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The cruiser is a type of heavily-armed and armored warship designed with an emphasis on weaponry and armor over fighter complements.


Even though both UNSC and Covenant fleets possess warships of such classifications, the tactical philosophies of the two navies are different. The Covenant, while possessing many different cruiser classifications, use assault carriers as the powerhouses of their fleets.[1] The UNSC, on the other hand, use cruisers as their heaviest warships, designed to engage and destroy enemy warships that may otherwise threaten a fleet's carrier force.[2] Cruisers served as the backbone of human fleets. However, it should be noted that Covenant cruisers were considerably longer than their UNSC counterparts.



Prehistoric human[edit]

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Ancient human cruiser Ancient Human cruiser.jpg A type of large warship used by Ancient humanity during the Human-Forerunner wars.[3]


Main article: UNSC cruiser
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Halcyon-class light cruiser HReach-PillarofAutumnCruiser.png The smallest vessels to be designated a cruiser by the UNSC.[4]
Marathon-class heavy cruiser A render of the Marathon-class cruiser modelled by Jared Harris for the fan mod Sins of the Prophets - used in the 2022 Halo Encyclopedia. A larger cruiser designed to replace the Halcyon-class.[5] Rarely deployed in a light carrier configuration.[6]
Autumn-class heavy cruiser H4-AutumnHeavyCruiser-ScanRender.png Designed to be a successor to the Halcyon-class.[7]
Valiant-class super-heavy cruiser A render of the Valiant-class cruiser modelled by Jared Harris for the fan mod Sins of the Prophets - used in the 2022 Halo Encyclopedia. One of the most powerful vessels in the UNSC Navy, primarily used in fleet command and coordination.[8]


Main article: Covenant cruiser
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Zanar-pattern light cruiser H4-CovenantCRSLightCruiser.png While classified as a cruiser by the UNSC despite the ship's small size, the role of the CRS in the Covenant is closer to to that of a Police cutter . However, following the Great Schism, they began to see frontline use.[9]
Ket-pattern battlecruiser CCS Class Cruiser.png An intermediary warship. It is frequently used, surpassing all other Covenant vessels numerically.[10]
Elefen-pattern battlecruiser One of the mainstay battlecruiser designs employed by the Covenant, alongside Ket-pattern.
Maugen-pattern armored cruiser H4-RCSArmoredCruiser-SideFull.png An older cruiser. It pales in comparison to the smaller, newer Ket-pattern.[11]
Varric-pattern heavy cruiser Art of an Varric-pattern heavy cruiser from the 2022 edition of the Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition). Image from Canon Fodder #117. Used for planetary occupation, command and supporting flagships.[12]


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Forerunner cruiser A type of vessel used in the Ecumene's fleets that defended Maethrillian.[13]
Forerunner picket cruiser A type of cruiser used by the Forerunners.[14]

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  1. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2009 edition), p. 261
  2. ^ Halo: Warfleet - p. 26
  3. ^ Halo: Primordium, chapter 16
  4. ^ Halo: The Fall of Reach, page 238
  5. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2009 edition), p. 251 (2010 edition); p. 261 (2011 edition)
  6. ^ Halo: Fleet Battles, Core Rulebook - page 125
  7. ^ Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide, page 191
  8. ^ Halo Waypoint, UNSC Cruiser (Retrieved on Jun 1, 2020) [archive]
  9. ^ Halo: Warfleet, Attack Ships, p. 72-73
  10. ^ Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 41
  11. ^ Halo Waypoint, Covenant Cruiser (Retrieved on Jun 1, 2020) [archive]
  12. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2009 edition), p. 277 (2011 edition)
  13. ^ Halo: Cryptum, page 314-315
  14. ^ Halo: Cryptum, page 126
  15. ^ Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - Holiday Shipping (Retrieved on Jun 1, 2020) [archive]