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Halo 4 Armor Ability tips: how to finish every fight on your feet

Master Hardlight Shields, Promethean Vision, Thrusters and the rest

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Thruster Pack
Thruster Packs are designed for the players with deftest footwork. They boost you a few feet back, sideways or forward, simultaneously popping the view out into third person so you're able to reorient yourself more easily. This trick is best thought of as a way of building on manoeuvres, rather than opening up whole new tactical possibilities a la Halo Reach's jetpack. Use it to confuse a sniper, or gain the shelter of a doorway a fraction of a second quicker, or close the distance to a backpedalling enemy.

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Autosentry
Another nod to the Call of Duty series, Autosentries rain death across a 180 degree arc till they or their owners are destroyed. Use them to tie down chokepoints or expose enemy movements at long range. When defending a base alongside another player armed with an Autosentry, try deploying yours next to him and vice versa - foes will assume the player nearest the sentry is the owner and target him first in hopes of taking both threats out simultaneously.

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One big weakness of the Autosentry is that it's an absolute sucker for holograms. Once you know this Armor Ability is in play, by all means send a puppet-version of yourself galloping under its nose. The little guy won't be able to resist.

Regeneration Field
It sounds like a sci-fi medipack, but the Regeneration Field is actually an oddball marriage of elements from Halo 3's Regenerator and Reach's vehicle-stopping Armor Lock. Like the former, it'll heal all players in the vicinity (including enemies). A good choice when everybody's holed up around a dropped flag, though don't depend on it - the Field won't protect you from additional damage and doesn't refill your health instantaneously.

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As with Armor Lock, the Field emits a short range kinetic blast, shoving nearby foes out of the way; unlike Armor Lock, the blast is triggered on activation rather than deactivation, making this more of a fire-and-forget tool when used offensively. Throw it down in the face of a charging Sword-wielder to open a life-saving window of opportunity for your snipers.

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