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Unlockables

Beta version bonuses

Complete the following tasks in the Beta version to unlock the corresponding bonus.

Flaming Hammerburst: Complete one match by April 24, 2011.
Flaming Lancer: Complete one match during the week of April 25, 2011.
Flaming Sawed-Off Shotgun: Complete one match during the week of May 2, 2011.
Flaming Gnasher Shotgun: Complete one match during the week of May 9, 2011.
Beta Tester Medal: Complete one match in the Beta.
Thrashball Cole: Complete 50 matches in any game type. To unlock in the retail version, complete 10 matches as Thrashball Cole during the Beta.
Gold-Plated Retro Lancer: Complete 90 matches in any game type. To unlock in the retail version, score 100 kills with the Gold-Plated Retro Lancer during the Beta.

Weapons and skins

Complete the indicated task to unlock the corresponding weapon or skin. Note: Achievement-based bonuses will not activate until the day after earning the achievement.

Chrome Gnasher: Complete Campaign mode in all three Gears Of War games
Chrome Hammerburst: Earn the "Dirty, Dirty Horde" achievement in Gears Of War 2.
Chrome Lancer: Earn the "Don't Hate The Player" achievement in Gears Of War.
Chrome Retro Lancer: Earn the "Domination" achievement in Gears Of War.
Chrome Sawed-Off: Earn any achievement in the PC version of Gears Of War.
Crimson Omen Gnasher: Earn the "Welcome to Versus" achievement.
Crimson Omen Hammerburst: Earn the "Welcome To Beast Mode" achievement.
Crimson Omen Retro Lancer: Earn the "Welcome To Horde Mode" achievement.
Crimson Omen Sawed-Off: Earn the "Welcome To Arcade Mode" achievement.
Flame Gnasher: Complete a match during the Gears Of War 3 beta from 5/9/11 to 5/15/11.
Flame Hammerburst: Complete a match during the Gears Of War 3 beta from 4/18/11 to 4/24/11.
Flame Lancer: Complete a match during the Gears Of War 3 beta from 4/25/11 to 5/1/11.
Flame Sawed-Off: Complete a match during the Gears Of War 3 beta from 5/2/11 to 5/8/11.
FL4K Skin Set: Win a match in every Forces of Nature map while playing Guardian.
Gold Gnasher: Earn the "Veteran Gear" achievement in Gears Of War 2.
Gold Hammerburst: Unlock the Gold Hammerburst in Gears Of War 2, or play a multiplayer match in Gears Of War 3 in the first week.
Gold Lancer: .Unlock the Gold Lancer in Gears Of War 2, or play a multiplayer match in Gears Of War 3 in the first week.
Gold Omen Weapon Set: Reach level 100 in Gears Of War 3.
Gold Retro Lancer: Played the Gears Of War 3 beta or get 100 kills with the Gold Retro Lancer.
Gold Sawed-Off: Earn the "Commando" achievement in Gears Of War.
Impossible Skin Set: Complete the campaign on Insane.
Ivory Skin Set: While playing as the Leader in Guardian on a Forces of Nature map kill 10 enemies.
Onyx Weapon Set: Earn the Onyx medal of each starting weapons.
Re-Up Skin Set 1: Once you level to 100 go in to your stats & awards; then press X to re-up.
Re-Up Skin Set 2: Once you level to 100 the second time and re-up'd once go in to your stats & awards; then press X to re-up.
Re-Up Skin Set 3: Once you level to 100 the third time and re-up'd twice go in to your stats & awards; then press X to re-up.
Team Insignia Hammerburst: Earn the Gold "Veteran" medal.
Team Insignia Lancer: Earn the Silver "Veteran" medal.
Team Insignia Retro Lancer: Earn the Bronze "Veteran" medal.
Team Insignia Shotgun Set: Earn the Onyx "Veteran" medal.

COG characters

Complete the indicated task to unlock the corresponding character.

