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Halo 5: Guardians


343 Industries


Microsoft Studios

US date released

October 27, 2015

EU date released

October 27, 2015


First-person shooter; Science-fiction, Drama

Game modes

ESRB rating

Teen (T) for Blood, Mild Language, and Violence


Xbox One[1]




Brian Reed


Kazuma Jinnouchi [2]




Halo Waypoint

Halo 5: Guardians is a Halo game that was announced during Microsoft's E3 2013 presentation as the second chapter in the John-117 storyline of the Reclaimer Saga and the sequel to Halo 4. It was released on October 27, 2015.[3]


Characters and Setting

Jameson Locke and John-117 will be playable characters in Halo 5: Guardians. The teammates of both Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris will be available for other players to play in the co-op campaign.[4][5]







Spartan Abilities

Main article: Spartan Abilities

In Halo 5: Guardians, Armor Abilities are replaced with Spartan Abilities.[20] Spartan Abilities are distinct from Armor Abilities,[21] in that they are not limited by cooldowns or pickups. Rather, they are base player abilities which can be used by all at any time, similar to Dual Wielding or Boarding. The seven Spartan Abilities are:

  • Thruster Pack: Similar to Thruster Pack from Halo 4, except now there is movement in any direction.[22]
  • Ground Pound: While in air, you can slam down into the ground, potentially killing anyone below.[22]
  • Clamber: If you miss a ledge, you can pull yourself up.[22]
  • Slide: While sprinting, you can slide.[22]
  • Charge: While sprinting, you can slam into an enemy.[22]
  • Sprint: Sprinting like in Halo 4, but after a certain amount of time, you will achieve the perfect velocity to activate the previous two abilities. Sprinting will stop shield recharge.[22]
  • Smart Scope: A zoom function that applies to all weapons. Each weapon has a different degree of zoom.[22]


The campaign will be roughly twice as long as Halo 4's campaign.[23]

Image Name
H5G Campaign-Osiris Osiris
H5G Campaign-BlueTeam Blue Team
H5G Campaign-Glassed Glassed
H5G Campaign-Meridian Station Meridian Station
H5G Campaign-Unconfirmed Unconfirmed
H5G Campaign-Evacuation Evacuation
H5G Campaign-Reunion Reunion
H5G Campaign-Swords of Sanghelios Swords of Sanghelios
H5G Campaign-Alliance Alliance
H5G Campaign-Enemy Lines Enemy Lines
H5G Campaign-Before the Storm Before the Storm
H5G Campaign-Battle of Sunaion Battle of Sunaion
H5G Campaign-Genesis Genesis
H5G Campaign-The Breaking The Breaking
H5G Campaign-Guardians Guardians


Multiplayer in Halo 5: Guardians is split into two main play styles: the classic Arena experience, and the new 24-player game, Warzone. Big Team Battle will not be present in the game at launch, instead replaced with Warzone, however it will be supported post-launch.[24] Spectator mode will be allowed within multiplayer matches.[25] There will be over 20 multiplayer maps at the launch of Halo 5. At least an additional 15 maps will be added post launch, before June 2016.[26]

Multiplayer Maps


Image Map
H5MB MountainForgeCanvas1 Alpine (Forge canvas)[27]
H5G-MultiplayerBeta BreakoutArena1 Breakout Arena (Forge canvas)
H5G Multiplayer Coliseum7 Coliseum
H5MB Eden1 Eden [29]
H5MB Empire3 Empire[31]
H5G Multiplayer Fathom5 Fathom
H5G-Multiplayer Glacier1 Glacier (Forge canvas)
H5G Multiplayer-Gamescon Plaza1 Plaza
H5MB Regret1 Regret[32]
H5G-Multiplayer Space1 Space (Forge canvas)
H5G Multiplayer-Gamescon TheRig5 The Rig[33]
H5MB Truth9 Truth[31]


Image Map
H5G Multiplayer-Warzone ARC21 Escape From A.R.C.[12]
H5G Multiplayer-Warzone-Gamescon Stormbreak2 March on Stormbreak
H5G Concept Apex7 2 Raid on Apex 7[34]
H5G Multiplayer-Gamescon UnnamedCityMap1 Unidentified city map




Legendary Weapons



Main article: List of Achievements for Halo 5: Guardians

Halo 5: Guardians' achievements are worth a total of 1,000 gamerscore. The game features 65 achievements with 11 achievements being obtained in multiplayer.

