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Two of the highest ranks attainable by two rival species that can be encountered on the battlefield, the Jiralhanae War Chieftain, and the Sangheili Field Marshall, are pitted against each other.

Both combatants are equiped with their standard armour and equipment, including grenades and energy shields.

Round 1:
Brute is equiped with a Gravity Hammer.
Elite is armed with an Energy Sword.

Round 2:
Brute is a red with a Gravity Hammer, Brute Shot and Spiker.
Elite is equiped with an Energy Sword, Plasma Rifle and Carbine.

Both rounds take place in the Spartan-II training forest on Reach.

Who wins?
Why are the arena's so obscure? Surely it would make more sense in a cannon area like High Charity specifically the Hanging Gardens, where both combatants would canonically be able to fight each other.
Elite takes it for the same reason a Spartan wins against a Brute, skill and tactical superiority.
The Brute, being a near-mindless ball of rage on some occasions might win in close quarters. But I think the Elite could probably win when long-range weaponry is thrown in.
Jebbadaya wrote:
Why are the arena's so obscure? Surely it would make more sense in a cannon area like High Charity specifically the Hanging Gardens, where both combatants would canonically be able to fight each other.
The Sangheili would be far more likely to be more knowledgable on the terrain on High Charity, which gives them a distinct advantage in the fight. So, I decided to place the two in a location neither would be overly familiar with.

Also, if we were to go with something canonical, High Charity isn't exactly the best place. Flood, chaos, In Amber Clan crashing, Jiralhanae betrayal etc. etc. This is a hypothetical scenario (that can occur in canon, though not likely on Reach, nothing more.
Elite takes it for the same reason a Spartan wins against a Brute, skill and tactical superiority.
Right, because there have been zero examples of Elites being idiots or Brutes showing intelligence absolutely none at all. Let's ignore Halo: Last Light and Halo: Contact Harvest for the latter, and Halo Wars and Halo 5 (most notably Jul's bodyguards) for the former.

I hope you do realise that both the Brutes and the Elites are composed of individuals that have a variaty of skills (in this case, they would roughly be in the same level given they're both high ranking individuals) and intelligence right?
Elite takes it for the same reason a Spartan wins against a Brute, skill and tactical superiority.
what he said!
Well a chieftain would be a brute with lots of combat experience. They most likely are tough (more tougher in canon than gameplay), I'd guess the brute knows how to fight and would be nearly unstoppable in CQ.
The elite has agility on its hand and would need to hit and run.
Id say the chieftain wins. Because I'm pretty sure by brute standards that shouldn't be a easy rank many try without dying.
So much bias against brutes probably due to their name.
As the other guy said it depends on the individual.
Both in a Foreign place, I give it to the Elite. More intelligent. Reminds me of the first Hunger Games kinda lol.
Alright, let's bring up feats for both sides.

Shielding and Armour: a Jiralhanae War Chieftain manages to withstand the combined fire from 24 Marines concentrating fire upon the Brute, yet failed to take down its shields. Brute Chieftains have also been witnessed to shrugging off multiple Warthog Rounds (Halo: Contact Harvest and Halo: Initiation) and entire magazines of AR Fire, in one case also conjunction with the Warthog rounds being shrugged off by the Brute Chieftain (again, Halo: Initiation). In Halo: Reach, we witness Noble Six placing 8-12 shots upon a Sangheili Field Marshall, breaking down its shields. The Elite's armour does manage to withstand a burst of AR fire from Carter however, though the Elite escaped.

The Brute wins in Shield Strength here

Strength: Sangheili have been witnessed to be able to lift up SPI armoured Spartans and being able to hold onto Emile in Pillar of Autumn (though NOT lifting him) with a single hand, around half a tonne they carried. On average Elites are less than to equal to the strength of Spartan-IIs. However, the Jiralhanae have been witnessed to overpower Spartans (with the exception of The Babysitter where they were said to bench press tanks, so I'd rather ignore this feat unless you want to believe Spartans can bench press tanks and overpower Brutes), as seen in Halo: First Strike, Halo: Ghosts of Onyx and Halo Wars 2 (trailer). In the Halo Wars 2 Trailer we witness a Brute lifting up a Spartan with a single hand rather casually. This would put them to being able to lift a short ton (907kg) with a single hand with ease.

