Raid on Apex 7

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Raid on Apex 7
H5G-Apex 7 Spire-High.jpg
Map overview

Game:

Halo 5: Guardians

Location:

Apex 7, Project BLACKBALL (simulated Halo ring environment)[1]

Terrain:

Tropical, rocky, Forerunner structure, UNSC bases

Gameplay overview

Recommended number of players:

24

Recommended gametype(s):

Warzone

 
This unbroken ring is a symbol of the discovery that shook the galaxy and changed the course of both human and Covenant destiny.[2]

Raid on Apex 7, originally codenamed Ring,[3] is a Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer level exclusively for the Warzone gametype. It was first revealed during San Diego Comic-Con 2015 through a Mega Bloks model.[4] According to Microsoft, this level is the spiritual successor of the Halo: Combat Evolved level The Silent Cartographer.

The Warzone Assault variant of this map is Array.

Overview[edit]

Each ringworld in the Halo Array is 10,000 kilometers in diameter. Their inner surfaces are sculpted with mountains and valleys, covered by water and vegetation, and stocked with animals. This thin layer of life on each ring conceals machinery for spreading death at a galactic scale - generators and focusing arrays designed to create a wave of energy that kills all sentient creatures as part of the Forerunner’s plan to stop the parasitical Flood. With only two of the Array's six remaining rings located, the UNSC has prepared quick-reaction plans to secure and disable these installations as soon as they are found. Spartans in particular must be constantly tested and familiarized with the structures and enemies that could be found on these ancient weapons of mass destruction to ensure a quick shutdown.[1]

Apex 7 is a composite of high-value research archives found on Installation 03 and Installation 05, and assumed to have existed on Installation 04. It is a simulation crafted by ONI's top War Games team, destined to train both scientific and military personnel who may be deployed on Halo installations. This environment is part of Project BLACKBALL, which includes many other commonly encountered Halo locations, such as Library and Cartographer sites. Spartan-IV operatives are trained in attacking and defending the site, along with eliminating Promethean and Covenant enemies.[1]

In Warzone, the game begins with players dropped off to eliminate Covenant soldiers in the beach nearest to their base. Beside both of the bases lie an armory (West and East, respectively), capture of which will prove crucial in trying to take the Forerunner spire in the center of the island, which is the most easily defensible area. The bases, the surrounding beaches and the central area with the armories are connected by overland routes (some of which offer rock/cliff cover from enemy fire) as well as a system of caves. AI bosses (both Covenant and Forerunner) appear in the caves and routes. Legendary bosses include Tankmaster Rok and Captain Hestro, who appear in the beach, and Warden Eternal, who appears in the central opening in front of the spire. The first team to score 1,000 Victory Points win the game. An alternative way to win is to capture all three bases (West Armory, East Armory, Spire), in order to have access to the enemy team's base and destroy their core.[2]

On this map in Warzone, the Marines on the Beach's at the start of the game can enter vehicles. These are the only Marines in the whole game that have this ability.[5]

Specifications[edit]

Bases[edit]

  • West Armory
  • East Armory
  • Spire

Boss lineup[edit]

Boss Minions Location Bounty Time active

Hunter Elders

Elites, Grunts[note 1]

Spire

25 VP

0:00

Zealot Assassin

Stealth Elites

Passage

25 VP

2:00

Zealot Assassin

Stealth Elites

Caves

25 VP

2:00

Elite Ultra

Jackals

Plateau

25 VP

4:00

Elite Ultra

Jackals

Crags

25 VP

4:00

Ghost Marauder

None

Ridge

25 VP

6:00

Ghost Marauder

None

Waterfront

25 VP

6:00

Tankmaster Rok (Legendary)

Elites

Beach

150 VP

8:00

Banshee Raider

Banshees

Ridge

25 VP

10:00

Banshee Raider

Banshees

Waterfront

25 VP

10:00

Captain Hestro (Legendary)

Soldier Officers

Beach

150 VP

12:00

Soldier Guard

Soldiers

Tunnel

25 VP

14:00

Soldier Guard

Soldiers

Chasm

25 VP

14:00

Knight Champion

Soldiers

Crossroads

25 VP

16:00

Warden Eternal (Legendary)

Knights

Crossroads

150 VP

18:00

Trivia[edit]

The number designation part of the level's name is a likely reference to seven.

Gallery[edit]

Concept art[edit]

Screenshots[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Canonically, the Elites and Grunts are not the Hunter Elders' minions. Their role is to guard the Spire.

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