"The Type-25 DEP is the bread and butter of Covenant small armsĂ˘â‚¬â€ťalmost as common as the MA5 is with the UNSC. After the Covenant Carrier jumped there were some areas of Mombasa where plasma pistols covered the ground like leavesĂ˘â‚¬â€ťthat maneuver killed a bunch of dudes on both sides."
Ă˘â‚¬â€ť Unidentified UNSC serviceman
The Type-25 Directed Energy Pistol (Type-25 DEP), also known as the plasma pistol, is a Covenant infantry firearm, carried commonly by the smaller species, such as the Unggoy, Kig-Yar, and the Yanme'e, but is occasionally used by larger species such as the Sangheili and Jiralhanae; as such it is the most commonly encountered Covenant energy weapon. While weak on its own, the plasma pistol has a wide variety of functions and becomes deadly in large numbers.
Model: Iruiru Armory Type-25 Directed Energy Pistol
Type: Blaster pistol/Directed-energy pistol
Skill: Blasters: Plasma pistol
Ammo: 100%* (500)
Cost: Not available for sale
Availability: 2, X
Difficulty: Easy (6-10)**
Fire Rate: 1***
Fire Control: N/A
Damage: 4D (Overcharge: 6D***)
-*Ammo Energy Battery: Covenant and most other energy weapons have a charged battery for the energy shots they fire. Unless stated otherwise, each 1% of the battery counts as 3 roughly 3 shots for the weapon, but this isn't exact as the battery has roughly 500 shots (also making it more like a Star Wars D6 blaster). Throughout the Halo games (Halo: Combat Evolved to Halo 5: Guardians) energy weapons could never be "recharged" in-game unless they were using some form of ammunition (Fuel Rod Gun) or using mods on PC (SPV3), and depleted energy weapons needed to be dropped for a fresh one from a fallen enemy or other source. In Halo Infinite, energy weapons could finally be reloaded by walking by another energy weapon that used the same energy/ammo type. The H:CE mod SPV3 also made the Covenant's purple weapon crates work as a reload/recharge station for their energy weapons out in the field. Recharging an energy weapon from an available source requires an Easy Blaster Repair skill roll. Replacing the battery of an energy weapon requires a Difficult Blaster Repair skill roll. Replacing the battery of an energy heavy weapon is Very Difficult.
-**Alien Technology: Weapons of a design not familiar to the user (such as Covenant, Banished, or Forerunner weapons and equipment in the hands of a human for the first time) have all of their Difficulties increased by 1 level (Easy to Moderate, Difficult to Very Difficult, etc). GMs can negate this penalty after the user has used the item enough times to become familiar with it.
-***Overcharge: The Halo plasma pistol is widely known for being able to charge its shots to be more powerful when released to deal more damage: +2D Damage, takes 10% or 30 ammo to fire. Overcharge also has an EMP effect on vehicles and other electronics and technological items: Damage counts as Ion Weapon Damage from Star Wars D6. Overcharge also grants +1D Fire Control for the user as the overcharged shot is guided towards the intended target.
-Overheat: Plasma and other energy weapons overheat if used constantly and need to be vented to cool the weapon down before they can be used again. When the weapon overheats it will need 2 rounds to cool down before it can be used again. The weapon can be vented manually before this happens and only take 1 round to cool down. Rolling a 1 on the Wild Die can explain an overheat happening. Overcharge shots automatically overheat the weapon and require venting. GMs can say that using such weapons a certain number of times (3, 5, 10?) without a break between uses can also require venting.
-Shield Stripping: Covenenant and other forms of energy weapons in the Halo franchise have often been portrayed as being much more efficient at stripping energy shields than bullets and other solid ballistic weapons. Energy shields automatically lose 1D of shields when hit, before figuring out the Damage Chart level reduction as stated in "Energy Shields" in the Halo D6 Rules Options. If not using those rules, energy shields are reduced -1D against them.
