Halo Infinite Skulls guide

Finding Halo Infinite Skulls is a lot like the proverbial needle(er?) in a haystack. Except harder. Much, much more difficult. They’re super well hidden is what we’re saying. And Polygon’s Halo Infinite Skulls guide will help you find all 12 Halo Infinite Skulls from Boom to Cowbell, Catch, Fog, IWHBYD, Blind, Thunderstorm, Black Eye, Famine, Mythic, Grunt Birthday Party, and Bandana.

Keep in mind that you can’t replay Halo Infinite’s campaign missions at launch. So if you miss a Skull and you can’t go back far enough in your current mission, you’ll need to start a new campaign.

The images below are courtesy of multiple sources, including Polygon plus Halo Canon and OrcCorp on YouTube, whose Halo Infinite skulls video we’ve embedded below so you can see the collection in motion as we work on the guide.

[Ed. note: We’re still making our way through Halo Infinite, which makes this Skulls guide a work in progress. We’ll keep updating it with words and images and information as we collect more Skulls while saving the universe from evil alien hordes.]

Table of contents

You can see the Skulls you’ve found in Halo Infinite’s Database > Skulls menu. How do you find a Skull? Use your scanner, and look for the outline of a skull.

  • Halo Infinite skull location videos
  • Halo Infinite skull locations and effects
  • Boom Skull
  • Cowbell Skull
  • Catch Skull
  • Fog Skull
  • I Would Have Been Your Daddy (IWHBYD) Skull
  • Blind Skull
  • Thunderstorm Skull
  • Black Eye Skull
  • Famine Skull
  • Mythic Skull
  • Grunt Birthday Party Skull
  • Bandana Skull

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Halo Canon on YouTube has a narrated version of where to find each of Halo Infinite’s skulls.


If you’d prefer to see a visual step-by-step for each of Halo Infinite’s skull locations without any narration, check our OrcCorp’s video.

Halo Infinite skull locations and effects

There are 12 skulls hidden across Halo Infinite. Some of the skulls can be found as you explore the open landscape of Zeta Halo. However, several skulls can only be obtained during missions. For those skulls, you’ll only get one chance to grab them since you can only play each mission once per save file.

Halo Infinite Skull map locations.
Graphic: Jeffrey Parkin | Sources: 343 Industries/Xbox Game Studios via Polygon

Below we’ve listed the location or mission each skull appears in. Along with the skull’s name and location, our table below details what each skull does when activated.

Halo Infinite skull locations and effects

BoomWarship GbrakkonDoubles explosion radius.
CowbellFoundationsAcceleration from explosions is increased.
CatchZeta Halo (Northeast)Enemies throw and drop more grenades.
FogZeta Halo (West of FOB Alpha)Disables motion tracker.
I Would Have Been Your Daddy (IWHBYD)Zeta Halo (on top of The Tower)Rare combat dialogue becomes more common.
BlindZeta Halo (south of The Tower)HUD and weapon do not display onscreen.
ThunderstormZeta Halo (near anti-aircraft guns)Upgrades the rank of most enemies.
Black EyeZeta Halo (near waterfall)Your shields only recharge when you melee enemies.
FamineZeta Halo (far east of map)Weapons dropped by enemies have half the ammo they normally would.
MythicThe Command SpireEnemies have increased health.
Grunt Birthday PartyRepositoryGrunt headshots lead to glorious celebrations.
BandanaSilent AuditoriumGrants unlimited weapon ammo and grenades, and removes equipment cooldowns.

Boom Skull

Behold, the Temple of Boom.

Halo Infinite’s first skull is in its first mission: Warship Gbrakkon. After you head outside the ship, take the elevator up, and head through a few more hallways, you’ll come to a hallway filled with five or so Jackyls. The Boom Skull is in the next room, which you can see in the following screenshot.

The Boom Skull is above the second level of the room.
Image: 343 Industries/Xbox Game Studio via Polygon

It’s full of Brutes and Grunts, so clear them out first. Make sure to clear both levels of the room.

You can actually see the Boom Skull’s location as soon as you enter the room, though you have to be closer to the Skull before your scanner will pick it up. We jumped up to the second level, scanned, and hopped back down to the entrance to get the image above, showing the Skull relative to the entrance. (Don’t stand at the entrance and scan for the Boom Skull is what we’re saying.)

So jump up to the second level, and look up and to the right (with your back to the entrance). Press down on the D-pad to scan, and look for the outline of a skull. Ride the nearby elevator-like contraption up, and you’ll find the Boom Skull sitting in a little alcove.

Cowbell Skull

Because we needed more Cowbell.

