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Lambent Wretch



"There! That's the monkey-dog thing I saw!"
Benjamin Carmine, upon seeing a wretch 

  The Wretch was a Hollow creature that the Locust Horde used as cannon fodder. Wretches are able to climb any surface both in the Hollow and Seran built. Several packs of Wretches took over abandoned Seran homes and buildings from the Slab to Ephyra city.[1] During the Mission to Montevado, Wretches were used by the locust to clear the city of any Stranded.[2]


Emergence DayEdit

During Emergence Day packs of Wretches were seen emerging from E-Holes and attacking the local population of every city the Locust attacked and soon fed over many of the citizens gaining their reputation of "wild dogs" and becoming some of the most popular Locust forces.

Destruction of Halvo BayEdit

Wretches were part of General Karn's army when he attacked the city of Halvo Bay. Kilo Squad faced several Wretch packs on their way towards the Museum of Military Glory while also encountering Lambent Wretches along the way. They fought more Wretches inside the Museum halls and vaults.

At the Halvo Bay Military Academy Kilo fought several Wretches at the Enfield Bridge, they had to deal with them on CQC as they had very few ammo but wasn't quite a problem for them. They later tried to attack Troy, the targeting beacon for the Lightmass Missile at the Atrium on large packs but were killed by the Gears' Snub Pistols.

More Wretches attacked Kilo at Seahorse Hills, they made a mistake trying to attack them at close quarters as the Gears used their shotguns to tear them to pieces. Packs of Wretches tried to ambush Kilo from behind while they dealt with more Locust on the front but were destroyed by Mortar fire. They later attacked Kurt Elliot's house.

They attacked the team at Onyx Point and tried to stop them from reaching Karn so that they could launch the missile. They laid siege at the courthouse were Kilo was being trialed by Col.Ezra P. Loomis were they faced the already tired and weak members of Kilo Squad, despite this they used whatever strength they got left and took them all down.

Evacuation of IlimaEdit

When Zeta-Six was searching for Echo-Five a wretch appeared behind a gate but soon fled when the gears approached, a pack later attacked the Serans, later one pack appeared and attacked both Echo-Five and Zeta-Six near Ilima's trusts and savings; later as Zeta-Six was entering Ilima's trusts and savings more packs appeared through the ventilation system and attacked them, another pack appeared near the vault and tried to ambush them. Another pack was seen trying to get Jace Stratton while he was fending with a baseball bat, then Zeta-Six arrived and Michael Barrick disposed of all the wretches within the room.

As Zeta-Six entered to Ilima High School they began to hear strange noises, while they were heading downstairs a wretch appeared behind the door and locked them in the room, as it began to screech, more packs of wretches headed towards the gears trying to ambush them in the darkness, as Zeta reached the second building of the school, wretches manipulated radio transmissions from Dr. Wisen to lure them into a trap, however the Gears followed the transmissions to their source and killed the wretches near radio and then the rest of the "little monsters", as referred by Michael Barrick that were left in the hall. Next they ambushed Zeta-Six in the locker rooms as E-holes began to appear; another pack appeared near the parking structure Zeta entered in. More Wretches would appear near the area around City Hall trying to stop them from passing through the garden.

Siege of the SlabEdit

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Lightmass OffensiveEdit

Wretches are the first Locust to appear in the game and therefore the first locust to be seen in all Gears of War, they attacked Jacinto Maximum Security Prison and finally arrived at Marcus’ cell block, they tried to eat him but soon fire from Dom scared them and fled from the scene. Their footprints can be seen near the corpses of many ripped prisoners stating that they might have fed on them. Their footprints again appeared at the House of Sovereigns while Delta Squad searched for Alpha Squad and also a tool was launched at the squad from a large distance but they didn't saw who did it, when Jack tried to open a door nearby a Wretch appeared and screeched loudly, destroying all the crystals within the room and calling a pack above them, they started to walk through the ceiling and tried to fall over Delta and flank them, however their efforts were futile. Another pack of Wretches protected a Seeder from Delta and their Hammer of Dawn. More groups from four to six appear at the House, setting ambushes to Delta along with other Locust. little group protected a Troika emplacement and a large pack climbed from the ceiling and tried to kill the Gears that now manned the Troika, all of them fell by the bullets of the turret.

Wretches ambushed Delta while they passed through a staging area on platforms, they tried to cut off the cables that held the platforms but were unsuccessful. A little group tried to protect a Gunner from begin attacked by the Gears. They ambushed Marcus and Dom while they passed through Checkpoint Two, oddly enough the Kryll did not attack them while they were at the ruined house. A large pack laid siege to Chaps Gas Station while Dom and Marcus fueled Laverne.

More packs of Wretches guarded the path to Fenix Estate and most of them protected the Therons and the Seeders along the way. They tried to attack Jack while he opened a locked door but Marcus and Dom prevented them from reaching Jack. They ambushed Marcus and Dom inside the house, tunneling from Emergence Holes to gain access to Fenix Estate, however they were unable to stop the gears from retrieving the data. The Locust closed two doors and locked the two gears inside a room where the Wretches tunneled in but they managed to open the doors and escape.

Many Wretches ambushed Delta at Timgad on their way to Tyro Station setting up ambushes under a bridge and at the Nassar Park while some others attacked Delta inside a parking structure near a Seeder. A few Wretches ambushed Delta in the Tyro Station until they were able to board the train.

