Considering writers Tessa Kum and Jeff VanderMeer were not given access to Halo's story bible when writing, If an entire ecosystem of sufficient biomass is infected, the entire planet becomes a. As they flew into the Portal, Halo activated, killing the Gravemind and wiping out most of the surviving Flood on the Ark and on Installation 08, although it is known that at least one Flood spore survived. "[9] The Flood began making its way up the station, overtaking the Heretic forces and forcing 'Refumee to seal himself inside safe section of the station. They managed to find a survivor who eventually died from blood loss, but not before revealing in a delirious manner that he was an escaped prisoner from the Mona Lisa, a civilian prison ship. Suddenly he is overwhelmed by something as he screams, and then his radio goes silent. All in all, the most practical option is to have a shotgun for close-up/quick work, and a Pistol or Assault Rifle for longer range. A marine asked Lopez what it was, and she responded by asking Smith if he knew what it was. The only known pathway for Flood reproduction and survival is by the infestation and assimilation of other species. Therefore, during the Feral stage, control is localized at the individual level, but once an outbreak enters the Coordinated stage control is assumed by, and broadcast from, the central compound intelligence. Insufficient data exists on whether mobile forms of one Gravemind would be influenced by another Gravemind, though logic dictates this would be the case. She then split the group into two squads, sending five marines lead by Benti to the engine room to clear the backup nav system while Lopez headed to the bridge with a few other marines to clear the primary nav systems. Concept art depicting the Warden Eternal, an army of Prometheans and Phaetons battling UNSC forces. John-117, with the help of the Sangheili, fought their way through the Flood. Like its predecessor Halo Wars, it features two playable factions: humanity's military arm, the United Nations Space Command, and an alien faction, the Banished. Spirit of Fire narrowly escaped by performing a hastily-calculated slingshot maneuver around the exploding sun in order to shoot off into space. If a greater Flood intelligence, such as a Gravemind, is activated, then it is capable of overriding the primitive instincts of all other Flood forms, taking direct control of each and every Flood organism and making them much more dangerous, a result of being guided by a sentient mind. The Plasma Rifle is also a good weapon of choice to use (if the assault rifle/shotgun are unavailable) as its high rate of fire can quickly destroy Infection Forms while still being powerful enough to destroy Combat Forms. There was a significantly elevated number of Enforcers present, even automated sentinel construction factories flying over watch, and automated factories built into the landscape, each churning out Enforcers and Sentinels, further swelling their numbers even in intense combat. Carrier forms cause tremendous damage at close ranges, and their explosions are extremely devastating to friends and foes alike, with the added benefit of disseminating infection forms in the immediate vicinity. Plasma Pistols, however, are the least useful. The Forerunners began their "Conservation Measure" in force, researching the Flood while constructing an Artifact on Earth and other worlds to generate a Slipspace portal leading to The Ark, which they used to efficiently save as many sentient beings as they can while cataloging and preserving parts of the planet's ecosystems. Player: James Cutter. Despite being similar to buildings and not moving, they are technically units as they have a Y ability which converts units to flood spores. A few Precursors were spared by the Forerunners, while others became a dust which could regenerate into their past forms. The Magnum is capable of killing a combat form with a single shot to the chest, but is generally not recommended for mass engagement, as its medium rate of fire and small magazine size can lead the player into a position where they are surrounded by Combat Forms and need to reload. Notable individuals The SMG is an excellent weapon against the Flood, as long as ammo is in large supply. After The Flood were discovered to be aboard the battle cruiser, the Covenant High Command sent a Special Operations strike force to Truth and Reconciliation to commence immediate emergency repairs, prepare it for lift-off into space and neutralize the Flood. In the games themselves, the Flood have made appearances in Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, both Halo Wars titles. Sentinels fighting Flood Infection Forms. Sergeant Johnson landed the frigate as close as possible to the Control Room. One of the UNSC personnel captured in the Marine force to the ex-Covenant arms cache was Captain