Halo Reach armor abilities guide

Active Camo

Above: There are 14 Spartans in this picture 

What is it?

Active Camo has received quite a few changes. As an armor ability, Active Camo not only turns you invisible, but also acts as a radar jammer. While cloaked, enemy motion trackers (yours included) will show nothing but a bunch of dummy blips moving about. Sound will also become muted, which makes it more difficult to hear grenades, gunfire, etc.



The Active Camo armor ability works much more effectively (as do all the armor abilities) when used in tandem with your team. You don’t need to be in the midst of the group; simply follow them.

Once your allies engage the opposing team, move out of sight and cloak. The radar jammer will confuse the enemy team and help out your allies. Quick movement brings more of your character model into view, so move slowly when you don’t want to be seen. Take your pick of any enemy targets while your team provides the distraction.

Above: You see them; they don’t see you. Do the math 

Ghost Eye

The Active Camo is an excellent supplement for sniping. After all, it’s somewhat difficult to scan for snipers when they’re invisible.

Grab the sniper rifle, pick out your favorite roost and then cloak. This removes the need to hide your head, as the only time you’ll be visible is when you take the shot. Make sure to close up shop and move every few kills so that the enemy doesn’t get wise to what you’re doing.


Above: “Well, hello there!”

Badass Lone Wolf Assassin

While Active Camo may seem like it’s catered towards “lone wolf” styles of play, don’t get too excited. Remember that bit where we said that the Active Camo acts as a radar jammer for both you and enemy players? Well, that means the other team KNOWS you’re skulking about somewhere. It’s like you’re invisible but you’re also banging two pots together.

Basically, you need some sort of distraction; otherwise, everyone and their mom is going to be looking for you. On top of that, the sound dampening effect brought on by cloaking essentially makes you deaf. Have fun with that.

Sep 27, 2010

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  • 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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