Gears Of War: Judgment

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  • Aftermath campaign

    Earn 40 stars in Campaign mode to unlock the Aftermath campaign, which takes place towards the end of Gears Of War 3.

  • Unlockables

    Successfully complete the indicated task to unlock the corresponding bonus. Note: Any skins that require a pre-order to unlock will become available for purchase at a later date.

    Multiplayer characters

      Anya Stroud: Walmart pre-order bonus.
      Alex Brand: Best Buy pre-order bonus.
      Baird (Aftermath): Unlock any achievement.
      Cole (Aftermath): Survive 10 waves in Survival mode.
      Loomis: Successfully complete the main campaign.
      Minh: Earn 10 stars in Campaign mode.
      Onyx Guard (Male): Become a VIP Member (purchase the Season Pass).
      Onyx Guard (Female): Become a VIP Member (purchase the Season Pass).
      Paduk (Aftermath): Successfully complete the Aftermath campaign.
      Tai: Earn 126 stars in Campaign mode.
      Tai (Jungle): Brisk promotion exlusive.
      Young Dom: Amazon pre-order bonus.
      Young Marcus: GameStop pre-order bonus.

    Multiplayer character skins

      Arctic: Become a VIP Member (purchase the Season Pass).
      Bee: Randomly unlocked with a Rare Prize Box.
      Big Game: Become a VIP Member (purchase the Season Pass).
      Brisk: Brisk promotion exlusive.
      Cel-Shaded: Randomly unlocked with an Epic Prize Box.
      Chrome: Randomly unlocked with a Normal Prize Box.
      Copper: Randomly unlocked with a Normal Prize Box.
      Dark Carnival: Become a VIP Member (purchase the Season Pass).
      Gold: Randomly unlocked with a Rare Prize Box.
      Mummy: Randomly unlocked with a Epic Prize Box.
      Plaid: Become a VIP Member (purchase the Season Pass).
      Skeletal: Earn 80 stars in Campaign mode.

    Weapon skins

      Ares Bronze: Become a VIP Member (purchase the Season Pass).
      Big Game: Game Guide exclusive bonus.
      Brisk: Brisk promotion exclusive.
      Burn Spray: Randomly unlocked with a Normal Prize Box.
      Chrome: Randomly unlocked with a Normal Prize Box.
      Classic Hammberburst (new weapon): GameStop pre-order bonus.
      Flames Of Judgment: Become a VIP Member (purchase the Season Pass).
      Gold: Randomly unlocked with a Rare Prize Box.
      Hazardous: Become a VIP Member (purchase the Season Pass).
      Hot Rod: Become a VIP Member (purchase the Season Pass).
      Lambent: GameStop pre-order bonus.
      Onyx: Randomly unlocked with an Epic Prize Box.
      Paintball: Expertzone exclusive bonus.
      Reaper: Kill an Epic Reaper.
      Rib Cage: Randomly unlocked with a Rare Prize Box.
      Team Metal (Blue and Red): Xbox Live Gold Card exclusive bonus.
      Team Pulse: Social media bonus.
      Xbox: Randomly unlocked with an Epic Prize Box.
      Zebra: Become a VIP Member (purchase the Season Pass).

  • Declassified mission locations

    Search the indicated locations to find all Declassified missions. You must complete all Declassified missions in a chapter to get three stars for the chapter. When you see a Gears Of War logo, stand next to it and accept the mission, then continue to the marked area to begin the mission.

    Chapter 1: The Museum Of Military Glory

    Old Town

      Declassified mission: "Kilo Squad claimed to encounter unknown Locust variant. Dark Wretches Replace Normal Wretches."

      Location: You will arrive in a market with a burning tree. Once you pass the market, there will be a Gears Of War logo on the wall to the right.

    Riverwalk District

      Declassified mission: "Lt. Baird claimed unauthorized Hammer of Dawn strikes took place in Old Town. Finish Them Before Hammer of Dawn Strike in 5:00 – Failure Will Result in Death!"

      Location: The Gears Of War logo is next to a dead soldier with a sniper rifle.

    Museum Gardens

      Declassified mission: "Kilo Squad utilized prohibited Locust weapon and claimed it was effective. Use Hammerbursts, Sawed-Off Shotguns and One-Shots Only."

      Location: The Gears Of War logo is in the corridor after breaking the door.

    Great Hall

      Declassified mission: "Kilo Squad alleged that Onyx Guard units had improperly set up defenses and that Nemacysts infiltrated the Museum. Nemacyst Will Join The Ground Attack."

