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Unggoy Rebellion


2462; 39th Age of Conflict


2462; 23rd Age of Doubt


The Unggoy were forced back into the Covenant

Location and armed forces


Balaho, all throughout the Covenant Empire

Belligerent 1


Belligerent 2

Covenant Empire


Commanders Belligerent 1 Army


Commanders Belligerent 2 Army

Unknown Arbiter


Largest Force Army 1

Unggoy rebels

Largest Force Army 2

Covenant Military


Casualties Belligerent 1 Army

Unknown number of Unggoy, most likely heavy

Casualties Belligerent 2 Army

Unknown number of other Covenant, an Arbiter

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The Unggoy Rebellion, also known as the Grunt Rebellion, was a large-scale revolt by the Unggoy against the Covenant Empire in 2462.[1]


It was started by the Infusion Incident when the growing Unggoy population put pressure on the Kig-Yar, with whom they shared their habitats. The overwhelming Unggoy population forced many of the Kig-Yar to relocate, killing many of their eggs and forcing the Kig-Yar birth rate to decline.

In an effort to exact revenge, some of the Kig-Yar poisoned the Unggoy infusion resources, recreational narcotics used in the Unggoy's portable methane supplies. This made the contaminated males sterile, escalating the conflict between the two species. After the Prophets failed to respond to this, due to the Ministry of Concert rejecting a junior staffer's request to investigate the matter further, it escalated into a short but aggressive conflict, forcing the High Council to instate an Arbiter. The conflict ended only when the Unggoy homeworld, Balaho, was almost glassed by a Covenant fleet.

The war showed that, when motivated, the Unggoy could be vicious, determined and competent fighters. Following their warrior tradition, the Sangheili who had defeated the uprising forgave the surviving Unggoy fighters, trained them, gave them better equipment, and allowed them access to weapons, which the Unggoy had previously been forbidden to have. The Sangheili also integrated the Unggoy into formerly Sangheili-only units, elevating them from unarmed cannon fodder to true infantry forces. However, the war kept the Unggoy in a lowly position within the Covenant.[2][3]


This event began the 39th Age of Conflict, and after the Unggoy were forced back into the Covenant, ushered in the 23rd Age of Doubt.

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Related linksEdit


  1. Halo Encyclopedia, pages 115 and 142
  2. Halo: Contact Harvest
  3. Halo Encyclopedia, pages 115 and 142

Wars In Covenant History

San 'Shyuum Civil War (Age of Conflict) | Sangheili-San 'Shyuum War (Age of Conflict) | Struggle for Ideological Purity | Second Illumination | Taming of the Lekgolo (Age of Doubt) | Unggoy Rebellion (Age of Conflict) | Sixteenth Unggoy Disobedience | Human-Covenant war (Age of Doubt to Age of Reclamation) | Great Schism (Age of Reclamation) | Sangheili-Jiralhanae war

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