Halo Reach Weekly Challenge & Commentary – w/c 25th April

This week’s challenge is below, click Read More to view the commentary:

Endure: The Return – Complete four sets on any Firefight map in co-op play on Heroic or harder – 10000 cR

If you click on Read More you can also read the commentary on this challenge…

Endure? Anyone else get the reference? So if you got this achievement in ODST you’ll know what it’s about.

My very first thought is ‘it doesn’t say Matchmaking’ – which implies there’s a possibility of doing this with two players or more in co-op on a hand made game type. So select the Firefight option from the main menu, get a squad together and jump into a game. A set is 4 rounds (3 normal and a bonus), and a normal round is 5 waves. So 64 waves when you consider the bonus a wave and you’re done.

You can change all the settings yourself quite easily, if you want it quickly done download my Firefight Invincible game type from Bungie.net and have fun wiping wave after wave of Elite Squad from the face of Reach (or the skies if you do the recommended and play on Corvette). Squad up with some buddies and just play through it.

Update – One of the key things we found yesterday if you should keep playing into the fifth set – the game doesn’t seem to recognise the end of the fourth until you’ve moved on. In fact it’s better to just keep playing until it tells you it’s completed, just to be sure.

There are ways of speeding it up – obviously infinite health, shields, very powerful weapons and weak enemies are good. Grunts can come out faster and be easier to kill.

To the guy who posted his fast gametype a few times a while ago – this is the point to pimp it out my friend.

If you want to arrange a squad meetup and Firefight session please put your Gamertag and time to play in the comments during the week.

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111 Responses to Halo Reach Weekly Challenge & Commentary – w/c 25th April

  1. Sergeant Jinto says:

    I wonder if we’re able to use our modified firefight gametypes on this? I’m off to test!

  2. Sergeant Jinto says:

    YES! YOU CAN! I have my “1,000,000 points in 10 minutes” firefight gametype loaded, and the Endure: The Return” challenge is still highlighted which means it’s valid for achieving during that match!

  3. Sergeant Jinto says:

    It works if you co-op with a guest controller as well.

    • Matthew Vose says:

      Yes, but you run the risk of being banned. Not sure quite how it carries into the Firefight option but I wouldn’t risk it until we have some sort of proof it’s okay.

      • Sergeant Jinto says:

        I just finished my match, and it worked out just fine. Half an hour’s work for 10,000 credits isn’t bad!

        Heck, with the invincibility turned on, you can make it ‘legit’ by running around with your guest controller for a wave, then your account for a wave and so on and so forth.

      • Joshua Dancer says:

        Why would you get banned for it?

      • Jonny says:

        Their network is clever enough to see people “boosting” with inactive 2nd, 3rd or 4th players (depending on how many controllers you connect) and you get punished for it

      • Chris says:

        Their always watching you best to wear a hat made from silver foil whilst playing ….. you ain’t seen me right .

        name withheld at
        editors discretion.

    • blackowl911 says:

      just did it WITHOUT CHEATING….did not get it….WTF????

      • blackowl911 says:

        just wasted an hour and a half for 435cr

      • Nick says:

        Same with me. I spent an hour on this cause I don’t have a speed game type set up, so it took 15 minutes a set. And I didn’t get the challenge. Maybe the thing is glitched or something

      • nic says:

        it didnt work

      • iamlordmichael says:

        if your doing it with your custom firefight, you have to set it for 5 rounds. you will beat 4 rounds then when it hits 5 you have completed the challenge.

  4. Shobaleader One says:

    custom firefight map – all grunts, invulnerable, no bonus round, rocket launcher + fuel rod load out. get yourself and 3 friends on corvette and you’ll have this in around 25 minutes

  5. Scruff UK says:

    Can’t believe how easy this is… I also suggest increased speed for your Spartan, and jet-pack in the loadout just for quick access to any enemies hiding up top.

