Halo 4 offers a host of customizability options for players to create their own distinct Spartan in the game’s multiplayer modes, otherwise known as Infinity Multiplayer. As you earn experience points in multiplayer and gain Spartan Ranks (SR), you’ll be able to unlock new pieces of armor for which to bedeck your character.
Gaining ranks isn’t the only way to earn new armor however, as you’ll also be given the opportunity to unlock new pieces of armor by getting Commendations. These range from completing the game’s single-player campaign on Legendary mode, to becoming a “Master” at the various multiplayer modes.
Completing Specializations will also allow you to unlock new pieces of armor.
Finally, pre-ordering the game from various outlets like GameStop and Bestbuy, or picking up the Limited Edition of the game will also earn you certain types of armors.
If you’re wondering what you need to do to unlock the various armors in Halo 4, we’ve compiled a guide based on information provided by 343 Industries via its updates on the Halo Waypoint, this reddit thread and the game itself. The details in the list (sans images) were compiled by Cliffhangerzero on reddit with the aid of the site's Halo community.
In addition to these visors, you will unlock two-tone visor colors by completing each Specialization
Visor Recruit (Blue) : Starting visor Visor Solar (Red) - Rank up to SR-20 Visor Frost (White) : Rank up to SR-29 Visor Midnight (Black) : Rank up to SR-46 Visor Legendary (Gold) : Complete the campaign on Legendary (Solo or Co-op) Visor Blindside (Dark Red) : Avenger Master Visor Cyan (Light Blue) : From the Brink Master Visor Verdant (Green) : Splatter Master Visor Sunspot (Purple & Blue) : Assistant Master
Recruit : Starting stance Heroic : Rank up to SR-10 Assassin : Rank up to SR-32 LastStand : Rank up to SR-50 Breach : UNSC Weapons Master Standoff : Covenant Ordnance Mastery Believe : Forerunner Ordnance Mastery Assault : First Strike Master
Recruit : Starting armor Warrior : Rank up to SR-8 AirAssault : Rank up to SR-11 Soldier : Rank up to SR-15 Aviator : Rank up to SR-17 Defender : Rank up to SR-21 Recon : Rank up to SR-26 E.V.A. : Rank up to SR-27 Warmaster : Rank up to SR-37 Scout : Rank up to SR-38 Orbital : Rank up to SR-41 Infiltrator : Rank up to SR-42 Hazop : Rank up to SR-43 E.O.D. : Rank up to SR-45 Oceanic : Rank up to SR-47 Enforcer : Rank up to SR-50
You can discover how to unlock armor based on Specializations, Commendations, and Limited Edition/Pre-Order Bonuses in the next slides.
Specializations become available to you once you reach the max level (50), at which point you can select a specialization to level up to 10. As you gain levels in a specialization, you will earn a variety of unlocks. Each specialization contains an armor set, a skin, a weapon skin, a custom visor color, and a specialization ability. Once you max out a specialization, you can choose another specialization to level up in.
Commendations are basically achievements you'll have to earn within the game itself—either in single-player or multiplayer depending on their prerequisites. You can track your commendations from the player menu where you can choose your loadout and armor. Every commendation has several ranks, with Master as the final rank.
Mark VI : Complete the campaign on Legendary (Solo or Co-op) Commando : Dominion Victory Master Gungnir : Slayer Victory Master C.I.O. : Spartan Slayer Master Ranger : Combat Opportunity Master Venator : Assassin Master Protector : UNSC Loadout Master E.V.A. BRCH : Hail of Death Master Infiltrator TRAC : Multikill Master DefenderCTRL : Bullet in the Brain Master SoldierZNTH : Spartan Spree Master ReconSurge : Covenant Loadout Master WarriorMatrix : Forerunner Loadout Master EnforcerTribal : Turret Master ProtectorDrift : Weapon Master OrbitalAEON : Covenant Destroyer AviatorBond : Wheelman Master Air Assault Verg :Vehicle Master Venator Raptor : Backstab Master Soldier Zenith : Spartan Spree Master Ranger STRK : Protector Master EOD Shadow : Hail to the king Master Vanguard Converge : Flag Victory Master Scout APEX : Oddball Victory Master Commando FRCT : Flood Victory Master Contoured Arms CHVR : Perfection Master Recruit Legs Tiger : Exterminator Master Twin-Plated AEON : Close Quarters Master Contoured Legs CHVR : Payback Master
Limited Edition / Pre-Order Bonuses
These armor sets are available to players who pre-order their copy of Halo 4 from a specific outlet, own the Limited Edition of Halo 4, or purchase the War Games Map Pass.
Raider : Halo Waypoint Classified Unlock Strider : War Games Map Pass or Limited Edition Halo 4 Scanner : War Games Map Pass or Limited Edition Halo 4 RecruitPRIME : Limited Edition Halo 4 FOTUS : Limited Edition Halo Xbox Hazop FRST : Pre-order from Gamestop Vernator Raptor : Pre-order from BestBuy / Mighty Ape Oceanic CIRCUIT : Pre-order from Walmart C.I.O. WEB : Pre-order from Amazon Gungnir Pulse : Pre-order from MS Store / Mighty Ape Deadeye : Pre-order from BestBuy / Play.com Locus : Pre-order from Future Shop / Mighty Ape or Play Mountain Dew King of the Hill iPhone app game