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LOL SPARTZ SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


LOL SPARTZ SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: ender4449

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

We’re running an entire Comedy Week of laughs, lulz and ROFLs here on the Pillar Of Awesome. Got a funny screenshot of Epic Fail or overall Halo hilarity? Send it in! We’ll run ’em for the rest of the month or until we run out. Just shoot it over to haloreachdaily@live.com, or make a file recommendation to us on XBox (Gamertag: Ender Xer0, with a zero), and we’ll take care of the rest. Remember: we’re not looking for plain Forge art or random pix from the Internet; it should be a screenshot of YOU!


WEEKLY CHALLENGE


THE PILLAR OF AUTUMN: LASO

Campaign

Legendary

Skulls On

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

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

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

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DAILY CHALLENGES


Summary

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

ONE SPARTAN ARMY

Firefight

Kills

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

Kill 100 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking.

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

SUPPORT STRUCTURE

Firefight

Assists

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

Earn 30 assists in Firefight Matchmaking.

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

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

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

Plasma Pistol: The Assist's Assistant.

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

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

    Campaign

    Scoring

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

    Score 25,000 points on any Campaign mission.

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

    Tip Of The Day

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

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

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

    A few pointers for your Points:

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

    Multiplayer

    Special Weapon

    Kills

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

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

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

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

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


    SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


    SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: Cursed Blood

    Another assassination Challenge today, so we thought we’d show reader Cursed Blood catching some air for our Screenshot Of The Day. Nothing like a good backstab to start off a Saturday! Thanks, CB! Everyone, click to enlarge!

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


    DAILY CHALLENGES


    Summary

    TYPES: Kills, Killstyle, Multikills, Wins
    SETTINGS: Firefight, Multiplayer
    AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
    TOTAL TIME: 60-75 minutes
    OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★☆
    TOTAL CREDITS: 5525

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


    SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


    SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: Ender USMC

    Yes, we’ve run Screenshots Of The Day like this before, but few have captured the celebratory moment of Achievement quite like Ender USMC here. Plus, he’s an Ender, which automatically makes it awesome. Great work, USMC! Everyone, click to enlarge!

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


    DAILY CHALLENGES


    Summary

    TYPES: Completion, Kills, Special Weapon
    SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Campaign, Multiplayer
    AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
    TOTAL TIME: 30-45 minutes
    OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★★
    TOTAL CREDITS: 4750

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


    SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


    SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: ACE x GRAN

    Ninja Screenshot Of The Day today courtesy of ACE x GRAN, who shows that you don’t need color to look cool when you’ve already got a sword and sniper. Thanks, Ace! Everyone, click to enlarge!

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


    DAILY CHALLENGES


    Summary

    TYPES: Kills, Killstyle, Special Weapon
    SETTINGS: Firefight
    AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy / Grind
    TOTAL TIME: 30-40 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.


    SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


    SCREEENSHOT OF THE DAY: dweeeeb

    Ninja Screenshot Of The Day today courtesy of dweeeeb, who’ll kick your blue ass if you don’t use all four e’s. Nice work, dweeeeb! Everyone, click to enlarge!

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


    DAILY CHALLENGES


    Summary

    TYPES: Kills, Multikill, Special Weapon, Spree
    SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
    AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
    TOTAL TIME: 25-35 minutes
    OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★★
    TOTAL CREDITS: 4875

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


    SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


    SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: Karma EffecTz

    Screenshot Of The Day today courtesy of Karma EffecTz, who delivers an incredibly atmospheric action shot. Highlands never looked so desperate! Amazing work, Karma. Everyone, click to enlarge!

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


    DAILY CHALLENGES


    Summary

    TYPES: Completion, Kills, Special Weapon
    SETTINGS: Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
    AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
    TOTAL TIME: 75-95 minutes
    OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★☆
    TOTAL CREDITS: 5850

    [ ACCESS COMPLETE INTEL: CLICK HERE ]

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

    ***NEW WEEKLY CHALLENGE!***


    VIDEO OF THE WEEK: MANEX MONDAY



    After several weeks of relatively straightforward video guides, we thought we’d do something quite different for today’s Video Of The Week and address an issue that all Halo gamers come across regardless of playstyle: The question of third-party controllers. Are they worth the money? Do they really improve gameplay? And with all those extra buttons, exactly how many fingers do they expect you to have? Our friends over at the ManeX Gaming Channel on YouTube review one of the most popular new controllers out there to tackle these answers and more. Check it out!

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

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


    DAILY CHALLENGES


    Summary

    TYPES: Kills, Special Weapon, Spree
    SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Campaign, Multiplayer
    AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
    TOTAL TIME: 45-60 minutes
    OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★★
    TOTAL CREDITS: 6500

    MORE THAN A HANDFUL

    Multiplayer

    Kills

    Type: Kills
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 20-30 minutes (Concurrent with other Challenges)
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 2500

    Kill 125 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

    As always, we’ve run out of ordinary ways to say “Play Grifball”, so we thought we would try an Interpretive Dance. Hmmm, what? That means we’d have to get up from the couch? Ahh, screw that. We’ll just run another awesome Grifball screenshot. Today’s killer pic courtesy of Icarus Ruthven; thanks, IR! Keep ’em coming, people!

    LIGHT FARE

    Any Game Mode

    Kills

    Type: Kills
    Setting: Any Game Mode
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 5 minutes (Concurrent with other Daily Challenges)
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 1000

    Kill 100 enemies in any game mode in Reach.

    Pay no attention to that Challenge behind the curtain: you’ll score this one automatically as part of completing More Than A Handful.

    SHORT, CONTROLLED BURSTS

    Campaign

    Special Weapon

    Kills

    Type: Kills
    Setting: Campaign
    Difficulty: Easy
    Time: 5-10 minutes
    Value: ★★★★★
    Reward: 1000

    Kill 50 enemies with automatic weapons in the Campaign today.

    A simple Challenge you’ll notch with virtually no effort. You can load up any level on Normal that arms you with an Assault RifleWinter Contingency and Pillar of Autumn seem two obvious choices — though Spikers, Needlers, and Plasma Rifles and Repeaters also qualify as autoweapons, so it’s easy enough to swap out for the right gun on any of the Campaign missions.

    For the truly impatient, enter Winter Contingency at Rally Point Bravo, which starts you with an AR and drops you directly into a courtyard firefight rife with Needler and Plasma Repeater pickups. Once you and your fellow Spartans clear the deck, simply reload the level — your kill-count will keep running.

    TRIPLE THRILL

    Multiplayer

    Single Match

    Spree

    Type: Spree
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Medium
    Time: 20 to 30 minutes (Concurrent with other Challenges)
    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. Grenade Stick
    3. Hammer
    4. Infection
    5. Juggernaut
    6. Kills
    7. Laser
    8. Shotgun
    9. Sniper
    10. Spawn
    11. Splatter
    12. Sword
    13. Wheelman
    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!