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Escalation is a map from Gears of War, and later added in the Fenix Rising Add-on for Gears of War 3.

This map is even narrower than the other maps. There are four places that spawn Bolo Grenades, and there are two Longshot Sniper Rifles at the bottom of the map where one team spawns. Actually, this map has more weapons than shown here, making it by far the map with the most weapons. This map has a disadvantage to a team as most of the weapons are directed towards one side and the last frag grenade spawn is in the center. The team without the weapons are higher, however.


This map is balanced quite differently from the usual offering of Gears of War maps. All the power weapons can be found near the bottom spawn, while the opposing team spawns with an extreme height advantage at the top of the hill near the mansion. If you're on the higher end, be sure to watch your flank, as enemies can sneak around and surprise you. The team with the Longshots can have two people with the rifles ready at the stairways, which are useful in covering teammates who run towards open areas with grenades. The opposing team, however, will most certainly be watching, as patience is usually the best strategy when defending from the top.

Gears of War 3Edit

Escalation appears again in Gears of War 3 as part of the Fenix Rising DLC for 800 Microsoft Points, or for free if you have the Season Pass.

Gears Of War 3 Escalation

Escalation Overhead Map (click to enlarge)

Multiplayer Maps
Gears of War
Canals · Clocktower · Escalation · Fuel Depot · Gridlock · Mansion · Mausoleum · Rooftops · Tyro Station · War Machine
Map Pack 1: Old Bones · Raven Down
Hidden Fronts: Bullet Marsh · Garden · Process · Subway
Gears of War 2
Avalanche · Blood Drive · Day One · Hail · Jacinto · Pavilion · River · Ruins · Security · Stasis
Flashback Map Pack: Gridlock · Subway · Mansion · Tyro Station · Canals
Combustible Map Pack: Flood · Gold Rush · Fuel Station
Snowblind Map Pack: Courtyard · Underhill · Grindyard · Fuel Depot
Dark Corners Map Pack: Allfathers Garden · Memorial · Sanctuary · War Machine · Highway · Way Station · Nowhere
Gears of War 3
Checkout · Drydock · Gridlock · Hotel · Mercy · Old Town · Overpass · Sandbar · Thrashball · Trenches
Horde Command Pack: Blood Drive · Azura · Rustlung
Versus Booster Map Pack: Bullet Marsh · Clocktower
Fenix Rising: Academy · Anvil · Depths · Escalation · The Slab
Forces of Nature: Aftermath · Artillery · Cove · Jacinto · Raven Down
Gears of War: Judgment
Estate · Gondola · Island · Junkyard · Library · Rig · Skyline · Streets
Call to Arms: Blood Drive · Boneyard · Terminal
Lost Relics: Checkout · Lost City · Museum · Ward
Free Maxim-Sponsored Maps: Dreadnought · Haven
Gears of War 4
Dam · Fallout · Forge · Foundation · Gridlock · Harbor · Impact · Lift · Reclaimed · Relic

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