Halo 5’s Launch Day Playlists


We’re two weeks out until the launch of Halo 5: Guardians and 343 Industries has released the launch day playlists through IGN.  The eight playlists break down into two Warzone, four Arena, a Breakout and a weekend social playlist across 21 maps. You may recognize some new maps entries we haven’t seen before and a variant on Warzone where the objective is to only destroy the enemy’s Power Core.  As many have also heard, Big Team Battle will not be around at launch, but is having custom maps built for it when it does make its appearance.

UPDATE: SWATnums is actually part of the SWAT playlist.


24 players on massive maps with REQs and AI adversaries. Halo multiplayer has never been bigger.

  • Escape from the ARC
  • Raid on Apex 7
  • March on Stormbreak

Warzone Assault

Destroy the Power Core or defend it in this asymmetrical Warzone mode variant.

  • Dispatch
  • Array
  • Summit

Team Arena

Play on the very best modes and maps Halo 5 has to offer.

  • Gambol Breakout
  • Trident Slayer
  • Coliseum Slayer
  • Eden Slayer
  • Plaza Slayer
  • Empire Slayer
  • The Rig CTF
  • Coliseum CTF
  • Truth CTF
  • Fathom Strongholds
  • The Rig Strongholds
  • Eden Strongholds
  • Empire


Work with a team, vanquish your opponents.

  • Coliseum Slayer
  • Regret Slayer
  • Plaza Slayer
  • The Rig Slayer
  • Fathom


Halo 5’s premiere high lethality single-life elimination mode.

  • Gambol Breakout
  • Trident Breakout
  • Trench Breakout
  • Crossfire Breakout
  • Altitude


It’s you against everyone else. Slay your way to victory.

  • Eden FFA Slayer
  • Regret FFA Slayer
  • The Rig FFA Slayer
  • Plaza FFA Slayer
  • Orion FFA Slayer
  • Pegasus


No shields, no motion tracker. Aim for the head!

  • Eden SWAT
  • Regret SWAT
  • The Rig SWAT
  • Plaza SWAT
  • Orion SWAT
  • Pegasus
  • Eden SWATnums
  • Regret SWATnums
  • The Rig SWATnums
  • Plaza SWATnums
  • Orion SWATnums
  • Pegasus

Weekend Social

A weekly playlist that features a mode voted on by the community via Halo Waypoint/Channel.

  • Bonus XP/REQ points
  • Community engagement
  • Most popular modes have the potential for becoming their own playlist
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