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Halo: Reach extended experience and game mysteries


Note: This page may contain campaign spoilers. Proceed with caution!

Halo: Reach Data Pads

When viewing a data pad, you'll hear what sounds like reversed audio playing the background. After reversal, the audio reveals a number of phrases being spoken by an entity. The phrases heard are played randomly.

Transcriptions, in a sensible order:

welcome child
breach identified
role confirmed
purge initiated
corruption contained
lineage confirmed
protocols reinstated

Thanks to halo.bungie.org, the data pads are all available in a single readable PDF form.

Data pads, all difficulties:

Legendary data pads:

Mysterious content

Some text transcriptions from low-resolution images may not be accurate, so if you think you have a more accurate reading, please share.

Hidden panel

  • On the level The Package, there is a keypad entry panel just outside the bounds of the level after you find the tank. Proceed around the left side of the rocks into the water. Unlike decorative geometry, this panel does prompt to press X to activate. (source, haloreachplanet.com [1] )
    What does it activate?

Radio chatter

  • On the level Overlook, as discovered in the beta version, on the radio can be overheard a communications exchange between "Blue Delta" and "Dragon X-Ray". (listen:[2])

Transcription (ordered):

  • Blue Delta, this is Dragon X-Ray, we are on the ground and three nights out from the objective, over.
    Dragon X-Ray, be advised that you are the only UNSC ground asset in that grid.
  • Say again, Blue Delta. We've got movement due east. That should be Strike Red, over.
    That's a negative, Dragon X-Ray. I say again, be advised that you are the only UNSC asset in that area.
  • Roger, Blue Delta. We're picking that movement again due east. You got something to soften it up?
    You got a location, Dragon X-Ray?
  • Grid as follows. Whisky-Delta-15741712, over.
    I copy. Whisky-Delta-15741712
  • That is correct. Request immediate support from any assets on station, over.
    Dragon X-Ray, it looks like all I've got available at this time is the UNSC Aegis Fate.
  • Blue Delta, is the Aegis Fate wet navy?
    Negative, Dragon. She's currently listed as a XO asset - a frigate.
  • Well we are less than a click from the target area, Blue Delta. We aint that desperate for help.
    Understood, Dragon X-Ray, give them hell out there and good luck.
  • Aegis Fate is the frigate that floats over the Halo 3 map Sandtrap.


  • On the first mission, Winter Contingency, scattered around the human structures can be found round shotcode-like QR- or bar-codes. Examples below.
  • There are 3 variant codes, but each appear numerous times at differing rotations, in some cases paired with other letters/numbers/symbols.
  • Below are a few instances I was able to locate (there are other duplicates accompanied by various letters and such)
Ringcode Variant 1
Ringcode1a.jpg Ringcode1b.jpg Ringcode1b-inv.jpg Ringcode1c.jpg Ringcode1d.jpg
Ringcode Variant 2

Note that this variant contains variant 1's pattern, with some addition segments filled in.

Ringcode Variant 3
Ringcode3a.jpg Ringcode3a-180.jpg
Ringcode Legendary Figurine

On the backside of the legendary edition Noble Monument figurine is a ringcode in the same format as those seen above. This ringcode may offer a little more insight into the structure of the ringcodes themselves, with a visible grid pattern in which segments are filled or empty.

  • This ringcode is the same as variant #2
Ringcode Legendary Box

On opposite sides of the legendary box are two ringcodes, on (depicted) labels stating delivery origin and destination - Reach and Earth.

Ringcode-LegendBox1.jpg Ringcode-LegendBox2.jpg

Posters and decals

  • Also scattered around the walls of Winter Contingency are large posters and round letter/dot decals. They may not serve a practical purpose, but they are documented here just in case.
Reach Decals1.jpg
Reach Posters1.jpg Reach Posters2.jpg Reach Posters3.jpg Reach Posters4.jpg Reach Posters5.jpg

Misc content

  • In the lower left of the HUD, there is a string of binary:
    • 01000100011000010111011001100101
  • This converted from binary as ascii spells "Dave"
Reach barcode.jpg
Adjutant Reflex?
  • At one point I noticed a fan grate that bore an eerily striking resemblance to the Chrysopteron, the glyph representing the Forerunner AI Adjutant Reflex.
ARGrate.jpg Chrysopteron.gif
2D Crate barcode
  • On a closeup of the roundish tanks is a barcode with numbers barely visible.
Reach cratecode.jpg


20 279403050530
Monitor screens
  • Some repeated monitor textures include very low resolution text.
Reach monitors1.jpg
Reach monitors2.jpg

General information will be updated at intervals between 3 and 7 units.

Normal operational levels to remain between 40 and 1100 degrees.

Information 123384.4

Pioneer matrix operational, information will be conveyed in order received

Please be cautious as variables may determine results

Fun stuff

Fast food menu
  • In one level a fast food kiosk has menus on display:
Reach fastfood1.jpg Reach fastfood2.jpg
New acronym
  • On the back of the Halo: Reach game box, at the very bottom center, is a new acronym: BBBSLTPHSTBGF
    This may possibly stand for:
    • Bye Bye Bungie, So Long To Project: Halo. Stuff's Totally Been Great Fun.
  • See also HBO's known acronym catalogue

Siege of Madrigal (and Never Surrender)

  • Every Halo title from Bungie has a location where the tune Siege of Madrigal can be heard in the distance. Halo: Reach takes it to a new level. The easter egg can be found on the level New Alexandria. A hidden panel first activates Never Surrender, and a second panel elsewhere activates Siege of Madrigal. (source: HaloReachPlanet.com [3])
    • Video (Spoiler):

Other easter eggs

  • For more easter eggs to unlock, see IGN's Halo Reach guide
    • Reach Racer!
    • Master Chief's cameo!
    • Unlockable avatar items!
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