The plasma pistol is a Covenant directed-energy weapon that was reverse-engineered from a Forerunner device. The weapon is powered by a battery cell. This battery can be recharged using a variety of power sources, including UNSC generators, provided an appropriate adaptor is at hand. Plasma pistols have a core power output of 100-150 KV at 2~3 dA, but when overcharged, the power output can reach 1.5 MV @ 2~3 dA. The Type-25 DEP is a semi-automatic weapon using a single collimator design that gives the weapon its smooth and aerodynamic, claw like appearance. The Type-25 DEP's functionality is straightforward, the rear section of the pistol has a holographic display which indicates temperature as the weapon is firedĂ˘â‚¬â€ťin the center of the holographic display is a small red pad, this pad is the Type-25 DEP's safety and activation mechanism. Before the plasma pistol can be fired the user must place their thumb on the pad, the pistol then activates and can be fired. On the left side is another small red button this opens the top heating vent and allows access to the weapon's internal components.
With the dissolution of a centralized manufacturing controlĂ˘â‚¬â€ťas a result of the Great Schism and fall of the CovenantĂ˘â‚¬â€ťnew production of plasma pistols have appeared in a bewildering variety of casing styles and adornments. Much to the consternation of UNSC intelligence officers tasked with categorizing new plasma pistol variants, within this broad type classification are innumerable, different sub-classes. This is due to the Covenant's loose (by human standards) interpretation of "standardization" and disdain of serial manufacturing techniques. (This can explain having variants of the weapon as per the changes made to it between various Halo games).
The plasma pistol has two modes of fire, semi-automatic direct and semi-guided area of effect (AOE), also known as "overcharge".
Default firing mode
When rapidly tapping the trigger, the plasma pistol will fire small bolts of plasma. These bolts deal little damage to targets protected by energy shields, though still more than most bullet weapons. Against unarmored targets, though, the lethality of the Type-25 DEP is extreme. Injuries inflicted to a victim are severe third-degree burns, this level of injury causes the wound to be cauterized instantly upon impact. Body fluids would be subjected to flash vaporization, inducing a strain or a shock on the body after impact, fluids trapped in organs or arteries in addition to the rapid expansion of heat would cause ruptures or small explosions causing additional damage to the target. Near misses can also cause injury to the target, as they produce severe burns to the area they pass, this can also cause heat trauma or heat stroke from the extreme temperatures of the bolt. Should the plasma strike cover, the impact can cause splash damage by flinging heated debris, though the blast radius is smaller than most Covenant explosive weapons.
The semi-auto firing mode can be used until the weapon overheats, after which it must cool down for a few seconds (1 round) before it can be used again. As the weapon approaches low battery, it may sputter and fail to fire. The Hesduros-manufactured pistols used by Jul 'Mdama's forces fire more powerful plasma bolts, with a comparable increase in energy use per shot.
"The trigger is softĂ˘â‚¬â€ťno feedbackĂ˘â‚¬â€ťthereĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s no break that tells you when the overcharge is gonna kick in. First time I did it was by accident and it damn near sprained my wrist."
Ă˘â‚¬â€ť Unidentified UNSC serviceman
If the plasma pistol's trigger is held for a few seconds, the plasma at the tip will gather into a large spherical mass. Releasing the trigger will fire a single bolt of larger size than usual. This bolt, if aimed correctly, will track its target for a short distance if they attempt to dodge (+1D Fire Control). The overcharged bolt creates an electromagnetic pulse, stunning most electronics. If the target is protected by energy shields, all but the strongest shields will break, allowing their body to take damage. If the overcharge strikes a vehicle, it will be temporarily disabled and rendered helpless for several seconds. As such, even the weakest Covenant infantry can thwart an assaulting Spartan or vehicle, forcing their foe to retreat or creating an opening for their allies. Should an overcharged bolt strike an unarmored flesh target, it will result in instant death. During the Battle of Cleveland, Myras Tyla, striking an Unggoy Minor trio with her plasma pistol, disintegrated three Unggoy rapidly from a single overcharged bolt strike.
However, after the overcharged bolt is fired, the pistol will automatically overheat. Until it cools down the pistol cannot be fired in this mode, giving an opposing target enough time to counterattack. Using the overcharge frequently will also drain the battery faster than usual.
