Type-33 Guided Munitions Launcher


Official designation:               Type-33 GML
Length o/a:                             57.8 cm                   (22.75 in.)
Length (barrel):                       16.25 cm                 (6.4 in.)
Weight (empty):                     3.74 kg                    (8.25 lbs)
Weight (loaded):                    4.3 kg                      (9.5 lbs)
Cartridge:                                unknown1
Max. effective range:             64 meters               (210 ft)
Muzzle velocity:                      54 m/s                    (177 f/s)
Magazine capacity:                 19 rounds
Rate of fire:                            510 rnds/min
Unit Replacement cost:          N/A


The Type-33 GML is an unusual projectile weapon. It fires guided projectiles which are long and very sharp—hence the “needler” moniker—that impale soft targets which detonate several seconds after coming to rest in their target. The exact mechanism by which it functions is currently under investigation.


Though not generally considered effective enough to be a combat multiplier, the wounds this weapon inflicts are horrific. In this aspect it is been reasoned by some to be the closest weapon in the Covenant arsenal to the flamethrower of ancient times.2

The standard tactic used by Covenant combatants armed with Type-33 GMLs is to fire several bursts into a confined area before entering; the projectiles ricochet when they hit rigid surfaces at oblique angles and retain sufficient velocity to make dodging them difficult at best.

Linear energy fields3 tend to provide the best protection; as the projectiles are repelled without detonating.


“I don’t know how it works, but it seems [the needles] can only follow you if they can see you.”

“First order of business when dealing with a hostile armed with a needler is finding cover; second order of business is killing the mike foxtrot with the needler.”

“Anything stuck with enough needles will blow sky high—and if a foxtrot is unlucky enough to be carrying grenades, those’re gonna cook off too.”

“I caught three in the leg as I was diving behind a broken wall—they lodged right in there where the greave meets the boot. When they went off it damn near broke my ankle and flung like little splinters of glass or crystal or whatever all up my left side—the corpsman was pulling that ____ out’a me for the better part of two hours.”

“Luckily—listen to me “luckily”—the needles only detonate when they’re imbedded in living tissue. Now that’s lucky because it’s not gonna blow a hole in the wall you’re hiding behind or tear the tires off of the vehicle you’re trying to escape in.”

“It’s about as close to a fire-and-forget small arm that were likely to ever see—and it ain’t ours. This is why we’re losing.”

1Pending treaty negotiations with the Sangheili.

2Or the M7057 DP, although that is not currently listed as a weapon system.

3Such as the Point Defense Gauntlets carried by the Kig-Yar.

HBO's Halo CE News Roundup 

Posted by urk at 6/24/2010 9:12 AM PDT

It's fully customizable!

Looks like HBO has their finger on the pulse of the latest Halo Custom Edition news. And yup, the heart's still beating. If you're still playing, or you're thinking about picking it up, you should hit the link below.

Massive Halo CE News Roundup

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Feast of Bones 

Posted by urk at 3/29/2010 1:55 PM PDT

Robt McLees speaks on behalf of the dead.

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Halo: The Cole Protocol 

Posted by urk at 10/22/2008 12:43 PM PDT

In the first, desperate days of the Human-Covenant War...

Amazon.com has gone live with the back copy for Tobias Buckell's Halo: The Cole Protocol. Thanks to HBO for scaring up the link. Here's the copy from Tobias' blog:

"In the first, desperate days of the Human-Covenant War, the UNSC has enacted the Cole Protocol to safeguard Earth and its Inner Colonies from discovery by a merciless alien foe. Many are called upon to rid the universe of lingering navigation data that would reveal the location of Earth. Among them is Navy Lieutenant Jacob Keyes. Thrust back into action after being sidelined, Keyes is saddled with a top secret mission by ONI. One that will take him deep behind enemy lines, to a corner of the universe where nothing is as it seems.

Out beyond the Outer Colonies lies the planet Hesiod, a gas giant surrounded by a vast asteroid belt. As the Covenant continues to glass the human occupied planets near Hesiod, many of the survivors, helped by a stronghold of human Insurrectionists, are fleeing to the asteroid belt for refuge. They have transformed the tumbling satellites into a tenuous, yet ingenious, settlement known as the Rubble–and have come face-to-face with a Covenant settlement of Kig-Yar . . . yet somehow survived.

News of this unlikely treaty has spread to the warring sides. Luckily for the UNSC, this uneasy alliance is in the path of the Spartan Gray Team, a three-man renegade squad whose simple task is to wreak havoc from behind enemy lines in any way they see fit. But the Prophets have also sent their best—an ambitious and ruthless Elite, whose quest for nobility and rank is matched only by his brutality . . . and who will do anything to secure his Ascendancy and walk the Path."

Halo: The Cole Protocol is set to release on November 25th, 2008.

Bungie Day: 7/7/08 

Posted by lukems at 7/7/2008 12:04 PM PDT

Bungie Day is upon you. Here's some stuff to do while you should be working or doing chores. Tell your mother we say "Hello."

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The Next Halo Novel: The Cole Protocol 

Posted by lukems at 6/16/2008 12:08 PM PDT

Tor Books announces the sixth book taking place in Bungie's Halo Universe, due in stores this Fall.

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