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This article is about the campaign level. For other uses, see Uplift (disambiguation).


Tayari Plaza


Kizingo Boulevard

Uplift Reserve
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Halo 3: ODST




October 20, 2552, 1636 hours


Uplift Nature Reserve, New Mombasa, Earth


Lead a Warthog charge and clear hostiles from the park.

Halopedia has a walkthrough guide to this level, Uplift Reserve (level). See Uplift Reserve (level)/Walkthrough.
Lead a Warthog charge, clear hostiles from the park.

Uplift Reserve is the second flashback level in the Halo 3: ODST campaign. Played from Dutch's point of view, it takes place in the Uplift Nature Reserve in New Mombasa, as Dutch regroups with UNSC Marine forces and assists them in defending the park.

Completing this level on Normal or above unlocks the Uplift Reserve achievement, as well as Dutch's player model for Firefight.[1]

The Firefight map Lost Platoon is based on this level, specifically the section where the player must assist Second Platoon.


30 minutes after the drop, as a UAV observes Dutch walking on the beach of Uplift Reserve. He watches the aircraft fly overhead toward New Mombasa before proceeding to move out of the park through heavy Covenant resistance, including Wraiths and multiple other vehicles. Several Marine platoons are also present in the area, and at one point Dutch is tasked with finding one of them. While driving into the last section of the park, Dutch witnesses the collapse of the Orbital Elevator. In the end, he manages to drive out of the park through a large gap in the perimeter wall caused by falling elevator debris and right into the streets of the city.




Uplift Nature Reserve

30 minutes after drop

Two Drone fighters fly toward the city over the Uplift Nature Reserve, one of the Drone's cameras zooms in on an SOEIV on the beach, and an ODST walking away from it. The ODST is Dutch who watches the fighters fly overhead before putting his helmet on and polarizing it. The view then switches to Dutch's perspective. He unlimbers his Spartan Laser and readies it.


Dutch heads up a hill to a clearing where a group of Marines are taking cover near an overturned Warthog, under fire from Covenant infantry. Mortar fire from several Wraith tanks arch overhead as a group of Warthogs engage a unit of Covenant infantry and armor. One of the Marines near the flipped Warthog spots Dutch.

  • Marine #1: "Trooper, over here! Help us secure this vehicle!"

Together they take out the enemy infantry attacking them.

  • Marine #1: "Thanks for the assist, trooper! Get this Warthog movin', our CO needs us to clear this sector."
  • Dutch: "Affirmative."

Dutch and the Marines mount up. The Warthog joins its compatriots and engage the Covenant force which includes a Wraith, Choppers and Ghosts.

  • Marine #1: "Watch that Chopper! Hit it head on, and it'll tear us to pieces."
  • Marine #1: "Keep movin'! Don't let that Wraith take a shot at us!"
  • Marine #1: "Swing behind the Wraith! It's got less armor in back!"

After defeating the first Wraith, another moves up and a Phantom arrives dropping off reinforcements; those are soon defeated as well.

  • Marine #1: "Colonel! Sector's clear, and we found some backup!"
  • Colonel (COM): "Say again, Marine? I got Drones overhead and ONI brass yellin' in my ear!"
  • Dutch: "ODST reporting for duty, sir!"
  • Colonel (COM): "Nice of you to drop in, trooper. Head through the park to my second platoon's location! They're taking heavy casualties, need immediate assistance."
  • Dutch: "Roger that, I'm Oscar Mike."
  • Colonel (COM): "Where's the rest of your team, trooper?"
  • Dutch: "Scattered, dead. I don't know."
  • Colonel (COM): "That's too bad. We're gonna need all the men we can get."

Dutch and the Marines move to another section of the park where they encounter ground troops consisting of Unggoy and Kig-Yar soldiers, as well as a Jiralhanae pack augmented by a fuel rod gun wielding Unggoy Heavy near a deployable lookout tower. The Marines defeat these forces and advance, wiping out several Ghosts as well as strafing Banshees. The UNSC force come across a hill with a heavy Covenant force present, including several Shade turrets and more Choppers. They advance upwards, eliminating the Covenant forces as they go.