The plasma pistol is a great close-to medium range weapon. While it can't inflict high damage at long range, the plasma pistol can be used at a distance if the user fires slowly and aims carefully by leading the target. It is extremely efficient at killing "soft" targets, while dealing large amounts of damage to a heavily armored target. Its overcharge ability is extremely dangerous to shielded infantry, and to non-shielded infantry. Because of the extreme temperatures released, a vehicle running on a hydrogen engine, or one that is lightly covered, can be damaged or disabled if the overcharged bolt hits it Ă˘â‚¬â€ť in addition to the high temperatures, the electromagnetic bottle containing the plasma can produce an EMP which can disable any electronic device within range. When compared with the plasma rifle, the plasma pistol's non-overcharged firing mode is far more accurate at medium and long ranges, although the plasma projectiles tend to arc downward at long range. SPARTANs and Sangheili have the ability to dual-wield plasma pistols, doubling their efficiency in close- to mid-range combat situations. If fired fast enough, the high velocity of the plasma projectile coupled with the force of the kinetic impact, can knock over, or stun infantry.
The plasma pistol, when fired continuously, or when an overcharged bolt is fired, will overheat because of the rapid cycling, loading, ignition, and release sequence of energy. To prevent the weapon from being damaged, the Type-25 DEP temporarily shuts down and opens a cooling vent to allow the excess heat to dissipate before the weapon reactivates. This process leaves the weapon temporarily inoperable. Infantry who are not aware of the function of the plasma pistol can get killed because of this. Human military experts and scientists do not understand how Covenant plasma weapons work, or how they are recharged; as such when the battery is depleted the plasma pistol must be discarded or replaced. At 10% charge level the plasma pistol will begin to misfire, this is due to the battery's inability to deliver enough energy to start and complete the ignition and release phase of operation. As such this hampers the operators use of the weapon. Continuously holding down the trigger while in overcharge mode will rapidly deplete the energy source, and if not careful the weapon can be wasted before firing a single round. Another disadvantage is its short range which is about 10Ă˘â‚¬â€ś25 meters depending on the charge level.
Although the plasma pistol can strike a target at long ranges, it is not suited for long-range combat, due to two distinct properties of the weapon's operation. The first is the rate of thermal expansion which is determined by the rate of the bloom of the bolt; "blooming" is the result of plasma breakdown in the air at energy densities of around a megajoule per cubic centimeter. This effect causes the plasma to defocus and dissolve into the atmosphere. It can be more severe if there is fog, smoke, or dust in the air. As the bolt is accelerated away from the "barrel" of the weapon the plasma begins to decay as a result of the weakening magnetic field. Speed also factors in to this, the faster the bolt is accelerated, the farther the bolt will travel before the temperature of plasma begins to decay and the magnetic field becomes unstable and finally dissipates. As the bolt loses velocity it also loses kinetic damage as it travels longer distances.
The changes between Halo games are listed here if GMs/players wish to upgrade or modify the plasma pistol, or introduce variants produced by the Covenant, Banished, or other factions like the UNSC, Insurecction, etc. The version statted out above is for the Halo: Combat Evolved version.
Halo: Combat Evolved to Halo 2
-The plasma pistol can now be dual-wielded.
-Melee animation changed - instead of the Master Chief holding it in his left hand and punching with his right, he holds it in his right and punches with his left.
-Overcharged shot contrail has been removed.
-Less damage per shot, 26 shots are required to kill a fully-shielded Spartan instead of 15.
-The overcharged bolt does no damage to unshielded targets instead of killing a fully-shielded Spartan in 3 overcharged bolts.
-Rate of fire is slower.
-Overcharge charges up slower but has better tracking.
-Overcharged shots do not kick up as much dirt, dust, sparks and debris as the Halo: Combat Evolved counterpart.
-Green electricity is present between the "prongs" of the Plasma Pistol.
-The color of the plasma pistol (blue) was darkened from Halo: Combat Evolved's version.
-The crosshairs of the reticule move closer together when the overcharge is locked-on to a target.
-The overcharge now takes 15% battery instead of 10-11%.
-The plasma pistol has only 200-300 shots before it runs out of ammo, instead of 500.
Halo 2 to Halo 3
-Maintaining an overcharge without releasing decreases the battery rapidly (about 3% per second). -Overcharges also drain 10% power in addition to the amount decreased when maintaining the charge.
-Takes slightly longer to cool down after overheating.
-If an overcharge impacts with a vehicle, the vehicle is temporarily disabled; same effect as the Power Drain.
