Armor permutations (Halo 5: Guardians)
For other uses, see armor permutations.
Armor permutations in Halo 5: Guardians allow players to customize their Spartan player model. These armor sets can be obtained by getting to a certain rank in the game along with unlocking achievements in Halo: The Master Chief Collection and obtaining armor in REQ packs. Unlike Halo 4, armor customization in Halo 5: Guardians is limited to the helmet, armor, and visor. In addition, new armor permutations were released post-launch via REQ content updates as was the case for Mark IV and Mark V sets, for example.
Halo 5: Guardians features more customization slots than Halo 2: Anniversary, yet, features much less than Halo 4. The three slots available for armor customization include the Helmet, the Armor, and the Visor with previously player decided armor pieces (such as legs, wrists, and shoulders) being determined by the base armor the player chooses. Aesthetically, the armor of Halo 5: Guardians is based upon the MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor [GEN2 model, much like Halo 4, and also allows for armor skins, enabling further unique customization options. Halo 5 doesn't allow the player to switch to an Elite, be it for multiplayer, Forge, or custom games.
Unlocking armor can be done in a few potential ways; for example, earning achievements present in Halo: The Master Chief Collection such as "Legend", which grants the player Helioskrill armor. It should be noted that armor unlocked by achievements in The Master Chief Collection were later able to be obtained in the general REQ pool.
The Halo Channel app on the Xbox One platform also allows players to unlock Nightfall armor by watching Halo: Nightfall's five episodes. This could be done as early as November 11, 2014, which allowed for the armor's use in the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta, alongside Helioskrill, and two variants of Mark VI.
Another method of unlocking permutations involves the use of REQ packs, which provide randomized armor and visor unlocks to the player, among other things. Certain REQ packs also exist that can grant truly exclusive armor to the player. These include the HCS pack, which contains a specific variant of Athlon armor known as "Champion", and the Halo World Championship 2016 pack, which was only available if the player watched the event on a stream with their Xbox Live account linked to said stream during a certain time frame. This pack gave out the Challenger armor. Both the Champion variant, and Challenger armor are exclusive to their specific REQ packs and aren't in the general pool.
In February 2017, a special REQ pack known as the "Classic Helmet REQ pack" was released as a standalone purchasable item. It contained nine helmets: Mark V Delta, CQB, Recon [Gen1], Military Police, EOD, Pilot, Operator [Gen1], Security [Gen1], and EVA [Gen1]. These nine helmets were not a part of the general REQ pool, much like HCS branded items.
Achilles armor follows a unique unlock trend, as it requires the completion of the 31 "Kill" commendations that are available to Spartan companies. Upon the completion of level 3 for all "Kill" commendations, the body armor for Achilles is granted to the player, and upon the completion of level 5 for all, the helmet is granted.
List of permutations