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Game: Halo Wars
Scarab
Date: February 2531
Place: Forerunner ruin site, Arcadia
Objective:
  • Destroy the Super Scarab
  • Destroy all the 7 Power Nodes (optional)
  • Destroy 10 Locusts (optional)
Enemies:
Halopedia has a walkthrough guide to this level, Scarab (Level). See Scarab (Level)/Walkthrough.
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Scarab is the seventh level of the real-time strategy game, Halo Wars.

Contents

Overview

After several Plasma-based Rhinos take down the dome, UNSC forces are sent inside to find out what the Covenant were protecting. As a couple of Rhinos patrol the area, they are easily destroyed by the nearby immobile but functional Super Scarab. As the UNSC forces are alerted of this threat, Captain Cutter orders all UNSC units inside the former dome to destroy the Scarab before the Covenant make it mobile. As advised by the A.I. Serina, UNSC forces including Sergeant John Forge take out the Power Nodes linking to the Scarab, and after destroying all of them, they took advantage of the fact that as the Scarab has less Power Nodes, it's head will move more slowly. The base that the UNSC had set up was directly in front of the Super Scarab and was blocked by a wall-like barrier of Forerunner structures. The Scarab attempted to break through the wall, however it never succeeded. As more Power Nodes were disabled the Scarab's head became less active as far as motion. Before the barrier could be destroyed the UNSC forces in the former covenant occupied dome had successfully destroyed the Scarab with tanks, Marines, and a MAC Cannon from the orbiting Spirit of Fire. However, the UNSC suffered significant losses.

Transcript

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Cutscene

Scene opens at the Apex with many Honor Guards lining it. The Arbiter walks alongside Regret

Regret: Arbiter, you are unusually quiet, what troubles occupy your thoughts?

Arbiter: Hierarch, I do not wish to be impudent, but you have charged me with the destruction of humanity.

Regret: A most noble cause for one with such a troubled past.

Arbiter: And I am thankful for my task, but sire, you have me skulk in ancient ruins and search empty temples. How does this help me accomplish my goal?

Regret: The war with the Humans will require a great deal many more machines than we can currently muster.

The Arbiter draws two Energy swords

Arbiter: I will take what we have!

Regret: And leave us defenseless? No. The Ancients will provide for us. This world shall be the birthplace for an invasion fleet beyond imagining. Enough to crush the Humans quickly...and with ease.

Arbiter: But this world lies dormant, it is just a shell.

Regret: Blasphemy! The key will be found with patience.

Regret tries to activate the structure but only red lights flash at him

Regret: But perhaps there is a quicker way. The human female from the ice relic, she has some knowledge in this regard. The new planet the Relic has lead us to has also led her. Capture that human and bring her here!

Arbiter: It will be done.

The Arbiter departs and the scene fades out

Gameplay

Fade back into Arcadia, inside the now ruined dome shield

Captain Cutter: You've advanced to where the force field stood, take a look around.

Two Rhinos patrol the area but are soon destroyed by a mysterious beam

Forge: What was that?

Soon revealed to be an incomplete yet active Scarab

Serina: The Scarab is incomplete but its head is operational, its field of fire prevents any chance of retreat or extraction, you'll have to destroy it.

Forge: Build up our base and army and go kill that Scarab.

Forge: The Scarab's search light beam shows the direction its facing, the temple ruins in this area will provide some cover, but not forever.

Forge: Damn it, spotted.

After destroying a power node

Serina: You've destroyed a power node, the Scarab's head is turning a little more slowly.

After destroying a Locust

Forge: Destroy those Locusts where ever you find them, they're building killers.

After a second power node is destroyed

Serina: The Scarab's head is moving even slower now, keep it up.

Captain Cutter: The Scarab's weapon system is relying on the power nodes in this area, destroy them to reduce the Scarab's combat effectiveness.

If a third node is destroyed

Serina: The head is tracking more slowly.

Forge: They've launched a counter-attack on our base!

Forge: It can't fire in two directions at once, maybe we can use that to our advantage.

When the Scarab's health is halfway

Serina: The Scarab is about half-dead or half-alive, take your pick.

When the Scarab's health is low

Serina: Almost there, the Scarab is nearly destroyed.

Forge: If that thing burns through that barrier of ruins and destroys our Command Center, we're dead.

At some point during the battle, (and only on Heroic or Legendary)

Forge: The engineers are repairing the scarab! Take them out!

After intense and heavy fighting the Scarab is finally destroyed.

Serina: No problem, I told you we'd make it.

Mission completed

Captain Cutter: The Scarab is destroyed. Victory is ours today.

Trivia

  • The Scarab is not a normal Scarab because of its appearance and functions. When you view its name in-game, instead of saying Scarab it says "Super Scarab." The sheer size of it, coupled with the immense amount of damage it can take, obviously sets it apart from the usual Covenant Scarab. Although it is incomplete, this "Super Scarab" bears a strong resemblance to the Halo 2 Scarab variant.
  • There is a glitch in the level, which effectively gives you infinite time, if done properly. There is a garrisonable sniper tower - if you have the "New Blood" upgrade, garrisoning Marines in there will make the scarab constantly fire at the tower. Due to the floating nature of the sniper tower, the marines take no damage and an invisible wall stops the shot from penetrating. If you send a unit in the way of the Scarab's fire, it will return to normal and the glitch becomes useless.
  • This is the first level to show a mistake. As soon as the level starts, the "Commentator" mentions "Firebase Ready" as if announcing the creation of a new base, but the base is actually a Fortress.
  • There is a glitch in this level which causes your MAC Blast to be unable to recharge, but also gaining you an extra shot afterward.
  • The Scarab tank is actually driven by something related to a hunter because of its worm structure.

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

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