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SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: PaperTowels

Holy crap, that’s BADASS! Screenshot Of The Day today courtesy of PaperTowels9876, who will wipe the counter with your dead, twitching body. Goddamn right, PT! Everyone, click to enlarge!

Meanwhile, if you haven’t done it already, yo: Send your screenshots to haloreachdaily@live.com, or just make a file recommendation to us on XBox (Gamertag: Ender Xer0, with a zero), and we’ll take care of the rest. Remember: we’re not looking for plain Forge art or random pix from the Internet; it should be a screenshot of YOU!


WEEKLY CHALLENGE


THE PILLAR OF AUTUMN: LASO

Campaign

Legendary

Skulls On

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

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

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, Completion, Kills, Killstyle
SETTINGS: Firefight, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy / Grind
TOTAL TIME: 65-95 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★
TOTAL CREDITS: 5000

COVENANT-CIDE

Firefight

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Firefight
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 10-20 minutes
Value: ★★★★
Reward: 1100

Kill 120 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking.

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

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

PASS THE ROCK

Multiplayer

Assists

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

Earn 20 assists today in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

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

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

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

T-HUG IT OUT

Multiplayer

Single Match

Close-Quarters

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

Kill 6 enemies with close-quarters combat in a Multiplayer Matchmaking game.

Grrrrrrifball! (Though Living Dead will work too.) Grifball love courtesy of xDEATHCRUNCHERX.

PARTICIPATION COUNTS

Multiplayer

Type: Completion
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Retarded
Time: 20-30 minutes (Concurrent with other Daily Challenges)
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1200

Complete 4 games in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

Yes, you really can earn this by doing absolutely nothing for four games; it’s hard to call it a “Challenge” when the only requirement is that your controller doesn’t turn off. (And even then.) But, hey, it’s 1200 free cRedits — so don’t complain, eh?

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.

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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

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***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.

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.


FRIDAY THE 13TH SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


FRIDAY THE 13TH SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: Bryan is Famous

Oooh, Friday The 13th! We LOVED those movies. (At least, until Jason killed a guy dressed as Prince while he was taking a crap. WTF, Jason? Not cool.) Anyway, our special Friday The 13th Screenshot Of The Day this morning comes from Bryan is Famous — and yes, that really is a Haunted Helmet. Now THAT’s cool! Everyone, click to enlarge!

Meanwhile, if you haven’t done it already, yo: Send your screenshots to haloreachdaily@live.com, or just make a file recommendation to us on XBox (Gamertag: Ender Xer0, with a zero), and we’ll take care of the rest. Remember: we’re not looking for plain Forge art or random pix from the Internet; it should be a screenshot of YOU!


WEEKLY CHALLENGE


BEST SERVED COLD

Multiplayer

Revenge

Kill

Type: Kill / Special Enemy
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 11 Per Day
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 7777

Take your Revenge on 77 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

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DAILY CHALLENGES


Summary

TYPES: Assists, Kills, Special Enemy, Spree
SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
TOTAL TIME: 70-90 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★☆
TOTAL CREDITS: 5375

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Check in here for strategies on completing the Daily and Weekly Challenges in Halo: Reach. If it’s your first time, click through the About HRD link above; and add comments below if you’ve got a good idea of your own for tackling the Challenges today.


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: P00DUDE

Screenshot Of The Day today courtesy of, eh, “P00DUDE”, who waves goodbye as he takes a header off of…well, we think it’s Powerhouse, but it won’t matter much when he hits the ground. (Just like poo, I guess.) Thanks, PD! Everyone, click to enlarge!

Meanwhile, if you haven’t done it already, yo: Send your screenshots to haloreachdaily@live.com, or just make a file recommendation to us on XBox (Gamertag: Ender Xer0, with a zero), and we’ll take care of the rest. Remember: we’re not looking for plain Forge art or random pix from the Internet; it should be a screenshot of YOU!


