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Emblems were first introduced in Halo 2. They are small designs that are associated with a Character Profile and used to represent a player's identity in multiplayer games and online play. They consist of a two-colored design or pattern overlaid upon a background (typically a geometric shape), with a user-selected color scheme applied to the result. The feature was later carried on into Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, and Halo 4.

Halo 2 Emblems Edit

In Halo 2, when a Character Profile is created, there is an option to make an Emblem for your character. Emblems are the primary means of identifying players in multiplayer games and online play; they also appear in the game type Territories, where they are displayed on the flags that denote captured territories. The color and background of the emblems are usually determined by the primary and secondary armor colors. In-game, a player's emblem can be seen glowing on their back and shoulders.

Halo 3 Emblems Edit

Emblems also appear in Halo 3. All of the designs from Halo 2 (except for Sergeant, Waypoint, Cleave, and Race) are available, along with numerous new designs unique to Halo 3. The background shape's color is now determined by a third, user-selected color, as opposed to Halo 2, where it took on the same color as the player's armor. Also, in Halo 3, a design can be "toggled" — the secondary Emblem color can be hidden.

Emblems in Halo 3 are less prominent than they were in Halo 2; in Halo 3, a Spartan player's emblem is only shown on their right shoulder, whereas in Halo 2, it could be seen on both shoulders and the player's back. Elite players' emblems are shown on their right shoulder and upper back. Emblems are no longer used to uniquely identify a player; that job has been taken on by a new, user-customizable call sign composed of a letter followed by two digits.

Some clans encourage their members to use the same emblem to signify unity; in such cases, the emblem functions similarly to a US Army Shoulder Sleeve Insignia.

The 80 primary emblem designs, the 80 "toggles" of those designs, the 48 possible emblem backgrounds, and the 30 possible colors for each of the above all allow for a combined total of 7,680 possible Emblems in Halo 3.

Halo 3: ODST Emblems Edit

Emblems are also featured in Halo 3: ODST's Firefight mode. All Emblem designs from Halo 3 are available, along with 16 new designs unique in Halo 3: ODST, bringing the total to 96. Emblem designs appear on the player's chest plate.

Halo: Reach Emblems Edit

Emblems return in Halo: Reach. They were also featured in the Multiplayer Beta. Once again there are 80 different emblems; 15 new emblems are available, while 31 of the emblems available in Halo 3: ODST have been removed. Notable among the deleted emblems are several which date back to Halo 2, including "Mark of Shame", "Snake", "Hawk", "Marathon" and "Trident." Three of the new designs featured in Halo: Reach were selected after Bungie held a contest where players could send in their ideas for emblem designs, similar to the contest that was held before Halo 3 was released.

Emblems are far less prominent on player armor in Halo: Reach than in previous games. Very small emblems appear on the upper right side of the player's chest piece; a UNSC logo in found in a similar position on the left side of the chest piece. In addition some of the unlockable chest pieces obscure the emblem entirely. Halo: Reach also marks the first appearance of multiplayer emblems in campaign, being found on the player-customized SPARTAN-B312. The emblems are not present on Elite armor variants.

Halo 4 Emblems Edit

Emblems return in Halo 4. Unlike the previous Halo games, players can earn extra emblems by DLC, earning commendations, or by completing certain accomplishments.

