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The Top 5 Best Halo Weapons of all time

Here’s our picks for the top 5 best weapons in the Halo franchise. This list will be a mix of power weapons and starting weapons.

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With Halo Infinite being the next exciting step in the franchise, we thought we’d reminisce back to our top 5 favorite weapons in the history of Halo.

Halo has no shortage of amazing weapons, many bringing back nostalgic memories for fans. With every new installment came some exciting new weapons, all with their own great mechanics.

Some of these weapons translated well into the competitive gameplay of Multiplayer, changing the way the game was played. Here are our picks for our top 5 weapons in Halo. This list will be a mix of power weapons and starting weapons.

#5 – Rocket Launcher

Halo's Rocket Launcher

Halo 3’s M19-B SAM Rocket Launcher was no joke. Shoot this into a building or a crowd of enemies would give you easy double or triple kills. If you missed your first shot, you’d still have your second one ready to go to finish off enemies or get a second shot at an easy kill.

The fight for this weapon would always be a bloody one at the start of games, but the player who managed to wield this weapon would clear out objectives with ease.

#4 – Sniper (Halo 2, Halo 3)

Halo 3 Rocket Launcher

Simply put – the snipers in Halo 2 and Halo 3 felt amazing. The feeling of landing a well-placed headshot was unmatched by other weapons. The sniper took skill, and would never one-shot an enemy at full health unless you hit them in the head.

The weapon also had a unique ricochet property, sending missed shots flying off walls until it hit an enemy or lost momentum. Ricochet shots were always awesome to witness, especially in Halo 3.

#3 – Halo 2’s Battle Rifle

Halo 2's Battle Rifle

The Battle Rifle is the most iconic weapon in the Halo franchise. This burst rifle takes down enemies in just a few well-placed bursts to the head and is the ultimate weapon of skill for any Halo player.

We believe all the Battle Rifles are great in their own way, however, the Halo 2 Battle Rifle was especially nostalgic.

#2 – Halo Combat Evolved’s Magnum

Halo Combat Evolved's Magnum

Halo Combat Evolved never saw a formal online multiplayer mode until the introduction of the Anniversary release on the Xbox 360 and later on the Master Chief collection. The Magnum was the standard spawn weapon, and it packed a punch at all ranges.

It’s hailed as the most overpowered starting weapon in the franchise. In just a few headshots, you can take out enemies from any range. It made almost all other weapons useless, and since Combat Evolved couldn’t be patched, there was no changing this weapon as games do now.

#1 – Halo 2: Energy Sword

Halo 2's Energy Sword

The Halo 2 Energy Sword is the most lucrative power weapon of the franchise for one simple reason: it has unlimited uses. The sword has no durability as it did in Halo 3, which means players would fight for the weapon for the entire game.

Simply put, there were no downsides of this energy sword, which made it significantly overpowered.

That concludes our list of the top 5 weapons in the Halo franchise. If we missed any, or if you have any favorites, don’t forget to tweet us @CharlieIntel.

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Apex Legends

Who is the most popular Apex Legends character? Season 10 pick rates

Apex Legends Season 10 is well into its stride, but who has dominated the pick rates for Season 10 of Respawn’s battle royale?

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Season 10 is one of Apex Legends’ biggest ever seasons, and it’s welcomed the popular character Seer. But who has the highest pick rates in Season 10 of Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale shooter?

Apex Legends hit the ground running when it launched with eight different characters to choose from in its rival battle royale offering. The game suffered a notable lull when Call of Duty: Warzone launched, but with many players now jumping ship to Respawn’s game, Apex Legends Season 10 is arguably its biggest ever!

There are now a whopping 18 different Legends to choose from, giving players a headache before each game. The newest one is Seer, and after a dominating start to Season 10, the 1.78 update has seen him receive a significant nerf. This has completely changed the game’s pick rates and made the Season 10 meta open again.

Between the Arenas mode and Ranked Leagues to compete in, thousands of matches have already been logged in Season 10, and we will break down and find the Legends with the highest pick rates in Season 10.

