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Etilka

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Etilka
Etilka

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War Games recreation

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Production overview

Manufacturer:

Misriah Armory[1][2]

Type:

Machine gun

Specifications

Length:

64.3 inches (163 cm)[3]

Width:

26.1 inches (66 cm)[3]

Height:

25.3 inches (64 cm)[3]

Ammunition type:

12.7mm High Velocity, Explosive[1][4][5]

Feed system:

200 round box (varies by box size)[1]

Operation:

Air-cooled, gas-operated, electrically fired, drum/linkless-fed

Rate of fire:

Fully automatic

Effective range:

  • Medium to long (mounted)
  • Close to medium (detached)
Service history

In service:

Human-Covenant War

 
"Remember Reach. Mythic Chaingun with high-capacity magazine. Jorge's Chaingun also boosts movement speed and damage resistance. You cannot perform Spartan Abilities while using this weapon."
— In-game description[6]

Etilka was a specially-modified M247H machine gun employed by SPARTAN-II commando Jorge-052.[7]

Overview[edit]

Design details[edit]

Main article: M247H machine gun

Etilka was a modified M247H HMG employed by Jorge-052. Among his modifications included the removal of the gun shield, replaced with a heat shroud around the barrel, and the addition of yellow paint highlights around the weapon alongside more ergonomic handle placement.[8] This weapon proved the basis of a War Games weapon, modified to fire explosive rounds and grant the wielder in the simulation increased movement speed and damage resistance. This War Games variant retained the visual look of the original weapon wielded by Jorge, with the addition of the "S-052" tag and NOBLE Team emblem. The magazine, however, now has been replaced with a red high capacity magazine.[9]

Service history[edit]

Etilka was wielded by SPARTAN-II Jorge-052. He served with the weapon during the Battle of Fumirole[10] and later, the Fall of Reach. During the opening stages of the fall, he employed the weapon during a mission to investigate the Visegrád Relay[11] and later the defense of SWORD Base.[12] Jorge would then employ the weapon during the Battle at Szurdok Ridge, using it to hold off Covenant forces so that SPARTAN-B312 could take Spire One offline.[13] The weapon's last actions would come in Operation: UPPER CUT, with Jorge using the weapon inside the captured SDV-class heavy corvette Ardent Prayer to hold off Covenant forces. Following damage taken to the slipspace drive needed for the operation, Jorge would stay behind on the Corvette to manually detonate the engine-turned-bomb and allow B312 to escape. In the ensuing destruction of the CSO-class supercarrier Long Night of Solace, Etilka was likely destroyed.[14]

By 2558, Etilka - alongside many other pieces of equipment employed by NOBLE Team - was the basis of weaponry and equipment being fielded in the War Games simulations used for SPARTAN-IV training.[7]

Gameplay[edit]

Halo: Reach[edit]

In Halo: Reach, Etilka appears as a modified M247H machine gun wielded by Jorge-052 in the missions Winter Contingency, ONI: Sword Base, Tip of the Spear and Long Night of Solace. Aside from its unique visual properties, it displays no apparent differences from the regular M247H weapons useable by the player. Etilka is only ever seen in the hands of Jorge-052 and can not be wielded by the player. Additionally, Etilka is never named or given particular status in Halo: Reach.

Halo 5: Guardians[edit]

Etilka appears in Halo 5: Guardians as a Mythic weapon added in the Memories of Reach update. This marked the first time Etilka was given a particular name or special attributes. In Warzone, the Etilka REQ card has the following stats;

  • Rarity: Mythic
  • Level: 6

Unlike the standard M343A2 chainguns found in the game, Etilka fires explosive rounds and grants the wielder a speed boost and increased damage resistance.

Trivia[edit]

  • Etilka is never named in Halo: Reach. It was first given a name and special focus in a Canon Fodder post focusing on the weapons and other lore aspects surrounding the Memories of Reach update for Halo 5: Guardians.[7]
  • Etilka is a Hebrew given name meaning "Noble".

Gallery[edit]

Halo 5: Guardians REQ card[edit]

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 115
  2. ^ Halo: Reach
  3. ^ a b c Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide, page 71
  4. ^ Halo: Reach manual
  5. ^ Halo Waypoint UH-144 Falcon intel entry
  6. ^ Halo 5: Guardians - Jorge's Chaingun REQ card
  7. ^ a b c Halo Waypoint: Canon Fodder - Noble Intentions
  8. ^ Halo: Reach - In-game model
  9. ^ Halo 5: Guardians - In-game model
  10. ^ Deliver Hope
  11. ^ Halo: Reach - campaign level Winter Contingency
  12. ^ Halo: Reach - campaign level ONI: Sword Base
  13. ^ Halo: Reach - campaign level Tip of the Spear
  14. ^ Halo: Reach - campaign level Long Night of Solace