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Map files, .map files or map cache files, are a file type employed within the Blam engine used by all first-person shooter Halo games. As their name suggests, they are the files which store data for campaign levels and maps for multiplayer, Firefight and Spartan Ops. Due to the uncertainty of game development, map names change frequently during production and may not be finalised until relatively close to release. As such, a map's display name in the in-game user interface is often completely different to the actual .map filename inside the game directory. This information is primarily used in modding.

This page intends to serve as a general overview of the .map file type; for in-depth technical information, see this page on the c20 Reclaimers Halo modding wiki.

Overview[edit]

Librarian.png For more technical information on scenario tags, see the relevant page on the c20 Reclaimers Library modding wiki, here.

Within the Blam engine, tags serve as containers which store data about a given subject. These can range from characters, weapons, and vehicles to projectiles, props or whole maps. Map files serve as tag collections, containing all of the data needed to load and run a given map or level.

Within the map structure, the primary component that dictates the actual level itself is the scenario tag. Scenario tags contain information about the actual level data such as player and enemy spawns, weapons and vehicles, objectives, and so forth. Scenario tags share the same name as the map file, and are compiled using the Tool component of the Halo Editing Kit alongside the various tags loaded by the scenario tag to form the map file.

List of map file names[edit]

Halo: Combat Evolved[edit]

Map .map filename Notes
Campaign
The Pillar of Autumn A10
Halo A30
The Truth and Reconciliation A50
The Silent Cartographer B30
Assault on the Control Room B40
343 Guilty Spark C10
The Library C20
Two Betrayals C40
Keyes D20
The Maw D40
Multiplayer
Battle Creek beavercreek
Blood Gulch bloodgulch
Boarding Action boardingaction
Chill Out chillout
Chiron TL-34 putput
Damnation damnation
Danger Canyon dangercanyon PC Port and MCC-exclusive
Death Island deathisland PC Port and MCC-exclusive
Derelict carousel
Gephyrophobia gephyrophobia PC Port and MCC-exclusive
Hang 'Em High hangemhigh
Ice Fields icefields PC Port and MCC-exclusive
Infinity infinity PC Port and MCC-exclusive
Longest longest
Prisoner prisoner
Rat Race ratrace
Sidewinder sidewinder
Timberland timberland PC Port and MCC-exclusive
Wizard wizard

Halo 2[edit]

Map .map filename Notes
Campaign
The Heretic 00a_introduction
The Armory 01a_tutorial
Cairo Station 01b_spacestation
Outskirts 03a_oldmombasa
Metropolis 03b_newmombasa
The Arbiter 04a_gasgiant
The Oracle 04b_floodlab
Delta Halo 05a_deltaapproach
Regret 05b_deltatowers
Sacred Icon 06a_sentinelwalls
Quarantine Zone 06b_floodzone
Gravemind 07a_highcharity
Uprising 08a_deltacliffs
High Charity 07b_forerunnership
The Great Journey 08b_deltacontrol
Cut levels
"alphamoon" alphamoon
"Earth Ark" Earth_Ark_09
deltatemple deltatemple
Multiplayer
Ascension ascension
Backwash backwash Maptacular Pack and MCC-exclusive
Beaver Creek beaver_creek
Burial Mounds burial_mounds
Coagulation coagulation
Colossus colossus
Containment containment Bonus Map Pack and MCC-exclusive
Desolation derelict Blastacular Pack and MCC-exclusive
District street_sweeper Vista and MCC-exclusive
Elongation elongation Maptacular Pack and MCC-exclusive
Foundation foundation
Gemini gemini Maptacular Pack and MCC-exclusive
Headlong headlong
Ivory Tower cyclotron
Lockout lockout
Midship midship
Relic dune Maptacular Pack and MCC-exclusive
Sanctuary deltatap Killtacular Pack and MCC-exclusive
Tombstone highplains Blastacular Pack and MCC-exclusive
Terminal triplicate Maptacular Pack and MCC-exclusive
Turf turf Killtacular Pack and MCC-exclusive
Uplift needle Vista and MCC-exclusive
Waterworks waterworks
Warlock warlock Bonus Map Pack and MCC-exclusive
Zanzibar zanzibar

Halo 2: Anniversary[edit]

Map .map filename Notes
Multiplayer
Awash ca_forge_skybox01
Bloodline ca_coagulation
Lockdown ca_lockout
Nebula ca_forge_skybox02
Shrine ca_sanctuary
Skyward ca_forge_skybox03
Stonetown ca_zanzibar
Warlord ca_warlock
Zenith ca_ascension
Remnant ca_relic

Halo 3[edit]

Released Halo 3 .map files can be found in the solo, multi, and dlc folders.

