John-117 fends off the oncoming Flood Combat Forms and Infection Forms on Installation 04. They began to test the parasite on both human and Covenant prisoners, unaware of its lethality. However, the Forerunners' plan included some measures to preserve sentient life and return them to their home planets, allowing the Flood's "food source" to persist. When Cortana appeared on the holopad, John-117 fired the engines and Thel 'Vadam jumped in. Once a host of any organic/sentient species has been infected, they can develop into a combat form. However, the Gravemind survived High Charity's destruction and began to rebuild itself on the ring while the Flood invaded, attempting to stop the new ring from being fired. While the Gravemind coordinates Flood strategy on a galactic scale, small encounters are not coordinated between individual Flood warriors. Unique Halo 2 Posters designed and sold by artists. He also stated that it pushed the infected into crazed aggression. New structures for barricades are introduced. A group of Sangheili-Combat Forms with their melee arms severed. A wall covered in heavy Flood biomass: evidence of advanced infestation. The sheer numbers of Flood forms on the planets overcame Forerunner ground forces. [12], After the humans had exposed the Pheru to the powder for several centuries, more disturbing changes appeared. When he was infected and initially used as a Combat Form, the Flood realized Keyes was holding vital information and relegated him as biomass for a Proto-Gravemind. 5. The combat forms were able to scatter before they could all be destroyed, and a steady trickle of Flood continued to enter the Pillar of Autumn through vents and openings in the hull, waging a tedious guerrilla battle against the Covenant security force on board. [51], While the Pod infectors are an effective and economical means of delivering infection, particularly against armored targets, the Flood can infect hosts through other means. John went to the top of the tower. According to lead designer Graeme Devine, the main issue was that in order to balance the Flood with the UNSC and Covenant, the Flood would have to have been similar to StarCraft's Zerg, which did not mesh with the Flood's role in the games: to be "the single scariest thing in the galaxy.". The Halo itself, but also Derelict, the net level. It's quite intriguing. The Flood are an extremely adaptable, dangerous, and expendable parasitic life form. Meanwhile, Burgundy remained in the hangar waiting for Cranker. 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,, Terminals - Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary,, 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. The group later encountered the Pure Forms for the first time, which could manipulate itself into accurate Ranged Forms or powerful Tank Forms from its Stalker Form. If the player is attacked by a Pod infector while their shields are down, the character will die instantly. On another occasion, the Flood attempted to enter through cargo containers but were foiled due to the quick thinking of the Unggoy Yayap. Very small quantities of the powder induced changes in the Pheru that improved their domestic behavior. The Flood Juggernaut is a large Flood command form directed by a seething mass of infection forms linked to multiple hosts. [16] This may be the reasoning behind keeping Installation Control Rooms in low degree weather, impeding their occupation by the Flood. The Librarian is voiced in Halo 4 by actress Lori Tritel. The Gravemind is introduced, making the Flood a more significant faction in the series. Thel 'Vadamee took the Index from Miranda Keyes and Sergeant Johnson, who had gotten there first, but was betrayed by the Jiralhanae and knocked into the depths of the Library. 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. Unknown origin, Extragalactic (first Forerunner contact at G617g), Variable: green, black, tan (depending on host), however, many hosts mutate to brown and green. [17] No fully intact specimen of the Flood could be found among the Pheru, humans, or San'Shyuum, as they had methodically destroyed any sign of infection, including all of the original carrier vessels that they had discovered. This seemed to activate some sort of signal for expansion. Exactly how these organs work is unknown; they may provide visual or chemical information, or perhaps a combination of both. This combination of traits has caused some to refer to it as "thinking muscle.". "[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. After fighting their way through Covenant forces, Sergeant Forge and several Marine squads were attacked by the Flood. Seven years would pass after High Charity crashed on the Ark when Atriox's Banished began a war of attrition against the UNSC crew of the Spirit of Fire. The parasite devastated many of their fleets, before its deliberate recession from the galaxy tipped the scales in the Forerunners' favor, allowing them to sterilize any Flood infestation they came across in several thousands of worlds across