Apex Legends Season 10 pick rate ranked list

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This is our complete list of every character pick in Apex Legends, and we’ve ranked them in ascending order to let you know which are favored more.

Here is every Apex Legends pick rate in Season 10 ranked, as of September 24, 2021, according to Apex Legends Status:

  1. Octane – 14.6%
  2. Wraith – 11.4%
  3. Pathfinder – 9.9%
  4. Bloodhound – 9.1%
  5. Lifeline – 8.4%
  6. Valkyrie – 5.2%
  7. Bangalore – 5.1%
  8. Horizon – 4.6%
  9. Seer – 4.4%
  10. Rampart – 4.3%
  11. Loba – 4.2%
  12. Fuse – 3.7%
  13. Caustic – 3.5%
  14. Mirage – 3.2%
  15. Gibraltar – 2.7%
  16. Revenant – 2.6%
  17. Wattson – 1.6%
  18. Crypto – 1.6%

Best Apex Legends pick rates in Season 10

5. Lifeline – 8.4%

lifeline in Apex Legends Season 10

Just clocking in at the number five spot is Lifeline. Everyone’s favorite healer takes up 8.4% of the Apex Legends’ picks, and for good reason too.

One of the big things that separates Apex Legends from other battle royale games is its lenience towards reviving – specifically Knockdown Shields. It provides lots of time to revive teammates and Lifeline can take advantage of this.

Her Drone of Compassion (or D.O.C) abilities can heal players over time and even revive them without needing Lifeline to do it. Her Care Package Ultimate is a bit weak, but overall, she is a great addition to any team.

4. Bloodhound – 9.1%

apex legends bloodhound character

Again, with the influx of new Apex Legends players, Bloodhound is a great character to use for new players in Season 10.

With nearly a 12% pick rate at the beginning of Season 9, Bloodhound has dipped a bit to 9.1% but still remains the third-most picked Legend. Their pick rate is rising slowly thanks to the alterations to Seer, meaning that Bloodhound is the top Recon class to use in Apex Legends.

Their tracking tools and skills are incredible, and the fleet of foot provided by their Beast of the Hunt Ultimate is priceless.

3. Pathfinder – 9.9%

pathfinder giving a thumbs up in apex legends

A beneficiary of the Seer nerfs, Pathfinder has become a part of Apex Legends’ top five picks at 9.9% and counting.

As a Recon class, Pathfinder simply excels in movements and traversing the game’s various maps. His Grappling Hook and Zipline Gun are simply invaluable assets that will help any team in a pinch – either because of the circle or a third-party situation.

2. Wraith – 11.4%

apex legends wraith character

Another starting legend, Wraith possessed a very high pick rate of nearly 14% during Season 9 and is still currently well-selected backed at 11.4%.

Wraith’s stand-out features are her ability to get out of trouble very quickly – teammates included. Her abilities allow her to sense danger, become temporarily invulnerable, and create portals to escape predicaments. It’s easy to see why Wraith continues to be an absolute fan-favorite in Apex Legends Season 10.

1. Octane – 14.6%

apex legends octane character

The king is back on his throne as the game’s number one pick. Although his pick rate isn’t quite in the 20% region like in Season 9, his still undisputedly the primary selection, and rising, at 14.6%.

Aside from his amusing quips, he is the perfect balance of offense and defense. Despite being regarded as an offensive Legend, Octane can greatly increase his sprint speed which is useful for both attack and running away. But most Octane users thrive on his Launch Pad Ultimate which can send him, and friendly players, high up into the air.

You can use this to sneak attack players, reach high-up spots for beacons, escape battles, or use it as a way to get back into the playing zone.


That covers all the picks in Apex Legends Season 10. As always, buffs and nerfs will come and go throughout the season, affecting the game’s meta, and subsequently, Legend pick rates.

We’ll be sure to keep this updated regularly so you can stay on top of the in picks, and don’t forget to check out our tier list of every Apex Legends weapon. Also, read about the potential incomings in Apex Legends Season 11.

