Gears of War 3 Guide

Gears of War 3 Game Guide: List of Weapons

The following Gears of War 3 video game guide reveals the full list of weapons that can be accessed in GoW 3, by those players who have decided to purchase the game.

The guide offers useful information that can be used by all Gears of War fans, who wish to find out what’s the best weapon (gun) in Gears of War 3.

The video game was developed by Epic Games, as an exclusive Xbox 360 title.

Rated M for Mature, Gears of War 3 was one of the most expected video games of 2011, since it is the third and the final game of the series.

The third-person shooter received multiple acclaims after its official release, as well as positive scores from critics.

On Joystiq, for example, GoW 3 received 5 stars out of 5, while the Official Xbox Magazine critics gave a perfect 10 to this title.

Bolo Grenade

In Gears of War 3, the Frag Grenade (also known as the Bolo Grenade), is a throwing weapon used by the COG and the Locust Horde. In the Single Player Mode, you can carry up to 4 Bolo Grenades, but this amount is reduced in the Multiplayer Mode to 2. Additionally, the Bolo Grenade is replaced with a Smoke Grenade in the Multiplayer Mode, which is used to smoke out the enemies and force them to leave their cover areas.

The Bolo Grenade has medium range, but if you manage to tag it to an enemy (frag tag him), it will instantly kill your target. Another important feature of this weapon is that you can use it to close the emergence holes, used by the Locust.

Boltok Pistol

The Boltok Pistol is a sidearm used by the Locust and a revolver with low to medium accuracy and short to long range. The COG version of this weapon is known as the Snub Pistol, but unlike it, the damage inflicted by the Boltok Pistol is higher.

The magazine of a Boltok Pistol can carry up to 6 large caliber rounds. It is a semi-automatic weapon, but it has high recoil.

Boomshot Grenade Launcher

The Boomshot Grenade Launcher is a weapon which also appears in Gears of War 2, being favored by the Locust Boomers.

It is a single-shot grenade launcher, equipped with a magazine that can carry one grenade, but the maximum number of grenades you can hold is 12. This large weapon, fires cluster grenades. It has a slow fire rate and medium accuracy, but with a direct hit it instantly kills most targets.

This weapon should not be used in close range fights, because you will also take damage during the explosion; that’s why most players use it in ambushes.

Butcher Cleaver

The Butcher Cleaver is a special Gears of War 3 melee weapon, which appears in the Horde Mode 2.0. The cleaver is dropped by Butchers and unlike other weapons; you can use it only for a limited time, before it breaks.

The Butcher Cleaver is similar to a machete and it should be used only in close range fights.

Digger Launcher

The Digger Launcher is one of the new weapons introduced in Gears of War 3. Used by the Savage Locust, this launcher is considered one of the best weapons in the game.

The Digger Launcher fires a small creature called digger, which goes underground and seeks its target, and then it explodes causing massive damage. The best way to avoid the digger is to move around. If someone fires a digger at you, pay close attention to the environmental sounds, because you will hear it coming.

Gnasher Shotgun

The Gnasher Shotgun is a Gears of War 3 weapon manufactured by the Coalition of Ordered Governments. It is a medium size weapon equipped with a magazine that can carry up to 8 rounds.

The Gnasher Shotgun uses 12 gauge shells; it has a short range and a slow fire rate. Its accuracy and damage depend on the range; therefore it should be used in close range fights, for increased effectiveness. Some Locust Grenadiers and Drones use this weapon as well.

Gorgon Burst Pistol

The Gorgon Burst Pistol is a semiautomatic sidearm, that’s why it’s also known as the Gorgon SMG. The weapon is manufactured by the Locust Horde, and it is a medium double-barreled pistol.

Equipped with a magazine that can hold up to 32 rounds, the Gorgon Burst Pistol has medium accuracy and slow fire rate; but at close range, it can be a devastating weapon, because it fires in bursts of 8 rounds.

