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Ballas as he appears in the Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition). Courtesy of Covenant Canon on Twitter.
Biographical information




December 5, 2501[1]

Personal details






256.5 centimeters (8.42 ft)[1]


734.4 kilograms (1,619 lb)[1]

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Political and military information




Ballas is the chieftain of the Ravaged Tusks, a Jiralhanae clan known for being smugglers and slavers. He led the Ravaged Tusks for over two decades prior to the Battle for Zeta Halo.[1] After allying with the Banished, he led the Ravaged Tusks during their search for a portal to Installation 00 rumored to be hidden on Reach. As his clan has been organized into a legion in service of the Banished, Ballas holds the title of Legionmaster.[2]


Joining the Banished[edit]

At some point before July 2559, Ballas and his Ravaged Tusks had formed an alliance with the Banished. Alongside Dokab Castor of the Keepers of the One Freedom and Chieftain Deukalion of the Legion of the Corpse-Moon, he reported directly to War Chief Escharum during Atriox's absence.[3]

The Search for the Portal[edit]

When Escharum was contacted by Atriox who ordered him to find and activate the Forerunner portal facility on Reach in preparation for his return to the galaxy, Ballas and the Ravaged Tusks were sent to the human colony alongside Castor, Deukalion, and their forces.[3] Each of the three clans were assigned roughly a third of the world to search, with Ballas' search area including the southwestern third of the Eposz supercontinent.[2]

The clans explored the planet's glasslands until October 2559 with little to show for their efforts. Ballas and Deukalion began to fight over territory and resources stolen from the human "glass-breakers" attempting to resettle their homeworld. However, Castor convinced the two chieftains to help him in his plan to follow a team of Spartans that had attempted to stealthily land on Reach and come into contact with Banished forces at Kisköre Base. As far as the dokab could tell, the UNSC was looking for the Forerunner portal too and they seemingly knew where to find it. All the Banished needed to do was follow them. Meanwhile, Ballas had sent a hundred of his warriors to search Szurdok Ridge for any sign of the portal.[2]

At Castor's insistence, Ballas and Deukalion pledged to assist him in his plan by using their forces to search for the Spartans and draw out while continuing to defend their holdings on Reach. The Ravaged Tusks participated in the failed defense and recapture of New Mohács, a pioneer settlement originally established and operated by the Viery Militia.[4]

Zeta Halo[edit]

Main article: Battle for Zeta Halo

Upon Atriox's return to the Milky Way, the warmaster gave the Ravage Tusks new orders. They would accompany the Banished fleet to Installation 07 aboard their warship Voidfaith. Upon arriving, Atriox set Ballas loose against the humans, scouring the ring's surface for any enemies who might have survived.[1]

Physical description[edit]

Ballas is a short and stocky Jiralhanae, almost as wide as he is tall. His head is distinctly rounded. Despite his less than average height, his silhouette is so massive that he nearly fills the loading hatch of a Phantom dropship. At least one of Ballas' fangs is noticeably chipped.[2]


Wearing a full set of his signature crimson power armor with matching helmet, Ballas is often seen wielding a gravity hammer. During the mission to Reach, Ballas used a Banished Phantom as his personal transport.[2]

List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 459
  2. ^ a b c d e Halo: Shadows of Reach, chapter 7
  3. ^ a b Halo: Shadows of Reach, chapter 3
  4. ^ Halo: Shadows of Reach, chapter 14