Black Ops Zombies Kino Der Toten Strategy Guide

In our Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies Kino Der Toten Strategy Guide, we have detailed everything you need to know about Solo and Team strategies.

Kino Der Toten, or Theater of the Dead in English is a Zombies map featured in Call of Duty: Black Ops and Black Ops 3. Kino Der Toten is automatically unlocked for play at the start.

The first thing you need to do is turn on the power switch. Once you have restored the power, the teleporter, perk machine, Mystery Box, and traps will become available to you.

In this guide, we’ll be giving you a comprehensive strategy guide for Kino Der Toten in Black Ops 1 and 3, including how to survive higher rounds and how to work effectively when playing in a team.  

How to Turn on the Power in Kino Der Toten

You need to make your way through the cinema to backstage. You will come across two paths that lead to the dressing room, the left goes from the alley, and right goes from the dressing room.

Take any, and make your way to the backstage. Switch on the power. You’ll now have access to a plethora of options available to you including the Pack-a-Punch machine, you can also now start solving the maps Easter Egg.

How to Activate the Teleporter in Kino Der Toten

The Teleporter in Kino Der Toten gets you to the projector room with a Pack-a-Punch machine. To activate the teleporter, you must first link it holding the interact button in the teleporter on the stage.

You will hear a click sound when the link has been established. Now, go to the lobby area where you started.

You will notice a pad, stand on it, and press the interact button again. The Teleporter will now be live. Make your way to the theater and stand on the pad to teleport to the projector room.

Kino Der Toten Solo Strategy

Rounds 1-9

During the first five rounds, your main strategy should be to accumulate as many points as you can. The more points you accumulate, the greater the chance of survival in the later stages of the game. You can buy weapons. try your luck at the mystery boxes and open barricades.

Use the knife as much as you can and always go for a headshot to conserve ammo. Headshot and knife kill give you the most points anyway so this strat rewards you doubly.

Leave one zombie at the end of the round to repair all the broken barricades and weapons you can have if you want. Only use the gun when you are overwhelmed. Don’t buy weapons off the wall yet, just purchase a quick revive and move on.

Rounds 10-14

Accumulate enough points to buy an MP40 weapon (or an AK74u in Black Ops 3) along with Juggernog and Speed Cola.

This combo will easily last you till Round 15. You can buy ammo off the wall for $500. Safely avoid zombies and rack up points till you get a good weapon you are comfortable with from the Mystery Box.

Now here is when luck plays a major role, you won’t survive if you don’t get a good weapon at this stage of the game but keep trying.

Rounds 15 – 29

Run around the projection room clockwise, but this time evade every zombie that comes your way.

Keep your Zeus Cannon on in case you get trapped. Walk in front of the zombie train, and keep close so they won’t take shortcuts and flank you, but keep enough distance away to not get hit.

When the maximum number of zombies have spawned (about 30 in a solo run), run to the turret pedestal, and face the zombies coming from the right (and a few from the middle).

At the last second, jump to the left. Walk a few steps and gather all the zombies into one place. Ready your Zeus Cannon. Aim. Fire.

If you followed the steps correctly, you should have killed about 30 zombies in a single shot.

With your Zeus Cannon, you’re pretty much set for the rest of the game. Make sure to conserve your ammo, and only use extra shots when necessary. Otherwise, just repeat the same strategy.

Make sure to have 4 shots in the chamber when you get max ammo, especially from dogs. Take note that you do not get any bonuses when killing zombies with the Zeus Cannon, nor do you get many points at all; that’s where your LMG comes in.

Eventually, though, rounds take about 7 well placed Zeus Cannon shots to kill all the zombies. A fully stocked Zeus Cannon should have 28 shots (4 in the chamber and 24 in reserve).

In theory, you could use the Zeus Cannon strategy for 4 rounds without resupplying, but 3 rounds are a reality, as in the high rounds around the 30s, you will almost certainly need a few shots to get out of choke points.

This gives the player a predicament. To run out of ammo for the Zeus Cannon is a death sentence to an unskilled player at such a high round.

However, the large sum of points you should have acquired using your LMG/Upgraded M16 (Skullcrusher) will save you from a downfall.

Go back to the mystery box again and trade your Zeus Cannon for anything, doesn’t matter what it is. Keep trading, no matter how many points it takes to get the Thundergun back.

95% of the time you will get it back if you have a decent amount of points (about 20k). Also, if you don’t have Monkey Bombs yet, see if you can get some. Now upgrade the Thundergun.

Rounds 30-49

This is where your true test begins. A lot more zombies will start spawning now and they will be faster and deadlier. You just have to be a bit cautious and it will be all right. Your main focus here is survival which will be done by killing zombies as quickly and as efficiently as you can. There are several ways you can go about doing this.

Firstly, wait for a large number of zombies to spawn then around the area to group them, then you can set traps to take out most of the zombies at once. Furthermore, you can lead them out through the trap in the corridor leading to the lobby, or through the dressing room.

When you teleport back from the projection room, the zombie will come your way faster from the theater. Therefore, run straight ahead with Zeus Cannon and hit the trap immediately. Some still will get through, so be careful.

Survive on the run, and be careful entering unknown locations as you might end up in front of a zombie group. Most importantly, use traps to kill zombies and use Thunder Gun/Ray Gun as your Survival Ticket as a last resort.

Round 50+

Beyond round 50 you need to focus on three things; conserving ammo, point maximization, and evasion. Use traps frequently and make zombie trains so you don’t get flanked by spawns.

Group the zombies and jump in the teleporter at the last second to kill the stragglers.

Your mystery box is not going to give you the Thundergun each time so when you are out of Ammo for your Zeus gun, scrap the Ray Gun for another gun just for the points and continue with the same previous strategy.

At higher rounds (40+), weapons become more or less useless, so your main strategy should always be to use traps.

Kino Der Toten Team Strategies

This strategy only works for teams of 2 or more. For the first few rounds make sure to let the zombies into the main area and make ample use of knife kills. This will net you the most points.

Stay in the spawn area until round 5 and continue unlocking as many doors as you can. Once you have enough points, go around the right side of the map to the stage, hit the power, and make your way to the alley.

Do not unlock the door at the end of the alley. If you don’t have enough points for all the doors then go another round on the stage until you do. Get either a gun off the wall or the box and do the weapon glitch if you know it and you have the points.

Go back to the alley and go all the way to the end. Have one player cover the window there and the other three will stand facing towards the gate.

Some zombies will come off in the middle and the rest will come through the gate. Stand in the right spot and they all line up for you. Spend a few rounds here then activate the generator as start entering round 20 and beyond.

While up in the Pack-A-Punch room feel free to throw a monkey, if you have enough to spare, and reign hell with either grenade launchers, rockets, or throw grenades and buy more.

Once you teleport back, don’t forget to look for power-ups in the small rooms you teleport to.

Run up the staircase and through the door, wait for the zombies, activate the fence run to the stage, and turn on the second fence in the dressing room if needed.

Try to push back through the middle to the lobby and start the loop again. Activate the teleport whenever it is off cooldown and use it when you can.

But try to not use it if close to the end of the round just in case you can’t get a crawler so you have it to start the next round.

Keep repeating these strategies and survive as long as you can. Make use of mystery boxes to try your luck at wonder weapons, and traps to take out large waves of zombies at once.

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