Halo Anniversary Skulls

Level: Various

It has been confirmed that skulls are going to be hidden in various places throughout the Halo: Anniversary Campaign. Players will be able find skulls in the campaign (although only available in the remastered mode) to active different gameplay effects. Skulls have appeared in all subsequent Halo games after the release of Halo CE so it looks like 343i is taking the opportunity to give Halo fans some extra fun in that old classic we all love.

After finding the skulls in the campaign, players will be able to activate them from a skulls menu.

Malfunction Skull

Malfunction Skull

Effect

After dying and respawning this skull will cause a malfunction in a players heads up display, displaying various functions of the HUD at random.

Location

Once inside where the bridge is on Assault on the Control Room, you will see the skull on a little platform between the bride and the wall you will need to jump down to get.

Eyepatch Skull

Eyepatch Skull

Effect

Removed all auto aim from the game. This means aiming will be a lot harder.

Location

The eyepatch skull is simply found on The Library, between two pillars you encounter while completing the mission.

Pinata Skull

Pinata Skull

Effect

Whenever you kill a covenant, he will drop a grenade.

Location

This skull is on two betrayals where you are in a banshee, find a snowy platform and the skull is behind a small raised pillar.

Grunt Birthday Party Skull

Grunt Birthday Party Skull

Effect

Causes grunts to explode like into confetti when killed with headshots.

Location

On the Maw, the skull is on a rail to the right as you are making your warthog run.

Fog Skull

Fog Skull

Effect

The players motion tracker is disabled, giving enemies a tactical advantage.

Location

This skull is on the Silent cartographer, you will need to find a structure inside the complex that you can only reach by grenade jumping, it looks like a triangular opening in the middle of the room. Get up there and you will find the skull.

Famine Skull

Famine Skull

Effect

Weapons that are dropped by A.I and picked up by players are left with half the ammo they would normally carry.

Location

Around the outside to the silent cartographer, you will see a small elevated area that you will have to somehow get up to to grab the skull. Kind of like an island on land.

Boom Skull

Boom Skull

Effect

When activated the Boom skull doubles the radius of explosions from grenades and rockets.

Location

The Boom Skull is located above the entrance to the underground cave that Cortana points out to be "not a natural formation". Before you go down the incline leading to its entrance, you stay against the right "wall" of the canyon. You jump on a large rock and then crouch jump onto the inclined ledge that looks like you shouldnt be able to stand there. Then you follow this ledge around to the skull.

Bandanna Skull

Bandanna Skull

Effect

When you activate this skull you will get infinite ammo.

Location

Once inside the silent cartographer complex where you need to activate the holopanel, go to the right where you are on the outside of the complex looking in. You will need to grenade jump on top of the structure and walk around up there to find the skull.

Grunt Funeral Skull

Grunt Funeral Skull

Effect

Grunts die in a blaze of glory and plasma. They explode like grenades after dying.

Location

Requires the preorder of the game from participating retailers.

Black Eye Skull

Black Eye Skull

Effect

The only way to recharge you shields is to melee enemies.

Location

On the library, grenade jump up to one of the vents you can explore and you will find the skull.

Recession Skull

Recession Skull

Effect

Every bullet you fire takes up two bullets, making you deplete your ammo twice as fast.

Location

On guilty spark, the skull is behind a tree somewhere amidst the fog.

Foreign Skull

Foreign Skull

Effect

After activating this skull you will find it impossible to pick up any covenant weapons.

Location

The foreign skull is on truth and reconciliation while you are fighting some hunters in a hanger, it is inside an alley.

Mythic Skull

Mythic Skull

Effect

This terrifying skull gives all covenant forces double the amount of health.

Location

On the second level when you land on Halo for the first time look around for a river. follow it upstream until you reach a waterfall. facing the water fall look right and you'll see a boulder. go behind it and you get the mythic skull and 25 gamerscore.

Iron Skull

Iron Skull

Effect

When a play is alone and dies, the level is restarted. When a player dies in co-op, the last checkpoint is loaded.

Location

The iron skull is quite easy to find, it is behind some crates where you first spawn in the pillar of autumn.

Comments

are these all of them?

