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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.

Curb StompEdit

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.

Chainsaw BayonetEdit

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

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.

Chainsaw from behind

Chain-SodomyEdit

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.

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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.

Curb StompEdit

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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 PunchEdit

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This execution is performed by walking up to a downed enemy whilst carrying any weapon other than the Torque 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.

Back BreakerEdit

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.

Neck SnapEdit

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

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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

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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

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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

Shotgun

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 neck snaps 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.)

Tearing ArmsEdit

After two games of trying to get it to work, Gears of War 3 was given 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.[1] 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.

Face PunchEdit

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 9 extra XP with every punch. 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.

Weapon ExecutionsEdit

Retro LancerEdit

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.

When using this execution in Multiplayer, 200 kills with this weapon is required to unlock it.

ScorcherEdit

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. The execution doesn't expend ammunition.

When using this execution in Multiplayer, 40 kills with this weapon is required to unlock it.

Sawed-Off ShotgunEdit

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.

When using this execution in Multiplayer, 200 kills with this weapon is required to unlock it.

Gnasher ShotgunEdit

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.

When using this execution in Multiplayer, 200 kills with this weapon is required to unlock it.

Chainsaw/Bayonet KickEdit

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.

MortarEdit

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.

When using this execution in Multiplayer, 40 kills with this weapon is required to unlock it.

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.

When using this execution in Multiplayer, 200 kills with this weapon is required to unlock it.

Digger LauncherEdit

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.

When using this execution in Multiplayer, 40 kills with this weapon is required to unlock it.

Torque BowEdit

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.

When using this execution in Multiplayer, 40 kills with this weapon is required to unlock it.

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.

MulcherEdit

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.

When using this execution in Multiplayer, 40 kills with this weapon is required to unlock it.

One-ShotEdit

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.

BoomshotEdit

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.

When using this execution in Multiplayer, 40 kills with this weapon is required to unlock it.

HammerburstEdit

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.

When using this execution in Multiplayer, 200 kills with this weapon is required to unlock it.

Gorgon PistolEdit

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.

When using this execution in Multiplayer, 40 kills with this weapon is required to unlock it.

Boltok PistolEdit

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.

When using this execution in Multiplayer, 40 kills with this weapon is required to unlock it.

LongshotEdit

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.

When using this execution in Multiplayer, 40 kills with this weapon is required to unlock it.

This execution is also known 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.

Butcher's CleaverEdit

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 enemy's spine.

Fire ExtinguisherEdit

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.

Elite Sawed-Off ShotgunEdit

Identical to the Retro Lancer, the Elite Sawed-Off Shotgun lets the player bayonet charge at an enemy by holding the B button. Successfully bayonet charging into an enemy will stab them, lift them up, and automatically pull the trigger on the gun. This results in the victim being blasted into two pieces, and does not deplete any of the player's Elite Sawed-Off Shotgun ammunition.

The execution performed on a downed enemy by holding the Y button is the same as the original Sawed-Off Shotgun.

The Elite Sawed-Off Shotgun is only available in RAAM's Shadow.

Character ExecutionsEdit

Wild TickerEdit

Going up to a downed enemy while playing as a Wild Ticker in Beast lets the player finish them off by eating them.

General RAAMEdit

In RAAM's Shadow, General RAAM has a special execution with his serrated sword where he picks up a downed enemy and decapitates them with the sword.

Gears of War: Judgment Executions Edit

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In Gears of War: Judgement, executions were almost exclusive to the campaign since in multiplayer the players couldn't be downed, the only exceptions being both lancer's bayonets; this however was changed when the Execution gamemode was added to the game, giving out more opportunities for executions.

About executions themselves, most of the executions are the same as Gears of War 3, although, with the addition of new weapons such as the Marzka or Booshka, some new executions were added in the game. The only exception to this is the curb stomp which was made unavailable for players, although bots are able to execute it.

MarkzaEdit

The executioner holds the Markza by the barrel and backs away slightly from the victim, takes some impulse and finishes off the victim by swinging the weapon upwards against the victim's chest, much like a golf club, impulsing them off the ground

BooshkaEdit

The executioner kneels behind the downed enemy, brings their hands, along with the Booshka, to the victim's head and, with a quick movement, snaps their neck with the weapon before dropping them to the ground.

