Gears of War 3 Unlockable Mutators

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Anyone play Unreal Tournament? Then you know what a mutator is — a special option allowing certain changes to be made to the game as you play. Check out all the mutators below to discover how to get your hands on these fun tweaks. If you need to get through the campaign without resorting to Casual mode, check out Game Front’s awesome Gears of War 3 text and video walkthrough. For even more extras, secrets, tips and tricks, browse over to our cheats page to get the news you need.

Unlockable Mutators

  • Big Head: In Horde Mode, unlock the Gold Horder medal. Unlock this medal by completeing 1,000 waves.
  • Pinata: In Beast Mode, unlock the Gold Investor medal. Unlock this medal by collecting 500,000 tokens.
  • Headless Chicken: Available at start.
  • Laugh Track: Unlock the Bronze Tour of Duty, For the Horde, I’m a Beast, and Warmonger medals. Unlock Tour of Duty by completing the Campaign mode on casual. Unlock For the Horde by completing all 50 waves on casual. Unlock I’m a Beast by completing every wave without failing on casual. Unlock Warmonger by completing Arcade mode on casual.
  • Flower Blood: In Arcade Mode, unlock the Silver King of Cog medal. To unlock this medal, earn 2 million points in Arcade Mode.
  • Comet: In Versus Mode, unlock the Gold Shock Trooper medal. Unlock the First Blood ribbon 1,000 times. To unlock the First Blood ribbon, get the first kill in a round.
  • No Ammo Pick-ups: Available at start.
  • Super Reload:In Versus Mode, unlock the Bronze Master at Arms medal. Unlock this medal by scoring 100 kills with all five of the starting primary and secondary weapons.
  • Infinite Ammo: In Horde Mode, unlock the Combat Engineer ribbon 100 times. During a round build, repair, or upgrade five fortifications to unlock this ribbon.
  • Enemy Regeneration: In Arcade Mode, unlock the Silver Afficianado medal. To unlock this medal, play 150 chapters in Arcade mode.
  • Vampire: In Versus Mode, unlock the Executioner ribbon 100 times. To unlock this ribbon, score the most executions in a round online.
  • Instagib Melee: In Beast Mode, play as a Wretch and score 200 kills.
  • Big Explosions: In any mode, unlock the Hail Mary ribbon 100 times. To unlock this ribbon, use the Boomshot and score kills from over 200ft.
  • Must Active Reload: Unlock the Silver Active Reloader medal. To get this medal, perform 2,500 perfect reloads.
  • Friendly Fire: In Co-op Campaign, complete the co-op campaign with four players.

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66 Comments on Gears of War 3 Unlockable Mutators


On September 23, 2011 at 9:48 am

Thanks, this article does nothing.
At least list what the various medals you need require(Bronze Tour Of Duty = Beat campaign on normal or less).


On September 23, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Actually, this article helped me, on the mutators page for arcade mode it doesn’t tell me how to unlock them. So thanks.


On September 24, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I though this was helpful


On September 25, 2011 at 12:28 am

some of these are ridiculous. I have over 30 days logged in gears 2 and I still don’t think I will ever get some of these.


On September 25, 2011 at 12:55 am

Kevin you stick, if I wanted to know how to get a medal in gears of war 3, i’d go to a site that tells me how to get medals…not mutators. Get a haircut.


On September 25, 2011 at 8:32 am

Nice list. Just a note that you can get the medals for Versus in Private matches against bots. Makes it SO much easier.


On September 26, 2011 at 4:57 pm

This was rather helpful, as it clarifies not only the prerequisite ribbons/medals, but also what must be done to complete those tasks. Thanks a bunch.


