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Game: Halo 2
The Great Journey
Player: Thel 'Vadamee
Date: November 3, 2552
Place: The surface of Installation 05.
Halopedia has a walkthrough guide to this level, The Great Journey (Level). See The Great Journey (Level)/Walkthrough.
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Form an unexpected alliance, keep Tartarus from activating the ring.

The Great Journey is the final level in Halo 2 campaign. As Thel 'Vadamee, you will fight alongside other Sangheili, and several Hunters, to reach and stop Tartarus from activating the rings. Work alongside a Scarab being controlled by Sergeant Major Johnson to break into to the door of Delta Halo's Control Room where Tartarus is located. Then, you must bring down the Brute Chieftain, Tartarus.




Part 01: "Your Ass, My Size-24 Hoof"


{Scene fades in on Thel 'Vadamee and Rtas 'Vadumee, who is in a Wraith with its hatch open, conversing. The two are looking towards the Control Room of Delta Halo}

Thel 'Vadam: "What is that place?"

Rtas 'Vadumee: "Where the Councilors were meant to watch the consecration of the Icon." {Zooms in on Rtas 'Vadumee's face} "The start of the Great Journey."

{Focus on 'Vadamee}

Gravemind {in 'Vadamee's memory }: "There is still time to stop the key from turning."

{'Vadamee turns to face Rtas 'Vadumee}

Thel 'Vadam: "I must get inside."

Rtas 'Vadumee: "Then mount up, Arbiter. I know a way to break those doors."

{'Vadamee turns to face the Control Room as Rtas 'Vadum enters his Wraith and closes the hatch behind him}


{As they travel to where a Scarab is visible, docked up on a ledge}

Rtas 'Vadumee: "There, Arbiter. That Scarab's main gun will break the Control Room's door. At the far end of the beach there's a passage into the cliff. It'll take you up to the Scarab."

{after clearing the area}

Rtas 'Vadumee: "The Brutes control the cruiser, Arbiter. I'll remain here, make sure no reinforcements get in behind you. Then, I'm going to take the cruiser back!"

{'Vadamee walks into a room with Sangheili and Mgalekgolo}

Sangheili: "The Arbiter? I thought he was dead! Hold your fire. The Hunters have come to our aid, Arbiter. They will fight/stand by our side.

{'Vadamee fights his way to a room where two Councilors and two Hunters are being held prisoner behind force field doors}

(If the Spec Ops Elite lives at this point and follows you to the room)

Spec Ops Elite: Free our brothers! Death to the Brutes!

{Once you clear the room, free the Hunters and Councilors, then head to the top floor to the Scarab}

{' Vadamee and his Elites arrive upon a group of Brutes preparing to execute the Marine prisoners.}

Tartarus (O.S.): "Mine will do, kill the others."

Brute 1: "Yes, Chieftain. (to other Brute) A day's ration says I can do this in one cut."

Brute 2: "Two cuts at least."

Brute 1: "Done. Wait, movement!"

Brute 2: "Elites!"

Sergeant Major Avery J. Johnson: "Go, go, go!"

{Gunnery Sergeant Pete Stacker and Staff Sergeant Marcus Banks start fighting the Brutes, Johnson jumps into the Scarab and disappears. The Scarab starts moving}

Part 02: "Backseat Driver"


Johnson commandeers the Scarab.

{'Vadamee turns around to see the Scarab's main cannon aimed at him}

Sergeant Johnson (O.S.): "Listen, you don't like me and I sure as hell don't like you."

{cut to Scarab's helm, Johnson at the controls}

Sergeant Johnson: "But if we don't do something, Mr. Mohawk's gonna activate this ring. And we're all gonna die."

{cut to 'Vadamee}

Thel 'Vadamee: "Tartarus has locked himself inside the Control Room."

Sergeant Johnson (O.S.): "Well, I just happen to have a key." {the Scarab's cannon opens} "Come on, Grab a Banshee and give me some cover. (focus on Johnson) They're gonna know we're comin'."


{Two Banshees arrive and the Elite pilots jumps out}

Elite: "Take my Banshee Arbiter."

{'Vadam does so, Johnson fires on enemy Wraiths}

Sergeant Johnson (O.S): Ha! How do you like it?!

{they approach the Control Room}

Sergeant Johnson (O.S.): "Stay clear of the doors. Hey, bastards, knock knock!"

(If you block the doors)

Johnson (O.S.): "Stay clear of the doors!"

Johnson (O.S.): "Are you trying to get killed? Gimme some room!"

(When you don't move)

Johnson (O.S.): "What, do I have to spell it out for you? MOVE!!!

Johnson (O.S.): "Hey, listen, I'm gonna count to three. One ... two ... three! Don't say I didn't warn ya!"

(If you move away while he's counting)

Sergeant Johnson (O.S.): "Good! Now stay put!"

