Halo Wars 2 Tier List (April 2024) – Best Leaders Ranked

While developers have announced that they won’t be updating the game any further, new players and veterans alike are always wondering if the Halo Wars 2 leader they are playing with is good enough in the current meta. For that, we have a simple solution: Our brand new Halo Wars 2 tier list, updated for the latest meta as of April 2024.

Although each Halo Wars 2 leader has a different roster of units and abilities, they also have their own individual play styles that grant them different advantages in combat.

Halo Wars 2 – Quick Intro

Halo Wars 2 is an RTS type of game in the Halo universe, that was developed by 343 Industries and the team over at Creative Assembly. It is published only on Windows and Xbox One by none other than Microsoft Studios.

The game is set in the year 2559 when a new faction known as the Banished has emerged from the shadows to challenge humanity. As with all RTS games, each leader plays differently based on their units and abilities.

In addition to having a different roster of units and abilities, each leader also has their own individual play styles that grant them different advantages in combat.

Each leader in Halo Wars 2 has a Leader Ability, which if used properly can often turn the tide of battle in your favor.

There are plenty of leaders to choose from in Halo Wars 2, to be exact, there are 16 of them. But which ones are actually good? Well, that’s why we’ve put together this Halo Wars 2 tier list for the best leaders in the game.

We used our own personal experience with each leader and considered the following factors:

  • Combo Power (how well their combo works together)
  • Strength (how strong their army is)
  • Speed (how quickly they can build/rebuild their army)
  • Special Abilities (what kind of special abilities they have)
  • Support Powers (what kind of support powers they have)

Halo Wars 2 – Tier S Leaders

Best Halo Wars 2 Leaders

These are the best Halo Wars 2 leaders for the current meta. They have great abilities and they are good in 1v1 but also in 2v2 battles. Using these in your matches will almost guarantee you the win, especially in this current state of the game.

  • Shipmaster
  • Voridus
  • Forge
  • Atriox

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Halo Wars 2 – Tier A Leaders

Halo Wars 2 - Tier A Leaders

These are still in the meta and are very good Halo Wars 2 characters, but they aren’t as overpowered as the tier S ones. Still great to use in 1v1s and in 2v2 matches against other players or the AI.

  • Arbiter
  • Colony
  • Cutter
  • Decimus
  • YapYap

Halo Wars 2 – Tier B Leaders

Halo Wars 2 - Tier B Leaders

These are your average HW2 leaders, they aren’t as strong or versatile as the S or A tier, but they also aren’t the weakest in the game. They can still excel on some maps and missions, so don’t avoid them altogether.

  • Anders
  • Isabel
  • Pavium

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Halo Wars 2 – Tier C Leaders

Halo Wars 2 - Tier C Leaders

These leaders are below average in terms of their stats, abilities, combos, and speed to build units. They aren’t that great, however, if you have certain 1v1 or 2v2 strategies in mind, these might work out for you, especially if you enjoy playing with them or you’re an experienced Halo Wars 2 player.

  • Johnson
  • Kinsano

Halo Wars 2 – Tier D Leaders

Weakest Leaders in HW2

The weakest leaders in the current meta, are really not that good at the moment, and they got nerfed too hard or weren’t good in the first place to begin with. You should probably avoid playing with these unless you like having fun with them.

  • Jerome
  • Serina

Final Thoughts

Overall, the best leaders in Halo Wars 2 are those who offer you advantages in combat. While there are some exceptions to this rule (such as at the lower levels of play where your units don’t necessarily need to be that strong), it’s still a good idea to focus on the best leaders in the game if you want more victories under your belt.

This is especially important when you’re playing against human opponents, as they’ll often be able to counter your strategy if it’s weak.

So, before you make your final decision on who you want to use in Halo Wars 2, make sure that they have the right abilities for each map and mission!

Alright, so there you have it, hopefully, our Halo Wars 2 tier list was helpful, and that you’ve got a better idea of which leaders are the best to use in Halo Wars 2. If you’re still confused, don’t worry! We’ll be updating this list as we continue playing and learning more about the game so make sure to come back for more.

The only issue is that we have heard that the game developers don’t have any more plans of updating Halo Wars 2 with more content, so who knows what the future holds for this title.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How did we create this Halo Wars 2 tier list?

Our Halo Wars 2 tier list was created using a combination of in-game testing, player experience and feedback from places such as the Halo Wars Reddit and Discord channel, and our team’s own experience with the game. We also referenced the existing community tier lists to make sure that we weren’t missing anything.

Who are the best leaders in Halo Wars 2?

The best leaders in Halo Wars 2 vary in terms of player preference and playstyle, as well as maps, mission, and strategy in online co-op 2v2 matches. Still, if we had to pick at the moment we think that the best Halo Wars 2 leaders are: Shipmaster, Voridus, Forge, and Atriox.

Is this Halo Wars 2 tier list accurate?

No tier list out there is completely 100% accurate. As there are so many deciding factors when it comes to winning a game in Halo Wars 2 or any other game for that matter. Still, we’d like to believe that our HW2 tier list is pretty close to the current meta.

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2 thoughts on “Halo Wars 2 Tier List (April 2024) – Best Leaders Ranked”

  1. Yo! I clicked on this article expecting it to be completely incorrect, but was pleasantly surprised. I’m a top level 1v1 player in hw2, and have made more than a couple tier lists of my own throughout the game’s life. Colony and Yap deserve S tier 100%, and Pav is too low– he’s one of the weaker Banished, but he’s still Banished at the end of the day. Low tier leaders you got mostly right as well, but I would put Kinsano at the lowest spot. It’s not a super popular opinion (yet), but the more people play her they’ll see just how bad she is (unusable t1 hero, flamehogs are horrible vs vehicles).

    Still, good list overall, and I was pleasantly surprised.


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