Didact's Signet

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Didact's Signet
H5G Scatter Didact.png
Production overview



Model series:



Close Combat Rifle
Asymmetric Engagement Mitigator



115.5 centimeters (45.5 in)[1]


10.7 centimeters (4.2 in)[1]


34.1 centimeters (13.4 in)[1]

Ammunition type:

Ionized particles[1][2]

Feed system:

5 rounds[3]

Rate of fire:

72 RPM[4]

Effective range:

Short to medium-long

Service history

In service:

Forerunner-Flood War
Post-Covenant War conflicts


"Made by the Didact's own hand to reward his most elite Prometheans. Advanced Scattershot that fires fast-moving, long-range projectiles with stronger homing behavior after ricochets."
— In-game description[5]

The Didact's Signet is a special Z-180 Close Combat Rifle/Asymmetric Engagement Mitigator made by the Ur-Didact.[1][6]


Design details[edit]

The Didact's Signet is a named variant of the Z-180 CCR/AEM, upgraded to fire a quartet of projectiles in a diagonal square formation that have longer range, higher damage, and stronger tracking after ricochets than those of normal Scattershots. It reuses the chassis of a standard Scattershot, albeit with orange and turquoise stripes decorating the weapon, particularly around the barrel and top and rear sections of the weapon.[6]

Service history[edit]

During the Forerunner era, the Ur-Didact handcrafted the Didact's Signet as a reward to his most loyal Prometheans.[5]

In October 2558, a copy of the weapon was discovered by Blue Team in the Gateway on Genesis during their quest to confront Cortana.[7] The weapon was later integrated into the UNSC Infinity's War Games simulations for use by Spartan-IVs.[6]


Halo 5: Guardians[edit]

The Didact's Signet is a special weapon that can be found in the campaign mission The Breaking.

The Didact's Signet is a Legendary Level 5 REQ that gives out 200 REQ Points when sold. It fires a quartet of fast-moving hardlight projectiles that deal extra damage, have a longer projectile range of up to 48.74 m (159.91 ft), travel in a tetragonal formation, and exhibit strong tracking behavior after ricochets. These traits make the Didact's Signet a strong tool for clearing out curved corridors and engaging enemies in tight areas, such as those in the mission The Breaking. With Smart-Link activated, it can perform a one-shot kill on targets up to 20.95 m (68.73 ft) away, outclassing even the Blaze of Glory in range. The Didact's Signet also kills a Spartan in two ricochet shots,[4] which can be further boosted to just one ricochet shot with a Damage Boost on.[6] The weapon has a maximum unscoped range of 13.73 m (45.05 ft) and a Smart-Link range of 18.13 m (59.48 ft).

In Warzone Firefight simulations, Mythic Knight Battlewagon bosses, including the Knight Bannerman, commonly use the Didact's Signet, which can make them dangerous in close to medium range.

Changes from the Z-180 Scattershot[edit]

  • Fires four hardlight projectiles that have longer range, exhibit stronger tracking behavior after ricochets, and travel in a tetragonal formation.
  • Increased damage output.
  • Comes with 15 reserve rounds by default, for a total of 20 starting rounds.
  • The weapon's hardlight projectiles immediately vanish after traveling their maximum projectile range, and no sound is made upon doing so.
  • Spartans killed with this weapon may make different death sounds from if killed with a normal Scattershot.



Halo 5: Guardians REQ cards[edit]

List of appearances[edit]