Armor effects

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Armor effects are a special customizable option in the Armory in Halo: Reach. Armor effects are visible in all gametypes, though they are not displayed in cutscenes.

Death Effects[edit]

The following effect occurs when the player is killed.

Birthday Party[edit]

Your death is softened by a joyful noise. And confetti.
  • Effect: When a player dies, confetti explodes out from their body and a clip of children cheering ("Yay!") will play. This effect is extremely similar to the Grunt Birthday Party skull from Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo: Reach.
  • Trivia: The clip of sound is a sample from Viva Pinata for Xbox 360.
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Birthday Party
200,000 cR Season 1 Tier 25, Season point 1

Living Effects[edit]

The following effect is continuously visible as long as the player is alive.

Legendary (Flaming Helmet)[edit]

Flames ensconce the skulls of the loyal.
  • Effect: Flames similar to those from Bungie Armor burn around the player's head.
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Legendary (Red Flaming Helmet)
0 cR - Included with the Legendary Edition of Halo: Reach. Season 1 Tier 83, Season point 1


Burn bright; burn blue.
  • Effect: Similar to Flaming Helmet, but with blue flames instead of orange.
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Eternal (Blue Flaming Helmet)
0 cR- Formerly only available to Bungie employees, required e-mail verification through Available until 7/7/11. Season 1 Tier 100, Season point 1

Living/Death Effects[edit]

The following effects are continuously visible as long as the player is alive, with a secondary effect when the player is killed.

Heart Attack[edit]

Upon expiry, flying hearts mark your demise.
  • Effect: Every few seconds, a heart floats out of the players body and disappears. When a player dies, several flying hearts will appear around the body of the player.
  • Trivia: The hearts are actually based on a temporary effect used by Bungie effects artist Steve Scott for debugging. The effect is also seen in the "Dancing Marty" easter egg in Halo 3: ODST.[1]
  • Note: This armor effect has the potential to kill enemies in both firefight and matchmaking according to the heatmaps.[2]
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Heart Attack
300,000 cR Season 1 Tier 65, Season point 1


Foul brown clouds stink and swirl around steel.
  • Effect: Bugs and a cloud of green flows around the player. When hit, instead of blood, the player bleeds a green liquid similar to the pus-like fluid which is seen when shooting Flood forms. Upon the player's death, he/she explodes in a manner similar to a Flood carrier form. Occasionally the cloud will be red instead of green.
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1,000,000 cR Season 1 Tier 52, Season point 1

Inclement Weather[edit]

High voltage, indeed.
  • Effect: Electricity and thunder clouds swirl around the player's body. Upon the player's death, a bolt of lightning strikes its body.[3]
  • Trivia: This Armor effect's name is possibly a reference to Cortana's comment on Halo's climate as heard on Halo: Combat Evolved campaign level Assault on the Control Room; "Interesting... the weather patterns here seem natural, not artificial. I wonder if the ring's environment systems are malfunctioning... or if the designers wanted the installation to have inclement weather."
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Inclement Weather
2,000,000 cR Season 1 Tier 79, Season point 1