- — Grinder when he is about to fire his Mulcher
The Grinder was a Boomer variant recently fielded by the Locust Horde. They are equipped with a Mulcher machine gun, which they can use to lay down thunderous suppressive fire on enemy troops. They wear standard armor with the exception that their chest-plate has a high collar to protect their neck from both enemy fire and possibly from being hit and burned by the shells expelled from their own gun. To protect their heads, they sport a high, flat-topped, cylindrical helmet with the Locust symbol shining in the center. Their helmets make them less vulnerable to headshots than other Boomers, except for the Mauler.
Destruction of Halvo BayEdit
- Onyx Guard defending. Grinders then came out of E-Holes firing at Kilo. Grinders also appeared, assisting in defending Karn but they were all killed. When General Karn attacked Halvo Bay, E-Holes opened up around the city, spawning many Grinders to attack the city. Kilo Squad encountered many Grinders, one inside the archives room and some others after when Kilo Squad escaped the courthouse, when the attacking Locust finally broke through and killed all the
Assault on IlimaEdit
When General RAAM attacked the city of Ilima with a Kryllstorm to raid it from its human population, Grinders were among the locust aiding the general in following the orders given by Queen Myrrah. They first appear when a Corpser creates an Emergence Hole so the troops can move in. Another one later attacked Zeta-Six while they searched Echo-Five.
Around Ilima City Hall a Grinder guarded the park from any intruders until it fell at the hands of Zeta. More grinders appeared inside Ilima City Hall, two ambushed Zeta from the corners and one more appeared upstairs firing at the gears as they dealt with the rest of their enemies, another Grinder ambushed Zeta-Six while they used the Hammer of Dawn outpost.
Operation: Hollow StormEdit
- A gear cry when encountering a Grinder.
Numerous Grinders were encountered by COG forces during this Campaign when the COG troops breached the Hollow. Two were encountered defending a torture barge, but was dealt with by Delta. After taking over the barge they docked at a drop of point where another attacked them which was overcome. More Grinders appeared at the New Hope Research Facility, the first one pushed thorugh a door and opened fire at Delta but was killed by the incoming Razorhail, a pair then ambushed Delta inside a train car and on their way towards their Centaur Tank. Inside the Hollow, a Grinder came out of a Gunboat that attacked Marcus Fenix and Dominic Sanitago, it was dealt with a Torque Bow the duo had previously had taken from a Theron Guard which they also used to deal with the gunboat. Another Grinder on a gunboat attacked a hijacked gunboat manned by Delta Squad, along with a group of Grenadiers, but was tore apart by the Troika installed inside their boat. Another Grinder attacked the duo while trying to get to Maria, along with several Bloodmounts and Wretches , the entire group was killed just as JACK opened Maria's cell. Another pair of Grinders came out of two doors while the duo was dealing with a massive amount of fire from their front side, they tried to flank them while the Drones attempted to lower their cover, however the gears killed the Drones and overran the Grinders, emerging victorious again. Another pair of Grinders ambushed the gears but Augustus Cole and Damon Baird flanked and killed both enemies. after reaching the Locust Palace the four gears used a strategy that would make their job more easier, two would use a lift with a Troika for cover while the other two would lower the lift, several Grinders were killed by the Troika on their way below. Another two of Grinders ambushed Delta while inspecting Lambent bodies.
Griders first re-appeared in Delta's infiltration of the Locust compound in the Deadlands on their way to Anvil Gate. One was defending a staging area at the first gate to the Compound with a unit of Savage Drones and a Digger Boomer. Later that night grinders laid siege to Anvil Gate where they passed through the first door and escorted the Maulers to the door, three layers were defeated but the fourth was able to pass through but were soon met by Victor Hoffman and Dom Santiago who dispatched of them easily, the next day they tried to prevent the gears from departing in a submarine but all failed, later on they participated in the Battle of Azura with one of them being guarding a Siegebeast alongside a Mauler but was killed, another one appeared on an elevator were it tried to destroy it but was stopped, another one appeared outside the elevator room waiting for the gates to open but was ambushed and killed and a last one appeared on one of the control rooms where he was guarding one of the consoles but was ultimately killed.
Grinders appear in both campaign and Horde, but more frequently in the latter. They will usually move in first, with Drones close behind. They mainly provide suppressing fire. Grinders are vulnerable to the Scorcher, as they will lower their Mulcher for a few seconds. This, however, is extremely dangerous, especially if you have nothing to go into cover with nearby.
Behind the ScenesEdit
- Grinders were originally playable in Beast Mode in Gears of War 3, but they were taken out for unknown reasons.
|Locust Horde (Queen's Guard, Savage Locust)|
|Berserker · Boomer (Butcher, Flame Boomer, Grinder, Mauler, Mauler Elite, Savage Boomer, Tremor) · Drone (Beast Rider, Bolter, Cyclops, Flame Grenadier, Grappler, Grenadier, Grenadier Elite, Gunner, Hunter, Hunter Elite, Miner, Palace Guard, Sniper, Spotter, Theron Elite, Theron Guard , Theron Sentinel, Savage Drone, Savage Grenadier, Savage Grenadier Elite, Savage Hunter, Savage Marauder, Savage Theron) · Kantus (Armored Kantus, Savage Kantus) · Rager|
|Bloodmount · Brumak · Corpser · Digger · Gas Barge · Heart Leech · Hydra · Kryll · Leviathan · Mangler · Nemacyst · Reaver · Riftworm · Rock Worm · Seeder · Serapede · Shibboleth · Shrieker · Siegebeast · Tempest · Ticker · Torture Barge · Wretch|
|Imulsion · Lambent Berserker · Lambent Brumak · Lambent Drone · Lambent Drudge · Lambent Gunker · Lambent Leviathan · Lambent Polyp · Lambent Stalk · Lambent Wretch|