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Skins (Halo: Combat Evolved)

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A Spartan utilizing a new, green visor in Combat Evolved in The Master Chief Collection.

Skins in Halo: Combat Evolved allow players to customize their Spartan player model and the appearance of weapons and vehicles in-game. At the launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the armor was displayed as a static image in the game's menu. Following in the footsteps of the launch of Halo: Reach for PC, Halo: Combat Evolved had its menu elements updated to fully render Spartan customization options in 3D in Unreal Engine 4. The launch of Season 2: Spark on July 14, 2020, saw the addition of armour, weapon and vehicle skins for Halo: Combat Evolved.

Overview[edit]

The armor customization of the original 2001 Halo: Combat Evolved release originally only allowed for the player to change their Spartan's color via a player profile. Halo: The Master Chief Collection would turn the color option into one that could be used regardless of a profile. During June 2020, in an update for the game dedicated to the impending PC release of Halo 3 on The Master Chief Collection, 343 Industries revealed their intention to add the ability to change visor colors to Combat Evolved, in an effort to grant players the ability to show off unique options in each game. These new visor options were stated to be added to Season 2 of The Master Chief Collection's season unlock system.

While visor colors can be changed, the change has been stated to not alter the player's Heads-up display color, and can also be toggled off via an option in the game's menu, for those wishing to keep the game as it was. The skins for weapons and vehicles apply to any weapon the player picks up - they retain their skin when dropped, but will switch to a new skin should another player take control of them.

Known skins[edit]

Armor colors[edit]

In-game Appearance Name Unlock Requirements
N/A Black Unlocked by default
N/A Red Unlocked by default
N/A Blue Unlocked by default
N/A Gray Unlocked by default
N/A Yellow Unlocked by default
N/A Green Unlocked by default
N/A Pink Unlocked by default
N/A Purple Unlocked by default

Visor colors[edit]

In-game Appearance Name Unlock Requirements Description
HCE Blue Visor Icon.png
Blue Season 2, Tier 1 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE DarkBlue Visor Icon.png
Dark Blue Season 2, Tier 5 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE Green Visor Icon.png
Green Season 2, Tier 7 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE DarkGreen Visor Icon.png
Dark Green Season 2, Tier 12 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE Purple Visor Icon.png
Purple Season 2, Tier 15 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE Bronze Visor Icon.png
Bronze Season 2, Tier 19 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE DarkPurple Visor Icon.png
Dark Purple Season 2, Tier 22 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE Red Visor Icon.png
Red Season 2, Tier 24 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE Yellow Visor Icon.png
Yellow Season 2, Tier 28 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE Orange Visor Icon.png
Orange Season 2, Tier 33 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE DarkYellow Visor Icon.png
Dark Yellow Season 2, Tier 38 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE PastelBlue Visor Icon.png
Pastel Blue Season 2, Tier 40 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE Silver Visor Icon.png
Silver Season 2, Tier 44 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE DarkRed Visor Icon.png
Dark Red Season 2, Tier 47 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE PastelGreen Visor Icon.png
Pastel Green Season 2, Tier 50 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE DarkOrange Visor Icon.png
Dark Orange Season 2, Tier 53 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE PearlescentYellow Visor Icon.png
Pearlescent Yellow Season 2, Tier 57 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE Platinum Visor Icon.png
Platinum Season 2, Tier 60 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE PastelOrange Visor Icon.png
Pastel Orange Season 2, Tier 63 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE PearlescentRed Visor Icon.png
Pearlescent Red Season 2, Tier 66 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE Spectrum Visor Icon.png
Spectrum Season 2, Tier 70 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE PearlescentPurple Visor Icon.png
Pearlescent Purple Season 2, Tier 72 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE PastelPurple Visor Icon.png
Pastel Purple Season 2, Tier 75 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE PearlescentOrange Visor Icon.png
Pearlescent Orange Season 2, Tier 78 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE Groovy Visor Icon.png
Groovy Season 2, Tier 81 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE PearlescentGreen Visor Icon.png
Pearlescent Green Season 2, Tier 85 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE PastelRed Visor Icon.png
Pastel Red Season 2, Tier 89 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE PastelYellow Visor Icon.png
Pastel Yellow Season 2, Tier 93 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE PearlescantBlue Visor Icon.png
Pearlescent Blue Season 2, Tier 96 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.
HCE Onyx Visor Icon.png
Onyx Season 2, Tier 100 (Season point 1) Part of a suite of experimental VISR enhancements.

Weapon skins[edit]

Pistol[edit]

Skins for the Magnum pistol.

