For the other versions of the Shade turret, see Shade.
The Type-26 Anti-Infantry Stationary Gun (T-26 ASG) is a Covenant anti-infantry gun turret. It is one of the weapon emplacements falling under the Shade category, and the most common variant deployed during the Human-Covenant War.
Design details and operation
Mounted on a 360-degree traversal mount, the T-26 ASG fires two bolts of slow moving, high powered plasma encased in magnetic fields. The accuracy of the weapon is fairly low, as the bolts of plasma fired can hit anywhere within the aiming reticle. The T-26 ASG is in the shape of a ball-turret, has a higher rate of fire than the other iterations of the Shade, and provides excellent front and side protection for the gunner. Like other versions of the Shade, it is elevated on a small gravity lift that hovers the turret in the air, and so has a full 360 degree field of view. Interestingly, the turret's aiming reticle is similar to a Type-33's, except with a circle of lines at the center.
The Shade is effective against most infantry. However, due to their high intelligence, Sangheili will often find cover and escape its range of fire. On this same note, the bolts lack the required punch to damage Mgalekgolo, whose armor and combat shield can withstand most Covenant and UNSC small firearms. The T-26 ASG has shown good defense against light vehicles such as the Type-32, and in desperate situations, can serve as anti-aircraft defense, requiring only a few direct hits to destroy a Type-26.
The T-26 ASG is very effective against both enemy ground forces and light vehicles. Some of its advantages over its human counterpart are that the plasma bolts are accurate and effective at longer distances and it is easier to see where shots are actually going than it is with the M41's rounds, although this might also affect the ability of the target to dodge them.
As with the human counterpart, the player will be exposed to enemy fire. While it is useful against enemies in light vehicles, this is not a weapon of choice when facing an enemy armored vehicle. Also, as is the case with the M41, players are unprotected from the rear. Additionally, the Halo 3 version of the Shade has an extremely slow turning rate, making it a detriment to the user. And the Shades' rate-of-fire is slower than that of the M41.
Fuel Rod Shade
A more rarely seen variant, the fuel rod Shade is armed with a single fuel rod cannon. The variant is typically employed in an anti-air or anti-armor role, but is devastatingly effective against infantry. The turret chassis is iridescent green as opposed to the maroon of the standard anti-infantry version.
Armed with twin heavy plasma cannons with explosive bolts, the anti-air Shade is used to repel enemy aircraft. The AA Shades bolts have limited range, as they explode after traveling a certain distance. Though its chassis is based on the Type-26 variant, the anti-air shade possesses an energy shield to protect the operator.
Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST
The T-26 ASG was introduced in Halo 3. The Shade was in multiplayer only in Halo 3 Epsilon, as it was removed from the final version, even in Forge. Modders are still able to mod the game to get the Shade on certain maps.
In Halo 3: ODST, the Shade seems to rotate more quickly than in Halo 3. It is also worth noting that in Halo 3: ODST, the Shade lacks a plate of armor in the top middle, in between its guns, exposing the operator to enemy snipers.
In Halo: Reach, the T-26 ASG appears to have a similar overall design as the ones in Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST, although it is considerably lighter armored. The Shade is now usable in multiplayer and can be added into custom maps via Forge. It also has regained the Halo: Combat Evolved fire rate, albeit with the plasma bolts of the Halo 3 Shade. The flaps at the side will no longer cover the user instead giving the user more angular cover.
Two more variants, the anti-air variant and the fuel rod variant, are introduced.
List of appearances