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Black Ops 2 Zombies: Bus Depot on Survival Mode - Strategy & Tips

The Bus Depot map is quite a difficult map to play on Survival on Black Ops 2 Zombies. This is mainly contributed to the fact that you can not buy any perks and can not upgrade weapons. Without the Jugger-nog perk, it is very hard to survive against the zombies in the higher rounds -- especially round 20+. Also, Bus Depot is a relatively small map, which makes it challenging to escape from the zombies. This article is going to explain how you can survive on the Black Ops 2 Zombies Bus Depot map a bit easier if you are having trouble.

Preferably, you should play Black Ops 2 Bus Depot on Solo or with the fewest amount of players possible. The strategy that is going to be explained will generally work better with less players. Sometimes more players in Black Ops 2 Zombies is recommended, however, in this instance it is not.

On the first couple rounds of Black Ops 2 Bus Depot, shoot the zombies a few times with your pistol, then knife them. This method allows you to gather the most points. Once you have 750 or more points, open the door leading to the outside area.

The mystery magic box is located right outside of the building you spawn in. You will want to use the mystery magic box as soon as possible so you can get a weapon. There are some weapons you can purchase off the walls on Bus Depot, but they are not as good as the ones you can receive from the box. However, the MP5 is great for the early rounds and you can buy ammo for it repeatably since it is a wall weapon. While you may not receive a good weapon on every attempt when using the mystery magic box, you may as well use all your points on it considering you can not buy any perks on Black Ops 2 Bus Depot.

Note the bus does not appear on Bus Depot Survival Mode like this picture shows


Bus Depot / Survival on Black Ops 2 Zombies

Once you get to a point where it's too difficult to simply run around randomly and kill zombies, start to run around the pillars outside in one direction. If you continue to circle around the pillars (where the bench seats are) either in a clock wise or counterclockwise manner, most of the zombies will group up behind you. This allows you to line up the zombies for easier shots while running. And it also helps you to avoid getting trapped in between groups of zombies. It's most dangerous in Black Ops 2 when the zombies are scattered -- in front of you, behind you, sides of you etc. because it's harder to escape from them all and avoid damage.

Only so many zombies will spawn at one time on Black Ops 2, so do not worry if you wait to shoot some of them until they group up behind you. Once you shoot one zombie another will respawn (unless it's near the end of the round). It's best to run around in a circle until you get at least 15 zombies behind you then turn around and shoot them all while running at the same time! This is basically the only way (or few ways) to get into the higher rounds on Black Ops 2 Bus Depot. If you just stand somewhere and camp then you will eventually not be able to kill the zombies in time before they attack you (especially with non-upgraded weapons). The whole idea of this strategy is to keep running/sprinting in a circle to gather zombies behind you, then shoot them while moving backwards.

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Black Ops 2 Bus Depot on Survival Tips:

  • Watch out for the fire on the Bus Depot map. This can damage you and potentially kill you. It also blurs your screen.
  • When you get to higher rounds (10+), hip fire more than aiming down your sight. Aiming down your sight slows you down, which could put you in danger from a zombie attack.
  • Even if you run in a circle on Bus Depot and gather up zombies behind you, some zombies will still appear in front of you. Shoot or sprint by them quickly! Do not stop to shoot a couple of zombies in front of you when a large amount are behind you because they can catch up in seconds and kill you!
  • Use the monkey bombs (found in mystery box) if you think you are going to be trapped by zombies or you have to revive a teammate. Monkey bombs attract zombies after being thrown and blow up seconds later.
  • The MOST DIFFICULT part about grouping up zombies behind you is when the beginning of each round starts. During the beginning of each round, zombies spawn all over the place. Dodge the ones that appear in front of you until a large group is chasing you from the rear.


ItZvoltse on June 06, 2016:

Thanks much

John Reid-Roberts from Boston, Massachusetts on December 12, 2012:

Yah, me and my zombie team feel the exact same way.. It was an interesting feature but WAY overdone especially for those who are so used to the old zombies, and methods of outrunning them, having to constantly jump over lava gets fairly annoying.. Hopefully the new maps they release aren't additions to TranZit which I am starting to believe they will be, but hopefully new maps altogether like Nuketown zombies will be when released.

David 470 (author) from Pennsylvania, United States on December 11, 2012:

I am not a fan of the lava to be honest. It is cool in a way, but can be a major distraction if you are running away from zombies and you run into lava which blurs your screen and damages you. And if you want to avoid it you have to jump over it or go around it.

John Reid-Roberts from Boston, Massachusetts on December 11, 2012:

Hey David, I write a lot for Black Ops 2 as well.. And I was just wondering overall what is your opinion on the lava.. Personally I think it was a good touch, but think at times there is to much of it, and it can be a nuisance.

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