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Game: Halo 3
Crow's Nest
Player: SPARTAN-117
Date: November 17th, 2552[1]
Place: UNSC Underground Facility "Crow's Nest"
  • Defend the Base from incoming Covenant troops
  • Rearm the bomb
  • Escape the base
Halopedia has a walkthrough guide to this level, Crow's Nest (Level). See Crow's Nest (Level)/Walkthrough.
Clear the base, whatever it takes.

Crow's Nest[2] is the third Campaign level of Halo 3.



The level begins with the Chief, the Arbiter Thel 'Vadam, and Sergeant Johnson landing in an underground UNSC base. When they disembark, several Marines are amazed to see a Spartan II. As they walk through hallways littered with wounded UNSC soldiers, Lieutenant Commander Keyes informs the Chief and Johnson that Truth has almost destroyed the UNSC Home Fleet, and only a few ships are left. They soon reach the command center and speak with Lord Hood, discussing a plan for an all out attack on Truth's army.

Unfortunately, the Covenant then jams the Human communications network along with the rest of the base, shutting off the power. Truth appears on the main view screen, telling the Humans that their world will burn. The base is then attacked by a large contingent of Covenant Loyalists. The Master Chief helps rescue and evacuate as many marines as possible from the base. Unable to fight off the invaders, Keyes orders a bomb placed in the operations center. Covenant troops, however, overrun the operations center and manage to defuse the bomb. The Master Chief retakes the ops center by force and rearms the main charge. All remaining troops, including the Master Chief, escape into the base's hangar, where they enter an elevator to attempt to escape the explosion.



  • Crow's Nest Flight Controller: "Sorry for the tight squeeze. (To the other Flight Controller) Tell the Commander her ace is in the hole."

Kilo 023 touches down. Medics load an injured marine on a stretcher and move. The Master Chief, Thel 'Vadam and Johnson get off. Marines sitting by the landing pad see the Chief get out of the Pelican.

  • Landing Pad Marine: "Hey, check it out.
  • Landing Pad Marine: "No way! A Spartan?!"
  • Blind-by-injury Landing Pad Marine: "For real? You better not be....
  • Landing Pad Marine: "No man. He's here! We're gonna be alright!"

Lieutenant Commander Miranda Keyes comes out onto the Landing Pad to meet Johnson, 'Vadam and the Master Chief.

They salute, as she salutes back and smiles.

  • Commander Keyes: "Hmm, I'll bet. It's good to see you Chief."

Keyes shakes the Chief's hand.

  • Commander Keyes: "Let's get you up to speed."

Down the hallways of the base, wounded Marines lay against the walls. Two Marines chatting to each other notice Commander Keyes and the Master Chief. They make way and salute.

  • Commander Keyes: "The Prophet of Truth's ships breached the Lunar Perimeter. Smashed what was left of the Home Fleet."

As 'Vadam walks by, the Marines lower their hands and stare in astonishment.

  • Commander Keyes: "Terrestrial casualties from the subsequent bombardment were..."

Medics race pass by with an injured Marine on a stretcher.

  • Commander Keyes: "...extreme. Truth could've landed anywhere, but he committed all his forces here. East Africa, The ruins of New Mombasa. Then, they started digging."
  • Master Chief: "What about Halo?"
  • Commander Keyes: "We stopped it, but only temporarily. Now, the Prophet of Truth is looking for something called 'The Ark', where he'll be able to fire all the Halo Rings. If he succeeds, Humanity, The Covenant, every sentient being in the Galaxy..."
  • Master Chief: "The Rings will kill us all."
  • Commander Keyes: "Patch him through."
  • Lord Hood (Main View Screen): "Good news, Commander Keyes?"
  • Commander Keyes: "As good as it gets, sir."
  • Lord Hood (Main View Screen): "So I see. What's your status, son?"
  • Master Chief: "Green. Sir."
  • Lord Hood (Main View Screen): "Glad to hear it. The Commander's come up with a good plan. But without you, I wasn't sure we could pull it off."
  • Commander Keyes: "Truth's ships are clustered above the excavation site. And his infantry has deployed Anti-Aircraft Batteries around the perimeter. But, if we neutralize one of the batteries, punch a hole in Truth's defenses..."
  • Lord Hood (Main View Screen): "I'll initiate a low-level strike. Hit 'em right where it hurts. I only have a handful of ships, Master Chief. It's a big risk. But I'm confident—"

The power cuts completely.