      Location: The Gears Of War logo is behind the statue in the Great Hall. Start the mission before the first wave of enemies, or it will disappear.

    Kashkur Wing

      Declassified mission: "Kilo Squad observed Locust equipped with the new COG Mk 2 Lancer Assault Rifle. Lancer Wielding Cyclops Drones in the Area."

      Location: The Gears Of War logo is on the wall to your left immediately after entering the Kashkur Wing area.

    East Wing

      Declassified mission: "Lt. Baird claimed Kilo Squad defended Nassar Embry's armor with no additional Onyx support. Stop Locus From Destroying Nassar Embry's Armor"

      Location: The Gears Of War logo will be in front of you, in plain view, when you enter the area. Start the mission before the first wave of enemies, or it will disappear.

    Archives

      Declassified mission: "Kilo Squad claimed to have found and destroyed Locust eggs of unknown origin. Serapede Eggs Left Intact Will Hatch, Spawning More Serapedes To Fight."

      Location: While going down the stairs, you can see the Gears Of War logo. The egg positions are mostly random in this mission.

    Vaults

      Declassified mission: "Kilo Squad alleged that dust in Archives reduced its combat efficacy. Heavy Dust Will Reduce Visibility."

      Location: The Gears Of War logo is on the wall to the right after entering the final section of the mission.

    Chapter 2: Halvo Bay Military Academy

    Enfield Bridge

      Declassified mission: "Kilo Squad claimed to take Enfield Bridge, and defeat several Reavers, without additional support and despite lack of supplies. Reduced Ammo, No Longshots and Additional Reavers To Fight."

      Location: When you are going down the stairs, there is an archway at the end. Inside the archway is the Gears Of War logo.

    Courtyard

      Declassified mission: "Cadet Hendrick alleged that Academy's proximal defense system was activated during Locust attack. Finish Before Poison Gas Deploys 5:20 – Failure Will Result in Death!"

      Location: When you go inside the building, check the corners of the second room to find the Gears Of War logo.

    R&D Labs

      Declassified mission: "Kilo Squad claimed that poorly maintained fire suppression equipment resulted in its disorientation. Toxic Fumes Affect Vision."

      Location: Immediately after entering the lab, check the right side to find the Gears Of War logo.

    Monroe Commons

      Declassified mission: "Cadet Hendrick alleged that Kilo's support bot was attacked repeatedly by Nemacysts. Nemacysts Attack Beacon."

      Location: After freeing the bot, you will go up a set of stairs. Look to the right after reaching the top to find the Gears Of War logo.

    Atrium

      Declassified mission: "Kilo Squad claimed to have successfully defended support bot using only pistols. Fight With Pistols Only."

      Location: The Gears Of War logo will be in front of you when you enter the Atrium.

    Crash Site

      Declassified mission: "Kilo Squad claimed it fought off unusual, tougher Locust at Raven crash site. Serapedes And Corpsers Added To The Attack."

      Location: There is a pillar next to some wreckage. Check it to find the Gears Of War logo.

    Chapter 3: Seahorse Hills

    Amador Park

      Declassified mission: "Pvt. Paduk claimed that Kilo Squad subdued armored enemies using only shotguns. Use Gnasher and Sawed-off Shotguns Only."

      Location: The Gears Of War logo is behind the fountain, just across the courtyard.

    Magadha Village

      Declassified mission: "Kilo Squad reported unlikely tactical use of smoke grenades by Locust forces. Locust Use Smoke Grenades To Reduce Visibility."

      Location: The Gears Of War logo is on the crates in the alleyway.

    Soleno Village

      Declassified mission: "Pvt. Paduk alleged that military-grade explosives had somehow been made to wealthy civilians. Finish Before Explosives Detonate in 5:35 – Failure Will Result in Death!"

      Location: The Gears Of War logo is to the left after entering the Soleno Village.

    Windward Way

      Declassified mission: "Kilo Squad's testimony on enemy behavior contradicts COG estimates concerning the Locust ability to flank, think strategically. Extra Locust Will Attack From Behind."

      Location: The Gears Of War logo is on the lower side of a car on the right.

    Risea Estate

      Declassified mission: "Kilo Squad claimed to witness sophisticated defense tactics, despite COG intel to the contrary. Locust Use Oneshots To Protect Mortars."

      Location: The Gears Of War logo is on the right side of the room with the broken wall.

    Guest Bungalows

      Declassified mission: "Kilo Squad alleged that COG hardware was being used by residents of Seahorse Hills area for personal defense. Sentry Guns and Laser Fences Guarding The Area."

      Location: During the cutscene, a new weapon will be shown. The Gears Of War logo is on the crates next to the weapon.

