'Gears Of War 3' Unlockables Guide - Weapon Skins, Characters, Mutators, Executions

Gears of War 3

by Russ Frushtick

The "Gears of War" franchise has always had a strong multiplayer component. But what is has lacked is an incentive for playing that multiplayer component. No, fun is apparently not enough. In the era of "Call of Duty," people expect tons of unlockables to encourage that just-one-more-round attitude and, in Gears of War 3, Epic has delivered.

There is a ton of stuff to unlock in "Gears of War 3," from weapon skins to playable characters to weapon-specific executions and mutators which modify the way you play. This guide is dedicated to showing you just what you need to do to unlock each and every thing in the game, and we'll be updating it as more unlockables get added to the mix.

UPDATE: Epic has confirmed with us that for-pay downloadable weapon skins will be sold as singles and in packs in "Gears of War 3." An Epic representative informed us that "there will be 21 weapons skins available on day one with options to purchase both singles and sets, so prices vary." Prices will be revealed during an Epic live stream with Rod Fergusson on Friday, Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m. EDT, which will be aired here. The complete list of PDLC weapon skins can be found here.

Gears of War 3 Opening Cinematic

WEAPON SKINS

CHARACTERS

MUTATORS

EXECTUTIONS

AVATAR AWARDS

Gears of War 3 Weapon Skins

GEARS OF WAR 3: WEAPON SKIN UNLOCKS

Weapons skins can be unlocked to customize the five primary weapons of "Gears of War 3," including the Lancer, the Hammerburst, the Retro Lancer, the Gnasher and the Sawed-off. The requirements for unlocking the skins are listed below.

GOLD LANCER

Have the Gold Lancer from "Gears of War 2" or play a multiplayer match of "Gears of War 3" in the first week.

GOLD HAMMERBURST

Have the Gold Hammerburst from "Gears of War 2" or play a multiplayer match of "Gears of War 3" in the first week.

GOLD GNASHER

Unlock the Veteran Gear achievement in "Gears of War 2."

GOLD SAWED-OFF

Unlock the Commando achievement in "Gears of War."

GOLD RETRO LANCER

Unlocked in "Gears of War 3" beta for getting 100 kills with the Gold Retro Lancer.

GOLD OMEN WEAPON SET

Reach level 100 in "Gears of War 3."

CHROME LANCER

Earn the "Don't Hate The Player" achievement in "Gears of War."

CHROME HAMMERBURST

Earn the "Dirty, Dirty Horde" achievement in "Gears of War 2."

CHROME RETRO LANCER

Earn the "Domination" achievement in "Gears of War."

CHROME GNASHER SHOTGUN

Complete the campaign in all three "Gears of War" games.

CHROME SAWED-OFF SHOTGUN

Earn 1 achievement in "Gears of War" on PC.

FLAMING LANCER

Unlocked for playing in the second week of the "Gears of War 3" beta.

FLAMING HAMMERBURST

Unlocked for playing in the first week of the "Gears of War 3" beta.

FLAMING GNASHER

Unlocked for playing in the fourth week of the "Gears of War 3" beta.

FLAMING SAWED-OFF

Unlocked for playing in the third week of the "Gears of War 3" beta.

CRIMSON OMEN HAMMERBURST

Earned the "Welcome to Beast Mode" achievement in "Gears of War 3."

CRIMSON OMEN RETRO LANCER

Earned the "Welcome to Horde Mode" achievement in "Gears of War 3."

CRIMSON OMEN GNASHER

Earned the "Welcome to Versus" achievement in "Gears of War 3."

CRIMSON OMEN SAWED-OFF

Earned the "Welcome to Arcade Mode" achievement in "Gears of War 3."

