Gears of War 4 Walkthrough

4. Versus

Gears 4 multiplayer isn't too different from previous iterations except there's a few new/renamed game modes. Unfortunately, just like Horde this will be a bit of a grind as we will need 100 hours played and 5000 kills. So if you loved it in Gears 2 then rejoice for it's back:

Veteran Gear in Gears of War 4
Veteran Gear180 (50)
Play 100 hours of Versus Multiplayer
  • Unlocked by 13,345 tracked gamers (31% - TA Ratio = 3.60) 42,596

The good news is you may actually notice the progress for this increase faster than the amount of time you've actually played. That's because the game rounds up time spent in rounds so completing very quick games can accelerate your progress. And then there's Seriously 0.5, but killing bots counts towards this.

Slaying It in Gears of War 4
Slaying It545 (100)
Get 5000 kills in Public Versus matches from March 2018 onwards.
  • Unlocked by 5,858 tracked gamers (14% - TA Ratio = 5.44) 41,958

Now before you play your first game get out a sheet of paper or spreadsheet as you will need to keep track of maps played on. You need to play a match on all 24 of the following post-launch maps. Also view the Seriously 4.0 section to keep an eye out for mode-specific ribbons before you start slaying it. Vote for the maps you need in between games.

Avalanche - Boltok, Overkill, Dropshot(after avalanche), Longshot, Torque(after avalanche), Trishot, Buzzkill
Blood Drive - Boltok, Longshot, Torque Bow, Buzzkill
Canals - Boltok, Longshot, Torque
Checkout - Boltok, Retro, EMBAR, Longshot, Mulcher
Clocktower - Boltok, Boomshot, Dropshot, Longshot
Dawn - Boltok, Markza, Dropshot, Torque
Diner - Retro, EMBAR, Longshot
Drydock - Boltok, Longshot, Torque, Trishot
Forge Blitz - Boltok, Markza, Boomshot, Dropshot, Longshot, Torque
Fuel Depot - Boltok, Retro, Boomshot, Longshot
Glory - Boltok, Boomshot, Dropshot
Harbor Haze - Markza, Boomshot(after haze), Torque
Hotel - Boltok, Boomshot, Dropshot, EMBAR, Torque
Impact Dark - Boltok, Overkill, Dropshot,
Lift Apex - Boltok, Boomshot, Dropshot, EMBAR, Longshot
Mercy - Boltok, Torque, Trishot, Mulcher
Old Town - Boltok, Markza, Overkill, Boomshot, Dropshot, Longshot, Torque
Raven Down
Reclaimed Windflare - Boltok, Retro, EMBAR, Longshot, Trishot, Buzzkill
Rustlung - Salvo(after 5 mins)
Security - Boltok, Markza, Retro, Overkill, Trishot, Buzzkill
Speyer - Longshot, Salvo
The Slab - Boltok, Boomshot, Dropshot
War Machine - Longshot, Torque

Tour De Force in Gears of War 4
Finish a Versus match on all 24 post-launch maps (Public only)
  • Unlocked by 10,319 tracked gamers (24% - TA Ratio = 4.10) 42,596

I've listed the weapons that can be found on the map because you will need 50 kills with each weapon. The Lancer and Gnasher will be no problem so there's not much need to keep track of those. Snub, Enforcer, and Hammerburst will also be easy completions as you can select these weapons in your loadout before the game starts. Heavy weapons are bolded as they aren't found in Arms Race so they may take you longest of all, especially the Salvo as it is only available on two maps, so make them a priority. If you're playing Core ranked mode games then the Hammerburst is actually a pickup weapon and not available in the starting loadout. The list below shows the map each gun can be found on, although you can make decent progress on them all in the Arms Race game mode.

The in game tracker does show progress towards Master at Arms, so if you don't notice an increase after a few kills then you've got your 50 necessary kills. Unfortunately, the war journal doesn't separate kills by multiplayer only, so it shows us all kills from the campaign as well. Therefore I highly recommend the website for tracking purposes.

