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Slayer

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Slayer is a popular and common gametype in the Halo video game series, and a staple of all Halo first person shooters. The object of the game is simply to kill as many opposing players as possible. Slayer is an extremely versatile gamemode, and can be played in teams of 2-8 players ranging up to 12-16 players.

Built-in variants[edit]

Halo: Combat Evolved[edit]

Title Description
Slayer Classic deathmatch. 25 kills to win.
Team Slayer The first team to amass 50 kills wins this fragfest.
Classic Slayer Classic deathmatch. 15 kills to win.
Classic Team Slayer The first team to amass 50 kills wins. Kills make the players slower and dying make them faster.
Classic Slayer Pro Classic deathmatch. 25 kills to win. Players start with pistols, rifles and grenades.
Classic Elimination Each player has only one life. The winner is the last man standing.
Classic Phantoms All players are invisible. To win, follow the navpoints and kill your targets in order.
Classic Endurance] Each player has 5 lives. Respawn growth and "Odd-Man Out" rules apply. 10 kills or the last man standing wins.
Classic Rockets Everybody has a rocket launcher and nobody has a motion tracker. 25 kills to win.
Classic Snipers Everybody has sniper and the respawn growth rules apply. 25 kills to win.

Halo 2[edit]

Title Description
Slayer Prepare for a classic Slayer duel to the death. 25 points to win.
Team Slayer Take on a small team of enemies in straight up Slayer throw down. 50 points to win.
Rockets Get ready for an explosive game of Rockets. All rocket launchers, no motion sensor. 25 points to win.
Swords Sharpen your Energy Sword and power up your overshields. 25 points wins this game.
Snipers Steady your shot and aim high. All weapons are sniper rifles and there's no motion sensor. 15 points to win.
Phantoms Everyone has active camo, so watch your back. 15 points wins this game.
Team Phantoms Everyone has active camo and you can organize into up to 8 teams. First team to 25 points win.
Elimination You have just one life per round. The last player standing wins a round. First to 3 rounds wins the game.
Phantom Elim You have just one life and everyone is invisible. Last player standing wins a round. First to win 3 rounds takes the cake.

Halo 3[edit]

Title Description
Slayer Free for all. 25 kills to win.
Team Slayer Form teams for greater glory. 50 kills to win.
Rockets Free for all, with nothing but rocket launchers. 25 kills to win.
Eliminatio Highly tactical Team Slayer. 5 rounds, each to 5 kills. Be careful out there.
Duel No camping! Free for all, but the leader cannot hide. 10 kills to win.

Halo: Reach[edit]

Title Description
Classic Slayer Score points by killing players on the opposing team.
Elite Slayer Score points by killing players on the opposing team. Players play as Sangheili, and are given Covenant weapon spawns.
SWAT Score points by killing players on the opposing team.
Slayer Score points by killing players on the opposing team.
Slayer Pro Score points by killing players on the opposing team.

Halo 4[edit]

Title Description
Infinity Rumble Kill Enemies, Earn Points
Infinity Slayer Kill Enemies, Earn Points, Call in Ordnance
SWAT Kill players on the enemy team.

Halo 2: Anniversary[edit]

Title Description
Team Slayer Take on a small team of enemies. Get kills together to score and win!
Slayer Pro Take on a small team of enemies. Get kills together to score and win!
Slayer Its a free for all! Be the first to score the highest.
Team Slayer BR Take on a small team of enemies. Get kills together to score and win!
Slayer BR Take on a small team of enemies. Get kills together to score and win!
Elimination You have just one life per round! Last player standing wins the round! Earn the most rounds won to with the match!
Phantom Elimination You have just one life and active camo. Last player standing wins the round! Earn the most rounds won to win the match!
Phantoms Everyone has active camo, so watch your back! Kill the invisible players to score!
Team Phantoms Everyone has active camo, and you can organize into up to 8 teams. Get kills as a team to win!
Rockets Get ready for an explosive game of Rockets! All rocket launchers, no motion sensor!
Snipers All weapons are sniper rifles and there is no motion sensor. Get kills to score!
Team Snipers All weapons are sniper rifles and there is no motion sensor. Get kills to score for your team!
Swords Active your Energy Sword and get slicin'. Slash and kill to score!
SWAT Headshots will kill instantly through shields. Aim straight, aim true, and get kills to score!
SWAT Arsenal SWAT rules. Hunt for shotguns, rocket launchers, and sniper rifles.

Halo 5: Guardians[edit]

Title Description
Big Team Slayer Control Power Weapons to eliminate the enemy.
FFA Rockets Say hello to my little friend!
Fiesta Classic Slayer with random weapons. This is madness!
Free-For-All Slayer Control Power Weapons to eliminate the enemy.
Rocket Slayer Slayer with amped rocket launchers, shields, jumping, and thrusters.
Shotty Snipers Spray and slay with a Sniper and Shotgun.
Slayer Control Power Weapons to eliminate the enemy.
Slayer HCS Control Power Weapons to eliminate the enemy.
Snipers Put your sniper skills to the test.
Super Fiesta Chaos at its finest!
SWAT Aim for the head!

Popular Variants[edit]

Infinity and Legendary Slayer[edit]

A Halo 4 Slayer variation, with several notable mechanics changes. Players spawn with customised loadouts (including tactical packages and support upgrades), and are able to call in ordnance. Due to the changes imposed by this mode, Halo 4 later introduced Legendary Slayer, a mode more resembling the Slayer gameplay of prior titles - with preset loadouts and no Ordnance.

Fiesta Slayer[edit]

Fiesta Slayer is a Slayer variant where all players spawn with random primary and secondary weapons, which range everything from basic loadout weapons to power weapons. In Halo 3, Fiesta Slayer was used in the Cinco de Mayo Double EXP weekend hopper, and was an FFA mode. Halo 4 features team-based Fiesta modes in Team Action Sack. Fiesta Slayer was added to Halo 5: Guardians in the Hammer Storm update. Super Fiesta is a gamemode in Halo 5: Guardians that features all the power weapon REQs that were previously exclusive to Warzone and campaign.

Team SWAT[edit]

Main article: Team SWAT

SWAT is a small-team mode designed around fast-paced and tactical gunplay. Players spawn with headshot-capable weapons such as the DMR, battle rifle, Covenant carbine, LightRifle and Pistol, with no additional weapons spawning on the map. Players have no energy shields, and are thus susceptible to being killed in only one headshot.

Trivia[edit]

Hammerzeit ("zeit" being German for "time") is a reference to MC Hammer's song U Can't Touch This. See also Hammer Time.