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All Halo Infinite Equipment items and how to use them

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There are seven Halo Infinite Equipment items for you to equip and use to your advantage in the arenas and battlefield of Halo Infinite. After a surprise early launch, Halo Infinite’s multiplayer mode has gone live ahead of its full official release on December 8, so anyone on Xbox or PC can download the multiplayer beta and test the new Equipment items. There are returning abilities, such as the Thruster from Halo 5: Guardians, Overshield, and Active Camo, but also some new ones, like the Grappleshot and Repulsor. Here’s what you need to know about Halo Infinite’s Equipment items and how they work.

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How Equipment works in Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite equipment repulsor knocking an enemy back

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Equipment items make a return to the Halo series with Halo Infinite, having last made a proper appearance in Halo 3 and were replaced by Armor Abilities in Halo: Reach. These loose items can be picked up and equipped on the battlefield to give yourself an extra edge in combat. Some provide boosts to your mobility while others allow you to be more defensive and counter the attacks of other players. Halo Infinite has seven pieces of Equipment available in the game, although two of them – Overshield and Active Camo – are Power Equipment items which means they only spawn in on certain maps and at certain times in the same way as power weapons.

Halo Infinite equipment hud element

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Any Equipment item in Halo Infinite is automatically picked up when you walk over it unless you already have an equipment item stored. You can see what you have by looking at the box next to your grenade counter in the bottom-right corner of your screen. Each piece of Equipment has its own icon, so make sure you learn how to tell them apart. Press the equipment button to use your current Equipment or you can swap it out by following the button prompt if you find another item that you prefer.

You’ll also notice that a number appears next to the Equipment item icon which indicates how many uses you have for that piece of equipment. You can pick up extra uses for your current Equipment item by running over another of the same item, but not all Equipment gets the same number of default and maximum uses. Power Equipment is single-use and provides a passive benefit for a limited time. You can only hold one at a time, but you can use a piece of Power Equipment and immediately pick up a different Equipment item.

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All Equipment items, except for Overshield and Active Camo, have short cooldowns between uses, lasting no more than several seconds, but there is a bit of variation. The Grappleshot has almost no cooldown while the Drop Wall has a relatively significant cooldown but it’s still only a few seconds – just long enough to prevent you from spamming shield walls. Here’s what we found out about each equipment item in Halo Infinite from testing against bots and in multiplayer.

Drop Wall

Halo Infinite equipment drop wall shield protecting player

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The Drop Wall is a one-way shield that you can throw out and use as a bit of cover. The fact that it’s one-way means you can shoot through the shield from the back but not the front. The shield is split into 15 different panels, each can be destroyed by only three shots from an Assault Rifle, so it’s a pretty weak shield, but will give you just enough cover to fire back a few shots at your enemy before being hit. It can also block grenades, so if you’re reactions are good enough, you could deploy a Drop Wall to block a couple of explosives. It’s not a solid object though, so players and vehicles can pass through it. After throwing out a Drop Wall, it will destroy itself after 10 seconds.

Default number of uses: 2
Maximum number of uses: 3

Grappleshot

Halo Infinite equipment grappleshot grappling hook swinging to ledge

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Of course Halo Infinite has a grappling hook, and it comes in the form of the Grappleshot. Players can tap the Equipment button to rapidly fire out the hook and get quickly reeled in towards the hook point. It’s an incredibly fun Equipment item to use and can be used in some creative ways. You can grapple enemies to close in for a kill (which combos really well with the Energy Sword), use it to quickly cross a map with a good swing, or you can pull yourself up to hard-to-reach ledges very quickly. It can even pick up weapons and CTF Flags from afar!

Halo Infinite equipment grappleshot grappling enemy spartan

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As you fly through the air, you have some mid-air control and can swing around with the hook, but you’ll break the grappling line if you look away from the hook point too much. Pressing the Equipment button or the Crouch button while grappling will cut the line early too, although if you cut the line by crouching, you will slide when you hit the ground. Also look out for the yellow dot in the middle of your crosshair while you have the Grappleshot equipped – it appears whenever the surface or object you’re looking at is in range of your hook.

