The Ravager makes its debut in Halo Infinite. So far, this weapon is still one of the least used weapons in the game. The Ravager used to be one of the worst weapons in the game. During the flight, it was useful and did a good amount of damage. But when Halo Infinite was fully released it was nerfed heavily where it became mostly useless. Players would quickly use one of their Challenge Swaps on a challenge that required the player to get kills with the Ravager. And I don’t blame them, I did the same thing.
Luckily, the Ravager did get its well-deserved buff in Halo Infinite. This put the weapon back to when it was in the flight tests and beta. While the Ravager still isn’t the most damaging weapon and requires above-average aiming skills to fully use, it still has some interesting mechanics. Honestly, the Ravager is basically a bigger and stronger version of the Plasma Pistol. Both of these weapons are very similar, but the Ravager has more area damage.
Ravager General Information
- Weapon Type: Launcher
- Manufacturer: Banished
- Ammunition Type: Plasma
- Magazine Size: 100% (This weapon can overheat)
- Rate of Fire: 3 Round Burst
- Perfect Time To Kill (Multiplayer): 6 Direct Hits (2 Bursts)
The Ravager is a plasma weapon used mainly by the Banished in Halo Infinite. It lobs 3 plasma balls in a quick burst with each shot. It takes 6 direct hits to kill an opponent as fast as possible. But this rarely going to happen, this requires amazing accuracy and leading your opponent. Much like the Plasma Pistol in Halo Infinite, this weapon can also be charged to lob a devastating glob of plasma. However, this blast leaves a deadly puddle on the ground that does damage over time to anyone standing in it.
This makes the weapon great for area denial on certain maps and game modes. In Halo Infinite multiplayer, the Ravager destroys shields rather quickly too. Standing in the puddle will take down a player’s shield as well as half of their health. Perfect for finishing someone off with another weapon. While this weapon isn’t the greatest damage dealer, the fact that it provides different mechanics makes it worth picking up for niche situations.
Best Halo Infinite Maps for the Ravager Plasma Weapon
The Ravager works best on maps that have narrow walkways or chokepoints. When shooting this weapon, its plasma balls go in an arc, this makes it hard to aim at long range. For this reason, it isn’t best to use this weapon on Big Team Battle maps. Even the charged shot isn’t big enough to deny any area except for a small few.
You are better off using a different weapon or grenades to protect an area. However, on 4v4 maps, this weapon can be a great team assist weapon.
This map has little small corridors in buildings with only one or two ways into them. Placing a plasma pool in front of an entrance is a good way to buy yourself some time. This can work especially well when playing Rumble Pit game modes like Oddball or Capture the Flag. Players are afraid to take extra damage.
Streets is also a good Halo Infinite map to deny an area using the Ravager plasma weapon. This weapon is a beast on this map when playing Strongholds. You can easily unleash a charged shot on a capture point and the puddle will take up most of the area. Most players will try to scatter and get out of cover, allowing you or your teammates to pick them off.
Another map that has some crazy chokepoints. A good spot is near the lift on the top level. Deny the area that leads to the catwalk and your team can focus on the open area below for a few seconds. This weapon gives some great breathing room.
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Tips and Tricks to Using the Ravager in Halo Infinite
The main focus of the Ravager is to provide team support and stop the enemy team from reaching an area. It is also great for taking down shields rather quickly. It will take some time to get used to this weapon.
The Ravager Easily Destroys Shields in Halo Infinite
Similar to the Plasma Pistol in Halo Infinite, this weapon’s charged shot is great at destroying shields. However, unlike the Plasma Pistol, this weapon can break the shields of multiple enemies if they are close enough.
Aim Slightly Higher with the Ravager in Halo Infinite
The Ravager shoots its projectile in an arc. With that in mind, unless your target is close range, you will need to higher if you want to hit them directly. The plasma balls aren’t as big as you think either, it can go in between Spartans’ legs if not aimed high enough.
Watch the Overheat Meter
Firing too often can cause this weapon to overheat. You can check the meter below the crosshair on the screen. If you let this meter reach full, the Ravager will become inactive for a good 3 seconds during a Halo Infinite firefight. Hopefully, you have a better gun for a backup. Fully charged shots will instantly overheat the weapon, so be careful.
The Ravager’s Reload Speed Is Based on the Overheat Meter
This goes with the tip above. If you find your overheat meter getting too high for your liking then you can cool it down by pressing the reload button. The unique thing about this weapon’s reload speed is based on how high the overheat meter is. The higher it is, the longer it will take to reload and vice versa. It is best to “reload” it around 35% to 45% for the best overall results.
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Shoot Charged Shots at the Ground
Fully charged shots from the Ravager in Halo Infinite are most useful when shot at the ground. This is because it will bounce off a wall or other surface before creating a pool. A fully charged shot will even bounce off of players, doing no damage until it hits the ground. If you want to get the most damage out quickly, just aim near a player’s feet.
In short, the Ravager has its uses in Halo Infinite’s multiplayer, especially in the objective game types like Strongholds, Total Control, and King of the Hill. The ability to deny an area by putting down a damaging puddle on the ground can come in clutch. This puddle destroys shields, making it easier to clean up with a headshot with a kinetic weapon after. Using each of the damage types in Halo Infinite effectively is best.
However, the Ravager’s slow time to kill and arcing plasma balls make it hard for beginners to pick up and use. In the end, the Ravager is a great team support weapon. Does the Ravager need more buffs? Let us know in the comments your thoughts about this weapon.
To learn more about the guns available in-game, check out our Halo Infinite weapons tier list for up-to-date insights.