List of EmblemsEdit

Multiplayer Emblems
Halo 2 Halo 3 Halo 3: ODST Halo: Reach Halo 4
"0"-"9" Yes Yes Yes Yes No
117 No No No No Yes
1K Club No No No No Yes
Active Rooster No No Yes Yes Yes
Anchor No No No Yes Yes
Anchored (OP) No No No No Yes
Arrowhead Ver. 1 No No No Yes No
Arrowhead Ver. 2 (PR) No No No No Yes
Arrow on Target (WK) No No No No Yes
Assassin No No No No Yes
Atomic No No No Yes Yes
Avian (RG) No No No No Yes
Baller No No No No Yes
Bear Claw No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Black Widow No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bonebreaker No No No No Yes
Brute Head Yes Yes Yes No No
Bubble Shield No Yes Yes No No
Buffalo No No No Yes No
Bulletproof No No No No Yes
Bullseye Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Bulltrue No No Yes Yes Yes
Campfire No No No Yes Yes
Cancel Yes Yes Yes No No
Capsule Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Castle No No No Yes No
Celestial (TK) No No No No Yes
Champion Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Chaos No No Yes Yes No
Cleave Yes No No No No
Clubs Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Compass (PR) No No No No Yes
Cone'd No No No Yes Yes
Corbulo No No No No Yes
Covenant No No No No Yes
Crossed Swords No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Crosshairs No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cube/Ordnance* Yes Yes Yes No Yes*
Cup of Death No No No Yes Yes
Da Bomb Yes Yes Yes No No
Daisho No Yes Yes No No
Daisy No Yes Yes Yes No
Delta Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Diamonds Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Dog Tags No No No Yes Yes
Dominated No No No No Yes
Double Crescent Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Drone Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Elephant No No Yes Yes No
Energy No No No No Yes
Engineer (EN) No No No No Yes
Evil Stare (SK) No No No No Yes
Extracted No No No No Yes
Eye, The (SK) No No No No Yes
Falcon No No No No Yes
Flag No No No No Yes
Flaming Horns No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flaming Ninja Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fleur de Lis No Yes Yes Yes No
Flying Colors No No No No Yes
Foxed (SK) No No No No Yes
Frowney Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Gas Mask Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Grenade Yes Yes Yes No No
Grid (PT) No No No No Yes
Grunt Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Grunt Head Yes Yes Yes No No
Grunt Symbol Yes Yes Yes No No
Guilty No No No No Yes
Halt Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hardlight No No No No Yes
Hawk Yes Yes Yes No No
Headshot No No No Yes Yes
Hearts Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Helmet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hill, The No No No No Yes
Hog Tire (OP) No No No No Yes
Horse No No No No Yes
Infected Ver. 1 No No Yes Yes No
Infected Ver. 2 No No No No Yes
Jokers No No No Yes No
Jolly Roger Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Keep it Clean No No Yes No No
Killer Bee (WK) No No No No Yes
Kingslayer No No No No Yes
LASO No No No No Yes
Lens (PT) No No No No Yes
Leo No No Yes Yes Yes
Librarian, The No Yes Yes No No
Lips Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Marathon Yes Yes Yes No No
Mark of Shame Yes Yes Yes No No
Mastery No No No No Yes
Missile (PR) No No No No Yes
Mjolnir No No No No Yes
Mombasa/New Mombasa* No No Yes* Yes No
Muzzled (RG) No No No No Yes
Network (EN) No No No No Yes
No Camping No No No Yes Yes
Noted No No No Yes No
ONI No No Yes No Yes
On Your Shield No No No No Yes
Operator (OP) No No No No Yes
Optican No No Yes No No
Overachiever No No No No Yes
Patch (RG) No No No No Yes
Pathfinder (PT) No No No No Yes
Peaceafist No Yes Yes Yes No
Phoenix Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Pioneer (PR) No No No No Yes
Pirate No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Planet No No Yes No No
Plantetary (TK) No No No No Yes
Power is On No No No Yes No
Prime No No No No Yes
Promethean No No No No Yes
Projectile No No No No Yes
Race Yes No No No No
Radioactive Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Raider No No No No Yes
Rampancy Yes Yes Yes No No
Rank Up No No No No Yes
Recon Bot (PT) No No No No Yes
Recruit No No No No Yes
Rogue (RG) No No No No Yes
Rose No No No Yes No
Runes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Screw (EN) No No No No Yes
Sergeant Yes No No No No
Seventh Column Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Skull King Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Smiley Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Slayer, The No No No No Yes
Snake Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Spades Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Spartan/Spartan Swords* Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes*
Spartan Helmet No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Spartan League No No Yes Yes Yes
Spearhead Yes Yes Yes No No
Splatter No No No No Yes
Stalker (SK) No No No No Yes
Stealth (WK) No No No No Yes
Stuck No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Subnova Yes Yes Yes No No
Superintendent No No Yes No No
Supernova No Yes Yes Yes No
Surf No Yes Yes No No
Thor Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Tomcat No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tracker (TK) No No No No Yes
Trail, The (TK) No No No No Yes
Triad Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Trident Yes Yes Yes No No
Trinity Yes Yes Yes No No
Trip Mine No Yes Yes No No
Triplicate Yes Yes Yes No No
Tsantsa Yes Yes Yes No No
Tycho No No Yes No No
Unicorn Ver. 1 No Yes Yes Yes No
Unicorn Ver. 2 No No No No Yes
Valkyrie Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vehicular No No No No Yes
Vortex Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Wasp Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Waypoint Yes No No No No
Webmaster No No Yes No No
Wetworks (WK) No No No No Yes
Winged (OP) No No No No Yes
Wiseguy No No No No Yes
Wolf No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wrench (EN) No No No No Yes
Yin Yang Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Zebra No No Yes No No

