Introduction: Mod the Halo PC Assault Rifle Into the Halo 3 Version

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How to mod the Halo PC Assault Rifle (MA5B ICWS) in to the Halo 3 version (MA5C ICWS) which is more accurate, has a different sized clip, and a different reticle (also known as "crosshairs"), among many other things. They are actually different guns in the Halo universe, with the Halo 3 Assault Rifle being an upgraded version. For this Instructable you will need:

Halo PC - NOT Xbox, although you can mod Xbox maps, I don't know how.
Halo Map Tools - Used for editing stuff in maps. NOT 3D stuff (you do that in other programs, not covered in this Instructable), just physics, weapon stats, etc. Can be downloaded here.
Halo Map Switcher - Backup your maps, restore maps, check if maps are modded, stuff like that. Download here.
Microsoft .NET Framework v1.1 or later - You must have this or HMT will not work. Download here.

Optional: (for changing the reticle)
Photoshop - Along with the Photoshop DDS plugin, which is attached. It may be possible to use GIMP instead, but I don't use it so I wouldn't know.
Photoshop DDS Plugin - Allows you to edit DDS files (halo textures).



Yes, this is important enough to have a step just for itself. It will save you from having to reinstall Halo every time you want to revert back to normal, because of errors you caused when modding or just wanting the original maps back.

Install all that stuff I told you to get in the intro, and then open up Halo Map Switcher (referred to as HMS from now on).

Click the blue Backup All Maps button. This will copy every map from your Halo program files folder and put them in a folder called mapsbackup in the Halo program files folder. When you want to restore a map to its original state the easy way (instead of re-entering weapon stats, etc.) select a map from the drop-down list and click restore.

Step 2: Change Weapon Stats

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Ok, now open up Halo Map Tools (referred to as HMT). Open up a map from your maps folder, which is probably C:/Program Files/Microsoft Games/Halo/Maps. Modders always reccomend modding (Assault on the Control Room), because it has almost every vehicle, weapon and everything else in it, which means you can try anything out without having to switch maps.

Now, this is important, don't get distracted with all the options and tags in here, you can get very carried away and be in there for hours, if you're only trying to do one or two things to the map.

Scroll down to the bottom and you'll find the Weapons tag. Double click it, and click weapons\assault rifle\assault rifle. This tag manages all the options for the Assault Rifle itself (not the bullet stats or damage). This is the page I got the stats for the Halo 3 Assault Rifle from. We'll start with the clip. Click the Clip drop-down menu on the right and select 0. Now you can manage the properties for the clip. Change the Starting Ammo (how much you start a level with) and Maximum Ammo (how much extra ammo you can carry) to 352. Don't change anything else in the clip.

Now click the Projectile drop down menu and select 0. This edits the firing properties, but not the actual properties of the bullets (it is possible to make it fire full-auto rockets). Change Minimum ROF and Maximum ROF (rate of fire) to 11. The Halo 3 Assault Rifle fires slightly slower than the Halo 1 version. Since it also has a 32 round clip, change the Ammo per shot to 2. This will still only fire one bullet per shot, but it will subtract two from your ammo count instead of just one, giving the illusion that the magazine is half the size.

Now here's a tricky part. The spread controls how accurate the weapon is. The Halo 3 AR (assault rifle) is much more accurate than in Halo 1. You'll want a perfect shot when you just firing semi-auto, but when you go full-auto, it will spread out. So change the Minimum Spread to 0, and Maximum Spread to 0.006981317. The smaller the number, the more accurate the weapon will be.

Step 3: Bullet Damage

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Exit the Weapons tag, go to the Damage tag, and click on weapons\assault rifle\bullet. Change Minimum Damage, Maximum Damage (Min) and Maximum Damage (Max) to 15 or 20. I don't know what the exact damage should be, but don't go higher than 20.

Step 4: OPTIONAL: Change Reticle

This step is optional, because you probably don't have Photoshop or GIMP (even though GIMP is FREE!). If you do, download the attached ZIP file,
go to your Photoshop program files folder and put the DDS plugin in your plugins folder.

Close the map you are working on, and open (user interface). This map contains many of the things that are universal in the game. Changing something in this map will change it for the whole game (I think). Open the Bitmap tag and go to ui\hud\bitmaps\combined\hud_reticles. These are all the reticles for the weapons. The first one on the list is the AR, Pistol, driving warthog, and no weapon, all in one file. I have a pre-made Halo 3 assault rifle reticle attached, if you don't want to do it yourself.

Click Save Texture, and save the texture somewhere. Open that file up with Photoshop, and if it asks if you want to use Mip Maps, say no (just like drugs, kids! xD). Now you can do whatever you want with this thing. Just make sure any reticles you make are centered, or you'll be wondering why your aim is always off.

When you save your reticle file, make sure you save as a DDS. Save like you normally would, and when a fancy window comes up, set the Save Format to 32 bit ARGB, set MIP Maps to No MIP Maps, and DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING ELSE. Now click save again.

