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Armor permutations (Halo 3)

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A player using a mix of armor sets in Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

Armor permutations in Halo 3 allow players to customize their Spartan and Elite player model with a variety of armor pieces available to players. The feature is an improvement of Halo 2's player customization feature, and the first in the series to allow players to change the physical model of their character beyond species and colour selection.

Overview[edit]

Artwork by Isaac Hannaford revealing the existence of Recon, long before the armor was officially announced.

Halo 3 features a number of armor selections for both Spartan and Elite player characters, unlocked primarily by accomplishing feats within the campaign, Matchmaking and earning achievements. The system was initially unveiled in the July 2007 issue of GamePro, featuring a handful of images of the EVA and CQB armor sets alongside the standard Mark VI, though was noted by Bungie to not be the full set of armor available in game.[1] Bungie later officially announced the inclusion of Elite armor variants[2], and on Bungie Day 2007 officially unveiled the CQB and EVA permutations' visuals and lore. A piece of art illustrated by Isaac Hannaford released at the same time additionally revealed the existence of the Recon armor, though the armor was not specifically called out by Bungie or given any attention until later.[3][4]

In total, there are 17 armor sets included in Halo 3, 12 of which for the SPARTAN-II character model and 5 for the Elite character model. These armor permutations are organized into three categories: Helmet, Chest and Shoulder. Certain armor permutations can only be unlocked by completing the game on certain difficulties, accumulating certain Gamerscore, or by obtaining certain multiplayer-specific achievements. Some, such as Recon or the exclusive Bungie Armor, have more esoteric unlock requirements, and can only be granted under certain conditions. Additionally, some Spartan armor sets only contain a helmet piece or chest piece, with no other associated armor selections.

Halo 3 unlock requirements[edit]

Note: The below unlock requirements only apply to the original Halo 3 game on Xbox 360 or via Xbox One backward compatibility. In The Master Chief Collection, all armor is unlocked by default for all players - including the Bungie armor.
Spartan armor
Spartan armor
Armor Helmet Chest Shoulders
HTMCC H3 MarkVI Menu Render.png
Mark VI
Unlocked by default Unlocked by default Unlocked by default
HTMCC H3 CQB Menu Render.png
CQB
Unlocked by default Unlocked by default Unlocked by default
HTMCC H3 EVA Menu Render.png
EVA
Complete the entire Halo 3 campaign on Normal difficulty or higher (Campaign Complete: Normal) Beat Tsavo Highway on Normal difficulty or higher (The Road) Beat The Ark on Normal difficulty or higher (Refuge)
HTMCC H3 EOD Menu Render.png
EOD
Complete the entire Halo 3 campaign on Legendary difficulty (Campaign Complete: Legendary) Beat Tsavo Highway on Legendary difficulty Beat The Ark on Legendary difficulty
HTMCC H3 Hayabusa Menu Render.png
HAYABUSA
Collect all 13 skulls Collect 5 skulls Collect 9 skulls
HTMCC H3 Scout Menu Render.png
Scout
Unlock the Used Car Salesman achievement Unlock the Too Close to the Sun achievement Unlock the Mongoose Mowdown achievement
HTMCC H3 Recon Menu Render.png
Recon
HTMCC H3 Security Menu Render.png
Security
Get 1,000 gamerscore N/A Get 750 gamerscore
HTMCC H3 ODST Menu Render.png
ODST
Reach the rank of H3 Rank Private Icon.svg Private in multiplayer (Spartan Graduate) N/A
HTMCC H3 MarkV Menu Render.png
Mark V
Achieve the rank of H3 Rank Sergeant Icon.svg Sergeant in multiplayer (UNSC Spartan) N/A
HTMCC H3 Rogue Menu Render.png
Rogue
Reach the rank of H3 Rank Lt Icon.svg Lieutenant in multiplayer (Spartan Officer) N/A
HTMCC H3 Katana Menu Render.png
Katana
N/A Earn 49 achievements or earn 1,000 gamerscore N/A
HTMCC H3 Bungie Menu Render.png
Bungie Armor ("Flaming head")
N/A Be an employee of Bungie Studios N/A
Elite
Elite armor
Armor Helmet Chest Shoulders
HTMCC H3 Combat Menu Render.png
Combat harness
Unlocked by default Unlocked by default Unlocked by default
HTMCC H3 Assault Menu Render.png
Assault harness
Unlocked by default Unlocked by default Unlocked by default
HTMCC H3 Flight Menu Render.png
Flight harness
Complete the entire Halo 3 campaign on Heroic difficulty or higher (Campaign Complete: Heroic) Beat Tsavo Highway on Heroic difficulty or higher Beat The Ark on Heroic difficulty or higher
HTMCC H3 Ascetic Menu Render.png
Ascetic harness
Unlock the Steppin' Razor achievement Unlock the Up Close and Personal achievement Unlock the Overkill achievement
HTMCC H3 Commando Menu Render.png
Commando harness
Unlock the Overkill achievement Unlock the Triple Kill achievement

