The Vorpal Talon is a named variant of the T-1 EW/S, imbued with various upgrades from two thruster evades between cooldowns to increased jump height, longer stabilizer duration, increased lunge distance, and a built-in motion tracker that retains its visibility on the user's HUD even when using Smart-Link, mirroring the built-in motion tracker of the Nornfang SRS99-S5 AM sniper rifle. Described to be virtually weightless when its wielder uses it with unrestrained malice, the Vorpal Talon has a maroon handle and an orange-to-cyan gradient for the main blade coloring.
In October 2558, Fireteam Osiris, accompanied by 031 Exuberant Witness, discovered a copy of the Vorpal Talon in an area on Genesis that they passed through on their mission to rescue Blue Team from Cortana's Cryptum. The weapon was later integrated into War Games simulations for use by Spartan-IVs aboard the UNSC Infinity.
Halo 5: Guardians
An Ultra Rare Level 4 REQ worth 150 REQ Points when sold, the Vorpal Talon's operation is identical to that of a normal Energy Sword, although it has some noticeable differences. It has a longer lunge range of 8.89 m (29.17 ft), which increases to 15.50 m (50.85 ft) with Smart-Link activated; these increases in range allow Vorpal Talon users to stab enemies from greater distances than before. In addition, it makes way for increased mobility by way of granting its user an additional thruster evade before recharging, which allows for easier escapes from danger; longer stabilizer duration of 4.95 seconds, useful for reaching hard-to-reach places and planning Ground Pounds more easily; and an increased jump height, facilitating even higher jumps that can be further raised with the Crouch Jumping technique. In the same manner as Linda-058's Nornfang, the Vorpal Talon comes with a built-in motion tracker that remains visible even when its user activates Smart-Link, giving them information about nearby allies and enemies. These improvements make the Vorpal Talon useful for exploring hard-to-reach places, attacking enemies from greater distances, and/or simply evading danger more easily.
The two thruster evades granted by the Vorpal Talon can be exploited to speed up the ending sequence of the final campaign mission Guardians to the point of skipping the final Guardian pulse entirely, especially in Co-op while playing as Olympia Vale, as she has a higher base movement speed and jump height than her allies.
Changes from the Type-1 Energy Weapon/Sword
Halo 5: Guardians REQ cards
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