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.

Halo Reach Daily is dedicated to my Dad, who taught me what it means to take on a Challenge.


DEFIANT SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


DEFIANT SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: Ender Xer0


Yo Spartans! To mark the release of the spiffy new Defiant Map Pack we’re running Screenshots from the DLC all throughout our return week. Glad too see the Pillar of Awesome out of drydock and HRD up and running again? Snap some Defiant Screenshots and get yourself on the Front Page!

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: Completion, Kills, Sprees
SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy / Grind
TOTAL TIME: 2-4 hours
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★
TOTAL CREDITS: 10250

Yow! Huge cRedit bonuses today! Thx, Bungie!

LIGHT FARE

Any Mode

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Any Game Mode
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1000

Kill 100 enemies in any game mode in Reach.

Take on this one last. You’ll rack up most kills working your way through today’s other Challenges, so no point duplicating your efforts. For your leftovers, our standard recommendations:

  • By far the most convenient carnage remains 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.

JUST HOLD ON . . .

Firefight

Zero Deaths

Type: Completion
Setting: Firefight
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 120-240 minutes
Value: ★★★
Reward: 1750

Complete 10 Rounds in Firefight Matchmaking without dying.

This Challenge used to be MUCH more difficult in the days before Firefight Arcade; your best bet was five perfect waves of Gruntpocalypse, and getting tagged by the occasional stray Plasma would end your run (and fun) pretty damn fast. Now, however, the gift and glory of Overshields will almost always carry you through at least the first Round of the match, not to mention the ridiculously hilarious power weapons at your command.

Still, with Mythic-powered Hunters, Hammer Brutes and Heretic Snipers all populating the later Waves, it’s unlikely you’ll always make it through all three Rounds perfectly — so you’ll be killing time at the same time that you’re killing Covies as you wait for the match to end, since your first death will stop the Challenge’s Round-counter, even if you survive later Rounds unscathed.

Because of that, you’re looking at likely at least five separate Firefight matches, and possibly more, to register this Challenge. That’s quite an investment for such an emaciated Challenge bonus, and we might even consider skipping the Challenge entirely if we didn’t find Firefight Arcade such a goddamn riot.

Meanwhile, though it’s a bit outdated — written before the Firefight playlist upgrade — check out our Finish The Firefight permanent page for an in-depth guide to Zero Deaths; it should still give you enough good advice for racking up the Rounds — and eventually the Challenge.

L.D. WINTER

Campaign

Zero Deaths

Skulls On

Type: Completion
Setting: Campaign
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 30-60 minutes
Value: ★★★★
Reward: 5000

Complete Winter Contingency on Legendary without dying, with Mythic, Thunderstorm, Tilt and Tough Luck on.

Tip Of The Day

Wait. What? Didn’t we just do one of these yesterday? And shouldn’t this one have come first? OK, whatever. For 5,000 cR, we won’t complain.

Though this level remains more welcoming to solo excursions — as the campaign’s first mission, it’s by design the easiest — it’s still better to tackle it in co-op, since the Skulls (see below) make it challenging enough already; you don’t get any gold stars for making life more difficult.

So, much the same recommendations as yesterday, though with prospects not quite as bleak. Once again, four Skulls on. Let’s take a look:

Mythic doubles enemy health. Thunderstorm upgrades their rank — which, ha ha, combines anti-awesomely with Mythic. Tough Luck helps enemies evade damage, while Tilt modifies the damage tables, generally in Covenant favor against Spartan weapons. So, basically, just about everything the game could do to make the Covies as invulnerable as possible without involving the planet Krypton.

On the other hand, Winter Contingency, while not only being easier than most missions, offers wide-open geography that helps your front-line fighters skirt past most encounters, while giving weaker players the opportunity to *ahem* “guard the rear flank” and Checkpoint forward once the danger has passed. So, while it’s true that the game scales up the difficulty for more players in co-op mode, you’ll want the extra guns at your side; otherwise, it’ll could be a very long day of level Reloads.

ONE IMPORTANT NOTE: If you don’t make it through the level alive, you can’t just hit Restart; you’ll need to Save-And-Quit, then reopen the level. Otherwise, it’ll still read your progress as Challenge Failed.

