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

NOTE: NEW WEEKLY CHALLENGE!


VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MANEX MONDAY


Something different for our Video Of The Week this time around: our friends over at the ManeX Gaming Channel on YouTube take us on a spin through one of the new Action Sack gametypes, along with commentary about all the new games you’ll find in the revived fan-fave playlist — something we should have done a long time ago but were just too damn lazy. Everyone, check it out!

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

Our regular Screenshot Of The Day feature 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: Kills, Killstyle, Special Enemy, Special Weapon
SETTINGS: Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Grind
TOTAL TIME: 45-60 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★★
TOTAL CREDITS: 5575

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GUNSLINGER

Multiplayer

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 20-30 minutes
Value: ★★★★
Reward: 2250

Kill 75 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

GRIFBALL!

Screenshot courtesy of GhostLink2401. (Send your Grifball pix to haloreachdaily@live.com or just recommend a file over Xbox Live to gamertag Ender Xer0, with a zero.)

Have fun with that hammer, kids!

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


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: saymyname

Screenshot Of The Day today courtesy of saymyname, who demonstrates why his name is…well, “Say my name”! Thanks, er, Name! 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 Forge art or random pix from the Internet; it should be a screenshot of YOU!


DAILY CHALLENGES


Summary

TYPES: Completion, Kills, Multikills, Sprees
SETTINGS: Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
TOTAL TIME: 80-100 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★☆
TOTAL CREDITS: 7850

GUNSLINGER

Multiplayer

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 45 to 60 minutes
Value: ★★★★
Reward: 2750

Kill 150 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

We love our cool Grifball pic more than the bomb itself, but we’d be happy to start running some different pix if people want to send ’em in. Snap your coolest Grifball screenshot and send it our way — just follow the directions from our Screenshot Of The Day feature — and we’ll start using them whenever Grifball makes the update (which is pretty damn often).

In the meantime, though:


Have fun with that Hammer, kids.

KILLAGRUNTJARO!

Firefight

Single Match

Multikill

Type: Multikills
Setting: Firefight
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1100

Earn 10 multikills in a Firefight Matchmaking game.

Despite its name, Killagruntjaro doesn’t actually require you to Jaro anything, though we will be going with Gruntpocalypse in Score Attackto do this in one Round rather than three. It shouldn’t be any problem to DMR your way to 10 Multikills, since the Grunts go down with one shot, travel in packs, and maneuver with the agility of highway roadside accident. So, if you can’t manage 10 Multikills out of a single match, you’re just not trying.

Yes, you can also certainly clear this in almost any game of Firefight Arcade — we prefer FRGFight, though smashing the hell out of Covies with Gravity Hammers in a Fistfight gives us a boner too.

JUST A SHOWER

Campaign

Skull On

Type: Completion
Setting: Campaign
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5 to 10 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 2000

Complete any Campaign mission on Normal or harder with Thunderstorm on.

Okay, try this out tomorrow: When you wake up, go in and do a Midnight Run through Nightfall with some random Skulls switched on — then see if you register a Challenge at the end. My guess? About 50-50, depending on whether you picked the right Skulls.

Anyway, only one Skull on this time, so let’s take a look: Thunderstorm upgrades enemies to the next difficulty class; but, at the end of the day, you’re going to be Sprinting past most of them anyway. Here’s the vid of the speed run through Nightfall, just in case you’re new, and you can always click on the standing link at the top of the page for a more detailed description.

TRIPLE THRILL

Multiplayer

Single Match

Spree

Type: Spree
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 20 to 30 minutes
Value: ★★★★
Reward: 2000

Earn any 3 Sprees in a Multiplayer Matchmaking game.

This will be your most engaging Challenge today. Sprees — five-in-a-row medals, all without dying — can sometimes be a bit tricky, often depending not just on your own skill but the skill of your opponents or the skill of your teammates, or both.

The good news is that in Reach, Bungie has created a Spree medal for virtually everything. We’re accustomed to the Killing Spree and the occasional Sword or Shotgun Spree; but now there are Wheelman Sprees, Laser Sprees, Assist Sprees, and even Teabag and Rage Quit Sprees. (Though we’re pretty sure the medal for that last one is a Quit-Ban.) Also, there’s probably not a Teabag Spree. Yet.

How and where you get these Sprees depends entirely on your playstyle. If you prefer close-quarters combat, hunt out the Sword on a tight map and slash your way to bonus credits; if you like playing Infection — and *cough cough* who doesn’t? — there are even Sprees for blasting five Zombies or infecting five Humans in a row.

Just a few things to keep in mind:

  • In Objective games, the counter for Sprees doesn’t carry over from Round to Round. Get four kills in each Round of a 1-Flag game and you won’t score any Sprees even though you went 16-0. Contrast this with Invasion, which has Phases separate and apart from Rounds, and in which the counter does carry over from one to the next.
  • Some weapons will trigger two Sprees at once; for example, the Sword, Sniper and Hammer, since you’ll earn a Spree with the weapon in addition to your naked killstreak. Though we haven’t had a chance to test this out ourselves, we’re told that these twin-streaks actually earn you two notches toward your Daily Challenge, so you’ll particularly want to keep these in mind; likewise, the extended-streak awards — Killing Frenzy, Slice ‘N’ Dice, and so on — should score you additional notches as well.
  • If for some reason you’re still having Spree trouble and it’s running late in the day, you’ve got a few more options:
    1. Hop in a Warthog with a friend — preferably one who’s a good gunner — and joyride him around while he blazes metal. You’ll be working toward a Wheelman Spree, with the added possibility of a Splatter Spree as well. Don’t do it, though, if you’ve already notched a few kills in a row: because Reach has nerfed most vehicles into rolling deathtraps, you’re more likely to get blown to bits (by gunfire, Armor Lock, a flying traffic cone) before you land a good splatter or two, and your killstreak will end in its tracks.
    2. Despite this rolling-deathtrap observation, heavy vehicles can still be good for a few essential kills before they’re sent to scrap, especially against other vehicles. Hop in a Wraith or Revenant and play it conservatively, waiting for the other team to make its rush; you’ll score single- or Double-Kills against guys on the ground, Double- or Triple-kills against vehicles, and you can even boost for splatters when the need arises.
    3. Objective games, especially those on smaller maps, can be great for gathering Sprees: enemies usually converge into clustered hot zones, such as with King Of The Hill or Oddball, making it easier to spam grenades and fire into the crowd; and enemies often become so focused on the objective that they stop playing defensively, racing out in the open toward the waypoint, and surprised when you ambush them before they get there. (Don’t go into the Hill, or grab the Oddball yourself: That’s a sure way to get fragged. You’ll be trading some scoring points in the game for the chance to earn a sizable cRedit bonus at the end of the day.)
    4. Avoid Juggernaut games, however; unless you’re the Jugs himself — in which case you’ve got a great chance to Spree. More likely, though, you’ll go through the entire match without a single kill, let alone five.
    5. If you’re really desperate, head into Invasion. There’s actually a Medal called a Spawning Spree, in which you allow a teammate to spawn on you five times without dying. Retarded? Yes, but it’ll notch you toward your Challenge. Just keep yourself away from the “territory” zones but in a tactically useful spot, and your teammates will thank you for it.

