Halo Infinite Fracture Tenrai event: Start date and time, rewards, how to get Yoroi armor

Halo Infinite Fracture Tenrai
Halo Infinite Fracture Tenrai (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

Halo Infinite Fracture: Tenrai

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Halo Infinite soon kicks off its first limited-time event, taking a trip back in time, drawing inspiration from feudal Japan. It's the first of Halo Infinite "Fractures," distinct week-long events, breaking up each season with a series of quirky content. This month introduces Fracture: Tenrai, a new Samurai-themed event, with various exclusive cosmetic rewards up for grabs.

While the Halo Infinite beta only just launched on Xbox consoles and PC, "Fracture: Tenrai" promises to shake up its multiplayer offerings in a big way. Developer 343 Industries has now teased what to expect from the Tenrai event, including planned content, when you can play, and how to score that coveted Yoroi armor.

Halo Infinite Fracture: Tenrai start date and time

Halo Infinite Fracture: Tenrai is slated to launch on Nov. 23, 2021, available as a free update to all players on Xbox consoles and PC. The limited-time event runs for one week before concluding on Nov. 30.

The Fracture: Tenrai event commences at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. GMT for all players, granting access to the new 30-tier Event Pass, exclusive playlist, and other limited-time festivities. Halo Infinite receives updates on a weekly schedule, slated for 10 a.m. PT every Tuesday, which also introduces a new collection of items via the Halo Infinite Shop. This week's refresh includes a series of premium items designed around the Yoroi armor core.

However, 343 Industries has stated that Fracture events aren't limited to one week and will return several times over the following months. Fracture: Tenrai is expected to return on multiple occasions throughout the first season of Halo Infinite before concluding in May 2022. Progress from each week translates to the next, providing additional opportunities to scoop up any remaining rewards.

Future dates for Fracture: Tenrai will be announced once Halo Infinite has launched on Dec. 8, coupled with more information on future themed Fracture events.

What is Halo Infinite Fracture: Tenrai?

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Fracture: Tenrai marks the first Fracture in Halo Infinite, limited-time recurring events introducing new content into its multiplayer sandbox. Fracture events are slightly different from traditional seasons, breaking away from Halo lore and allowing for "quirkier" content and rewards. While the main Halo Infinite battle pass remains strictly in line with the Halo universe, Fractures are non-canon and freely play with the game's sandbox.

The Fracture: Tenrai event is all about Japan, this time featuring a special matchmaking playlist coupled with exclusive Samurai-themed armor and skins. The event introduces the first "Event Pass," limited time passes with tailored challenges to complete through the week. Completing the pass unlocks a series of exclusive rewards only available through the Fracture: Tenrai event.

While initially slated to run from Nov. 23 through Nov. 30, Fracture: Tenrai will return on multiple occasions throughout the season. Those who don't complete the pass during the first week can continue their progression when the event returns in a future month. You'll have a few chances to earn all the available rewards before it's removed for good sometime in 2022.

Although many expect a custom-themed game mode, the event-specific playlist also remains a mystery, breaking away from the standard arena formula. This playlist will appear via the Halo Infinite multiplayer matchmaking menu during days when the Fracture is active.

How does the Fracture Tenrai Event Pass work?

Halo Infinite Fracture: Tenrai Rewards

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The Fracture: Tenrai Event Pass will be the primary method of progression throughout its duration, boasting a series of exclusive cosmetics to earn in-game. The Yoroi armor core is an expected centerpiece of the event, with a Samurai-inspired aesthetic and several armor variants up for grabs.

While Halo Infinite already has a traditional Battle Pass, the new Event Pass offers another form of progression to players. Rather than the XP-based Battle Pass, which levels up upon completing matches and various randomly assigned Challenges, the Event Pass is entirely Challenge based.

The Event Pass offers 30 free tiers for all players throughout the limited-time mode. Fracture: Tenrai arrives with a series of event-specific challenges, listed via the Challenge menu and distinguished with a new colored banner. Completing a Tenrai Challenge directly progresses the Event Pass one tier, unlike the slower XP progression mode utilized by the Season Battle Pass.

Your progress in the Event Pass translates to future instances of Fracture: Tenrai before the event permanently concludes later in Season 1. We expect to learn more about planned Challenges and how to progress the pass upon its Nov. 23 launch.

Halo Infinite Fracture: Tenrai rewards

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The Event Pass offers 30 free tiers, each offering a specific reward. We're expecting somewhat accelerated progression with the Event Pass, given its limited-time nature, allowing players to work through the available tiers with some heavy grinding. 343 Industries has teased a series of planned cosmetics ahead of the event, including the Yoroi armor core, various armor pieces, exclusive coatings, and emblems for use in multiplayer.

343 Industries has also detailed other cosmetics to come via the in-game Shop, including "Yoroi-specific premium customization offerings" for your spartan. These premium options will contain additional coatings and poses available with Halo Credits, according to a recent post detailing upcoming Halo Infinite cosmetics.

How to get the Halo Infinite Yoroi armor core

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While the Yoroi armor core is currently present in Halo Infinite, the option remains locked ahead of the Fracture: Tenrai event. There is no way to obtain Yoroi armor or further customization options at this time, with complete steps expected once the Tenrai event arrives on Nov. 23.

Although little is known about its customization options, the Yoroi armor core joins the existing MARK VII and MARK V [B] cores available from launch. However, with armor limited to its respective core, you won't be able to mix and match an existing MARK VI helmet with some Samurai-inspired gear.

The event pass will seemingly act as the primary method to unlock Fracture: Tenrai gear for most players. However, additional Yoroi variants will be available via the Halo Infinite Shop using Halo Credits purchasing with real-world cash.

We've rounded up the complete list of known Yoroi armor slated to debut alongside the Fracture: Tenrai event. This is expected to represent just a subset of the full armor set.

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NameInformationUnlock requirements
HIKESHICommon HelmetDescription: Popularized by selfless samurai peacekeepers in the early days of the Covenant invasion, HIKESHI kabuto are now worn by shogunate enforcers responsible for extinguishing the flames of sedition and rebellion.Unknown
SABICommon VisorDescription: The old warriors still have much to teach.Unknown
FIRST TEMPLECommon GlovesDescription: Armor gloves tailored to each samurai.Unknown
PETAL-POLISHEDCommon Knee PadsDescription: Samurai kneel only to the blessed spirits, Imperial Court officials, and warriors of superior virtue.Unknown
BINDING SHADOWCommon Armor CoatingDescription: The Shinobi know many methods to trick the senses. A few of which they share with the Imperial Court.Unknown
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