Avalanche, Blood Drive, Canals, Checkout, Clocktower, Dam, Dawn, Drydock, Forge, Forge Blitz, Fuel Depot, Glory, Gridlock, Harbor, Hotel, Impact Dark, Lift, Lift Apex, Mercy, Old Town, Reclaimed, Reclaimed Windflare, Security, The Slab
Markza Mk. 1
Dawn, Fallout, Forge Blitz, Harbor Haze, Old Town, Relic, Security
Retro Lancer
Checkout, Dam, Diner, Forge, Fuel Depot, Reclaimed, Reclaimed Windflare, Security
Avalanche, Forge, Impact Dark, Lift, Old Town, Security
Clocktower, Dam, Forge, Forge Blitz, Foundation, Fuel Depot, Gridlock, Glory, Harbor Haze (after fog), Hotel, Lift, Lift Apex, Old Town, The Slab
Avalanche (after avalanche), Clocktower, Dam, Dawn, Fallout, Forge Blitz, Foundation, Glory, Harbor, Hotel, Impact Dark, Lift, Lift Apex, Old Town, The Slab
Checkout, Dam, Diner, Fallout, Harbor, Hotel, Lift Apex, Reclaimed, Reclaimed Windflare, Relic
Avalanche, Blood Drive, Canals, Checkout, Clocktower, Dam, Diner, Drydock, Forge Blitz, Fuel Depot, Gridlock, Harbor, Impact, Lift, Lift Apex, Old Town, Reclaimed, Reclaimed Windflare, Speyer, War Machine
Torque Bow
Avalanche (after avalanche), Blood Drive, Canals, Dawn, Drydock, Fallout, Forge, Forge Blitz, Foundation, Harbor Haze, Hotel, Impact, Mercy, Old Town, Relic, War Machine
Avalanche, Drydock, Lift, Mercy, Reclaimed, Reclaimed Windflare, Rustlung, Security
RL-4 Salvo
Rustlung (after approx. 5 minutes), Speyer
Avalanche, Blood Drive, Impact, Reclaimed, Reclaimed Windflare, Relic, Security
Checkout, Impact, Mercy, Relic

Master At Arms in Gears of War 4
Get 50 kills with every weapon in Versus, excluding grenades (Public Only)
  • Unlocked by 5,080 tracked gamers (12% - TA Ratio = 5.85) 42,596

As mentioned previously, Versus packs are of no use to us so we'll ignore buying those, but try to knock out any Versus bounties you were given as you go. We'll ease our way into Multiplayer easily by picking on AI bots in coop mode. Get in the habit of marking cn_LS enemies to earn assist points.

Fire up a game against casual bots and your goal here is to try to get 10 kills without dying. Hang back with the lancer or hammerburst and just pelt away. King of the Hill is a good game mode to try to get this in as the bots will just rush the ring for easy kills.

I'm In The Zone in Gears of War 4
Kill 10 players without dying in a Versus Multiplayer match (Public only)
  • Unlocked by 18,139 tracked gamers (43% - TA Ratio = 3.09) 42,596

This will also gain you the Vigilant ribbon, which we'll need for Chest Candy and Seriously 4.0. After you've popped in the zone die once and upon completion of the map you will also pop:

I'm On Fire! in Gears of War 4
I'm On Fire!114 (50)
Complete a public Versus Multiplayer match earning at least 5 kills with more kills than deaths
  • Unlocked by 33,656 tracked gamers (80% - TA Ratio = 2.27) 41,958

How's it Going to Work? Teamwork! in Gears of War 4
Win a Casual Co-op Versus match
  • Unlocked by 37,754 tracked gamers (22% - TA Ratio = 2.14) 173,959

Ribbonator in Gears of War 4
Ribbonator24 (20)
Earn 5 Ribbons
  • Unlocked by 120,553 tracked gamers (72% - TA Ratio = 1.20) 166,457

Now fire up a game against the Insane AI, hang back picking the bots off, and you'll unlock.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work! in Gears of War 4
Win a Normal Co-op Versus match
  • Unlocked by 33,787 tracked gamers (19% - TA Ratio = 2.26) 173,959

Talent Gets Kills, Teamwork Wins Games! in Gears of War 4
Win a Hardcore Co-op Versus match
  • Unlocked by 29,137 tracked gamers (17% - TA Ratio = 2.44) 173,959

To Go Fast, Go Alone. To Go Far, Go Together in Gears of War 4
Win an Insane Co-op Versus match
  • Unlocked by 26,997 tracked gamers (16% - TA Ratio = 2.53) 173,959

While playing the Arms Race mode, casual works if you want to make it easier on yourself, try to get the final kill of the match(3rd kill of Boltok). If you don't have any luck don't fret as you can do this in a private match.

Say Hello to My Little Friend in Gears of War 4
Get the final winning kill in Arms Race
  • Unlocked by 36,452 tracked gamers (21% - TA Ratio = 2.18) 173,959

Play at whatever level you feel comfortable at getting weapon kills and maps. Keep picking on the bots until you earn:

Bot Killer in Gears of War 4
Bot Killer62 (25)
Kill 25 enemies in Co-op Versus matches
  • Unlocked by 28,006 tracked gamers (17% - TA Ratio = 2.49) 166,457

Along the way you should've grabbed some quick experience and will fly up through the first few levels.

