Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare is a DLC expansion for Halo Wars 2. It was released on September 26, 2017[1] for $19.99 USD on the Xbox One and Windows 10 platforms.[2] It contains new Banished leaders Pavium and Voridus, a new set of campaign levels, and a new multiplayer gamemode called Terminus Firefight.[1][2]

Additionally, two new multiplayer maps, Mirage and Fissures, were added to the game alongside the DLC. However, these are available to all players, regardless of whether they own the DLC.[3]


Awakening the Nightmare's campaign is set a few months after the conclusion of the main game's campaign. It centers on the Banished as they engage in a conflict with Flood survivors from the first Battle of Installation 00. The campaign is bookended by prerendered cinematics produced by Blur Studio.[2]

Terminus Firefight tasks teams of up to three players with simultaneously defending their bases and a Forerunner terminus node from waves of hostile UNSC, Banished, and Flood troops. Players have the ability to build defenses such as barricades and spike floors to hinder the enemy's efforts.[2]

Campaign LevelsEdit




The Banished:



The Banished:




  • This DLC was not included with the Season Pass for Halo Wars 2.




  1. 1.0 1.1 Gamespot - Halo Wars 2 Expansion Awakening The Nightmare Release Date Announced
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Halo Waypoint - Introducing Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare
  3. Halo Waypoint - Halo Wars 2 - Patch Notes

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  • How good is halo wars 2’s “awakening the nightmare”?

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    • In my opinion, it's worth the price. You get an extra campaign with 5 levels, revolving around efforts of two Banished warlords, Pavium ...
    • I honestly knew about what the DLC basically has to offer, and I kinda accidentally spoiled some of the story, but I didn’t spoil too much...
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