TriviaEdit

  • In the Halo: Reach Multiplayer Beta, emblems were not visible on the players' armor.
  • You can "toggle" a design by pressing X while modifying your emblem's design, background, or colors; doing so hides all portions of the Emblem that use the secondary emblem color.
    • Some players have formed unique emblems by toggling the designs. As an example, toggling the Grunt design and using the Arrow background makes "The Bat". On a similar note, a chicken can be created by using a Bullseye with the Ball of Fire.
    • Toggling the Seventh Column design makes it completely invisible, as the entire design is shown using the secondary emblem color. This, in combination with the Blank background, makes it possible to have a completely transparent emblem.
  • The Bubble Shield and Trip Mine emblems return in Halo 3: ODST, despite the player not using Equipment in ODST while playing as an ODST. These emblems probably returned due to the fact that Brutes can still carry and use them.
  • The Marathon symbol is available as an emblem in Halo 2, Halo 3, and in Halo 3: ODST.
  • Prior to Halo 3's release, Bungie held a contest in which people could send in their ideas for Emblem designs. The Pirate Emblem was the winner, and can be used in Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo: Reach.
  • The three Spartans from Red Team in Halo Wars have emblems from Halo 3 and are also the first characters to use emblems in Campaign.
  • Emblems, when shown on a player's armor, are most prominent on a Spartan CQB Right Shoulder armor part.
  • In Halo 3: ODST, one of the many new emblems added is the seal of the rampant UESC AI Tycho. Tycho's seal is the second emblem to be added to the list that makes reference to Bungie's previous game, Marathon.
  • Every player on Live that played a Halo 3 or Halo 3: ODST game on the 21st/22 January with the "Hearts" icon colored red and white, Bungie donated $100 for every 1,000 players, up to $77,000, to Red Cross for Haiti earthquake relief efforts. The campaign was called:Be a Hero! with the slogan: Help us help Haiti.
  • The new Halo: Reach emblem that is a human skull with a bullet hole through the head was designed by a fan in an emblem contest Bungie held. The emblem has since been made into a T-shirt available on the Xbox Live Avatar Marketplace.
  • The "Triad" emblem looks just like the Triforce from the Zelda games.
  • In Halo: Reach, the "4 Diamonds" background is a duplicate of the "4 Plots" background, unlike in previous games where it has been its own design.
  • An exclusive in-game emblem was included with the Halo 4 Limited Edition.
  • Three exclusive emblems were available for those who pre-ordered Halo 4 at GameStop, though the person was required to have a PowerUp Rewards account in order to obtain the emblems.

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