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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: Mr Ha99y

Screenshot Of The Day today courtesy of Mr Ha99y, with a cool-as-hell portrait pic that actually makes a Plasma Pistol look badass. Thanks, Happy! 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!


WEEKLY CHALLENGE


ALL IN A WEEK’S WORK

Multiplayer

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 143 kills/day (Concurrent with Daily Challenges)
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 15000

Kill 1000 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking this week.

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DAILY CHALLENGES


Summary

TYPES: Completion, Kills, Spree
SETTINGS: Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy / Grind
TOTAL TIME: 110-185 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★
TOTAL CREDITS: 8225

FIRE WHEN READY

Multiplayer

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 15-20 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1100

Kill 30 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

GRIFBALL!


A HEROIC BREACH

Firefight

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Firefight
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 20-25 minutes
Value: ★★★★
Reward: 1125

Kill 150 enemies on Corvette on Heroic in Firefight Matchmaking.

Fire up a Gruntpocalypse and you’ll be able pocket this in two matches; you could notch it in one in Arcade, but Score Attack remains vastly superior since it gives you map selection control — no getting stuck in a Rocketfight on Glacier with a bunch of guys who aren’t chasing the Challenge. You should cross the finish line just as the second Wave of your second Round starts.

L.D. SOLACE

Campaign

Zero Deaths

Skulls On

Type: Completion
Setting: Campaign
Difficulty: Hard (solo) / Medium (co-op)
Time: 60 to 120 minutes
Value: ★★★
Reward: 5000

Complete Long Night Of Solace on Legendary without dying with Mythic, Thunderstorm, Tilt and Tough Luck on.

Tip Of The Day

OK, our standard recommendations when it comes to L.D. Challenges: You’ll probably never do this alone, and if you can in fact handle a Legendary level solo without dying, you won’t need any advice from here. This one’s practically a Weekly Challenge, and while it’s not quite last week’s Mythic difficulty — LASO/SLASO requires virtually all Skulls on — it’s pretty damn close.

So, fair warning: if you’re tackling this, it will be out of inspiration for personal accomplishment or from a compulsive psychological defect to complete all the Challenges. The 5K bonus is in the penthouse of daily cR rewards, but since you’ve already played the campaign, you won’t earn much besides the Challenge award; and you could easily score that many cRedits playing Grifball for half an hour.

Still with us, then? OK, good. Four Skulls on, so let’s take a look: Mythic doubles enemy health. Thunderstorm upgrades their rank — which, ha ha, combines anti-awesomely with Mythic. Tough Luck helps enemies evade damage, while Tilt modifies the damage tables, generally in Covenant favor against Spartan weapons. So, basically… everything the game could do to make the Covies as invulnerable as possible without involving the planet Krypton.

Since the Challenge requires zero deaths, you’ll also need to play even more defensively — stealthy when possible, and get-the-hell-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.

ALSO NOTE: If you don’t make it through the level alive, you can’t just hit Restart; you’ll need to Save-And-Quit, then reopen the level. Otherwise, it’ll still mark your progress as Challenge Failed.

OK then. The mission’s much too long for a detailed walkthrough here, so just as we did with the LASO Challenges 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 FoxmanFX appears each day.

Meanwhile, be sure to check out our Legendary Challenges permanent standing link at the top of the page for some of our standard strategies to keep in mind no matter what part of the Legendary campaign.

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 quite long (more than 90 minutes) but well worth the watch if you get frustrated. Credit to SHADOWSTRIKE1 for the gameplay and crazy accomplishment.

GOOD LUCK!


KILLING SPREE

Multiplayer

Single Match

Spree

Kills

Type: Kills / Spree
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 15-20 minutes
Value: ★★★★
Reward: 1000

Earn a Killing Spree in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

Yeah, like we really needed a Daily Challenge to make us hunt for Killing Sprees. We all score them pretty frequently, though not necessarily with any sense of planning or regularity. However, you still have a few options to skitch the odds in your favor:

  • Armor Lock, hate it though you might, becomes your best friend here, since it’ll prevent a lucky Plasma stick from resetting your Spree counter and generally save your ass in all sorts of tight spots. You know all those douchebags who you hate Armor Locking just as you’re about to score a kill? Well, now that’s you. Do you want the Challenge cRedits, or do you want to be popular? Yeah, thought so.

    Armor Lock: Be The Douchbag.