Sergeant Johnson (O.S.): "Hey, bastards. Knock knock!"

(If you go back after he says to stay put)

Sergeant Johnson (O.S.): (unamused) "Ha ha, that's real funny, I'm still shootin'!"

{Scarab cannon fires, destroying Control Room's door, 'Vadam enters the Control Room, runs into some Brutes}

Brute: "Do not let the Arbiter into the chamber! The Chieftain must complete his holy work!

{'Vadam either kills the guards or sneaks past them, then heads into the main chamber of control room}

Part 03: "Delusions and Grandeur"


{Tartarus and four Brute Captains stand in front of the control panel, holding Keyes and 343 Guilty Spark}

Tartarus: "Come, human, it's easy." {he tries to get Miranda to insert the Index} "Take the Icon in your hands. (growls impatiently) And do as you are told!"

{he slams the Index on the console, which flashes red lights}

343 Guilty Spark: "Please, use caution! This Reclaimer is delicate."

Tartarus: "One more word, Oracle, and I'll rip your eye from its socket!" {he turns to Keyes, pushes her forward}

Commander Keyes: (Exhales sharply)

Tartarus: (soft menacing growl) "Which is nothing compared to what I will do to you."

{Thel 'Vadam walks in}

Thel 'Vadamee: "Tartarus, stop."

Tartarus: (Gasps, jerks his neck up in surprise) "Impossible!"

Thel 'Vadamee: "Put down the Icon."

(Tartarus turns to face 'Vadam)

Tartarus: "Put it down, and disobey the Hierarchs?"

Thel 'Vadamee: "There are things about Halo even the Hierarchs do not understand."

{Brutes step forward menacingly, Tartarus waves them off}

Tartarus: "Take care, Arbiter, what you say is heresy!"

Thel 'Vadam: "Is it? (gently) Oracle, what is Halo's purpose?"

343 Guilty Spark: "Collectively, the seven—"

{Tartarus grabs 343 Guilty Spark and jerks it around}

Tartarus: "Not another word!"

Sergeant Johnson (off screen): "Please ...

{Tartarus lowers 343 Guilty Spark to see Johnson standing next to 'Vadamee. He holds a Beam Rifle and aims it directly at Tartarus}

Sergeant Johnson: "Don't shake the light bulb!"

{Brutes growl and approach}

Sergeant Johnson (raises Beam Rifle to Tartarus' head): "If you wanna' keep your brain inside your head, I'd tell those boys to chill."

{Tartarus barks as commanded, Jiralhanae back off}

Sergeant Johnson: {to 'Vadamee} "Go ahead, do your thing."

Thel 'Vadam: "The Sacred Rings, what are they?"

343 Guilty Spark: "Weapons of last resort. Built by the Forerunners to eliminate potential Flood hosts, thereby rendering the parasite harmless."

Thel 'Vadamee: "Those who made the rings? What happened to the Forerunners?"

343 Guilty Spark: "After exhausting every other strategic option, my creators activated the rings. They and all additional sentient life within three radii of the galactic center, died, as planned."

(Close up on 'Vadam; he lowers his head in sadness)

343 Guilty Spark: (slightly awkward) "Would you like to see the relevant data?"

Thel 'Vadam: {Turns his attention back to Tartarus} "Tartarus, the Prophets have betrayed us."

{Tartarus pauses, then throws 343 Guilty Spark at Johnson's head, knocking him down, then grabs Keyes' hand and forces the Index into the console}

Tartarus: "No, Arbiter! The Great Journey has begun and the Brutes, not the Elites, shall be the Prophets' escort!"

{Tartarus grabs his hammer as his energy shield turns on. The main platform splits into three as Halo charges up}


{Elite reinforcements show up and wipe out the Brute Captains. Tartarus jumps to the platforms. Johnson hangs back, firing on Tartarus with his Beam Rifle}

343 Guilty Spark: "Charging sequence initiated. Primary generators coming online."

Commander Keyes: "Well, shut them down!"

343 Guilty Spark: "Apology. Protocol does not allow me to interfere with any aspect of this sequence."

Commander Keyes: "Then, how do I stop it?"

343 Guilty Spark: "Well, it will take some time to go over the proper procedures, I—"

Commander Keyes: "Quit stalling!"

343 Guilty Spark: "Under more controlled circumstances, I would suggest the Reclaimer simply remove the Index."

Commander Keyes: "That's it?! Johnson, I'm on it!"

Sergeant Johnson: "Hang tight, ma'am! Not until that Brute is dead! {when knocking off Tartarus' shield for the first time} Hey, Mohawk! How does that feel?!"

{If you stall}

Tartarus: "You want revenge? Well, here I am. Come and take it!"

{If you stall even longer}

Tartarus: "Just like the rest of your race! Cowardly and weak!"

