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The Lancer GL Assault Rifle was the tactical variant of the Mark 3 Lancer Assault Rifle designed by Damon Baird in the early stages of the Swarm Invasion. It is designed for more intense firefights and as a more portable and tactical form of artillery compared to the bulkier and larger Mortar.
Compared to its standard counterpart, the GL model replaced the chainsaw bayonet with the under-barrel mortar capable of firing laser-guided clusters of micro-grenades. Rechambered for a smaller cartridge, this variant also offered the user a much larger magazine and higher rate of fire.
Multiplayer[edit | edit source]
Compared to the Mark (Mk) 3 Lancer, the GL variant is better designed to engage larger groups of enemies, and enemies behind cover with the attached grenade launcher. The GL Lancer is a versatile weapon that performs best at close to medium range, due to its higher rate of fire coupled with a lower recoil. The grenade launcher extends the platform’s capability at longer ranges, and against entrenched enemies.
The grenade launcher’s animation cants the weapon on its side to activate a laser designator. The targeting system lazes the target area, and when fired, employs a fire-and-forget salvo that does not need constant line-of-sight feed. The player is free to maneuver after the launcher is fired. The firing sequence launches a cluster of smart munitions that employ a high-angle trajectory and splash damage in a wide spread, best utilized against enemies behind cover, and large groups. The launcher replaces the typical lancer chainsaw and as a result it does not have a comparable instant-kill melee.
The Lancer GL has 160 rounds, and 3 Grenade salvos when picked up in multiplayer, with a maximum of 440 Rounds and 3 Grenade salvos. The Lancer GL has less maximum ammunition compared to the Mk3 Lancer, but a larger magazine capacity due to its smaller ammunition. Ammunition boxes replenish the rifle ammunition, but only another Lancer GL can replenish grenade ammunition.
Execution[edit | edit source]
The weapon's execution revolves around lodging the grenade launcher on the back of a downed opponent before launching the grenade. The grenade would than careen the opponent around the map before exploding.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Behind the Scenes[edit | edit source]
- The Lancer GL is a spiritual successor of the Mortar, given the cluster ammunition and artillery mechanic.
- In Gears: Hivebusters, the player typically starts a level with the Lancer GL. Jeremiah Keegan's Ultimate Upgrade collected in Chapter 2 allows the player to reload the Grenade Launcher as well as the regular gun, making the Lancer GL a prime choice of weapon, particularly while playing as Keegan.