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“Know Your Enemy”
— Official tagline

Halo Wars 2 is a real-time strategy game that was released on February 21, 2017[1] for Xbox One and Windows 10.[2]


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28 years after the UNSC Spirit of Fire left Shield 0459, the crew awakens from cryosleep to encounter a new threat from The Banished on Installation 00. The campaign consists of 12 missions spread across 3 acts. The player controls UNSC units from the Spirit of Fire to combat the new foes

Image Mission Description
The Signal Spartan Jerome and Red Team investigate the source of a UNSC emergency signal.
A New Enemy Captain Cutter prepares to take the fight to the Banished by attacking Atriox's field commander, Decimus.
Ascension Spartan Jerome and his forces fight through Banished fortifications on the way to the Cartographer.
One Three Zero Fighting behind enemy lines, Spartan Alice must rescue UNSC prisoners to open up a second front in the war against the Banished.
The Cartographer Professor Anders and Jerome arrive at the Cartographer to discover the secret of Atriox's command over the Ark.
Lights Out Jerome must destroy The Banished's portal network controls and cripple Atriox's transport capabilities across the Ark.
From the Deep Alice must defend against the Banished as they assault her rag-tag band of survivors.
Hold the Line In part one of Isabel's plan, the UNSC must defend a Forerunner cannon as it immobilizes the Banished's carrier and breaks through its shields.
Under the Dark In part two of Isabel's plan, Jerome and Isabel infiltrate a Banished compound and prepare to enter the belly of the beast.
The Foundry Alice and Douglas lead an assault to cut off the wave of Banished boarding the Halo.
The Halo A reunited Red Team must push back the Banished invasion of the Halo so Anders can reach the Control Room.
Last Stand Cutter and his crew must fend off the Banished in a final defense of Anders as she prepares the Halo for its voyage.


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The BanishedEdit










  • Jackrabbit: A lightweight, fast-moving scout vehicle that can detect cloaked units.
  • Warthog: The core ground unit available to the UNSC for scout and assault.
  • Cyclops: A fast-moving, anti-building unit.
  • Wolverine: An anti-air ground unit.
  • Kodiak: A heavy, eight-wheeled artillery vehicle with a giant cannon that is very strong aganst infantry.
  • Scorpion: The core tank available to the UNSC.
  • Hornet: The core air unit available to the UNSC.
  • Nightingale: A non-combative support utility helicopter that can heal and repair friendly units.
  • Vulture: A heavily-armed gunship.
  • Condor Gunship: The UNSC's super unit.


  • UNSC Base: Basic military structure of the UNSC.
    • Firebase: 3 buildpads
    • Combat Station: 5 buildpads
    • Command Center: 7 buildpads
    • Headquarters: 9 buildpads
  • Garage: Trains vehicle units.
  • Airpad: Trains aerial units.
  • Barracks: Trains infantry.
  • Supply Pad: Produces resources.
    • Can be upgraded into a Heavy Supply Pad which produces resources twice as fast.
  • Generator: Produces power.
    • Can be upgraded into an Advanced Generator which produces power faster.
  • Armory: Provides high-tech upgrades for the UNSC.

The BanishedEdit


  • Grunt Squad: Cannon fodder of the Banished military.
  • Elite Ranger: Anti-infantry cloaked units of the Banished military.
  • Hunters: Anti-vehicle units of the Banished military.
  • Jump Pack Brutes: Anti-building infantry units of the Banished military.
  • Suicide Grunts: A group of fanatically loyal Grunts with specialized methane tanks.
  • Warlord: The hero unit of the Banished military.


  • Blisterback: A dual-mode air/ground vehicle that acts as heavy artillery when deployed.
  • Chopper: A frontline rapid attack vehicle in the Banished military.
  • Banshee: The core aircraft in the Banished military.
  • Wraith: The core tank in the Banished military.
  • Locust: An anti-building unit in the Banished military.
  • Marauder: A frontline tank in the Banished military with shots that slow players.
  • Reaver: An anti-air walker used by the Banished military.
  • Shroud: A non-combative support air unit.
  • Engineer: A non-combative support air unit.
  • Scarab: The Banished's super unit.