the galactic border. This is realized through both War Games exercises and the interactive TACSIM. The name of the Flood is a reference to the biblical story of the, The Flood bear a strong visual resemblance to an enemy cut from, The Flood were inspired by Christopher Rowley's. Any humans, unshielded Elite, and Brutes have a low chance to resist or preventing the Pod Infector from infecting them. The Flood deployed numerous forms to stop him but failed. With the proto-Gravemind dead, the smart-AI Serina was able to reacquire Anders' actual signal which led to an ocean under which a docking port leading to the interior shield world was located. Once they destroyed the Proto-Gravemind, Serina found a signal, which was believed to be Anders'. Metabolic requirements, however, appear to be extreme on the organism: blood vessels become extremely prominent on the surface of the Combat Form, with thick and distinct blood-colored vessels spawning all across the creature's surface, most prominently so on the head. Also, don't let the Infection forms touch you if you have no shields; otherwise, they will kill you instantly. Finally, the Forerunners were forced to a Pyrrhic solution: using an array of seven ring-shaped megastructures collectively known as the Halo Array as superweapons, the Forerunners would purge the galaxy of all sentient life. Although it is unknown whether he had the ability to do this previously but just didn't choose to. [21] As a further setback to the Forerunners, an extended dialog with the Primordial provoked Mendicant Bias, the Contender-class AI in charge of the Forerunner defense, to succumb to the Flood's logic plague and turn its vast resources against its masters. Six Special Operations Sangheili, along with Rtas 'Vadumee, were airdropped at the periphery of the Quarantine Zone by means of Covenant drop pods, and Thel 'Vadamee joined them, rallying their efforts to secure a landing zone against large numbers of Flood attackers. Fortunately, Voridus was able to find a partially intact Forerunner facility. The lost cure altered the DNA of inoculated humans in a manner that upon infection, the altered DNA would act as a corruptive catalyst when bonded with the aggressive Flood mutagen; resulting in the physiological degradation of the Flood's neural inhibitions, to the extent that when this new Flood entity arose, it would consume all biological entities - including other flood (both the traditional and Human-mutated specimens), which would in turn awaken as more altered organisms, thus self-perpetuating the disease into proportions sufficient to cause genocide through mass cannibalistic attrition. Dual wielding SMGs and other dual-wielding weapons have proven to be very effective, as well as the Sentinel Beam, Shotgun and Energy Sword. However, as firing the ring prematurely would destroy it and severely damage the Ark, Spark turned on the three, mortally wounding Johnson before the Chief apparently managed to destroy him. Infection forms have long tendrils that pierce the skin of the host and find their way to the spinal cord. After the destruction of Installation 04, in October, 2552, a human prison ship, the Mona Lisa, arrived in the Soell system and managed to retrieve surviving specimens of the Flood for study from the remains of Installation 04. The infected humans and San'Shyuum proceeded to spread the disease into other systems, which furthered the scope of the Flood outbreak. John-117, having successfully stayed in front of the wave of Flood running rampant in the streets, stowed away on the Dreadnought that was leading the Prophet of Truth's fleet to Earth. This led both species to Installation 04, and in turn, the Flood that were kept there. Installation 05's Library was nestled in a tenuous series of wintry and snowy canyons and boasted three levels of defense: an exterior Sentinel Wall kilometers in the distance, an underground honeycombed facility that produced large numbers of Sentinels (that impeded any invaders from advancing), a Containment Shield (an energy shield that denied access by any means to the Library until it was deactivated), and a Quarantine Zone (a type of biological "airlock" to prevent the Flood from spreading any further). As they approached the ship, Lopez introduced each of the marines on board, since some were new members. Infection forms swarm across the battlefield in waves, reanimating any corpses they can find, while Combat forms attack and kill any hosts in sight. [18] The Didact later speculated that the Flood's intent was to prevent humanity's extinction at the hands of the Forerunners by making it appear as if humans held a solution to Flood infection.