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Assault harness
Production overview


Sangheili harness


Heavy-duty protection

Technical specifications


  • Reinforced armor plating
  • Dynamic recharging energy shielding

The Assault harness is an armor set of the Sangheili, and features a dynamic recharging energy shielding.



The Assault harness is a reissued pre-Covenant Sangheili harness that features reinforced aligned composites and buttress principal protective stratum to preserve structural coherence of underlying tissue, and ultra resilient deltoid protection to aid in the concussive shock force and direct kinetic energy. Much like the standard combat harness, the Assault harness is also designed to be intimidating and damage the enemy's psyche and morale.[1] The Assault harness shares a distant origin with some variants of the Ranger harness,[2] though both are now different armor systems.[3]

The helmet is completely sealed unlike the combat harness and its main feature is a rounded plate around their forehead and head. It then features a pair of orange goggle like lenses. Both mandibles are protected by an angular guard and features a neck ring to the back with a pair of lights on each side. Unlike most other Sangheili armors, this helmet only has two mandible guards instead of four separate ones. The helmet also has metal plates along the Sangheili's neck.

The shoulder pauldron is squared off with a simple set of shapes and rectangle plate with a roughly triangular form on each side. The thoracic cage of the Assault harness is nearly identical to that of the standard combat harness. The differences include a pair of clasps on each shoulder and a hexagonal piece armor set on the center of the chest.


The Assault harness is a pre-Covenant Sangheili design, restricted from use following the signing of the Writ of Union due to its effectiveness. Throughout the Covenant empire, the armor remained in use in only limited quantities, though the onset of the Great Schism ultimately saw the design brought back into service.[1] A bridge officer aboard the Resplendent Fervor wore the Assault armor during Operation: WARM BLANKET,[4] and Usze 'Taham employed the armor during the Battles of Battle for Earth and Battle of Installation 00. Rtas 'Vadum employed the Assault armor chest and shoulder piece during these events.[5]

In-game information[edit]

Halo 3[edit]

Helmet characteristics[edit]

  • Unlock: Starter/Default.
  • Description: "Reissue of the pre-Covenant assault class combat harness; reinforced aligned composites buttress principal protective stratum to preserve structural coherence of underlying tissues."

Shoulder pauldron characteristics[edit]

  • Unlock: Starter/Default.
  • Description: "Ultra-resilient deltoid protection aid in dispersal of concussive shock force as well as direct kinetic energy transfer; reinforces image of Sangheili physical/martial superiority."

Thoracic cage characteristics[edit]

  • Unlock: Starter/Default.
  • Description: "With the dawn of this new age, assault-class combat harnesses will once again be issued to our forces after having been denied for so long by the illegitimate treaty imposed upon us by our ancient enemies."


  • The Assault harness is the only Sangheili armor variant unlocked by default in the multiplayer of Halo 3—besides the default Combat harness.
  • In the Halo 3 co-op campaign, the fourth player controls Usze 'Taham, a Sangheili wearing the Assault harness.
  • In the Halo 3 level Floodgate, some Sangheili corpses have an Assault helmet, but due to a glitch, the Combat helmets are on them as well, making a combination helmet. These corpses only appear toward the end of level in the crashed Flood ship.
  • In concept art released for The Package, the Assault harness was incorrectly labeled as the Flight harness.


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b Halo 3, armor description
  2. ^ Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, p.58
  3. ^ Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder - Brute Force
  4. ^ Halo Legends, The Package
  5. ^ Halo 3