Halo: The Master Chief Collection[edit]

The Demo, Suture and Compass armors introduced into Halo 3.

For the Halo 3 multiplayer component of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, all armor - including Recon and Bungie - was unlocked for all players for use by default. Between the game's launch in 2014 and the launch of Halo 3 on PC in 2020, armor customization was limited to full sets with no mix-and-match customization, due to the difficulties of running multiple engines in the menu component. In this launch rendition, the armor sets were displayed in the menu as static renders, with the armors using full armor sets or - in the case of armors with no associated armor for chest, helmet or shoulder elements - Mark VI to supplement missing elements. As such, using a helmet such as Mark V or ODST required the usage of all Mark VI for everything else. Using the Katana chest, however, would use Hayabusa for all other armor elements. Additionally and for the first time, The Master Chief Collection allowed players to use the Bungie Armor (now renamed "Flaming Head"), and would display the characteristic flames and EOD chest as it did in the original game, though with enforced Mark VI shoulders and helmet.

Following the launch of Halo 3 on PC and start of Season 2: Spark, this system was updated to display Halo 3 character models in Unreal Engine 4, with full customization in-game as it was at the launch of Halo 3. In this change, the Bungie Armor chest was renamed "Legacy", and the Security armour set was given a chest armour piece; in launch Halo 3, equipping the Security helmet additionally outfitted the chest with a small antenna. Following the Season 2 update, the antenna is now considered a separate chest, and can be used regardless of helmet.

With the launch of Season 3: Recon, Halo 3 customisation was updated with the inclusion of skins for application on a player's weapon and several new visor colour options for use with all helmets. The full list of Halo 3 skins can be viewed here.

In the Season 4 December update, Halo 3 was expanded to include new techsuit customization, with the players being able to change it between a new Halo 3 techsuit and Halo 4 techsuit (both colored and full black).

Season 5: Anvil included twelve new armor permutations for Halo 3, originally created for the cancelled Halo Online. Additionally, included new forearm and leg customisation, allowing players to choose between the new twelve armors or the default Mark VI. These armors can be toggled off for a more classic experience, with any players using Halo Online armor instead displaying as default Mark VI.[5]

Season 6: Raven will include several new armor permutations, including six Halo Online armor permutations and the four ODST armors used by Fireteam Raven in the namesake game. It will also add a "Back Accessory" option, allowing players to choose between six new back packages (four being based on Halo: Fireteam Raven), three new techsuit options, and at least three new animated visor colors.

