The Disciple is a Special class enemy featured in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Zombies mode, being introduced in the map Mauer der Toten, as well as being added to Outbreak during Season Five. In Mauer Der Toten, they are first encountered when the captured Strike Team confronts the Dark Aether to unlock the Pack-a-Punch Machine, then appearing as uncommon enemies afterwards.
Disciples are able to enhance standard zombies, causing them to smoke and their eyes to glow purple. Within this state, the Zombies gain increased health and will be forced into a more aggressive state, being faster in movement and attack speed.
Disciples can also spawn enhanced zombies when attacking the player. Although they can spawn and enhance standard zombies, they cannot spawn Heavy Zombies or Armored Zombies, also lacking the ability to enhance elite enemies.
Whilst near to a player, Disciples will utilize a beam attack called "Drain Life" which deals consistent damage that can be interrupted by shooting the hand projecting the beam. This beam also heals the Disciple in a proportionate amount to the amount of damage dealt.
- "By my hand the Forsaken shall be undone. He may have enslaved my Disciples - but he shall not enslave me."
- — Sparagmos
Before the arrival of the Forsaken, the Disciples were aligned with the Zealot Sparagmos, an entity within the Dark Aether who aligned himself with the ruling Old Ones. However, they became enslaved to the Forsaken during his brutal conquest of the Dark Aether.
Disciples would first appear on Earth during the incursion in Berlin, where they assisted in Aleksandra Valentina's attack. They would then soon begin appearing in the Ural Mountains Outbreak Zone, as well as newer Outbreak Zones in Algeria and the North Atlantic Ocean. They would also appear during the Forsaken's arrival at Test Site Anna.
- The Disciple is referred to as the "Son of Orda" in the Black Ops Cold War game files.