Why is it sometimes in Halo 3 multiplayer one character will move slower than the others or two characters will move slower than a third. What things affect speed? Does damage slow you down?

  • It has been so long. I can't quite remember. But I suspect that it is lag. I suspect that it's only what you are seeing. And that the actual movement speed doesn't change.
    – Bob
    Commented May 26, 2014 at 18:40

3 Answers 3


You might be a little more specific as to when exactly you see this speed discrepancy amongst players, but off the top of my head:

  • Crouching
  • Sprinting
  • It's been a while, but I think Power Drain or one of the other consumables has some effect on speed while the players stand in it or walk through it
  • Sword lunging
  • Being hit by another fast-moving object (i.e. a vehicle)
  • Being hit by a concussive force, like a gravity hammer or grenade blast
  • Mancannons/grav lifts
  • Lag

It is lag if you are playing online, if you are playing custom games on a forge map however, There may be a custom powerup that increases speed or the leader may be set to be slower on the game mode. I believe that is all that can affect speed of one player but not another in Halo 3.


In addition to other answers: Walking forwards is faster than strafing sideways or backwards.

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