Hammerburst 2 Assault Rifle

The Hammerburst is a Gears of War battle rifle which also appears in GoW and GoW 2. In Gears of War 3, it is also known as the Hammerburst II, and has suffered several modifications.

One of the most important changes can be observed while aiming over the shoulder. If you press the right analog stick, the view jumps to a first-person perspective, which allows you to take out an enemy faster than before. This option is a trade for the weapon’s fire rate which was reduced.

The Hammerburst in GoW 3 is equipped with a 17 rounds magazine, and it has two fire modes. In the automatic mode, the rifle can fire 4 rounds per second, while in the semi-automatic mode; the fire rate depends on your skills.

Hammer of Dawn

In Gears of War 3, the Hammer of Dawn remains a tactical weapon, but it can also be used in the Multiplayer Mode.

The weapon was invented by Mauris Ivo and is manufactured by the Coalition of Ordered Governments. Featuring a variable rate of fire, the Hammer of Dawn uses impulsion-powered satellite beams to wipeout all leaving creatures inside the targeted area.

Lancer Assault Rifle

The Lancer Assault Rifle is a weapon which debuted in the first Gears of War video game. It can also be accessed in Gears of War 3, along with the Chainsaw Bayonet attachment well known by all Gears of War fans.

The Lancer Assault Rifle has a magazine that can carry up to 60 rounds. It fires 15 rounds per second, and has medium range and accuracy. It is a medium weapon, manufactured by the Coalition of Ordered Governments.

Incendiary Grenade

The Incendiary Grenade is also one of the weapons that appear for the first time in Gears of War 3. It’s similar to a Bolo Grenade, but it’s an area of denial throwing weapon; however on direct impact it can kill a target by setting it on fire.

Ink Grenade

The Ink Grenade is a throwing weapon introduced in Gears of War 2, but it also appears in Gears of War 3. It is similar to the Incendiary Grenade, but it has a different effect on the target.

When the Ink Grenade hits the ground, it releases a gas that obstructs the target’s vision. Additionally, after 5 seconds, the gas acts like a poison, and damages all nearby units. A downed target exposed to the gas will die after several seconds.

The Ink Grenades are used especially by the Locust Horde. The range of the ink cloud released by this grenade is 10-yard radius.


The One Shot weapon from Gears of War 3 is a heavy sniper rifle developed by COG. It is one of the most powerful weapons in the game, because you can kill almost any target with a single bullet, however it has a very long reload time and a small magazine.

The One Shot sniper rifle is equipped with a red laser and you have to reload it after every shot.

Retro Lancer

The Retro Lancer, also known as the Pendulum Wars Lancer, is the predecessor of the Lancer Assault Rifle, and a playable weapon in Gears of War 3. The assault rifle manufactured by the Coalition of Ordered Governments has a medium rate of fire, low to medium accuracy and is equipped with a magazine that can carry up to 30 rounds.

The Retro Lancer should be used in close to medium range fights, for increased effectiveness.

Sawed-Off Shotgun

The Sawed-off Double Barreled Shotgun also makes its debut in Gears of War 3. It is a single-fire shotgun manufactured by COG, and it is a very effective weapon in close ranged combats.

If the weapon is used correctly, you can take out up to 4 enemies with a single shell; however it must be reloaded after each shot.

Torque Bow

Manufactured by the Locust, the Torque Bow is a playable weapon in Gears of War 3. It is a deadly medium size weapon which uses impulsion-tipped explosive arrows that inflict massive damage.

The Torque Bow has a slow rate of fire, but high accuracy, and after each shot, you must reload it. The maximum amount of arrows you can carry is 12.

Vulcan Cannon

The Vulcan Cannon is one of the new weapons introduced in Gears of War 3. Manufactured by COG, the Vulcan Cannon is a fully-automatic two-man gatling gun.

To correctly use the Vulcan Cannon, you need a partner who can help you by carrying the ammo pack.

Gears of War 3 Guide
Scroll to Top