-Shorter time to charge an overcharge when holding down the trigger.
-Tracking distance has been lowered; the overcharged bolt will only seek out targets at close range.
-Overcharged bolt has longer contrail than in Halo 2.
-The plasma pistol is marginally weaker than it was in Halo 2, often requiring 1 extra shot to kill most enemies compared with its performance in Halo 2.
-The plasma pistol does the same amount of damage as the assault rifle against unshielded enemies; on Heroic difficulty, both the plasma pistol and assault rifle take 5 shots to kill a Grunt Minor, and 9 shots to kill a Grunt Major or Jackal.
-The plasma pistol now has 400 shots before it runs out of ammo.
-The plasma pistol is now purple instead of blue; it also appears to be smaller than in Halo 2.
Halo 3: ODST
-The plasma bolts in ODST are somewhat smaller and less pronounced than in Halo 3.
Halo 3 to Halo: Reach
-The strength of the plasma pistol has been greatly increased. 10 shots are required to kill a fully-shielded Spartan instead of 26.
-The plasma pistol has received a graphical overhaul with noticeable changes to its design. Its texture appears to be more crudely metallic than in any previous game. Some other changes includes a small raised section on the top, presumably an iron sight and a more defined grip on the lower section.
-Overcharge bolt tracking has been reduced.
-The overcharged bolt creates small area-of-effect damage.
-The pistol produces a faint buzz after you equip it, because of its activation.
-The plasma pistol's rate of fire is reduced to compensate for its higher power.
-Its battery now takes one full energy unit per shot in Multiplayer (five shots in Campaign and Firefight).
-The overcharged bolt not only disables shields, but will also damage around one third of a SPARTAN's health points.
-The overcharge will now drain 15% of the battery per shot (10% in Campaign and Firefight).
-The player will now occasionally melee with the pistol itself, instead of only using their fist.
-Grunts can now use its overcharged function in Campaign and Firefight.
Halo: Reach to Halo 4
-12 shots are required to kill a fully-shielded Spartan.
-4 overcharged bolts are required to kill a fully-shielded Spartan (5 with splash damage only).
-Each shot drains 2% of the battery.
-An overcharged shot now drains 20%-25% of the battery, which is much more than previous games.
-Orange markings on the weapon are now bright blue.
-The sounds have been upgraded.
--The normal shots sound sharper.
--The overcharge is higher pitched and no longer buzzes while it's held.
-360 RPM firing rate for normal shots.
Halo 4 to Halo 2: Anniversary
-Like the original Halo 2 version, the plasma pistol does not lose battery while being overcharged and cannot disable vehicles. However, it can only be overcharged for 5 seconds before the charge dissipates and loses 9% battery.
-Less damage per shot, requires 26 shots to kill a fully-shielded Spartan.
-Cosmetically resembles the Halo: Reach and Halo 4 variations, most specifically the small "sight" atop the main body of the weapon, and the raised hologram at the rear.
-The overcharge is larger and emits a brighter glow.
-After overheating, the pistol emits a cloud of green steam.
-Plasma pistols do not drain shields instantly, even when overcharged.
-Grunts now overcharge plasma pistols in-game.
-Jackals are not capable of using them.
-Elites are not capable of using them.
Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo: Spartan Strike
-The maximum battery size is 200 as opposed to 100 in previous games.
-Ammo can be picked up.
-An overcharged shot resembles and behaves similar to that of a Fuel Rod.
Halo Wars 2
-The grunt wielding Plasma Pistol cannot be upgraded to wield Needlers.
-Suicide Grunts can no longer wield Plasma Pistol except in Blitz game mode.
-Heavy Grunts wielding the Plasma Pistol shoots red projectiles and does slightly more damage against aircraft.
"ItĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s a damned ray gunĂ˘â‚¬â€ťhow come we donĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t have ray guns?"
"ItĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s great in built-up areas and clearing buildings. Anything over a couple dozen meters though? Not so much."
"How the foxtrot does it track anything? WhateverĂ˘â‚¬â€ťI guess thatĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s why I carry an MA5 instead of a TACPAD."
"ItĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s just the right size and it feels good in your hands, but give me an M7 or an MA5 any day of the week."