WEEKLY CHALLENGE


BEST SERVED COLD

Multiplayer

Revenge

Kill

Type: Kill / Special Enemy
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 11 per Day
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 7777

Take your Revenge on 77 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

[ ACCESS COMPLETE INTEL: CLICK HERE ]


DAILY CHALLENGES


Summary

TYPES: Assists, Kills, Killstyle, Special Weapon
SETTINGS: Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Grind
TOTAL TIME: 100-165 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★☆
TOTAL CREDITS: 5650

[ ACCESS COMPLETE INTEL: CLICK HERE ]

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.

    HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVE!

    ENDERTORIAL



    Hey all, it’s been a while since I posted one of these, so I wanted to pass on just a few quick notes:

      • Special thanks to EVERYONE for all the great things people have been saying about this site on the Internet. Every day I’ll see a new incoming link, and I’ll follow it back to find that somebody somewhere has recommended the site to friends and strangers, either to answer a question about a Challenge, or just to give us a shout-out we didn’t expect, and usually with effusive praise that nearly embarrasses us for our humble efforts.

        So, I just wanted to say to so many people who have spread the word: Thanks, it’s incredibly appreciated, and it convinces me that we have some of the coolest readers of any Halo site on the Internet. After we’re done with the site each day, we don’t have a huge amount of time left for “marketing” or “promotion” or anything like that, and the completely unanticipated success and rapid expansion of the site is due almost entirely to the word-of-mouth you folks have given it. Thanks again, everyone.

        My name is Ender Xer0, and I approved this message.

      • I mentioned this once before, but it’s been a while, so I might as well repost it: I get tons of Friend Requests on Xbox thanks to this site, but I also get what is likely a fair share of randoms too — except that on Xbox Live, there’s no way to tell the difference. If you want to send me a Friend Request, go right ahead, I’m always happy to play with whoever’s available; in fact, when I sent someone who had Friended me through this site an invite yesterday, he actually replied asking if it was a button mistake and whether I really wanted to game with him. Yes, indeed, that’s actually why I have people on my Friends list.

        But — and this is the important part — when you send a Friend Request, also send a separate message, so that I know you’re from HRD, and not just a random who has spammed his Recent Players list. That way, there won’t be any chance of me saying, “Who’s this?”, and deleting the req.

      • As with Thanksgiving, there probably won’t be an Update tomorrow, Christmas Day; In fact, count on there not being one unless Bungie does something either incredibly good or incredibly stupid and we feel like mentioning it. Remember that producing HRD every day doesn’t accommodate weekends or days off, and there’s no way to prepare it ahead of time — so thanks in advance for cutting us a break.
      • However, as with Thanksgiving, there’ll be some special surprise content anyway — and this time, it’s REALLY special. We’ve never done anything like it before (and if it doesn’t work out, we may not do it again); but all of us here on the Pillar of Awesome think it’ll be INCREDIBLY cool, so definitely stop by — you won’t want to miss it.
      • Also, like HRD, the lads over at ManeXGaming on YouTube have a holiday break, so they won’t be posting their regular Video Of The Week for ManeX Monday; instead we have an AMAZING guest column that we asked one of our readers to prepare for us, and he really hit it out of the park. MXG will return the next week, but in the meantime make sure to check out the special feature replacement on Monday — it’ll knock your socks off.

    Okay, thanks for listening, but enough of my yakkin’. Let’s get to Challengeering!

    Pax,

    Ender Xer0


    BROTHERHOOD SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


    BROTHERHOOD SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: Sliderz105

    Brotherhood Screenshot Of The Day this morning courtesy of SLIDERZ105 (left), who along with comrades Laraxa (right) and Unrealch13f (across from Carter), surprised us with this great pic from the opening moments of Winter Contingency. Remember how you felt when you fired up the campaign for the very first time? That’s what this shot did for us. Nice work, Sliderz! (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. (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.

    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!


