So you just bought halo and maybe it is your first ever xbox 360 game. This is my guide on how to use and effectively master each of the halo 3 guns.
To start off you must learn the basics of each gun, and what types of guns you will need. You can carry two guns, but you usually will start off with an assault rifle and no back up.
The gun you will need to master to become a 1337 halo player in the future will be the battle rifle, commonly referred to as the “BR”. This is a three shot burst gun that will kill the enemy with three bursts to the head. The mag size of this gun is large enough to hold rounds to kill three enemies if you hit their heads.
Another two commonly used guns are very similar. They are the shotgun and mauler. The maulers are a bit less powerful, but they are dual-wield able. Simply get near your opponent and shoot once and they should die, however they don’t always die if you’re not close enough so right after you shoot hit the melee button and they will die. The best one-two punch in halo.
The sniper rifle is a very nice weapon to learn how to use. There are both the human sniper and alien sniper called the beam rifle. Unlike games like cod4 and gears of war you have a steady aim. The guns sites won’t be moving around so you can successfully hit them in the head every time once you get good. It holds four shots, so you can kill four people with head shots without reloading, or two people with body shots without reloading.
The needler has changed a lot since halo 2. In halo 2 they were dual-wield able and they were rather weak guns. In halo 3 you can no longer dual-wield them, and they kill your enemy much faster. This gun will beat the assault rifle any time provided you are both hitting each other for the same amount of time.
The SMG which is the halo 2 default gun, took a giant loss of power in halo 3. It is still a gun that you can dual-wield though. You pretty much have to dual-wield this, and even then it’s pretty hard to get kills with it. My suggestion is to not even bother picking one of these up.
The plasma pistol is commonly used in a sequence of moves called the “noob combo”. What happens is you charge up the plasma pistol all the way by holding down the right trigger, and then shooting it at the enemy. It will hit them and completely remove their shields making a melee, or quick switch of guns and one shot possible. Unlike in halo 2 you cannot dual-wield it anymore because it was too powerful and easy to use like that. My advice, do not use this.
The brue shot has become a lot less powerful than in halo 2, but it still is an amazing gun. For the most part a melee will kill them even if they have full shields, and other times I find that it doesn’t. My advice with this gun is to use it when there are a crowd of people. You’re not going to kill a kill if you don’t shot the entire set of grenades out though. Don’t be afraid to run out of ammo simply shot all the grenades loaded and if they are still alive finish them off with a BR.
The covenant carbine is very similar to the BR in power. It is single shot, but has distance and a scope. It has the fastest rate of fire for any rifle gun you get in this game. For the most affective results you must aim for the head, although if your not getting head shots it will still beat any assault rifle.
The energy sword is one of the favorite weapons of noobs and people who are in the process of becoming a respectable opponent. The reason being is that you will lunge forward and stab them. It will kill them in the first stab 90% of the time. Provided you are on a map where you don’t have long distances to run you can camp in corners and behind doorways to get some easy kills. It is more of a noob weapon as most 1337 people will not use it very often to try to keep it out of their “weapon of destruction” in the ending stats and on Bungie.
The gravity hammer is similar in strategy to the energy sword. It is a one hit kill. By hit I mean the hammer has to hit them, if it doesn’t they will lose their shield, and you can finish them off in the way of your choice. Not much strategy to this one, pick up and swing at opponents.
The magnum is that sweet pistol you get in halo 1 with the scope. Well in halo 3 it is garbage. The only use it has is in the campaign, but even then I wouldn’t suggest using it. This gun has little power and a rather slow rate of fire.
The plasma rifle is the covenants version of the SMG. It is much more powerful though, and it can actually be pretty deadly if you dual-wield it. If you have to dual-wield a rifle I would suggest using this one. Be careful though these things have very little range, and I don’t see why they are called a rifle. These are very good guns to melee your opponent with.
The rocket launcher. Yes, sadly Bungie had to put the rocket launcher into the game like every other FPS game out there has. They did take out the vehicle lock-on though. That was given to the missile pod. It’s the same as every other game, shoot it at the ground near them and they will die. Be careful not to kill your own team mates though.
The spartan laser is one of the funnest, and most powerful additions to halo 3. You have about a three second “charging” period before it will release. If you master this gun you will be a deadly opponent on maps like High Ground and Snowbound. Hitting vehicles with this gets you a free double or triple kill. That is also an achievement. Basically just use the scope and camp at a distance to use this.
The last gun, the spiker, is probably one of the least common guns in the game. I rarely see anybody use them, and for good reason. They are less powerful than your starting gun so why pick them up? You can make a pretty decent combo by dual-wielding them, but other than that I suggest passing them up.
The guns will be located in the same place on all ranked game maps. Find the locations of all the guns you will need and you will be set. At the beginning of games there will be a mad rush to certain weapons, so you may want to stand back a ways leaving yourself an exit, and throw grenades to kill your opponent who is going for the weapon.
Many weapons will work great in a grenade shot combo. To learn about grenades and how to effectively use them look for my grenade guide.