Pods are how the Swarm are created. The process is mostly unknown but it starts with a human being snatched by a Snatcher and then being placed inside of a pod. Whilst inside the pod, the human is connected to the Swarm's hive mind and is eventually destroyed and then recreated as a Juvie or Screamer.
Pods can be used as cover by both Gears and Swarm Drones. If a pod is popped, a Juvie or Screamer may emerge, or nothing at all. Destroying a pod to remove cover from a Drone may be useful, but if a Screamer does emerge, it can pop every other pod in the vicinity, including your own, so caution is advised when attempting this.
- Gears of War 4 (First appearance)