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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.

    Halo Reach Daily is dedicated to my Dad, who taught me what it means to take on a Challenge.

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    DEFIANT SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


    DEFIANT SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: V Translanka


    DEFIANT SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY today courtesy of longtime friend of the site V Translanka, who shows how to put out a fire on Highlands. Everyone, click to enlarge!

    We’re running Screenshots from the Defiant Map Pack all week. Want to get on the Front Page? Start snapping some pix, 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 pix from the Internet; it should be a screenshot of YOU!


    DAILY CHALLENGES


    Summary

    TYPES: Kills, Assists, Special Enemy
    SETTINGS: Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
    AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy/Grind
    TOTAL TIME: 100-150 minutes
    OVERALL VALUE: ★★★☆
    TOTAL CREDITS: 4725

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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.

    Halo Reach Daily is dedicated to my Dad, who taught me what it means to take on a Challenge.


    SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY



    And we’re back.

    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 pix from the Internet; it should be a screenshot of YOU!


    DAILY CHALLENGES


    Summary

    TYPES: Assists, Completion, Kills, Wins
    SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
    AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
    TOTAL TIME: 120-240 minutes
    OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★
    TOTAL CREDITS: 8800

    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, so no point duplicating your efforts. 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.

    A FRIEND IN NEED

    Firefight

    Assists

    Type: Assists
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 20-30 minutes
    Value: ★★★
    Reward: 1000

    Earn 10 assists in Firefight Matchmaking.

    This is actually much harder than it sounds, though made more manageable by the relatively low number needed. 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 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 for a teammate to 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 lost to 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 offers a candy store of options for notching Assists; we prefer Nadefight, which arms you with an EMP pipe for crashing 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, go in with a friend if possible; coordinating with a partner will cut down on 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.
  • L.D. SPEAR

    Campaign

    Zero Deaths

    Skulls On

    Type: Completion
    Setting: Campaign
    Difficulty: Hard (solo) / Medium (co-op)
    Time: 45-120 minutes
    Value: ★★★
    Reward: 5000

    Complete Tip of the Spear on Legendary without dying, with Mythic, Thunderstorm, Tilt, and Tough Luck on.

    Tip Of The Day

    And you thought you would be spending your day with the Defiant Map Pack. Ha ha ha.

    There’s no other way to say this: You’ll probably never do this alone. (And, if you can handle a Legendary level alone without dying, you won’t need any advice from here.) This one’s practically a Weekly Challenge, and while it’s not quite 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 a personal challenge or from a completionist psychological defect. 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 for half an hour on the new Defiant maps (and without the aggravation).

    Still with us? Good. OK, 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 the game could do to make the Covies a massive pain in the ass to kill.

    Another major problem: The level’s just so goddamn long — easily twice as long as the missions before it, and probably most of the ones after it too. It’s also filled with nonstop ways to die instantly: heavy vehicles, Hunters, Shade Turrets, Suicide Grunts, explosive weapons, Kat’s driving, all sorts of crap.

    So, while it’s true that the game scales 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. Take note, however: Tip of the Spear also features entire sequences that seem designed to eliminate the co-op exploit of Checkpointing a weak player forward after the rest of the team does the heavy lifting; no “guarding the rear flank” on this one.

    ONE OTHER 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.

    OK then. The level’s much too long for a detailed walkthrough, so instead keep in mind some strategies that help on Legendary difficulty no matter which mission:

      Legendary

    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 Challenge requires zero deaths, 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.

      You didn't really think you'd actually be able to play this part, right?

    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. For example: the game maneuvers you to neutralize the massive anti-aircraft guns by destroying their inner cores, which you can only access by blazing through a firestorm of Covie hardcores; but you can actually take out both guns simply by pounding the main turret from a distance with Rocket Hog or Revenant fire.

    So: Kat's driving, or the Falcon pilot flying into an EMP field -- which one's more retarded? (Trick question, it's a tie.)


    Your biggest danger in losing the Challenge will be as your Falcon runs the gauntlet toward Spire; any lagging Teammate will Checkpoint into a turret, so there’s no hiding — and if the Falcon goes down, it’s game over for everyone on board.

    The good news: your Falcon turret packs a Grenade Launcher with a bottomless clip rather than single shot, and without the hassle of reloading the thing actually fires pretty goddamn fast. Make use of its EMP burst to paralyze vehicles and take down Elite Shields, and always be anticipating where your next shot will need to go.

    Whew! Quite a lot to keep in mind as you try to do the Campaign’s longest level on its hardest difficulty without dying once. To help you out, here’s a two-part video walkthrough — done SOLO — by the guy who invented the so-called Mythic Difficulty. (He’s just doing it here on Legendary, though.)

    Good luck!

    PART ONE:



    PART TWO:


    UN, DEUX, TROIS

    Multiplayer

    Win

    Type: Wins
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 45-90 minutes
    Value: ★★★★
    Reward: 1450

    Win three games in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

    Not much to say here; play enough games and you’ll rack up three wins. Other than that, simply check below to use the same strategies for tackling the Weekly, which you’ll be able to work toward at the same time as pocketing this one.


    WEEKLY CHALLENGE


    CLEAR EYES, FULL HEARTS

    Multiplayer

    Win

    Type: Wins
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 90 minutes / day
    Value: ★★★★
    Reward: 7777

    Win 50 games in Multiplayer Matchmaking this week.

