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All of the Halo 3 Armor Permutations.

Armor Permutations are a feature in Halo 3 and in Halo 3: ODST which let players customize their Multiplayer character's armor to their liking. In Halo 3, this feature allows players to change the helmet, shoulders and chest armor pieces worn by their multiplayer character. Players also have the option of choosing between being a Spartan or Elite in Multiplayer.


SPARTAN Armor Permutations

There is a wide variety of SPARTAN II armor permutations in Halo 3. Eleven helmets, eight shoulder pieces and eight chest pieces for a total of 5,632 different SPARTAN II armor permutation possibilities: One helmet, two shoulder pieces and one chest piece per permutation, not including the Bungie Armor Chest piece. It should be noted the Rogue, Mark V, and ODST armour only have helmet pieces and Security armour has both helmet and shoulder pieces but is in the absence of a chest permutation. The HAYABUSA Project includes the HAYABUSA and Katana permutations.

Elite Armor Permutations

There are a wide variety of Elite armor permutations with 5 helmets, 5 shoulder pieces and 5 chest pieces for a total of 15 different Elite armor permutations: One helmet, two Shoulder pieces, and one Chest piece per permutation and 625 possible combinations with all pieces in consideration.

Unlocking Permutations

Spartan Armor Permutations
Chest Shoulder Helmet
Mark VI (Starter) (Starter) (Starter)
CQB (Starter) (Starter) (Starter)
EVA Beat Tsavo Highway (Normal) Beat The Ark (Normal) Campaign Complete: Normal
EOD Beat Tsavo Highway (Legendary) Beat The Ark (Legendary) Campaign Complete: Legendary
Hayabusa Collect 6 skulls Collect 9 skulls Collect all 13 skulls
Katana Complete 49 achievements and get 1000+ Gamerscore N/A N/A
Bungie Bungie employees only N/A N/A
Security N/A Get 750 Gamerscore Get 1000 Gamerscore
Recon Complete the Vidmaster Challenges. Complete the Vidmaster Challenges. Complete the Vidmaster Challenges.
Scout Too Close to the Sun Get the Achievement Mongoose Mowdown Get the Achievement Used Car Salesman
ODST N/A N/A Become a Spartan Graduate
Mark V N/A N/A Become a UNSC Spartan
Rogue N/A N/A Become a Spartan Officer
Sangheili Armor Permutations
Combat (Starter) (Starter) (Starter)
Assault (Starter) (Starter) (Starter)
Flight Beat Tsavo Highway (Heroic) Beat The Ark (Heroic) Campaign Complete: Heroic
Ascetic Get the Achievement Up Close and Personal Get the Achievement Overkill Get the Achievement Steppin' Razor
Commando Get the Achievement Triple Kill Halo 3 Auto-Updates/Steppin' Razor[1]

Get the Achievement Overkill

ODST Permutations

Choosing not to wear a helmet will not effect gameplay.

Halo 3: ODST features armor customization, though it is not as complex as Halo 3's. One can play as each member of the squad having their own unique aesthetic armor. Players can choose primary and secondary armor colors, but the armor's main color remains the same. Players can also choose not to wear a helmet unless they are using the Rookie character model. Choosing not to wear a helmet does not affect game play. Without a helmet, the player still has the same health and stamina and they can still use VISR mode.




  • There was originally going to be an Arbiter Armor Permutation, but it was taken out before Halo 3's release. Bungie, however, did not explain why.
  • The neck of an Elite (regardless what armor permutation used) is completely immune to any form of damage except for a charged Type-25 Directed Energy Pistol. In addition, the projectile will simply pass through the neck, as though the neck wasn't there, without a blood spatter. This is because both Elites and Spartans share the same hitbox (i.e. where you can hit the character), but have different models.
  • Each Elite also has a modified neck, whether sleek black, or a different model such as scale-like plating at the back.
  • It is possible that Halo: Reach will feature armor permutations that were sported in the trailer, each Spartan was wearing a different make of armor.





  1. "The longstanding “Elite Commando Shoulders aren’t unlocking with the achievement” bug is being resolved in the auto update. The shoulders weren’t unlocking when the Steppin’ Razor achievement was acquired. In the post-auto update era, the Commando Shoulders will be unlocked for everyone, regardless of the status of the corresponding achievement."

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