@bacon
These are all the ones that are currently confirmed...323 will probably keep most of the new additions a secret

glad I have this preordered

i saw on the comic con anniversary panal about a few more on was unlimited ammo and the other is each shot takes up two bullets

@zacca14
ya the infinite ammo skull is the bandana skull

@foodle, where did you find this out? I will update the page if you can cite a source.

@su
I see you found it.Its cool that all the others were revealed too!

So, Grunt Birthday vs Grunt Funeral READS like maybe the only difference is a delay in the effect (when killed vs after dying). However, it remains to be seen if Birthday will include confetti or require a headshot (it didn't appet on demos I saw that Funeral will). I've always found Birthday to be inaccurately described.

Isn't the Grunt Funeral Skull the pre-order bonus skull, not the Grunt Birthday Party Skull? Typo?

The pre order skull is grunt funeral, not grunt birthday party. Thank you for the list.

I believe the Grunt Birthday Party information is incorrect. It describes the Grunt Funeral skull, right down to the "requires the preorder of the game from participating retailers" bit.

Nice list, just one issue though: The Grunt Funeral skull is the one you get from pre-order, not Grunt Birthday Party. Also, you should include links to the source for these/screen-shots of the descriptions.

is the grunt funeral ONLY pre order or can anybody get the skull?

Mythic is not going to be on the game, O'Connor made that very clear at Halo Fest 2011.

I updated the typo with the Grunt funeral. Thanks for catching that. Also, I'm not entirely sure of the differences between the grunt funeral and birthday party skulls. I would imagine the confetti vs plasma would be the difference between them.

with grunt funerial,the grunts fall over dead,but then just explode like a gernade.I havent seen anything about grunt birthday party though :(

Bandanna Skull must be the most wanted skull and I bet it must be hidden VERY carfully so no one can find it that easily like:
Last Level: When driving the warthog after pelican crashes and it's like were the talking grunt is and u have to kill it before it starts talking
Begining of the game: (funny one) Kill captain keyes, Before going in the pods go back to the cyro tube room and it's in master chief's tube
Most horrible posibility: Must find ALL skulls and turn them ALL on and the skull will be in the second level hidden somewhere

What's the source?

@A person
WORST OF ALL:Hidden on The Libray level on legendary...uggh lets hope not

*sorry if this is a duplicate comment; can't recall if I already submitted this once*

The only reason I assumed what Grunt Birthday may be is that it has a history of certain attributes (namely, headshot trigger and confetti).

@343i, I suspect your name may not be genuine (or at least you're out of the loop) because the latest Waypoint Bulletin did in fact CONFIRM Mythic for Anniversary. Whether it will be identical to the current Mythic skull (or previous ones) remains to be seen.

the bandana skull is sweet...whooping grunts with the pistol NONSTOP!!!!

I hope bandana is bottomless clip

@A person,

Yeah, I hope so too. Reloading will be annoying.

the assult rifle would be amazing with bottomless clip

Wow. I dont remember any auto aim in CE. I just sprayed with the AR. (Bottemless Clip FTW!!)

they need the rambo skull instead of the bandanna skull. it activates bottomless clip on all automatic human weapons, so you can RAMBO!!

i preorderd it!!! :D

I am a little disappointed to see that the ambiguous messages they had in Halo 3 are still gone, but I hope the skulls will be as fun and tricky to find as they were in Halo 2.
Maybe not IWHBYD tricky...

There should be a rooster teeth skull where audio effects are changed like elites say blarg ect

Well Bandana (or Bandanna, whatever) is awesome. But Recession is a skull that makes you have this face :(
Think about it; 2 shots on sniper rifle, and 1 shot with Rocket Launcher. I'm sad now. (Snipe,snipe,RELOAD)

@LOki
Well...you dont have to put it on...its only there 4 a challenge

oh and on youtube theres this guy who found like 5 skulls already.In the first level,as soon as you get out of the tube go in the back of the room and the skull is behind a container thing.

his account name is stree7sweeper

and on the second level,its behind the waterfall at the beginning, the third level, behind a door at the bottom of the last room with the spirit, the maw's skull is on a ledge where you stop for foehammer, and the silent cartographer skull is behind you when you jump out of the pelican,just keep walking and its on a rock

at the end of the library instead of going on the elevator go right for a while and you will find it

the skull on the pillar of autumn in the first room is iron skull, famine is the one behind you in silent cartographer (see above),also on silent cartographer is the bandana skull, however the guys who made that tutorial were not clear on where it is but it's there, grunt birthday party is the one on maw on that ledge, boom skull is the 2nd skull on the mission halo, the black eye skull is the 2nd skull on library, fog and malfunction are both on assault on the control room, eye patch skull is the one foodle was talking about on the library, (also see above) and pinata skull is on two betrayals, on some sort of overhang on a cliff, you will need a banshee for that one.