  • Technician: "Hell! Not again!"
  • Commander Keyes: "Emergency generators! Now!"
  • Marine Technician: "Shielding failed. They're down and charging."
  • Commander Keyes: "As soon as they're up, reestablish contact with Lord Hood. Let him know that-"
  • Prophet of Truth (All screens): "You are, all of you, vermin. Cowering in the dirt, thinking what, I wonder? That you might escape the coming fire? No. Your world will burn until its surface is but glass! Not even your Demon will live to creep...blackened...from its hole to mar the reflection of our passage; the culmination of our Journey. For your destruction is the will of the gods! And I...I am their instrument!"
The Prophet of Truth on the screens of Crows Nest.

The power returns.

  • Sergeant Johnson: "Cocky bastard just loves to run his mouth!"
  • Master Chief: "Does he usually mention me?"

Commander Keyes thinks, and realizes Truth's meaning.

  • Commander Keyes: "Give the order. We're closing shop."
  • Marine Technician: "Ma'am?"
  • Commander Keyes: "We're about to get hit."
  • Marine Technician: (O.S.) "All personnel. Defense code Alpha."
  • Commander Keyes: "The wounded. We're getting them all out."
  • Marine Technician: "Prepare for immediate evacuation."
  • Sergeant Johnson: "If I have to carry 'em myself."
  • Marine Technician: "Ma'am, squad leaders are requesting a rally point. Where should they go?"

Miranda walks up the stairs and draws a Pistol. She pulls the slide back.

  • Commander Keyes: "To war."

She lets go and moves on.


Know Your Role...

Perimeter breach.


  • Marine Technician: "We just lost the Perimeter Cameras."
  • Commander Keyes: "Motion Trackers?"
  • Marine Technician: "They're down or we're not receiving. Can't tell."
  • Commander Keyes: "Any of our birds squawking?"
  • Technician: "No ma'am. Wait, Overwatch has contacts. Phantoms, closing in on our position."
  • Commander Keyes: "Any birds less than 5 minutes out, bring them in. Tell everything else to scatter."
  • Technician: "Aye, aye."
  • Technician : "Who would've thought we'd have this many wounded?"
  • Technician: "Pelicans are gonna take extra time to load."
  • Commander Keyes: "We knew they'd find us eventually. But we have a plan, let's make it happen."
  • All personnel: "Yes, ma'am!"
  • Sergeant Johnson: "Arbiter and I will guard the Ops Center. Don't worry about the Commander, Chief. I got her. But the Marines downstairs could use your help."

(Co-op variation) Johnson: "Chief, move out. You too, Arbiter. The Commander will brief you as you go."

The Master Chief meets with two Marines from downstairs.

  • Marine: "Follow me, sir."
  • Marine: "Perimeter's this way."
  • '(With IWHBYD Skull) 'Marine: This base was built for some 20th century war, and it's pretty damn cool!

The Chief follows the Marines downstairs.

  • Marine: "Come on sir. I'll show you the way."

The Chief finds many weapons to stock up on.

  • Marine: "This base was built for some 20th century war. It's full of old tech, like these door controls."

The Marine opens the door. The Chief walks on through to find Marines in a large cave setting up defenses for the Ops Center.


  • Gunnery Sergeant Stacker: "Get those turrets up! Watch your fields of fire!"
The Master Chief and some Marines in the barracks.
  • Marine: "How'd they find us?"
  • Marine: "Probably just smelled you, man."
  • Marine: "Hey, bite me. I'm sick of hiding anyways."
  • Gunnery Sergeant (Reynolds or Stacker): "Quiet. Cut the chatter."
  • Marine: "What is it, Sergeant?"
  • Gunnery Sergeant (Reynolds or Stacker): "Calm before the storm, Marines. Enjoy it."

