When playing Gears 5, you might stumble upon some Relic Weapons that have buffs placed upon them to make them more effective. You can add even more special features to them by upgrading them. There are a total of 17 Relics in Gears 5 and this guide lists how to find them all.
Gears 5 Relic Weapons Locations
Relic Weapons are essentially the same as standard guns in Gears 5 but they have special modifiers or buffs attached to them that make them more effective in combat and sort of collectible items to acquire.
Relic weapons only spawn once per playthrough of the Gears 5 campaign so if you run out of ammo and discard them, they will be gone for good. Due to the nature of the Gears 5 campaign, you also cannot carry Relics in between acts.
This guide lists the locations of each known Relic Weapon in accordance with their respective Acts and Chapters.
Act 2 Chapter 2 Relic Locations
Location: In Act 2 of Chapter 2, the route of your skiff is blocked by a metal door and it’s now your task to open it. Head to the cliffs that are by the closed gate at the start of the open world, left till to reach a point where you’ll come across the edge of a cliff. You’ll spot the weapon marked by a skull to the left in the tree.
Ability: Rate of fire may be slow as compared to a standard Enforcer but can deal a huge amount of damage.
Location: During the first Missing Outsiders mission, once you’ve successfully made your way off the cliff, you can now look for a red colored shack covered with trees. The Longshot Relic can be found inside of the old wooden shacks near New Hope on top of a blue table near a white gear logo.
Ability: Gives an extra bullet as a part of its Active Reloads before even reloading.
Act 2 Chapter 4
Retro Lancer Relic
Location: In Act 2 of Chapter 4, you’ll come across a pond that has frozen when you head go East from COG wall. You’ll find three rocks left to the pond, take a look at the northernmost rock to find a red gear logo on it. Head right of the rock and you’ll find the Retro Lancer by a tree, marked by a red skull on a big rock.
Ability: Capable of firing explosives that burst near the targets to cause damage.
Location: Go left from the Condor Crash Site in Act 2, Chapter. Head down the inclined path from the entrance of the crash site to find broken ice to your right. You’ll find the red gear logo atop of the large ice block. The Boltok Relic will be marked by a red skull on a cliff.
Ability: Comes with fast handling and is best used when positioned on the hip.
Location: In Act 2, head to the North Tower substation in The Valley. There are two generators to the right of it so go between them. You’ll get the Boomshot Relic from between the two machines at the side of the right one.
Ability: Capable of firing three explosive rounds between each reload.
Location: In Act 2, keep your eye out for a patch of ice while you’re searching for the signal source. The ice has a red gear omen on it, and there’s an opening to its left. Enter it to collect the Dropshot Relic.
Ability: Shoots Cryo-blasting freeze rounds upon releasing.
Torque Bow Relic
Location: When going to the Abandoned Mine in the South of the Valley during Act 2, stick to the dirt track, on the right up the hill, ignoring all the tree stumps in between the path. Once you’ve reached the top of the hill, you’ll find the weapon next to a wooden support. This is just south-west of the East Comm. Tower.
Ability: Fires nonexplosive yet fatal bolts.
Act 3 Chapter 3 Relics
Location: Right when you start at the Abandoned Airport where you start the same act, exit to the Skiff to find three hangers on the right. Move up to the 1st Hanger on your right to find the Relic.
Ability: Capable of having an adjustable fire rate and comes with additional damage upon reload.
Location: You find this relic during the third acts of Chapters 1 and 3. This relic is marked by a red skull against a cliff that is just north of the Cosmonaut Training Facility. Head North of the Water Tower to come across a fence. Continue your path till you reach a rocky area on the big cliff where you’ll find the Relic on the ground.
Ability: Capable of having a precise aim while shooting heads off with a single slug.
Location: During the third acts of Chapters 1 and 3 when you head north of the City Ruins, you’ll come across a bunch of dome shamed structures at the center the Airport and the Rocket Hanger and one at the south of the Pump Station, has this Relic. It’ll be marked by a red skull.
Ability: Provides a high rate of fire upon active reloading.
Location: During the third act of Chapter 3, go to the main front entrance of the Pump Station and you’ll spot a green flag near the parked car. Come across multiple damaged vehicles past it to find the relic marked by a red skull on the cliffs.
Ability: Upon holding the trigger, automatically fires.
Location: During the same Act as the last relic, head East to the City Ruins side-objective. You’ll find a small structure that you can enter through an open gate. Go in and pulse the location to find the corpse of a soldier near the weapon case where you’ll get this relic.
Ability: Each blast is bigger than the previous one upon pulling the trigger.
Location: During Act 3 of Chapter 3, head East of the Rocket Hangar entrance. On the green / white techno walls, you’ll eventually find the Ratio tower there. Move past it to spot a red skull marking this relic’s location atop of the rock.
Ability: Capable of shooting 2 accurate shot bursts.
Location: You’ll encounter this relic in Act 3 of Chapter 3 on top of a big rock that is just north of the Bridge Control Station objective near some train tracks, next to the single big rock between Deebee parts.
Ability: Upon holding the trigger, fires automatically.
Location: Head to the Cargo Shipwreck, east of the train bridge during the third act of Chapter 3 and head to the backside of the entrance rather than heading entering. The relic will be marked by a Red Skull just by the ship.
Ability: Stuns the opponent with its Melee.
Location: Act 3: Chapter 3 – Near the Condor Crash Site in the far southeast corner of the map, close to the Turntable objective, find this weapon near the wrecked tail of the airplane. It’s a little way away from the crash site proper, but easy to spot.
Ability: Deals high damage with its caliber electro-magnetic slug.
Lancer GL Relic
Location: During the same chapter, go through the tunnel that leads to the south of the Water Tanker, towards the Cosmonaut Training Facility. The relic is against a pillar that is adjacent to the winding tunnels.
Ability: Capable of tracing an opponent and explodes mid-air with its alt-fire launcher.