Flood Swarms are a type of flying Flood species.
They were described by Halo Wars developers as "infected buzzards crossed with evil bats". They usually travel in groups, and attack with barbs projectiles. They are relatively weak, but can easily dispatch most infantry.
Individual Flood Swarms have low health and do less damage than other Flood forms. They counter this by flying in groups of 15 to 25 members. When in a group, the Flood Swarms keep moving. This reduces damage to individual units, as one is more likely to spread damage over multiple Swarms. This also increases their effective rate of fire; Flood forms that are ready to fire move to the front of the group, fire, and then head to the rear.
Groups of Flood Swarms are often found flying rather aimlessly before they notice an enemy unit. They then pursue that unit until they die, the unit dies, or the unit significantly outpaces the Swarm. Small groups of infantry or individual vehicles will almost always be destroyed.
When a group of Swarms first encounters an enemy unit, almost all the Swarms will fire their projectiles, dealing a large amount of damage in a short time. After the initial barrage, they will fire in a volley pattern, a few Swarms going to the front, firing, and then returning to the rear. Any enemy unit will be under considerable fire.
Individual Flood Swarms are rather simple to kill, any one unit will quickly kill it. In groups, however, Flood Swarms are much more dangerous.
To avoid getting killed:
To kill Flood Swarms:
Flood Swarms appear on many levels in Halo Wars. They can also be found on the multiplayer map Release, as part of the third and fourth waves of Flood released from the containment facility and on the multiplayer map Crevice with them spawning at night.
|Known Flood Forms|
|Feral Forms||Infection Form • Combat Form • Carrier Form|
|Pure Forms||Stalker Form • Ranged Form • Tank Form|
|Advanced Forms||Proto-Gravemind • Gravemind|
|Uncategorized Forms||Prophet Form • Flood Growth Pods • Flood Dispersal Pod • Porta • Flood Hive • Flood Spores • Flood Launcher • Flood Swarms • Flood Den • Bomber Form • Thrasher Form • Flood Stalk • Flood Vent • Flood Colony • Flood Root|
|Cut Forms||Juggernaut • Shielded Carrier Form • Infector Form • Transport Form • Stealth Form|