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Magnum

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Magnum
H2A M6CPistol.png
Gameplay role

Faction:

Human (UNSC)

Weapon tier:

Loadout weapon / Dual wield weapon

Weapon class:

Pistol

Weapon type(s):

Precision weapon

Firing mode:

Semi-automatic

Effective range:

Close to medium

Counterparts:

Human (UNSC):

Covenant:

Banished:

Forerunner:

Weapon stats

Damage type:

Kinetic

Damage:

Low to medium

Projectile speed:

Medium to very high

Rate of fire:

Low to high

Accuracy:

Medium to very high

Magazine size:

Varies

Zoom:

Varies

Variants and attachments

Base variant(s):

 

The Magnum is a human precision weapon featured in most major Halo games, starting with Halo 2. A successor to the Halo: Combat Evolved Pistol, it has gone through a wide variety of changes from game to game resulting in a few weapon variants as well. What remains consistent is its role as a human pistol capable of performing headshots and featuring either dual wielding or a scope. It is a predecessor to Halo Infinite's Sidekick.

Universe and lore[edit]

Main article: M6 Series
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Overview[edit]

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Major Variants[edit]

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Counterparts[edit]

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Halo 2 and Halo 2: Anniversary[edit]

Magnum
H2 M6C Magnum Pistol.png
Gameplay role

Weapon tier:

Dual wield weapon

Effective range:

Close

Counterparts:

Covenant:

Weapon stats

Damage type:

bullet_slow

Damage:

SP: 8 (can headshot)

MP: 5.5 (can headshot)

Projectile speed:

400 wu/s

Max range:

40 wu

Rate of fire:

0.1s fire recovery time

  • (10 rounds per second)

Spread:

0.25 to 1.5 degrees

Magazine size:

12 rounds

Reserve ammo capacity:

48 rounds (4 magazines)

Tag name:

magnum

 
Main article: First-person shooter

Campaign[edit]

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Multiplayer[edit]

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Changes from Halo 2 to Auto Update 2[edit]

  • Damage decreased to 5.5.

Halo 3[edit]

Magnum
H3-M6GMagnumPistol.png
Gameplay role

Weapon tier:

Dual wield weapon

Effective range:

Close

Counterparts:

Human (UNSC):

Covenant:

Weapon stats

Damage type:

bullet_slow

Damage:

15 (can headshot)

  • dual: 0.7x (10.5)

Projectile speed:

180 wu/s

Max range:

40 wu

Rate of fire:

0.4s fire recovery time

  • (2.5 rounds per second)

Spread:

0.5 degrees

  • dual: 0.5 to 1 degrees

Magazine size:

8 rounds

Reserve ammo capacity:

40 rounds (5 magazines)

Tag name:

magnum

Variants and attachments

Base variant(s):

 

Campaign[edit]

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Multiplayer[edit]

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Halo: Reach[edit]

Magnum
HReach-M6GMagnumPistol-LeftSide.png
Gameplay role

Weapon tier:

Default: Loadout weapon

Anniversary: Utility weapon

Firing mode:

Default: Semi-automatic

Anniversary: Automatic

Effective range:

Close to medium

Counterparts:

Default:

Covenant:

Anniversary:

Human (UNSC):

Covenant:

Weapon stats

Damage type:

bullet_slow

Damage:

Default: 17.5 (can headshot)

  • does not pierce shields

Anniversary: 26.25 (can headshot)

Projectile speed:

3000 wu/s

Max range:

100 wu

Rate of fire:

Default: 0.19s fire recovery time

  • (~5.26 rounds per second)

Anniversary: 0.285s fire recovery time

  • (~3.51 rounds per second)

Spread:

Default: 0.6 to 4 degrees

Title Update 1: 0.6 to 3.4 degrees

Magazine size:

8 rounds

Reserve ammo capacity:

40 rounds (5 magazines)

Zoom:

2x magnification

Tag name:

magnum

 

Campaign and Firefight[edit]

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Multiplayer[edit]

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Changes from Halo: Reach to Title Update 1[edit]

Changes from Title Update 1 to Anniversary Settings[edit]

  • Changed firemode to automatic.
  • Increased damage to 150%.
  • Increased fire recovery time by 150% (decreased firerate to 67%).

Halo 4[edit]

Magnum
H4-M6HMagnumPistol-SideRender.png
Gameplay role

Weapon tier:

Loadout weapon

Effective range:

Close to medium

Counterparts:

Covenant:

Weapon stats

Damage type:

bullet_slow

Damage:

Default: 15 (can headshot)

  • does not pierce shields

Tuning: 17.3 (can headshot)

  • does not pierce shields

Projectile speed:

3000 wu/s

Max range:

250 wu

Rate of fire:

0.2 fire recovery time

  • (5 rounds per second)

Spread:

0.15 to 1.75 degrees

Magazine size:

8 rounds

Reserve ammo capacity:

32 rounds (4 magazines)

  • 40 rounds with Ammo Mod

Zoom:

2x magnification

Tag name:

storm_magnum

Variants and attachments

Base variant(s):

 

Campaign and Spartan Ops[edit]

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Multiplayer[edit]

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Changes from Halo 4 to Weapon Tuning Update[edit]

  • Damage increased to 115%.