Brutes (obviously) beat the Elite in this category.

Physical Resilience: The Elites have been witnessed being taken down to a few SMG shots and even single shotgun rounds (Halo Wars, Halo 5). Brutes however (excluding the Package, which already has notable issues such as 5 Fighters up against an entire Covenant fleet, Halsey, Blue Team somehow rampaging through a Covenant ship (at least in Halo: CE air made sense) etc. etc. etc.) have taken an entire magazine of AR fire and still be able to keep fighting (Halo: First Strike), several slashes from energy swords on their unarmoured torso (Halo: Broken Circle, with Melchus's ribs exposed).

Brutes, again, defeat the Elite here.

Technology: while the Brute does possess superior shielding, the Elite possesses active camouflage, an optical cloak that covers the user, hiding them from their enemies. Technology wise, the brute doesn't have a notable counter to this. However, the Brutes do utilise armour lock and bubble shields, though cloaking still gives the Elite the advantage here.

The Elite wins in this category. However, the Brutes do have a keen sense of smell which may counter the Sangheili's visual cloaking.

Skills and Tactics:
This one is debatable, given how there are examples for both species showing cases of intelligence, and idiocy. For the Brutes, there's Tartarus activating Delta Halo, despite "an oracle" explaining the true purpose of the Halos (however, this is more of a character flaw than "species wide idiocy". Tartarus is loyal, obedient, not a religious fanatic). There is also Castor demanding to the Arbiter and Lord Hood to give the Jiralhanae "what belongs to them", despite the Brutes being months away from famine. But we do have examples of more reasonable Jiralhanae such as Maccabeus, who found the Sangheili's reasoning for disabling key systems of the Rapid Conversion to be "reasonable". There is also Castor who has proven to be a rather competent commander and possesses a great deal of cunning, with a plan to keep the oracle for the KOTOF and out of the hands of Gao and the Venezian Militia, through spies present within those two groups.

On the other side, we have Thel 'Vadam being regarded as a competent commander and leader, defeating the UNSC at every turn. There's also R'tas Vadum who defeated a Fleet of Jiralhanae ships 3 times the size of his own. On the other hand, we have Halo Wars showing us Elites bumbling like idiots, giving away their advantages by decloaking and giving away their position, charging at 3 Spartans being armed with only spears and had deactivated their cloaking while charging against the Spartans with spears.

This factor should be ignored as intelligence is heavily dependant on this individual.

Overall, I'd have to give this to the Jiralhanae Chieftain, due to much stronger shields and better than the Sangheili physically speaking.
It really depends on the skill of the individuals. At first thought, my money is on the Brute simply due to sheer size and strength. Although, being agile and fast, the elite may find opportunities to strike once the chieftain is recovering from a hammer swing. It's anybody's guess.
It really depends on the skill of the individuals. At first thought, my money is on the Brute simply due to sheer size and strength. Although, being agile and fast, the elite may find opportunities to strike once the chieftain is recovering from a hammer swing. It's anybody's guess.
Speed and agility eh?

From Halo: First Strike.
Quote:
It moved faster than an Elite— as fast as John.
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From Halo: Broken Circle.
Quote:
The Brute Captain ably blocked the slashes with the handle of his hammer,
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Fast and agile enough to block energy sword swings from Elite Councillors, (former) honour guards and field commanders.

From Halo: Evolutions - Stomping on the Heels of a Fuss.
Quote:
From Halo: Evolutions - Stomping on the Heels of a Fuss.
Almost every day . . . someone makes a run for it. This came from another prisoner, a brown-skinned man with the remains of an athletic build. But look at those monsters; they cover more ground in one step than we do in three.
Three times faster than a normal human. That puts their movement speed to be around 60-72 kilometres per hour.
Three times faster than a normal human. That puts their movement speed to be around 60-72 kilometres per hour.
Elite takes it for the same reason a Spartan wins against a Brute, skill and tactical superiority.
Right, because there have been zero examples of Elites being idiots or Brutes showing intelligence absolutely none at all. Let's ignore Halo: Last Light and Halo: Contact Harvest for the latter, and Halo Wars and Halo 5 (most notably Jul's bodyguards) for the former.

