The Hydra was a mutated species of Reaver. It was the personal mount of Locust High Priest Skorge[1] and a creation of the Locust scientist Ukkon.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Locust War[edit | edit source]

During the war, Hydras were created by the Locust Scientist Ukkon by mutating Reavers.[2]

Assassination of Ukkon[edit | edit source]

When confronted by Sergeant Gabriel Diaz and his forces, Ukkon revealed his newest creation, the Hydra and used it to attack them. However, they were able to slay the creature and kill Ukkon.[2]

The Hydra about to fly away from the Lightmass Bomb destruction.

Lightmass Offensive[edit | edit source]

After the defeat of the Locust Horde during the Lightmass Offensive, one Hydra along with its rider escaped the destruction of the Outer Hollows.[3]

Skorge and his Hydra mount chase after Delta Squad.

Operation: Hollow Storm[edit | edit source]

After the defeat of the Locust Horde, Skorge, the High Priest of the Kantus monks, used the awakened Riftworm to destroy Sera's cities on the surface. On his personal Hydra, Skorge led the Riftworm to Tollen and Montevado, destroying the cities.[1] During Operation: Hollow Storm, Skorge, atop his Hydra, led the Riftworm to Ilima, sinking it too and it was first seen by Delta Squad before it led the Riftworm to Ilima. After the death of the Riftworm and the attack on the Queen’s palace, Skorge dueled against Dominic Santiago and Marcus Fenix, however his staff was broken and he was forced to retreat atop his Hydra. Skorge attacked the retreating Gears, following Delta-One, who were on Reavers, to the surface. The Hydra tried to bite the Reavers and Skorge tried to shoot them with a Troika until they got stuck in a small exit, though they eventually managed to get out and continue their pursuit. The Hydra and Skorge chased Delta until Delta used the Reavers' machine guns and rocket launchers to destroy the Hydra, severing its claws and blowing up its mouth, which caused Skorge to crash to the ground, killing him.[1]

Gears of War: Judgment concept art depicting the Hydra.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • The Hydra in Greek mythology is a serpentine creature with multiple heads, which would grow two more heads if one was cut off.
  • The Hydra was called the 'Uber Reaver' in its concept art.
    • It was referred to as the "Rhino Reaver" by fans up until its official naming and reappearance in Gears of War 2.
  • In the Gears of War: Judgment Guide book, there is concept artwork that shows the Hydra flying over a burning Halvo Bay. It is possible that the Hydra or another of its species was meant to appear in the game but got cut during development.[4]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Hollow and Enemy Creatures
Locust Horde
Queen
Berserker (Matriarch) · Boomer (Butcher, Flame Boomer, Grinder, Mauler, Mauler Elite, Savage Boomer, Tremor) · Drone (Beast Rider, Bolter, Cleaver Theron, Cyclops, Disciple, Flame Drone, Flame Grenadier, Grappler, Grenadier, Grenadier Elite, Gunner, Hunter, Hunter Elite, Miner, Palace Guard, Rager, Savage Drone, Savage Grenadier, Savage Grenadier Elite, Savage Hunter, Savage Marauder, Savage Theron, Sniper, Spotter, Theron Elite, Theron Guard, Theron Sentinel) · Kantus (Armored Kantus, Savage Kantus, Zealot) · Sire
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 · Seeder · Serapede · Siegebeast · Tempest (Shrieker) · Ticker · Torture Barge · Wretch
Lambent
Imulsion
Former · Lambent Berserker · Lambent Brumak · Lambent Bull · Lambent Dog · Lambent Drone (Lambent Drudge) · Lambent Gunker · Lambent Leviathan · Lambent Polyp · Lambent Stalk · Lambent Wretch
Swarm
Queen
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 · Pouncer · Scion (Armored Scion, Heavy Scion, Scion Elite, Warden) · Sire · Snatcher · Swarmak
DeeBees
DR-1 · Shepherd (Deadeye) · Tracker (Shock Tracker) · Watcher (Guardian, Sentinel)
Vehicles and Transportation
Ground
COG: All-Terrain Vehicle · Ambulance · Armadillo · Assault Derrick · Behemoth · Bot-Transport Cart · Car · Cargo Cart · Cargo Truck · Centaur · CIC Truck · COG APC · COG Tank · COG Train · Construction Mech · Cougar Interceptor · Emergency Management Command Vehicle · Forklift · Gondola Lift · Grindlift · Mammoth · Mechanical Loader · Mega Mech · Mine Cart · Minotaur · Nethercutt Tunnel Boring Machine · Ore Transporter · Port Gantry Crane · Packhorse · Rat Bike · Rat Truck · Rock Cutter Machine · Silverback · Tac-Com Vehicle · Track Mule · Tyro Pillar
UIR: Asp · Car · Cargo Cart · Forklift · Light Armored Vehicle · Matador Sport · Pariah Tank · Rocket Gantry Crane · Rocket Transport Train · Ski-Bike · UIR APC · Vasgari Passenger Train
Locust Horde: Bloodmount · Brumak · Seeder · Shibboleth · Siegebeast · Swarmak · Torture Barge
Other: Horse Wagon · Junker · Skiff
Marine
COG: Amphibious Assault Ship · Battle Trawler · COG Attack Submarine · COG Battleship · COG Boat · COG Cargo Ship · COG Patrol Boat · COG Imulsion Tanker · Fishing Boat · Landing Craft Tank · Marlin · Raven's Nest Class · Rowboat · Seabass Model · Submersible
UIR: Fishing Boat · Gelen Class Frigate · Gorasni Attack Submarine · Gorasni Destroyer · Rowboat · UIR Battleship · UIR Cargo Ship · UIR Imulsion Tanker · UIR Miniature Submarine · Vasgari Cruise Ship
Locust Horde: Assault Barque · Locust Barge · Locust Gunboat
Other: Reaction Ferry
Aerospace
COG: COG Rocket · Condor · Corva · Kestrel · King Raven · King Raven Mark 2 · Petrel · Sea Raven · Tern · Vulture
UIR: Khimera · UIR Rocket · UIR Space Capsule · UIR Transport Helicopter · Vasgari Passenger Plane
Locust Horde: Gas Barge · Hydra · Reaver · Tempest
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