In-game Appearance Name Unlock Requirements Description
N/A Default Unlocked by default Default skin.
HCE Pistol Golden Skin.png
Golden Season 2 Challenge: Trusty Sidekick
Defeat 500 opponents with the Pistol in any game mode.
Bling on the ring.
HCE Pistol Woodland Skin.png
Woodland Season 2, Tier 41 (Season point 1) Camping is a legitimate strategy.
HCE Pistol Desert Skin.png
Desert Season 2, Tier 2 (Season point 1) Looks very stylish with a poncho.
HCE Pistol GreatJourney Skin.png
Great Journey Season 2, Tier 14 (Season point 1) Don't worry... I know what the aliens like.
HCE Pistol BlackCherry Skin.png
Black Cherry Season 2, Tier 91 (Season point 1) Get a grip. Shoot from the hip.
HCE Pistol HazardPay Skin.png
Hazard Pay Season 2, Tier 36 (Season point 1) Safety first!
HCE Pistol ToySoldier Skin.png
Toy Soldier Season 2, Tier 62 (Season point 1) They're not dolls, they're action figures!

Assault Rifle[edit]

Skins for the Assault Rifle.

In-game Appearance Name Unlock Requirements Description
N/A Default Unlocked by default Default skin.
HCE AssaultRifle Golden Skin.png
Golden Season 2 Challenge: Thanks, Misriah
Defeat 300 opponents with the Assault Rifle in any game mode.
Bling on the ring.
HCE AssaultRifle Woodland Skin.png
Woodland Season 2, Tier 29 (Season point 1) Camping is a legitimate strategy.
HCE AssaultRifle Desert Skin.png
Desert Season 2, Tier 1 (Season point 1) Looks very stylish with a poncho.
HCE AssaultRifle GreatJourney Skin.png
Great Journey Season 2, Tier 83 (Season point 1) Don't worry... I know what the aliens like.
HCE AssaultRifle Corrosion Skin.png
Corrosion Season 2, Tier 69 (Season point 1) The Oxidation Sensation.
HCE AssaultRifle Squirt Skin.png
Squirt Season 2, Tier 46 (Season point 1) It's good under pressure.
HCE AssaultRifle LuckyShot Skin.png
Lucky Shot Season 2, Tier 100 (Season point 1) But you had something they didn't...

Plasma Pistol[edit]

Skins for the Plasma Pistol.

In-game Appearance Name Unlock Requirements Description
N/A Default Unlocked by default Default skin.
HCE PlasmaPistol Ultra Skin.png
Ultra Season 2, Tier 65 (Season point 1) The Evocati don't mess around.
HCE PlasmaPistol Brutal Skin.png
Brutal Season 2, Tier 11 (Season point 1) A Jiralhanae's best friend.
HCE PlasmaPistol Schism Skin.png
Schism Season 2, Tier 58 (Season point 1) For those seeking redemption.
HCE PlasmaPistol Zealot Skin.png
Zealot Season 2, Tier 60 (Season point 1) Glory in an honorable death.

Plasma Rifle[edit]

Skins for the Plasma Rifle.

In-game Appearance Name Unlock Requirements Description
N/A Default Unlocked by default Default skin.
HCE PlasmaRifle Ultra Skin.png
Ultra Season 2, Tier 90 (Season point 1) The Evocati don't mess around.
HCE PlasmaRifle Brutal Skin.png
Brutal Season 2, Tier 39 (Season point 1) A Jiralhanae's best friend.
HCE PlasmaRifle Schism Skin.png
Schism Season 2, Tier 73 (Season point 1) For those seeking redemption.
HCE PlasmaRifle Zealot Skin.png
Zealot Season 2, Tier 79 (Season point 1) Glory in an honorable death.

Rocket Launcher[edit]

Skins for the Rocket Launcher.

In-game Appearance Name Unlock Requirements Description
N/A Default Unlocked by default Default skin.
HCE RocketLauncher HuntersBlood Skin.png
Hunter's Blood Season 2, Tier 32 (Season point 1) Well armed. Well armored.
HCE RocketLauncher Corrosion Skin.png
Corrosion Season 2, Tier 77 (Season point 1) The Oxidation Sensation.
HCE RocketLauncher Desert Skin.png
Desert Season 2, Tier 13 (Season point 1) Looks very stylish with a poncho.

Sniper Rifle[edit]

Skins for the Sniper Rifle.

In-game Appearance Name Unlock Requirements Description
N/A Default Unlocked by default Default skin.
HCE SniperRifle Golden Skin.png
Golden Season 2 Challenge: Zero Five Eight
Defeat 150 opponents with the Sniper Rifle in any game mode.
Bling on the ring.
HCE SniperRifle Woodland Skin.png
Woodland Season 2, Tier 52 (Season point 1) Camping is a legitimate strategy.
HCE SniperRifle Desert Skin.png
Desert Season 2, Tier 10 (Season point 1) Looks very stylish with a poncho.
HCE SniperRifle GreatJourney Skin.png
Great Journey Season 2, Tier 42 (Season point 1) Don't worry... I know what the aliens like.
HCE SniperRifle Avalanche Skin.png
Avalanche Season 2, Tier 80 (Season point 1) Like Sidewinder, but with more polygons.

