| Round 8+ (Origins),|
Round 12+ (Der Eisendrache),
Round 20+ (Revelations)
|First appearance||Call of Duty: Black Ops II Apocalypse Map Pack (2013)|
The Panzersoldat (German for "Tank Soldier"), sometimes parsed as Panzer Soldat, is a powerful enemy type featured in Treyarch's Call of Duty Zombies mode, first appearing on the Origins map released for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The Panzersoldat is a human trapped within a metallic suit designed by Edward Richtofen to assist in excavating Element 115, who was zombified due to excess exposure to the mystical element. Their appearance on the map is signalled by a siren, and the first Panzersoldat to spawn in Origins will always drop a Staff of Fire part once defeated.
Two variants of the Panzersoldat exist. The first type of Panzersoldat, featured on Origins, is equipped with a flamethrower and an extendable claw to trap the four humans it hunts. In its later appearances, the Panzersoldat is instead equipped with a cannon that fires electrical charges in addition to its flamethrower. The charges that the Panzersoldat fires are classified as explosives, and thus Dr. Monty's Danger Closest GobbleGum negates their effects.
The Panzersoldat is the only type of special enemy in Origins, one of two special enemies in Der Eisendrache (alongside Hellhounds), and one of the five special enemy types in Revelations (alongside Spiders, Parasites, Furies, and Margwas). Due to it being the only special enemy present in Origins, it can be considered the boss of that map.
The Panzersoldat appears to be a simple zombie trapped within a large suit. The scratched metallic suit has a T-shaped visor on its head, and a large headlamp is present on the top of the helmet. The Panzersoldat has spiked shoulderpads, and rocket thrusters on its back and feet; the rocket thrusters on its back, in addition to its visor, serves as its main weak point. In Origins the Panzersoldat's chest has the Iron Cross symbol printed on it, while in Der Eisendrache and Revelations it instead has a circular bolt-like accessory on its chest and "935" printed around its left thigh. A smokestack sticks up behind the Panzersoldat's head, constantly spewing black smoke as it moves.
In Origins, the Panzersoldat's suit has a flamethrower built into its right hand, while its left hand consists of a two-pronged claw that can be extended a fair distance. In Der Eisendrache and Revelations, the flamethrower is instead built into the Panzersoldat's left hand, with their right hand being encased within a large cannon with two vials of Element 115 sticking out of the top of it. The electric charge cannon in its later appearances is marked with the logo of Group 935.
Despite being a zombie, the Panzersoldat's eyes do not change colour based upon whoever is controlling it. Even though all other zombies that appear in Revelations have red eyes, in all of the Panzersoldat's appearances its eyes glow yellow.
The Panzersoldat makes an appearance in Jake's Super Smash Bros. as an unlockable Assist Trophy summon. The Panzersoldat's appearance in this game is based on its Origins incarnation, attacking foes with its flamethrower and grabbing them with its claw from a far distance.
| ||When it comes to the zombies that Element 115 has created, few are more feared than the Panzersoldat. When a cache of Element 115 was discovered in Northern France, Group 935 was quick to begin excavating it, sending in a team of men in heavy-duty suits designed by none-other than Edward Richtofen himself... who likely regrets this decision after having to fight the now-zombified pilots. The Panzersoldat's suit contains a variety of weapons, and it is equipped with a rocket thruster that allows it to quickly traverse long distances. The name "Panzersoldat" is German for "Tank Soldier", which very accurately describes how difficult it is to take down.|