    And it’s just like it sounds: play enough games and you’ll rack up 50 wins. That divides almost evenly into seven wins per day; considering that today’s Un, Deux, Trois Challenge required three wins, you’ll already be almost halfway there. And, since some Dailies require as many as seven wins, this one’s little more than just a fifth Daily Challenge that you get paid for at the end of the week; besides, you’d be hanging out in Multiplayer matches anyway.

    TAKE NOTE, however: Despite what it may say on your Reach game stats page over at Bungie.net, simply finishing in the top half of a Free-For-All game will NOT register as a win for your Challenge progress here — you’ll need to place First, or not at all.

    Likewise, avoid any Objective gametypes that frequently end in a tieCapture The Flag or Assault, for example — since although your game score registers a win for both sides (that is, you both came in “first”), the Weekly Challenge is not so generous; either one team takes the top spot, or both sides lose.

    Retarded? Sure. Just think of it like that airhead girl you’ve got to put up with just so she’ll, you know…give you 7,777 cR at the end of the date. Anyway, both of these glitches mean that Team Slayer gametypes become your best option:

    • Avoid Big Team Battle and Invasion; though generally worth more cRedits, they also take longer, and you’re targeting wins here, not just cR. Plus, you can spend twice as much time in a Big Team game and still have a 50% chance of finishing without any Challenge progress; two smaller-squad games will earn just as many credits in the same time, but double your chances at a win.
    • If you’re a weaker player, you can still play a support role to earn the Challenge. Stick by at least one of your comrades to help him team-shoot, watching his back and providing cover fire. Play defensively, helping allies with assists rather than charging in for a big kill; finishing with a low score but only a few deaths is far more important than letting the other team run up their number by stacking your corpses.
    • Remember when I said to avoid Objective games? Well, just as it does with most things, Grifball breaks the rules. Games are usually quick and generally won’t end in a tie, and so all other things being equal you’ll go in with about a 50-50 of pulling Host and scoring the win.

    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: SlaGG3R

    Ah, if only the weather looked this good. Screenshot Of The Day this morning courtesy of SlaGG3R, who obviously received a new Hammer for Christmas. Thanks, SlaGG3R! Everyone, click to enlarge!

    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 pix from the Internet; it should be a screenshot of YOU!


    DAILY CHALLENGES


    Summary
    • TYPES: Assists, Kills, Killstyle, Special Enemy
    • SETTINGS: Firefight
    • AVERAGE DIFFICULTY:
    • TOTAL TIME: 50-75 minutes
    • OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★
    • TOTAL CREDITS: 6350

    A FRIEND IN NEED

    Firefight

    Assists

    Type: Assists
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 20-30 minutes (Concurrent with other Firefight Challenges)
    Value: ★★★★
    Reward: 1300

    Earn 5 assists in Firefight Matchmaking.

    This is actually harder than it sounds, though made more manageable by the generously low number required and the fact that you can tackle this at the same time as your Demon Challenge (see below). 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 is that there are so many of them — an Assist requires at least 40% damage to the target’s combined Shields and Health, and then for a teammate finish the kill within five seconds of your last strike. With Covies swarming the map, it’s less likely an ally will be firing on the same one, 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 all 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 remove their headgear, 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 helmets 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 for a teammate to 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 lost to the guy with the folding chair, giving an ally 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.
  • You can also steal cheap Assists throughout the match by targeting a Phantom’s main gun: taking it out registers a kill, so damaging it — a single sniper shot, or several with the DMR — will generate an Assist; you can even take care of it as the Dropship approaches, before it empties its troops, so you won’t have a Wave of Covies firing on you. With three Rounds of play now in Firefight, that’s 30 Dropships; more than enough to notch the Challenge.
  • And, by all means, go in with a friend if possible; coordinating with a partner will cut down on both your Challenge times, taking turns flashing an Elite’s shields while the other readies a headshot; and, since Demon requires you to kill Elites, the two of you can work both Challenges at the same time. It’ll be the one time when the Firefight playlist actually becomes cooperative.
  • A SATISFIED THIRST

    Firefight

    Special Enemy

    Kills

    Type: Kills
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 20-30 minutes (Concurrent with other Firefight Challenges)
    Value: ★★★★
    Reward: 1800

    Kill 250 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.

    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. Use Drop Shield liberally to keep the party going, and for added fun, pretend that all the Grunts are named Justin Bieber.

    Each Round of Bieb– ah, Grunts— features 120 of the little tykes who waddle toward their Great Journey, so you’d ordinarily need more than two matches to notch your 250. Because of that, we recommend tackling your A Friend In Need and Demon Challenges first, since you’re certain to blaze your way through at least 10 Grunts on your way to the Elites, eliminating the need for a third Gruntpocalypse.

    DEMON

    Firefight

    Special Enemy

    Kills

    Type: Kills / Special Enemy
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 30-45 minutes (Concurrent with other Firefight Challenges)
    Value: ★★★★
    Reward: 1250

    Kill 10 Elites in Firefight Matchmaking on Heroic or harder.

    As with all Demon Challenges, the primary hassle remains that only a few Elites emerge in any Firefight Round. In Score Attack only a handful show their faces at all (usually five or six), and in a standard three-Round Firefight you’ll have three “teammates” (no, we won’t call them “allies”) competing to take them down. Even if they’re not angling for the Challenge, they’re still going to get in the way.

