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Stealth Elite
Species and equipment information
Species

Sangheili

Weapons
Equipment
Political and military information
Mission types

Stealth, Infiltration

Role

Flanking, Spying and Stalking

Affiliation

Covenant

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The Stealth Elite is a Sangheili rank of the Covenant, and later, the Covenant Separatists.

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Roles

Not to be confused with Special Operations Elites, these Sangheili Stealth soldiers are the assassins and spies of the Covenant Army Special Warfare Group.

The use of their active camouflage makes them experts at ambushing enemies in tight quarters. They are usually equipped with Energy Swords or Plasma Rifles, and are seen commanding Grunts similarly equipped with active camouflage.

While they possess Active Camouflage, their defensive capabilities are lower than those of other Elites due to the weakness of their personal energy shields. Early on in the Human-Covenant War, Stealth Elites had no Energy Shields, relying only on their stealth and weapons to accomplish their complicated missions. This was later rectified, but the Stealth Elites' newly gained Energy Shields were weak, causing any Sangheili who held the rank to still rely heavily on stealth and quickness.

Combat

A camouflaged Stealth Elite armed with an Energy Sword on Installation 04.

Stealth Elites are usually armed with Plasma Rifles, either single-wielded or dual-wielded. Frequently, these soldiers are allowed to carry and use Energy Swords. They often lie in wait in order to ambush their enemies. They are also far less prone to tactical mistakes, such as not charging directly into a fight and taking cover more often. Their agility and Active Camouflage make them difficult targets to hit, and they often attack in pairs, much like Hunters.

The best way to combat a Stealth soldier in Halo: Combat Evolved would be to take advantage of their lack of shields. The M6D Pistol and the SRS99C-S2 AM Sniper Rifle will kill them with a single shot to the head, though it can be difficult to land shots, due to the Sangheili's agility and camouflage ability. The sniper rifle's night vision makes this easier because it makes them quite visible. The MA5B is very effective at close range, as its ability to fill the air with a large number of projectiles reduces the need for accurate aiming, and allows you to find the Sangheili easier while they are still camouflaged. Explosives are also extremely effective when trying to flush them out of hiding or from behind cover, or to damage them.

Despite having Active Camouflage, when a Stealth Elite is equipped with an Energy Sword the sword's glow will give their location, making for an easy kill.

In Halo 2, use head shot-capable weapons such as the SRS99C-S2 AMB Sniper Rifle, M6C Magnum Sidearm, BR55 Battle Rifle, or the Covenant Carbine. Their relatively weak shields can be broken easily by these weapons, and like any other Sangheili soldier, they can be killed by a single headshot while unshielded. Marksman weapons such as the Sniper Rifle can kill them with a single headshot even when fully-shielded depending on difficulty you're playing on. The shotgun is very effective when combating a Stealth Elite in a close quarter’s environment.

Stealth Sangheilis appear frequently in the Halo 2 campaign and mainly the level Outskirts on Legendary, though they also appear in the underwater structure in the level Regret, and on Gravemind .

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Armor and Shields

These Sangheili are clad in armor that comes in several different variations. They are a specialty class, like Rangers, and are suited for stealth operations.

During and prior to the Battle of Installation 04, their armor was a light blue or gray color, depending on the lighting, and had a Forerunner emblem on the back. However, this armor system did not allow for use of a Sangheili Personal Energy Shield, allowing for a quick and easy kill if you know where they are.

During the Battle of Earth and the Battle of Installation 05, these Stealth soldiers received updated and improved armor. The color was changed from a grayish tone to either a brown or silver/steel color. In addition, the designers added in personal energy shields for increased survivability. The shielding system worn by Stealth Elites is significantly different from any other armor system worn by the Sangheili. Stealth Sangheilis' shields recharge incredibly quickly, much faster than any other shield system seen in use in the Halo universe (including the shielding systems of Elite combat harnesses, SPARTAN power armor, and Brute power armor). Additionally, Stealth Elites appear to have almost twice as much health as a standard Minor Elite. On the downside, these shields are noticeably weaker than those worn and used by Sangheili Minors, with almost 50% the shield strength of a Minor Sangheili's shields.

Halo Wars

Stealth Sangheilis are also seen throughout Halo Wars campaign. Their invisibility makes it impossible for the player's units to see them. The Sangheilis' invisibility ends when they take a certain amount of damage. It was once speculated that they would be the unique unit of Ripa 'Moramee, although this was later proven to be untrue. Despite wearing silver armor in the previous Halo games, in Halo Wars, they appear with white armor.

Trivia

  • The Sangheili of this expertise do not appear during the events of Halo 3, though it is still possible that some of these soldiers still fought during the Battle of Voi and the Battle of Installation 00. It's also possible that some of these Sangheili were absorbed into the Covenant Separatist Special Operations groups during the Great Schism.
  • In the last level of Halo: Combat Evolved, The Maw, there are some Combat Forms with their Active Camouflage still working. This means that they are likely infected Stealth Elites. However, they do not carry weapons.
  • Stealth Elites are not to be confused with Ossoonas, who also employ the active camouflage. Ossoonas are meant to spy on the enemy without participating in the fight unless spotted, while Stealth Elites are for combat purposes.
  • Stealth Elites mainly show up in Halo: Combat Evolved, but some Stealth Elites are seen in Halo 2, and are then replaced by Brute Stalkers in Halo 3.
  • Stealth Elites are not the only Elites that can use Active Camouflage. They are the only ones who have the dedicated role of attacking by stealth in a combat situation so they are trained specifically for it. Special Operations Elites also use Active Camouflage, as can the Arbiter, but unlike the Arbiter's, Spec-Ops Elites and Stealth Elites' camouflage can last as long as they want.

References

Sangheili Ranks
High Council Councilor
Temporary/Prominent OssoonaArbiter
Fleet Commander Fleet MasterSupreme CommanderImperial Admiral
Zealot Officers Field MasterShipmasterFleet MasterSupreme Commander
Special Operations Spec-OpsSpec-Ops OfficerSpec-Ops Commander of the Covenant
Honor Guard Sangheili Honor GuardsmanHonor Guard UltraLight of Sanghelios
Specialists StealthRangerAscetics
Regular AristocratMinorMajorUltra
Civilian KaidonOracle Master
Heretic Heretic Sangheili MinorHeretic Sangheili MajorHeretic Leader

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

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