    Elliot's Mansion

      Declassified mission: "Kilo Squad claimed to have overcome powerful Locust siege using only scavenged flame weapons. Locust Use One-Shots."

      Location: The Gears Of War logo is in Elliot's Office inside the mansion.

    Chapter 4: Onyx Point

    Fortress

      Declassified mission: "Pvt. Cole claimed to have witnessed advanced Locust tactics that run counter to established COG intel. Frag Grenades Planted Around The Beach Landing With Reduces Access To The Locust Defenses."

      Location: The Gears Of War logo will be right in front of you. It must be activated right away, or it will disappear.

    Container Terminal

      Declassified mission: "Kilo Squad alleged they were fired upon by off-shore COG artillery. Finish Before Artillery Strike in 5:10 – Failure Will Result in Death!"

      Location: After passing under the bridge, the Gears Of War logo will be on the rocks on the left.

    Motor Pool

      Declassified mission: "Kilo Squad made use of Locust shields, disobeying direct orders to avoid enemy equipment. Use BoomShields And Lancers Only."

      Location: The Gears Of War logo is immediately forward.

    The Cliffs

      Declassified mission: "Kilo Squad admitted to using Theron Guard weaponry, despite explicit battlefield orders not to. Use Torque Bows and Breechshots Only."

      Location: Go down the road to find a storeroom on the left. The Gears Of War logo is on the wall inside the room.

    Central Base

      Declassified mission: "Pvt. Cole claimed that adverse weather conditions affected Kilo Squad's combat efficiency. Strong Wind Affects Movement."

      Location: The Gears Of War logo is in the center of the area, on a wall near the corner.

    Central Control

      Declassified mission: "Pvt. Cole claimed Kilo Squad fought in darkness while alleged chemical spill adversely affected squad ability to recuperate from injury. Slower Health Regeneration Resulting in Death, And Lights Are Out."

      Location: After the cutscene with the Lightmass Missile, turn to the left to see the Gears Of War logo.

    Beach

      Declassified mission: "Private Cole claimed to have defended Onyx Point beach against OneShot wielding Locust Locust Use Oneshots."

      Location: Go around the crates into the destroyed room. The Gears Of War logo is on the wall to your right.

    Chapter 5: Downtown Halvo Bay

    Wharf District

      Declassified mission: "Kilo Squad claimed to overcome a number of coordinated Locust defensive positions. Extra Locust Resistance in the Area."

      Location: After leaving the harbor, look at the building to the left to find the Gears Of War logo.

    Parade Grounds

      Declassified mission: "Kilo Squad claimed to have encountered more powerful Locust in Parade Grounds area. More Powerful Locust Resistance."

      Location: The Gears Of War logo is in the lobby of the hotel.

    Upper State Street

      Declassified mission: "Kilo Squad claimed to have fought additional units of exceptional ferocity. Heavy Locust and Rager Offensive."

      Location: The Gears Of War logo is right at the entrance of the ruined building.

    State Street Rooftops

      Declassified mission: "Lt. Baird claimed to have led Kilo Squad to victory despite lacking adequate supplies and weapons. Use Boltoks and Longshots Only."

      Location: Go upstairs, and before kicking the door to the rooftops, you should see the Gears Of War logo.

    Fire Avenue Rooftops

      Declassified mission: "Kilo Squad claimed to have crossed downtown rooftops carrying virtually no ammunition. Start With No Ammunition For Boltoks and Longshots."

      Location: The Gears Of War logo is to the right as soon as you enter the area.

    Museum Square Rooftops

      Declassified mission: "Kilo Squad claimed to have seen and avoided Reaver forces using tactics internal COG intel does not support. Finish Before Reaver Barrage in 3:30 – Failure Will Result in Death!"

      Location: The Gears Of War logo is on the right wall.

    Overlook

      Declassified mission: "Lt. Baird claimed that Kilo Squad was able to overcome severe operational disadvantages in aftermath of Museum destruction. Greatly Reduced Visibility."

      Location: Go upstairs after killing the Locusts, and look to the right to see the Gears Of War logo. Start the mission before the first wave of enemies, or it will disappear.

    Chapter 6: The Courthouse

    Grand Courtroom

      Declassified mission: "Col. Loomis's report contradicted eyewitness accounts of Kilo Squad having employed Locust melee weapons. Use Cleavers Only."

      Location: There are a couple of elevated areas without a fallen column between them. After killing the Reaver, your team will wait for you to jump over a barricade of sacks. Turn around, and circle the room to find the Gears Of War logo.

