- "Recoil isn't as bad as you might expect, but not because of any sophisticated dampening system – it's because the damn things weigh so much."
- —Anonymous UNSC Serviceman
The Type-25 Carbine is an automatic projectile weapon designed and used by the Jiralhanae. The Carbine fires long, sharp projectiles made of superheated metal, which give the weapon its common label of "Spike Rifle" or "Spiker." Two large blades made of tungsten carbide, an extremely strong and durable material, are mounted under the barrel of the weapon, allowing it to be used as an effective melee weapon in close quarters. The Spiker's ammunition is fed into the weapon via a small drum magazine with a 40-round capacity. The drum magazine is located on the underside of the weapon, behind the blades and in front of the trigger.
The Type-25 Carbine is noted to perform admirably in a wide variety of environments; it is a widely held belief that the weapon could sit unattended for several weeks in an active latrine and still operate as issued without maintenance.
The Spiker was used by Jiralhanae forces during the initial skirmishes on Harvest in 2525, and would remain a staple weapon of the Jiralhanae throughout the Human-Covenant War. The weapon is based on the Jiralhanae's native pre-Covenant technology, and is thus far less advanced than the weaponry used by other members of the Covenant; however, its effectiveness has allowed it to compete quite well with other small arms used by the Covenant.
The Brute Spiker has similar penetration and lethal range to the UNSC M7 SMG, but there are a few key differences. Unlike SMG, there is little recoil, and therefore almost zero “rise” when using them in their default, fully-automatic setting. This actually makes them a little more efficient and accurate than the SMG in combat situations, since there is no need to adjust aim to compensate for recoil. The Spiker performs well against energy shields due to its high velocity and kinetic impact, although the rounds are usually deflected or disintegrated by the energy shield before inflicting damage to any underlying structure. The Spiker can usually kill a heavily armored or shielded target within a single magazine, this killing ability is doubled if the spiker is dual-wielded. Its spikes do terrible damage to human flesh, and can tear through armor with ease, creating devastating wounds that are extremely painful. Its dual blades are very deadly against shielded and unshielded infantry, and can be used to either slash or stab an enemy with fatal effects. A SPARTAN-II or Jiralhanae can dual-wield Spikers, doubling their firepower. Its a common Jiralhanae tactic when battling UNSC Marines/ODSTs/Army troopers and using spikers, to strafe about whilst shooting spikes at them and maneuver themselves into close-quarters where they can melee the latter to death using a combination of their brute strength and the melee power of the Type-25 Carbine.
The Spiker, like the SMG, is most effective at close range. While short bursts can increase accuracy, it is ineffective at medium and long range. The Spiker's rounds lose speed and altitude as they travel, reducing their accuracy over longer distances. The Spiker is considered very heavy in the hands of normal human infantry, and can be quite difficult to carry around and use. The spikes have a very large spread when fired in full-auto; the spread is larger than that of any other weapon in both the UNSC and Covenant's arsenal. The Spiker also has a slower muzzle velocity than other weapons making it practically useless at a range above 300 meters.
The Brute Spiker was introduced in Halo 3. It has a fast reload time, even when dual wielding, compared with the SMG. The Spiker's blades increase the damage of the melee attack only marginally to compensate for gameplay. However, rounds fired from the Spiker travel slower than SMG rounds.
- The Spiker is a great weapon for mid- to close-quarters combat. The Spiker is incredibly useful on Sierra 117, Crow's Nest and the interior portions of The Storm and Floodgate.
- The Spiker is the one of the most effective rapid fire weapons, next to the Plasma Rifle, against the Flood. Ammunition for it is plentiful (most Brute Combat Forms carry one), the spikes will tear through the rotting flesh of Combat Forms efficiently, and it can take out Pure Forms at range. The blades on the Spiker also destroy Flood very effectively. An easy tactic on almost any difficulty level is to allow the Flood to charge you and swing as they get close, which will almost always destroy all Forms, including Tank Forms, in one hit. Only Shielded Combat Forms would survive on higher difficulty levels. However, any Flood wielding powerful short-range weapons such as the Shotgun, Mauler or Energy Sword, and Ranged Pure Forms for that matter, should be dealt with at range.
- The Spiker is always a sound choice for engaging lower ranking Covenant forces such as Grunts, Drones and even Jackals.
- A good dual-wielding combination would be the Spiker and the Plasma Rifle- the Plasma Rifle takes out Jackal or Brute shields while the Spiker will finish the unshielded enemy off. This is also a good combination in Multiplayer.
- In Halo 3: ODST, the blades make the Spiker a much more effective melee weapon than other non-bladed weapons; furthermore, the projectiles travel farther than their Halo 3 counterpart.
- As with Campaign, dual-wielding a Spiker with a Plasma Rifle is a great combination for taking out shielded targets.
- In multiplayer, shooting from a medium range then closing in for a melee kill is a sound tactic. Just be sure that the enemy does not have a counter weapon, such as a Shotgun or Energy Sword.
- If engaging a target at mid-range, lead your shots to compensate for the slow velocity of the spikes.
- It can be easily countered by a Shotgun wielder, but if the Spiker wielder backpedals furiously, he may be able to kill the Shotgun user before he can get close enough to fire.
- Be aware that the spikes have a slight arc when traveling over medium range, such that if the wielder were aiming at the chest or head, the spikes may have ended up hitting the target's feet, or missed entirely if not using controlled bursts. At those ranges, the spread would render the Spiker ineffective, so engaging an enemy at this range is not recommended.
