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The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: World at War. The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops. The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops (Nintendo DS). The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty Online The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops III. The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Vanguard The subject of this article appeared in Zombies mode The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Zombies
For the killstreak in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, see Tactical Nuke.

"AH! No one asked you to clear the set!"
Willard Wyler
"Kaboom."
— The Demonic Announcer upon getting a nuke.


The Nuke is a power-up in the Zombies game mode that kills every zombie currently spawned when a player gets it, and gives all currently alive players 400 points after all zombies are dead except in the Call of Duty: World at War version of Nacht der Untoten. When picked up, the screen will flash white and blind the player for about one second, though regular zombies being killed by the Nuke cannot harm the player. In every map except the World at War version of Nacht der Untoten and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, the Demonic Announcer will say "Kaboom" after a Nuke is grabbed; Infinite Warfare instead has various quotes for each Demonic Announcer when a Nuke is used. Zombies do not start spawning again until after all zombies have been killed by the Nuke. In Call of Duty: Black Ops, the player will not get any points for shooting or killing a zombie affected by the Nuke. Prior to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, the Nuke had no effect on major enemies and bosses. In Black Ops 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Nukes will damage and stagger heavy and special enemies but won't kill them if their health isn't low enough. In Call of Duty: Vanguard, special enemies are also killed by the Nuke.

In Dead Ops Arcade, Dead Ops Arcade II: Cyber's Avengening and Dead Ops Arcade 3: Rise of the Mamaback, Nukes can be picked up and stored in the player's inventory to be used whenever necessary. When triggered, a Nuke falls from the sky and kills every zombie currently on the map, and the player who uses it gets three seconds of invincibility similar to the Lightning Bolt.

On Turned mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, the Nuke can be picked up by either the humans or the zombies; when used by either side, the opposing team will freeze in place before dying.

In Call of Duty: Black Ops III, the Gobblegum "Dead of Nuclear Winter" spawns a Nuke powerup, and can be used twice. This returns as an Elixir in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, however only one Nuke can be spawned by each elixir use.

In Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, a Nuke can be spawned with the "Kabooom!" Fortune Card.

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Trivia

  • The Nuke does not instantly kill all of the zombies; the effect seems to radiate outward, as zombies closer to the power up will die first. However, any zombies affected by the nuke still alive cannot hit the player.
  • Zombies can still drop power-ups if they die from a Nuke, including another Nuke.
  • The 400 point bonus given by the Nuke is not affected by the Double Points power-up in Call of Duty: World at War, but it is in Call of Duty: Black Ops and onward, awarding the player 800 points.
  • On the iOS version, the power-up is called "Atomical Bomb."
  • George A. Romero will laugh when a Nuke is activated.
  • Unlike other power-ups, the Nuke's appearance changes on Kino der Toten.
  • On the iOS version, the player who gets the Nuke will be awarded 400 points, while the other players don't.
  • On the iOS version, the player will be awarded 400 points if the Nuke is collected on Nacht der Untoten, unlike the console versions where the player receives no points.
  • On the iOS version, if the player kills less than six zombies with a Nuke, they will not be awarded the 400 points.
  • On the Nintendo DS version, the nuke kills every zombie immediately and finishes the round no matter how many zombies there were.
  • In Call of Duty: Black Ops, zombies will still break down and pass through barriers when a Nuke is going off; attacking through barriers is the only way regular zombies can harm or down a player during this time, as they usually will not harm the player(s) until the Nuke is done killing zombies.
  • The power-up icon resembles the Fat Man nuclear bomb.
  • In Grief mode, only the team that obtains the Nuke will get the 400 point bonus.
  • Even if Insta-Kill is active, it will take the normal amount of bullets or melee hits to kill a zombie in the process of being affected by a Nuke.
  • In Outbreak, the Nuke only kills all Zombies and damages other enemies within a certain radius of its place of activation.
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