Armor
Spartan armor
Armor Helmet Chest Shoulders Forearms Legs
Air Assault HTMCC H3 AirAssault Helmet Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 3 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 AirAssault Chest Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 15 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 AirAssault LShoulder Icon.pngHTMCC H3 AirAssault RShoulder Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 7(Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 AirAssault Forearms Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 12 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 AirAssault Legs Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 27 (Season point 1)
Aviator HTMCC H3 Aviator Helmet Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 9 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Aviator Chest Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 11 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Aviator LShoulder Icon.pngHTMCC H3 Aviator RShoulder Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 17 (Season point 1)
N/A HTMCC H3 Aviator Legs Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 94 (Season point 1)
COS HTMCC H3 COS Helmet Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 53 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 COS Chest Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 73 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 COS LShoulder Icon.pngHTMCC H3 COS RShoulder Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 66 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 COS Forearm Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 90 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 COS Legs Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 71 (Season point 1)
Compass HTMCC H3 Compass Helmet Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 82 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Compass Chest Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 96 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Compass LShoulder Icon.pngHTMCC H3 Compass RShoulder Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 62 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Compass Forearms Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 74 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Compass Legs Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 89 (Season point 1)
Deadeye HTMCC H3 Deadeye Helmet Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 78 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Deadeye Chest Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 38 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Deadeye LShoulder Icon.pngHTMCC H3 Deadeye RShoulder Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 54 (Season point 1)
N/A HTMCC H3 Deadeye Legs Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 97 (Season point 1)
Demo HTMCC H3 Demo Helmet Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 37 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Demo Chest Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 26 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Demo LShoulder Icon.pngHTMCC H3 Demo RShoulder Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 39 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Demo Forearms Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 32 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Demo Legs Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 66 (Season point 1)
Hammerhead HTMCC H3 Hammerhead Helmet Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 75 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Hammerhead Chest Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 11 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Hammerhead LShoulder Icon.pngHTMCC H3 Hammerhead RShoulder Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 35 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Hammerhead Forearms Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 22 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Hammerhead Legs Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 46 (Season point 1)
Hivemind HTMCC H3 Hivemind Helmet Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 64 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Hivemind Chest Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 41 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Hivemind LShoulder Icon.pngHTMCC H3 Hivemind RShoulder Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 59 (Season point 1)
N/A HTMCC H3 Hivemind Legs Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 67 (Season point 1)
Infiltrator HTMCC H3 Infiltrator Helmet Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 33 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Infiltrator Chest Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 13 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Infiltrator LShoulder Icon.pngHTMCC H3 Infiltrator RShoulder Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 29 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Infiltrator Forearms Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 49 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Infiltrator Legs Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 59 (Season point 1)
Lancer HTMCC H3 Lancer Helmet Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 16 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Lancer Chest Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 42 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Lancer LShoulder Icon.pngHTMCC H3 Lancer RShoulder Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 27 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Lancer Forearms Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 31 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Lancer Legs Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 56 (Season point 1)
Navigator HTMCC H3 Navigator Helmet Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 72 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Navigator Chest Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 92 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Navigator LShoulder Icon.pngHTMCC H3 Navigator RShoulder Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 81 (Season point 1)
N/A HTMCC H3 Navigator Legs Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 75 (Season point 1)