Shotgun[edit]

Skins for the Shotgun.

In-game Appearance Name Unlock Requirements Description
N/A Default Unlocked by default Default skin.
HCE Shotgun Golden Skin.png
Golden Season 2 Challenge: Hot Shotty
Defeat 150 opponents with the Shotgun in any game mode.
Bling on the ring.
HCE Shotgun Woodland Skin.png
Woodland Season 2, Tier 37 (Season point 1) Camping is a legitimate strategy.
HCE Shotgun Desert Skin.png
Desert Season 2, Tier 17 (Season point 1) Looks very stylish with a poncho.
HCE Shotgun GreatJourney Skin.png
Great Journey Season 2, Tier 8 (Season point 1) Don't worry... I know what the aliens like.
HCE Shotgun HuntersBlood Skin.png
Hunter's Blood Season 2, Tier 87 (Season point 1) Well armed. Well armored.

Needler[edit]

Skins for the Needler.

In-game Appearance Name Unlock Requirements Description
N/A Default Unlocked by default Default skin.
HCE Needler Ultra Skin.png
Ultra Season 2, Tier 55 (Season point 1) The Evocati don't mess around.
HCE Needler Brutal Skin.png
Brutal Season 2, Tier 16 (Season point 1) A Jiralhanae's best friend.
HCE Needler Schism Skin.png
Schism Season 2, Tier 34 (Season point 1) For those seeking redemption.
HCE Needler Zealot Skin.png
Zealot Season 2, Tier 25 (Season point 1) Glory in an honorable death.

Flamethrower[edit]

Skins for the Flamethrower.

In-game Appearance Name Unlock Requirements Description
N/A Default Unlocked by default Default skin.
HCE Flamethrower DearJohn Skin.png
Dear John Season 2, Tier 30 (Season point 1) Halo: Grasslands.
HCE Flamethrower WhiteHot Skin.png
White Hot Season 2, Tier 48 (Season point 1) So hot, so pristine.
HCE Flamethrower HotPepper Skin.png
Hot Pepper Season 2, Tier 20 (Season point 1) It's sure to leave scar tissue.

Fuel Rod Gun[edit]

Skins for the Fuel Rod Gun

In-game Appearance Name Unlock Requirements Description
N/A Default Unlocked by default Default skin.
HCE FuelRod Ultra Skin.png
Ultra Season 2, Tier 49 (Season point 1) The Evocati don't mess around.
HCE FuelRod Brutal Skin.png
Brutal Season 2, Tier 9 (Season point 1) A Jiralhanae's best friend.
HCE FuelRod Schism Skin.png
Schism Season 2, Tier 26 (Season point 1) For those seeking redemption.
HCE FuelRod Zealot Skin.png
Zealot Season 2, Tier 31 (Season point 1) Glory in an honorable death.

Vehicle skins[edit]

Warthog[edit]

Skins for the Warthog.

In-game Appearance Name Unlock Requirements Description
N/A Default Unlocked by default Default skin.
HCE Warthog HotRod Skin.png
Hot Rod Season 2, Tier 61 (Season point 1) Burning rubber in Blood Gulch.
HCE Warthog ParkRanger Skin.png
Park Ranger Season 2, Tier 11 (Season point 1) Spared no expanse.
HCE Warthog RallyHog Skin.png
Rally Hog Season 2, Tier 86 (Season point 1) One deadly homologation special.

Rocket Warthog[edit]

Skins for the Rocket Warthog.

In-game Appearance Name Unlock Requirements Description
N/A Default Unlocked by default Default skin.
HCE RocketWarthog Superstar Skin.png
Superstar Season 2, Tier 92 (Season point 1) Let's go party.
HCE RocketWarthog Shark Skin.png
Shark Season 2, Tier 40 (Season point 1) You're gonna need a bigger ship.
HCE RocketWarthog CleverGirl Skin.png
Clever Girl Season 2, Tier 29 (Season point 1) Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.

Scorpion[edit]

Skins for the Scorpion tank.

In-game Appearance Name Unlock Requirements Description
N/A Default Unlocked by default Default skin.
HCE Scorpion Bengal Skin.png
Bengal Season 2, Tier 31 (Season point 1) The Real King of the Jungle.
HCE Scorpion GrimReaper Skin.png
Grim Reaper Season 2, Tier 70 (Season point 1) Why so jolly, Roger?
HCE Scorpion Arctic Skin.png
Arctic Season 2, Tier 20 (Season point 1) Over snow by winter sown.
HCE Scorpion ThePackage Skin.png
The Package Season 2, Tier 97 (Season point 1) Say the words, please...

