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The Crimson Omen is an emblem consisting of a red skull surrounded by a cog. It is part of the official logo of the Gears of War franchise and appears several times in gameplay throughout the series.


The Crimson Omen represents the player's health bar. When the player begins to take damage, the outer cog of the Crimson Omen starts to appear in the center of the screen; the more damage the player takes, the more visible and defined the cog becomes. When the cog becomes full, the player is down but not out - a small amount of subsequent damage will kill the player and the full Crimson Omen, including the skull in the middle of the cog, will be displayed on the screen.[1][2][3][4]

In both Gears of War and Gears of War 3, it sometimes appears painted on walls (in the same red) near COG Tags and ammunition supplies that may be beneficial to the player.

In Gears of War 3, the Crimson Omen is available as a weapon skin for the Hammerburst II, Retro Lancer, Lancer, Sawed-Off Shotgun, and Gnasher Shotgun.

In Gears of War: Judgment, Crimson Omens can be found around the environment, usually near the beginning of each mission, and are used to begin Declassified Missions, which, when activated, change the parameters for each mission and subsequently increase the star ranking awarded to players.

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  1. Gears of War
  2. Gears of War 2
  3. Gears of War 3
  4. Gears of War: Judgment

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