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Halo 2 Hacks
By Stephen Cawood
September 2005
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Jump to: Halo 2 Jumping  | Halo 2 Skulls  | Halo 2 Easter Eggs  | Gameplay Tricks  | Halo 2 Glitches  | Hacking Setup and Software  | Weapon Mods  | Vehicle Mods  | Level Mods  | Display Mods  | Gameplay Mods  | Halo 2 Remixed

Halo 2 Jumping

HACK
#1

Add Height to All Your Jumps
Use the crouch technique to add height and distance to your jumps
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#2

Blast Yourself into the Air
Assist your jumps with explosions
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#3

Extend Your Jumping Distance
Add a little bit of range to your jump by using the late jump technique
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#4

The Longest Unaided Halo 2 Jump
Bridge monstrous gaps by using the slide technique
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#5

Extend Your Landing Points
Add distance to your jumps by "saving" from the sink of your landing point
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Halo 2 Skulls

HACK
#6

Find Your First Skull
The Unnamed skull tells your enemies that you're looking for trouble
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#7

Fight the Elite of the Elites
Activate the Thunderstorm skull to transform all Covenant to Special Operations troops
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#8

Eliminate the HUD
The Blind skull will clean up your view and allow you to get great screenshots
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#9

Find the Most Difficult Skull.
The "I Would Have Been Your Daddy" skull is the most difficult Easter egg to activate
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#10

Receive the Gift of Grenades
The Catch skull encourages your enemies to throw more grenades
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#11

Throw a Grunt Birthday Party
Turn every headshot into an explosion with the Grunt Birthday Party skull
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#12

Activate the Ammunition Handicap
Play the campaign with less ammunition
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#13

Camouflage the Master Chief
Give the Master Chief access to the Arbiter's Active Camouflage
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#14

Give All Enemies Active Camouflage
If Legendary is too easy for you, use the Assassins skull to activate the most challenging way to play Halo 2
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#15

Make All Enemies Tougher
Toughen up the enemy with this skull
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#16

Change the Laws of Physics
Change the physics of Halo 2 with the most dramatic Easter egg in the game
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#17

Make the Grunts a Little Tougher
Give Grunts a fair chance
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#18

Teach Your Enemies to Take a Punch
Give the Covenant an iron jaw with Ghost mode
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#19

Make Co-op Harder
Increase the difficulty of co-op games
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#20

Add a Twist to Your Shields
To activate your shield recharge, you must melee your enemies
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Halo 2 Easter Eggs

HACK
#21

See the Grunts Dance with Macho Man
The Gravemind cut scene shows the idolatry of the Grunts
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#22

Locate Secret Messages in Multiplayer Maps
Bungie leaves cryptic messages throughout the Halo 2 levels
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#23

Uncover the Hidden Art Galleries
Access the hidden galleries on the Limited Edition DVD
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#24

Read the Master Chief Poster
Even the USMC has been known to use propaganda
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#25

Customize the Zanzibar Signage
Alter the Zanzibar "NO SWIMMING" sign
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#26

Kick Around a Soccer Ball
Find the hidden soccer ball
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#27

Collect the Hidden Sword on Outskirts
Arm yourself with a hidden Plasma Sword
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#28

Hidden Swords on Delta Halo
Arm yourself with more hidden Plasma Swords
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#29

Super Weapon on Metropolis
Add a Scarab Gun to your arsenal
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

Gameplay Tricks

HACK
#30

Change Split Screen View
Switch between vertical and horizontal split screen mode
[Discuss (1) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#31

Revert to Multiple Checkpoints
Move backward through the level
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#32

Get Out of Outskirts
Get onto the rooftops and circumvent Sniper Alley
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#33

Get Above Delta Halo
The best views in the game
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#34

Get Out of Burial Mounds
Go above the map and snipe your friends
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#35

Jump Out of Foundation
Explore the roof of the Foundation map
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#36

Get on Top of Lockout
Get to the ultimate Lockout sniper perch
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#37

Get on Top of Zanzibar
Get on top of the Zanzibar base
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#38

Warthog Trampoline
Use the Warthog to blast yourself into the air
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#39

The Easy Way to the Beaver Creek Launcher
Get the SPANKr the sneaky way
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Halo 2 Glitches

HACK
#40

Fly Like a Bird
Soar high in the air with the single player sword-flying trick
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#41

Create a Giant Phantom MC
Use this glitch to create an enormous Master Chief corpse
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#42

Give Yourself Infinite Camouflage
Play any Master Chief level with unlimited Active Camouflage
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#43

Overload the Game Engine
Use object overloading to create dramatic glitches
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#44

Find the Mysterious Super Jump
Fly without any help whatsoever
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#45

Get Unlimited Sword Energy
Take advantage of a glitch that allows you to carry a sword with unlimited energy
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#46

Drop Your Weapons
Use an Oddball glitch to clean up your screen
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#47

Teach a Scorpion to Fly
Use the tank spinning glitch to toss around a Scorpion Main Battle Tank
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#48

Create a Ring of Rockets
Create a fireworks display using the Rocket Launcher
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#49

Slow Down Rockets
Tricks you can play with rockets
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Hacking Setup and Software

HACK
#50

Mod Your Maps with ADI
Hack Halo 2. files with this popular application
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#51