Nomdagro HTMCC H3 Nomdagro Helmet Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 4 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Nomdagro Chest Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 39 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Nomdagro LShoulder Icon.pngHTMCC H3 Nomdagro RShoulder Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 19 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Nomdagro Forearms Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 7 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Nomdagro Legs Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 26 (Season point 1)
ODST/COMM HTMCC H3 ODSTCOMM Helmet Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 40 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 ODSTCOMM Chest Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 52 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 ODSTCOMM LShoulder Icon.pngHTMCC H3 ODSTCOMM RShoulder Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 62 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 ODSTCOMM Forearms Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 60 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 ODSTCOMM Legs Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 64 (Season point 1)
ODST/DEMO HTMCC H3 ODSTDEMO Helmet Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 20 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 ODSTDEMO Chest Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 32 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 ODSTDEMO LShoulder Icon.pngHTMCC H3 ODSTDEMO RShoulder Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 55 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 ODSTDEMO Forearms Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 48 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 ODSTDEMO Legs Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 44 (Season point 1)
ODST/HVY HTMCC H3 ODSTHVY Helmet Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 57 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 ODSTHVY Chest Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 72 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 ODSTHVY LShoulder Icon.pngHTMCC H3 ODSTHVY RShoulder Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 93 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 ODSTHVY Forearms Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 68 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 ODSTHVY Legs Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 76 (Season point 1)
ODST/TAC HTMCC H3 ODSTTAC Helmet Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 2 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 ODSTTAC Chest Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 14 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 ODSTTAC LShoulder Icon.pngHTMCC H3 ODSTTAC RShoulder Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 30 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 ODSTTAC Forearms Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 25 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 ODSTTAC Legs Icon.png
Season 6, Tier 6 (Season point 1)
Pioneer HTMCC H3 Pioneer Helmet Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 49 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Pioneer Chest Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 34 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Pioneer LShoulder Icon.pngHTMCC H3 Pioneer RShoulder Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 29 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Pioneer Forearms Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 16 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Pioneer Legs Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 57 (Season point 1)
Rhine HTMCC H3 Rhine Helmet Icon.pngHTMCC H3 Rhine Chest Icon.png75px75px75pxHTMCC H3 Rhine Legs Icon.png
Season 6, purchase at The Exchange (Season point 20)
Soldier HTMCC H3 Soldier Helmet Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 19 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Soldier Chest Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 98 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Soldier LShoulder Icon.pngHTMCC H3 Soldier RShoulder Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 73 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Soldier Forearms Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 99 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Soldier Legs Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 44 (Season point 1)
Suture HTMCC H3 Suture Helmet Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 63 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Suture Chest Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 69 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Suture LShoulder Icon.pngHTMCC H3 Suture RShoulder Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 71 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Suture Forearms Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 5 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Suture Legs Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 52 (Season point 1)
Tanker HTMCC H3 Tanker Helmet Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 87 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Tanker Chest Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 6 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Tanker LShoulder Icon.pngHTMCC H3 Tanker RShoulder Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 23 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Tanker Forearms Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 84 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Tanker Legs Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 8 (Season point 1)
Warrior HTMCC H3 Warrior Helmet Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 56 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Warrior Chest Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 14 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Warrior LShoulder Icon.pngHTMCC H3 Warrior RShoulder Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 47 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Warrior Forearms Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 88 (Season point 1)
HTMCC H3 Warrior Legs Icon.png
Season 5, Tier 46 (Season point 1)
Visors

