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"On a remote island in the Pacific, a mysterious facility hides the secrets behind Division 9's sinister experiments..."
— Mission Briefing

Zetsubou No Shima (Japanese: 絶望の島; English: Island of Despair) is a Zombies map released on April 19, 2016 first on PlayStation 4, and May 19, 2016 for Xbox One and PC, as part of the Eclipse DLC map pack. It takes place on an abandoned island in the Pacific Ocean, where the ruins of Division 9's research roam the island. Mutated plants and animals serve as the enemies. Primis returns, setting out to kill the original Takeo to change the events of the original timeline much like the original Richtofen and Dempsey in the previous maps.

A small recreation of the test tube hallway can be seen in Revelations when entering Verrückt through Mob of the Dead. The area between Der Eisendrache and Kino Der Toten which features a Der Wunderfizz machine is also similar to Zetsubou No Shima.


Zetsubou No Shima features many elements that are new to the zombies gamemode, as well as some familiarities returning.

  • Japanese zombies return for the first time since Shi No Numa.
  • The swimming mechanic from multiplayer is brought to zombies for the first time, requiring the player to also take into account the amount of time they have spent under water. Pockets of air, the buildable Gas Mask, and spores underwater are available to assist when diving.
  • A new Buildable, the Gas Mask, offers much needed protection against the many toxic spore clouds present on the map which otherwise cause coughing and prevent firing weapons or sprinting.
  • The Zombie Shield reappears as well with a weathered, washed up appearance. It retains the same effectiveness as always despite this new appearance.
  • A new zombie, the Thrasher, a large mutated zombie that spawns in with regular zombies but is much more powerful.
  • Spiders serve as the new Hellhound round, and spawn in on regular rounds after Round 20.
  • The Giant Spider serves as a hidden mini boss.

The map features several utilities as well. The Zipline returns from Shi No Numa and Call of the Dead, taking players from Lab A to the Bunker once the latter is opened. The Sewer Pipe, which can take the player from the Bunker to behind Lab B and back. Two new Traps, the Propeller Trap and the Fan Trap, also make their debut appearance.

  • The Bucket and Seeds feature themselves for the first time. They are similar in premise to the Harvest Pods and Fumigator seen in Shadows of Evil, only this time Seeds must be watered with different colors of Element-115 contaminated water. Blue water is type of water that will most familiar to players to offer items in a similar manner to the Harvest Pods, but Green, Purple, and Iridescent water also exist for making various plants that offer other helpful effects. Seeds must be watered once a round for three rounds to yield best results. Refer to the Bucket and Seeds pages for more information.
  • A new Buildable Wonder Weapon known as the KT-4 also appears on the map and it requires the player to find the available ingredients to make its ammunition. It can be upgraded to the Masamune. It is able to fertilse Seeds for better chances at unique plant yields, reverse the harmful effects of spore clouds, and is very effective against Thrashers.
  • A new Specialist Wonder Weapon called the Skull of Nan Sapwe also appears on the map and is made by the player completing 4 cleansing rituals located around the map. It is able to Vaporize zombies or Mesmerize them to make zombies docile and reveal hidden rooms.
  • A hidden Wonder Weapon, Spider Bait, is available as a Secondary Equipment. It allows players to completely protect themselves and control a Spider to lure and shoot webs at zombies for around 50 seconds. Like Trip Mines, usage of this item is replenished every round, although limited to 1 use per round.

The Origins characters return from Der Eisendrache as well as the original Takeo, who is being held captive on the island. The Primis crew have to kill and preserve his soul to proceed with their plan to save the universe.


Starting Weapons
Off-Wall Weapons
Mystery Box


Perk-a-Cola Machines


Easter Eggs[]

  • The major story Easter Egg of the map is "Seeds of Doubt".
  • There are two musical Easter Eggs:
    • "Dead Flowers" by Malukah, the official Easter Egg song of the map, which can be activated by holding the "use" button on three sock monkeys around the map.
      • The first sock monkey is on a power generator to the left of a perk machine by the blue 115 water.
      • The second sock monkey is in the top floor of Lab B, on a table to the left of a floodlight and in front of some zombie diagrams.
      • The third sock monkey is on a table in the bunker to the right of the KT-4 workbench and to the left of the Masamune workbench.
    • A second musical Easter Egg, "Samantha's Lullaby (Magic Mix)", can be activated when the player fills melody bulbs that can be found on the wall next to the location of the purple water. There are seven bulbs in total, one in which is used as a play button. The player must fill the other bulbs with purple water (each bulb is required to be filled to a certain amount, here is the order: one, three, five, six, seven, five). If done correctly, the player can interact with the last bulb to activate the song.
  • Various ciphers and scrap papers can be found around the map, see: Zetsubou No Shima/Ciphers and Scrap Papers.
  • Upon reaching Round 50, a large monster can be heard and seen in the distance from Lab B.
  • Eating a plant's fruit whilst having 4 or more perks without having extra perk slots from the Empty Perk Bottles featured will cause the player's character to throw up. This unlocks the achievement One Too Many.
  • In the Living Quarters, behind a rebuildable window on the second floor, a poster for The Missing City from Shadows of Evil can be seen written in Japanese.
  • By using a scoped sniper rifle to aim at the test subject tubes in the bunker up-close, a player can find a jumpscare in the form of a doppelgänger of one of the four characters standing still. Approaching the doppelgänger will cause it to turn around and scream at the player, immobilizing the player temporarily. Only the player who did the step can see the doppelgänger.
  • A letter written in Japanese can be found in the boss room, that reads:
Letter ZetsubouNoShima BO3

"Although we have tried to eliminate him making it seem as if he were killed in an accident, he has managed to escape every time by some miracle.