    Anyway, if anyone else wants to grind this out as quickly as possible later today, add me, GT is the same as my name on here. Should be on in a few hours from now 🙂

  6. Edward (GT: Marshy 40) says:

    Just completed the challenge using my special firefight map. I did not tweak any settings, so it took me 40 minutes for the 4 sets. I dare say you can make each round go faster.

  7. Clone 066 says:

    I’ll probably grind it out with a friend on split screen co-op.

  8. michael (DR HIGGLESTEIN) says:

    You would think that it would be ok to sign in a guest controller and leave it idle the whole time since its a Firefight Custom game. I remember Back when we had the challenge where we could use the Firefight Custom gametype, I remember i played with a couple of my friends while i just sat there in the game doing nothing since i already had the challenge. So i would think it is ok to AFK in a custom game, or atleast i hope. I am going to do this challenge in a little while with a guest signed in and im not going to move the guest at all til the challenge is over just to see. : /

    • Wes says:

      Here is how to do it.

      While in your Halo Reach, do a file search on Gamer “Ender Xer0”, then download his game “ENDURE: The Return”.
      Play it in firefight (don’t forget to plug in an extra controller – no need for the extra id to be a gold member).

      Play through the 4 rounds, and you got the 10k.

      • bobby g says:

        I did what you said and complete about 8 rounds and the challenge still never said completed so I ended the game and it still wasnt there. did I do something wrong? Thanks

  9. Chris Atreides says:

    I love it, I love the site and I especially love NO laso!!! Great week to all.


  10. Don says:

    I did it in 36 minutes with an unmanned second controller. Did a Gruntpocalypse (or as I named it “Exterminator” after the below custom settings).

    Play on Corvette with your favorite heavy weapon. I did rockets.

    Bottomless cup of ammo
    Infinite armor ability usage with the jetpack
    Low grave
    Disable drop ships
    15 second bonus rounds

    Just start it up move to the center of the hanger and just keep jetpacking in the air from the middle there. You will have a almost clear line of sight on all 6 doors. You can rest your jetpacking between rounds. Bonus rounds will go by so fast that sometimes the grunts wont even be able to shoot at you before they fall over dead.

    The Weekly wont pop until you start the 5 set. Just like in ODST. Only you will have wasted around 30 minutes of your time rather than 2 hours.

    Oh, and yes get your friends in on the game to cut the time down to 20 minutes or less for this weekly.

  11. SangheiliSean says:

    what dose it mean by 4 “sets”
    is that matches, or what?

    • Matthew Vose says:

      Sorry, I wrote that bit out, then scrapped the post because I didn’t like it but forgot to add the detail in – I’ve added it again, but basically a set is 3 normal rounds and one bonus round.

    • Clone 066 says:

      Did you read the link? 4 sets is 60 waves. Said that in the first paragraph.

      • Clone 066 says:

        Sorry I sounded like a d**k right there. My bad, didn’t mean too.

      • Matthew Vose says:

        Well done Clone. As I said, I forgot to mention that so added it back in after Sean asked his question.

      • Jonny says:

        Clone you didn’t sound like a dick at all, SangheiliSean looked like a dick for asking 😉

  12. Subject 6x says:

    Definitely looking for a squad to help me with this one, willing to do it with or without the invincible variant, my gamertag is the same as my name above, I can be on Wednesday all day or 2 nite or 2moro after 9pm eastern, sorry have class b4 that help a brother out peace

  13. wnwoody says:

    Wow! I can’t believe Bungie is making the weekly challenge so easy. Oh well… I will proudly take it. I don’t have many friends who have Halo Reach, so I guess I will have to get my girlfriend’s son to co-op with me, later this afternoon.

  14. Joshua Dancer says:

    Thanks to whoever came up with this challenge. A warning, though: I did this in local co-op using the invincible download and I’m pretty sure I didn’t get the 10,000 cR. I did get the achievements though, so that’s something.

