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The Icon for Territories.


Territories is a game type introduced in Halo 2 and does not appear in Halo: Combat Evolved. It is a battle to control the map by reaching a certain point, taking it over, then you must keep it in your control for a certain amount of time. Most of the time you will need several areas under your control to win. In each map there are four areas to control but this number can be lowered to one.

Halo 3 introduces locked territories, giving 1 point, by default, when fully capturing a territory. After being captured, it remains locked and out of play, causing players to move on to other territories. While mostly used in 1 sided gameplay with one team defending the territories and the other team attacking, it is also used in equal sided gameplay, eliminating the need to defend conquered territories. The 'locking up' feature of Territories in Halo 3 has led to a lot of criticism from players.

Race is a game type introduced in Halo: Combat Evolved and was taken out of Halo 2. It is possible that Territories originated from Race. The objective for Race is to be the first to get to the holographic flags which are called laps. There are different ways to play Race you can get the flags in order or in Rally you can get them out of order which is a lot like Territories. Except, in Territories you have to wait by the plot for a few seconds. In Race you just have to touch it and move on.

This is both a FFA and Teamed Gametype.

Usually, with little territories (like 3), getting control over every territory is very difficult as one opponent can easily claim yours while you are going for other territories.

Halo 3 VariantsEdit

  • Territories: The standard territory game, one team attacks, the other defends. This can be found on Team Objective and Social Skirmish with 4 rounds; and on Big Team Battle with only 2 rounds.
  • Land Grab: 2-sided Territories, both teams try to capture Territories, once captured, they cannot be unlocked.
  • Flag Rally: Like Land Grab, but the territories can be unlocked, so this is an attack and defend game.


  • In Halo 2, there are names for territories and in Halo 3 there are numbers for territories.
  • Players of other games, such as the Battlefield and the Star Wars: Battlefront series may notice a strong resemblance between Territories and the gameplay available in those two games.


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