The Hammerburst is the primary weapon of the Locust Drone. It fires six round bursts and is most effective at mid-range. It lacks the bayonet of the Lancer, but can still be used for an faster melee attack. The Hammerburst is also more accurate than the lancer; especially during blind firing. Ammunition for the Hammerburst is easily found as most Locust you kill will carry one. Offline (but online in particular) you will find the Hammerburst to be more powerful when fired than the Lancer, but the inconveniences of taking time out to pick it up and the loss of a threatening melee prove this weapon to be useless to many players. This weapon must be obtained for use in multiplayer. -StrategyWiki
- Firing rate: 1250
- Max. ammo: 780
- Mag. size: 78
- Base damage: 56
- Short range: 100%
- Medium range: 100%
- Long range: 60%
- Melee: 120%
The Hammerburst II is a result of a number of improvements made on the Hammerburst Assault Rifle, such as the addition of an extensive recoil control system, a longer barrel with a larger bore for higher caliber bullets, a completely reworked action for receiving and ejecting cartridges, and a rudimentary iron sight on top of the receiver.
The Locust use the Hammerburst II extensively. Although lower-ranked soldiers such as Drones are often equipped with the Hammerburst II, higher-ranked Locust such as Theron Guards and Palace Guards also use the Hammerburst II.
On the top right of the screen where the ammo is shown, the displayed magazine decreases by 2 rounds per shot instead of 1. This is because 2 rounds are actually fired per shot, however, the 2 rounds are so close to each other that they combine to look like 1 larger round. This sometimes can be noticed if you look really closely at the fired shot. This weapon functions like its predecessor because it also fires bursts. (-Gears Of War Wikia)