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The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The subject of this article appeared in Zombies mode

Pylons, also known as Polarization Devices and Spires, are featured in the Call of Duty: Black Ops II Zombies maps TranZit, Die Rise, and Buried, and used during the Tower of Babble, High Maintenance and Mined Games quests, as well as Buried's Endgame. Completing a quest will activate the tower and will lit it color - Blue for Edward Richtofen's side and Orange for Ludvig Maxis' side.

The Polarization Devices are referenced again in a cipher from the map Classified, suggesting Ultimis Richtofen was involved in the creation of one or more polarization devices.


  • TranZit: In the cornfields, between the Farm and Power Station, on the left side of the road.
  • Die Rise: On the top of one of the rooftops, near one of the dragons.
  • Buried: Located above ground, on verge of the rift.


The three Polarization Devices are respectively used in the plans of both Maxis and Richtofen:

Maxis uses their energy to reach Agartha, and dethrone Richtofen as the Demonic Announcer, and entrap his soul in Zombie corpses. He also reunites with his daughter Samantha as he plucks her soul from Richtofen's dead corpse in Moon. Richtofen in his Zomibified form says that "There has to be a way to break the cycle!".

Richtofen uses them to assume full control of the Aether, and mend the Rift by reinforcing the link between Aether and Earth. Maxis blames Richtofen for eternally damning Samantha, and Richtofen appears to remove this Maxis from existence. Richtofen says he has the ability to enter any body he wishes, and chooses to enter Samuel J. Stuhlinger's body, as his eyes turn blue.

In a cipher from the map Classified, as in part of Richtofen's demands for operation Stapler, Richtofen asks the united states to build a Polarization Device in a location to his specification. Another document from Classified says there was a similar deal with Soviets. It is says a few items on Richtofen's list to the Americans and Soviets match, and as most of the items are based on their respective cultures, it becomes likely for the Soviets to build a Polarization Device for Richtofen as well.




  • If a match starts with a player that has activated a spire in Richtofen's favor and a player that has activated it in Maxis' favor, it will be shine in both blue and orange colors.