Gears 5 Operation 4 makes some achievements significantly easier to unlock

By Sean Carey,
Gears 5 Operation 4: Brothers in Arms kicks off today (July 14th) and brings with it changes to the ranked system, a new earnable currency, an update to PVE and a bunch of new characters. There's also been a huge overhaul to the Allies system which makes a couple of the game's most time-consuming achievements much easier to unlock.

Gears 5 Operation 4 Brothers in Arms ranked

According to the Operation 4 patch notes, the amount of XP required to level up in the Gears Allies system has been drastically nerfed, and five new Allies levels have been added. Allies are people on your friends list that you play Gears 5 with. Playing things like the Campaign, completing a chapter in Escape and winning a round of Versus in multiplayer all grants you Ally XP — but not a lot.

For completing a campaign chapter or winning a Versus round, you'd earn 10 Ally XP. To unlock the "Did We Just Become Best Friends?" achievement you needed to reach level 5 in the Allies system which required a huge amount of XP and hours upon hours of grinding to accomplish.

Previous Ally XP level requirements

Level XP XP Bonus
0-1 125 Ally XP At level 1 Ally 2% XP bonus
1-2 1000 Ally XP 4% XP
2-3 3000 Ally XP 6% XP
3-4 7500 Ally XP 8% XP
4-5 15000 Ally XP 10% XP

New Ally XP level requirements

Level XP XP Sum XP Bonus
0-1 25 Ally XP 25 At level 1 Ally 2% XP Bonus
1-2 125 Ally XP 150 4% XP Bonus
2-3 250 Ally XP 400 6% XP Bonus
3-4 750 Ally XP 1150 8% XP Bonus
4-5 1000 Ally XP 2150 10% XP Bonus
5-6 2500 Ally XP 465011% XP Bonus
6-7 5000 Ally XP 965012% XP Bonus
7-8 7500 Ally XP 1715013% XP Bonus
8-9 10000 Ally XP 27150 14% XP Bonus
9-10 20000 Ally XP 4715015% XP bonus
To unlock the "Did We Just Become Best Friends?" achievement and reach level 5, you now only require a total of 2150 Ally XP compared to the 26,625 Ally XP needed previously.

Gears 5Did We Just Become Best Friends?The Did We Just Become Best Friends? achievement in Gears 5 worth 89 pointsReach Level 5 with an ally in Gears Allies

This will also help in unlocking the BFFs achievement which requires you to complete a Versus match with a team of four other Level 5 Gears Allies. If you don't have enough players on your friends list, why not check out the Gears 5 Boosting Sessions and see if you can work through the requirements with other TA members.

Gears 5BFFsThe BFFs achievement in Gears 5 worth 192 pointsComplete a Versus match with a team of four Level 5 Gears Allies

The patch notes also list a huge number of gameplay changes and fixes, an update to PvE and a bunch of general improvements. If you're interested, head over to Operation 4 Patch Notes page on the Gears 5 website.

Gears 5 Operation 4: Brothers in Arms goes live later today.

Thanks to Mercado for the news suggestion.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Sean joined the team as a Staff Writer for both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies in 2019. He games across all platforms and is always looking for an excuse to replay any of the Metal Gear Solid titles.