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Gears 5: How to Use Jack’s Abilities & Upgrade Them


Gears 5: How to Use Jack’s Abilities & Upgrade Them

Gears 5 is a tough game, and taking the fight to the Locust isn’t going to be a walk in the park. Jack, your handy robotic helper, will be crucial to your success. Heres how to use Jack’s abilities & upgrade them.

How to Use & Upgrade Jack’s Abilities in Gears 5

Jack is a hovering robot that has assisted Marcus Fenix and company since the very first Gears of War game.

The phrase “Jack, rip that door!” is pretty iconic at this point, and it is great to see the plucky little robot is finally getting his dues in Gear 5.

Playing a much more active role this time around, Jack has a range of abilities that can be unlocked and used over the course of your campaign.

There are three broad categories of skills: Passive, Support and Assault. Each can be used in differing ways to ensure your success on the battlefield.

All Jack’s Abilities in Gears 5

Health PassiveIncreases Jack’s maximum health and
allows him to heal others.
Stealth PassiveIncreases Jack’s innate stealth abilities.
Zapper PassiveIncreases the damage of Jack’s primary
Core PassiveIncreases how quickly abilities
Highlights the location of nearby
Temporarily cloaks nearby squadmates.
Creates a temporary one-way energy
shield to protect squadmates.
Flash Assault Stuns nearby enemies temporarily.
Shock Trap Assault Lays a trap that will electrify nearby
Hijack Assault Lets you temporarily take control of an

Support abilities are used simply by pressing Y, and Passive abilities are used automatically.

Assault abilities are a little different, but you just need to be aiming down the sights with LT and then pressing Y.

Upgrading Abilities

To upgrade Jack’s abilities, you will need to gather Components, which are scattered throughout the game, hidden in various nooks and crannies.

Once you have acquired some, press the View button to open the Jack menu. Here you can select the ability you would like to upgrade by pressing X, and then press and hold the button again on the chosen upgrade you want to get.

Each ability can be upgraded several times, which will increase the effect. Support and Assault abilities also have Ultimate Upgrades, which are earned by completing the games side missions.

To surmise,

  1. Find Components to upgrade Jack’s abilities

    These are scattered throughout the campaign.

  2. Press the View button on Xbox One to open the Jack Menu

  3. Select the Ability you’d like to upgrade.

    Press X to access the upgrades menu.

  4. Press and hold X to get the upgrade you want.

That’s everything you need to know in order to use Jack’s abilities & how to upgrade them. Be sure to search Twinfinite for our expansive guide wiki for other helpful guides.

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Khayl Adam

Khayl Adam is an Australian games writer, and he plays ALL of the games. He is a denizen of the Meta-Verse, a veteran of the Total Wars, and a graduate of the prestigious Balamb Garden SeeD Academy. He writes about his life-long love affair with video games in the name of
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