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Oddball is a multiplayer game-type featured in the Halo series. It has been featured in every Halo multiplayer to date.


A game of Oddball on Sidewinder in Halo: Combat Evolved.

The objective is to locate the Skull(s) on the map and to maintain possession of it for the longest period of time possible. The default settings allow the game to be a free for all with one Skull on the map, which you need to have possession of for two minutes in order to win. This game can be played as a Rumble Game or a Team Game where the highest score of the lone player (Free-For-All), or on a team's accumulative score, chooses the victor(s). Normally, a player who has the Oddball is the immediate target for the other players, which is what makes Oddball an extremely fast paced and fun game-type.

While a player has possession of the Oddball, they cannot wield their weapons or throw grenades. However, they can still melee opponents with the Skull, which normally inflicts massive damage. The settings for the game can also be altered to make it more interesting. For example, the player with the Oddball can go invisible or can be slowed down. The number of Oddballs on the map can also be changed.

The Oddball's appearance is nearly identical through the original trilogy; the ball is a plain human skull. They are also identical to the skulls found in campaign in Halo 2 and Halo 3. In Halo: Reach the Oddball is on fire much like the Headhunter skulls. If the skull is dropped in water the flames are extinguished, though it will relight when it is picked up again. In Halo 4 the Oddball is a crystal skull in a metal frame.

Halo 4 features the first noticeable gameplay changes since Oddball's inception in Combat Evolved. Players can now throw the Oddball using the grenade throw button (default left trigger). Catching or intercepting a thrown skull awards medals. The skulls are also more noticeably affected by physics, bouncing off the surfaces and getting knocked around by explosions and Gravity Hammer strikes.

List of built in variants[edit]

Halo: Combat Evolved[edit]

Title Description
Oddball Hold the Skull for 2 minutes to win.
Juggernaut The Juggernaut does extra damage. Kill the Juggernaut to steal his powers. Score 15 kills to win the game.
Team Oddball The first team to hold the Skull for 2 minutes wins. 5-second respawn time.
Classic Oddball Hold the Skull for 2 minutes to win.
Classic Reverse Tag When you're "it", you run slowly but you score time. Accumulate 2 minutes to win.
Classic Accumulate Score 5 minutes to win. Kills speed up your time, but you lose your time bonus if you die.
Classic Juggernaut The Juggernaut does extra damage. Kill the Juggernaut to steal his powers. Score 15 kills to win the game.
Classic Stalker One sneaky player is invisible. Find him and kill him to gain his sneaky powers. Score 10 kills to win the game.

Halo 2[edit]

Title Description
Oddball Get ready for a classic game of free-for-all Oddball. Hold the ball for 2 minutes to win.
Rocketball This game of Oddball with nothing but rocket launchers is a real blast. Control the ball for 1 minute to win.
Swordball Tense rounds with swords and no motion sensor. Own the ball for 30 seconds to win a round. First to 3 wins.
Team Ball Up to 8 teams can go head to head in this game of team Oddball. First team with 2 minutes ball control wins.
Low Ball Team Oddball with a twist. Everyone on your team must hold the ball for at least 30 seconds to win.
Fiesta An odd game of ball with random weapons. Earn 2 minutes ball control time to win.

Halo 3[edit]

Title Description
Oddball Free for all. Hold the skull to earn points. 50 points to win.
Team Oddball Form teams, protect your carrier. 100 points to win.
Lowball Teamwork counts! Every member of your team must earn 25 points to win.
Ninjaball The ball carrier is fast and agile, but vulnerable. 100 points to win.
Rocketball You have no allies but your Rocket Launcher. 50 points to win.

Halo 4[edit]

Title Description
Oddball Find the ball and hold onto it to earn time. The player with the most time wins.

Halo 5[edit]

Title Description
Oddball Hold the Oddball to score points!
Oddball FFA Hold the Oddball to score points!
Oddball HCS Hold the Oddball to score points!


  • Oddball is derived from Marathon's "Kill the Man With the Ball".
  • In Halo 3, Halo Reach and Halo 4 multiplayer, if you melee an enemy with the Oddball it is an instant kill, however, this can be tweaked via the game setting in all of the Halo games.
  • Getting three Oddball kills on a Legendary Map in Halo 3 matchmaking unlocks the Alas, Poor Yorick achievement.
  • Earning three Oddball kills on any map after having downloaded Halo: Reach's Noble Map Pack unlocks the Crackin' Skulls achievement.
  • In Halo 3, if you go to the game settings in the Custom Games lobby, go to Oddball Settings and change the ball number to two, a little notice appears at the bottom saying, "Players fight over two objectives. Ha, thought I'd make a ball joke, didn't you?"[citation needed]

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