Halo Reach armor abilities guide

Drop Shield

Above: The Drop Shield is actually much more effective if you’re inside it 

What is it?

The Drop Shield is a deployable energy dome that blocks all enemy projectiles. Think of the Bubble Shield from Halo 3 only you can utilize it repeatedly as long as you…well, you know…don’t die. In addition, the dome will regenerate wounded players back to full health while they take cover.



Picking the Drop Shield armor ability essentially makes you the team medic. Own up to it. Your half-dead team will thank you.

Follow the majority of your team and throw down the Drop Shield in areas close to the action. This offers a nice fallback for everybody to take cover and recuperate.

Above: Reload, regenerate, retaliate 

Distress Signal

If you are taking sniper fire, throw down that Drop Shield! This might seem a little obvious, but the shield will essentially act like a signal flare for everyone else to see. A giant glowing bubble is a little hard to miss. Best-case scenario, the sniper will get pissed and waste their entire mag trying to bring the shield down to kill you giving away their position in the process.


The Coffin

Don’t ever throw down a Drop Shield directly on your teammates in a heated firefight without some sort of advance warning. Unless there is an explosive projectile rocketing towards your positions, don’t do this. Ever.

Creating a tiny box around yourself and your team while everybody is throwing grenades can lead to hilarious results, but it isn’t going to win you any friends. This goes double for players who have heavy ordinance like rocket launchers. Keep your distance.


Above: None of these dudes are real…or are they? 

What is it?

The Hologram armor ability affords you the opportunity to be a real bastard. When activated, the armor ability creates a holographic copy of yourself that runs straight to a location that you designate. The Hologram’s lifespan is ten seconds.


The Sacrificial Lamb

Inspecting rooms and dark corridors can be pretty nerve-racking considering that an enemy player with God knows what kind of weapon is waiting in ambush. Solve this problem by sending a hologram in your stead. If it gets blown to Hell by a rocket…well, don’t go in that room.

Above: “Whaa?”

Plasma Sword Doppelganger

Having two dudes running at you brandishing plasma swords is a Hell of a lot scarier than one. Advance towards your opponent while simultaneously creating a hologram; then, veer slightly to the left or right. This will confuse the poor fool regarding which one’s actually you.


We honestly can’t think of any “wrong” ways to use Hologram, so here’s a picture of some puppies!

Above: Awwwwwww!


  • shucks9 - January 2, 2011 9:06 a.m.

    yea with the hologram its kindof a no brainer cause you dont see the red name above it. but whait i dont get is tht people still fall for it which makes it funny
  • DoGz1337 - October 23, 2010 5:23 p.m.

    I swear to GOD that spartan in the last picture is me. IM sure. i got killed that way. and thats my armor.
  • gameraper420 - October 20, 2010 12:04 a.m.

    i know a super do for sprint if you get stuck with a plasma grenade from close up just go kamakazie just like all those darn grunts on gruntopocylpse
  • cronomonkey - October 6, 2010 2:19 a.m.

    i use active camo when my team is a bunch of pussies who quit on me
  • TaichouDaidai - October 4, 2010 12:11 p.m.

    i know a don't for the hologram running right by your hologram charging toward 3 enemies is a don't i remember seeing a dumbass do that i guess he didn't know that your name shows above your guys head if your pointing at them
  • D0CCON - October 4, 2010 1:42 a.m.

    "You're the one who gets to drive the scorpion while armed with the rocket launcher and sniper rifle" God I hate people who do that when they are on my team (I love enemies who do it though). They do realize they can only use one of their uber-weapons at a time right? As long as they are a live, they have a powerful weapon doing nothing instead of letting a teammate actually help out (luckily, this seems to happen less in Reach).
  • Vader999 - October 3, 2010 11:53 p.m.

    Actually, dive spamming isn't that bad.......
  • SenorHurt - October 3, 2010 11:47 a.m.

    I already knew how to use the Armor Effects but I hadn't yet figured out how to best use them. Some of the scenarios you mentioned are gonna be a lifesaver for me. I find that I forgot to use them a lot at first. Now that I have been playing for a while I find I am using them much more.
  • Raistlarn - October 2, 2010 8:52 a.m.

    Here's a don't for the hologram. When you see someone on your radar don't stop and make your hologram or make any funny odd jerky movements while making your hologram, because alot of people actually watch their radar and when someone sees a weird jerk or a pause then something runs out of cover it will most likely be a hologram. The best way to make the hologram is to run with it when you make it then just stop after it is already made. Another don't is to not do it when the enemy sees you. Although you can get away with using it when you have a couple more teammates and you are in a huge close quarters combat fight, it will literally confuse the opponent especially if they are being fire on from multiple angles and you are not their sole focus(although if you pull an energy sword or a grav hammer, you'll just be painting a huge target on yourself). Another don't is don't aim to far or it will run against a wall and keep running in the same place. And the last don't with the hologram is don't aim it at breakable glass because the hologram will not break the glass it will just run in place at the glass.
  • theloofa - October 1, 2010 8:25 p.m.

    lol @ "Lt. Corporal"
  • ethoreson9761 - September 30, 2010 4:49 p.m.

    A do for the hologram stay a good distance from the edge of cover so when you use it the enemy won't see the initial shimmer and they start to shoot it. by the time they put 2 and 2 together they're already dead.
  • seanbidwell - September 30, 2010 3:56 a.m.

    dude i learned alot about what ive been doing in other words i was using them wrong
  • gamefreakl1996 - September 30, 2010 2:10 a.m.

    Lol, I love how I do basically all the "don't"s and almost none of the "do"s, I love just putting the camo on and standing infront of the enemy, or using the holgram and standing right next to it
  • SinisterThougts - September 29, 2010 12:19 p.m.

    Awesome article, really helpful on some points. I really like how my screenshot was used to show Evade <3
  • Logan2911 - September 29, 2010 4:48 a.m.

    Hologram = Shadow clones ^_^
  • Defguru7777 - September 29, 2010 4:10 a.m.

    I found that Armor Lock can be used very successfully in melee fights. Both you and your opponent melee and take out each other's shields. Then you go into Armor Lock and the other guy melees. While he's recovering from the melee (1 second) come out of Armor Lock and deliver the finishing melee blow. I've gotten a lot of successful kills out of this (and even a Double Kill once).
  • Spybreak8 - September 28, 2010 11:36 p.m.

    I couldn't believe there were so many people that kept getting killed when I used the armor lock and they tried to run me over!^^
  • gmknoble - September 28, 2010 11:09 p.m.

    nice article
  • FACANAWESOME - September 28, 2010 9:13 p.m.

    Do: Buy another game! Do not: Buy another marginally better Gaylo game! Your Welcome!
  • Crabhand - September 28, 2010 8:29 p.m.

    There are some very good tips in this one, although there is one "don't" for the hologram. Don't just point it at a wall and go, the Spartan making a b-line for the wall isn't going to draw much fire (although some bad players will still go for the assassination =P)

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