BreechshotEdit

The executioner kicks the downed enemy, forcing them up to their knees, quickly takes grip of the weapon's barrel and then slams the victim's neck with the blade near the grip, decapitating them as their corpse falls to the ground.

Tripwire CrossbowEdit

A campaign-exclusive execution, the executioner stomps on the victim's back, brings one of the arms of the crossbow to the victims neck and starts pulling back, as the victim brings their hands helplessly to their neck, before brutally ripping their head off along with a mist of blood.

Gears of War 4 Executions Edit

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Gears of War 4 introduced the new concept of CQC (Close Quarters Combat) which allowed for players to pull unaware foes to their side and leave them vulnerable for a CQC execution. This tweak was also added to the mantle kick. Gears of War 4 also introduced many new weapons, tweaked several executions and added horde-specific executions for the enemies that appear there.

Close Quarters CombatEdit

Gears of War 4 introduced the new concept of CQC (Close Quarters Combat) which allowed for players to pull unaware foes to their side and leave them vulnerable for a CQC execution. This tweak was also added to the mantle kick; there are plenty of executions which will be listd below.

From the FrontEdit

  • The executioner stabs the victim on the left side of the chest twice and lets their corpse fall.
  • The executioner directly stabs the victim in the forehead and violently pulls the knife out.
  • The executioner slices the victim's neck to the left and then stabs them in the side of the head to the right.
  • The executioner stabs the victim below the chest and pulls up, cutting the chest with the knife in the process, then pulls the knife out and stabs the victim's forehead.

From the SideEdit

  • The executioner stabs the victim in the belly and then in the lower jaw, piercing their brain, then quickly pulls the knife out.
  • The executioner directly stabs the victim in the lower jaw, piercing their brain and face, then pulls the knife down fiercely.
  • The executioner stabs the victim on the belly, lifts them up slightly and then lowers them to the ground, freeing the knife.

From the BackEdit

  • The executioner kicks the victim behind the knee, forcing them to kneel, and stabs them in the head swiftly.
  • The executioner puts the arm with the knife around the victim and, as they try to struggle out, slices their throat swiftly.
  • The executioner stabs the victim on the spine and, as they lower down due to the impact, stab them on the spine again, this time behind the neck.

Beatdown (Swarm Version)Edit

Unlike the Locust arm rip off execution, the Swarm characters kick their victim's back, forcing them on the ground, then grab them by the shoulders and begins to beat them, face-first, against the ground multiple times. As with the beatdown in the other games, one can mash Y to extend the length of the execution. It ends with the executioner crushing the victim's head on the ground with one mighty blow.

OverkillEdit

The executioner lifts the victim slightly by the back, puts the Overkill down, places the victim's head on it and then proceeds to stomp the head, splattering chunks of flesh and blood everywhere; shortly after, the executioners picks the Overkill back.

DropshotEdit

The executioner puts themselves above the victim and shoves the Dropshot's muzzle into their head, lifts them up, as the victims puts their hands to their head in pain, and then they shoot, bursting the head into gore and launching the corpse away.

EnforcerEdit

The executioner kneels behind the victim and brings the Enforcer's back to the victim's neck and starts pulling back by the muzzle and stock, slowly and brutally tearing the victim's head apart.

MarkzaEdit

The executioner puts themselves behind the victim, grabs them by the back and forces them up to their knees and then proceeds to grab the Markza by the barrel and hits the victim's head with the butt of it, crushing their skull into bloody bits.

LancerEdit

The executioners flips the victim by kicking them and shoves the Lancer's chainsaw bayonet on their abdomen and start cutting through it, getting some bits of flesh on their face, and then cut the victim in half, liberating the lancer.

Retro Lancer, Longshot, BoltokEdit

This executions remains the same as Gear of War 3; however, their heads explode into viscera and brain matter instead of leaving the corpse unaltered.

EmbarEdit

The executioner hits the victim's head with the EMBAR's stock, puts themselves on top of the victim and add in a second hit and finish the victim off with a third hit which shatters their head into gore.

