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.

* * * MERRY CHRISTMAS! * * *


ENDERTORIAL





HAPPY HALO-DAYS TO EVERYONE! Hope it’s been a fun and exciting Christmas season. As we announced yesterday, because of the holiday we won’t be featuring our regular Daily Update today.

BUT, WE HAVE SOMETHING EVEN BETTER!

It’s our first-ever HRD Daily Challenge, an extra-special Fifth one added onto Bungie’s other four. Complete it successfully, and you won’t get imaginary, space-buck Bungie cRedits; you’ll get the chance to win real, actual prizes bought with cold HRD cash! We told you yesterday how much we appreciate your support during the site’s first few months; now here’s our chance to show it!

So, check out the HRD Christmas Challenge contest below, and keep in mind the most important rule: Have a good time! Winning entries that do not have fun will be disqualified.

Merry Christmas!

Ender Xer0
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CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE SPECIAL



CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE SPECIAL: Save Santa's Workshop!


SAVE SANTA’S WORKSHOP

Headshot

Firefight

Zero Deaths

Type: Completion / Zero Deaths / Killstyle
Setting: Firefight
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10 minutes
Value: ★★★★★★
Reward: Christmas Spirit (and prize drawings)

Save Santa’s Workshop without dying. (BONUS: Score as many headshots as possible.)

With Santa Claus away during Christmas delivering presents, evil Dwarves have stormed Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole, intent on killing all of the helpless and exhausted Elves. Their only hope: YOU!!

Here’s what you need to do to Save Santa’s Workshop, including the chance to win special presents from the Big Guy, such as BradyGame Strategy Guides, Gold Membership cards and free Microsoft Points.

  1. Go into Score Attack Matchmaking on Glacier (the North Pole!) anytime today, Dec. 25, before the new Challenges update for Sunday
  2. Load up Gruntpocalypse, in which 120 Dwarves will storm the Workshop
  3. Repel all five Waves, finishing the game, without ever needing to be brought back to life by Christmas Magic (zero deaths / no respawns)
  4. Send us a link to your Game Record, like this one, at haloreachdaily@live.com, anytime before Monday.
  5. We’ll review your record to verify that you saved Santa’s Workshop, and enter your Gamertag into the prize drawing. Only one entry per Gamertag, so don’t submit multiple games from the same account! Sorry, no guests.
  6. Winners and prizes will be announced Monday, Dec. 27, in the regular HRD Daily Update.

BONUS PRIZE! The Dwarves have been tricked into attacking the Elves by Winter Magic, and they cheer and throw confetti when freed from its spell correctly. The first player who successfully saves the Workshop by freeing the most Dwarves in this way automatically wins a special present from Santa for his good work. (Award goes to player with the most headshots; tie scores go to first player to email the winning Game Report.)

And, just because we know you want to do the regular Bungie Daily and Weekly Challenges today as well, this one will score you the entire Where There’s Smoke… Challenge, as well as notch five more Waves toward your Ride The Wave Weekly! So what are you waiting for, Spartan? Santa needs your help!!


BROTHERHOOD SCREENSHOTS OF THE WEEK



BROTHERHOOD SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: Bark At The Moo

Our final Brotherhood Screenshot Of The Day this week courtesy of Bark At The Moo (far right), who along with his allies (from left to right) x 37 Stitchez x, Noh Wai and BigPimpn2113, suddenly make us want to listen to the Beatles album HELP! (Not that these guys would need any help; they look like they can kick your ass.) Everyone, click to enlarge!

Thanks to everyone who sent in Screenshots for our special Christmas Brotherhood week. If you didn’t make it on to the Front Page, it’s only because we didn’t have room to run them all, and we’re hanging on to them to run during our regular Screenshot Of The Day feature.

As usual, 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!

In the meantime, as promised, here’s a replay of all the special Screenshots that ran on our Front Page this week. Thanks again to everyone for sending them in!

BROTHERHOOD SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: x Hells Harp x


BROTHERHOOD SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: ODST Alpha


BROTHERHOOD SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: KillaMox


BROTHERHOOD SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: Sliderz105


Click to enlarge all of them!

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WEEKLY CHALLENGE


Firefight

Type: Completion
Setting: Firefight
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 180-200 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 4000

Complete 100 Waves in Firefight Matchmaking.

Remember that nightmare grind from early October, when you had to complete 50 Firefight Rounds in a single week? It had been the most tedious Weekly Challenge until last week’s 200 Multikill task. So now Bungie wants 100 instead of 50? Yikes!

Well, as the Hitchhiker’s Guide says on its cover: Don’t Panic. These are merely Waves, and there’s five of ’em in every Round. So, play Gruntpocalypse in Score Attack and you’ll collect five; finish a standard Firefight and you’ll net 16. (Yes, you notch one for the Bonus Round; no, you don’t need to survive.)

That works out to only six full Firefight games, plus part of a seventh to clean up the remainder — Jiminy Christmas, that’s EASY, even this late in the week. In fact, chances are, the Challenges so far this week have already perched you narrowly close to to completion, if you haven’t finished it already.

You can even tear through the entire Challenge today — the HRD Christmas Challenge will net you five Waves for starters, and time’s running short — the Challenge ends tomorrow, so get on it!

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Comments
  1. Thom. says:

    Agh! Glacier makes my eyes cry because every time I play on it I get horrible frame rate drops! But I’ll still do it.

  2. Will Lee Wonka says:

    Just to clarify…

    You mean Score Attack via Matchmaking, right? Not just Firefight – Gruntpocalypse.

    In any case, that’s what I did.

  3. uhh oh oreo says:

    Just finished the christmas challenge! I missed only 5 headshots so hope thats enough to get the bonus. Find out soon enough. Ill be keepin my eye out for more challenges and contests!

    • Ender Xer0 says:

      Heya Oreo! It’s too soon to announce anything, but this first one was just to test the waters (Cold! Oh yeah, North Pole) for bigger Challenges and Contests to come.

      You should see something by way of formal announcement on or shortly after the first of the year. Hope you like ’em!

      –Ender

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