    DAILY CHALLENGES


    Summary
    • TYPES: Assists, Completion, Kills, Special Weapon
    • SETTINGS: Campaign, Multiplayer
    • AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy / Grind
    • TOTAL TIME: 100-130 minutes
    • OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★☆
    • TOTAL CREDITS: 6750

    MORE THAN A HANDFUL

    Multiplayer

    Kills

    Type: Kills
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 45-60 minutes
    Value: ★★★★
    Reward: 1750

    Kill 77 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

    A basic, straightforward Challenge; how long it takes simply depends on which playlists you prefer and how good you are at them. So, mostly our standard recommendations:

    • Your best bet remains Rumble Pit or Multi-Team, 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. Rumble Pit’s slightly better for kills, Multi-Team is slightly better for Assists (and the A Great Friend Challenge, below), so take yer pick.
    • 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 the Team Slayer playlists (Slayer, Swat, Snipers), but Avoid Team Objective, since games usually take longer and generate fewer kills.

    A GREAT FRIEND

    Multiplayer

    Assists

    Type: Assists
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 30-40 minutes
    Value: ★★★★
    Reward: 2000

    Earn 15 assists today in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

    The usual Challenge, with our usual comments: 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 15 times. Despite that, Bungie intends to pay you today to help out players who haven’t really earned it as they cash in on your setup.

    You’ll be able to work the More Than A Handful (above) and Light Fuse, Run Away (see below) Challenges at the same time, so there’s some consolation in that. Just click on the Assist-O-Rama standing link at the top of the page for our in-depth guide to Not Closing The Deal.

    LIGHT FUSE, RUN AWAY

    Multiplayer

    Single Match

    Special Weapon

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

    Kill 4 enemies with grenades in a Multiplayer Matchmaking game.

    Okay, this one’s pretty straightforward.

    1. Get a monkey.
    2. Go into Matchmaking.
    3. Give the controller to the monkey.
    4. Go get a sandwich.

    If you’re having trouble finding a monkey, you can actually do this yourself, though it may take longer. Load up Rumble Pit or Multi-Team and look for close-quarter maps that specialize in clusterfuck explosions, as well as gametypes like Oddball or King Of The Hill that encourage players to run into the middle of the body-part fiesta.

    Also vote for game variants with Plasma Grenade loadouts, since they’ll score more direct kills with a successful stick — Pro-style games remain your best bet, since the Warden option includes Covie grenades and the matchtype doesn’t offer Armor Lock. Any Elite game can also work if you’re smart about it: save your stickies for enemies wielding Plasma or Needle Rifles, since the basic Needler remains a tipoff that the player may have loaded up Armor Lock.

    And, oh yeah–don’t forget: Return the monkey. You don’t want to find out what those guys use for grenades.

    I NEED SOME AMMO

    Campaign

    Skull On

    Type: Completion
    Setting: Campaign
    Difficulty: Medium (Solo) / Easy (Co-op)
    Time: 10-15 minutes
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 2000

    Tip Of The Day

    Complete a Campaign mission on Heroic or harder with the Famine Skull on.

    OK, only one Skull on, so lets take a quick look. Famine reduces the ammo clip of recovered weapons to one-half their usual rounds. Ordinarily, a pain in the ass; where we’re going, it’ll hardly make a difference.

    Decide ahead of time if you intend to do this solo or co-op. If flying solo, your best bet will be to take the Midnight Run on Nightfall, which has become so common for Challenge completions that it’s now taken up residence as a permanent page on the site. Just click on the link along the top for our complete intel, including a video walk–er, runthrough of the route.

    On co-op, the Challenge becomes even easier. You’ve got a couple of solid options, but we prefer either New Alexandria or Winter Contingency.

    As the Campaign’s first playable level, Winter Contingency is by design the easiest, and the open-ended geography allows players to bypass most encounters entirely.

      The Moa: Yeah, we know you're the guys who betrayed Reach to the Covenant. (Moacide courtesy of V Translanka.)