  15. kilofreak says:

    i just did this challenge twice and it wont recognize me for it

  16. thefiredgoon says:

    This is AWESOME!! Thank goodness we got Bungie lookin’ out for us!

  17. kilofreak says:

    is there anything special i gotta do?

  18. kilofreak says:

    just finished my third time and it still wont give it to me what the fu!!!!!

  19. Joshua Dancer says:

    Things I have to ask: Are you playing co-op? Is difficulty Legendary or Heroic? Are you completing 4 sets? The gap between saying you’d completed it twice and then three times seemed awfully short.

  20. headlesPrincess says:

    Thanks for all the great tips! makes all the challenges so much easier 🙂

  21. Tom says:

    Ok TWO THINGS you need to make sure:

    1. Be sure there is a second player with you (it may be just a controller logged in)

    2. Go for 5 sets in your game options. The game might end to early with 4 sets, but with 5, you can just leave the game when you get the credits after four rounds.

  22. Jay says:

    Modded gametypes do not work me and my friends tryed it and it did not work.

    • Joshua Dancer says:

      Modded game types definitely work as several of us have already completed this using them. Check your difficulty setting and make sure you’re completing four full sets.

    • Chris says:

      Best to select the challenge from the list so it takes you to correct area then select your mod version of ff and then check that the challenge is highlighted (ie active ) after you start the game. Otherwise as they say your pi**ing in the wind . 🙂


  23. Devon says:

    I’m available to play it. I have a Map set up. The gt is l Dr Zoidberg l

  24. Alistair says:

    Yepp you can definately do it on local… Easiest weekly challenge ive seen

  25. Nick says:

    Maybe dumb question…everybody is talking about doing this with a custom game etc, but you CAN do this in Firefight Matchmaking, right? That still counts as co-op doesn’t it? Sure, it’ll take longer but I feel like there will be enough Fire dailies this week that the weekly will take care of itself.

    • Matthew Vose says:

      Jump into Matchmaking, pause and check the challenges to see if it’s still available to complete – then report back if the challenge was active or not please.

      • Nick says:

        Good idea, but don’t hold your breath, I won’t be able to do that until this evening. Someone else want to check it out?

      • Nick says:

        SO- I just did a Firefight Arcade match and it did NOT say that the challenge could not be completed currently. So we’ll see what happens.

    • British GM says:

      “on any Firefight map”… i think this has to be done in one game. Firefight limited only lets you do 1 Set. Not played Firefight classic so don’t know if it can be done in that…

    • Justin says:

      No, since FF Matchmaking is only 1 set per game.

      • Nick says:

        True, but I didn’t interpret the wording of the challenge to mean it had to be in one game. To me the wording doesn’t preclude doing 4 separate arcade matches on one map and still getting it. But if others are sure, I believe them.

  26. michael (DR HIGGLESTEIN) says:

    I just finished the challenge. When i checked the challenge at the pause screen and i had completed it i was on wave 66, round 12, set 4.

    • Chris Atreides says:

      Doctor, did you use the FF Invicible download? Thanks brother.


      • michael (DR HIGGLESTEIN) says:

        I used the IGN Firefight by Kidriver. Atleast thats what i think it said his name was. I just changed it to no Dropships, 15 second bonus rounds and put some Elites in there in place of Grunts.

      • Chris Atreides says:

        Thanks, I just downloaded a few game types from the Bungie site. I’ll copy and paste that name in and see what comes up.

  27. s1len7e says:

    looking for weekly partners for this endure one: xbl gt- s1len7e tell me your from this forum in the msg please so i know why / who you are =] thanks! im down to play whenever with whoever as long as we all get this challenge

  28. Fadi kun says:

    You could do Firefight Arcade couldn’t you?

