Voyage of Despair - All Easter Egg Steps

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Welcome to the Easter Egg guide for Voyage of Despair, a brand new Black Ops 4 zombies experience that's set in an alternate Treyarch inspired universe. In this guide you'll find a complete walkthrough for the Voyage of Despair EE including detailed steps, screenshots and puzzle solutions to set you on your way.

Voyage of Despair introduces the new Black Ops 4 characters of Scarlett Rhodes, Diego Necalli, Bruno Delacroix and Stanton Shaw. Set on the historical ship the RMS Titanic, after an attempt to steal an ancient artefact goes wrong, players are left to survive in a giant map that's full of twisted corridors, cramped areas and verticality. Jason Blundell described VoD as an intermediate to advanced map - certainly not one for beginners to master immediately. If you're looking for a casual experience then Blundell suggests that you check out IX first.

About the Easter Egg

Abandon Ship
Complete the trial

The Easter Egg for Voyage of Despair is called "Abandon Ship" and is rewarded for successfully completing the trial. Of all of the zombies maps included at launch, this EE is one of the longer quests in Black Ops 4, on par with Blood of the Dead. By comparison, Classified (which comes through the Black Ops Pass) and IX both contain easier EE's.

Although the EE steps are possible SOLO, the final BOSS fight is insanely hard. Interestingly, having four players is also tough because of the number of blightfathers that spawn into the final fight. Three players appears to be the optimal setup for this EE.

All Easter Egg Steps

1. Collect the Sentinel Artifact

Sentinel Artifact on floor

The Sentinel Artifact is a simple collectible item that's found early in the game. Scout the rooms close to spawn for the artifact which is usually found on the floor. It's a fairly small object so look carefully and watch out for the on screen prompt to "collect part".

In my game, the artifact was inside the State Rooms, on the floor near the bed.

2. Activate the Sentinel Artifact

Activate the Sentinel Artifact

Work your way through the inner rooms and finally upstairs to get outside and on top of the ship itself. Navigate to the far end of the ship where the Poop Deck is located.

Look for the glowing blue item that's just up the stairs at the end of the ship. Interact with it and a group of four red balls will fly off into the air and scatter in different areas of the ship.

3. Activate Pack-a-Punch pedestals

Activate Pack-a-Punch pedestal

The following hint appears on the left side of the screen at this point: "For the Elements are Four and must be Attuned".

Hunt down the four glowing red balls one by one. This may take a while since you'll need enough points to open the majority of the ship, including the Cargo Hold. When found, simply interact with each of the glowing red balls by holding down the interaction button.

These are the locations for the four elemental pedestals:

  • Cargo Hold (Water)
  • Lower Grand Staircase (Air)
  • Boiler Room (Fire)
  • Poop Deck (Earth)

4. Get the Kraken and understand upgrades

The Kraken is the primary Wonder Weapon for Voyage of Despair. You'll need to acquire it and understand how to apply elemental upgrades - see the separate guide for instructions:

How to get the Kraken and upgrade it

5. Drain the flooded water

By now you will have opened up the Cargo Hold area of the ship - this is the flooded room where you collected one of the pedestals for the PaP. Inside this flooded room is a cog/wheel that must be turned to drain the flooded water. This can be tricky since the room is usually plagued by zombies and you've got to hold your breath underwater too.

Another flooded room is the Boiler Room which also has a valve that you should interact with to drain the water.

6. Match the Bridge dials to the clocks

Example clock location

When you activated the PaP, several clocks and alchemy symbols spawned into the map. The challenge now is to find each of the clocks, then note down the time and the alchemy symbol near by. You will be using the symbol and time to set the dials at the Captains Bridge in a minute.

So first, go to each of the following locations and note the time on the clock and the symbol. Only four of the six locations will have the time set, ignore those that don't.

Mail Room

  • Clock: on the wall, near the door leading down to Cargo Hold
  • Symbol: under the stairs leading up to the Mail Room, near the Vapr wall buy

Captains Bridge

  • Clock: small room behind the four dials, above the steering wheel
  • Symbol: directly opposite the steering wheel, under a desk

Grand Staircase

  • Clock: top of the staircase, on the wall
  • Symbol: face the clock, turn to the right and go up the small steps, turn right again and you'll see a symbol above the door

1st Class Lounge

  • Clock: fire place in middle of room
  • Symbol: to the left of the mystery box, on the wall

Galley (Kitchen)

  • Clock: in the room with the hanging body on the wall. Face the body on the wall, turn 180 degrees and there is a clock on the wall to the left
  • Symbol: face the body on the wall, turn 180 degrees, the symbol is on the cabinet to the left

3rd Class

  • Clock: when heading towards the turbine, at the end of the wooden stairs the clock is on the wall to the left
  • Symbol: behind luggage next to the wooden stairs leading up

Now return to the Bridge and stand in front of the captains wheel. Take note of the four dials here - you're going to turn these to match the time on the clocks. The image below shows an example of one of the dials.

Bridge location with dial

To do this, match the alchemy symbol on each of the dials to one of the rooms you went to previously. Then turn the dial to match the time on the clock found in that room. The HOUR hand moves in increments of one, just like a normal clock, whilst the MINUTE hand moves in intervals of 5. The image above illustrates this and it's important to understand.

