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.

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SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY



SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: Shaddaix37

Hey, does that pose look familiar? Screenshot Of The Day today courtesy of Shaddaix37, who does his best Sierra-117 impression — and pulls it off impressively.

Send your screenshots to haloreachdaily@live.com, 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!


DAILY CHALLENGES


Summary
  • TYPES: Kills, Killstyle, Double-Kills, Completion
  • SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Multiplayer
  • AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
  • TOTAL CREDITS: 5750

BLASTIN’ AND RELAXIN’

Any Game Mode

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Any Game Mode
Difficulty: Easy
Reward: 2000

Kill 180 enemies in any game mode in Reach.

Take on this one last. You’ll rack up some kills simply by tackling today’s other Challenges, so no point duplicating your efforts. For your leftovers, our standard recommendations:

  • By far the most convenient carnage can be found at the opening of the Campaign’s ONI Sword Base mission. If you know it and don’t like the stigma of naked credit boosting, skip down. If you don’t know it, you can find a detailed rundown in the Owning On ONI permanent link on the top of this page.
  • But, if you don’t like the open credit farming that goes with Target Locating, simply rack up some quick kills in a Custom Game instead. Click on the Grunt Game Settings link at the top of the page for instructions on the best settings; you’ll also find a Custom Game there already set up for you.

T-HUG IT OUT

Multiplayer

Single Match

Close-Quarters

Type: Killstyle
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Easy
Reward: 1100

Kill 4 enemies with close-quarters combat in a Multiplayer Matchmaking game.

Close-quarter combat includes any form of melee — that means Pummels, Beat-Downs and the ever-spectacular Assassinations. It also includes hand-held weapons like Swords and Hammers, and will even register a point from a Shotgun ambush.

  • Though I normally only reserve this recommendation for enemies and ex-wives, what the hell, I’m already suggesting it once today further down: get your Zombie on in the Living Dead playlist, where you should be able to notch four close-quarter kills before your brain cells begin to consider suicide.
  • If you’ve got no love for Infection — and why would you want to use the words “love” and “infection” in the same sentence? — Rumble Pit remains your other best bet. It’s crazy simple to Sprint-rush opponents for the double-melee, since even if you trade knockouts you’ll score a Challenge point in addition to the regular kill.
  • If you’d rather rely on weapons, you’ll find Swords littered liberally throughout the Rumble maps (Zealot, Sword Base, Countdown, Asylum, Reflection), while Powerhouse offers an easy-access Hammer. One obvious advantage of is that, after you’ve wrapped the Challenge, you’ve still got a power weapon to rack up additional kills.
  • You can tackle this Challenge in Team games as well, but you’ll be disadvantaged by the fact that team-shooting from the other side will seriously limit your ability to rush them, and a teammate with the Sword or Hammer removes the weapon from your list of options; in Free-For-All, you can fire on the carrier from range, then recover it from his shuddering corpse.

DOUBLE DOUBLE

Multiplayer

Single Match

Double-Kill

Type: Multikill
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Easy
Reward: 1350

Earn 2 Double Kills in the same match in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

This’ll be the Challenge that marginally tests your skills today. Double-Kills, while typical, are often a question of circumstance. Getting the odds to align in your favor twice times before the match wraps can be slightly tricky, but there’s a few things you can do to cheat them in your favor.

  • Stick with Rumble Pit. More enemies on smaller maps = more multikills.
  • Vote for gametypes on smaller, tighter maps that encourage enemies to converge into single flashpoints: King Of The Hill and Oddball, for example. Spam grenades into the hotzone, followed by DMR or Magnum headshots and the occasional coup-de-grace melee rush. Avoid the area yourself, however; no sense adding your corpse to the fiesta.
  • Juggernaut can be a mixed blessing: If you’ve got the Hammer, you’ll have an excellent opportunity to skullcrush your way to a trio of Double-Kills. If you’re not Jugs, you won’t be able to score any. Seek out power weapons like Rockets that can deal massive damage to the Juggernaut from a distance; and even without them, steer clear of close-combat and nickel-and-dime your target from range — if you’re lucky, you’ll score the last shot, and get a Hammer for your efforts.
  • If you’re not having much luck in the Pit, get a friend and head into Multiteam; it’s like Rumble Pit With Partners, and your enemies usually travel in pairs. Coordinate your efforts with your teammate: team-shoot one enemy, then whoever doesn’t score the final shot can melee or plasma-burst the second, setting up the Double-Kill.
  • Big Team Battle and Invasion also offer Double-Kill opportunities: taking out a vehicle with passenger, or a pair of enemies in the unlock zone of an Invasion phase, seem like good bets. Your only real problem will be not your enemies, but your allies — with so many players on each side, you’ll have some competition from your teammates to actually score those kills.