    Halls Of Judgment

      Declassified mission: "Col. Loomis's report made no mention of Locust smoke-grenade traps. Locust Smoke-Grenade Traps Reduce Visibility."

      Location: At a certain point, you will have to break a door. Immediately after going through it, you should see the Gears Of War logo.

    Terrace

      Declassified mission: "Col. Loomis's report made no mention of Kilo Squad's reduced recuperative abilities. Health Doesn't Regenerate."

      Location: There is a blocked door to the right after entering the place, which will have the Gears Of War logo on it.

    North Entrance

      Declassified mission: "Col. Loomis's report contained nothing about Kilo Squad's impaired vision due to exertion and injuries. Taking Damage Impairs Sight."

      Location: Look to the right side from the balcony to see the Gears Of War logo.

    Main Entrance

      Declassified mission: "Col. Loomis's report stressed that no Locust weapons were employed by COG forces. Use BoomShields and Sawed-Offs Only."

      Location: There are a set of bodies before a left turn. The Gears Of War logo is near them.

    Great Staircase

      Declassified mission: "Col. Loomis's report stated clearly that all COG ammunition was stored safely and securely. Finish Before Ammo Dump Explodes in 6:00 – Failure Will Result in Death!"

      Location: The Gears Of War logo is at the base of the statue (when you have to reach the Raven).

    Judgment Plaza For The Tyrant Dead

      Declassified mission: "Col. Loomis's report denied arrival of additional elite forces during battle with supposed Locust tactician known as Karn. Elite Locus Defend Karn."

      Location: After the cutscene with Karn, you will have a very short period of time to activate the mission on an ornamental rock to the left before Karn attacks. If he attacks, the Gears Of War logo will disappear.

  • COG Tag locations

    Search the indicated locations to find all 48 COG Tags. View our text guide.

  • Easy Onyx medal and XP

    To get an easy Onyx medal and lots of XP quickly in Single Player mode, open a door 200 times to get the Doorman Onyx medal. Locate a double door that requires two players to interact with to open. If one player keeps interacting with the door, it will count towards the medal's score. This trick must be done with two players, as it will not count with an AI player. Have two controllers plugged in, log into a separate account with the second controller, and play in split-screen. A double door can be found early in the game. Load Chapter 1: Section 1, and continue forward until you reach a double door. Have player two wait while player one keeps opening the door by pressing X. You should earn the medal within 10 minutes.

  • Secret rooms in Library map

    In the Library map in Multiplayer mode, after entering the upper library room called "Fountain", look left to see a large window. There is a bookcase to the left of the window with a glowing book. Interact with the glowing book in the bookcase to open a secret passage leading up to a room behind the large clock. It contains the One Shot and a good vantage point for sniping enemies. There is also a window you can use to watch the entrance to the secret room to protect it. This room can be well protected from enemies with two teammates.

    In the Library map in Multiplayer mode, start in the Main Hall, and look up to locate the large clock. Go up the stairs on the right, and then turn right again to see a couple of bookcases. Interact with the glowing book in the bookcase to open a secret passage leading to a room with an Incendiary Grenade.

  • Bucketheads Easter Egg

    Load Section 5: Straight To The Top in the Aftermath campaign. Climb the stairs, and fight through the Oneshot snipers. During the shootout, look in one of the windows in the top left to see a bucket in the window. Shoot the bucket. Later in the mission, you will fight more enemies arriving by grappling hooks. Once the Locust have been killed, the team will climb down through a collapsed floor, and you will be able to explore an office with a secret door. In the entrance hall to the office, shoot the smiley-face bucket on the head of a dead Locust. The final bucket is found in a room with a TV showing static. Shoot the bucket that is to the left of the TV. Then, go up the stairs to the roof where Baird cuts open the doors. On the rooftops, the Locust will now be wearing smiley-face and frowny-face buckets on their heads. One of the team will yell, "Oh... what the hell is going on here?" to which Baird groans "Ugh, Easter Eggs!"

  • Skywriting Easter Egg

    During the "Dead End" mission in the Aftermath campaign, climb the stairs to reach the top of the facility. Proceed until you have to climb through a window to exit an office. Once on the metal walkway, look to the right to find a Longshot next to the railing. Take the Longshot, and aim it at end the end of the large crane visible in the distance. Shoot the small figure sitting on the end of the crane, and a flying Reaver will write the word "Hi" in the sky.

