R'shwupa-pattern Phantom

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This article is about the exoatmospheric Phantom introduced in Halo: Reach. For other Phantom models, see Phantom.
R'shwupa-pattern Ship Striker
Phantom Gunboat Vehicle
Production information


Assembly Forges[1]




Technical specifications


50.12 meters (164 ft 5 in)[3][1]


33.47 meters (109 ft 10 in)[3][1]


20.37 meters (66 ft 10 in)[3][1]


204 metric tons (201 LT; 225 ST)[1]


Twin impulse drive system[4]





Chronological and affiliation




The R'shwupa-pattern Ship Striker,[1] commonly known as the Phantom gunboat,[2] is a Covenant exoatmospheric heavy assault ship[2][1] and a gunship in support of ground assaults.[1]


Design details[edit]

Introduced as an executive transport for fleet commanders, the R'shwupa-pattern Phantom represented the most powerful dropship ever employed by the Covenant. It is similar in design to the standard Ru'swum-pattern Phantom, but noticeably larger.[3] Although it is considered a vacuum-sealed variant of the Phantom family outfitted against orbital assets,[1][4] albeit seen capable of operating in-atmosphere,[5][6] standard Phantom gunships were also sometimes used during space engagements.[8][9][10][11]

Unlike other Phantom models, the gunboat is fitted with powerful energy fore-shields that can be emitted to deflect missile attacks, thus very little could blunt its devastating assault.[1][4]


The R'shwupa-pattern Phantom has an array of heavy weapon systems.[1] It is equipped with a chin-mounted superheavy plasma cannon, five turreted Phot-pattern pulse lasers, swapping the standard Phantom's two attached plasma cannons, and one medium plasma cannon.[1] This superheavy plasma cannon fires large plasma rounds similar to those of the normal "concussion" heavy plasma cannon.[4]. Each side of the R'shwupa-pattern Phantom mounts two Phot-pattern pulse lasers while the fifth is on an aft mount protecting the rear of the vessel.

Service history[edit]

Several Phantom gunboats assaulted the UNSC refit station Anchor 9 in Operation: UPPER CUT during the Fall of Reach. They were escorted by Type-31 Seraphs and Elsedda-pattern Banshees. All of the attacking gunboats were destroyed by a combination of Anchor 9's defensive guns, fire support from the UNSC Savannah, and the defending pilots, including SPARTAN-B312, who, along with the other pilots, defended the station in a FSS-1000 Sabre.[4] Phantom gunboats were also used during the Battle for Earth, including the Battle of Mombasa with one such assault ship used to harass a M12B Warthog as John-117, operating the machine gun, opened fire upon the gunboat.[12] Eight Phantom gunboats are carried by the CAS-class assault carrier Shadow of Intent.[2]

In 2554, Parg Vol used a Phantom gunboat as his personal transport during the Battle of Draetheus V. It was stolen by Spartan Sarah Palmer to reach X50 and kill Merg Vol. She later escaped from the moon on the ship.[5]

Several Phantom gunboats were utilized by Jul 'Mdama's Covenant during the Battle of Installation 03.[6]

Production notes[edit]

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List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 283
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Halo: Warfleet – An Illustrated Guide to the Spacecraft of Halo - Shadow of Intent, page 70-71
  3. ^ a b c d Halo: Reach: 3D model data
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Halo: Reach, campaign level Long Night of Solace
  5. ^ a b c d Halo: Spartan Assault
  6. ^ a b c Halo: Spartan Strike
  7. ^ Halo: Retribution, chapter 8
  8. ^ Halo Legends - Origins II
  9. ^ Halo: Uprising, issue #3
  10. ^ Spartan Ops, campaign level S107 Home Field
  11. ^ Halo Infinite, campaign mission Ringfall: Warship Gbraakon
  12. ^ Halo: Spartan Strike, campaign level Mission 3: Conduit