In this variation and game type, the player(s) who start the match as a zombie are more powerful than those they kill and infect. The Alpha Zombie has Active Camouflage, increased speed and lower gravity (higher jumping height) than other zombies. All of the Alpha Zombie's traits are able to be changed in the edit gametype section of the Custom Games pregame lobby, including how many points a player gains for slaying an Alpha Zombie.
The Alpha Zombie usually starts with augmented attributes, including increased speed, and height attained by jumping. Alpha Zombies usually start with the Gravity Hammer as well as the Energy Sword. Depending on the speed given to the Alpha Zombie, the player should accordingly use either the hammer for high speed rates, or energy sword for average speed rates. Alpha Zombies also should come with shields or added resistance to damage, but zombies share the same blatant weakness to headshots, so strafing is recommended when approaching a target. Crouch walking is also a recommended tactic for zombies, since it is hard for a player to kill an opponent that attacks them at the last possible second.
Either rush to the nearest vehicle, recommended ones being the Warthog variants or the Prowler, or grab a variety of easy to aim headshot weapons, notable ones being the Battle Rifle and Magnum. Zombies usually try to surround or rush a target when encountering one, so keeping yourself boxed in as to force the zombies to rush in a straight line is also a recommended tactic. Always try to stick in groups, as a lone wolf is the most likely player to be slain in the end. Depending on the damage resistence of the zombies, the Sentinel Beam and Assault Rifle could also prove useful in these type of battles, although not recommended as the Battle Rifle, Carbine, and Magnum can dispose of zombies while wasting as little ammo as possible.
|Multiplayer Game Types|
|Slayer: Team Slayer | Rockets | Swords | Snipers | Phantoms | Elimination | Slayer Variants|
|King of the Hill: King | Team King | Phantom King | Crazy King | Team Crazy King | King of the Hill Variants|
|Oddball: Rocketball | Swordball | Team Ball | Low Ball | Fiesta | Ninjaball | Oddball Variants|
|Juggernaut: 2 on 1 | 3 on 1 | Ninjanaut | Phantom Fodder | Dreadnaut | Juggernaut Variants|
|Capture the Flag: Multi Flag CTF | CTF Classic | 1 Flag CTF | 1 Flag CTF Fast|
|Assault: Multi Bomb | Single Bomb | Single Bomb Fast | Neutral Bomb | Blast Resort | Assault Variants|
|Territories: 3 Plots | Land Grab | Gold Rush | Control Issues | Contention | Territories Variants|
|VIP: Escort | Influential VIP | One Sided VIP | Rocket Race | VIP Variants|
|Infection: Alpha Zombie | Hide and Seek | Save One Bullet | Infection Variants|
|Halo 2 ranked playlists: Double Team | Team Slayer | Team Skirmish | Team Snipers | Team Hardcore | H2 Challenge|
|Halo 2 unranked playlists: Rumble Pit | Team Training | Big Team Battle | Team SWAT|
|Halo 3 ranked playlists: Lone Wolves | Team Slayer | Team Objective | Team Doubles | Squad Battle | Team SWAT | Team Snipers | MLG|
|Halo 3 social playlists: Rumble Pit | Social Slayer | Social Skirmish | Big Team Social | Multi-Team | Social Team DLC | Team Mythic | Action Sack|
|Halo 3 other playlists: Basic Training|