Visor customisation was introduced to Halo 3 in Season 3: Recon. A number of visor colours can be unlocked for Season point Season Points, though like other Halo 3 skins, they can be toggled off in the menu. Season 6 will include animated visor colors. Season 6 introduced more visors in the form of animated visors.

In-game Appearance Name Unlock Requirements Description
H3 Blue Visor Icon.png
Blue Season 3, Tier 1 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 Red Visor Icon.png
Red Season 3, Tier 3 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 Green Visor Icon.png
Green Season 3, Tier 4 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 Yellow Visor Icon.png
Yellow Season 3, Tier 5 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 Purple Visor Icon.png
Purple Season 3, Tier 7 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 Orange Visor Icon.png
Orange Season 3, Tier 8 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 Bronze Visor Icon.png
Bronze Season 3, Tier 10 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 Silver Visor Icon.png
Silver Season 3, Tier 11 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 DarkRed Visor Icon.png
Dark Red Season 3, Tier 13 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 DarkYellow Visor Icon.png
Dark Yellow Season 3, Tier 15 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 DarkPurple Visor Icon.png
Dark Purple Season 3, Tier 17 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 DarkBlue Visor Icon.png
Dark Blue Season 3, Tier 19 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 DarkGreen Visor Icon.png
Dark Green Season 3, Tier 20 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 Spectrum Visor Icon.png
Spectrum Season 3, Tier 23 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 DarkOrange Visor Icon.png
Dark Orange Season 3, Tier 26 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 PastelBlue Visor Icon.png
Pastel Blue Season 3, Tier 27 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 PastelGreen Visor Icon.png
Pastel Green Season 3, Tier 29 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 PastelRed Visor Icon.png
Pastel Red Season 3, Tier 30 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 PastelYellow Visor Icon.png
Pastel Yellow Season 3, Tier 32 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 PastelPurple Visor Icon.png
Pastel Purple Season 3, Tier 34 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 PastelOrange Visor Icon.png
Pastel Orange Season 3, Tier 35 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 Groovy Visor Icon.png
Groovy Season 3, Tier 37 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 Pearlescent Yellow Visor Icon.png
Pearlescent Yellow Season 3, Tier 38 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 Pearlescent Blue Visor Icon.png
Pearlescent Blue Season 3, Tier 41 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 Platinum Visor Icon.png
Platinum Season 3, Tier 42 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 Pearlescent Red Visor Icon.png
Pearlescent Red Season 3, Tier 44 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 Pearlescent Green Visor Icon.png
Pearlescent Green Season 3, Tier 45 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 Pearlescent Orange Visor Icon.png
Pearlescent Orange Season 3, Tier 47 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 Pearlescent Purple Visor Icon.png
Pearlescent Purple Season 3, Tier 48 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 Onyx Visor Icon.png
Onyx Season 3, Tier 49 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
H3 AnotherSunrise Visor Icon.png
Another Sunrise Season 6 Challenge: Package Deal Every sunrise is proof of victory.
H3 CoolDepths Visor Icon.png
Cool Depths Season 6, Tier 5 Season point 1 What lies beneath?
H3 Neon Visor Icon.png
Neon Season 6, Tier 37 Season point 1 Let's be frank...
H3 BurnRadius Visor Icon.png
Burn Radius Season 6, Tier 98 Season point 1 Danger! Do not touch!
H3 Nebula Visor Icon.png
Nebula Season 6, Tier 74 Season point 1 So close, yet so far away.
H3 OldSalt Visor Icon.png
Old Salt Season 6, Tier 82 Season point 1 Worn, but ready for battle.
H3 Patina Visor Icon.png
Patina Season 6, Tier 69 Season point 1 Mark of a true veteran.
H3 Plated Visor Icon.png
Plated Season 6, Tier 84 Season point 1 Anniversary edition faceplate.
H3 RedShift Visor Icon.png
Red Shift Season 6, Tier 92 Season point 1 Spartans in motion around distant stars.
H3 Shadow Visor Icon.png
Shadow Season 6, Tier 89 Season point 1 What lies within?
H3 ShorelineSunset Visor Icon.png
Shoreline Sunset Season 6, Tier 10 Season point 1 This is living.
H3 TallTales Visor Icon.png
Tall Tales Season 6, Tier 80 Season point 1 The after-action reports may have been exaggerated.
H3 Turbulence Visor Icon.png
Turbulence Season 6, Tier 67 Season point 1 Spartans work well in murky environments.
H3 UncontrolledGrowth Visor Icon.png
Uncontrolled Growth Season 6, Tier 78 Season point 1 Even the flower of life can bring death.
H3 TropicCove Visor Icon.png
Tropic Cove Season 6, Tier 8 Season point 1 Smells like vacation.
Back accessories

Back Accessory customisation was introduced to Halo 3 in Season 6: Raven.

In-game Appearance Name Unlock Requirements Description
Default Default No backpack
HTMCC H3 Tactical Backpack Icon.png
Tactical Pack Season 6: Raven, Tier 23 Season point 1 All-purpose hardened storage.
HTMCC H3 Demolitions Backpack Icon.png
Demolitions Pack Season 6: Raven, Tier 50 Season point 1 A one-stop shop for your front-line combat engineer.
HTMCC H3 Communications Backpack Icon.png
Communications Pack Season 6: Raven, Tier 54 Season point 1 Battle network relay. Provides the user with a multi-channel secure network uplink. The case meets or exceeds all UNSC mil-spec standards for temperature, impact, moisture, vibration, and foreign particulate resistance.
HTMCC H3 Ammo Backpack Icon.png
Ammo Pack Season 6: Raven, Tier 97 Season point 1 Keep the party going with additional ammunition reserves and a back-up knife. In field situations packs such as these extend the duration of combat excursions and reduce the need for supply drops, but in training environments they have no effect.
HTMCC H3 Pulaski Backpack Icon.png
Pulaski Season 6: Raven, Tier 86 Season point 1 Spartans serve as a fire break for many existential threats.
HTMCC H3 SwordAndBoard Backpack Icon.png
Sword and Board Season 6 Challenge: Best at Both Survive the onslaught.
H3 Katana.png
Katana Unlocked by default Fortune favors the honorable and dedicated.
Techsuit
A comparison of all Season 5 techsuit variants. From left to right: the original Halo 3 techsuit, the new GEN1 techsuit, the GEN2 techsuit and the GEN2 Tinted techsuit.