I hope you do realise that both the Brutes and the Elites are composed of individuals that have a variaty of skills (in this case, they would roughly be in the same level given they're both high ranking individuals) and intelligence right?
You asked a question, I gave my opinion. No need to act offended. I'm talking in general, Elites are smarter than Brutes.
i think the brute would win round 1 beacue they are skilled with a grav hammer and
are better with melee weapons but if the elite has camo then he wins.

for round 2 elite more tactical and better training with ranged weapons.
People who compare Jiralhanae and Sangheili in general, then list the features of the highest rank ground-based Jiralhanae. I believe this is somewhat a logical fallacy. People seem to miss the sheer might of Field Marshals. Field Marshals are literally one rank below Supreme Commanders (as the two positions often thought of as between, Shipmaster and Fleetmaster, are actually "titles", not ranks. There is even a case of an Ultra gaining the title of Shipmaster. An Ultra jumping to the commonly held status of Shipmaster is inconceivable due to the Sangheili rank-system if it were truly a rank).

Let's talk about what each rank actually means:
Field Marshal: a member of the "Zealotry", Field Marshals are the highest rank of ground-based Sangheili forces. Due to that fact, it can be assumed that Field Marshals have at, or higher power than those typically attributed to the "Field Master" title in the original trilogy. Field Masters have command over at least a battalion of warriors composed of a variety of species.
Jiralhanae Chieftan: the third highest rank in the Jiralhanae hierarchy, Chieftans are given command over a pack, typically consisting of half-a-dozen warriors, typically composed of Jiralhanae, but sometimes lower species such as Unggoy.

Clearly, Field Marshals outrank Chieftans by a great deal in the Covenant. thankfully, both species' ranking systems are almost identical. To rank up, you need to kill stuff. For Jiralhanae, this is simply a kill-count, including unarmed civilians, children, and possibly indigenous animals (however the latter is unlikely). For Sangheili, their rank is based on honorable kills. That means that each of their kills counted is against an armed opponent in at least somewhat fair conditions. Due to Field Marshal's higher rank and harder requirements to get there in the first place, the Sangheili Field Marshal is clearly much more deadly, at last against Humans.

I am giving overall combat ability to the Sangheili Field Marshal.

In strength, Jiralhanae clearly have the advantage. There is no example of any Sangheili ever physically overpowering a Jiralhanae of equivalent rank. Despite the Field Marshal's higher rank, I doubt the Sangheili would be close in terms of physical strength to the Jiralhanae.

In tactics, Sangheili are often found to be better tacticians, making effective use of troops, equipment, and geography. Jiralhanae in general fail to make any tactical decisions, aside from a very basic grasp of strategic protection.

In usage of weapons and technology, Sangheili obviously get this one, but not at fault from Jiralhanae. Being as the Jiralhanae are a new race to the Covenant, and the Sangheili much older, the Jiralhanae had much less experience with Covenant equipment overall, as well as restrictions placed on the Jiralhanae by the Sangheili, as shown in most naval engagements during the Great Schism.

In speed and agility, this one is more interesting. Typically, Sangheili outclass Jiralhane in agility by a long shot due to Sangheili culture and training. However, as the rank of Jiralhanae goes up, they are often found to be much faster than their pack-mates, and even most Sangheili. Since this is strictly between a Field Marshal and Jiralhanae Chieftan, I am going to say this is a tie, only because of the sheer prowess that is needed of a Field Marshal (Especially as a Zealot-class).

So overall, Sangheili are better combatants, and in a random fight between a Field Marshal and Jiralhanae Chieftan, the result would likely be a Sangheili victory. However, since specific weapons and scenarios are given, I think a more specific answer is needed.