[19]. Grunts and Jackals can be converted to combat forms. [23] This enabled it to control the Precursors' formerly dormant structures—most prominently star roads—and use them as weapons against the Forerunners, as well as manipulate space-time to become incompatible with Forerunner slipspace travel. Finally, they came to the end of the hall. As John-117 raced toward the unfinished Halo, Sergeant Johnson assumed command of the UNSC frigate Forward Unto Dawn. Melee attacks and plasma weapons were nearly useless against the Flood in, Pod infectors can mutate humans, unshielded Elites and Brutes into combat forms within seconds (as seen during, Combat forms wield weapons far less frequently than in, Carrier forms release significantly more Pod infectors when they explode. However, the Humans successfully developed a 'cure' for the Flood infection and were able to eradicate it before falling to the unmolested and more powerful Forerunner military. Quickly uncovering the true threat, Rtas programed the ship to make a slipspace jump into the system's star which would destroy the Infinite Succor and the Flood infestation onboard. The Abomination is a mobile, low-level key mind form capable of combat that coordinates the Flood on a local scale. However, 343 Guilty Spark arrived shortly after. The Covenant had at least a rudimentary knowledge of what the Flood were capable of, and promptly locked the facility down and evacuated all personnel who survived the incident. Pure forms are introduced, consisting of the. The Flood now has a Super Unit, The Abomination. After witnessing the capabilities of the Flood, the Covenant forces locked the facility down and evacuated all personnel who survived the Flood's escape. Cortana, who had to stay behind to manage the situation should Installation 05 be fired, was left in the clutches of the Gravemind, who could potentially learn all possible human knowledge from her. This would prove to be a grave mistake, as both humanity and the Covenant stumbled upon one of the abandoned Halo rings thousands of years after the firing of the Array. Variable: green, black, tan (depending on host), however, many hosts mutate to brown and green The Flood are also vulnerable to temperatures on the other end of the spectrum. The symbols are most likely logograms rather than parts of an alphabet or a syllabary. When the Flood have amassed enough sentient hosts to form a Gravemind, then their behavior becomes far more coordinated, and the Flood collective becomes much more deadly as a result. To Lord Hood's disapproval, Miranda Keyes led UNSC forces allied with Sangheili forces through the Portal at Voi to the Ark. All creation will tailor to failure and pain, that never again shall the offspring of the eternal Foun… Finally, after attacking two Scarabs protecting the Citadel, the two forces managed to secure access to the Citadel. Types Thousands of years after the end of the Forerunner-Flood war, the human ship UNSC Spirit of Fire jumped from Arcadia to follow the signal of Professor Anders, who had been captured by the Covenant. The combat forms were able to scatter before they could all be destroyed, and a steady trickle of Flood continued to enter the Pillar of Autumn through vents and openings in the hull, waging a tedious guerrilla battle against the Covenant security force on board. 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. The Flood appears to be "smarter" when in combat, preferring to stay back and fire on the player rather than "rush" them. [22], The Flood grew exponentially, spreading from system to system with the intent to infect the Forerunner population, not to wage war with Forerunner battle groups. Showing the various flood forms and their size differences. This may be explained by the fact that it is an extragalactic species, originating from a different galaxy. The resulting thermonuclear detonation from the destabilized fusion reactor cores severed a portion of the ring world, ultimately destroying it and its capability to annihilate all sentient life, and simultaneously killed all remaining Flood on Installation 04, along with any other life forms that were still present on the ring. 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. Johnson's "Boren's Syndrome" was actually a story invented to cover his past in the ORION Project: his symptoms were side-effects of his experimental enhancements, not a neurological disease. John-117 led the attack on the first tower, while Thel 'Vadam led the attack on the second tower, and Sergeant Johnson assaulted the third tower. Combat forms have more tentacles than before; they resemble spikes rather than flexible appendages. The Chief and the Arbiter escaped, however, with some assistance from the Sentinels, who were able to help subdue the Flood with ease. Thel 'Vadamee was able to battle through hundreds of Flood forms that had taken up positions in the Wall, which had entered through wall-mounted conduits, although later, the Covenant deployed a team of three Special Operations Sangheili in the lower levels of the Flood-infested Wall, although they were killed as well. He assumed command over the Sentinels and assisted John-117 and Thel 'Vadam as they climbed to the Control Room. They possess large tentacle-like Flood forms and large pods that can pin in and attack vehicles, in the case of the Elephants they capture, which is an objective to rescue in the first level where they are encountered in-game. The Flood are also prodigious climbers, able to scamper on walls with little hindrance to the organism . With the arrival of the Covenant and pursuing UNSC forces, the Flood was able to grow its forces considerably and redouble its assault on the Installation's security forces. When the group arrived at the ship, Rebecca informed them that a Covenant capital ship had been spotted. 