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Matchmaking is a system that allows players on Xbox Live to be matched with other, so as to put random players together for online game play.



Halo: Combat Evolved did not have an Xbox Live feature. However, Halo PC allows players to play online. Since there's no matchmaking feature, players can simply select a game from a given list to join it.

Halo 2

Halo 2 doesn't have custom games searching, instead it has a system of matchmaking integrated into its Xbox Live feature. There are two options, Optimatch and Quickmatch. Optimatch allows players to select a type of game from a playlist, while Quickmatch simply places you into the last used playtype. For current playlists visit


In Optimatch, there is a list of different types of matches you can enter.




Each type has different game types, maps, weapon sets, and other specifics about it, allowing players to select a specific one.


Main article: Rank

For the "ranked" game types (see above), a player has a stat between 1-50. When entering any of the above ranked game types, they are matched with players around their own rank. If the player wins, the Matchmaking software calculates how many experience points he or she wins. Likewise, if a player loses, the Matchmaking software deducts a certain amount of experience points from the player. The person's rank corresponds to the amount of experience points that they have.

Unranked games do not effect experience points/ranks, and you can be put together in a game with any player. These game types disregard rank.

Halo 3

Players can choose from two types of matchmaking,
A version of a file listing all of the ranks in Halo 3.
ranked and social, each having different gametypes. Guests can only enter social matches.It should be noted that a measly 1 EXP will be given for winning a match. Bungie also puts special events into matchmaking first seen on Halloween with the Living Dead playlist, this was also the first time forged maps were used, hinting that more playlist will come along with the holidays. These special events only occur for a short amount of time, usually during the celebration of their respective holiday.

Double EXP Weekend is a new feature in Halo 3's Matchmaking. In this playlist, unusual (ex. Grifball and Fiesta) games rarely seen compared to others (ex. Team Snipers or Living Dead) are played from Thursday to Monday.

Unlike Halo 2, if a party has a high variability of skill levels in the current playlist, it will acknowledge it as a "mixed party" and will attempt to match with another party or several parties of a similar mix of ranks between the players.

Matchmaking in Halo 3 requires an Xbox Live Gold account.

For current playlist information visit,




Special Occasions:

  • Living Dead (Ranked on Halloween) (Double EXP Weekend)
  • Valentine's Day Massacre (Valentine's Day)
  • Grifball (Double EXP Weekend)
  • Team SWAT (Double EXP Weekend)
  • Cinco de Mayo (Cinco de Mayo) (Double EXP Weekend) (Fiesta games)
  • Team Snipers (Double EXP Weekend)
  • Rockets (Double EXP Weekend)
  • 3 Ball (Double EXP Weekend)
  • Icy Treats (Bungie Day)
  • Mythic Brawl (Double EXP Weekend) (Formerly Legendary Brawl)


Test/Scrapped: (As of 2008)

  • AWOL
  • Grab Bag
  • Community Carnage
  • Custom Carnage
  • Rumble Hardcore
  • Rumble Challenge
  • Team Challenge
  • Bungie Tournament
  • Major League Gaming
  • 7th Column
  • Big Team Slayer
  • Team Snipers
  • Infection
  • Territories
  • CTF
  • Team Pro
  • Rumble Pro
  • Tournament Of Champions
  • Weekend Warrior
  • Race
  • Big Team Skirmish
  • Rumble Training
  • Double Team Training
  • Team Training
  • Big Team Training
  • Multi-Team Training
  • Action Sack
  • Elimination
  • Phantoms
  • Swordplay
  • Escort
  • Secret Service
  • Hammer Time
  • Laser Tag
  • All Stars
  • King Of The Hill
  • Oddball
  • Assault
  • VIP
  • Juggernaut
  • 1v1
  • 2v2
  • Rat's Nest
  • Standoff
  • Foundry
  • Hardcore Skirmish
  • Zone Control
  • Team Zone Control
  • DLC Playground
  • Forge Playground
  • Warehouse Playground
  • Warehouse
  • Playground
  • Oldschool
  • Riot
  • Fiesta
  • Marty Party
  • Bungie Community
  • Team Sack
  • Team CTF
  • Team King
  • Team Territories
  • Team Assault
  • Team VIP
  • Team Oddball
  • MLG Presents
  • Forge Galore
  • Social Control
  • Lunatic Night
  • Bungie Favorites
  • Weekend War
  • Purgatory
  • Ferrex's Fun Sack!
  • Holiday Hopper
  • Bungie Invitational
  • Bungie Challenge
  • LIVE Tournament
  • Avalanche
  • Ghost Town
  • Blackout
  • Cold Storage
  • Assembly
  • Longshore
  • Citadel
  • Heretic
  • Sandbox
  • Orbital

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Multiplayer Game Types
Slayer: Team Slayer | Rockets | Swords | Snipers | Phantoms | Elimination | Slayer Variants
King of the Hill: King | Team King | Phantom King | Crazy King | Team Crazy King | King of the Hill Variants
Oddball: Rocketball | Swordball | Team Ball | Low Ball | Fiesta | Ninjaball | Oddball Variants
Juggernaut: 2 on 1 | 3 on 1 | Ninjanaut | Phantom Fodder | Dreadnaut | Juggernaut Variants
Capture the Flag: Multi Flag CTF | CTF Classic | 1 Flag CTF | 1 Flag CTF Fast
Assault: Multi Bomb | Single Bomb | Single Bomb Fast | Neutral Bomb | Blast Resort | Assault Variants
Territories: 3 Plots | Land Grab | Gold Rush | Control Issues | Contention | Territories Variants
VIP: Escort | Influential VIP | One Sided VIP | Rocket Race | VIP Variants
Infection: Alpha Zombie | Hide and Seek | Save One Bullet | Infection Variants
Halo 2 ranked playlists: Double Team | Team Slayer | Team Skirmish | Team Snipers | Team Hardcore | H2 Challenge
Halo 2 unranked playlists: Rumble Pit | Team Training | Big Team Battle | Team SWAT
Halo 3 ranked playlists: Lone Wolves | Team Slayer | Team Objective | Team Doubles | Squad Battle | Team SWAT | Team Snipers | MLG
Halo 3 social playlists: Rumble Pit | Social Slayer | Social Skirmish | Big Team Social | Multi-Team | Social Team DLC | Team Mythic | Action Sack
Halo 3 other playlists: Basic Training

Halo 3 Double EXP weekends : Grifball | 3 Ball | Team Flag | Living Dead | Team Melee | Team Snipers | Team SWAT

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

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