Posted: April 17, 2011 in Multiplayer



Type: Spree
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 45-60 minutes
Value: ★★★☆
Reward: 1250

Earn 5 sprees in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

Wait, another Spree Challenge, on the same day? Whatever. It’s Sunday, we’re game.

Unlike those in Firefight (see above), Multiplayer 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, as we mentioned already, Bungie has created a Spree medal for virtually everything in Reach. 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.

    The Sniper Rifle. AKA El Spree-o.

  • As in Firefight, some weapons in Multiplayer will trigger two Sprees at once; again, these twin-streaks earn you two notches toward your Daily Challenge, as do the extended-streak awards.
  • 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.


    6. If you’re really, really, REALLY desperate, head into Living Dead: five pulls of your Shotgun trigger can earn you THREE Sprees at once (Killing, Shotgun, Zombie Killin’). The drawback, of course, is that when you’re done, you’ll still be playing Living Dead — though, like all Zombie Apocalypses, it should be over soon enough.

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. Grenade Stick
  3. Hammer
  4. Infection
  5. Juggernaut
  6. Kills
  7. Laser
  8. Shotgun
  9. Sniper
  10. Spawn
  11. Splatter
  12. Sword
  13. Wheelman
  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.)

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