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WEEKLY CHALLENGE: LAST DAY!

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CLASSIC SACK SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


CLASSIC SACK SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: Quakeman224


CLASSIC SACK Screenshot Of The Day courtesy of Quakeman224, who strikes a pose after introducing Red Team to his 9-Iron. Thanks, QM! Everyone, click to enlarge!

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


DAILY CHALLENGES


Summary

TYPES: Completion, Kills, Killstyle, Scoring, Special Weapon
SETTINGS: Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
TOTAL TIME: 100 to 200 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★
TOTAL CREDITS: 9850

[ 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.

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

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SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: R0N RIZZLE


It’s Sunday Morning, so I thought we could use a little faith healing, with a Halo miracle brought to you by R0N RIZZLE. Thanks, Ron! 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: Kills, Special Enemy, Spree
SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
TOTAL TIME: 45-60 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★☆
TOTAL CREDITS: 4350

[ACCESS COMPLETE INTEL: CLICK HERE]

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

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SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: DGenerateKiller


After a number of artsy screenshots, we’ve got a good old fashioned portrait from DGenerateKiller, with a great-looking Spartan profile. Thanks, DGen! 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, Zero Deaths
SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Campaign, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy / Grind
TOTAL TIME: 45-60 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★☆
TOTAL CREDITS: 6525

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SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: Slim Jimmy12

Wow, a WAY cool low-gravity FX shot from new HRD reader Slim Jimmy12. Fantastic work, James! 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, Killstyle, Special Weapon, Spree
SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
TOTAL TIME: 90-120 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★☆
TOTAL CREDITS: 5800

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

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SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: G Z3RO ReMnAnT


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY today courtesy of G Z3RO ReMnAnT from the Ground Z3RO clan, which has engaged in several epic skirmishes against (and alongside) Ender Nation on several occasions. Thanks, REM! 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, Killstyle, Spree
SETTINGS: Firefight
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Grind
TOTAL TIME: 45-60 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★★
TOTAL CREDITS: 5600

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

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DEFIANT SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


DEFIANT SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: player1josh46


DEFIANT SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY today courtesy of enthusiastic site supporter player1josh46, who demonstrates that nothing quite says “badass” like Inclement Weather armor combined with a planet-sized killball. Yow! Thanks Josh….everyone, click to enlarge!

So, it’s been great fun — and, dare I say, Defiant — but after a week of dynamic DLC spectacle we’re back to our regular Screenshots tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who sent in Defiant pix! If your shot didn’t make it onto the Front Page yet, it’ll be part of the mix soon enough.

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: Kills, Meta, Special Weapon, Spree
SETTINGS: Firefight, Multiplayer, Theater/FileShare
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy / Grind
TOTAL TIME: 90-120 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★☆
TOTAL CREDITS: 6250

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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.

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DEFIANT SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


DEFIANT SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: xDawnxOfxAshesx


DEFIANT SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY today courtesy of xDawnxOfxAshesx, with an incredibly atmospheric shot that fits the map title Condemned. Thanks, DoA! Everyone, click to enlarge!

We’re running Screenshots from the Defiant Map Pack all week. Want to get on the Front Page? Start snapping some pix, 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 pix from the Internet; it should be a screenshot of YOU!


DAILY CHALLENGES


Summary

TYPES: Kills, Killstyle, Points
SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
TOTAL TIME: 60-80 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★☆
TOTAL CREDITS: 6325

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NEW WEEKLY CHALLENGE!


DEFIANT SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY


DEFIANT SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY: V Translanka


DEFIANT SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY today courtesy of longtime friend of the site V Translanka, who shows how to put out a fire on Highlands. Everyone, click to enlarge!

We’re running Screenshots from the Defiant Map Pack all week. Want to get on the Front Page? Start snapping some pix, 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 pix from the Internet; it should be a screenshot of YOU!


DAILY CHALLENGES


Summary

TYPES: Kills, Assists, Special Enemy
SETTINGS: Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy/Grind
TOTAL TIME: 100-150 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★☆
TOTAL CREDITS: 4725

(more…)

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


SCREENSHOT OF THE DAY



And we’re back.