    • 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. (You can even skip most of the first clash, if you’re quick about it.)
    • The Falcons take you straight to another firefight, where you’ll have ample cover inside the bunker of the final building of the level; there’s bonus ammo in there too, and the Covenant will have dropped dozens of weapons all across the battlefield, so the Famine skull will make even less of a difference.
    • From there, you need only dispatch a few butch Elites and their entourage to reach the final cutscene. You’ll actually be able to wrap the entire Challenge in 10 or 15 minutes.

    The New Alexandria level, meanwhile, features long stretches of aerial combat unaffected by the size of your ammo clip (ahem).

    • When you need to take an Objective on foot (three times total), leave one teammate behind with the Falcons. Most of the time you’ll simply be able to Sprint past enemies to reach the Objective switches; but in any event, the real hardcore combat only occurs once you’ve hit the switch and reinforcements storm your location.
    • Hey, look at that! If you get killed, you simply respawn back up with the teammate who’s making sure no one steals the Falcon’s hubcaps. Hop back in the choppers, job done.


    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 — though since you’re certain to face other Firefight Challenges over the weekend, it’s probably not the best use of your time; might as well wait to see what comes up, and let this one come along for the ride.

    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.


    BROTHERHOOD SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


    SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: ODST Alpha

    Brotherhood Screenshot Of The Day this morning courtesy of one of the earliest supporters of this site: ODST Alpha (driving), whose allies Genesis 343 (turret) and Fallen Goose (triple-kill seat) demonstrate that they know the first rule of teamwork: You Don’t Ditch Your Friends, even when the Rocket Hog is on fire. Thanks, Alpha! 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, Killstyle, Special Enemy
    • SETTINGS: Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
    • AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
    • TOTAL TIME: 50-70 minutes
    • OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★
    • TOTAL CREDITS: 5810

    ONE SPARTAN ARMY

    Firefight

    Kills

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

    Kill 150 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking.

    Pretty simple: Just fire up a Gruntpocalypse in Score Attack and start making confetti. With 120 enemies per match, you’ll hit the Challenge mark during the second Wave of your second game.

    • Corvette, 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 or main deck on Outpost and the far-end walkway corners on Courtyard also offer excellent defensive positions (and after the 1K Firefight marathon yesterday, you’ll either be really good at Courtyard or never want to go there again). Use your Drop Shield liberally to keep the party going, and focus on headshots and multikills, since the medals register bonus cRedits.
    • And, as an added bonus, the two Gruntpoc matches (five Waves each) will add 10 notches to your score for the Weekly Ride The Wave Challenge (see below). With Firefight tasks on both Monday and Tuesday, this’ll put you pretty close to wrapping it, if you haven’t done that already.

    NO ‘I’ IN TEAM

    Multiplayer

    Single Match

    Assists

    Type: Assists
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Medium
    Time: 20-30 minutes
    Value: ★★★
    Reward: 1560

    Earn 8 assists in a Multiplayer Matchmaking game.

    The real challenge here will be not just to rack up Assists, but to collect at least eight in the same match; miss the mark, and you’re back to zero.

    Because of that, your best bet becomes to focus on nothing but Assists until registering the Challenge; yes, that means walking away from some otherwise deserved kills as you crash an opponent’s Shields but let another player punch his ticket. You’re flying wingman here, helping other gamers score the chick even if the party’s a free-for-all.

    Just click on the Assist-O-Rama standing link at the top of this page to see our complete guide to Not Closing The Deal. You’ll lose a few extra points by not claiming the kill yourself, but you’ll still get cR points for an Assist, and the Challenge bonus will way more make up for the ones you handed away.

    ABOVE THE NECKLINE

    Multiplayer

    Single Match

    Headshot

    Type: Killstyle
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 10-15 minutes
    Value: ★★★★
    Reward: 1000

    Kill 3 enemies with headshots in a Multiplayer Matchmaking game.

    Tip Of The Day

    Only four letters really make a difference here, and they’re spelled SWAT. Bungie has been kind enough to make this its own playlist for the laggers and aimbotters among us, since both the DMR and Magnum can take out opponents with a single headshot no matter what kind of fantastic armored-helmet-from-the-future they happen to wear.

