below.

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Where to Find MW3’s Essence of Aether Sample #1: Quadri Shopping Center

In the Tier 1 zone, go directly northwest of the Zaravan City map marker to find the Quadri Shopping Center. You’ll find several buildings of various sizes, but there’s a small food shack at the center that has the Essence Container. It’s next to the cash register, similar to the next Essence Container that I’ll lead you to.

Where to Find MW3’s Essence of Aether Sample #2: Hamza Bazaar

To locate the container in the Hamza Bazaar, head to the southeast side of the map. It’s in the Tier 1 zone, directly south of Hadiqa Farms. When you get there, you’ll see a shop building right at the center. The container is inside right next to the cash register.

Where to Find MW3’s Essence of Aether Sample #3: Rostova Shops

The container in Rostova Shops is in the Tier 2 zone, directly southeast of Levin Resort. If you’re having trouble finding it, head to the point I marked on the map above. Once you’re there, go inside the largest building, and you’ll find the Essence Container on the first floor, sitting on an L-shaped desk. I do recommend you Pack-A-Punch your weapon before heading to this zone.

While you can complete this mission solo, I recommend you travel with a squad to ensure your survival. It’s tough to recover after being overcome by zombies in MWZ. I recommend you check out our guide on Field Upgrades to increase your odds.

That’s how to complete Essence of Aether in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Zombies. We’ve got plenty more for you to discover at our MW3 guides hub like the best loadouts and how to level up fast.

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Maddison Ahlbrand
Maddison started her gamer journey traversing the lands of Runescape and World of Warcraft. These days, she can be found playing just about anything, but a lot of her free time is spent playing FPS games like Fortnite, CoD and Valorant. She's been with GameSkinny since February 2023, and has a BA in Art History.