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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.

***NEW WEEKLY CHALLENGE!***


VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MANEX MONDAY


Our friends over at the ManeX Gaming Channel on YouTube put together an incredibly interesting Video Of The Week for us this time around: game commentary for a new player who’s only been on XBox and Halo for a short while. The MXG lads look at the things he does right, the things he does wrong, and a number of habits that you probably take for granted but might actually want to rethink yourself. Check it out!

The ManeX Monday feature provides 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 the Channel to get notified of updates, or follow it 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: Completion, Kills, Killstyle, Multikills
SETTINGS: Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
TOTAL TIME: 60-80 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★★
TOTAL CREDITS: 5100

FIRE WHEN READY

Multiplayer

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 20-25 minutes (Concurrent with other Daily Challenges)
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1500

Kill 50 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking.


The Ancient Aztecs were a great civilization. But they didn’t play Grifball, and they died. Don’t be an Aztec! Also, you’ll get the Fire When Ready Challenge really quickly, and tank through your Oops! All Kills and Credits For Completion Challenges (see below) at the same time. Yow! (Grifballin’ courtesy of SinisterSin.)

COOK ‘EM, CLEAN ‘EM!

Multiplayer

Jetpacking

Kills

Type: Killstyle
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5-10 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1200

Kill 10 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking while you’re jetpacking.

Tip Of The Day

This Challenge is why you’ll see so many people jetpacking through Multiplayer today. If you’re a seasoned jetpacker, you won’t need any advice from here; if you’re not, it’s still going to be easy as hell.

  • To earn the Firebird Medal — and thus notch a kill toward the Daily Challenge — you need only be airborne from the moment you fire your final shot to when the game registers the kill; you don’t have to actually jetpack the entire gunfight.
  • That means you can move and fight as usual, and simply hit the jetpack as you take your killshot. (Which, in fact, is precisely what we recommend — it’s dead simple, and you’ll hardly need change your fighting style at all.) In fact, you can even hover just an inch aboveground, with barely any daylight between the floor and your boots, for your Firebird Medal to register.
  • It’ll also register with melees, assassinations, and weapons like Hammers and Swords; and with those weapons, you’ll even lunge pretty much the same as if your feet still touched the ground. Again, just hit your jetpack an instant before you strike and the Challenge point will register.
  • It won’t register, however, if you’re not actively “thrusting” when you make your kill; finish your enemy off while only in freefall and you’ll score an ordinary kill, not a Challenge point. So make sure you’re thrusting when you, ah, unload.
  • Unless you’re an experienced jetpacker, avoid the larger, open maps (Powerhouse, Forge World) in favor of tighter, smaller ones (Sword Base, Zealot, Countdown), even if that sounds counter-intuitive. It’s real easy to get shot out of the sky if you don’t know what you’re doing, and a close-quarters map allows you to fight almost normally, jetpacking for a moment only as you close the deal.
  • Rumble Pit used to be your best bet for this Challenge, since basically you could fire at anything while boosting, but Dino Blasters in Action Sack has somehow made it even easier — spawning you with a jetpack as well as a Concussion Rifle with a bottomless clip. Yeah!

OOPS! ALL KILLS

Multiplayer

Multikill

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

Earn 5 multikills in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

Grifball remains your best bet: You can score a Double-Kill with a single hammer swing, and all other things being equal you should register the Challenge just by happenstance. Not a fan of the orange dude with the bomb? Well, OK, you’re weird, but whatever:

  • Head instead into Rumble Pit or Multi-Team; more enemies on smaller maps = more multikills.
  • Vote for gametypes on tighter 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.
  • If you’re not having much luck in the Pit, get a friend and head into Multi-Team; it’s like Rumble Pit With Partners, and your enemies usually travel in pairs or threes — almost as if they’re asking to all get killed together, yes? So, coordinate with your teammates: team-shoot one enemy, then whoever doesn’t score the final shot can melee or plasma-burst another, setting up the Multi-Kill.
  • Big Team Battle and Invasion also offer Multi-Kill opportunities: taking out a vehicle with passenger, or a pair of enemies in the unlock zone of an Invasion phase, seem like good bets. Your main problem, however, will be not your enemies but your allies — with so many players on each side, you’ll have considerable competition among your teammates to actually score those kills.

NOTE: The Challenge tracks your progress by keeping track of medals; that means a Double-Kill that stacks into a Triple and eventually an Overkill nets you three Challenge points, not just one. Pretty good, eh?

CREDITS FOR COMPLETION

Multiplayer

Type: Completion
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Retarded
Time: 60-80 minutes (Concurrent with other Daily Challenges)
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1400

Complete 8 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 1400 free cRedits, and you’ll probably pocket the games simply by handling the other Dailies and Weekly Challenge. So don’t complain, eh?


WEEKLY CHALLENGE


ALL IN A WEEK’S WORK

Multiplayer

Kills

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

Kill 1000 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking this week.

NEW 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 conquerable 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, several upcoming Daily Challenges — like all of today’s Challenges — will likely require you to stack Multiplayer bodies, so you’ll work this one automatically as you wrap up the Dailies during the week.

