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Gears 5 Horde: How to Use Ultimates (Ultimate Abilities)

Gears 5, How to Use Ultimates
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Gears 5 Horde: How to Use Ultimates (Ultimate Abilities)

Gears 5‘s Horde Mode can be a devil of a thing to survive, or at least they are without the use of each character’s ultimates. That’s why we’re here to walk you through how to use ultimates in Horde Mode.

How to Use Ultimates in Gears 5

Available to each character in Gears 5’s Horde Mode, Ultimates offer temporary buffs, special attacks and other perks that can even the odds in a flash or set you up for a much easier round.

They can be used by pressing the Y button at most any time, and can be used multiple times throughout a Horde Mode playthrough.

However, you can’t spam them repeatedly. After using an Ultimate in Gears 5’s Horde Mode, you’ll need to wait for it to recharge, during which time it will be inaccessible. This means you’ll have to choose when to use them wisely, or else be left sitting defenseless in a situation where they could have saved you.

What Each Character’s Ultimate Does

As for what each Ultimate does, it varies based on which Gears 5 or DLC character you’re playing as. To that end, we’ve laid out the effects of each Ultimate below to help you better decide which character is best for you to play as.

CharacterUltimate AbilityDescription
KaitCamouflageKait will be hidden
from enemies when
Camouflage is active.
DelReinforceSummon multiple
DeeBees trackers that
target enemies.
JDArtillery StrikeDrops five artillery
rounds on an enemy
in the open that is
marked by JD.
Marcus FenixLiving LegendAutomatically fire at
the heads of enemies
in sight. Any allies in
cover with you will do the same.
FahzX-RaySee and shoot enemies through walls while
active.
JackHijackTake control of an
enemy and wreak
havoc.
Emile-A239Drop ShieldActivates a protective
drop shield that
prevents any
projectiles from
passing through.
Kat-B320HologramDeploys a holographic decoy that moves
directly forward,
drawing enemy fire.
Sarah ConnorHeavy HitterAll hits with ballistic
weapons will
knockback and stun
enemies.

That should cover everything there is to know about how to use Ultimates in Gears 5’s Horde. For more tips, tricks and secrets, check out our Gears 5 guide wiki.

For more on Gears 5 in general, check out our recent coverage of a PAX West panel where Coalition studio head Rod Fergusson went in-depth on the design choices behind the game’s story, gameplay and more. We have also listed some other helpful guides down below.

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