Gears Tactics: Beginner’s Guide of Every Class

Gears Tactics is here and to help you out before jumping in, this guide will highlight every class. This will include every skill tree and playstyle available along with some skills that we recommend using depending on how you want to tackle this Gears of War strategy game.

Four playable characters in Gears Tactics (Credit: Coalition/Microsoft Game Studios)

The Gears of War clone of XCOM is here, and it offers plenty of loadouts for you to play. This guide will help you get a start in Gears Tactics as we will teach you about the various classes.

Everything we go through will range from character playstyles, skill trees, and weapons. Each class will have their own weapon of choice that will make a difference in whether you want to go in close or stay back. Each of the four trees for the six operators will give you an idea of how you can take a different path to suite how you like to play.


Gears Tactics Class Guide: Vanguard (Credit: Coalition/Xbox Game Studios)

A look at the Vanguard skill trees (Credit: Coalition/Xbox Game Studios)

Every game needs a tank, and that is where the Vanguard comes in. This class gets dirty by going straight into the action as an independent operator. The range goes from close to mid-range with longer distances, greatly reducing accuracy. To add to that close combat, the Bayonet Charge will allow for a straight charge to kill an enemy instantly.

Getting in the faces of the Locust seems dangerous, which is why each turn regenerates a portion of health in case you are away from a medic, which we will get to shortly.

Finally, when surrounded, you can debuff enemies. Intimidate will push them off of cover and stop specific skills like a sniper who has one of your characters pinned down. Meanwhile, using the shorter range of Breach will open up additional damage dealt to incoming aliens.

The four skill trees include:

  • Warden – Reduce damage intake and self-revive
  • Shock Trooper – Melee based and rusher
  • Assault – DPS based on health and buffs
  • Paladin – Keeps tank elements with a mix of support skills


Gears Tactics Class Guide: Support

A look at the Support skill trees (Credit: Coalition/Xbox Game Studios)

The Support class in Gears Tactics is exactly what you may think; they are your medic. Heal an individual teammate or gather your soldiers up for a grenade that will mend everyone. 

Unlike the Bayonet Charge, the Chainsaw will be easier to instantly kill off a nearby Locust who is giving anyone a hard time. 

The four skill trees include:

  • Surgeon – All in on being a healer for the group
  • Combat Medic – Squad healing with a mix of more aggressive based combat that still acts as healing (Example with Chainsaw kills granting health)
  • Paragon – Bonus action points for the squad
  • Strategist – Cooldown timer reduce and more aggressive


Gears Tactics Class Guide: Sniper (Credit: Coalition/Xbox Game Studios)

A look at the Sniper skill tree (Credit: Coalition/Xbox Game Studios)

Hang back with your Longshot rifle to pick off Locusts from afar. The best paths will be either maximum damage or be an annoyance that will backup your close-range characters.

A variety of skills will open up to better accuracy, which is key for any Sniper build. Precision Scope will give that boost you need if you want to land those powerful shots that will down or kill your foes instantly.

Be sure to be cautious as the Sniper is vulnerable to death quicker than others. Melee based enemies like Wretches and shotgun-wielding Grenadiers will send you straight to the afterlife.

The four skill trees include:

  • Marksman – Bonus damage
  • Assassin – Critical hits and added accuracy
  • Stalker – Debuffs
  • Hunter – A mix of everything


Gears Tactics Class Guide: Scout (Credit: Coalition/Xbox Game Studios)

A look at the Scout skill tree (Credit: Coalition/Xbox Game Studios)

Similar to the Vanguard, Scouts will get in the faces of the Locusts and put intense pressure. The stealthy class will hold a shotgun to blast away anyone that gets too close for comfort. As this is another class that cannot take a hit as easily as others, it is best to utilize your traps to keep away other dangerous close-ranged opponents.

Explosives are a best friend of the Scout’s. Use mines and grenades for a massive amount of damage. Using the right abilities will chop down on cooldown timers for more explosions and chunks of flesh to go flying in the air.

The four skill trees include:

  • Raider – Double Shot and health regeneration
  • Slayer – Stealth kills and the Finisher shot for downed Locusts
  • Recon – Additional movement
  • Commando – Buffed grenade and mines


Gears Tactics Class Guide: Heavy (Credit: Coaltion/Xbox Game Studios)

A look at the Heavy skill tree (Credit: Coalition/Xbox Game Studios)

The final class in our guide for Gears Tactics is the Mulcher carrying Heavy operator.

Staying in any cover is key, and if you stay where you are to fire at whatever moves continuously, it will grant the Anchored bonus, allowing for accuracy and damage buffs to come in. Using the right skills, you can utilize this to beef up your defenses and health.

Like the Scout, explosives will be your best friend when having a Heavy in your squad. If you kill something with Explosive Shot, the corpse will blow up, killing or knocking back anyone in its radius. To continue knocking the Locusts back, use your Boom Grenade that will decrease their movement. If you want to guarantee kills this way, then grab the passive At The Ready skill to boost up any explosive damage.

While it is mighty, not every mission will be useful for having a heavy. A lot of movement is not going to help anybody and can leave him open to get killed.

The four skill trees include:

  • Specialist – Redeployment, and killstreaks
  • Artillery – Critical damage
  • Demolitionist – Explosives
  • Defender – Area denial
Gears Tactics - Official Launch Trailer

That was our Gears Tactics class guide. Now go kill some locusts.

Gears Tactics is out now for PC via Microsoft and Steam.

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