Gears of War 3 Weapons Guide: Best Weapons For Single Player And Multiplayer


Posted September 20, 2011 - By Donell Tucker

Gears of War 3 Weapons Guide: Best Weapons For Single Player And Multiplayer

With so many Gears of War 3 weapons to choose from in single player and multiplayer mode, how can a player decide which are the best? G4's Gears 3 best weapons guide is your answer. Learn the pros and cons of each weapon from the famous Lancer to the new One-Shot. We have it all, including videos that demonstrates each weapon with great advice to improve your Gear of War 3 online experiences. For more information, including the descriptions for all the weapons, check out Adam Rosenberg's GoW3 campaign and weapons guide.


Gears of War 3 Lancer Demonstration Video »


The Lancer is a fully automatic rifle, delivering a surprisingly high level of accuracy (even at range) with a good amount of damage. The Lancer's ammo and clip capacity both are the highest of the standard machine guns. Plus, it's got that chainsaw, for awesomely brutal close-range executions.

The Lancer is not the most powerful rifle in Gears 3's multiplayer, and it takes almost a full clip of bullet to put down your opponent, but with a high rate of fire and high accuracy, it can keep enemies at a distance. A simple tip to learn is whenever you are going to use the Lancer's chainsaw for close combat, hold down the B button and tap like crazy. You never know if your opponent is planning to do the same thing, and most likely you'll enter into a chainsaw duel. Play it safe, I say.

Continue on to see more weapons after the break.


Another returning standard machine gun, the Hammerburst is smaller than the Lancer and even more dead-on accurate. The tradeoff is the rate of fire, which is the slowest of the game's MGs, and the ammo capacity, which is the smallest in this class. The Hammerburst lacks any sort of bayonet attachment, so it is best used at range. The rate of fire may be slow, but those bullets pack a punch, so choose your shots wisely. Clicking the right stick while holding down the left trigger drops you into a first-person iron sights aiming perspective, essentially eliminating what little recoil this weapon has to begin with.

It's better in multiplayer to use this gun at a far distance for maps like Dry Docks, Sandbar, or even Hotel, since the accuracy is amazingly high, you can use it like a automatic sniper. I would suggest not using this machine gun if you are horrible at aiming.

Gears of War 3 Retro Lancer Demonstration Video »

Retro Lancer

The Retro Lancer is a newcomer in Gears 3. Similar in appearance to the regular Lancer, this gun trades the chainsaw for a nasty-looking blade bayonet. To use it, you'll need to line up an enemy and charge at it by holding down the B button. The Retro Lancer is easily the most powerful of the machine guns, but it comes at a considerable cost: the recoil has a severe upward pull -- exacerbated by a reasonably high rate of fire -- and the ammo capacity is half of what you get in a regular Lancer. There's also a slow reload time for this one. Seriously, though, the recoil is no joke; expect to be correcting your aim constantly even if you're capable with the burst fire.

In multiplayer the key here is to tap the right trigger creating a burst rate of fire, rather then holding it down. You want to either aim at the head or body of your opponent and you'll kill him in a few shots. The best way to use the bayonet is to charge at your opponent who doesn't notice you. Running into the opponent as he sees you will just give him an easy target and an easy kill.

Secondary (NON-LOADOUT) Weapons


Gears of War 3 Digger Demonstration Video »


Digger Launcher

The Digger Launcher is basically a Boomshot with a twist. While the latter weapon resembles a standard grenade launcher in the way it behaves, the Digger Launcher instead fires a small, burrowing creature – a digger – that’s been strapped with proximity explosives. When you hold down the left trigger, a targeting line is overlaid onto the battlefield showing you where your shot will travel. Once fired, the digger follows that path, popping up out of the ground and exploding either when it reaches the end point or when any enemies get too close to its travel route.


Gears of War 3 OneShot Demonstration Video »



The Longshot's absence from the list of basic loadout weapons has always been puzzling, but it's something you'll need to acquire on the battlefield rather than simply start with (certain co-op situations notwithstanding). This is the Gears version of a sniper rifle. One shot per clip, long reload time, high damage -- though only headshots offer one-shot-kills -- and scoped, with a click of the right stick while the left trigger is held down.