Now go back to HMT, assuming you haven't done anything else in it, click Inject Texture, and inject your reticle file. If you did it the way I told you to, you shouldn't have any problems. Now close the map file, and go play! Remember though, modding an actual Campaign or multiplayer map will only modify that map, and always close the map or you will get errors in Halo.


jabbathegut1 (author)2008-03-29

no sos , let me retype that . does it work with the free version?

Aeshir (author)jabbathegut12008-05-02

Yes. The Halo Trial is basically the same game, but with the rest of the maps taken out. I could be wrong, but I think there's a mod to get the rest of the maps into the trial. I myself am using a pirated version of Halo PC. I don't buy PC games because I don't want to waste money buying a game that I might not be able to play (you can't return PC games to stores either).

book54321 (author)Aeshir2011-10-10

go to jaill

bighead5454 (author)Aeshir2009-07-20

hey you seem like a HMT expert so i was wondering why it wont work on my Halo Trial version

bighead5454 (author)Aeshir2009-07-20

hey ya you can if you get real mad and raise your voice and say you spent a lot of money on it that usually works (i see my mom do it sometimes) or you can say are you sure this placee really wants customer satisfaction

agent harmsy (author)Aeshir2009-04-07

So, you would take money from a game developer just because you believe you might not be able to play it?? Doesn't that seem wrong? Just get a better pc!

jabbathegut1 (author)Aeshir2008-07-25

could you possibly give me a link to the mod for all the maps? and is there a mod to play halo custom edition wihout a cd? - i downloaded halo custom edition from a friend but i dont have the disk, is here a way i can still play it? i cant borrow his disk cause he lives miles away from me, Help! Thanks, jabba PS- the image i added is the multiplayer version of the mission - silent cartographer ( the campaign 'chuk' that comes with halo trial)

SonicX 22 (author)jabbathegut12009-04-03

found out i have halo custom edition without CD just search it like what Aeshir said its so fun i got a halo 2 map with a plasma rifle and brute plasma rifle :)

Aeshir (author)jabbathegut12008-07-25

Just use Google to search the tubes for mods, that's what I do. I think there's a cracked EXE for Halo: Custom Edition as well as the original game. Bungie just released a new version of the EXEs though so you'll have to find modded versions of the new ones if you want to play online.

You know you can be tracked to the computer that you commented from and arrested? right?

Yeah, because Microsoft is gonna go after some dumbass kid like me instead of a professional software pirate.

i know plenty of kids that have 100s of pirated items that are worse than internet pirates

Psychic Master (author)2010-06-24

i dident backup my maps, but still had the disk and reinstalled but the mods are still there any suggestions...?

Aeshir (author)Psychic Master2010-06-24

Suggestions for what?

Psychic Master (author)Aeshir2010-06-25

to get rid of the corrupted file, whenever i open HMT it re-installs the mods that corrupted the file in the first place and i have tried to re-install halo and HMT but nothing works...

Shadow13! (author)Psychic Master2010-07-10

I haven't tried but what should work is if you download a program called ccleaner and use it to uninstall the game because after any program is uninstalled using ccleaner it scans your computer for files and items in the registry left over by the uninstalled program and gives you the option to delete them. After you uninstall it and then remove all left over files you should be able to reinstall it without having any of the corrupted files.

Psychic Master (author)Shadow13!2010-07-15

thank you i hadn't thought of that i actually already had that installed on my computer :0

jrdur7277 (author)2009-09-28

i'm stupid, I forgot to backup my maps back when I first started modding, and kinda lost the cd, so.. BACKUP YOUR MAPS BACKUP YOUR MAPS BACKUP YOUR MAPS BACKUP YA DANG MAPS

Aeshir (author)jrdur72772009-09-28

Just pirate the game, you already payed for it. You won't be able to play online, though.

Halomaster222 (author)2009-09-08

What's the difference between halo maping tools and halo hacker tools

Aeshir (author)Halomaster2222009-09-08

Uhhhh...I can't remember. It's been so long sicne I used either.

RelaxedSoup (author)2009-08-11

If you're dumb and didn't back up your maps, there's a way to recover them without reinstalling. Just browse your Halo CD and open the folder labeled "FilesCab". In there are all the map files in small archives, open them with WinRAR and extract the map(s) you need.

Landon Sullivan (author)2009-07-07

Okay, it is telling me that,"Controls cannot be displayed, because a supported tag has not been selected." Any tips?

SonicX 22 (author)2009-03-14

look at this if u want me to post instructions just say so:

SonicX 22 (author)SonicX 222009-04-03

HUD not included.

Aeshir (author)SonicX 222009-03-15


SonicX 22 (author)2009-03-03

i found out that the clip in the ma5c assault rifle is "32" and it does shoot slower but it has more power i am sorta a halo expert. Story how halo began: Long time ago (2 years ago)on xfire i saw that most of my friends play Halo so i got Halo trial it was fun then i got a new computer and Halo came with it and the best part is it was the full version and then came across Halo 2. I dont own it but my friend has Halo 1 and 2 every saturday i go to his house and play halo 2 and Mercenaries 2: World in Flames. My friends got a xbox 360 but he cant get halo 3 cuz its too violent. The End wow that was BIG!

jabbathegut1 (author)2008-06-30

what website ! , where can u download the mapsies =S

milamber (author)jabbathegut12008-12-13

email me and i will send them to you

Aeshir (author)jabbathegut12008-06-30


cstrike pwner (author)2008-09-23

I know how to do it with xbox.

