Operation 8 Drop 2 – Details

Hello everyone!

The time has come to talk about Operation 8 Drop 2! This post will cover everything you can expect to see when our final content title update goes live on Tuesday, September 14th.


Michael Barrick, Alicia Valera, and Oscar Diaz  in a triangle formation trying to fend off an unseen attack

Michael Barrick

Corporal Michael Barrick is a former Stranded who set aside his distrust of the COG to join the military. From battling General RAAM with Zeta-Six to fighting alongside Marcus Fenix in Delta Squad, Barrick became one of the COG’s most legendary Gears during the Locust War.

Alicia Valera

Private Alicia Valera is a Gear who specializes in reconnaissance warfare, risking her life to gather critical intel before the battle. Serving with Zeta-Six squad during the Locust War, she raced to evacuate her home city of Ilima before it was overrun by General RAAM’s horde.

Oscar Diaz

Oscar Diaz is the leader of the Riftworm Village, one of the last Outsider communities left standing after incessant attack by the Swarm. A former Gear, and uncle to Kait Diaz, Oscar is a warrior who will sacrifice anything – including himself – to defend the people under his watch.


A Rager in a menacing stance

The Rager is a wiry, aggressive Grub. Similar in appearance to a Locust Drone but with a distinctively ferocious edge, the Rager rushes into battle with minimal armor and maximum savagery.

New Maps


An indoor section of the Village Map

This Weilehan fishing village sits eerily abandoned after a recent Swarm attack. Scattered huts and a small dock area give players ample opportunity to push forward and ambush the enemy.


An outside section of the Dawn Map

The Outsiders have repurposed this abandoned mining colony into a thriving village. Two defensive structures define the landscape - the high ground of the bar, and the entrenched mine.

PvP – Competitive Rewards

As you all jump back into Season 8 of Competitive, we wanted to remind you of the rewards from this Operation.

If you finish in the top 100 this season you will be granted the Grandmaster Obsidian Gnasher.

Grandmaster Obsidian Gnasher

For Season 9 of Competitive we will then swap the Obsidian Gnasher out for the Grandmaster Bloody Gnasher.

Grandmaster Bloody Gnasher

We are also adding new banners to earn for each of the Competitive modes in Operation 8 so make sure to keep an eye out for that!

So just to recap, here is how the Competitive rewards will now work:

  • 100k points – Playlist Mark - 100k
  • 500k points – Playlist Mark – 500k
  • 1 million points – Playlist Master Banner
  • If you finish in the top 1,000 – Some weapons from Heroic Obsidian Gnasher set.
  • If you finish in the top 100
    • Playlist Grandmaster Banner
    • Trinity Skorge
    • Grandmaster Obsidian Gnasher
    • Golden Heart Bloodspray
  • If you finish the season as the top player
    • Golden Gnasher Bloodspray

Note: After Season 9 we will not be granting the Top 100 rewards anymore, so make sure you get them before then!

Prototype Weapons

On the release of Operation 8, we introduced two prototype weapons, these weapons were developed throughout Gears 5 but did not have the final polish.

We are happy to announce we are releasing one final prototype weapon, the Hammer of Dawn.

Note: Prototype Weapons will remain in Custom Versus only and will not have any customizable skins. When they were created, they were intended for PvP and we would need extensive work to bring them over to PvE.

Hammer of Dawn

Alicia using the Hammer of Dawn

A staple across the Gears franchise, the Hammer of Dawn targets an area and unleashes a deadly barrage, do not be near it!

PvP Tweaks

We’ll also be adding the following tweaks in Operation 8 Drop 2 for PvP!

  • We will be adding "Fully Loaded" versions of Control, TDM, and FFA to Custom Versus (this allows you to set most weapons as loadout weapons and to toggle melee in addition to the normal mutator options).
  • Additional Medal groups for PVP and PVE focused on ribbon-based medals (1 group for PVP and 1 for PVE).
  • Bullet penetration mutator added as an option to all Custom Versus modes.
  • We will be updating the rate of XP gain for PVP to be in line with Inconceivable Horde.

Beyond Operation 8

Back in May, we announced our plans to move to Unreal Engine 5 with Operation 8 being the final Operation for Gears 5.

To clear up some specific points regarding Gears 5 going forward:

  • Once Operation 8 ends, the game will move into a phase of automation, where the following will happen.
    • Tour of Duty – Will reset going forward. See below for the list of rewards you can expect with each Tour of Duty:
Name Reward Type Reward Value
Recruit I Coins 2000
Recruit II Iron 50
Recruit III Coins 500
Recruit IV Coins 500
Recruit V Iron 50
Private I Coins 500
Private II Coins 500
Private III Iron 50
Private IV Coins 500
Private V Coins 500
Corporal I Iron 50
Corporal II Coins 1000
Corporal III Coins  1000 
Corporal IV  Iron  50 
Corporal V  Coins  1000 
Sergeant I Coins 1000
Sergeant II Iron 100
Sergeant III Coins 1500
Sergeant IV Coins 1500
Sergeant V Iron 100
Officer I Coins 1500
Officer II Coins 1500
Officer III Iron 100
Officer IV Coins 2000
Officer V Coins 2000
Lieutenant I Iron 100
Lieutenant II Coins 2000
Lieutenant III Coins 2000
Lieutenant IV Iron 100
Lieutenant V Coins 2500
Captain I Coins 2500
Captain II Iron 150
Captain III Coins 2500
Captain IV Coins  2500 
Captain V Iron 150
Major I Coins 2750
Major II Coins 2750
Major III Iron 150
Major IV Coins 2750
Major V Coins 2750
Colonel I  Iron 150
Colonel II Coins 3000
Colonel III  Coins 3000
Colonel IV  Iron  150
Colonel V Coins  3000
Major General I  Coins  3000
Major General II  Iron  250
Major General III  Coins  3500
Major General IV  Coins  3500
Major General V  Iron  250
General  Coins  4000

