Without a doubt the most difficult-to-combat enemy in Halo. Elites are the cream of the Covenant crop: fast, strong, durable and smart. They will pilot vehicles and pull slick maneuvers you'd swear were scripted; they'll box you in and charge when your shields are down, yet hide back when their own are depleted. As stated by the manual, there are a number of kinds of Elites. Blue are the most common, red less so, and gold the least of all - but by far the most deadly. Gold elites are an enemy all their own. Also, you'll occasionally encounter invisible Elites, and even a few wielding plasma swords. Be careful out there.