Posted: April 10, 2011 in Campaign


Special Enemy


Type: Kills / Special Enemy
Setting: Campaign
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 5 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1700

Kill 50 Elites in Campaign today on Normal or harder.

  • Raining missiles down on ONI Sword Base like the fist of God remains your fastest method of scoring this Challenge. Four Elites await there to die by fire, and each airstrike should take out two or three; that means about 5 minutes before you hit the magic 50. Check out our Owning on ONI standing link at the top of this page for complete instructions.
  • For some variety — and, OK, a whole lot of fun — you can load up the opening of Nightfall instead.
  1. You’ll find an Elite at the edge of the cliff taking a leak on the Grunts below, and who you’ll assassinate to start the level. (OK, maybe he’s not actually taking a leak; but then what the hell is he doing there?)
  2. Anyway, after a few quick melees to the sleeping Grunts nearby, ignore the encampment off to the side and slip instead toward the first makeshift Covie base.

    Don't worry, I've got your back. Just keep pushing forward and...oh, hey, is that Falcon getting off this rock? See ya!

  3. Hey, guess what? You’ve got a Sniper Rifle! Begin introducing cartridges to their foreheads.
  4. You’ll find eight more Elites scattered about, so you’ll score nine kills total before needing a Level Restart. Or, just keep going — the next encounter has more Elites, as well as the one after that, and so on.
  5. Don’t worry too much about Jun stealing kills; he follows the strictly-negotiated Teamster union rules for Halo AI allies, and will generally remain as unhelpful as possible.

(Yes, we know: you can simply scope the level’s first Elite, locate the Checkpoint, then Revert to repeatedly blow his brains out. But if you thought 20+ reloads on ONI became tedious, try 50 on Nightfall. ZZzzzz.)

You can likewise find concentrations of Elites throughout the Campaign — most notably on Pillar Of Autumn at the massive firefight in Boneyard; and at Tip Of The Spear’s Rally Point Bravo, where you’ll gun from the Falcon’s grenade launcher and reload the Checkpoint before you cross Spire’s energy shield. It all depends on how easy, challenging or interesting you want to make your Elite Hunt.

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