This is just a taste of some of the new weapons available in Halo 3 Multiplayer. Some dual-wieldable, some not. Halo 3’s new control scheme enables reloading independently using the LB or RB buttons, allowing you to shoot and reload simultaneously.

The Halo 3 Beta will give you a fair sampling of new and returning weapons.

Assault Rifle - MA5C ICWS

Gas operated, fully-automatic projectile rifle capable of sustained continuous fire. Accurate if used in short, well aimed bursts and otherwise ferociously powerful at close range. This is the default spawning weapon for most game types. You can read more about the new Assault Rifle HERE.

Brute Spike Grenade

A Spartan can now carry up to three different types of grenades, cycling through the selection using the LB button on the controller. A new grenade for the Spartan arsenal is the appropriated Brute Spike Grenade; a primitive and deadly explosive device that impales any target and holds tight until it explodes in a shredding hail of razor sharp metal. If you hear a satisfying wet “thwack,” then you probably just stuck your target. And remember, amusing as it is to watch it go off, the spikes explode out in a cone of flailing metal. You really should pick a safe vantage point to watch from. You can read more about the Brute Spike Grenade HERE.

Brute Spiker - (Type-25 Carbine)

Holding 48 spikes per magazine, this vicious and dangerous rifle is favored by Brutes and indeed, based on their native, pre-Covenant technology. Old as its technology is, the rapid firing, razor-sharp projectiles can tear through armor and flesh with ease. Dual wielded, it’s appropriately nasty. You can read more about the Brute Spiker HERE.

Brute weapons have a primitive, dangerous, visceral quality. Much like their makers.

Spartan Laser -WAV M6 GGNR

A directed energy weapon. Its battery conservation scheme requires user to “paint” its target during a brief charge lag. A zoomed scope will assist in aiming. It’s slow, but one of the most powerful portable armaments in the UNSC arsenal. A flickering red light may indicate that you’re being targeted by a Spartan laser. We suggest that you move. More information about the Spartan Laser can be found HERE.

Minigun - AIE-486H Heavy Machinegun

A Spartan is easily strong enough to remove, or more accurately, rip a turret-mounted machine gun from its tripod base (by hitting the B-button while using the turret, or by blowing it off its mounting). Although doing so will detach it from its main ammo feed, a Spartan can use whatever’s left attached to the gun to devastating effect. It’s heavy even for a Spartan, and slow to spin up to full firing rate.

There’s certainly an ideal distance where your firing arc and accuracy meet, but anyone foolish enough to get in the way of this thing, be they on foot or aboard a vehicle, deserves everything they get.


Although technically designed for vehicle or stationary use, a Spartan can easily lift and use this rapid firing homing missile launcher. Apart from heft and bulk, its only real drawback is a necessarily limited ammunition supply. To acquire a lock on a target, simply aim at it until the reticule turns red. If you’re the target of such a lock, you may hear an automated warning that you have been “painted” by enemy targeting tech.

TIP: The lock is retained for a brief period even when the Pod’s user is no longer aiming at its target. Use this lock “memory” to try to arc shots upward. The missiles will dart upward but then start following the original target. That initial height can help the missiles clear any obstacles in their path, from rock outcroppings to low structures and trees.

Like the Minigun, you are slow and vulnerable while carrying this. Unlike the Minigun it is found already detached and ready for use. In the Public Beta, it will usually be found on the bottom floor of the bases in Valhalla. Be patient and wait for the lock on vehicles, or let her rip against targets on foot.

New Vehicles

Halo 3 will contain new vehicles in both Multiplayer and Campaign. Some you can abuse, some will abuse you right back. The Public Beta contains but one. The Mongoose.

M274 ULATV “Mongoose”

This is purely a transport vehicle, and while fast and maneuverable, it possesses no built-in defensive or offensive capabilities whatsoever. The main role is for troop transport and scouting missions, but it can carry a pillion passenger. You may of course seat a weapons specialist on the rear seat to provide firepower during combat. You can imagine that having someone with a rocket launcher on the back is more effective than without. It’s also possible to carry the flag and catch a ride.

You’ll find the Mongoose in plentiful supply in both High Ground and Valhalla, but not on Snowbound, where an old-fashioned Ghost is the preferred mode of transport. You can read in detail about the new Mongoose HERE.

The Mongoose is fast and agile, but carries no armament of its own.

Read about Equipment in the Halo 3 Beta HERE
Return to the Halo 3 Beta Index HERE
Maption Sack Double EXP Weekend Live! 

Posted by urk at 9/10/2010 9:09 AM PDT

Oh, we're not done yet!

