The collectibles in Gears 5 Act 1 – Chapter 3: This is War are hidden throughout the map starting as soon as you take control. In this guide, we’ll show you how to find them all. We’ll also call out any Components to pick up along the way.
COLLECTIBLE 1 // COG TAGS: FALLEN RAVEN PILOT
As soon as you can walk, look for a filing cabinet between you and the next room. You’ll get a prompt to pick up these tags from the ground just behind it.
COLLECTIBLE 2 // THE NEW EPHYRIAN: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
Leave the room you start in, and walk straight across the hall. This collectible is located on a desk in the far left corner (as you walk in). Look for the “New Ephyran” poster of a baby in the corner.
There’s a Component in the adjacent room.
COLLECTIBLE 3 // SEDITIOUS LITERATURE
In a room after you get prompted to use Jack’s Flash, you’ll go upstairs to a ruined room with no ceiling with a bunch of desks. This paper is sitting on a desk in that room. Look for it in the corner by the stairs — take a hard right at the top of the stairs.
There’s also a Component on another desk nearby.
After that, you’ll enter the apartment complex where someone mistakenly shoots at you. With the stairs on your left, check a fuse box for three Components.
In the apartment building, you’ll enter a room with the people you called to evacuate. Head straight from the doorway in into the laundry room, where you’ll find a Component on the washer or dryer.
COLLECTIBLE 4 // SETTLEMENT 2 WELCOME PACKAGE
In the apartment building, you’ll enter a room with the people you called to evacuate. There’s a large pile of weapons and ammo next to some overturned couches. In the adjacent bedroom (it has a guitar in it), this collectible is sitting on a small desk by the door.
COLLECTIBLE 5 // STORIED EMBRY STAR
After you head onto the street, there will be a firefight. Once you clear the snipers and the Scion, head into the second floor apartment where the snipers were (not the one with the kitchen). Look for a chest of drawers against the wall next to a old-fashioned stove. You’ll have to get close to trigger the prompt to pick up this collectible.
COLLECTIBLE 6 // COG TAGS: FALLEN GEAR AT CONDOR CRASH
After you cut through the fence and watch the conversation about firing into a protest, continue through the park until you hit a fork. Go the right first, and use Jack to retrieve a Component on the other side of the gap. Head back and go to the left, and you’ll walk through some wreckage. Just after the robot says that you’re looking well today, look for a dead soldier with a COG tag on the ground.
COLLECTIBLE 7 // SERAN COLOSSUS
After you clear the street, don’t move on. At the far end of the street, look for a bookstore on the left. Head inside, and you’ll see a display with a statue of two people reading. Run around to the back side to find this book.
Clear the street with the exploding enemies so you can explore freely. Look for a store called All That Juice. Inside, behind a counter, you’ll find a Component in a fuse box.