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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[edit | edit source]

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Human-Covenant war[edit | edit source]

Early War[edit | edit source]

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

Fall of Reach[edit | edit source]

Main article: Fall of Reach

Battle of Earth[edit | edit source]

Main article: Battle of Earth

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

Post-war[edit | edit source]

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

Design[edit | edit source]

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

Armament[edit | edit source]

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]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Main article: Camouflage

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

Variants[edit | edit source]

Picture Variant Description
H5G Campaign EVAC8-1.jpg 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.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Changes[edit | edit source]

From Halo: Combat Evolved to Halo 2[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

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

From Halo 4 to Halo 2: Anniversary[edit | edit source]

  • New sound effects for the Warthog.

From Halo 2: Anniversary to Halo 5: Guardians[edit | edit source]

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

Halo Wars 2[edit | edit source]

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.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]


Sources[edit | edit source]

  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


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