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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.


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!

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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.

    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: KamiHunter

    Ooh, look, a camera! Yep, we’ve all had friends like this. We just generally don’t shoot them with a Rocket Launcher afterward (no matter how much they might deserve it). Thanks to KamiHunter for our LOL Spartz Screenshots Of The Day! 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: Kills, Special Enemy, Special Weapon
    SETTINGS: Firefight
    AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Grind
    TOTAL TIME: 50-60 minutes
    OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★
    TOTAL CREDITS: 5275

    ONE SPARTAN ARMY

    Firefight

    Kills

    Type: Kills
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 25-30 minutes (Concurrent with other Firefight Challenges)
    Value: ★★★★
    Reward: 1875

    Kill 250 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking.

    Take this one on last; you’ll already score a good number of these on your way to your other Challenges. For your leftovers, you can continue to stick it out alone in Score Attack — Gruntpocalypse is probably easiest, with 120 enemies per round who go down from a single trigger-pull — though Firefight Arcade offers you Overshields, three Rounds (plus a Bonus) of enemies and a virtual salad bar of power weapons; you’ll just have to share in your kills. (But hey, Firefight is supposed to be cooperative, yeah?)

    FLAT TIRE

    Firefight

    Special Enemy

    Kills

    Type: Kills / Special Enemy
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 45-60 minutes (Concurrent with other Firefight Challenges)
    Value: ★★
    Reward: 1000

    Kill 5 enemy vehicles in Firefight Matchmaking.

    Wow, someone really needs to convince Bungie that Baby Jesus cries every time a Covie vehicle gets destroyed. The Challenge Gods there simply have NO perspective on what a massive hassle this is: Most Firefights feature only a handful of destructible vehicles — while some maps don’t feature any at all — and, on Challenge day, everyone will be shooting at them.

    That means you’ll be lucky to average one per game — and that means on average at least five games, for a cRedit bonus you could earn by standing AFK at Grifball. The one marginal benefit remains that vehicles themselves offer jumbo cRedit bonuses — including the lowly Ghost — even without the Challenge, which makes the ordeal only slightly more worth your while.

    But, if you’re a Challenge completionist, knock yourself out — we’ll wake you when it’s over.

    • Stick to Firefight Limited; most Arcade and Score Attack maps have removed all traces of enemy-occupied anything.
    • Beachhead represents a top option, featuring both Wraiths and Ghosts, along with a Rocket Hog to help you deliver your damage. Glacier offers both vehicles as well, though you’ll need to scrapyard them with more conventional methods. So, it’s a bit like choosing between cat poop and dog poop: either way, both options kinda stink.
    • You might also consider Holdout, the only map that will work for you in Arcade as well: though most weapons you spawn with aren’t necessarily suited for taking out Banshees, the map features three turrets that will ventilate the aircraft in short order; just be careful to aim for the nose and not the tail, or you might accidentally ventilate the Covie pilot first and get no Challenge credit for an occupied-vehicle kill.
    • Likewise, be careful in Arcade, since under the new rules if you drop the heavy gun, you won’t be able to pick it up again. The Banshees on Holdout seem to appear based on game time, rather than Waves or match progress, so keep an eye out for them.
    • Meanwhile, of course, avoid Courtyard and Waterfront, which — apart from Dropships — don’t offer any vehicles at all.

    BLAST RADIUS

    Firefight

    Special Weapon

    Kills

    Type: Kills / Special Weapon
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 10 minutes (Concurrent with other Firefight Challenges)
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 1000

    Kill 40 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking with grenades.

    Though it might seem counterintuitive, Nadefight is actually not your best bet here: it starts you with an eight-grenade bandoleer, but the updated Firefight Arcade settings prevent you from farming replacements from the field, meaning you’d need to suicide or kamikaze your way to a respawn to restock your inventory.

    Instead, simply clear this out in Score Attack’s Gruntpocalypse, where the waddlin’ tykes tend to travel in packs and die from grenade explosions like pond fish. You’ll wrap this up in just a single Round, and be able to work toward your One Spartan Army Challenge at the same time.

    DEMON

    Firefight

    Special Enemy

    Kills

    Type: Kills / Special Enemy
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 20-25 minutes (Concurrent with other Firefight Challenges)
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 1400

    Kill 40 Elites in Firefight Matchmaking.

    Firefight Arcade has rendered the Demon Challenges vastly easier, since games now feature entire Waves of Elites and three Rounds worth of them as well. Still, it won’t be that easy to string up 40 mandibles in a single match — particularly with other players hunting for Dino meat — so be prepared for their arrival.