Jacob Keyes, a brilliant naval strategist of the UNSC Navy. Keyes and his team were unaware of this fact, however, and continued to delve deeper into the facility, ultimately coming across one of the unopened Flood Containment Chambers. However, the reason that the Forerunners preserved some of the Flood for research on the Halo rings instead of destroying them all was that they knew that the Flood would return sooner or later, and it would be better to fight a researched enemy rather than a foreign one. Also, all forms can be instantly destroyed with any form of melee attack, with the exception of the Pure Forms, which cannot be revived anyway when killed. They were led to an unknown planet, which happened to be a Forerunner Shield World. A group of Sangheili-Combat Forms with their melee arms severed. By the time of these developments, Flood dominance over the Covenant was assured. Captain Keyes successfully withheld information about Earth by constantly accessing information available on his Command Neural Interface that was not vital, such as his name, rank and serial number. After the Flood threat was destroyed, Keyships were dispatched, and reintroduced the indexed species to their origins, sparking life back into the Galaxy again. Without the Spirit's Slipspace Engine, however, the ship was lost in space, with humanity's only knowledge of the Flood lost with it. Pure forms are introduced, consisting of the. The Flood collectively learn any general information a species possess, even if only one member of that species is assimilated. Halo Wars 2 (2017, Xbox One & Windows 10), Halo 4: King of the Hill (2012, iOS & Android), Halo: Fireteam Raven (2018, Arcade cabinet), Halo Custom Edition (2004, Windows & Mac), Halo: The Master Chief Collection (2014, Xbox One), Halo Wars: Definitive Edition (2016, Xbox One & Windows 10), Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide (2013), Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of The Halo Universe, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1MVKdJ8X3E, Terminals - Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, https://halo.fandom.com/wiki/Flood?oldid=1824680, The Flood can make screeches and roars, which were not present in the first game, although they still continue to make low growls upon sighting. As they went up, Sergeant Johnson supported them with his Spartan Laser. The Forerunners suspected that the Flood had a logic altering informational virus that was effective against all of their AI. They then synchronize with the host, matching frequencies with the host's nervous system and killing them almost instantly. The group proceeded through the shaft, hearing groaning and growling in the distance. The Infection Form that was hit by the vehicle will not pop. While in some engagements, the Covenant were able to hold the line by using vehicular and air support, most of the weaker Covenant soldiers such as Unggoy succumbed easily to the Flood, and the few Sangheili who remained were outnumbered, killed and reanimated. The Gravemind was worried, but believed its Flood forms would be enough to stop the Spartan. Benti ordered the group to fall back into a room while she threw a grenade into the shaft, which crushed the Flood forms but also killed a Marine, as well as partially flooded the room. The Incendiary grenade instantly destroys all Flood Pure forms and is the one true weakness of all pure Flood forms, as well as its Support Weapon counterpart the Flamethrower. She proceeded to open the Pelican's door to greet him before noticing that he is covered with blood and groaning strangely. Sometimes the rate of the mutations can vary in extremely rare cases: when Rtas 'Vadumee battled his comrade-turned-Combat form Bero 'Kusovai aboard the Infinite Succor, 'Kusovai continued to mutate throughout the duration of the battle at a restrained and constant rate. Average height Then, immediately after the crash, the pilots were able to record a message about their attackers, calling them "Unknown Hostiles." The Flood seem to thrive in moist and humid areas, which lends itself to the fact that the Quarantine Zone is bereft of organic life, and is cold and perpetually snowy, to hinder the development of the Flood. At first, when he saw the Covenant retreating out of the Forerunner structure running from Assault Rifle fire, he believed them to be allied forces. The Flood are, on the other hand, very effective with heavy weaponry such as the M19 Rocket Launcher or the M90 Shotgun, and are curiously unskilled with close-quarters weapons such as the Energy Sword. The two quickly boarded a nearby Pelican that crashed into the tower. It can mutate into two different forms: Stalker form, and Ranged form. In isolated cases, such as when the Flood seek very specific information from an individual's mind, they utilize an alternate, undescribed method of