Weapons in the Halo series have always continued to evolve as the games went on. The developers have to think of new ways for new weapons to be useful and feel unique. Whether this is from having alternate firing modes or unusual properties, the weapons in Halo are always adding something to make them stand out from other weapons. This is very much the case for the new Shock Rifle in Halo Infinite.
This weapon is very dangerous in the right hands, and it isn’t even a power weapon. It will spawn as frequently as the Battle Rifle on Big Team Battle maps. The Shock Rifle can kill Spartan with one shot to the head, and it also has multiple unique properties. These properties make it a helpful team support weapon while still providing good damage.
Let’s jump into the Shock Rifle general guide. The Shock Rifle appearing in Halo Infinite has some unique utilities that players should be aware of to take full advantage of this great weapon.
Shock Rifle General Information
- Manufacturer: Banished
- Ammunition Type: Shock
- Magazine Size: 12 Bolt Battery (3 bolts fired per shot)
- Rate of Fire: Semi-Automatic
- Time To Kill (Multiplayer): One-Shot (Headshot), 3 Shots (Body)
The Shock Rifle is a unique weapon in Halo Infinite. It has many similarities to the S7 Sniper, but it offers more utility but minor damage when aiming for the body. This weapon unleashes bolts of electricity at your opponent. It also carries a scope that can increase your accuracy, but it only has one zoom level. If you are a good marksman, doing damage to an opponent’s head will be a one-shot kill. However, it will take three body shots to kill an opponent—two attempts to remove their shield and another to finish them off.
The S7 Sniper in Halo Infinite only requires two shots and fires slightly faster. However, the Shock Rifle does have some unique properties that make it a great support weapon for your team. While this primarily applies to Big Team Battle, the Shock Rifle can incapacitate vehicles for a few seconds. It takes a few, but any vehicle will not be able to operate, allowing your team to get free damage or force the enemy team out of the vehicle. However, when vehicles are stunned, manned turrets are still operational.
Lastly, when you blast someone with the Shock Rifle, it will send out an electricity tether, damaging their teammates. While the arc electricity damage isn’t very significant, it can stop shields from regenerating or kill players that are at very low health. This is a great weapon to use when enemies are bunched together and let your teammates clean up the kills from the damaged enemies.
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Best Halo Infinite Multiplayer Maps to Use the Shock Rifle On
The Shock Rifle is great on any Halo Infinite multiplayer map, but it excels from mid to long-range. Battling up close with a Shock Rifle is possible, but it isn’t recommended. You will need to get a headshot, or the opponent will out damage you with almost any other weapon.
While Recharge is considered a more close-quarters map, most team fights will take place from each other spawn points as both teams trade shots. If you can reach the Shock Rifle before the other team, you will have a nice perch to see a lot of the map and pick unaware people off. It is also a good trading weapon as most players will be using the BR. They will need three bursts to the head while you only need one. So aim carefully.
Deadlock is the ultimate Halo Infinite map for the Shock Rifle. It is much flatter compared to other Big Team Battle maps, and it is easy to see a lot of the map from your base. The Shock Rifle also spawns right behind your floor, making it easier to start taking people out. Also, before Season 2 of Halo Infinite. The Shock Rifle only spawned on one side of the map, making it extremely strong. This has now been fixed.
Tips and Tricks to Make Better Use of the Shock Rifle in Halo Infinite
Aim For The Head with the Shock Rifle
This tip is accurate for most weapons, but it is best to get players out of the way quickly because it is a one-shot kill with a headshot. The only other weapon that can kill a fully shielded Spartan with a headshot is the S7 Sniper. If you don’t hit your headshots, you will need three shots. Because of the slower firing speed, most people will kill you from mid-range before you get the third shot off.
Disable Vehicle and Kill Driver or Gunner
Vehicles and gunners on them can be pretty annoying if they aren’t being focused. The Shock Rifle will let you disable the vehicle for a few seconds. Luckily, a few seconds is all you need to line up a headshot on the gunner or driver, depending on the vehicle. Many players on the turret prefer to stay on it and try to gun down others while the vehicle gets back online. This is the perfect time to get an easy headshot as the opponent will not be moving. If the driver is not jumping out of the vehicle, take him out first.
Hit Players In Crowded Areas
Crowded areas, like control points, are great spots for you to drain the health of players slowly. If you tag somebody with it, the Shock Rifle will electricity will arc to other players nearby. It doesn’t matter if it is a headshot. As long as your shot hits them, it will bounce to others. Tagging players with this is an excellent way to score an easy kill on an opponent with low health or allow your teammate to jump on the point and secure any necessary kills.
Zooming In with the Shock Rifle in Halo Infinite Shows Your Location
With most weapons that have a scope, players will see a giant lens flare where you are at when you zoom in. The Shock Rifle emits a red lens flare when you or a player is zoomed in. This makes it easier to locate you and lets others know you are seeking them out, so be careful.
What else is there to be said? The Shock Rifle is an excellent all-around weapon; there aren’t drawbacks to using this weapon. If you play on a map where only one spawns, like Recharge, your team needs to secure it as soon as possible. And in Big Team Battle, this weapon can disable vehicles with ease. Because of the built-in scope, it works very well as a substitute for the S7 Sniper, as long as you can hit your headshots.
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