This page of our Gears 5 guide contains a walkthrough for The Source of It All.
Kait and Del move to the communication towers to find the source of the broadcast from the Kadar mountains. Chapter 4 in Gears 5 is the longest one yet. It is worth mentioning here that outside of the side locations, you also have to visit two comm towers - you can do that in any order.
- Old COG wall
- Additional mission Condor crash site
- Additional mission - The second Condor crash site
- North comm tower
- East comm tower
- Additional mission - Investigate the camp
- East comm tower - part 2
- Additional mission - Desert storm
- Abandoned mine
Old COG wall
Remember the large gate you couldn't access earlier - Old COG wall? Now you have to go straight there. Ask Jack to open the gate for you.
When you enter the Old COG wall, you will encounter a squad consisting of several snipers and one stronger enemy. First, eliminate the threat and then use the ladder to climb to a higher level.
In the control room, you will find one component.
Ask Jack to activate another console. This will open the passage to the next part of the location. Go back to the snowmobile and go straight through the newly opened gate.
Additional mission Condor crash site
Condor crash site is along the way. It is marked with a yellow flag and is hard to miss.
There, you will fight with a dozen of the robot suicide bombers. This, unfortunately, is not all, because now you have to face 2 swarms of leeches. Keep shooting until the leeches start to charge - dodge their attack.
Search the cinders and bent iron - you will find one component. Also, open the safe to get an upgrade for Jack - Death Sentence. Additional mission completed - return to the vehicle.
Additional mission - The second Condor crash site
The second crash site is near the first one. It is easy to get there because this one is also marked with a yellow flag.
A component is behind one of the larger parts of the helicopter. Collect it and go through the narrow passage to reach another part of the location.
Another component lies near the drop pods. Interestingly, when approaching the pod, you will be attacked by one of the allied robots - it probably lost contact with the base. Eliminate it. The further road leads down through the slide. Get ready to fight - there are enemies at the bottom. Robots come out of the pods scattered in the snow. Watch out, the robots explode.
Aim at the helicopter's engines - this is the fastest way to destroy it. Hide behind a cover as soon as you notice laser sights - otherwise, you will die.
The downed helicopter will not only open the exit for you but also open the safe. Inside, you will find an Extraordinary Improvement: Bully.
Before jumping off a cliff and heading to the vehicle, make sure you have collected the component lying in the snow.
North comm tower
The North comm tower is in front of you. The order in which you investigate the towers isn't important, so you can explore them as you see fit - you need data from both communication towers.
Go to the control panel and use it to get a collectible - Lena's Notes. You learn from the letter that something dangerous awaits inside. You can't get inside yet - you need a security code.
Go around the substation, the next component is on the right of the building.
During climbing, you will encounter a few enemies. Kill them all and then explore the area.
Climb the wall - you are near another Condor wreckage. There is another component in the safe. In order to leave the crash site, you need to go through the wreckage - you can't go back following the same path.
Eliminate a dozen of suicide robots and one enemy with a cannon. The largest enemy is accompanied by a small drone that creates a shield for the monster. First, get rid of the attacking enemies, and then take care of the drone and the main monster.
The further path leads through an ice cave. You will encounter another crystal guard. The opponent has several minions - eliminate them first. Tactic - knock the enemy's helmet off and then keep shooting his head until he is dead. Of course, you should also avoid his charge and melee attacks.
There are a few robots in front of the tower - kill them quietly to avoid alarming them all at once.
There is another component in the safe. Collect it and go towards the tower.
Once you enter the tower's territory, turn left. Collect another component.
Go downstairs and let Jack connect with the computer. The data validation process will take a bit.
Jack can't track the signal automatically - you have to help him. Move the scanner point to the place marked in the picture above (use the d-pad or the analog stick) to start the data extraction process. To succeed, you need to properly place 3 sliders. After that, go through the only door in this room.
Collect a module for Jack lying on the desk - Disguise. Soon, you will be able to use it.
Watch out for the turrets - you have activated them accidentally while working on the computer. Use Jack's new ability to safely exit the building. Run through the corridor - the invisibility has a limited duration.