infestation that does not kill the host immediately; this allows the Flood to "burrow" into the host's mind, eventually giving them access to the entire scope of the host's memories. Objective(s): Reinforce Spartan Red Team; Destroy Flood Boss; Optional: Kill 20 Flood stalks; Have all five Flood colonies dormant at once The Pelican raced off as High Charity collapsed behind them. They can also acquire their host's memories. After all countermeasures failed, the Forerunners activated the Halo Array in 97,448 B.C, unleashing galactic destruction, and destroying almost all sentient life forms in the Galaxy. Individual Combat and Carrier Forms have access to the skills and memories of their host; however, once an outbreak establishes a viable Gravemind, the Coordinated Stage begins, and it is at this point the Flood becomes truly dangerous. While examining the Marine's wound she noticed and cut out a small maggot-like thing. Johnson was holding Miranda, even though it was too late, and told the two to kill Truth and stop the rings from firing. The species can reproduce without host bodies, though this is described as a last-ditch effort, and only performed by pure Flood forms. As the Forerunner-Precursor war drew to a close, the few remaining Precursors that were pushed out beyond the edges of the galaxy to Path Kethona sought vengeance against the Forerunners. In addition to controlling the physical movements of the host body, the Gravemind can utilize the vocal cords of combat forms made from former Jiralhanae, Humans, and Sangheili to communicate, as well as the moans they use as observed on The Covenant, where the drop pod crashes into the third shield tower. Furthermore, highly area-specific munitions, such as sniper rifle projectiles, are completely ineffective, as picking off selective areas of a combat form leads to no wide-scale physiological impediments, and the projectile will punch through the decayed flesh rapidly, exiting through the other side of the combat form without consequence. "Inferi" is Latin for "the dead" and "Redivivus" means "renovated, reconstructed, rebuilt or recycled. After one was rescued, the small squad made their way into a site that would become a base. The Prophet of Truth, in his final moments, was infected by the Flood and began to mutate, but the rate and nature of his transformation was not consistent with the usual process when a sentient being is taken by a Flood Infection form. They escaped through a small hole at the end of the hallway. The Gravemind noticed his presence in the crashed cruiser but did not take any action against him. This has only been specifically seen when the Flood sought information from Captain Jacob Keyes, such as the location of Earth or a starship that would free them from Installation 04. Halo Wars Secrets: Skulls. It would be really cool and we all want it to happen, but I stopped hoping after Halo Wars 1 and I think its safe to say that we'll never see a playable Flood faction. The Gravemind had saved Thel 'Vadamee before the Sangheili could fall to his death after being hit by a burst from Tartarus' Gravity Hammer. While baseline neurological assimilation is the same regardless of host species, The Flood's infestation includes physiological mutilation, which is species-specific. While possessing an unusual sentient intelligence, with Combat Forms still retaining extremely high-level cognitive functions such as vehicular operation, traits such as dexterity and complex battlefield tactics are notably lacking in the Flood, especially in their psychological and combat behavior. Infection Forms feeding on dead corpses. Halo Wars 2 is a military science fiction real-time strategy video game, in which players command armies from a bird's-eye view of the battlefield. No articles were found matching the criteria specified. During its Feral Stage, the Flood is only capable of local coordination through use of pheromone-based communication. It would be thousands of years before they were again able to threaten the galaxy. Miranda Keyes managed to slip the In Amber Clad through the Forerunner Enforcer patrols, while the Covenant launched a ground borne attack, led by Thel 'Vadamee and involving a small team of Spec Ops Sangheili, using a gondola to get to the index while attempting to control the gondola and keep it from slipping into Flood or Sentinel hands. It is best to use the MA5B Assault Rifle, Shotgun, or M6D Magnum against the Flood. The Flood was responsible for consuming most of the sentient life in the galaxy, notably the Forerunners, during the 300-year-long Forerunner-Flood war. The Infection Form is therefore unable to enact any large-scale physiological mutation; however, some Flood DNA is still spliced with the host's DNA, apparently imparting the host with enhanced regenerative capabilities. 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