Elite Drones represented the best of SwarmDrones. Distinguished by their black hide, they were tougher, better equipped, and more aggressive than their lessers, making them the second-most dangerous bipeds in the Swarm behind Scions.
This makes them far more aggressive and, like the Imago, more prone to assaulting in close quarters. They are also much more tough owing to their hardened hide and more armor, so engage them from a distance to avoid the insta-kill.
The Elite Drone is a playable multiplayer character for the Swarm in Gears of War 4, and has three unlockable character skins, excluding its Default skin: Color Blast, Onyx Gold, and Spectre. Its Onyx Gold skin is only available in the Onyx Gold Swarm Pack.
Their behavior is a mixture between the Locust Grenadier and the Locust Cyclops.