12-9FS right after being delivered to John-117

12-9FS[1] was a Scorpion Main Battle Tank built by the UNSC. It appears to have a black chess piece in the form of a knight painted on its front left tread cover.

In 2552, this tank was assigned to the frigate UNSC In Amber Clad. That year, during the Battle of Earth, Commander Miranda Keyes ordered that a tank be sent to John-117 in Old Mombasa to help fight Covenant forces that had landed in downtown New Mombasa. John used the tank to cross the main bridge to the downtown area, destroying numerous Ghosts, Wraiths, and Banshees along the way. However, he was forced to abandon the tank soon after in a highway tunnel, because debris in the tunnel prevented the tank from going any further,[2] due to its size.


  • The tank will sometimes appear with an ID of UE8-14 on Easy and Normal difficulties, but will most often appear correctly in Heroic and Legendary. The reason for this is unknown.
  • Some of the tanks used in Halo 3 multiplayer (via Forge) bear the ID "12-9FS." However, the chess decal is replaced with a Scorpion decal, and is a Halo 3-era Scorpion (with a separate seat for a gunner). Thus, it is unlikely that they are the same tank, although the tank could have had an overhaul.
  • It is possible to drive the tank past the barricade in the tunnels with a Warthog and a little patience. However, you will soon be forced to abandon it anyways, as you have to go into the sewer system to get to the next area.


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