Map .map filename Notes
Campaign
Arrival 005_intro
Sierra 117 010_jungle
Crow's Nest 020_base
Tsavo Highway 030_outskirts
The Storm 040_voi
Floodgate 050_floodvoi
The Ark 070_waste
The Covenant 100_citadel
Cortana 110_hc
Halo 120_halo
Epilogue 130_epilogue MCC-exclusive; combined with 120_halo in the original Xbox 360 release.
Cut levels
"Flood Ship" 060_floodship Cut level; incomplete files available via the Halo 3 Editing Kit.
Guardian Forest 080_forest Cut level; incomplete files available via the Halo 3 Editing Kit.
"alpine" 090_alpine Cut level; incomplete files available via the Halo 3 Editing Kit.
Highcharity 110_hc_old Cut level; incomplete files available via the Halo 3 Editing Kit.
"The Lost City" 100_forecity Cut level; incomplete files available via the Halo 3 Editing Kit.
Multiplayer
Assembly descent Mythic Map Pack, Mythic disc and MCC-exclusive
Avalanche sidewinder Legendary Map Pack, Mythic disc and MCC-exclusive
Blackout lockout Legendary Map Pack, Mythic disc and MCC-exclusive
Citadel citadel Mythic II Map Pack, Mythic disc and MCC-exclusive
Cold Storage chillout Cold Storage DLC, Mythic disc and MCC-exclusive
Construct construct
Longshore docks Mythic II Map Pack, Mythic disc and MCC-exclusive
Edge s3d_edge MCC-exclusive, originally created for Halo Online. s3d denotes Saber3D engine used by Saber Interactive.
Epitaph salvation
Foundry warehouse Heroic Map Pack, Mythic disc and MCC-exclusive
Ghost Town ghosttown Legendary Map Pack, Mythic disc and MCC-exclusive
Guardian guardian
Heretic midship Mythic II Map Pack, Mythic disc and MCC-exclusive
High Ground deadlock
Icebox s3d_turf MCC-exclusive, originally created for Halo Online. s3d denotes Saber3D engine used by Saber Interactive.
Isolation isolation
Last Resort zanzibar
Narrows chill
Orbital spacecamp Mythic Map Pack, Mythic disc and MCC-exclusive
Rat's Nest armory Heroic Map Pack, Mythic disc and MCC-exclusive
Sandbox sandbox Mythic Map Pack, Mythic disc and MCC-exclusive
Sandtrap shrine
Snowbound snowbound
Standoff bunkerworld Heroic Map Pack, Mythic disc and MCC-exclusive
The Pit cyberdyne
Valhalla riverworld
Waterfall s3d_waterfall MCC-exclusive, originally created for Halo Online. s3d denotes Saber3D engine used by Saber Interactive.

Halo 3: ODST[edit]

All Halo 3: ODST campaign .map files are in the atlas folder.

Map .map filename Notes
Campaign
Prepare To Drop c100
Mombasa Streets h100
Tayari Plaza sc100
Uplift Reserve sc110
Kizingo Boulevard sc120
ONI Alpha Site sc130
NMPD HQ sc140
Kikowani Station sc150
Data Hive l200

Halo: Reach[edit]

All Halo: Reach .map files are in the maps folder.

