Halo Infinite Season 2: Lone Wolves is out now and adds a new free-for-all game mode, Last Spartan Standing. The new mode is like a miniature battle royale, pitting 12 players against each other with limited lives. The mode also has a reduction zone similar to the Battle Royale modes, although it is not as aggressive. With rumors that Certain Affinity is creating a true Battle Royale mode for the game, now is the perfect time to brush up on your skills. Here are some tips to help you dominate in Last Spartan Standing.
How Last Spartan Standing works
Before you start honing your skills and dominating your opponents, it’s important to understand how the game mode works and what your goal is. The 12-person mode is a free-for-all match, so each player faces all the others. Each player starts with five respawns, so once you die six times, you’re out permanently. All players start with the same set of weapons and can earn better ones as they earn XP by getting kills, assists, or picking up extra XP dropped by eliminated players. Once the game is down to just a few remaining players, the playing field will begin to shrink. The Last Spartan Standing wins the match.
Weapon Upgrade Levels
One of the most important parts of the game is that there are no weapons on the map. There are only grenades, overshields, and active camo on the map. Instead, players start with a single set of weapons that can be upgraded over the course of the game, similar to Gun Game in Call of Duty. You can choose to level up once you’ve earned enough XP, but you don’t have to level up. The reason this is important is that the weapon sets you upgrade to aren’t necessarily better than the ones you previously had. Instead, you need to learn what weapons are available at each level and how much XP you need to get there, so you can always have the weapons you’re most comfortable with. XP is cumulative, so it doesn’t go away when you upgrade. Here is each set of weapons in each level and how much XP you need:
- Tier 1: Disruptor and MK50 Sidekick – base tier
- Level 2: Disruptor and Mangler – 100 XP
- Tier 3: Mangler and MA40 Assault Rifle – 300 XP
- Level 4: Commando and MA40 Assault Rifle – 650 XP
- Level 5: CQS48 Bulldog and Commando – 1150 XP
- Level 6: BR75 and CQS48 Bulldog – 1850 XP (max level)
Looking at the loadout list, it’s clear that there are a few places where personal preference will come into play. Considering that Last Spartan Standing is played on a large map, the MK50 Sidekick works as a better ranged weapon than the Mangler. If you’re like me, you don’t care much for Commando either and you may want to wait to level up until he comes with the shotgun.
Latest Spartan Standing Tips
While most Last Spartan Standing matches will be determined by which of the last two remaining players is more skilled, there are a few tips to keep in mind to help you get to the last few players.
The first is for play carefully. Now, I’m not going to condone camping here because it’s not a very fun strategy, plus you’ll have a hard time upgrading your weapons if you don’t get in on the action yourself, but I’m going to suggest you make smart choices about when to engage. Halo Infinite can be a very aggressive shooter, with players rushing each other frequently. The reason it doesn’t work here is because the winner is determined by who can’t die six times. It doesn’t really matter if you rush in and get 6 or 7 kills, if you get eliminated super early. The smart thing to do is to find two players fighting each other that you can ambush and avoid being in the middle of a firefight.
The next tip is about Bonus XP drops that appear around the map. These are dropped every time players are eliminated from the match and are normally worth 300 XP. That’s the equivalent of three kills, so it can be useful to get you to max weapon level. The important thing to know is that XP bonuses take about five seconds to recover. If you were hoping to snag these quickly, that’s not going to happen. You need to make sure you can pick them up, especially if the player died in an open area.
The last tip is watch out for drop capsules. Weapon pods, similar to those that drop in Big Team Battle, always contain one of two things, either active camo or superior shields. These pods drop quite often, and since there are fewer players later in the match, there can be a lot left over. Having any of these will give you a huge advantage over another player, so it’s important to seek them out whenever you can.
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