Aaron Griffin: Earn the Big Money Onyx medal; alternately "Like" the Gears Of War 3 Facebook page for a redeemable code.
Anthony Carmine: Reach level 75.
Benjamin Carmine: Reach level 34.
Chairman Prescott: Earn the Silver Allfathers medal.
Civilian Anya: Reach level 45.
Classic Baird: Reach level 30.
Classic Cole: Reach level 23.
Classic Dom: Reach level 17.
Classic Marcus: Earn the Silver Veteran medal.
Clayton Carmine: Reach level 14.
COG Gear: Reach level 2.
Cole Train: Play the multiplayer beta.
Colonel Hoffman: Reach level 50.
Dizzy Wallin: Reach level 7.
Golden Gear: Earn the Bronze War Supporter medal.
Jace Stratton: Reach level 10.
Samantha Byrne: Reach level 4.
Superstar Cole: Earn the Gold MVP medal.
Unarmored Marcus: Successfully complete Campaign mode.

Locust multi-player characters

Complete the indicated task to unlock the corresponding character.

Beast Rider: Reach level 5.
Flame Grenadier: Reach level 26.
Golden Hunter: Earn the Gold Master-at-Arms medal.
Golden Miner: Earn the Gold Rifleman medal.
Grenadier: Reach level 39.
Hunter: Reach level 8.
Hunter Elite: Reach level 60.
Kantus: Earn the Gold Medic medal.
Miner: Reach level 3.
Savage Theron Guard: Complete Beast Mode without failing on all difficulty settings.
Sniper: Earn the Bronze Headshot medal.
Spotter: Reach level 20.
Theron Guard: Reach level 12.
Thrashball Drone: Play the game the weeks before and during the Superbowl.

Aaron Griffin multi-player character skin

Like the "Gears Of War Facebook" page to receive an unlock code for this skin that can be redeemed on your system or on Xbox.com.

Mutators

Complete the indicated task to unlock the corresponding Mutator.

Big Explosions: Earn the Hail Mary ribbon 100 times.
Big Head: Earn the Gold Horder medal in Horde mode.
Comet: Earn the Gold Shock Trooper medal in Versus mode.
Enemy Regeneration: Earn the Silver Afficianado medal in Arcade mode.
Flower Blood: Earn the Silver King of Cog medal in Arcade mode.
Friendly Fire: Complete Co-op Campaign mode with four players.
Infinite Ammo: Earn the Combat Engineer ribbon 100 times in Horde mode.
Instagib Melee: Play as a Wretch and score 200 kills in Beast mode.
Laugh Track: Earn the Bronze Tour Of Duty, For The Horde, I'm A Beast, and Warmonger medals.
Must Active Reload: Earn the Silver Active Reloader medal.
Pinata: Earn the Gold Investor medal in Beast mode .
Super Reload: Earn the Bronze Master at Arms medal in Versus mode.
Vampire: Earn the Executioner ribbon 100 times in Versus mode.

Video

Walkthrough

Collectibles

Hints

Smoke grenade

Pull the fire alarm switches on Checkout.

Act 1: Slide

When you play as "Cole Train", early on you will pass through a playground. After an intermission sequence, clear all the enemies around you. Once cleared, return to the playground and jump up to the top of a mini-slide. Press X when you get near the slide and Cole will slide down.

Act 1: Hat

When you play as "Cole Train", you will eventually pass through a grocery store. Somewhere early on, you will find a small stand with a cut-out of Cole in his Thrashball outfit near where you will fight some Lambent after some stalks appears. During or after the fight, interact with the cut-out. You will be given a choice to wear a white hat either front or backwards. This hat will stay on Cole's head during the intermission sequences (not pre-rendered) until the scene where you take a zip-line down to the bridge.

"Bullet Marsh": Vulcan

Set the game mode to Horde and without any Mutators. Shoot the generator controlling three light spots. Kryll will begin to appear at three location. Go to one of three locations and look for a sword used by RAAM. When you find it, press X to take it. Note: When you grab the sword you will hear RAAM scream. Do this two more times and a sword should appear next to the sniper rifle just outside of the Kryll location (not where the Kryll are located, because the sword you find there spawns in that location). After you collect that final sword, your character will fall to the ground and a group of Kryll will circle around him. Your character will float, and a Vulcan will appear for everyone in the team.

