Commendations are awards given to players to recognize excellence in a certain field. In Halo 4 commendations can be earned by performing certain feats in War Games and Spartan Ops or by completing campaign missions on Legendary. Players earn experience as they complete commendation levels. The commendations are divided into 5 categories: weapons, Enemies, Vehicles, Player, and Game Types.
Commendations engrain all aspects of the Halo 4 experience. While most commendations are geared mainly towards matchmaking, some categories such as the Vehicle category commendations can be earned in matchmaking or Spartan Ops. The Enemies category can ONLY be earned in Spartan Ops. Regardless of which commendation or category every commendation will eventually reward your Spartan with new Armor, Armor Skins, Weapon Skins, Emblems, or Stances.
Most commendations have between 5 and 7 levels. Completing each level earns players XP. Points earned towards a commendation reset at each level, e.g. if Novice is 10 kills and Qualified is 25 kills, you must get 35 kills to complete Qualified.
- Qualified (if commendation consists of 7 levels)
- Distinguished (if commendation consists of 7 levels)