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These are descriptions of all of the executions able to be performed in the Gears of War series.
Original Gears of War ExecutionsEdit
The two special executions below are the Executions performed in the original Gears of War.
This execution is performed by pressing "X" on a downed enemy. The player's character raises his foot slowly, then slams it onto his opponent's head, crushing it. It is the basic execution in the game.
This execution is performed with the Lancer Assault Rifle by holding down B (without being hit by an enemy) and walking up to an enemy. The player's character then activates the Chainsaw Bayonet and slams it against his opponent's shoulder and drags it all the way to the left hip. This is best done as a surprise tactic or by bringing an enemy to their knees, but you should try doing it to unaware enemies to conserve ammunition. Boomers are the only regular enemies you cannot do this to.
Gears of War 2 ExecutionsEdit
Gears of War 2 Melee Attacks with the Lancer ChainsawEdit
There are four Chainsaw Bayonet executions in Gears of War 2, each of which is mentioned below.
- NOTE-You don't need to perform these to unlock the Kick 'Em When They're Down achievement.
Chainsaw from in FrontEdit
Regular (shoulder to waist): This is the original Chainsaw execution from Gears of War. When the player presses and holds the 'B' button, the character will lift his Lancer up and activate his Chainsaw. When the character gets close enough to his enemy, he will lift up his Lancer even higher and slam the bayonet down on to his right shoulder and keep pushing down through the torso. Then the Lancer rips its way through the enemy's waist and his mangled torso falls to the floor as the player lowers his Lancer.
Behind (crotch to neck): This is a new execution in the Gears of War series. In this somewhat more gratifying chainsaw execution, the player does the same thing as the regular execution, but when the character comes up to the enemy from behind, he will throw his Lancer up in the air while at the same time flipping it over and catching it. While it is upside down, the character will then ram the bayonet into the enemy through his abdomen and drag it upwards through the torso until it finally bursts through his neck and the corpse splits into two. The character then flips the Lancer over in victory.
Chainsaw on a Downed EnemyEdit
Much like the regular Chainsaw Execution, except that the enemy is on his knees when you perform the execution.
Lancer Chainsaw DuelEdit
This execution is in the form of a mini-game. When you and your opponent raise your Lancers and come together, a cutscene will occur in which you clash your Chainsaws together and duel it out. A prompt will appear at the bottom of the screen to tell you to press the "B" button as fast as you can. Whoever presses the button faster will overpower his unfortunate opponent and send the opponent's Lancer flying, then tear him in half with faster than usual, meaning you spend about as much time as you would have spent killing your opponent had a duel not occurred.
Note: This duel can be bypassed if other players are around, killing the foe with any weapon or execution (can be interrupted if another person chainsaws from behind).
Gears of War 2 Executions upon Downed EnemiesEdit
When an enemy is downed in Gears of War 2, there are 11 special execution moves for the player to use in order to finish the enemy off with style. These executions can be performed on both Locusts and Humans. Performing all eleven is necessary in order to attain the Kick 'Em When They're Down Achievement.
- Main article: Curb Stomp
This execution is performed by walking up to a downed enemy and pressing "X". It's much like the original curb stomp, except that the player's character flips his opponent on his back then crushes his head.
Triple PunchEditTorque Bow, Longshot, Boltok Pistol, Boomshield and pressing "Y". The player's character will then flip the enemy onto his back and begin hitting the enemy's face.
This execution is done by pressing "B" on a downed enemy while carrying a weapon other than the Gnasher Shotgun, Longshot, Lancer or Torque Bow. The player will lift his weapon in the air and slam it on the downed enemy's back.
To perform this execution, the player takes a downed enemy as a meatshield by pressing "A", then pressing "X" to grab the enemy's head and snap his neck.
Longshot Sniper Rifle: "Sledgehammer"Edit
If the player has the Longshot Sniper Rifle equipped, he can press the "Y" button and the character will flip his Longshot over and grip it by the barrel, then swing the butt of the gun into the enemy, much like swinging a sledgehammer.
Boltok Pistol: "Pistol Whip"Edit
If the player has the Boltok Pistol equipped, he may press "Y" when near a downed enemy. The character will then twirl the gun upon his finger and smash the butt into the enemy's head, then do a few more twirls and catch it back.