The cave shakes.

  • Gunnery Sergeant (Reynolds or Stacker): "Point of entry, best assessment?"
  • Marine: "The hangar, Sergeant."
  • Gunnery Sergeant (Reynolds or Stacker): "Agreed. Master Chief, get there."

- (Co-op variation) Gunnery Sergeant (Reynolds or Stacker): "Agreed. Chief, Arbiter. Get there."

The Master Chief proceeds on, meeting up with two Marines.

  • Marine: "Yeah, get some."
  • PFC Chips Dubbo: "Squad down in the hangar's real shorthanded, Chief."
  • Marine: "If we don't get there quick they're gonna get rolled."

The Chief grabs some Fragmentation Grenades from a weapons case near the door, then opens it, and lets the Marines lead the way.

  • Commander Keyes (COM): "Chief? Good, this channel is secure. My fire-teams are spread thin. We can't hold out forever. I need that hangar cleared for evac, ASAP."
  • Marine: "Those Brutes secure the hangar; we won't be able to get our birds out."

The Marines find the vehicle access. A Warthog is in battle with many Covenant soldiers. Grunts lob Plasma Grenades and destroy it. The Chief and accompanying Marines engage and win, pushing onward. They reach an open door heavily guarded and defeat the resistance, continuing through into the narrows corridors.

If the Master Chief continues to the end of the vehicle access, there is a Marine knocking on the door asking for the doorman to let him in. This is a Red vs Blue Easter Egg; the voices and the lines depend on the difficulty level. (See the Password-Lacking Marine)

Soon the Chief and Marines reach the hangar.

  • Marine: "Wipe those bastards off the deck!!"
  • Marine: "Pelicans can't launch until the hangar's clear!"

The Chief and Marines on the offense secure the deck. Multiple Phantoms drop troops into the hangar, attempting to take it. From a distance, Hornets and Banshees are seen to be engaged in an aerial fight near a Cruiser which keeps supplying Covenant reinforcements to the base. The Chief and Marines take turrets and defend the hangar. The UNSC forces prevail. The Phantoms retreat and their troops fall.

The Pelican hanging on a crane in one of the docks slides out and is released. The Dropship lands to evac the Marines in the hangar, while the Master Chief restocks on weapons and ammo.

  • Pelican pilot (If the Chief is in the way of where it lands): "Need you to step aside sir; can't land till you do."
  • Sergeant Johnson (COM): "Chief, Ops Center. Double time! The Brutes are pressing hard."

If you linger:

  • Sergeant Johnson (COM):"Come on Chief, hustle on back"

The Chief heads back to the Ops Center. Marines pass by for evac. Back in the vehicle access, two Marines, staying behind until the next evac, hear sounds of Drones' wings beating and metal banging in the ventilation pipes.

  • Marine: "Hey. You hear that?"
  • Marine: "Yeah. And I don't like it."
  • Commander Keyes (Speaker): "Attention! Hostiles reported outside the barracks."

The Chief heads back into the corridors, with the two Marines following.

  • Commander Keyes (Speaker): "Barracks are under attack! All available combat teams, respond!"

The COM systems remain silent. The banging and fluttering noises continue on.

  • Commander Keyes (Speaker): "Anyone in the barracks, I need a sit-rep. Now!"

The Master Chief meets with the Marines in the cave, defending the Ops Center.

  • Marine: "Sir, this way."

A Drone suddenly appears above him. {It can be killed before it picks up the Marine. If it does, he can still be saved if chosen to}.

  • Female Marine: "Look! Coming outta the vents!"

A whole swarm of Drones starts pouring out the ventilation shafts, and engulfs the room.

  • Marine: "Line 'em up! Line 'em up!!"
  • Female Marine: "What the hell are these things, Sergeant?!"
  • Gunnery Sergeant (Reynolds or Stacker): "Drones! A whole swarm! Take 'em down!! Short, controlled bursts!!