Cowbell Skull location.
Graphic: Jeffrey Parkin | Sources: 343 Industries/Xbox Game Studios via Polygon

Fight your way through the crumbling Foundation until you pick up The Weapon in an exposition-filled cutscene. At the end of the long elevator ride, continue past the hallucination holograms into the next room. The Skull is high above you.

The Cowbell Skull is high above you.
Image: 343 Industries/Xbox Game Studios via Polygon

Use your scanner (down on the D-pad) to find it — it’s near the front of the room. You’ll have to get a little creative with your Grappleshot to reach this Skull, but it’s possible.

Catch Skull

Hold these for us.

Graphic: Jeff Ramos/Polygon | Source images: 343 Industries/Xbox Game Studios via Polygon

This Skull isn’t tied to a mission, so you can collect it at any point. You might want to save this Skull for a little later in your playthrough because it’s guarded by a pair of Hunters.

Head to the island to the north of Outpost Terminus. The skull is nestled inside a tree trunk at the far end of the canyon.

Fog Skull

They could be anywhere.

It’s possible to grab this Skull with an upgraded Grappleshot, but it’s much easier to take a Wasp. Head to the western side of the open-world map and look along the coast southeast of the Foundation and southwest of FOB Alpha.

Inside these columns is a small opening where this skull is resting on a hexagonal pedestal. The video above shows how to collect the Fog Skull with an upgraded Grappleshot.

I Would Have Been Your Daddy (IWHBYD) Skull

Did they really just say that?

Graphic: Jeff Ramos/Polygon | Source images: 343 Industries/Xbox Game Studios via OrcCorp

This skull can only be found by taking a Wasp to the top of The Tower — which means you’ll have to wait until you’ve unlocked it at a FOB before you can reach it. The collectible is sitting on a crate on the platform on the roof of The Tower.

Blind Skull

Great for shooting photos, bad for shooting enemies.

Graphic: Jeff Ramos/Polygon | Source images: 343 Industries/Xbox Game Studios via OrcCorp

South of The Tower is a small platform between two landmasses. Fly a Wasp in between them to land your ship on the small hexagonal platform where the skull is around a corner.

Thunderstorm Skull

Promotions for everybody.

Graphic: Jeff Ramos/Polygon | Source images: 343 Industries/Xbox Game Studios via OrcCorp

Near the area with the Banished anti-aircraft guns is a small spire sticking out between the adjacent landmasses. Fly a Wasp over to the columns and land your ship on the small platform. Then use your grapple to make your way up to the highest column where the skull is.

Black Eye Skull

Better get punchy.

Graphic: Jeff Ramos/Polygon | Source images: 343 Industries/Xbox Game Studios via OrcCorp

Near the south of the open-world map is a waterfall. Halfway up the waterfall is an opening to a small cave with a red light shining inside. Use your grapple to climb the cliff face to the cave containing the skull.

Famine Skull

I’m out!

Graphic: Jeff Ramos/Polygon | Source images: 343 Industries/Xbox Game Studios via OrcCorp

On the eastern side of Zeta Halo is a small island. Over on that small area’s eastern side is a hexagonal platform where a dead elite is holding the skull.

Mythic Skull

Becuase it wasn’t hard enough.

Graphic: Jeff Ramos/Polygon | Source images: 343 Industries/Xbox Game Studios via OrcCorp

During the mission, “The Command Spire”, you’ll come across an area where columns are being etched with glowing yellow light. Grapple up to one of the moving columns and proceed up into a hole in the ceiling.

Inside the ceiling, grapple up one more level and find a door leading to a hallway. At the end of the hallway is a room containing this skull.

Grunt Birthday Party Skull

Maybe it’s the methane?

Graphic: Jeff Ramos/Polygon | Source images: 343 Industries/Xbox Game Studios via OrcCorp

In the area where you reach a terminal that activates several light bridges, ignore the platforms, and instead, you’ll notice two doors that are not connected by bridges. One of them will contain a power seed. Grab it and carefully get it to the other room not connected by a bridge. You can try throwing the seed across the gaps to get it over. If you drop it, the seed will respawn.

Once in the other room, you’ll find a place to plant the power seed. From that point, continue through the level as normal.

Later in the level, The Weapon will mention the Auditorium to you. You’ll eventually proceed into a room where a platform rests high above you. If you did not place the power seed earlier, there would be glass blocking access to a room at the top of the platform. However, with the power seed placed, this entryway is now open. Grapple up and enter that room.

This area contains some invisible enemies and the skull.

Bandana Skull

We did say Infinite.

Proceed through The Silent Auditorium level as normal until you reach the area where Sentinels first attack. Instead of defending yourself, ignore them.

Keep going through the stage until you reach an area where a terminal activates two light bridges. At the opposite end of both bridges is a door. If you haven’t killed any Sentinels, this door will open, giving you access to this skull.

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