Posts Tagged ‘Nightfall’

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.


LOL SPARTZ SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


LOL SPARTZ SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: bradyisbeast

LOL Spartz Screenshots Of The Day today courtesy of bradyisbeast, with a special tribute to The Love That Dares Not Speak Its Name. (Don’t ask, don’t tell!) Hey Emil — I’m ready…how ’bout you?? Thanks again, Brady! 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


NOT IN THE FACE

Campaign

Heroic

Skull On

Type: Completion / Timer
Setting: Campaign
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5-10 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 9000

Complete any Campaign mission on Heroic in 15 minutes with Black Eye on.

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DAILY CHALLENGES


Summary

TYPES: Completion, Kills, Killstyle, Multikill
SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Campaign, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
TOTAL TIME: 25-40 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★★
TOTAL CREDITS: 5950

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.

You’ll score most of these automatically as part of completing your other Daily Challenges today. For leftovers, just head into ONI Sword Base or an anti-Grunt Custom Firefight game (see links at top of the page for both).

CLOSE TALKING

Multiplayer

Close-Quarters

Type: Killstyle
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 15-20 minutes (Concurrent with other Challenges)
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1250

Earn 30 kills with close-quarters combat in Multiplayer Matchmaking.



Yep; if you beast with the Hammer, you can actually pocket this in the exact same Grifball match as the Three Dog Fight Challenge (see below). Where you at, G-ball haters? Yeah, thought so. (Grifball love courtesy of HMBRGR.)

THREE DOG FIGHT

Multiplayer

Single Match

Triple Kill

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

Earn a Triple-Kill in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

Before the rise of Grifball, this used to actually be challenging; now, a couple of well-timed hammer swings will net you a Trip pretty regularly.

If you’re not a fan of the orange dude with the bomb — well, OK, you’re adopted, so that explains it — you’ve still got a number of options that’ll skitch the odds in your favor:

  • 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.
  • Big Team Battle and Invasion also offer prime Multikill targets: a warthog with a gunner and passenger, or a pack 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.
HOUSE OF PAIN

Campaign

Skull On

Type: Completion
Setting: Campaign
Difficulty: Easy (Midnight Run or Co-op)
Time: 5-15 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 2500

Complete a Campaign mission on Heroic with Mythic, Tilt, and Thunderstorm on.

Tip Of The Day

OK, three Skulls on, so lets take a quick look. Thunderstorm upgrades all enemies to the next rank. Mythic doubles an enemy’s Health and Shields. And Tilt doubles both an enemy’s weaknesses and resistances. Guess what? Where we’re going, they’ll hardly make a difference.

Decide ahead of time if you intend to do this solo or co-op. If flying solo, your best bet will be to take the Midnight Run on Nightfall. Regular readers of this site know what to do; if you’re new, just check out the permanent link at the top of this page, or watch the video below for a quick run-through of the 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, since the New Alexandria level features long stretches of aerial combat unaffected by the Skulls except Mythic, which only means it’ll take a few extra shots to nail the Banshees and Turrets. But, with a Falcon gun, it’s actually pretty hard to miss, and it’s not as if they’re going to Armor Lock.

When you do 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.

One special note, however: Make sure to watch the level’s final cutscene all the way through. No, it won’t affect the Challenge; but after putting up with her bad driving all game, you’ll get paid 2500 cR to watch Kat take it through the head. No skipping!

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: Grimmreapers13

Grimmreapers13 smiles for the camera for our Screenshot Of The Day this morning. Hi, Mom! And, of course, thanks to Grimm. Everyone, click to enlarge!

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


WEEKLY CHALLENGE


BEST SERVED COLD

Multiplayer

Revenge

Kill

Type: Kill / Special Enemy
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 11 per Day
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 7777

Take your Revenge on 77 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

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DAILY CHALLENGES


Summary

TYPES: Completion, Kills, Special Enemy
SETTINGS: Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
TOTAL TIME: 90-135 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★
TOTAL CREDITS: 5825

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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: P00DUDE

Screenshot Of The Day today courtesy of, eh, “P00DUDE”, who waves goodbye as he takes a header off of…well, we think it’s Powerhouse, but it won’t matter much when he hits the ground. (Just like poo, I guess.) Thanks, PD! Everyone, click to enlarge!