The Marines open fire on the swarm. The Chief finds a turret and unloads on them. The swarm eventually falls. Marine in the Ops Center open the doors, letting the Chief in.

Gift With Purchase

Butchers in the barracks.

The Master Chief meets with Johnson smoking a cigar and other defending Marines setting up an explosive device, but Thel 'Vadam isn't with them. (Single Player Only)

  • Gunnery Sergeant (Stacker or Reynolds): "If I try to hook up a timer, it might just go off by itself."
  • Commander Keyes (Main View Screen): "Johnson."
  • Sergeant Johnson: "Mm-hmm?"
  • Commander Keyes (Main View Screen): "You might wanna put that out."

Johnson drops his cigar and stamps on it.

  • Commander Keyes (Main View Screen): "Chief, have a look. A little going away gift for the Covenant. We've linked it to smaller charges throughout the base. Johnson, soon as the evacuation is complete, start the timer."
  • Sergeant Johnson: "Understood."
  • Commander Keyes (Main View Screen): "Good luck everyone. See you on the last Pelican out."

The Main View Screen switches off.

  • Johnson: "Follow me, Chief."

- (Co-op variation) Johnson: "Chief, Arbiter. Follow me."

Johnson leads the Chief to the back of the room, guarded by four Marines, and a Weapons Locker sits by it.

  • Sergeant Johnson: "Brutes have taken the barracks. Marines are trapped inside. Those apes ain't much for mercy, Chief. We both know what they do to prisoners."

The Master Chief takes weapons and ammo from the locker.

  • Sergeant Johnson: "Get to the barracks, save those men. Then escort them to the Landing Pad for evac."

If you stay near the bomb:

  • Sergeant Johnson: "I'll guard the bomb Chief, get yourself to the Barracks."

The Chief heads through the corridor to the Motor Pool. While down there, he spots a Brute Pack, lead by a Brute Chieftain with a Gravity Hammer.

  • Brute: "A fresh scent! It must be close."
  • Brute Chieftan: "Spread out! Track it down!"

The Brutes disperse; the Chief takes the pack and Chieftain head-on alone.

After wiping the Brute Pack out, the Master Chief continues on through a corridor, but it's caved in. Finding a hole in the floor, he jumps down into a shaft, and at the bottom are several pipe entrances, which Drones fly in and out of.

Master Chief jumps down through vertical shafts into a canal, where he finds Thel 'Vadam, fighting off another swarm of Drones.

  • Thel 'Vadam: "Half-wit insects! The Prophets use you like they used me! Reject their lies! Rebel, or all your hives will perish!" (Single Player Only)

After 'Vadam takes care of the Drones, he and the Chief regroup.

  • Thel 'Vadam: "Spartan, the Brutes have taken your soldiers, as prisoners or meat for their bellies, I do not know. In case some yet live, let us be careful when we shoot." (Single Player Only)

The Master Chief and 'Vadam head through the door, seeing a Prisoner Marine thrown hard into a pillar, where multiple Marine corpses lie. The Marine dies and falls limply to the ground, and the Chief and 'Vadam rush in. One Marine being held by a Brute begs for mercy as it decides to kill him, too.

The Master Chief about to save the Marine prisoner.
  • Marine Prisoner: "No! Please!"
  • Brute: "Look, it has soiled itself! These are whelps, not warriors!"

If you don't save him, the Brute punches him and throws him on the ground behind him, laughing evilly. (If you save the Marine)

  • Marine Prisoner: "That was close, too close."


  • Marine Prisoner: "Close, too damn close."

The Chief and 'Vadam kill the Brutes and release the prisoners {optional}. While the Marine rushes for a weapon, the Chief and 'Vadam save every prisoner they can.

  • Thel Vadamee: "Again, the Brutes show their weakness."
  • Gunnery Sergeant (Reynolds or Stacker): "Everyone on your feet! Grab a weapon!"
  • Female Marine: "Payback time! OO-RAH"

Taking out the Brutes, the surviving Marines grab weapons from more piles of corpses, taking a second to grieve for their comrades while the Chief and 'Vadam resupply and reload. They continue their rescue throughout the barracks, defeating the Brutes and rescuing (a maximum of) seven Marines, including a Sergeant.