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How to upgrade weapons in Fortnite Season 8: Upgrade Bench locations, Crafting, more

Looking for an upgrade? Here’s how to increase your weapon rarity in Fortnite Season 8 through Upgrade Benches, Crafting, and more.

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Fortnite Upgrade Bench

There are several ways to upgrade your weapons in Fortnite Season 8, so here are all of the Upgrade Bench locations and where you can find Weapon-o-Matic machines to purchase higher rarity guns.

Looting and crafting the best weapons possible is a significant factor in winning a game of Fortnite. All the builds in the world can’t save you if you can’t defend yourself, after all.

Fortnite is a battle royale, so there will always be some luck in finding the best weapons. However, you can eliminate some of this RNG and build the best loadout possible through upgrading and crafting.

Here’s everything you need to know about upgrading weapons in Fortnite Season 8:

Fortnite Season 8 Upgrade Bench locations

Fortnite upgrade bench locations

Several Weapon Upgrade Benches are scattered around the Season 8 map, so you should never be too far away from finding one. You can either consult the map from Fortnite.GG, or check out the detailed locations below.

  • Lockies Lighthouse at the southern docking area
  • Craggy Cliffs in the eastern garage
  • Steamy Stacks in the center building
  • Crashed Cargo east of Believer Beach
  • Believer Beach in the trailer park
  • Risky Reels behind the house
  • Corny Crops in the eastern building where Madcap can be found
  • Compact Cards north of Destroyed Dish
  • Dirty Docks in the eastern warehouse
  • Viking Vessel in the house to the north
  • Dusted Depot east of The Aftermath
  • The Durrr Burger
  • Sherrif’s Office north-west of Lazy Lake
  • Retail Row in the fenced-off electricity area
  • Shanty Town at the southern dock
  • Hydro 16 at the east side
  • Catty Corner at the northern end
  • Camp Cod inside the eastern building

How to use Fortnite Upgrade Benches in Season 8

Fortnite player using weapon upgrade bench

Once you’ve found an Upgrade Bench, you need to approach it, press interact, and follow the prompt to upgrade your weapon’s rarity. But, it comes at a price.

Gold is now Fortnite’s currency, and you’ll need to spend it on upgrading your weapons in matches. Upgrade your weapon a couple of times can get pricey very quickly, so you need to decide if it’s worth all of the hard-earned cash.

Here’s how much it costs to upgrade your weapons in Fortnite:

  • Common (grey) > Uncommon (green) = 200 Gold Bars
  • Uncommon (green) > Rare (blue) = 300 Gold Bars
  • Rare (blue) > Epic (purple) = 400 Gold Bars
  • Epic (purple) > Legendary (orange) = 500 Gold Bars

Fortnite Weapon-o-Matic Vending Machine locations

fortnite weapon-o-matic vending machine locations

If you need a quick weapon fix, Weapon-o-Matic Vending Machines can offer you a cheap alternative – if you’re lucky enough to find one. You won’t need to fork out hundreds of Gold to upgrade, but you can only do so the right upgrade is available.

It only costs 50 Gold Bars to purchase a new weapon from a Weapon-o-Matic machine, so it will be well worth your time checking what they have in stock.

You can check out the map above for every Weapon-o-Matic Vending Machine location.

How to craft weapons in Fortnite Season 8

Fortnite crafting guide

Crafting has also returned in Fortnite Season 8 and can be a great way to build yourself some special weapons. All you need is a base weapon and Nuts and Bolts or Cube Monster Parts.

