MW3 Zombies Heist Guide: How to Find a Filled Essence Container

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by J.R. Waugh
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During the Dark Aether arc in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Zombies, you’ll be tasked with busting a Terminus Outcomes mining operation and taking their resources. Here’s how to find a Filled Essence Container in MW3 Zombies!

How to Find a Filled Essence Container in MW3 Zombies

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As long as you’ve got the Heist mission selected from Act 2 tier 5 of MW3 Zombies, complete an Aether Extractor contract and a Filled Essence Container will appear next to the Reward Rift. It’ll look like the canisters you spotted in the Essence of Aether mission. Don’t forget the goodies in the Rift, as you’ll often get ammo mods or other potentially rare items! Once you’ve got the Container, you’ll complete the Heist mission.

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If you’re having difficulty spotting one, consider trying another Aether Extractor contract and seeing if it drops. Failing that, Exfil and try another run, it’ll appear as long as you’ve got this mission selected as your active task from the Story Mission Select menu.

How to Complete Aether Extractor Contracts

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Aether Extractor contracts have the rocket symbol that appears on the tac-map. If you need a refresher, once you’ve accepted these you’ll see multiple rockets touch down in a nearby area. These are the Aether Extractor sites, and you must go around to the side of each rocket to find a console where you hold ‘Square’ or ‘X’ to overload and destroy it.

Make sure to stay clear of the explosion! Mercenaries defend each of these, and if there are zombies nearby, they like to join the fray. You must destroy all of these extractors in under 3 minutes, but once you do, you’re in the clear, so consider bringing a squad or extra armor.

- 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.