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


WEEKLY CHALLENGE


BEST SERVED COLD

Multiplayer

Revenge

Kill

Type: Kill / Special Enemy
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 11 per Day
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 7777

Take your Revenge on 77 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

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DAILY CHALLENGES


Summary

TYPES: Assists, Kills, Killstyle, Special Weapon
SETTINGS: Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Grind
TOTAL TIME: 100-165 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★☆
TOTAL CREDITS: 5650

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

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


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: LeGy P L U T O


Screenshot Of The Day today courtesy of LeGy P L U T O, with an amazingly cool tribute to color and shape. (Yes, we just watched a documentary on Foo Fighters.) Thanks, Pluto! 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, Scoring, Spree, Zero Deaths
SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
TOTAL TIME: 60-90 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★☆
TOTAL CREDITS: 6700

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

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


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


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.


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: RK4N3

Screenshot Of The Day today courtesy of RK4N3, who waves “hi” to his Mom after assassinating an Elite General. Thanks, Arcane! 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, Special Weapon
SETTINGS: Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Grind
TOTAL TIME: 3 to 3.5 hours
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★☆
TOTAL CREDITS: 6975

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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 SPECIAL SCREENSHOT WEEK!


CLASSIC SACK SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


CLASSIC SACK SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: Ender Xer0


Wait, didn’t we just run a week of special screenshots like, a couple days ago? Yes, yes, yes…but the new Playlist Update is so epic that we just couldn’t resist. And did you really expect us to pass up a special week named Classic Sack??

So, even if you think that name sounds vaguely pornographic — and especially if you do — head into one of the Classic remake maps or Action Sack gametypes and start snapping some pix!

Send 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, Score, Win
SETTINGS: Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy / Grind
TOTAL TIME: 75-120 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★
TOTAL CREDITS: 6750

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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: x Stilus Equus x

Screenshot Of The Day today courtesy of x Stilus Equus X, with our choice inspired by today’s Challenge, Now I Have A Machine Gun. (Yes, we know it’s a turret. Would YOU like to explain that to the hail of bullets?) 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, Special Weapon, Zero Deaths
  • SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Campaign, Multiplayer
  • AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Grind
  • TOTAL TIME: 120-140 minutes
  • AVERAGE VALUE: ★★★★★
  • TOTAL CREDITS: 13000

Holy Christmas, Batman! That’s gotta be a new cRedit record! (Everyone, keep an eye on your Daily cRedit limit!)

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.
SECONDARY FIRE

Multiplayer

Assists

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

Earn 25 assists today in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

You’ll work this at the same time that you autofire your way to the Now I Have A Machine Gun Challenge (though different enemies, obviously). Other than that, 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.

NOW I HAVE A MACHINE GUN

Multiplayer

Special Weapon

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 90-120 minutes
Value: ★★★☆
Reward: 2500

Earn 100 kills with automatic weapons in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

Yet another simple Challenge that you’ll notch just by playing enough, though you’ll also be able to work the Secondary Fire Challenge at the same time (though not the same opponents).

Automatic weapons include not just your trusty Assault Rifle, but also Covie Needlers and Plasma Rifles and Repeaters. (The Needle Rifle also has an autofire, but it’s classified as a Precision Weapon.) So, expect to see Gametypes and Loadouts featuring these weapons throughout the day.

A few quick tips, which you already probably know since we’ve said them before, but anyway:

    The Assault Rifle: AKA El Spam-o.