OK then. We don’t have room here for a detailed walkthrough, so instead keep in mind some strategies that help on Legendary difficulty no matter which mission:

    Legendary

  1. On Legendary, Reach becomes an almost entirely different game; rather than the run-and-gun, blaze-of-glory style you enjoyed on Normal, Legendary relies much more on strategy than sheer skill. Your kung fu may be strong, but you won’t be able to ninja your way out of a Legendary plasma shitstorm.
  2. Since the Challenge requires zero deaths, you’ll also need to play even more defensively— stealthy when possible, and get-the-fuck-out when necessary. If you think you’ve just done something that would make an awesome kick-ass clip for your File Share, you’re probably not doing this right.
  3. In almost every situation, look to bypass encounters entirely. You’re not working toward a Campaign score, so no need to take out every enemy — or, actually, any enemy — if you can skip them. (After all, Reach will get glassed anyway, yeah?)
  4. To do this, keep an eye out for perimeter runs along the outskirts of hot zones — not only will natural cover help you slip past Covies more easily, but they’ll be shooting only from one or two directions; get caught in a crossfire on Legendary and you might as well go grab a sandwich while your game Restarts.
  5. When you can’t bypass enemies, keep a distance/headshot weapon handy for taking them out at range. Use the level’s geography to find positions that offer clean lines of sight for precision kills before the enemy AI even figures out where you are.
  6. Effectively skipping one encounter can even bypass the encounter that comes after it, since enemy and vehicle drops often coincide with combat progress; you might find a subsequent battleground entirely empty, since the Covies will have only begun their landing sequence while you’re already getting the hell out of Dodge.
  7. If it looks like the designers want you to engage a major battle from an obvious point of attack, DON’T. The obvious attack points are for Normal difficulty. You’ll want another way in, or around, taking out an objective from afar or skipping a firefight entirely.

Whew! Quite a lot to keep in mind. Just work closely with your teammates and you’ll do fine. Good luck!

STREAKY SHOOTER

Multiplayer

Spree

Type: Spree
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 90-120 minutes
Value: ★★★☆
Reward: 2500

Earn 10 sprees in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

Sprees — five-in-a-row medals, all without dying — can sometimes be a bit tricky, often depending not just on your own skill but the skill of your opponents or the skill of your teammates, or both.

The good news is that in Reach, Bungie has created a Spree medal for virtually everything. We’re accustomed to the Killing Spree and the occasional Sword or Shotgun Spree; but now there are Wheelman Sprees, Laser Sprees, Assist Sprees, and even Teabag and Rage Quit Sprees. (Though we’re pretty sure the medal for that last one is a Quit-Ban.) Also, there’s probably not a Teabag Spree. Yet.

How and where you get these Sprees depends entirely on your playstyle. If you prefer close-quarters combat, hunt out the Sword on a tight map and slash your way to bonus credits; if you like playing Infection — and *cough cough* who doesn’t? — there are even Sprees for blasting five Zombies or infecting five Humans in a row.

Just a few things to keep in mind:

  • In Objective games, the counter for Sprees doesn’t carry over from Round to Round. Thus, get four kills in each Round of 1-Flag game without dying, and you won’t score any Sprees for the match even though you went 16-0. Contrast this with Invasion , which has Phases set up separate and apart from Rounds, and in which the counter does carry over from Phase to Phase.
  • Some weapons will trigger two Sprees at once; for example, the Sword, Sniper and Hammer, since you’ll earn a Spree with the weapon in addition to your naked killstreak. Though we haven’t had a chance to test this out ourselves, we’re told that these twin-streaks actually earn you two notches toward your Daily Challenge, so you’ll particularly want to keep these in mind; likewise, the extended-streak awards — Killing Frenzy, Slice ‘N’ Dice, and so on — should score you additional notches as well.
  • If for some reason you’re still having Spree trouble and it’s running late in the day, you’ve got a few more options:
    1. Hop in a Warthog with a friend — preferably one who’s a good gunner — and joyride him around while he blazes metal. You’ll be working toward a Wheelman Spree, with the added possibility of a Splatter Spree as well. Don’t do it, though, if you’ve already notched a few kills in a row: because Reach has nerfed most vehicles into rolling deathtraps, you’re more likely to get blown to bits (by gunfire, Armor Lock, a flying traffic cone) before you land a good splatter or two, and your killstreak will end in its tracks.
    2. Despite this rolling-deathtrap observation, heavy vehicles can still be good for a few essential kills before they’re sent to scrap, especially against other vehicles. Hop in a Wraith or Revenant and play it conservatively, waiting for the other team to make its rush; you’ll score single- or Double-Kills against guys on the ground, Double- or Triple-kills against vehicles, and you can even boost for splatters when the need arises.
    3. Objective games, especially those on smaller maps, can be great for gathering Sprees: enemies usually converge into clustered hot zones, such as with King Of The Hill or Oddball, making it easier to spam grenades and fire into the crowd; and enemies often become so focused on the objective that they stop playing defensively, racing out in the open toward the waypoint, and surprised when you ambush them before they get there. (Don’t go into the Hill, or grab the Oddball yourself: That’s a sure way to get fragged yourself. You’ll be trading some scoring points in the game for the chance to earn a sizable cRedit bonus by the end of the day.)
    4. Avoid Juggernaut games, however; unless you’re the Jugs himself — in which case you’ve got a great chance to Spree. More likely, though, you’ll go through the entire match without a single kill, let alone five.
    5. If you’re really desperate, head into Invasion or any Big Bro game. There’s actually a Medal called a Spawn Spree, in which you allow a teammate to spawn on you five times without dying. Retarded? Yes, but it’ll notch you toward your Challenge. Just keep yourself away from the Invasion “territory” zones but in a tactically useful spot, and your teammates will thank you for it.

