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Halo 5: Guardians is a Halo game that was announced during Microsoft's E3 2013 presentation as the second chapter in the John-117 storyline of the Reclaimer Saga and the sequel to Halo 4. It was released on October 27, 2015.[7]


Characters and Setting[]

Jameson Locke and John-117 are both playable characters in Halo 5: Guardians. The teammates of both Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris are also available for other players to play in the co-op campaign.[8][9]







Spartan Abilities[]

Main article: Spartan Abilities

In Halo 5: Guardians, armor abilities are replaced with Spartan Abilities.[30] Spartan Abilities are distinct from Armor Abilities,[31] in that they are not limited by cooldowns or pickups. Rather, they are base player abilities which can be used by all at any time, similar to Dual Wielding or Boarding. The seven Spartan Abilities are:

  • Thruster Pack: Similar to Thruster Pack from Halo 4, except now there is movement in any direction.[32]
  • Ground Pound: While in air, you can slam down into the ground, potentially killing anyone below.[32]
  • Clamber: If you miss a ledge, you can pull yourself up.[32]
  • Slide: While sprinting, you can slide.[32]
  • Charge: While sprinting, you can slam into an enemy.[32]
  • Sprint: Sprinting like in Halo 4, but after a certain amount of time, you will achieve the perfect velocity to activate the previous two abilities. Sprinting will stop shield recharge.[32]
  • Smart Scope: A zoom function that applies to all weapons. Each weapon has a different degree of zoom.[32]


The campaign is roughly twice as long as Halo 4's campaign.[33]

Image Name
H5G Campaign-Osiris Osiris
H5G Campaign-BlueTeam Blue Team
H5G Campaign - Glassed Glassed
H5G Campaign-Meridian Station Meridian Station
H5G Campaign-Unconfirmed Unconfirmed
H5G Campaign-Evacuation Evacuation
H5G Campaign-Reunion Reunion
H5G Campaign-Swords of Sanghelios Swords of Sanghelios
H5G Campaign-Alliance Alliance
H5G Campaign-Enemy Lines Enemy Lines
H5G Campaign-Before the Storm Before the Storm
H5G Campaign-Battle of Sunaion Battle of Sunaion
H5G Campaign-Genesis Genesis
H5G Campaign-The Breaking The Breaking
H5G Campaign-Guardians Guardians


Multiplayer in Halo 5: Guardians is split into two main play styles: the classic Arena experience, and the new 24-player game, Warzone. Big Team Battle is not present in the game at launch, instead it was replaced with Warzone, however it was added post-launch.[34] Spectator mode is allowed within multiplayer matches.[35] There are over 20 multiplayer maps at the launch of Halo 5. At least an additional 15 maps were added post launch, before June 2016.[36]

Multiplayer maps[]


Image Map
H5MB MountainForgeCanvas1 Alpine variants:
H5G-MultiplayerBeta BreakoutArena1 Breakout Arena variants:
H5G Multiplayer Coliseum7 Coliseum
H5MB Eden1 Eden[38]
H5MB Empire3 Empire[40]
H5G Multiplayer Fathom5 Fathom
H5G Multiplayer-Gamescon Plaza1 Plaza
H5MB Regret1 Regret[41]
H5G Multiplayer-Gamescon TheRig5 The Rig[42]
H5MB Truth9 Truth[40]
Battle of Shadow and Light
H5MB MountainForgeCanvas1 Alpine variants:
H5G-Multiplayer Glacier1 Glacier variant:
Cartographer's Gift
H5G-Multiplayer Glacier1 Glacier variant:
H5G-Multiplayer Space1 Parallax variant:
H5G Multiplayer Overgrowth4 Overgrowth
Infinity's Armory
H5-Multiplayer Riptide-Overview1 Riptide
Hammer Storm
H5G-Multiplayer Glacier1 Glacier variant:
H5G-Multiplayer Torque Torque
Ghosts of Meridian
H5G Overview Tyrant4 Tyrant
Memories of Reach
H5G Multiplayer Overgrowth4 Overgrowth variant:
H5G Multiplayer-Gamescon Plaza1 Plaza variant:
H5-Multiplayer Riptide-Overview1 Riptide variant:
H5G Overview-Stasis1 Stasis[28]
Warzone Firefight
H5G Overview Molten1 Molten
Anvil's Legacy
H5G Multiplayer Mercy Overview1 Mercy


Image Map
H5G Multiplayer-Warzone ARC21 Escape From A.R.C.[16]
H5G Multiplayer-Warzone-Gamescon Stormbreak2 March on Stormbreak
H5G Concept Apex7 2 Raid on Apex 7[43]
Cartographer's Gift
H5G Multiplayer BattleofNoctus1 Battle of Noctus
Ghosts of Meridian
H5G Overview SkirmishatDarkstar6 Skirmish at Darkstar
Warzone Firefight
H5G-Overview-AttackonSanctum Attack on Sanctum

