Special Operations Unggoy

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Special Operations




Swords of Sanghelios


Special Operations


Special operations, scout


Unggoy combat harness
Active camouflage

Notable individuals:



Special Operations is an Unggoy rank in the Covenant military.[1][2]


Unggoy of this rank are part of the Special Operations division of the Covenant. Normally, Unggoy are poorly trained for combat and are usually deployed in massive numbers as cannon fodder. However, if they are given proper training they can acquire specialized roles and provide excellent support to Special Operations teams. Often standard infantry Unggoy find themselves promoted to this rank when their commanding Sangheili is folded into the Special Operations division.[3] Generally tougher, smarter, and certainly more aggressive than their lesser brethren, Special Operations Unggoy are always deployed with Special Operations Sangheili team leaders and specialized equipment and sometimes will be lead by Unggoy Ultras. These resilient, loyal, and dangerous operatives are not to be underestimated under any circumstances. If a Special Operations Grunt's leading Sangheili is killed, rather than panicking and fleeing, they will often seek revenge, finding cover and sending plasma grenades and plasma bolts accurately at the opponent who killed the Sangheili. They are also much more accurate than their counterparts, and their armor is much more resilient to damage than other Unggoy Ranks. A number of these black-armored troops assaulted the Heretic Gas Mine. They were successful at aiding Arbiter Thel 'Vadamee in taking down the Heretic Leader, Sesa 'Refumee.


Special Operations Unggoy are denoted by their signature jet-black armor, which matches the black armor of their Sangheili commanders. In Halo 2, they are occasionally equipped with active camouflage. They are only hard to kill when they are carrying a Needler, since the Needler does not generate a glow unlike Covenant plasma weapons.

They are only called in during special combat situations, and hold a unique amount of respect for a member of their race. They are highly trained and only commanded by the skilled Special Operations Sangheili.

Unlike most Unggoy, they are vehicle drivers. They have slightly more health than Unggoy Heavies but about the same as Ultras.


Special Operations Unggoy almost never panic during combat, as the Minor and Unggoy Majors almost always do when their leader is killed. They often wield Needlers, fuel rod guns, plasma grenades, plasma launchers and occasionally plasma pistols. The biggest concern of facing a Special Operations Unggoy, however, is that a Special Operations Sangheili is more than likely nearby. Unggoy of this rank are not to be underestimated, though. Sometimes if the highest ranking Sangheili is down, the Special Operations Unggoy will run, but to better cover and will usually send out deadly and accurate barrages of plasma grenades. This can be fatal on the higher difficulties. Like earlier, they are not to be trifled with and must be taken down with precision and speed to allow the player to survive the Legendary difficulty.

Being quite skilled fighters in comparison to the Minor and Major Unggoy and therefore not having to rely on large numbers, they usually move in teams of two or three, with one Spec Ops Unggoy wielding a fuel rod gun while the others cover him with plasma pistols and needlers. In Halo: Combat Evolved, it is best to target the one holding a Fuel Rod Gun as his teammates may be killed when it explodes, and also since the Unggoy fires the fuel rod gun very rapidly which can prove fatal even on Easy difficulty. In Halo 2, throwing grenades at them can be effective, especially when sticking them with plasma grenades.

Special Operations Unggoy are faster than average Unggoy soldiers and sometimes it takes multiple melee attacks to kill them. Special Operations Unggoy are seen more frequently in Halo 2 than in Halo: Combat Evolved.


  • Special Operations Unggoy in Halo: Combat Evolved are similar to their Heretic "brothers". They are not deployed as cannon fodder, use either needlers or fuel rod guns, only cower in the presence of the Flood, and work alongside similar-ranking Sangheili.
  • Every Special Operations Unggoy in Halo: Combat Evolved has either a Needler or a fuel rod gun, as per their status as elite infantry. The only exception to this is an Easter egg, the "Thirsty Grunt", who has a plasma pistol.
  • In the Halo 2 level The Oracle's opening cinematic, the Unggoy that file in after the Sangheili have no weapons, but they have plasma pistols when gameplay starts.
  • Many players have mistaken the Special Operations Unggoy in Halo 3 for Ultras, due to their lighter coloured armour, but Bungie.net states that they are indeed Special Operations.
  • Urk nicknamed the Special Operations Unggoy of Halo: Reach "Starscreams" because of the spires on their shoulders.[4]


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Halo Encyclopedia, pages 142-143
  2. ^ Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 87
  3. ^ Library (feature), SpecOps Grunt
  4. ^ Bungie Weekly Update: 6.11.10