6.4 kilograms (14 lb) (empty)
Fully automatic (480 RPM)
76.2 m/s (250 f/s)
40 meters (131 ft)
- "Recoil isn't as bad as you might expect, but not because of any sophisticated dampening system – it's because the damn things weigh so much."
- — Anonymous UNSC Serviceman
The Type-25 Carbine is an automatic projectile weapon designed and used by the Jiralhanae, and has seen very little iteration since it was first designed and implemented during pre-Covenant conflicts on Doisac though it has seen augmentation to some degree by Covenant technology. In the Covenant arsenal, it is one of the weapons most resembling those developed and employed by humanity, firing a solid metal projectile as opposed to plasma . The Carbine fires long, sharp projectiles made of superheated tungsten alloy[note 1], which give the weapon its common label of "Spike Rifle" or "Spiker". The weapon's origins on Doisac, however, obfuscate any attempts to ascertain the composition of the weapon. When fired, the spikes are superheated and thus glow with a yellow-white light for a short time after impact, before they cool.
These spikes are capable of piercing armour and flesh, in some cases even capable of pinning a target against an object behind them. When fired directly at a surface, the spikes will embed themselves in most substances including concrete and metal, crumpling on impact. However, when fired at an angle, they are capable of ricocheting.The spikes are large enough that they can be pulled out of the target's body with seemingly minimal fragmentation. Spikes fired by the weapon are adept at penetrating energy shielding, and are also capable of being blocked by an energy sword.
The Spiker's ammunition is fed into the weapon via a small drum magazine with a 40-round capacity, though this is not standard across all version of the weapon. The drum magazine is located on the underside of the weapon, behind the blades and in front of the trigger. The spikes, once-fired, are longer than the magazine, implying the firing process possibly stretches the projectile in some manner.
When employed, the Spiker is noted to have a distinct smell of burnt hair, with a telltale sign of their use in a firefight being the smell of "barbeque gone wrong".
Two large blades made of tungsten alloy, an extremely strong and durable material, are mounted under the barrel of the weapon, allowing it to be used as an effective melee weapon in close quarters. Some variants of the weapon employed by the Banished, however, have up to six blades mounted radially around the barrel. When used by Jiralhanae, these blades are intended for puncturing and dismembering and are capable of clean severing a human arm. These blades are, however, also effective as a psychological tool against anyone unfortunate enough to go against them.
The Spiker was engineered by the Jiralhanae as a weapon intended to be held in one hand by a standard Jiralhanae soldier, though its size and weight mean it must be carried in two hands for use by human infantry. The weapon's weight also has the effect of reducing its recoil, such that it has almost zero "rise". Despite this, a SPARTAN-II is capable of dual-wielding Spikers, as are Sangheili. The Type-25 Carbine is noted to perform admirably in a wide variety of environments; it is a widely held belief that the weapon could sit unattended for several weeks in an active latrine and still operate as issued without maintenance. The Spiker's barrel is 25.4 centimeters (10 inches) long. The Spiker has a low muzzle velocity, but is incredibly accurate and retains its power nonetheless. The weapon has several lights around the weapon that can be powered on, and have been observed in blue and orange colouration.
The Spiker was first encountered by UNSC forces when used by Jiralhanae forces during the initial skirmishes on Harvest in 2525, and would remain a staple weapon of the Jiralhanae and the Covenant's shock troops throughout the Human-Covenant War. The Type-25 Spiker was detested by the Sangheili due to its primitive origins, but the weapon was allowed to be serviced in low numbers and even augmented with Covenant technology.
Despite this, however, it would be rarely employed by front-line Covenant infantry during the war - only rising to prominence in late 2552 following the return of Jiralhanae as front line troops. The weapon would be employed by Jiralhanae forces during the Siege of New Alexandria and Battle of Asźod during the Fall of Reach, before later being employed during the Battle of Earth by Jiralhanae reinforcements sent by the Prophet of Truth to Mombasa. Following the outbreak of the Great Schism, the Spiker would be employed by Jiralhanae serving the Prophet of Truth on Delta Halo  and aboard the Anodyne Spirit and in his fleet during the later stages of the Battle for Earth and Battle of Installation 00. Following the base's re-activation, the UNSC tested captured Spikers at Outpost C9 on Earth. The Spiker would be one of many subjects of the report Machines, Materiel and Munitions from the Human-Covenant Conflict, 2525 - Present.
