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

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

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