{After you attack Tartarus for the first time}

Tartarus (Slams his hammer on the ground): "A lucky hit. You shall not land another."

Sergeant Johnson: {when knocking off Tartarus' shield for the second time} "His shield is down, let 'em have it!

343 Guilty Spark: "Secondary generators charging. All systems are performing well within operational parameters."

Commander Keyes: "You're telling me that you cannot stop the sequence?

343 Guilty Spark: "Reclaimer, please understand that interrupting the wave generation process will severely damage this installation.

Commander Keyes: "Give me a direct answer!"

343 Guilty Spark: "I am but a Monitor. The Reclaimer can do as it likes."

Sergeant Johnson: {knocking off Tartarus' shield for the third time} "There goes his shield!" {knocking off Tartarus' shield for the fourth time} "Got his shield! Hit him now!" {knocking off Tartarus' shield for the fifth time} Quick while his shield is down!

343 Guilty Spark: "Power generation phase complete. The installation is ready to fire. Starting final countdown."

Sergeant Johnson: "Come on, Arbiter! Kick that guy's ass!"

343 Guilty Spark: "Firing sequence initiated. And may I say, Reclaimers, it has been a pleasure to serve you both. Goodbye."

Sergeant Johnson: "I can keep his shield down, but you're gonna finish the job!"

{'Vadam kills Tartarus}

Fourth Cinematic


A ball of light forms in the center of Halo.

{Keyes jumps onto a rotating platform, ducks to avoid one of the other platforms passing right above her, reaches a main platform, grabs the Index. The entire room shakes, making Miranda hold the Index up to her chest in fear.)

{cut to exterior of Control Room, all the built up energy fires up into space}

{cut to Halo exterior, a large pulsing ball of energy is in the center, the shot from the Control Room reaches it, the ball glows, explodes, then dissipates}

{cut to interior of Control Room, it seems to be running on emergency power, as many of the lights are dimmed or not functioning}, Keyes stands in front of a holographic depiction, Johnson rides 343 Guilty Spark to her}

Commander Keyes: "What's that?"

343 Guilty Spark: "A beacon."

Commander Keyes: "What's it doing?"

343 Guilty Spark: "Communicating. At super-luminal speeds with a frequency of—"

Commander Keyes: "Communicating with what?"

343 Guilty Spark: {a bit surprised} "The ... other installations."

Commander Keyes: "Show me."

343 Guilty Spark interfaces with the hologram, it depicts the seven Halos, a red message points to one ring (most likely either Installation 05, where they are, or Installation 04, which has been destroyed)

343 Guilty Spark: "Fail-safe protocol. In the event of unexpected shutdown, the entire system will move to standby status. All remaining platforms are now ready for remote activation."

Commander Keyes: "Remote activation? From here?"

Johnson and Keyes talking to 343 Guilty Spark.

343 Guilty Spark: {patronizing} "Don't be ridiculous."

Sergeant Johnson: "Listen, tinkerbell, don't make me ... "

{Keyes puts a hand on his shoulder}

Commander Keyes: "Then where? Where would someone go to activate the other rings?"

{343 Guilty Spark is truly baffled}

343 Guilty Spark: " ... Why, the Ark, ...of course."

{'Vadamee comes up behind Johnson and Miranda Keyes}

Thel 'Vadam:(walks up to them) "And where, Oracle, is that?"

{fade to black, fade in on a Slipspace rupture in space, the Forerunner Dreadnought flies out and heads to Earth. Covenant and UNSC ships still engage each other}

Officer (O.S.): "We've got a new contact! Unknown classification!

{fade in on interior of Forerunner ship, John-117 listens in}

Lord Hood (O.S.): "It isn't one of ours, take it out."

Master Chief: "This is SPARTAN-117, can anyone hear me? Over."

{cut to Cairo Station's bridge, everything looks damaged}

Lord Hood: "(to officer) Isolate that signal! Master Chief? You mind telling me what you're doing on that ship?"

{cut to Master Chief}

Master Chief: "Sir, finishing this fight."

{fade to black}

{credits play}

Fifth Cinematic

{fades in on Flood-infested High Charity}

{a glowing ball (spore) floats through the air, the camera pans off to the walkway outside the Council Chamber}

{cut to a damaged door that keeps trying to close, Gravemind's tentacles creep through}

Gravemind: "Silence fills the empty grave, now that I am gone."

{cut to Council Chamber, Gravemind's tentacles reach across}

Gravemind: "But my mind is not at rest, for questions linger on. I will ask and you will answer."

{Cortana's hologram appears, she holds up her hand, the tentacles stop and move off}

Cortana: "All right, shoot."

