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"Woah! Those little Shits can dig UNDER cover!"
Damon Baird when first encountering the Digger

Diggers were small burrowing creatures enslaved by the Savage Locust for use as explosive projectiles that are fired from the Digger Launcher. When fired, they burrow under the ground behind cover, then pop up and explode in the air, killing the enemies in that cover. They can burrow through dirt, rock and wood.

When fired into a target, the digger will latch on to the target and chew into its chest before exploding inside the victim.


Locust War[]

Destruction of Halvo Bay[]

During the Destruction of Halvo Bay, Locust General Karn attached some kind of Digger Launcher to Shibboleth's prosthetic leg, way before anyone else used such a weapon.

Lambent Pandemic[]

After the Flooding of the Hollow, Boomers were left to wander around the surface without their trusty Boomshot Grenade Launchers. They eventually harnessed Diggers and created the Digger Launcher, which was similar to Karn's in design.

Behind The scenes[]

  • Cliff Bleszinski has commented that "If you listen closely, as the Digger is heading for you, you can hear it say "Nom nom nom nom nom." [1]
  • Like the Bolo Grenade, the digger beeps before exploding, give the player half a second to roll away.
  • The Digger will latch on to the enemy and chew him or her to death and explode, in multiplayer or single-player campaign mode.


  1. Comic Con July 23, 2010; Gears of War 3 Q&A
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)