  • As a general principle, play defensively, since you need five kills for this to register, and you probably won’t get them all in row by going batshit on the battlefield. Stick with distance headshot weapons that’ll help you score kills from range while keeping you out of danger (yes, Sniper Rifle, we’re talking to you). Ignore the close-quarter Power Weapons like Hammers, Swords and Shotguns unless you’re decent at camping; if you are, you’ll rack up a Spree in no time, and if you’re not, you’ll get a Plasma Grenade stuck to your head.
  • Ideally, spend your time in Objective-based Big Team Battle games and especially Invasion, since you’ll only have a timer to contend with rather than a kill-count limit, which can mathematically cut short your Spree before the game has even finished. You’ll also find more enemies to target in BTB and a greater likelihood of vehicles, which make Multikills (and thus Sprees) more typical no matter which side of the headlights you’re on.
  • In fact, while it’s true that Reach has nerfed most vehicles into rolling deathtraps, making it likely that you’ll eventually get blown to bits (by gunfire, Armor Lock, a flying traffic cone), they still remain useful for a few essential kills on their way to the scrapyard, especially against other vehicles. Hop in a Wraith or Revenant and play conservatively, waiting for the other team to make its rush; you can score single- or Double-Kills against guys on the ground, Doubles and Triples against other vehicles, and even boost for splatters when needed.
  • Other Big Team Objective games also remain great for gathering a Spree: enemies usually converge into clustered hot zones, such as with King Of The Hill or Multiflag, making it easier to spam grenades and fire into the crowd. Just don’t go into the Hill, or grab the Flag yourself: That’s a sure way to get fragged and lose your Spree. You’ll be trading off a few points in the game, but the Challenge bonus will more than make up for it.
  • NOTE, however: In Objective games, the counter for Sprees doesn’t carry over from Round to Round. And in all games, a betrayal will reset your counter, so don’t be tempted by that teammate with the Sniper Rifle when you’ve got one kill left to go. (Or, ever, yeah?) Also: Host migrations will reset your kill-streak to zero. It can’t be avoided, so just deal with it; and at least you can go get your own Sniper Rifle now.

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.

***WEEKLY CHALLENGE LAST DAY!***


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: Pahute Mesa

Screenshot Of The Day today courtesy of Pahute Mesa, who reminds us there’s nothing quite like a good explosion of Zombie blood on a fine Sunday morning. Thanks, Pahute! 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!


WEEKLY CHALLENGE


THE PILLAR OF AUTUMN: LASO

Campaign

Legendary

Skulls On

Type: Completion
Setting: Campaign
Difficulty: Hard
Time: 100 to 150 minutes
Value: ★★★★
Reward: 17777

Complete The Pillar Of Autumn on Legendary with All Skulls On (LASO).

LAST DAY!

You Knew It Was Coming: The final campaign mission on the most freakishly hard difficulty setting. We’re ready; how ’bout you??

[ ACCESS COMPLETE INTEL: CLICK HERE ]


DAILY CHALLENGES


Summary

TYPES: Kills, Killstyle, Multikill, Special Weapon
SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
TOTAL TIME: 35-40 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★★
TOTAL CREDITS: 4100

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 most 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).

THERE ARE MANY LIKE IT. . .

Campaign

Special Weapon

Kills

Type: Kills / Special Weapon
Setting: Campaign
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10-15 minutes
Value: ★★★★
Reward: 1000

Kill 50 enemies with precision weapons in the Campaign today.

Load up any Campaign level on Normal that offers a precision weapon plus lots o’ Grunts, and get to work.

ONI Sword Base features a DMR start and opens in the middle of a firefight, plus there’s a Sniper Rifle at the end of the base-side Terrace for pwning Elites once you’ve cleared the Jackals and Grunts. Winter Contingency at Rally Point Bravo literally drops you into a Fodder-O-Rama of a firefight; and though you enter with an Assault Rifle, a DMR conveniently awaits your weapon swap on the asphalt leading to the rear bunker, with more ammo for it just inside.

(Nightfall, of course, spawns you with a Sniper, but with 50 kills in front of you, it’s not going to wrap things as quickly; and do you really want Jun telling you to “do it quiet” again? Anyway, take yer pick.)

Concentrate on headshots against Grunts and Jackals, since those award extra Medal cR, and don’t waste DMR ammo on the Elites — you’ll run out of enemies before hitting the half-century mark and need to revert the Checkpoint anyway; so, unless you feel like sniping, you might as well reset as soon as you’ve cleaned slate on the lesser Covies.

If you run low on ammo, simply swipe Needle Rifles from the fallen Jackals; those register precision kills like a DMR, but heading into a bunker for a DMR reload can trigger a Checkpoint, meaning you’d have to settle for a full level restart.

KILLAGRUNTJARO!

Firefight

Single Match

Multikill

Type: Multikills
Setting: Firefight
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1000

Earn 7 multikills in a Firefight Matchmaking game.