Map .map filename Notes
Campaign
Noble Actual m05
Winter Contingency m0510
ONI: Sword Base m20
Nightfall m30
Tip of the Spear m35
Long Night of Solace m45
Exodus m50
New Alexandria m52
The Package m60
The Pillar of Autumn m70
Epilogue m70_a MCC-exclusive; combined with m70 in the original Xbox 360 release.
Lone Wolf m70_bonus
Multiplayer
Anchor 9 dlc_slayer Noble Map Pack and MCC-exclusive
Battle Canyon cex_beavercreek Anniversary Map Pack and MCC-exclusive
Boardwalk 50_panopticon
Boneyard 70_boneyard
Breakneck cex_headlong Anniversary Map Pack and MCC-exclusive
Breakpoint dlc_invasion Noble Map Pack and MCC-exclusive
Condemned condemned Defiant Map Pack and MCC-exclusive
Countdown 45_launch_station
Forge World forge_halo
Highlands trainingpreserve Defiant Map Pack and MCC-exclusive
High Noon cex_hangemhigh Anniversary Map Pack and MCC-exclusive
Penance cex_damnation Anniversary Map Pack and MCC-exclusive
Powerhouse 30_settlement
Reflection 52_ivory_tower
Ridgeline cex_timberland Anniversary Map Pack and MCC-exclusive
Spire 35_island
Solitary cex_prisoner Anniversary Map Pack and MCC-exclusive
Sword Base 20_sword_slayer
Tempest dlc_medium Noble Map Pack and MCC-exclusive
Zealot 45_aftship
Firefight
Beachhead ff50_park
Corvette ff45_corvette
Courtyard ff20_cortyard
Glacier ff60_icecave
Holdout ff70_holdout
Installation 04 cex_ff_halo Anniversary Map Pack and MCC-exclusive
Outpost ff60_airview
Overlook ff10_prototype
Unearthed ff_unearthed Defiant Map Pack and MCC-exclusive
Waterfront ff50_park

Halo 4[edit]

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Map .map filename Notes
Campaign
Prologue m05_prologue
Dawn m10_crash
Requiem m020
Forerunner m30_cryptum
Reclaimer m40_invasion
Infinity m60_rescue
Shutdown m70_liftoff
Composer m80_delta
Midnight m90_sacrifice
Epilogue m95_epilogue
Multiplayer
Abandon ca_blood_cavern
Adrift ca_warhouse
Complex z05_cliffside
Daybreak ca_spiderweb Castle Map Pack and MCC-exclusive
Erosion ca_forge_erosion
Exile ca_blood_crash
Forge Island dlc_forge_island Forge Island and MCC-exclusive
Harvest zd_02_grind Crimson Map Pack and MCC-exclusive
Haven wraparound
Impact ca_forge_bonanza
Landfall ca_port Majestic Map Pack and MCC-exclusive
Longbow ca_gore_valley
Meltdown ca_canyon
Monolith ca_deadlycrossing Majestic Map Pack and MCC-exclusive
Outcast ca_basin Castle Map Pack and MCC-exclusive
Perdition ca_highrise Castle Map Pack and MCC-exclusive
Pitfall ca_creeper Bullseye Map Pack and MCC-exclusive
Ragnarok z11_valhalla
Ravine ca_forge_ravine
Shatter dlc_dejewel Crimson Map Pack and MCC-exclusive
Skyline ca_rattler Majestic Map Pack and MCC-exclusive
Solace ca_tower
Vertigo ca_dropoff Bullseye Map Pack and MCC-exclusive
Vortex ca_redoubt
Wreckage dlc_dejunkyard Crimson Map Pack and MCC-exclusive
Spartan Ops
Infinity dlc01_engine Shared map with all missions at same location
Lockup dlc01_factory Shared map with all missions at same location
The Gate ff81_courtyard Shared map with all missions at same location
The Cauldron ff81_scurve Shared map with all missions at same location
The Refuge ff84_temple Shared map with all missions at same location
Sniper Alley ff86_sniperally Shared map with all missions at same location
Quarry ff87_chopperbowl Shared map with all missions at same location
Fortress ff90_fortsw Shared map with all missions at same location
Galileo Base ff91_complex Shared map with all missions at same location
Two Giants ff92_valhalla Shared map with all missions at same location
Control ff151_mezzanine Shared map with all missions at same location
Cyclone ff152_vortex Shared map with all missions at same location
Warrens ff153_caverns Shared map with all missions at same location
Apex ff154_hillside Shared map with all missions at same location
Harvester ff155_breach Shared map with all missions at same location


Halo 5: Guardians[edit]

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Halo 5: Guardians never saw a full PC release and as such, the full index of map names for the game is unknown. A limited component of the game was released on Windows Store as Halo 5: Forge, allowing most of the game's multiplayer maps to have known names.

Halo Infinite[edit]

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Sources[edit]

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