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A cut-out of Bassus.
Biographical information




March 9, 2475[1]


c. May 28, 2560[2] (aged 85)

Cause of death:

Killed in battle by John-117[3]

Personal details






269.2 centimeters (8 ft 10.0 in)[1]


572.5 kilograms (1,262 lb)[1]

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Political and military information





"Spartans not so tough I think. Break open easy. Soft inside!"
— Bassus as he prepares to bash and kill John-117.[3]

Bassus was an old high-ranking Jiralhanae Chieftain in the service of the Banished.


Wings of Rage

Bassus had long since been renowned for his brawn on the battlefield and his usage of cruelty over strategic wisdom. During the Siege of Dwarka, he ransacked several residential sectors, making crude displays of the deceased to demoralize the human forces that he viewed as wildly inferior to the Jiralhanae. His battlefield record would lead to his sudden rise to the rank of Chieftain, where he led multiple assaults on human colony worlds. The most notable of these was on Kroedis II where he had killed a Minor Prophet after having grown tired of his self-righteous manipulation and blamed it on the UNSC forces there, resulting in the planet being glassed by the Fleet of Particular Justice led by Supreme Commander Thel 'Vadamee.[1]

Battle for Zeta Halo

Main article: Battle for Zeta Halo

On May 28, 2560, Bassus, now a member of the Banished, was in charge of security at Site Novem, the excavation site for the Conservatory,[4] when it was attacked by Spartan John-117. After the Master Chief disabled the cooling pipes on the Banished's mining drill, Bassus was ordered to defend the site personally. When the Master Chief and the Weapon were about to destroy the drill completely, Bassus ambushed them, grabbing the Master Chief by the throat and tossing him across the room. Bassus admitted he was unimpressed with Spartans, describing them as "not so tough" and believing they break open easy. Stating the Spartan is "soft inside", Bassus raised his hammer to execute him, but the Master Chief dodged the blow and engaged Bassus. In the ensuing fight, the Master Chief managed to kill Bassus, allowing the Weapon to overload the mining drill and destroy it.[3]

Personality and traits

Bassus appears to be a typical Jiralhanae who enjoys battle, chuckling in the heat of it, and demonstrated relatively low intellect in his speech.[3] Like most Jiralhanae, Bassus appears to dislike the Sangheili as shown by his disdain for Chak 'Lok and delight upon learning of his death.[5] He saw the battle with the John-117 as an opportunity to become a Spartan Killer if he was victorious,[6] and considered himself to be a superior warrior than Tremonius.[7] Bassus has a tendency to refer to himself in the third person.[7] Bassus was also considerably agile, being able to leap great distances across the rooms during his battle with John-117.[3]


Bassus wore a resilient Chieftain power armor and was equipped with personal energy shields, albeit colored in gold and crimson, opposing typical black/grey and red (or sometimes blue)[8][9] power armor used by regular Jiralhanae Chieftains, and similar to armors issued to Warlord Tremonius and Sangheili Warlord Chak 'Lok. Like many Chieftains, Bassus was equipped with a massive gravity hammer when confronting John-117. He also carried Anskum-pattern plasma grenades.[2]

Production notes


List of appearances


  1. ^ a b c d e f Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 455
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Halo Infinite, Bassus in-game NPC
  3. ^ a b c d e Halo Infinite, campaign level Excavation Site
  4. ^ Halo Infinite, Banished Audio log: Outpost Intel #06 - Secrets Below
  5. ^ Halo Infinite, campaign level Excavation Site: "I thank you for killing Chak 'Lok! I never liked him anyway!"
  6. ^ Halo Infinite, campaign level Excavation Site: "With your death, I will earn the title of Spartan Killer!"
  7. ^ a b Halo Infinite, campaign level Excavation Site: "Where Tremonius failed, Bassus will succeed!"
  8. ^ Halo Legends - The Babysitter
  9. ^ Halo Infinite marketing, Halo Infinite Multiplayer Season 1 Cinematic Intro
  10. ^ Halo Infinite, credits