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A Loadout selection for Spartans.

Loadouts are a multiplayer feature first introduced in Halo: Reach. They are classes that a player picks at both the beginning of a multiplayer match and during respawn in Halo: Reach. They are personalized starting equipment in Halo 4. In Halo: Spartan Assault, they are to be customized each time before starting a campaign mission.

Overview[edit]

When a game begins the player is given the option of choosing a particular loadout.

In Halo: Reach, loadouts are gametype specific and vary between playlists, meaning players cannot create their own custom loadout to bring to Matchmaking. They can, however, create custom loadouts for Custom Games and user-created Firefight modes. Each loadout has particular weapon, grenade, and Armor Abilities combinations.[1][2]

In Halo 4, loadouts are default in normal War Games modes. However, some modes do away with loadouts to allow more classic gameplay. Unlike Halo: Reach, loadouts are customizable in matchmaking and are better described as components of a player rather than options given by the mode.

In Halo: Spartan Assault, loadouts are constituted of a primary and a secondary weapons, an armor ability and a booster. They are to be chosen each time before starting a campaign mission and many items are only availble through purchase via in-game or real-world currency.

Halo: Reach[edit]

Spartan[edit]

Airborne, Air Assault
Armor Ability: Jetpack
Grenade Number/Type: 2 M9 High-Explosive Dual-Purpose Grenade (Frag Grenade)
Main Weapon: MA37 Individual Combat Weapon System (Assault Rifle)
Secondary Weapon: M6G Personal Defense Weapon System (Magnum)
Scout
Armor Ability: Sprint
Grenade Number/Type: 2 M9 High-Explosive Dual-Purpose Grenade (Frag Grenade)
Main Weapon: MA37 Individual Combat Weapon System (Assault Rifle)
Secondary Weapon: M6G Personal Defense Weapon System (Magnum)
Marksman
Armor Ability: Sprint
Grenade Number/Type: 1 M9 High-Explosive Dual-Purpose Grenade (Frag Grenade)
Main Weapon: M392 Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR)
Secondary Weapon: None
Recon
Armor Ability: Sprint
Grenade Number/Type: 2 M9 High Explosive Dual-Purpose Grenade (Frag Grenade)
Main Weapon: M392 Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR)
Secondary Weapon: MA37 Individual Combat Weapon System (Assault Rifle)
Recon Marksman
Armor Ability: Sprint
Grenade Number/Type: 2 M9 High Explosive Dual-Purpose Grenade (Frag Grenade)
Main Weapon: M392 Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR)
Secondary Weapon: M6G Personal Defense Weapon System (Magnum)
Expert Marksman
Armor Ability: Sprint
Grenade Number/Type: 3 M9 High-Explosive Dual-Purpose Grenade (Frag Grenade)
Main Weapon: M392 Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR)
Secondary Weapon: M6G Personal Defense Weapon System (Magnum)
Guard
Armor Ability: Armor Lock
Grenade Number/Type: 2 M9 High-Explosive Dual-Purpose Grenade (Frag Grenade)
Main Weapon: MA37 Individual Combat Weapon System (Assault Rifle)
Secondary Weapon: M6G Personal Defense Weapon System (Magnum)
Operator
Armor Ability: Armor Lock
Grenade Number/Type: 1 M9 High-Explosive Dual-Purpose Grenade (Frag Grenade)
Main Weapon: M45 TS (Shotgun)
Secondary Weapon: None
Guard Operator
Armor Ability: Armor Lock
Grenade Number/Type: 2 M9 High-Explosive Dual-Purpose Grenade (Frag Grenade)
Main Weapon: M45 TS (Shotgun)
Secondary Weapon: M6G Personal Defense Weapon System (Magnum)
Expert Operator
Armor Ability: Armor Lock
Grenade Number/Type: 3 M9 High-Explosive Dual-Purpose Grenade (Frag Grenade)
Main Weapon: M45 TS (Shotgun)
Secondary Weapon: MA37 Individual Combat Weapon System (Assault Rifle)
Grenadier
Armor Ability: Sprint
Grenade Number/Type: 3 M9 High-Explosive Dual-Purpose Grenade (Frag Grenade)
Main Weapon: M319 Individual Grenade Launcher (Grenade Launcher)
Secondary Weapon: MA37 Individual Combat Weapon System (Assault Rifle)
Stalker
Armor Ability: Active Camouflage
Grenade Number/Type: 2 M9 High-Explosive Dual-Purpose Grenade (Frag Grenade)
Main Weapon: MA37 Individual Combat Weapon System (Assault Rifle)
Secondary Weapon: M6G Personal Defense Weapon System (Magnum)
Medic
Armor Ability: Drop Shield
Grenade Number/Type: 2 M9 High-Explosive Dual-Purpose Grenade (Frag Grenade)
Main Weapon: MA37 Individual Combat Weapon System (Assault Rifle)
Secondary Weapon: M392 Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR)
Specter[3]
Armor Ability: Active Camouflage
Grenade Number/Type: 1 M9 High-Explosive Dual-Purpose Grenade (Frag Grenade)
Main Weapon: M319 Individual Grenade Launcher (Grenade Launcher)
Secondary Weapon: M6G Personal Defense Weapon System (Magnum)