Use an Open Source Map Editor
Use the Ch2r open source application to hack your Halo 2 maps
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#52

Mod Maps with DotHalo
DotHalo offers another Halo 2 map-editing option
[Discuss (3) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#53

Sign Your Custom Maps
Use the Encryptomatic Signature app to sign modded map files
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#54

Hack Halo 2 by Hand
Hack Halo 2 with a hex editor
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#55

Share Your Saved Games
Use the Xbox-Saves Manager to use other people's saved games
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#56

Remix Multiplayer Levels with Campaign Mode Objects
Use Insolence to inject single-player campaign assets into multiplayer maps
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Weapon Mods

HACK
#57

Become a Grenade Sniper
Alter your throwing distance so that grenades fly like arrows
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#58

Change Your Clip Size
Add punch to your favorite weapon by increasing the clip
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#59

Push Your Friends Around
Knock around other players by adding force to your weapons
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#60

Swap Ammunition
Mix and match projectiles from the different weapons
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#61

Dual Wield Any Weapon
Change the properties of weapons so that anything can be dual-wielded
[Discuss (3) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#62

Death by Soccer Balls
Fill the Metropolis level with soccer balls
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#63

Add 10x Zoom to Any Weapon
Improve the scope of any weapon
[Discuss (2) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#64

Lunge for the Sky
Adjust the lethal lunge distance of the Plasma Sword
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#65

Clear the Zoom
Remove the mask from the Sniper zoom
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#66

Silence the Zoom
Null out the sound for a weapon's scope zoom
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#67

Change Grenade Explosions
Turn up the force associated with grenades
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Vehicle Mods

HACK
#68

Exchange the Weapons on Your Vehicle
Create a hybrid vehicle by mixing and matching the vehicle weapon tags
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#69

Fly with Ground-Locked Vehicles
Take flight in a Warthog with this amusing hack
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#70

Trick Out Your Ride
Customize your vehicle with a new skin
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#71

Pimp Out Your Ride with Tunes
Add a radio to the Ghost
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Level Mods

HACK
#72

Alter the Textures in a Level
Change the look of any map by creating your own texture files
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#73

Adjust the Halo 2 Lighting
Add some ambiance by altering the lighting properties of your levels
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#74

Give Your Map Its Own Menu Image
Give your map a pretty picture in the maps menu
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#75

Alter the Size of Objects in Your Maps
Hack Halo 2 object models with the mode plug-in
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#76

Turn Grenades into Skulls
Swap the model associated with grenades
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Display Mods

HACK
#77

Film High-Quality Videos and Machinima
Use the Machinima Companion to remove the HUD and increase texture quality
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#78

Manually Remove Low-Level Textures
Increase video quality by removing the low detail textures
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#79

Improve Your View of the Battlefield
Use this hack to alter your field of view
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#80

Customize the Halo 2 Splash Screen
Give your Xbox a personal look by changing the Halo 2 main splash screen
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#81

Customize the Halo 2 Demo Videos
Use this hack to play your own videos as the Halo 2 demo
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Gameplay Mods

HACK
#82

Speed Walking
Use this hack to run like a track star
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#83

Crouch to the Sky
Change the crouch height to give yourself a quick view of the battlefield
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#84

Jump for the Sky
Forget all those fancy maneuvers—change your jump height to get out of levels
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#85

Remove Sound
Remove various sounds from Halo 2 maps to eliminate distractions and bring new surprises
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#86

Change Halo 2's Machinery
Use the mach plug-in to alter the speed of the Zanzibar wheel
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#87

Sit in the Bleachers
Use Aztec's Spectator mod to watch the game
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#88

Give Yourself Super Powers
Activate the EvolutionX trainer to change your abilities
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#89

Create a Custom Game Variant
Use a hex editor to create a modded game variant with plenty of grenades
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

Halo 2 Remixed

HACK
#90

Spend Some Time with the Zombies
Undeadlong is a Headlong mod by MrMurder
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#91

Fight Your Way Through Much Squalor
The Hive is an excellent adaptation of the Waterworks map
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#92

Visit the Moon
Scotty GEE's stellar Moon Stronghold mod is an adaptation of Coagulation
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#93

Spend a Night in a Haunted Creek
The D-uK group gives Beaver Creek a more ominous character
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#94

Take a Walk in a Winter Wonderland
Dawn of War is a popular Coagulation mod by Salvage
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#95

Blast It All to Bits
Add some chaos to Coagulation with these two mods
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#96

Crawl Around a Desert
pimpinhobo528's Desert Creek is an adaptation of Beaver Creek
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#97

See the Forest for the Trees
Beaver Creek sprouts green, thanks to JeffDude1169's Forest Creek mod
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#98

Break Out Some Wild Weaponry
GTJuggler's Bluenight version of Foundation has some crazy weapons
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#99

Thrill to the Sights and Sounds of Zentation
Zenon created this impressive Ascension mod
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]

HACK
#100

Create Your Own Level Mods
MrMurder is one of the most active and prolific members of the Halo 2 modding community. If you've ever wondered what a modder is thinking when he creates a modded level, then you will enjoy reading through this overview of the process
[Discuss (0) | Link to this hack]


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