    • John says:

      Nope, too short as are any of the other Firefight matchmaking games (Firefight Limited, Score Attack)

  29. Ben says:

    If anyone whats to help me with it my gt is Ben45789 send me a msg 🙂

  30. thatbradcoleman says:

    Hey…help…anyone wanna invite me to a game to complete this…tried it twice and maybe me and my friend is doing something wrong…thatbradcoleman is my gamertag…please add me and help if u can.

  31. Blood Nanokrest says:

    Ya I need 3 other people who are will to play right now, my name is my gamertag, im on right now

  32. travis says:

    hey guys i need a name of the custom game types yall have im looking for them but cant find any

    • Chris says:

      I used “1Million IN 14mins.” by N3PH1 , because I already had the file and I’m a lazy git
      so as said above ……

      “Best to select the challenge from the list so it takes you to correct area then select your mod version of ff and then check that the challenge is highlighted (ie active ) after you start the game”

      Proceed to blast away merrily for 25-30 mins and there she blows … one weekly challenge done

      Hope this helps … regards

  33. travis says:

    can anybody help me and if you can send me a message on xbox live gt twebb1996

  34. Jason says:

    looking for someone to get this one done—gt…axel foley thanks

  35. GehNgiS says:

    I did 4 sets and did not get it !?

    Any idea why ?

    2 XBL Players
    bottomless clip

  36. Sarah says:

    So yeh, tried to do it on firefight invincible as suggested but it doesnt work!
    did 4 sets with my friend and didnt get it…seriously wtf!?

    • Justin says:

      As mentioned before, you have to go into the 5th set for it to switch over and finish the challenge. That sort of glaring error is really weird for Bungie to make, but that’s just the way it is.

      • Chris says:

        “but that’s just the way it is. …. some things will never change ” would make a good song lyric that 🙂

        I’ll get me coat ……


    • sanj10 says:

      same thing happened to me

    • Chris says:

      See reply to Travis above , its does work …… seriously seriously …:) ffs


  37. Jesse says:

    Don’t just set it to 4 sets, because that doesn’t work. Set it to 5 sets, finish the 4th, and let it start the 5th set. Once the 5th set starts, you will get the challenge and the +10000 credits thing will pop up and you can end the game. I found this out the hard way, but luckily we sped things up and got it knocked out in 20 minutes both times.

  38. cinninger says:

    Looking for 3 other people who are will to play right now, my name is my gamertag.

  39. Jason says:

    let’s do this…gamertag– axel foley

  40. Mine didnt work either, and trust me i did it right, ballllllls.

  41. i just did this earlier and doing it in a custom FF game with friends DOES work. make sure you play into the next round, our “challenge complete” didn’t pop up until we’d started a new round.

  42. Wes says:

    Here is how to do it.

    While in your Halo Reach, do a file search on Gamer “Ender Xer0″, then download his game “ENDURE: The Return”.
    Play it in firefight (don’t forget to plug in an extra controller – no need for the extra id to be a gold member).

    ** Play through the 4 rounds, and you got the 10k….. but!!! after you finish the four rounds, don’t just quit.. linger in the game, and you’ll see your Cr awarded.

    • Daniel Maloney says:

      Worked perfectly! Had a lot of fun killing those Hunters in low grav with my bro. Didn’t know you could make it so the guns didn’t have to reload! Sick!!!

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  44. Erica Dashel says:

    I gotta agree that the custom game setup from Ender Xer0 works. The problem is your custom game is setup for maximum points, not to finish rounds . Ender’s custom settings are set up for finishing rounds, so the game goes a lot faster. I did it the Endure Return challenge this morning with a friend, using those settings, and it took me about 17 minutes, tops.

  45. Tim Everitt says:

    Well that was easy. Wonder how many that didnt have it, got the 1,000,000 point achievement while grinding this out.

  46. Just completed this with a friend. Got all the achievements. Using Lore’s file, took exactly 30 minutes for 2 people to get just about 1 million each, but that also includes the legendary challenge as well.
    I did not have it so it worked out well. thx for the file

  47. Kenji says:

    gamertag is sovgaz

  48. SuvjectTango says:

    Who wanna do this?! Add me, SubjectTango, need 5 sets.

