Two iconic figures from the Halo Wars series return to the forefront in the latest downloadable content for Halo Wars 2, the Icons of War pack. First up is Commander Jerome-092, Spartan-II super soldier and leader of Red Team aboard the UNSC Spirit of Fire. Next is the deadly and merciless Arbiter Ripa ‘Moramee, who may not have survived his stint as the primary antagonist of the first game, but arrives in Halo Wars 2 with loads of resentment and zero Regret.
As force commander, Jerome-092 brings with him special abilities that Inspire nearby troops, trigger temporary acts of Heroism, and deploy his secret weapons: the Spartans of Omega Team and the ability to conduct a Field Promotion. And while he can’t Hijack vehicles, he can deploy his personal Command Mantis onto the battlefield with Mech Drop. Upgrades increase the radius of his Inspire ability and add a suppressing orbital barrage to the Mech Drop.
As a Banished warhost unbound by traditional notions of honor and loyalty, leader Ripa delivers the Conduit of Rage ability, slightly healing the Arbiter’s nearby units and increasing their damage and speed for a short time. Though a talented strategist, Ripa prefers to make fights personal. On the battlefield Ripa wields his two relic blades with devastating skill and can trigger his Arbiter’s Rage ability to temporarily become a murderous avatar of war. Upgrades include Swift Fury which increases his movement speed and damage, Conduit Incarnate which activates Conduit of Rage when the Arbiter kills an enemy while Raging, and Arbiter’s Reprisal which reflects damage back towards his attackers.
The Icons of War pack is available now for both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC through Xbox Play Anywhere, with full DLC details available here. Both Jerome-092 and Arbiter Ripa ‘Moramee are available as part of the Halo Wars 2 Season Pass, or available for individual purchase at $5.99 USD each. You can also purchase a special 2-pack version that includes both Leaders for $9.99 USD.