Elite[edit]

Ranger
Armor Ability: Jetpack
Grenade Number/Type: 2 Type-1 Antipersonnel Grenade (Plasma Grenade)
Main Weapon: Type-51 Directed Energy Rifle/Improved (Plasma Repeater)
Secondary Weapon: Type-25 Directed Energy Pistol (Plasma Pistol)
Warrior
Armor Ability: Evade
Grenade Number/Type: 2 Type-1 Antipersonnel Grenade (Plasma Grenade)
Main Weapon: Type-51 Directed Energy Rifle/Improved (Plasma Repeater)
Secondary Weapon: Type-25 Directed Energy Pistol (Plasma Pistol)
Gladiator
Armor Ability: Evade
Grenade Number/Type: 1 Type-1 Antipersonnel Grenade (Plasma Grenade)
Main Weapon: Type-1 Energy Weapon/Sword (Energy Sword)
Secondary Weapon: None
Honor Gladiator
Armor Ability: Evade
Grenade Number/Type: 2 Type-1 Antipersonnel Grenade (Plasma Grenade)
Main Weapon: Type-1 Energy Weapon/Sword (Energy Sword)
Secondary Weapon: Type-25 Directed Energy Pistol (Plasma Pistol)
Champion Gladiator
Armor Ability: Hologram
Grenade Number/Type: 3 Type-1 Antipersonnel Grenade (Plasma Grenade)
Main Weapon: Type-1 Energy Weapon/Sword (Energy Sword)
Secondary Weapon: Type-51 Directed Energy Rifle/Improved (Plasma Repeater)
Zealot
Armor Ability: Evade
Grenade Number/Type: 1 Type-1 Antipersonnel Grenade (Plasma Grenade)
Main Weapon: Type-31 Rifle (Needle Rifle)
Secondary Weapon: None
Royal Zealot
Armor Ability: Evade
Grenade Number/Type: 2 Type-1 Antipersonnel Grenade (Plasma Grenade)
Main Weapon: Type-31 Rifle (Needle Rifle)
Secondary Weapon: Type-25 Directed Energy Pistol (Plasma Pistol)
Champion Zealot
Armor Ability: Evade
Grenade Number/Type: 3 Type-1 Antipersonnel Grenade (Plasma Grenade)
Main Weapon: Type-31 Rifle (Needle Rifle)
Secondary Weapon: Type-51 Directed Energy Rifle/Improved (Plasma Repeater)
Assassin
Armor Ability: Active Camouflage
Grenade Number/Type: 1 Type-1 Antipersonnel Grenade (Plasma Grenade)
Main Weapon: Type-33 Guided Munitions Launcher (Needler)
Secondary Weapon: None
Dark Assassin
Armor Ability: Active Camouflage
Grenade Number/Type: 2 Type-1 Antipersonnel Grenade (Plasma Grenade)
Main Weapon: Type-33 Guided Munitions Launcher (Needler)
Secondary Weapon: Type-25 Directed Energy Pistol (Plasma Pistol)
Champion Assassin
Armor Ability: Active Camouflage
Grenade Number/Type: 3 Type-1 Antipersonnel Grenade (Plasma Grenade)
Main Weapon: Type-33 Guided Munitions Launcher (Needler)
Secondary Weapon: Type-51 Directed Energy Rifle/Improved (Plasma Repeater)
Sentry
Armor Ability: Armor Lock
Grenade Number/Type: 3 Type-1 Antipersonnel Grenade (Plasma Grenade)
Main Weapon: Type-31 Rifle (Needle Rifle)
Secondary Weapon: Type-25 Directed Energy Pistol (Plasma Pistol)
Champion
Armor Ability: Active Camouflage
Grenade Number/Type: 2 Type-1 Antipersonnel Grenade (Plasma Grenade)
Main weapon: Type-50 Directed Energy Rifle/Heavy (Concussion Rifle)
Secondary Weapon: Type-25 Directed Energy Pistol (Plasma Pistol)

