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Wardens were a type of Swarm Scion that wielded dual Breaker Maces, made from the Locust crystal shells. The Wardens were vanguards of the Swarm, and their presence was often a sign that the Swarm was planning to turn a location into a new Hive.
While most Scions had shed a majority of their impenetrable chrysalis, Wardens still retained most of their chrysalis shells, making them almost completely immune to gunfire - except for their heads, which were the only parts of their bodies that had shed the crystal shells. As a result, Wardens typically wear bullet-resistant helmets. Fortunately, the helmets can be knocked off by bullets and explosives.
Despite being almost impervious to ballistic damage - save for their vulnerable heads - Wardens are vulnerable to explosives such as Frag Grenades and Boomshots, shock damage from a Shock Grenade, fire from an Incendiary Grenade, the blinding effects of a Flashbang, the freezing effect from Cryo Cannons, and the blunt force of a Breaker Mace.
History[edit | edit source]
Swarm War[edit | edit source]
Siege of Riftworm Village[edit | edit source]
One Warden was seen in the last moments in the siege of Riftworm Village attacking several Outsiders. He was possessed by Kait when she was connected to the Swarm Hivemind through a Snatcher and was used to attempt to protect the Village Chief Oscar Diaz and the remaining Outsiders. However, this fails when the Warden snaps out of her control and executes Oscar with Kait helplessly watching through his eyes. The Warden was presumably killed or retreated when the Swarm assault forces had been vanquished.
Return to New Hope[edit | edit source]
After Kait, Del and JACK arrived at the New Hope Research Facility to find evidence of Kait's visions, the pair encountered a Warden outside of the main building which engaged the three in an intense battle. The Warden was killed after being shot in the head multiple times. Kait and Del realized that the Warden's presence meant that the Swarm was scouting out New Hope as a potential Hive.
Kadar Valley[edit | edit source]
OZP-11[edit | edit source]
When Delta embarked upon a mission to launch the UIR's Hammer of Dawn satellites at OZP-11, they encountered another Warden in the UIR Rocket Hangar supported by heavy Drone and Juvie forces. The Gears managed to kill the Warden and his forces and continue on.
At the Train Turntable, a Warden engaged Delta aided by Juvies and a Bastion after Delta defeated several Drones and two Scions. Delta was able to kill the Warden and send the Rocket Transport Train to the hangar.
Old Ephyra[edit | edit source]
During the Battle of Old Ephyra, Delta Squad encountered a Warden in a ruined building in East Barricade Academy while trying to deploy a Hammer of Dawn targeting beacon. Delta killed the Warden and deployed the Hammer of Dawn to kill a nearby Swarmak and Swarm reinforcements. Continuing, they found evidence that the Swarm was trying to turn the whole area into a Hive, explaining the Warden's presence.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Gears 5 (First appearance)