  • Banished Base: Basic military structure of the Banished military.
    • Outpost: 4 buildpads
    • Stronghold: 5 buildpads
    • Citadel: 6 buildpads
    • Fortress: 7 buildpads
  • Foundry: Trains vehicle units.
  • Apex: Trains aerial units.
  • Raid Camp: Trains infantry.
  • Harvester: Produces resources.
    • Can be upgraded into a Augmented Harvester which produces resources twice as fast.
  • Power Extractor: Produces power.
    • Can be upgraded into an Augmented Power Extractor which produces power faster.
  • War Council: Provides high-tech upgrades for the Banished military.


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Image Map Type
HW2 Artwork Ashes Ashes
  • 1v1
  • 2v2
  • 3v3
HW2 Artwork Badlands Badlands
  • 1v1
  • 2v2
HW2 Artwork Bedrock Bedrock
  • 1v1
  • 2v2
  • 3v3
HW2 Artwork Frontier Frontier
  • 1v1
  • 2v2
  • 3v3
HW2 Artwork Highway Highway
  • 1v1
  • 2v2
  • 3v3
HW2 Artwork Rift Rift
  • 1v1
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HW2 Artwork Sentry Sentry
  • 1v1
  • 2v2
HW2 Artwork Vault Vault
  • 1v1
  • 2v2
  • 3v3


Image Map Type
HW2 Artwork TheProvingGrounds The Proving Grounds
  • 1v1
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  • 3v3


Like its predecessor, Halo Wars 2 includes a Skirmish Mode. The player can battle AI opponents across 8 multiplayer maps in 1v1, 2v2, or 3v3 matches. Skirmish has three game modes: Deathmatch, Domination, and Strongholds.

  • Deathmatch: Destroy all enemy bases to win.
  • Domination: Capture and hold Control Towers to score points. Reach the maximum score first to win.
  • Strongholds: Build and hold the most Strongholds at the end of the match to win. All players have unlimited resources.


Development of Halo Wars 2 was outsourced to Creative Assembly, the same studio behind the popular strategy game series Total War.[7] Once again, Blur created the pre-rendered cinematics for the game.[11]


Gamescom 2015 Teaser TrailerEdit

Main article: Halo Wars 2 Announce Teaser

In the teaser trailer, a wounded Douglas-042 is being dragged by another member of Red Team, away from some form of enemy, most likely the Brute Chieftain seen later. Jerome-092 radios in, "Command, this is Red Team. Something hit us, Douglas is down. Immediate evac requested!" As he is dragged along, Douglas draws his M6C magnum, takes a moment to aim, then fires. The screen cuts to Red Team, sweeping an area with their flashlights. They encounter a large, hostile Jiralhanae, who picks a SPARTAN (probably Douglas) up by his throat, and throws him. It then returns to the wounded Douglas, firing another shot off into the darkness. This time, it cuts to Red Team being attacked from several angles by what can only be assumed to be Jiralhanae. Finally, after one more gunshot, several shots of Red Team attempting to retaliate (to no avail) are shown. After this, the camera cuts to Douglas who attempts to fire a fourth shot, but a "click" signifies his clip is empty. Having no way to defend himself, he lets his right arm slip to the floor and his grip on the magnum loosens. Next, camera showcases the aforementioned Brute Chieftain properly, as he activates his energy mace, Chainbreaker, and growls, "Yes, run... Little demons." After cutting to black, the logos of 343 Industries, Creative Assembly and finally Halo Wars 2 flash onto the screen in quick succession. To close the trailer, there is a short shot of the Chieftain turning away from the camera, and ordering his cohorts to "Hunt them down."

Official E3 TrailerEdit

Main article: Halo Wars 2 Official E3 Trailer
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E3 Multiplayer Beta TrailerEdit

Main article: Halo Wars 2 E3 Multiplayer Beta Trailer
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SDCC 2016 Story VidocEdit

Main article: Halo Wars 2 Story Vidoc
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Multiplayer VidocEdit

Main article: Halo Wars 2 Multiplayer Vidoc
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Blitz Beta TrailerEdit

Main article: Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta Trailer
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Concept ArtEdit


Announcement Trailer

Official E3 2016 Trailer

Beta ImagesEdit

Promotional ImagesEdit



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