  • Jiralhanae: "Warn the Chieftain! The enemy has breached our lines!"

A Jiralhanae tries to escape on a Ghost.

  • Marine #1: "Kill that Ghost! Before it raises the alarm!"

Dutch and his allies clear the area.

  • Colonel (COM): "Trooper, you're almost at second platoon's location. Give 'em a hand and push to the primary objective!"
  • Dutch: "What is the objective, Colonel?"
  • Colonel (COM): "You know the Covenant carrier that slipped away from the city? We need to secure its old LZ. Snatch a Tier One asset."

Dutch arrives at second platoon's location. They are under heavy fire from a number of Wraiths, along with other vehicles, Shade turrets and infantry.

  • Marine #2: "Trooper, this is second platoon! See what you can do about those Wraiths!"
  • Dutch: "Where's the Colonel?"
  • Marine #2: "He's near the Covenant LZ! Once we clear this enemy armor, we can roll across the bridge to his location."

After a long battle, the UNSC forces begin to clear the heavy Covenant presence. Once most of the enemy force has been eliminated:

  • Marine #2: "Trooper, drive toward the space elevator, it'll lead you to the bridge."

If the player takes too long:

  • Marine #2: "Move your ass, trooper! Get across the bridge, now!"

As Dutch and the Marines cross the bridge, the space elevator, already weakened from the Slipspace rupture, implodes in different sections and collapses, sending debris flying for miles.

  • Marine #2: "Look, the elevator! INCOMING!!!"
The orbital elevator collapses.

A part of the elevator crashes into the building Dutch and the Marines are driving to.

  • Dutch: "What the hell just happened?"
  • Marine #2: "Slipspace rupture! Must have weakened the support rings."
  • Colonel (COM): "All units, (coughs) target assets are...on the move. Everyone clear the area...before more debris comes down. (coughs)"
  • Marine #2: "Colonel? Sir? Damn it, he's gone. Trooper, head up the hill! We gotta find a way outta this park."

If the player stops:

  • Marine #2: "Keep driving uphill, trooper. It's the only way out!"

Dutch and the other Marines engage more Covenant infantry and turrets, before advancing up the nearby hill. They soon arrives at the assault carrier's old LZ, where a group of Marines are pinned down by more Covenant troops.

If Dutch hangs around the Marines, he can find Dubbo and a Wounded Marine conversing.

  • Crazed Marine: "No, no, no! You're not listening! It's a zoo, okay?"
  • Dubbo: "Well, technically it's a corporate-funded wildlife reserve."
  • Crazed Marine: "Semantics! This whole place is one...big...cage!"
  • Dubbo: "Listen, Marine. You're wounded; you need to try and relax."
  • Crazed Marine: "Except we, we're the zebras. All fenced in...and ready for the slaughter!"
  • Dubbo: "And the Covenant?"
  • Crazed Marine: "They're the lions...RAAAR!"
  • Dubbo: "Careful. I think you just strained a metaphor."
  • Crazed Marine: "Oh, oh God, oh God! Is that...serious?"
  • Dubbo: "Only if you keep it up."

Eventually, all Covenant units in the area are killed, and Dutch moves further up the hill. He soon reaches the top of the hill, where he encounters one final Wraith, a Jiralhanae War Chieftain and a large force of Covenant infantry.

  • War Chieftain: "Let no humans escape, to say what they have seen!"

Dutch engages this group of Covenant After clearing the hostiles out:

  • Marine #2: "Get your vehicle over that cliff!"
  • Marine #2: "Found a hole in the wall, trooper! Drive right through it!"

If the player stalls:

  • Marine #2: "Trooper, there's a hole! Floor it!"

If the player further stalls:

  • Marine #2: "Make the jump, now!"

Dutch drives off the cliff, into the streets below.