    • Your best bet, then, is to find enough friends for a Co-op Firefight and go into a Sniper or Rocketfight as a group of four: you can coordinate efforts, and with three Rounds worth of Dinos you can share generously amongst each other. You’ll still need at least two matches (and maybe three) for everyone to share-and-share-alike, but you’ll shovel a heap o’ cRedits into your wagon along the way.
    • By the Great Journey, why were we not invited to your New Year's Eve festivities? Ghaack? Ghaack is not an answer!

    • Without familiar partners, your best bet becomes Score Attack, where you control the map, gametype and who gets to score the Elites. Of course, it’ll still be a headache: Score Attack requires that you survive to party with the Elites, and when it’s you against the galaxy your chances grow slimmer with each Wave.
    • Ordinarily, this would mean a change in tactics, from run-and-gun to stealthy sniping, but you’re also racing a countdown timer; methodically thinning the herd while taking cover when your Shields crash could lead to surviving the fight…but never actually pwning any Dinosaurs.
    • So, veto until offered Sniperfight: it’ll clear Covie fodder faster, as well as efficiently rack up Elites. (There’s little point in a standard solo Firefight; Score Attack doesn’t feature Ordinance Drop.) Also look for a larger map, since close-quarter Firefights tend to become hot zones of clusterfuck explosions, with you inconveniently at the center of the fiesta.

    HYPER LETHAL VECTOR

    Firefight

    Headshot

    Type: Headshots
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 30-45 minutes (Concurrent with other Firefight Challenges)
    Value: ★★★★
    Reward: 2000

    Kill 100 enemies with headshots in Firefight Matchmaking.

    You’ll headshot your way through this at the same time as your other Firefight Challenges, particularly A Satisfied Thirst, which sets you against 240 confetti-throwing Grunts, so chances are you’ll pocket this Challenge without even noticing. Which is a shame, because Hyper Lethal Vector sounds way cool.

    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.

    * * * MERRY CHRISTMAS! * * *


    ENDERTORIAL




    HAPPY HALO-DAYS TO EVERYONE! Hope it’s been a fun and exciting Christmas season. As we announced yesterday, because of the holiday we won’t be featuring our regular Daily Update today.

    BUT, WE HAVE SOMETHING EVEN BETTER!

    It’s our first-ever HRD Daily Challenge, an extra-special Fifth one added onto Bungie’s other four. Complete it successfully, and you won’t get imaginary, space-buck Bungie cRedits; you’ll get the chance to win real, actual prizes bought with cold HRD cash! We told you yesterday how much we appreciate your support during the site’s first few months; now here’s our chance to show it!

    So, check out the HRD Christmas Challenge contest below, and keep in mind the most important rule: Have a good time! Winning entries that do not have fun will be disqualified.

    Merry Christmas!

    Ender Xer0
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    CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE SPECIAL


    CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE SPECIAL: Save Santa's Workshop!


    SAVE SANTA’S WORKSHOP

    Headshot

    Firefight

    Zero Deaths

    Type: Completion / Zero Deaths / Killstyle
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 10 minutes
    Value: ★★★★★★
    Reward: Christmas Spirit (and prize drawings)

    Save Santa’s Workshop without dying. (BONUS: Score as many headshots as possible.)

    With Santa Claus away during Christmas delivering presents, evil Dwarves have stormed Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole, intent on killing all of the helpless and exhausted Elves. Their only hope: YOU!!

    Here’s what you need to do to Save Santa’s Workshop, including the chance to win special presents from the Big Guy, such as BradyGame Strategy Guides, Gold Membership cards and free Microsoft Points.

    1. Go into Score Attack Matchmaking on Glacier (the North Pole!) anytime today, Dec. 25, before the new Challenges update for Sunday
    2. Load up Gruntpocalypse, in which 120 Dwarves will storm the Workshop
    3. Repel all five Waves, finishing the game, without ever needing to be brought back to life by Christmas Magic (zero deaths / no respawns)
    4. Send us a link to your Game Record, like this one, at haloreachdaily@live.com, anytime before Monday.
    5. We’ll review your record to verify that you saved Santa’s Workshop, and enter your Gamertag into the prize drawing. Only one entry per Gamertag, so don’t submit multiple games from the same account! Sorry, no guests.
    6. Winners and prizes will be announced Monday, Dec. 27, in the regular HRD Daily Update.

    BONUS PRIZE! The Dwarves have been tricked into attacking the Elves by Winter Magic, and they cheer and throw confetti when freed from its spell correctly. The first player who successfully saves the Workshop by freeing the most Dwarves in this way automatically wins a special present from Santa for his good work. (Award goes to player with the most headshots; tie scores go to first player to email the winning Game Report.)

    And, just because we know you want to do the regular Bungie Daily and Weekly Challenges today as well, this one will score you the entire Where There’s Smoke… Challenge, as well as notch five more Waves toward your Ride The Wave Weekly! So what are you waiting for, Spartan? Santa needs your help!!


    BROTHERHOOD SCREENSHOTS OF THE WEEK


    BROTHERHOOD SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: Bark At The Moo

    Our final Brotherhood Screenshot Of The Day this week courtesy of Bark At The Moo (far right), who along with his allies (from left to right) x 37 Stitchez x, Noh Wai and BigPimpn2113, suddenly make us want to listen to the Beatles album HELP! (Not that these guys would need any help; they look like they can kick your ass.) Everyone, click to enlarge!

    Thanks to everyone who sent in Screenshots for our special Christmas Brotherhood week. If you didn’t make it on to the Front Page, it’s only because we didn’t have room to run them all, and we’re hanging on to them to run during our regular Screenshot Of The Day feature.