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, Wins
SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Campaign, Firefight, Multiplayer
AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Easy
TOTAL TIME: 120-240 minutes
OVERALL VALUE: ★★★★
TOTAL CREDITS: 8800

BLASTIN’ AND RELAXIN’

Any Mode

Kills

Type: Kills
Setting: Any Game Mode
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5 minutes
Value: ★★★★★
Reward: 1350

Kill 180 enemies in any game mode in Reach.

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

  • By far the most convenient carnage remains 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: 20-30 minutes
Value: ★★★
Reward: 1000

Earn 10 assists in Firefight Matchmaking.

This is actually much harder than it sounds, though made more manageable by the relatively low number needed. 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 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 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. The Dinos — while otherwise remarkably crafty — for some reason stand and howl when they lose their Shields like a pro wrestler who just lost to 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 offers a candy store of options for notching Assists; we prefer Nadefight, which arms you with an EMP pipe for crashing 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, go in with a friend if possible; coordinating with a partner 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.
  • L.D. SPEAR

    Campaign

    Zero Deaths

    Skulls On

    Type: Completion
    Setting: Campaign
    Difficulty: Hard (solo) / Medium (co-op)
    Time: 45-120 minutes
    Value: ★★★
    Reward: 5000

    Complete Tip of the Spear on Legendary without dying, with Mythic, Thunderstorm, Tilt, and Tough Luck on.

    Tip Of The Day

    And you thought you would be spending your day with the Defiant Map Pack. Ha ha ha.

    There’s no other way to say this: You’ll probably never do this alone. (And, if you can handle a Legendary level alone without dying, you won’t need any advice from here.) This one’s practically a Weekly Challenge, and while it’s not quite Mythic difficulty — LASO/SLASO requires virtually all Skulls on — it’s pretty damn close.

    So, fair warning: if you’re tackling this, it will be out of inspiration for a personal challenge or from a completionist psychological defect. The 5K bonus is in the penthouse of daily cR rewards, but since you’ve already played the campaign, you won’t earn much besides the Challenge award, and you could easily score that many cRedits playing for half an hour on the new Defiant maps (and without the aggravation).

    Still with us? Good. OK, four Skulls on. Let’s take a look: Mythic doubles enemy health. Thunderstorm upgrades their rank — which, ha ha, combines anti-awesomely with Mythic. Tough Luck helps enemies evade damage, while Tilt modifies the damage tables, generally in Covenant favor against Spartan weapons. So, basically, just about everything the game could do to make the Covies a massive pain in the ass to kill.

    Another major problem: The level’s just so goddamn long — easily twice as long as the missions before it, and probably most of the ones after it too. It’s also filled with nonstop ways to die instantly: heavy vehicles, Hunters, Shade Turrets, Suicide Grunts, explosive weapons, Kat’s driving, all sorts of crap.

    So, while it’s true that the game scales 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. Take note, however: Tip of the Spear also features entire sequences that seem designed to eliminate the co-op exploit of Checkpointing a weak player forward after the rest of the team does the heavy lifting; no “guarding the rear flank” on this one.

    ONE OTHER NOTE: If you don’t make it through the level alive, you can’t just hit Restart; you’ll need to Save-And-Quit, then reopen the level. Otherwise, it’ll still read your progress as Challenge Failed.

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

      Legendary

    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 Challenge requires zero deaths, 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.

      You didn't really think you'd actually be able to play this part, right?

    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. For example: the game maneuvers you to neutralize the massive anti-aircraft guns by destroying their inner cores, which you can only access by blazing through a firestorm of Covie hardcores; but you can actually take out both guns simply by pounding the main turret from a distance with Rocket Hog or Revenant fire.

    So: Kat's driving, or the Falcon pilot flying into an EMP field -- which one's more retarded? (Trick question, it's a tie.)


    Your biggest danger in losing the Challenge will be as your Falcon runs the gauntlet toward Spire; any lagging Teammate will Checkpoint into a turret, so there’s no hiding — and if the Falcon goes down, it’s game over for everyone on board.

    The good news: your Falcon turret packs a Grenade Launcher with a bottomless clip rather than single shot, and without the hassle of reloading the thing actually fires pretty goddamn fast. Make use of its EMP burst to paralyze vehicles and take down Elite Shields, and always be anticipating where your next shot will need to go.

    Whew! Quite a lot to keep in mind as you try to do the Campaign’s longest level on its hardest difficulty without dying once. To help you out, here’s a two-part video walkthrough — done SOLO — by the guy who invented the so-called Mythic Difficulty. (He’s just doing it here on Legendary, though.)

