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This article is for the grenadier elites of the Swarm. For the Locust Elite Grenadiers, see Grenadier Elites.

The Elite Grenadier is the most experienced and battle hardened of the Grenadiers. They have little patience and only have one goal: to turn their enemies into thousands of chunks.

Armed to the teeth with an Overkill Shotgun and Flashbang grenades, they wear helmets that must be shot off to do headshot damage and a thick armored overcoat for protection.[1]


Elite Grenadiers function essentially the same as standard Grenadier. However, they possess much tougher armor which makes them hard to take down. Moreover, they wore thick helmets which allows them to survive one shot from a Longshot Sniper Rifle.[2]

These Grenadiers also get an upgrade to their weapons; carrying an Overkill Shotgun which makes them lethal at close range. Moreover, they supplement their Bolo Grenades with Flashbangs. While these grenades are nonlethal, when combined with their stun affect and the overkill, the Elite Grenadiers are a force to be reckoned with.[3]

Fortunately, like their lesser brethren, Elite Grenadiers seldom use cover, instead, they slowly walk towards the player, repeatedly using suppressive fire with their weapons to pin their targets, before going in for the kill.

As such, one must dispatch them from afar as quickly as possible before they get too close (usually with precision headshots), or use JACK to either stun or attack them.

Swarm Elite Grenadier Gallery[]


  • The Elite Grenadier is a playable launch multiplayer character for the Swarm in Gears 5.



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)