In CQC, the Chieftan has the advantage solely because of physical strength. Despite likely being slower in terms of striking speed and reaction time (running speed is a bad indicator for either), it's likely enough to hold out for a half of a second or more (enough time for a skilled CQC combatant to deliver a strike), allowing the Chieftan's massive advantage in physical strength. Although the rank of the Sangheili is great enough to show that this scenario will not yield a Chieftan victorious every time. The weapons provided for each are also more in favor of the Chieftan for this scenario.

In ranged combat, the Field Marshal has the extreme advantage due to Sangheili's accuracy, and because the overall combat ability of the Field Marshal. That combined with the better familiarity with equipment, better strategic planning, and weapons slightly in favor of the Sangheili for the ranged scenario, the Field Marshal will emerge victorious every single time.

Edit: I misread "War Chieftan" as just a regular Chieftan. After further research, I've come to the conclusion that the results of the two scenarios remain the same, now with only a slight chance of the War Chieftan winning the ranged match due to his shields.
In round 1, the Jiralhanae Chieftain will most likely win simply due to the inherent advantages of the gravity hammer over the energy sword in a straight up fight unless the field marshall has siginificantly higher agility than the chieftain and is able to use that agility to his advantage. In addition, the Chieftain's greater strength will also help mantain his advantage in a CQC environment

Round 2, the Field Marshall will most likely win due to a accurate ranged weapon unlike the Jiralhanae who has more of grenade launcher type weapon that can be easily dodge at range by the Field Marshall. Also taking into account the fact that the Field Marshall has greater shields with regenerative properties versus the weaker non-regenerating shields of the Chieftain, the Field Marshall will easily able to wear down the chieftain at range providing skill with the carbine and shrug off any accumulated damage from the brute shot, thus making it likely the Field Marshall will win unless the Chieftain is able close the distance between him and the elite without dying which is unlikely given the carbine's rapid rate of fire and lethality in the hands of a skilled wielder.
Alright, let's bring up feats for both sides.

Shielding and Armour: a Jiralhanae War Chieftain manages to withstand the combined fire from 24 Marines concentrating fire upon the Brute, yet failed to take down its shields. Brute Chieftains have also been witnessed to shrugging off multiple Warthog Rounds (Halo: Contact Harvest and Halo: Initiation) and entire magazines of AR Fire, in one case also conjunction with the Warthog rounds being shrugged off by the Brute Chieftain (again, Halo: Initiation). In Halo: Reach, we witness Noble Six placing 8-12 shots upon a Sangheili Field Marshall, breaking down its shields. The Elite's armour does manage to withstand a burst of AR fire from Carter however, though the Elite escaped.

The Brute wins in Shield Strength here

Strength: Sangheili have been witnessed to be able to lift up SPI armoured Spartans and being able to hold onto Emile in Pillar of Autumn (though NOT lifting him) with a single hand, around half a tonne they carried. On average Elites are less than to equal to the strength of Spartan-IIs. However, the Jiralhanae have been witnessed to overpower Spartans (with the exception of The Babysitter where they were said to bench press tanks, so I'd rather ignore this feat unless you want to believe Spartans can bench press tanks and overpower Brutes), as seen in Halo: First Strike, Halo: Ghosts of Onyx and Halo Wars 2 (trailer). In the Halo Wars 2 Trailer we witness a Brute lifting up a Spartan with a single hand rather casually. This would put them to being able to lift a short ton (907kg) with a single hand with ease.

Brutes (obviously) beat the Elite in this category.

Physical Resilience: The Elites have been witnessed being taken down to a few SMG shots and even single shotgun rounds (Halo Wars, Halo 5). Brutes however (excluding the Package, which already has notable issues such as 5 Fighters up against an entire Covenant fleet, Halsey, Blue Team somehow rampaging through a Covenant ship (at least in Halo: CE air made sense) etc. etc. etc.) have taken an entire magazine of AR fire and still be able to keep fighting (Halo: First Strike), several slashes from energy swords on their unarmoured torso (Halo: Broken Circle, with Melchus's ribs exposed).

Brutes, again, defeat the Elite here.

