Gears of War 4's Weekend Events Include Year of the Dog Horde and Double XP

By Kelly Packard, 7 months ago
The Coalition has achievement hunters locked into Gears of War 4's event schedule due to recent additions that ask players to collect five Flaming and Midnight Omen skins, skins which only pop up during limited-time events. A new Year of the Dog horde event was revealed last week on the Gears calendar and is about to go live. Year of the Dog offers a rock-solid opportunity to earn two Midnight Omen skins, so players with their eye on the Better Than Bacon achievement won't want to miss it. A Double XP Weekend sweetens the deal for players with leveling up to do.

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Year of the Dog is a 25-wave mode with "an overload of Pouncers and Juvies" with the added challenge of "weakened fortifications." Upon completing wave 25 on Normal or Insane (the only two difficulties available), players are guaranteed a Midnight Omen weapon skin drop. The Midnight Omen Enforcer and Boomshot are the weapons that will drop during the event, so you have an opportunity to get two out of the five skins required for the achievement. Year of the Dog runs until March 1st, but the Midnight Omen skins will only drop from February 16th-23rd.

The aforementioned global double XP is only live for the weekend dates of February 16th-19th. Gears of War 4 now offers permanent double class experience, which means you'll technically be earning quadruple class XP during the double XP event.

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In addition, players can earn login bonuses and first win credit bonuses at special times during the rest of the event:

Oh you thought that was it? Nope! We’re giving away a bonus Year of The Dog weapon skin every single day beginning February 16th until March 1st. And they look SWEET.

We’ll also be offering a 48 hour First Win of The Day bonus as the start of the event and the end. Collect 800 Credits (up from 200) for your first win on February 15th, and 600 Credits for your first win on March 1st.
Lastly, don't forget about the Cupid's Torque Bow Tag event, which is ongoing for a few more days. Two Flaming weapon skins can be earned through the Valentine's-themed versus mode, but you only have until 10 a.m. PDT on February 19th to complete the kill- and win-related tasks required to earn the skins.

We've got the full list of Gears of War 4 achievements - check the list for guides to unlocking them.

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Kelly Packard
Written by Kelly Packard
In a few descriptors: college student, longtime gamer, writer and junk food enthusiast. I contribute to TrueAchievements as a news writer and reviewer. Usually, you can find me knee-deep in a multiplayer game while ignoring my growing backlog or on one forum or another discussing all things gaming.