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A pair of standard issue COG Tags that every Gear soldier receives.

"These we save. These will outlast all our bodies. On the land, in the sea, or on the ground, we remain Gears. You can leave the bodies where they fall. But we save COG tags whenever we can."
Ezra Loomis to Damon Baird

The COG Tag was a form of identification worn by Gears of the Coalition of Ordered Governments. Whenever a Gear had fallen in battle, the tags would be retrieved when possible. This was a way to keep track of soldiers that were killed in action. It has been said that the families of deceased Gears were prepared to pay substantial amounts of money to have the COG Tag of a fallen loved one recovered. The text written on a tag says: "Property of the Coalition of Ordered Governments".


Gears of WarEdit

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There are thirty COG Tags (thirty-three in the PC version) scattered throughout the Gears of War campaign. Although many of them are located off the beaten path, every one of them has a corresponding Crimson Omen in the vicinity. Keep your eyes peeled for the spray painted Crimson Omen insignia, as that is your surefire clue that there is a Tag nearby. Some of the Tags are on the floor directly near the Omen, whereas others are less obvious.

There are three achievements for getting the COG Tags. When you get 10, 20 and 30 tags, you get Time to Remember, Honor-Bound and For the Fallen respectively. As in other achievements, the color of the pictures changes due to the difficulty, with 30 tags red, 20 tags yellow and 10 tags white as shown to the right.

Minh Young Kim is unlocked as a playable character in Gears of War 2 Multiplayer after collecting ten COG Tags in the original campaign.

For a full list of COG Tag Locations, click this link.

Gears of War 2Edit

In Gears of War 2, six COG Tags are among the collectibles that can be found throughout the game. All of the COG Tags are accompanied by a letter written by the Gear.

Gears of War 3Edit

Fifteen of the forty-two collectibles in Gears of War 3 are COG Tags. As in Gears 1, a Crimson Omen on a wall signals that a tag is nearby. Collecting all fifteen earns the achievement "Remember the Fallen".

Gears of War: JudgmentEdit

All forty-eight collectibles in Gears of War: Judgment are COG Tags. As in Gears 1 and Gears 3, a Crimson Omen on a wall signals that a tag is nearby. Collecting ten COG Tags earns the achievement "Never Forgotten", twenty-five earns "Veteran Remembrance" and all forty-eight earns "Respect for the Fallen".

Gears of War 4Edit

Ten of the fifty collectibles in Gears of War 4 are COG Tags. Collecting all ten earns the achievement "Remember the Fallen".

COG Tags

Marcus Fenix holding COG Tags with Dog Tags on them of fallen Gears.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • On the Gears of War 2 cover, some of the COG Tags have Dog Tags on them. In the actual game, there are no dog tags on the COG Tags, just the usual two gears.
  • NECA sells replica COG Tags.

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