  • If you find yourself in AR showdowns with you consistently on the corpse end of the gunfight, you’re probably just holding down the trigger. Unlike the BR from Halo 3, the AR in Reach actually behaves the way a gun should when you fight with it: keep your trigger down and your shots will start to fly in all sorts of wild directions. The key to the weapon is short, controlled bursts. Pump your trigger at a steady pace and the reticule will keep resetting; it’ll take some practice to find the sweet spot, but once you get the hang of it you’ll do it without even noticing.
  • Lead with your Grenades to soften up enemies, since you’ll get no Challenge credit for emptying your clip to bring down their Shields, only to finish them with a wasted ‘nade burst.
  • Likewise, remove double-melees from your close-quarter lexicon; flash his Shields with a melee strike, then dodge backward and fire to keep him from finishing you with a double-melee of his own. (Reader V Translanka adds: “If you really want to remove double-melees from your lexicon, then Sprint is your best bud, because a Sprinted melee comes with an enhanced knockback bonus that’s perfect for the armor pop-and-fire method.” Thanks, V!)
  • Needler Supercombines will register Challenge points as well, so look for enemies who have strayed from cover and ambush them for a quick kill. Keep an eye not on your opponent but rather on your aiming reticule; the targeting circle remains far more easy to keep track of than an enemy attempting to evade.
  • Swap out your secondary weapon for another auto-shooter whenever you can; thus, even if your first clip fails to close the deal, you can switch weapons to finish the kill rather than give an enemy time to escape or retaliate while you reload.
MOSTLY AT NIGHT

Campaign

Legendary

Zero Deaths

Type: Completion / Zero Deaths
Setting: Campaign
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 10-15 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 5000

Complete Nightfall on Legendary without dying.

So, Bungie is just about daring you to power through this using the Midnight Run. If you’re a regular reader of this site, you know what’s coming; if not, well — you’re gonna love this.

After assassinating the initial Elite, the Midnight Run lets you Sprint your way through almost the entire level, meleeing an occasional Grunt or Jackal, with only a small amount of gunfire when you reach the bridge to Powerhouse. There’s an absolute GEEEnius maneuver you’ll pull off with the forklift (yes, the forklift!), and you won’t even encounter the Hunters at all.

Here’s a video of the route, completed on Legendary, and with ALL Skulls on, too; the guy in it wraps it up in five minutes, but even if Forky doesn’t immediately cooperate, you should still finish it in under ten.

If you’ve never done it before, you’ll probably hit a few crash-and-burns before you thread the needle; the good news is that you’re most likely to meet your fail at the level’s opening, so you won’t lose much of anything in a restart. (Just make sure to Save And Quit, rather than a reload, since the Challenge can be twitchy this way.) And, if you’re struggling, pay close attention to when the Runner hits Sprint and where he pauses for a break; when it comes to outracing Legendary, timing can be everything.


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.

    KILLIONAIRE: The Ultimate Multikill

  • 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: Leon77Leon

Yep, it’s the return of That Pink Mist! (Seriously, it is. Go check the Challenges.) A bitchin’ Screenshot Of The Day this morning courtesy of Leon77Leon. Thanks, Leon! Everyone, click to enlarge! (Legal Notice: Pink is not actually bitchin’.)

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, Killstyle, Special Weapon, Zero Deaths
  • SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Campaign, Firefight
  • AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Grind
  • TOTAL TIME: 75-80 minutes
  • AVERAGE VALUE: ★★★★☆
  • TOTAL CREDITS: 9000

Wow, is that the highest cRedit bonus total ever? Could be!

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 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.

COVENANT-CIDE

Firefight

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Firefight
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 30 minutes (Concurrent with That Pink Mist)
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 chances of scoring the Pink Mist Challenge (below) without pocketing this at the same time rank 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 on this — and if you do, you’ve just blown your karma on Halo instead of a lottery ticket — simply fire up a Gruntpocalypse in Score Attack for whatever’s left.

MOSTLY AT NIGHT

Campaign

Legendary

Zero Deaths

Type: Completion / Zero Deaths
Setting: Campaign
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 10-15 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 5000

Complete Nightfall on Legendary without dying.

