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Hardened Uplink

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The Hardened Uplink (HUL), sometimes stylized as Hardened UpLink, is an external helmet attachment compatible with helmet variants of the MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor.[1]

Overview[edit]

Specification[edit]

The hardened uplink was designed for acquisition of military intelligence,[2] and can be integrated into other helmet attachments, like the Command Network Module.[3] The device could be integrated with remote sensors into a hardened uplink/remote sensor package.

Usage[edit]

The HUL is required for personnel employing the Pilot helmets while on sensitive operations.[4] When used in conjunction with the Command Network Module, it is a favorite of pathfinder units employing the AIR ASSAULT-class Mjolnir helmet.[5]

Known modules[edit]

For HU/RS or HUL-I/RS packages, see Hardened uplink/remote sensor package.

The HUL has multiple observed modules, each with its own distinct physical appearance.

The COURIER PEARL module on the Commando helmet.

COURIER PEARL[edit]

Designed and manufactured by Watershed Division,[6] the COURIER PEARL module is the third-generation module, featuring an external hardened uplink for military intelligence acquisition.[7] Usually used by Section III and Spartan team leaders,[6] its adoption is required for personnel employing the Pilot helmet during sensitive operations.[4]

The COURIER PEARL module has been observed to be compatible with the following helmets:

The Model 990101-1 module on the Mark V [B] helmet.

Model 990101-1 FLAMINGO[edit]

The Model 990101-1 FLAMINGO is a Harden UpLink-Improved module, an upgraded variant of the standard issue HUL unit.[11] It features improved battlenet reception and bandwidth in challenging mission areas, like previously glassed planets.[12] The FLAMINGO module has been observed to be compatible with the Mjolnir Mark V [B] and JFO-class Mjolnir helmets.[11]

In-game information[edit]

The HUL serves as a cosmetic option and has no impact on gameplay.

Halo: Reach[edit]

All three module of the HUL are available as attachments on several helmets in the armor permutations of Halo: Reach. The device is priced at different levels of Credits, depending on the base helmets. In Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the same HUL-attached helmets are unlockable in Season 1: Noble.

Halo Infinite[edit]

HUL attachments are available as customization options in Halo Infinite.

Mark V [B] core[edit]

Helmet Attachment Manufacturer Lore Compatible Helmets Rarity Unlock Requirements
Season Pass Icon
HUL[3]/BNR/COURIER PEARL
Watershed Division COURIER PEARL is a 3rd generation HUL (Hardened UpLink) designed and manufactured by the Watershed Division for use by Section III and Spartan team leaders.
  • Air Assault
  • Commando
  • EVA
  • EVA [C]
  • HAZOP
  • Mark VI
  • ODST
  • Recon
  • Scout
Epic Season 01: Heroes of Reach Battle Pass level 18 (Premium)
Menu icon for Halo Infinite armor customization.
HUL-I/XFTREC/FLAMINGO
TBD Codenamed FLAMINGO, the Model 990101-1 HUL-I (Hardened UpLink-Improved) improves battlenet reception and bandwidth in challenging mission areas, such as previously glassed worlds.
  • JFO
  • Mark V [B]
Epic TBD

Production notes[edit]

The CQC helmet with the "camera" CNM variant labelled as "HUL" in the Beta.
  • During the Halo: Reach Multiplayer Beta, the "camera" variant of the CNM on the CQC helmet, along with UA attachment on the Mark V[B] helmet, was labelled as HUL. Both helmet attachments costed 5,000 credits.
  • In the final release of Halo: Reach, four mislabeled helmet attachments involved the HUL:
    • The standard HUL module was mislabeled as the CNM on the EVA[C] helmet.
    • The standard HUL module was was mislabeled as the UA/HUL[3] on the EVA[C] helmet.
    • The standard HUL module was mislabeled as the HUL-I on the Recon helmet.
    • The CNM module was mislabeled as the UA/HUL-I on the Mark VI helmet.

List of appearances[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The in-game options in Halo: Reach Armory erroneously refer to the standard HUL attachment on EVA[C] as "CNM" and "HUL[3]".
  2. ^ The release of Halo Infinite was accompanied by a series of retcons, with this HUL variant being re-designated into the CNM/BNR/FARNDALE.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Halo: Reach, Armory
  2. ^ a b Halo: Reach, Armory: Mark V[B], CQC, EOD, Operator, EVA, Security & CQB - UA/HUL Helmet Descriptions "Up-armored variant with hardened uplink module for MILINT acquisition."
  3. ^ Halo Infinite, Armor Hall: CNM(5)/BNR/FASCINATOR - Helmet Attachment Description "Known to ONI by the codename "FASCINATOR", the AN/PCK-440 "pick four-forty" is a fifth-generation hardened uplink rarely seen outside of UNSC special forces."
  4. ^ a b c Halo: Reach, Armory: Pilot - HUL[3] Helmet Description "Third-generation external hardened uplink for MILINT acquisition; required for sensitive OPs."
  5. ^ Halo: Reach, Armory: Air Assault - FC-I Helmet Description "Command network module-Improved; external hardened uplink. A favorite of Pathfinder units."
  6. ^ a b c d e f Halo Infinite, Armor Hall: HUL[3]/BNR/COURIER PEARL - Helmet Attachment Description "COURIER PEARL is a 3rd generation HUL (Hardened UpLink) designed and manufactured by the Watershed Division for use by Section III and Spartan team leaders."
  7. ^ a b Halo: Reach, Armory: Commando - UA/HUL[3] Helmet Description "Up-armored variant with hardened 3rd generation uplink module for MILINT acquisition."
  8. ^ Halo: Reach, Armory: Commando - UA/FC-I[2] Helmet Description "Up-armored variant with external command network and hardened 3rd generation uplink modules."
  9. ^ Halo: Reach, Armory: Mark VI - FC-I[2] Helmet Description "External command network and hardened 3rd-generation uplink modules."
  10. ^ Halo: Reach, Armory: Recon - UA/HUL[3] Helmet Description "Up-armored variant with hardened 3rd-generation uplink module for MILINT acquisition."
  11. ^ a b Halo: Reach, Armory: JFO - HUL-I Helmet Description "External hardened uplink-improved; upgraded variant of the standard issue HUL unit."
  12. ^ Halo Infinite, Armor Hall: HUL-I/XFTREC/FLAMINGO - Helmet Attachment Description "Codenamed FLAMINGO, the Model 990101-1 HUL-I (Hardened UpLink-Improved) improves battlenet reception and bandwidth in challenging mission areas, such as previously glassed worlds."