    The Heretics actually present more of a threat than the Boss-Wave Elites, since they’re way more in number and rock instant-kill weapons like aimbot-controlled Sniper Rifles; a helluva lot more dangerous than some solo Gold Elite with a melee weapon. Look for Arcade playlists with concussive weapons — Grenade Launchers, FRGs, and of course Concussion Rifles — to bounce their sharpshooters around the map; that’ll actually throw off their aim and extend your lifespan amid the headshot crossfire.

    Drop Shield will also buy you some extra time — but make sure to use it where you’ve got other cover as well, since it won’t last long under sustained unlimited Sniper and Rocket fire.

    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!

    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: Ender Xer0

    It’s been a while since we ran a special week for our Screenshots Of The Day, and so after seeing ourselves in the mirror naked we realized it was time for an entire Comedy Week of laughs, lulz and ROFLs. 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. And, as always, click to enlarge!

    So, if you want to submit a screenshot, yo: Send ’em 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


    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: Assists, Completion, Kills, Spree
    SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
    AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Medium
    TOTAL TIME: 120-210 minutes
    OVERALL VALUE: ★★★☆
    TOTAL CREDITS: 11000

    [ ACCESS COMPLETE INTEL: CLICK HERE ]

    A FRIEND IN NEED

    Firefight

    Assists

    Type: Assists
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 10-20 minutes
    Value: ★★★☆
    Reward: 1000

    Earn 10 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 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.
  • 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: MANEX MONDAY


    Our friends over at the ManeX Gaming Channel on YouTube put together a Video Of The Week for us about one of our least favorite Challenge types — and probably yours as well: Scoring Multiplayer assists rather than the kills we’ve all come to know and love. With a major assist Challenge rearing its head once again today, we thought it’d be the perfect time to showcase it. Check it out!

    The MXG lads provide clips not of specific Challenges, but of key tactics and techniques intended to help make you a better player across ALL your Challenges. Subscribe to their Channel to get notified of updates, or follow them on Twitter here. Thanks again, guys!

    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!


    DAILY CHALLENGES


    Summary

    TYPES: Assists, Kills, Special Enemy, Special Weapon
    SETTINGS: Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
    AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Grind
    TOTAL TIME: 115-160 minutes
    OVERALL VALUE: ★★★
    TOTAL CREDITS: 6000

    MORE THAN A HANDFUL

    Multiplayer

    Kills

    Type: Kills
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 45-60 minutes
    Value: ★★★☆
    Reward: 2500

    Kill 125 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

    Whoah! A hundred and twenty-five enemies….that sounds like a lot. Let’s see…if you average X number of kills per game, with an average game time of Y plus Z minutes per game in the matchmaking lobby, rounded out by the coeffecient of the remainder times the weapon fire rate of…ahh, screw it. we’ll just run another Grifball screenshot and be done with it. Get out your hammer, and start swingin’!

    Today’s action pic by blackrosevenom. Keep ’em coming, people!

    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, once again, 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, and make sure to check out our assist-frenzy Video Of The Week link above.

    THERE ARE MANY LIKE IT. . .

    Campaign

    Special Weapon

    Kills

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

    Kill 100 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-Matic 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 100 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.

    A SATISFIED THIRST

    Firefight

    Special Enemy

    Kills

    Type: Kills
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 10-15 minutes
    Value: ★★★★
    Reward: 1000

    Kill 100 Grunts in Firefight Matchmaking.

    A simple Challenge with a decent reward that you can pocket just by playing enough, though you can save time using the right game mode. Gruntpocalypse in Score Attack represents your best bet: you can dispatch enemies quickly, and nobody’s around to score them out from under you. Use Drop Shield liberally to keep the party going, and you should register this Challenge just after the boom-chucka-boom music of the final Wave begins.

    Corevette, atop one of the platforms, and Overlook, on the lower of the two sheds near the silo, both provide wide lines of sight for sending Grunts to their birthday party. The big guns on Outpost and the far-side terrace on Courtyard also offer excellent defensive positions; a larger open map like Waterfront will work too, but it’ll take longer.


    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.

    NEW CHALLENGE!

    Two words: Midnight Run. If you’re a regular reader of this site, you know what to do; if not, just click on the standing link at the top of the page for a complete description, or check out the video walkthrough below. It’ll be the easiest 9K cRedits you’ll earn all week.