  • Achievements

    Accomplish the indicated achievement to get the corresponding number of Gamerscore points:

      They Called Him Karn (10 points): Completed Museum Of Military Glory.
      Open Arms (10 points): Completed Halvo Bay Military Academy.
      The Real Thing (10 points): Completed Seahorse Hills.
      Take Back This City (10 points): Completed Onyx Point.
      I Told You (10 points): Completed Downtown Halvo Bay.
      This One's Not Over (10 points): Completed Courthouse.
      Friends (10 points): Completed Aftermath.
      Determined (10 points): Completed all Campaign Chapters on at least Casual difficulty.
      Steel Nerves (10 points): Completed all Campaign Chapters on at least Normal difficulty.
      Iron Fist (25 points): Completed all Campaign Chapters on at least Hardcore difficulty.
      Lion Heart (50 points): Completed all Campaign Chapters on Insane difficulty.
      Party People (10 points): Played any section in 4 player Co-Op.
      Blood Brothers (50 points): Completed all Campaign Chapters in Co-op.
      Challenge Accepted (5 points): Completed your first Declassified mission.
      Never Give Up (10 points): Completed at least 20 Declassified missions.
      Quality Soldiering (50 points): Completed all Declassified missions.
      A Peek into the Future (10 points): Watched Aftermath teaser.
      The Aftermath (20 points): Unlocked Aftermath.
      Rising Star (10 points): Attained 50 Stars on at least Casual Difficulty.
      Shooting Star (20 points): Attained 75 Stars on at least Normal Difficulty.
      Star Struck (50 points): Attained 100 Stars on at least Hardcore Difficulty.
      Superstar (50 points): Attained all Stars on Insane Difficulty.
      Never Forgotten (10 points): Recovered 10 COG Tags during the Campaign.
      Veteran Remembrance (10 points): Recovered 25 COG Tags during the Campaign.
      Respect for the Fallen (20 points): Recovered all 48 COG Tags during the Campaign.
      Ribbon Master (10 points): Earned 3 unique Ribbons in any section.
      Proud Wearer (5 points): Equipped your first Medal.
      Ready for War (20 points): Earned at least one Onyx medal.
      Sybarite (50 points): Earned the Onyx "War Supporter" medal.
      Seriously Judgmental (75 points): Completed all Declassified Missions on Insane difficulty.
      Level 5 (5 points): Reached level 5.
      Level 10 (10 points): Reached level 10.
      Level 20 (10 points): Reached level 20.
      Level 30 (15 points): Reached level 30.
      Level 40 (25 points): Reached level 40.
      Level 50 (25 points): Reached level 50.
      Let's Do This (50 points): Achieved level 50 and chose to re-up for another tour of duty.
      Fearless (50 points): Achieved level 50 a second time and chose to re-up for another tour.
      Unstoppable (50 points): Achieved level 50 a third time and chose to re-up for another tour.
      Death to Locust (10 points): Killed with all classes of COG in Overrun or Survival.
      Death to the COG (10 points): Killed with all classes of Locust in Overrun.
      Survivor (10 points): Completed wave 10 on all maps in Survival mode.
      Globe Trotter (10 points): Won a match on every map in all Versus modes.
      Jack of All Trades (10 points): Won 10 matches of Overrun.
      Team Leader (10 points): Won 10 rounds of Team Deathmatch.
      All Rounder (10 points): Won one match in Free For All, Team Deathmatch, and Domination.
      Roaming Free (10 points): Won one match on every map in Free For All.
      Team On Tour (10 points): Won one match on every map in Team Deathmatch.
      Overran (10 points): Won one match on every map in Overrun.
      Dominator (10 points): Won one match on every map in Domination.

    The following achievements require the "Call To Arms" bonus downloadable content:

      BOOSHKA! (50 points): Earn 50 Double ribbons with the Booshka on Terminal (Public/Ranked).
      Don't you die on me! (25 points): Revive 100 total teammates on Terminal as a Medic (Public/Ranked).
      Surprise! (10 points): Get a Double while emerging as a Corpser (Public/Ranked).
      Professional Locust (75 points): Kill 100 enemies with each Locust.
      All Aboard! (25 points): Win Hardcore Survival on Terminal with 5 Soldiers.
      Captain Sera (10 points): Earn a killing spree with the Boomshield on Boneyard (Public/Ranked).
      Long Bomb (10 points): Earn the You're It ribbon on Boneyard (Public/Ranked).
      Old School Marathon (10 points): Play 10 matches total on BloodDrive (Public/Ranked).
      Like A Boss (15 points): Place first in Free For All in Boneyard 5 times (Public/Ranked).
      You Looking At Me (20 points): Win a Team Death Match game with the entire team wearing the Car 13 Armor skin (Public/Ranked).

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