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|Type-55 Directed Energy Rifle/Advanced|
Directed Energy Rifle
|Damage Per Hit||
100 battery units
100 battery units
|Rate of Fire||
High, Fully Automatic
Short to Medium Range
The T-55 Directed Energy Rifle/Advanced, or Storm Rifle, is the evolution of the standard Plasma Rifle and served various infantry during the violent Sangheili civil conflicts that followed the Human-Covenant war. The weapon now includes a modular coil set, a high-mounted cooling shroud, and an extended barrel, all contributing to greater overall performance in the field than its predecessor the Plasma Rifle.
As the name might suggest, the fully automatic weapon unleashes a "storm" of projectiles upon firing - rapid and deadly at close to medium range. Unfortunately, it overheats within approximately 5 seconds of continual fire, yet this is still plenty of time to deplete shields and kill at least a couple of hostiles. It seems the Sangheili have traded the slow yet accurate and longer range weapons of the past for more aggressive variants, influenced by the Jiralhanae "brute force" tactics evident through such items as the Jiralhanae variant of the Type-25 Directed Energy Rifle. The weapon also appears to be similar to the Plasma Repeater, though it lacks the former's ability to quickly vent waste heat..
- It was confirmed by 343 Industries that the Storm Rifle has replaced the Plasma Rifle in Halo 4, marking the first time that the Plasma Rifle has been replaced.
- The Storm Rifle is the only Loadout weapon without a weapon skin design.
- It has a strong resemblance to the Type-51 Carbine, with a different stock and blue coloring.
- The Rifle has a heat display similar in location and appearance to the ammo counter on the MA5 family of firearms.
- One battery unit will disappear when two plasma bolts are fired, meaning a fully-charged Storm Rifle can fire 200 bolts.
- Despite being the successor to the Plasma Rifle, it is actually less effective at removing energy shielding. While the Plasma Rifle can remove shielding in six plasma bolts, the Storm Rifle takes nine.
- In Halo 4 multiplayer, with the ammo specialization enabled, it is possible to spawn with a Storm Rifle that carries a 150% charge. This means that it is capable of firing 300 plasma bolts before its charge is depleted.
- The Storm Rifle is the Halo 4 Covenant equivalent to the UNSC MA5D Assault Rifle, which is interesting, considering that the term 'Assault Rifle' is derived from the German word Sturmgewehr, which means 'Storm Rifle'.
- Halo 4 (First appearance)