Most importantly, however, 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 15 cRedits; considering that a standard kill only awards you 4 cR, you’ll be nearly quadrupling your cRedit reward for your next thousand kills — but only if you finish. You’re a Spartan, okay? “Impossible” is a word for ODSTs.

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: TB0NE4

Screenshot Of The Day this morning courtesy of TB0NE4, who reminds me of that saying: In Hollywood, a friend is someone who stabs you in the front. Thanks for being a friend, TBone! 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: Completion, Kills, Killstyle, Special Weapon
SETTINGS: Firefight, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
TOTAL TIME: 50-70 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★★
TOTAL CREDITS: 5025

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COOK ‘EM, CLEAN ‘EM!

Multiplayer

Jetpacking

Kills

Type: Killstyle
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5-10 minutes (Concurrent with Credits For Completion Challenge)
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1200

Kill 10 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking while you’re jetpacking.

This Challenge is why you’ll see so many people jetpacking through Multiplayer today. If you’re a seasoned jetpacker, you won’t need any advice from here; if you’re not, it’s still going to be easy as hell.

  • To earn the Firebird Medal — and thus notch a kill toward the Daily Challenge — you need only be airborne from the moment you fire your final shot to when the game registers the kill; you don’t have to actually jetpack the entire gunfight.
  • That means you can move and fight as usual, and simply hit the jetpack as you take your killshot. (Which, in fact, is precisely what we recommend — it’s dead simple, and you’ll hardly need change your fighting style at all.) In fact, you can even hover just an inch aboveground, with barely any daylight between the floor and your boots, for your Firebird Medal to register.
  • It’ll also register with melees, assassinations, and weapons like Hammers and Swords; and with those weapons, you’ll even lunge pretty much the same as if your feet still touched the ground. Again, just hit your jetpack an instant before you strike and the Challenge point will register.
  • It won’t register, however, if you’re not actively “thrusting” when you make your kill; finish your enemy off while only in freefall and you’ll score an ordinary kill, not a Challenge point. So make sure you’re thrusting when you, ah, unload.
  • Unless you’re an experienced jetpacker, avoid the larger, open maps (Powerhouse, Forge World) in favor of tighter, smaller ones (Sword Base, Zealot, Countdown), even if that sounds counter-intuitive. It’s real easy to get shot out of the sky if you don’t know what you’re doing, and a close-quarters map allows you to fight almost normally, jetpacking for a moment only as you close the deal.
  • Rumble Pit used to be your best bet for this Challenge, since basically you could fire at anything while boosting, but Dino Blasters in Action Sack has somehow made it even easier — spawning you with a jetpack as well as a Concussion Rifle with a bottomless clip. Yow! And, even better, this weekend also features massive bonus Jackpots in the ‘sack. We know that sounds vaguely pornographic… but for 11,000 extra cRedits, we’ll play anything!

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: IndirectBeast

A wicked cool Screenshot Of The Day today courtesy of IndirectBeast, who you may know better as Thom, one of the more active members in the Comments section of our site. Thanks, Thom!

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: Jetpacking, Kills, Single Match, Special Enemy
  • SETTINGS: Multiplayer, Firefight
  • TOTAL CREDITS: 7050
  • AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy/Grind

MORE THAN A HANDFUL

Multiplayer

Kills

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

Kill 125 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

A basic, straightforward Challenge, and one you can work at the same time as A Solid Outing and Cook ‘Em, Clean ‘Em!. How long it takes to score the remainder simply depends on which playlists you prefer and how good you are at them.

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

Firefight

Special Enemy

Kills

Type: Special Enemy
Setting: Firefight
Difficulty: Medium
Reward: 1300

Kill 10 Elites in Firefight Matchmaking on Heroic or harder.

As with all Demon Challenges, the primary hassle remains that only a limited number of Elites emerge in any particular Firefight Round.

  • Score Attack represents your best option, since otherwise you’ll have three “teammates” (no, we won’t call them “allies”) competing to take down the Elites. Even if they’re not angling for the Challenge, they’re going to get in the way.
  • That’s not to say this won’t still be a massive headache: Score Attack requires you to survive to actually get to the Elites, and when it’s just 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’ve got a countdown timer to contend with as well; so methodically thinning the herd while taking cover when your Shields go down could lead to surviving the fight…but never actually partying with the Elites.
  • With that in mind, veto most gametypes until offered Sniperfight; it’ll help clear the Covie fodder faster, as well as rack up Elite kills more effectively. (There’s little point heading into a standard Firefight; Score Attack doesn’t feature Ordinance Drop.)
  • Also use your veto until offered a larger map, since close-quarter Firefights tend to become hot zones of clusterfuck explosions, with you inconveniently at the center of the fiesta.
  • If you do prefer a generic Firefight, look to recover a heavy weapon early on, and conserve its ammo until an Elite Dropship. Cut loose when they descend in a pack, and even if some only lose their shields you can still make a quick switch to a headshot weapon. It won’t be worth the tradeoff of an option like Sniperfight, but give it a try if you need a change of pace.
A SOLID OUTING

Multiplayer

Single Match

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Medium
Reward: 3000

Earn at least 15 kills in a Multiplayer Matchmaking game.