Level 5 in Gears of War 4
Level 525 (20)
Reach Level 5
  • Unlocked by 107,814 tracked gamers (65% - TA Ratio = 1.26) 166,457

Level 10 in Gears of War 4
Level 1013 (10)
Reach level 10
  • Unlocked by 95,855 tracked gamers (55% - TA Ratio = 1.34) 173,959

Level 15 in Gears of War 4
Level 1536 (25)
Reach Level 15
  • Unlocked by 84,052 tracked gamers (50% - TA Ratio = 1.43) 166,457

Level 20 in Gears of War 4
Level 2053 (35)
Reach Level 20
  • Unlocked by 75,739 tracked gamers (46% - TA Ratio = 1.51) 166,457

Keep playing games until you play 5 in a row to unlock:

Rollin' With the Homies in Gears of War 4
Earn the maximum Consecutive Match Bonus in Versus
  • Unlocked by 44,780 tracked gamers (26% - TA Ratio = 1.97) 173,959

You will also start earning a little bit of credits, save them.

It's a Start in Gears of War 4
Earn 1000 Credits lifetime
  • Unlocked by 86,323 tracked gamers (50% - TA Ratio = 1.41) 173,959

All of your initial credits should go towards Horde packs to begin the long journey of being combat effective, but keep an eye out for a weapon and character skin. Equip one of each, win one game, and then feel free to scrap them(unless they are Series 3).

Custom Made in Gears of War 4
Win a Match using a non-Starter Character and non-default Weapon Skin
  • Unlocked by 70,766 tracked gamers (41% - TA Ratio = 1.56) 173,959

Scrap Happy in Gears of War 4
Destroy a card
  • Unlocked by 52,446 tracked gamers (94% - TA Ratio = 1.82) 55,883

There are many ribbons to be gained doing specific things in versus(which are covered in the S4.0 section) but one achievement you can only earn in dodgeball game modes requires 10 Big Ol' Hero ribbons. These are earned when you're the last man out in a game of dodgeball and your team comes back to win. This can take a while but I would recommend working together with a friends, LFG tool, or of course the obligatory TA session.

Big Ol Hero in Gears of War 4
Get the "Big Ol Hero" Ribbon ten times
  • Unlocked by 7,110 tracked gamers (4% - TA Ratio = 4.94) 173,959

You also need to dabble in ranked play a little so you can get these out of the way early on or wait to grab some of the tedious ribbons. You need to earn a rank in one core and one competitive(Execution and Escalation) game mode and earn 25 victories. It takes 5 completed matches to earn a rank(Bronze, Silver, Gold, Onyx, Diamond). If you live outside of the United States, especially in Oceania, it may take a long time to find a lobby or most likely not happen at all. If you're not having any luck I would recommend finding enough people for a TA session as this can be an effective means of boosting ribbons as well.

Ranked and Filed in Gears of War 4
Achieve a rank in one Core and one Competitive game mode
  • Unlocked by 16,211 tracked gamers (9% - TA Ratio = 3.27) 173,959

Getting Competitive in Gears of War 4
In Versus, win 25 matches in Competitive playlists (Public Only)
  • Unlocked by 5,007 tracked gamers (12% - TA Ratio = 5.90) 41,958

If you've been diligently marking targets with cn_LS well before you get your map, weapon, and 100 hour achievements you'll get:

Best Teammate in Gears of War 4
Best Teammate291 (100)
Earn 1000 spotting or damage assists in Versus (Public Only)
  • Unlocked by 20,512 tracked gamers (48% - TA Ratio = 2.91) 42,596

The last thing to keep an eye out for in Versus mode is keeping tabs on special calendar events periodically throughout the year to collect Flaming weapon skins. Refer to the solution for a list of upcoming dates. Two points to remember: 1) Once again if you live in a region where games are scarce you may need to find an American friend to invite you into the lobby. 2) If you need 100 kills with a specific weapon or 5 victories, if you joined a match in progress it won't count them, so only track fully completed games.

I Like Em Crispy in Gears of War 4
Collect 5 Flaming Weapon Skins from Versus Special Events
  • Unlocked by 5,304 tracked gamers (12% - TA Ratio = 5.72) 42,596

Don't stress out about completing the grindy achievements as the Coalition's current plan is to release quarterly achievements throughout all of 2018 so rest assured you'll most likely be back for Versus in the summer and fall of 2018.

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