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
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.
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).