The HE shell has at least two variations: one is globules of a sticky explosive compound at high muzzle velocity, while the other is a beam able to shoot through a Powered Suit. 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).
- Starship Troopers Memorial Handbook
- Starship Troopers episode "Johnnie"
- Starship Troopers episode "Greg"