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Noble Actual is the first campaign level of Halo: Reach, consisting entirely of a cinematic cutscene involving SPARTAN-B312's introduction to Noble Team and the briefing for the game's first mission by Colonel Urban Holland.[2]



Several views of a glassed Reach are shown, first the entire planet, then closer shots from low orbit and finally, from near the ground, facing a towering mountain. Its tip has been divided in two by the glassing. A crashed UNSC frigate can be seen on a hill to the right. The camera moves down to reveal a severely damaged helmet lying on the smoking ground.

The screen fades to white.


Cuts to first-person view of SPARTAN-B312 staring into the visor of the same helmet, before pulling it on.

Zooms out to the Warthog SPARTAN-B312 is riding in, on the surface of Reach, towards a UNSC outpost. Two UH-144 Falcons flying in above the Warthog. Text shown in lower right corner of the screen:

Planet Reach

July 24, 2552, 07:28 Hours

Both Falcons land in the camp, and the Warthog pulls to a stop. Noble Six gets out of the Warthog, and moves toward a building. The Warthog turns and drives off after dropping Noble Six off at Noble Team's command post.

  • Col. Urban Holland (COM): "Contact with Visegrád Relay was lost last night. All signals flatlined at twenty-six hundred hours."

Jun-A266, sitting outside a Falcon's passenger cabin, watches as Noble Six passes by, while placing rounds into a sniper rifle magazine.

  • Holland (COM): "I responded with trooper fire teams, which have since been declared MIA."

Carter-A259 is shown from behind, watching a holographic computer screen displaying Holland's portrait and other information.

  • Carter-A259: "And now you're sending us."
  • Holland (COM): "The Office of Naval Intelligence believes deployment of a Spartan team is a gross misallocation of valuable resources. I disagree."

Noble Six reaches the door, and stares at Emile-A239 sharpening his kukri against his shoulder pauldron, and attempts to enter, before being stopped by Catherine-B320, blocking Noble Six's path with her prosthetic arm.

Carter and Jorge-052 turn to look at Noble Six.

  • Jorge-052: "So that's our new number six."

Noble Six steps forward.

  • Emile-A239: "Kat, you read his/her file?"
  • Catherine-B320: "Only the parts that weren't covered in black ink."

Carter turns back to the screen.

  • Carter-A259: "Anyone claim responsibility, sir?"
  • Holland (COM): "ONI thinks it might be the local insurrection. Five months ago, they pulled a similar job on Harmony. Hit a relay to take out our eyes and ears, then stole two freighters from dry-dock. That cannot happen here. Reach is too damn important. I want that relay back online, Noble One."
  • Carter-A259: "Sir. Consider it done."
  • Holland: "Then I'll see you on the other side. Holland out."

Jorge and Emile stand up. Carter grabs his helmet from the table and turns to face Noble Six.

  • Noble Six: "Commander. Sir."

Jorge and Emile start moving out. Kat joins them by the door. Jorge and Kat have put their helmets back on.

  • Carter-A259: "I'm Carter, Noble Team's leader. That's Kat, Noble Two, Emile and Jorge, Four and Five. You're riding with me, Noble Six."

Cuts to the Spartans exiting the building, with Noble Six next to Carter, with Kat, Emile (who sheathes his knife), and Jorge walking side by side in front of them, towards the Falcon. Carter puts his own helmet back on as he continues to speak to Noble Six.

  • Carter-A259: "I'm not gonna lie to you, Lieutenant. You're stepping into some shoes the rest of the squad would rather leave unfilled."

The Spartans reach the Falcon, with the other three moving to one off screen, and Noble Six and Carter getting into the one where Jun is already waiting, his helmet already back on.

  • Carter-A259: "Me, I'm just happy to have Noble back up to full strength. Just one thing. I've seen your file. Even the parts the ONI censors didn't want me to. I'm glad to have your skill set, but we're a team. That lone wolf stuff stays behind. Clear?"

Carter signals for the other Falcon to get airborne.

  • Noble Six: "Got it, sir."
  • Jun-A266: "Welcome to Reach."

The Falcons take off and start moving toward a mountain range in the distance. A Warthog equipped with a M41 LAAG .50-caliber rear-mounted turret drives past in the foreground.

Fade to black.

Level ends.


Album Cover Soundtrack Song Name Soundtrack Number
Reach OST Halo: Reach Original Soundtrack Winter Contingency 2


  • A noticeably different version of the cinematic was used in the Halo: Reach Video Games Awards Trailer.
  • "Noble Actual" is also the name of Bungie's Halo: Reach development blog and Colonel Urban Holland's call sign.
  • For the Xbox 360, this level is the only level in Halo: Reach with a cutscene for the entire level. However this was changed when 343 changed the ending cutscene of The Pillar Of Autumn into a separate level in the Master Chief Collection, titled 'Epilogue'.
  • The Falcons in the cutscene for Noble Actual have two turrets on the sides, the ones in the following mission, however, do not have them during gameplay.
  • No matter what helmet you have equipped, the inside visor will always be a Mark V visor.
    • However, if a player has the Haunted Helmet equipped, you can see the base of a skull inside the helmet.