Despite its name, Killagruntjaro doesn’t actually require you to Jaro anything, though we will be going with Gruntpocalypse in Score Attack to wrap this in one Round rather than three.

It shouldn’t be any problem to Magnum or DMR your way to seven Multikills, since the Grunts go down with one shot, travel in packs, and maneuver with the agility of highway roadside accident. So, if you can’t manage seven out of a single match, you’re just not trying.

CAME FROM BEHIND

Multiplayer

Single Match

Assassination

Type: Killstyle
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10-15 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1100

Perform 2 Assassinations in a Multiplayer Matchmaking game.

Tip Of The Day

Probably the most fun you’ll have snaring a Challenge all day.

  • We prefer Rumble Pit on smaller, tighter maps: Wherever you can sneak up on someone, catch them by surprise as they come ’round a corner or make a straight Sprint toward their unsuspecting spines will offer all sorts of banzai backstab openings.
  • Although you can Sprint for a cheetah-like takedown, you can stalk just as easily with Active Camo if you don’t mind alerting your prey to nearby danger, since Camo-crouched near a doorway or corner for a lightning strike will make the Discovery Channel highlight reel as well.
  • Though it often goes hand-in-glove with Rumble Pit recommendations, avoid Multi-Team for this one: There’s just too much damn gunfire everywhere, and you could easily find yourself Yoinked — or worse, Showstopped — as the Assassination animation plays.
  • Finally, an excellent point from reader MAL, who in real life makes his living as a professional assassin:

    Choosing a ‘Pro’ game in Matchmaking Rumble Pit, like Crazy King Pro or Slayer Pro, makes this extremely simple. The lack of radar will make it easy to sneak up on opponents and get multiple assassinations.

Thanks, MAL!

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.


LOL SPARTZ SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


LOL SPARTZ SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: ender4449

Hey, toaster, you probably shouldn’t have destroyed the 12 Colonies of Humanity, even if it meant we got to watch Tricia Helfer in a red dress for the next five seasons. Ah well — you can’t trust those frakkin’ Cylons. LOL Spartz Screenshots Of The Day today courtesy of clan-brother ender4449, who as an Ender can’t be trusted either. Thanks again, Niner! Everyone, click to enlarge!

We’re running an entire Comedy Week of laughs, lulz and ROFLs here on the Pillar Of Awesome. Got a funny screenshot of Epic Fail or overall Halo hilarity? Send it in! We’ll run ’em for the rest of the month or until we run out. Just shoot it over to haloreachdaily@live.com, or 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!


WEEKLY CHALLENGE


THE PILLAR OF AUTUMN: LASO

Campaign

Legendary

Skulls On

Type: Completion
Setting: Campaign
Difficulty: Hard
Time: 100 to 150 minutes
Value: ★★★★
Reward: 17777

Complete The Pillar Of Autumn on Legendary with All Skulls On (LASO).

You Knew It Was Coming: The final campaign mission on the most freakishly hard difficulty setting. We’re ready; how ’bout you??

[ ACCESS COMPLETE INTEL: CLICK HERE ]


DAILY CHALLENGES


Summary

TYPES: Assists, Kills, Score, Special Weapon
SETTINGS: Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
TOTAL TIME: 85-115 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★
TOTAL CREDITS: 6000

ONE SPARTAN ARMY

Firefight

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Firefight
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1000

Kill 100 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking.

You’ll notch this in a single Round of Score Attack — we prefer Gruntpocalypse, but 2X Score Attack will work just as well. You’ll pocket your Challenge cRedits just after the boom-chucka-boom music of the final Wave fires up; you won’t be able to work on your Support Structure Challenge (see below) at the same time, since Assists require a partner, but that one’s a huge hassle and you’ll clear this so quickly it’ll be worth it to do it separately.

SUPPORT STRUCTURE

Firefight

Assists

Type: Assists
Setting: Firefight
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 60-90 minutes
Value: ★★☆
Reward: 2250

Earn 30 assists in Firefight Matchmaking.

This is actually MUCH harder than it sounds. The underlying problem: most Firefight enemies — Grunts and Jackals — go down so easy that it’s difficult to coordinate an Assist without killing them outright. Even shattering a Jackal’s energy buckler with a plasma burst won’t register, since it’s not calculated as actual “damage” to the enemy.

Complicating matters: the sheer number of enemies, compared to your number of allies. An Assist requires at least 40% damage to the target’s combined Shields and Health, then for a teammate to finish the kill within five seconds of your last strike. With Covies swarming the entire map, it’s less likely an ally will be firing on the same target, at the same time, as you.

When tougher enemies do arrive fashionably late, they’re often too few or too resilient to rack up too many Assists. A Hunter, for example, often involves several teammates ripping into him at once, making it less likely any single player will strip off more than 40% before the beast goes down.

