Leader

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Leaders, sometimes called hero units, are UNSC/Covenant/Banished player characters in Halo Wars and its sequel, each of whom feature specific units, traits, and abilities in gameplay. Some leaders can also be summoned to the field in-game as special units.

Halo Wars leaders[edit]

Leaders offer a varied experience in Halo Wars' multiplayer aspects, bringing unique abilities into the fray. The Covenant have leaders that double as in-game units while the UNSC leader powers vary greatly and are numerous. Hero units are more adept to fighting, possessing more armor for protection against enemy units as well as access to unique weaponry and "special abilities" (such as "Rage mode" for the Arbiter or special upgrades like the ODSTs for Captain Cutter).

In campaign, leaders can be revived if they are killed in action, as long as the life bar is halfway full. The life bar automatically regenerates while the leader is knocked down. However, in Skirmish or multiplayer if they die they die for good and will have to be purchased again to be on the battlefield, though only Covenant hero units are present on the battlefield in Skirmish and multiplayer.

Given leaders are typically geared toward specific playstyles. For instance, Cutter is more "measured" while Forge's playstyle is quite aggressive.

UNSC[edit]

Covenant[edit]

Halo Wars 2 leaders[edit]

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UNSC[edit]

Image Name Description Blitz Special Units Skirmish Special Units Leader Powers
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Captain Cutter
LoreGameplay
As Captain of the Spirit of Fire, Cutter can send in powerful orbital support, drop in specialized UNSC units, and enhance currently deployed units.
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Isabel
LoreGameplay
Isabel improves the effectiveness of vehicles using her database of the latest UNSC tech, and employs hacking and distraction powers in battle.
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Professor Anders
LoreGameplay
Anders' scientific expertise allows her to field Sentinel units and makes all of her upgrades faster and cheaper.
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Sergeant Forge
LoreGameplay
Forge's strengths lie in an armored and slow-building economy, using heavy vehicles to push through enemies.
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Kinsano
LoreGameplay
Kinsano is all about the burn, launching pyrotechnic attacks and covering the battlefield in flames.
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Sergeant Johnson
LoreGameplay
Sergeant Major Avery Johnson, a hero of the Covenant War, geared up for battle. He's a dangerous adversary due to his powerful mechs and solid command.
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Commander Jerome
LoreGameplay
Omega Team's leader and a veteran Spartan of the Spirit of Fire, Jerome inspires and bolsters troops under his command.
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Serina
LoreGameplay
Smart AI that ran the Spirit of Fire's systems before being lost with all hands. Serina was an expert in cryo technology.

Banished[edit]

Image Name Description Blitz Special Units Skirmish Special Units Leader Powers
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Atriox
LoreGameplay
Atriox focuses on a cunning and defensive style, supported by heavy cover and invulnerability powers
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Decimus
LoreGameplay
Decimus is a berserker who relies on hard-hitting rushes while siphoning their health away.
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Ship Master
LoreGameplay
The Shipmaster favors stealth, teleportation tactics, and rapid assaults against his foes.
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Colony
LoreGameplay
A colony of Lekgolo with a focus on tough frontline units and healing.
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The Arbiter
LoreGameplay
The Arbiter Ripa 'Moramee utilizes special stasis fields to trap enemies and control the battlefield.
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Yapyap the Destroyer
LoreGameplay
At last, a Grunt rises to become a mighty leader! Or at least outnumber the enemy with an endless supply of cheap, expendable units!
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Voridus
LoreGameplay
Voridus focuses on aggressive rush tactics and uses his unique incendiary gel weapons to create damaging pools of toxic liquid.
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Pavium
LoreGameplay
Pavium's ephitet of 'The Unbreakable' comes from his mastery of defensive and economic tactics.

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