Everyone has CluckShot weapon

Select the Insane difficulty setting. Complete Act 1 without touching any of the ash bodies to earn the "Respect For The Dead" achievement after you arrive at Griffin's hideout and enter his hidden weapon cache. You will now have access to a little chicken wearing a pirate hat to the right. Press X to on the chicken to make it explode. Play Act 4 Chapter 2 and find the two special ammo boxes that fall off the cliff as you approach them. The first box is at the beginning of the Act, on top of a car. The second box is at the end of a railroad track in the underground section where you are attacked by Polyps. Reach Act 4 Chapter 3 and move past the lift. Go through the barbed wire to encounter a group of Formers. Kill them all out and search for a stack of objects with another ammo box on top of it. Kick the stack to get the box to fall off. After a moment you will get a CluckShot weapon for each of your teammembers. This weapon is a a Boom Shot that shoots exploding chickens.

Everyone has Dom's beard

Use the following trick to have all characters wear Dom's beard. Start a new game under the Insane difficulty setting. Remain close to Dom when the flashback begins. Note: Though you may need to walk away from him briefly to get him to move. If done correctly, he will say "Yo". Remain near Dom during the entire flashback. Note: You can still fight the Locust as long as your remain close to Dom. If done correctly, when the flashback ends everyone will have Dom's beard for the rest of the game.

"Mad World" instrumental during Gridlock multi-player mode

Play a match with at least two round wins required to finish a match, and complete a round without anyone destroying any of the ash people inside the multi-player map. At the start of the next round, an instrumental piano version of "Mad World" will play.

Defeating berserkers

Use the following trick to kill the regular berserkers that appear in the Boss waves in Horde mode. Pick up a Scorcher (the flame thrower) and blaze them up. Note: These are not to be confused with the Lambent berserker.

Damage immunity

While performing the Retro Charge or Chainsaw Bayonet execution, you are unaffected by any damage in Horde. Note: In Hardcore and Insane, enemies such as the Boomer and Kantus will wait until you finish the execution to fire at you. Also, when using the Mutator "Comet", you are invincible while roadie running.

Execute Lambent Drones

Tag a Lambent Drone with a smoke grenade and it will get downed like regular enemies. You can then perform any execution desired on him.

Easy medals

Go to Versus mode and choose a private match. Set the bots number to the maximum. Make sure the score limit is maxed out so that you have the most possible time in a match. Also, set the difficulty to Casual. You can now work on whatever medal you are trying to achieve. Also, when choosing a level, you can switch out which weapons you want. For example, if you change them all to Torque Bows you can use that the entire match until you have enough kills with it to unlock its execution. You can keep switching the guns desired before you start a new match and work with them to actually unlock all the executions. Note: The only weapon you cannot choose is the cleaver; for this, go to Horde mode and choose Drydock. Tthe Butchers will appear on level 2, and from there you can pick up their cleaver and use it until you have unlocked its execution. By using this method you can unlock many medals.

Prequel reference

During the prologue "dream" sequence that Marcus has at the beginning of the game, press RB to look at the Tac-Com. You will see that two of the characters who accompany Marcus, Dom, and Adam are "A. Carmine" and "B. Carmine". A. Carmine is Anthony Carmine and B. Carmine is Benjamin Carmine, two of the previous, deceased members of the Carmine family who accompanied Marcus in the previous Gears Of War games.