Plasma Pistol: The Assist's Assistant.

Brutes represent more solid candidates for Assist-farming: a steady DMR stream will flick off their helmets, setting them up for a teammate’s coup-de-grace. The problem isn’t so much that standard Brutes don’t know how to put their hats back on; it’s that most don’t carry regenerative Shields, so you won’t know how much damage one’s taken already. Plus, higher-ranking Brutes require more setup, making it difficult to gauge when you’ve crossed the 40% mark.

  • With all that in mind, your best bet remains to target Elites, crashing their Shields with an overcharged Plasma Pistol so that a teammate can close the deal. The Dinos — while otherwise remarkably crafty — for some reason stand and howl when they lose their Shields like a pro wrestler who just got whupped by the guy with the folding chair; so, your ally should have an easy headshot.
  • The problem eases up once the Mythic Skull powers on, since that doubles enemy health, including for even the lowliest DMR fodder; but — because they don’t have regenerating shields — it’ll still be difficult to gauge when you’ve peeled a Grunt or Jackal by 40%. So, better to keep steady with what’s worked for you, rather than shift strategies in the middle of the match.
  • Firefight Arcade now offers a candy store of options for notching Assists; we prefer Nadefight, which arms you with an EMP pipe for bursting enemy shields, though splash-damage weapon games like FRGfight and Fistfight‘s Hammer will catch some assists in your wake as well. Since Arcade doesn’t feature dropships until the bonus round, you’ll lose the chance to rack up a string of Assists off their turrets, but it’s a worthwhile tradeoff.
  • And, more than for any other Challenge, get friends to join you if possible; coordinating with a partner will cut both your Challenge times, taking turns flashing an Elite’s shields while the other readies a headshot. It’ll be the one time when the Firefight playlist actually becomes cooperative.
  • POINTS PYRAMID

    Campaign

    Scoring

    Type: Score
    Setting: Campaign
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 10 minutes
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 1500

    Score 25,000 points on any Campaign mission.

    Yikes, 25,000 points….seems like a lot. Guess what? Where we’re going, it won’t make any difference.

    Tip Of The Day

    Fire up New Alexandria, which starts you in a Falcon and pits you against enemy vehicles, worth far more points than ordinary Covies. Then switch on five Skulls: Tough Luck, Catch, Famine, Thunderstorm and Tilt. None of these affect aerial combat, but still register as major point multipliers. And don’t worry about the ground combat, either: We’re not getting out of the chopper.

    Play on whatever difficulty you find comfortable, though harder ratings will attract enemy aircraft more rapidly; Heroic is likely a good balance between enemy numbers and how tough they fight, though go ahead and load up Legendary if you’re a solid pilot who’s good on the stick.

    Ignore Phantoms and concentrate fire on the Banshees; though the transport ships score massive points, they don’t represent an aerial threat, they’re heavily armored, and the Banshees will quickly swarm you to protect their troops. Just pick off the Banshee flights as they approach — you’ll hit 25K in almost no time at all.

    A few pointers for your Points:

    1. Look out for rooftop Shades as they fire into the sky; if one catches you by surprise, you won’t have much chance to defend or evade.
    2. Keep an eye on your Falcon as well; you can land and call in a fresh one at any time, so no point storming into a dogfight with your chopper already trailing fire.
    3. If the Banshees seem to have better things to do, simply coast toward your current Objective and cut loose on rooftop enemies — you’ll score some points, and enemy aircraft will take notice quickly enough.
    EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISTRIBUTION

    Multiplayer

    Special Weapon

    Kills

    Type: Kills / Special Weapon
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 5 minutes
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 1250

    Earn 3 kills with Ordnance Weapons in a Multiplayer Matchmaking game.

    So, what the hell is an Ordnance Weapon? Well, you know them better as the Rockets, Laser, FRG, Concussion Rifle, Grenade and Plasma Launchers — pretty much what we lovingly refer to as Power Weapons.

    Before the Action Sack playlist update, you’d actually need to go out of your way for an ordnance weapon, fighting off enemies and teammates alike for the chance to score the Rocket Launcher (as if that was different than any other day). Now? You’ve got a salad bar of options: Dino Blasters, Splockets, Rocket CTF, BOOM! Ball, the works. Play any of ’em for five minutes and you’ve got the Challenge.


    WEEKLY CHALLENGE


    THE PILLAR OF AUTUMN: LASO

    Campaign

    Legendary

    Skulls On

    Type: Completion
    Setting: Campaign
    Difficulty: Hard
    Time: 100 to 150 minutes
    Value: ★★★★
    Reward: 17777

    Complete The Pillar Of Autumn on Legendary with All Skulls On (LASO).