TEAM INSIGNIA RETRO LANCER

Earn the bronze Veteran medal in "Gears of War 3" (Play 100 multiplayer matches)

TEAM INSIGNIA LANCER

Earn the silver Veteran medal in "Gears of War 3" (Play 250 multiplayer matches)

TEAM INSIGNIA HAMMERBURST

Earn the gold Veteran medal in "Gears of War 3"

TEAM INSIGNIA SHOTGUN SET

Earn the Onyx Veteran medal in "Gears of War 3"

ONYX LANCER

Earn the Onyx Lancer medal in "Gears of War 3"

ONYX HAMMERBURST

Earn the Onyx Hammerburst medal in "Gears of War 3"

ONYX RETRO LANCER

Earn the Onyx Retro Lancer medal in "Gears of War 3"

ONYX GNASHER

Earn the Onyx Gnasher medal in "Gears of War 3"

ONYX SAWED-OFF

Earn the Onyx Sawed-Off medal in "Gears of War 3"

PAID DLC SKINS (Price TBD)

Garish (flower print)

Arctic Camo

Blood

Child's Play

Deadly Cute (hot pink gradient)

Desert Camo

Desert Digital

Electric

Flower (pink)

Haze (smoke effect)

Imulsion (glowing radiation effect)

Jungle Digital Camo

Thunderstorm (animated)

Ocean (waves)

Oil Slick (dark waves)

Team Pulse (red/blue depending on team)

Rainbow

Team Distress (red/blue cracks, depending on team)

Team Metal (red/blue, depending on team)

Tiger Stripe

Tribal

Urban Digital

NEXT: CHARACTERS

Characters

GEARS OF WAR 3: PLAYABLE CHARACTER UNLOCKS

Characters can be unlocked for use in Versus multiplayer as well as in Horde mode (only human characters). All characters have the same abilities, with the difference being purely cosmetic.

COG CHARACTERS

COG GEAR

Reach level 2 in "Gears of War 3"

SAMANTHA BYRNE

Reach level 4 in "Gears of War 3"

DIZZY WALLIN

Reach level 7 in "Gears of War 3"

JACE STRATTON

Reach level 10 in "Gears of War 3"

CLAYTON CARMINE

Reach level 14 in "Gears of War 3"

CLASSIC DOM

Reach level 17 in "Gears of War 3"

CLASSIC COLE

Reach level 23 in "Gears of War 3"

CLASSIC BAIRD

Reach level 30 in "Gears of War 3"

BENJAMIN CARMINE

Reach level 34 in "Gears of War 3"

CIVILIAN ANYA

Reach level 45 in "Gears of War 3"

COLONEL HOFFMAN

Reach level 50 in "Gears of War 3"

ANTHONY CARMINE

Reach level 75 in "Gears of War 3"

CLASSIC MARCUS

Get the silver Veteran medal in "Gears of War 3" (for total matches played)

SUPERSTAR COLE

Get the gold MVP medal in "Gears of War 3" (for having the high score in a match)

GOLDEN GEAR

Get the bronze War Supporter medal in "Gears of War 3" (for participating in 5 "Gears of War 3" events)

CHAIRMAN PRESCOTT

Earn the silver Allfathers medal in "Gears of War 3" (for earning silver medals for the different multiplayer modes)

UNARMORED MARCUS

Finish the "Gears of War 3" campaign

AARON GRIFFIN (aka ICE T)

Earn the onyx Big Money medal in "Gears of War 3" (for earning money in Horde mode)

COLE TRAIN

Played 100 matches in the "Gears of War 3" beta

ADAM FENIX

DLC included with collector's editions of "Gears of War 3"

LOCUST CHARACTERS

LOCUST MINER

Reach level 3 in "Gears of War 3"

BEAST RIDER

Reach level 5 in "Gears of War 3"

LOCUST HUNTER

Reach level 8 in "Gears of War 3"

THERON GUARD

Reach level 12 in "Gears of War 3"

LOCUST SPOTTER

Reach level 20 in "Gears of War 3"

FLAME GRENADIER

Reach level 26 in "Gears of War 3"

LOCUST GRENADIER

Reach level 39 in "Gears of War 3"

LOCUST HUNTER ELITE

Reach level 60 in "Gears of War 3"

GOLDEN MINER

Get the gold Rifleman medal in "Gears of War 3" (for kills with all three starting rifles)

LOCUST GOLDEN HUNTER

Get the gold Master-at-Arms medal in "Gears of War 3" (for kills with all 5 starting weapons)

LOCUST SNIPER

Get the bronze Headshot medal in "Gears of War 3" (100 headshots)

LOCUST KANTUS

Get the gold Medic medal in "Gears of War 3" (for reviving team members)

SAVAGE THERON GUARD

Get the Onyx I'm a Beast medal in "Gears of War 3" (for completing Beast mode on Insane without failing)

PREVIOUS: WEAPON SKINS

NEXT: MUTATORS

Mutators

GEARS OF WAR 3: MUTATORS UNLOCKS

Mutators can be used to add variables to the gameplay in Horde mode and Arcade mode. Mutators that increase difficulty will also increase your score, while those that make the game easier will decrease your score. "Fun" mutators have no impact on score or gameplay and are just for fun.

