Sangheili Commanders, like the Sangheili Majors before them, act as attack-and-command units within mixed-unit teams. They usually assert themselves as the leaders of local squads, and given their experience with mixed groups, they are valued for their expertise and intelligence on the field of battle. After the collapse of the Covenant, many Commanders set themselves up as warlords, accruing their own loyal forces and fleets, some forming their own separate alliances on far-flung colonies and others signing on with larger groups.
Sangheili Commanders are battle-hardened warriors. Many of them have decades of experience behind them from serving with the Covenant, making them dangerous opponents on the battlefield. Commanders have been known to wield both the infamous Type-51 carbine and the devastating Type-50 concussion rifle.
Sangheili Commander armor can be described as a more sophisticated set of the Sangheili Storm armor with both sporting the same lower body armor and chest harnesses; Commanders on the other hand wear more angular shoulder-pads, wrist-guards, a smooth bodysuit and a much more ornate helmet. Commander Armor appears similar to the suits worn by Sangheili Officers from the original Covenant in terms of design, although the Commander's set is colored a deep claret compared with the Officer's scarlet. They can also occasionally be found in a green and gold combat harness. The raised claw on their boots are reminiscent of ancient ceremonial armor.
Though it has been seen that Commanders can wear different armor. In the case of Gek 'Lhar, he wore the Storm harness without a helmet. In the case of Parg Vol and Kitun 'Arach, they wore the Warrior-class harness.
Two variations of the Sangheili Commander in Halo 4.
A Sangheili Commander with a Type-50 concussion rifle.
A Sangheili Commander on Requiem.
A Sangheili Commander with a Type-55 storm rifle.
A Sangheili Commander in Halo 4's Spartan Ops episodic campaign mode.
A Promethean Knight dispatches a Sangheili Commander.
A Sangheili Commander giving orders to Unggoy troops.
A Sangheili Commander and a Kig-Yar Heavy.
A Sangheili Commander and a Sangheili Storm.
A Sangheili Commander with a storm rifle on Escape from ARC.
A Sangheili Commander on Sanghelios.
A cloaked Mythic Sangheili Commander on Attack on Sanctum.
Concept art of the Commander harness, as it would have appeared in Halo Online.
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List of appearances
- Halo 4 (First appearance)
- Halo: Escalation
- Halo 5: Guardians
- Halo: Smoke and Shadow
- Halo: Renegades