FJ/PARA attachments

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A Spartan clad in Mark V[B], employing the FJ/PARA shoulders and knees.

FJ/PARA is a category of supplemental armor for the MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor.[1]



Compatible with the MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor, from Mark V to the [GEN2] platform, the FJ/PARA shoulder pauldron and knee guards were designed specifically for airborne units, with the purpose of maximum protection with minimum weight.[1]


In 2552, Catherine-B320 of NOBLE Team wore the FJ/PARA shoulder pauldrons. Four other members of NOBLE Team wore the FJ/PARA knee guards: Carter-A259, Jun-A266, Emile-A239, and Thom-A293.[2][3] After the Human-Covenant War, the knee guards of NOBLE-, VIGILANT-, and WRATH-classes Mjolnir featured physical architecture similar to FJ/PARA knee guards due to the armors being recreations of the customized armors which belonged to the Spartan-IIIs from NOBLE Team.[4][5][6][7] Similarly, the shoulder pauldron of INTRUDER-class Mjolnir also resembled the FJ/PARA shoulder pauldrons of Kat-B320's armor.[8]

In-game information[edit]

Halo: Reach[edit]

The FJ/PARA armor types are unlockable in the game's purchase system via the use of cR. In Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the FJ/PARA armor types are attainable in the Season 1: Noble progression system. The knee guards are unique as the only set of knee guards that are colored according to the player's secondary armor color.

Armor Description Unlock requirements
(Halo: Reach)
Unlock requirements
(Halo: MCC)
HR FJPara LShoulder Icon.pngHR FJPara RShoulder Icon.png
FJ/PARA shoulders
Designed specifically for airborne units; maximum protection, minimum weight. Halo: Reach rank icon Recruit, 250 cR Season 1, Tier 11 (Season point 1)
HR FJPara Knee Icon.png
FJ/PARA knee guards
Halo: Reach rank icon Recruit, 10,000 cR Season 1, Tier 33 (Season point 1)

Halo 5: Guardians[edit]

The FJ/PARA shoulder pauldrons are built into the INTRUDER-class Mjolnir.[8] The FJ/PARA knee guards are built into the NOBLE-, VIGILANT-, and WRATH-classes Mjolnir variants.[4][5][6] All these variants are unlockable in armor customization through the Requisition system.

Halo Infinite[edit]

The FJ/PARA knee guards return in Halo Infinite, available as UA/Type FJ for the Mark V[B] armor core under the UA category. The FJ/PARA shoulder pads return as well, now titled SAP/MKVB, yet the design remains unchanged from previous iterations. [9]

Production notes[edit]

  • "FJ" is likely an abbreviation of Fallschirmjäger, the German word for "paratrooper".
  • During the Halo: Reach Multiplayer Beta, the final model for the FJ/PARA shoulder pauldron was designated as the Mark V[B]. The FJ/PARA shoulders from the Beta then became the UA/Multi-threat shoulder pauldrons in the final game.
  • It is possible that the FJ/PARA knee guards were intended to be the default in-game knee guards instead of a variant. Prior to the game's finalization, what would become the FJ/PARA knee guards were present on SPARTAN-B312, representing the character wearing basic armor prior to the player's customization. Even after being given fully default armor, most videos and images showed the SPARTAN wearing FJ/PARA kneeguards with otherwise fully default armor; the Xbox Avatar of Noble Six also still has FJ/PARA knee guards.
  • Catherine-B320's FJ/PARA shoulder pauldron pictured in a cover art image for Game Informer magazine started a recurring joke among the fan community as the shoulder can be seen resembling a face. This "character" was jokingly dubbed "Oonsk" as a humorous pronunciation of the "UNSC" labeled to the shoulder.[10] The character was later acknowledged by Bungie in their weekly updates,[11] and was included in a painting created by Frank O'Connor.[12] The painting was later auctioned off by IGN as a part of a charity event.[13]


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b Halo: Reach, Armory: FJ/PARA - Shoulders and Knee Guards Descriptions "Designed specifically for airborne units; maximum protection, minimum weight."
  2. ^ Halo: Reach
  3. ^ Deliver Hope
  4. ^ a b Halo 5: Guardians, Armor customization: NOBLE - In-game model
  5. ^ a b Halo 5: Guardians, Armor customization: VIGILANT - In-game model
  6. ^ a b Armor customization (Halo 5: Guardians), Armor customization: WRATH - In-game model
  7. ^ Halo Waypoint, Noble Intentions (Retrieved on Jul 31, 2021) [archive]
  8. ^ a b Halo 5: Guardians, Armor customization: INTRUDER - In-game model
  9. ^ Xbox, Halo Infinite (Retrieved on Jun 14, 2021) [archive]
  10. ^, The Birth of an Icon (Retrieved on Jun 1, 2020) [archive]
  11. ^, Bungie Weekly Update: 01/22/10 (Retrieved on Oct 13, 2021) [archive]
  12. ^, Re: kjfsklg; (Retrieved on Jun 1, 2020) [archive]
  13. ^, IGN for Haiti - Oonsk Sells Big (Retrieved on Jun 1, 2020) [archive]