You will encounter another group of enemies. You can try to skip them using invisibility or just eliminate them. Go back to the vehicle.
Stop at the parts of the crashed helicopter. You will find one component.
East comm tower
The substation of the East comm tower is ahead. The path to the main station leads to the right. First, go to the building presented in the picture above to activate an additional mission - Investigate the camp.
Additional mission - Investigate the camp
Enter the substation to activate another additional mission - Investigate the camp. Another component is in the corner of the first room.
You found Lena - unfortunately, she froze to death. She won't help you open the gate of the first substation. You have to find the code yourself.
A collectible is in the corner of the room - the secret of security. You have everything you need to open the gates of the North substation. You should go there first.
Open the door and go inside. Now you need to find out what happened to Norsko.
There is one component in the corner of the building. Make sure you get it before you explore this room.
Norsko didn't survive. Open the safe to collect an Extraordinary Enhancement: Tracker and leave the building. Return to the East comm tower.
East comm tower - part 2
Move straight. Watch out for falling ice crystals and large boulders rolling down the slope. One boulder can kill you. Soon, you will participate in another fight. This time, the blizzard will work in your favor. Eliminate the threat and continue climbing - watch out for falling ice shards and rolling icy boulders. You reach the tower's door.
The first component is on the ground. To continue the mission, you must restore power. Use Jack's help.
Let Jack into the ventilation shaft so he can do his job. You can now connect to the console.
You have to find the signal and download the necessary data. Hover over the point highlighted in the image above and set the sliders to the correct position. Open the door and go to the next room.
Look up at the supply shelves. There, you will find a component. Ask Jack to bring it.
The next box has another component. Go outside and go to the location pointed by the coordinates of the mission. In case of problems, use the compass at the top of the screen.
When you get there, order Jack to scan the ice. There is something under that ice, and you have to get there. To do this, you must first go to the Abandoned mine to get explosives. The coordinates will be marked on the map.
Additional mission - Desert storm
When you reach the place, look for the yellow flag. On one of the skeletons has a collectible - Orders from Ketor Skorge. The goal of the additional mission is to find parts for the elevator drill cooling.
As soon as you climb the ladder and try to reach the stash presented in the picture above, the opponents will start storming your position.
Deal with the first wave and prepare for another. The grenade launcher is very useful here. After the battle, return to the stash. Another collectible is behind the yellow door - A part for the radiator of the drilling elevator. Congratulations, you managed to find the item needed to complete the main task. Continue your journey to the mine.
A component lies near the large silo located in front of the mine - you can't see it, the item is buried in the snow. Ask Jack to get it. Keep moving forward until you reach the mine.
A component is in the abandoned car. Go to the mine.
On the ice, you will face a few fortified enemies. Pay special attention to the one throwing explosives.
The entrance to the mine leads through these protected doors. Tell Jack to open the elevator and get ready for a fight.
Enemies will attack you from every direction. Some of them will be supported by protective robots. You have to deal with them to continue the mission. Take the elevator upstairs.
Climb the ladder to the tower. Another collectible is upstairs - A worn necklace with a pouncer tooth. Go down and enter the mine.
Open the hangar gate. Inside, you will find a collectible - A poster from the Nethercutt mine. There is also a safe here - open it to get a component. Go forward. You will reach a yellow door - open it.
Another collectible is in the room on the left - A journal of a miner from Nethercutt. In the same room, you will also find a component - in the yellow box on the wall. Collect the items and head down - along the tracks. Open another gate.
Here, you will find one pouncer and several lesser opponents. Kill them and then look for a container with phosphorus fuel - this item is explosive.
The container is in front of you. Tell Jack to take it and prepare for battle.
You have to break through hordes of monsters. Important - the container with phosphorus fuel has a durability bar. Protect Jack and don't let anyone shoot the robot. Take the fuel back to your vehicle and drive to the signal transmitted from under the ice.
Go to the place indicated on the map, and create a passage down. Note - once you leave the valley, you won't be able to go back.