    Tip Of The Week

    You Knew It Was Coming: The final campaign mission on the most freakishly hard difficulty setting. We’re ready; how ’bout you??

    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 HRD. 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 just as we did with the previous Campaign missions 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, the LASO and L.D. (Legendary Difficulty) Challenges have cycled into the regular rotation so often that we’ve gone and created a permanent standing page of all of our standard strategies for tackling the game on its hardest setting, no matter which Challenge or part of the Campaign. Check it out!

    And, likewise, make sure to check out our Video Of the Week, which features a full-on Mythic runthrough of the mission, done solo and with the Blind Skull on too. It’s a bit long — about 55 minutes — but well worth the watch if you get frustrated. Special Thanks to SHADOWSTRIKE1 for uploading his crazy accomplishment.

    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.

    ***NEW WEEKLY CHALLENGE!***


    VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MYTHIC MONDAY



    With the final LASO Challenge hitting this week, the lads over at the MXG at the ManeX Gaming Channel on YouTube have graciously agreed to let us run the climactic Mythic runthrough in place of their regular Video Of The Week today. (And, also, they said “How in blazes are we supposed to do that bloody mission on MYTHIC??”) Well, okay; the Weekly is NQM — Not Quite Mythic — since that requires the Blind Skull and a Solo runthrough, but fer chrissakes it’s close enough. The vid clip is full-on Mythic, though, so strap on your hip-boots: lots o’ Covies are about to die.

    Special Thanks to SHADOWSTRIKE1 for uploading his crazy walkthrough. The Manex Monday feature returns next week, and our regular Screenshot Of The Day returns tomorrow. So, 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!


    WEEKLY CHALLENGE


    THE PACKAGE: LASO

    Campaign

    Legendary

    Skulls On

    Type: Completion
    Setting: Campaign
    Difficulty: Hard
    Time: 60 to 120 minutes
    Value: ★★★★
    Reward: 17777

    Complete The Pillar Of Autumn on Legendary with All Skulls On (LASO).

    NEW WEEKLY CHALLENGE!

    Tip Of The Week

    You Knew It Was Coming: The final campaign mission on the most freakishly hard difficulty setting. We’re ready; how ’bout you??

    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 HRD. 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 just as we did with the previous Campaign missions 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, the LASO and L.D. (Legendary Difficulty) Challenges have cycled into the regular rotation so often that we’ve gone and created a permanent standing page of all of our standard strategies for tackling the game on its hardest setting, no matter which Challenge or part of the Campaign. Check it out!


    DAILY CHALLENGES


    Summary

    TYPES: Kills, Special Weapon
    SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
    AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy / Grind
    TOTAL TIME: 50-75 minutes
    OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★
    TOTAL CREDITS: 4975

    BLASTIN’ AND RELAXIN’

    Any Mode

    Kills

    Type: Kills
    Setting: Any Game Mode
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 5 minutes
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 1350

    Kill 180 enemies in any game mode in Reach.

    Take on this one last. You’ll rack up most kills working your way through today’s other Challenges; for your leftovers, our standard recommendations:

    • By far the most convenient carnage remains at the opening of the Campaign’s ONI Sword Base mission. If you know it and don’t like the stigma of naked credit boosting, skip down. If you don’t know it, you can find a detailed rundown in the Owning On ONI permanent link on the top of this page.
    • But, if you don’t like the open credit farming that goes with Target Locating, simply rack up some quick kills in a Custom Game instead. Click on the Grunt Game Settings link at the top of the page for instructions on the best settings; you’ll also find a Custom Game there already set up for you.
    THIS IS MY RIFLE. . .

    Multiplayer

    Special Weapon

    Kills

    Type: Kills / Special Weapon
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 15-20 minutes
    Value: ★★★★
    Reward: 1000

    Earn 20 kills with precision weapons in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

    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.

    THERE ARE MANY LIKE IT. . .

    Campaign

    Special Weapon

    Kills

    Type: Kills / Special Weapon
    Setting: Campaign
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 20-25 minutes
    Value: ★★★☆
    Reward: 1500

    Kill 200 enemies with precision weapons in the Campaign today.

    Load up any Campaign level on Normal that offers a precision weapon plus lots o’ Grunts, and get to work.

    ONI Sword Base features a DMR start and opens in the middle of a firefight, plus there’s a Sniper Rifle at the end of the base-side Terrace for pwning Elites once you’ve cleared the Jackals and Grunts. Winter Contingency at Rally Point Bravo literally drops you into a Fodder-O-Rama of a firefight; and though you enter with an Assault Rifle, a DMR conveniently awaits your weapon swap on the asphalt leading to the rear bunker, with more ammo for it just inside.