Retail Editions


Features Standard Limited Limited Collector's Digital Deluxe
Box art H5G BoxArtFinal-Front H5G - Limited Edition H5G - Limited Collector's Edition H5G - Digital Deluxe Edition Box Art
Standard game disc Yes No No No
Limited Edition game disc No Yes Optional No
Game download No No Optional Yes
14 day Xbox Live Gold trial Yes Yes Yes No
The Fall of Reach Animated Series No Yes Yes Yes
REQ Bundle No Yes Yes Yes
Steelbook case No Yes Yes No
SPARTAN Locke's orders and dossiers on Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris. No Yes Yes No
Metal Guardian model No Yes Yes No
Commemorative statue of Master Chief and Agent Locke. No No Yes No

Standard Edition

The standard edition of the game includes the disk and a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial, and is set to release October 27th, 2015.

Digital Edition

The digital edition contains a digital download of the game, without a disk or game case.

Limited Edition

Main article: Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition

Including collectible items such as a limited edition game disk and a steelbook case, the Halo 5: Guardians limited edition is available for pre-order before the release of the game. In addition to the limited edition case and disk, the bundle includes a 14-day Xbox Live trial, Halo: The Fall of Reach Animated Series, a Warzone REQ bundle, dossiers on Blue Team, Fireteam Osiris and SPARTAN Locke's orders, and finally a metal model of a Guardian. The edition costs $99.99.[58]

Limited Collector's Edition

Main article: Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector's Edition

The Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector's Edition contains, in addition to the Limited Edition collectible content, a statue of Master Chief and Agent Locke. This statue can be pulled apart from its default state, to present the pair as enemies rather than a team like is presented by default. It costs $249.99.[59]

Controversially, the Limited Collector's edition originally contained a digital download code rather than a physical disk. This was intended to allow purchasers of the Limited Collector's edition to pre-load the game. In response to a fan uproar at the lack of a disk, 343 Industries stated that they were looking for a 'solution' to satisfy those who want a disk.[60] Later, they confirmed within a Halo Community Update that customers would be able to opt to have a disk rather than the default digital download code.[61]

Digital Deluxe Edition

Main article: Halo 5: Guardians Digital Deluxe Edition

A Digital Deluxe edition was also available for pre-order before the game's release. It costs $89.99, and contains a digital download of the game itself, a REQ bundle, and Halo: The Fall of Reach Animated Series.[62]


This section requires expansion.

Xbox One Reveal

Halo (Xbox One) was confirmed to be in development for the Xbox One during the Xbox One Reveal event on May 21, 2013.[1]

E3 2013

“There was no ambiguity in not putting a number after the game. For me, what we showed wasn’t the game. Nobody should be confused on that. I didn’t really want to try to show something that was clearly a thought piece by the studio around where Master Chief is in his journey, and then drop the name after it and be somewhat disingenuous about that being the game. But I did want Bonnie [Ross] to come out and say 'First-person shooter. Master Chief.' Because they'll get the questions: 'Hey, is this ODST? What are you guys doing?' Bonnie [Ross] comes out and reaffirms that 343 is building this game. It’s Master Chief. It’s a first-person shooter at 60 frames per second. It’s coming in 2014.”
— Phil Spencer, regarding the teaser trailer[63]

Xbox Wire

On May 16, 2014, Bonnie Ross, General Manager of 343 Industries, announced on Xbox Wire that the Halo game will be named Halo 5: Guardians and will be released in Fall 2015.[64] Bonnie also announced that Halo 5: Guardians will run on a new and more powerful engine.

Hunt the Truth

Main article: Hunt the Truth

On March 19, 2015, Frank O'Connor tweeted a link to a Tumblr page called Hunt the Truth.[65] On the page, there was countdown that had ended on March 22, 2015 at 1:00am UTC and had an image of the word "Traitor" engraved onto a bullet.[66] The page revealed to be about a journalist and war photographer, Benjamin Giraud, who is trying to find the truth about the Master Chief.[66]


  • The Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta was accessible through Halo: The Master Chief Collection.[67]
  • Exclusive content unlocked in Halo: The Master Chief Collection will carry over to Halo 5: Guardians.[68]
  • Halo 5's Theater mode writes replay files to the dedicated servers as the player is playing. These files can be accessed in real-time, enabling players to spectate others live.[69]
  • Halo 5's internal development code name for the AI companions was "Musketeers."[70]
  • Halo 5: Guardians is the first Halo first-person shooter to be given an ESRB rating of T.


