Z-8060 particle cannon

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Z-8060 particle cannon
Production overview




Particle cannon[1]



489.7 meters (1,607 ft)[2]


320.5 meters (1,052 ft)[2]


277.5 meters (910 ft)[2]

Ammunition type:

Ionized particles[2]

Feed system:


Rate of fire:

Single beam[1]

Effective range:


Service history

In service:


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


Z-8060 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. The cannons project a hyper-dense beam of negatively charged ions to disintegrate any target in range.[2] 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.[1]

Interestingly, this particle cannon bears a great resemblance to a certain Forerunner portal-generating machine, albeit with its "arms" protruding outwards instead of upwards.[4][5][6]


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 M510 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.[1]


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


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Halo 4, campaign level Reclaimer
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Halo 4: The Essential Visual Guide, page 105
  3. ^ a b Halo: Silentium, pages 278-279
  4. ^ Halo: Spartan Strike, Operation C: Valiant Hammer
  5. ^ Halo: Spartan Strike, Operation D: Adamantine Shield
  6. ^ Halo: Spartan Strike, Operation E: Brother's Keeper