So start by turning the dials to match the MINUTE hand for each symbol. If the time was say 5:20, then the MINUTE dial moves 4 times (because increments of 5 mins).

Next, we need to match the HOUR. These dials cannot be used to move the HOUR hand. Instead, go to the Engine Room and Poop Deck, turn the dials there to move the HOUR hand.

If done correctly, an audio noise will sound and the dials will no longer turn. Note, it's not a perfect visual representation of a clock, but rather the number of times you turn the dial to match the time.

7. Find electrical outlets and complete challenges

Ritual symbol on floor

There are six possible electrical outlets, of which four will be spewing an elemental type. Here are all six locations:

  • States Room, 1st on left, near gramophone and golden painting frames on floor
  • Upper Grand Staircase, at the top of Grand Stairway, to the right of green couch
  • 3rd Class main stairway, near the brown suitcase on floor
  • Aft Decks, middle room, with red valve on ceiling
  • Dinner Hall on left facing Ra
  • 1st Class Lounge - On a pillar left of Zeus

Find the tiny outlets which are spewing an element and then kill a matching elemental Catalyst (enemy) in the area. This will spawn a coloured ritual symbol on the floor. Stand inside the symbol so it glows and have all players interact to be transported into a trial. Simply kill all the enemies and the screen turns grey, allowing you to collect the Sentinel Artifact.

It's very important that you complete the trials in this order:

  • Acid
  • Ice/Water
  • Electric
  • Fire

If done correctly, you'll be able to pick up the real Sentinel Artifact at the end.

8. Shoot the leaking engine room pipes

Go to the engine room and look for the seven leaking pipes (with nine leaks in total). Shoot each leaking point twice with the Acid Kraken upgrade (PaP version of Kraken can also be used but is not required). After all pipes are shot they should leak water to refill the rooms.

End the the current round and the Pack-a-Punch machine should spawn in the room. Use the PaP machine to upgrade the Artifact.

8. Shoot the planets

Millionaire Suites planet symbol

Planet symbol locations

  1. Sun: Forecastle - on metal beam, near barrels
  2. Mercury: Mail Rooms - on metal beam, side wall
  3. Venus: Millionaire Suites - under bedside table
  4. Moon: Lower Grand Staircase - on the white wall, clearly visible
  5. Mars: Boiler Room - halfway up stairs on pipe
  6. Saturn: Bridge - on side of wooden cupboard, in room with lampshade and maps on the wall
  7. Jupiter: Engine Room - up the staircase, on the floor
  8. ?: Aft Decks - on the floor, in the middle of a lifebuoy
  9. Uranus: State Rooms - in room with black and white floor tiles, behind the green plant by mirrors

Interact with each planet symbol, starting from sun and working your way outwards. This activates each one. Note, the symbols are NOT shapes of planets but just basic symbols.

Next, interact with the solar system model in the Cargo Hold. Watch carefully as the planets flash - this is the order you need to shoot the planets in.

Now, shoot each symbol and hunt for the blue orb which spawns in that symbols location. The orb has a timer so be quick and watch out for the zombies that spawn in too. Once you've collected the orb, return to the symbols and shoot the next one in the sequence.

Repeat this process for all of the symbols until the final Sun planet is left.

Get all players to the spawn area and interact with the final essence.

9. Frozen door challenge

Frozen ice block blocking the door

Now begins a freezing effect with infinite zombies spawning in. You must rush your way through the ship, destroying the frozen blocked doorways to progress. Progress until the end of the boat (where you activated the Artifact in the early steps) and destroy the final ice block.

A portal will now spawn to lead you to the BOSS fight. I strongly recommend that all players have an elemental Kraken for the final BOSS fight, especially the Ice Kraken if you can.

10. BOSS fight

Giant eye during BOSS fight

Now commences the final BOSS fight for Voyage of Despair. This is a very tough fight and you will struggle SOLO. Not only will you face tons and tons of zombies but a giant eye ball spawns above the ship. This eye ball is incredibly deadly, downing a player who gets caught in its laser beam.

There are many phases to the BOSS fight (five in total) and at the end of each phase you are teleported to a different area of the boat. Fight off the special zombies as a priority, especially the blightfathers. After enough damage on the eye ball you will progress to the next phase.

  • Phase 1: Outside ship - fight off the general horde
  • Phase 2: Engine Room - take care of the blightfathers as a priority
  • Phase 3: State Rooms - focus on hitting the eye ball
  • Phase 4: Promenade Starboard Deck - focus on hitting the eye ball
  • Phase 5: Poop Deck - focus on eye ball when sparking red, use melee to escape ice blast if trapped

After Phase 5 the eye ball will disintegrate and the final cutscene will play with a big hint towards a map set in Greece for DLC 1.

Ending cutscene

Note: The Easter Egg is now complete. This guide will be updated with further information and corrections in the coming days. Congratulations to Smartguy, NoahJ456 and Beebat for achieving worlds first. Thanks to you for joining in the hunt and good luck completing the EE yourselves!

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