    (Nightfall, of course, spawns you with a Sniper, but with 200 kills in front of you, it’s not going to wrap things as quickly; and do you really want Jun telling you to “do it quiet” again? Anyway, take yer pick.)

    Concentrate on headshots against Grunts and Jackals, since those award extra Medal cR, and don’t waste DMR ammo on the Elites — you’ll run out of enemies before hitting the double-century mark and need to revert the Checkpoint anyway; so, unless you feel like sniping, you might as well reset as soon as you’ve cleaned slate on the lesser Covies.

    If you run low on ammo, simply swipe Needle Rifles from the fallen Jackals; those register precision kills like a DMR, but heading into a bunker for a DMR reload can trigger a Checkpoint, meaning you’d have to settle for a full level restart.

    HEROIC HOLDOUT

    Firefight

    Kills

    Type: Kills
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 15-30 minutes
    Value: ★★★★
    Reward: 1125

    Kill 150 enemies on Holdout on Heroic in Firefight Matchmaking.

    Your biggest obstacle here will be waiting for the map to surface in the voting options; if you’re not the quitting type, you may have to grind through two or three other Firefights for each chance at Holdout.

    Just about any Arcade Firefight (short of the two grenade launchers) will let you rack up quick kills, but keep in mind you’ll have three other allies firing into the crowds as well; if your Rockets or Fuel Rods show up late to the party, you won’t end up with any points on your dance ticket.

    To maximize your Holdout map time in a more standard Firefight, you might also be tempted to Sprint for the Target Locator; but, since everybody’s got that idea, you’ll only have a 1-in-4 chance of actually snaring it. And, if you don’t, you’ll be out of position for when the fun begins.

    • Instead, consider forgoing the Ordinance Drops to take up a good position with a DMR loadout; the first targets are Grunts and Jackals, both of which drop from single headshots. By the time the Target Locator charges and fires, you’ll have already racked up nearly as many kills — all with bonus headshot points — and be in position for more.
    • As more Waves arrive, ignore the Brutes and Elites until you’ve cleared the decks of lesser infantry; remember, you’re going for straight kills, not Firefight points, and mixing it up with tougher enemies will surrender easy kills to your fellow Spartans.
    • Also don’t waste time on the Hunters; they don’t register all that many points for the effort involved, you’ll burn through good ammo and, with your teammates firing on them too, you may not even collect the kill.

    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.


    LOL SPARTZ SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


    LOL SPARTZ SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: bradyisbeast

    LOL Spartz Screenshots Of The Day today courtesy of bradyisbeast, with a special tribute to The Love That Dares Not Speak Its Name. (Don’t ask, don’t tell!) Hey Emil — I’m ready…how ’bout you?? Thanks again, Brady! Everyone, click to enlarge!

    We’re running an entire Comedy Week of laughs, lulz and ROFLs here on the Pillar Of Awesome. Got a funny screenshot of Epic Fail or overall Halo hilarity? Send it in! We’ll run ’em for the rest of the month or until we run out. Just shoot it over to haloreachdaily@live.com, or 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!


    WEEKLY CHALLENGE


    NOT IN THE FACE

    Campaign

    Heroic

    Skull On

    Type: Completion / Timer
    Setting: Campaign
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 5-10 minutes
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 9000

    Complete any Campaign mission on Heroic in 15 minutes with Black Eye on.

    [ ACCESS COMPLETE INTEL: CLICK HERE ]


    DAILY CHALLENGES


    Summary

    TYPES: Completion, Kills, Killstyle, Multikill
    SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Campaign, Multiplayer
    AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
    TOTAL TIME: 25-40 minutes
    OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★★
    TOTAL CREDITS: 5950

    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 most 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).

    CLOSE TALKING

    Multiplayer

    Close-Quarters

    Type: Killstyle
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 15-20 minutes (Concurrent with other Challenges)
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 1250

    Earn 30 kills with close-quarters combat in Multiplayer Matchmaking.



    Yep; if you beast with the Hammer, you can actually pocket this in the exact same Grifball match as the Three Dog Fight Challenge (see below). Where you at, G-ball haters? Yeah, thought so. (Grifball love courtesy of HMBRGR.)

    THREE DOG FIGHT

    Multiplayer

    Single Match

    Triple Kill

    Type: Multikill
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 10-15 minutes (Concurrent with other Challenges)
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 1000

    Earn a Triple-Kill in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

    Before the rise of Grifball, this used to actually be challenging; now, a couple of well-timed hammer swings will net you a Trip pretty regularly.