The fact that he is regarded as a hero by the commoners is unbearable, and it shall eventually led to the existence of myself being questioned.

He taints the commoner’s belief in myself, I who should be held in the highest regard by them. But it is no longer necessary for me to bear this suffering any longer.

I have given the order to the operatives in the Division 9.

They must not let Takeo Masaki leave the island alive."


Name Description Points Trophy Level Image
Seeds of Doubt In Zetsubou No Shima, the one must be saved. 75Gamerscore Silver Silver Trophy PS3 icon Seeds of Doubt Achievement Icon BO3
Sanguine Serum In Zetsubou No Shima, drink fresh Widow's Wine. 40Gamerscore Silver Silver Trophy PS3 icon Sanguine Serum Achievement Icon BO3
Herbal Remedy In Zetsubou No Shima, use a plant to return to life. 20Gamerscore Bronze Bronze Trophy PS3 icon Herbal Remedy Achievement Icon BO3
The Ultimate Sacrifice In Zetsubou No Shima, retrieve the Skull of Nan Sapwe. 20Gamerscore Silver Silver Trophy PS3 icon The Ultimate Sacrifice Icon BO3
Crop Duster In Zetsubou No Shima, kill 10 zombies with a single shot of the KT-4. 15Gamerscore Bronze Bronze Trophy PS3 icon Crop Duster Achievement Icon BO3
Iron Lung In Zetsubou No Shima, stay underwater for one minute. 5Gamerscore Bronze Bronze Trophy PS3 icon Iron Lung Achievement Icon BO3
In the Belly of the Beast In Zetsubou No Shima, survive getting consumed. 5Gamerscore Bronze Bronze Trophy PS3 icon In the Belly of the Beast Achievement Icon BO3
Assault with Battery In Zetsubou No Shima, electrocute a zombie with a shield. 5Gamerscore Bronze Bronze Trophy PS3 icon Assault with Battery Achievement Icon BO3
Web of Defeat In Zetsubou No Shima, remove webs in every possible way in one game. 5Gamerscore Bronze Bronze Trophy PS3 icon Web of Defeat Achievement Icon BO3
One Too Many In Zetsubou No Shima, throw up. 5Gamerscore Bronze Bronze Trophy PS3 icon One Too Many Achievement Icon BO3

Opening Scene Transcript[]

Opening Scene Transcript

A boat is seen sailing in the Pacific Ocean during a stormy night.

Japanese Officer: 密航者どもをデッキへ上げろ! (Bring the stowaways up on deck.)

The scene switches to Takeo Masaki being punched in the head by a Japanese officer from the Imperial Japanese Navy, while being restrained by other Japanese soldiers.

Japanese Officer: 主君に仇為すとは!この恥さらしめが!(You are a disgrace! A traitor to Japan! A traitor to the Emperor!)

The officer holds a Katana towards Takeo, with "Tank" Dempsey, Nikolai Belinski and Edward Richtofen watching from the side.

Dempsey: Take it easy, Tak.

The officer looks towards Dempsey before looking back at Takeo. Another Japanese solider then walks towards the officer with the Summoning Key in his hand before giving it to the officer.

Japanese Officer: どうやって手に入れたんだ...? この遺物を (How did you come into possession of this... artifact?)

Richtofen: I'm sorry! I don't speak Japanese.

Japanese Officer: 誰か答えられないのか? (You will explain yourselves.)

Dempsey: The object in your hand? It's going to bring you nothing but pain. Believe me, I know.

Japanese Officer: ネズミどもを海に叩き落せ! (Throw this vermin overboard!)

Takeo: I... am an envoy of the Emperor himself!

The ship then hits a massive wave, causing everyone to briefly lose their balance. Takeo then kicks the Japanese Officer in the stomach before grabbing his Katana and stabbing him in the stomach, killing him.


Dempsey then elbows his captor before everyone gets into a brawl. Takeo keeps slicing Japanese soldiers before the officer falls to the ground, dropping the Summoning Key as it rolls around the deck. Nikolai then holds down a Japanese soldier as he fires his KN-44 at a few barrels filled with gasoline. Richtofen then grabs a nearby lantern and throws it at one of the Japanese soldiers, causing him to light aflame as he then explodes, sending Richtofen onto the ground, where he notices the Summoning Key rolling towards the edge of the deck. Takeo then kills another soldier before noticing the Key. He begins to walk towards the Summoning Key as Dempsey and Nikolai attack two soldiers trying to charge towards Takeo as Takeo himself kills another soldier. Takeo jumps over Nikolai's back as the Summoning Key rolls off the side of the deck.