So, Bungie is just about daring you to power through this using the Midnight Run. If you’re a regular reader of this site, you know what’s coming; if not, well — you’re gonna love this.

After assassinating the initial Elite, the Midnight Run lets you Sprint your way through almost the entire level, meleeing an occasional Grunt or Jackal, with only a small amount of gunfire when you reach the bridge to Powerhouse. There’s an absolute GEEEnius maneuver you’ll pull off with the forklift (yes, the forklift!), and you won’t even encounter the Hunters at all.

Here’s a video of the route, completed on Legendary, and with ALL Skulls on, too; the guy in it wraps it up in five minutes, but even if Forky doesn’t immediately cooperate, you should still finish it in under ten.

If you’ve never done it before, you’ll probably hit a few crash-and-burns before you thread the needle; the good news is that you’re most likely to meet your fail at the level’s opening, so you won’t lose much of anything in a restart. (Just make sure to Save And Quit, rather than a reload, since the Challenge can be twitchy this way.) And, if you’re struggling, pay close attention to when the Runner hits Sprint and where he pauses for a break; when it comes to outracing Legendary, timing can be everything.

THAT PINK MIST

Firefight

Special Weapon

Kills

Type: Killstyle / Special Weapon
Setting: Firefight
Difficulty: Grind
Time: 30 minutes
Value: ★★★☆
Reward: 1000

Kill 70 enemies with a Supercombine from the Needler or Needle Rifle in Firefight Matchmaking.

We just had the pleasure of a Pink Mist Challenge two days ago (seriously, Bungie? WTF?), and the HRD intel for it runs a bit long (seriously, HRD? WTF?); so, rather than reprinting it all again, we’ll just link to it for you so you can scroll down and peruse it at your leisure. In the meantime, we’ll instead turn the floor over to some Reader Mail, which had an entire clipful of useful suggestions of their own.

From Slidercleo:

For the Needler Challenge, I use Gruntpocalypse on Corvette. Get up on one of the platforms spawn-side and let the little guys funnel to you. Steal a Needler and then repeat. As they come up the ramp you can get a good line on them, and they can’t dodge so you won’t miss and blow the Supercombine. Just let them come to the bottom of the ramp and you should have plenty of ammo to pick up — easier than playing with randoms that steal all your kills. It’ll save you time and frustration.

And from V Translanka:

I never picked up a Needler for That Pink Mist and got it pretty quickly. With its increased accuracy compared to the Needler, you actually can use the Needle Rifle to pop Grunts & Jackals in the feet to Supercombine. Only once or twice did I accidentally headshot a fleeing Grunt or explode one of their methane tanks (or got annoyed at how many Jackals were approaching and just went for a few headshots). Plus, when held down for auto the Needle Rifle loses little accuracy and rapid-fires at a decent rate.

Thanks for coming up, guys! Let’s get the party started!


WEEKLY CHALLENGE


NOT IN THE FACE

Campaign

Skull On

Type: Completion
Setting: Campaign
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10-15 minutes (Concurrent with Mostly At Night Challenge)
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 4000

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

Tip Of The Day

You’ll find almost everything you need to know about completing this Challenge in today’s Mostly At Night 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. It’ll be a massive 9,000 cR bonus if you do both at once…so 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 TODAY!


DAILY CHALLENGES


SHOOTIN’ AND LOOTIN’

Any Game Mode

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Any
Difficulty: Easy
Reward: 1500

Kill 150 enemies in any game mode in Reach.

Take this on last, and you probably won’t need to pay attention to it at all; you’ll almost certainly blow right past 150 while wrapping up the Dailies and Weekly (which you can easily do today as well), so there’s no point repeating your efforts.

If you still have a handful of stragglers — which would be an accomplishment by itself — basic Matchmaking is likely all you’ll need, though you can just as easily load up ONI Sword Base for some Target Locating or a Custom Game to Grunt your way through them. Check out the Owning On ONI or Grunt Game Settings standing links at the top of the page for instructions.

