ByLiv Sommerlot, writer at Creators.co
Liv Sommerlot

Gears of War 4 is finally out for Xbox One and players are already plowing through the game, experiencing the story, marveling at the graphics, salivating at the new weapons, and, perhaps most importantly of all, hitting up all those new multiplayer modes!

One of the big quests for any Gears aficionado is reaching the highest possible rank... at the highest possible speed. There's nothing like intimidating fresh-faced opponents who've just started up the game with your rank 88, now is there? And leveling up is the only way to get some of those coveted achievements, as well (Seriously 4.0, anyone?).

Never fear! Now Loading is here with all the tips, tricks, and info you need to shoot, snipe, and chainsaw your way through those ranks with the swiftness of a speeding Cole Train.

Stay cool, baby! How To Level Up Quickly In Gears of War 4

Leveling up in Gears of War 4 requires you to collect a certain amount of XP. Here's a breakdown of how much (total) XP you'll need to reach your first 21 levels:

  • Level 02 – 1000
  • Level 03 – 2200
  • Level 04 – 3600
  • Level 05 – 5200
  • Level 06 – 7000
  • Level 07 – 9000
  • Level 08 – 11200
  • Level 09 – 13600
  • Level 10 – 16200
  • Level 11 – 19000
  • Level 12 – 22000
  • Level 13 – 25200
  • Level 14 – 28600
  • Level 15 – 32200
  • Level 16 – 36000
  • Level 17 – 40000
  • Level 18 – 44200
  • Level 19 – 48600
  • Level 20 – 53200
  • Level 21 – 58000

For an idea of how much XP you'll need for higher levels, level 37 requires 162,000 XP, level 66 is 481,000 XP and level 82 demands a whopping 729,000 XP! Better get grinding!

Fortunately, nabbing that XP will be all too simple with these five tips.

1. Choose the right game mode

Different game modes net you different amounts of XP. For those that really want to rake in the XP, you'll need to choose your mode carefully.

Here are the different multiplayer modes in Gears of War 4:

  • Team Deathmatch
  • King of the Hill
  • Guardian
  • Warzone
  • Execution
  • Dodgeball
  • Escalation
  • Arms Race

The best mode to plow through those ranks quickly is Arms Race. Why is that? Think of it like getting more bang for your buck. Each match in Arms Race takes an average of 15 minutes, which is decidedly less than some of the longer modes like Horde 3.0, and because of the nature of Arms Race you'll be bagging a lot of kills.

In Arms Race, you cycle through weapons, getting three kills with each before moving on to a new one. Your goal is to get through the entire arsenal of Gears weapons, which makes for a lot of kills along the way. Not only does this make for more XP, it's also the quickest way to churn through some of those bounties. That's like killing two birds with one stone!

If you get tired of Arms Race, other objective-based modes like Escalation or King of the Hill are good bets for pulling in quick XP.

2. Up the ante by upping the difficulty level

Game modes themselves aren't the only things you need to be thinking about—the difficulty of the mode also has a say in how much XP you'll take home at the end of the day.

If you're a fan of Horde mode (and you've already leveled up your classes to a certain extent), try playing on a harder mode. Each wave of Horde 3.0 will net your more XP depending on which difficulty you select:

  • Casual = 100%
  • Normal = 200%
  • Hardcore = 300%
  • Insane = 400%

Of course, you have to actually win a wave to bank the XP, so don't go in guns blazing on insane mode if you're not ready (and trust us—insane mode really is INSANE). That's a surefire way to waste time and annoy your teammates!

3. Always be thinking about objectives!

Sure, mowing down enemies is a hell of a lot of fun, but it's not necessarily the best way to rake in XP. Each time you join a match, think about the key objectives for the game mode you're playing—that's the way to really line your XP wallet.

For instance, what's the objective in Escalation? Why, to capture or break a ring! And wouldn't you know, each capture or break will net you 200 XP, which is more than a single kill. Same goes for King of the Hill or Annex. Rack up as many of these babies as you can on top of your kills, and the XP'll start rolling in.

Play tough and smart!

4. Turn in them bounties!

Participating in matches alone will only net you so much XP. The best way to snag more XP on top of your normal game play is to complete bounties. Bounties are additional objectives on top of the standard objectives for each mode of play. They're a bit like achievements in a way, and usually require you to get a certain number of kills, assists, etc. Completing bounties can earn you either XP or Credits (which can be used to acquire Gear Packs and unlock a variety of items in the form of cards).

Keep track of your bounties on the Bounty screen (the third tab of your results screen after finishing a match). Bounty cards are consumable, so once you complete one, it's gone; however, if you find yourself having trouble with one, you can trade it for another and simply return to it later.

For a taste of how much XP you can earn from bounties, here's a list of the XP-reaping bounties (and their XP rewards!) from Horde 3.0. With some of them clocking in at 10k to 20k a pop, that's a lot of experience waiting to be harvested!

