Halo: Master Chief Collection for Dummies – Halo 2 Weapons

Master Chief Collection for Dummies weapon comparisons, Halo 2

The following series of articles gives a recap and brings new players up to speed on the weapons, vehicles, abilities, and spawn systems and strategy in multiplayer of Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4. Due to the sheer volume of information, some subjects were chosen according to how much they vary from game to game, to better prepare the player.

If you missed Prt 1 of Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Dummies – Halo Combat Evolved Weapons, you can find it here >>

First a note to all you newbies out there: Halo 2 has dual-wielding. This means you can hold and fire two weapons at the same time. They don’t have to be the same two weapons, but only some weapons are dual-wieldable; you can’t dual-wield battle rifles, snipers or rockets, so don’t get too excited.

Weapons that are dual-wielded are slightly less accurate and deal slightly less damage. You can’t throw grenades while dual-wielding, and if you melee you will drop your second weapon.

These are weapons that can be dual-wielded in Halo 2:

  • M6C magnum
  • M7 SMG
  • Brute plasma rifle (red)
  • plasma pistol
  • plasma rifle (blue, less powerful)
  • Needler

Strangely enough, the iconic assault rifle, that makes it’s appearance in Halo:CE cutscenes with Master Chief even when the player wasn’t using one, isn’t found in Halo 2.

Master-Chief-Collection-for-Dummies_Halo-2_eliteElites made their first appearance in Halo 2, much to the frustration of many competitive players, who noticed immediately that their hitboxes weren’t the same as Spartans. Hit boxes are where you strike the enemy to get damage. The Battle Rifle, for example, can kill in three body shots and a headshot in Halo 2, but in Elites there is a space between the head and body where it looks like you’re shooting it in the head but the shot doesn’t count.

Halo 2 uses hitscan, which means there is no “travel time” from when you fire your weapon to when it strikes the target; therefore, you do not have to lead your shots in Halo 2 by shooting in front of a running target.

Something of note is in Halo 2 it is easy to do the “no weapon” glitch, even in multiplayer. This is used by gamers to create machinima, but if your friends don’t know about it you can play a trick on them, all you need is a plasma pistol and Oddball. The way to do it is you charge your plasma pistol as you approach the Oddball, picking it up while your weapon is charged. Quickly step back and release it. If you time it right, you’ll have empty hands and no reticule on your screen, but if you walk over any weapons Master Chief will do what he do and re-arm himself.

See a list of weapons that are to be found in the Xbox version of Halo 2 matchmaking, and their specs below.

Halo 2 UNSC Weapons

The Master Chief Collection weapon comparison, Halo 2BR-55 Battle Rifle

It might seem surprising to some, but the Battle Rifle made it’s first appearance in Halo 2, and was not seen in Halo:CE.

Of note: along one side of this Battle Rifle are the Chinese symbols “猴王” which translates to “Monkey King”.

Don’t miss the weapon reload glitches and more coming in the tips and tricks episodes of MCC for Dummies!

  • Rounds to kill: 4
  • Range: Medium to long
  • Magazine: 36 rounds [12 bursts]
  • Max. ammo: 144 rounds [4 magazines]
  • Fire Mode: Semi-automatic, 3-round burst
  • Accuracy: High
  • Zoom: 2x



M6C Magnum

In Halo 2, the epic magnum was stripped of it’s glory, losing it’s scope and much of it’s power, but the ability to use it dual wield takes away some of the sting.

  • Rounds to kill: 5
  • Range: Close to long
  • Magazine: 12 rounds
  • Max. ammo: 60 rounds [5 magazines]
  • Fire Mode: Semi-automatic, VERY fast
  • Accuracy: Medium
  • Zoom: none
  • Dual-wieldable



M90 Shotgun

As always, a very effective close-range defense weapon with one shot kills. In Halo 2 the melee speed was increased and the bullet kill range decreased. Damage to vehicles was decreased as well.

