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LOL SPARTZ SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


LOL SPARTZ SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: ender4449

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

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WEEKLY CHALLENGE


THE PILLAR OF AUTUMN: LASO

Campaign

Legendary

Skulls On

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

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

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

[ ACCESS COMPLETE INTEL: CLICK HERE ]


DAILY CHALLENGES


Summary

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

ONE SPARTAN ARMY

Firefight

Kills

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

Kill 100 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking.

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

SUPPORT STRUCTURE

Firefight

Assists

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

Earn 30 assists in Firefight Matchmaking.

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

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

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

Plasma Pistol: The Assist's Assistant.

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

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

    Campaign

    Scoring

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

    Score 25,000 points on any Campaign mission.

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

    Tip Of The Day

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

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

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

    A few pointers for your Points:

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

    Multiplayer

    Special Weapon

    Kills

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

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

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

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

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


    SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


    SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: Oceanwave808

    Screenshot Of The Day this morning courtesy of Oceanwave808, who blazes some wicked metal on Tempest. Thanks, Ocean! 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 PACKAGE: LASO

    Campaign

    Legendary

    Skulls On

    Type: Completion
    Setting: Campaign
    Difficulty: Hard
    Time: 90-180 minutes
    Value: ★★★★
    Reward: 17000

    Complete The Package on Legendary with All Skulls On (LASO).

    [ ACCESS COMPLETE INTEL: CLICK HERE ]


    DAILY CHALLENGES


    Summary

    TYPES: Assists, Kills, Special Weapon, Wins
    SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Multiplayer
    AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
    TOTAL TIME: 55-60 minutes
    OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★
    TOTAL CREDITS: 4600

    SHOOTIN’ AND LOOTIN’

    Any Game Mode

    Kills

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

    Kill 100 enemies in any game mode in Reach.

    Take this one on last; you’ll score at least some of these as part of completing your other Daily Challenges today. For your leftovers, just head into ONI Sword Base or an Anti-Grunt Custom Firefight game (see links at top of the page for both).

    HELPING HAND

    Multiplayer

    Assists

    Type: Assists
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 25-30 minutes
    Value: ★★☆
    Reward: 1000

    Earn 10 assists today in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

    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 10 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.

    LIGHT FUSE, RUN AWAY

    Multiplayer

    Single Match

    Special Weapon

    Type: Kills / Special Weapon
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 5-10 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.

    HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE

    Multiplayer

    Win

    Type: Wins
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 45-60 minutes (Concurrent with other Challenges)
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 1600

    Win 4 games in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

    Not much to say; play enough and you’ll rack up four wins. Grifball is your go-to game here: Not only will you be able to work other Challenges at the same time, but the matches are short, and all things being equal you’ll go in with a 50-50 chance 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: Bubi8894

    Screenshot Of The Day today courtesy of Bubi8894, who waves hello (and, probably, goodbye) on this fine Saturday. Hello to you too, Bubi! 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


    ENDURE: THE RETURN

    Firefight

    Heroic

    Single Match

    Type: Completion
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 15-20 minutes
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 10000

    Complete four Sets on any Firefight map in Co-op play on Heroic or harder.

    [ ACCESS COMPLETE INTEL: CLICK HERE ]


    DAILY CHALLENGES


    Summary

    TYPES: Assists, Completion, Kills, Killstyle
    SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Multiplayer
    AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
    TOTAL TIME: 35-50 minutes
    OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★★
    TOTAL CREDITS: 5250

    [ 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.

    HAPPY APRIL FOOL’S DAY!

    …in which you’ll pocket THREE different Challenges in a single game of Grifball. Really, seriously, not kidding!


    CLASSIC SACK SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


    CLASSIC SACK SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: Immortal Terran



    CLASSIC SACK Screenshot Of The Day today courtesy of Immortal Terran, who demonstrates a new meaning of the phrase “Power Slide” thanks to some Power Slayer superflame. Everyone, click to enlarge!

    We’re running pix from the new Classic and Action Sack playlists all week. So, 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, Kill (Special)
    SETTINGS: Multiplayer
    AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
    TOTAL TIME: 30-45 minutes
    OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★★
    TOTAL CREDITS: 5900

    [ 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.

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    NEW WEEKLY CHALLENGE!


    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.

    NOTE: WEEKLY CHALLENGE LAST DAY!


    ENDERTORIAL


    Just wanted to post a quick note to say THANKS TO EVERYONE who participated in our special Christmas Daily Challenge. We’d never done something like it, we weren’t sure if it would work, and it turned out to be a HUGE success, way more than we anticipated. Cheers!

    Likewise, we wish we could give gifts to everyone; but, Santa was so pleased with your courage defending his Workshop that, even if your number doesn’t come up, your efforts will not be wasted: Because this was a bit of a test-run for something we have slated to launch Jan. 1, credit for your success will carry over, and you’ll start this new feature already ahead of the game.

    So, what is this new thing? We can’t make a formal announcement yet, but that’s coming in just a few days. In the meantime, we’ll say that we think it’s incredibly cool, and that you’re gonna like the hell out of it too. Thanks again for tackling the Christmas Challenge, look for the list of winners tomorrow, and hope you had a safe and merry Christmas!

    Pax!
    Ender Xer0
    * * *


    SCREENSHOTS OF THE DAY


    SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: Naughty Spartans

    Santa's Killtacular

    Though our group Brotherhood Screenshots Of The Day officially ended yesterday, we couldn’t let the holiday weekend pass without showcasing this killtacular moment, depicting what kind of present Santa leaves for Spartans who have been naughty. Hint: It ain’t coal! 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, Completion, Kills, Killstyle
    • SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Campaign, Multiplayer
    • AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
    • TOTAL TIME: 60-90 minutes
    • AVERAGE VALUE: ★★★★
    • TOTAL CREDITS: 6950

    SHOOTIN’ AND LOOTIN’

    Any Game Mode

    Kills

    Type: Kills
    Setting: Any Game Mode
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 5 minutes
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 1500

    Kill 150 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 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 Shootin’ And Lootin’ (above) and Headshot Honcho (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.

    HEADSHOT HONCHO

    Multiplayer

    Single Match

    Headshot

    Type: Killstyle
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Medium
    Time: 20-30 minutes
    Value: ★★★☆
    Reward: 1700

    Kill 9 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.

    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 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.

    WEEKLY CHALLENGE


    Firefight

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

    Complete 100 Waves in Firefight Matchmaking.

    NOTE: LAST DAY!

    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 on its last day. 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.

    But, this has always been a Challenge you could tear through in a single day; so if you haven’t started it yet, that’s what you’ll have to do. You’re looking at three-and-a-half hours at your XBox, so prepare for a time commitment, and alternate with the other Challenges just so you’re not struck with boredom.

    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.