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  • TYPES: Assists, Kills, Special Enemy
  • SETTINGS: Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
  • TOTAL TIME: 170-210 minutes



Type: Kills
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 75 to 90 minutes
Value: ★★★
Reward: 1500

Kill 150 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

A basic, straightforward Challenge. How long it takes simply depends on which playlists you prefer and how good you are at them. So, our standard recommendations:

  • Your best bet remains Rumble Pit, since the kills come fast and furious and you don’t need to worry about K/D — both the game and the Challenges only count kills, not deaths, so trading one-for-one with double-melees will rack up points while scattering your own deaths (more or less) among other players.
  • Most Pit Objective games (King Of The Hill, Oddball, etc.) can also rapidly increase your kill-count — they concentrate combat into small zones, making it easier to spam grenades, death-blossom your Assault Rifle or pickpocket kills from a gunbattle between other players.
  • Skip Juggernaut, however — a low-kill-count option that can leave you with no points at all.
  • For a change of pace, head over to Multiteam or the Team Slayer playlists (Slayer, Swat, Snipers). Avoid Team Objective, since these usually take longer and generate fewer kills.



Type: Assists
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 30-40 minutes
Value: ★★★☆
Reward: 1400

Earn 15 assists today in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

The usual Challenge, with our usual comments: Working toward Assists can always be a hassle, since your natural instincts and gaming skills focus on putting down your enemies, not passing the kill off to another player; nobody makes the highlight reel by almost scoring 15 times. Despite that, Bungie intends to pay you today to help out players who haven’t really earned it as they cash in on your setup.

You’ll be able to work the Gunslinger Challenge at the same time, so there’s some consolation in that. Just click on the Assist-O-Rama standing link at the top of the page for our in-depth guide to Not Closing The Deal.



Special Enemy


Type: Kills / Special Enemy
Setting: Campaign
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1000

Kill 50 infantry-class foes in the Campaign today.

Infantry-class enemies are those weakest among the Covenant horde, and come in a few different flavors; they’re also the ones occasionally given really bitchin’ weapons like Fuel Rod Guns, the better to humiliate you with as you’re blown to hurtling pieces by a twerp you could have squashed with your elbow.

None of that will matter much, however, where we’re going:

  • By far the most convenient cannon-fodder 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. It’ll take about 18 to 20 thunderstorms to rain down enough death to register the Challenge, but each one only takes about 10 seconds, so we’re only talking about a couple of minutes.
  • But, if you don’t like the open credit farming that goes with Target Locating, just load up any Campaign mission that opens with Grunts — and preferably a headshot weapon — then start making confetti. We’re partial to Winter Contingency’s Rally Point Bravo, since the Dropships spit out waves of Grunts in a steady stream, but really any level will do. Once you’ve cleaned ’em out, just reload the checkpoint, rinse and repeat.


    Special Enemy


    Type: Kills / Special Enemy
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 60-75 minutes
    Value: ★★★☆
    Reward: 2000

    Kill 30 Elites in Firefight Matchmaking on Heroic or harder.

    As with all Demon Challenges, the primary hassle remains that only a few Elites emerge in any Firefight Round. In Score Attack only a handful show their faces at all (usually five), and in a standard three-Round Firefight you’ll have three “teammates” (no, we won’t call them “allies”) competing to take them down. Even if they’re not angling for the Challenge, they’re still going to get in the way.

    • Your best bet, then, is to find enough friends for a Co-op Firefight and go into a Sniper or Rocketfight as a group of four: you can coordinate efforts, and with three Rounds worth of Dinos you can share generously amongst each other. You’ll still need at least three matches (and maybe four) for everyone to share-and-share-alike, but you’ll shovel a heap o’ cRedits into your wagon along the way.
    • By the Great Journey, explain the appeal of this demon Justin Bieber. What's that? Ghahckk is not an answer!

