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Rumble Pit is a Halo 2 and Halo 3 playlist based around "free-for-all" action. It is one of the trickiest and most prestigious matchmaking playlists. Playing Slayer in many variants (though most often it's regular Slayer).
It allows up to 8 players in Halo 2, 8 players in Halo 3, and rotates through a selection of maps and gametypes, most notably the "slayer", (Including variants like swords, and shotguns) "fiesta" rules.
The Rumble Pit matchmaking playlist was ranked in Halo 2 on Xbox Live from its release (in 2004) until early 2007, and is now unranked in Halo 3. Halo 3's ranked version of Rumble Pit is called Lone Wolves.
Bungie changes the exact list of maps and rules periodically; the list as of 5/26/06 is:
Note: All maps have equal chance of being selected
Additional variants of some maps may also appear for specific game types.
All percentages are rounded.
A Rumble Pit is evenly comparable to a Lone Wolves match, save that it is not ranked but social. A good stratagem to work with on any given Free-for-All match is to step back, watch, wait, and charge. To bluntly hurtle towards foes is a guaranteed lose. For example if it is a Guardian Slayer match, you can primarily see hordes of Spartans and Elites having at it in the main arena in the center. Grab a Battle Rifle and a handful of grenades, hurl them in the arena and pick off your rivals.
Close-combat is always ill-advised in a Rumble Pit as it can help the leaders get easy points with better weaponry.
|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|