Just for reference, here’s the list of Multiplayer Sprees you’ll find among the Halo Reach medals. Most have three levels (5/10/15), though straight kills measure up to 40 (“Unfrigginbelievable!”).

  1. Assists
  2. Driving
  3. Grenade Stick
  4. Hammer
  5. Infection
  6. Juggernaut
  7. Kills
  8. Laser
  9. Shotgun
  10. Sniper
  11. Spawn
  12. Splatter
  13. Sword
  14. Zombie Killing

(Note that Hail To The King, although awarded for five kills within the Hill, does not itself count as a Spree medal, and so won’t register a second point in your Challenge count beyond your standard Spree.)


WEEKLY CHALLENGE


CLEAR EYES, FULL HEARTS

Multiplayer

Win

Type: Wins
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 90 minutes / day
Value: ★★★★
Reward: 7777

Win 50 games in Multiplayer Matchmaking this week.

And it’s just like it sounds: play enough games and you’ll rack up 50 wins. That divides almost evenly into seven wins per day; considering that some Dailies require as many as seven wins, this one’s little more than just a fifth Daily Challenge that you get paid for at the end of the week; besides, you’d be hanging out in Multiplayer matches anyway.

TAKE NOTE, however: Despite what it may say on your Reach game stats page over at Bungie.net, simply finishing in the top half of a Free-For-All game will NOT register as a win for your Challenge progress here — you’ll need to place First, or not at all.

Likewise, avoid any Objective gametypes that frequently end in a tieCapture The Flag or Assault, for example — since although your game score registers a win for both sides (that is, you both came in “first”), the Weekly Challenge is not so generous; either one team takes the top spot, or both sides lose.

Retarded? Sure. Just think of it like that airhead girl you’ve got to put up with just so she’ll, you know…give you 7,777 cR at the end of the date. Anyway, both of these glitches mean that Team Slayer gametypes become your best option:

  • Avoid Big Team Battle and Invasion; though generally worth more cRedits, they also take longer, and you’re targeting wins here, not just cR. Plus, you can spend twice as much time in a Big Team game and still have a 50% chance of finishing without any Challenge progress; two smaller-squad games will earn just as many credits in the same time, but double your chances at a win.
  • If you’re a weaker player, you can still play a support role to earn the Challenge. Stick by at least one of your comrades to help him team-shoot, watching his back and providing cover fire. Play defensively, helping allies with assists rather than charging in for a big kill; finishing with a low score but only a few deaths is far more important than letting the other team run up their number by stacking your corpses.
  • Remember when I said to avoid Objective games? Well, just as it does with most things, Grifball breaks the rules. Games are usually quick and generally won’t end in a tie, and so all other things being equal you’ll go in with about a 50-50 chance of pulling Host and scoring the win.
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Comments
  1. dukemeiser says:

    Streaky Shooter – INFECTION INFECTION INFECTION! If you kill 5 zombies with a shotgun, that’s a Killing Spree, Zombie Killing Spree, and a Shotgun Spree. That’s 3 with hardly any effort. I played ONE game of Infection and got 8 sprees. Infection sucks in Reach because of the Bulltrue bug, but this is still the best playlist for sprees.

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