Torque Bow "Torque-apitation"Edit
If the player has the Torque Bow equipped, he may go up to an enemy that is down, then press "Y". The character will hook his Bow around the downed enemy's neck, then kick his back to push his neck onto the Bow, decapitating him.
Torque Bow: "Torque Bow Slice"Edit
If the player has the Torque Bow equipped, he may press "B" to slash the opponent using the blades on the Torque Bow.
Gnasher Shotgun: "Golf Club"Edit
If the player is equipped with the Gnasher Shotgun and presses "B" next to a downed enemy, the player's character will use the butt of the shotgun to smash the enemy's ribs/head, much like using a Golf club.
Boomshield: "Boomshield Smash"Edit
To perform this execution, the player must have the Boomshield equipped. The player then presses "Y" to raise the shield and smash the enemy's spine.
Gears of War 3 ExecutionsEdit
Gears of War 3 includes an expanded execution capabilities with the new and old weapons in the franchise. Pressing the X button allows you to take them as a meatshield, pressing X again necksnaps them. Tapping Y does a curb stomp and holding Y performs signature weapon executions (can many times be continued by repeatedly pressing Y after the initial hold.)
After two games of trying to get it to work, Gears of War 3 will have an execution that Cliff Bleszinski wanted for a long time. The player is be able take a downed enemy's arm, tear it off, and beat the downed enemy to death with it. There are two versions of this. One of them is where the player tears the arm off, and beats the enemy brutally round the head with it, hitting them once, then raising the arm for another strike, after finishing, the executioner carelessly tosses the severed arm to the floor. In addition to this, you earn extra xp for extending the execution if you keep tapping the Y button execution. Each time you hit the downed enemy, you gain 9 xp, and the final hit earns you 13-25 xp. The other is slightly different from the first. The Locust this time, hit the downed Gear holding his severed arm with one hand and double slap his head with it, striking down with the arm, then immediately striking up furiously. This variation of the execution is more furious and could be a result of how many times that player has been killed by the player being executed. This can also be extended by mashing the 'Y' button. After finishing the execution, the locust slams/throws the severed arm at the gear with both hands as opposed to the primary execution, where it's lightly thrown with one hand.
The face-punch execution has returned from Gears of War 2, but this time with a twist. Much like the arm-rip, the player can repeatedly tap 'Y' to continually beat the enemy's face, earning extra xp every punch, approximately 9xp. Once the player has released 'Y' or the time limit has been met, the player grabs the victim's "collar" and then crushes the enemy's head with his/her fist, exploding it into a chunky mess of gore and viscera.
With the Retro Lancer, one can perform a special roadie run (bayonet charge) by holding B instead of A, where if one successfully runs into an enemy with the bayonet charge they will stab them in the abdomen, lift them up, then throw their corpse to the ground.
The player can also perform an execution that will brutally stab the enemy in the side of the chest under the arm, and then finish him/her by slashing the downed enemy's throat.
This execution can be performed simply by holding Y on a downed enemy while having the Retro Lancer out. While this is possible at any time in the Campaign mode, it can only be performed in the Horde and the Multiplayer mode only after you unlock it via getting 200 kills with the Retro Lancer.
The Scorcher has a new and brutal execution. The player can jab the Scorcher's nozzle into a downed enemy and shoot fire into their body, which causes flames to erupt from their eyes and mouth. If this isn't enough, there's also some screams of pain from the victim as well. This is the only weapon execution in the game that uses up the player's ammo for the execution.
The Sawed-off Shotgun has its own execution, where the player unhinges the reloading catch, wraps it around a downed enemy's neck, then makes a sudden twisting movement at the hips, as a result, it snaps the enemy's neck, with a mist of blood surrounding it.
The Gnasher execution is almost identical to the execution from Gears 2, although instead of pressing the 'B' button, the player holds the execution button while wielding the Gnasher and the player no longer moves while executing it.
A modified execution for the Drudge, the Chainsaw Kick involves chainsawing an enemy, and then kicking them away. This is primarily for the Lambent because the players want to push them away from themselves before the enemy explodes.