Aeshir (author)cstrike pwner2008-09-24

Sweet! Make an Instructable then. I you need any help, I could help you :D

cstrike pwner (author)Aeshir2008-10-02

I WOULD make an instructable, but the game is so scrached NOTHING WORKS. (BTW I do have an xbox and game but the game can only load the main menu.)( yes, the coolest game of all time is scrached beyond repair)

Aeshir (author)cstrike pwner2008-10-06


cstrike pwner (author)Aeshir2008-10-14

... I don't get it.

Aeshir (author)cstrike pwner2008-10-16

Your Halo disc.

cstrike pwner (author)Aeshir2008-10-21

Oh, i will try to make work and get an instructable as soon as i can. BTW the clip size is still the same.

sailabill (author)2007-11-10

Im not sure what i did to get it to work, but as soon as i figure it out, ill let ya know. aslo, i dont have photoshop, but i downloaded gimp. it doesnt work for the steps given, so what should i do for that, and if you dont know. how would i change it to a different retcle, like the pistol or somehting else?

Aeshir (author)sailabill2007-11-11

I searched Google and found this. It's DDS plugin for GIMP. Click Download and click the first win32 binaries in the list. I don't have GIMP installed at the moment, but if you have any trouble with it let me know, I can install it off one of my Ubuntu CDs whenever I want. Make sure you read the instructions for the plugin.

sailabill (author)Aeshir2007-11-11

ok, so what I did so that the mod worked was that I clicked the save button in after I did ever mod. the reticle thing isn't worken for me, I'm not sure why, but I get an error message sayen that it isn't a valid win32 application. I did the plug in exactly as the instructions said, so I don't know

Aeshir (author)sailabill2007-11-11

Really? I never have to do that. You're opening the file in Winzip or a similar archive application, right? I recommend getting 7Zip. It's free, easy to use, and opens pretty much every archive type. After that, copy the DDS.exe to your gimp plugins folder. Make sure you read the ReadMe. They're there for a reason.

Bloodthirstaid (author)Aeshir2008-05-02

I downloaded 7Zip (I had the same problem) BUT I dont know what to do now... I still cant download programs because of the win32 file. Reply plz.

Aeshir (author)Bloodthirstaid2008-05-02

I answered that guy's question a long time ago. Can you fully explain the problem you're having? This is a complicated topic.

joehadac (author)2008-01-18
lug big lug (author)2008-01-05

this is NOTHING (but I still like it) I have a fully atomatic misssle launcher that shoots as fast as the assault rifle and holds as much ammo as the assault rifle,my wart hog goes double the speed, i can walk on walls, and i can jump higher than the top boundy! it is reallllllllyyyyyyyy cool, i am working on an instructible right now. and how do you take screen shots during halo, i need to know so i can take pics of me doing that. (also srry about the message being so long=)

Aeshir (author)lug big lug2008-01-06

Cool. I've done lotsa stuff with the hog speed, it's so hard to keep control of it at high-speed eh? One little bump and WEEEE! *goes over cliff* "Oh, hello gravity!"

I've also made the rocket launcher and assault rifle shoot rapid fire rockets. The reason this Instructable doesn't have those sorts of things is because it is specifically made for cloning the MA5C from Halo 3.

As for taking screenshots, press the Print Screen button on your keyboard, then paste it in Paint or Photoshop or something. Also, in the Halo Help file, there is a section with command prompt commands, one of which enables you to press that same key while playing Halo and it will take a screenshot of the game and put it in a folder called screenshots in the Halo main directory. I've never used it though, I've only ever needed to take screenshots in this game while doing this Instructable. If you don't know how to do command prompt commands, just google it.

Also, I'd be willing to do a collaboration with you for a Halo modding Instructable, although I just got a 360 for Christmas and I'll be borrowing Splinter Cell: Double Agent from a friend (i'm a splinter cell freak), so I may be busy for a while.

Great to hear from someone who uses Instructables and mods. Perfect combination :D

Deus (author)Aeshir2008-01-16

try increasing the deceleration of the warthog, then you should be able to control it better. i'm using halo for mac, but not all of the fun mods are compatible. thats a shame...

Aeshir (author)Deus2008-01-16

We're just fooling around with it, the more dangerous it is, the better!

lug big lug (author)Aeshir2008-01-06

sevreral things i wold like to ask you 1:wheres is the print screen button thinggy 2:i am willing to collaborate in making a "how to" etc... 3: check your instructibles inbox for my e-mail so we can send each other the items needed to collaborate.
Thank You for replying.
P.S. i use a program to do the halo cheats=)(=

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