This will also come with a set of medals which will refresh at the end of each Competitive and Tour refresh going forward, see below for the full details.


Completion Reward: 2000 Gears Coins

Name Description Mode Stars
Team Medic Revive 150 Teammates  All 
Carnage Do 10000000 Damage  All 
Body Count  Get 10000 Eliminations  All 
Finish Them  Kill 4000 Enemies  All 
Marksman  Hit 500 Headshots Kills  All 
Executioner  Perform 150 Executions  All 


Completion Reward: 2000 Gears Coins

Name Description Mode Stars
Lancer Carnage  Deal 250000 Damage with the Lancer  All 
Gnasher Body Count  Get 250 Eliminations with the Gnasher  All 
Pistol Carnage  Deal 150000 Damage with the Snub, Boltok or Talon  All 
Big Boom Body Count  Get 100 Eliminations with the Boomshot, Dropshot or Frag Grenades  All 
Blazing Carnage  Deal 100000 Damage with the Scorcher or Incendiary Grenades  All 
Marksman Body Count  Get 100 Eliminations with the Longshot, EMBAR or Torque Bow  All 

Tour of Duty Specialist

Completion Reward: 3000 Gears Coins

Name Description Mode Stars
Battleworn Complete 200 Rounds of Versus, Waves of Horde or Acts of Escape  All 
Drop ‘Em Get 100 Downs  All 
Splish Splash  Do 50000 Damage with Incendiary and/or Shock Grenades  All 
Active Living Get 150 Active Reload Kills  All
Double Dipper Get 20 Double Kills in Versus Matches  Versus 
Do Your Part Get 100 Assists in Versus Matches  Versus 
Sending a Message  Get 25 Executions in Versus Matches  Versus 

Tour of Duty Master

Completion Reward: 5000 Gears Coins

Name Description Mode Stars
Killjoy  Get 5 Ring-Breaks in a Single Versus Match  Versus 
Busy Bee  Get 3 Triple Kills in Competitive Versus Matches  Versus 
Show Off  Get 5 Executions in a Single Versus Match 3 Times  Versus 
Goon  Get 5 or more Kills without Dying in a Single Versus Match  Versus 
Tryhard  Score 5000 Points or more in 25 Competitive Versus Matches  Versus 
Eager Beaver  Get  the First Kill 10 Times in Versus Matches  Versus 
Bully  Survive 25 Waves of Horde and/or Acts of Escape on Inconceivable Difficulty or Higher  PVE 


Completion Reward: 5000 Gears Coins

Name Description Mode Stars
Escape Attempts  Survive 50 Acts of Escape  Escape 
Escape Carnage  Do 3000000 Damage in Escape  Escape 
Escape Body Count  Get 1000 Eliminations in Escape  Escape 
Boss Hunter  Get 30 Boss Eliminations in Escape  Escape 
Hivebusters  Survive 10 Acts of Escape as Lahni, Keegan or Mac  Escape 
Scion Hunter  Get 50 Scion Eliminations in Escape  Escape 
Escape Master  Escape 10 Hives on Master Difficulty in this Operation  Escape 


Completion Reward: 5000 Gears Coins

Name Description Mode Stars
Wave Survivor  Survive 150 Waves of Horde  Horde 
Horde Carnage  Do 6000000 Damage in Horde  Horde 
Horde Body Count  Get 3000 Eliminations in Horde  Horde 
Boss Hunter  Get 30 Boss Eliminations in Horde  Horde 
Power Horder  Collect 1000000 Energy in Horde  Horde 
Locust Hunter  Get 200 Locust Eliminations in Horde  Horde 
Horde Master  Survive 50 Waves of Horde or Frenzy on Master Difficulty  Horde 

Versus Basics

Completion Reward: 3000 Gears Coins

Name Description Mode Stars
Quickplay Veteran  Win 10 Classic Quickplay Matches  Versus 
Versus Carnage  Do 1500000 Damage in Versus Matches  Versus 
Season Slaughter  Get 5000 Eliminations in Versus  Versus 
Versus Medic  Revive 50 Teammates in Versus Matches  Versus 
COG Victories  Win 25 Versus Matches as COG  Versus 
Swarm Victories  Win 25 Versus Matches as Swarm  Versus 
Ring Master  Capture 100 Rings in Versus  Versus 