Technology: while the Brute does possess superior shielding, the Elite possesses active camouflage, an optical cloak that covers the user, hiding them from their enemies. Technology wise, the brute doesn't have a notable counter to this. However, the Brutes do utilise armour lock and bubble shields, though cloaking still gives the Elite the advantage here.

The Elite wins in this category. However, the Brutes do have a keen sense of smell which may counter the Sangheili's visual cloaking.

Skills and Tactics:
This one is debatable, given how there are examples for both species showing cases of intelligence, and idiocy. For the Brutes, there's Tartarus activating Delta Halo, despite "an oracle" explaining the true purpose of the Halos (however, this is more of a character flaw than "species wide idiocy". Tartarus is loyal, obedient, not a religious fanatic). There is also Castor demanding to the Arbiter and Lord Hood to give the Jiralhanae "what belongs to them", despite the Brutes being months away from famine. But we do have examples of more reasonable Jiralhanae such as Maccabeus, who found the Sangheili's reasoning for disabling key systems of the Rapid Conversion to be "reasonable". There is also Castor who has proven to be a rather competent commander and possesses a great deal of cunning, with a plan to keep the oracle for the KOTOF and out of the hands of Gao and the Venezian Militia, through spies present within those two groups.

On the other side, we have Thel 'Vadam being regarded as a competent commander and leader, defeating the UNSC at every turn. There's also R'tas Vadum who defeated a Fleet of Jiralhanae ships 3 times the size of his own. On the other hand, we have Halo Wars showing us Elites bumbling like idiots, giving away their advantages by decloaking and giving away their position, charging at 3 Spartans being armed with only spears and had deactivated their cloaking while charging against the Spartans with spears.

This factor should be ignored as intelligence is heavily dependant on this individual.

Overall, I'd have to give this to the Jiralhanae Chieftain, due to much stronger shields and better than the Sangheili physically speaking.
Why use feats of Jiralhanae shield strength from a novelization and Sangheili shield strength from gameplay. Also note the shield strength of both are extremely resilient. The Sangheili shields falter in the cutscene depending on the difficulty you are playing on. Normal difficulty or lower and the shields falter but heroic or higher and the shields stay strong.
Alright, let's bring up feats for both sides.

Shielding and Armour: a Jiralhanae War Chieftain manages to withstand the combined fire from 24 Marines concentrating fire upon the Brute, yet failed to take down its shields. Brute Chieftains have also been witnessed to shrugging off multiple Warthog Rounds (Halo: Contact Harvest and Halo: Initiation) and entire magazines of AR Fire, in one case also conjunction with the Warthog rounds being shrugged off by the Brute Chieftain (again, Halo: Initiation). In Halo: Reach, we witness Noble Six placing 8-12 shots upon a Sangheili Field Marshall, breaking down its shields. The Elite's armour does manage to withstand a burst of AR fire from Carter however, though the Elite escaped.

The Brute wins in Shield Strength here

Strength: Sangheili have been witnessed to be able to lift up SPI armoured Spartans and being able to hold onto Emile in Pillar of Autumn (though NOT lifting him) with a single hand, around half a tonne they carried. On average Elites are less than to equal to the strength of Spartan-IIs. However, the Jiralhanae have been witnessed to overpower Spartans (with the exception of The Babysitter where they were said to bench press tanks, so I'd rather ignore this feat unless you want to believe Spartans can bench press tanks and overpower Brutes), as seen in Halo: First Strike, Halo: Ghosts of Onyx and Halo Wars 2 (trailer). In the Halo Wars 2 Trailer we witness a Brute lifting up a Spartan with a single hand rather casually. This would put them to being able to lift a short ton (907kg) with a single hand with ease.

Brutes (obviously) beat the Elite in this category.

Physical Resilience: The Elites have been witnessed being taken down to a few SMG shots and even single shotgun rounds (Halo Wars, Halo 5). Brutes however (excluding the Package, which already has notable issues such as 5 Fighters up against an entire Covenant fleet, Halsey, Blue Team somehow rampaging through a Covenant ship (at least in Halo: CE air made sense) etc. etc. etc.) have taken an entire magazine of AR fire and still be able to keep fighting (Halo: First Strike), several slashes from energy swords on their unarmoured torso (Halo: Broken Circle, with Melchus's ribs exposed).