COVENANT-CIDE

Firefight

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Firefight
Difficulty: Easy
Reward: 500

Kill 60 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking.

Not much to say: You’ll pocket this simply by tackling the Heroic Killagruntjaro! Challenge (see below) at the same time.

HEROIC KILLAGRUNTJARO!

Firefight

Single Match

Multikill

Type: Multikills
Setting: Firefight
Difficulty: Medium
Reward: 3500

Earn 35 multikills in a Firefight Matchmaking game on Heroic or harder.

(Question: How is this different from the standard Killagruntjaro! Challenge from four days ago? Just askin’.)

Despite what the title of this Challenge might say, Gruntpocalypse is not your best path to cRedit glory, and actually requires a fair bit of tactical planning and strategic gunplay. You need to score all 35 Multikills in a single match; only 120 Grunts ever appear during a one-Round Score Attack, and they have an inconvenient habit of killing themselves, each other, or both.

That means, even under the best conditions, you’d need to dispatch either 70 Grunts within a trigger-pull of each other, or start scrambling to make up lost Multikills by scoring Triples, Overkills and precisely-timed grenade throws; otherwise, you might find yourself mathematically eliminated before the final Wave waddles past. It’s certainly possible, especially if you’re a skilled Gruntinator, but you don’t get any gold stars for making your life more difficult.

Instead, head into Rocketfight — with now three Rounds of missile mayhem, you should be able to blast your way through 35 Multikills with some reasonable trigger discipline. There’s a lot to go over, however, but you’ll also be able to work two other Challenges (Shootin’ And Lootin’ and Covenant-cide) at the same time, so pull up a seat.

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

    For Those About To Rocket...

  • Select Jetpack as your Armor Ability, then hover above the Dropships as they unload. Rain death from above, concentrating your fire on the weakest enemies — remember, you’re going for Multikills here, not single-enemy points, so the more Grunts and Jackals the better; whatever Firefight points you lose by skipping the big-ticket enemies will be more than made up by the Multikill chain bonus and Challenge cRedits. Both sets of enemies also drop in packs, priming them even more as multiple-Multikill targets.
  • As soon as you’ve emptied both chambers, toss both your grenades along the perimeter of your blasts to clean up any stray Covies who escaped their Great Journey. And don’t worry if you freefall into the middle of the survivors en route to your own quick death: you’ve just scored major Challenge points, and you were going to need to reload anyway.
  • Once you respawn, scan for a good secondary weapon to defend occasionally, since you’ll want to save your big barrels for Double-Kill targets. A Fuel Rod Gun will be your top choice, since you can fall back on it for some follow-up mayhem if you misfire a Rockets or have more enemies on hand who won’t wait for a reload. Just don’t go blast-happy, since its primary role remains defense.
  • Ignore straggler enemies and focus only on those in pairs or more; and when you do cut loose, empty both rockets and follow up with every grenade. You’ll likely catch a few extra kills, and better safe than sorry.

    Anti-Douchebag Ordinance.

    Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, not exactly. Remember that you’ll be playing with three other teammates (no, we won’t call them “allies”) and they’ll be trying to do the exact same thing as you, so make sure your rockets don’t show up late to the party. If you do have trouble striking first — or, if you’re stuck with a douchbag player who insists on beating everyone to the punch well past his Challenge completion — just go in with one or more friends. You’ll want to coordinate your efforts between the Waves and Dropships, but there’ll be more than enough Multikills to go around.

