Gears of War is not typically an easy game. It is known for its extremely hardcore multiplayer following, and the game itself is easy to learn, but incredibly hard to master. The game's campaign is similarly challenging, especially some of its boss fights against the monstrous creatures of the Locust Horde. These ten boss encounters, in particular, are sure to frustrate players for hours on end. If you and your friends are looking to conquer the game on a harder difficulty, chances are at least one of these challenges will prove to be a major roadblock. The feeling of success after putting these guys down though? So worth it.
10 General Raam (Gears of War)
General Raam is, fittingly, the final challenge players must face before finishing the game. The final effort before Delta Squad can claim victory over the Locust Horde, at least temporarily. For many players, he also proves to be one of the hardest parts of the entire game. With hordes of Kryll rendering him invulnerable for parts of the fight, Raam relentlessly pursues players with his heavy machine gun, easily downing players caught in the open. To make matters worse, his Kryll will occasionally attack players if they aren't inside one of the very limited, extremely small lighted areas. Though his extreme durability and ability to flush players out of cover make him a formidable foe, he finds himself at the bottom of our list because of the ease with which a prepared team can make short work of him with the right tools. A couple of explosives stored up before the fight will scatter the Kryll and let players tear through him before he gets the chance to do much.
9 Skorge (Gears of War 2)
Skorge quickly establishes himself as a threat after cutting a tank in half and taking on one of Delta Squad's best members. When players meet him again much later in the game, they already know what to expect. As the leader of the Kantus priests, Skorge fights much the same way, albeit with more ferocity. On harder difficulties, any one of Skorge's tools can mean a quick end to an unwary player. If players find themselves without their chainsaw equipped when Skorge gets in close, they can't even fight back. He summons Tickers and uses Ink Grenades like other Kantus, but he's able to use many more at a time. Though the phases of the fight are predictable and heavily telegraphed, any small mistake can lead to defeat.
8 Swarmak (Gears of War 4)
Gears of War 4 is full of some of the most challenging encounters in the entire series. However, for the most part, the boss encounters are relatively tame in comparison to some of the other bosses throughout the series. The Swarmak proves to be quite a different beast, however. The boss itself isn't bad, though it can deal tremendous damage quickly. What makes this boss such a challenge is the task of dealing with the bosses heavy machine guns and deep health pool while fighting hordes of other enemies.
7 Corpser (Gears of War 3)
Home to some of the toughest bosses in the series, the Corpser that Delta Squad faces in Act 2 is not for the faint of heart. The mechanics of the fight are simple, the execution brutal. While the main Corpser itself poses a significant threat in parts of the fight, the biggest problem comes from the smaller Corpsers that spawn throughout the fight. Without tight teamwork and communication, teams won't stand a chance against this monster.
6 Brumak (Gears of War PC/Ultimate Edition)
Many of the bosses in the original Gears of War fail to stack up to the challenge the rest of the game provides. The Brumak featured in the PC version of the game and the Xbox One remake is not one of those bosses. After harassing the player for a big chunk of the game's final act, Marcus and Dom are thrown into a final fight with the monster. With limited cover and a lot of open spaces, players are forced to duel the beast to the death. To make matters worse, there are no special tricks to this behemoth. Shoot it where it hurts until it dies, and sprinting from cover to cover is your only option.
5 Lambent Berzerker (Gears of War 3)
Berzerkers are certainly fearsome creatures in the Gears universe. Unfortunately, those encountered in the original Gears weren't much of a threat after you got used to them. This changed drastically when a Lambent-mutated Berzerker was introduced in Gears 3. It's bad enough that it's only weak spot is accessible when the Berzerker is charging right at you, but Epic decided to make things even more difficult; after taking enough damage, this beast begins leaking imulsion that damages players. On higher difficulties, nearly any of the Berzerker's attacks kill players immediately. This, coupled with a shrinking play area due to the leaking Imulsion, makes this one of the series' toughest challenges.
4 General Raam (Raam's Shadow)
The fan favorite Locust general returned with the Gears 3 expansion: Raam's Shadow. While the DLC gave players the ability to play as Raam and live the power fantasy that he offered, it was inevitable that with it would come a rematch five years in the making. If the first fight with Raam is a brutal sprint, this battle is a marathon. Multiple phases, tons of different enemy types, and Raam himself make this battle an entirely different challenge. With never-ending waves of enemies, and constant threat from Raam and his Reavers, players aren't given a second of respite for the entire fight. From start to finish, this fight is a desperate struggle for survival.
3 General Karn (Gears of War: Judgment)
Judgment is typically considered a bit of a black sheep by the Gears community, but that doesn't make the final fight with the game's antagonist any less of a chore. Mechanically, this boss fight plays similarly to Raam's Shadow and Gears 3's final bosses. Karn menaces players atop his Reaver while endless waves of enemies harass Baird and Kilo Squad. In theory, nothing sets Karn apart from those fights. In practice, beating Karn requires unmatched determination and no small measure of luck and patience.
2 Queen Myrrah (Gears of War 3)
Fittingly, the final challenge of the original trilogy is also one of it's toughest. After three games and hours of battling the Locust Horde, humanity's greatest hero comes face to face with its greatest enemy. During the battle, Myrrah flies around on her giant war beetle, (yes, you heard that right) raining fire down on Delta Squad. Firing on her and slinking into cover when she charges up is no big deal. Yet, manage that while hordes of Royal Guards close in on the player and flanking them? That's a problem. Avoiding Myrrah and her beetle requires constant cover, and engaging the other Locust safely requires constant motion. If that sounds paradoxical, then you understand the problem with this fight. If players want to put an end to the Locust Horde once and for all, they'll have to keep their head on a swivel and engage enemies on all sides at all times. Sounds simple, right?
1 Boarding the Gas Barge (Gears of War 3)
This encounter's status as a "boss fight" will probably be disputed by some, but it features a recognizable primary threat; The Barg. It is the hardest thing you'll do in the game, so that's good enough for us. While there is no way to target the barge directly, that won't stop the thing from harassing you for the entire fight. The barge stops occasionally to drop off enemies to fight which can be challenging on their own. After your 300th attempt, though, dispatching these foes will barely be an inconvenience. The real challenge here is avoiding the constant bombardment from the barge. Being close to a shot on higher difficulties means instant death and the shots are random enough that finding cover is tricky. One piece of cover might protect you from 9 shots in a row, but the tenth shot could still find a way through, ending your whole run and forcing you to start over. Finishing this engagement certainly takes skill, but above all else, it takes truckloads of patience.