The Best Halo 5 Multiplayer Strategies

How to make the most of your time in the Halo 5 multiplayer arena.

Ah, yes, the classic Halo blue vs. ...orange?

Ah, yes, the classic Halo blue vs. …orange?

Critical reception to Halo 5’s campaign has been mixed (though we found a lot to love about it). Of course, very few people plunk 40-hours into a Halo game’s campaign like Fallout or The Elder Scrolls. The real meat is in the multiplayer, and Halo 5 multiplayer is easily the best yet in the long-running series. Some things have changed, and a lot has stayed the same, but if you follow these five tips, you should be pwning newbs in no time.

5. Learn the New Controls

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Lower the boom.

Halo 5 multiplayer has the most changes and additions to the mode in the franchises history. While Halo 3 and Reach added new equipment and boosters for flight, Halo 5 throws in a new groundpound move, the ability to use thrusters to boost in any direction while on the ground, sliding, charging, and infinite sprint. The community is still split as to the best way to use these new abilities, but the consensus seems to be that infinite sprint is a great way to avoid trouble if you can manage to not completely obliterate your shields with it. The groundpound is ridiculously powerful, but it can be difficult to pull off effectively. The thrusters are also extremely useful, but a lot of player seem to forget about them. Don’t be like them, and maneuver yourself to get the most kills.

4. Think Vertically

Halo 5 multiplayer

It’s kind of like king of the hill, but without a hill. Or a king.

Perhaps more so than any other game in the series, Halo 5 multiplayer maps seem built for the high ground. There aren’t many good spots to camp for long periods of time, like in the first couple Halo games, but if you can get to a high spot for a few seconds, it’s an easy way to rack up kills. A lot of players just don’t seem to look up when they’re running by, and when it’s time to move, you can use your perch to set up either a groundpound or easy melee kill.

3. Hang Back a Little

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Pictured: Strategy.

This might be a bit of a cheap move, but the fact is that it works. Running straight into a firefight in any FPS is pretty much always a sure-fire way to get killed. Especially if you’re playing casually, let the other idiots on your team run into the other Spartans first. Hang back in cover, or set up a flank and take out your opponent 2-against-1. Your teammate might be mad that you stole their kill, but at the end of the day, you still saved them and gained a point for you team, which is the name of the game in Halo 5 multiplayer.

2. Don’t Necessarily Go for Power Weapons

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For experts only

Halo 5 mixes up its traditional Slayer mode by turning it into a tug-of-war for power weapons such as sniper rifles and rocket launchers that are deployed in set spots around the map every minute or so. It’s similar to how heavy weapon ammo becomes available in Destiny’s Crucible mode. It’s easy to be tempted by these powerful new weapons, but in most cases the impact they have on a match is negligible. For most of these weapons, you need to have a pretty good idea of their rate of fire and recharge times, and a lot of new players just don’t understand that. It’s like giving a baby a 50-caliber machine gun. He might hit something and do some damage, but it’s more likely that he’s just going to hurt himself. If you’re up against an experienced player, you might be in trouble, but a lot of times, you’ll be just fine with your default weapons. Going after power weapons will just expose you.

1. When All Else Fails, Charge!

So you’ve learned the new controls of Halo 5 inside and out, memorized the layout of all the maps and can usually get the drop on your opponents. Sometimes all of that still isn’t enough. You’ll run into someone just as good as you (or just plain lucky), they start firing at full-blast, and it looks like all is lost. Well, if you’re going down, taking them with you has long been one of the most useful strategies in Halo, and the fifth game is no exception. If death seems imminent, start chucking grenades (especially sticky plasma ones) to blow up that other Spartan and anyone else near him. And if grenades don’t work, just run at him to hit a melee attack. Sometimes that will be just enough to take him out so you can live to fight another day. Worst case, you punch each other to death, but at least you cancelled his kill out.

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