Just for reference, here’s the list of Multiplayer Sprees you’ll find among the Halo Reach medals. Most have three levels (5/10/15), though straight kills measure up to 40 (“Unfrigginbelievable!”).

  1. Assists
  2. Driving
  3. Grenade Stick
  4. Hammer
  5. Infection
  6. Juggernaut
  7. Kills
  8. Laser
  9. Shotgun
  10. Sniper
  11. Spawn
  12. Splatter
  13. Sword
  14. Zombie Killing

(Note that Hail To The King, although awarded for five kills within the Hill, does not itself count as a Spree medal, and so won’t register a second point in your Challenge count beyond your standard Spree.)

And from reader DrunkTankGunner:

For “TRIPLE THRILL” I found the easiest way is to play Infection and only use your shotgun for 5 kills in a row. Killing spree, shotgun spree, zombie killing spree, done and done.

The drawback, of course, is that you’ll be playing Infection. But for one game, I suppose we can manage. Thanks, Gunner!


WEEKLY CHALLENGE


LONG NIGHT OF SOLACE: LASO

Campaign

Legendary

Skulls On

Type: Completion
Setting: Campaign
Difficulty: Hard
Time: 90 to 180 minutes
Value: ★★★★
Reward: 14000

Complete Long Night Of Solace on Legendary with All Skulls On (LASO).

Tip Of The Day

As with most of the LASO Challenges, we have our standard warning: There’s really no other way to say this, but you’re probably never going to do this alone. (If you can handle a Legendary level solo without dying, though, you won’t need any advice from here.) And, while it’s not quite Mythic difficulty — SLASO is solo-only, and includes the Blind Skull — it’s pretty damn close.

So, while it’s true that the game amps up the difficulty for more players in Co-op mode, you’ll want the three more guns at your side; otherwise, it’ll just be a very long day of level Reloads.

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

    The symbol for the unofficial "Mythic" Difficulty

  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 Iron Skull will force the entire team back to a Checkpoint after a single player death, 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.
  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.

Whew! Quite a lot to keep in mind as you try to do the one of the Campaign’s hardest levels on its most extreme difficulty without dying once. To help you out, here’s a video walkthrough — done SOLO — that’s quite long (90 minutes) but well worth the watch if you get frustrated.

GOOD LUCK!

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.

NOTE: NEW WEEKLY CHALLENGE!


VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MANEX MONDAY


For our Video Of The Week this time around our friends over at the ManeX Gaming Channel on YouTube take us to one of the new Defiant maps, with some excellent in-game advice about how to tackle typical headshot Challenges without catching a hail bullets in your forehead yourself. Good stuff — check it out!

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


CLASSIC SACK SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


CLASSIC SACK SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: G Z3RO ReMnAnT


CLASSIC SACK Screenshot Of The Day courtesy of friend-of-the-blog G Z3RO ReMnAnT, who rides an arc of fire on the remake map Hydra XXIII. Thanks, Rem! Everyone, click to enlarge!

And thanks to everybody who sent in Classic Sack Screenshots! Our regular Screenshot Of The Day feature 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, Co-op, Kills, Special Enemy
SETTINGS: Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Grind
TOTAL TIME: 2.5 to 3.5 hours
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★☆
TOTAL CREDITS: 7375

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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.

NOTE: NEW WEEKLY CHALLENGE!


VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MANEX MONDAY


The galaxy-trembling return of Halo Reach Daily has also meant the auspicious revival of our popular video-of-the-week feature from our good friends at ManeX Gaming. The MXG lads provide clips not of specific Challenges, but of key tactics and techniques intended to help make you a better player across ALL your Challenges.

This week: your Headshot-O-Rama guide to SWAT, with a complete-game footage of a 50-49 matchup and commentary on essential strategies for keeping enemy bullets off your forehead. Check it out!

Our Screenshot Of The Day returns tomorrow. 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: Kills, Special Weapon, Spree
SETTINGS: Firefight, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Grind
TOTAL TIME: 45-60 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★★
TOTAL CREDITS: 5250

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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.

NOTE: NEW WEEKLY CHALLENGE!

MANEX MONDAY


For our Manex Monday Video Of The Week, our friends over at the ManeXGaming Channel on YouTube again return to Asylum in Arena Team Doubles to demonstrate the strength of remaining unpredictable and how to cycle through different map strategies to find the one that works best for you.

Check it out:

Also make sure to hit up some of the other MXG vids on their site for key tips and strategies on improving your gameplay, the better to tackle your Challenges with. Our Screenshot Of The Day returns tomorrow, so send ’em to haloreachdaily@live.com, or just make a file recommendation to us on XBox (Gamertag: Ender Xer0, with a zero), and we’ll take care of the rest. Remember: we’re not looking for Forge art or pix from the Internet; it should be a screenshot of YOU!


