How to unlock new characters and cosmetics in Gears 5

Gears 5 How to unlock Batista
Gears 5 How to unlock Batista

The latest game in the Gears of War saga expands the universe by adding some new characters and even brings back some familiar faces from past titles and spin-offs. Even more exciting, are the bonus characters that you can use in Versus modes, and of course, there are plenty of skins and other cosmetics you can earn too.

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The latest game in the Gears of War saga expands the universe by adding some new characters and even brings back some familiar faces from past titles and spin-offs. Even more exciting, are the bonus characters that you can use in Versus modes, and of course, there are plenty of skins and other cosmetics you can earn too.

The way you unlock cosmetics in Gears 5 is a little different to previous games, so let us walk you through how you can become the envy of your teammates.

Bonus characters

Gears 5 How to unlock character bonus characters

Gears 5 has a tonne of awesome characters to play, starting with the base characters like Kait, JD, and Del, as well as the new Hivebuster characters that have been introduced for Escape mode. In addition, there are two bonus character packs you can get your hands on.

The first is the Terminator: Dark Fate pack, featuring classic Terminator characters Sarah Connor and the T-1000. This pack comes with any copy of Gears 5 purchased from GAME! Alternatively, you can play Gears 5 on Game Pass or Game Pass Ultimate anytime before 16 September, to secure these characters.

The second set of bonus characters come in the Halo: Reach Character Pack. You can get Emile and Kat from this beloved Halo prequel by purchasing the Ultimate Edition of Gears 5, or, by playing Gears 5 on Game Pass Ultimate.

Last but certainly not least, is the Dave Bautista character. Yes, you read that right, the pro-wrestler and star of films such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Blade Runner 2049 is coming to Gears! All you have to do to unlock this burly hero is play the game online anytime between 15 September and 28 October.

Other cosmetics

Gears 5 How to unlock characters other cosmetics

As well as bonus characters, Gears 5 offers a wide array of unlockable cosmetics including skins, expressions, blood sprays, and flags. All of these items can be purchased using in-game currency called Scrap. Scrap is earned by playing Versus and completing daily objectives in Tour of Duty. This is similar to the way cosmetics were earned in Gears of War 4, but there are no randomised drops this time around, so you won’t have to worry about scrapping duplicates.

That’s all you need to know about unlocking characters and cosmetics in Gears 5. Get revving those chainsaws and collecting that scrap, and you’ll have a veritable menagerie of muscle-bound warriors at your disposal in no time at all.

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