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hey whats going on guys, I'm Mike for Halo Follower. In Halo, one of the most iconic
Covenant weapons is the Needler. Named after the razor sharp crystals the weapon fires,
it's actual name is the Type 33 guided munitions launcher. According to sources, the crystalline
projectiles are believed to use heat or organic signatures to hone in on targets though they
don't attract to friendlies. But what if the needler was real? The needler range varies
game to game, but the average velocity is quite slow at only 8 meters per second. That
means that if shot from the master chief at ground level, it should have a maximum range
of about 5.3 meters. In the game though the range is much farther with significantly less
drop off. The weapon has two major means of damage. The impact and the super-combine.
On the needler most of the damage is done due to the super combine. The projectile was
traveling at a a lot faster rate, the impact energy and damage would be devastating. The
question is why does the needler fire so slowly. The answer may lie with the heat seeking nature
of the weapon. The range is significantly than what is should be from the initial velocity
and equations of motion. It's likely that the needle travels from a solid to a gas from
the inside out, almost acting as a propellant. If the material properties of the crystal
was attracted to organic material, this may be how the needle has the lock on mechanic.
It seems that the trade off is between the velocity and lock on potential. With an increase
in needle velocity, such as the needle rifle, the weapon looses nearly all of its lock on
potential. But gains in more precise projectiles that can pierce armor and are harder to out
maneuver. With the needler, we see an easier learning curve that doesn't require precise
fire from the operator. The rounds are less reliable against armor and are easier to out
maneuver, but an army of cheap untrained soldiers outfitted with the needler could be quite
devastating. The super combine aspect of the needler is far fetched in a lot of aspects,
but more believable in other. For example, there are some elements that violently react
with water. Potassium, Sodium, really anything in that column of the periodic table could
be use. It's possible that a chain reaction could take place. It's possible that a chain
reaction could take place, where more links in the chain, the more violent. It's also
possible that each needle is laced with a minor amount of explosives. This could explain
why when the needle is fired into the open air, the range is significantly limited just
by a minor explosion destroying the needle. Maybe the whole thing is on a timer, unless
the concentration reaches a certain point, the needle explodes. Needle ammunition also
isn't as damaging to soft targets due to lower kinetic energy and smaller impact area. Traditional
ammunition is used to maximize accuracy and damage. Needler ammunition simply isn't as
good at either. In the game, the needles are more like crystals, which may or may not make
them more devastating. If anything, the needler would be a terror weapon, intended to scare
people, not as a real high damage, high efficiency weapon. There are many unanswered questions
about how the needler actually operates, but we'll have to give the Covenant the benefit
of the doubt and just say they probably figured it out. That's all the time I have for today,
if you enjoyed this video please be sure to give it a like and be sure to check out other
videos on this channel. But anyways guys, thanks for watching.
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WHAT IF THE NEEDLER WAS REAL? - Halo Science

214 Folder Collection
Mine Shi Lee published on November 25, 2016
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