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The Covenant Special Operations (SpecOps for short) branch of the military is dedicated to the execution of specialized operations.



A Special Operations Lance on the move.

The Special Operations is a subgroup of the Covenant Special Warfare Group. Its personnel are typically dispatched on covert and high-risk operations[1][2], although they are also seen as part of routine forces on low-risk sentry or defense operations as well.[3]


Like Human special operations units, Covenant Special Operations soldiers are sent into perilous and dangerous scenarios when the application of rank and file soldiers would not suffice.

Typically, Special Operations soldiers are deployed in Lances of four, typically consisting of two Sangheili -one a Minor, one an Officer- and two Special Operations Grunts accompanying them.

Special Operation Soldiers typically engage in the following types of activities.

  • Sabotaging the enemies installations and supply lines.
  • Missions of assassination.
  • Used in the guarding of top secret and restricted areas, such as the guarding of asteroid K7-49.


Special Operation Soldiers being deployed at the Gas Mine above Threshold.

There are several different castes and ranks of Covenant Special Operations personnel. These two races of Covenant elected for Special Operations duty are Sangheili and Unggoy:

However, even though Special Operations Sangheili are included in the Special Operations group, the closely related Stealth Sangheili, who also possess the equipment to facilitate Active Camouflage, though weaker, aren't related to the Covenant Special Operations Division (CSOP).


  1. Halo 2, The Heretic (Level)
  2. Halo 2, Sacred Icon (Level)
  3. Halo 2, Gravemind (Level)
  4. The Official Halo 2 Strategy Guide, page 121
  5. Halo: The Flood, page 210
  6. The Official Halo 2 Strategy Guide, page 43
  7. The Official Halo 2 Strategy Guide, page 41
Sangheili Ranks
High Council Councilor
Temporary/Prominent OssoonaArbiter
Fleet Commander Fleet MasterSupreme CommanderImperial Admiral
Zealot Officers Field MasterShipmasterFleet MasterSupreme Commander
Special Operations Spec-OpsSpec-Ops OfficerSpec-Ops Commander of the Covenant
Honor Guard Sangheili Honor GuardsmanHonor Guard UltraLight of Sanghelios
Specialists StealthRangerAscetics
Regular AristocratMinorMajorUltra
Civilian KaidonOracle Master
Heretic Heretic Sangheili MinorHeretic Sangheili MajorHeretic Leader

Known Grunt Ranks
Minor· Major· Heavy· Spec-Ops· Ultra

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