Marines being held prisoner by Brutes.
  • Thel 'Vadam: "We did all we could. Let us move the survivors to the landing pad. There is a lift outside."

- (Co-op change) Gunnery Sergeant (Reynolds or Stacker): "You did the best you could, sir. Let's get the survivors up to the hangar. There's an elevator just outside the barracks."

The Chief leads the survivors outside to the lift. He activates it and they wait for it to come down. While they wait, matters get worse.

  • Sergeant Johnson (COM): "Commander, we lost the Ops Center. Brutes attacked in force. Couldn't hold them off. We're falling back to the hangar. But don't wait for us."
  • Hocus (COM): "What should I do, ma'am?"
  • Commander Keyes (COM): "Hold position! I'm not leaving without him."
  • 'The Chief, 'Vadam and the Marines board the elevator back up to the flight deck. While heading up, Kilo 23 gets into trouble.
  • Hocus: "Ma'am, I've got movement. Above and below. Brutes! They got jump-packs!"
  • Commander Keyes (COM): "They're going after the thrusters. Shake them off, Lieutenant!"

Kilo 23 takes off, getting out of the Brutes' reach. Noticing the Chief and 'Vadam, they attack them. After successfully retaking the flight deck, a door at the road below opens, and Johnson approaches them, holding an SMG. Seeing Johnson and his surviving squad at the doorway under attack from Drones, the Chief and 'Vadam assist.

  • Johnson: "Drones! Go! I'll cover you!"

The few drones are quickly eliminated. Kilo 23 returns for final evac. The barracks survivors and Johnson's squad board the Pelican dropship.

  • Johnson: "Brutes. In the Ops Center. They disarmed the bomb. Sorry Commander, there were too many. Even for me."
  • Commander Keyes (COM): "Chief, get back to the Ops Center. Kill those Brutes. Rearm the bomb. I've gotta get these men outta here. But I'll radio with another exit. Good luck."

Johnson and Thel 'Vadam board the Pelican. The Master Chief goes along the road Johnson previously came from, passing by destroyed Warthogs and dead Marines. (In Co-op, 'Vadam will accompany the Chief)

Last One Out, Get the Lights

Bomb armed. Time to go.

The Chief reaches a door at the end of the road.

  • Cortana (Cortana Moment): "You will be the protectors of Earth and all her colonies."

The Chief walks on through to another roadway, with Covenant Plasma Cannons set up. Using the Plasma Cannons and/or using all available cover, he gets back to the Motor Pool next door to the Ops Center.

If the Chief is taking a while:

Johnson (COM): "Chief, follow the service tunnel to the Motor Pool."

Johnson (COM): "Head through the Motor Pool to get to the Ops Center."

The Chief heads back up the corridor behind the Ops Center, and sneaks in and witnesses a Chieftain communicating with the Prophet of Truth using the Ops Center communications.

  • Brute Chieftain: "We have taken their Command Center!"
  • Truth (Main View Screen): "Have you discovered how they plan to stop me?"
  • Brute Chieftain: (Nervously) "Not just yet, Noble Prophet."
  • Truth (Main View Screen): "Find out what I need to know, or your place on the path is forfeit. Tell me you understand!"
  • Brute Chieftain: "Yes, Holy One. It shall be done."

Truth disconnects from the screen.

  • Brute Chieftain: "Have the Drones scour these machines!! Find out what these heathens know about the Ark!!"

As the two Grunts and Brute Captains get busy, the Chief takes them by surprise and takes them down, taking back the Ops Center and the bomb.

If the Chief waits around a bit.

  • Sergeant Johnson (COM): "Hit the switch, Chief. Arm that bomb!"

The Master Chief reactivates the bomb and the alarm sounds.

  • Commander Keyes (COM): "That did it, Chief! Bomb's armed."
  • Sergeant Johnson (COM): "We got your exit. A service elevator in the hangar. Head downstairs, cut through the caves!"

