Typically the Covenant fire their plasma in bolts, which is accomplished by forming a magnetic bubble around the superheated ionized gas - once fired, the magnetic bubble holding the plasma is guided towards its destination. Plasma fired in a narrow, concentrated beam is accomplished by modifying the magnetic field so that the superheated plasma is guided continuously in a straight line towards its destination. The focus cannon is usually reserved for assault platforms like the Type-36 Scarab, Type-47B Scarab, and Type-30 Locust. A focus cannon can be used to take down large scale objects, that either may be in the way of infantry objectives, or to excavate an area. If faced with a large military presence assault platforms can use their focus cannon to cut through armor and infantry with ease.
Locusts use their Charged Plasma Cannon to deal with structures that may be too small for a larger assault platform to destroy. Locusts may be able to perform hunter-killer roles, finding infantry and eliminating them. They can also fulfill an anti-armor role, capable of destroying heavy armor if needed.
Scarabs use their Ultra-heavy focus cannon to destroy large structures that may be blocking infantry objectives, or if an area must be effectively destroyed. Their main weapon can be used against vehicles if they are within the Scarab's line of sight. They cannot, however, be used in hunter-killer situations against single, or small groups of infantry.
Covenant capital ships also have a weapon similar to the focus cannon, commonly referred to as the energy projector. It is commonly fired from the belly of the ship right where the ship's central gravity lift is deployed when unloading troops and supplies.
- Weapons with the ability to fire a Plasma Beam can destroy obstacles with ease and speed, cutting down the time it would take Plasma Mortars to accomplish the same job.
- A Plasma Beam is easy to control, and can destroy with precision and accuracy.
- Can be used to destroy a large enemy presence with destructive ease.
- The range of destruction is not as effective as a Plasma Mortar, as the resulting impact will not spread outside of the initial impact zone.
- The beam can only sustain fire for a short amount of time before recharging.
- Fast and nimble vehicles can out-maneuver the weapon.
- It is ineffective at long range, as the magnetic field loses its energy at long distances.
Closeup of the T-47A Scarab's focus cannon prior to firing in Halo 2.
A T-47A Scarab preparing to fire its focus cannon in Halo 2: Anniversary.
A Goblin firing its focus cannon in Halo 5: Guardians.
A Banished T-47B Scarab firing its focus cannon in Halo Wars 2.
List of appearances
- Halo 2 (First appearance)
- Halo 3
- Halo Wars
- Halo 3: ODST
- Halo: Reach
- Halo 2: Anniversary
- Halo 5: Guardians
- Halo Wars 2