Z-8060 particle cannon

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Z-8060 particle cannon
Production overview




Particle weapon



489.7 meters (1,607 ft)[1]


320.5 meters (1,052 ft)[1]


277.5 meters (910 ft)[1]

Ammunition type:

Ionized particles

Feed system:


Rate of fire:


Effective range:


Service history

In service:

Human-Forerunner War
Forerunner-Flood War
Post-Covenant War conflicts


The Z-8060 High-Impact Particle Weapon, alternately known as the Particle Cannon,[1] is a heavy Forerunner directed energy weapon used for anti-air defense.[2]


Forerunner particle cannons are enormous floating weapons platforms. They are spherical in shape, surrounded by three curving "arms" spaced at equidistant points around the main gun assembly. Particle cannons project a beam of energy similar to a Sentinel beam to disintegrate any target in range. The beam is composed of a hyper-dense collection of negatively charged ions.[1] They are slow to turn, however, and are vulnerable to ground-based attacks. A well-placed hit from a small MAC in the central beam port will destroy the device.[2]


A number of these weapons were encountered on Requiem in use by the Prometheans as anti-air defenses; one of the cannons obliterated a squad of Pelicans in a single hit. Two cannons were destroyed by a Mammoth siegework platform deployed to the surface by the UNSC Infinity, with Master Chief John-117 providing targeting for the Mammoth. These cannons were controlled from a central core via an AI, before it was deactivated by Cortana; causing the remaining two to fire on each other.[2]

A larger variant was used as a ship-to-ship weapon on the Forerunner flagship Mantle's Approach. Unlike their planetside counterpart, this version is powered by an external energy core. John-117 used this vulnerability to neutralize the Mantle's point-defense capacity with his F-41 Broadsword, allowing the UNSC Infinity to attack the ship.[3]


The particle cannon's overall design bears a great deal of resemblance to the description of an Onyx Sentinel.


List of appearances


  1. ^ a b c d e Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide, page 105
  2. ^ a b c Halo 4, campaign level Reclaimer
  3. ^ Halo 4, campaign level Midnight