An HE shell before hitting a soldier in Powered Suit.

The "high explosive shell" (榴弾 Ryūdan)[1] is an energy projectile shot from an Extraterrestrial life form.[1]

The HE shell has at least two variation: one is globules of a sticky explosive compound at high muzzle velocity,[2] while the other is a beam able to shoot through a Powered Suit.[3] The HE shell is powerful enough to destroy Powered Suits with single shot.


  • According to the Starship Troopers Memorial Handbook, the HE shell is a hot metal (possibly liquified metal).



  1. 1.0 1.1 Starship Troopers Memorial Handbook
  2. Starship Troopers episode "Johnnie"
  3. Starship Troopers episode "Greg"

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