Gears 5 Operation 8 Drop 2 Update Patch Notes

A Ton of New Content

by Aaron Nashar
Gears Operation 8 Drop 2

Operation 8 Drop 2 update has arrived for Gears 5, and here’s the full list of changes and fixes added with this patch.

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This update brings along with it a ton of brand new content that should keep every player entertained. The content drop includes 5 new characters, 2 new maps, new weapons and competitive rewards, and the final Operation for Gears 5 ever.

Here’s everything included in the Patch Notes:-



Corporal Michael Barrick is a former Stranded who set aside his distrust of the COG to join the military. From battling General RAAM with Zeta-Six to fighting alongside Marcus Fenix in Delta Squad, Barrick became one of the COG’s most legendary Gears during the Locust War.


Private Alicia Valera is a Gear who specializes in reconnaissance warfare, risking her life to gather critical intel before the battle. Serving with the Zeta-Six squad during the Locust War, she raced to evacuate her home city of Ilima before it was overrun by General RAAM’s horde.


Oscar Diaz is the leader of the Riftworm Village, one of the last Outsider communities left standing after incessant attack by the Swarm. A former Gear, and uncle to Kait Diaz, Oscar is a warrior who will sacrifice anything – including himself – to defend the people under his watch.



The Rager is a wiry, aggressive Grub. Similar in appearance to a Locust Drone but with a distinctively ferocious edge, the Rager rushes into battle with minimal armor and maximum savagery.




This Weilehan fishing village sits eerily abandoned after a recent Swarm attack. Scattered huts and a small dock area give players ample opportunity to push forward and ambush the enemy.



The Outsiders have repurposed this abandoned mining colony into a thriving village. Two defensive structures define the landscape – the high ground of the bar, and the entrenched mine.


As you all jump back into Season 8 of Competitive, we wanted to remind you of the rewards from this Operation.

If you finish in the top 100 this season you will be granted the Grandmaster Obsidian Gnasher.


For Season 9 of Competitive, we will then swap the Obsidian Gnasher out for the Grandmaster Bloody Gnasher.


We are also adding new banners to earn for each of the Competitive modes in Operation 8 so make sure to keep an eye out for that!

So just to recap, here is how the Competitive rewards will now work:

  • 100k points – Playlist Mark – 100k
  • 500k points – Playlist Mark – 500k
  • 1 million points – Playlist Master Banner
  • If you finish in the top 1,000 – Some weapons from Heroic Obsidian Gnasher set.
  • If you finish in the top 100
    • Playlist Grandmaster Banner
    • Trinity Skorge
    • Grandmaster Obsidian Gnasher
    • Golden Heart Bloodspray
  • If you finish the season as the top player
    • Golden Gnasher Bloodspray

Note: After Season 9 we will not be granting the Top 100 rewards anymore, so make sure you get them before then!


On the release of Operation 8, we introduced two prototype weapons, these weapons were developed throughout Gears 5 but did not have the final polish.

We are happy to announce we are releasing one final prototype weapon, the Hammer of Dawn.

Note: Prototype Weapons will remain in Custom Versus only and will not have any customizable skins. When they were created, they were intended for PvP and we would need extensive work to bring them over to PvE.



A staple across the Gears franchise, the Hammer of Dawn targets an area and unleashes a deadly barrage, do not be near it!


We’ll also be adding the following tweaks in Operation 8 Drop 2 for PvP!

  • We will be adding “Fully Loaded” versions of Control, TDM, and FFA to Custom Versus (this allows you to set most weapons as loadout weapons and to toggle melee in addition to the normal mutator options).
  • Additional Medal groups for PVP and PVE focused on ribbon-based medals (1 group for PVP and 1 for PVE).
  • Bullet penetration mutator added as an option to all Custom Versus modes.
  • We will be updating the rate of XP gain for PVP to be in line with Inconceivable Horde.


Back in May, we announced our plans to move to Unreal Engine 5 with Operation 8 being the final Operation for Gears 5.