    If SWAT doesn’t blow your hair back, you could just as easily pocket this in any Multiplayer match, although drift toward either Objective gametypes or larger-team playlists to make sure the game’s score-limit doesn’t cut short your Challenge progress. Chances are, though, in any DMR game, you’re likely to net this just by fighting, without any extra effort at all.

    CANNON FODDER

    Campaign

    Special Enemy

    Kills

    Type: Kills / Special Enemy
    Setting: Campaign
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 5 minutes
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 1750

    Kill 75 infantry-class foes in the Campaign today.

    Infantry-class enemies are those weakest among the Covenant horde, and come in a few different flavors; they’re also the ones occasionally given really bitchin’ weapons like Fuel Rod Guns, the better to humiliate you with as you’re blown to hurtling pieces by a twerp you could have squashed with your elbow.

    None of that will matter much, however, where we’re going:

  • By far the most convenient cannon-fodder 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. It’ll take about 25 thunderstorms to rain down enough death to register the Challenge, but each one only takes about 10 seconds, so we’re only talking here about a couple of minutes.
  • But, if you don’t like the open credit farming that goes with Target Locating, just load up any Campaign mission that opens with Grunts — and preferably a headshot weapon — then start making confetti. We’re partial to Winter Contingency’s Rally Point Bravo, since the Dropships spit out waves of Grunts in a steady stream, but really any level will do. Once you’ve cleaned ’em out, just reload the checkpoint, rinse and repeat.

  • 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, you’ll pocket 10 Waves as part of today’s One Spartan Army Challenge, so you’ll already be ahead of the game.

    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.


    SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


    SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: RuberDuckyOwndU

    Screenshot Of The Day today courtesy of RuberDuckyOwndU, with some majestic outer-space pwnage. Thanks, Duckz! 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, Sprees
    • SETTINGS: Firefight, Multiplayer
    • AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy / Grind
    • TOTAL TIME: 120-150 minutes
    • AVERAGE VALUE: ★★★☆
    • TOTAL CREDITS: 6250
    MORE THAN A HANDFUL

    Multiplayer

    Kills

    Type: Kills
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 60-90 minutes
    Value: ★★★
    Reward: 1250

    Kill 125 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

    A basic, straightforward Challenge; how long it takes simply depends on which playlists you prefer and how good you are at them. So, mostly our standard recommendations:

    • Your best bet remains Rumble Pit or Multi-Team, 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. Rumble Pit’s slightly better for kills, Multi-Team is slightly better for Assists (and the Pass The Rock Challenge, below), so take yer pick.
    • 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 the Team Slayer playlists (Slayer, Swat, Snipers), but Avoid Team Objective, since games usually take longer and generate fewer kills.

    PASS THE ROCK

    Multiplayer

    Assists

    Type: Assists
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 50-70 minutes
    Value: ★★★
    Reward: 2500

    Earn 20 assists today in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

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

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

    Despite that, Bungie intends to pay you today to help out other players who haven’t really earned it by cashing 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.

    WEAPON SWAP

    Firefight

    Single Match

    Spree

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

    Earn 10 Sprees in a Firefight Matchmaking game on Heroic or harder.

    Wow, 10 Sprees in a single match. Sounds initimidating, right?

    Pish-posh. In fact, you’ll pocket this with a single game of Score Attack; just fire up Gruntpocalypse and start making confetti. You’ll light up a spree medal every 10 kills, up through 50, at which point you’ll need to sacrifice your perfect game on the Daily Challenge altar and allow the Grunts to take you down, since the next two Sprees don’t register until 100 and then 500 (yikes!) kills.

    Don’t get distressed, however, as they dance on your corpse: you’ve just reset your Spree counter, so you can start notching 10-streaks all over again. By the time you send your 100th Grunt on his Great Journey, you’ll have cashed in your cRedits on the daily Challenge.