COMET (Easier)

Earn the gold Shock Trooper medal (for earning a certain number of First Blood ribbons)

As you roadie run, you'll build up energy, letting you ram into enemies.

INSTAGIB MELEE (Easier)

200 Wretch kills

Melee attacks explode enemies

SUPER RELOAD (Easier)

Earn the bronze Master-At-Arms medal (100 kills with each of the starting 5 weapons)

More damage and clip size for an active reload.

INFINITE AMMO (Easier)

Earn the Combat Engineer pin 100 times (worked on 5 fortifications in one deployment in Horde)

Infinite ammo for all weapons.

BIG EXPLOSIONS (Easier)

Earn the Hail Mary pin 100 times (Boomshot kill from over 200 yards away)

Bigger explosions, natch.

ENEMY REGEN (Harder)

Earn the silver Aficionado medal (for playing a certain number of chapters in Arcade mode)

Enemies will regain health over time if you don't kill them.

VAMPIRE (Harder)

Earn the Executioner pin 100 times (for having the most executions in a match)

Your health does not regenerate automatically, but you do earn health for dealing damage.

MUST ACTIVE RELOAD (Harder)

Earn the silver Active Reloader medal (for actively reloading a certain number of times)

The only way to reload is to perform an active reload.

FRIENDLY FIRE (Harder)

Complete the campaign in 4-player co-op

Teammates can cause damage to each other.

BIG HEAD (Fun)

Earn the gold Horder medal (for playing a certain number of waves in Horde)

Giant heads, "NBA Jam" style.

PINATA (Fun)

Earn the gold Investor medal (for repairing and upgrading a certain number of defenses in Horde)

Tokens drop from every kill. Picking them up earns you points.

FLOWER BLOOD (Fun)

Earn the silver King of COG medal (for earning a certain number of total points in Arcade)

All blood effects are replaced by pretty flowers.

HEADLESS CHICKEN (Fun)

Unlocked from the start

Enemies attack each other for several seconds after they lose their heads.

LAUGH TRACK (Fun)

Earn the bronze medals for Tour of Duty (Finish Campaign on Casual), For the Horde (Finish Horde on Casual), I'm A Beast (Finish Beast on Casual) and Warmonger (Finish Arcade on Casual)

Adds an audible laugh track to the game.

PREVIOUS: CHARACTERS

NEXT: EXECUTIONS

GEARS OF WAR 3: EXECUTION UNLOCKS

Every weapon in "Gears of War 3" has a unique execution animation which plays if you hold down Y when approaching a downed enemy. In campaign, all of these executions are available, but in Versus you have to unlock them by getting a certain number of kills with that specific weapon.

LANCER RIFLE

200 Kills

HAMMERBURST

200 Kills

RETRO LANCER

200 Kills

GNASHER SHOTGUN

200 Kills

SAWED-OFF SHOTGUN

200 Kills

GORGON PISTOL

40 Kills

BOLTOK PISTOL

40 Kills

BOOMSHOT

40 Kills

DIGGER

40 Kills

HAMMER OF DAWN

40 Kills

MULCHER

40 Kills

MORTAR

40 Kills

ONESHOT

40 Kills

SCORCHER

40 Kills

TORQUE BOW

40 Kills

LONGSHOT

40 Kills

CLEAVER

40 Kills

PREVIOUS: MUTATORS

NEXT: AVATAR AWARDS

Gears of War 3

GEARS OF WAR 3: AVATAR AWARD UNLOCKS

Accomplishing certain feats in "Gears of War 3" will unlock awards for your avatar. Here's what's available.

MARCUS'S DOO-RAG

Complete the campaign on Casual or higher.

LOCUST DRONE MASK

Earn the "Welcome to Beast Mode" achievement for completing 12 waves of Beast mode.

HORDE SHIRT

Earn the "Welcome to Horde Mode" achievement for completing 10 waves of Horde mode.


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