686 Ebullient Prism. John-117, with the help of the Sangheili, was able to battle through the Flood forces, including the newly encountered Flood Pure Forms to reach the crashed cruiser where he found a message from Cortana. The only exception is too rare and factually suspect to be considered viable: the human disease "Boren's Syndrome", a neurological condition where radiological exposure causes electrical anomalies in the host nervous system, allegedly renders the host immune to infection while living. In the later days of the Forerunner-Flood war, the Flood was able to spread the logic plague through any of its biological forms or infected ancillas.[59]. The Flood can now infest and commandeer vehicles that are still operational except Super Units and mechanical units (Mainly Sentinels). Flood spores, if inhaled, can transform a host into a combat form. Capable of surviving extreme environments ranging from -75 to +53 degrees Celsius and even underwater (in early stages of life), the Flood can withstand the harsh environments of all known colonized planets. 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. A new yellow infection form is added which has the ability to latch onto the back of. These new vectors forced their fellows to consume infected tissue and spread the infection to whatever they touched. This is dramatically demonstrated by the rapid decomposition and disintegration of an infected life-form, which will eventually become a stunted, bloated, mobile generator and incubator for more Pod infectors, which is commonly known as a carrier form. The Forerunners, seeing this as an act of aggressive imperialism rather than an attempt to hold to the Mantle, retaliated, precipitating the Human-Forerunner war. Some players find the Brute Shot to be an effective Flood-busting weapon, as the grenades will destroy a Combat Form, knock a Ranged Form off a wall, and pop a group of Infection Forms and a Carrier Form easily. While the Covenant were able to hold the line by using vehicular and air support, most of the weaker Covenant soldiers such as Unggoy and Kig-Yar succumbed easily to the Flood, and the few Sangheili who remained were outnumbered and thus infected. Thereafter, the Forerunners realized that ordinary naval tactics were unable to stem the growing tide of the Flood, and decided to pin their hopes of defeating the Flood on super-weaponry. [6] The Flood continued to mutate and evolve and fought a war with both the Ancient Human Empire and the San'Shyuum. The Precursors, driven insane by the rebellion of their creations, embraced this corruption and became part of it, becoming the Flood to destroy the Forerunners as a final act of vengeance against them. Combat Forms retain the general profile of their original species, although they are significantly mutated. Their tactics on Halo Wars are very similar to those they perform on the Halo Trilogy; they can obviously infect Humans, Sangheili, Jiralhanae and now even Kig-Yar and Unggoy with their Infection Forms, and usually attempt direct attacks with large groups. When the team arrived at the swamp however, they found the facility was completely devoid of Covenant personnel. Miranda Keyes desperately crashed a Pelican into the Citadel to stop Truth from activating them, but was ultimately killed by Truth. The Gravemind had saved Thel 'Vadamee before the Sangheili could fall to his death after being hit by a burst from Tartarus' Gravity Hammer. The burst radius from killing an Infection Form is significantly decreased to prevent the player from simply killing one Infection Form to dispatch a whole swarm. In the novel Halo: The Flood, Cortana uses an electrical charge which she generates from John-117's suit to destroy an infection form that was attempting to infect him. Pod infectors do not explode when they are shot in the cinematics, instead 'deflating' like punctured balloons, though they still explode in gameplay. These "Unknown Hostiles" were actually the Flood, and shortly afterward, they were seen by John-117 creeping throughout the swamp. All information regarding this "cure" was destroyed by the humans as a final act of revenge against the Forerunners, leaving them unprepared for the second Flood strike. Despite John-117 destroying High Charity, parts of it still remained intact and remained in the Ark, where the Flood began to recuperate from their disastrous defeat on Installation 08, though the Sentinels quarantined the surrounding area to ensure they could not escape. [59], The Flood's most notable meta-biological aspect is the logic plague, an abstract infection carried along information transmission and