Bencarminedeath "Sarge?...I hurt."

This article should be Gearsfied to fit within the style of Gearspedia. Please follow the guidelines in the Manual of Style and How to edit a page.

StubIcon This article is a Stub and needs your help. Please improve it by adding more information.
"Tripwire Crossbow! Never seen one of these. Doesn't this look kinda like a toy."
Augustus Cole

The Tripwire Crossbow is the COG counter-weapon of the Locust Torque Bow. It fires an explosive charge-equipped bolt that sticks to surfaces and emits an infrared "tripwire" beam. Once the beam is crossed, the bolt will launch the explosive charge at the enemy, detonating.

Tactical InformationEdit

This heavy crossbow is capable of launching a high caliber bolt that will firmly lodge itself into whatever it hits – even a concrete or metal surface – turning the area into a deadly trap. Impacted bolts send out an infrared tripwire, and launch a small explosive charge at the first enemy to cross the path of the beam. This weapon usually appears when you have to defend a position and place traps for the enemy.

Although the Tripwire Crossbow is a heavy weapon, it does not encumber the player like a Mulcher would, and roadie running, mantling and rolling can still be performed.


The execution for the Tripwire Crossbow is: The player draws the crossbow and puts one side around the opponent's head, followed by the player pressing the trigger, closing the crossbow and smashing the opponent's head.

Behind the scenesEdit

Savage BuzzSaw Design

Savage Buzzsaw design.

  • The Tripwire Crossbow is the same visually to the Savage Buzzsaw, a concept weapon during Gears of War's development. The Savage Locust were intended to wield the Savage Buzzsaw, a weapon whose circular projectile blades could be bounced off walls and made to hit enemies hiding around corners. The time constraints placed on Gears of War 3's development massively complicated the new physics programming required for the weapon's successful prototyping, and it was ultimately abandoned. However, an improvised version of the Savage Buzzsaw, called the Buzzkill, is in Gears of War 4.
  • The beam of the bolts only appear when the crossbow is reloaded.
  • When you shoot an enemy directly, the bolt will stick to the enemy and can be used as a moving mine.
  • Although a shot to the torso will do very little damage to an enemy, the crossbow is capable of headshots.




  1. Gears of War - Official Site
The Weapons and Equipment of Gears of War
Rifles EMBAR Railgun · Enforcer Submachine Gun (Shock variant) · GZ18 Markza Sniper Rifle (Marksman variant) · Longshot Sniper Rifle · Mark 1 Lancer Assault Rifle (Police variant) · Mark 2 Lancer Assault Rifle (Custom variant) · Mark 3 Lancer Assault Rifle (GL variant) · UIR Belt-fed Machine Gun
Shotguns Gnasher Shotgun · Overkill Shotgun · Sawed-Off Shotgun
Sidearms MX8 Snub Pistol · Talon Autopistol
Grenades Beacon Grenade · Bolo Grenade · Flashbang · Incendiary Grenade · Shock Grenade · Smoke Grenade · Stim-Gas Grenade
Heavy Weapons Booshka Grenade Launcher · Buzzkill · Cryo Cannon · Dropshot Munitions Launcher · Hammer of Dawn · Longspear Rocket Launcher · Mortar · Mulcher · One-Shot · Rocket Launcher · Salvo Rocket Launcher · Scorcher Flamethrower · Tripwire Crossbow · Tri-Shot Chain Gun
Other Adrenaline Injector · Auto-Turret · Blow Torch · Brader · Chain Gun · Chainsaw Bayonet · COG Armor · COG Tag · Combat Knife · Commando Knife · Fire Extinguisher · Flechette Guns · Gas Mask · Gut-Puncher · Imulsion Countermeasure Weapon · Industrial Staple Gun · Lightmass Bomb · Lightmass Missile · Machete · Mega Mech Gatling Gun · Molotov Cocktail · Musket · Railgun · Stomper · Twin-Barrel Turret · UIR Armor · UIR Artillery Battery · UIR Tag · Ultra-Violet Turret · Venom Bomb · Vulcan Gatling Gun
Rifles Breechshot · Claw Light Machine Gun · Hammerburst Assault Rifle (Gorgon variant) · Hammerburst II
Shotguns Elite Sawed-Off Shotgun
Sidearms Boltok Pistol · Gorgon Submachine Gun
Grenades Bolo Grenade · Ink Grenade · Kryll Grenade
Heavy Weapons Boomshot Grenade Launcher · Breaker Mace · Butcher Cleaver · Digger Launcher · Torque Bow
Other Boom Shield · Dual Chainsaw Staff · Locust Emblem · Multi-Turret · Nemacyst · Thumper · Troika Heavy Machine Gun
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.