Abstract– Two categories of symplectites have been observed in howardites: three-phase, composed of vermicular intergrowths of ferroan augite, fayalitic olivine, and silica, and two-phase, composed of vermicular intergrowths of orthopyroxene and troilite. Three-phase symplectites have been previously shown to represent the breakdown products of metastable pyroxene. In howardites, they appear to be genetically related to gabbroic eucrites. In some cases and under yet-to-be specified conditions, ferroan clinopyroxene in gabbroic eucrites may undergo only localized decomposition resulting in oriented exsolution-like features. Breakdown phases in those cases are fayalitic olivine, silica, and—depending on the MgO content of the system—orthopyroxene. As opposed to three-phase symplectites, two-phase symplectites are most likely of diogenitic origin. They probably formed via impact-induced localized melting of diogenitic orthopyroxene in the presence of troilite (grain boundary melting). Three-phase symplectites in howardites occasionally contain accessory amounts of ilmenite, troilite, and/or kamacite and are exclusively associated with medium-grained FeO-rich pyroxene, silica, and plagioclase. All minerals involved are late-stage crystallites or mesostasis phases. In general, highly evolved eucritic lithologies constitute only a minor fraction of howardites. However, considering that three-phase symplectites are generated in a low-pressure, i.e., near-surface, environment, FeO- and CaO-rich eucritic rocks may be exposed locally on Vesta’s surface. This, in turn, is highly relevant to the ongoing DAWN mission.