Assault Rifle Kills I

  • Bounty: Kill 100 or more enemies with an assault rifle (Lancer, Retro Lancer, Hammerburst, Enforcer) during a Horde match on any difficulty.
  • Reward: 3000 XP

Engineer Challenge I

  • Bounty: Beat the first 20 waves of a Horde match while playing as the Engineer class on any difficulty.
  • Reward: 10,000 XP

Heavy Challenge I

  • Bounty: Beat the first 20 waves of a Horde match while playing as the Heavy class on any difficulty.
  • Reward: 10,000 XP

Scout Challenge I

  • Bounty: Beat the first 20 waves of a Horde match while playing as the Scout class on any difficulty.
  • Reward: 10,000 XP

Sniper Challenge I

  • Bounty: Beat the first 20 waves of a Horde match while playing as the Sniper class on any difficulty.
  • Reward: 10,000 XP

Soldier Challenge I

  • Bounty: Beat the first 20 waves of a Horde match while playing as the Soldier class on any difficulty.
  • Reward: 10,000 XP

Explosive Kills I

  • Bounty: Kill 100 or more enemies with an explosive launcher (Boomshot, Dropshot, Torque Bow, RL-4 Salvo) or Frag Grenade during a Horde match on any difficulty.
  • Reward: 5000 XP

Fortifications I

  • Bounty: Build five or more fortifications during a Horde match on any difficulty.
  • Reward: 2000 XP

Fortifications II

  • Bounty: Build 50 or more fortifications during a Horde match on any difficulty.
  • Reward: 20,000 XP

Hardcore Challenge I

  • Bounty: Beat the first 20 waves of a Horde match on Hardcore difficulty.
  • Reward: 20,000 XP

Headshot Kills I

  • Bounty: Kill 100 or more enemies with headshots during a Horde match on any difficulty.
  • Reward: 5000 XP

Horde Challenge I

  • Bounty: Beat the first 10 waves of a Horde match on any difficulty.
  • Reward: 1000 XP

Horde Challenge II

  • Bounty: Beat the first 20 waves of a Horde match on any difficulty.
  • Reward: 10,000 XP

Insane Challenge I

  • Bounty: Beat the first 10 waves of a Horde match on Insane difficulty.
  • Reward: 10,000 XP

Insane Challenge II

  • Bounty: Beat the first 20 waves of a Horde match on Insane difficulty.
  • Reward: 20,000 XP

Kills I

  • Bounty: Kill 50 or more enemies during a Horde match on any difficulty.
  • Reward: 2000 XP

Kills II

  • Bounty: Kill 500 or more enemies during a Horde match on any difficulty.
  • Reward: 20,000 XP

Normal Challenge I

  • Bounty: Beat the first 20 waves of a Horde match on Normal difficulty.
  • Reward: 10,000 XP

5. Ribbons, ribbons, ribbons

Gears of War 3 was the first game in the series to introduce ribbons, and Gears of War 4 continues the tradition. Ribbons may not give you the huge XP bumps you can earn from bounties, but every little bit counts, and since it's generally easier to earn a ribbon than to complete a bounty, the little bumps can really start building on each other. Also, you earn XP from a ribbon every time you obtain one (even if you already have it)—they're not consumable, one-time things like bounties.

There's a whole slew of different ribbons you can earn—some easy, some difficult, and some downright ridiculous—and you'll earn a few without even trying just by being decent in a match. Keep some of the easier ones in mind while playing and you should be able to consistently net a small collection of ribbons each match. You'll see the results reflected in the XP you earn almost immediately!

While there are way too many ribbons to list them all, here's a small sampling of the types of ribbons you can earn (along with their XP):

Clusterluck

  • XP: 100
  • How To Get: Kill multiple enemies with a single Frag Grenade in Versus or Horde.

Coup de Grâce

  • XP: 50
  • How To Get: Get the final kill with an Execution in Versus or Horde.

Death From Beyond

  • XP: 25
  • How To Get: Kill an enemy while you are dead in Versus or Horde.

Final Word

  • XP: 50
  • How To Get: Get the final kill in Versus or Horde.

Guys? Hello?

  • XP: 25
  • How To Get: Spend the most time down but not out in Versus or Horde.

Industrious

  • XP: 100
  • How To Get: Use more than one DeeBee weapon to kill a single enemy.

Lumberjack

  • XP: 100
  • How To Get: Chainsaw three enemies in a row in Versus or Horde.

More Guts Than Skill

  • XP: 75
  • How To Get: Kill yourself at least three times in Versus or Horde.

Pistoleer

  • XP: 75
  • How To Get: Have the most pistol kills in Versus or Horde.

So Close

  • XP: 100
  • How To Get: Die within one second of either dying or self-reviving in Versus or Horde.

Trick Shot

  • XP: 75
  • How To Get: Get a Torque Bow headshot that is also a double kill in Versus or Horde.

What happens once you reach level 100?

Once you reach level 100, you can't gain any more levels. What you can do, however, is Re-Up. Re-Upping resets your level back to one, rewards you with some Gear Packs, and adds a shiny new icon next to your rank. This icon will get fancier and fancier the more times you Re-Up. To complete the legendary Seriously 4.0 achievement, you need to Re-Up a total of ten times—that's a lot of XP! But just think of the prestige!

With our leveling tips and tricks, however, you shouldn't have any problem achieving greatness... so long as you've got the determination.

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