Sorry for lengthy comment, just trying to help :)

welli can't wait to play halo 4 and annivisary

The Boom Skull is located above the entrance to the underground cave that Cortana points out to be "not a natural formation". Before you go down the incline leading to its entrance, you stay against the right "wall" of the canyon. You jump on a large rock and then crouch jump onto the inclined ledge that looks like you shouldnt be able to stand there. Then you follow this ledge around to the skull.

I found Mythic!!! On the second level when you land on Halo for the first time look around for a river. follow it upstream until you reach a waterfall. facing the water fall look right and you'll see a boulder. go behind it and you get the mythic skull and 25 gamerscore.

FINALLY GOT BANDANA!!!!!That was crazy...it took me 45 minutes!

Thanks guys, I have added some of your descriptions to the list.

I have also added a brief description of where the rest of the skulls are.

Instead of doing the crouch jump you could also use the warthog to ride up the side of the "wall" a little bit before that big rock. there is a ledge that kinda looks like a green line. just ride up the "wall" as far as you can, then get out, stick to the right side (a normal jump is required) and keep walking to the cliff/ledge thing and there it is. if you don't understand this or im not specific enough you can go to youtube.com and type in boom skull location.

sorry its sooooo long. just wanted to help. :]

i also accidentaly found the iron, mythic, foriegn, and famine skulls. that's right, im one of those gamers. (the kind who wonder around the map.)

ultimate combo: grunt birthday skull, boom skull, grunt funeral skull, and bandana skull.X)

Banndanna skull I'm glad it was not on the library on legendary with all skulls I like that all skulls can be found on easy so I can play easy for the skulls then legendary for campaign bandanna ftw

I also wonder around and finnd things accidentaly.

You don't need a preorder to get the grunt funeral skull. I got it by buying the game at walmart but you need live to redeem the code

got the game and its just like the origonal and the grunt funeral skull is cool! u kill one grunt boom kills onother boom and sume times the grunts fly next to u and explode making u die!

Can you only find the skulls on legendary?

@Zach
They can be found on any difficually.

you forgot the infinite ammo skull

@ fabedgridd : You mean the Bandanna Skull we have had in here this entire time?....

so when the bandana skull is on, is it botomlessclip or do we have to reload?

@ oscar : I don't know, I have not tried. But FYI it isn't called a "clip", it is called a "Mag" for short AKA "Magazine".

@oscar
You still have to reload.

A few years ago I'd have to pay someone for this infromtaion.

does anyone notice why they named it bandanna skull for the purpose of inf. ammo XD... its because Metal gear solid games have an item called BANDANNA which has the same effect XD....
343 industries haha :D...

havent found any skulls yet u guys so wish me luck

Just got this game but the grunt funeral is basically grunts turning into plasma grenades after they die! Hope this explains

for bandana skull, another way is to get two people, one person goes to the edge of the first window on the walkway to the holopanel. the second one commits suicide, then he sould spawn on top of the guy barely outside the window, when he spawns on top, he can now jump on top of the walkway and can get the skull. the person outside the window commits suicide and spawns on top of the walkway so he can now get the skull. P.S May take practise and time.

I didn't pre-order it, but I bought the 'pre-ordered' copy from a retail chain. Funny thing was, it was $20 (AUD) cheaper than the normal game...

Anyways, can anyone complete my challenge-

ALL Skulls
Legendary
Any Mission
Video it

If you succeed, could you reply with a link?

(I haven't done it, I was just wondering if it was possible...)

Put on all the skulls and just do the pillar of autumn level and see what happens.

Where's IWBHYD or tough luck? I know they got rid of halo 2 skulls such as whuppapotomous but why take out the skulls we love?

How come Halo 2 or 3 don't have a skull page?

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