Gears of War 3 Weapon Executions & Skins Guide

Gears of War 3 Weapon Executions & Skins Guide

Wondering how to pull off that absolutely brutal execution with the lancer, or how to dress up your sawed-off with a fancy Onyx skin? Find out how to unlock the execution moves for each weapon, as well as the various skins that can be unlocked for the different weapons in Gears of War 3!

9/30/2011
By now you've probably conquered the Gears of War 3 campaign and have moved onto the multiplayer modes. We thought it would be helpful for those that have moved onto these fragtastic modes to know how the various weapons-related skins and executions are unlocked, so we present to you our Gears of War 3 Weapon Executions & Skins Guide!

Gears of War 3 Weapon Execution Unlocks

Every weapon in Gears of War 3 has a unique execution associated with it. The execution is triggered when you hold down "Y" when approaching a downed enemy. All of these executions are available in the campaign, but you have to unlock them in multiplayer mode by getting a specific number of kills with each weapon.
  • LANCER RIFLE: 200 Kills
  • HAMMERBURST: 200 Kills
  • RETRO LANCER: 200 Kills
  • GNASHER SHOTGUN: 200 Kills
  • SAWED-OFF SHOTGUN: 200 Kills
  • GORGON PISTOL: 40 Kills
  • BOLTOK PISTOL: 40 Kills
  • BOOMSHOT: 40 Kills
  • DIGGER: 40 Kills
  • HAMMER OF DAWN: 40 Kills
  • MULCHER: 40 Kills
  • MORTAR: 40 Kills
  • ONESHOT: 40 Kills
  • SCORCHER: 40 Kills
  • TORQUE BOW: 40 Kills
  • LONGSHOT: 40 Kills
  • CLEAVER: 40 Kills


Gears of War 3 Weapon Skin Unlocks

Gears of War 3 weapon skins can be unlocked to customize the five primary weapons in the game, including the Lancer, the Hammerburst, the Retro Lancer, the Gnasher and the Sawed-off. The requirements for unlocking the skins are listed below. Note that our Gears of War 3 Weapons Skins Guide include the dlc/paid for skins at the bottom.
  • CHROME LANCER: Earn the "Don't Hate The Player" achievement in "Gears of War."
  • CHROME HAMMERBURST: Earn the "Dirty, Dirty Horde" achievement in "Gears of War 2."
  • CHROME RETRO LANCER: Earn the "Domination" achievement in "Gears of War."
  • CHROME GNASHER SHOTGUN: Complete the campaign in all three "Gears of War" games.
  • CHROME SAWED-OFF SHOTGUN: Earn 1 achievement in "Gears of War" on PC.

  • CRIMSON OMEN HAMMERBURST: Earned the "Welcome to Beast Mode" achievement in "Gears of War 3."
  • CRIMSON OMEN RETRO LANCER: Earned the "Welcome to Horde Mode" achievement in "Gears of War 3."
  • CRIMSON OMEN GNASHER: Earned the "Welcome to Versus" achievement in "Gears of War 3."
  • CRIMSON OMEN SAWED-OFF: Earned the "Welcome to Arcade Mode" achievement in "Gears of War 3."

  • FLAMING LANCER: Unlocked for playing in the second week of the "Gears of War 3" beta.
  • FLAMING HAMMERBURST: Unlocked for playing in the first week of the "Gears of War 3" beta.
  • FLAMING GNASHER: Unlocked for playing in the fourth week of the "Gears of War 3" beta.
  • FLAMING SAWED-OFF: Unlocked for playing in the third week of the "Gears of War 3" beta.

  • GOLD LANCER: Have the Gold Lancer from "Gears of War 2" or play a multiplayer match of "Gears of War 3" in the first week.
  • GOLD HAMMERBURST: Have the Gold Hammerburst from "Gears of War 2" or play a multiplayer match of "Gears of War 3" in the first week.
  • GOLD GNASHER: Unlock the Veteran Gear achievement in "Gears of War 2."
  • GOLD SAWED-OFF: Unlock the Commando achievement in "Gears of War."
  • GOLD RETRO LANCER: Unlocked in "Gears of War 3" beta for getting 100 kills with the Gold Retro Lancer.
  • GOLD OMEN WEAPON SET: Reach level 100 in "Gears of War 3."

  • ONYX LANCER: Earn the Onyx Lancer medal in "Gears of War 3"
  • ONYX HAMMERBURST: Earn the Onyx Hammerburst medal in "Gears of War 3"
  • ONYX RETRO LANCER: Earn the Onyx Retro Lancer medal in "Gears of War 3"
  • ONYX GNASHER: Earn the Onyx Gnasher medal in "Gears of War 3"
  • ONYX SAWED-OFF: Earn the Onyx Sawed-Off medal in "Gears of War 3"

  • TEAM INSIGNIA RETRO LANCER: Earn the bronze Veteran medal in "Gears of War 3" (Play 100 multiplayer matches)
  • TEAM INSIGNIA LANCER: Earn the silver Veteran medal in "Gears of War 3" (Play 250 multiplayer matches)
  • TEAM INSIGNIA HAMMERBURST: Earn the gold Veteran medal in "Gears of War 3"
  • TEAM INSIGNIA SHOTGUN SET: Earn the Onyx Veteran medal in "Gears of War 3"


Gears of War 3 Paid/DLC Weapon Skins
  • Arctic Camo
  • Blood
  • Child's Play
  • Deadly Cute (hot pink gradient)
  • Desert Camo
  • Desert Digital
  • Electric
  • Flower (pink)
  • Garish (flower print)
  • Haze (smoke effect)
  • Imulsion (glowing radiation effect)
  • Jungle Digital Camo
  • Ocean (waves)
  • Oil Slick (dark waves)
  • Rainbow
  • Team Pulse (red/blue depending on team)
  • Team Distress (red/blue cracks, depending on team)
  • Team Metal (red/blue, depending on team)
  • Thunderstorm (animated)
  • Tiger Stripe
  • Tribal
  • Urban Digital


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