On September 27, 2011 at 12:05 pm

This kevin guy is talking out of his butthole. I found the article very helpful. Thanks


On September 27, 2011 at 9:58 pm

lets see while helpfull does not explain the combat engineer situation where u cant get the medal n back to back waves thus very fuking un helpful whenit comes to gliches and what not and besides this is also just a recreation of the fuking in game menu so u did absoultley nothing more than copy it over to fill space on ur site con grats for being yet another usless web site for one of the greatest games ever


On September 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Thanks. Now if only I didnt have to kill so many to get these mutators….. What am I talking about? I gotthis game to compoets my saga and kill more grubs!!! This helps


On September 29, 2011 at 2:09 am

this was helpful made me wanna youtube all of them get more details from it


On September 30, 2011 at 4:26 am

Thanks man very helpful

Maddmaxx AOD

On September 30, 2011 at 2:04 pm

wow to kevin and ninja up there, this list is better then what the book and the game tells you. very helpfull. oh and ninja no where on this page does it say anything about glitches or how to glitch and if your trying to look up glitchs you might as well break your dis in half and shove it wehre the sun dont shine. and these mutators make the game interesting, challenging and fun and i for one believe its a great addition to it. ya fighting against players is fun but some times you just wanna reak havoc with a real challenge. oh and the fact that you bothered to post a troll letter in a site that you deemed useless just shows how much of a philistine you are.

Maddmaxx AOD

On September 30, 2011 at 2:09 pm

btw my gamer tag is maddmaxx aod if ya wanna throw hate mail at me. I always like putting whiny bacon hating kids in their place


On October 1, 2011 at 11:38 am

Thank you I for onw found this very interesting and insightful, so to kevin if it says get the bronze tour of duty medal surely you should look at the stats and awards page and go to medals and see how to unlock it. Use your time doing something more constructive rather than down pouring hate on someone you dont know and will never meet for not giving you the smallest amount of information that you can find yourself in less than 30 seconds, I know this as I have just done it.
And to ninja this is not actually a copy of the game menu as in the game menu it gives you a description on what it is not a description on how to unlock, so my advice to you would be not to abuse others on the internet as all he/she has done is tried too help us and all you can do is critise him/her for it. Think.
Thanks again very helpful :)

Mr. Sherwood

On October 2, 2011 at 10:18 am

I found this very helpful thank you. Kevin and Ninja can go shove it they need to think before they type .


On October 3, 2011 at 2:01 am

Bronze Master-at-arms is 100 kills for each of the 5 weapons, not 300 as stated in the guide.


On October 3, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I think it is a good post and anyone who says otherwise oviously doesnt know what they are talking about. :P


On October 4, 2011 at 9:28 am

Fantastic guide, exactly what i was looking for.

Thank You :)

Kevin & ninja

On October 4, 2011 at 3:09 pm

sry guys, we jus like sucking each other off. We meant no harm, jus harm to ourselves. We hate bacon. And of course we gunna hate on useful information, we jus want useless information and cant find none


On October 4, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Lol, what the hell Kevin? you said, and I quote,
“At least list what the various medals you need require(Bronze Tour Of Duty = Beat campaign on normal or less).”
The article said, and I quote,
“Unlock Tour of Duty by completing the Campaign mode on casual.”
Of course an article isn’t going to help you if you don’t bother to read it.


On October 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm

this article helped a little (not much) but it might be nice to know what these things do…


On October 7, 2011 at 1:09 am

This is helpful, but damn! You sure do have to do a lot just to unlock 1 mutator! I don’t even play that much and honestly don’t think I will spend all those hours to get these. I think they went overboard a tad bit on the amount you have to do to unlock them. I think, in my opinion, they did this so people will play the game longer, cause you know how there are those types out there that go for the game score. Unfortunately, that’s not me.


