Armors of Halo 5 Guardians: Which should/shouldn’t return in Halo Infinite. Part 2 of 4, Bulky Armor

The goal of this series of articles is to try to pair the armors in Halo 5 down to roughly 50 returning in Halo Infinite. There are more than 90 sets of armor, presently.

I’ve been wanting to write these articles for awhile now. As we start to edge closer to more news about Halo Infinite, it’s time we discuss what armor (and helmets, in another series of articles I’ve written: part 1, part 2, part 3) will return. These are just my opinions folks. Do not take this as a direct line to 343.

Some armors have their place, some that might be considered for returning or not, some shouldn’t return for various reasons. That said, I do realize that real people put in work to make these. So I try to take a light approach with armors I’m not fond of.

I’ve split this subject into four articles. I’m not including the skinned versions of armors as skins can relatively easily be changed. This topic is more about the form and functionality of the armors themselves, than their skins.

Here are the categories I made up for this series of articles:

  • Angular Armor: Armors with sharp angles to them
  • Bulky Armor: Large armors that often make the Spartan look even more oversized
  • Character Armor: Armors worn by named characters in the Franchise
  • Standard and Thin Armor: Standard I deem as roughly humanoid, not too bulky or thin. Thin being those armor that are small on the Spartan in one way or another

Part 2 covers 22 “Bulky” armors. 

Okay, let’s get started.

The armor of Argonaut is solid. A good chest pieces, decent coverage on the upper arms as well as legs. I hope this makes a RETURN.

Athlon is already an iconic/classic armor of Halo due to it’s prevalence in advertising during the run-up to Halo 5. Thick and rounded armor give Athlon a muscular look. To me, it’s the “football” armor of Halo 5 and I’m totally okay with that! I hope this RETURNs.

There is something about that big middle piece in the chest that stands out in a not so good way, to me. The flattish shoulders seem a bit out of place too. I’m okay if this armor is GONE for Halo Infinite.

Commando is a tough looking armor. Though squarish, it evokes power. It’s large double bent shoulder armor looks like it could steam roll any bipedal opponent. I’m all for this one to RETURN!

I’m not sure why the chest armor is segmented as it is with a large top and smaller bottom, but it looks off. This is much in the same manner as the helmet of the same name.  No protection of the abs is a drawback too. Just not a fan of it. I vote GONE.

The torso is okay, even the shoulders. But I just can’t seem to give a total return to this one. I love the helmet. So I’m UNSURE about this specific armor returning.

The Dynast is about a solid as they come. Excellent torso and thigh coverage. Sleek lines. I really hope this one RETURNs.

Foehammer seems a bit busy with greeblies. Aside from that, the high arching curve to the chest piece leave a bit more space uncovered and prone to damage. I know it’s named for a long gone Pilot in Halo CE. So that said, I think it’s time to put this one to rest. GONE

The armor of FOTUS is a bit ordinary. It’s shoulders are used with other armor as well. It’s not a bad armor, not great. I’d be okay with it making a RETURN especially given it’s popularity with the helmet.

I like the heft to the Gungnir armor. Thick thighs with prominent shoulders and an above average chest plate make for a solid design, IMO. RETURN

At first I was going to say gone. I’m not a fan of the shoulder mounted pouches. However, the chest is decent and the shoulder armor itself is large and would prevent damage better than most other armors. So I’m going to have to go with UNSURE for this one.

Now really it’s mostly just the torso that’s bulky, while the rest is a bit slender. Jumpmaster does have a slight Gears of War vibe to it that perhaps 343 was going for. As another exclusive title to XBOX, I’m okay with it’s RETURN.

Marauder is another one of those that’s really busy with details. Too much so. I’m not sure why those mustard color clips are on the armor. The additional white lines don’t really help it either. Gonna have to be a GONE from me.

This armor is fantastic.I love the large wraparound shoulders. The chest piece has some weight to it. Thighs are well covered. This is one that needs to make a RETURN.

Raijin armor’s heft comes more from it’s limbs than from the chest. Though the chest has a great design to it. I like the bulky musculature look of this armor. RETURN

Ranger is another with large wrap around shoulders. The chest is well covered as are the thighs. I like the look of it. RETURN

Oy…Seeker… Not only is the helmet a dreadful design, so too is the armor. I know this is going to seem like a dig, so apologies for this next comment. It looks as though Seeker has a baby harness on the chest plate. I guess if you’re a Spartan momma to be, it’s good. But seriously though, it’s SO out of place on armor and Halo in general. This needs to be GONE.

Stinger’s armor is BUFF! A large chest and bulbous shoulders as well as thick thighs make this armor appear to be very strong. It’s a definite RETURN vote from me!

White markings aside, the Teishin armor is fantastic. A large chest is complemented by cool looking shoulder armor, fierce fins on the forearms and thick thigh armor as well. This needs to RETURN, IMO.

I like the shoulders of Tracer. Though the chest is larger, there’s something about the downward curvature of it that doesn’t quite sit right with me. The forearms are kind of funky too. I’m UNSURE about this one.

Vector uses shoulders that are used by other much more prominent armor sets. The thighs are okay. I’m not a big fan of the somewhat cylindrical piece on the front of the torso. UNSURE

I like the bulk here. The one thing though is the relative hole in the middle of the chest armor. If that were filled it would be a return for me. As it is now though, I’m UNSURE.

Here are the armors discussed above it their respective RETURN, GONE and UNSURE categories.

Bulky armor I feel should RETURN:

Here are the Bulky armors I feel should be GONE from Halo Infinite:

And the Bulky armors I’m UNSURE of:

Come back tomorrow for Part 3, where I’ll discuss Character Armor, which should return, which should go, any I’m unsure of, and why.


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