The Chief heads back into the cave, where Grunts run wildly, then through the corridors.

If the Chief takes his time:

  • Sergeant Johnson (COM): "South hangar, straight through the caves Chief."
  • Cortana (Cortana Moment): "There will be a great deal of hardship on the road ahead."

He continues back out to the vehicle access, where Drones, some Jackals and Grunts flee, and back down the corridors to the hangar.

  • Cortana (Cortana Moment): "You will become the best we can make you."

The Chief gets to the hangar, where Phantoms flee, and Grunts run around in panic and some trying to catch the fleeing Phantom, holds up and looks miserable.

  • Sergeant Johnson (COM): "There isn't much time, Chief. Find that elevator."

If Chief takes his time.

  • Sergeant Johnson (COM): "Bomb's about to blow! Go, go, go!"

If it takes the Chief more time to get to the elevator.

  • Sergeant Johnson (COM): "Get on the elevator, Chief! You're out of time!"

The Master Chief makes it to the service elevator, and activates it. The door doesn't fully shut. Something explodes and flames flicker through the gap.

  • Cortana (Cortana Moment): "This place will become your home."

The elevator descends. The Master Chief hears a massive boom. He looks up and sees the flames roar through the open door. The violent shaking disconnects the elevator and sends it plummeting down. It crashes below and the Chief starts to black out.

  • Cortana (Cortana Moment): "This place will become your tomb."

Everything goes black.


  • Holdout - "Holdout" is an achievement earned by completing the level on the Normal, Heroic, or Legendary difficulty. It is worth 20 Gamerscore.
  • Black Eye - "Black Eye" is an achievement earned for finding and claiming the Black Eye Skull. It is worth 10 Gamerscore.
  • Demon - "Demon" is an achievement earned by accumulating 15,000 points in free-for-all meta-game scoring on this level. It is worth 10 Gamerscore.



  • The Arbiter Eye Glitch occurs at the beginning of this level.
  • Occasionally, you will see rats scurrying across the floor in some parts of the level. They appear on your Motion Tracker as small yellow dots -- friendlies. You can kill them and melee their dead bodies around. If you betray the Marines, your Motion Tracker will show the rats as enemies.
  • If you open the door to the Motor Pool and don't go through, the door to Ops Center will remain open. If you hold position and snipe Brutes with a Battle Rifle, you can eventually lure the Chieftain up the ramp and into the Ops Center. However, he will not attack the Marines, and vice-versa. You can even lure him downstairs, though he will not chase you into the large cave area.
  • There is a glitch that allows you to get infinite weapons for the Motor Pool battle.
  • By dropping a Deployable Cover in the small stairway that Johnson and his Marines use to get to the landing pad, you can block off the stairway and Johnson and his Marines will cease to move, stopping Miranda Keyes's Pelican from taking off.
  • The "Friendly" Brutes glitch can be performed on this level.
  • On this level, it is possible to find Gunnery Sergeant Stacker or Reynolds in three different places in a short amount of time, although they did not accompany you throughout the base. They can be found holding position after killing the swarm of drones outside the Ops Center, then operating the bomb, then being held prisoner in the barracks.
  • There is a female marine that you save in the barracks that has white sleeves under her armor and a backpack, if you shoot or melee her helmet a helmet will fly off but she will still have it on and you can't take it off.


  • If you are playing Co-op on this level, the Arbiter has a melee animation even when he is unarmed. He will melee like a normal Elite. The melee attack does no damage. The same glitch can be performed if you use a glitch to allow an elite character model to be unarmed in forge.
  • When playing as the Arbiter, N’tho ‘Sraom, or Usze ‘Taham, if you press the Y when you're unarmed at the beginning of the level, your player model will shuffle its feet. This can be seen only by the person who does it.
  • Many of the Marines are the same models with different voices in the opening cutscene, such as one of the injured men and a technician that speaks with the Commander.
  • After you come down from the elevator with the surviving Marines, finish off the Brutes and then when Miranda's Pelican comes down, hop onto the viewport and you will see that Miranda is holding the controls of the Pelican like the controls of a Hornet.
  • Sgt. Johnson drops a cigar and steps on it when the player(s) first see the bomb. Upon closer examination, however, one can that the cigar is still lit. In fact, it is completely unaffected by being stepped on.
  • If you manage to save every possible prisoner marine in Barrack B, the evacuation Pelican will run out of seats leaving Thel 'Vadam with no other option but to sit in a seat already occupied by a marine.