On October 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm

the one for super reload is incorrect. you only have to get 100 kills with each of the 5 start weapons


On October 9, 2011 at 11:47 am

the guide stated and i quote: “Unlock this medal by scoring 100 kills with all five of the starting primary and secondary weapons.” it didnt say anythin bout 300+ kills……read a lil slower dudes…and to me this was very helpful but it kinda sucks that one has to do so much for a single mutator…..but what can we do huh?? thx dude!!!!!! :)


On October 13, 2011 at 4:05 pm

I thought this article was helpful… I do like the idea of a game needing more extra work.. While labour intensive makes it all the more sweeter when u get them…


On October 19, 2011 at 7:24 am

Great article here! I needed a quick run-down of the insane requirements to unlock more mutators and I found just that. Many thanks.. And don’t feed the trolls. ;o)


On October 19, 2011 at 4:23 pm

People are getting bored of Gears of war 3…


On October 20, 2011 at 1:05 am

Thanx 4 the help, I got most of them, its really cool playing with mutators. i really want the laugh track but that’s the only 1 I’m struggling 2 get, its kinda difficult beating beast mode without dying


On October 20, 2011 at 11:47 pm

FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAgs, yur all s who look for gy cheats and buthole backdoors. i rape glitchers and fool hosts you sucking mucker cluckers, I will 2pc you into the new year and long-shot yur anus, then wretch up anya.

death to glitches, sectrets, hacks and upgrades – barebones 0LDMAN League!!! Git ‘er DONE!!!


On October 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I have lost all of my stuff on Gears of War 3 minus my achievements and I am trying to gain it all back. One problem…it won’t let me get the (FOR THE HORDE) medal. Can anyone tell me why? Also, underneath my fortifications medal, I have a number two underneath it. Can anyone tell me what it means? The way I lost all my stats is because one day I logged into xbox live and my internet was acting up and so I was only signed into my gamertag and NOT on xbox live and all of a sudden it told me that I earned stuff that I already unlocked from the beta. I looked at my level and it was glitched from a lvl 62 or 63 all the way down to a lvl 1 and I looked in my medals and ribbons section and all of that was gone. Even my executions that I had to do was taken. Can ANYONE HELP ME PLEASE?!!

Deadly ful

On October 24, 2011 at 7:16 am

The only one I don’t have is piƱata

V3ng4nc3 Xx

On October 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Thanks man, just what I was looking for. Hate the fact they(games) show you what you can unlock, but never tell you what to do to earn it… For all those posting BS, get a clue, sometimes its best to keep your mouth shut and be thought and idiot, than open your mouth and PROVE IT!… this is not a glitch, hack, or moding. This list is a “how to” mothing more, nothing less.


On October 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm

@ kevin if you read this you are a complete idoit in the game shows no indication of what u need the least you can do is a little more research so stop commenting and hating on others thank you and this was very helpful


On November 2, 2011 at 2:58 am

Hey,Since when are there 5 starting primary weapons? i need the master at arms bronze medal and im pretty sure that theres only 4 starting weapons. Can someone confirm this with me???


On November 2, 2011 at 7:16 am

@ Sean….. dude really? 3 primary and 2 secondary = 5 starting weapons…. Cmon.


On November 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Thanks so much ! All I had a week ago were the two starting mutators, now I have them all. I have no idea before, but this help insanely ! Thanks so much (: BTW any other girl GOW fans out there ?


On November 5, 2011 at 2:25 pm

to sean there is 5(gnasher,2barrel shotgun, lancer, retro lancer, and hammerburst


On November 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm

who has mutators and want to do insane gamertag:feanboy145


On November 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm

add me for we can do insane and get fortification lvls higher


On November 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I found this information very helpful, thanks for posting it.

Cj jones

On November 12, 2011 at 3:15 pm

For unlimited ammo we came up with an easy way to get it
1st find a friend.
2nd play on horde pricier with just your friend
3rd before finding a command crntre give the other person your money
4th on mercy works best, buy the cmmnd post in the chappell
5th once you by the command post run buy the turret your friend shoots it while you fix it, then once you get the ribbon give them your money and switch places.
6th win the match!
7th loose the next match
8th repeat steps 5-8 till it gets difficult
If you loose on a wave you must win repeat step 5
I usually restarted after wave 11 so I know how meny I got
Any ? Ask


On November 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Thanks this helped a lot! I now have most of them unlocked


On November 29, 2011 at 4:20 am

both idiots cant be helped.