E3 2013 Trailer

E3 2014 Trailer

Concept Art




Promotional Art

Campaign Preview

Beta Gameplay



E3 2013 Teaser

Main article: Halo 5: Guardians Teaser Trailer
Official E3 2013 Halo Teaser for the Xbox One02:14

Official E3 2013 Halo Teaser for the Xbox One

E3 2014 Multiplayer Beta Announcement

Main article: Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta Trailer
Halo 5 Guardians -- E3 2014 "Multiplayer Beta" Trailer00:59

Halo 5 Guardians -- E3 2014 "Multiplayer Beta" Trailer

Spartan Locke Armor Set

Main article: Halo 5: Guardians Spartan Locke Armor Set

Hunt the Truth

All Hail

Main article: All Hail
Halo 5 Guardians Spartan Locke Ad01:24

Halo 5 Guardians Spartan Locke Ad

The Cost

Main article: The Cost
Halo 5 Guardians Master Chief Ad01:24

Halo 5 Guardians Master Chief Ad

Halo 5: Launch TV Commercial

Main article: Halo 5: Launch TV Commercial
Halo 5 Launch TV Commercial01:46

Halo 5 Launch TV Commercial

Halo 5: Guardians Opening Cinematic

Main article: Halo 5: Guardians Opening Cinematic
Halo 5 Opening Cinematic03:37

Halo 5 Opening Cinematic

Halo 5: Guardians Cinema First Look

Main article: Halo 5: Cinema First Look
Halo 5 Guardians – Cinema First Look02:06

Halo 5 Guardians – Cinema First Look

Halo 5 Mister Chief Req System Tutorial

Main article: Halo 5 Mister Chief Req System Tutorial

Halo 5: A Hero Falls TV Commercial

Main article: Halo 5: A Hero Falls TV Commercial
Halo 5 A Hero Falls TV Commercial01:16

Halo 5 A Hero Falls TV Commercial

Halo 5: Launch Gameplay Trailer

Main article: Halo 5: Launch Gameplay Trailer
Halo 5 Launch Gameplay Trailer02:54

Halo 5 Launch Gameplay Trailer



  1. Sister ships are always the same class. The Undiminished Entelechy was, as such, a CCS-class battlecruiser, but simply substituted to be a different class in the simulations: "for captains and admirals alike who are looking to gain any tactical advantage they can, both on the ground and in space. How might the events of Alpha Halo have been different if the Fleet of Particular Justice had been made up of different ships in the Covenant arsenal?" - Grimbrother One, Canon Fodder