  • Your Challenge meter will flash periodic reminders of your total, but you’ll want to keep track yourself of your running average, not just when you hit a progress mark. With three Rounds of five Waves each, you would otherwise need to pace yourself at three Medals per Wave; but remember, the Boss Wave that ends each Round sends out badass motherfuckers who can shake off two Rockets to the face and still pwn you into respawn; so don’t count on them to pad your Challenge-count.
  • Also don’t rely on the Bonus Wave to recover any slack — not only is it your last gasp after toughing it out for three Rounds, but your enemies will be Elites, and they don’t go down easy. You’ll likely score some solid kills, but not likely to score any Doubles; plus, you’ll have the Iron Skull on, which means lose-and-go-home. Not exactly where you want to be after 30 minutes of reloading.
  • Instead, rely only on the first four Waves, which divides not-so-evenly into just over four Medals per Wave. (You’ll need to notch a single extra one somewhere along the line.) But, of course, your best strategy will be to notch them as early as possible — so keep the pressure on.
VENGEANCE FOUND

Multiplayer

Kill

Type: Kill (Special)
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Easy
Reward: 700

Earn your ‘Revenge’ in a Multiplayer Matchmaking game.

Yep, it really is as simple as it sounds. Head into a small-squad Slayer match (Team, SWAT, Snipers, etc.) since fewer enemies means it’s more likely you’ll hunt down your killer. Score a Revenge Medal and you’ll get 700 bonus cRedits for your stylish teabag. (Well, you’ll get the cRedits whether you teabag or not; but it’s Revenge, yah?)


WEEKLY CHALLENGE


CRACKSHOT

Campaign

Headshot

Special Weapon

Type: Special Weapon / Killstyle
Setting: Campaign
Difficulty: Grind
Reward: 3000

Kill 70 enemies with Sniper Rifle Headshots in Nightfall on Heroic.

Another so-easy-Justin-Bieber-could-do-it Challenge. Nightfall‘s a particularly easy level for this: it’s dark, you start with a Sniper, and you’re on a hill overlooking unsuspecting Covies — the only way Bungie could make it easier is if the Elites actively lunged into your bullets with their foreheads.

Just flip on Night Vision, take aim, and fire away. You can even skip the opening assassination of the Elite taking a leak on the Grunts below, and just headshot him from behind. (OK, so, maybe he’s not actually taking a leak; but then, what the hell is he doing there?)

When you’re done with the first Elite and two Grunts, advance to the cliff overlooking the makeshift Covenant base. Start picking off Covies until you run out of ammo or run out of enemies; then you can simply restart the level and repeat, until the Challenge Complete banner flashes onscreen.

Easy, yeah? Well, at least it’s a chance to use Sniper rounds on some Grunts without feeling retarded about it.

Tip Of The Day

TAKE NOTE, however: Though you can die as many times as you like, restart the mission or simply revert to Checkpoint, you CAN’T Save and Quit and then return at a later time; your Challenge counter will reset, and you’ll have to start over again. That means you’ll have to set aside a couple of extra minutes to register all 70 in one go.

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.


DAILY CHALLENGES


SHOOTIN’ AND LOOTIN’

Any Game Mode

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Any
Difficulty: Easy
Reward: 2500

Kill 250 enemies in any game mode in Reach.

  • Take on this one last. You’ll rack up half the kills simply by finishing today’s More Than A Handful Challenge, so there’s no point duplicating your efforts.
  • For your leftover kills, by far the easiest method of mayhem remains the opening of the Campaign’s Oni Sword Base. 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 standing 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.
MORE THAN A HANDFUL

Multiplayer

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
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.

  • Your best bet: Rumble Pit, since the kills come fast and furious and you don’t have to worry about your 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 the other players.
  • Most Pit Objective games (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 with your Assault Rifle or nick kills from a gunbattle between other players.
  • However, vote to skip Juggernaut; it’s a low-kill-count option that can leave you with no kills at all by match’s end.
  • For a change of pace, head over to Multiteam — basically Rumble Pit with a partner — or the Team Slayer playlists (Slayer, Swat, Snipers). Avoid Team Objective, since these usually take longer and generate fewer kills.
MOSTLY AT NIGHT

Campaign

Legendary

Zero Deaths

Type: Completion / Survival
Setting: Campaign
Difficulty: Hard (standard) / Easy (Midnight Run)
Reward: 1,250

Complete Nightfall on Legendary without dying.

Tip Of The Day

(So, is there a reason this Challenge was worth 4,000 cR on October 17, but only worth 1,250 today? Just wonderin’…. Of course, I’m still waiting for “Complete Lone Wolves On Legendary Without Dying.”)

