Elite Soldier
Helghast elite
Weapons StA-3 Light Machine Gun, StA-52 Assault Rifle
Race Helghast
Affiliation HGH mini
Elite Soldiers, or just 'Elites', are the most common of the Helghast Third Army's special forces. Their charging tactics may seem reckless, but they know when to fall back and when to look for cover. Their most common weapon is the Sta-3 Light Machine Gun and they can rarely be seen carrying a Sta-52 assault rifle and occasionally a grenade launcher.


Elites wear heavy armor and can withstand up to half a magazine of M82 Assault Rifle fire, compared to standard Helghast soldiers who can be killed with just 3 or 4 shots from the M82. They can be killed with a single headshot from the sniper secondary fire mode of the M66-SD Submachine Gun, or by sustained fire from heavy automatic weapons like Rico Velasquez's M224-A3 Heavy Support Weapon or their own StA-3 Light Machine Guns.

Elites are first encountered in Mission 2, "Vekta Evacuates", and are encountered throughout the campaign. For most of the game, Elites are deployed as support troops, usually operating in pairs and working alongside squads of normal Helghast infantry. Their heavy armor and machineguns allow them to lay down sustained fire while resisting return fire.

From Mission 9 onwards, Elites begin to deploy in full squads of several at once, fully replacing the standard Helghast infantry in large sections of the game. Elites deployed in full squads often carry StA-52 Assault Rifles instead of machine guns. Because of their increased durability and skill, these squads of Elites are a significantly greater threat than earlier squads of regular Helghasts.

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