    • Without familiar partners, your best bet becomes Score Attack, where you control the map, gametype and who gets to score the Elites. Of course, it’ll still be a headache: Score Attack requires that you survive to party with the Elites, and when it’s you against the galaxy your chances grow slimmer with each Wave.
    • Ordinarily, this would mean a change in tactics, from run-and-gun to stealthy sniping, but you’re also racing a countdown timer; methodically thinning the herd while taking cover when your Shields crash could lead to surviving the fight…but never actually pwning any Dinosaurs.
    • So, veto until offered Sniperfight: it’ll clear Covie fodder faster, as well as efficiently rack up Elites. (There’s little point in a standard solo Firefight; Score Attack doesn’t feature Ordinance Drop.) Also look for a larger map, since close-quarter Firefights tend to become hot zones of clusterfuck explosions, with you inconveniently at the center of the fiesta.




    Skull On

    Type: Completion
    Setting: Campaign
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 10-15 minutes
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 4000

    Complete any Campaign mission on Heroic in 30 minutes with Black Eye on.

    Tip Of The Day

    Probably the easiest Weekly Challenge you’ll see in months — after all, the Challenge itself says that it won’t take more than 30 minutes. (And, trust us, it won’t even take that.) After a couple of Weekly Challenges that actually took all week, this one’ll take less time than a single game of Firefight or Invasion. Cash your cRedits, friend, and don’t complain.

    Okay, only one Skull on here, so let’s take a look: Black Eye disables your shield recharge, unless and until you melee an opponent. A bit retarded, yeah? OK, so it doesn’t make much sense, but it’s been around a long time; kind of like Ozzie Osbourne, neckties, and nipples on men. It is what it is, so don’t ask.

    So, the only real difference is that, like a teenage boy, you’ll need to smack a Grunt every now and again to freshen yourself up; other than that, it’s a typical Heroic Campaign level.

    Decide ahead of time if you intend to go in solo or co-op. If flying solo, your best bet will be to take the Midnight Run on Nightfall. (Never done the Midnight Run? Oh, you’re gonna like this.)

    • After assassinating the initial Elite at the opening of the mission, you’ll Sprint your way through almost the entire level, skirting the perimeter of the map, meleeing an occasional Grunt or Jackal as you go with only a small amount of gunfire when you reach the bridge to Powerhouse. There’s an absolute GEEEnius maneuver with the forklift (yes, the forklift!), and you won’t even encounter the Hunters at all.
    • Here’s a video of the complete route — the guy here finishes the level in five minutes, and that’s with ALL Skulls on; but even if Forky doesn’t immediately cooperate, you should still wrap it in under ten.

    On co-op, the Challenge becomes even easier. You’ve got a couple of solid options, but we prefer Winter Contingency. As the Campaign’s first playable level, it’s also by design the easiest, and the open-ended geography allows players to bypass most encounters entirely.

    • In fact, after the first faceoff with the Covenant, players can Sprint past the next skirmish, off the small cliff that leads to the Warthogs, then drive directly to the firefight at the last compound before the Falcons arrive; other than the occasional bloodthirsty Moa, you’ll hardly encounter any gunplay at all. (You can even skip most of the first clash, if you’re quick about it.)
    • The Falcons take you straight to another firefight at the final building of the level. From there, you need only dispatch a few butch Elites and their entourage to reach the level-ending cutscene.
  • Comments
    1. Brad says:

      Would the new playlist firefight vs work for the demon challenge? Theres an option to have all other enemies to be elites. Havn’t tried it and aren’t sure how many elites would spawn, but having overshields and only one teammate would certainly help.

      • Ender Xer0 says:

        I tried to find that out this morning before posting the daily update (one reason that it came in a bit late) but after four matches I couldn’t get a single other player to vote for Elites. So, does anyone know the answer to this?

        OTOH, I’m not sure I would recommend it anyway, unless you’ve got yourself a party of at least three and can control the vote — otherwise, like me, you could find yourself in match after match without ever getting a game of Elites.

    2. MAL says:

      Like the new format with the values and times to complete a challenge, keep up the great work at HRD!

    3. Gangster No.1 says:

      Eliites killed in Firefight Versus do NOT count towards the Heroic Demon challenge, unfortunately. Reason: It’s not in the Firefight Matchmaking playlist but the Grab Bag playlist.

      My suggestion is to play Sniper Attack in Score Attack. It’s a lot easier to survive until the 5th wave where the dropships will unload 4 – 8 Ranger Elites. With an average of 6 Elites per game, it’s going to take five games; less if you’re lucky, more if you aren’t. 🙂

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