Anyway, this one’s the winning lottery number for Campaign levels, thanks to a special walkthrough. Never done the Midnight Run on Nightfall? Oh, you’re gonna love this.

After assassinating the initial Elite, you’ll Sprint your way through almost the entire level, meleeing an occasional Grunt or Jackal, with only a small amount of gunfire when you reach the bridge to Powerhouse.

There’s an absolute GEEEnius maneuver you’ll pull off with the forklift (yes, the forklift!), and you won’t even encounter the Hunters at all. The easiest Campaign cRedits you’ll get all week.

Here’s a video of the route, completed on Legendary, and with all Skulls activated too; the guy in it wraps it up in five minutes, but even if Forky doesn’t immediately cooperate, you should still finish it in under ten.

SUIT UP!

General

Type: Meta
Setting: Armory
Difficulty: Retarded
Reward: 777

Customize your Spartan’s armor in the Armory.

Translated from Bungese: Equip a piece of armor.

Yep, that’s it. Seriously. No, not kidding.


WEEKLY CHALLENGE


MULTIPLICATIVE

Multiplayer

Multikill

Type: Multikills
Setting: Multiplayer
Difficulty: Grind
Reward: 2000

Earn 45 Multikills in Multiplayer Matchmaking this week.

Okay, relax. This isn’t as hard as it sounds: If you started on Monday, then you need to score only seven Multikills per day, you’ll still wrap this up with half a day to spare. You’ll run into trouble only if you leave this until the end; and considering that previous Challenges have required you to score seven in a single day, this isn’t much more than a fifth Daily Challenge, with the payout postponed till the end of the week.

If you’re starting today, you’ll need to average 15 — yes, you’ve kind of screwed yourself over by waiting, but it’s not off the charts either. Just start today, stick to it, and you’ll cross the finish line. You’ve got to score 125 kills for one of the Daily Challenges anyway, so why not make 30 of them Doubles?

  • Spend most of your time in 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’re not having much luck in the Pit, get with a friend and head into Multiteam; 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 didn’t register a second Double-Kill Medal — and thus counted as only one point for the 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.

29 OCTOBER 2010

Posted: October 29, 2010 in Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
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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.


DAILY CHALLENGES


MORE THAN A HANDFUL

Multiplayer

Kills

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

Kill 125 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

Finally, a Challenge you can kick in the head at the same time that you grind toward your 1,000-kill Weekly task. If you started it on Monday, your pace would be 143 kills each day; so after this Challenge you’ll need less than 20 more to hit quota.

Or, said another way: you’ll wrap this Challenge without even noticing, just by notching your Weekly kills for the day. How long this takes simply depends on which playlists you prefer and how good you are at them.

  • Your best bet: Rumble Pit, since the kills come fast and furious and you don’t have to worry about your 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 the other players.
  • Most Pit Objective games (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 with your Assault Rifle or nick kills from a gunbattle between other players.
  • However, vote to skip Juggernaut; it’s a low-kill-count option that can leave you with no kills at all by match’s end.
  • For a change of pace, head over to Multiteam — basically Rumble Pit with a partner — or the Team Slayer playlists (Slayer, Swat, Snipers). Avoid Team Objective, since these usually take longer and generate fewer kills.
COVENANT-CIDE

Firefight

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Firefight
Difficulty: Easy
Reward: 500

Kill 60 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking.

Not much to say: A simple Challenge you’ll pocket simply by tackling The House of Blue Leaves (see below) at the same time.

A SIDE OF HUEVOS

Special Weapon

Headshot

Campaign

Type: Special Weapon / Killstyle
Setting: Campaign
Difficulty: Easy
Reward: 1500

Kill 40 enemies with Sniper Rifle headshots in Nightfall on Normal.

