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One of the most successful franchises in video game history, the Halo story has expanded more than any other game series before it with its multiple series of books, comics, and more!

What’s on the Halo Timeline?

This list attempts to create a reading order (or in some cases viewing/playing order) for all major pieces of Halo media. This includes primarily all video games, novels, films, and comic books. This list does not attempt to split up any media into individual scenes/pages, but rather focuses on an easy to follow reading/playing/watching list (with a few exceptions). In the event that two works cover the exact same time-frame we first list the first published work. Additionally we base the placement within the timeline on where the work ends rather than where it begins.

This list of Halo media includes:

  • The Halo Games: Considered the “core” medium for the Halo franchise. These include the main series of games, as well as a few mobile games such as Spartan Assault.
  • Novels/Comics: Halo has more tie-in novels and comics than any other video game franchise. I include them in the timeline.
  • Films/Short Films: Though the Halo franchise has never seen a theatrical release, the series does include a few films that were released through other mediums, often online.

There are a few other pieces of media that fit in, such as the Hunt the Truth podcast, and you can find it all in chronological order below. We hope you enjoy!

Where do I start reading the Halo books?

Since this is a franchise based on video games, you should definitely start with those. We recommend the Halo: Master Chief Collection for the best starting experience. However, if you’re looking to start reading the books and/or comics, you should start with The Fall of Reach, which has the richest background information for the game franchise.

How to Use This Halo Timeline

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Feel free to click on individual items to see more information! As always, if you have questions or comments about this timeline, we recommend you visit our Contact page. We hope you enjoy.
The Halo Timeline 2.0

