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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: WEEKLY CHALLENGE LAST DAY!


ENDERTORIAL


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

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

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

Pax!
Ender Xer0
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SCREENSHOTS OF THE DAY


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: Naughty Spartans

Santa's Killtacular

Though our group Brotherhood Screenshots Of The Day officially ended yesterday, we couldn’t let the holiday weekend pass without showcasing this killtacular moment, depicting what kind of present Santa leaves for Spartans who have been naughty. Hint: It ain’t coal! Everyone, click to enlarge!

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


DAILY CHALLENGES


Summary
  • TYPES: Assists, Completion, Kills, Killstyle
  • SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Campaign, Multiplayer
  • AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
  • TOTAL TIME: 60-90 minutes
  • AVERAGE VALUE: ★★★★
  • TOTAL CREDITS: 6950

SHOOTIN’ AND LOOTIN’

Any Game Mode

Kills

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

Kill 150 enemies in any game mode in Reach.

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

  • By far the most convenient carnage can be found at the opening of the Campaign’s ONI Sword Base mission. If you know it and don’t like the stigma of naked credit boosting, skip down. If you don’t know it, you can find a detailed rundown in the Owning On ONI permanent link on the top of this page.
  • But, if you don’t like the open credit farming that goes with Target Locating, simply rack up some quick kills in a Custom Game instead. Click on the Grunt Game Settings link at the top of the page for instructions on the best settings; you’ll also find a Custom Game there already set up for you.

A GREAT FRIEND

Multiplayer

Assists

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

Earn 15 assists today in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

The usual Challenge, with our usual comments: Working toward Assists can always be a hassle, since your natural instincts and gaming skills focus on putting down your enemies, not passing the kill off to another player; nobody makes the highlight reel by almost scoring 15 times. Despite that, Bungie intends to pay you today to help out players who haven’t really earned it as they cash in on your setup.

You’ll be able to work the Shootin’ And Lootin’ (above) and Headshot Honcho (see below) Challenges at the same time, so there’s some consolation in that. Just click on the Assist-O-Rama standing link at the top of the page for our in-depth guide to Not Closing The Deal.

HEADSHOT HONCHO

Multiplayer

Single Match

Headshot

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

Kill 9 enemies with headshots in a Multiplayer Matchmaking game.

Tip Of The Day

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

If SWAT doesn’t blow your hair back, you could just as easily pocket this in any Multiplayer match, although drift toward either Objective gametypes or larger-team playlists to make sure the game’s score-limit doesn’t cut short your Challenge progress.

IRON WITH FRIENDS

Campaign

Skull On

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

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY CHALLENGE


Firefight

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

Complete 100 Waves in Firefight Matchmaking.

NOTE: LAST DAY!

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

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

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

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

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

NOTE: LAST DAY FOR THE WEEKLY CHALLENGE!

SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: a helpless noob

Sure, we’ve run a similar one recently, but we just can’t help our weakness for a damn fine explosion. Screenshot Of The Day this morning courtesy of a helpess noob, who isn’t a noob when it comes to rockin’ Screenshots. Thanks! Everyone, click to enlarge!

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


DAILY CHALLENGES


Summary
  • TYPES: Assists, Completion, Kills, Killstyle
  • SETTINGS: Campaign, Multiplayer
  • AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy / Grind
  • TOTAL TIME: 90-120 minutes
  • AVERAGE VALUE: ★★★★
  • TOTAL CREDITS: 8250
MORE THAN A HANDFUL

Multiplayer

Kills

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

Kill 125 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

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

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

SECONDARY FIRE

Multiplayer

Assists

Type: Assists
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 60-90 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 4000

Earn 25 assists today in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

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

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

IRON WITH FRIENDS

Campaign

Skull On

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

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

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

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

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

In fact, it’s really so straightforward that this Daily Challenge represents a rarity: The chance to snipe the Weekly Challenge at the same time — and on the Weekly’s final day, no less. Just flip on the Black Eye Skull beforehand (see below for details) and you won’t even notice the Weekly Challenge at all.

ABOVE THE NECKLINE

Multiplayer

Single Match

Headshot

Type: Killstyle
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10-15 minutes
Value: ★★★★
Reward: 1250

Kill 5 enemies with headshots in a Multiplayer Matchmaking game.

