FJ/PARA attachments

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FJ/PARA-class Mjolnir from Halo: Reach armor permutation in Halo: The Master Chief Collection menu.
A Spartan clad in Mark V[B], employing the FJ/PARA shoulders and knees.

FJ/PARA, also designated as FJ or nicknamed "para",[1] is a category of supplemental armor for the MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor.[2]


Design details[edit]

Compatible with the MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor, from Mark V to the [GEN2] platform, the FJ/PARA shoulder pauldron were designed specifically for airborne units, with the purpose of maximum protection with minimum weight,[2] while the knee guards function as lightweight and shock-absorbing armor.[3]


In 2552, Catherine-B320 of NOBLE Team wore the FJ/PARA shoulder pauldrons. Four other members of NOBLE Team wore the FJ/PARA knee guards: Carter-A259, Jun-A266, Emile-A239, and Thom-A293.[4][5] After the Human-Covenant War, the knee guards of NOBLE-, VIGILANT-, and WRATH-classes Mjolnir featured physical architecture similar to FJ/PARA knee guards due to the armors being recreations of the customized armors which belonged to the Spartan-IIIs from NOBLE Team.[6][7][8][9] Similarly, the shoulder pauldron of INTRUDER-class Mjolnir also resembled the FJ/PARA shoulder pauldrons of Kat-B320's armor.[10]

In-game information[edit]

Halo: Reach[edit]

The FJ/PARA armor types are unlockable in the game's purchase system via the use of cR. In Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the FJ/PARA armor types are attainable in the Season 1: Noble progression system. The knee guards are unique as the only set of knee guards that are colored according to the player's secondary armor color.

Armor Description Unlock requirements
(Halo: Reach)
Unlock requirements
(Halo: MCC)
HR FJPara LShoulder Icon.pngHR FJPara RShoulder Icon.png
FJ/PARA shoulders
Designed specifically for airborne units; maximum protection, minimum weight. Halo: Reach rank icon Recruit, 250 cR Series 1, Tier 11 (Spartan Point 1)
HR FJPara Knee Icon.png
FJ/PARA knee guards
Halo: Reach rank icon Recruit, 10,000 cR Series 1, Tier 33 (Spartan Point 1)

Halo 5: Guardians[edit]

The FJ/PARA shoulder pauldrons are built into the INTRUDER-class Mjolnir.[10] The FJ/PARA knee guards are built into the NOBLE-, VIGILANT-, and WRATH-classes Mjolnir variants.[6][7][8] All these variants are unlockable in armor customization through the Requisition system.

Halo Infinite[edit]

The FJ/PARA shoulder pads and knee guards return on the Mark V[B] armor core in Halo Infinite, designated as the SAP/FJ shoulder pads and UA/Type FJ knee guard, respectively. During Season 01: Heroes of Reach, the SAP/FJ shoulder pads was designated as the SAP/MKVB.[11]

Shoulders Manufacturer Lore Rarity Unlock Requirements
Icon image of the UA/MKVB Left Shoulder.Icon image of the UA/MKVB Right Shoulder.
SAP/FJ[Note 1]
Materials Group Design for the airborne units, the "para" armor attachments minimize weight without sacrificing protection.[Note 2] Common Unlocked by default
Defiled Plate FJ/PARA left shoulderDefiled Plate FJ/PARA right shoulder
Defiled Plate
The Flood Flood cells can be reconfigured and grafted into non-biological material. Legendary Season 05: Reckoning Battle Pass level 42 (Premium)
Season Pass Icon
UA/Type FJ
Cascade Stronghold Technologies Lightweight, shock-absorbing knee armor. Epic Season 01: Heroes of Reach Battle Pass level 52 (Premium)
Defiled Drive FJ/PARA knee pads.
Defiled Drive
The Flood What you can't see is even more horrific. Legendary Purchase the "Contaminator" bundle from the Shop for 2,000 cR

Production notes[edit]

  • "FJ" is likely an abbreviation of Fallschirmjäger, the German word for "paratrooper".
  • During the Halo: Reach Multiplayer Beta, the final model for the FJ/PARA shoulder pauldron was designated as the Mark V[B]. The FJ/PARA shoulders from the Beta then became the UA/Multi-threat shoulder pauldrons in the final game.
  • It is possible that the FJ/PARA knee guards were intended to be the default in-game knee guards instead of a variant. Prior to the game's finalization, what would become the FJ/PARA knee guards were present on SPARTAN-B312, representing the character wearing basic armor prior to the player's customization. Even after being given fully default armor, most videos and images showed the SPARTAN wearing FJ/PARA kneeguards with otherwise fully default armor; the Xbox Avatar of Noble Six also still has FJ/PARA knee guards.
  • Catherine-B320's FJ/PARA shoulder pauldron pictured in a cover art image for Game Informer magazine started a recurring joke among the fan community as the shoulder can be seen resembling a face. This "character" was jokingly dubbed "Oonsk" as a humorous pronunciation of the "UNSC" labeled to the shoulder.[12] The character was later acknowledged by Bungie in their weekly updates,[13] and was included in a painting created by Frank O'Connor.[14] The painting was later auctioned off by IGN as a part of a charity event.[15]


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ SAP/MKVB in Season 01: Heroes of Reach.
  2. ^ "Standard-issue shoulder armor." in Season 01: Heroes of Reach.


  1. ^ Halo Infinite, Armor Hall: SAP/FJ - Shoulder Description "Design for the airborne units, the "para" armor attachments minimize weight without sacrificing protection."
  2. ^ a b Halo: Reach, Armory: FJ/PARA - Shoulders and Knee Guards Descriptions "Designed specifically for airborne units; maximum protection, minimum weight."
  3. ^ Halo Infinite, Armor Hall: UA/Type FJ - Knee Guard Description "Lightweight, shock-absorbing knee armor."
  4. ^ Halo: Reach
  5. ^ Deliver Hope
  6. ^ a b Halo 5: Guardians, Armor customization: NOBLE - In-game model
  7. ^ a b Halo 5: Guardians, Armor customization: VIGILANT - In-game model
  8. ^ a b Armor customization (Halo 5: Guardians), Armor customization: WRATH - In-game model
  9. ^ Halo Waypoint, Noble Intentions (Retrieved on Jul 31, 2021) [archive]
  10. ^ a b Halo 5: Guardians, Armor customization: INTRUDER - In-game model
  11. ^ Xbox, Halo Infinite (Retrieved on Jun 14, 2021) [archive]
  12. ^, The Birth of an Icon (Retrieved on Jun 1, 2020) [archive]
  13. ^, Bungie Weekly Update: 01/22/10 (Retrieved on Oct 13, 2021) [archive]
  14. ^, Re: kjfsklg; (Retrieved on Jun 1, 2020) [archive]
  15. ^, IGN for Haiti - Oonsk Sells Big (Retrieved on Jun 1, 2020) [archive]