2Forerunner SagaBuyCryptum2011-01-04novelgreg-bear
3Forerunner SagaBuyPrimordium2012-01-03novelgreg-bear
8Halo: LegendsBuyLegends: The Duel2010-02-16short-filmjohn-powell
10The Fall of ReachBuyThe Fall of Reach: Boot Camp2011-04-27graphic-novelbrian-reed
11BuyContact Harvest2007-10-30noveljoseph-staten
12Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: Pariah2009-11-24short-storyb-k-evenson
13Halo: LegendsBuyLegends: Homecoming2010-02-16short-filmjohn-powell
14Halo WarsBuyHalo Wars: Genesis2009-03-03graphic-novelensemble-studios
15Halo WarsBuyHalo Wars2009-02-26gameensemble-studios
20BuyThe Cole Protocol2008-11-25noveltobias-buckell
22Halo: LegendsBuyLegends: The Package2010-02-16short-filmjohn-powell
23Halo: LegendsBuyLegends: Prototype2010-02-16short-filmjohn-powell
25Halo: LegendsBuyLegends: The Babysitter2010-02-16short-filmjohn-powell
29BuyBlood Line2010-07-28graphic-novelfred-van-lente
31The Fall of ReachBuyThe Fall of Reach2001-10-30noveleric-nylund
33BuyHalo: Reach2010-09-14gamebungie
35Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: Stomping on the Heels of a Fuss2009-11-24short-storyeric-raab
36The Original Halo TrilogyBuyHalo: Combat Evolved2001-11-15gamebungie
37BuyThe Flood2003-04-01novelwilliam-c-dietz
40BuyFirst Strike2003-12-02noveleric-nylund
43The Original Halo TrilogyBuyHalo 22004-11-09gamebungie
46BuyGhosts of Onyx2006-10-31noveleric-nylund
49BuyHalo 3: ODST2009-09-22gamebungie
51The Original Halo TrilogyBuyHalo 32007-09-25gamebungie
55Kilo-Five TrilogyBuyGlasslands2011-10-25novelkaren-traviss
70BuyHalo: Nightfall2015-03-16televisionpaul-t-scheuring
1Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: Soma the Painter2009-11-24short-story
4Forerunner SagaBuySilentium2013-03-19novelgreg-bear
5Halo: FracturesBuyFractures: Defender of the Storm2016-09-20short-storyjohn-jackson-miller
7Halo: FracturesBuyFractures: Promises to Keep2016-09-20short-storychristie-golden
6Halo: FracturesBuyFractures: Untitled Story2016-09-20short-story
9BuyBroken Circle2014-11-04noveljohn-shirley
16The Fall of ReachBuyThe Fall of Reach: Covenant2011-12-14graphic-novelbrian-reed
17The Fall of ReachBuyThe Fall of Reach2015-10-27short-filmheath-corson
18BuyHalo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, 2012-11-02televisionaaron-helbing todd-helbing
19Halo: FracturesBuyFractures: The Ballad of Hamish Beamish2016-09-20short-storyfrank-oconnor
21Tales from SlipspaceBuyTales from Slipspace: Something Has Happened2016-10-25comic-issuealex-irvine
24Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: Midnight in the Heart of Midlothian2009-11-24short-storyfrank-oconnor
26Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: Headhunters2009-11-24short-storyjonathan-goff
27Tales from SlipspaceBuyTales from Slipspace: Hunting Party2016-10-25comic-issuejonathan-goff
30Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: Blunt Instruments2009-11-24short-storyfred-van-lente
32The Fall of ReachBuyThe Fall of Reach: Invasion2012-07-18graphic-novelbrian-reed
34Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: Dirt2009-11-24short-storytobias-buckell
38Halo Graphic NovelBuyHalo Graphic Novel: Breaking Quarantine2006-07-19comic-issuetsutomu-nihei
39Halo Graphic NovelBuyHalo Graphic Novel: The Last Voyage of the Infinite Succor2006-07-19comic-issuelee-hammock
41Halo Graphic NovelBuyHalo Graphic Novel: Armor Testing, , 2006-07-19comic-issueandrew-robinson ed-lee jay-faerber
42Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: Mona Lisa, 2009-11-24short-storyjeff-vandermeer tessa-kum
44Halo Graphic NovelBuyHalo Graphic Novel- Second Sunrise Over New Mombasa2006-07-19comic-issuejean-giraud
45Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: Palace Hotel2009-11-24short-storyrobert-mclees
50Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: Human Weakness2009-11-24short-storykaren-traviss
52Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: Wages of Sin2009-11-24short-story
53Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: The Impossible Life & The Possible Death of Preston Cole2009-11-24short-storyeric-nylund
54Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: From the Office of Dr. William Arthur Iqbal2009-11-24short-storyfrank-oconnor
56BuyShadow of Intent2015-12-07short-storyjoseph-staten
58Halo: FracturesBuyFractures: Breaking Strain2016-09-20short-storyjames-swallow
59Kilo-Five TrilogyBuyThe Thursday War2012-10-02novelkaren-traviss
60Kilo-Five TrilogyBuyMortal Dictata2014-01-21novelkaren-traviss
61BuyLast Light2015-09-15noveltroy-denning
62Halo: FracturesBuyFractures: A Necessary Truth2016-09-20short-storytroy-denning
64BuyHunters in the Dark2015-06-16novelpeter-david
65BuyNew Blood2015-03-02novelmatt-forbeck
66Halo: FracturesBuyFractures: Lessons Learned2016-09-20short-storymatt-forbeck
90.001BuyLegacy of Onyx2017-11-14novelmatt-forbeck
96.001BuyBad Blood2018-06-24novelmatt-forbeck
69Halo: Spartan Assault2013-07-18game343-industries
71Halo: FracturesBuyFractures: Anarosa2016-09-20short-storykevin-grace
72Halo: FracturesBuyFractures: Into the Fire2016-09-20short-storykelly-gay
73BuySmoke and Shadow2016-11-28novelkelly-gay
74Halo: LegendsBuyLegends: Origins2010-02-16short-filmjohn-powell
75Halo: Spartan Strike2015-04-16game343-industries
76BuySaint’s Testimony2015-07-27short-storyfrank-oconnor
77Halo: FracturesBuyFractures: Oasis2016-09-20short-storytobias-buckell
78Second Halo TrilogyBuyHalo 42012-11-06game343-industries
79Tales from SlipspaceBuyTales from Slipspace: Dominion Splinter2016-10-25comic-issuefrank-oconnor
80BuyHalo 4: Sparten Ops2012-11-06game343-industries
81Tales from SlipspaceBuyTales from Slipspace: Fireteam Majestic Poker Night2016-10-25comic-issuekody-chamberlain
82Halo: EscalationBuyEscalation, Vol. 12014-10-21graphic-novelchristopher-schlerf
84Halo: EscalationBuyEscalation, Vol. 22015-04-21graphic-novelbrian-reed
83Tales from SlipspaceBuyTales from Slipspace: Knight Takes Bishop2016-10-25comic-issuetyler-jeffers
85Hunt the TruthHunt the Truth (Season 1)2015-03-22audio-drama343-industries
86Halo: EscalationBuyEscalation, Vol. 32015-09-29graphic-novelbrian-reed
87Halo: EscalationBuyEscalation, Vol. 42016-03-22graphic-novelduffy-boudreau
88Tales from SlipspaceBuyTales from Slipspace: On the Brink2016-10-25comic-issueduffy-boudreau
89Hunt the TruthHunt the Truth (Season 2)2015-09-22audio-drama343-industries
91Second Halo TrilogyBuyHalo 5: Guardians2015-10-27game343-industries
92Halo WarsBuyRise of Atriox, , , , , , , 2018-05-29graphic-novelalex-irvine claire-roe cullen-bunn jody-houser john-jackson-miller jonathan-wayshak josan-gonzalez tristan-jones
93Tales from SlipspaceBuyTales from Slipspace: Undefeated2016-10-25comic-issuejohn-jackson-miller
94Halo: FracturesBuyFractures: Rossbach’s World2016-09-20short-storybrian-reed
95Halo: FracturesBuyFractures: What Remains2016-09-20short-storymorgan-lockhart
96Halo EvolutionsBuyEvolutions: The Return2009-11-24short-storykevin-grace
97Halo WarsBuyHalo Wars 22017-02-21gamecreative-assembly
11.001BuyCollateral Damage2018-12-18graphic-novelalex-irvine
11.002BuySilent Storm: A Master Chief Story2018-09-04noveltroy-denning
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