    Also don’t worry too much if you get tagged by a stray Plasma or Fuel Rod along the way; it just means your counter has reset early, and you’ll simply need to keep track of when your Untouchable Medal (50 kills) registers, to let the tykes take you out immediately after that. You’ll have a shot at 120 Grunts total before the Round ends, so it shouldn’t be much more than a speed bump; just don’t let it happen too often, or the remainders between Sprees can add up and mathematically eliminate your Challenge bonus.

    KILLING SPREE

    Multiplayer

    Spree

    Kills

    Type: Kills / Spree
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 20-30 minutes
    Value: ★★★★
    Reward: 1500

    Earn a Killing Spree in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

    Yeah, like we really needed a Daily Challenge to make us hunt for Killing Sprees. We all score them pretty regularly — some, of course, more regularly than others — though how and where you do it depends entirely on your playstyle. The fact is, if you pull your trigger enough, you’ll eventually get one; but, if you’re interested in minimizing the amount of time required, you can keep a couple of tips in mind:

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

      Armor Lock: Be The Douchbag.

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


    WEEKLY CHALLENGE


    MULTIPLICATIVE

    Multiplayer

    Multikill

    Type: Multikills
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Hard
    Time: Yeah, it’s time.
    Value: ★★
    Reward: 5000

    Earn 200 Multikills in Multiplayer Matchmaking this week.

    Tip Of The Day

    Okay, relax. This isn’t as hard as it sounds; it’s actually harder, and recognizing that is your key to completing it. Because if you don’t get started today, and don’t work on it every day, you’re never going to finish.

    Two-hundred Multikills works out to just under 30 a day, meaning you’ll need to play a scary amount of games, and score Multikills in just about all of them, to cross the finish line in time. It’s both a daily sprint and a weekly marathon; and while we’d never actually instruct anyone to skip a Challenge, you’ll need to think hard and long (but not too long) before you decide to tackle this.

    In other words: if you don’t have the time, or the patience, or a spouse/significant other/British manservant to bring you dinner at the TV and fork it into your mouth while you mash the color off your controller buttons, this might be the week to instead learn Halo Wars.

    So, scared you off yet? No? GOOD. You’re a goddamn Spartan, bitch. You’ve had a lifetime of Jedi training, you’ve struck down countless Covenant with Great Vengeance and Furious Anger and loved every fucking second of it. Leave that can’t-do-it Playstation shit at home, and get to work.

    • If you’re flying solo, start with Rumble Pit. More enemies on smaller maps = more Multikills.
    • Vote for gametypes on small, tight maps that encourage enemies to converge into single flashpoints: King Of The Hill and Oddball, for example. Spam grenades into the hotzone, followed by DMR or Magnum headshots and the occasional coup-de-grace melee rush. Avoid the area yourself, however; no sense adding your corpse to the fiesta.
    • Juggernaut represents a mixed bag: If you’ve got the Hammer, you’ll have an excellent opportunity to skullcrush your way to multiple Multikills. If you’re not Jugs, you won’t be able to score any. Seek out power weapons like Rockets that can deal massive damage to the Juggernaut from a distance; and even without them, steer clear of close-combat to nickel-and-dime your target from range — if you’re lucky, you’ll score the last shot, and get the Hammer for your efforts.
    • If you can get with a friend, head into Multi-Team; it’s like Rumble Pit With Partners, and your enemies usually travel in pairs, making them choice Double-Kills. Coordinate with your teammate: team-shoot one enemy, then whoever doesn’t score the final shot can melee or plasma-burst the second, setting up a Multikill.
    • Big Team Battle and Invasion also offer prime Multikill targets: a vehicle with passenger, or a pair of enemies in the unlock zone of an Invasion phase, for example. Your main problem will not be enemies, but allies: with so many players on each side, you’ll have considerable competition to actually score the kills.

