BR85 battle rifle

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BR85 battle rifle
Production overview


Misriah Armory

Model series:

BR series


Bullpup battle rifle


Ammunition type:

9.5×40mm M634 X-HP-SAP

Feed system:

36-round box magazine



Rate of fire:

High (cyclic)

Effective range:

950 meters (3,117 feet)[note 1]

Service history

In service:


The BR85 Service Rifle (BR85 SR) is a select-fire battle rifle used by the United Nations Space Command.[1]


The BR85 entered service late in the Covenant War, but manufacturing concerns and logistical issues involved with its ammunition meant the BR85 was not widely adopted until after the Human-Covenant War ended.[1] Prior to March 2557 several BR85Ns were delivered to Argent Moon.[2] By October 2558 the UNSC Infinity carried a large supply of BR85Ns.[3] At the same time Liang-Dortmund Corporation security forces stationed on Meridian carried a large supply of BR85Ns.[4] Numerous BR85Ns were transported unintentionally to Genesis when Cortana began to recall the Guardians there.[5]


The BR85 Service Rifle is a gas-operated, magazine-fed battle rifle. A select-fire weapon, the BR85 is capable of firing three-round bursts and fully automatic fire.[6] The BR85 is effective against most Covenant battle armor and the energy shielding of Sangheili harnesses and the plating of Promethean Soldiers; it also proves effective against the shields and plating of GEN2 MJOLNIR armor during War Games exercises. The BR85 can be fitted with a variety of scopes and receives a 36-round detachable box magazine.


BR85N Service Rifle[edit]

A variant of the BR85 featuring a smart-link open-topped holographic Recon sight was extensively used by the UNSC in October 2558.[1][3]

  • Morph BR85N: Battle Rifle with Morph sight. Work continues on analyzing "resonance" exhibited by the Morph sight with certain weapons
  • Classic BR85N: Battle Rifle with Classic sight. Tactical configuration fitted with rugged combat optics preferred by veteran Spartans.
  • Longshot BR85N: Battle Rifle with Longshot sight. Marksman configuration preferred by many Requiem veterans.
  • Sentinel BR85N: Battle Rifle with Sentinel sight. Delta-Six special forces configuration with variable-zoom 4×/6× optics; optimized for long-range, pinpoint lethality.
  • Hybrid BR85N: Battle Rifle with Hybrid sight. Sangheili Carbine holoscope technology merged with human industrial methods. This is a Joint Task Force Sierra configuration undergoing evaluation by the UNSC Ordnance Commission.
  • COG BR85N: Battle Rifle with COG sight. Army SPECWARCOM configuration currently undergoing final evaluation.

BR85N attachments[edit]

  • Long barrel: Increases range of bullet magnetism and aim assist.
  • Laser targeter: Increases weapon accuracy by reducing bullet spread.
  • Silencer: Firing the weapon does not make the user show up on enemy radar. However, walking still gives away the user's position.
  • Stabilization jets: Helps control vertical recoil.
  • Kinetic bolts: Augments knockback and damage against vehicles.
  • Energy bayonet: Increases melee damage and range, allowing for a one-hit kill against normal opponents.
  • Knight blade: Increases melee effectiveness, with extra damage and knockback against vehicles.
  • Extended magazine: Increases both ready and reserve ammunition capacity by 50%.
  • Threat marker: Tracks targeted enemy personnel for a short time.
  • Sound dampener: Increases effective range and reduces firing signature.

BR85 Heavy Barrel Service Rifle[edit]

Main article: BR85HB battle rifle

A heavy-barreled version of the BR85 featuring a telescopic scope.[7]


Main-Legendary.png See our gameplay information related to BR85 battle rifle in its gameplay page

Changes from BR85HB in Halo 4[edit]

  • More open sight picture due to new open-topped reflex sight replacing the smart-linked telescopic sight.
  • Accuracy increased.
  • Shorter time between bursts and faster cyclic fire rate.

Changes from Halo 5: Guardians to HCS testing[edit]

  • Slower burst fire rate.
  • Random spread added.

Changes from HCS testing to Overtime[edit]

  • Random spread is taken out in favor of added recoil.
  • Slightly slower burst fire rate.
  • The weapon has been pulled closer to the player's face, decreasing the open picture originally present.
  • Has less aim assist.


  • Ironically, as with the M392 and M395 DMRs erroneously ejecting the signature shell casings of the Battle Rifle, the BR85N in Halo 5: Guardians now erroneously ejects what appear to be the M118 7.62×51mm shell casings of the DMR.


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List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ The tick marks on the BR85's smart-linked scope range between 100 and 950 meters. This presumably reflects the weapon's maximum effective range.


  1. ^ a b c d Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder - Locke and Load
  2. ^ Halo 5: Guardians, campaign level Blue Team
  3. ^ a b Halo 5: Guardians
  4. ^ Halo 5: Guardians, campaign level Glassed
  5. ^ Halo 5: Guardians, campaign level Reunion
  6. ^ Halo: Retribution, p. 178
  7. ^ Halo 4