The Locust take on a grenade launcher. There's not a huge arc on this thing, but you'll definitely want to aim a little higher if you're aiming at a more distant target. A single head-on shot to the body of the larger Locust types -- Boomers, Maulers, etc. -- won't be enough to take it out, but will nonetheless weaken the enemy to the point that a couple machine gun bursts should do the trick. Also great for taking out groups of human-sized-or-smaller creatures.


Gears of War 3 Scorcher Demonstration Video »



This is the Locust flamethrower. It can be very, very powerful at close range, though it doesn't offer the insta-kill opportunities that your shotguns do. Which means that whichever enemy you're burning alive might have some opportunity to take a few parting shots at you before turning to ash. Keep that in mind.

Torque Bow

This is a unique Locust weapon that compares best with the compound bow and exploding arrows that Sylvester Stallone's Rambo character put to good use in Rambo II. The Torque Bow must be charged before it can be fired; hold down the RT and you'll see a curving line slowly becoming more straight as the charge time increases. This is your explosive arrow's arc of flight. You can fire at any time, but a fully charged Torque Bow is dead-on accurate; wherever your reticule is when you release the trigger, that's where your arrow will land. The only thing to note: the Torque Bow can only be charged with a shot for so long before it automatically lets that shot fly.

Gears of War 3 Hammer of Dawn Demonstration Video »

Hammer of Dawn

While the Hammer of Dawn's stopping power easily qualifies it as one of Gears' super-weapons, it's also something you can carry in your inventory like the other, more standard weapons. You only get a handful of shots with this highly damaging weapon, so make each one count. You're not actually dealing any direct damage either; the Hammer of Dawn is a laser targeting system for an orbital satellite that fires an everything-killing laser once a target has been properly "painted."

Sidearm Pistols

Gears of War 3 Snub Pistol Demonstration Video »

Snub Pistol

This is the pistol that everyone starts with, and also the weapon you should always seek to replace no matter what. You can carry a reasonable amount of ammo for it and its got a good clip size/reload time, but this thing is weak. Only pull it out if you have no other choice. As with all three sidearms, you can zoom in your aim slightly by clicking the right stick while holding down the left trigger.

In mulitplayer I would suggest using the Snub pistol only when you are out of ammo. The Snub pistol has been improved from Gears of War 2, but the best way to use this pistol is for clipping of your opponents while they hide behind cover.

Gorgon Pistol

The Gorgon should be your go-to sidearm, no question. It's got the highest ammo capacity in this class, largely because it's a fully automatic weapon. That's right, folks: the Gorgon burst fire seen in previous games is gone. So what you're basically looking at is an Uzi. It's not terribly powerful, or quick on the draw, but it's a much-needed supply of bullets when the well runs dry on your machine gun.


In multiplayer, the Gorgon pistol is a better sidearm to have over the others. It's easy to control when unleashing tons of bullets in your opponent or at their cover and it does good damage to make your opponent worry about their health. I would recommend this sidearm at all times.

Boltok Pistol

The Boltok is the standard Locust sidearm, a hand cannon that begs comparisons with real-world firearms like the Magnum revolver. It's not nearly as powerful as a hand cannon could be -- the Boltok actually seems a bit tamer than it was in Gears 2 but it's useful in a pinch. Quick reloads, but only a moderate rate of fire and small clip/ammo capacity.

In multiplayer, I would only suggest he Boltok Pistol is you are confident in your aim. The best place to shot your opponent is his head to use the Boltok pistol effectively. Missing shots at close range will result in a body bag just for you.


Gears of War 3 Gnasher Shotgun Demonstration Video »



The Gnasher is your basic semi-automatic shotgun. It's got a slow-ish rate of fire and is basically useless at a distance, but it also gives you eight shells per clip. If you can get right up in the face of an enemy -- I'm talking inches away -- and land a point blank shot, it's an instant kill for most human-sized enemies. This is a solid secondary for those who like to mix it up close. Try to get good at hip firing with this puppy; it becomes a deadly force to reckon with in the right hands.