One can also do this after Bayonet charging.
It is performed the same way one would do a regular chainsaw kill (holding B near an enemy), but it can only be done to Drudges. Use caution around mutated Drudges, however, especially the versions with the two extended arms, for they can easily use their arms to grab an unfortunate player at melee range before being able to pull off the attack, where they will proceed to literally tear the player apart, resulting in immediate death.
The player performing the execution with the mortar will kick the downed enemy over on to his/her back, then lift the mortar and positioning it so that the barrel points down over the enemy's head. The player performing the execution then slams the mortar down with the right arm, crushing the enemy's skull.
Lancer Assault RifleEdit
The downed player is kicked over onto their back, then the chainsaw bayonet of the Lancer is thrust onto the downed player's chest at an angle and activated, resulting in blood and small chunks of flesh being thrown into the executioner's face.
The player doing the execution swings the digger launcher under arm, this smashes the victim in the face, the victim is then flipped backwards and as they're about to land on their back, the player performing the execution boots the victim's head in the temple causing it to burst into an explosion of blood and brains.
This execution is the same as the Gears 2 version; the player hooks the blade of the bow under the enemy's neck and then stomps on the enemy's head, decapitating the victim.
Bag & TagEdit
This execution is performed after taking a downed enemy for some quick cover as a meat shield. This is done by tapping up on the D-pad when you have a downed enemy as a meatshield. This will make the player tag the meat shield with whatever grenade they happen to have in their inventory, then kick him/her towards the enemy causing them to sort of quickly stumble toward the enemy if there is an enemy you're aiming at within proximity. The idea of this execution is to take out a nearby enemy or to put him at a disadvantage at least if you had a smoke or ink grenade.
This execution move involves the player lifting the minigun, dropping it on the incapacitated adversary's spine, and then the player kneels and harshly knees the enemy in the head, with the minigun still compressing the victim.
The player flips their downed opponent onto their back and then bring up the One-shot as high as possible, barrel facing up. The victim will put their hands over their eyes, only to have the butt of the weapon crush the unfortunate enemy's head and chunks of skull and brain matter cover the surrounding area.
The executioner lifts the boomshot above the victim and drops it upon the unfortunate victim's back then lifts it again and crushes the victim's head with the large, flat nozzle of the Boomshot.
The player who downed the adversary approaches him with the Hammerburst in hand. The dominant player flips the Hammerburst around, stock facing down. He smashes the victim's head with it and then kneels down and repeatedly bashes the enemy's head until it explodes.
The executioner stomps on the enemy's arm, breaking it, causing the downed player to fall. When he tries to lift himself off the ground, the player stabs the victim's head with the small spike near the barrel of the pistol.
This execution is the same as the Gears of War 2 version; the player twirls the pistol amongst his/her finger, then pistol whips the enemy with the butt of the gun. The player then twirls the pistol back into its original position.
This execution is the same as the Gears of War 2 version; the player flips the sniper so that the barrel is in the player's hand, then smashes the stock of the rifle onto the back of the enemy's head.
This execution is also know to some players as "The Battle axe" or "The Battle axe of Doom"
Hammer of DawnEdit
The player holding the Hammer of Dawn near the downed enemy lifts the downed adversary up and puts the weapon behind the enemy's head, right on the spine. The player then knees the enemy's face, dislodging the head.
The player slams the tip of the blade into the ground next to the downed enemy's head and puts their weight on it to chop the enemies head, struggling a bit to cut through the enemies spine.
The player will take the tank of the extinguisher and repeatedly slam it into the downed enemy's head, crushing and exploding the downed enemy's head.
- The Locust Horde was supposed to have an entirely different type of the Triple Punch execution in which they would rip the enemy's arm off, then beat his face with it. It was cut out due to timing issues in Gears of War 2, but makes its debut in Gears of War 3.
- There is a glitch where if there is a weapon which if you press the "Y" button next to a downed enemy you can perform a unique execution, you can do this with another weapon by changing the weapon just before you press the "Y" button. e.g.: if you are holding a Boltok pistol and press "up on the D-pad" and the "Y" button you do the Boltok execution with the grenade or whatever weapon you change it to