Default number of uses:
Maximum number of uses: 5

Repulsor

Halo Infinite equipment repulsor sending a plasma grenade back

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The Repulsor is the ultimate grenade and close-quarters repellent. Using the Repulsor causes your Spartan to quickly to fire out a wrist-mounted blast that knocks things back. The most obvious use is to keep enemies – perhaps those with a sword, hammer, or shotgun – away from you, but it also works against vehicles and even explosives rockets and grenades. If you can react quickly enough, deflecting a thrown Plasma Grenade with the Repulsor almost always causes it to fly back and stick to whoever threw it.

Halo Infinite equipment repulsor knocking an enemy spartan off the map

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If you want to use the Repulsor for more lethal purposes, using the map to your advantage is key as you can bait enemies to the edge of a map and boop them into the abyss. Repelling an enemy so that they hit a wall while they are on incredibly low health can also be just enough to kill them.

Default number of uses: 3
Maximum number of uses: 5

Threat Sensor

Halo Infinite equipment threat sensor detecting enemies

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The Threat Sensor is a little device that can be fired off like a sticky grenade to reveal the positions of nearby enemies. When the sensor sticks to a surface, or even another player, it emits a few pulses that highlight enemies in proximity with a red silhouette, even through solid objects like walls and cover. Each senor lasts for six seconds as soon as it starts emitting its pulses, so you’ve got a decent amount of time to survey your enemies and make your move or respond to their incoming attack. However, please note that the Threat Sensor does not counter Active Camo!

Default Number of uses: 2
Maximum number of uses: 4

Thruster

Halo Infinite equipment thruster evading enemy

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The Thruster equipment item gives you a couple of charges for a thruster pack that allows you to perform a rapid, short-range lateral dash. Its main use is as an evasive tool, since a quick dash backwards or to the side might be enough to get you a bit of extra cover or to through off your opponent’s aim. You can also use the Thruster more aggressively to close the gap between you and an enemy and get up close, or using it in mid-air can allow you to jump further than usual to unlock new traversal pathways in tight 4 vs 4 arena maps.

Default Number of uses: 3
Maximum number of uses: 5

Active Camo

Halo Infinite equipment item active camo invisibility

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Active Camo has been in most Halo games in some form, but it is incredibly powerful in Halo Infinite. Using this Power Equipment makes you almost totally invisible for about 30 seconds from the moment you activate it. You will become very difficult to spot with only faint ripples giving you away. The invisibility temporarily stops when you shoot your weapon, melee, throw a grenade, or sprint, but you will become invisible again if you stop sprinting or attacking. To make things worse for your opponents, you don’t show up on motion trackers while you are invisible and you can’t be spotted by Threat Sensors, meaning the only way to get spotted is by the keen eyes of your opponents.

Overshield

Halo Infinite equipment overshield extra health item

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The Overshield is a classic Halo power-up that makes a return in Halo Infinite. Using this Power Equipment item will add an extra layer of shielding to your health bar that decays over time. It takes about 40 seconds to fully decay from the moment the Overshield becomes active. You’ll notice your health bar at the top of your screen turn yellow while you have an Overshield active, but the yellow bar will shrink as the shield decays. Other than that, its exactly like a normal shield, making you almost twice as hard to kill!

Will Sawyer

After realising I hated writing local news when I started my journalism degree, I decided to make it my mission to combine my gaming interests with work and become a games journalist. Even with my final year of uni cut short by a small virus you may have heard of, I managed to graduate from Kingston University London and have been doing freelance guides writing since the start of 2021. I was previously at Game Rant, but now I'm over here at GamesRadar+, no doubt still spending far too much time doing Warlock space magic stuff in Destiny 2, and trying to claw my way to Apex Predator in Apex Legends.