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Lightning Staff

1000 + (150) 30000 (upgraded)

Cost (Zombies)


Starting Ammunition


Maximum Ammunition

12+120 (18+180 Upgraded)

Range (explanation)


Fire Mode

Fully automatic (Chargeable when upgraded)

Used by

Original Characters (young)

The Staff of Lightning is one of four buildable elemental staffs in the Apocalypse DLC map Origins.

The Staff of Lightning shoots bolts of lightning when fired, and similarly to the Wunderwaffe DG-2, will chain and kill multiple zombies, although it is limited in the fact that the lightning will chain up to two or three zombies per bolt. If shot at the feet of zombies, it is possible to kill more than two-three zombies.

Once upgraded to the Kimat's Bite, it will chain more zombies than its previous version.The effectiveness for this weapon runs out at about round 25 as normal attack will only make crawlers, however the charged attack can effectively kill until round 30-40. You can also hold down the firing button in order to charge it up, at the cost 6 ammo per charged shot, giving you three before you have to reload. When charged and released, it fires a slow moving ball of electricity, which will travel in a straight line until it reaches a wall or floor. While passing by zombies or on the wall or floor, it will release bolts of lightning, stunning and killing nearby zombies. However this will not kill a large amount of zombies, so it is recommended to keep moving as zombies can still hit the player.

Furthermore, the Kimat's Bite has a melee attack that involves swiping with the spikes on the head of the staff. This attack is a one hit kill until round 16. If the One Inch Punch is equipped, its melee attack overrides the staff melee attack.

After upgrading, it gains a secondary "attachment" called Sekhmet's Vigor which when activated by pressing left on the D-Pad, will cause the player to flip the staff and use the bottom end. This can be used to revive a downed player by "shooting" them directly. The "vigor" is a slow-moving ball, which will travel in a straight line. It is recommended to make your shots count, because it is very easy to miss with this weapon.

How to ObtainEdit

There are three parts of the staff that the player must get, along with an elemental gem needed in order to craft the staff.

In order to reach these pieces, the player has to use the tank, located in the basement of the church, and jump off at certain places in order to reach certain areas inaccessable by normal means. The locations in order from when you begin the circle around the map on the tank from the church basement are:

  • After passing by Generator 4, the player has to jump off the right side of the tank, to reach a wooden platform leading to a Giant Mech's footprint, where the first staff part is located.
  • After the only tank stop, passing by Generator 2, the player returns back to the excavation zone area. The player has to jump off the left side of the tank to a platform, which will lead inside the Excavation Zone and to the second staff part.
  • Just before returning to the church basement, the player must jump off the right side of the tank onto a small hill. After jumping, the player has to follow the pathway into the back of the church, where the third staff part will be.

In order to reach the elemental gem in The Crazy Place, one must first find the purple record and the Gramophone. The purple record can be found in three places:

  • At the end of the Wind tunnel near Generator 4, on a small generator
  • In a wagon on the left side of the tank path across from Generator 4, to the left of the giant mech's footprint if you're coming from the dig site
  • On the table next to Der Wunderfizz at Generator 4.

The Gramophone is always located inside the Excavation Zone, on the floor. Once both are obtained, the player must go into the Lightning tunnel, located to the left of Generator 5, facing the Excavation Zone, and hold the action button on the table at the end of the tunnel to open the gateway to The Crazy Place. Once there, the player must go to the Lightning "pedestal" and hold the action button to receive the lightning elemental gem.

Once all the items are gathered, the player must go down the ramp into the excavation zone and place the gramophone on the table when having the black record, which can be found around the outside of the excavation zone, with one location being right next to the excavation zone sign. After a few seconds, the floor around the center pillar will collapse into a staircase, which will lead you to the bottom. At the very bottom, the player must go to the statue that corresponds with the element and craft the staff there, after which any player can pick up the staff by pressing the action button.

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How to build and upgrade the Lightning Staff

How to build and upgrade the Lightning Staff video tutorial

How to Upgrade to Kimat's BiteEdit

Once the player has picked up the Staff of Lightning, they must return to The Crazy Place, and solve the riddle located on the Lightning part of the map, where the gateway back is located. There are three staffs of music located to the left of the gateway, and to the right is a "keyboard". In the treble clef, the player must play those three chords on the "keyboard" in order to complete the riddle by shooting the corresponding "key" with the lightning staff. The three chords & a keyboard diagram are displayed below. *(Numbering the bottom row 1-7 from left to right 613 357 462 is the easiest combo to remember)* Once all three chords have been played, an audio cue by Samantha will signify that the riddle has been solved.

Lightning Staff Challenge Sparking Panel Orgins BOII

A sparking panel, this one happens to be the one near Generator 4.

Once the riddle in The Crazy Place has been completed, the player must return to the original realm and solve the riddle there. There are a total of seven panels located across the map, and the player has to find the one that is sparking, set it via the action button so that it is not sparking, find the next one that is sparking, and repeat over until all seven are done. There is a panel at the following places (in this particular order):
  • Across from the Stamin-Up machine (Flip 3 times)
  • On the wall behind the stairs of the basement of the church (Flip 2 times)
  • To the left of the Mystery Box location on the church floor (Flip 1 time)
  • Near Generator 4, to the right of the Wind tunnel entrance (Flip 2 times)
  • On the wall leading from the bottom floor of the spawn to the upper level (Flip 2 times)
  • To the left of the back exit of the bunker next to Generator 2 (Flip 3 times)
  • On the rock wall on the outside of the Excavation Zone, right across from the pathway from the trenches to the church (Flip 3 times)

(This step can be done ahead of time all you have to do is memorize the number of times each switch has to be flipped. And it is always the same every time.) All players will hear a loud ding when this step is completed, and quote from Samantha.

The player now has to return to the bottom of the Excavation Zone, where there is now a Lightning orb. After aligning the rings above the orb via the four switches in the lower section so that all the gems are purple, the player with the Staff of Lightning must shoot the orb, which will cause the orb to fly into the air and return to The Crazy Place. Once done, the player must now go back to The Crazy Place, where the staff can be placed onto the Lightning pedestal. The player must kill zombies in The Crazy Place, so that the zombie "souls" get attracted to the staff and power it up. After killing a fair amount of zombies, an audio cue by Samantha will indicate to the player that the staff is powered up and upgraded to Kimat's Bite. The staff can now be picked up by any player.


  • The Staff of Lightning is named after Kimat, the Dog of Tinguian God, Kadaklan.
  • The Staff of Lightning is Richtofen's favorite staff. This may have served for inspiration to create the Wunderwaffe DG-2, featured in later maps.
  • A clap of thunder will sound whenever the Staff of Lightning is fired and can be heard anywhere on the map. 
  • There is an eighth panel for upgrading the staff although it is not used, located just before the door to No Man's Land in the Workshop, on the right hand side.

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