    Good luck!

    PART ONE:



    PART TWO:


    UN, DEUX, TROIS

    Multiplayer

    Win

    Type: Wins
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 45-90 minutes
    Value: ★★★★
    Reward: 1450

    Win three games in Multiplayer Matchmaking.

    Not much to say here; play enough games and you’ll rack up three wins. Other than that, simply check below to use the same strategies for tackling the Weekly, which you’ll be able to work toward at the same time as pocketing this one.


    WEEKLY CHALLENGE


    CLEAR EYES, FULL HEARTS

    Multiplayer

    Win

    Type: Wins
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Grind
    Time: 90 minutes / day
    Value: ★★★★
    Reward: 7777

    Win 50 games in Multiplayer Matchmaking this week.

    And it’s just like it sounds: play enough games and you’ll rack up 50 wins. That divides almost evenly into seven wins per day; considering that today’s Un, Deux, Trois Challenge required three wins, you’ll already be almost halfway there. And, since some Dailies require as many as seven wins, this one’s little more than just a fifth Daily Challenge that you get paid for at the end of the week; besides, you’d be hanging out in Multiplayer matches anyway.

    TAKE NOTE, however: Despite what it may say on your Reach game stats page over at Bungie.net, simply finishing in the top half of a Free-For-All game will NOT register as a win for your Challenge progress here — you’ll need to place First, or not at all.

    Likewise, avoid any Objective gametypes that frequently end in a tieCapture The Flag or Assault, for example — since although your game score registers a win for both sides (that is, you both came in “first”), the Weekly Challenge is not so generous; either one team takes the top spot, or both sides lose.

    Retarded? Sure. Just think of it like that airhead girl you’ve got to put up with just so she’ll, you know…give you 7,777 cR at the end of the date. Anyway, both of these glitches mean that Team Slayer gametypes become your best option:

    • Avoid Big Team Battle and Invasion; though generally worth more cRedits, they also take longer, and you’re targeting wins here, not just cR. Plus, you can spend twice as much time in a Big Team game and still have a 50% chance of finishing without any Challenge progress; two smaller-squad games will earn just as many credits in the same time, but double your chances at a win.
    • If you’re a weaker player, you can still play a support role to earn the Challenge. Stick by at least one of your comrades to help him team-shoot, watching his back and providing cover fire. Play defensively, helping allies with assists rather than charging in for a big kill; finishing with a low score but only a few deaths is far more important than letting the other team run up their number by stacking your corpses.
    • Remember when I said to avoid Objective games? Well, just as it does with most things, Grifball breaks the rules. Games are usually quick and generally won’t end in a tie, and so all other things being equal you’ll go in with about a 50-50 of pulling Host and scoring the win.

    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.

    YOW! Why the hell is this update appearing so late? Get it together, HRD!

    Yeah, yeah, we know. Tell it to our cable company, which blanked Internet access for random sections of the neighborhood almost all morning. Something about a Covenant jamming signal? Whatever. Do it again, Time-Warner, and you’re going to get glassed.

    NOTE: NEW WEEKLY CHALLENGE!

    ENDERTORIAL



    You may have noticed some changes taking place here at HRDHQ — a bit of remodeling aboard the Pillar of Awesome, as well as a couple of new features and faces you hadn’t met before. Let me update you about what’s going on:

    The site’s experiencing more rapid expansion than we ever thought possible. Yesterday was HRD’s most heavily-trafficked day ever, in a week where nearly each day set a new record for visits and page views. Our Update-announcement thread usually appears as one of the top Reach topics on Bungie.net, and a Google search for Halo Reach Daily generally puts this site on the first page, often right at the top. The legendary mainstay Halo.Bungie.Org even featured the site yesterday in its top news.

    So, as part of that expansion, we’ve slowly made some cosmetic changes to the site: adding a Daily Summary of the combined Challenges, along with a Quickbox at the top of the sidebar, updated as soon as the new Challenges go live, so you can see them even before we post our Update; as well as showcases like Screenshot Of The Day and now our newest addition — a weekly vid from our YouTube friends over at ManeXGaming (see below).

    We’ll tweak the look and content of the site some more in the weeks to come, including adding a few new writers with a couple of useful and interesting features, as well as testing out a few ideas for making the site even more helpful on a daily basis. Don’t worry, though: Tackling the Daily and Weekly Challenges and racking up their bonus cRedits will now and always remain the centerpiece of the site. The rest is just some awesome shoulders and a tac-pad for your wrist to try on while you’re here.

