Best Ways to Earn Money in MW3 Zombies

Take home the cake!

Modern Warfare 3 Zombies Mode
Image via Sledgehammer Games

While Modern Warfare 3 launched to some truly heinous reviews, the newly improved zombies game mode is winning hearts and minds. Here are the best ways to earn money in MW3 Zombies.

How to Earn Money Fast in MW3 Zombies

If you want to earn money fast in Modern Warfare 3 Zombies, then look no further than this guide. Before long, you’ll be rolling in riches.

Little Loot Spots Add Up

First and foremost, you must realize that the little loot spots you encounter, like cash registers and containers, add up over time. They may not seem worthwhile due to the small amount of money you receive per container, but they will quickly bolster your bank account and let you hit Wall Buy for better weapons and gear.

Tackle Contracts and Challenges

You will earn Essence, the currency in MW3 Zombies, by completing contracts and challenges scattered about the game map. You will know it’s a contract by the blue icon on the map. The image within the icon changes depending on the type of contract, such as defending intel or escorting a vehicle through a hot zone.

No matter the contract, you will receive money fast for completing each one.

Tips for Playing MW3 Zombies

Disciple MW3 Zombies
Image via Activision.

This isn’t old-school zombies like many of us grew up playing. It’s an enhanced, open-world zombie mode on steroids, with three distinct zones: low threat, medium threat, and high threat. The closer you get to the center, the more difficult the zone. But if you want the best gear, you’d best be ready to get your hands dirty fighting your way to the middle. A few tips can help.

  • Occasionally, you will stumble upon human enemies guarding specific points of interest in the MW3 Zombies game mode. These POIs typically contain significant rewards, including high-end weapons, a lot of cash, and more. To score big, tackling these is worth your time and energy, even with the occasional puzzle involved.
  • When you first start MW3 Zombies, take things slow and steady. You should tackle challenges and contracts within the low-threat outer zones to help build up your cash. Once you have a few thousand, purchase a weapon from Pack-A-Punch and Wall Buy.
  • There’s nothing wrong with playing solo. It’s often my favorite way to play video games these days. But Zombies is tough. If you partner up with even one other person, or better yet, a full squad, you will survive longer and rake in much better rewards.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Zombies is a frantic, action-packed thrill ride with a lot to love. If you’re setting foot in the post-apocalyptic game mode for the first time, we recommend learning the ins and outs, like how to switch to third person!

About the Author

Brandon Morgan

From Company of Heroes to DayZ, Brandon immerses himself wholly in video game worlds, then sits down to write about them. Since 2012, Brandon has focused on providing top-tier video game guides of his favorite games and the hottest releases. The more lore and immersion in the game, the better!