GnasherEdit

The executioner steps on one of the victim's legs, severing it, and then hits the victim's head with the Gnasher's front, decapitating them with the strength of the blow.

R4 SalvoEdit

The executioner puts himself on top of the victim, lifts the R4 Salvo in the air slightly and then brings it down to the victim, cutting them in half with the weight of the weapon.

Tri-ShotEdit

The executioner brings the Tri-Shot's barrels to the victims head, crushing it into gore, and activates them, shredding the victim's corpse in pieces.

BuzzkillEdit

The executioner lifts the Buzzkill up and then shoves it into the victim's back and then activates its saws, cutting the victim in half painfully.

Horde-SpecificEdit

In Horde or campaign, a small array of enemies have their own executions which makes them slightly unique from others; these include the following.

Shepherd/D-R1/DeadeyeEdit

These three DeeBees have a slight variation of the Curb Stomp which delays the rate at which they separate their foot from the victim's remains of their skull.

A unique execution which Deadeyes have involves them getting behind the player, wrapping an electric whip around the victim's neck and activating it and strangling the victim, breaking their neck and electrocuting them to death.

JuvieEdit

Juvies have their own execution in which they approach a downed victim, grab their head with both hands and smash their head against the ground three times before finally bursting it into bits.

Although a minimal change on the execution itself, using the chainsaw on a Juvie has a shorter animation for it.

ScionEdit

Scions are able to pick up downed victims by the neck, hold them up momentarily and then crushing the victim's head with their bare hands; shortly after, they throw the corpse furiously to the ground.

SnatcherEdit

Snatchers can hold a downed player on their stomach and they must be freed from it by other players shooting the belly until it bursts out; failure to do this on time, activates a special execution in which the Snatcher opens its belly, leaving the victim's mangled remains to fall to the ground.

PouncerEdit

Pouncers have their own execution which can be triggered by either them pouncing on the player, and said player failing to get them off, or by approaching a downed player. In both ways, the Pouncer will bring out the tentacles from their mouths, wrap them around the victim' head and proceed to bite it until ripping it off.

When it comes to the players, two executions can be made, both involving the chainsaw. The first happens when the Pouncer is on the ground, whether after the player evading its pounce or another player kicking them off. In this time the Pouner is stunned, the player can rev up their chainsaw and execute it. The player will shove their chainsaw on the Pouncer's glowing belly and proceed to cut through it with difficulty.

The other version occurs when the Pouncer is pouncing and the player has the chainsaw up. If they connect, the character will impale the Pouncer on the chainsaw bayonet and start cutting through them, cutting them in half; this, however, is hard to see due to how quick it occurs and since the body explodes shortly after.

CarrierEdit

Carriers can execute either downed players or players who wander too close to them, similar to Drudges in Gears of War 3. If a victim is downed, the Carrier will rise its fist and then crush the victim, mangling their body, or it will pick them up and roar on them with enough force that their head pops off and, shortly after, throws the corpse away forcefully. If a player approaches a Carrier, it will trap them with its fist, raise them up and then powerfully hit them against the ground, squishing them to bits.

SwarmakEdit

When on a Giant Mech Suit, near the end of the game, the option to execute Swarmaks is introduced. When executed, the Mech will grab the Swarmak by the head and force it down; it roars menacingly in the ground which the Mech takes advantage of by grabbing their jaw and dislodging it with a mighty pull, splattering a lot of blood killing the Swarmak which explodes shortly after.

Hive BeastEdit

On its first phase, the tentacles on its back must be "executed" by leaving them cleaved by the Mech's weapon's saws, when the beast attempts to crush you with the tentacles, and forcing the beast to rip it off in an attempt to free it. On the second phase, the arms must be "executed" by forcefully ripping them off with the blades of the fallen chopper, once they fail to crush you. After doing this with both arms, the player can then execute the beast, diving the chopper's blades into the beast's head. It flails in pain while splattering blood and then falls close to the Mech, letting the player appreciate the cut up head and brain. Shortly after, the beast falls down the hole it came from.

TriviaEdit

  • 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

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.totalvideogames.com/Gears-of-War-3/news/Cut-Gears-of-War-2-Execution-In-Gears-3-15337.html

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