DAILY CHALLENGES


Summary
  • TYPES: Completion, Kills, Special Enemy, Wins
  • SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Firefight, Multiplayer
  • AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Grind
  • TOTAL TIME: 105-165 minutes
  • OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★
  • TOTAL CREDITS: 7300

BLASTIN’ AND RELAXIN’

Any Game Mode

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Any Game Mode
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 2000

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 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.

GUNSLINGER

Multiplayer

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 20-25 minutes
Value: ★★★★
Reward: 1000

Kill 40 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, 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.
  • Most Pit and M-T 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 the Pit’s Juggernaut — a low-kill-count option that can leave you with no points 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.
DEMON

Firefight

Special Enemy

Kills

Type: Kills / Special Enemy
Setting: Firefight
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 40-45 minutes
Value: ★★★★
Reward: 2500

Kill 20 Elites in Firefight Matchmaking.

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 random “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, I told you that I am not-- what's that? Don't Ask, Don't Tell has been repealed? Very well, then, my phone number is...

  • 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.

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE

Multiplayer

Win

Type: Wins
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 45-90 minutes
Value: ★★★★
Reward: 1800

Win four games in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

Not much to say here; play enough games and you’ll rack up four wins.

Tip Of The Day

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 Rumble Pit game will NOT register as a win for your Challenge progress here — you’ll need to place First, or not at all. (Yes, it’s an annoying inconsistency from Bungie; like that’s never happened before.) Also note: Avoid any Team Objective gametype that frequently ends in a tie — Capture The Flag and Assault, for example — since although your game score counts it as a win for both sides, the Daily Challenge does NOT. (Yes, it’s an annoying inconsistency from Bungie; like that’s– ah, never mind.)

Both of these glitches mean that Team Slayer games 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.


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 15. 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 at least two of them as part of today’s Demon Challenge, so you’ll already be head 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.


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: AsceticBlazer

Screenshot Of The Day today courtesy of AsceticBlazer, who shows the strength of a black-and-white shot, even in an explosion. Thanks, Blazer! 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: Completion, Kills, Multikills, Special Enemy
  • SETTINGS: Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
  • AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Grind / Medium
  • TOTAL TIME: 150-190 minutes
  • AVERAGE VALUE: ★★★
  • TOTAL CREDITS: 6850
GUNSLINGER

Multiplayer

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 50-60 minutes
Value: ★★★
Reward: 1000

Kill 100 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, 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.
  • Most Pit and M-T 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 the Pit’s Juggernaut — a low-kill-count option that can leave you with no points 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.
DEMON

Firefight

Special Enemy

Kills

Type: Kills / Special Enemy
Setting: Firefight
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 75-90 minutes
Value: ★★☆
Reward: 1200

Kill 40 Elites in Firefight Matchmaking.

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 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 three matches (and maybe four) 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? What's that? Ghahckk 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.

FOURTH HORSEMAN

Multiplayer

Single Match

Multi-Kill

Type: Multikills
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Hard
Time: 60-90 minutes
Value: ★★
Reward: 1900

Earn 4 Multi-Kills in a multiplayer Matchmaking game.

Tip Of The Day

This’ll be the Challenge that tests your skills today. Multi-Kills, while typical, are often a question of circumstance. Getting the odds to align in your favor four times in one match can be tricky, but there’s a few things you can do to skitch them in your favor.

However, don’t get discouraged if it takes you a while; you can work your Gunslinger Challenge at the same time, and when you finally do score it, it’ll be all that much more gratifying.

  • Stick with Rumble Pit and Multi-Team. More enemies on smaller maps = more multikills.
  • Vote for gametypes on smaller, 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.
  • The Pit’s Juggernaut can be a mixed blessing: If you’ve got the Hammer, you’ll have an excellent opportunity to skullcrush your way to multiple Multi-Kills. If you’re not Jugs, you won’t be able to score any. Seek out power weapons like Rockets that can deal massive damage to the Juggernaut from a distance; and even without them, steer clear of close-combat and nickel-and-dime your target from range — if you’re lucky, you’ll score the last shot, and get a Hammer for your efforts.
  • 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. Coordinate your efforts with your teammate: team-shoot one enemy, then whoever doesn’t score the final shot can melee or plasma-burst the second, setting up the Double-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?

STRONGER, HARDER

Skull On

Campaign

Type: Completion
Setting: Campaign
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10-15 minutes
Value: ★★★★☆
Reward: 2750

Complete a Campaign mission on Heroic with Famine, Tough Luck, and Thunderstorm on.

OK, three Skulls On this time, so lets take a look. Thunderstorm upgrades all enemies to the next rank. Famine cuts weapon-pickup ammo in half. And Tough Luck lets enemies dodge your grenades and vehicles like Yoda on crack.

Guess what? Where we’re going, they’re not gonna make much of a difference.

Decide ahead of time if you intend to do this solo or co-op. If flying solo, it’s our standard recommendation: the Midnight Run on Nightfall, where you’ll spend most of your time bolting past the main encounters, and you’ll already be a cloud of dust before the Covies can even strap on their boots.

  • After assassinating the initial Elite at the opening of the mission, you’ll Sprint your way through almost the entire level, skirting the edge of the map, meleeing an occasional Grunt as you go with only a small amount of gunfire combat when you reach the bridge to Powerhouse.
  • There’s an absolutely GEEEnius maneuver you’ll pull off with the forklift (yes, the forklift!), and you won’t even encounter the Hunters at all. The lack of extra ammo, grenade evasion and rank upgrades will hardly figure in, since you’ll spend most of the level along the perimeter, running at a full clip.
  • Here’s a video of the complete route –the guy in it wraps up the level in five minutes, but even if Forky doesn’t immediately cooperate, you should still finish it in under ten.

On co-op, the Challenge becomes even easier, since the New Alexandria level features long stretches of aerial combat unaffected by the Skull upgrades.

When you do need to take an Objective on foot (three times total), leave a 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’ll 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.

