The Pulse Carbine does not get much use in Halo Infinite. Many players find that most other weapons are much more effective. And honestly, it is kind of true. Players think this weapon is one of the worst in the game and Halo history. The Pulse Carbine will take some getting used to, but previous Halo players will find it somewhat similar to the Storm Rifle from Halo 4 and Halo 5.
The Pulse Carbine has a high skill gap in Halo Infinite. If you are not good with it, there is no point in picking it up. Even though the projectiles can track opponents slightly, these can be dodged easily enough by strafing. Since most players will be moving, hitting them and getting kills can be hard. And for the weapon to do the most damage, you must hit all your projectiles in 1 burst. This will rarely happen. The most effective way to use this weapon is as a long-range version of the Plasma Pistol.
Pulse Carbine General Information
- Weapon Type: Rifle
- Manufacturer: Lodam Armory
- Ammunition Type: Plasma
- Magazine Size: 100% (Weapon can overheat)
- Rate of Fire: Automatic, 5-Round Burst
- Perfect Time To Kill (Multiplayer): 10 shots (1 burst to the body, another burst to the head)
The Pulse Carbine isn’t the most versatile weapon, but it has an extremely fast time to kill when every shot is hit. The Pulse Carbine is associated with the Covenant/Banished. It shoots out five plasma projectiles in a burst. You can kill an opponent in about 2 seconds if you aim for the head on the second burst of shots. These projectiles can also slightly track the target. The projectiles tracks make it very useful for fighting at a distance.
For the most part, you will be using this weapon to lower your opponents’ shields. However, if you are confident in your aiming skills, then getting kills with this weapon can be a very viable option.
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Best Maps to Use the Pulse Carbine on in Halo Infinite
The Pulse Carbine works exceptionally well on Big Team Battle Maps. Arena maps have too many corridors and obstructions that can block the shots. While it certainly can work on those maps, it is much harder, and you will need to catch them on a linear path.
However, Big Team Battle maps are much different. Sure they have plenty of foilage and cover as well, but you are more likely to catch someone out in the open. Since the Pulse Carbine has better accuracy at long ranges, you are more likely to hit your shots.
Deadlock has a big open area in the middle of the map that players like to pass through. There are also areas on the sides that offer elevated shots. Many players want to fight in the cave; this is also an excellent spot to get kills with this weapon. Because a lot of this map is mostly flat, for the most part, this is probably the best map for the Pulse Carbine.
The Pulse Carbine also works well on Highpower. This map has a lot fewer trees in the way compared to Fragmentation. It also has fewer structures compared to Breaker. The sides of the map usually have the most action, and thankfully this area is flat without many things in the way. The cliff/ledge area that holds the power weapon is a great spot to aim at enemies below.
Tips and Tricks to Use the Pulse Carbine in Halo Infinite
The Pulse Carbine is like the Plasma Pistol but can hit targets much further away. It can delete shields as fast as the Plasma Pistol in Halo Infinite can, but it is still respectable. Also, if you hit all shots in the first burst, you should still be able to finish off an opponent with the Battle Rifle. This weapon can take some getting used to, but in the right hands, it can be deadly. Follow these tips to destroy your opponents with this weapon.
This weapon’s projectiles have a little bit of tracking applied to them. Players will use the tracking ability as long as the reticle is red when aiming at an enemy. This makes getting kills much easier because the projectiles will be even easier to dodge without it. You can also zoom in with the Pulse Carbine to increase the range of the tracking ability. If your reticle isn’t red, try zooming in, and it might change.
Have A Backup Kinetic Weapon
The Pulse Carbine isn’t as strong as the Plasma Pistol when destroying shields, but it is useful to keep a kinetic weapon in your back pocket. While it won’t fully take down a shield with 1 burst, however since the Battle Rifle shoots a 3-round burst, it should be just enough to finish off someone. Other weapons with the kinetic damage type will require 2 extra pulls of the trigger to kill someone.
Halo Infinite’s Pulse Rifle has Better Accuracy at Longer Ranges
Despite the description classifying this as a close to medium range weapon, this weapon works best at medium range and a little distance beyond that. Unless you are point-blank in someone’s face, the Pulse Carbine works much better when shot from a distance. With its tracking feature, you can hit people from quite a long distance. This works in tandem with Halo Infinite’s aim assist.
Don’t Overheat the Pulse Rifle in Halo Infinite
Like most plasma weapons, the Pulse Carbine weapon can overheat as well. You check the overheat meter on top of the weapon or below the crosshair. 5 consistent shots will overheat the weapon, but spacing these shots out will allow a lot more. Once the Pulse Carbine overheats, it won’t be usable for about 1.5 seconds.
Reload Speed and the Overheat Meter
This goes with the tip above. You can manually cool down the weapon at any time to make sure the weapon doesn’t overheat. How low or high your overheat meter determines how fast the cooldown time is. The lower it is, the faster the reload speed, and the opposite goes for how high the meter is. The reload speed on the Pulse Carbine is insanely quick. It doesn’t matter how high the meter is.
The Pulse Carbine in Halo Infinite is probably one of the hardest weapons in Halo Infinite to get kills with. This is ironic because it has one of the fastest times to kill in the game. The only problem with this weapon is that the tracking can be inconsistent, and the projectiles are a bit slow. Sometimes you will hit all of your shots. The other times you miss dang near every attempt. Luckily, this is the weapon’s only downside.
This weapon works best at a distance just a little further than medium range. The Pulse Carbine’s accuracy is better than most weapons when firing from long distances. Once you can get the hang of this weapon, you can use it to strip shields or kill opponents quickly.
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