Halo 5’s Ghost Of Meridian Update is Live, See Patch Notes and New Footage

on April 6, 2016 12:34 PM

The latest free and significantly large update for Halo 5: Guardians is now live, titled ‘Ghosts of Meridian’. 343 has shared a wealth of information about the new modes, REQs and power weapons. The new Warzone map ‘Skirmish at Darkstar’ and the new Arena map ‘Tyrant’ are given the spotlight in a short new trailer, seen below.

The update’s full patch notes detail exactly all the new content you will find in the 8.3GB update starting today:

New features and updates:

  • New Warzone map added: Skirmish at Darkstar
  • New Arena map added: Tyrant
  • Weather effects added to Forge
  • New sound effects added to Forge
  • Spartan Company members will now appear in the Active Roster
  • April 14 – 18: Warzone Firefight Beta playlist goes live.


  • Fixed exploit that allowed players to hide inside Armory base geometry in Warzone
  • Significantly improved the speed and responsiveness of the REQ Menu, especially for players with a large number of REQs
  • Favorited friends now appear at the top of Active Roster
  • Fixed issue where players that a join a match in progress did not have full REQ Energy to start
  • Reduced instances where the assaulting team could be spawn blocked on Warzone Assault maps
  • Fixed issues with invisible environment boundaries allowing vehicles to push players out of normal map boundaries
  • Fixed issue where some players who had recently dealt damage to a Boss did not receive Takedown credit when the Boss was killed by a teammate
  • SWAT DMRs added to the SWAT playlist
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Event Feed to not dispalyer at the end of a round or match
  • SWAT game type options have been balanced to allow for even weighting between Magnums, BRs, and DMRs
  • Gravity Hammer is now the starting weapon in Grifball
  • Reduced Boss Takedown damage requirement from 10% to 1%
  • Random Weapon and Random Vehicle REQs can now unlock the most up-to-date REQs, including those from Ghosts of Meridian
  • Daily Win Bonus Packs can now unlock the most up-to-date single-use REQs, including those from Ghost of Meridian
  • Players can now “ping” their location in a game when alive to alert teammates by pressing UP on the d-pad in Warzone or Arena
  • Fixed an issue that caused explosive barrels to not be explosive when the Deathless option is turned on in Custom Games


  • Fixed a bug that caused the Spartan Laser to deal incorrect damage against shields
  • Fixed a bug where damage dealt to Gungoose Cannons did not properly transfer damage to the rest of the vehicle. (The Spartan Laser is excited about this change, too)
  • Mantis armor has been increased
  • Reduced the explosion radius of the Whiplash
  • Needler projectiles now do damage to Wraith and Scorpion weak points
  • Fixed an issue where Rail Gun aiming light can be seen through geometry
  • Fixed server crashes surrounding picking up powerups
  • Fixed a bug that made picking up powerups impossible
  • With Speed Boost activated, Spartan Charging now kills upon impact
  • Hydra Launcher now only locks onto the torso of enemy Spartans
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to perform a Spartan Charge after performing a Thrust in mid-air
  • Fixed a bug with Phaeton damage regions that resulted in incorrect weak spot hit markers
  • Slightly reduced bloom for the Halo: CE Pistol
  • Improved readability of shields popping immediately after they begin to recharge
  • Lowered the damage of an uncharged Plasma Pistol shot when fired upon a Ghost’s weak point
  • Fixed a bug that did not allow Ball holders to pick up grenades
  • Fixed a bug with Advanced Sensors’ speed threshold that caused players to show up on radar in some cases where they were not moving at Sprint/Thrust speed or faster


New & Updated Features:

  • Weather Effects added to map properties [Rain, Snow, Dust, Embers, Papers, Motes]
  • Sound Effects added to extras menu
  • Starting energy can now be adjusted on weapon
  • Starting energy and clips can now be adjusted for weapons on weapon pads
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