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This article documents its subject as it pertains to the gameplay of the Halo games, rather than the lore.
Universe and lore
The Spectre are a set of Covenant vehicle patterns. The Wuzum-pattern Spectre in specific was seen as early as the Battle of Sargasso in 2546, during the War of Annihilation. The Wuchek-pattern Spectre however was a much rarer sight on the battlefield due to it's design.
The following is a list of all vehicles known by the "Spectre" moniker in Halo lore that have appeared in the games:
Several vehicles act as counterparts to Spectre in gameplay. On the Covenant side, the Revenant and Prowler both act as a medium sized, passenger capable weapons platform. The Prowler even makes use of a plasma cannon itself. From the UNSC is the Chaingun Warthog, which acts in the same manner albeit with a kinetic based weapon.
The Spectre differs slightly depending on the game. In Halo 2, it features a rear-mounted, rapid-firing plasma cannon which provides 360 degrees of fire; can hold three others after the driver, and can boost.
Tactics and strategies
The Spectre was one of many vehicles originally developed and intended for inclusion in Halo: Combat Evolved. The vehicle was showcased in the Halo E3 2000 trailer as employed by the Sangheili, though displayed some notable changes from the version ultimately included in Halo 2. The vehicle was notably a red rather than a purple-crimson, and had a hovering turret similar to that of the Type-29 Shade as opposed to the plasma cannon found in subsequent versions. At this time in development, the Spectre was known as the "Shadow" - not to be confused with the vehicle of the same name which was also cut from Combat Evolved.
The Shadow concept was later revived in Halo 2 as the Wuzum-pattern Spectre; renamed due to the Shadow name having been given to the Ruwaa-pattern Shadow. The original Halo: Combat Evolved design for the Spectre was restored to working condition for inclusion in the Halo Editing Kit as per the efforts of the Digsite project. This original Spectre was fully-canonised in a special issue of Canon Fodder in 2022 as the Wuchek-pattern Spectre.
List of appearances