The Dropshot is a modified mining tool[1] that fires an aerial mine/drill bit which floats in a straight line over the battlefield for as long as the trigger is pressed. Once released, the mine will spin downwards violently, detonating after it hits the ground. When a direct hit on an enemy is achieved, the mine will often drill into their head, decapitating them and causing their body to convulse until the mine detonates. If the mine hits anything, including an enemy, before the trigger is released, it will bounce off whatever it hits and explode after a short time.

When a drill bit is fired, a line showing where it will drop if released will be displayed as a guide. This line will be red if fired by the player or an enemy, and blue if fired by an ally. If whoever fired the Dropshot is killed, the drill bit will automatically spin downwards. Dropshots can be fired over long distances, but their range is not unlimited; a charge bar on the top of the weapon will countdown till the drill bit automatically drops.

Occasionally, the drill bit will home in on an enemy after releasing the trigger. If a perfect active reload is achieved, the drill bit will detonate much sooner after hitting the ground. The Dropshot is surprisingly effective against Guardians and Sentinels if you manage to drop the drill bit immediately behind the shield.


The Dropshot's execution involves pushing the weapon into the downed enemy's head, lifting them up, and launching their body into the air.

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The Weapons and Equipment of Gears of War

Auto-Turret · Beacon Grenade · Blow Torch · Booshka Grenade Launcher · Brader · Buzzkill · Chain Gun · Chainsaw Bayonet · Combat Knife · Commando Knife · Custom Lancer · Dropshot · Fire Extinguisher · Flechette Guns · Gas Mask · Gnasher Shotgun · Gut-Puncher · GZ18 Markza Sniper Rifle · Hammer of Dawn · Imulsion Countermeasure Weapon · Incendiary Grenade · Lightmass Bomb · Lightmass Missile · Longshot Sniper Rifle · Longspear Rocket Launcher · Machete · Mark 1 Lancer Assault Rifle · Mark 2 Lancer Assault Rifle · Mark 1 Markza Assault Rifle · Molotov Cocktail · Mortar · Mulcher · Musket · MX8 Snub Pistol · One-Shot · Police Lancer Assault Rifle · Rocket Launcher · Sawed-Off Shotgun · Scorcher Flamethrower · Silverback · Smoke Grenade · Stim-Gas Grenade · Stomper · Tripwire Crossbow · Ultra-Violet Turret · Vulcan Gatling Gun


Bolo Grenade · Boltok Pistol · Boom Shield · Boomshot Grenade Launcher · Breechshot · Butcher Cleaver · Digger Launcher · Dual Chainsaw Staff · Elite Sawed-Off Shotgun · Gorgon Submachine Gun · Hammerburst Assault Rifle · Hammerburst II · Ink Grenade · Kryll Grenade · Multi-Turret · Nemacyst · Thumper · Torque Bow · Troika Heavy Machine Gun