- "Well look at that. An old Centaur factory."
"So you used to ride in these heaps, huh?"
"They weren't so bad. A little cramped. Broke down all the time."
"Hmmmm. That sounds like they were pretty bad."
"Heh. Yeah, maybe. But they got the job done."
- —Marcus Fenix, JD Fenix and Del Walker discussing the Centaur tanks
The Centaur was a Coalition of Ordered Governments Army light tank. It was equipped with large wheels in the place of tracks, and had four-wheel drive and steering. It was armed with a single, high velocity main cannon that fired high explosive shells. The cannon was capable of holding up to six shells in its internal magazine at a time.
It was very easy to repair, as demonstrated by Damon Baird and Augustus Cole, who were able to fix relatively heavy damage in less than a minute. It also seems to have a very high troop capacity for a tank, as it can hold at least four Gears and several Stranded. The Centaur tank also has the same model hatch as the Armadillo.
The Centaur made its debut late in the Pendulum Wars, being used in urban combat against the Union of Independent Republics. At the Battle of Ragani, the remains of a Centaur were found, indicating the use of Centaurs there.
Evacuation of IlimaEdit
Fall of the Tollen DamEdit
Around 14 A.E. the Speyer Metalworks factory still produced new Centaurs. After the Tollen Dam - a power plant vital to the region's industry - fell to the Locust, Speyer was evacuated and the production could not be continued.
Raid on Jacinto MedEdit
- "This is Centaur Two-Three, establishing position outside the hospital."
- —The driver of Centaur Two-Three, reporting in during the attack on Jacinto MedMany Centaurs were used during the defense of Jacinto and its Medical Center, maintaining defensive positions at blockades.
Operation: Hollow StormEdit
During Operation: Hollow Storm, Centaurs were charged with defending the Assault Derrick convoys en route to Landown; two tanks per Derrick. Along the route, though, many Centaurs were destroyed by joint attacks from Seeders and Reavers. One was crushed by a boulder that was dislodged by a Nemacyst impact. One saved Delta's Derrick, Rig 314, from a rampaging Brumak.
Mission to the New Hope FacilityEdit
After killing the Riftworm, Delta Squad received a Centaur that had been transported by a King Raven, and was tasked with investigating the New Hope Research Facility, during which the tank took minor damage during a Razorhail storm. After Marcus and Dom regrouped from their investigation of the facility, and the Razorhail subsided, multiple Reavers attacked Delta. While the rest of Delta was tasked with defending the Centaur from the Reaver swarm, Baird dealt with the repairs and managed to get the machine rolling just before the onslaught became too heavy.
Infiltration of NexusEdit
After evacuating the facility, Delta then drove the Centaur as they made their way to Mount Kadar, fighting their way through multiple Reavers, Locust outposts, and Seeders before arriving in the Hollow through a cave. Inside, Delta used the Centaur against three Corpsers and a pair of Brumaks before continuing deeper. The squad eventually made their way to a Stranded camp led by Chaps and, on the orders of Marcus, Baird and Cole used the Centaur to transport the Stranded back to the surface for pick-up.
Post Sinking of JacintoEdit
Eighteen months after the dissolution of the COG, many Centaurs fell into a state of disrepair and remained broken down due to a lack of spare parts. Many were built into the damaged walls of Anvil Gate. Others were scattered around the grounds. Some functional tanks did, however, take part in its defense against the Savage Locust attack.
In the twenty-five years following the end of the Locust War, it is unknown what happened to the Centaur or what role it serves, if any, within the reformed COG. During the battle of Speyer, Marcus Fenix, along with his son JD Fenix and friends Kait Diaz and Delmont Walker, travel through a Centaur manufacturing plant, where several Centaurs in various states of assembly are seen left abandoned on the assembly line.
The Centaur was protected by thick, heavy armor capable of withstanding waves of small-arms fire. However, it was extremely vulnerable to heavy cannon and missile fire, as well as a stomping from Locust creatures such as Corpsers. Skorge's dual chainsaw was able to slice a Centaur tank in half.
Its armaments consisted of two weapons that were both mounted on the turret atop the vehicle. The first was a powerful, long-range cannon that was fed from a 6 shell internal magazine. It also had a light machine gun. A single round from a Centaur could kill a Berserker, as evidenced during the Battle of Port Farrall.
Besides weapons and armor, the Centaur featured numerous amounts of technological equipment to support itself and friendly forces when in the field/battlefield. It is an 'All Wheel Drive' vehicle with 4 wheel steering, giving it the ability to turn on a dime.
The Centaur featured four forward-mounted headlights/searchlights, for helping itself and friendly forces to see in the dark, which increased combat survival and effectiveness. It also featured a winch at the front of the tank for pulling out other friendly vehicles.
The Centaur was also equipped with several antennae, used for both short-range and long-range communications between friendly forces, and even Coalition High Command/Combat Information Center. The Centaur was also armed with a huge, front-mounted tread, similar to the one on the Armadillo, that was used for clearing debris and even ramming Locust out of the way.
Boost capabilities allowed the Centaur to achieve short bursts of speed, allowing for quick evasion from danger or boosting over chasms.
- Centaur II-W0801
- Centaur Zero-Two
- Centaur Zero-Three
- Centaur Zero-Nine
- Centaur Two-Three
- Centaur Four-Nine
- Centaur Twenty-Eight
Behind the scenesEdit
- The Centaur gets its name from a creature in Greek mythology with the torso of a man attached to the body of a horse; this compliments its nature as it has a tank turret but the chassis is closer to a truck or APC.
- Best Buy offered a remote controlled Centaur as a gift for pre-ordering the legendary edition of Gears Of War 2.
- In October 2012, Erector released a line of action figures and vehicles for Gears of War; the line included the Centaur Tank.
- RAAM's Shadow
- Gears of War 2 (First appearance)
- The Quickening (Appears in flashback(s))
- Harper's Story
- Jacinto's Remnant
- Gears of War 3
- Gears of War 4
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Gears of War 2
- ↑ Gears of War: Hollow Issue 4
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 http://gearsofwar.xbox.com/GOW2/TheGame.htm#/timeline/PendulumWarsBegin
- ↑ Gears of War: They Also Serve
- ↑ RAAM's Shadow: Darkness Spreads
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Gears of War: Jacinto's Remnant
- ↑ E3 2010 Gameplay demo.
- ↑ Gears of War 4
- ↑ http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/erector-unleashes-its-gears-of-war-collection-172298911.html
- ↑ http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=13201734&prodFindSrc=search