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The Da Vinci Code Objects are objects that appear in some of Halo 3's levels. These object are textured with a UV-unwrapped image (used to help artists paint textures onto 3D models). The image consists of a grid, with each tile containing a letter from a to p in alphebetical order, each line repeats the one above albeit shifted right by one letter. The name was likely inspired from the texture's slight visual similarity to the "cryptex" featured in Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code.

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Easter Eggs

On Sandtrap and Sandbox, spherical objects have been found. These objects, dubbed "easter eggs" and also known as "Da Vinci Eggs", are located near or inside large, tower-like Forerunner structures, and in both levels serve to keep the player from exiting the level.

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Sandtrap

In Sandtrap, the Eggs fire orange beams into the sand whenever a player tries to exit the map; these beams activate Brute Landmines that are buried along the level's perimeter. The beams themselves are harmless, unlike the beams on Sandbox. In both cases, the Eggs' kills are attributed to The Guardians.

To get a closer look at the Eggs in Sandtrap, you'll need to use Pan Cam to exit the map in Theater and fly to any of the towers. The eggs will be near the top-right of the towers.

Sandbox

In Sandbox, the Eggs fire subtler but more powerful beams directly at escaping players, killing such players almost instantly. The beams on Sandbox are also much more accurate, as they were meant to target specific players. However, unlike the beams on Sandtrap, Sandbox's beams can be blocked by Bubble Shields and most Forge Objects. These beams are very similar to the projectiles fired by a Gauss Warthog.

To see the eggs, two players must cooperate. One player (Person A) must, while in Edit Mode, exit the map from the Sky Bubble by spawning a Teleporter outside of the map. Person A must then fly to a tower (but watch out for kill barriers) and spawn a turret against the light in the tower. A second player (Person B) must then man the turret and have Person A pick the turret up. Person A should drag Person B up the wall while B is still against it. Towards the middle of the light, the Easter Egg can be seen.

Da Vinci Cube

On Heretic, an untextured cube is hidden inside each of the lifts at the center of the map. To reach one of these "Da Vinci Cubes", a player must place a Machine Gun Turret against the top of the lift. They should then proceed to use the Forge Turret Glitch to enter the small compartment that holds the cube.

The Da Vinci Cubes power their respective lifts; overloading the map will cause the cubes to vanish, disabling the accompanying lifts. There are only three known Da Vinci Cubes on Heretic, and their purpose is unknown -- lifts on other maps, like Sandtrap and Valhalla, do not appear to require such cubes. It is possible, however, that Da Vinci Cubes exist on those maps and simply haven't been found. Interestingly, the Cubes are noticeably smaller than the Easter Eggs on Sandtrap and Sandbox.

Da Vinci Towers

In the Halo 3 Campaign level The Covenant, the Time Travel Glitch can be used to reveal three Da Vinci Towers hidden outside of the level boundaries. The towers do not appear in normal gameplay, but seem to be glitched or altered copies of the shield-generating towers that the level's objectives center around. Most of the towers' surfaces are untextured, and the non-solid towers don't appear to serve any purpose.

It is possible that Bungie created two versions or layers of the normal shield-generating towers. The outer layer is immutable, but the inner layer (the "da Vinci" layer) will vanish if the shield generators in the towers are disabled. It is entirely possible that the Da Vinci Towers are projecting the beams that power the shields, which would explain why disabling the shields removes the towers.

Trivia

  • In Halo 3: ODST, in Kizingo Boulevard (Level), there is a large rectangle SW of mombasa island outside and on the floor of the level map . This rectangle is a "Da Vinci" rectangle that has no strategic placement and located is surrounded by a void. A void contains no textures and no solids and is empty hence it is called a void.
  • More untextured DaVinci Code Objects can be seen in the Halo 3 ViDoc Et Tu Brute?.

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Easter Eggs
Halo 1 Easter Eggs .fortune · AWOL Marine · Birthdate on Tank · Bulletin Board · DMM 2003 · Hellomyname Keyes · Hugging Elite · Initials on John's Boot · Keyes' Pipe · Megg · Pistol Kanji · Rex · Siege of Madrigal · Thirsty Unggoy · Three Dead Grunts · Unarmed Marine Easter Egg
Halo 2 Easter Eggs Bloody UNSC Soldier · Cowardly Unggoy · Face in Halo · Face on Gravemind · Finding the Holo-Drone · Flood Blood Symbols · Great Journey Unused Objects · Grunt Playing With Dolls · HI BEN · Half-Naked Guy · Halo 2 Skulls · Hidden Cigar · Hidden Gargoyle · Hidden Sniper Rifle · Hippo in Halo · Jack o' lantern · Marathon Symbol from Blind Skull · McDonalds Sign on top of Coagulation · Megg · Messages on Bomb · Notes in Armory · Outskirts Sword · Reversed Messages · Rex · Rooster Teeth · Scarab Gun · Scorpion Pictures · Sid · Siege of Madrigal · Sign in Metropolis · Soccer Ball · Special Dialogue Unggoy · Type 14 Magnetic/Anti-Tank Mine · Why Am I Here · Zanzibar Eggs
Halo 3 Easter Eggs Boat on "The Storm" · Carved Letters in Sierra 117 · Cavemen · Easter Egg Towers · Face on the moon · Final Unggoy · Flipyap · Halo Music on High Ground · Hangar Easter Eggs · Hidden Blood · Half-Naked Guy · Microsoft Sam · Missing Person Poster · Password-Lacking Marine · Reversed Messages · Rex · Rooster Teeth · Sandbox Warning · Secret Marine on The Covenant · Secret Room On The Ark · Secret Room On The Covenant · Siege of Madrigal · Suicidal Marine · Urinating Brute · Valhalla Wall Easter Egg · Chief EG-X
ODST Easter Eggs Siege of Madrigal · Buck and Monkeyman · Face on Windward · Identification Badge · License Plate Eggs

This article uses material from the "Da Vinci Code Objects" article on the Halo wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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