Gears 5 Matriarch Boss Guide - How to Defeat the Matriarch

Gears 5 Matriarch Boss Guide - How to Defeat the Matriarch

Here's our Gears 5 Matriarch boss fight guide, to help you defeat the boss at the end of Act 2.

At the conclusion of Chapter 2 in Gears 5, Kait and Del find themselves facing off against a huge Matriarch Locust. In this Gears 5 Matriarch boss guide, we'll be walking you through the fight in full, detailing the exact steps you need to perform in order to put the boss down for good.

Gears 5 Matriarch Boss Fight

Before we kick things off, we should mention that this boss fight with the Matriarch becomes significantly easier if you've got a second person to play as Del. If it's only yourself playing as Kait, then buckle up for one hell of a tough boss fight. Going forward, this guide assumes you're playing Gears 5 solo.

When the Gears 5 Matriarch boss fight kicks off, the boss will instantly drop down into the icy waters, freezing up instantly. If this hasn't alerted you to the fact that it can be frozen solid, then Del drops a handy voice hint right after. But it's what you do when the boss is frozen that's critical.

Gears 5 Matriarch Weakness

As soon as the Matriarch is frozen, you need to run around to the back of the boss. The Matriarch's back will now be visible and exposed, as a glowing weak point for you to fire on. In fact, this is the only way you can actually damage the Matriarch.

The weak point on the Matriarch. | Hirun Cryer/USG, The Coalition

Be warned though, the Matriarch won't stay frozen for long. We estimate the boss stays frozen for roughly 8 seconds, before bursting back out of the ice and onto dry land again. You need to rinse and repeat this process if you want to deal any significant damage to the Matriarch.

If you're tempted to use the Cryo gun to freeze the Matriarch in place, we'd advise against this. Because the Matriarch can rush at you so quickly before you can freeze it using the gun, you want to shoot the ice underneath the Matriarch when it charges towards you, so it's submerged in the ice and instantly freezes solid.

Three times during the Matriarch boss fight, Kait will be overcome by visions, and her sight will be temporarily impaired. When this happens, don't run, but instead strafe your way around the Matriarch where you last saw the boss, since it doesn't typically move very far if you're not firing at it.

Kait's reduced vision during the Matriarch boss fight. | Hirun Cryer/USG, The Coalition

But the final time this happens, near the conclusion of the fight, Kait's vision will stay impaired until you slay the Matriarch. When this happens, you've got to be extremely quick on your feet, dodge rolling out of the way of the Matriarch when it enters your vision, and shooting the ice under it immediately once it finishes charging at you, in order to finish it off for good.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Hirun Cryer

Staff Writer

Hirun Cryer is by far the most juvenile member of USgamer. He's so juvenile, that this is his first full-time job in the industry, unlike literally every other person featured on this page. He's written for The Guardian, Paste Magazine, and Kotaku, and he likes waking up when the sun rises and roaming the nearby woods with the bears and the wolves.

In other news

Control: Ultimate Edition Confirms PS5 and Xbox Series S/X Dates and Ray Tracing Toggle

If you were hoping for the highest of high-end performance… dream on, Faden.

The SNES Can Do Ray Tracing Thanks to a Homebrew “SuperRT” Chip

Ben Carter's chip design makes real-time lighting and reflections possible on a 30-year-old console.

Xbox Is Hosting a Space Jam Game Jam Design Contest

We got a real (game) jam goin' now.

You may also like

Cyberpunk 2077 Review: Death by a Thousand Cyber-Cuts

Even if you get beyond the bugs, it's just not worth it.

Stardew Valley Just Got Beaches, Fish Tanks, Swimming Ducks, and a Whole Lot More

Nearly five years on, Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone just pushed what he says is Stardew's "biggest update yet."

Alien: Isolation Is Free on Epic and Just As Good as It Was in 2014

Get the motion tracker and don't go in the vents.