Brutes, again, defeat the Elite here.

Technology: while the Brute does possess superior shielding, the Elite possesses active camouflage, an optical cloak that covers the user, hiding them from their enemies. Technology wise, the brute doesn't have a notable counter to this. However, the Brutes do utilise armour lock and bubble shields, though cloaking still gives the Elite the advantage here.

The Elite wins in this category. However, the Brutes do have a keen sense of smell which may counter the Sangheili's visual cloaking.

Skills and Tactics:
This one is debatable, given how there are examples for both species showing cases of intelligence, and idiocy. For the Brutes, there's Tartarus activating Delta Halo, despite "an oracle" explaining the true purpose of the Halos (however, this is more of a character flaw than "species wide idiocy". Tartarus is loyal, obedient, not a religious fanatic). There is also Castor demanding to the Arbiter and Lord Hood to give the Jiralhanae "what belongs to them", despite the Brutes being months away from famine. But we do have examples of more reasonable Jiralhanae such as Maccabeus, who found the Sangheili's reasoning for disabling key systems of the Rapid Conversion to be "reasonable". There is also Castor who has proven to be a rather competent commander and possesses a great deal of cunning, with a plan to keep the oracle for the KOTOF and out of the hands of Gao and the Venezian Militia, through spies present within those two groups.

On the other side, we have Thel 'Vadam being regarded as a competent commander and leader, defeating the UNSC at every turn. There's also R'tas Vadum who defeated a Fleet of Jiralhanae ships 3 times the size of his own. On the other hand, we have Halo Wars showing us Elites bumbling like idiots, giving away their advantages by decloaking and giving away their position, charging at 3 Spartans being armed with only spears and had deactivated their cloaking while charging against the Spartans with spears.

This factor should be ignored as intelligence is heavily dependant on this individual.

Overall, I'd have to give this to the Jiralhanae Chieftain, due to much stronger shields and better than the Sangheili physically speaking.
Why use feats of Jiralhanae shield strength from a novelization and Sangheili shield strength from gameplay. Also note the shield strength of both are extremely resilient. The Sangheili shields falter in the cutscene depending on the difficulty you are playing on. Normal difficulty or lower and the shields falter but heroic or higher and the shields stay strong.
First off, that was a cutscene I was referring to, not pure gameplay. Second, it's because these are direct showings of the shield strength of a Zealot and a Brute War Chieftain, and that both novels and the games are considered equally canon.

I've seen many people make that claim, yet I have not seen anyone prove it. In fact, I've checked this myself and yet the Field Marshall's shields still fall in the same amount of shots. What evidence can you provide showing that the Field Marshall's shielding varies with the game's difficulty?
Alright, let's bring up feats for both sides.

Shielding and Armour: a Jiralhanae War Chieftain manages to withstand the combined fire from 24 Marines concentrating fire upon the Brute, yet failed to take down its shields. Brute Chieftains have also been witnessed to shrugging off multiple Warthog Rounds (Halo: Contact Harvest and Halo: Initiation) and entire magazines of AR Fire, in one case also conjunction with the Warthog rounds being shrugged off by the Brute Chieftain (again, Halo: Initiation). In Halo: Reach, we witness Noble Six placing 8-12 shots upon a Sangheili Field Marshall, breaking down its shields. The Elite's armour does manage to withstand a burst of AR fire from Carter however, though the Elite escaped.

The Brute wins in Shield Strength here

Strength: Sangheili have been witnessed to be able to lift up SPI armoured Spartans and being able to hold onto Emile in Pillar of Autumn (though NOT lifting him) with a single hand, around half a tonne they carried. On average Elites are less than to equal to the strength of Spartan-IIs. However, the Jiralhanae have been witnessed to overpower Spartans (with the exception of The Babysitter where they were said to bench press tanks, so I'd rather ignore this feat unless you want to believe Spartans can bench press tanks and overpower Brutes), as seen in Halo: First Strike, Halo: Ghosts of Onyx and Halo Wars 2 (trailer). In the Halo Wars 2 Trailer we witness a Brute lifting up a Spartan with a single hand rather casually. This would put them to being able to lift a short ton (907kg) with a single hand with ease.

