MW3 Zombies Essence of Aether Guide: All Essence Sample Locations

Help Dr. Jansen by tracking down these samples!

by J.R. Waugh
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After convincing Dr. Jansen to defect to your cause in Urzikstan, you’ll be on a mission to help with her Aetherium research in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Zombies. In the Essence of Aether mission, you’ll need to know where the Essense Sample locations are in MW3 Zombies!

Where to Find Essence Sample Locations for Essence of Aether in MWZ

Essence Samples are kept in large metal canisters often sitting on desks or countertops indoors in the MW3 Zombies mission ‘Essence of Aether.’ I will go over the specifics for each spot, and your locations will need to be found at the following locations:

  • Hamza Bazaar at Hadiqa Farms
  • Rostova Shops at Levin Resort
  • Quadri Shopping Center at Zaravan City

These may require some searching, but they’re a different type of container than you usually would see in the game.

Essence Sample Container Location for Hamza Bazaar in MW3 Zombies

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Hamza Bazaar is on the southeastern portion of Urzikstan’s map just next to the road along the river in the Hadiqa Farms area. I found this Essence Sample Container in the building at the center of the bazaar, sitting on the counter.

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Essence Sample Container Location for Rostova Shops in MW3 Zombies

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You’ll have to go to Threat Zone 2 for this one, just on the southeastern portion of Levin Resort. I found this one inside the largest building in the area, on the counter shown here:

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Essence Sample Container Location for Quadri Shopping Center in MW3 Zombies

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This area is on the southeastern portion of the map just outside the border leading to Threat Zone 2 in Zaravan City. I found this container in one of the smallest buildings in the area shown here on the map:

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While these Essence Sample locations feature one of the more tame challenges among other MW3 Zombies missions, the search can feel tedious so it can’t hurt to bring a squad. But once you do, you’ll be one step closer to beating Act 2!

- This article was updated on November 15th, 2023

About The Author

J.R. is a Staff Writer with AOTF and has been covering gaming and entertainment in the industry since 2022. Along with a B.A. in History from the University of Cincinnati, he has studied at the University of Birmingham, UK, and part of his M.A. at the University of Waterloo. You'll find J.R. particularly at home writing about the hottest manga and anime. He is highly passionate about horror, strategy, and RPGs, and anything about Star Trek or LOTR. When not ranting about fan theories or writing guides, J.R. is streaming his favorite RPGs and other forgotten gems.