On November 29, 2011 at 10:37 am

Thanks for posting this, I’m loving the game and enjoy being able to tweak some of the options.

I’m trying to work through the campaign on arcade insane before December to unlock the weapon skin, if anyone wants to jump in my gamertag is “parkinator” if adding make sure to mention its for gears.


On December 3, 2011 at 10:00 pm

for the super reload, you mean 100 kills total or 100 per weapon?


On December 7, 2011 at 11:43 pm

This helped me and my friend although he complained about it taking him a while to complete.


On December 8, 2011 at 8:25 am

if you actually read the stats & awards it is on the page where you find out what characters you unlock and it tells you there so he technically has just copied what the game say. no hard work what so ever!


On December 8, 2011 at 8:27 am

btw its 100 per weapon (i.e. 100 lancer kills, 100 retro lancer kills, 100 hammerburst kills, 100 gnasher shotgun kills, and 100 sawed-off shotgun kills.)


On December 11, 2011 at 11:59 pm

I Have 11 So Far (I Only Need Vampire & Comet)


On December 13, 2011 at 7:42 am

hey guys how quick can u get the mutators im 14 so gimmy ur gametags boys and girls its dominoes26


On December 13, 2011 at 7:44 am

by the way u add me first


On December 18, 2011 at 11:24 am

okey great.
i know what to do now.
play gow3 for 405342 days straight 18 hours a day to get about a third of the mutations.
who the came up with the idea of collecting 500,000 tokens.
or completing 1000 waves.
that’s bull .


On January 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm

thanks for telling me exactly how many times i need to do a wave. Can’t really contemplate doing 1000! but the comet one you only need to do 300 because its 2star not 3 :)


On January 8, 2012 at 11:46 am

thanks a bunch!!! thanks to you, ive finally unlocke all the mutators!!! it took me a WHILE but it was worth it. this was extremely helpful and i appreciate it. thanks:D


On January 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm

i tihnk its funny how the only negative comments are complaining about whats not here…ninja- dumbass,the in game menue doesnt tell you how to get mutators only what they do, play the game before posting you dumb.Kevin-it does tell you what medal you need to get you moron, did you even read the in guide?


On January 17, 2012 at 9:25 am

Why is the picture from gears 1 ( which is still the best don’t get me wrong)


On January 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm

thanks for this it helped alot :P

Diddy boon cat

On January 21, 2012 at 1:41 am

I have had gears 3 for about a month and have almost 2000 waves completed and nearly all achievements I have 5 kids and a wife plus run my own business full time, all you guys crying about having to do so much to unlock stuff go get a super Nintendo and just put in the cheats day one your just not ready to get down on a real system yet!!! And yes I will run my chainsaw up your backside and stick my gnasher down your throaght!!! Doubt me!?!? Gamer tag bannedconstant3

positive persons

On February 12, 2012 at 9:49 am

Good comment Diddy boon cat, couldnt agree more.

The guide is helpful but I dont have any friends who play GoW3, so i think I’ll wait a while to get the mutators.

positive persons

On February 12, 2012 at 9:51 am

Most of my mates are dumb and play Call of duty: guys ‘n’ seamen 3


On February 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm



On March 11, 2012 at 6:08 pm

HELPED A TON!now if u just listed what the mutator did…its be even more awesome!thanks!!

J b i r d

On March 21, 2012 at 1:17 am

Good list.

Yup, a girl GOW fan here.


On July 7, 2012 at 10:49 am

Thanks this helped me get all my mutatos


On December 28, 2012 at 12:37 am

Lancer 200
Hammerburst 164
Retro 177
Gnasher 124
Sawed-off 100

No mutators still.