Sangheili (Macto cognatus)
Species statistics
Homeworld Sanghelios
Species Status wide-spread
Height 8'6 (262 cm) (Varies)
They hunch over to about 7'2 in combat
Weight Much more than that of a Spartans. (317, over a ton armored)
Skin Color Brown, Grey, Black
Distinctions Humanoid/Reptilian-like body structure with some mammalian features, dog-like teeth, purple blooded, quadruple hinged mandibles, binary vascular system. Possibly ungulates or crocodilians due to their splayed feet.
Affiliation Hellcat Squadran, Covenant Separatists, GC Heretics, Covenant Loyalists
Notable Individuals Various
Other Names *Elite
  • Split-Chin
  • Split Jaw
  • Squid-Head
  • Dinosaur


Although Sangheili are naturally very intelligent, their culture's long dependence on a military-industrial scheme has led to an emphasis on might over science. In some regards, the advent of the Covenant made this position easier-allowing the Sangheili to concentrate even more mono-manically on military endeavors, while Prophets took care of science and technology. Despite this, their adeptness at using and creating technology is evident. It is probable that they designed the Covenant Cruiser themselves. They demonstrated their superiority at space combat in the battle with the Brutes over Installation 00.

Promotion in the Covenant military is by merit; a Covenant soldier must succeed to advance among the ranks. Success is often measured in scalps. A Zealot, for example, has personally slaughtered thousands of individuals to reach that status.

Raised from childhood to be warriors, other societal roles are treated as secondary endeavors or even hobbies, and are not honored at all. Elites are very skilled in most weapons such as plasma rifle and carbine, and hand-to-hand combat.

In many ways, the Sangheili are much like Humans. They communicate, are loyal to their superiors and comrades, become protective of their troops and become angry and vengeful if other Sangheili are killed. They fear very little, taking great pride in an ancient, honor-laden code. Even when mortally wounded, the Sangheili still charge towards the enemy in a doomed last minute attack. Sangheili honor also dictates that they always be the first ones into a battle, and to never allow themselves to be captured alive. The more honorable captured Sangheili typically commit suicide while in prison to retain some measure of honor; often times when they are freed those who have not are executed anyway, as was the case with one of Thel Vadam's ancestors. However, escaping or staging an uprising is acceptable, by the same example.

Respect and HonorEdit

The Sangheili display respect and admiration for honorable fighters, whether they are allies of the Sangheili or not. It is not unusual for the Sangheili to have such an admiration for their adversaries. Sangheili respect and revere veterans and often follow their lead. Their history is rife with victorious combatants welcoming the defeated enemies' remaining forces into their own arm, provided of course that they fought with honor. During the Grunt Rebellion, the most tenacious of the Unggoy who survived the conflict were admitted for the first time into previously all Sangheili forces. This respect of Honor led to friendly relations to the Klingons and Dalmascans, after each group joined the Coalition, as both had a respect for honor, and/or hold Honor codes similar to those of the Sangheili.

Even back in their own universe, before allying with them, some Sangheili felt the humans earned their respect, shown when one Sangheili mentioned "even the smallest humans hurl themselves against our defenses with honor. If only the Unggoy were as committed." They also claimed variously that Humans are "tenacious", that their technology is "limited, but...useful", that their battle techniques are "impressive", and that they are "excellent strategists". This respect for humans was probably augmented when the Humans and Sangheili allied 2-3 years before the Rift Storms started.