A 4v4 mix of Double EXP Slayer and Objective gametypes on a whole mess of your own community created maps.

Category: Double EXP Weekend
Max Party: 8
Max Team Size: 4
Heroic/Mythic Map Packs Required
Updated 12/03/2009


  • Team Slayer (33.3%) - First team to 50 kills wins. 12 minute match time limit.
  • Team BRs (21.6%) - First team to 50 kills wins. Players spawn with Battle Rifles and Assault Rifle secondary weapons. 12 minute match time limit.
  • One Flag CTF (11.8%) - Round based Capture the Flag, one team has a flag while the other attempt to capture it. Most captures after four rounds wins. Four minute round time limit.
  • Multi-Flag CTF (21.6%) - Both teams are attempting to capture the other team's flag. First to three captures wins. 20 minute match time limit.
  • Multi-Flag CTF BRs (11.8%) - Both teams are attempting to capture the other team's flag. Battle Rifle starts. First to three captures wins. 20 minute match time limit.


  • Actuality-Break (Foundry)
  • Apex (Sandbox)
  • Backdraft (Sandbox)
  • Battle Dome (Sandbox)
  • Ber Ber Creek (Sandbox)
  • Borderline (Sandbox)
  • Breakdown (Sandbox)
  • Bridgeo's (Sandbox)
  • Chimera (Sandbox)
  • Colonnade (Foundry)
  • Conduction (Sandbox)
  • Coup d'Etat (Sandbox)
  • Cryptic (Sandbox)
  • Cryptic Fate (Sandbox)
  • Deity (Sandbox)
  • Eighty Grit (Sandbox)
  • Elysium (Sandbox)
  • Emperor (Sandbox)
  • Exhibition (Sandbox)
  • Fortress (Sandbox)
  • Fracture (Sandbox)
  • Gauntlet (Sandbox)
  • Haven (Sandbox)
  • IZ9 Courtyard (Sandbox)
  • The Kingdom (Sandbox)
  • Lotus (Sandbox)
  • Neosho (Sandbox)
  • Nocticulent (Sandbox)
  • Onyx (Sandbox)
  • Pantheon (Sandbox)
  • Paranoia (Sandbox)
  • Pilaster (Sandbox)
  • Pivotal (Sandbox)
  • Rat Trap (Sandbox)
  • Ravinia (Sandbox)
  • Reflux (Sandbox)
  • Regicide (Foundry)
  • Reminiscent (Sandbox)
  • Renovation (Sandbox)
  • Requiem (Sandbox)
  • Salvation (Sandbox)
  • Sand Towers (Sandbox)
  • Sentiment (Sandbox)
  • Skystation (Sandbox)
  • Solarium (Sandbox)
  • Static (Sandbox)
  • Stonehenge (Sandbox)
  • Subversive (Sandbox)
  • Synapse (Sandbox)
  • Tartarus (Sandbox)
  • Topple (Sandbox)
  • Transgression (Foundry)
  • Tribal War (Sandbox)
  • Undulation (Sandbox)
  • Vengeance (Sandbox)
  • Workplace Bravo (Sandbox)

Tags: Halo 3


Where's Mah Dooble EXP?! 

Posted by urk at 9/2/2010 5:52 PM PDT

Fix your -blam!-, Bungle!

So, yeah, This week's Double EXP Weekend is running a little behind. I blame Ninja 0n Fire. (He tells me that some fairly large updates are being deployed and as a result, we'll likely not see the Double EXP Weekend go live until tomorrow, or, *gulp* "later").

When it is ready to go, we'll let you know.

'Under Fire' - ubald Render 

Posted by urk at 9/2/2010 9:00 AM PDT

Feet first into awesome.

Looks like ubald unleashed another render over at HBO. This one's a WIP and part of a much larger collection that will ultimately serve as a webcomic. But you should check it out now.

ubald: Halo Rendered Comic

Tags: Halo 3: ODST


Chronicles of ODS Steve #81 

Posted by urk at 9/1/2010 9:30 AM PDT

Faux Chief.

This week's Steve's getting all Batman on some Scarab carapace.

Chronicles of ODS Steve: Faux Chief (#81)

Tags: Halo 3: ODST


Top 10 Halo 3 Kills on The Pit: Episode 59 

Posted by urk at 8/30/2010 9:00 AM PDT

You know the deal.

Anoj didn't submit his latest entry to Comm Chatter, but they gang at HBO picked up the slack. Besides, even without Anoj's familiar wordplay, we all know what this video's about anyway. There's like ten kills. You can submit your own for next week if you're astute enough to figure out how to make it happen.

Top 10 Halo 3 Kills on The Pit: Episode 59

Tags: Halo 3



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