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: xDawnxOfxAshesx

Screenshot Of The Day today courtesy of xDawnxOfxAshesx, in an image that he titled, “Enter The Abyss.” Yikes — no thanks!! I’ll stay right here, okay? Everyone else, 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: Kills, Killstyle, Special Weapon
  • SETTINGS: Firefight, Multiplayer
  • AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Grind
  • TOTAL TIME: 60-80 minutes
  • AVERAGE VALUE: ★★★★☆
  • TOTAL CREDITS: 5650
GUNSLINGER

Multiplayer

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 40-50 minutes
Value: ★★★☆
Reward: 1250

Kill 75 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, 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.
  • Most Pit and M-T 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 the Pit’s Juggernaut — a low-kill-count option that can leave you with no points 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.
COVENANT-CIDE

Firefight

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Firefight
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10-20 minutes (Concurrent with other Firefight Challenges)
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1000

Kill 90 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking.

Move along. Nothing to see here. These aren’t the Grunts you’re looking for.

Your chance of fumbling this Challenge while at the same time scoring Blast Radius and Pink Mist (see below) — which themselves account for two-thirds of this one, not considering the other Covies you’ll dead-book along the way — probably ranks somewhere between absolute zero and bullshit-no-way-you-boosting-haxxor. But, if by some stroke of lightning, you still have points left to register here (and if you do, you’ve just blown your karma on Halo instead of a lottery ticket) then simply fire up another Gruntpocalypse in Score Attack for what’s left.

BLAST RADIUS

Firefight

Special Weapon

Type: Special Weapon
Setting: Firefight
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 10-20 minutes (Concurrent with other Firefight Challenges)
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1400

Kill 20 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking with grenades.

Still not much to say here; you’ll snag this at the same time that you work on Covenant-cide and That Pink Mist: Load up Gruntpocalypse in Score Attack on a smaller map (Courtyard, Corvette), since it’s easier to nail the waddlin’ tykes while they’re still in a spawn pack. Also regularly farm some Plasmas from the battlefield between Waves or during a break in the action; otherwise, you’ll be left with only two standard grenades to do your fragwork.

We haven’t yet tested out whether a recovered Plasma Launcher will register grenade kills, but really it won’t matter: you can die with regularity or reload a new match as often as you like and it won’t make a difference to your Challenge count. Besides, we here at HRD have never been able to figure out that damn thing anyway, and even Auntie Dot thinks it’s weird.

THAT PINK MIST

Firefight

Special Weapon

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

Kill 40 enemies with a Supercombine from the Needler or Needle Rifle in Firefight Matchmaking.

Of the three Firefight Challenges today, this one’s the real pain in the, uh, forehead (hi, Kat!) — meaning it’s the one you’ll concentrate on as the others come along for the ride. Because of that, we’ll go into a bit more detail, so pull up a chair.

OK, the Needler: An an unusual weapon ever since designers buffed it for Halo 2, with a Supercombine effect from needles microbursting after they strike; pin enough into a target, and the burst sets off a chain reaction for an instant-kill explosion. At the same time, though, this only works if enough hit before the first burst; stagger your shots, and you can empty an entire clip without ever triggering critical mass.

The effect also works differently on each class of enemy. Six needles will Supercombine a standard Grunt or Jackal; but Elites wear shields, so it requires seven to strip their protection before six more take them out. (And let’s not get started on Hunters.) But at the rate the needles fire, it’s not like you can really keep count anyway.

The DMR Wannabe.

The Needle Rifle, meanwhile, Supercombines after only three shots against an unshielded opponent, but its autofire is pretty nerf — you can actually pull the trigger yourself just as fast. And, against an opponent without shields, why not just take a headshot and be done with it?

That said, it’s still pretty easy to Supercombine — particularly with the pistol, which features a homing reticule that aim-assists even stray shots while the circle stays red. This allows needles to bend around corners a bit, so you can dispatch an enemy even after you’ve lost line-of-sight.

Keep in mind, though, this actually works against you when firing into a pack: your reticule will flicker from one Covie to the next — especially as they maneuver under fire — meaning you might not successfully Supercombine any of them. It’s also a medium-distance weapon at best, so you’ll have to wade dangerously close to wild enemy fire rather than the much more sensible Needle Rifle strategy of picking off opponents from range.

The Halo 1 punchline, now packing some punch.

Also redlining the suck meter: in Firefight matchmaking, Spartans don’t ever actually spawn with a Needle weapon. You need to recover one from the field, and especially with the smaller gun, the automatic fire empties its clip at an alarming rate — so stick with Rocket or Sniperfight, with its no-suck unlimited ammo, until you have this Challenge in pocket.

Whew! Already seems like a complete hassle, right? But wait, there’s more. In Firefight, most enemies – Grunts and Jackals – usually hit the dirt with remarkably little effort; in fact, until the Mythic Skull powers up, it’s pretty damn difficult to Supercombine a Grunt without accidentally killing him first. (Grunt leaders will sometimes hang on until the blast; standard Grunts, not so much.) So, unless you’ve got an open, uninterrupted shot, you might shoot them to death inadvertently and miss the big blast.

With all that in mind, then:

  • Gruntpocalypse becomes your primary choice, mainly because it allows you to, ah, “Supercombine” with today’s other Firefight Challenges (Covenant-cide, Blast Radius — see above).
  • Otherwise, your best bet’s a standard Firefight, rather than Gruntpocalypse — which doesn’t feature Needle Rifles, and the little tykes tend to swarm you as you recover a standard Needler from the field. (Even then, you’ll burn through ammo so fast it’ll hardly seem worth it.)
  • Recover both a Needler and Needle Rifle early on. Use the smaller weapon for close-quarter Supercombines and the Needle Rifle to target opponents at range who themselves carry Needle weapons. A scattering of Grunts will have armed themselves with basic Needlers, while Jackals remain otaku for the Rifle version, so you won’t have trouble finding these.

    A n00b combo, in a needle fight? Yep!