- The Spiker with a Plasma Pistol is another effective Noob Combo when attempting to surprise attack a lone enemy. Use an overcharged Plasma Pistol shot to take out the enemy's shields, and then use the Spiker to kill the now unshielded enemy.
Changes from Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST to Halo: Reach
In Halo: Reach, the Spiker performs almost exactly like its previous iterations. Most changes are cosmetic.
- Weapon damage has been increased slightly as dual wielding has been removed.
- Brutes wield the Spiker with two hands.
- The Spiker has orange lights instead of blue lights.
- The Spiker features some kind of firing bolt mechanism.
- The barrel of the Spiker glows red-hot after continuous fire.
- The bayonets are scratched and dented. The blades on the bottom of the weapon's grip is more pronounced.
- “Even though the Spike Rifles are really heavy, I still wish there was some way to retrofit a full stock onto 'em.”
- “Recoil isn't as bad as you might expect, but not because of any sophisticated dampening system – it's because the damn things weigh so much.”
- “I saw the Baby Kong go dry so I moved in with my shotty, well that's the last time I'll be doing that, huh? Damn cleaver-bayonet-thing went right through the shotty and cut my arm off just above the elbow. Only reason I'm still here is because of, well you know, because of him."
- “Every action requires exaggerated movement; cycling the bolt, seating a magazine, charging the chamber. Even squeezing the trigger takes quite a bit of effort. And it isn’t all that surprising considering the disparity in size of our two species.”
- “Bravo Kilos sure have a thing for sticking blades on their equipment, don’t they? I bet their mess kits have three knives.”
- “The projectiles fired from this weapon seem to be made out of the same material as the Spike Grenade’s casing. Wounds caused by this weapon are horrifying.”
- “Spike Rifles always have a weird sorta burnt hair smell about them. And you know you’re heading towards a firefight where they’re bein’ used if it smells like a barbecue gone wrong.”
- In some reports when dual-wielding Spikers in Halo 3, if enough rounds are shot into a player, a glitch can happen where the player explodes like a Spike Grenade. This replicates the explosion from a Needler.
- In Halo 3: ODST, during the level Mombasa Streets, there are signs of multiple skirmishes throughout the city, with Spiker rounds commonly embedded in walls and in the bodies of dead police officers.
- It has been quoted in the Halo 3 Guide Book that the Spiker may have a rapid rate of fire, but the projectiles themselves are quite slow to reach their target.
- In Halo 3, the Spiker does about 60% more damage than the M7/Caseless Submachine Gun and 20% more damage than the MA5C Assault Rifle; on Heroic difficulty, it takes 20 Spiker rounds, 24 assault rifle rounds, or 32 SMG rounds to kill a human Marine. This makes the Spiker the most powerful full-auto projectile weapon in the game, but this is balanced out by the slightly reduced rate of fire and the fact that the projectiles are not hitscan.
- The projectiles decrease in altitude the further they are shot, similar to the Needler.
- Despite popular belief, the Spiker's bayonets do, in fact, provide a small increase in melee damage in Halo 3. The Spiker's melee damage is seventy-two points. All non-Brute weapon melee attacks in Halo 3 with the exception to the Sword, Hammer, and assassinations inflict seventy points damage out of a player's 115 total health. It is 70 to the shield, and then the remaining 45 to the player's own health.
- In Halo 3's campaign mode, if a Phantom is shot down and a Heavy Grunt survives, it will often have a Spiker as its weapon, and in which case will not shoot at you. This is the only time in which an an Unggoy can hold a Spiker.
- Brutes use it as a pistol but it is referred to as a rifle, as the retired soldiers in the video "Enemy Weapon" called it a "spike rifle." However Sergeant Johnson called it a "heavy pistol" in Halo: Contact Harvest.
- The projectiles fired by the Type-25 are 1 foot (30cm) in length and are longer than the weapon's magazine. They may be made in a way that when they are heated, forced forward, and released, they expand and lengthen to 1 foot (30cm).
- The Type-25 Carbine resembles Human weapons more than other Covenant weapons, though its powered characteristics imply that it is an electronically-augmented percussive projectile weapon.
- Oddly in Halo 3, while other solid projectiles are deflected, the spikes from a Spiker will lodge themselves into a Jackal's energy shield, but will not hurt the Jackal.
- Unlike the Plasma Rifle, the muzzle flash only comes from one location, while it appears to have 2 barrels.
- On Bungie.net's weapon listing section, as well as in the Halo: Reach in-game help, the Spiker is incorrectly labeled as holding 48 spikes per magazine.
- The orange lights on the Spiker's sides glow brighter as the weapon heats up.
- The Spiker will not glow red with bottomless clip activated.
- Unlike most other weapons in Halo: Reach, the spiker does not have multiple melee animations. The only melee animation it has is the swiping with the two bayonet blades.
A pair of Spike Rifle replicas created by Weta Workshop for Halo: Landfall.
The Spiker round in Halo: Landfall sticking in a Marine.
A Spiker on display at the Museum of Humanity.
Four Spikers sitting in a Covenant Supply Case.
A Jiralhanae Captain with a Spiker in Halo 3.
A Jiralhanae Minor wielding a Spiker in Halo: Reach.
List of appearances
- Halo: Landfall
- Halo 3
- Halo: Contact Harvest
- The Life
- Halo 3: ODST
- Halo Legends
- Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe
- Halo: Reach
- Halo: Escalation
- ^ Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 186
- ^ a b Bungie.net: The Spiker
- ^ Halo: Contact Harvest, page 345
- ^ http://www.Halo3.com
- ^ Bungie.net: Bungie Weekly Update: 02/08/08
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