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For other uses of Oddball and Skull, see Skull
Oddball is a multiplayer game-type featured in the Halo series.
A game of Oddball on Sidewinder
in Halo: Combat Evolved.
The objective is to locate the Skull(s) on the map and to maintain possession of it for the longest period of time possible. The default settings allow the game to be a free for all with one Skull on the map, which you need to have possession of for two minutes in order to win. This game can be played as a Rumble Game or a Team Game where the highest score of the lone player (Free-For-All), or on a team's accumulative score, chooses the victor(s). Normally, a player who has the Oddball is the immediate target for the other players, which is what makes Oddball an extremely fast paced and fun game-type.
While a player has possession of the Oddball, they cannot wield their weapons or throw grenades. However, they can still melee opponents with the Skull, which normally inflicts massive damage. The settings for the game can also be altered to make it more interesting. For example, the player with the Oddball can go invisible or can be slowed down. The number of Oddballs on the map can also be changed. Oddball in Halo 3 is the same and looks just like the Skulls of Halo 2.
- Get ready for a classic game of free for-all Oddball. Hold the ball for 2 minutes to win.
- This game of Oddball, with nothing but rocket launchers, is a real blast. Control the ball for a total of 1 minute to win.
- Tense rounds with swords and no motion sensor. Control the ball for 30 seconds to win a round. First to 3 wins, a very deadly game.
- Up to 8 teams can go head to head in this game of team oddball. First team with 2 minutes ball control wins.
- Team Oddball with a twist. Everyone on your team must hold the ball for at least 30 seconds to win.
- An odd game of ball with random weapons. Earn 2 minutes control time to win.
- A Halo 3 variant that grants the Oddball Carrier with more speed and less gravity, but cannot take as much damage.
- Oddball, is derived from Marathon's "Kill the Man With the Ball".
- The Skull itself is from Halo: Combat Evolved's early development: when the player goes to rescue Captain Jacob Keyes in the level Keyes and discovers that he has been consumed by the Flood, the Master Chief was to burn through the Proto-Gravemind biomass and pull out Keyes' skull to get his neural implants. However, this was cut due to the Flamethrower being removed, and possibly the burnt skull being too disconcerting to present in the game as well. The design of the skull was apparently kept for the Oddball skull, as a Command Neural Interface resembling that of Captain Keyes, can be seen on the base of the skull.
- In Halo 3 multiplayer, if you melee an enemy with the Oddball it is an instant kill, however, this can be tweaked via the game setting in all of the Halo games.
- Getting 3 Oddball kills on a Legendary Map unlocks the new Alas, Poor Yorick achievement.
- In Halo 2, it is possible to have no weapon and no cross-hair if the player picks up the Oddball while charging a plasma pistol. This can be useful for machinima.
- Players can use Oddballs to measure the depth of a map, such as Boarding Action or Ascension.