Halo: The Master Chief Collection Skulls

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The skull selection menu in The Master Chief Collection

Skulls are gameplay modifiers with the appearance of a human skull featured in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Like in Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach and Halo 4, the skulls are no longer easter eggs in-game, and can also be accessed in the campaign menu without claiming them in campaign levels. A total 37 skulls are included in the collection, including several unique additions to Halo 2: Anniversary.[1]

Skulls in The Master Chief Collection are divided into two categories: Scoring and Non-Scoring. Scoring skulls increase the challenge and reward players with higher score multipliers or bonuses to base enemy values when turned on. Non-Scoring skulls can either be neutral, such as Grunt Birthday Party, or in cases of cheat-like skulls, have a score multiplier of zero. Zero multiplier skulls like Scarab disqualify level times and scores from being recorded on the leaderboard and disable score and time-based achievements.[1]

List of skulls[edit]

The games in which the skull is available are listed below each skull. Pre-order skulls are marked with an * and unlocked globally on December 12, 2014. With the exception of these as well as the Swarm skulls, all other skulls are unlocked from the start.[1] Additionally, the Blind, Anger, Catch, Ghost, Sputnik, That's Just Wrong, Thunderstorm and Tough Luck skulls were not useable in Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary at launch, but were implemented via updates in the MCC Insider Program.

Anger[edit]

"Enemies fire their weapons faster and more frequently."

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary

Assassins[edit]

"All enemies in the game are permanently cloaked."

  • Halo 2: Anniversary

Bandanna*[edit]

"Infinite Ammo."

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary

Black Eye[edit]

"Your shields only recharge when you melee enemies. Bash your way to better health!"

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4

Blind[edit]

"HUD and weapon do not display onscreen."

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4

Bonded Pair*[edit]

"Co-op skull: When one player dies, the other player gets a large damage boost that lasts a while."

  • Halo 2: Anniversary

Boom*[edit]

"Explosions have twice the damage radius. Light fuse, run away."

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary

Catch[edit]

"Enemies throw and drop more grenades."

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4

Cowbell[edit]

"Acceleration from explosions is increased."

  • Halo 3, Halo 4

Envy[edit]

"Chief trades his flashlight for Active Camo."

  • Halo 2: Anniversary

Eye Patch[edit]

"Auto aim features disabled for all weapons. You'll miss it when it's gone."

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary

Famine[edit]

"Weapons dropped by AI have half the ammo they normally would. You might want to pack an extra magazine."

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4

Feather*[edit]

"Player and enemy melee strikes impart more movement physics."

  • Halo 2: Anniversary

Fog[edit]

"The motion tracker is disabled. You'll miss those eyes in the back of your head."

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4

Foreign[edit]

"Covenant weapons: How do they work? Players cannot pick up or use Covenant weapons."

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

Ghost[edit]

"AI no longer flinch from attacks."

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary

Grunt Birthday Party[edit]

"Grunt headshots lead to glorious celebrations."

Note: the plasma grenade explosion effect from the original Halo 2 is replaced with the confetti and cheering effect from later games.

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4

Grunt Funeral*[edit]

"Grunts die in a blaze of glory. And plasma."

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary

Iron[edit]

"Death carries a heavy price. Dying in co-op resets you at your last saved checkpoint. Dying solo restarts the level."

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4

IWHBYD[edit]

"Rare combat dialogue becomes more common."

  • Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4

Jacked[edit]

"Players can only enter ground vehicles by boarding."

  • Halo 2: Anniversary

Malfunction[edit]

"Every time you respawn, a random element of your HUD is disabled."

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary

Masterblaster[edit]

"Co-op skull: One player's shields recharge to overshield level and can only melee while the second player has no shields but infinite ammo. Roles switch after a number of enemy kills."

  • Halo 2: Anniversary

Mythic[edit]

"Enemies have increased health."

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4

Piñata*[edit]

"Punching enemies makes them drop grenades. Beat them 'til candy comes out!"

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary

Prophet Birthday Party[edit]

"Punch that Prophet up to 11." (each punch the player lands on the Prophet of Regret on the level Regret is accompanied by an electric guitar lick).

  • Halo 2: Anniversary

Recession[edit]

"Every shot is worth twice the ammo. Save those bullets, playa."

  • Halo 2: Anniversary

Scarab[edit]

"All player-held weapons fire Scarab Gun beams."

  • Halo 2: Anniversary

SO...ANGRY...[edit]

"Enraged Brutes explode like a frag grenade if not dispatched within seconds. Base Brute score values are increased."

  • Halo 2: Anniversary

Sputnik[edit]

"Mass of objects is decreased, making them more easily displaced."

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary

Streaking[edit]

"Player shields constantly decay at a slow pace but recharge some with every enemy kill."

  • Halo 2: Anniversary

Swarm[edit]

"Hunters are much stronger. Base Hunter score values are increased."

  • Halo 2: Anniversary

That's Just... Wrong[edit]

"Increases enemy awareness of player."

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary

They Come Back[edit]

"Flood Combat Forms spawned by Infection Forms reanimating a corpse are much more dangerous. Flood Combat Form score values are increased."

  • Halo 2: Anniversary

Thunderstorm[edit]

"Upgrades the rank of most enemies."

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4

Tilt[edit]

"Enemy resistances and weaknesses are increased."

  • Halo 3, Halo 4

Tough Luck[edit]

"Enemies always go berserk, always dive out of the way, never flee."

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4

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