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How to Beat The Matriarch in Gears 5: Chapter 2 Boss Guide

If you need a clue on how to beat The Matriarch in Gears 5, then check out our tips and tricks to ensure that this lady doesn't stiff you.
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If you’ve been cracking into Gears 5, then you’ll know full well that there are some pretty impressive boss fights that rear their head during the game’s narrative. One of these bosses is The Matriarch Locust, and she’s definitely not an easy target when it comes to the frosty foes that you encounter. If you’re not quite sure where to begin with this one, then let our guide on how to beat The Matriarch in Gears 5 give you some clarity.

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How to Beat The Matriarch in Gears 5: Chapter 2 Boss Guide

As you’ll know, The Matriarch is encountered in Chapter 2 of Gears 5. This is a decently intimidating boss to face off against, so we’ll break it down for you in a digestible way: freeze the hell out of her, and fast. The game tips you off as to her elemental vulnerability, but trust us: you need this in order to actually get anywhere. 

The Matriarch in Gears 5 has an area on her back that glows. Like any good cue in any good boss fight, it’s clearly the place that you need to hit in order to defeat her. However, getting her frozen is a little more difficult than you might think. Conventional, direct methods aren’t the most effective; you have to actually jeopardize the ground underneath her so that she falls into the lake and essentially gets stuck. When she’s trapped like this, her glowing area will be vulnerable so you’ll be able to loop around and pump it full of bullets. 

Occasionally, you’ll find yourself having to deal with incredible screen blur. Your vision will be affected, but don’t panic. If you keep a cool head, it’ll be easier to avoid what’s going on with the Matriarch when she starts trying to pin you. She won’t go too far while you’re compromised like this, but our tip would be for you to dodge once you see her in your field of vision. These vision issues won’t let up until you actually kill her, so keep the pattern of affecting the ground underneath her and freezing her before doing damage until her health has fully been depleted. 

If you just follow our helpful tips on how to beat The Matriarch in Gears 5, then it won’t take you very long at all to take her down. She can be a little tough, but if you’re smart enough to ensure that you keep her as tied up as possible in status effects, then it makes everything a whole lot easier. Reckon the other boss fights might not be so easy? We have a lowdown on the game’s Relic Weapons so that you can pick them up and turn those bosses into mincemeat.


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Ginny hails from just south of Mordor, and when she's not debating others about the One Ring then she's probably glued to an MMO or a JRPG. With Final Fantasy XIV, Destiny 2, and World of Warcraft on her plate, she's always got something to chat about and a sneaky guide up her sleeve. If writing's not on the cards, then she's probably drinking way too much coffee.