    As usual, 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 pix from the Internet; it should be a screenshot of YOU!

    In the meantime, as promised, here’s a replay of all the special Screenshots that ran on our Front Page this week. Thanks again to everyone for sending them in!

    BROTHERHOOD SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: x Hells Harp x


    BROTHERHOOD SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: ODST Alpha


    BROTHERHOOD SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: KillaMox


    BROTHERHOOD SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: Sliderz105


    Click to enlarge all of them!

    ***


    WEEKLY CHALLENGE


    Firefight

    Type: Completion
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 180-200 minutes
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 4000

    Complete 100 Waves in Firefight Matchmaking.

    Remember that nightmare grind from early October, when you had to complete 50 Firefight Rounds in a single week? It had been the most tedious Weekly Challenge until last week’s 200 Multikill task. So now Bungie wants 100 instead of 50? Yikes!

    Well, as the Hitchhiker’s Guide says on its cover: Don’t Panic. These are merely Waves, and there’s five of ’em in every Round. So, play Gruntpocalypse in Score Attack and you’ll collect five; finish a standard Firefight and you’ll net 16. (Yes, you notch one for the Bonus Round; no, you don’t need to survive.)

    That works out to only six full Firefight games, plus part of a seventh to clean up the remainder — Jiminy Christmas, that’s EASY, even this late in the week. In fact, chances are, the Challenges so far this week have already perched you narrowly close to to completion, if you haven’t finished it already.

    You can even tear through the entire Challenge today — the HRD Christmas Challenge will net you five Waves for starters, and time’s running short — the Challenge ends tomorrow, so get on it!

    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.


    BROTHERHOOD SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


    BROTHERHOOD SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: KillaMox

    Brotherhood Screenshot Of The Day this morning courtesy of KillaMox, who shows that Elites can get into the spirit of the holidays too — though that usually means decorating the tree with the entrails of their enemies. Thanks, Moxy! Everyone, click to enlarge!

    In the spirit of holiday brotherhood here aboard the Pillar Of Awesome, we’re showcasing Group Screenshots all this week featuring not just YOU, but your ALLIES as well. We’ll run them all week, culminating in all of them appearing together on the Big Day. (It doesn’t matter if you’ve already had one on the Front Page; this is open to everyone.) ID’s for the other players in the pic would be great, but not necessary.

    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 pix from the Internet; it should be a screenshot of YOU!


    DAILY CHALLENGES


    Summary
    • TYPES: Assists, Kills, Special Enemy, Special Weapon
    • SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Firefight
    • AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Grind
    • TOTAL TIME: 30-45 minutes
    • OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★★
    • TOTAL CREDITS: 8300
    BLASTIN’ AND RELAXIN’

    Any Game Mode

    Kills

    Type: Kills
    Setting: Any Game Mode
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 5 minutes
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 2500

    Kill 500 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, so no point duplicating your efforts. For your leftovers, our standard recommendations:

    • By far the most convenient carnage can be found 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.

    A FRIEND IN NEED

    Firefight

    Assists

    Type: Assists
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 20-30 minutes (Concurrent with other Firefight Challenges)
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 2000

    Earn 10 assists in Firefight Matchmaking.

    This is actually harder than it sounds, though made more manageable by the generously low number required and the fact that you can tackle this at the same time as your Heroic Demon Challenge (see below). 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 is that there are so many of them — an Assist requires at least 40% damage to the target’s combined Shields and Health, and then for a teammate finish the kill within five seconds of your last strike. With Covies swarming the map, it’s less likely an ally will be firing on the same one, 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 all 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 remove their headgear, 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 helmets 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 for a teammate to 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 lost to the guy with the folding chair, giving an ally 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.
  • You can also steal cheap Assists throughout the match by targeting a Phantom’s main gun: taking it out registers a kill, so damaging it — a single sniper shot, or several with the DMR — will generate an Assist; you can even take care of it as the Dropship approaches, before it empties its troops, so you won’t have a Wave of Covies firing on you. With three Rounds of play now in Firefight, that’s 30 Dropships; more than enough to notch the Challenge.
  • And, by all means, go in with a friend if possible; coordinating with a partner will cut down on both your Challenge times, taking turns flashing an Elite’s shields while the other readies a headshot; and, since Heroic Demon requires you to kill Elites, the two of you can work both Challenges at the same time. It’ll be the one time when the Firefight playlist actually becomes cooperative.
  • HEROIC DEMON

    Firefight

    Special Enemy

    Kills

    Type: Kills / Special Enemy
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 30-45 minutes (Concurrent with other Firefight Challenges)
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 2000

    Kill 20 Elites in Firefight Matchmaking on Heroic or harder.

    As with all Demon Challenges, the primary hassle remains that only a few Elites emerge in any Firefight Round. In Score Attack only a handful show their faces at all (usually five or six), and in a standard three-Round Firefight you’ll have three “teammates” (no, we won’t call them “allies”) competing to take them down. Even if they’re not angling for the Challenge, they’re still going to get in the way.

    • Your best bet, then, is to find enough friends for a Co-op Firefight and go into a Sniper or Rocketfight as a group of four: you can coordinate efforts, and with three Rounds worth of Dinos you can share generously amongst each other. You’ll still need at least two matches (and maybe three) for everyone to share-and-share-alike, but you’ll shovel a heap o’ cRedits into your wagon along the way.
    • By the Great Journey, Demon, why does Bungie hate us so? Do they not know it's Christmas?

