M12G1 Gauss Warthog

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M12G1 Light Anti-Armor Vehicle
M12 with M68 variant 1
M12 w/ M68 variant 2
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M12B w/ M68
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M12B w/ M70
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Production information


AMG Transport Dynamics

Product line:




Technical specifications


6 metres (20 ft)[1]


2-3 meters


Approx: 3.5 tons


M68 Gauss cannon (1) (pre-October 2558)
M70 Gauss cannon (1) (October 2558-present)


  • 1 driver
  • 1 gunner
  • 1 passenger

In service:

Human-Covenant War
Post-Covenant War conflicts


  • Reconnaissance
  • Light anti-vehicular
  • Anti-tank[2][3]
  • Anti-air[4][5]
  • Anti-fauna[6]
  • Anti-personnel[6]


UNSC Defense Force
Liang-Dortmund Corporation


The M12G1 Light Anti-Armor Vehicle (M12G1 LAAV), commonly known as the Gauss Warthog, is a United Nations Space Command ground vehicle.[4] The M12G1 is a variant of the M12 Warthog FAV armed with a mounted Gauss cannon, with the M68 serving as standard during the Human-Covenant War and the M70 coming into use in the following years.


Design details[edit]

The M12G1 LAAV is one of the UNSC's anti-armor vehicles. It is primarily designed to quickly and efficiently defeat lightly armored vehicles such as the Barukaza Workshop Chopper and Karo'etba-pattern Ghost, but can also be a threat to Zurdo-pattern Wraiths. The Gauss Warthog is almost exactly the same in every detail to the M12 Chaingun Warthog except that it is equipped with a mounted M68 Gauss Cannon, which fires a 25mm hypersonic projectile by means of magnetic acceleration. It takes about a half a second to recharge between cannon shots. Although it appears more rarely than the standard Warthog, its capabilities make it a fearsome, agile and powerful vehicle to use.


Gauss Warthogs are typically employed by the UNSC Army and UNSC Marine Corps, serving primarily in an anti-tank/ anti-armor role during the Human-Covenant War.[2] During the conflict, Gauss-equipped Warthogs were able to use rugged terrain to its advantage to pick off Covenant vehicles, whose propulsion drives were slowed by foliage.[3] However, Gauss vehicles assigned to more remote outposts would additionally be expected to serve in an anti-aircraft role, and the driver and gunner team would drill for both tasks.[5] Specialised Gauss Warthogs are also employed by the Office of Naval Intelligence,[7] who developed and tested prototype Gauss technology during the Requiem Campaign.[8]

Outside of the UNSC, some corporate entities such as the Liang-Dortmund Corporation have been permitted to purchase Gauss Warthogs - among other milspec equipment - for defense against dangerous megafauna on alien worlds. However, these vehicles often end up deployed for riot suppression against crowds.[6]

Operational history[edit]

Numerous Gauss Warthogs were used by the UNSC during the Harvest Campaign. Sergeant John Forge used a Gauss Warthog during the battles of Arcadia and the Etran Harborage.[9]

In the opening actions of the Fall of Reach in July 2552, Noble Team members Catherine-B320 and SPARTAN-B312 drove a Gauss Warthog when returning to Sword Base after clearing out Covenant hostiles in Sword Base's outposts Airview Base and Farragut Station. They used the Warthog to destroy a number of Revenants and other troops guarding the gate of the base.[10]

During the Battle of Mombasa, Gunnery Sergeant Stacker drove a Gauss Warthog and offered it to MCPO John-117 in Kilindini Park Cultural Center, New Mombasa. John-117 used Stacker's Warthog to fight his way through Covenant heavy armor and reach a UNSC Marine command post in Sector B.[11] As the Battle of Mombasa drew to a close, ODSTs Edward Buck and the Rookie commandeered a Gauss Warthog on the city's Waterfront Highway in order to cover Captain Veronica Dare's commandeered Olifant that the intelligence officer was using to escort an important asset out of the city.[12]

During the Battle of Installation 05, UNSC Marine forces assaulting the Installation 05 Library deployed a Gauss Warthog along with many other vehicles to battle the Flood forms in the Quarantine Zone. They were either killed or infected by the Flood, as the Warthog was under the control of several combat forms by the time Arbiter Thel 'Vadamee and his Special Operations team passed through the area. The Warthog, along with many other Flood-controlled vehicles were destroyed by the Covenant team as they made their way towards the Library.[13]

During the final battle of the Human-Covenant War, the Marines from the Forward Unto Dawn utilized a Gauss Warthog during their push to secure Installation 00's Cartographer. The Gauss Warthog was offered to John-117 by PFC Chips Dubbo. The Spartan and Dubbo used the Warthog to aid a trio of Scorpion tanks in destroying a large contingent of Wraiths and other Covenant units guarding the Cartographer building. The Warthog also helped John-117 destroy a Scarab that entered the battle shortly afterwards.[14] Another Gauss Warthog was dropped by a Pelican to support the UNSC forces attacking the Citadel. Many more aided the Master Chief during his battle against a pair of Scarabs that were dropped in from orbit in front of the Citadel by the Covenant.[15]