Brutes (obviously) beat the Elite in this category.

Physical Resilience: The Elites have been witnessed being taken down to a few SMG shots and even single shotgun rounds (Halo Wars, Halo 5). Brutes however (excluding the Package, which already has notable issues such as 5 Fighters up against an entire Covenant fleet, Halsey, Blue Team somehow rampaging through a Covenant ship (at least in Halo: CE air made sense) etc. etc. etc.) have taken an entire magazine of AR fire and still be able to keep fighting (Halo: First Strike), several slashes from energy swords on their unarmoured torso (Halo: Broken Circle, with Melchus's ribs exposed).

Brutes, again, defeat the Elite here.

Technology: while the Brute does possess superior shielding, the Elite possesses active camouflage, an optical cloak that covers the user, hiding them from their enemies. Technology wise, the brute doesn't have a notable counter to this. However, the Brutes do utilise armour lock and bubble shields, though cloaking still gives the Elite the advantage here.

The Elite wins in this category. However, the Brutes do have a keen sense of smell which may counter the Sangheili's visual cloaking.

Skills and Tactics:
This one is debatable, given how there are examples for both species showing cases of intelligence, and idiocy. For the Brutes, there's Tartarus activating Delta Halo, despite "an oracle" explaining the true purpose of the Halos (however, this is more of a character flaw than "species wide idiocy". Tartarus is loyal, obedient, not a religious fanatic). There is also Castor demanding to the Arbiter and Lord Hood to give the Jiralhanae "what belongs to them", despite the Brutes being months away from famine. But we do have examples of more reasonable Jiralhanae such as Maccabeus, who found the Sangheili's reasoning for disabling key systems of the Rapid Conversion to be "reasonable". There is also Castor who has proven to be a rather competent commander and possesses a great deal of cunning, with a plan to keep the oracle for the KOTOF and out of the hands of Gao and the Venezian Militia, through spies present within those two groups.

On the other side, we have Thel 'Vadam being regarded as a competent commander and leader, defeating the UNSC at every turn. There's also R'tas Vadum who defeated a Fleet of Jiralhanae ships 3 times the size of his own. On the other hand, we have Halo Wars showing us Elites bumbling like idiots, giving away their advantages by decloaking and giving away their position, charging at 3 Spartans being armed with only spears and had deactivated their cloaking while charging against the Spartans with spears.

This factor should be ignored as intelligence is heavily dependant on this individual.

Overall, I'd have to give this to the Jiralhanae Chieftain, due to much stronger shields and better than the Sangheili physically speaking.
Why use feats of Jiralhanae shield strength from a novelization and Sangheili shield strength from gameplay. Also note the shield strength of both are extremely resilient. The Sangheili shields falter in the cutscene depending on the difficulty you are playing on. Normal difficulty or lower and the shields falter but heroic or higher and the shields stay strong.
First off, that was a cutscene I was referring to, not pure gameplay. Second, it's because these are direct showings of the shield strength of a Zealot and a Brute War Chieftain, and that both novels and the games are considered equally canon.

I've seen many people make that claim, yet I have not seen anyone prove it. In fact, I've checked this myself and yet the Field Marshall's shields still fall in the same amount of shots. What evidence can you provide showing that the Field Marshall's shielding varies with the game's difficulty?
It has been three years since I've played Reach but I remember testing that for myself and it did vary. If the games and novels are equally Canon how come the War Chieftain's shields falter in a magazine or two in Halo 3? I'm legitimately wondering.
If they are no specific characters, i think as you describe it the elite wins.
The brute is physically superior in any sense, but the elite is superior in tactical strategy and combat skills as you said about it's rank (so it's clearly not one of the cheap remnants that hold wewpons backwards and are worse than grunts).
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