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.


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: | Apprentice |

An awesome Screenshot Of The Day today courtesy of | Apprentice |, who demonstrates the reason why he should always be on Red Team. Thanks, Apprentice! Everyone, click to enlarge!

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, Killstyle, Special Weapon
SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy / Grind
TOTAL TIME: 45-60 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★☆
TOTAL CREDITS: 5750

LIGHT FARE

Any Game Mode

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Any Game Mode
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 5 minutes (Concurrent with other Daily Challenges)
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1000

Kill 100 enemies in any game mode in Reach.

You’ll score nearly all of these automatically as part of completing your other Daily Challenges today. For leftovers, just head into ONI Sword Base or an anti-Grunt Custom Firefight game (see links at top of the page for both).

SINGLE WIELD

Multiplayer

Special Weapon

Kills

Type: Kills / Special Weapon
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 15-20 minutes
Value: ★★★★
Reward: 1250

Earn 30 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.

And 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.

. . . GOT A TRIPLE-DOUBLE

Multiplayer

Single Match

Double-Kill

Type: Multikills
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1500

Earn 3 Double-Kills in the same match in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

Yay! Our first new Grifball pic. This one’s from HANN1BLE K1NG. Thanks, Hannible!



A couple of other quick notes:

  • 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.
  • The REAL Triple-Double

    This Challenge also has nothing to do with the actual Triple-Double Medal, despite that the Challenge name suggests that you, well, would need to get one. That medal — which requires a double-digit finish in your Kills, Assists and Headshot stats (pretty cool, eh?) — remains strictly a Bungie.net medal, like the Halo 3 Steaktacular Medal, and so doesn’t show up in your regular Xbox gameplay.

    In other words, it’s b.net that calculates the stats and awards the medal, so your Xbox never knows it happened. But hey, a real Triple-Double would make a pretty cool Challenge, yeah?

YOU WANT THIS, DON’T YOU?

Multiplayer

Single Match

Special Weapon

Kills

Type: Kills / Special Weapon
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 20-30 minutes
Value: ★★★★
Reward: 2000

Earn 14 kills with precision weapons in a Multiplayer Matchmaking game.

All sorts of options here, since “Precision Weapon” includes Snipers, Needle Rifles, and the trusty standard-issue DMR. (Even though your Magnum is a headshot weapon, it’s actually classified as a Sidearm; the Focus Rifle is a precision weapon too, but they’re fewer and further between in Multiplayer.)

Both SWAT and Team Snipers seem obvious choices, though just about any gametype with a DMR start will qualify. In the playlists that don’t emphasize one-hit kills — Team Slayer, Rumble Pit, for example — keep in mind that you only need your DMR for the final shot: soften up (but don’t kill) enemies with grenades before you open fire, take down shields with an overcharged Plasma Pistol and follow melees with a headshot rather than a second melee. Remember also that you only need use a precision weapon to score a kill, not necessarily a headshot — so feel free to Supercombine with a Needle Rifle, it’ll uptick your Challenge meter just the same.

Likewise, you obviously want to avoid most instant-kill weapons, such as the Sword, Hammer, Shotgun, Rockets and Plasma Grenades, though that doesn’t mean you can’t use them to your advantage: most of these tempt other players just by their very presence, and they often concentrate more on scoring the weapon than fighting or defending. Like every other creature in the galaxy, Halo players can’t resist the lure of a shiny object.

So, even if you’ve got the chance to swap out for one yourself, consider using it instead to set a trap, waiting for players who have focused more on the power weapon than the dangers of their immediate environment (such as you). Or, even better, snag it and then drop it again in an absurdly open space, where other players are sure to see it but have little in the way of cover or defense. Unlike most other types of camping, you won’t have to wait very long for someone to show up.


WEEKLY CHALLENGE


LONG NIGHT OF SOLACE: LASO

Campaign

Legendary

Skulls On

Type: Completion
Setting: Campaign
Difficulty: Hard
Time: 90 to 180 minutes
Value: ★★★★
Reward: 14000

Complete Long Night Of Solace on Legendary with All Skulls On (LASO).

Tip Of The Week

As with most of the LASO Challenges, we have our standard warning: There’s really no other way to say this, but you’re probably never going to do this alone. (If you can handle a Legendary level solo without dying, though, 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, while it’s true that the game amps 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.

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

    The 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.
  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 as you try to do the one of the Campaign’s hardest levels on its most extreme difficulty without dying once. To help you out, here’s a video walkthrough — done SOLO — that’s quite long (90 minutes) but well worth the watch if you get frustrated.

GOOD LUCK!

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