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This article is about the level. For the achievement, see Outskirts (achievement).
Outskirts is the fourth campaign level of Halo 2. As the Master Chief, you must battle your way through the streets of Old Mombasa, Earth, with Marines to reach the beach. From there you head to a highway tunnel, which leads to the next level, Metropolis. This is also the first level in which you will encounter Jackals, Jackal Snipers, Hunters, and Phantom Dropships, as well as the first Halo 2 level in which you can drive vehicles, as well as the first mission to take place on the Earth. This is also the only level in the Halo Trilogy to feature the Ruwaa-pattern Shadow. Outskirts is also the level in Halo 2 with the most Sniper Jackals; a total of 22 in all, most of which are located in the infamous "Sniper Alley".
The Master Chief watches from the stern of a Pelican as the clouds roll by below.
A convoy of Warthogs are seen as the Pelicans pass over them.
Inside the cockpit of the Pelican, Johnson leans against the bulkhead behind the two pilots.
A Marine sniper-spotter team lies prone on a rooftop, and the Pelicans fly over their position.
Cut to the Pelican's troop bay. A Marine loads rounds into his Battle Rifle and cocks the gun, and a sharpshooter examines a magazine before slotting it into his Sniper Rifle. A third Marine puts on a helmet, tapping it to make sure it's tight. Master Chief stands silently, gazing at the streets below.
The pilot goes silent as a huge Protos-pattern Scarab lumbers into view. Its leg spears a truck, destroying it instantly. Its main gun then focuses and fires, destroying the lead Pelican. The two other Pelicans veer off, as a plasma turret on the Scarab's back track them. The leftward dropship, with Johnson and the Chief on board, catches a burst of plasma on its right flank, flips inverted, hits a building, and slides through a low brick wall, before blacking out the frame.
NOTE: In the Anniversary version, the rightward dropship is also cut down by the Scarab's plasma turret, leading to the events of Another Day At the Beach.
The Master Chief regains consciousness.
They'll Regret That Too
A single Unggoy Minor walks up the alley towards the crashed Pelican. Upon seeing the UNSC force it tries to flee but is quickly killed. The Chief and the rest of the team arrive at a bombed-out building occupied by the Covenant. An enemy Phantom flies overhead.
A few Covenant troops including Kig-Yar Snipers (on higher difficulties) appear on the rooftops.
After the first wave of Covenant forces are killed:
Later, a group of Yanme'e flies into the courtyard.
Another wave of Covenant attacks.
Later, the sound of a Phantom's engines drifts over the rooftop.
Before anyone can reach for a satchel, the gates begin to shake, raising dust. A few seconds later, they break, and a pair of Mgalekgolo arrive.
Once the Mgalekgolo are eliminated:
When the team reaches the second courtyard, they encounter a Kig-Yar sniper with other Kig-Yar ranks supporting it.
When the team reaches the far courtyard, the Pelican drops off Marines (if you've lost any from the original group).
Sergeant Johnson climbs aboard the Pelican and dusts off.
The Chief and the Marines fight their way through an alley full of Kig-Yar snipers and Yanme'e (and on higher difficulties, a pair of Stealth Sangheili armed with energy swords), followed by multiple lances of Unggoy and Sangheili. They eventually reach Second squad's position.
A Covenant lance led by a high ranking Sangheili have Second squad pinned down with a plasma turret. The Chief moves in to assist.
After clearing the immediate area of enemies:
As the Sergeant and the Chief moves into the darkened hotel...
Unggoy and Sangheili come through the dark corridors. The UNSC forces hide in the shadows and ambush the Covenant troops. Emerging from the Hotel, they spot a Phantom dropping off more Unggoy and a Sangheili.
A couple Marines pull up in a Warthog, honking the horn for the Chief.
The Chief boards the Warthog.
A Day at the Beach
The Chief drives down the beach, passing a crashed Pelican.
With IWHYBD skull activated:
The Chief navigates the beaches which are full of Covenant troops supported by deployable lookout towers, Ghosts, and a Phantom dropship. Several large artillery pieces are also present, but none are in operation.
Covenant drop pods slam down on the beach all around the Chief, and Sangheili warriors spring out of them.
The Chief nears a tunnel leading to the bridge.
The Chief moves into the highway tunnel.
Speed Zone Ahead
Throughout the tunnel the team of Warthog(s) encounter many Covenant positions consisting of Ghosts, Shade turrets, Plasma Turrets and a few Battlefield Methane Tanks, along with numerous Unggoy, Kig-Yar, Sangheili and Yanme'e infantry. Just as they clear the last of these positions, a massive cyan/green plasma beam tears into the tunnel through a massive hole above, incinerating a fleeing Warthog. The Scarab can be seen through the hole above.
The Chief comes across a group of Ruwaa-pattern Shadows in the inner tunnels.
The Chief pursues and destroys the Shadows, then passes through a final Covenant defensive position consisting of multiple Ghosts, Plasma Cannons and another Shadow with supporting ground troops before approaching the tunnel's exit.
Fades to black.
The following achievements can be unlocked on Outskirts across the Windows Vista and Halo: The Master Chief Collection editions of Halo 2: Anniversary. The original Xbox release of Halo 2 did not contain achievement unlocks.
Halo 2: Anniversary