    If you’re not a fan of the orange dude with the bomb — well, OK, you’re adopted, so that explains it — you’ve still got a number of options that’ll skitch the odds in your favor:

    • Start with Rumble Pit. More enemies on smaller maps = more Multikills.
    • Vote for gametypes on small, tight maps that encourage enemies to converge into single flashpoints: King Of The Hill and Oddball, for example. Spam grenades into the hotzone, followed by DMR or Magnum headshots and the occasional coup-de-grace melee rush. Avoid the area yourself, however; no sense adding your corpse to the fiesta.
    • Big Team Battle and Invasion also offer prime Multikill targets: a warthog with a gunner and passenger, or a pack of enemies in the unlock zone of an Invasion phase, for example. Your main problem will not be enemies, but allies: with so many players on each side, you’ll have considerable competition to actually score the kills.
    HOUSE OF PAIN

    Campaign

    Skull On

    Type: Completion
    Setting: Campaign
    Difficulty: Easy (Midnight Run or Co-op)
    Time: 5-15 minutes
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 2500

    Complete a Campaign mission on Heroic with Mythic, Tilt, and Thunderstorm on.

    Tip Of The Day

    OK, three Skulls on, so lets take a quick look. Thunderstorm upgrades all enemies to the next rank. Mythic doubles an enemy’s Health and Shields. And Tilt doubles both an enemy’s weaknesses and resistances. Guess what? Where we’re going, they’ll hardly make a difference.

    Decide ahead of time if you intend to do this solo or co-op. If flying solo, your best bet will be to take the Midnight Run on Nightfall. Regular readers of this site know what to do; if you’re new, just check out the permanent link at the top of this page, or watch the video below for a quick run-through of the route. The guy here finishes the level in five minutes, and that’s with ALL Skulls on; but even if Forky doesn’t immediately cooperate, you should still wrap it in under ten.



    On co-op,
    the Challenge becomes even easier, since the New Alexandria level features long stretches of aerial combat unaffected by the Skulls except Mythic, which only means it’ll take a few extra shots to nail the Banshees and Turrets. But, with a Falcon gun, it’s actually pretty hard to miss, and it’s not as if they’re going to Armor Lock.

    When you do need to take an Objective on foot (three times total), leave one teammate behind with the Falcons. Most of the time you’ll simply be able to Sprint past enemies to reach the Objective switches; but in any event, the real hardcore combat only occurs once you’ve hit the switch and reinforcements storm your location.

    Hey, look at that! If you get killed, you simply respawn back up with the teammate who’s making sure no one steals the Falcon’s hubcaps. Hop back in the choppers, job done.

    One special note, however: Make sure to watch the level’s final cutscene all the way through. No, it won’t affect the Challenge; but after putting up with her bad driving all game, you’ll get paid 2500 cR to watch Kat take it through the head. No skipping!

    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.


    LOL SPARTZ SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


    LOL SPARTZ SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: Ron Paul R TX

    Yow! We’re guessing that Plasma Grenade is going to either feel really good or feel really bad. (We’re going with bad.) Everyone wave goodbye to Ron Paul R TX (no, not THAT one, okay?) who was kind enough to pose for our LOL Spartz Screenshots Of The Day. Click to enlarge!

    We’re running an entire Comedy Week of laughs, lulz and ROFLs here on the Pillar Of Awesome. Got a funny screenshot of Epic Fail or overall Halo hilarity? Send it in! We’ll run ’em for the rest of the month or until we run out. Just shoot it over to haloreachdaily@live.com, or 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!


    WEEKLY CHALLENGE


    NOT IN THE FACE

    Campaign

    Heroic

    Skull On

    Type: Completion / Timer
    Setting: Campaign
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 5-10 minutes
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 9000

    Complete any Campaign mission on Heroic in 15 minutes with Black Eye on.

    [ ACCESS COMPLETE INTEL: CLICK HERE ]


    DAILY CHALLENGES


    Summary

    TYPES: Completion, Kill, Killstyle, Multikill
    SETTINGS: Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
    AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
    TOTAL TIME: 60-100 minutes
    OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★★
    TOTAL CREDITS: 8800

    FIRE WHEN READY

    Multiplayer

    Kills

    Type: Kills
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 15-20 minutes
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 1500

    Kill 50 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

    Gimme a G! Gimme an R! Gimme an I! Gimme an F! Gimme a BALL! Okay, on second thought, hang onto your balls. You might actually need them one day. We’ll just run another great Grifball pic instead and you’ll get the idea.

    Credit for the screenshot to Loyal Rook. Thanks, Rook!

    KILLAGRUNTJARO!

    Firefight

    Single Match

    Multikill

    Type: Multikills
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 10 minutes
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 1100

    Earn 10 multikills in a Firefight Matchmaking game.

