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The most common leaders on the battlefield are the Sangheili Commanders, operating in tandem with local Sangheili, Kig-Yar, and Unggoy combat squads. These battle-hardened soldiers, most who served the Covenant for decades, provide strategic and tactical prowess in the battlefield. Traditionally, Sangheili Commanders will wear heavier, more elaborate armor sets displaying their heritage skill and honor, wielding weapons like the Concussion Rifle or the Type-51 Carbine.
- Sangheili Commanders resemble Sangheili Officers from Halo: Reach, only with a larger, more prominent head dress. It also appears to have some elements of the Halo: Reach Ultras and Halo 2 Councilors as well.
- The Sangheili Commanders have two different colors of armor. One is a dark claret color, which is standard, and the other armor is green.