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.


ENDERTORIAL



Hey all, just a quick note: Since tomorrow is Easter Sunday, the Pillar Of Awesome will be operating with a skeleton crew and the HRD regular update will go dormant unless the Challenges feature some massive glitch, or Bungie does something tremendously interesting that we feel like writing about.

Will it offer an entire Challenge day built around campaign Easter Eggs? Will Multiplayer deaths require three days to respawn? Stranger things have happened on Easter, so let’s wait and find out.

Otherwise, see you all again on Monday!

Pax,
Ender Xer0
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SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


Halo Reach Daily Challenges Screenshot

SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: Defter Sapex

Screenshot Of The Day today courtesy of friend-of-the-blog Defter Sapex, with another fine Spartan portrait. Thanks, Defter! 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: Assists, Completion, Kills, Special Weapon
SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Campaign, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy / Grind
TOTAL TIME: 60-90 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★
TOTAL CREDITS: 5500

LIGHT FARE

Any Game Mode

Kills

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

Kill 100 enemies in any game mode in Reach.

You’ll score many 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).

PASS THE ROCK

Multiplayer

Assists

Type: Assists
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 50-70 minutes
Value: ★★
Reward: 1500

Earn 20 assists today in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

NOTE: Remember that maddening glitch from the first time this Challenge appeared, when it required you to score Assists before your first death, and then the counter locked until your next game? Yeah, well, that’s been fixed. Rack up your Assists and get killed with reckless abandon, they’ll all still register toward the Challenge.

So, our standard spiel: Working toward Assists can always be a hassle, since your natural instincts and gaming skills focus on putting down your enemies, not passing the kill off to another player. Nobody makes the highlight reel by almost scoring 20 times.

Despite that, Bungie intends to pay you today to help out other players who haven’t really earned it when they cash in on your setup. Click on the Assist-O-Rama permanent link at the top of the page for our in-depth guide to Not Closing The Deal.

NOT AS CLUMSY OR RANDOM . . .

Multiplayer

Single Match

Special Weapon

Kills

Type: Kills / Special Weapon
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5-10 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1000

Earn 5 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.

JUST A SHOWER

Campaign

Skull On

Type: Completion
Setting: Campaign
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5-10 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 2000

Complete any Campaign mission on Normal or harder with Thunderstorm on.

Only one Skull on this time, so let’s take a look: Thunderstorm upgrades enemies to the next difficulty class; but, since we’ll be taking the Midnight Run through Nightfall, we’ll be Sprinting past most of them anyway. Here’s the vid of the speed run route, just in case you’re new, and you can always click on the standing link at the top of the page for a more detailed description.


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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