Introducing Gear Packs

Cards are the new way to unlock new customization content in Gears of War 4 that represent a variety of items - from player customization, to Horde equipment and abilities, and Bounties that task players with completing challenges for added rewards. Cards are mostly unlocked through Gear Packs which can be purchased with Credits, an in-game currency you simply earn by playing Versus or Horde. For players who want to accelerate the growth of their collection or are short on time, Gear Packs can also be purchased with real world currency.

Cards unlock items, and are graded based on the rarity of finding the content in a Gear Pack – ranging from Common to Legendary. Types of cards include:

Characters – A Character to use in Horde or Versus. These include new characters to play as on the battlefield and special customized versions of the characters in Gears of War 4.

Weapon Skins – Stand out from the crowd by customizing your weapons. Each weapon skin card unlocks a skin for a particular weapon. In a first for the Gears of War franchise, you can now customize Power Weapons to change their look when acquired from a spawn point on the battlefield!

Emblems – Customize your player identity in Gears of War 4. Emblems show behind your username in lobbies and scoreboards.

Bounties – Versus and Horde Bounties provide challenges, such as getting 7 kills in a single match of Team Deathmatch, and provide XP or Credit rewards upon completion. Bounties are only consumed once successfully completed, so you can attempt them as many times as you need until you conquer their challenge.

Horde Equipment and Abilities – We will reveal more on Equipment and Abilities when we talk about Horde in detail in the coming months. Stay tuned!

We care deeply about preserving competitive balance in Gears of War 4, so no cards have any gameplay impact for Versus Multiplayer - only Cosmetics and Bounties apply in Versus modes. Find out more about Cards and Gear Packs in our official Developer Blog: Opening Up On Gear Packs

How To Redeem Physical Gear Pack Items

If you've acquired a physical Gear Pack, each card will have a 25 character code printed at the bottom. This code entitles you to an in-game version of the item on your card for use in Gears of War 4! You can either redeem this code via your Xbox One console or Whether you are playing on Xbox or PC, both of these methods will entitle the unlock for both platforms.

  • Go to
  • Sign into the Xbox Live account you would like your unlocks to be associated with
  • Click your Gamertag in the top right of the screen to open a dropdown menu
  • Select 'Redeem Code'
  • Press the green 'Redeem' button
  • Enter the 25 character code and press the green Confirm button
  • Select “Confirm” to acquire the unlock.
  • Repeat for each remaining code in the pack.
  • Turn on your Xbox One
  • Sign into the Xbox Live account you would like your unlocks to be associated with
  • On the Home screen, move your [Left Analog Stick] to the right until you get to Store. Games should now be the highlighted tab. 
  • Use your [Left Analog Stick] down to the 'Use A Code' option underneath the top banner image
  • Press the [A Button] on 'Use A Code'
  • Scroll right and select 'Or Enter The 25 Character Code'
  • Enter the code on the card and press confirm. If the code has been entered correctly, you'll be prompted with a download. Press confirm again.
  • Once your download has been completed, your item will be in your collection when you next load up the game. Repeat for each remaining code in the pack.

Card and Gear Pack FAQs

What is a card in gears of war 4?

Cards are the new way to unlock new customization content in Gears of War 4. Cards represent a variety of items such as special characters, weapon skins, Horde abilities, Bounties and more.

how do you get them?

Most Cards are earned through Gear Packs, which can be purchased with an in-game currency called Credits. Credits are earned by simply playing the game in any online based Multiplayer Mode, including Horde, and provide you with the freedom to spend Credits on the pack theme that best suits your needs.

For players with less spare time or looking to grow the Card Collection quickly, Gear Packs can also be purchased with real world currency.

As a bonus, almost every Card in the game can be destroyed for Scrap. Scrap can be used to create another card that you desire without having to find it in a Gear Pack, allowing you to turn unwanted Cards into a Card you’ve always wanted. 

are all cards created equally?

No. Cards are sorted by rarity, from Common [Green] to Rare [Blue] to Epic [Purple] and finally Legendary [Gold]. The higher the rarity, the less likely it is to find in a Gear Pack – but the more likely it is to be one of the most awesome Cards in your collection when you acquire it!

Will Cards give opponents who spend more money than me an advantage in Versus?

No. The only Cards that apply to Versus Multiplayer are cosmetic based or Bounties, both of which have no impact on gameplay whatsoever. 

can i do anything with cards that don't appeal to me?

Yes! Gears of War 4 has a Card creation system, allowing you to use a special creation only currency – Scrap – to create the Card you’ve always wanted.

Any unwanted Cards can be destroyed, turning them into the Scrap currency – the higher the rarity, the more Scrap is earned from destroying the card. Almost every card in the game can be Created – just like with destroying, the higher the rarity, the more Scrap the card will cost to create. Once you have enough Scrap, you can directly acquire the Card you’ve been hunting for!

This system means that every card you acquire, even if it’s not of personal interest to you, can have value towards building the collection of cards that you desire. 

Physical Gear Pack FAQs

what is the physical gear pack program?

The physical Gear Pack Program brings the Cards of Gears of War 4 into the real world! Part collector’s item, part in-game unlocks, these Gear Packs unlock digital content while providing your own physical version of the card to keep in your gaming collection!

Unlike their in-game counterparts, physical Gear Packs contain a set of pre-determined items to add to your collection in Gears of War 4.

Where can I get the Physical Gear Packs?

Expect to see Gears of War 4 at major events across the U.S. – if we’re at an event, drop by the Xbox booth to pick up a special event Gear Pack to take home!

In the U.S., pre-order at GameStop to receive a physical Gear Pack at launch that includes the Vintage Reyna character when you pick up your copy of Gears of War 4.

Are the contents redeemable for in-game use?

Yes! In addition to being a great collector’s item for any Gears fan, each card comes with a redeemable Xbox Live code that unlocks the content on the card.

are these cards designed to be used in a card based game?

No. Cards are the way players build their collection of customization, abilities and Bounties in Gears of War 4. These are not part of a Card based game.

Terms and Conditions

Content or item shown on the card is only redeemable for use within Gears of War. Requires Gear of War 4 game (sold separately), multiplayer play, and broadband internet; ISP fees apply. Online multiplayer requires Xbox Live Gold subscription (sold separately). Each card is redeemable only for the content/item shown on the cards. Log in at and follow the instructions to redeem your code. Must be 18 or older (or have parent account and permission) to access Xbox Live Gold. Use of Xbox and Xbox Live Gold is subject to the Microsoft Services Agreement ( Other fees may apply.