Halo Infinite: How to Use the S7 Sniper Rifle

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As befits its Power Weapon status, how to use the sniper rifle in Halo Infinite is a bit more difficult than other weapons. The S7 Sniper Rifle can kill in one hit, if your aim is good enough. The nature of Halo means you'll want to practice that aim without the scope, strange as it may sound, but if you master the sniper rifle, you'll own the map in no time.

S7 Sniper Rifle Basics

  • Type: Sniper rifle (it's in the name)
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  • Ammo type: Kinetic
  • Capacity: 4 rounds
  • Zoom: Double
  • Secondary shot: No

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Halo Infinite Sniper Rifle Location

The S7 spawns only in Power Item locations. These are spots on the ground similar to grenade pickups, only they're marked in gold. Each stage has a few Power Item spots, though not every arena will have a Sniper Rifle. The ones that do include:

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  • Live Fire
  • Behemoth
  • Fragmentation
  • Streets

Power Items spawn at set times, and your AI will tell you when they're both incoming, which means you have about a minute until they arrive, and when they're available. They also say what the item is, so try to pay attention.

A Spartan wielding the S7 Sniper Rifle in Halo Infinite on the Behemoth map

How to Use Sniper Rifle in Halo Infinite

The Sniper Rifle is one of Halo Infinite's most powerful weapons. Headshots kill instantly, no matter what the enemy's shield strength is. One non-headshot hit from the S7 immediately removes the target's shields, so a follow-up with the rifle or any other weapon will kill your opponent.

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Using the scope might seem like the natural thing to do, but we recommend practising shots without the scope. It gives you a couple of advantages, along with earning you the "no-scope kill" medal. A bright light reflects off the S7 when you're zooming down the scope, which is essentially shouting at enemies to come and kill you. The scope is also a bit awkward and unwieldy, and while you can adjust your sensitivity settings to compensate for that a bit, it can't compare to just firing without using the scope. The latter is much faster, which makes it handy for close- and mid-range combat or dealing with a foe that surprises you.

That might happen more often than you'd expect with a sniper rifle, because you should keep moving, tempting as it may be to camp and pick off the enemy team from afar. Halo's too fast and mobile for that kind of strategy to work.

Whatever the case, this isn't a long-term weapon. It runs out of ammo quickly, so make the most of it while you can.

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