To clear up some specific points regarding Gears 5 going forward:

  • Once Operation 8 ends, the game will move into a phase of automation, where the following will happen.
    • Tour of Duty – Will reset going forward. See below for the list of rewards you can expect with each Tour of Duty:
Name Reward Type Reward Value
Recruit I Coins 2000
Recruit II  Iron 50
Recruit III Coins 500
Recruit IV Coins 500
Recruit V Iron 50
Private I Coins 500
Private II Coins 500
Private III Iron 50
Private IV Coins 500
Private V Coins 500
Corporal I Iron 50
Corporal II Coins 1000
Corporal III Coins 1000
Corporal IV Iron 50
Corporal V Coins 1000
Sergeant I Coins 1000
Sergeant II Iron 100
Sergeant III Coins 1500
Sergeant IV Coins 1500
Sergeant V Iron 100
Officer I Coins 1500
Officer II Coins 1500
Officer III Iron 100
Officer IV Coins 2000
Officer V Coins 2000
Lieutenant I Iron 100
Lieutenant II Coins 2000
Lieutenant III Coins 2000
Lieutenant IV Iron 100
Lieutenant V Coins 2500
Captain I Coins 2500
Captain II Iron 150
Captain III Coins 2500
Captain IV Coins 2500
Captain V Iron 150
Major I Coins 2750
Major II Coins 2750
Major III Iron 150
Major IV Coins 2750
Major V Coins 2750
Colonel I Iron 150
Colonel II Coins 3000
Colonel III Coins 3000
Colonel IV Iron 150
Colonel V Coins 3000
Major General I Coins 3000
Major General II Iron 250
Major General III Coins 3500
Major General IV Coins 3500
Major General V Iron 250
General Coins 4000
Tour of Duty Reward Chart

This will also come with a set of medals which will refresh at the end of each Competitive and Tour refresh going forward, see below for the full details.


Completion Reward: 2000 Gears Coins

Name Description Mode Stars
Team Medic Revive 150 Teammates All 6
Carnage Do 10000000 Damage All 6
Body Count Get 10000 Eliminations All 6
Finish Them Kill 4000 Enemies All 6
Marksman Hit 500 Headshots Kills All 6
Executioner Perform 150 Executions All 6
Tour of Duty Basic Rewards


Completion Reward: 2000 Gears Coins

Name Description Mode Stars
Lancer Carnage Deal 250000 Damage with the Lancer All 6
Gnasher Body Count Get 250 Eliminations with the Gnasher All 6
Pistol Carnage Deal 150000 Damage with the Snub, Boltok or Talon All 6
Big Boom Body Count Get 100 Eliminations with the Boomshot, Dropshot or Frag Grenades All 6
Blazing Carnage Deal 100000 Damage with the Scorcher or Incendiary Grenades All 6
Marksman Body Count Get 100 Eliminations with the Longshot, EMBAR or Torque Bow All 7
Tour of Duty Weapon Rewards


Completion Reward: 3000 Gears Coins

Name Description Mode Stars
Battleworn Complete 200 Rounds of Versus, Waves of Horde or Acts of Escape All 6
Drop ‘Em Get 100 Downs All 6
Splish Splash Do 50000 Damage with Incendiary and/or Shock Grenades All 6
Active Living Get 150 Active Reload Kills All 6
Double Dipper Get 20 Double Kills in Versus Matches Versus 6
Do Your Part Get 100 Assists in Versus Matches Versus 6
Sending a Message Get 25 Executions in Versus Matches Versus 7
Tour of Duty Specialist Rewards


Completion Reward: 5000 Gears Coins

Name Description Mode Stars
Killjoy Get 5 Ring-Breaks in a Single Versus Match Versus 5
Busy Bee Get 3 Triple Kills in Competitive Versus Matches Versus 6
Show Off Get 5 Executions in a Single Versus Match 3 Times Versus 6
Goon Get 5 or more Kills without Dying in a Single Versus Match Versus 6
Tryhard Score 5000 Points or more in 25 Competitive Versus Matches Versus 7
Eager Beaver Get  the First Kill 10 Times in Versus Matches Versus 7
Bully Survive 25 Waves of Horde and/or Acts of Escape on Inconceivable Difficulty or Higher PVE 7
Tour of Duty Master Rewards


Completion Reward: 5000 Gears Coins

Name Description Mode Stars
Escape Attempts Survive 50 Acts of Escape Escape 5
Escape Carnage Do 3000000 Damage in Escape Escape 6
Escape Body Count Get 1000 Eliminations in Escape Escape 6
Boss Hunter Get 30 Boss Eliminations in Escape Escape 6
Hivebusters Survive 10 Acts of Escape as Lahni, Keegan or Mac Escape 6
Scion Hunter Get 50 Scion Eliminations in Escape Escape 6
Escape Master Escape 10 Hives on Master Difficulty in this Operation Escape 7
Tour of Duty Escape Rewards