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

If SWAT doesn’t blow your hair back, though, you could just as easily pocket this in any Multiplayer match, although drift toward either Objective gametypes or larger-team playlists to make sure the game’s score-limit doesn’t cut short your Challenge progress.


WEEKLY CHALLENGE


NOT IN THE FACE

Campaign

Skull On

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

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

LAST DAY!

Tip Of The Day

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

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

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

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

MANEX MONDAY


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

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

Screenshot Of The Day will return tomorrow. Send your screenshots to haloreachdaily@live.com, or just make a file recommendation to us on XBox (Gamertag: Ender Xer0, with a zero), and we’ll take care of the rest. Remember: we’re not looking for Forge art or pix from the Internet; it should be a screenshot of YOU!


DAILY CHALLENGES


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

BLASTIN’ AND RELAXIN’

Any Game Mode

Kills

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

Kill 90 enemies in any game mode in Reach.

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

  • By far the most convenient carnage can be found at the opening of the Campaign’s ONI Sword Base mission. If you know it and don’t like the stigma of naked credit boosting, skip down. If you don’t know it, you can find a detailed rundown in the Owning On ONI permanent link on the top of this page.
  • But, if you don’t like the open credit farming that goes with Target Locating, simply rack up some quick kills in a Custom Game instead. Click on the Grunt Game Settings link at the top of the page for instructions on the best settings; you’ll also find a Custom Game there already set up for you.

A FRIEND IN NEED

Firefight

Assists

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

Earn 10 Assists in Firefight Matchmaking.

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

  • Complicating matters is that there are so many of them — an Assist requires at least 40% damage to the target’s combined Shields and Health, and then for a teammate finish the kill within five seconds of your last strike. With Covies swarming the map, it’s unlikely an ally will be firing on the same one at the same time as you.
  • When tougher enemies do arrive fashionably late, they’re often too few or too resilient to rack up too many Assists. A Hunter, for example, often involves all teammates ripping into him at once, making it less likely any single player will strip off more than 40% before the beast goes down.

    Plasma Pistol: The Assist's Assistant.

  • Brutes represent more solid candidates for Assist-farming: a steady DMR stream will remove their helmets, setting them up for a teammate’s coup-de-grace. The problem isn’t so much that the Brutes don’t know how to put their hats back on; it’s that most don’t carry regenerative Shields, so you won’t know how much damage one’s taken already. Plus higher-ranking Brutes require more setup, making it difficult to gauge when you’ve crossed the 40% mark.
  • With all that in mind, your best bet remains to target Elites, crashing their Shields with an overcharged Plasma Pistol for a teammate to close the deal. Elites — while otherwise remarkably crafty — for some reason stop and howl when they lose their Shields like a drag queen who missed the wig sale at Macy’s, giving an ally an easy headshot.
  • The problem will ease up once the Mythic Skull turns on, since that doubles enemy health, including for even the lowliest DMR fodder; but — since they don’t have regenerating shields — it’ll still be difficult to gauge when you’ve peeled a Grunt or Jackal by 40%. So, better to keep steady with what’s worked for you, rather than try to shift strategies in the middle of the match.
  • You can also steal cheap Assists throughout the match by targeting a Phantom’s main gun: taking it out registers as a kill, so damaging it — a single sniper shot, or several with the DMR — will generate an Assist; you can even take care of it as the Dropship approaches, before it empties its troops, so you won’t have a Wave of Covies firing on you. With three Rounds of play now in Firefight, that’s 30 Dropships; more than enough to notch the Challenge.
  • And, by all means, go in with a friend if possible; coordinating with a partner on microphone will cut down on both your Challenge times, taking turns flashing an Elite’s shields while the other readies a headshot. It’ll be the one time when the Firefight playlist actually becomes cooperative.
  • ROAST ‘EM, TOAST ‘EM

    Campaign

    Jetpacking

    Kills

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

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

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

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

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

    IRON WITH FRIENDS

    Campaign

    Skull On

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

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

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

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

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

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


    WEEKLY CHALLENGE


    NOT IN THE FACE

    Campaign

    Skull On

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

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

    NEW WEEKLY CHALLENGE!

    Tip Of The Day

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

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