  • Rounds to kill: 1
  • Range: Close to medium
  • Magazine: 12 rounds
  • Max. ammo: 48 rounds
  • Fire Mode: Pump action
  • Accuracy: High
  • Zoom: none




Although the SMG has gnarly recoil, it works great close distance either dual wielded with another SMG or with a plasma rifle. It does not, however, have very good range.

  • Range: Close
  • Magazine: 60 rounds
  • Max. ammo: 240 rounds [4 magazines]
  • Fire Mode: Fully-automatic
  • Accuracy: Moderate to low [distance and recoil dependent]
  • Zoom: none
  • Dual wieldable



Sniper Rifle

The main difference between the Halo 2 sniper and other Halo snipers is the magnetism when you swipe-snipe. Swipe-sniping results in a headshot more often than not, if you depress the trigger in the vicinity of the headshot. To swipe-snipe, simply move the reticule across someone’s head quickly as you depress the trigger.

Of course “more often than not” means more often then not without the Halo 2 swipe-snipe magnetism. You still have to practice sniping to become a more accurate sniper.

  • Rounds to kill: 1 headshot, 2 body shots
  • Range: Long
  • Magazine: 4 rounds
  • Max. ammo: 16 rounds
  • Fire Mode: Semi-automatic
  • Accuracy: Extremely High
  • Zoom: 5x/10x


Master Chief Collection for Dummies - Rocket Launcher
M41 Rocket Launcher

The Halo 2 M41 SSR (Surface-to-surface Rocket) has a mean vehicle lock-on. Once you take out the enemies’ transports with this bad boy, you won’t want any other Halo Rocket Launcher. In Halo 2 the rockets were given a faster reload and melee, and you can see how much ammo you have when scoped in. On the downside, this weapon was stripped of some of it’s power for Halo 2.

  • Rounds to kill: 1
  • Range: Short to long
  • Magazine: 2 rockets
  • Max. ammo: 8 rockets
  • Fire Mode: Semi-automatic
  • Accuracy: Very high
  • Zoom: 2x


Check out these guys playing with the Halo 3 Rocket lock on in this quick video – – looks like fun!


Halo 2 Rocket Tricks

by OmfgIpod


Fragmentation Grenades

Starting in Halo 2, it was possible to shoot grenades out of the air. Like Halo:CE, the frag grenades in Halo 2 are consistent and predictable, bouncing off at the exact same angles when thrown accurately.

  • No. to kill: 2
  • Max. ammo: 4 grenades
  • Kill radius: 5 metres
  • Damage radius: 15 metres
  • Explodes two seconds after first bounce


H2 Covenant Weapons

Plasma Pistol

The charged plasma shot of a Halo 2 plasma pistol could chase a grunt down 50 feet of hallway and around the corner, completely removing his shields and rendering him harmless for the headshot. This weapon performs the same in Halo 2 multiplayer, allowing its wielder to easily take down the shields of anyone who’s unlucky enough to be locked on by it’s reticule.

Once the enemy has no shields, they can easily be dispatched by a headshot from any variety of weapons, resulting in what is commonly known as the “noob-combo”.

  • Range: Short to medium
  • Max. ammo: 300 [charged shot takes 15%]
  • Fire Mode: Semi-automatic, charged shot
  • Accuracy: High
  • Zoom: none
  • Dual-wieldable




This carbine works similarly to other Halo installations, with a 2x magnification and good range. As long as you work to keep the reticule steady, spamming the trigger on this semi-automatic results in a speedy death to your enemy. Most people do not like the Carbine. Most people don’t know how to use it.

  • Shots to kill: 7
  • Range: Medium to long
  • Magazine: 36 rounds
  • Max. ammo: 90 rounds [5 magazines]
  • Fire Mode: Semi-automatic
  • Accuracy: High
  • Zoom: 2x



Plasma Rifle

The Halo 2 Plasma Rifle is a very powerful rifle and should not be passed up. It’s especially deadly dual wielded with any other weapon.