Banshee[edit]

Skins for the Banshee.

In-game Appearance Name Unlock Requirements Description
N/A Default Unlocked by default Default skin.
HCE Banshee Brutal Skin.png
Brutal Season 2, Tier 81 (Season point 1) A Jiralhanae's best friend.
HCE Banshee Schism Skin.png
Schism Season 2, Tier 21 (Season point 1) Lines will be drawn, sides will be taken.
HCE Banshee Zealot Skin.png
Zealot Season 2, Tier 51 (Season point 1) Glory in an honorable death.
HCE Banshee Ultra Skin.png
Ultra Season 2, Tier 95 (Season point 1) The Evocati don't mess around.

Ghost[edit]

Skins for the Ghost.

In-game Appearance Name Unlock Requirements Description
N/A Default Unlocked by default Default skin.
HCE Ghost Brutal Skin.png
Brutal Season 2, Tier 19 (Season point 1) A Jiralhanae's best friend.
HCE Ghost Schism Skin.png
Schism Season 2, Tier 10 (Season point 1) Lines will be drawn, sides will be taken.
HCE Ghost Zealot Skin.png
Zealot Season 2, Tier 80 (Season point 1) Glory in an honorable death.
HCE Ghost Ultra Skin.png
Ultra Season 2, Tier 94 (Season point 1) The Evocati don't mess around.

Unused skins[edit]

Within the game files for Halo: The Master Chief Collections menus exist a number of placeholder icons for unused skins on a number of weapons. These textures are all placeholder pink squares, and thus have no discernable appearance. Their filenames are listed below (Note: the T_ prefix is an Unreal Engine 4 naming convention denoting a texture file);

  • T_Im_WeaponSkin_h1FlamethrowerGolden.png
  • T_Im_WeaponSkin_h1FlamethrowerInsurrection.png
  • T_Im_WeaponSkin_h1FuelRodGunGolden.png
  • T_Im_WeaponSkin_h1NeedlerGolden.png
  • T_Im_WeaponSkin_h1RocketLauncherGolden.png
  • T_Im_WeaponSkin_h1RocketLauncherGreatJourney.png
  • T_Im_WeaponSkin_h1RocketLauncherWoodland.png

Trivia[edit]

  • The "Hot Rod" skin for the Warthog is the second instance in the Halo series in which a Warthog was given a flame-themed paint job, the first of which was the appearance of Fireball Warthog in Halo Wars.
  • The description of the "Woodland" skins is a reference to a Season 3 Episode 9 of Red vs. Blue, in which a Blue Zealot calls the act "a legitimate strategy" after being accused of camping.
  • The description of "Great Journey" skins is a direct quote from Sergeant Major Avery Johnson in the Epilogue of Halo 3: ODST, and refers to the common use of purple in Covenant design.
  • The description of the "Lucky Shot" skins is a direct quote from Cortana's narration in the Halo 3 level Arrival.
  • The description of the "Dear John" skin is a wordplay on the novel Halo: Glasslands. The name "Dear John" is a reference to John Deere, a manufacturer of agricultural machinery recognisable for their distinctive green and yellow paint jobs.
  • The appearance of the "Park Ranger" Warthog skin is a reference to the tour cars in the 1993 film Jurassic Park, and its description is a quote from John Hammond, the owner of the eponymous fictional theme park. The appearance of the "Clever Girl" Rocket Warthog skin is a reference to the jeeps in the same film, its name is a quote from the character Robert Muldoon after being outsmarted by a Velociraptor, and its description is a reference to the scene where Muldoon, Sadler, and Malcolm are chased by the Tyrannosarus.
  • The appearance of the "Rally Hog" Warthog skin is a homage to the distinctive blue and yellow liveries worn by cars run by the Subaru World Rally Team.
  • The description of the "Shark" Rocket Warthog skin is a direct quote from Brody in the 1975 film Jaws.
  • The description of the "The Package" Scorpion skin is a direct quote from Catherine Halsey in the Halo: Reach level The Package.
  • The description of the "Hot Pepper" Flamethrower skin is a reference to the Red Hot Chili Peppers song "Scar Tissue".
  • The description of the "Arctic" Scorpion is a reference to "The Road Goes Ever On", a song from the J. R. R. Tolkien's literary universe, better known by The Lord of the Rings novel trilogy.
  • The description of the "Desert" skins is a reference to John-117's appearance in 2013's Halo Xbox One announcement trailer.

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