On this page of the Halo Infinite guide you'll learn how to correctly use the grappleshot - the most important gadget Master Chief has. We explain the grappleshot's combat applications (including the ones available only after upgrading it) and exploration applications.
- What is a grappleshot?
- Basic grappleshot applications in combat
- Voltaic upgrade
- First Strike upgrade
- Using the grappleshot while exploring the world
What is a grappleshot?
Grappleshot is a gadget available from the very beginning of the campaign. It's built onto Master Chief's armor and allows you to fire a grappling hook which sticks to surfaces, objects and enemies. This creates many useful opportunities.
You activate the gadget by pressing RB - you'll fire out the hook right where you're aiming. You can either successfully attach the hook or fail - if you fail, the hook will retract allowing you another shot.
The launcher has a cooldown, which means you must wait for a bit after successfully using it. You can shorten the cooldown time by upgrading the grappleshot.
Basic grappleshot applications in combat
You can use the grappleshot in combat and you should be doing so. It has many different applications, the most important of them being:
- Faster movement on the battlefield - You can use the grappleshot to get closer to enemies (which is especially useful if you want to eliminate a sniper) or to get away from them in case you're wounded.
- Grappling opponents - successfully grappling towards an enemy can heavily wound them. You can make this technique even stronger by purchasing two upgrades we describe below.
- Grappling weapons - by doing so you can quickly modify your arsenal if you run out of ammo.
- Grappling explosive containers - this technique allows you to easily throw them at your enemies. The containers explode when they hit an enemy or the environment.
- Grappling turrets. This applies both to inactive turrets and the ones manned by enemies. By grappling a manned turret you can pull the enemy off it.
- Grappling enemy vehicles. This is an excellent method of obtaining new means of transport, as grappling a hostile vehicle will throw an enemy out of it.
Voltaic is one of the Grappleshot upgrades available for purchase for 1 Spartan Core (you can find them in the game world, their purpose is upgrading your character). You should purchase it very early on, optimally immediately after finding your first core.
The upgrade adds a new feature to the grappleshot. Grappling an enemy electrocutes them. This technique works amazingly against weaker enemies, as it kills them instantly - its also allows you to temporarily weaken stronger enemies, letting you to freely attack them while they're shocked and defenseless.
First Strike upgrade
First Strike is another purchasable upgrade which costs 3 Spartan Cores. Once again, we recommend unlocking this upgrade as early as you can.
The upgrade allows you to press the right analog stick (R3) while pulling yourself towards an enemy with the grappleshot. The camera will temporarily shift to the TPP view, and you'll generate a powerful shockwave when you reach your target. This technique works great against single targets or even groups. You should press the analog stick each time you use the launcher and generate shockwaves as often as you can.
Using the grappleshot while exploring the world
The Grappleshot is very useful when traversing areas with chasms, as falling into them immediately kills you. Grappling onto platforms instead of sprinting and jumping is much safer in these situations.
You can also use the grappleshot to climb. For example, it can let you easily get up a steep cliff or onto a roof of a nearby building. Remember not to aim for edges or platforms that are too far away.