    • Without familiar partners, your best bet becomes Score Attack, where you control the map, gametype and who gets to score the Elites. Of course, it’ll still be a headache: Score Attack requires that you survive to party with the Elites, and when it’s you against the galaxy your chances grow slimmer with each Wave.
    • Ordinarily, this would mean a change in tactics, from run-and-gun to stealthy sniping, but you’re also racing a countdown timer; methodically thinning the herd while taking cover when your Shields crash could lead to surviving the fight…but never actually pwning any Dinosaurs.
    • So, veto until offered Sniperfight: it’ll clear Covie fodder faster, as well as efficiently rack up Elites. (There’s little point in a standard solo Firefight; Score Attack doesn’t feature Ordinance Drop.) Also look for a larger map, since close-quarter Firefights tend to become hot zones of clusterfuck explosions, with you inconveniently at the center of the fiesta.
    BLAST RADIUS

    Firefight

    Special Weapon

    Type: Special Weapon
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 20-30 minutes (Concurrent with other Firefight Challenges)
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 1800

    Kill 40 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking with grenades.

    You can work this one at the same time as today’s other Firefight Challenges — by itself, we’d ordinarily recommend Gruntpocalypse in Score Attack, since it’s easy to nail the waddlin’ tykes while they’re still in a spawn pack — but if you’re combining Challenges, the opening Waves of each Round in a typical Firefight will do the trick just as well.

    Just make sure to regularly farm some Plasmas from the battlefield between Waves or during a break in the action; otherwise, you’ll have only two standard grenades to do your fragwork. We also haven’t yet tested out whether a recovered Plasma Launcher will register grenade kills, but we here at HRD have never really been able to figure out that damn thing anyway, and even Auntie Dot thinks it’s weird. If you have a chance to try it out, let us know how it goes.


    WEEKLY CHALLENGE


    Firefight

    Type: Completion
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 180-200 minutes
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 4000

    Complete 100 Waves in Firefight Matchmaking.

    Remember that nightmare grind from early October, when you had to complete 50 Firefight Rounds in a single week? It had been the most tedious Weekly Challenge until last week’s 200 Multikill task. So now Bungie wants 100 instead of 50? Yikes!

    Well, as the Hitchhiker’s Guide says on its cover: Don’t Panic. These are merely Waves, and there’s five of ’em in every Round. So, play Gruntpocalypse in Score Attack and you’ll collect five; finish a standard Firefight and you’ll net 16. (Yes, you notch one for the Bonus Round; no, you don’t need to survive.)

    That works out to only six full Firefight games, plus part of a seventh to clean up the remainder — or, put another way, just ONE Firefight game per day this week. Jiminy Christmas, that’s EASY.

    You can even tear through the entire Challenge today — though since you’re certain to face other Firefight Challenges during the week, it’s probably not the best use of your time; might as well wait each day to see what comes up, and let this one come along for the ride. For example, if you’ve been completing the Challenges all week, today’s Firefight-O-Rama will likely close this out for you, if you haven’t finished it already.

    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.

    NOTE: WEEKLY CHALLENGE LAST DAY!

    SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


    SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: Bark At The Moo

    Screenshot Of The Day this morning courtesy of Bark At The Moo (yes, you read that right), who fights on while under heavy fire, the way a Spartan should. Woof! Thanks, Bark! Everyone, click to enlarge!

    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 pix from the Internet; it should be a screenshot of YOU!


    DAILY CHALLENGES


    Summary
    • TYPES: Assists, Kills, Killstyle, Special Weapon
    • SETTINGS: Campaign, Firefight
    • AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Grind
    • TOTAL TIME: 45-60 minutes
    • AVERAGE VALUE: ★★★★☆
    • TOTAL CREDITS: 6700

    ONE SPARTAN ARMY

    Firefight

    Kills

    Type: Kills
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 10-20 minutes
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 2500

    Kill 250 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking.

    Though it’s easy enough to get your Gruntpocalypse on for a three-game kill-count, you’re already going to plough through a few enemy platoons as part of notching the Friend In Need Challenge (see below). To save time, take on the other ones first, then simply Grunt your way through any leftovers. It should take you only one or two matches, depending on how many Covies you great-journeyed beforehand.

    A FRIEND IN NEED

    Firefight

    Assists

    Type: Assists
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 20-30 minutes
    Value: ★★★★
    Reward: 2000

    Earn 10 assists in Firefight Matchmaking.

    This is actually harder than it sounds, though made more manageable by the generously low number needed. 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 is that there are so many of them — an Assist requires at least 40% damage to the target’s combined Shields and Health, and then for a teammate finish the kill within five seconds of your last strike. With Covies swarming the map, it’s less likely an ally will be firing on the same one, 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 all 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 remove 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 for a teammate to 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 lost to the guy with the folding chair, giving an ally 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.
  • You can also steal cheap Assists throughout the match by targeting a Phantom’s main gun: taking it out registers a kill, so damaging it — a single sniper shot, or several with the DMR — will generate an Assist; you can even take care of it as the Dropship approaches, before it empties its troops, so you won’t have a Wave of Covies firing on you. With three Rounds of play now in Firefight, that’s 30 Dropships; more than enough to notch the Challenge.
  • And, by all means, go in with a friend if possible; coordinating with a partner will cut down on 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.
  • THERE ARE MANY LIKE IT. . .

    Kills

    Special Weapon

    Campaign

    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-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 inside the bunker as well.

