Typically, eight players are divided into two teams of four each (although three on three matches are possible if two parties of three are present). The game modes in this playlist are team-based Slayer games. In the early days of Halo 3 matchmaking, Shotty Snipers was especially prevalent, but was eventually made rarer due to player complaints, and ultimately removed altogether along with its counterpart Team Snipers (which now has its own playlist).
Any players on the winning team gain experience and may advance their level, while those on the losing team do not gain experience and will usually level down. Due to this fact, partying up with skilled teammates makes this one of the easiest ways to improve your Trueskill rank. Partying with a better player can backfire, however, if the other team is much too skilled for people on your team to compete with, then one only one or two of your teammates will be able to hold their own against similarly ranked players to them. This results in the other players on your team usually performing poorly against more skilled foes, and your team will most likely lose.
Note: All maps have equal chance of being selected.
|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|