  • Elites, meanwhile, can be wily as hell in dodging fire; and, as noted above, they’re rocking Energy Shields, so you’d likely need a reload before a Supercombine even becomes possible. If you hit a Wave of them, consider ditching one of your Needle weapons for a secondary Plasma Pistol; flash their Shields with an overcharge burst, then finish with the needle spray. When his Shields drop, the Dino will stand and howl in place like like a pro wrestler who just lost a match to the guy with a folding chair, making him an easy, stationary target.
  • Vote for wider, open maps, since enemy units will tend to spread out, giving you an opening to farm for Needle weapons without drawing fire from every Covenant on Reach. Plus you’ll be able to cut loose with an uninterrupted stream (Needler) or three steady shots (Rifle) without wandering around the middle of a plasma crossfire.
  • Also, consider: A co-op Sniperfight might seem counterintuitive, except that your Sniper offers unlimited ammo, which (because of how Halo games work) means every other weapon on the map features it as well. Just snipe a Grunt, recover his weapon, and start enjoying more free needles than a government giveaway program.

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We also get a lot of reader mail here aboard the Pillar of Awesome from our devoted readership on Reach, including their own suggestions for tackling Challenges. So, from Madmosche:

I go into Score Attack and choose Rocketfight. Unlike Sniper Attack, where weapon pickup is disabled, you can recover any weapon in Rocketfight, and you’ll get unlimited ammo. Kill the first set of enemies with Rockets, pick up a Needler and get to killing! I stay near the respawn points and let them come to me, so in case I die the weapons will stay close to the spawn and I can go right back to getting Needle kills.

Thanks, Mosche!


WEEKLY CHALLENGE


MULTIPLICATIVE

Multiplayer

Multikill

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

Earn 200 Multikills in Multiplayer Matchmaking this week.

Tip Of The Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: Ender Se7en

Screenshot Of The Day this morning courtesy of Ender Xe7en (yes, we’re all a clan; want to join? Change your name to Ender) who shows that you don’t need explosions or special FX to create a strong action portrait. Thanks, Sev! 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: Completion, Kills, Wins
  • SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Campaign, Multiplayer
  • AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
  • TOTAL TIME: 130-165 minutes
  • AVERAGE VALUE: ★★★★☆
  • TOTAL CREDITS: 6000

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 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.

GUNSLINGER

Multiplayer

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 20-25 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1000

Kill 40 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

Unless you manage to notch 10 wins with an average of less than four kills per game, you’ll pocket this one without even noticing, as part of the Who’s The Big Winner Challenge (below). Congratulations! Please accept our Broken Controller Award for wins while AFK.

If, however, you’re pressed for time and only targeting a few easy cRedit rewards today, you’ve got an otherwise a basic, straightforward Challenge here — how long it takes simply depends on which playlists you prefer and how good you are at them. So, our standard recommendations:

  • Your best bet remains Rumble Pit (solo) or Multi-Team (partners), since the kills come fast and furious and you don’t need to worry about K/D — both the game and the 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 other players.
  • Most Pit/Multi-Team Objective games (King Of The Hill, Oddball, etc.) can also rapidly increase your kill-count — 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. You’ll also be able to chart some serious Multikill action for the Weekly Multiplicative Challenge.
  • Skip the Pit’s Juggernaut, however — a low-kill-count option that can leave you with no points at all.
  • For a change of pace, head over to one of the Team Slayer playlists (Slayer, Swat, Snipers). Avoid Team Objective, since these usually take longer and generate fewer kills.
JUST A SHOWER

Campaign

Skull On

Type: Completion
Setting: Campaign
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10-15 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 2000

Complete any Campaign mission on Normal or harder with Thunderstorm on.

You’ve seen these type of Challenges before, so you’ve seen these recommendations before. But, just in case you’re new, or need a refresher, let’s revisit.

OK, only one Skull on, so let’s take a look: Thunderstorm upgrades enemies to the next difficulty class; but, at the end of the day, a headshot is still a headshot, and the N00b combo works just as well on officers as infantry. And, where we’re going, it’ll hardly make a difference:

Decide ahead of time if you intend to go in solo or co-op. If flying solo, your best bet will be the Midnight Run on Nightfall. (Never done the Midnight Run? Oh, you’ll love this.)

  • After assassinating the initial Elite at the opening of the mission, you’ll Sprint your way through almost the entire level, skirting the perimeter of the map, meleeing an occasional Grunt or Jackal as you go with only a small amount of gunfire when you reach the bridge to Powerhouse.
  • There’s an absolute GEEEnius maneuver with the forklift (yes, the forklift!), and you won’t even encounter the Hunters at all. The upgrades to enemy rank will hardly figure in, since you’ll spend most of the level along the perimeter, Sprinting at a full clip.
  • Here’s a video of the complete route — the guy here finishes the level in five minutes, and that’s with ALL Skulls on; but even if Forky doesn’t immediately cooperate, you should still wrap it in under ten.


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.

  • 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 at the final building of the level. From there, you need only dispatch a few butch Elites and their entourage to reach the level-ending cutscene.

New Alexandria, meanwhile, features long stretches of aerial combat unaffected by the rank of your enemies; when you destroy a Banshee, it’ll be the explosion that kills the pilot, not your gunfire, so his corpse will tumble from the sky no matter what style armor he’s wearing.

  • 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.
WHO’S THE BIG WINNER?

Multiplayer

Win

Type: Wins
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 120-150 minutes
Value: ★★★☆
Reward: 2000

Win 10 games in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

Not much to say; play enough games and you’ll rack up 10 wins.

Tip Of The Day

However, take note: Despite what it may say on your Reach game stats page over at Bungie.net, simply finishing in the top half of a Rumble Pit or Multi-Team game will NOT register as a win for your Challenge progress here — you’ll need to place First, or not at all. (Yes, it’s an annoying inconsistency from Bungie; like that’s never happened before.) Also note: Avoid any Team Objective gametype that frequently ends in a tie — Capture The Flag and Assault, for example — since although your game score counts it as a win for both sides, the Daily Challenge does NOT. (Yes, it’s an annoying inconsistency from Bungie; like that’s– ah, never mind.)

