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