    NOTE: Unlike some of the Challenges from last month, chaining Multikills together here WILL register multiple points on your Challenge meter. The coding counts Medals, not actual kills; so, while a previous Overkill might not register a second Double-Kill Medal — and thus counted as only one point for a DK Challenge — this Challenge registers ANY Multikill Medal. This means a Double-Kill that stacks into a Triple-Kill and eventually an Overkill nets you three Challenge points, not just one. Yow!

    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.

    SPECIAL FEATURE TODAY!

    They’re not quite Challenges, but they’re damn near close enough: Check back in later today for our complete guide to scoring the new Noble Map Pack Achievements, courtesy of one of our new Associate Editors, FoxmanFX!

    Foxman comes to HRD from a successful run writing the Daily Challenge updates over at legendary mainstay Halo.Bungie.Org, so he knows of what he speaks. Come back and check it out!

    UPDATE: It’s now live! If you don’t see it above, click on the main site header to reload the page — thanks!


    SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: NOBLE SPECIAL!


    Here at HRD we decided to tip our hats to the new Noble Map Pack DLC released yesterday, so for the rest of the week (and weekend) we’ll be running Screenshots EXCLUSIVELY from one of the three new maps.

    It doesn’t matter if you’ve already appeared on our Front Page — and if for some reason your shot doesn’t score a slot by Sunday, it’ll still get to go up as part of our regular daily feature. So start snapping some pix!

    NOBLE SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: Artful Fiver


    Noble Screenshot Of The Day today courtesy of Artful Fiver, whose butch-sniper submission from Tempest gave us the idea for this week’s special run.

    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, Multiplayer
    • AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
    • TOTAL CREDITS: 5125

    BLASTIN’ AND RELAXIN’

    Any Game Mode

    Kills

    Type: Kills
    Setting: Any Game Mode
    Difficulty: Easy
    Reward: 1000

    Kill 90 enemies in any game mode in Reach.

    Take on this one last. You’ll rack up some 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.

    SECONDARY FIRE

    Multiplayer

    Assists

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

    Earn 25 assists today in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

    So, our standard spiel: Working toward Assists can always be a hassle, since your natural instincts and gaming skills focus on putting down your enemies, not passing the kill off to another player. Nobody makes the highlight reel by almost scoring 25 times.

    Despite that, Bungie intends to pay you today to help out other players who haven’t really earned it by cashing 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, as a special added bonus, our YouTube friends over at ManeXGaming have assembled a special video just about scoring Assists, and were cool enough to make copious reference to this site as part of it, so we thought we’d give you another chance to check it out. Also, when you’re done, take a look at a couple of their other commentary vids online there — some really, really good stuff.

    STICKY ICKY ICKY

    Multiplayer

    Single Match

    Special Weapon

    Kills

    Type: Killstyle / Special Weapon
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Easy
    Reward: 1625

    Earn 5 sticky grenade Kills in a Multiplayer Matchmaking game.

    Tip Of The Day

    Thrilled to see that someone at Bungie is a fan of 1970s Disco music, and in particular A Taste Of Honey’s classic lyrical masterpiece “Boogie Oogie Oogie” (which, as we all know, often leads to Sticky Icky Icky).

    Any Elite gametype will start you with Plasma Grenades, as will Invasion (Covie side) and Pro gametypes (Warden Loadout). But Plasmas are also scattered all over the maps, and respawn almost constantly, so if you prefer a different gametype/loadout you’ll still find with more than enough to spare. (NOTE: The current Grab Bag’s Firefight Vs. mode starts you with Covie-side Plasmas too, but it’s considered Firefight, not Multiplayer, so it won’t count toward this Challenge — sorry.)

    Look for playlists that put you on smaller, tighter maps, where close-quarter combat virtually begs you stick opponents with impunity. Enemies with Armor Lock (AKA “Fuckin’ Armor-Locking Douchebags” — except, of course, when it’s you) will in turn frustrate you with impunity; so, vote for Pro gametypes — which don’t allow for Armor-Locking Douchebags — and especially King Of The Hill, where enemies cluster into spamworthy hot-zones that additionally disable Armor Abilities while inside.

