Best Halo Infinite Weapons for Rank Multiplayer Matches

Look no further if you’re wondering what the best weapons are to use during online multiplayer rank matches in Halo Infinite.

This guide will NOT include Power Weapons since MOST of them are great:

  • M41 SPNKR Rocket Launcher
  • Energy Sword
  • S7 Sniper Rifle
  • Skewer
  • Gravity Hammer
  • Stalker Rifle

Best Halo Infinite Weapons


The Bulldog might be the best weapon in Halo Infinite besides the Power Weapons. It’s short-ranged but packs quite the punch. This weapon can be found on the Streets and Bazaar maps. Unfortunately, it takes a long time to respawn.

Bulldog in Halo Infinite
Bulldog in Halo Infinite.

It takes three shots to finish off an enemy at full health. A combo of one shot followed up with a melee attack can achieve a similar result. Swap out the Bulldog for your default weapon when moving through long, open passageways.


The Heatwave is similar to the Bulldog but has a longer pause between shots. It takes three hits to kill an enemy, or a combo of one shot followed by a melee attack. What’s better about the Heatwave is that its shots can ricochet and hit the enemy in tight areas.

Heatwave in Halo Infinite
Heatwave in Halo Infinite.


The Mangler is a tough weapon to master but can be devastating once used properly. It requires precise aiming and about three shots to “do the enemy in”. It takes a lot of practice to properly aim with and hit enemies. A combo of the Mangler and a melee attack can swiftly defeat a single opponent in a jiffy.

Mangler in Halo Infinite
Mangler in Halo Infinite.

Pulse Carbine

The Pulse Carbine barely made it to the list. It’s a good weapon to spam; if you’re lucky, you may unexpectedly hit someone. You can also intentionally easily hit an enemy with three shots from a round and have their shield reduce enough to quickly finish them off with a bullet-based weapon. This is the most effective method of using the Pulse Carbine and it’s dangerously annoying.

Pulse Carbine in Halo Infinite
Pulse Carbine in Halo Infinite.

Plasma Pistol

One of my favorite weapons in Halo Infinite is the Plasma Pistol. It respawns quickly and can be deadly if used right. To use it to its fullest potential, hold the trigger to charge it up and release it when an enemy gets in range. The blast, if successfully hit, will break the enemy’s shield and reduce their health to the absolute lowest. Quickly swap to your bullet-based gun and finish off the enemy.

Plasma Pistol in Halo Infinite
Plasma Pistol in Halo Infinite.

Shock Rifle

One of the most annoying weapons to be killed with in Halo Infinite is definitely sniper rifles. The Shock Rifle can be found at the top of this chart, at least for me. It’s the sniper rifle version of the Recharge map.

Shock Rifle in Halo Infinite
Shock Rifle in Halo Infinite.

The last thing you might see is the glowing bright light from the other end before you’re waiting 10 seconds to respawn. Using the Shock Rifle requires precise aim and can be a menace to deal with in the right hands.


The Needler feels like a downgraded version of the Plasma Pistol to me. It can OHKO an enemy if used right, but some minor complications can prevent it from doing its job. One such example is if you don’t get all of the needles in during the long wait period. Another is that you’ll be out of luck if you pick the weapon up and fire it without first reloading.

Needler in Halo Infinite
Needler in Halo Infinite.


The Sidekick is a handgun. It lacks power and range but makes up for both with its high fire rate. Additionally, its respawn rate is fast. It’s a good choice of weapon to defeat enemies at close range, especially in tight areas.

Sidekick in Halo Infinite
Sidekick in Halo Infinite.

Worst Halo Infinite Weapons

Some of the worst Halo Infinite weapons for online play:

  • Commando – might seem as a good choice but the recoil is too much to bear.
  • Disruptor – decent but majorly overshadowed by other weapons.
  • Assault Rifle – another decent weapon with automatic fire but not effective.
  • Sentinel Beam – fun to see enemies melting away but not that great.

These lists exclude the Battle Rifle, Hydra, Cindershot, and Ravager since they weren’t in season 1 or season 2 of Halo Infinite’s online multiplayer for Rank matches.