Halo Grunts are some of the most weak, pathetic and hilarious units in gaming history. You’ve got to admit, you have spent way too much time punching dead Grunts to paint the floor with their blood (you sadist). These Grunts, real name Unggoy, actually have an interesting history and a ton of cool facts. You’ll never look at Grunts the same way after reading this list, here’s the top 10 Halo Grunts Facts!
The Unggoy homeworld is called Balaho, it was first found by the Covenant in 2142 AD. The Unggoy were in their “Industrial Age” and had almost completely destroyed their planet, creating harsh and hazerdous conditions for those that lived there. The arrival of the Covenant was a welcome one, so many of the Unggoy would join the Covenant and become Grunts. Now the species started to spread across the galaxies.
9. Their bodies
Ever wondered why Grunts wear such weird suits? They don’t have normal respiratory systems like other species, they survive off of methane rather than oxygen. This is why if you detach their methane tank from their mouths, they’ll die (not available in all games, but it’s canon).
The main reason for the Covenant to take the Unggoy into their service was for their reproduction. They produce multiple eggs after a mating session, each newborn reaches adulthood quickly. It doesn’t take long for a thousand Unggoy to become 10,000.
7. Combat Abilities
The Unggoy have next to no combat abilities, they have poor aim, are tactically inept and are prone to fleeing. Instead, Grunts depend on their strength in numbers, a single Grunt is an easy target for even a Marine recruit but a host of them is nothing to be trifled with. You’ve likely experienced this in-game, there’s nothing embarrassing about being taken down by a large group of Grunts!
Due to their lack of combat abilities, Grunts have a very small rank structure. They start of as a Minor, the equivalent of a Marine private. These Minors come in Orange and are the ones you can take down with a few shots. If a Grunt manages to show great skill for their species, such as landing a shot or surviving for longer than a minute, they can be promoted to a Major. Majors tends to have crimson or red armor colours.
Then you have the specialists, these Unggoy are specially chosen for specific operations. Such as the Heavy who wield Plasma Cannons or the Special Ops (coloured black) who have active camouflage at their disposal.
Finally you have the Grunt Ultra, coloured white or silver who are the leader of Grunt Minors/Majors.
5. Role in the Covenant
Their role in the Covenant can be summed up in one word; slaves.
They were primarily used as laborers or cannon fodder, some events took place (as you’ll see later) that changed this slightly, but they’re still treated as expendable resources. They were saved by the Covenant to be used as slaves and that’s what they became. However, the Unggoy themselves don’t hold a large grudge for this as they at least stay away from extinction.
The cultures of the Unggoy have largely been wiped out after the joining of the Covenant. Before joining, the Grunts kept to large tribes on their homeworld as they were going through their Industrial Age. They are all about surviving now, the average life-expectancy has increased considerably and the majority of issues that used to plague their species are now null. They are completely devoted to expanding their species.
3. Goblin Jockey
Recently released in Halo 5: Guardians, the Goblin is a large Unggoy shaped Walker with powerful weaponry. It is piloted by a Goblin Jockey, a skillful Grunt who has earned their place on the seat of such a powerful war machine.
2. Contempt for Covenant
Despite being saved from extinction, the Grunts do hold a lot of contempt for the Covenant. This is due to to how they are treated, initially they weren’t even allowed to wield weapons, they were simply used as cannon fodder. Even after all the years since the discovery, Grunts are looked down upon by almost every other race they encounter. They are only loyal to the Covenant out of fear and even that falls sometimes…
1. Unggoy Rebellion
Try not to laugh but yes, the Grunts tried to rebel against the Covenant. It all started when the Kig-Yar (Jackals) took too much Unggoy habitat, thinking the Unggoy wouldn’t be able to do anything. The grunts did do something, overwhelming the Kig-Yar with their population and causing them to move somewhere else. To get revenge, the Kig-Yar poisoned the resources the Unggoy use in their methane supply. This sparked a war between the Grunts and the Covenant as the council refused to acknowledge what was happening between two of the lowest races.
Despite inflicting considerable Covenant casualties, the Grunts were quickly squashed. To teach them a lesson, the council glassed a large portion of the Unggoy homeworld, sealing their loyalty (out of fear) forever.
This was arguably the most important step for the Unggoy as the Elites respected their uprising, forgiving them and actually training them to be warriors. This led to Grunts becoming the fierce little warriors we see today!