As of the December 2020 update, Spartans in Halo 3 can now choose between three different techsuits to display underneath their MJOLNIR armor. Season 6 will include three new colored techsuits, with these techsuits not inhereting the player's primary color. These include the following;

  • GEN1: Integral to the entire Mjolnir system, the techsuit encases the wearer's body and provides attachment points for the armor plating above it.
    • This techsuit replaces the standard Halo 3 techsuit available in the original game and pre-update MCC. It is noticeably more detailed than the original, and is much more form-fitting.
    • By Season 6, if the player has the toggle option for Halo 3 skins off, the Spartan model will be replaced with the original Halo 3 Spartan model.
  • GEN2: Though similar to earlier systems, the GEN2 techsuit is a bespoke form-fitted armored polymuscle exoskeleton.
    • The standard GEN2 techsuit introduced in Halo 4, Online and Halo 5: Guardians. This undersuit is only available in black.
  • GEN2 Tinted: A variant of the standard GEN2 techsuit with additional chromatic customization options.
    • A coloured variant of of the GEN2 undersuit, which inherits the player's primary colour.
  • GEN2 Azure: The sky is not the limit.
    • GEN2 techsuit with blue coloration.
  • GEN2 Gunmetal: Never one for subtlety.
    • GEN2 techsuit with grey coloration.
  • GEN2 Maroon: A pleasant color for a gruesome business.
    • GEN2 techsuit with dark red coloration.

Trivia[edit]

Mistakes[edit]

  • In reusing tooltips from Halo: Reach's appearance menu, the updated customization menu for Halo 3 in Halo: The Master Chief Collection now erroneously states the choice between a Spartan and Elite player model is only applicable to appropriate, species-specific gametypes, despite the option being available regardless of gametype.
    • Additionally, when hovering over the menu element to change Elite armor permutations, the game erroneously states the option is to change Spartan armor. This would be fixed with the release of Halo 3: ODST on PC.

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • A certain conceptual helmet seen in The Art of Halo 3 greatly resembles the AIR ASSAULT-class Mjolnir set that'd later appear in Halo: Reach.
  • In Halo 3, the neck of an Elite (regardless what armor permutation used) is completely immune to any form of damage except for a shot from an overcharged Plasma Pistol. In addition, the projectile will simply pass through the neck, as though the neck wasn't there, without a blood spatter. This is because both Elites and Spartans have similar models.
  • Many people speculate that hitboxes of the Spartans and Elites are shared but this is not true. While Bungie has officially commented on the hitboxes, they regard the size of the hitbox not the arrangement. Hitboxes are an unseen registry mechanic, which fall into the player models. They determine whether or not something has collided with the player. If an Elite is facing profile (sideways), and a shot is fired underneath the head (to where a Spartan's chest would be), the game will not register a hit. The head "hitbox" is forward more on Elites than it is Spartans.

Gallery[edit]

Concept art[edit]

Menu images[edit]

Screenshots[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ GamePro, issue 226: July 2007 (Archive)
  2. ^ Bungie.net, Bungie Weekly Update: 06/08/07 (Retrieved on Jun 1, 2020) [archive]
  3. ^ Bungie.net, Way Beyond the Beta: Screenshots Galore (Retrieved on Jun 1, 2020) [archive]
  4. ^ Bungie.net, 7/7/07: Love, Bungie (Retrieved on Jun 1, 2020) [archive]
  5. ^ Halo Waypoint Forums, MCC Development & Flighting Updates: Page 4, post 63 "The team is currently working on a game update that expands the existing skin toggle in the settings menu to also apply to armor. If you prefer a true classic experience, you’ll be able to flip the “New Skins in Halo 3” toggle to “disabled” and you won’t see any new cosmetic items (weapon skins, vehicle skins, or armor) when you’re playing Halo 3. If you decide to turn off cosmetics, any players in your game who are wearing new armor will appear as default Mark VI." (Retrieved on Jun 1, 2020) [archive]