    • Rumble Pit remains a top option, specifically because it offers a candy store of Elite, Pro and KotH gametypes, on exactly the type of maps that invite you to go stick-or-treating. Keep in mind, though: the Challenge features a single-match restriction, so the Pit’s low kill-count limit (25) could unceremoniously end your Plasma rampage before you score the bonus, and you might even mathematically eliminate yourself if you hit 21 before your first stick. (Not likely, OK, but still.)
    • If that becomes a problem, head into Multiteam — basically Rumble Pit With Partners — since you’ll have more enemies and twice the kill-count to work with; you’ll also accidentally explode your partner once in a while, and he’ll occasionally snare a kill out from under your Plasma in the heat of combat, so stay on mic and coordinate your efforts.
    • Invasion likewise represents a solid option, since even the open maps still encourage enemies to concentrate around the capture points, though when on the Spartan side you’ll need to scope for fallen Plasmas before being able to stick Covies crouched in the countdown zone. Just scan for dead dinos after one of their attack rushes; you should find them everywhere.
    CREDITS FOR COMPLETION

    Multiplayer

    Type: Completion
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Retarded
    Reward: 1500

    Complete 4 games in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

    Sound familiar? Yep, it’s identical to yesterday’s Participation Counts Challenge, just with an extra game and a different name. We’re not sure why Bungie gives out gold stars to people just for showing up — but, then again, after seeing Reach‘s multiplayer maps, maybe that’s how they run things over there.

    Anyway, same comments as yesterday:

    Yes, you really can earn this by doing absolutely nothing for four games — it’s hard to call it a “Challenge” when the only requirement is to prevent your controller from turning off. But, hey, it’s 1500 free cRedits, and there’s a good chance you’ll score them by completing the other Daily Challenges, or simply working on the Weekly. So don’t complain, eh?

    If somehow you’ve got a few leftovers and want to wrap them quickly, however, you can simply head over to HRD’s favorite gametype (*cough cough* — sorry, I had some bullshit in my throat): Infection.

    For a playlist named “Living Dead”, Infection nets a surprisingly low number of kills, but the games finish incredibly quickly when compared to other Zombie Apocalypses. You should be able to notch a complete game every five minutes or so, not counting matchmaking or post-game, so any remainder in your Challenge points will become sorted in short order. When you’re finished, take consolation in knowing that you got to school some squeaky Halobrats in the proper use of the Sword and Shotgun.


    WEEKLY CHALLENGE


    ALL IN A WEEK’S WORK

    Multiplayer

    Kills

    Type: Kills
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Grind
    Reward: 7777

    Kill 1000 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking this week.

    Ahh, finally, another Weekly Challenge that’s actually a challenge. Scoring 1K kills in one week sounds like an insurmountable task for which there are no shortcuts, but only the second half of that is right.

    The number seems like a towering endcap, attainable only by the truly skilled or truly crazed. But, with all week to run your counter up, it becomes implausible only if you leave it to the very end.

    One thousand divides not-so-neatly into 143 kills per day — an eminently manageable number, considering you’ve already completed Daily Challenges that required you to register up to 150 names in the dead-book. Notching that once per day simply turns this into a fifth Daily Challenge, with the massive payoff for all seven days at the end of the week.

    Also: Though we don’t know what they are yet, many upcoming Challenges — like today’s Sticky Icky Icky — will require you to stack Multiplayer bodies, so you’ll work this one automatically as you wrap up the Dailies during the week. If you want to clear these separately each day, however, just follow the strategies from our standard Multiplayer/Kills Challenges (see Fire When Ready, from Sunday).

    Most importantly, don’t talk yourself out of this simply because it’s intimidating; with the Bungie-sized bonus at the end of the week, each kill will net you an additional 7.7 cRedits; considering that a standard kill only awards you 4 cR, you’ll be nearly tripling your cRedit reward for your next thousand kills — but only if you finish. You’re a Spartan, okay? “Impossible” is a word for ODSTs.