Best guns in Halo Infinite Season 1: Every weapon ranked

Liam Mackay
Best weapons in Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite offers players a ton of unique weapons to learn and master, but some are better than others. We’ve taken every gun and melee weapon in Halo Infinite Season 1, placed them in a ranked list, and counted down the top 10.

After its surprise early release, Halo Infinite is finally here. Both casual and competitive players have been grinding the Season 1 Battle Pass, learning the new maps, and of course, mastering all of the weapons.

Halo Infinite offers 22 unique weapons that can be found all over the maps, so we’re breaking down the weapons you should prioritize in your inventory and those which should be left to gather dust.

Here’s Halo Infinite weapon ranked, and why you should be using the top 10.

Best weapons in Halo Infinite ranked list

spartan holding commando rifle in halo infinite

Halo Infinite boats a wide array of weapons, all possessing unique abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. We’ve taken all 22 weapons in Halo Infinite and placed them into a ranked list from best to worst.

Here’s every weapon in Halo Infinite, ranked:

  1. S7 Sniper
  2. M41 SPNKR
  3. Energy Sword
  4. Skewer
  5. Shock Rifle
  6. Gravity Hammer
  7. Cindershot
  8. BR75 Battle Rifle
  9. VK78 Commando
  10. Heatwave
  11. MA40 Assault Rifle
  12. Plasma Pistol
  13. Sentinel Beam
  14. CQS48 Bulldog
  15. Stalker Rifle
  16. MK50 Sidekick
  17. Mangler
  18. Disruptor
  19. Needler
  20. Pulse Carbine
  21. Hydra
  22. Ravager

Top 10 weapons in Halo Infinite

10. Heatwave

Heatwave halo infinite

The Heatwave is a rather unique Shotgun, where the energy pellets will ricochet off surfaces.

You can’t ADS with the Heatwave – instead, it has two fire modes. The first is a wide, horizontal spread that will be able to hit several enemies at once. The other is a tighter verticle spread that’s designed for taking on one enemy at a time.

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If every pellet hits, it can eliminate an enemy in only two shots. But, it’s also excellent for clearing out rooms. Just bounce the pellets into the room, and everyone inside will be left with no armor to defend themselves.

9. VK78 Commando

Commando in Halo Infinite

The Commando rifle is a bit of a skill cannon, where you need to master its fire rate and recoil to maximize its potential.

However, it will still rip of players’ armor in only seven shots, and then you can finish them off with a well-placed headshot. It’s best suited for medium-range combat but will also shred enemies if they push too close.

This isn’t a weapon new players can pick up and dominate with, but spend some time with it and you’ll realize it’s one of the best.

8. BR75 Battle Rifle

Battle Rifle in Halo Infinite

The Battle Rifle is perhaps the most famous Halo weapon of all, and it made it into our top five best FPS weapons of all time.

This burst-fire rifle is deadly accurate and can take out a fully armored enemy in only four bursts. You won’t have any trouble controlling the recoil – just focus on body shots until the shield is cracked, then go for the head in the final burst for a quick and effective elimination.

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Whether you’re a new player or a returning vet, the Battle Rifle is a weapon you’ll always want in your arsenal.

7. Cindershot

CinderShot in Halo Infinite multiplayer

The Cindershot is a unique grenade launcher that’s absolutely devastating in the right Spartan’s hands.

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The Cindershot doesn’t appear great on the surface thanks to the long detonation time of its ‘nades. However, if you aim down sight and bounce them off the ground towards your target, you’ll find it to be deadly. Not only do the grenades deal significant damage, but they also pull their targets towards them – so you don’t need to be entirely accurate.

6. Gravity Hammer

Gravity Hammer in halo infinite

Another classic Halo weapon, the Gravity Hammer returns in Infinite in all its glory.

This massive war hammer is capable of eliminating a fully-armored opponent in only one swing. And you don’t even need to land your swings, hitting the ground beside the opponent will rip their armor off and even send them flying off the map.

The Grav Hammer isn’t quite as effective as the Energy Sword, but it’s absolutely the next best thing.

5. Shock Rifle

Shock Rifle in Halo Infinite

The Shock Rifle acts like a slightly less powerful S7 Sniper, but with a handy twist. It will still one-shot an enemy in the head, but will take three body shots to secure the kill.

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However, the Shock Rifle actually chains damage – so if enemies are near each other, you’ll be able to damage several at once. The shots will only be truly lethal to the Spartan you’re hitting, but it’ll do an excellent job of punishing players that are too close together, allowing your team a quick and easy clean-up.

4. Skewer

Skewer in Halo Infinite

The Skewer is more effective in large maps and Big Team Battle, but its incredibly satisfying one-shot potential is nothing to be sniffed at.

The Skewer fires out a large spike that will one-shot kill an enemy anywhere in the body, even in the toe. Plus, if enemies are in vehicles, you can Skewer them for a quick and easy multi-kill. It’s by far the most satisfying weapon on this list, so it makes the top five with ease.

3. Energy Sword

Halo Infinite spartan using energy sword

The Energy Sword will likely be one of the first weapons that spring to mind when you think of Halo, and for good reason. This deadly melee weapon also made it into our list of the greatest FPS weapons of all time due to its devastating slaying potential.

With Halo Infinite’s high time-to-kill, you can easily close the gap to slice and dice several enemies before they know what hits them.

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2. M41 SPNKR

M41 SPNKR rocket launcher halo infinite

Another one-shot weapon, the M41 SPNKR rocket launcher is the perfect tool for giving your team a headstart. All you have to do is aim at the floor or a wall near an enemy and let the splash damage do the work. Any enemy caught in its radius will be killed instantly, making this one of the most sought-after weapons on the map.

Plus, because it’s a Rocket launcher, it’s also an extremely handy tool for taking out vehicles in larger maps and Big Team Battle.

1. S7 Sniper

S7 Sniper Rifle in Halo Infinite

The number one spot will come as no surprise to Halo fans – the S7 Sniper. This extremely powerful Sniper Rifle can eliminate a fully shielded opponent in only one headshot, and a body shot will wipe their shield and leave them completely vulnerable.

While it’s best at long-range, it has surprisingly accurate hip-fire accuracy, so it’ll even be effective when enemies are pushed up.

If you’re playing a map where the S7 Sniper spawns, you want to make sure it’s your team controlling them.

And those are all of the best weapons Halo Infinite has to offer! You can also check out the best FOV settings to improve your gameplay.

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About The Author

Liam is CharlieIntel's Editor who focuses on Call of Duty but also plays lots of fantasy RPGs or anything else in his massive gaming backlog. After graduating in Journalism from Edinburgh Napier University, Liam freelanced in games journalism before joining CharlieIntel in November 2020. You can contact Liam at [email protected].