Easter Eggs

  • There is an argument between two marines voiced by various Red vs Blue voice actors, which changes depending on difficulty level. See Password-Lacking Marine.
  • In Theater mode, when Miranda Keyes tells Master Chief about their farewell party to the Brutes. Go upstairs next to the computer. It will say MAC and WAC and start playing the Halo theme song with beep sounds.
  • If you look at the picture on the wrinkled newspaper laying between the generator and tarp covered crates at the beginning of Barrack B, it can be noted that the picture faintly displays the picture of a MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor/Mark V alongside a Grunt from Halo: Combat Evolved.


A dead rat, an example of millions more that have bred in the base.
  • The song that is heard after entering the building after meeting the arbiter is similar to the one that is heard in Pillar of Autumn (Level) and Truth and Reconciliation (Level)
  • The men manning the computers at the beginning of the level are Naval personnel, which (aside from Crow's Nest) are only seen in-game in Halo and Pillar of Autumn.
  • The third part of this level (Last One Out, Get The Lights) could be a reference to the Season One finale of Red vs Blue (Last One Out, Hit The Lights). It is seen in the Halo 3 ViDoc Et Tu Brute around the 5 minute mark.
  • When Truth says: "...your destruction is the will of the gods. And I... I am their instrument!" is the same line an Elite says in The Fall of Reach, Halo E3 2000 Trailer, and Halo Wars: Genesis. This quote is the last lines of Contact Harvest.
  • On the boxes in the part of the room farthest from the monitors is the number 2401, the number of Installation 05's Monitor, and factors 7. Similarly, in the first hangar, there is a generator under the floor that has the number 2401, like Installation 05's Monitor.
  • The "Seventh Column" icon appears in the opening cinematic. Immediately after Commander Keyes says "Give the order, we're closing shop," the screen cuts to a bearded marine who says "Ma'am?" The screen behind him reveals a map of the base, with the Seven Pillars icon appearing in the middle of the lower-right quadrant.
The "Seventh Column" icons that appear on the computer readout.
  • There are a total of seven Marines you can save in the Barracks. Seven is Bungie's favorite number.
  • On some of the screens at the Ops-Centre there is a blue screen titled WAC which the screen is a reference to Microsoft's infamous Blue Screen of Death.
  • When the Drones attack, Sgt. Stacker/Reynolds will say "Take 'em down, short controlled bursts!" This may be a reference to Aliens, as the Halo series has had many Aliens references, and possibly because the Drones and the Xenomorphs share more similarities more than any Covenant species (i.e. being insect-like in nature).
  • Sgt. Stacker/Reynolds line of "short controlled bursts!" is also a reference to the Marathon series, as in Marathon Durundal there is a loading screen with the same phrase.


  • The Black Eye and Grunt B-Day skulls can be found on this level.
  • The Banshees and Hornets outside the hangar aren't real. They lack a physical presence, you can move through them in Theater mode, they have scripted deaths, and they use very low-resolution textures applied to them. They are unaffected by the player's actions.
  • If you take the camera in Theater mode outside the hangar, you can see the Portal Storm forming.
  • The multiplayer level Rat's Nest draws many visual inspirations from the design of Crow's Nest.
  • In the video "Et Tu, Brute", instead of fighting the Hammer Chieftain in the Motor Pool you would fight the Plasma Cannon Chieftain and vice versa.


  2. Bungie Podcast, 8-10-2007
Preceded by
Sierra 117
Halo 3 Campaign Missions
Crow's Nest
Succeeded by
Tsavo Highway

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