Mission to MontevadoEdit

When Delta Squad arrived at the city of Montevado and they split to search for any Stranded, Dom and Jace first encounter a large group of Wretches, attracted by the pleas of a Stranded, they begin to attack the group and soon they tear the Stranded to shreds, while the couple fends against them, Marcus and Barrick are soon attacked by their own group of Wretches and also fight against them. Soon both groups disappear for unknown reasons, but soon the entire city is beginning to sink. When Montevado was completely sank a pair tried to attack Marcus and Barrick, but were no match for the gears strength.

Hollow StormEdit

"What'd you call that thing, a monkey-dog? I got a special bone for it."
Marcus Fenix , before he throws a Bolo Grenade at a parking garage the Wretches were taking cover

A small group of wretches was discovered by Delta Squad, hiding in a large parking garage near the Jacinto Medical Center and were engaged in a short hunt before being driven off. Large packs were also encountered within the Inner Hollows, used by Kantus and Drones alike, as Delta and the other squads of Gears moved further towards the Locust capital of Nexus.

" Something's up there. What was that?.
Wretches maybe... couldn't tell.
—  Dominic Santiago and Marcus Fenix after seeing what appeared to be Wretches at New Hope Research Facility.
" We got Wretches."
 Dominic Santiago after spotting Wretches.

A large colony of wretches made a prominent appearance within the New Hope Research Facility after having apparently tunneled into the walls and taken to living in the inner areas of the facility. A group of Stranded had also taken shelter there without knowledge of the infestation and were all viscously slaughtered and eaten in a surprise attack despite their best efforts to defend themselves. These wretches were eventually killed when Delta Squad arrived for tactical info detailing the Locust stronghold, some being killed by the facility's security systems, although it is possible that a few may have escaped. They were further encountered by Delta as they pushed through Nexus to set up a beacon signaling Grindlifts to begin the COG invasion, giving assistance to the Locust Gunboats in their attempts to attack the duo, then a Mauler along with a pack of Wretches tried to stop the duo from reaching the Locust Terminals, as the duo was about to reach Maria, another pack attacked them, along with Bloodmounts and Grinders, as they were killed, JACK opened Maria's cell only for Dom to see her tortured and scarred and was forced to euthanize her. A few were also encountered by Marcus and Dom as they made their way towards the sinkhole within Jacinto. All were killed in their attempts of attack on the duo.

Lambent InvasionEdit

" Might be an ambush. Come on-keep your eyes opened."
— Sgt. Marcus Fenix as the Locust cut the power supply.

Wretches were first re-encountered at  Endeavour Naval Shipyard ambushing Delta Squad while they were searching for a rotor, they were easily slain by the Gears, they crowded Azura and ambushed Delta as they arrived at the island and on their way to the Maelstrom device, while they were in a lift the Locust cut the power supply and allowed Wretches to ambush the Gears in the darkness, more Wretches tried to stop the Serans from turning off three generators to shut down the Maelstrom, they would take part in the Second Battle of Azura and attack the newly arrived COG and Gorasni reinforcements.


  • In Gears of War 3, the Wretch is a playable creature in Beast mode. It can attack enemies, stun enemies with its scream and jump over fortifications. It is a Tier 1 locust.
  • In Gears of War: Judgment, the Wretch returns as a playable creature in OverRun mode. It can again attack enemies and jump over fortifications. Its special ability is a scream used to stun enemies. A new feature of the Wretch is that it can climb walls marked out with green handprints. The Wretch can be healed by a Kantus.

See alsoEdit

Main article: Lambent Wretch

Lambent Wretches are a variant of the standard Wretch that have been exposed to Imulsion for an extended period of time, and were reported to be seen by COG forces before the Lightmass Offensive.[3]

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • Wretches were ranked number 4 on Gears of War's "Top 5 Deadliest Locust".[4]
  • When in Gears of War, the chainsawing animation looks as though you are sawing a Drone, and so it starts above the Wretch, blood spraying, until actually cutting the Wretch.
  • Wretches were described as "monkey-dog" creatures by Benjamin Carmine.
  • They are in Gears of War 3's Beast Mode at the price of $200. You also unlock the mutator "Instagib Melee", which instantly allows you to kill all but the toughest foes in Arcade and Horde with a simple melee, by getting 200 kills with the Wretch.
  • Also, the wretch has a unique kill icon in Beast mode. This is achieved when doing a lunge at an enemy and killing them with it. This is although fruitless, as the attack does very low damage and has a long action process, and it also takes more than one of these attacks to even kill a downed opponent.


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  2. Gears of War: Hollow
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Locust Horde
Berserker · Boomer (Butcher, Flame Boomer, Grinder, Mauler, Mauler Elite, Savage Boomer, Tremor) · Drone (Beast Rider, Bolter, Cleaver Theron, Cyclops, Flame Grenadier, Grappler, Grenadier, Grenadier Elite, Gunner, Hunter, Hunter Elite, Miner, Palace Guard, Rager, Sniper, Spotter, Savage Drone, Savage Grenadier, Savage Grenadier Elite, Savage Hunter, Savage Marauder, Savage Theron, Theron Elite, Theron Guard, Theron Sentinel) · Kantus (Armored Kantus, Savage Kantus)
Hollow Creatures
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
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