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.


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: Spoophmaniac

Screenshot Of The Day today courtesy of Spoophmaniac, who just came to hear this damn Elite beg. Thanks, Spooph, and congrats on the Achievement! 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 plain Forge art or random pix from the Internet; it should be a screenshot of YOU!


DAILY CHALLENGES


Summary

TYPES: Completion, Kills, Killcount, Special Enemy
SETTINGS: Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
TOTAL TIME: 45-60 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★☆
TOTAL CREDITS: 6200

COVENANT-CIDE

Firefight

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Firefight
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 10-20 minutes (Concurrent with One Game, One Spawn Challenge)
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1100

Kill 120 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking.

Load up any power-weapon Firefight Arcade game and you should be able to blast your way to this Challenge in a single match. Even if you fall short of the mark, though, it’s a simple matter to just fire up another, or wrap things up in Score Attack.

(We’d recommend against Score Attack for starters, though; Gruntpocalypse seems like an obvious choice here, but though it offers exactly the number of Grunts you need — 120 — they have a tendancy to blow up themselves, or each other, or both, meaning you’d fall short and need a second Round anyway.)

ONE GAME, ONE SPAWN

Firefight

Zero Deaths

Type: Completion
Setting: Firefight
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 15-20 minutes (Concurrent with Covenant-cide Challenge)
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 2000

Complete a Firefight Matchmaking game without dying.

As noted above, you’ll be able to go after this Challenge at the same time as the other Firefight objective. Check out our Finish The Firefight standing link for an in-depth guide to Zero Deaths.

THE LITTLE GUYS

Campaign

Special Enemy

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Campaign
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 15-20 minutes
Value: ★★★☆
Reward: 1200

Kill 125 Grunts in Campaign today on Normal or harder.

Load up any Campaign mission that opens with Grunts and start making confetti. HRD remains partial to Winter Contingency’s Rally Point Bravo, where the Dropships spit out waves of Grunts in a steady stream, but really any level will do.

Once you’ve cleaned ’em out, simply reload the checkpoint, rinse and repeat.

FREELANCING

Multiplayer

Single Match

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10-15 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 2100

Earn at least 21 kills in a Multiplayer Matchmaking game.

Grifball, yeah?


WEEKLY CHALLENGE


EXODUS: LASO

Campaign

Legendary

Skulls On

Type: Completion
Setting: Campaign
Difficulty: Hard
Time: 90 to 180 minutes
Value: ★★★★
Reward: 15000

Complete Exodus on Legendary with All Skulls On (LASO).

NEW WEEKLY CHALLENGE!

Tip Of The Week

As with most of the LASO Challenges, we have our standard warning: You’re probably never going to do this alone. (And if you can handle a Legendary level by yourself without dying, you don’t need any advice from here.) Otherwise, 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 here, so we’re going to turn the microphone over to the Mythic Master — the jacket-strapped lunatic who invented the SLASO runs, Tyrant himself — and his in-depth guide posted on Halo.Bungie.Org, where the HRD Challenge Report written by Associate Editor Foxman FX appears each day.

Meanwhile, we’ll repeat some of our standard strategies to keep in mind for Legendary difficulty no matter what 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. To help you out, here’s a video walkthrough — done SOLO, and with the Blind Skull on too — that’s a bit long (almost 45 minutes) but well worth the watch if you get frustrated.

GOOD LUCK!

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