Halo 2: Anniversary Multiplayer[edit]

Magnum
H2AMP M6C left transparent.png
Gameplay role

Weapon tier:

Loadout weapon / Dual wield weapon

Effective range:

Close to medium

Counterparts:

Covenant:

Weapon stats

Damage type:

bullet_slow

Damage:

7.25 (can headshot)

  • does not pierce shields

Projectile speed:

400 wu/s

Max range:

40 wu

Rate of fire:

0.1s fire recovery time

  • (10 rounds per second)

Spread:

0.5 to 1.5 degrees

  • dual: 0.7 to 1.6 degrees

Magazine size:

12 rounds

Reserve ammo capacity:

48 rounds (4 magazines)

Tag name:

h2a_magnum

Variants and attachments

Base variant(s):

 

Multiplayer[edit]

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Halo: Online[edit]

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Multiplayer[edit]

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Halo 5: Guardians[edit]

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Magnum
H5G-Render-Pistol.png
Gameplay role

Weapon tier:

Loadout weapon / Utility weapon

Effective range:

Medium

Counterparts:

As a pistol:

Human (UNSC):

Covenant:

Forerunner:

As a utility weapon:

Human (UNSC):

Covenant:

Forerunner:

Weapon stats

Damage type:

bullet_slow

Damage:

17.5 (can headshot)

  • does not pierce shields

Projectile speed:

3000 wu/s

Max range:

250 wu

Rate of fire:

0.28 fire recovery time

  • (~3.57 rounds per second)

Spread:

0 to 0.6 degrees

Magazine size:

12 rounds

Reserve ammo capacity:

48 rounds (4 magazines)

  • 60 rounds with Ammo Mod

Zoom:

2x magnification

Tag name:

magnum

Variants and attachments

Base variant(s):

Halo 5 REQ variant(s):

Attachments:

 

Campaign[edit]

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Multiplayer and Warzone[edit]

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Changes from Halo 5: Guardians to Weapon Tuning Update[edit]

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Unlock and acquisition requirements[edit]

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Variants[edit]

Gunfighter Magnum[edit]
Main article: Gunfighter Magnum

"Lightweight competition pistol carried by Spartan operators who prefer a no-frills backup firearm. Quick draw Magnum with fast-reload magazines. Iron sights only, no Smart-Link module is attached."
— REQ description
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Tactical Magnum[edit]
Main article: Tactical Magnum

"Whisper-quiet tactical pistol loaded with armor-piercing rounds, tailored for Spartan force reconnaissance missions. Match grade Magnum with integral baffle-free suppressor and full-VISR Smart-Link."
— REQ description
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Whispered Truth[edit]
Main article: Whispered Truth

"Let the lady talk. Mythic Magnum machine pistol with burst fire and integral Silencer. Wielding the Whispered Truth increases movement speed."
— REQ description
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Halo: Combat Evolved Pistol[edit]
Main article: Halo: Combat Evolved Pistol

"You’ll have to find ammo as you go. Classic Magnum with increased damage and higher recoil. Infuses the user with nostalgia and increased movement speed."
— REQ description
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Halo Spartan Assault[edit]

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Campaign[edit]

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Unlock and acquisition requirements[edit]

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Halo Spartan Strike[edit]

Campaign[edit]

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Unlock and acquisition requirements[edit]

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Skins and cosmetics[edit]

The Magnum has seen many equipable weapon skins and coatings across the various games it's been featured in.

Halo 4[edit]

Main article: Weapon skins (Halo 4)
In-game Appearance Name Unlock Requirements (Halo 4) Unlock Requirements (MCC) Description (MCC)
N/A Default Unlocked by default Unlocked by default Default Skin applied.
Render of the M6H's Static skin.
Static (STC) Reach Operator H4 Rank SR Icon.pngH4 Rank 5 Icon.png Unlocked by default Customized with the STATIC skin.
Render of the Magnum's Combustion skin.
Combustion (CBN) Purchase the Champions Bundle or Steel Skin Pack. Series 4, Tier 9 (Season point 1) Customized with the COMBUSTION skin.
Magnumskin1.png
Indigo (IND) Purchase the Champions Bundle Series 4, Tier 6 (Season point 1) Customized with the INDIGO skin.
Magnumskin2.png
Flare (FLR) Purchase the Champions Bundle Series 4, Tier 28 (Season point 1) Customized with the FLARE skin.
H4 Render Magnum-BLOOD.png
Blood (BLD) N/A (MCC-exclusive) Series 7, Tier 24 (Season point 1) Customized with the BLOOD skin.
H4 Render Magnum-MAW.png
Maw (MAW) N/A (MCC-exclusive) Series 7, Tier 81 (Season point 1) Customized with the MAW skin.
H4 Render Magnum-EWK.png
Edgework (EWK) N/A (MCC-exclusive) Series 7, Tier 13 (Season point 1) Customized with the EDGEWORK skin.
H4 Render Magnum-PIXEL.png
Pixel (PXL) N/A (MCC-exclusive) Series 7, Tier 79 (Season point 1) Customized with the PIXEL skin.

Halo 3 (MCC)[edit]

Main article: Skins (Halo 3)
In-game Appearance Name Unlock Requirements Description
N/A Default Unlocked by default Default skin.
H3 Pistol Golden Skin.png
Golden Series 3, Tier 44 (Season point 1) Bling on the ring.
H3 Pistol Sharpshooter Skin.png
Sharpshooter Series 3, Tier 31 (Season point 1) The bite stuff.
H3 Pistol HuntersBlood Skin.png
Hunter’s Blood Series 3, Tier 1 (Season point 1) Well armed. Well armored.
H3 Pistol BlueHeaven Skin.png
Blue Heaven Series 3, Tier 22 (Season point 1) Reach for the sky.
H3 Pistol HazardPay Skin.png
Hazard Pay Series 5, Tier 57 (Season point 1) Safety first!
H3 Pistol TechCamoBravo Skin.png
Tech Camo Bravo Series 5, Tier 40 (Season point 1) Gunner's seat, please.
MCC Menu icon.
OGX Magnum The Exchange

Halo 5: Guardians[edit]

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Production notes[edit]

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Trivia[edit]

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Gallery[edit]

Concept art[edit]

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Renders[edit]

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HUD icons[edit]

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Screenshots[edit]

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