How to upgrade weapon rarity in MW3 Zombies

How to upgrade weapon rarity in MW3 Zombies
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Samam Hasan

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28th Nov 2023 17:45

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Upgrading your weapon rarity in MW3 Zombies can help take down the stronger and faster zombies as you progress in the beloved Modern Warfare 3 mode. It also gives a bonus damage to the weapon.

Overall, this will keep your survival chances much higher than before, so it's necessary to know how to upgrade the rarity of your weapon in the game.

How to upgrade weapon rarity in MW3 Zombies

Weapon rarity can be upgraded in MW3 Zombies by finding better weapons or by using Aether Tools. Aether Tools can be found across various caches or by crafting schematics in the game.

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How to find Aether Tools in MW3 Zombies

Finding in Aether Caches

You can find different levels of Aether tools in Aether caches and other item chests found in various Aether Nests and Infected Strongholds. After clearing these out, you will be able to open these chests, and chances are you'll be able to get an Aether Tool and upgrade your weapon rarity.

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Depending on the threat level, the rarity of Aether Nests varies. For example, in low-threat areas, you will generally find the Uncommon Aether Tool. In medium-threat areas, you will find Rare and Epic Aether Tools.

Finding Crafting Schematics

The crafting schematics for Aether Tools are generally found in reward rifts by completing different contracts across the map. Completing contracts in the medium-threat and high-threat areas will reward you with rarer items, including Rare and Epic Aether Tools. So, if you're looking to get these rare items, then try completing contracts in these areas.

So far, you can only find Aether Tools for upgrading your weapons up to Epic rarity. To find Legendary and Wonder Weapons, you'll have to search for them in Mystery Boxes or get them as rewards by completing contracts in the medium-threat and high-threat zones.

All Weapon Rarity Levels in MW3 Zombies

Weapon Rarity (Color) Bonus Damage Probable Locations
Common (White) None Merc and Aether Caches in Low-threat zones
Uncommon (Green) 50% Merc and Aether Caches in Low-threat zones
Rare (Blue) 100% Aether Caches and Reward Rifts in Low and medium-threat zones
Epic (Purple) 200% Aether Caches, Mystery Boxes, and Reward Rifts in Medium-threat and high-threat zones
Legendary (Orange) 300% Mystery Boxes and Reward Rifts in Medium-threat and high-threat zones
Wonder (Yellow) None Mystery Boxes and Reward Rifts in Medium-threat and high-threat zones

So, that is everything you need to know about upgrading your weapon rarity in MW3 Zombies. We also have guides on all the Field Upgrades in MW3 Zombies and how to Pack A Punch your weapons, so be sure to check them out as well.

Samam Hasan is a freelance writer with a strong love for video games. He enjoys playing sim racing and RPG games in his free time, along with the occasional FPS. When he’s not writing about or playing video games, you’ll find him watching classic Japanese and European movies or learning about medieval history.

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