Imago were Swarm Drones that recently matured from Juvies from inside a nest. Emerging pale and naked, they scavenged whatever weapons were at hand and charged at their enemy, lacking the sense to remain behind cover for long.


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Imago possess all of the capabilities of your standard Drone, but have slightly less health and fight more aggressively, eschewing cover for rapid aggression.[1] You don't need to prioritize them over other Drones, but you shouldn't ignore them either.

If you seal a nest with an explosive while Imago are still emerging from it, you'll kill them instantly, regardless of health. Frag grenades are your best option for this, due to their availability; always keep a few on hand for this purpose.

Behind the scenesEdit


A recently emerged Imago.

  • Imago is the final development stage of an insect after undergoing metamorphosis.
  • Imago only appear in the campaign, and thus cannot be fought in Horde mode.


  • The Imago is an unlockable character for the Swarm in Gears of War 4 multiplayer. A Spectre skin is only available by crafting scrap, though there was a chance of receiving him early in the Carmine, Palace Guard and Wrestler Oscar Gear Packs.



  1. Gears of War 4: Collector's Guide, page 33
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