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.

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DEFIANT SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


DEFIANT SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: player1josh46


DEFIANT SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY today courtesy of enthusiastic site supporter player1josh46, who demonstrates that nothing quite says “badass” like Inclement Weather armor combined with a planet-sized killball. Yow! Thanks Josh….everyone, click to enlarge!

So, it’s been great fun — and, dare I say, Defiant — but after a week of dynamic DLC spectacle we’re back to our regular Screenshots tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who sent in Defiant pix! If your shot didn’t make it onto the Front Page yet, it’ll be part of the mix soon enough.

Meanwhile, if you haven’t done it already, yo: 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 random pix from the Internet; it should be a screenshot of YOU!


DAILY CHALLENGES


Summary

TYPES: Kills, Meta, Special Weapon, Spree
SETTINGS: Firefight, Multiplayer, Theater/FileShare
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy / Grind
TOTAL TIME: 90-120 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★☆
TOTAL CREDITS: 6250

MORE THAN A HANDFUL

Multiplayer

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 60-90 minutes (Concurrent with Single Wield Challenge)
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 2500

Kill 125 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

A basic, straightforward Challenge; you’ll pocket 80 percent of it just by tackling the Single Wield Challenge, and you’ll be able to wrap this one afterward with a single game of Grifball. So, headshots and hammers…not a bad day at the park.

A SIMPLE SPREE

Firefight

Spree

Type: Spree
Setting: Firefight
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1000

Earn any spree in Firefight Matchmaking.

Actually, it would be more of a challenge to complete a Firefight match WITHOUT earning a Spree. Kill 10 Covies without dying and you’ve got a Spree. Kill only 5, but with a Hammer, Sword or Shottie, and you’ve got a Spree. Or a Laser. Or a Sniper. Or Stickies. Or…well, okay. You get the idea.

CLIP IT. SHARE IT.

General

Type: Meta
Setting: Theater / Fileshare
Difficulty: Retarded
Time: 1 minute
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1250

Make a clip from your Local files and upload it to your File Share.

Next week in Daily Challenges: Tyin’ yer shoolaces.

SINGLE WIELD

Multiplayer

Special Weapon

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 60-90 minutes (Concurrent with More Than A Handful Challenge)
Value: ★★★★
Reward: 1500

Earn 100 kills with small arms weapons in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

We’ve all got ’em, and we don’t use ’em nearly enough. No, I’m not talking about your private parts (Get a grip. heh.); I’m talking about the secondary weapons that most of us ignore unless we’ve got no choice, even though they can be a damn sight more reliable than a DMR’s bloomin’ reticule.

In fact, running around with nothing but a Magnum and Plasma Pistol can make you the least popular player in the Rumble Pit; the Magnum, though its clip is smaller, has one the best headshot rates-of-fire in the game — way faster than a DMR — so once an opponent’s shields are down you can snap off an insta-kill with alarmingly lethal speed.

The Magnum’s effective range is somewhat lacking, however, so we recommend looking for smaller maps, though open enough that you’ve still got a decent line of sight and aren’t forced into a fistfight to finish off an enemy (your melees don’t count as “small arms”, no matter what the size of your arms). Most of the Rumble Pit maps will do, though an Invasion map like Boneyard will work well enough too during the first phase, when combat is confined to the self-contained opening section.

Depending on your headshot talent, however, your best bet may be SWAT, where opponents don’t carry Shields and the playlist even features Magnum-exclusive gametypes. You won’t have any Shields either, however, so unless you’re fast on the draw and strong at evading while under fire, you might actually make more rapid progress in a standard gametype, hunting down a Plasma Pistol and using the much-beloved N00b combo to register kills — it’s all a question of your personal skills.

UPDATE: Here’s a great tip from reader ICanHasRofl: Load up Living Dead, where you can rock your Magnum against unshielded opponents until the World As We Know It ends. HRD would still point out a few drawbacks: You won’t always start as a Spartan; and you’ll be playing Living Dead. But both the games and the kills are quick, so try it out.


WEEKLY CHALLENGE


TIP OF THE SPEAR: LASO

Campaign

Legendary

Skulls On

Type: Completion
Setting: Campaign
Difficulty: Hard (solo) / Medium (co-op)
Time: 60-120 minutes
Value: ★★★★
Reward: 13000

Complete Tip Of The Spear on Legendary with All Skulls On (LASO).

Tip Of The Week

There’s no other way to say this: You’ll probably never do this alone. (Besides, if you can handle a Legendary level alone without dying, you won’t need any advice from here.) And while it’s not quite Mythic difficulty — SLASO is solo-only, and includes the Blind Skull — it’s pretty damn close.

So, fair warning: if you’re tackling this, it will be out of inspiration for a personal challenge or from a psychological defect that compels you to complete all Challenges. The 13K bonus is pretty damn skippy, but since you’ve already played the campaign, you won’t earn much besides the Challenge award, and you could easily score that many cRedits playing for an hour on the new Defiant maps (and without the aggravation).

Another major problem: The level’s just so goddamn long — easily twice the missions before it, and probably most of the ones after it too. It’s also filled with nonstop ways to die instantly: heavy vehicles, Hunters, Shade Turrets, Suicide Grunts, explosive weapons, Kat’s driving, all sorts of crap.

So, while it’s true that the game scales up the difficulty for more players in co-op mode, you’ll want the three more guns at your side; otherwise, it’ll just be a very long day of level Reloads. Take note, however: Tip of the Spear also features entire sequences that seem designed to eliminate the co-op exploit of Checkpointing a weak player forward after the rest of the team does the heavy lifting; no “guarding the rear flank” on this one.

OK then. The level’s much too long for a detailed walkthrough, so instead keep in mind some strategies that help on Legendary difficulty no matter which mission:

    Symbol for the unofficial "Mythic" Difficulty

  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 Iron Skull will force the entire team back to a Checkpoint after a single player death, 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.

    You didn't really think you'd actually be able to play this part, right?

  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. For example: the game maneuvers you to neutralize the massive anti-aircraft guns by destroying their inner cores, which you can only access by blazing through a firestorm of Covie hardcores; but you can actually take out both guns simply by pounding the main turret from a distance with Rocket Hog or Revenant fire.

So: Kat's driving, or the Falcon pilot flying into an EMP field -- which one's more retarded? (Trick question, it's a tie.)


Your biggest danger in losing the Challenge will be as your Falcon runs the gauntlet toward Spire; any lagging Teammate will Checkpoint into a turret, so there’s no hiding — and if the Falcon goes down, it’s game over for everyone on board.

The good news: your Falcon turret packs a Grenade Launcher with a bottomless clip rather than single shot, and without the hassle of reloading the thing actually fires pretty goddamn fast. Make use of its EMP burst to paralyze vehicles and take down Elite Shields, and always be anticipating where your next shot will need to go.

Whew! Quite a lot to keep in mind as you try to do the Campaign’s longest level on its hardest difficulty without dying once. To help you out, here’s a two-part video walkthrough — done SOLO — by the guy who invented the so-called Mythic Difficulty. (He’s just doing it here on Legendary, though.)

Good luck!

PART ONE:



PART TWO:


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