Richtofen: No, no, no!

Takeo quickly reaches for the Summoning Key as the others help him. The camera pans down Takeo's arm, who is now holding the Summoning Key.

Dempsey: That was close.

Richtofen: Yes. A little TOO close.

Takeo inspects the Summoning Key as the fire behind them ignites more gasoline filled barrels.

Nikolai: We must go, now!

Nikolai pushes the others off the side of the boat as an explosion occurs. The four can then be seen climbing onto an overturned lifeboat as Richtofen nods to Takeo. The four look forward and notice an island in the distance. The four jump off the side of the overturned lifeboat as they begin to swim towards the island as the fiery boat behind them sinks into the ocean as the scene ends.

Ending Scene Transcript[]

Ending Scene Transcript

Primis Takeo approaches the cell where his Ultimis self is. Ultimis Takeo is sitting on the ground, then looks up at the cell door.

Ultimis Takeo: Your eyes... I recognize them. Almost as though they were my own.

Primis Takeo looks at him in shock. He then opens the cell door.

Primis Takeo: Takeo Masaki... I did not believe I would find you in such a place.

Primis Takeo then sits down, his back facing his other self.

Ultimis Takeo: I was a warrior... I fought many great battles, for the glory of our nation... for the honor of the dying samurai spirit. I was... a hero.

Primis Takeo: I... share this memory. I have lived many of the same victories.

Ultimis Takeo: I later learned that my victories were... unwelcome.

Ultimis Takeo then stands up, and walks outside the cell, toward Dempsey, Nikolai and Richtofen.

Ultimis Takeo: His betrayal was driven by petty jealousy. He knew I could endure anything, that I fear not even my own death!

Primis Takeo follows outside the cell.

Primis Takeo: Punishment is one thing. This is... cruelty. Who could be so evil to desire another soul to endure such suffering? Who amongst us can be so dishonorable?!

Ultimis Takeo then turns around.

Ultimis Takeo: Are you so blinded by your own loyalty? The orders... came from the Emperor himself!

Primis Takeo is shocked by the revelation, as he looks at his Ultimis self in disbelief.

Primis Takeo: My life... my path... is built upon a lie.

Richtofen looks at Primis Takeo, then looks down in disappointment. Primis Takeo looks down on his hands.

Primis Takeo: This realm... may have been corrupted and consumed by evil. But we possess the power to change things.

Primis Takeo then unsheathes his katana. Ultimis Takeo nods his head. Primis Takeo then hands his katana to him.

Primis Takeo: A better tomorrow is only possible... if we blow away the ashes of the past.

Ultimis Takeo: ...None of us choose the means by which mercy will find us...

Ultimis Takeo then picks up his katana.

Ultimis Takeo: ...But I am at peace.

Ultimis Takeo then walks into his cell. He looks back at his younger self.

Ultimis Takeo: I understand what must be done... Will you be my kaishakunin?

Primis Takeo: It is... my honor!

Ultimis Takeo then kneels on the ground, as he readies to commit seppuku, with Primis Takeo holding a katana behind him. Ultimis Takeo then plunges the katana into his stomach, prompting Primis Takeo to decapitate him. Screen turns black. The Summoning Key is then shown capturing Ultimis Takeo's soul, before fading to white.

Dempsey: Three down, one to go. Guess it's you next, Nikolai.

Richtofen: Nein. There is something else we must do. There is a chain of events that must be set in motion.

The group is seen teleporting, then back in the cell.

Dempsey: Okay, gotta admit, I didn't see that one coming.

Richtofen: Call it... our insurance policy, in case we don't like where we end up.


Main article: Zetsubou No Shima/Quotes

Radio Messages[]

Main article: Zetsubou No Shima/Radios




Call of Duty: Black Ops III[]

  • Upon finishing the main Easter Egg, all four characters will have two blood vials each on their person, similar to Richtofen. However, unlike the blood vials Richtofen carries, the others' don't have any marking on them.
  • If the player looks up at the sky, the player will see that there is a tear in time and space. From one of these tears, the Icarus from Mob of the Dead can be found. Other tears will have what looks like a dogfight between an F4U Corsair and an A6M Zero.
  • If a player (either solo or co-op), stands in leaked spore gas long enough, the player will start to have hallucinations that will trigger scary sounds to play and a bloody background in certain spots on the map.
  • If a player electrifies the Zombie Shield, then takes it to Laboratory A and shocks the panel to drop the cage, there will be a random power up in the cage to collect.
  • If claiming a weapon from a plant watered with Blue Water for three rounds or from the Ritual Altar middle Trial reward, the weapon will spawn in with a fully loaded magazine but one less magazine than the actual full reserve.