  1. 1.0 1.1 GameSpot - Xbox One Revealed
  2. NeoGAF - Frank O'Conner's post
  3. IGN - Halo 5: Guardians Release Date Announced
  4. Halo Waypoint - Clarity Regarding Halo 5: Guardians Online Co-op Access
  5. Gameinformer - July Cover Revealed, Halo 5: Guardians
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Halo 5 final cover art, horizontal
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 GameInformer Issue 267, July 2015
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 8.9 Youtube: Halo 5: Guardians Campaign Trailer, and Co-op Gameplay [E3 2015] 1080p
  9. Halo 5: Guardians - Reunion
  10. Halo 5: Guardians - Halsey Render
  11. 11.0 11.1 YouTube - IGN, Halo 5 ViDoc: A Hero Reborn
  12. 12.0 12.1 Youtube: Halo 5 Warzone ViDoc
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 IGN: 15 Minutes of Halo 5 Warzone Multiplayer
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 Halo Waypoint: Cannon Fodder - Beta Late Than Never
  15. 15.0 15.1 Youtube: Halo 5: Guardians Spartan Locke Armor Set | 60 | GameStop
  16. 16.0 16.1 Halo 5: Guardians - Campaign Preview 14
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder - Conventional Warfare
  18. 18.0 18.1 Halo Waypoint - Community - Halo 5: Guardians REQ System Introduction
  19. Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder - Have S'moa (What is the name of Spartan Locke's armor variant? Spartan Locke is currently equipped with the MJOLNIR GEN2 Hunter variant)
  20. Twitter - Quinn DelHoyo
  21. Twitter - Bonnie Ross
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.5 22.6 Youtube: Halo 5: Guardians Beta - All 7 Spartan Abilities (Smart Scope, Charge, Etc.)
  23. Youtube: Halo 5 Guardians: New Gameplay Footage - IGN Live: Gamescom 2015
  24. IGN - Big Team Battle Will Not Be in Halo 5 Multiplayer At Launch
  25. Youtube: Halo 5: Guardians - EPIC Competitive Features Revealed
  26. Youtube: Halo 5: Guardians - 35 Maps Confirmed, DLC Free, BIG Sandbox
  27. Youtube: Halo 5 Forge - "Time Of Day" Gadget Confirmed? Orion Walkthrough!
  28. 28.0 28.1 Twitter - Josh Holmes
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 29.4 Team Beyond - HALO 5: GUARDIANS BETA SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
  30. 30.0 30.1 Twitter - Josh Holmes
  31. 31.0 31.1 Halo Waypoint: Halo 5: Guardians, Halo 5: Guardians Beta
  32. Halo Channel - The Sprint, Episode 3
  33. Halo Waypoint - Halo Community Update: Rigged
  34. Gamespot - Halo 5 New Warzone Map Is Biggest Ever, Inspired By Original Halo
  35. Youtube: Halo 5: Guardians Beta Gameplay - "Empire" (Slayer)
  36. Youtube: HALO 5 Gamescom | Full Segment | 1080p
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 37.4 37.5 37.6 37.7 37.8 37.9 Halo Waypoint - Canon Fodder - Locke and Load
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 38.3 38.4 YouTube: HALO 5 Gameplay | RAID ON APEX 7 New Weapons | Warzone 1080p 60fps (Halo 5: Guardians WARZONE)
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 Youtube: - Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta First Look
  40. Youtube: Halo 5: Guardians Beta - Weapons In Halo 5 (Secret Weapon)
  41. This Screenshot of a player zoomed into the magnum in the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta.
  42. Halo 5: Guardians - SAW Render
  43. Halo 5: Guardians - Railgun Render
  44. Halo Waypoint - Halo Championship Series - Promotional Image
  45. Halo 5: Guardians - Campaign Preview 2
  46. Halo 5: Guardians - Carbine Render
  47. Halo 5: Guardians - Fuel Rod Gun Render
  48. Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta - Empire 5
  49. YouTube: HALO 5 GAMEPLAY | ENEMY LINES Campaign Gameplay (Halo 5 Guardians Gameplay)
  50. Youtube - IGN, 15 Minutes of Halo 5 Warzone Multiplayer
  51. Youtube - Halo 5: Guardians - Prophets Bane" Sword, and "Breakout" Gamemode
  52. "Bring back the SPNKr Rocket Launcher as a legendary version of the weapon" - Halo Waypoint - Blogs - How Fans Helped Shape the Multiplayer of Halo 5: Guardians
  53. 53.0 53.1 53.2 The Sprint - Season 2 - Episode 3: Warzone Wednesday
  54. Youtube: Halo 5: Beta - Epic Things You Can Do in Spectator Mode
  55. Youtube: Halo 5: Guardians Warzone Multiplayer E3 2015 Trailer
  56. 56.0 56.1 56.2 56.3 Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder - A Time to Give Tanks
  57. 57.0 57.1 57.2 57.3 Halo Waypoint - Canon Fodder - Designs of the Times
  58. Microsoft Store - Halo 5: Guardians - Limited Edition
  59. Microsoft Store - Halo 5: Guardians - Limited Collector's Edition
  60. Game Stop - Fans Upset $250 Halo 5 CE Only Includes Digital Copy, But 343 Exploring Solutions
  61. Halo Waypoint - Halo Community Update 7.17.15
  62. Xbox Store - Halo 5: Guardians - Digital Deluxe Edition
  63. IGN - Microsoft on Halo 5, Halo 2 Anniversary
  64. Xbox Wire - The Halo Journey
  65. Twitter - Frank O'Connor @franklez: The countdown is on #Halo5 #HUNTtheTRUTH
  66. 66.0 66.1 Tumblr - HUNT the TRUTH
  67. YouTube - Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing: Halo
  68. Halo Waypoint - Halo 5: Guardians
  69. YouTube - Halo 5: Guardians GAMEPLAY - E3 2015 Interview
  70. YouTube - Halo 5 ViDoc: A Hero Reborn

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