Achievements

Complete the following achievements to unlock Xbox Live Gamerscore points.
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Marcus, It's Your Father (5 points): Story Progression in Prologue (Standard or Arcade).
Swimmin' in Glowie Gravy (10 points): Story Progression in Act 1 Chapter 2 (Standard or Arcade).
We Struck Gold, Son! (10 points): Story Progression in Act 1 Chapter 3 (Standard or Arcade).
My Turf! Cougars Territory! (10 points): Story Progression in Act 1 Chapter 5 (Standard or Arcade).
Putting it Scientifically… (10 points): Story Progression in Act 1 Chapter 6 (Standard or Arcade).
Okay, Now We Find Hoffman (10 points): Story Progression in Act 2 Chapter 1 (Standard or Arcade).
Oh Yeah, It's Pirate Time (10 points): Story Progression in Act 2 Chapter 5 (Standard or Arcade).
Thanks For Flying GasBag Airways (10 points): Story Progression in Act 2 Chapter 7 (Standard or Arcade).
Anvil Gate's Last Resort (10 points): Story Progression in Act 3 Chapter 1 (Standard or Arcade).
Was it Good For You? (10 points): Story Progression in Act 3 Chapter 2 (Standard or Arcade).
Lost Your Good Driver Discount (10 points): Story Progression in Act 3 Chapter 3 (Standard or Arcade).
Brothers to the End (10 points): Story Progression in Act 3 Chapter 5 (Standard or Arcade).
Think You Can Handle That? (10 points): Story Progression in Act 4 Chapter 3 (Standard or Arcade).
Baird's Favorite Kind of Toy (10 points): Story Progression in Act 4 Chapter 5 (Standard or Arcade).
Welcome To -redacted- (10 points): Story Progression in Act 4 Chapter 6 (Standard or Arcade).
Look at That, Instant Summer. (10 points): Story Progression in Act 5 Chapter 2 (Standard or Arcade).
Ok. Faith. Yeah. Got It. (10 points): Story Progression in Act 5 Chapter 5 (Standard or Arcade).
You're Dead! Now Stay Dead! (10 points): Story Progression in Act 5 Chapter 6 (Standard or Arcade).
Ready for More (50 points): Complete all campaign Acts on Casual or Normal Difficulty (Standard or Arcade).
Ain't My First Rodeo (50 points): Complete all campaign Acts on Hardcore Difficulty (Standard or Arcade).
That's Just Crazy (75 points): Complete all campaign Acts on Insane Difficulty (Standard or Arcade).
Collector (5 points): Recover 5 Campaign Collectibles (any difficulty, Standard or Arcade).
Pack Rat (10 points): Recover 20 Campaign Collectibles (any difficulty, Standard or Arcade).
Hoarder (15 points): Recover all 42 Campaign Collectibles (any difficulty, Standard or Arcade).
Remember the Fallen (15 points): Recover all 15 COG Tags during the Campaign (any difficulty, Standard or Arcade).
My Fellow Gears (50 points): Complete all Campaign Acts in Co-op (any difficulty, Standard or Arcade).
We Few, We Happy Few... (50 points): Complete all Campaign Acts in 4 player Co-op (any difficulty, Standard or Arcade).
Level 5 (5 points): Reach level 5.
Level 10 (10 points): Reach level 10.
Level 15 (15 points): Reach level 15.
Level 25 (25 points): Reach level 25.
Level 50 (50 points): Reach level 50.
Judge, Jury and Executioner (10 points): Get a kill with every possible execution finishing move (any mode).
Wreaking Locust Vengence (10 points): Get a kill with every Locust monster in Beast mode (any difficulty).
Enriched and Fortified (10 points): Complete all 50 waves of Horde mode (any difficulty, any map).
It's All About the Loot! (25 points): Earn the Bronze "Loot Courtesan" medal.
All for One, One for All (10 points): Earn the Bronze "Force Multiplier" medal. (Video)
First Among Equals (25 points): Earn the Silver "Number 1" medal.
Award Winning Tactics (25 points): Earn at least one Onyx medal.
Seriously 3.0 (100 points): Reach level 100 and earn every Onyx medal. (Video)
Welcome to Versus (10 points): Kill 10 enemies in Team Deathmatch (Standard or Casual).
The Versus Sampler Platter (10 points): Complete one match of all six Versus game modes (Standard or Casual).
Welcome to Horde Mode (10 points): Survive the first 10 waves of Horde mode (any difficulty, any map).
Welcome to Beast Mode (10 points): Survive all 12 waves of Beast mode (any difficulty, any map).
Welcome to Arcade Mode (10 points): Complete 5 Arcade Campaign chapters in co-op (any difficulty).
Welcome to the Big Leagues (0 points): Demonstrate your skill in Casual Versus multiplayer.
Wait, What Time is it? (10 points): Earn the maximum Consecutive Match Bonus in Versus multiplayer (Standard or Casual).
Lambency (50 points): Execute an Epic employee, or someone who already has Lambency, in Versus multiplayer (any mode).
Socialite (70 points): Earn the Onyx "War Supporter" medal. (Video)

Additionally there is one secret achievement.

Respect for the Dead (5 points): Your respect for the dead earned you access to Griffin's special weapons stash.

Avatar Awards

Complete the indicated task to unlock the corresponding Avatar Award.

Horde Shirt: Earn the "Welcome To Horde mode" achievement.
Locust Drone Mask: Earn the "Welcome To Beast Mode" achievement.
Marcus' Doo-rag: Complete Campaign mode.

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