Halo Infinite: Give your Spartan some style with armor coating skins

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One of the Halo series’ greatest strengths is its player customization features, and based on what 343 Industries has shown off so far, this will continue to be the case in Halo Infinite. One of the primary ways that players will be able to personalize their Spartan is through the armor coating system, which can be used to change how your armor looks in multiplayer gameplay.

Despite the fact that Halo Infinite is still several months away from its expected release in Fall 2021, several of the armor coatings that players will be able to use in the game have been shown off by 343 Industries already. Additionally, a handful of armor coatings can be earned and unlocked by players ahead of the game’s launch by participating in promotions, as well as through other means. Here’s a complete overview of every Halo Infinite armor coating we know of so far, as well as a breakdown on how you can obtain each one.

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Halo Infinite: What are coatings?

Halo Infinite Dec 2020 Armor Coating Noble Defender

Source: Xbox Game Studios The Noble Defender armor coating.

Halo Infinite’s armor coatings are a special shader-like makeover that you can apply to pieces of armor to change both its color and its material/texture appearance. For instance, one coating may give armor a shiny black metallic appearance, while another might make pieces of armor look crimson with a matte texture. Based on how 343 Industries has described the coating system before, some coatings will even apply dirt and mud or battle damage to your gear. Also, since the developer has stated that Halo Infinite’s customization options will be similar to Halo: Reach’s, we expect that you’ll be able to apply coatings to individual armor pieces so that you can mix and match.

Notably, there are also coatings for other types of objects as well; Halo Infinite’s weapon coatings are a good example of this, as they will allow you to completely change the appearance of your guns. Coatings for vehicles are coming as well, although the developers have only shown off one of them so far.

Right now, some armor coatings can be obtained by redeeming codes that you’ll get when you participate in promotions. If you have a code to redeem, you can do so on the Halo Waypoint redemption page. There will also surely be plenty of armor coatings (and other types of coatings) that you can earn by playing the game when it releases.

Halo Infinite: All armor coatings

Here’s a list of all known Halo Infinite armor coatings, as well as information on how you can get them.

Name Description Preview
Monarch A purple matte skin with some gold trims and accents. This coating was obtainable from specially-marked Oreo and Chips Ahoy! packages, but is no longer available. However, it may be obtainable again in the future. Halo Infinite Monarch
Granular A light blue skin with green trims and an orange and tan undersuit. This coating was obtainable from specially-marked Oreo and Chips Ahoy! packages, but is no longer available. However, it may be obtainable again in the future. Halo Infinite Granular
Red Shift A vibrant red skin with noticeable battle damage, light gray accents, and a dark black undersuit. The coating was obtainable by purchasing Halo Infinite merchandise from a select few GameStop stores, but is no longer available. However, it may be obtainable again in the future. Red Shift
Funko This coating can be unlocked with the code that comes with the Blue & Yellow Spartan Mark VII Funko Pop! figure ($10). It’s unclear what it looks like, but it’s likely that it has the same blue armor with yellow gauntlets, greaves, and helmet trims that the figure has. Image unknown
Watchdog A silver and black metallic skin that features small red trims and a deep black undersuit. Available to players who reach SR 152 in Halo 5: Guardians before the launch of Halo Infinite in Fall 2021. Halo Infinite Watchdog
Splinter Desert A forest camo-style skin with muted light and dark green armor plating and a dark black undersuit. It’s currently known how players will obtain this armor coating. Splinter Desert
Noble Defender A green, gray, and red skin that’s based on Jorge-052 from Halo: Reach’s Noble Team. It’s currently known how players will obtain this armor coating. Noble Defender
Scorpion Punch A dark gray metallic skin with a bright red right arm and a large red accent on the top of the helmet. It’s currently known how players will obtain this armor coating. Scorpion Punch

Your thoughts

What do you think of the armor coatings that have been revealed for Halo Infinite so far? Do you have a favorite? Let me know. Personally, I really like the look of the Splinter Desert coating.

Halo Infinite is expected to launch in Fall 2021 on the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One consoles, and Windows 10 PCs. The game’s price is $60 according to an active Best Buy preorder, although it’s important to note that the multiplayer will be free-to-play and will run at 120 FPS on Xbox Series X and Series S.

We highly recommend checking out the Master Chief Collection while you wait for Halo Infinite, as it bundles all of the pre-Xbox One era Halo shooters together for an incredible $40 price. Additionally, 343 Industries has also enhanced the games in the MCC with features such as support for 4K and 120 FPS, viewmodel adjustments, FOV sliders, crossplay between Xbox and PC, and more. This makes it one of the best Xbox One shooters available, and a game that you should absolutely get if you haven’t already.

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