Type-56D needler

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This article is about the model introduced in Halo 5: Guardians. For other models, see Needler.
Type-56D needler
Production overview

Model series:



Subanese crystal-based weaponry[1][2]



Ammunition type:

Subanese crystal[1][2]

Feed system:

22 needles/magazine[1]

Service history

In service:

Post-Covenant War conflicts[1]


The Type-56D Guided Munitions Launcher (T-56D GML), more commonly known as the Needler,[2] is a weapon part of the Needler series of weapons. It was fielded by the Swords of Sanghelios and Jul 'Mdama's Covenant in October 2558.[1]


Design details[edit]

Main article: Needler

The Type-56D needler has an upper cowling where the crystal ammunition exposed sticks out of. The channel brace of the weapon is where the crystal ammunition is fired out of. The Type-56D needler features a holographic Smart scope projector on the channel brace. Before the needler fires, shards are broken and then launched forward.[1]


Main article: Subanese crystal

Like all needlers, the weapon makes use of Subanese crystal, where on the Type-56D model it can hold 22 shards. After the crystal shards have been launched from needler, the shards home towards a target if one is present. If a shard hits a target it becomes chemically reactive and usually detonates, where if more than one shard is in a target it explodes in a "supercombine" chain reaction with the other shards.[1]


After the Human-Covenant War, humanity recorded this needler in 2556, calling it the Type-56D Guided Munitions Launcher.[2] This needler was later fielded by the Swords of Sanghelios and Jul 'Mdama's Covenant in October 2558.[1]


  • Hailstorm: The Hailstorm, is based off of a pre-Covenant Sangheili weapon that was used during the volatile early-interstellar period of Sangheili history, is an improved needler that fires blamite shards at high speed, has superior tracking capabilities, and features a larger magazine capacity with 33 needles.[3]
  • Talon of the Lost: Sangheili miners and engineers continue to discover amazing new properties of the Subanese crystals used in Needler ammunition, resulting in new creations like the Talon of the Lost. It is an advanced needler that fires carefully calibrated shards of blamite that can embed themselves into the armor of Mgalekgolo, Promethean Knights, and vehicles.[4]


Halo 5: Guardians[edit]

In Halo 5: Guardians the Needler has a 480 RPM (automatic), a velocity of 32.31 m/s (106.0 ft/s; 72.28 mph), a range that is Short to medium, more specifically 30.6 m (100.3 ft) (unscoped) and 36.7 m (120.3 ft) (scoped)[5] It is ranked a Common REQ in Warzone simulations, and is available at Level 2 energy while giving 50 REQ points if sold.

The Hailstorm needler is ranked an Uncommon REQ in Warzone simulations and is available at Level 3 energy while giving 75 REQ points if sold. It has a 16% faster velocity.

The Talon of the Lost needler is ranked a Rare REQ in Warzone simulations, is available at Level 3 energy while giving 100 REQ points if sold, and can also be found as the first of four special weapons in the mission Reunion.[6]

Changes from the Type-33 needler in Halo 2: Anniversary[edit]

  • The normal needler's shards travel at a much faster speed and have better tracking, while the Hailstorm features even faster-moving shards.
  • Can be smart-scoped to increase the weapon's range by 20%. When smart-scoped, it brings up a purple holographic display on the user's HUD.
  • Super-combines with 7 rounds instead of 8, much like the Needlers in Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 3.
  • Decreased ammo capacity; the needler now has a 22-round magazine and a maximum of 66 reserve rounds for a total of 88 rounds.
    • The Hailstorm can have up to 99 reserve rounds for a total of 132 rounds.


Concept art[edit]


Halo 5: Guardians REQ cards[edit]

List of appearances[edit]