You can find the Nuts and Bolts all around the Fortnite island in chests and toolboxes, and the Cube Monster Parts are gained by defeating Sideways Monsters. Once you have these parts, here’s what you can craft:

  • Pump Shotgun + Nuts and Bolts: Charge Shotgun
  • Lever Action Shotgun + Nuts and Bolts: Charge Shotgun
  • Assault Rifle + Nuts and Bolts: Suppressed Assault Rifle
  • Burst Assault Rifle + Nuts and Bolts: Suppressed Assault Rifle
  • Submachine Gun + Nuts and Bolts: Rapid Fire SMG
  • Assault Rifle + Cube Monster Parts: Sideways Rifle
  • Burst Assault Rifle + Cube Monster Parts: Sideways Rifle

How to upgrade Sideways Weapons in Fortnite Season 8

Fortnite Sideways weapons

The Sideways spawns in a new area every game, and it can be very lucrative if you’re looking to upgrade your weapons. By using Cube Monster Parts on Sideways Weapons, you can upgrade the weapon’s rarity.

This starts cheap but quickly gets expensive, so you’ll need to take down quite a few Cube Monsters to upgrade these weapons.

Here’s how to upgrade Sideways Weapons in Fortnite Season 8:

  1. Enter the Sideways
  2. Open Sideways chests to get a Sideways Weapon
  3. Defeat Sideways Monsters and collect Cube Monster Parts
  4. Open up the Crafting Menu
  5. Craft the upgrade like you would a normal weapon

And that’s everything you need to know about upgrading weapons in Fortnite Season 8! You can also check out how to complete the Weekly Character Punchcard Quests.

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All Destiny 2 Season of the Lost Emblem Codes for September 2021

Here is a complete list of all the free Destiny 2 Emblem Codes in September 2021 and how to redeem them as well.

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Some awesome Destiny 2 goodies are available to players through free Emblem Codes in Season of the Lost. We have all the codes, and instructions on how to acquire them in September 2021.

Each month, players are given the opportunity by Bungie to add to their collection of cosmetics in Destiny 2. It’s a chance to try out some new looks as you tackle the Trials of Osiris or PVE activities.

Our useful guide has all the Destiny 2 codes for September 2021 and also shows you how to redeem them as well.

Free Destiny 2 Emblem Codes for September 2021

different emblems in destiny 2

The Emblem Codes will give Guardians access to a whole range of different items, and to reiterate, they are all free!

Here is every free Emblem Code for Destiny 2 in September 2021:

  • YRC-C3D-YNC – Spicy Ramen emblem
  • 7D4PKRMD7 – Sequence Flourish
  • X9FGMAH6D – The Unimagined Plane
  • XFV-KHP-N97 – The Visionary
  • A7LFYC44X – Flames of Forgotten Truth
  • JDT-NLC-JKM – Ab Aeterno
  • N3LXN6PXF – The Reflective Proof
  • 7CP-94V-LFP – Lone Focus / Jagged Edge
  • FJ9-LAM-67F – Binding Focus
  • 7F9-767-F74 – Sign of the Finite
  • X4C-FGX-MX3 – Note of Conquest
  • JD7-4CM-HJG – Illusion of Light
  • JNX-DMH-XLA – Field of Light
  • 3VF-LGC-RLX – Insula Thesauraria
  • RA9XPH6KJ – Cryonautics (Beyond Light)
  • JYNJAAY7D – Galilean Excursion (Beyond Light)
  • 7LVGTKT7J – Future In Shadow (Beyond Light)

Even if you’re not wholly interested in every free item being gifted here, it’s still worth claiming them so that you always have the option in the future.

How to redeem Destiny 2 Emblem Codes

destiny 2 season of the lost characters

Bungie doesn’t make it that easy to redeem items as you’ll have to go to their official website to claim them.

Here’s what you’ll need to do with these codes:

  1. Go to Bungie’s code redemption website
  2. Sign into your account, or make one if you haven’t got one
  3. Select your platform
  4. Go through the steps until you get to the code redemption box
  5. Simply enter one of the above codes into the box and click “Redeem”
  6. Now, look at the ‘Redemption History’ tab for instructions on how to gain each item
  7. The item should now be available for you the next time you sign into Destiny 2!

With this knowledge in hand, you should now be able to claim all the items using the above steps.

Also, learn how to fix the Destiny 2 Error Code: BUFFALO.

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