Both of these glitches mean that the Team Slayer playlists 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 looking to work in some Multikills for the Weekly Challenge, try out SWAT: No Shields means you can double-tap twin headshots against enemies traveling together, as they often do.
  • 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.

WEEKLY CHALLENGE


MULTIPLICATIVE

Multiplayer

Multikill

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

Earn 200 Multikills in Multiplayer Matchmaking this week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: rami730

Screenshot Of The Day this morning courtesy of rami730, with a fantastic, moody and atmospheric portrait. Nice work, Rami! 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: Kills, Multikills
  • SETTINGS: Firefight, Multiplayer
  • AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Grind
  • TOTAL TIME: 85-105 Minutes
  • AVERAGE VALUE: ★★★★★
  • TOTAL CREDITS: 6300

Today you’ll rip through a trio of Challenges at the same time, making three otherwise unremarkable and time-consuming tasks worth doing a helluva lot more than they deserve. Only appropriate, of course, for a day that focuses on dead-booking multiple opponents at once.

GUNSLINGER

Multiplayer

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 35-45 minutes (Concurrent with Multikill Challenges)
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1250

Kill 75 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

Take on this one last; you’ll work the two Multikill Challenges below at the same time, and those will account for about two-thirds of this one, not even considering the rest of the carnage you’ll render along the way. So, you have a good chance of blowing past this one without even noticing.

For leftovers, you’ve got an otherwise a basic, straightforward Challenge. How long it takes simply depends on which playlists you prefer and how good you are at them. So, our standard recommendations:

  • Your best bet remains Rumble Pit, since the kills come fast and furious and you don’t need to worry about K/D — both the game and the 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 other players.
  • Most Pit Objective games (King Of The Hill, Oddball, etc.) can also rapidly increase your kill-count — 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.
  • Skip Juggernaut, however — a low-kill-count option that can leave you with no points at all.
  • For a change of pace, head over to Multi-Team or the Team Slayer playlists (Slayer, Swat, Snipers). Avoid Team Objective, since these usually take longer and generate fewer kills.
ONE SPARTAN ARMY

Firefight

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Firefight
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 25-30 minutes
Value: ★★★★
Reward: 2500

Kill 250 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking.

Pretty simple: Just fire up a Gruntpocalypse in Score Attack and start making confetti.

  • 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-side walkway on Courtyard also offer excellent defensive positions. Use your Drop Shield liberally to keep the party going, and focus on headshots and multikills, since the medals register bonus cRedits.
  • Because only 120 Grunts emerge during each Firefight, you’ll need to start up a third match to register the Challenge, but that simply means the pressure is off to max out your kills during the first two.
DOUBLE DOUBLE

Multiplayer

Single Match

Double-Kill

Type: Multikill
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10-15 minutes (Concurrent with other Challenges)
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1350

Earn 2 Double Kills in the same match in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

Double-Kills, while typical, are often a question of circumstance. Getting the odds to align twice times before the match wraps can be just a bit tricky, but there’s a few things you can do to cheat them in your favor. Plus, you’ll tackle the Oops! All Kills Challenge at the same time, so really you’ll just be working the larger Challenge while this one comes along for the ride.

  • Stick with Rumble Pit. More enemies on smaller maps = more Multikills.
  • Vote for gametypes on smaller, 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.
  • Juggernaut represents a mixed blessing: If you’ve got the Hammer, you’ll have an excellent opportunity to skullcrush your way to a pair of Double-Kills. If you’re not Jugs, you won’t be able to score any. Seek out power weapons like Rockets that can deal massive damage to the Juggernaut from a distance; and even without them, steer clear of close-combat and nickel-and-dime your target from range — if you’re lucky, you’ll score the last shot, and get a Hammer for your efforts.
  • If you’re not making much progress 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. Coordinate your efforts with your teammate: team-shoot one enemy, then whoever doesn’t score the final shot can melee or plasma-burst the second, setting up the Double-Kill.
  • Big Team Battle and Invasion also offer Double-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 only real problem will be not your enemies, but your allies — with so many players on each side, you’ll have some competition from your teammates to actually score those kills.

NOTE: While it would seem to make sense — since it’s really just a set of Double-Kills — an Overkill will NOT register a second DK on your Challenge meter. Retarded? You bet. But the coding only counts the Double-Kill Medal itself, not the actual number of kills, so pace your combat accordingly.

OOPS! ALL KILLS

Multiplayer

Multikill

Type: Multikills
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 60-75 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1200

Earn 25 multikills in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

Your main Challenge of the day, and the one you’ll use to pocket both Gunslinger and Double Double. This one doesn’t require you to score them in a single match — and Jeezus Christmas, who could? — though you’ll follow nearly the exact same advice as the previous Challenge.

ONE NOTE, however: Unlike Double Double, chaining Multikills here WILL record multiple points on your Challenge meter; for this one, the medal-counting works in your favor, so it registers EVERY Multikill medal, not just the first one. That means a Double-Kill can stack into a Triple and eventually an Overkill for three Challenge points, not one. Yow!


WEEKLY CHALLENGE


NOT IN THE FACE

Campaign

Skull On

Type: Completion
Setting: Campaign
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10-15 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 4000

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

Tip Of The Day

Probably the easiest Weekly Challenge you’ll see in months — after all, the Challenge itself says that it won’t take more than 30 minutes. (And, trust us, it won’t even take that.) After a couple of Weekly Challenges that actually took all week, this one’ll take less time than a single game of Firefight or Invasion. Cash your cRedits, friend, and don’t complain.

Okay, only one Skull on here, so let’s take a look: Black Eye disables your shield recharge, unless and until you melee an opponent. A bit retarded, yeah? OK, so it doesn’t make much sense, but it’s been around a long time; kind of like Ozzie Osbourne, neckties, and nipples on men. It is what it is, so don’t ask.

So, the only real difference is that, like a teenage boy, you’ll need to smack a Grunt every now and again to freshen yourself up; other than that, it’s a typical Heroic Campaign level.

