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This article is for the drones of the Swarm. For the Locust Drones, see Drone.

Drones are mature Imagos, the result of Juvies that have mutated inside a nest. They are tough and resistant soldiers who resemble the backbone of the Swarm's army. Drones wear clothing and some armor, with their skin hardening into a defensive carapace, giving them some defense in contrast to the Imagos.

They usually use the Hammerburst II, though they use other weapons such as Lancers as well. There are several variations, each for separate purposes.


Drones function the same as their Locust counterparts, acting as frontline infantry against the COG. Like the Imagos, Drones share many of its abilities but have slightly more health and fight more cautiously, in contrast to the more close combat orientated Imagos.

Drones are therefore considered the jack-of-all-trades for the Swarm and are adaptable and flexible in most situations. By themselves they are not a threat, but in groups they are an immediate danger on higher difficulties.

Swarm Drone Gallery[]


  • The Drone is a playable multiplayer character for the Swarm in Gears of War 4, and has four unlockable character skins, excluding its Default skin: Color Blast, Festive, Onyx Gold, and Spectre. Its Festive skin is only available in the Gearsmas Gear Pack, and its Onyx Gold skin is only available in the Onyx Gold Swarm and Mystery Packs.
    • During the Feral Horde Weekend in February 2017, three additional skins - Tiger, Cheetah, and Snow Leopard - were awarded by March 31st for completing 50, 100, and 200 waves, respectively, of Feral Horde.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

  • Like their Locust predecessors, they also speak in short phrases. Some of them are:
    • "Destroy!"
    • "Human!"
    • "Die!"
    • "Terminate!"



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)