MW3 Zombies Saboteur Guide: How to Get Uncommon Aether Tool Plans

One of the most rewarding missions yet, and we're just getting started!

by J.R. Waugh
MW3 Zombies How to Get Uncommon Aether Tool Plans
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The story missions in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’s Zombies mode can be surprisingly demanding at times. One head-scratcher for players is how exactly one can get and exfil with Uncommon Aether Tool Plans in MW3 Zombies.

How to Get Uncommon Aether Tool Plans in MW3 Zombies

You will get the Uncommon Aether Tool Plans as a reward for completing the Act 1 Tier 3 mission ‘Saboteur’ in MW3 Zombies. The objectives are as follows:

  • Complete an Aether Extractor Contract
  • Kill 15 Mercenaries guarding the Extractors
  • Shoot down a reinforcement helicopter

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If you’re having trouble with the helicopter, consider either a high-explosive launcher weapon like the RPG or even the RGL-80. Alternately, if you have access to a Mystery Box, try your luck; I’ve been able to down one with 10 shots from an epic Longbow I pulled. Remember: if you have a squad helping you, this part comes easily, but you can solo it too.

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Once you complete these objectives, check the Reward Rift after finishing your next Aether Extractor contract. Even if you die or fail after downing the reinforcement helicopter, the toughest of the other objectives, you can do a separate contract and still complete this mission.

How to Exfil with the Uncommon Aether Tool Plans and Complete Saboteur in MWZ

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You didn’t think the mission was over after beating that contract, did you? Chances are, this will be the easiest part of this mission. But it can still be heartbreaking, the prospect of dropping your newly-acquired rarities. In my run, I had also found the Napalm Burst Ammo Mod schematic and would have hated to lose this. Just defend yourself well, and consider something like a Sentry Gun at the exfil point.

What Do Uncommon Aether Tool Plans Do in MW3 Zombies?

This is perhaps one of the most significant benefits you’ll get early on in the story missions. This allows you to upgrade your current weapon to Uncommon Rarity, meaning an increase in firepower. Using it places it on a 2-hour cooldown, so try to save it for when you’ve got some insured weapons you’re looking to power up!

- This article was updated on November 18th, 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.