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Clever Halo Infinite Trick Makes Pulse Carbine Meta

The Covenant weapon is not Halo Infinite’s most popular gun but a neat trick can truly make the Pulse Carbine meta.

Halo Infinite has many problems at the moment but few can complain about the way the game’s weapons feel.

The gunplay is one of its outstanding features with a vast array of weapons that all seem to have a time and place.

Well, almost all because if there was any weapon that feels a bit on the weak side many would suggest the Pulse Carbine which has proven difficult to rack up the kills with.

However, a recently discovered trick (or two really) has changed many people’s minds about the maligned gun.

Halo Infinite’s Plasma Carbine is Better Than You Think

Pulse Carbine is one of a few new weapons in Halo Infinite. Though similar to some seen in past iterations of the game (namely the Covenant Carbine), the Pulse Carbine is an entirely new gun and, at first glance, it doesn’t seem all that good.

Firing plasma projectiles, in 5-shot bursts, and with substantial damage drop off, the Pulse Carbine often flatters to deceive.

Plasma Carbine Drop weapon trick Halo Infinite
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But it may turn out that we have been using it wrong all along as a recent post on the Halo Infinite subreddit has many looking at the gun in a new (plasma-infused) light.

In a thread titled “I think I understand how to use Plasma Carbine…”, Reddit user, Special_Dragonfruit5 shows that while the Pulse Carbine might not deliver the final blow it can certainly make it come around a lot quicker.

The video shows that by using the Pulse Carbine to destroy an opponents’ shields, then quickly switching to another weapon with a faster fire rate, you can achieve a ridiculously low time-to-kill (TTK).

The best gun’s to switch to appear to be the MA40 Assault Rifle or BR75 Battle Rifle which have both the RPM and stopping power to deliver that final blow.

The comments largely echoed what this Redditor discovered, and one even offered up a way to make this trick even more effective. By dropping your weapon, rather than switching and keeping it, you will swap out weapons even quicker.

This last point may not be considered by many Halo fans as the ability to drop weapons was only added in Halo Infinite.

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If you’re curious about how to do that; keep reading.

How do you drop weapons in Halo Infinite?

Now, you may be wondering how to actually drop your weapon in Halo Infinite and you could be forgiven for not knowing how to do it. As not only was the feature only added in this game, it isn’t even given an assigned button by default.

We will show you how to do so on both PC and Xbox consoles as both are pretty much the same.

So, follow these steps and you’ll be droppin’ it like it’s hot.

  1. Launch Halo Infinite.
  2. Press “F1” or click on the control panel menu at the bottom right hand corner (its the bolt).
  3. Click “Settings”.
  4. If using a controller, scroll down to the “On Foot” section and find the “Drop Weapon” option. We suggest using the ‘right’ button on the D-Pad as this isn’t used in multiplayer.
    It’s the same section on keyboard and mouse and we suggest using a key on your mouse or ‘Q’ or ‘E’.

And there you have it!

We suggest going offline and practicing dropping weapons rather than switching as it will take some time to become muscle memory.

However, once you have it down the Plasma Carbine will soon feel like a must-pick-up weapon!

Once you’ve mastered that you can look at bigger challenges like completing all the Cyber Showdown challenges in a day!

Or learn yet another trick, this time involving the Melee which allows you to kill enemies faster than they can kill you!

Share your thoughts, or ask a question:
Comments 17



Saturday 29th of January 2022

Not sure you know this but wayyyyyyy back when halo infinite first launched it had a tip that said plasma weapons deal more damage to shields while kinetic weapons deal more damage to unshielded enemy's. So good job you discovered common knowledge


Wednesday 26th of January 2022

Sooo hes hot swapping thats not Meta but skill

Fos Kuvol

Monday 24th of January 2022

The issue with this, is that the Plasma Pistol Disruptor, Mangler, AND the Ravager do the same thing faster, and more consistently.

The Plasma Pistol and Ravager can strip the whole shield in one overcharge, switch to Sidekick/AR/Commando/BR, finish off. And the Ravager can do it more reliably due to it not relying on tracking like the PP/PC

Disruptor and Mangler can both easily pop shields as well, in 2-3 shots respectively, before switching to finish with another weapon. And they do it FAR more consistently for the same reason as the Ravager, no tracking required.


Sunday 23rd of January 2022

This is the most obvious and basic strategy I've ever seen


Saturday 22nd of January 2022

How is that "meta"? I'm not sure you understand what that means.