{fade to black}



  • If you are able to keep your Hunters alive after the fight with the Phantom on the bridge and take them to the next room with the cells holding the Councilors and the Hunters, the Hunters in the cells will not be there. However, if you finish the battle in the prison then go back and get the hunters, you will still have four hunters, which is very helpful if the level is being done on legendary. They will not be there only if you've ever played Xbox live, or connected, otherwise, you will be able to have the hunters as soon as you force the other two in the prison room.
A glitch spawns multiple Johnsons during the fight against Tartarus.
  • If you manage to bring a Spectre into the Control Room, you can get Johnson to ride onto it. If you drive it away towards the entrance and come back, there will be another Johnson in his place. Using this glitch, there can be up to four Johnsons (3 on the Spectre, 1 on the ledge) helping you for the mission which can be useful for taking out Tartarus' shields.
  • It is possible to get Rtas 'Vadumee and the other Elites to go with you into the building. Get Rtas 'Vadumee and the Elite into the Spectre and drive it into the building then get them out. They will usually follow you, though this could take a few tries.
  • It is impossible to drive the Wraith on Legendary.
  • You can jump to the platform where Miranda Keyes is standing and stick her with a plasma grenade. She should run to the platform where Tartarus is. This may take some tries. Tartarus will then attack Keyes repeatedly and she cannot die. Tartarus will be distracted and won't respond to any attacks except melees.
  • The beginning portion of the level is extremely similar in design to the Assault on the control room in which the player has to fight through a canyon with a group of surviving allies to take control of a structure.
  • It is possible to get a banshee into the spot where you fight Tartarus.- if you shoot your banshees wings after Johnson destroys the door with lots of maneuvering you can use it to kill the pack of brutes and their captain and then when it cuts to the cutscene it will disappear but if you go back into the hallway it will be there and you can easily kill the hairy beast even on legendary.
  • The Forerunner structure encountered by the unmanned Scarab, coincidentally is designed with almost the exact same architecture as The ark Cartographer .


  • Walking up to Banks and Stacker, Stacker will say something like, "Chief! Glad you could make it!" in the same way that Johnson does.
  • When inside the control room, go to the lowest level of the platform and crouch. You will die instantly.

Easter Eggs

  • The Black Eye Skull can be found on this level.
  • There is a Heretic Banshee on this level which is located near the cliff where the level starts off if no vehicles are used to reach the control room.  


  • When escorting the Scarab, you can get your Banshee stuck in the Scarab, and since the Scarab is invincible, you don't actually have to defend it.
  • When fighting Tartarus if you stay on the platform where Johnson is, Tartarus will often taunt you for example he will say, "Just like the rest of your kind. You're cowardly and weak!" or, "Want revenge? Well here I am!"
  • Originally, there was a cutscene at the part of the level where you are on the Scarab platform in which there was a gathering of Brutes decapitating Marines. Joseph Staten explained that this cinematic had to be cut because at that time "real world events" made this a little politically dangerous.[citation needed]
  • This is technically the first level in which the Elites and the UNSC fight alongside each other, and the only level in Halo 2 in which they do, though very briefly.
  • Sergeant Banks and Sergeant Stacker will disappear right after the cutscene. They probably entered the Scarab with Johnson. However, if you kill any of them, their corpses will not disappear after the cutscene.
  • After this level it is unknown what happens to the Fist of Rukt. It might have been destroyed by the Elites in disgust since it took the lives of many of their kind.
  • This level is ironic in that, being the last Arbiter level, the Arbiter is trying to tell Tartarus about Halo's true purpose, when the Arbiter had silenced the heretic leader for saying the same things in the first Arbiter level.
  • Strangely, if you board a Ghost or Wraith at the start of the level, the Brutes are holding Elite Plasma Rifles.
  • The last sentence of Master Chief was used as Halo 3's marketing slogan as "Finish the Fight".
  • Heretic Banshees appear on the level. Either the remaining Heretics arrived to aid the Covenant Separatists Or it may be simply a glitch.
  • If you fly to Johnson's Scarab and lose your Banshee, towards the end more and more Brute Banshees will strafe the Scarab. They fly very close, allowing you to hijack one and fly to the control room. This is so that you won't get stuck on the Scarab.
  • It is interesting to note that on Installation 04, The control room was in a temple in a snowy valley, but on Installation 05, it is in a structure in the ocean near the beach, seemingly complete opposites from each other.
  • Just before you reach the Control Room, there will be a flipped Wraith with a weaponless Brute on top of it below you. If you decide to go to him, he will let out a grunt and will walk up to you. Since he isn't armed with any weapon, he will be harmless to you.
  • When Johnson commandeers the Scarab, it starts moving even before he is able to go to the controls. He's only at the leg, when the Scarab moves so it should be restricted from the player, although with some luck, you can get inside the Scarab and see Johnson, who says something like Glad you could make it Chief, because in every level Johnson is a ally, and you can go very close to him, youre playing as the Master Chief.


Preceded by
High Charity
Halo 2 Campaign Missions
The Great Journey
Succeeded by
Halo 2 Credits

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