Black Ops 2: Origins – How to Build All 4 Elemental Staffs

Earn a tricky achievement in Origins and see where to find the parts to all 4 Elemental wonderweapons with our Black Ops 2 zombies guide.

These powerful mystical weapons aren’t easy to find — to build them, you’ll need to know the locations of hidden parts, how to access another dimension, and way more. We’ll take you through each step with simple instructions, just keep scrolling to learn all about the new buildables.

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Playing with Power Achievement Guide

Work-In-Progress

  • To unlock this achievement, the player must build all four (4) Elemental Staffs in a single game.
  • Extra parts for each staff can be found by digging up mounds, or by shooting down airplanes with the corresponding element color.
  • To build the staffs, you’ll need to enter the ancient civilization by building the Gramophone. There are two parts to find:
    • Disc: One discs is needed for each Elemental Staff. Place the correct disc onto the Gramophone at each elemental tunnel to open a portal.
    • Gramophone: Below the Pack-A-Punch machine around the excavation site.
  • Construct the Gramophone. It is used for accessing the unique elemental tunnels with last part needed to construct each staff. Look for areas around the map labeled “Crazy” to reach the crystals. Then, with all the parts, the Gramophone is used to reach the secret area below the excavation site.

How to Build the Staff of Fire

  • To build the Fire Staff, collect the parts at these locations:
    • Off the corpse of the Panzersoldat.
    • Power up Generator 6 and collect the part from the open chest nearby.
    • Another part will appear on the pews of the ruined church.
    • Shoot down the yellow plane and collect the part that drops down.
    • Place the Gramophone on a table in the Fire Tunnel near Generator 2, or to the left of No Man’s Land path from the spawn room, to make a portal appear. Take the crystal from the red altar.
  • With all the parts, return to the underground area of the excavation site and place the Gramophone to make a set of stairs appear.
  • Go down the stairs and place all the collected parts onto the fire altar to construct the staff.

How to Build the Staff of Lightning

  • To build the Lightning Staff, collect the parts at these locations:
    • Under the church, after getting the tank started, or on the second floor of the warehouse.
    • While riding the tank, jump from the tank to the path left of the trench. There are two more paths that can be reached while riding the tank through the church area that also contain parts.
    • Find the Lightning Tunnel next to the Stamin-Up machine, marked with a sign, and place the Gramophone on the table. Grab the crystal inside and return to the trenches.
  • With all the parts, return to the underground area of the excavation site and place the Gramophone to make a set of stairs appear.
  • Go down the stairs and place all the collected parts onto the lightning altar to construct the staff.

How to Build the Staff of Ice

  • To build the Ice Staff, collect the parts at these locations:
    • Get the disc from the shelves near the MP-40 chalk outline around Generator 2.
    • Wait for it to start snowing in the trenches, then begin digging up mounds with the shovel found in the spawn room.
    • Go to the Ice Tunnel underneath the church and place the Gramophone to create a portal. Grab the Ice crystal and return to the trenches.
  • With all the parts, return to the underground area of the excavation site and place the Gramophone to make a set of stairs appear.
  • Go down the stairs and place all the collected parts onto the ice altar to construct the staff.

How to Build the Staff of Wind

  • To build the Wind Staff, collect the parts at these locations:
    • The disc will appear in the Lightning Tunnel near the table periodically.
    • The remaining parts are all contained within the three giant robots that walk across the trenches. To enter each robot, look at the bottom of the feet — there should be a glowing ring. Shoot it with any weapon and let the robot step on you.
    • If done correctly, the player will appear inside the giant robots. Get inside all three robot heads to collect the three parts.
    • Travel to the Wind Tunnel near Generator 4 and place the Gramophone to enter the “Crazy Place” and collect the crystal.
  • With all the parts, return to the underground area of the excavation site and place the Gramophone to make a set of stairs appear.
  • Go down the stairs and place all the collected parts onto the wind altar to construct the staff.

Achievement / Trophy Unlocked

Playing with Power:
In Origins, build all elemental staffs in one game.


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