Shockwave and his Driller had ambushed NEST and the Autobots at Chernobyl after a tip-off by a Russian agent. The Driller steals the Ark's fuel cell that was being held there. After the Autobots retrieve the Ark's fuel cell, Shockwave appears and glares at Optimus Prime, says Optimus' name in anger, and he than sinks back into to Driller and retreats along with it without even a fight.
When NEST and the Autobots break in to Chicago, Shockwave immediately begins hunting the Autobots, separating Optimus from his trailer. The Wreckers attack him with their mounted guns, but it does little more than annoy him. He is briefly seen using a car as a shield to avoid being peppered by the Wrecker's gunfire.
Later, he sees Epps and his troops in the Hudson Tower He immediatly calls in the Driller to take down the building. As the Driller is doing this, a desk falls out of the building and a tea cup breaks on Shockwave's head. The Driller nearly succeeds in destroying the tower, but Optimus flies in and crushes it's neck, decapitating the Driller's head. Prime's jetpack becomes tangled in some wires after Shockwave blasts him in revenge. Shockwave and his forces then temporarily retreat.
After Shockwave hit Optimus with his big gun, Optimus was stuck and he tried to lose himself but he needed Wreckers' help.Shockwave thinks he's undefeatable now, but the NEST team attacks Shockwave, along with his Decepticon allies, Optimus successfully frees himself with the help of the Wreckers, and attacks, and successfully kills Shockwave. After destroying Shockwave, Optimus uses Shockwave's weapon to shoot down the pillar in the tower.
Shockwave also appears in the Junior Novel of the film, and first appears at Chernobyl along with the Driller. After seeing Optimus Prime, he retreats. Shockwave later returns in the battle in Chicago, along with the Driller yet again. The Driller is killed by Optimus, which frustrates Shockwave, and causes him to go into wanting revenge on Optimus. He attacks him - yet is pinned down to the ground by him, and is killed.