Halo 4 brought a lot of new features into the Halo series. Features that got many fans worried when they first heard about it. One of these new features are Specializations, which are kind of like "perks" that you get to chose from once you hit Spartan Rank 50.
There are a total of 8 specializations. Initially, only two were available at launch and they other six were to be unlocked later. For players who purchase the Halo 4 limited edition, all eight will be unlocked at launch.
So, after your Spartan reaches level 50, you can chose one of the eight specializations which add an additional ten levels to your rank. Each specialization consists of ten levels, during the first nine you will unlock armor, emblems, skins and visors. Once you reach the 10th level, that's when you get the "perk" you initially set out for. Check them all out below.
First, we have Wetwork. Wetwork is better suited for players with a stealthy playstyle. Your spartan will make less noise while moving around and assassination animations are faster. Allowing you to get in and out without making a peep. Also, enemies who use Promethean Vision will not see you as a red figure, instead only your outline will appear.
Next is Pioneer. The Pioneer specialization will allow your spartan to rank up faster. Your spartan will gain XP faster but only when the specialization is active. Activating it at the end of the game will not yield double XP for your actions.
Engineer is a specialization that gives your spartan a leg up when it comes to ordinance drops. When activated, the Drop Recon mod indicates where the next ordinance drop will happen before it actually drops. So your spartan can rush to the next sniper drop before the others even know it's coming.
The Tracker is a specialization that is also related to ordinance drops. When presented with an ordinance drop, and there is nothing to your liking. You get the option to get a whole different set of drops.
The Rogue specialization will cause your spartan to flinch less when shot. Allowing you to keep a steadier aim when under fire.
The Stalker specialization is a passive skill that highlights the last person who killed you. When the nemesis mod is activated, you will also be able to see enemies who have attacked you, but not killed you. So if you're one of those players who likes to vent his anger, this specialization will definitely help you find your next teabag victim.
Next is the Pathfinder specialization. This specialization is meant for players who prefer the heavier machine guns. When the Gunner mod is activated, the cool-down on vehicle mounted turrets is much faster and when carrying a detached turret, your spartan will move at a normal pace.
The last specialization is the Operator, another specialization catered to vehicle warfare. When the Wheelman mod is activated, EMP blasts will not have much effect on you, it will not stop you. Giving you a better chance to recharge your shields and the shield of the vehicle itself.
Those are all eight specializations, remember you only get to chose one at a time when you reach level 50. After you complete the ten levels of one specialization, you will be able to start on another. Each specialization contains 10 levels, so that is an additional 80 levels to rank up to. Summing it up to a total of 130 levels all in all.
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