Just started playing Gears of War 3 online - and I saw that when an opponent is on the floor there is a possibility to make several finish moves. Some of the cool stuff:

  1. Pickng up an opponent and using him as a shield.
  2. Tearing his arm and beating him with it.

How can I perform these (and any other) finishing moves?


These finishing moves are known as executions. You can perform these on a downed enemy by standing next to them and holding Y. There are also weapon specific executions that can be performed by executing an opponent while having a specific weapon active.

See this page on the Gears Wiki for a detailed list of the different executions and how to perform them.


  • Picking up an opponent and using him as a shield is not an execution, and you do it by hitting A. Jul 6 '12 at 17:31
  • @IanPugsley While not necessarily an execution in the strictest sense, using an opponent as a meat shield does kill them, and it can lead to the bag-and-tag execution.
    – A. Still
    Jul 6 '12 at 17:35

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