Warzone Assault

Image Map
Infinity's Armory
Warzone Firefight
Anvil's Legacy

Forge Canvases

Image Map
H5MB MountainForgeCanvas1 Alpine
H5G-MultiplayerBeta BreakoutArena1 Breakout Arena
H5G-Multiplayer Glacier1 Glacier
H5G-Multiplayer Space1 Parallax
Warzone Firefight
H5G Overview Tidal1 Tidal
Monitor's Bounty
H5G Overview Barrens1 Barrens
H5G Overview Depths1 Depths










Main article: List of Achievements for Halo 5: Guardians

Halo 5: Guardians' achievements are worth a total of 1,000 gamerscore. The game features 65 achievements with 11 achievements being obtained in multiplayer.

Retail Editions[]


Features Standard Limited Limited Collector's Digital Deluxe
Box art H5G BoxArtFinal-Front H5G - Limited Edition H5G - Limited Collector's Edition H5G - Digital Deluxe Edition Box Art
Standard game disc Yes No Optional No
Limited Edition game disc No Yes No No
Game download No No Optional Yes
14 day Xbox Live Gold trial Yes Yes Yes No
The Fall of Reach Animated Series No Yes Yes Yes
REQ Bundle No Yes Yes Yes
Steelbook case No Yes Yes No
Spartan Locke's orders and dossiers on Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris. No Yes Yes No
Metal Guardian model No Yes Yes No
Commemorative statue of Master Chief and Agent Locke. No No Yes No

Standard Edition[]

The standard edition of the game includes the disc and a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial, and was released October 27th, 2015.

Digital Edition[]

The digital edition contains a digital download of the game, without a disc or game case.

Limited Edition[]

Main article: Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition

Including collectible items such as a limited edition game disc and a steelbook case, the Halo 5: Guardians limited edition is available for pre-order before the release of the game. In addition to the limited edition case and disc, the bundle includes a 14-day Xbox Live trial, Halo: The Fall of Reach Animated Series, a Warzone REQ bundle, dossiers on Blue Team, Fireteam Osiris and Spartan Locke's orders, and finally a metal model of a Guardian. The edition costs $99.99.[76]

Limited Collector's Edition[]

Main article: Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector's Edition

The Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector's Edition contained, in addition to the Limited Edition collectible content, a statue of Master Chief and Agent Locke. This statue can be pulled apart from its default state, to present the pair as enemies rather than a team like is presented by default. It cost $249.99.[77]

Controversially, the Limited Collector's edition originally contained a digital download code rather than a physical disc. This was intended to allow purchasers of the Limited Collector's edition to pre-load the game. In response to a fan uproar at the lack of a disc, 343 Industries stated that they were looking for a solution to satisfy those who want a disc.[78] Later, they confirmed that customers would be able to opt to have a disc rather than the default digital download code.[79]

Digital Deluxe Edition[]

Main article: Halo 5: Guardians Digital Deluxe Edition

A Digital Deluxe edition was also available for pre-order before the game's release. It cost $89.99, and contained a digital download of the game itself, a REQ bundle, and Halo: The Fall of Reach Animated Series.[80]



Early Concepts[]

In the earlier iterations of the game, Fireteam Osiris was actually supposed to be Fireteam Majestic, composed of Olympia Vale, Holly Tanaka, Jameson Locke, and Gabriel Thorne.[81]


At least one known version of the game exists, the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta. This version includes different menu systems featuring a different background and different music, armor descriptions feature the manufacturers, Empire had slightly different pathing, and armor colouring was able to be individually selected.[82]


This section requires expansion.

Xbox One Reveal[]

Halo (Xbox One) was confirmed to be in development for the Xbox One during the Xbox One Reveal event on May 21, 2013.[1]

E3 2013[]

“There was no ambiguity in not putting a number after the game. For me, what we showed wasn’t the game. Nobody should be confused on that. I didn’t really want to try to show something that was clearly a thought piece by the studio around where Master Chief is in his journey, and then drop the name after it and be somewhat disingenuous about that being the game. But I did want Bonnie [Ross] to come out and say 'First-person shooter. Master Chief.' Because they'll get the questions: 'Hey, is this ODST? What are you guys doing?' Bonnie [Ross] comes out and reaffirms that 343 is building this game. It’s Master Chief. It’s a first-person shooter at 60 frames per second. It’s coming in 2014.”
— Phil Spencer, regarding the teaser trailer[83]

Xbox Wire[]

On May 16, 2014, Bonnie Ross, General Manager of 343 Industries, announced on Xbox Wire that the Halo game will be named Halo 5: Guardians and will be released in Fall 2015.[84] Bonnie also announced that Halo 5: Guardians will run on a new and more powerful engine.