The Gnasher was the king of shotguns in multiplayer with it's overpowered damage, but it now has been downgraded in Gears of War 3. It has a faster rate of fire and a longer range to hit, but it still is not the shotgun you want to use. For a better shotgun learn how to use the Sawed-Off Shotgun.

Gears of War 3 Sawed-Off Shotgun Demonstration Video »

Sawed-Off Shotgun

The Sawed-Off Shotgun is new in Gears 3, though people got to play with it in the beta earlier this year. This thing is a beast at close range. You only get one shot per clip, but it covers pretty much everything in your current field of vision when you fire. The reload time is insanely slow, so make sure you have an exit strategy in case your shot doesn't land or other enemies are nearby. The lengthy reload time and lower ammo cap (both the clip and how much extra you can carry) make this tough to recommend over the Gnasher, at least for the purposes of the game's campaign. Multiplayer is another story entirely.


Gears of War 3 Smoke Grenade Demonstration Video »

Smoke Grenade

Only marginally useful in the campaign since it really doesn't do any damage. Good for concealing your advance, but you're better off engaging at range anyway. You'll be better off with any of the other three, damage-dealing grenades.

Frag Grenade

This one goes boom, plain and simple. You don't get much more basic than a frag grenade. If you're playing a co-op game, at least two players in your group should keep these handy.

Gears of War 3 Ink Gernade Demonstration Video »

Ink Grenade

The Ink Grenade is a good area attack weapon. Toss it to create an inky, black cloud of liquid smoke, causing significant damage to anything -- friend or foe -- caught inside of it.

Incendiary Grenade

New to Gears 3, the Incendiary Grenade serves pretty much the same purpose as the Ink Grenade -- controlling an area -- only it uses fire to maintain that control.

A NOTE CONCERNING GRENADES: While all grenades can be thrown, they also all share a secondary feature that allows you to essentially set them as mines. Arm your grenade, aim your reticule at a nearby wall and press the B button. Your character will plant the explosive in the wall, and it won't detonate until/unless an enemy gets close. The same tactic can also be used to plant a grenade directly onto the body of an enemy. This is especially useful against the game's armored foes.

Two-Handed Weapons


This thing is no knife. It's really more of an oversized machete, and probably a horribly rusty one at that. Not terribly useful overall, as it only has a limited number of attacks and, as the old saying goes, it's not generally a wise idea to bring a knife to a gun fight.


The Mulcher is a chain gun you can carry. Max ammo capacity is 200 shots, though the gun will overheat if you attempt to fire them all at once. No reloads are required, but watch the heat bar as you're firing to maintain a steady outpouring of bullets with this puppy. If you're using a Mulcher to keep watch on a specific area that's about to be flooded with enemies, feather the right trigger to keep the barrel spinning,. You'll be quicker on the draw when trouble arrives.


The Locust Mortar is devastating when used correctly. It works like any other mortar you've ever seen. Line up your shot, get your range (by holding down the right trigger until you feel you're sending the shot far enough) and fire. Everything in its blast radius will probably be blown to pieces.. Immediately.


The One-Shot is a Longshot on steroids. You only get a few shots with this thing but, as the name implies, just about anything you connect with will fall in only ONE SHOT. From the smallest nothing Polyps all the way up to the flying Reavers. One shot and they're toast. Hold the left trigger down to look through the scope and charge the weapon up. Once a red dot appears in the middle of your sight picture, you are free to fire.

Vulcan Cannon

Technically speaking, the Vulcan Cannon is a four-handed weapon. Two to man the gun -- which sends 600 very powerful bullets downrange at an insane speed -- and two to man the ammo feeder. While there are 600 shots to fire, the gun's clip holds only a fraction of that. A second player (or team AI) can man the ammo feeder, tapping A continuously to keep a steady flow of bullets moving from the magazine into the gun. Whenever you see one of these, make sure you put it to good use. It's devastating.

Gears of War 3 Weapons Guide: Best Weapons For Single Player And Multiplayer


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