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DR-1s are humanoid DeeBees that are slower but stronger than the regular Shepherds. These DeeBees are deployed in extremely heavy firefights (military) or as heavy shock troopers (civilian).


Armed with the Overkill Shotgun, they use jets in their feet to shift sideways and evade attacks, and even 'jump' over cover. When they take enough damage, their core will glow yellow and they will charge towards the player and explode, similiar to a Lambent Drudge. If the player is behind cover, the DR-1 can 'jump' over and stomp the player, downing them, and if followed up by a self-destruct, can be a lethal move. DR-1s are sometimes armed with Tri-Shots or RL-4 Salvos.

Best ways to take down a DR-1 is to headshot it with a precision weapon to prevent its self-destruct mechanism. Even heavy and explosive weapons would sometimes fail to prevent it from self-destructing, so weapons like the Longshot Sniper Rifle, EMBAR Railgun, Markza Mk 1 Marksman Rifle and the Torque Bow would be the most effective.

On occasion, in Gears 5, the player would be given an opportunity to summon either a DR-1 or a Sentinel/Guardian such as the Mission to Azura Research Facility and the Evacuation of Settlement 2.[1] [2] In the Hivebust of Pahanu, Team Scorpio discovered and later utilized an intact DR-1 for support in Pahanu.[3]

DR-1s, like all DeeBee units, are vulnerable to hijacking from a Flock of Swarm Leeches. How these organisms could hack a robotic mainframe is unknown, but these DR-1s would transform into the dangerous but largely immobile Stumps.[4]

Behind the scenes[]

  • Their large size, tougher defense and powerful weapons makes DR-1s the DeeBee equivalent of a Locust Boomer, a Swarm Scion and a COG Silverback.
  • When it comes to summoning in the campaign, DR-1s are inferior to the Sentinel/Guardian due to being a larger target, inability to fly, lacking a recharging frontal shield and being less maneuverable. However, they are encountered a bit more frequently than the latter two.



  1. Gears 5: Act 1: Chapter 1: Shot in the Dark
  2. Gears 5: Act 1: Chapter 3: This Is War
  3. Gears: Hivebusters: Act 1: Stranded
  4. Gears 5
Human and Surface Creatures
Chairman · First Minister
DR-1 · Gears (Commando, Hivebuster, Medic, NCOG Marine, Onyx Guard, Sapper) · JACK (Geobot) · Shepherd (Command Bot, Deadeye) · Silverback (Mechanical Loader) · Tracker (Shock-Bots, Shock Tracker) · Watcher (Guardian, Sentinel)
Indies (Cosmonaut, UIR Elite, UIR Officer, Sandswept Trooper)
Surface Creatures
Ape · Armored Fish · Armored Shark · Beast of Pahanu · Cat · Chicken · Cattle · Crow · Dog · Goat · Horse · Iron Jaw · Mawfish · Monkey · Pig · Rat · Rock Eel · Salmon · Sand Wasp · Scree-Mite · Serano Blowfish · Serano Cephalopod · Serano Lobster · Serano Shark · Tyran Steelpike · Unidentified Mammalian Carnivore · Wakaatu · Whale Fish · Whale
Hollow and Enemy Creatures
Locust Horde
Berserker (Matriarch) · Boomer (Butcher, Flame Boomer, Grinder, Mauler, Mauler Elite, Savage Boomer, Tremor) · Drone (Beast Rider, Bolter, Cyclops, Disciple, Flame Drone, Grappler, Gunner, Miner, Savage Drone, Savage Hunter, Savage Marauder, Sniper, Spotter) · Grenadier (Flame Grenadier, Grenadier Elite, Hunter, Hunter Elite, Savage Grenadier, Savage Grenadier Elite, Ravager) · Kantus (Armored Kantus, Savage Kantus, Zealot) · Rager · Sire · Theron (Cleaver Theron, Palace Guard, Savage Theron, Theron Elite, Theron Sentinel)
Hollow Creatures
Bloodmount · Brumak · Corpser (Shibboleth) · Digger · Gas Barge · Heart Leech · Kraken · Kryll · Leviathan · Mangler · Nemacyst (Ink Grenade) · Nemacyte · Reaver (Assault Barque, Hydra) · Riftworm · Rockworm · Rock Shrew · Seeder · Serapede · Siegebeast · Tempest (Shrieker) · Ticker · Torture Barge · Wretch
Former · Lambent Berserker · Lambent Brumak · Lambent Bull · Lambent Dog · Lambent Drone (Lambent Drudge) · Lambent Grenadier · Lambent Gunker · Lambent Leviathan · Lambent Polyp · Lambent Stalk · Lambent Theron · Lambent Wretch
Canker · Carrier · DeeBees (Bastion, Reject, Stump) · Drone (Elite Drone, Grenadier, Elite Grenadier, Hunter, Elite Hunter, Imago, Sniper, Elite Sniper) · Flock (Leech) · Hive Beast · Juvie (Screamer, Popper) · Kraken · Locust (Drone · Matriarch · Sire) · Scion (Armored Scion, Heavy Scion, Scion Elite, Warden) · Snatcher (Pouncer) · Swarmak
DR-1 · Shepherd (Deadeye) · Tracker (Shock Tracker) · Watcher (Guardian, Sentinel)