Heavy plasma mortar
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The heavy plasma mortar, also known as plasma mortar cannon, is a type of plasma mortar and the primary armament of the Wraith. The United Nations Space Command's Office of Naval Intelligence has typically type-classified encountered heavy plasma mortars based on the type classifications of Wraiths under the designation of Directed Energy Mortar (DEM). It is nicknamed PM, Comet, and Brimstone.
The heavy plasma mortar is extremely powerful and is one of the most powerful ground-based application of Covenant energy weapon technology. The plasma blast is typically a blue-white or red orb that is 0.91 metres (3.0 ft) in diameter, which burns the air it passes. The plasma blast travel rather slowly in the air, so it can be out-maneuvered easily by a fast vehicle, including Warthogs. However, upon impact, the plasma blast obliterates everything—titanium battle plates, concrete, or flesh—within 20 metres (66 ft) at the point of impact, all the while leaving a large crater on ground in its wake. The blast has a kill radius of 6.09 metres (20.0 ft), and damages any targets caught in a radius of 15.24 metres (50.0 ft).
The heavy plasma mortar is attached to the rear of the Wraith; the vehicle's propulsion drive can absorb almost all of its recoil. The plasma mortar's main use lies in shelling and vehicular warfare, as it can destroy heavily reinforced defenses from a long distance. However, it is also fairly effective in closer engagements, especially if in the hands of a skilled operator.
|Infusion-modified plasma mortar||A heavy plasma mortar modified by the Banished's Voridus that launches a roiling torrent of infusion matter that leaves an uncontrollable firestorm of exotic energy at the point of impact.|
|Scorch plasma mortar||A heavy plasma mortar that launches mortar rounds with residual energy that leaves boiling plasma on the ground after its detonation. The plasma creates a volatile and deadly crater at the point of impact.|
|Type-26 35cm Directed Energy Mortar (T-26 35m DEM)||Customary heavy plasma mortar catalogued by ONI in 2526.||
|Type-58 35cm Directed Energy Mortar (T-58 35cm DEM)||Customary heavy plasma mortar catalogued by ONI in 2558.||
|Unspecified plasma mortar mounted on Ultra Wraiths||A heavy plasma mortar that fires a plasma blast with cluster munitions that detonate upon impact, with several secondary explosions following shortly after.|
|Unspecified plasma mortar mounted on Temple Wraiths||A heavy plasma mortar that has a higher rate-of-fire.|
|Unspecified plasma mortar mounted on Banished Wraiths[Note 1]||A heavy plasma mortar that fires red plasma blasts.|
Reference images of a plasma blast from a heavy plasma mortar in Halo: Reach.
A Zurdo-pattern Wraith fires its heavy plasma mortar in Halo 3.
The arc of a plasma blast from a Muz-pattern Wraith's heavy plasma mortar in Halo: Fireteam Raven.
List of appearances
- Halo Encyclopedia (2011 edition), page 257
- Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide, page 117, 228
- Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 274
- Halo Waypoint, Wraith (Retrieved on May 11, 2021) [archive]
- Halo Encyclopedia (2011 edition), page 347
- Halo: First Strike, chapter 35
- Halo: The Flood, chapter 6
- Halo: First Strike, chapter 12
- Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 469
- Halo Wars 2, Banished Foundry: Wraith upgrade - Scorch Mortar "New ability, Shots continue to cause damage after impact."
- Halo Wars, Factory: Wraith level 2 upgrade - Scorch "Special attack leaves a bubbling plasma splash on the ground for added damage."
- Halo 5: Guardians, REQ card: Wraith Ultra description "Wraith Ultras are dedicated siege vehicles fitted with a new plasma mortar that can blanket large areas in superheated destruction with a single shot. Superior Wraith with heavy armor and significantly upgraded armament."
- Halo 5: Guardians, REQ card: Temple Wraith description "In the distant past, Zealots alone had the terrible responsibility of destroying parasite-tainted Forerunner gifts that ran amok after activation. Masterwork Wraith with hardened armor, improving handling, and a faster rate-of-fire for the plasma mortar."
- Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 468
- Halo Wars 2, Wraith in-game unit
- Halo Infinite, Wraith in-game vehicle