Check in here for strategies on completing the Daily and Weekly challenges in Halo: Reach. If it’s your first time, click through the About HRD link above; and add comments below if you’ve got a good idea of your own for tackling the Challenges today.


Whether you’re home relaxing for the holiday…


…or somewhere far, far away…

SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: x 37 Stitchez x

…still traveling to get there…

HRD Staff: ender4449

…or getting ready to carve the bird…

HRD Staff: Stilus Equus

…We here aboard the Pillar Of Awesome would like to say:

HRD Staff: Ender Xer0


Screenshots Of The Day (#1 and #2) today by NinjaHarley, who climbs out of his Wraith to catch some rays while wearing Mjolnir-level sunblock; and x 37 Stitchez x, who’s about to receive some, eh, uninvited guests.

Send your screenshots to, or just make a file recommendation to us on XBox (Gamertag: Ender Xer0, with a zero), and we’ll take care of the rest. Remember: we’re not looking for Forge art or pix from the Internet; it should be a screenshot of YOU!



  1. crotchhunter says:

    No guide today? only just found this site sorry if i missed something

    • Ender Xer0 says:

      Yeah, we announced a few days ago that we would be taking off today (the American holiday of Thanksgiving). It’s our first-ever break since beginning the site more than a month and a half ago — which gets updated every day, day-in and day-out, even on the weekends. Thanks to everyone for letting us catch our breath for a day as we shove more turkey in our mouths than is medically advised. Much appreciated!!

  2. Avore says:


  3. Will Lee Wonka says:


    What am I thankful for? I’m thankful that the challenges were simple campaign tasks instead of grinding mulitplayer luckfests ( I hate assists!).

    • Thom says:

      But those damn Moas were sure hard to get… speedy suckers.

      • Ender Xer0 says:

        Bro, did I get lucky with this one…I was joyriding the Hog looking for Moa to splatter when I hit a checkpoint and then immediately come across an entire flock of them.

        Empty magnum, revert to last save, rinse and repeat. Yeah! 🙂

  4. Thom says:

    Lucky break! I tried to do that too but just as I killed the last one I got another checkpoint! I had to continue looking for them and chasing them around.

  5. VividChaos says:

    You guys do a damn good job! Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Avore says:

    Since previous days’ HRD “The Little Guys” challenge posts suggested firing up Winter Contingency Rally Point Bravo for Grunt-killing, I combined that suggestion with the “pilot the falcon on WC” trick in this speed run:

    Today I discovered that if I loaded from Rally Point Alpha on Normal and drove right to the base of that hill (just as in the video) that the Falcon is flying over then Jun wasn’t in it (if you see a blue waypoint over the Falcon that’s Jun in it, and you won’t be able to take control of it).

    So, my strategy was:

    1. Start at Rally Point Alpha
    2. Drive the truck directly right down the path across the bridge, get the checkpoint, get near the base of the hill you’re going to go up towards the Falcon.
    3. Hop out of the truck and kill one of the 2 Jackals – the one with the plasma pistol, not the needle rifle.
    4. Swap your pistol for the plasma pistol.
    5. Run up the hill (note the specific black rock in the video you need to jump up and to the right off of while sprinting to make it all the way up the hill).
    6. Do however many cycles of overcharged plasma pistol shots and Assault Rifle damage combos it takes until the Falcon finally stays on the ground (usually rolling down the hill)… at that point you can flip it if necessary and pilot it.

    For the challenge I then followed the speed run to get to the Rally Point Bravo base… as with the video I flew right to the defend-the-troopers dropship area, parked on the dropship’s white energy field, and rode it until it dropped away. While you’re on it the dropship will finally *successfully* shoot you once or twice just before you can’t ride it anymore. Note that this part is key – you need to ride it all the way to that point so it will take you past an invisible barrier in the level that otherwise would prevent you from flying to Rally Point Bravo base.

    Once the phantom dumps you fly S-SW and follow the road which will take you right to the RP Bravo base (it has the big radar dish over it). At this point:

    1. Take out the initial Covenant.
    2. Briefly land the Falcon, hop out, and that will trigger a checkpoint. This is the checkpoint you’ll be reverting to again and again for the challenge (just as you would normally if you’re using WC RP Bravo).
    3. After the checkpoint triggers (pretty much as soon as your feet hit the ground) hop back in the Falcon. You now have a very low invisible ceiling preventing you from flying high, but (especially on easy) you should have no trouble wiping out everything very quickly. Unlike Firefight I don’t think you can kill anything when the dropship doors open, but you can kill them on their way down. The only things that can really stop you are an overcharged plasma shot or an elite hijacking you, and of course revert is your friend should either of those happen.

    Note that the next checkpoint will trigger when you wipe out every covenant *including the 2 banshees* (suddenly very trivial with a Falcon). So if you want to bring them both down to tack on a couple of Right of Way commendation kills make sure you leave an elite or jackal alive before you do so you can revert.

    I’ve had very mixed success with doing a speed run from the beginning of the level and not ending up with Jun in the Falcon when I get there; however I was 2-for-2 starting at Rally Point Alpha tonight in not having him there and being able to grab the bird. Feel free to comment if you try this and end up with him inside and unable to get the Falcon.

    This method has advantages of the Falcon’s canon killing far faster than your DMR can (or at least this player’s), being able to wipe out all the grunts before your fellow Spartans kill-steal any, adding to your War Machine commendation, and, of course, the joy of essentially bringing a rocket launcher to a knife fight.


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