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A training facility located in the Highland Mountains, where Spartans are born.
Map overview


Halo: Reach

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Lore information


Military Wilderness Training Preserve, Highland Mountains, Viery Territory, Reach

Gameplay overview


Mountain forest, UNSC training facility

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Highlands is one of three maps in the Defiant Map Pack designed for Halo: Reach.[1]

Universe and lore[edit]

Main article: Military Wilderness Training Preserve

Highlands is set in the Military Wilderness Training Preserve in the aptly named Highland Mountains on Reach. From 2517 to 2525, the SPARTAN-II program used this area for training the super soldiers on wilderness survival. Outside the map, the Big Horn River dominates the valley floor and in the distance, several Ket-pattern battlecruisers can be seen glassing Reach.

The middle of the map plays host to a D77-TC Pelican dropship, Bravo 001. During the Fall of Reach, members of SPARTAN-II Red Team deployed to the surface of Reach in Bravo 001 to defend the planet's orbital defense generators from Covenant assault. The Pelican was shot down and crash-landed in the Highland Mountains.[2]




The following are locations on the map that are so named on the player's heads-up display during gameplay:

  • Operations
  • Motor Pool
  • Waterfall
  • Communications
  • Rock Arch
  • Red Base
  • Red Tower
  • West Cave
  • Underpass
  • Pond
  • Rappelling Towers
  • Blue Base
  • Blue Tower
  • Big Horn River
  • Radio Tower
  • Crash Site
  • East Cave
  • Cliffs
  • Out of bounds...

Production notes[edit]

During development Highlands was known as Training Preserve. Current files on are even labeled Training Preserve instead of the map's final name.[citation needed]


  • This is one of two maps to feature locations previously described in the novel Halo: The Fall of Reach, the other being Condemned.
  • In the ringed section of The Big Horn river closest to the downed pelican, there are Koi fish. These fish can be shot and killed.

Easter eggs[edit]

Main article: Easter egg