    (Nightfall, of course, spawns you with a Sniper, but you just did that Challenge yesterday; do you really want to hear 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 century mark and need to revert the Checkpoint anyway; so unless you feel like sniping, you might as well do it 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; they’ll register precision kills as easily as the 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.

    ROAST ‘EM, TOAST ‘EM

    Campaign

    Jetpacking

    Kills

    Type: Killstyle
    Setting: Campaign
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 5 minutes
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 1200

    Kill 10 enemies while jet-packing in Exodus on Normal.

    Your quickest, easiest Challenge of the day. Open up Rally Point Alpha on Exodus, then head outside to swap your devastating Magnum of Doom with a Rocket Launcher of Even More Doom from one of the Marines by the ammo case.

    Strap on a Jetpack at the far end of the walkway and Rocketeer your way to the platform with the bad guys. Glide up over them — they’re neatly clustered in a pack, for your raining-death-from-above pleasure — and fire away.

    Keep in mind that the Challenge counts Firebird Medals, which require your jetpack to actually thrust at the moment of the kill; if you’re in freefall, the kill won’t count, even if you’re still airborne. And, if you get yourself killed or run out of rockets, simply reload from the last Checkpoint and repeat; the Challenge counter keeps running.

    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.

    NOTE: NEW WEEKLY CHALLENGE!
    CLICK HERE FOR OUR NOBLE ACHIEVEMENTS SPECIAL!

    MANEX MONDAY


    For today’s Manex Monday Video Of The Week, our friends over at the ManeXGaming Channel on YouTube showcase some key intel and strategies on an essential part of any Team play: Map control, and in particular how to use tactical distraction as an alternate to brute-force team-shooting. Because so many Challenges are best handled in Rumble Pit or Multi-Team, the MXG lads here are on Countdown as an example of a smaller, tighter map in an Arena Team Doubles match, which themselves are more competitive than usual.

    As always, the Manex Monday clips focus not on specific Challenges but on making you a stronger player overall, so that you can develop a better mastery of the Challenges themselves. Check it out!

    Screenshot Of The Day will return tomorrow. 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 pix from the Internet; it should be a screenshot of YOU!


    DAILY CHALLENGES


    Summary
    • TYPES: Assists, Completion, Kills, Killstyle
    • SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Campaign, Firefight
    • AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
    • TOTAL TIME: 35-45 minutes (Weekly included)
    • OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★★
    • TOTAL CREDITS: 5250

    BLASTIN’ AND RELAXIN’

    Any Game Mode

    Kills

    Type: Kills
    Setting: Any Game Mode
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 5 minutes
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 1000

    Kill 90 enemies in any game mode in Reach.

    Take on this one last. You’ll rack up most kills simply by tackling today’s other Challenges, so no point duplicating your efforts. For your leftovers, our standard recommendations:

    • By far the most convenient carnage can be found 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.

    A FRIEND IN NEED

    Firefight

    Assists

    Type: Assists
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 15-20 minutes
    Value: ★★★☆
    Reward: 1000

    Earn 10 Assists in Firefight Matchmaking.

    This is actually much, much harder than it sounds. The 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 is that there are so many of them — an Assist requires at least 40% damage to the target’s combined Shields and Health, and then for a teammate finish the kill within five seconds of your last strike. With Covies swarming the map, it’s unlikely an ally will be firing on the same one 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 all 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 remove their helmets, setting them up for a teammate’s coup-de-grace. The problem isn’t so much that the 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 for a teammate to close the deal. Elites — while otherwise remarkably crafty — for some reason stop and howl when they lose their Shields like a drag queen who missed the wig sale at Macy’s, giving an ally an easy headshot.
  • The problem will ease up once the Mythic Skull turns on, since that doubles enemy health, including for even the lowliest DMR fodder; but — since 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 try to shift strategies in the middle of the match.
  • You can also steal cheap Assists throughout the match by targeting a Phantom’s main gun: taking it out registers as a kill, so damaging it — a single sniper shot, or several with the DMR — will generate an Assist; you can even take care of it as the Dropship approaches, before it empties its troops, so you won’t have a Wave of Covies firing on you. With three Rounds of play now in Firefight, that’s 30 Dropships; more than enough to notch the Challenge.
  • And, by all means, go in with a friend if possible; coordinating with a partner on microphone will cut down on 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.
  • ROAST ‘EM, TOAST ‘EM

    Campaign

    Jetpacking

    Kills

    Type: Killstyle
    Setting: Campaign
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 5 minutes
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 1500

    Kill 35 enemies while jet-packing in Exodus on Normal.

    Open up Rally Point Alpha on Exodus, then head outside to swap your devastating Magnum of Doom with a Rocket Launcher of Even More Doom from one of the Marines lingering by the ammo case.

    Strap on a Jetpack at the far end of the walkway and Rocketeer your way over to the platform with the bad guys. Glide up over them — they’re neatly clustered in a pack, for your raining-death-from-above pleasure — and fire away.

    Keep in mind that the Challenge counts Firebird Medals, which require you to actually be thrusting at the moment of the kill; if you’re in freefall, the kill won’t count, even if you’re still airborne. And, if you get yourself killed or run out of rockets, simply reload from the last Checkpoint and repeat; the Challenge counter keeps running.

    IRON WITH FRIENDS

    Campaign

    Skull On

    Type: Completion
    Setting: Campaign
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 10-15 minutes
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 1750

    Complete a Campaign mission Co-op on Heroic or harder with the Iron Skull on.