In July 2557, during the initial battle on Requiem, several Gauss Warthogs were deployed to engage Covenant ground forces. Several were attached to Gypsy Company, and John-117 used one during his defense of the Mammoth assigned to destroy the Forerunner particle cannons guarding the gravity well holding the UNSC Infinity within the planet.[16] Upon the Infinity's return to Requiem later in 2558, more Gauss Hogs were deployed to the interior of Requiem to aid in the removal of Covenant forces. Several were used by Fireteam Crimson during their missions, including the clearing of the location known as Quarry and the defense of Cauldron Base.[17] During the campaign, several prototype Gauss Warthogs sporting new and classified weaponry were deployed by ONI in classified operations for the purpose of field-testing.[8]

On October 25, 2558, during the Battle of Meridian, Fireteam Osiris used a Corp Gauss Warthog to combat Promethean forces while attempting to return to their D79-TC Pelican.[18]


M12 variants[edit]

  • Spirit of Fire variant - The Spirit of Fire Warthog, also known as the Fireball Warthog, is a variant used by the crew of the UNSC Spirit of Fire. This variant has a flame decal on it.[19]

M12B variants[edit]

  • Corp Gauss Warthog - Officially, these are purchased to keep out large, aggressive animals. In reality they are typically deployed to keep out large, unruly crowds. Features extra armor used by the Liang Dortmund Corporation.[6]
  • Tundra Gauss Warthog - Gauss Warthogs attached to remote garrison units serve as both anti-armor and anti-aircraft vehicles, and their driver/gunner pairs drill for both tasks. Improved Gauss Warthog with extra armor.[5]
  • Urban Gauss Warthog - Product-improved anti-tank Warthog with upgraded armor plating and redundant damage-bypass systems. An urban camouflaged variant that features better armor than the Corp Hog.[20]
  • Woodland Gauss Warthog - In rugged terrain the Gauss Warthog is a deadly tank hunter, easily picking off Covenant boosted-gravity vehicles slowed to a crawl in dense foliage. A woodland camouflaged variant that features better armor than the Corp Hog.[3]
  • ONI Gauss Warthog - The ONI Gauss Warthog features a highly classified gauss cannon that produces lingering area of effect damage. The ONI Warthog features better armor than the camouflaged models.[7]


Halo Wars 2[edit]


  • Info: Core Vehicle, Fast moving, Can ram enemies, Good all-round vehicle
  • Tier: 2
  • Cost: Population 3, Supplies 235, Power 35

Warthog Upgrade: Gauss Cannon

  • Info: Weapon upgrade, Damage boost, Range boost
  • Tier: 3
  • Cost: Population 0, Supplies 600, Power 180

M12G1 Warthog Gauss Warthogs can be built by all UNSC leaders besides Morgan Kinsano and Avery Johnson at the Garage. Warthogs perform well against infantry and okay against vehicles, aircraft, and structures. Gauss Warthogs are only available after the Warthog LRVs have been upgraded. In Blitz Trooper Warthogs cost 100 energy.


  • In the E3 2000 Halo: Combat Evolved trailer, a Warthog was shown featuring a turret similar in appearance to the Halo 2 Gauss turret.
  • In the Halo Wars campaign, Sergeant Forge's Warthog will always be an M12G1, regardless of whether the player has researched the Gauss cannon.
  • During the Halo 2 E3 Demo, the Gauss cannon of the Gauss Warthog was shooting at a fairly rapid speed. In an early beta multiplayer phase, however, the Gauss cannon had been slowed down considerably. It was later revamped to its original rate of fire during the game's final stages.[citation needed]
  • In Halo: Reach, the Gauss cannon is capable of shooting through all Forged objects in the multiplayer map Forge World.


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2009 edition), page 240
  2. ^ a b Halo 5: Guardians, Gauss Warthog REQ description
  3. ^ a b c Halo 5: Guardians, Woodland Gauss Warthog REQ description
  4. ^ a b Halo Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Halo Universe, page 241
  5. ^ a b c Halo 5: Guardians, Tundra Gauss Warthog REQ description
  6. ^ a b c d Halo 5: Guardians, Corp Gauss Warthog REQ description
  7. ^ a b Halo 5: Guardians, ONI Gauss Warthog REQ description
  8. ^ a b Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder 10/8/2015: Issue 45 A Time to Give Tanks
  9. ^ Halo Wars, campaign level Arcadia City
  10. ^ Halo: Reach, campaign level ONI: Sword Base
  11. ^ Halo 2, campaign level Metropolis
  12. ^ Halo 3: ODST, campaign level Coastal Highway
  13. ^ Halo 2, campaign level Quarantine Zone
  14. ^ Halo 3, campaign level The Ark
  15. ^ Halo 3, campaign level The Covenant
  16. ^ Halo 4, campaign level Reclaimer
  17. ^ Halo 4, Spartan Ops
  18. ^ Halo 5: Guardians, campaign level Evacuation
  19. ^ Halo Wars - Unique unit: Fireball Warthog Marketplace description
  20. ^ Halo 5: Guardians, Urban Gauss Warthog REQ description