Dutch's Warthog/Ghost/Chopper flies off the cliff and lands on the streets below, bouncing once, then crashes into a building. Dutch falls out after the bounce, and his helmet falls off.

  • Dutch: "Uh, Lord? I didn't train to be a pilot. Tell me I don't have any more flying to do today."

The view switches to a Superintendent camera that is watching as a Drone Fighter crashes into a monument. The Superintendent's avatar shows the "sad face" image. The optics detaches from the fighter and crashes to the ground, where the Rookie later finds it. Dutch gets up, helmet in one hand.

  • Dutch: "So...was that a yes or a no?"

The vehicle Dutch was driving previously explodes behind him. He turns around to face it.

  • Dutch: "Amen."

Fades to black.

Level ends.


  • The Wraith Killer achievement is unlocked if the player destroys every Wraith encountered in the level.
  • This is possibly the easiest level to get Vidmaster Challenge: Classic by getting in a Ghost or Chopper and boosting until the end of the level.
  • This is the only level in Halo 3: ODST to have Choppers.
  • Despite the mission occurring 30 minutes after the drop, Dutch is shown just leaving his Drop pod. This could be because the landing left Dutch briefly unconscious, or his pod was briefly stuck shut like Dare's. The half-hour delay explains why the sky is not filled with the glowing blue clouds and particles, as seen by Buck immediately after the Slipspace rupture during the Tayari Plaza level.
  • In Sections A and B of the reserve, which have open beaches, Old Mombasa can be seen across the water, with barrages of anti-air fire coming from an unknown point of origin within the city.
  • While moving into Section B of the park, just before the second major fight, allied Warthogs may stop either near the Ghost on the rock or drive around the front of the connecting tunnel. The player can move them forward, but they may drive right back to the starting area. This is probably an AI navigation error in the game code; similar idling can also occur at other narrow parts of this level.
  • When the player first encounter Shade Turrets in Section B, if he/she turns left towards the shore he/she can find a dead zebra without eyeballs. Two more zebras are located near the entrance to this section.
  • An audio glitch occurs when the player gets a certain Checkpoint marked by a UAV passing overhead. If the player die or revert to that particular Checkpoint, the UAV no longer makes any noise.
  • Near the Covenant landing zone with the gravity lift base in Section C, a crazed Marine with a broken ankle is among the group of Marines taking cover behind a ridge. Another Marine tries unsuccessfully to calm him down. This is a reference to the Paranoid Marine in Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 3's suicidal marine.
  • The Covenant landing zone appears to be an aesthetically upgraded version of the one encountered on The Truth and Reconciliation in Halo: Combat Evolved.
  • At the level's end, whatever vehicle the player use - a Warthog, a Ghost, or a Chopper - to make the dramatic jump will appear in the ending cutscene. All will have the same speed when crashing into the wall and will explode at the same time. If the player makes the jump without a vehicle, the Warthog cutscene plays by default. Despite what vehicle the player completes in, a destroyed Warthog will always be found in the place in the square.
  • Wraiths in this level self-destruct if the pilot is killed, much like the Anti-Air Wraiths in Halo 3. However, they can be commandeered using the same method. Because Wraiths were not intended for the player to use in this level, if the player drives one over the cliff using the aforementioned method, it will transform into a Warthog, a Ghost, or a Chopper.
  • Even if the player has a vehicle with Marines when jumping at the level's end, the end cutscene shows an empty vehicle except for Dutch. Interestingly, if the player stops his/her vehicle before the cliff, the marines will wisely exit.
  • The player can see a section of the New Mombasa Coastal Highway while on the suspension bridge where he/she witness the collapse of the orbital elevator. The bridge itself can be spotted on a certain section of the Coastal Highway level.
  • The Optics Package for the Drone that crashes can be seen in the end of the game being toyed with by Vergil.
  • Dutch's line "I didn't train to be a pilot" is referenced in Halo: Reach as the name of an achievement.