    The Iron Skull can be a huge hassle when playing solo: die once, start over again. In Co-op, however, it merely reverts you to your last Checkpoint, which — while inconvenient — is really no more than a nuisance, especially on the right level.

    So, with that in mind, go in as a four-player team: the chance that you’ll all die simultaneously is virtually zero, and the weaker players can hang back to provide support fire while the stronger players take point. The trailing players will even Checkpoint forward if they lag too far behind, allowing them to skip past certain parts of the map entirely. Just don’t do anything supremely retarded, like all piling into vehicles and then driving together off a cliff, and you’ll do fine.

    • For Campaign completion Challenges, HRD often recommends the speed-run on Nightfall — but because the Challenge requires Co-op, the Midnight Run can Checkpoint straggling players forward at peculiar and inopportune moments; so instead, we’re going to suggest Winter Contingency: As the Campaign’s first playable level, it’s by design the easiest, and the open-ended geography both lets weaker players hang back and take cover as well as allowing all players to bypass most encounters entirely.
    • In fact, after the first faceoff with the Covenant, players can Sprint past the next skirmish, off the small cliff that leads to the Warthogs, then drive directly to the firefight at the last compound before the Falcons arrive; other than the occasional bloodthirsty Moa, you’ll hardly encounter any gunplay at all.
    • The Falcons take you directly to another firefight, where you’ll have ample cover and ammo inside the bunker of the final building of the level; from there, you need only dispatch a few butch Elites and their entourage to reach the final cutscene.

    In fact, it’s really so straightforward that this Daily Challenge represents a rarity: The chance to snipe the Weekly Challenge at the same time — and on its first day, even. Just flip on the Black Eye Skull beforehand (see below for details) and you won’t even notice that a Weekly Challenge existed at all.


    WEEKLY CHALLENGE


    NOT IN THE FACE

    Campaign

    Skull On

    Type: Completion
    Setting: Campaign
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 10-15 minutes (concurrent with Daily Challenge)
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 4000

    Complete any Campaign mission on Heroic in 30 minutes with Black Eye on.

    NEW WEEKLY CHALLENGE!

    Tip Of The Day

    You’ll find almost everything you need to know about completing this Challenge in today’s Iron With Friends entry. The one addition will be the Black Eye Skull, so let’s take a look: Black Eye disables your shield recharge, unless and until you melee an opponent. A bit retarded, yeah? OK, so it doesn’t make much sense, but it’s been around a long time; kind of like Ozzie Osbourne, neckties, and nipples on men. It is what it is, so don’t ask.

    So, the only real difference is that, like a teenage boy, you’ll need to smack a Grunt every now and again to freshen yourself up — and…that’s about it. After a couple of Weekly Challenges that actually took all week, this one’ll take less time than a single game of Firefight or Invasion. Cash your cRedits, friend, and don’t complain.

    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: MrSieve33

    “Hey! Dino! Look at me when I’m assassinating you!”

    Screenshot Of The Day today courtesy of MrSieve33. Thanks for reminding us why we didn’t go to dental school, Sieve!

    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 pix from the Internet; it should be a screenshot of YOU!


    DAILY CHALLENGES


    Summary
    • TYPES: Assists, Kills, Single Game, Special Weapon, Spree
    • SETTINGS: Firefight, Multiplayer
    • AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy/Grind
    • TOTAL CREDITS: 4450

    So, Firefight, we meet again.

    But if you came to hear me beg, you will be disappointed. This time you will not run me into exhaustion, or impatience, or boredom. This time I will be your Jedi master. My Snipe-Fu is strong, and after I have defeated all three of your Challenges in a single match, then — THEN! — you will kneel before Zod.

    MORE THAN A HANDFUL

    Multiplayer

    Kills

    Type: Kills
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Grind
    Reward: 1250

    Kill 125 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

    But first, we shall warm up with a basic, straightforward Challenge. How long it takes simply depends on which playlists you prefer and how good you are at them. So, our standard recommendations:

    • Your best bet remains Rumble Pit, since the kills come fast and furious and you don’t have to worry about K/D — both the game and Challenges only count kills, not deaths, so trading one-for-one with double-melees will rack up points while scattering your own deaths (more or less) among the other players.
    • Most Pit Objective gametypes (King Of The Hill, Oddball, etc.) also usually increase your kill-count, since they concentrate combat into small zones, making it easier to spam grenades, death-blossom your Assault Rifle or pickpocket kills from a gunbattle between other players.
    • However, skip Juggernaut — a low-kill-count option that can leave you with no kills at all.
    • For a change of pace, head into Multiteam or the Team Slayer playlists (Slayer, Swat, Snipers). Avoid Team Objective, since games usually take longer and generate fewer kills.
    A FRIEND IN NEED

    Firefight

    Assists

    Type: Assists
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Grind
    Reward: 1000

    Earn 10 Assists in Firefight Matchmaking.

    Your first of three Firefight Challenges today, and one you can tackle at the same time as the others.