Spikers have seen proliferation in the Post-Covenant War conflicts, with the weapons being widely employed by various Jiralhanae splinter factions including the Keepers of the One Freedom, Lydus' clan and the Banished, the latter of whom seem to have their own variant of the weapon.
Changes from Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST to Halo: Reach
In Halo: Reach, the Spiker performs almost exactly like its previous iterations. Most changes are cosmetic.
- Weapon damage has been decreased: 18 shots are required to kill a fully shielded Spartan instead of 13.
- Brutes wield the Spiker with two hands.
- The Spiker has orange lights instead of blue lights.
- The Spiker features some kind of firing bolt mechanism.
- The barrel of the Spiker glows red-hot after continuous fire.
- The bayonets are scratched and dented. The blades on the bottom of the weapon's grip is more pronounced.
- “Even though the Spike Rifles are really heavy, I still wish there was some way to retrofit a full stock onto 'em.”
- “Recoil isn't as bad as you might expect, but not because of any sophisticated dampening system – it's because the damn things weigh so much.”
- “I saw the Baby Kong go dry so I moved in with my shotty, well that's the last time I'll be doing that, huh? Damn cleaver-bayonet-thing went right through the shotty and cut my arm off just above the elbow. Only reason I'm still here is because of, well you know, because of him."
- “Every action requires exaggerated movement; cycling the bolt, seating a magazine, charging the chamber. Even squeezing the trigger takes quite a bit of effort. And it isn’t all that surprising considering the disparity in size of our two species.”
- “Bravo Kilos sure have a thing for sticking blades on their equipment, don’t they? I bet their mess kits have three knives.”
- “The projectiles fired from this weapon seem to be made out of the same material as the Spike Grenade’s casing. Wounds caused by this weapon are horrifying.”
- “Spike Rifles always have a weird sorta burnt hair smell about them. And you know you’re heading towards a firefight where they’re bein’ used if it smells like a barbecue gone wrong.”
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- In Halo 3, the Spiker does about 60% more damage than the M7/Caseless Submachine Gun and 20% more damage than the MA5C Assault Rifle; on Heroic difficulty, it takes 20 Spiker rounds, 24 assault rifle rounds, or 32 SMG rounds to kill a human Marine. This makes the Spiker the most powerful full-auto projectile weapon in the game, but this is balanced out by the slightly reduced rate of fire and the fact that the projectiles are not hitscan.
- The projectiles decrease in altitude the further they are shot, similar to the Needler.
- Despite popular belief, the Spiker's bayonets do, in fact, provide a small increase in melee damage in Halo 3. The Spiker's melee damage is seventy-two points. if the player melees while dual wielding with a spiker the damage increase will remain for that hit. All non-Brute weapon melee attacks in Halo 3 with the exception to the Sword, Hammer, and assassinations inflict seventy points damage out of a player's 115 total health. It is 70 to the shield, and then the remaining 45 to the player's own health.
- In Halo 3's campaign mode, if a Phantom is shot down and a Heavy Grunt survives, it will often have a Spiker as its weapon, and in which case will not shoot at you. This is the only time in which an Unggoy can hold a Spiker.
John-117 using a Spiker in Halo: Uprising.
The Spiker's empty cylindrical magazine being released in the Halo 3 Beta.
An in-game profile view of the Spiker in Halo 3.
Four Spikers sitting in a Covenant supply case.
A Jiralhanae Captain Major with a Spiker in Halo 3.
A Jiralhanae with a Spiker in The Life.
A Banished Jiralhanae with a Spiker in Hunting Party.
Concept art of the Banished Spiker for Halo Wars 2.
A Banished Spiker shoots a Pod infector in Halo Wars 2.
List of appearances
- On the Halo Waypoint article for the Spiker, the blades are noted as being created from the same metal as that of the weapon's ammunition, making both made of tungsten alloy.
- Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 186
- Halo Waypoint - Spike Rifle (backup link on Archive.org)
- Bungie.net - The Spiker
- Believe: Enemy Weapon
- Halo: Last One Standing
- Halo: Broken Circle, chapter 18
- Halo Wars 2
- Halo 3
- Halo 3: ODST
- Halo: Contact Harvest, page 345
- Bungie.net: Halo: Reach ordnance - Spiker
- Halo: Broken Circle, Chapter 15
- Halo: Reach, campaign level Exodus
- Halo: Reach, campaign level New Alexandria
- Halo: Reach, campaign level The Pillar of Autumn
- Halo: Uprising
- Halo: Last Light
- Halo: Escalation
- Bungie.net - Bungie Weekly Update: 02/08/08