  • Range: Short to medium
  • Max. ammo: 400 bursts
  • Fire Mode: Semi-automatic
  • Accuracy: Moderate
  • Zoom: none
  • Dual-wieldable




Like the plasma pistol, the Halo 2 Needler got an upgrade and has a gnarly locking mechanism. It ruthlessly tracks down enemies not only across long distances, but around corners as well. The resulting explosion can do damage to the wielder and teammates if they’re too near.

  • Rounds to kill: 7 needles causes explosion
  • Range: Short to medium
  • Magazine: 30 needles
  • Max. ammo: 120 needles
  • Fire Mode: Fully-automatic
  • Zoom: None
  • Dual-wieldable 


Energy Sword

In Halo 2 the energy sword has unlimited ammo in multiplayer. Unlike later games, once you’re locked on and your lunge starts, you will not change direction, although like later Halo matchmaking you can use the lunge to get up onto levels you wouldn’t be able to reach otherwise.

When someone is coming at you with a sword, if you can side-step them and melee their sword arm, it is an instant kill.

  • Strikes to kill: 1
  • Range: Short
  • Attack Mode: Melee or lock-on lunge
  • Accuracy: High
  • Zoom: none 


Particle Beam Rifle

This Covenant sniper rifle can fire 18 bursts with a maximum charge, but be careful because if you fire them in too quick of succession it will overheat.

  • Shots to kill: 1 head or 2 body
  • Range: Medium to long
  • Max. ammo: 10 shots
  • Fire Mode: Semi-automatic
  • Accuracy: High
  • Zoom: 2x 


Master-Chief-Collection-for-Dummies_Halo-2_Brute-ShotBrute Shot

The Covenant Brute Shot made it’s debut in Halo 2. The Brute Shot fires grenades that have significant splash damage and can be bounced around corners.

  • Shots to kill: 2
  • Range: Short to medium-long
  • Magazine: 4 grenades
  • Max. ammo: 18 grenades
  • Fire Mode: Semi-automatic
  • Accuracy: High
  • Zoom: none 


Sentinel Beam

Also making it’s debut in Halo 2, the sentinel beam is nasty shock indeed. Headshots seem more effective with this weapon, which can be used to great effect to distract, harass, take down shields and take out unsuspecting enemies, but beware of overheating.

  • Range: Medium to long
  • Max. ammo: 100 battery units
  • Fire Mode: Continuous
  • Accuracy: High
  • Zoom: none 


Plasma Grenade

Plasma grenades were used for grenade jumping in Halo 2 matchmaking, but only if you were host. If you weren’t host, you ran the risk of killing yourself with the blast.

Because Halo 2 will be ran on servers in The Master Chief Collection, it’s up in the air whether or not we’ll be able to use them to grenade jump in matchmaking, but since 343 has announced that host glitches have inadvertently been removed even though they took every effort to include each of the Halo games in their entirety, the Halo 2 grenade jump was probably one that no longer functions.

  • Max. ammo: 4 grenades
  • Kill radius: 4 meters
  • Damage radius: 12 meters
  • Explodes three seconds from when it’s thrown 


That’s all we have for you today on Halo 2 weapons in matchmaking, but just as a little added bonus, check out this Halo 2 weapon sounds comparison footage that came out a couple days ago from PAX Prime, of Halo 2 weapons in The Master Chief Collection. We’ll be able to switch on the fly as we can in Halo:CE, but it will be much faster, and dayum those weapons sound good!



Halo 2: Weapon Sounds Comparison – Master Chief Collection [PAX Prime]

by IGN



What? I got something wrong, you say? Well lemmie know in the comments for gosh sakes so I can fix it!


Sources: halo.wikia.com (various Halo 2 weapons), strategywiki.org (http://strategywiki.org/wiki/Halo_2/Weapons), halopedia.org (http://www.halopedia.org/dual_wielding)

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