Additional names[edit]

Loadouts in Halo: Reach are fully customizable in Custom Games and local Firefight matches. Along with Armor Ability, grenade type, main weapon, and secondary weapon, players can also choose a name for their loadout. In addition to the names of existing loadouts, many additional name options are provided. These include:

Tiers[edit]

When players go into game settings and select Spartan/Elite loadouts, they will see which tier will correspond with which loadouts players will spawn with. Most gametypes only used 1 tier (Tier 1), in which players can only get loadouts from that tier. Infection uses 2 tiers, in which Tier 2 loadouts belong to zombies, and Invasion and Invasion Slayer use 3 tiers, which each tier number corresponds with each phase.

Halo 4[edit]

Loadouts are given an in-universe explanation. They are mandatory protocols issued to SPARTAN-IV personnel which dictate that they carry a Primary Weapon like a rifle, carry a Secondary Weapon like a pistol, choose grenades, equip an Armor Ability, choose Tactical Package, and assign a Support Upgrade.

Players can rename their loadouts by entering any name they wish, up to 12 characters. This differs from Halo: Reach, in which names were chosen from a pre-selected list. Unlike service tags, loadout names are not censored against profanity, as they are not visible to other players.

In default gameplay, they are personalized choices of equipment and allow a Spartan to enter battles with pre-made weapon sets.

Primary Weapons[edit]

Secondary Weapons[edit]

Grenades[edit]

Armor Abilities[edit]

Main article: Armor abilities

Tactical Packages[edit]

Main article: Tactical package
  • Shielding (increases rate at which shields recharge)
  • Firepower (carry an additional Primary Weapon in place of a sidearm)
  • Mobility (unlimited sprinting ability)
  • Grenadier (carry up to three grenades of each type)
  • Resupply (retrieve grenades from dead allies and foes)
  • AA Efficiency (cuts AA recharge time in half)
  • Fast-Track (XP bonus, must have completed Pioneer Specialization)
  • Requisition (re-roll Personal Ordnance choices, must have completed Tracker Specialization)
  • Wheelman (increases vehicle durability and lessens the effect of an EMP, must have completed Operator Specialization)

Support Upgrades[edit]

Main article: Support upgrade
  • Ammo
  • Awareness
  • Dexterity
  • Explosives
  • Sensor
  • Stealth
  • Drop Recon
  • Gunner
  • Stability
  • Nemesis

Loadouts can be edited for use in Custom Gametypes. In this situation, "power weapons" like Sniper Rifles and Rocket Launchers can be added. Additionally, options that the player hasn't unlocked in War Games can still be used, even Specialization-specific Tactical Packages and Support Upgrades.

Guest players are able to customize their loadouts with any and all options which have been unlocked by their host.

Halo: Spartan Assault[edit]

Through the UNSC Tactical Simulator, the player can choose a number of items with which he or she will start the campaign mission. Each level has a different set of choices. The primary weapon mainly offers a variety of UNSC or Covenant guns. The secondary weapon, unlike in previous games, is not limited to small arms and includes many heavy weapons—the majority of them are only usable when purchased via in-game XP or real-world credits. Different sets of armor abilities and boosters are also availble; the former has a default choice and the other abilities need to be purchased, while the latter has no default selection and any booster must be purchased before use. Any purchased item—weapon, armor ability, booster— is only usable through a single mission and becomes locked again when the player completes or quits the level. If the player purchases an item and leaves the loadout screen without launching the mission, the sum will be recredited.

Primary weapon[edit]

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Secondary weapon[edit]

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Ability[edit]

Main article: Armor abilities

Booster[edit]

Main article: Boosters
  • Damage Booster
  • Score Booster
  • Resistance Booster
  • Respawn Booster
  • Shield Booster

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Game Trailers TV: Halo Reach Multiplayer Exposed
  2. ^ Youtube: Halo Reach Carnàge Carnivàle Vidoc
  3. ^ YouTube: E3 2010 Firefight 2.0 Beachhead Gameplay