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The needler's given designation is the Type-33 Guided Munitions Launcher. It is a common weapon in the Covenant Infantry arsenal, it is especially favored by the grunts. It fires a pink homing projectile

The needler
that embeds into the enemy, once seven of them embed into the enemy they explode usually resulting in a kill. The magazine size of the needler has been scaled back from Halo 2, with the limit being 19 as opposed to the 30 in Halo 2. However, the needles are much more accurate as they have a better homing system in them. It has a relatively high rate of fire, with 8.5rounds per second and has an effective range of 250ft. It is comparable to the human assault rifle.


Changes from Halo: Combat Evolved to Halo 2

  • In Halo: Combat Evolved, the gun, as well as the needles before and after firing, had a slight blue tinge to them, this is all but eliminated.
  • It is wielded far less often by enemy Elites and Grunts.
  • The magazine size is increased to thirty needles. Maximum amount of magazines remains the same.
  • Explosion has significantly less pressure wash to harm those nearby.
  • Only one explosion is needed to kill any covenant enemy; in Halo: CE, up to three were needed to kill high ranking elites on difficulties as low as Normal.
  • Needles fly faster.
  • Only one explosion will go off within an enemy, in Halo: Combat Evolved multiple explosions could go off in one body, even after death.
  • The melee attacks are faster than in Halo: Combat Evolved.
  • Slower rate of fire in Halo 2.
  • Melee animation is different, and seems to do less damage.
  • Dual-wieldable.


Changes from Halo 2 to Halo 3

  • Reticle must be red in order for the needles to seek.
  • Magazine size has been decreased to 19 rounds.
  • Rate of fire has been dramatically increased.
  • Needles appear to travel faster.
  • Weapon can no longer be dual wielded.
  • Will Never be wielded by Elites unless you give them one.
  • Power Increased (Requires less needles for a large explosion).

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