Completion Rewards: 3000 Gears Coins

Name Description Mode Stars
Competitive Veteran  Win 20 Competitive Versus Matches  Versus 
Competitive Slayer  Get 200 Eliminations in Competitive Matches  Versus 
2v2 Gnasher Veteran  Win 15 Rounds of Versus Competitive 2v2 Gnasher Matches  Versus 
Free-For-All Veteran  Get 100 Eliminations in Competitive Free-For-All Matches  Versus 
Control Veteran  Win 10 Rounds in Competitive Control Matches  Versus 
Guardian Veteran  Win 20 Rounds of Competitive Guardian Matches  Versus 
Execution Veteran  Win 5 Matches of Competitive Execution 2.0  Versus 

Finally, we are reducing the stars per rank in this Tour of Duty and we’re increasing the stars awarded for each daily objective completed by 1.

See the list below for the ranks and stars needed for each rank in this Tour of Duty:

Rank Name Stars Sum
Recruit I 
Recruit II  10 
Recruit III  15 
Recruit IV  20 
Recruit V  25 
Private I  31 
Private II  37 
Private III  43 
Private IV  49 
10  Private V  55 
11  Corporal I  62 
12  Corporal II  69 
13  Corporal III  76 
14  Corporal IV  83 
15  Corporal V  90 
16  Sergeant I  98 
17  Sergeant II  106 
18  Sergeant III  114 
19  Sergeant IV  122 
20  Sergeant V  130 
21  Officer I  139 
22  Officer II  148 
23  Officer III  157 
24  Officer IV  166 
25  Officer V  175 
26  Lieutenant I  10  185 
27  Lieutenant II  10  195 
28  Lieutenant III  10  205 
29  Lieutenant IV  10  215 
30  Lieutenant V  10  225 
31  Captain I  11  236 
32  Captain II  11  247 
33  Captain III  11  258 
34  Captain IV  11  269 
35  Captain V  11  280 
36  Major I  12  292 
37  Major II  12  304 
38  Major III  12  316 
39  Major IV  12  328 
40  Major V  12  340 
41  Colonel I  13  353 
42  Colonel II  13  366 
43  Colonel III  13  379 
44  Colonel IV  13  392 
45  Colonel V  13  405 
46  Major General I  14  419 
47  Major General II  14  433 
48  Major General III  14  447 
49  Major General IV  14  461 
50  Major General V  14  475 
51  General  15  490 

Post Drop 2

While this update marks the final content update for Gears 5, we will still refresh Gears 5 up to the holidays. This will also involve more events for you to participate in and get special rewards for.

We will also be looking to update the store with “Essential Drops,” with the end goal to have the store full of all previously released content, with some exceptions such as the top character skin awarded in each Tour of Duty and exclusive promotional content. Keep an eye out as we will be announcing when we are doing these significant store drops.

XP Event

To celebrate Drop 2, we will be running a double XP (+Character XP) event with free Boost from Friday, September 17 to Monday, Sept 20. This will go live at 10:00 AM PDT, so be sure to be around!

And that is it for our Operation 8 Drop 2 reveal. Keep an eye out for next week’s This Week in Gears post which will contain the patch notes.




I knew it :blush:

If only it was available for Horde :pensive:


Damn look at all that Iron we will be getting for future Tour of Duties,. Basically 2,000 Iron which would equal $20 …


Good choice in keeping the Hammer in Custom Versus, too late into the game for PVP.

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Pv…E sucks…really sucks

and NO PVE Patch notes…???

Yep, getting suck as expected


Nice to see PvP finally getting an XP buff. Wish it was happening during this xp event though :sob:


Yeah that’s so basically you can run boost for free forever.

Full patch notes are next week.

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Next week.


Why PvP has higher priority than PvE :face_with_raised_eyebrow:


It’s been two years and still feels a bit too short. I hope the PvE playerbase won’t suddenly just die off at the end of OP8. I’m still enjoying the game, despite its flaws and shortcomings all around.

Post-OP8 refreshing Tour looks neat I guess. But eventually the Coins and Iron are going to become useless. Too lazy to do the math for when that happens, though.

I wish certain characters got more skins, namely people like Kim or Sid. Oh well.

Here’s hoping the patch notes next week have any PvE related tuning…


Yep what I thought when I saw that.

There’s not enough content on this game for such a large amount unless they start boosting up the cost of skins,etc.


Dawn is dope
love this map


All those LE runs with brawler so I could frolic about the battlefield with my heroic Kantus in pvp will soon just be another lesson in futility. I will no longer be a special man. And for that I demand that TC create a special skin that you earn for completing 5,000 first kill ribbons on LE.

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lmfao to be fair I spend LE run times watching youtube or something because on base xbox the loading screens are longer than the runs.

67k coins and 2k iron for reaching general…if you ever wanted to waste coins on miscellaneous items/skill cards you dont have, the future ToDs are about to give you ample coins to do so even if you are a casual player.

Yeah…don’t care

Dang that sucks. Have fun playing on it when it comes out

Mmm Will We see Prototype Weapons on PvE?.. It doesn’t say exactly.