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Turgid Turrets

February 27, 2013

Sweet, beautiful turrets.. they are really  true design concepts and death machines at the same time, they make the landscape well accessoried and they cause huge slaughters, covering the ground on their front of piles of lucust bodies. If it’s almost true that this weapon has been originally built by the locusts, it’s even true as well that they stole us that piece of pussy of Myrrah.. so the least we can do is steal them their turrets. Look at those Troikas for example, their big, turgid, round barrels revive your fantasies about giving every time a double penetration shooting at once. Behind the Armored Troika you will find a safe place instead, you will feel secure pouring thousands of large-caliber bullets, you will have a privacy corner for your usual quickie between a wave and the next.


Don’t be too romantic about that wonderful defenses, let’s get technical now with a pair of articles from GearsPedia:

Turret definition: Heavy hitting static defence ment to tear apart the enemy forces. This must be controlled by a character. You’ll be required to pay for reloads as well as the repairs.


Technical specifications

  • Rate of Fire: Varies between weapons
  • Accuracy: Varies
  • Range: Varies


Creative Bastards, aren’t they? Looks like they’re using old Lancers!” — Baird on first seeing a Turret in action.

The “Multi-Turrets” were multi-weapon, multi-purpose stationary turrets created by the Savage Locust as a replacement for the Troika, and can have various weapons mounted on them, such as Mk 1 Lancer Assault RiflesGnasher Shotguns and Boomshot Grenade Launchers.History What the Savage Locust lack in technology, they more than make up for in ingenuity, and with no Troika Turrets to be found they created improvised gun racks to mount and fire multiple weapons simultaneously. They can swap in whatever weapons they can salvage whether that’s Pendulum Wars era LancersGnasher shotguns or the grenade launching Boomshot.

The Lancer and Boomshot variants were also mounted to the decks of Gas Barges as defensive and offensive weapons. They are often manned by Grenadiers or Queen’s Guards. Multiplayer and Horde 2.0 The Retro version of the Multi-Turret is available to buy in Horde 2.0 in Gears of War 3 for 1,500 dollars. Turrets are used for decimating small groups of enemy troops, especially against Wretches . They are also useful when a Brumak comes into the fray, where you can use the Multi-Turret to destroy the Brumak’s wrist-mounted chain guns. The Retro Lancer Multi-Turret upgrade is the initial man-able turret, which costs $1500 to build and requires a Level 4 Barrier. It holds 600 rounds of ammunition.

Troika Heavy Machine Gun

Manufacturer: Locust Horde

Type: Mounted Heavy Machine Gun

Technical specifications

  • Size: Extremely Large
  • Damage Per Hit: High
  • Magazine Size: Unlimited
  • Maximum Ammunition: Unlimited
  • Rate of Fire: Extremely High
  • Accuracy: Low/Medium
  • Range: Short-Medium/High


TROIKA!“— The standard COG cry when a Troika starts firing at them

The Troika Heavy Machine Gun was a mounted, double barreled heavy machine gun designed and used by the Locust, almost exclusively by the Gunner class of Drone. Background As with most Locust weapons, little is known of the Troika’s origins or engineering, but some information has been confirmed through field usage. The weapon itself is a modified form of the minigun, equipped with two rotary ammunition drums and active cooling to allow virtually continuous firing. Aiming is assisted with an infrared scope (so as to accommodate the Locust visual range), though manual aiming tends to be preferred by COG forces. The weapon’s mount has a horizontal spread of approximately 100 degrees and a vertical spread of approximately 80 degrees, and is equipped with active recoil compensation. The Troika as mounted includes frontal armoring, though this provides no cover from side or rear attacks, leaving the user’s legs partially exposed and most notably lacks total head coverage. The mighty General RAAM used what appears to be a cut-down variation of the Troika, which lacked a shield and had a grip and an amunition drum similar to the rear half of a Boomshot. By A.E 16 the resources for Troikas have been vaporized and the Locust Horde was unable to manufacture them anymore. In response, the Horde created the Multi-Turret.

Behind the Scenes

  • If you use a Longshot to scope in on the Troika’s targeting display, at the bottom, in white letters, you can clearly read the word “Target”. This is odd, as the Locust do not write in Tyran. This is however, either that the Locust Queen wrote it, or the Locust just found it.
  • In Gears 2, the Troika can overheat if fired for too long. Using the RB button can release the captured heat quickly.
  • The Troika has a unique ability to “mulch” enemies no matter how far you are.
  • Of all the Troikas, only two can rotate 360 degrees, the first being in Gears of War 1, which is the first encountered, and the final one being in Gears of War 2, on the level Free Parking.

Game Strategies
The Troika is a very powerful weapon, capable of ripping through standard infantry armor in a few shots. However, the Troika’s mounting stand has an extremely slow turning speed, and the aiming should be kept unzoomed when taking on multiple enemies. It should also be noted that the Troika provides protection only in the front, so attacks from the side should be watched out for.

Countering Strategies
Methods of attacking Troika emplacements include the use of grenades, aerial bombardment with the Hammer of Dawn or a close-range shotgun blast from behind. Alternatively it is possible to use a longer-range weapon (Longshot Sniper Rifle or Torque Bow for example) to attack the user’s head through the viewing gap in the Troika’s frontal shield. Leg shots tend to be instantly fatal with a Longshot, especially with a perfect active reload. One final strategy is to peg the user’s exposed legs with a Torque Bow. The stationary user will have a lot of trouble dodging the attack, but be sure to fire before the gunner does. Another strategy is slowly advancing on the gunner with the Boomshield, and utilizing the Bolotk Pistol to remove the gunner’s head. The Gorgon Burst is surprisingly ineffective close range, as the bullets go to the side from each muzzle, sometimes missing their target completely.


The Troika currently appears in only one of the Multiplayer maps, “War Machine“. Troikas cannot turn behind the user, so having another player guard their back is often the best defense. In practice, the weapon is generally useless, providing next to no protection from fire and allowing excessively easy sniper rifle and Torque Bow kills due to the wide assortment of angles it can be attacked from.


Lev Fortification Cost Spending
1 Retro Lancer Turret $1500 Level 4 Barrier Holds 600 rounds of ammunition.
2 Increased Accuracy n/a $15,000
3 Lancer Turret $2500 $50,000 Holds 600 rounds of ammunition.
4 Repair Cost Reduced n/a $90,000
5 Troika $4000 $140,000 Holds 400 rounds of ammunition. Enemies will not be downed.
6 Repair Cost Reduced n/a $200,000
7 Armored Troika $5000 $270,000 Holds 500 rounds of ammunition. Enemies will not be downed.
8 Repair Cost Reduced n/a $360,000 Command Center Unlocked (Requires Horde Command Pack DLC).
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COG and alchoolist anonymous. With his drunk crazyness has inspired the name of COG Anon with an hilarious sentence during a deep blue gaming night. He will find and rob every ammunition on the widest battlefield just before anyone other could only see them. He has a private army of child soldiers that he usually use as ultimate weapon.

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