    As always, your feedback’s not just welcome, but invited, so send us comments — good or bad — at haloreachdaily@live.com. And keep those Screenshots coming in!

    Thanks again, everyone, you’re incredibly cool.

    Pax,
    Ender Xer0
    ***


    MANEX MONDAY


    As part of the new features on HRD, I asked our good friends at ManeXGaming to do a regular Video Of The Week for us in place of the featured Screenshot every Monday. Their Channel over on YouTube doesn’t focus specifically on Challenges, but rather on making you a better player — and that’s exactly the point: It doesn’t much help for HRD to say “Go into Rumble Pit if you’re not particularly skilled at Rumble Pit.

    So, with that in mind, the ManeX lads have agreed to let us showcase a weekly video with an eye toward improving the type of gameplay that’ll help you nail the Challenges each day. And, between Mondays, check out the other videos on their site: They’ve got reviews, epic clips, Achievement walkthroughs, all sorts of coolness. Trust me, it’ll be time well spent.

    For our first-ever video, we have — surprise! — a Rumble Pit game with running commentary that highlights some easy but essential strategies: ideas on opening tactics, armor ability selection based on the map, anticipating your enemy’s actions and more. 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, Special Weapon, Zero Deaths
    • SETTINGS: Any Game Mode, Campaign, Multiplayer
    • AVERAGE DIFFICULTY: Medium/Easy
    • TOTAL CREDITS: 5950

    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 some 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.

    NO ‘I’ IN TEAM

    Multiplayer

    Single Match

    Assists

    Type: Assists
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Medium
    Reward: 1200

    Earn 10 assists in a Multiplayer Matchmaking game.

    The real challenge here will be not just to rack up Assists, but to collect at least a 10 in the same match; miss the mark, and you’re back to zero.

    Because of that, your best bet becomes to focus on nothing but Assists until registering the Challenge; yes, that means walking away from some otherwise deserved kills as you crash an opponent’s Shields but let another player punch his ticket. You’re flying wingman here, helping other gamers score the chick even if the party’s a free-for-all.

    Just click on the Assist-O-Rama standing link at the top of this page to see our complete guide to Not Closing The Deal. You’ll lose a few extra points by not claiming the kill yourself, but you’ll still get cR points for an Assist, and the Challenge bonus will way more make up for the ones you handed away.

    DEATHLESS SPEAR

    Campaign

    Zero Deaths

    Type: Completion
    Setting: Campaign
    Difficulty: Hard (solo) / Medium (co-op)
    Reward: 1250

    Complete Tip of the Spear on Legendary without dying.

    Tip Of The Day

    No other way to say this: You’re probably never going to do this alone. If you can handle a Legendary level without dying, you don’t need any advice from here.

    One major problem: The level’s just so goddamn long — easily twice as long as the missions before it, and probably most of the ones after too. It’s also filled with nonstop ways to die instantly: heavy vehicles, Hunters, Shade Turrets, Suicide Grunts, explosive weapons, Kat’s driving, all sorts of crap.

    So, while it’s true that the game scales up the difficulty for more players, you’ll want the three more guns at your side; otherwise, it’ll just be a very long day of Restarts. Take note, however: it’s also got entire sequences that seem designed to eliminate the co-op exploit of a weaker player hanging back while the rest of the team does the heavy lifting, Checkpointing him forward only after most bad guys have been Great Journeyed; no “guarding the rear flank” on this one.

    ALSO NOTE: If you do happen to perish midway through the level, you can’t just hit Restart; you’ll need to Save-And-Quit, then load the level again. Otherwise, it’ll still read your progress as Challenge Failed.

