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Render of a Skewer.
Production overview


Anti-tank launcher[1]


Ammunition type:


Feed system:

Muzzle-loaded[3][Note 1]

Service history

In service:


The Skewer is an infantry-portable anti-tank spike weapon employed by the Jiralhanae, notably the Banished.[2][1][4]


Design details[edit]

The Skewer is an anti-tank weapon employed by Banished Jiralhanae, with such operators known as "Skewer-bearers".[1] The launcher fires a "rocket-sized" spike capable of piercing through the armor of a main battle tank, or punch through the energy shields and titanium shell of GEN3 MJOLNIR armor, even from range.[1][4] The launcher has an emitter of some kind, likely of gravitic operation similar to other Jiralhanae spike weaponry, which is used to launch the spike round and can be intensified[2] - presumably to adjust the muzzle velocity of the fired projectile.

When ready to fire, the Skewer's spike projectile in the barrel can be seen sticking out of the weapon; underneath the barrel is a sword-length bayonet.[1] When used against infantry, the force of the projectile impact is enough to send the target flying back, or knock them off elevated surfaces.[2] They can also be used as anti-air weapons, with the spikes capable of penetrating the armored cockpit of a Phantom dropship.[5]

Development history[edit]

The Skewer's design is a traditional one of Jiralhanae origin, predating the Brutes' joining of the Covenant hegemony.[4]


Skewers are operated by Banished Skewer-bearers. Ostensibly intended for an anti-tank role, Jiralhanae troops frequently take glee in using them to devastating effect against enemy infantry.[1][4]

Operational history[edit]

Pre-Covenant era[edit]

The Skewer's design predates the Jiralhanae's joining of the Covenant empire circa 2492.[4]

The Banished[edit]

The Jiralhanae Choros wielded a Skewer during the raid on the keyship Anodyne Spirit during the Second Ark Conflict.[2] Later, several Skewers were employed by Banished forces on Reach during Operation: WOLFE.[1]


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Sacrifice, the short story included in certain copies of Halo: Shadows of Reach, described the Skewer as magazine-fed. However, gameplay from Halo Infinite later proved this false. It is possible that the Skewer was originally intended to be magazine-fed, but was redesigned after the story was published.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Halo: Shadows of Reach, chapter 12
  2. ^ a b c d e Halo: Shadows of Reach - Adjunct: Sacrifice
  3. ^ A New Generation
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Halo Waypoint, Canon Fodder - Showcase Sensitive (Retrieved on Jun 16, 2021) [archive]
  5. ^ Halo: Shadows of Reach - Adjunct: Sacrifice "[Choros launched] his Skewer's immense spikes at an attacking Phantom's closed cockpit. One must have struck true, because the ship suddenly canted, slamming into the platform and then falling into darkness."