Weapon skins (Halo 4)

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Weapon skins in Halo 4 allow players to customize the appearance of their SPARTAN-IV's loadout weapons. Weapon skins can be unlocked via progression in Specializations, purchasing specific editions of the game and DLC, and finally, by buying specific figures from Series 2 of the McFarlane line of figures.

Overview[edit]

Halo 4 features rudimentary weapon skin customization, with the player being able to simply swap preset patterns on their weapon in the loadout modification menu. However, this will only pertain to personal loadouts. Applying a skin to an M395 DMR and then picking up a DMR placed on the map will not result in the newly picked up weapon possessing the player's skin. However, at the same time, picking up a player's DMR which has a skin applied to it will feature the skin chosen by the player who owned it prior.

Launch skins[edit]

Launch skins refer to the weapon skins that were in the game at launch. These include skins that were unlockable though Specialisations, pre-ordering the game, or though special editions. These skins were able to be used in Spartan Ops.

Weapon skins can be unlocked in a multitude of ways, with the most common method of unlocking them being through the grinding of Specializations. For example, upon reaching Spartan Rank 5 within the Wetwork's Specialization, the "Noble" DMR skin tied to it will unlock for the player. Each specialization has one weapon skin tied to it.

Specific editions of the game, such as the Halo 4 Limited Edition also include special weapon skins for buyers. The Limited Edition includes the "Prime" assault rifle skin, specifically. These skins were later made available for buyers of the Halo 4 Game of the Year Edition. The Halo 4 Xbox 360 console includes the "Imprint" lightrifle skin, though this was not made available for buyers of the Halo 4 Game of the Year Edition.

DLC skins[edit]

DLC skins refer to skins that were available through the Champions Bundle, or though McFarlane Toys figures. These skins were not programmed into Spartan Ops, so they can not be used in it.

Finally, unlocking skins can also be done by purchasing specially marked figures from Series 2 of the McFarlane toy line launched in 2013. For example, purchasing the Elite Ranger figure will unlock the "Chill" skin for the storm rifle.

Cut skins[edit]

There are two cut weapon skins which cannot be unlocked legitimately, but still exist in the game files. These skins can be used in custom games, through a glitch.[1] Renders of these weapon skins were later discovered in the game files of the "FireFlight", a public test of Halo: Reach's Firefight in the lead-up to Halo: The Master Chief Collection's PC release.[2]

List of weapon skins[edit]

Launch skins[edit]

Weapon skins
Skin Name Unlock
H4-MA5D-ICWS-AR-PrimeSkin.png Prime (PRM) Unlocked by purchasing the Halo 4 Limited Edition or the Halo 4 Game of the Year Edition
H4-MA5D-AR-Skin.png Predator (PDT) Reach Pathfinder SR-5
BR85HB SR (arctic camouflage).png Arctic (ACT) Unlocked by pre-ordering Halo 4 at specific retailers, or by purchasing the Halo 4 Game of the Year Edition
H4-BR85HBSR-Skin.png Dunes (DNE) Reach Stalker SR-5
H4-M395DMR-Skin.png Noble (NBL) Reach Wetwork SR-5
H4-CovenantCarbine-Skin.png Reign (RGN) Reach Rogue SR-5
H4-Z250LightRifle-ImprintSkin.png Imprint (IMP) Unlocked by purchasing the Halo 4 Xbox 360
H4-SuppressorRifleSkin.png Shatter (SHA) Reach Engineer SR-5
H4-M6HMagnumPistolSkin.png
Static (STC) Reach Operator SR-5
H4-PlasmaPistol-Skin.png
Fracture (FTC) Reach Pioneer SR-5
H4-BoltshotPistolSkin.png
Piston (PST) Reach Tracker SR-5

Champions Bundle skins[edit]

Weapon skins
Skin Name Unlock
H4-MA5D-ICWS-AR-SteelSkin.png Turbine (TBN) Purchase the Champions Bundle
H4 Skin Teeth.png Teeth (TTH) Purchase the Champions Bundle
H4 Skin Trauma.png Trauma (TRM) Purchase the Champions Bundle
H4-BR85HBSR-SteelSkin.png Steam (STM) Purchase the Champions Bundle
H4 Skin Salvage.png Salvage (SLV) Purchase the Champions Bundle
H4-M395DMR-SteelSkin.png Monocle (MCL) Purchase the Champions Bundle
H4 - Striped skin (transparent).png Striped (STP) Unlocked by purchasing the Bullseye Pack and unlocking the classified Draetheus V archive.
H4-T51CovenantCarbine-SteelSkin.png Locomotive (LMV) Purchase the Champions Bundle
H4-Z250LightRifle-SteelSkin.png Industrial (IDT) Purchase the Champions Bundle
H4-T55StormRifle-SteelSkin.png Compression (CMP) Purchase the Champions Bundle
H4-Z130SuppressorRifle-SteelSkin.png Mechanical (MCN) Purchase the Champions Bundle
H4-M6HMagnumPistol-SteelSkin.png
Combustion (CBN) Purchase the Champions Bundle
Magnumskin1.png
Indigo (IND) Purchase the Champions Bundle
Magnumskin2.png
Flare (FLR) Purchase the Champions Bundle
H4-PlasmaPistol-SteelSkin.png
Boilerplate (BPL) Purchase the Champions Bundle
H4-Z110BoltshotPistol-SteelSkin.png
Engine (ENG) Purchase the Champions Bundle

Figure exclusive skins[edit]

Weapon skins
Skin Name Unlock
H4 - Riptide skin (transparent).png Riptide (RPT) Purchase the Master Chief figure from the Series 2 line of McFarlane figures for Halo 4.
H4 - Bones skin (transparent).png Bones (BNS) Purchase the CIO Spartan figure from the Series 2 line of McFarlane figures for Halo 4.
H4 - Engage skin (transparent).png Engage Purchase the Storm Jackal figure from the Series 2 line of McFarlane figures for Halo 4.
H4 - Chill skin (transparent).png Chill (CHL) Purchase the Elite Ranger figure from the Series 2 line of McFarlane figures for Halo 4.
H4 - Refractive skin (transparent).png Refractive (RFC) Purchase the Ur-Didact figure from the Series 2 line of McFarlane figures for Halo 4.

Cut skins[edit]

Weapon skins
Skin Name Unlock
H4 Render BattleRifle-BLAST.png Blast (BLS) Unobtainable
H4 Render DMR-CONCRETE.png Concrete (CTE) Unobtainable

Gallery[edit]

Launch skins[edit]

Champions Bundle skins[edit]

Figure exclusive skins[edit]

Cut skins[edit]

Sources[edit]