exchange, typically used to subvert AIs. The UNSC and the Covenant Separatists were forced to attack Truth on the ground. The Sangheili combat form may use the shield in the armor of the host. On the Ark, the UNSC and the Covenant Separatists attempted to get to the Prophet of Truth, but first had to disable the shield over the Ark's citadel by attacking three towers funneling energy to the shield. The plan worked, and the Flood were successfully stopped. Average height [15] Unbeknownst to the humans or San'Shyuum at the time, the powder was altering the genetic code of the Pheru, manifesting as improved behavior while slowly changing other aspects of their genome. The Flood appeared to be interested in seizing space-capable vessels, in the hope of spreading itself away from the Installations and into the stars: they attacked UNSC Pillar of Autumn and CCS Truth and Reconciliation, for this reason. 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. A small Covenant special forces strike team, led by Special Operations Commander Rtas 'Vadumee and the Arbiter Thel 'Vadamee, were dispatched by the High Prophets to silence Sesa 'Refumee, the leader of a heretic faction, who was stationed within the mine. The Forerunners first attempted this by bombing large population centers and destroying inhabited star systems via supernovae, but this was seen as one of their last resorts and as such was performed too late in the war to make much difference. But the beings we create shall never again reach out in strength against us. How are the flood survivors warned? GravemindProto-GravemindJuggernaut FormPure FormStalker FormRanged FormTank FormInfector Form (cut)Transport Form (cut)Stealth Form (cut)Combat FormHuman Combat FormSangheili Combat FormJiralhanae Combat FormKig-yar Combat FormUnggoy Combat FormActive Camouflage Combat FormCarrier FormShielded Carrier Form (cut)Combat Carrier Form (Simulation only)Infection Form Thel 'Vadam managed to capture Truth while John-117 deactivated the rings. High quality Flood gifts and merchandise. As mentioned previously, the Flood demonstrates a curious higher intelligence despite their poor combat aptitude and coordination. This could be because of a Gravemind or merely the AI code got updated. When Sergeant Johnson failed to take out the third tower, John-117 arrived there with Thel 'Vadam and a group of Sangheili. This eliminated the Flood Buddy glitch. The Flood, however, reflect unusual knowledge in the individual psychologies of its individual species in processes facilitating increased infestation: The Flood were sighted gathering bodies in the corners of the Covenant ship Truth and Reconciliation, perhaps making it easier for Infection Forms to find hosts to reanimate. Simultaneously, the inserted Flood cells capture and break down the host body's cells into organic raw material, which is then absorbed and assimilated into the attacking Flood cells. he Flood, designated as LF.Xx.3273 by the Forerunners (Latin Inferi redivivus meaning "the dead reincarnated") and referred to as the Parasite and the infection by the Covenant, is a species of highly virulent parasitic organisms that reproduce and grow by consuming sentient lifeforms of sufficient biomass and cognitive capability. When engaging heavily entrenched Flood structures such as colonies and Cocooned bases, orbital bombardment is usually a preferred method of elimination as direct attacks can be extremely costly. They escaped through a small hole at the end of the hallway. During this time, the infection passed from human to San'Shyuum and human to human, but rarely San'Shyuum to human. All that is created will suffer. As Atriox looked at the remains of the Proto-Gravemind, a horde of Sentinels were seen flying overhead to remove all Flood contamination. As they secure the room, Benti, the medic sees two figures run past the hallway towards the cargo bay. However, there was tremendous risk if the improperly checked vessel traveled to Earth, if there was even one form aboard, "Earth could fall," according to UNSC AI Wellsley, because of the Flood's exponential parasitic potential. Flood combat forms have been sighted crudely operating Type-32 Ghosts, Warthogs, Wraiths, and Scorpions in ground operations, although with slow deliberation and clumsy driving and accuracy. This made humanity the first and only species to pass the Precursor's cryptic 'test'. [3] They are extremely adaptive, and transform hosts to suit the species' current needs. By the time the infection had begun to spread, the Flood had continued to grow in biomass and were a deadlier and more intelligent foe. She proceeded to open the Pelican's door to greet him before noticing that he is covered with blood and groaning strangely. They do this through a form of cellular reproduction known as lysogenic replication, where the viral cells infect host cells with their own genetic code, mutating the host cells into viral forms. But this was only the surface of the growing infestation. 2. 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