    Despite its name, Killagruntjaro doesn’t actually require you to Jaro anything, though we will be going with Gruntpocalypse in Score Attack to wrap this in one Round rather than three. It shouldn’t be any problem to Magnum or DMR your way to 10 Multikills, since the Grunts go down with one shot, travel in packs, and maneuver with the agility of highway roadside accident. So, if you can’t manage 10 out of a single match, you’re just not trying, eh?

    L.D. WINTER

    Campaign

    Zero Deaths

    Skulls On

    Type: Completion
    Setting: Campaign
    Difficulty: Medium
    Time: 30-60 minutes
    Value: ★★★★
    Reward: 5000

    Complete Winter Contingency on Legendary without dying, with Mythic, Thunderstorm, Tilt and Tough Luck on.

    Tip Of The Day

    Um…what? Another one of these? Look, Bungie, we’re sorry we said that about your Mom, okay? Give us a break.

    Anyway, our standard recommendations when it comes to L.D. Challenges: You’ll probably never do this alone, and if you can in fact handle a Legendary level solo without dying, you won’t need any advice from here. This one’s practically a Weekly Challenge, and while it’s not quite last week’s Mythic difficulty — LASO/SLASO requires virtually all Skulls on — it’s pretty damn close.

    So, fair warning: if you’re tackling this, it will be out of inspiration for personal accomplishment or from a compulsive psychological defect to complete all the Challenges. The 5K bonus is in the penthouse of daily cR rewards, but since you’ve already played the campaign, you won’t earn much besides the Challenge award; and you could easily score that many cRedits playing Grifball for half an hour.

    Still with us? Good. Four Skulls on — let’s take a look:

    Mythic doubles enemy health. Thunderstorm upgrades their rank — which, ha ha, combines anti-awesomely with Mythic. Tough Luck helps enemies evade damage, while Tilt modifies the damage tables, generally in Covenant favor against Spartan weapons. So, basically, just about everything to make the Covies as invulnerable as possible without involving the planet Krypton.

    On the other hand, Winter Contingency offers wide-open geography that helps your front-line fighters skirt past most encounters, while giving weaker players the opportunity to *ahem* “guard the rear flank” and Checkpoint forward once the danger has passed. So, though it’s true this level remains more welcoming to solo excursions — as the Campaign’s first mission, it’s also by design the easiest — and the game scales up the difficulty for more players in co-op mode, you’ll still want the extra guns at your side; otherwise, it could be a very long day of level Reloads.

    ONE NOTE: If you don’t make it through the level alive, you can’t just hit Restart; you’ll need to Save-And-Quit, then reopen the level. Otherwise, it’ll still read your progress as Challenge Failed.

    All right then. We don’t have room here for a detailed walkthrough, so just as we did with the LASO Challenges we’ll 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 FoxmanFX appears each day.

    Meanwhile, check out the Legendary Strategies link at the top of the page for tips and tactics on tackling Legendary levels regardless of which mission you’re in. And, since the Challenge requires zero deaths, you’ll also need to play even more defensively — stealthy when possible, and get-the-hell-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.

    Whew! Quite a lot to keep in mind. To help you out, here’s a video walkthrough — done SOLO, and with ALL skulls on too — that’s well worth the watch if you get frustrated. Credit to Cruel Legacey Productions for the gameplay and crazy accomplishment.

    GOOD LUCK!


    CAME FROM BEHIND

    Multiplayer

    Single Match

    Assassination

    Type: Killstyle
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 10-15 minutes
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 1200

    Perform 3 Assassinations in a Multiplayer Matchmaking game.

    Probably the most fun you’ll have snaring a Challenge all day.

    • We prefer Rumble Pit on smaller, tighter maps: Wherever you can sneak up on someone, catch them by surprise as they come ’round a corner or make a straight Sprint toward their unsuspecting spines will offer all sorts of banzai backstab openings.
    • Although you can Sprint for a cheetah-like takedown, you can stalk just as easily with Active Camo if you don’t mind alerting your prey to nearby danger, since Camo-crouched near a doorway or corner for a lightning strike will make the Discovery Channel highlight reel as well.
    • Though it often goes hand-in-glove with Rumble Pit recommendations, avoid Multi-Team for this one: There’s just too much damn gunfire everywhere, and you could easily find yourself Yoinked — or worse, Showstopped — as the Assassination animation plays.
    • Finally, an excellent point from reader MAL, who in real life makes his living as a professional assassin:

      Choosing a ‘Pro’ game in Matchmaking Rumble Pit, like Crazy King Pro or Slayer Pro, makes this extremely simple. The lack of radar will make it easy to sneak up on opponents and get multiple assassinations.

    Thanks, MAL!