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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.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection[edit]

With Halo 4's flighting and release on PC, the weapon skin system was tuned. The game now allows the player to select a base skin for every weapon, independent of loadout. This selection will override default skins in gametypes like SWAT or Legendary Slayer. Should the player choose to, an override function exists in each loadout to make the skin of that specific loadout operate as it did in Halo 4.

Launch skins[edit]

Launch skins refer to the weapon skins that were in the game at launch. These include skins that were unlockable though Specializations, 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.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection skins[edit]

With Halo 4 on the Xbox 360, there were two cut weapon skins which could not 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]

During the initial flight for Halo 4's release on PC, the "Blast" battle rifle skin was available as an option. Likewise, a wholly new skin dubbed the "Blood" DMR skin was revealed, featuring a pattern akin to the "Trauma" skin of Halo 4's assault rifle.

Cut skins[edit]

Originally meant to be included in Halo 4, alongside the "Blast" battle rifle skin, the "Concrete" DMR skin remains unaccounted for in Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

List of weapon skins[edit]

Launch skins[edit]

Note: All skins in this section are unlocked by default in Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
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 H4 Rank SR Icon.pngH4 Rank 5 Icon.png
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 H4 Rank SR Icon.pngH4 Rank 5 Icon.png
H4-M395DMR-Skin.png
Noble (NBL) Reach Wetwork H4 Rank SR Icon.pngH4 Rank 5 Icon.png
H4-CovenantCarbine-Skin.png
Reign (RGN) Reach Rogue H4 Rank SR Icon.pngH4 Rank 5 Icon.png
H4-Z250LightRifle-ImprintSkin.png
Imprint (IMP) Unlocked by purchasing the Halo 4 Xbox 360
H4-SuppressorRifleSkin.png
Shatter (SHA) Reach Engineer H4 Rank SR Icon.pngH4 Rank 5 Icon.png
H4-M6HMagnumPistolSkin.png
Static (STC) Reach Operator H4 Rank SR Icon.pngH4 Rank 5 Icon.png
H4-PlasmaPistol-Skin.png
Fracture (FTC) Reach Pioneer H4 Rank SR Icon.pngH4 Rank 5 Icon.png
H4-BoltshotPistolSkin.png
Piston (PST) Reach Tracker H4 Rank SR Icon.pngH4 Rank 5 Icon.png

Champions Bundle skins[edit]

These skins were included in the various components of the Champions Bundle; the Steel Skin Pack and Bullseye Map Pack could be purchased separately though buying the whole bundle included their contents and some exclusive skins. They were not available at launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, but have since been made available for use in the collection as of the launch of Season 4: Reclaimer.

Weapon skins
Skin Name Unlock (Halo 4) Unlock (Halo: The Master Chief Collection)
H4-MA5D-ICWS-AR-SteelSkin.png
Turbine (TBN) Purchase the Champions Bundle or Steel Skin Pack. Season 4, Tier 45 (Season point 1)
H4 Skin Teeth.png
Teeth (TTH) Purchase the Champions Bundle Season 4, Tier 11 (Season point 1)
H4 Skin Trauma.png
Trauma (TRM) Purchase the Champions Bundle Season 4, Tier 48 (Season point 1)
H4-BR85HBSR-SteelSkin.png
Steam (STM) Purchase the Champions Bundle or Steel Skin Pack. Season 4, Tier 46 (Season point 1)
H4 Skin Salvage.png
Salvage (SLV) Purchase the Champions Bundle Season 4, Tier 45 (Season point 1)
H4-M395DMR-SteelSkin.png
Monocle (MCL) Purchase the Champions Bundle or Steel Skin Pack. Season 4, Tier 14 (Season point 1)
H4 - Striped skin (transparent).png
Striped (STP) Unlocked by purchasing the Bullseye Pack and unlocking the classified Draetheus V archive. Season 4, Tier 33 (Season point 1)
H4-T51CovenantCarbine-SteelSkin.png
Locomotive (LMV) Purchase the Champions Bundle or Steel Skin Pack. Season 4, Tier 17 (Season point 1)
H4-Z250LightRifle-SteelSkin.png
Industrial (IDT) Purchase the Champions Bundle or Steel Skin Pack. Season 4, Tier 41 (Season point 1)
H4-T55StormRifle-SteelSkin.png
Compression (CMP) Purchase the Champions Bundle or Steel Skin Pack. Season 4, Tier 4 (Season point 1)
H4-Z130SuppressorRifle-SteelSkin.png
Mechanical (MCN) Purchase the Champions Bundle or Steel Skin Pack. Season 4, Tier 26 (Season point 1)
H4-M6HMagnumPistol-SteelSkin.png
Combustion (CBN) Purchase the Champions Bundle or Steel Skin Pack. Season 4, Tier 9 (Season point 1)
Magnumskin1.png
Indigo (IND) Purchase the Champions Bundle Season 4, Tier 6 (Season point 1)
Magnumskin2.png
Flare (FLR) Purchase the Champions Bundle Season 4, Tier 28 (Season point 1)
H4-PlasmaPistol-SteelSkin.png
Boilerplate (BPL) Purchase the Champions Bundle or Steel Skin Pack. Season 4, Tier 20 (Season point 1)
H4-Z110BoltshotPistol-SteelSkin.png
Engine (ENG) Purchase the Champions Bundle or Steel Skin Pack. Season 4, Tier 26 (Season point 1)

Figure exclusive skins[edit]

These skins were made exclusive to purchases of the Halo 4 Series 2 McFarlane figures in the original Xbox 360 release of Halo 4. They are not presently useable in The Master Chief Collection, though they do remain within the game's files.

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 (ENG) 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.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection-exclusive skins[edit]

These skins are only available in the Halo 4 component of Halo: The Master Chief Collection as of the launch of Season 4. They were never available in the original Halo 4 release, as both were cut. However, Blast was accessible via a glitch.

Weapon skins
Skin Name Unlock
H4 Render BattleRifle-BLAST.png
Blast (BLS) Season 4 Challenge: Fireteam Spree
H4 Render DMR-Blood.png
Blood (BLD) Season 4 Challenge: Fireteam Frenzy

Cut skins[edit]

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

Gallery[edit]

Launch skins[edit]

Champions Bundle skins[edit]

Figure exclusive skins[edit]

Halo: The Master Chief Collection skins[edit]

Cut skins[edit]

Sources[edit]