Tip Of The Day

NOTE: While it would seem to make sense — since it’s really just a pair of Double-Kills — an Overkill will NOT register a second DK for your Challenge count.

Retarded? You bet. But the coding only counts the Double-Kill Medal itself, not the actual number of kills, so pace your combat accordingly.

PARTICIPATION COUNTS

Multiplayer

Type: Completion
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Retarded
Reward: 1300

Complete 3 games in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

Yes, you really can earn this by doing absolutely nothing for three games; it’s hard to call it a “Challenge” when the only requirement is to prevent your controller from switching off. But, hey, it’s 1300 free cRedits, and there’s a good chance you’ll score them by completing the other Daily Challenges, or simply working on the Weekly. So don’t complain, eh?

If somehow you’ve got a few leftovers and want to wrap them quickly, however, you can simply head over to HRD’s favorite gametype (*cough cough* — sorry, I had some bullshit in my throat): Infection.

For a playlist named “Living Dead”, Infection nets a surprisingly low number of kills, but the games finish incredibly quickly when compared to other Zombie Apocalypses. You should be able to notch a complete game every five minutes or so, not counting matchmaking or post-game, so any remainder in your Challenge points will become sorted in short order. When you’re finished, take consolation in knowing that you got to school some squeaky Halobrats in the proper use of the Sword and Shotgun.


WEEKLY CHALLENGE


ALL IN A WEEK’S WORK

Multiplayer

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Reward: 7777

Kill 1000 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking this week.

Ahh, finally, another Weekly Challenge that’s actually a challenge. Scoring 1K kills in one week sounds like an insurmountable task for which there are no shortcuts, but only the second half of that is right.

The number seems like a towering endcap, attainable only by the truly skilled or truly crazed. But, with all week to run your counter up, it becomes implausible only if you leave it to the very end.

One thousand divides not-so-neatly into 143 kills per day — an eminently manageable number, considering you’ve already completed Daily Challenges that required you to register up to 150 names in the dead-book. Notching that once per day simply turns this into a fifth Daily Challenge, with the massive payoff for all seven days at the end of the week.

Also: Though we don’t know what they are yet, many upcoming Challenges — like today’s Now I Have A Machine Gun — will require you to stack Multiplayer bodies, so you’ll work this one automatically as you wrap up the Dailies during the week. If you want to clear these separately each day, however, just follow the strategies from our standard Multiplayer/Kills Challenges (see Fire When Ready, from Sunday).

Most importantly, don’t talk yourself out of this simply because it’s intimidating; with the Bungie-sized bonus at the end of the week, each kill will net you an additional 7.7 cRedits; considering that a standard kill only awards you 4 cR, you’ll be nearly tripling your cRedit reward for your next thousand kills — but only if you finish. You’re a Spartan, okay? “Impossible” is a word for ODSTs.

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Comments
  1. xxxthetoadxxx says:

    Infection should also give you a nice double kill with the shotgun (if your not terrible) which is one of the new achievements in the DLC coming out today.

  2. xxxthetoadxxx says:

    Disclaimer: Just because your terrible doesnt always mean you cant get a double kill with the shotgun and vice versa.

  3. Will Lee Wonka says:

    There’s a new playist called Grab Bag. Today it was something called Firefight Vs.

    It was weird. 2 on 2 at the heart of it all.

    We got to choose between Vs Grunts, Vs Skirmishers, & Vs Elites.

    We chose grunts.

    It was 2 Spartans (players), basically playing Gruntpocalypse, but also against 2 Elites (players).

    There were limited lives between your team (I think 4).

    It was different but fun.

    But Wonka, what does that have to do with anything about the challenges?

    Well, it didn’t count towards the Participation Counts challenge. 😦

    • Ender Xer0 says:

      I think that it doesn’t count toward Multiplayer Matchmaking the same way that Firefight Matchmaking doesn’t, even though there are, you know, multiple players. It’s got to be in the Competitive playlist — although, does anyone know if Arena and the new DLC playlist qualify? It’d be nice to know…

  4. V Translanka says:

    Just wanted to point out (in case some random stumbles upon this days after the fact I guess), but Invasion on Breakpoint has been up for a couple days now…I haven’t gotten Invasion on Tempest yet, but it’s supposed to be in there as well….

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