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This article is for the snipers of the Swarm. For the Locust Snipers, see Sniper.

Snipers were Swarm Drones punished with removal of one of their eyes and assigning to rear positions on the battlefield. Armed with Longshot Sniper Rifles, snipers could be easily identified by their asymmetrical heads.


The swarm sniper were drones that had one eye removed and a head growth and use longshot sniper rifles. Unlike their locust counterparts who used specialized goggles for thermal and zoom to see far away the swarm sniper had a highten sense of vision to pop a gears skull for miles away.

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Snipers have the lowest health of all Drones, but are seldom reachable on foot. They prefer to stake out in a covered, elevated position, where they can fire their Longshots from afar. They will stay behind cover until they take aim; the glint of the rifle scope betrays their position.

If you have a precision weapon, such as an EMBAR or your own Longshot, exploit their low health and aim for the head.

Swarm Sniper Gallery[]


  • The Sniper 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.
  • In the multiplayer beta, Swarm Snipers donned the Hunter's armor, and vice-versa.

Behind the scenes[]

  • Snipers don't appear in Horde 3.0 in Gears of War 4 but they do return in Gears 5.
  • Due to their more savage and bloodthirsty nature, placing punished Swarm soldiers in the backlines far away from the frontlines is a fitting punishment.
  • It is unknown why Snipers have a asymmetric head. Whether this is due to cranial malformation/injury as a punishment is unknown.


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)