Tip Of The Day

Your most difficult Challenge of the day; though similar tasks have previously required as many as 30 in a single game — so this one seems a bit more within, um, reach. (Get it? Okay, nevermind.)

The lower kill-count edges Rumble Pit up to the top of your starting options, since its smaller, tighter maps put enemies almost constantly within range.

However, because they pit only a timer against you rather than a maximum-kill limit, you still want to prefer Objective gametypes; particularly those — like King Of The Hill or Oddball — which encourage enemies to converge into single flashpoints. Just spam grenades into the hotzone, followed by DMR or Magnum headshots, along with and the occasional coup-de-grace melee rush.

Avoid the area yourself, however; you’re less of a target if you’re not, you know, in the target. Remember, you’re going for kills, not game points, and the Challenge bonus will more than make up for whatever you lose by placing lower in the scoring grid.

Also don’t be afraid to trade double-melees, or sacrifice yourself for a plasma stick. Again, you’re working your kills, not K/D, and another player’s kill-count won’t end an Objective match any faster.

If you’ve got a friend, then even better: As I’ve said many times, Multiteam is pretty much just Rumble Pit With Partners; you can coordinate your efforts so that your teammate takes down an enemy’s Shields with a melee or plasma burst, setting you up for the easy headshot — and Challenge-point kill.

COOK ‘EM, CLEAN ‘EM!

Multiplayer

Jetpacking

Kills

Type: Kills / Jetpacking
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Easy
Reward: 1500

Kill 10 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking while you’re jetpacking.

This Challenge is why you’ll see so many people jetpacking through Multiplayer today. If you’re a seasoned jetpacker, you won’t need any advice from here; if you’re not, it’s still going to be easy as hell.

  • To earn the Firebird Medal — and thus notch a kill toward the Daily Challenge — you need only be airborne from the moment you fire your final shot to when the game registers the kill; you don’t have to actually jetpack the entire gunfight.
  • That means you can move and fight as usual, and simply hit the jetpack as you take your killshot. (Which, in fact, is precisely what we recommend — it’s dead simple, and you’ll hardly need change your fighting style at all.) In fact, you can even hover just an inch aboveground, with barely any daylight between the floor and your boots, for your Firebird Medal to register.
  • It’ll also register with melees, assassinations, and weapons like Hammers and Swords; and with those weapons, you’ll even lunge pretty much the same as if your feet still touched the ground. Again, just hit your jetpack an instant before you strike and the Challenge point will register.
  • It won’t register, however, if you’re not actively “thrusting” when you make your kill; finish your enemy off while only in freefall and you’ll score an ordinary kill, not a Challenge point. So make sure you’re thrusting when you, ah, unload.
  • You only need 10 kills, so Rumble Pit remains your best bet, since you can take them all in a single game — there’ll be that many more enemies for you over most Team games, and you’ll have more chance to pocket cleanup kills from other players engaged in gunbattle.
  • Unless you’re an experienced jetpacker, avoid the larger, open maps (Powerhouse, Forge World) in favor of tighter, smaller ones (Sword Base, Zealot, Countdown), even if that sounds counter-intuitive. It’s real easy to get shot out of the sky if you don’t know what you’re doing, and a close-quarters map allows you to fight almost normally, jetpacking for a moment only as you close the deal.


WEEKLY CHALLENGE


DEDICATION/TIME

General

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

Complete 16 Daily Challenges this week.

NEW WEEKLY CHALLENGE!

And HOLY CRAP, that’s the biggest Challenge bonus in the all-time history of Challenge bonuses. Yow!!!

Not much to say, other than if you started yesterday, you can finish Thursday, while Thursday is also the last day to start without mathematically eliminating yourself. So, yeah: Thursday. Also known in America as THANKSGIVING. That means if you blow this off all week, you still have four days of no school or work to clear four Challenges a day, all while your extended family yells at you to get off the XBox.

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

  • So, on the day you expect to hit 16 — remember, Thursday earliest — steer clear of Multiplayer (where you earn the most cRedits) unless it’s actually part of a Challenge.
  • Also, inspect your Commendations NOW, and spend the next three days clearing out any that might trigger a huge bonus on Thursday and blank your Challenge reward. No amount of turkey or football will make you feel better about working all week toward the biggest bonus in Halo history, only to accidentally disqualify yourself from collecting it.
  • Also, for those TRAVELING DURING THE HOLIDAYS: Keep in mind, Challenges reset just after 3 a.m. PST/6 a.m. EST, so people gone Wednesday through Sunday — who would otherwise be screwed — can still squeeze this in if they cleared all Challenges yesterday and get lucky in the days to come: Get up early on Wednesday to complete that day’s set, then play late Sunday night to wrap up what’s left over. (After all, it’s Thanksgiving: you’re supposed to wrap the leftovers. Lulz.) Just make sure to run the table on all four today,, because you won’t have any margin for error.

Crazy? Sure. But 16,000 cRedits will make a man do crazy, yah?