Hunt the Truth[]

Main article: Hunt the Truth

On March 19, 2015, Frank O'Connor tweeted a link to a Tumblr page called Hunt the Truth.[85] On the page, there was countdown that had ended on March 22, 2015 at 1:00am UTC and had an image of the word "Traitor" engraved onto a bullet.[86] The page revealed to be about a journalist and war photographer, Benjamin Giraud, who is trying to find the truth about the Master Chief.[86]


  • The Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta was accessible through Halo: The Master Chief Collection.[87]
  • Exclusive content unlocked in Halo: The Master Chief Collection will carry over to Halo 5: Guardians.[88]
  • Halo 5's Theater mode writes replay files to the dedicated servers as the player is playing. These files can be accessed in real-time, enabling players to spectate others live.[89]
  • Halo 5's internal development code name for the AI companions was "Musketeers."[90]
  • Halo 5: Guardians is the first Halo first-person shooter to be given an ESRB rating of T.


E3 2013 Trailer

E3 2014 Trailer

Concept Art




Promotional Art

Campaign Preview

Beta Gameplay



E3 2013 Teaser[]

Main article: Halo 5: Guardians Teaser Trailer

E3 2014 Multiplayer Beta Announcement[]

Main article: Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta Trailer

Spartan Locke Armor Set[]

Main article: Halo 5: Guardians Spartan Locke Armor Set

Hunt the Truth[]

All Hail[]

Main article: All Hail

The Cost[]

Main article: The Cost

Halo 5: Launch TV Commercial[]

Main article: Halo 5: Launch TV Commercial

Halo 5: Guardians Opening Cinematic[]

Main article: Halo 5: Guardians Opening Cinematic

Halo 5: Guardians Cinema First Look[]

Main article: Halo 5: Cinema First Look

Halo 5 Mister Chief Req System Tutorial[]

Main article: Halo 5 Mister Chief Req System Tutorial

Halo 5: A Hero Falls TV Commercial[]

Main article: A Hero Falls

Halo 5: Launch Gameplay Trailer[]

Main article: Halo 5: Launch Gameplay Trailer



  1. Sister ships are always the same class. The Undiminished Entelechy was, as such, a CCS-class battlecruiser, but simply substituted to be a different class in the simulations: "for captains and admirals alike who are looking to gain any tactical advantage they can, both on the ground and in space. How might the events of Alpha Halo have been different if the Fleet of Particular Justice had been made up of different ships in the Covenant arsenal?" - Grimbrother One, Canon Fodder


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  3. Halo 5: Guardians Runs on a Completely New Engine, Plus Other Details -Only SinglePlayer - "The things at the core are vital, but a tiny fraction of the overall engine footprint. It's a new engine. Not an iteration or a rendering evolution. It's a new engine."
  4. NeoGAF - Frank O'Connor's post
  5. PEGI - Search: Halo
  6. Australian Classification - View Title: HALO 5: GUARDIANS
  7. IGN - Halo 5: Guardians Release Date Announced
  8. Halo Waypoint - Clarity Regarding Halo 5: Guardians Online Co-op Access
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  13. Halo 5: Guardians - Reunion
  14. Halo 5: Guardians - Halsey Render
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  27. Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder - Have S'moa (What is the name of Spartan Locke's armor variant? Spartan Locke is currently equipped with the MJOLNIR GEN2 Hunter variant)
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  29. Halo Waypoint - Canon Fodder: Tales & Stingers
  30. Twitter - Quinn DelHoyo
  31. Twitter - Bonnie Ross
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  33. Youtube: Halo 5 Guardians: New Gameplay Footage - IGN Live: Gamescom 2015
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  35. Youtube: Halo 5: Guardians - EPIC Competitive Features Revealed
  36. Youtube: Halo 5: Guardians - 35 Maps Confirmed, DLC Free, BIG Sandbox
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  44. Youtube: HALO 5 Gamescom | Full Segment | 1080p
  45. Youtube: Halo 5: Guardians Beta Gameplay - "Empire" (Slayer)
  46. Halo 5: Guardians - Railgun Render
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  57. Halo 5: Guardians - SAW Render
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  60. Imgur - Sorrow of Teash
  61. Imgur - Scale of Soirapt
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  63. YouTube - Halo 5 Plasma Launcher!?
  64. Halo 5: Guardians - Campaign Preview 2
  65. Halo 5: Guardians - Carbine Render
  66. Halo 5: Guardians - Fuel Rod Gun Render
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