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The M12 Light Reconnaissance Vehicle[3] (M12 LRV), commonly known as the Warthog, was a variant of the M12 Force Application Vehicle and the UNSC's most prolific anti-infantry vehicle. It is identical to the M12 FAV except that it features a mounted chaingun in the back.

Class History[]

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Human-Covenant war[]

Early War[]

M12 Warthogs were used during the Harvest Campaign.[6]

Fall of Reach[]

Main article: Fall of Reach

Battle of Earth[]

Main article: Battle of Earth

During the Battle of Mombasa, the UNSC deployed M12B LRVs.[7]


By 2558, the Liang-Dortmund Corporation had acquired M12 LRVs for defense against pirate Kig-Yars and Insurrectionists.[8]


The standard UNSC M12 LRV uses the regular 12.OL liquid-cooled hydrogen-injected Internal Combustion Engine.[1]


The M12 LRV can either be equipped with an M41 Light Anti-Aircraft Gun, an M46 Light Anti-Aircraft Gun or an M343A2 Minigun.

Ammunition for these guns vary. In the case of some ONI LRVs, these guns will be loaded with high explosive dual purpose rounds.[9] The Swords of Sanghelios also managed to get an M343A2 to fire Subanese crystals and place it on an M12 LRV.[4]


Main article: Camouflage

Warthog LRVs can be equipped with any number of colors, camos, designs and logos.


Picture Variant Description
H5G Campaign EVAC8-1 Corp Warthog An up-armored Warthog used by Liang Dortmund.
N/A Tundra Warthog An up-armored Warthog with an arctic camouflage pattern.
N/A Woodland Warthog An up-armored Warthog with a woodland camouflage pattern used by the UNSC Army.
N/A Urban Warthog An up-armored Warthog with an urban camouflage pattern.
N/A ONI Warthog A heavily-armored black Warthog used by ONI with a machine gun loaded with high-explosive rounds.
N/A Rally Warthog A modified off-road racing Warthog with higher top speeds and faster acceleration.
N/A Sword Needler Warthog A Warthog modified by the Swords of Sanghelios to have a regenerating energy shield and a slower-firing machine gun that fires Subanese crystals instead of its standard ammunition.



From Halo: Combat Evolved to Halo 2[]

  • Gains a horn which can be honked by pulling the right trigger.
  • Becomes a destructible vehicle.
  • Can now power slide.

From Halo 2 to Halo 3 and Halo: Reach[]

  • If the right trigger is continuously pulled, the horn of the Warthog will stop playing after about 2 seconds.

From Halo: Reach to Halo 4[]

  • Gains a more industrial look.
  • Horn can now be honked indefinitely.

From Halo 4 to Halo 2: Anniversary[]

  • New sound effects for the Warthog.

From Halo 2: Anniversary to Halo 5: Guardians[]

  • Multiple variants of the Warthog have been added for use in multiplayer.

Halo Wars 2[]

In Halo Wars 2, the M12 LRV is a buildable unit in the UNSC Garage. As well, infected M12 LRVs will sometimes be used by the Flood in the Awakening the Nightmare campaign and in Terminus Firefight.




  1. 1.0 1.1 Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide, Page 108
  2. 2.0 2.1 Halo Waypoint - Universe - Warthog
  3. 3.0 3.1 Halo Encyclopedia, page 240
  4. 4.0 4.1 Halo 5: Guardians - Description: REQ Card - Sword Needler Warthog
  5. Halo Encyclopedia, page 241
  6. Halo Wars - Levels: Alpha Base & Relic Approach
  7. Halo 2: Anniversary - Level: Outskirts
  8. Halo 5: Guardians - Description: REQ Card - Corp Warthog
  9. Halo 5: Guardians - Description: REQ Card - ONI Warthog