Decide ahead of time if you intend to go in solo or co-op. If flying solo, your best bet will be to take the Midnight Run on Nightfall. (Never done the Midnight Run? Oh, you’re gonna like this.)

  • After assassinating the initial Elite at the opening of the mission, you’ll Sprint your way through almost the entire level, skirting the perimeter of the map, meleeing an occasional Grunt or Jackal as you go with only a small amount of gunfire when you reach the bridge to Powerhouse. There’s an absolute GEEEnius maneuver with the forklift (yes, the forklift!), and you won’t even encounter the Hunters at all.
  • Here’s a video of the complete route — the guy here finishes the level in five minutes, and that’s with ALL Skulls on; but even if Forky doesn’t immediately cooperate, you should still wrap it in under ten.


On co-op, the Challenge becomes even easier. You’ve got a couple of solid options, but we prefer Winter Contingency. As the Campaign’s first playable level, it’s also by design the easiest, and the open-ended geography allows 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. (You can even skip most of the first clash, if you’re quick about it.)
  • The Falcons take you straight to another firefight at the final building of the level. From there, you need only dispatch a few butch Elites and their entourage to reach the level-ending cutscene.

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: CrosshairII7

Screenshot Of The Day courtesy of CrosshairII7, with one of the most wicked cool portrait shots we’ve seen yet. Awesome job, Crosshair! 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, Special Enemy
  • SETTINGS: Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
  • AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Grind
  • TOTAL TIME: 170-210 minutes
  • AVERAGE VALUE: ★★★☆
  • TOTAL CREDITS: 5400
GUNSLINGER

Multiplayer

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 75 to 90 minutes
Value: ★★★
Reward: 1500

Kill 150 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, our standard recommendations:

  • Your best bet remains Rumble Pit, since the kills come fast and furious and you don’t need to worry about K/D — both the game and the 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 other players.
  • Most Pit Objective games (King Of The Hill, Oddball, etc.) can also rapidly increase your kill-count — 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.
  • Skip Juggernaut, however — a low-kill-count option that can leave you with no points at all.
  • For a change of pace, head over to Multiteam or the Team Slayer playlists (Slayer, Swat, Snipers). Avoid Team Objective, since these usually take longer and generate fewer kills.
A GREAT FRIEND

Multiplayer

Assists

Type: Assists
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 30-40 minutes
Value: ★★★☆
Reward: 1400

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 Gunslinger Challenge 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.

CANNON FODDER

Campaign

Special Enemy

Kills

Type: Kills / Special Enemy
Setting: Campaign
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1000

Kill 50 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 18 to 20 thunderstorms to rain down enough death to register the Challenge, but each one only takes about 10 seconds, so we’re only talking 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.
    HEROIC DEMON

    Firefight

    Special Enemy

    Kills

    Type: Kills / Special Enemy
    Setting: Firefight
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 60-75 minutes
    Value: ★★★☆
    Reward: 2000

    Kill 30 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), 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 three matches (and maybe four) 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, explain the appeal of this demon Justin Bieber. What's that? Ghahckk 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.


    WEEKLY CHALLENGE


    NOT IN THE FACE

    Campaign

    Skull On

    Type: Completion
    Setting: Campaign
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 10-15 minutes
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 4000

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

    Tip Of The Day

    Probably the easiest Weekly Challenge you’ll see in months — after all, the Challenge itself says that it won’t take more than 30 minutes. (And, trust us, it won’t even take that.) After a couple of Weekly Challenges that actually took all week, this one’ll take less time than a single game of Firefight or Invasion. Cash your cRedits, friend, and don’t complain.

    Okay, only one Skull on here, so let’s take a look: Black Eye disables your shield recharge, unless and until you melee an opponent. A bit retarded, yeah? OK, so it doesn’t make much sense, but it’s been around a long time; kind of like Ozzie Osbourne, neckties, and nipples on men. It is what it is, so don’t ask.

    So, the only real difference is that, like a teenage boy, you’ll need to smack a Grunt every now and again to freshen yourself up; other than that, it’s a typical Heroic Campaign level.

    Decide ahead of time if you intend to go in solo or co-op. If flying solo, your best bet will be to take the Midnight Run on Nightfall. (Never done the Midnight Run? Oh, you’re gonna like this.)

    • After assassinating the initial Elite at the opening of the mission, you’ll Sprint your way through almost the entire level, skirting the perimeter of the map, meleeing an occasional Grunt or Jackal as you go with only a small amount of gunfire when you reach the bridge to Powerhouse. There’s an absolute GEEEnius maneuver with the forklift (yes, the forklift!), and you won’t even encounter the Hunters at all.
    • Here’s a video of the complete route — the guy here finishes the level in five minutes, and that’s with ALL Skulls on; but even if Forky doesn’t immediately cooperate, you should still wrap it in under ten.


    On co-op, the Challenge becomes even easier. You’ve got a couple of solid options, but we prefer Winter Contingency. As the Campaign’s first playable level, it’s also by design the easiest, and the open-ended geography allows 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. (You can even skip most of the first clash, if you’re quick about it.)
    • The Falcons take you straight to another firefight at the final building of the level. From there, you need only dispatch a few butch Elites and their entourage to reach the level-ending cutscene.
  • 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: Incredibly sorry for such an unacceptably late Update today , but Thanksgiving and Black Friday have been brutal for us. Thanks for cutting us some slack, everyone! Cheers!


    SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY

    SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: Darisin

    Screenshot Of The Day today courtesy of Darisin, with the most badass portrait shot we’ve ever seen since the last one that made us crap our pants. Extreme, Darisin! Thanks!

    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, Single Match, Special Enemy, Spree
    • SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Campaign, Multiplayer
    • AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
    • TOTAL CREDITS: 7000

    SHOOTIN’ AND LOOTIN’

    Any Game Mode

    Kills

    Type: Kills
    Setting: Any
    Difficulty: Easy
    Reward: 3000

    Kill 400 enemies in any game mode in Reach.