Another so-easy-Justin-Bieber-could-do-it Challenge. Nightfall‘s a particularly easy level for this: it’s dark, you start with a Sniper, and you’re on a hill overlooking unsuspecting Covies — the only way Bungie could make it easier is if the Elites actively lunged into your bullets with their foreheads.

Just flip on Night Vision, take aim, and fire away. You can even skip the opening assassination of the Elite taking a leak on the Grunts below, and just headshot him from behind. (OK, so, maybe he’s not actually taking a leak; but then, what the hell is he doing there?)

When you’re done with the first Elite and two Grunts, advance to the cliff overlooking the makeshift Covenant base. Start picking off Covies until you run out of ammo or run out of enemies; then you can simply restart the level and repeat, until the Challenge Complete banner flashes onscreen.

Easy, right? Well, at least it’s a chance to use Sniper rounds on some Grunts without feeling retarded about it.

THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES

Firefight

Single Match

Kills

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

Kill 111 enemies in a single Firefight Matchmaking game on Heroic.

Tip Of The Day

This one’s actually quite tricky, since the decision you make before Matchmaking determines how, when and if you complete the Challenge. You’ve a choice between Standard Firefight and Score Attack; both have risks and rewards. There’s a lot to consider, so pull up a chair.

Standard Firefight offers you unlimited lives and three Rounds to rack up kills; however, the number of enemies varies — sometimes considerably — from map to map:

  • Match “Hazards” (things like vehicles and snipers) will still register as kills, but aren’t part of the enemy roster you need to repel for each Wave; some maps have more vehicles, some vehicles have more enemies, and some enemies — such as Waterfront’s snipers — even seem to appear at random.
  • Grunts represent another X-Factor: though their numbers are relatively set, they have an unreliable tendency to blow up themselves, each other, or both. When that happens, you’ll lose potential kills from your Challenge-count.
  • Then there remains the so-called “cooperative” element of the game, which is anything but: Standard Firefights come with three other gamers in addition to the enemies, and they’ll be looking to score kills as well. Unless they’re all with the program of dividing kills evenly, you’ll only need one superior player in the group to suck all the air out of the fight, forcing everyone else to come up short.
  • Part of this becomes balanced by the Bonus Round, but even that has issues: For one, you might not actually make it there before the timer runs out, and when enemies do appear, they can arrive as anything from Grunts to Elites to Hunters — so while just a few tougher enemies can register massive Firefight points from the Skull multipliers, you won’t notch many for your Challenge-count. You might also work a Hunter down to a thread of Health before a not-so-stray bullet from an “ally” takes the kill — all of which means you can’t rely on the Bonus Round if you’re behind in your count.

Score Attack offers almost none of those problems, but has its own set of issues.

  • Unlike standard Firefights, Score Attack offers only a limited number of lives, and only a single Round to squeeze kills into. Grunt martyrdom remains a serious impediment here, since once they kamikaze, there won’t be another Round to make up the lost points.
  • This becomes amplified in our otherwise favorite massacre-du-jour, Gruntpocalypse. About 115-120 Grunts will waddle toward you to their doom — more than enough to register the Challenge with a few skulls of confetti to spare; but it’s also just as possible that you’ll squash the final Grunt, only to find your kill-count topped off at 110.

So: problems, problems. What to do? As we said, it’s a question of what gametype you feel most confident at; but our personal recommendation is to load up Gruntpocalypse and take your chances. The random factors are more under your control — sending Suicide Grunts on their Great Journey before they do it themselves — and if you come up short, you’ll have only blown 10 minutes instead of 30.

You can also skitch the odds in your favor through hunting for the right map: battlegrounds stacked with Plasma Coils (Corvette, etc.) means you’re simply asking for accidental explosions, and unusually large maps (say, Waterfront) could lead to the timer running out before you’ve tracked down all the Grunts. Courtyard seems a good bet, with a strong defensive position at the rear terrace; as does Overlook, which features long and wide lines of sight, letting you scope Grunts even when they’re far afield.

With all this to consider, HRD is interested to hear what worked best for you — come on back here and post a comment below to let us know.