    The level’s much too long for a detailed walkthrough here, so instead keep in mind some strategies that help on Legendary no matter which mission you’re on:

      Legendary

    1. On Legendary, Reach becomes an almost entirely different game than its Normal difficulty; rather than the typical run-and-gun, blaze-of-glory style you might have enjoyed when first playing the missions, Legendary relies on strategy as much — and probably more — than skill. Your kung fu may be strong, but you’re not going to ninja your way out of a plasma shitstorm.
    2. Since the Challenge requires zero deaths, you’ll also need to play even more defensively— stealthy when possible, and get-the-fuck-out-of-there 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 doing it wrong.
    3. In almost every situation, look to bypass enemies and encounters entirely. You’re not working toward a Campaign score, so there’s no need to take out every enemy — or, actually, any enemy — if you can simply skip past them. After all, Reach will just get glassed anyway, yeah?
    4. To do this, keep an eye out for perimeter runs along the oustkirts of the hot zones — not only will you slip past Covies more easily, protected by natural cover, but they’ll be shooting you only from one or two directions; get caught in a crossfire and you might as well go grab a sandwich while your level restarts.

      You didn't really think you'd actually be able to play this part, right?

    5. When you can’t bypass enemies, keep a distance/headshot weapon handy for taking them out at range. Because of the geography of the level, you can find a number of positions that offer a clean line of sight for precision kills before the enemy AI even figures out where you are.
    6. Effectively skipping one encounter can often lead to bypassing the encounter that comes after it, since Covenant enemy and vehicle drops often coincide with combat progress; you might find a subsequent battleground nearly 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 to find another way in, or around, taking out an objective from range or skipping a firefight entirely. For example: the game maneuvers you to neutralize the massive anti-aircraft guns by destroying their cores, which you can only reach by blazing metal through a legion of Covie hardcores; but you can actually take out both simply by pounding the main turret from a distance with Rocket Hog or Revenant fire.

    So: Kat's driving, or the Falcon pilot flying into an EMP field -- which one's more retarded? (Trick question, it's a tie.)

    Your biggest danger in losing the Challenge will be as your Falcon runs the gauntlet toward Spire; any lagging Teammate will automatically Checkpoint into a turret, so there’s no hiding — and if the Falcon goes down, then it’s game over for everyone on board.

    The good news is your Falcon turret is a Grenade Launcher with a bottomless clip rather than single shot, and without the requirement to reload the thing actually fires pretty goddamn fast. Make use of its EMP burst to paralyze vehicles and take down Elite Shields, and always be anticipating where your next shot will need to go.

    Whew! Quite a lot to keep in mind as you try to do the Campaign’s longest level on its hardest difficulty without dying once. To help you out, here’s a two-part video walkthrough — done SOLO — by the guy who invented the so-called Mythic Difficulty. (He’s just doing it here on Legendary, so don’t worry about any Skulls.)

    Good luck!

    PART ONE:

    PART TWO:

    NOW I HAVE A MACHINE GUN

    Multiplayer

    Special Weapon

    Kills

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

    Earn 20 kills with automatic weapons in multiplayer Matchmaking.

    Yet another simple Challenge that you’ll notch in no time. 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, but anyway:

    • 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.
    • 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.


    WEEKLY CHALLENGE


    ALL IN A WEEK’S WORK

    NOTE: NEW CHALLENGE!

    Multiplayer

    Kills

    Type: Kills
    Setting: Multiplayer
    Difficulty: Grind
    Reward: 7777

    Kill 1000 enemies in Multiplayer Matchmaking this week.

    Ahh, finally, another Weekly Challenge that’s actually a challenge. Scoring 1K kills in one week sounds like an insurmountable task for which there are no shortcuts, but only the second half of that is right.

    The number seems like a towering endcap, attainable only by the truly skilled or truly crazed. But, with all week to run your counter up, it becomes implausible only if you leave it to the very end.

    One thousand divides not-so-neatly into 143 kills per day — an eminently manageable number, considering you’ve already completed Daily Challenges that required you to register up to 150 names in the dead-book. Notching that once per day simply turns this into a fifth Daily Challenge, with the massive payoff for all seven days at the end of the week.

    Also: Though we don’t know what they are yet, many upcoming Challenges — like today’s Now I Have A Machine Gun — will require you to stack Multiplayer bodies, so you’ll work this one automatically as you wrap up the Dailies during the week. If you want to clear these separately each day, however, just follow the strategies from our standard Multiplayer/Kills Challenges (see Fire When Ready, from yesterday).

    Most importantly, don’t talk yourself out of this simply because it’s intimidating; with the Bungie-sized bonus at the end of the week, each kill will net you an additional 7.7 cRedits; considering that a standard kill only awards you 4 cR, you’ll be nearly tripling your cRedit reward for your next thousand kills — but only if you finish. You’re a Spartan, okay? “Impossible” is a word for ODSTs.