  • Though that makes the Challenge more worthwhile, however, it doesn’t make it any easier, since this is much, much harder than it sounds. The 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 is that there are so many of them — an Assist requires at least 40% damage to the target’s combined Shields and Health, and then for a teammate finish the kill within five seconds of your last strike. With Covies swarming the map, it’s unlikely an ally will be firing on the same one 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 all 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 remove their helmets, setting them up for a teammate’s coup-de-grace. The problem isn’t so much that the 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 for a teammate to close the deal. Elites — while otherwise remarkably crafty — for some reason stop and howl like a drag queen who’s missed the wig sale at Macy’s, giving an ally an easy headshot.
  • The problem will ease up once the Mythic Skull turns on, since that doubles enemy health, including for even the lowliest DMR fodder; but — since 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 try to shift strategies in the middle of the match.
  • You can also steal cheap Assists throughout the match by targeting a Phantom’s main gun: taking it out registers as a kill, so damaging it — a single sniper shot, or several with the DMR — will generate an Assist; you can even take care of it as the Dropship approaches, before it empties its troops, so you won’t have a Wave of Covies firing on you. With three Rounds of play now in Firefight, that’s 30 Dropships; more than enough to notch the Challenge.
  • And, by all means, go in with a friend if possible; coordinating with a partner on microphone will cut down on 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.
  • SURVIVOR

    Firefight

    Single Match

    Spree

    Type: Spree
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Easy
    Reward: 1200

    Earn 7 Sprees in a Firefight Matchmaking game.

    Wow, seven Sprees in one single match. Sounds initimidating, right?

    Pish-posh. Bungie has created so many Sprees for Reach that you can hardly take a piss without, well, pissing on one. (And do it five times, you’ll probably get a Pissing Spree.) We’re accustomed to the Killing Spree and the occasional Sword or Shotgun Spree; but now there are Grenade Stick Sprees, Assist Sprees, and even Teabag and Rage Quit Sprees. (Though we’re pretty sure the medal for that last one is a Quit-Ban. Also, there’s probably not a Teabag Spree. Yet.)

    Some weapons will also trigger two Sprees at once; for example, the Sniper or Hammer, since you’ll Spree with the weapon in addition to your naked killstreak and earn two notches toward the Daily Challenge. Likewise, the extended-streak awards — Killing Frenzy, Slice ‘N’ Dice and so on — score additional notches as well.

    • With all that in mind, your best bet here becomes a three-Round Sniperfight: You’ll register a new Spree every five kills up through 20, with double-awards at the 10 mark; that means five points on your Challenge meter — well past halfway — and the game’s hardly started. Do that again, and you’ll have Spreed all over this Challenge, long before you face the toughest opponents.

      The Sniper Rifle. AKA El Spree-o.

    • When they do emerge, you can swap out for one of their fallen Power Weapons — such as the Hammer or Sword — and use those to Spree as well if a pack of enemies spawn too close. And, once you’re finally done, you’ll have a sniper with unlimited ammo to take down Shields and start racking Assists to become a Friend In Need in the same match.
    • For in-depth tips and tactics on maps and Sniper positions, click on our Finish The Firefight standing link at the top of the page; it offers all sorts of key options, so check it out. (Seriously, go read it; I’m not just sayin’.)
    • Though it might seem counterintuitive, however, avoid Rocketfight: You’ll certainly stack Multikills quickly enough for ordinary killstreaks to come naturally, but you won’t get any special weapon streaks; and it’s pretty goddamn easy to blow yourself up, so you might find yourself ending your own streak just as often as the Covenant.
    • Don’t like Sniperfights? Well, you’re weird, but okay. If you head into a standard Firefight, recover one of the Ordnance Weapons right away; a Spree will literally fall from the sky if you snare the Target Locator, but the rest of the Ordnance arsenal — Rockets, Sniper, Laser — will easily Spree for you as well. (Your only challenge will be the Laser: just four shots in Reach — WTF is that about, Bungie? — so simply fire into a Covie pack or burn through a Wraith for a Double-Kill to notch the added point for a Laser Spree.)
    • And just one map-specific note: If you vote your way onto Beachhead, it’s time for some real fun. Hop into the Rocket Hog and joyride a friend around as he cuts loose with his best imitation of a KISS concert. You’ll rack up Wheelman Sprees — yes, there are those too — as well as paint the grill with a Splatter Spree or two along the way.

    KATANARAMA

    Firefight

    Special Weapon

    Kills

    Type: Kill / Special Weapon
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Easy
    Reward: 1000

    Kill 1 enemy using the Energy Sword in Firefight Matchmaking.

    Seriously, you need advice on this? Okay: Don’t be a douche. Once you’ve recovered a Sword from a fallen Elite and notched your Challenge, give it up to a teammate for him to score too.

    So, to recap: You =/= Douche. Live it.


    WEEKLY CHALLENGE


    DEDICATION/TIME

    General

    Type: Meta
    Setting: All
    Difficulty: Grind
    Reward: 16000

    Complete 16 Daily Challenges this week.

    HOLY CRAP, that’s the biggest Challenge bonus in the all-time history of Challenge bonuses. Not much to say, other than if you haven’t started yet, you’re out of luck; only 8 Challenges left, and no amount of boosting or begging will turn that into 16. Time is a mistress of no mercy.

    Tip Of The Day

    TAKE NOTE, however: With such a huge award, you still face the very realistic possibility of hitting the cRedit limit (60,000 cR) on the day you complete this. Remember, you’ll have just cleared at least one Daily Challenge, and probably more; since the Dailies average about 5K-6K, you could collect over a third of your limit just in bonuses, not counting even more earned as part the Challenges themselves.

    So, on the day you expect to hit 16 — either today or tomorrow — steer clear of Multiplayer (where you earn the most cRedits) unless it’s actually part of a Challenge. Also, inspect your Commendations NOW, and if you’re on the edge for any of the higher metals, avoid them until the day after your Challenge registers. Thanksgiving leftovers won’t make you feel better about working all week toward the biggest bonus in Halo history, only to accidentally disqualify yourself.