Kywasky Workshop Gorespike cannon

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Kywasky Workshop Shipbreaker
The Kywasky Workshop Gorespike cannon on Deadlock.
Production information


Technical specifications


1 superheavy artillery cannon[1]


4 gunners[1]


In service:

Battle for Zeta Halo[2]


Anti-aerospace weapon




The Kywasky Workshop Shipbreaker,[1] colloquially known as the Gorespike cannon, is a large anti-aerospace weapon emplacement designed and utilized by the Banished.[3]


Design details[edit]

The Gorespike bears a general resemblance to the Skar'wa-pattern Mantis anti-aerospace turret used by the Covenant, and has a similar overall construction. It consists of a tripodal base, with a large cannon mounted atop the middle section where the three legs meet. The cannon's immense size allows them to have an interior hull and walkways for the gun's crew and defenders to walk around, with multiple balconies for snipers to use as an overwatch position.

Gorespikes are rare assets, and thus extremely valuable to the Banished cause. They are deployed directly by Banished dreadnoughts to the site of a large surface occupation, generally used to defend the largest Outposts. On Installation 07, they are used to ward off threats by the installation's native Strato-Sentinels and potential attacks by UNSC Navy warships.[1] The cannon's success has allowed it to directly compete with the Eklon'Dal Workshop Antlion artillery piece, even despite its rarity.[4]


The Gorespike is equipped with a single superheavy artillery cannon, adapted for use from the naval guns found on Banished warships. The gun is given additional armour and a dedicated power supply for use in its ground role.[1]

Operational history[edit]

The Banished made use of Gorespike cannons in various locations across Installation 07 during their occupation of the Halo. Gorespike Cannons were manufactured by the Crucibles of Voinmel and developed by the Kwasky workshop.[1] At some point, the UNSC Panama encountered a network of these cannons after being separated from its battle group.[5][3] The Mulsanne-class light frigate had been forcibly driven into the cannon's killbox by squadrons of Banished hunter-killer warships. Attempting to buy time for the frigate to find cover or evacuate its supplies and crew, Spartan ground teams were deployed in a last-ditch effort to cripple or destroy the control node for the cannon network.[3]

A trio of the cannons managed to shoot down Pelican Echo 216 as it ferried John-117 across the Halo's surface on May 28, 2560. Leaving behind the Pelican and the pilot, the Master Chief fought his way through defending Banished forces at each cannon and destroyed their power cores with the help of the Weapon, taking out the cannons. At the first two cannons, after the Master Chief got inside of the control room, Banished War Chief Escharum contacted him via a holographic transmission to taunt the Spartan and challenge him to a final battle between them, "a true test of legends." After all three cannons were destroyed, Escharum dispatched Tovarus and Hyperius of the Hand of Atriox Spartan Killers after the Master Chief, but he managed to kill them both. No longer pinned down by the cannons, Echo 216 was able to take off once again and resume its mission.[6]


The multiplayer map Deadlock in Halo Infinite is set under and around one of these Gorespike cannons. When a team scores a point in objective modes, the gun will fire at the UNSC Panama floating above the map.[5]


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List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 480
  2. ^ Halo Infinite marketing, Halo Infinite Campaign Gameplay Premiere
  3. ^ a b c Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - Legendary Endings (Retrieved on Dec 13, 2021) [archive]
  4. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 481
  5. ^ a b Halo Infinite, multiplayer map Deadlock
  6. ^ Halo Infinite, campaign level Pelican Down