Completion Reward: 5000 Gears Coins

Name Description Mode Stars
Wave Survivor Survive 150 Waves of Horde Horde 5
Horde Carnage Do 6000000 Damage in Horde Horde 6
Horde Body Count Get 3000 Eliminations in Horde Horde 6
Boss Hunter Get 30 Boss Eliminations in Horde Horde 6
Power Horder Collect 1000000 Energy in Horde Horde 6
Locust Hunter Get 200 Locust Eliminations in Horde Horde 6
Horde Master Survive 50 Waves of Horde or Frenzy on Master Difficulty Horde 7
Tour of Duty Horde Rewards


Completion Reward: 3000 Gears Coins

Name Description Mode Stars
Quickplay Veteran Win 10 Classic Quickplay Matches Versus 6
Versus Carnage Do 1500000 Damage in Versus Matches Versus 6
Season Slaughter Get 5000 Eliminations in Versus Versus 6
Versus Medic Revive 50 Teammates in Versus Matches Versus 6
COG Victories Win 25 Versus Matches as COG Versus 6
Swarm Victories Win 25 Versus Matches as Swarm Versus 6
Ring Master Capture 100 Rings in Versus Versus 6
Tour of Duty Versus Basics Rewards


Completion Rewards: 3000 Gears Coins

Name Description Mode Stars
Competitive Veteran Win 20 Competitive Versus Matches Versus 7
Competitive Slayer Get 200 Eliminations in Competitive Matches Versus 6
2v2 Gnasher Veteran Win 15 Rounds of Versus Competitive 2v2 Gnasher Matches Versus 6
Free-For-All Veteran Get 100 Eliminations in Competitive Free-For-All Matches Versus 6
Control Veteran Win 10 Rounds in Competitive Control Matches Versus 6
Guardian Veteran Win 20 Rounds of Competitive Guardian Matches Versus 6
Execution Veteran Win 5 Matches of Competitive Execution 2.0 Versus 6
Tour of Duty Competitive Rewards

Finally, we are reducing the stars per rank in this Tour of Duty and we’re increasing the stars awarded for each daily objective completed by 1.

See the list below for the ranks and stars needed for each rank in this Tour of Duty:

Rank Name Stars Sum
1 Recruit I 5 5
2 Recruit II 5 10
3 Recruit III 5 15
4 Recruit IV 5 20
5 Recruit V 5 25
6 Private I 6 31
7 Private II 6 37
8 Private III 6 43
9 Private IV 6 49
10 Private V 6 55
11 Corporal I 7 62
12 Corporal II 7 69
13 Corporal III 7 76
14 Corporal IV 7 83
15 Corporal V 7 90
16 Sergeant I 8 98
17 Sergeant II 8 106
18 Sergeant III 8 114
19 Sergeant IV 8 122
20 Sergeant V 8 130
21 Officer I 9 139
22 Officer II 9 148
23 Officer III 9 157
24 Officer IV 9 166
25 Officer V 9 175
26 Lieutenant I 10 185
27 Lieutenant II 10 195
28 Lieutenant III 10 205
29 Lieutenant IV 10 215
30 Lieutenant V 10 225
31 Captain I 11 236
32 Captain II 11 247
33 Captain III 11 258
34 Captain IV 11 269
35 Captain V 11 280
36 Major I 12 292
37 Major II 12 304
38 Major III 12 316
39 Major IV 12 328
40 Major V 12 340
41 Colonel I 13 353
42 Colonel II 13 366
43 Colonel III 13 379
44 Colonel IV 13 392
45 Colonel V 13 405
46 Major General I 14 419
47 Major General II 14 433
48 Major General III 14 447
49 Major General IV 14 461
50 Major General V 14 475
51 General 15 490
Tour of Duty Ranks


While this update marks the final content update for Gears 5, we will still refresh Gears 5 up to the holidays. This will also involve more events for you to participate in and get special rewards for.

We will also be looking to update the store with “Essential Drops,” with the end goal to have the store full of all previously released content, with some exceptions such as the top character skin awarded in each Tour of Duty and exclusive promotional content. Keep an eye out as we will be announcing when we are doing these significant store drops.


To celebrate Drop 2, we will be running a double XP (+Character XP) event with free Boost from Friday, September 17 to Monday, Sept 20. This will go live at 10:00 AM PDT, so be sure to be around!

This marks the end of everything that is coming to Gears 5 with Operation 8 Drop 2. The coalition promises more updates and new patch notes coming next week.

Gears 5 is available right now on the Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC via Steam and Xbox Game Pass.

- This article was updated on November 9th, 2021