    Tip Of The Day

    Normally, we’d recommend several options here, but the Leadership Element Challenge below really puts the convenient carnage of ONI Sword Base so far ahead of the pack that it just doesn’t make sense to spend time tackling this any other way.

    Just check out our Owning On ONI permanent link on the top of this page, and flip on the Thunderstorm Skull before you head in to upgrade more enemies into Leader-class status. The fist of God that rains down from the sky won’t notice the difference, and you’ll carpet-bomb two Challenges at once.

    GUNSLINGER

    Multiplayer

    Kills

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

    Kill 100 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. But, since you can work toward the more-difficult Double Nickels Spree Challenge at the same time, spend your gametime in a few key playlists:

    • One of your best bets: Rumble Pit Objective games (King Of The Hill, Oddball, etc.), 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. Your kills will also often come in packs, which your Double Nickel will thank you for.
    • Also a top option: Target-rich environments like Big Team Battle and Invasion, which will not only help you rack up straight kills but again also increases your chances of notching Sprees.
    • If you’ve got some likeminded friends, head over to Multiteam or the Team Slayer playlists, since working together (see below) will help you register both Challenges at once.
    LEADERSHIP ELEMENT

    Campaign

    Special Enemy

    Kills

    Type: Kills / Special Enemy
    Setting: Campaign
    Difficulty: Easy
    Reward: 1500

    Kill 45 enemy leaders in the Campaign today.

    Nothing to see here; move along. You won’t even notice as you airstrike your way through this with the Thunderstorm Skull switched on as part of the Shootin’ And Lootin’ Challenge above.

    DOUBLE NICKELS

    Multiplayer

    Single Match

    Spree

    Kills

    Type: Kills / Spree
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Medium
    Reward: 1500

    Earn 2 Killing Sprees in a multiplayer Matchmaking game.

    This will be your most engaging Challenge today, and the one you’ll spend the most time completing. Sprees — five-in-a-row medals, all without dying — can sometimes be a bit tricky to come by, often depending not just on your own skill but the skill of your opponents or the skill of your teammates, or both.

    How and where you get these Sprees depends entirely on your playstyle. Just a few things to keep in mind:

    • Armor Lock, hate it though you might, will probably become your best friend here, since it’ll prevent a lucky Plasma stick from resetting your Spree counter and generally save your ass in all sorts of tight spots. You know all those douchebags who you hate Armor Locking just as you’re about to score a kill? Well, now that’s you. Do you want the Challenge cRedits, or do you want to be popular? Yeah, thought so.
    • As a general principle, play defensively, since — tricky as this Challenge is — really all you need is 10 kills to register it, so there’s no need to go batshit on the battlefield. Stick with distance headshot weapons that’ll help you score kills from range while keeping you out of danger (yes, Sniper Rifle, we’re talking to you). Ignore the close-quarter Power Weapons like Hammers, Swords and Shotguns unless you’re particularly good at camping; if you are, you’ll get a Spree, and if you’re not, you’ll get a Plasma Grenade stuck to your head.

      Armor Lock: Be The Douchbag.

    • Since this Challenge requires that you score both in a single match, avoid straight Rumble Pit Slayer matches entirely: the low-kill-count threshold makes it difficult to shoehorn two separate runs before a player hits 25 kills — even if you’re the one to do it.
    • Ideally, spend your time in Objective-based Big Team Battle games and especially Invasion, since you’ll only have a timer to contend with rather than a kill-count limit. You’ll also find more enemies to target and a greater likelihood of vehicles, which make Multikills (and thus Sprees) more typical no matter which side of the headlights you’re on.
    • In fact, while it’s true that Reach has nerfed most vehicles into rolling deathtraps, making it likely that you’ll eventually get blown to bits (by gunfire, Armor Lock, a flying traffic cone), they still remain useful for a few essential kills on their way to the scrapyard, especially against other vehicles. Hop in a Wraith or Revenant and play conservatively, waiting for the other team to make its rush; you can score single- or Double-Kills against guys on the ground, Doubles and Triples against other vehicles, and even boost for splatters when the need arises.
    • Objective games, especially on smaller maps, remain great for gathering Sprees: enemies usually converge into clustered hot zones, such as with King Of The Hill or Oddball, making it easier to spam grenades and fire into the crowd; and enemies often become so focused on the Objective that they stop playing defensively, racing in the open toward the Waypoint, and surprised when you ambush them before they get there. (Just don’t go into the Hill, or grab the Oddball yourself: That’s a sure way to get fragged and lose your Spree. You’ll be trading off some points in the game, but the Challenge bonus will more than make up for it.)

      The Sniper Rifle. AKA El Spree-o.

    • NOTE, however: In Objective games, the counter for Sprees doesn’t carry over from Round to Round. Thus, get four kills in each Round of 1-Flag game without dying, and you won’t score any Sprees for the match even though you went 16-0. Contrast this with Invasion, which uses Phases set up separate and apart from Rounds, and in which the counter does in fact carry over from Phase to Phase.
    • If you’ve got a friend — or, even better, a group of friends — you can cooperate to score this Challenge together. Head into Multiteam with a partner, or one of the Team Slayer playlists, and designate one player (such as yourself) to score the kills while teammates melee or plasma-burst to set up a headshot. Once the VIP has scored two Sprees, you can rotate to the next player, protecting him as you earn some Assists for your effort.
    • And, as a FINAL POINT: If you’re unlucky enough to have the Host migrate during your match, you current Spree is indeed screwed. When the game restarts, any completed Spree will still remain, but your present kill-streak will reset to zero, no matter how close you were before. It can’t be avoided, so just deal with it; and at least you can go get more Sniper ammo now.


      WEEKLY CHALLENGE


      DEDICATION/TIME

      General

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

      Complete 16 Daily Challenges this week.

      HOLY CRAP, that’s the biggest Challenge bonus in the all-time history of Challenge bonuses. Not much to say, other than if you haven’t started yet, you’re out of luck; there’s only 12 Challenges left in the week, and no amount of boosting or begging will turn that into 16. Time is a mistress of no mercy.

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

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