  49. Scruff UK says:

    Anyone still having problems with this, please actually read all of the above comments! Reposting Wes’s comment from above:

    Here is how to do it.

    While in your Halo Reach, do a file search on Gamer “Ender Xer0″, then download his game “ENDURE: The Return”.
    Play it in firefight (don’t forget to plug in an extra controller – no need for the extra id to be a gold member).

    ** Play through the 4 rounds, and you got the 10k….. but!!! after you finish the four rounds, don’t just quit.. linger in the game, and you’ll see your Cr awarded.

    To put it simply:
    1- Download the game type above
    2- Load it up in Firefight – make sure you’re playing with a second controller logged in, or a friend online. Play on Corvette because it’s the smallest map and you can hit the Covenant spawn points pretty easily.
    3- Play, play, play. You need to complete four sets (which will be four bonus rounds), and the fifth set needs to start before the challenge registers as complete. Depending on how you play it and how many of you there are, this could take up to 40 minutes to complete.

    If you do that, this *will* work.

    I’d help you guys out but I already did it yesterday with someone off here, and it’s not that much fun as far as challenges go so I have no real desire to go through it again if I’m not getting any credits! 😉

  50. ChaplainBellew says:

    just tryed to do weekly and i failed and kinda ticked off hoping to try one more time before work have an hour and a half GT is ChaplainBellew send invite if u wish to help

  51. ChaplainBellew says:

    and if i had a second controller id do it that wa but i kinda need some one to help me out on this one or at least show me haow to set it up

  52. NFI says:

    Did the weekly yesterday. Used a firefight (custom) gametype – not sure the exact file, but it was one of the “1,000,000 Points in 10 Minutes” type games. Legendary on Corvette. Don’t know which skulls were on – I didn’t change any settings. Weapons were FRG and Launcher, by default, and Invulnerable was on for sure.

    Enemies were all elites (the bright yellow/gold ones – not certain of rank). One shot with FRG was enough to kill them, and the bonus rounds were FLOODED with enemies, so you just keep blasting lol.

    As stated in other posts, I did the challenge with two controllers plugged in. First two sets I switched up controllers alone, girlfriend played last two sets (I was using her account for the second controller anyway). It’s possibly important to note that the weekly didn’t complete until the start of the fifth wave, as previously mentioned by others – but more importantly, there was no indication when it happened, and the only way I knew to check was that my girlfriend’s account had the popup for earning the “One Down, 51 To Go” achievement for completing a weekly challenge.

    So before you get frustrated and smash the controller down, be sure to hit start and check to see if the challenge is complete or not lol. If I hadn’t been playing with someone who didn’t have the achievement for a weekly, I wouldn’t have had any indication at all that I had completed the weekly challenge.

    Hope this helps someone, and happy blasting to you all 😉

    Add me if you want to play a game or three sometime – I’m always up for some Reach!

    Gamertag: NightFall INC

  53. SensoryFour34 says:

    Did the Challenge yesterday with my own gametype and an empty controller. I switched it up every so often, but used my own more. It only takes an hour or so. I also ended up getting Unfrigginbelievable!

  54. This challenge is not that complicated. I am not sure why you all are having issues with it.
    First off, look at the file that Lore has allowed us all to download.
    Look at the settings. Learn about what it is and what he did so you dont need to rely on someone else to be able to complete the challenges. Its good to pool our information, but wouldnt it better to figure it our for your self.
    You dont need to search for any files as mentioned above, if you want to the game to move faster, change the enemy from Elite to grunts.

    Also, as mentioned above, wait until it the screen pops up telling you that you completed the challenge. DO NOT QUIT until you see it. Once you start the 5th set, after the 4th bonus round, it will take a moment to show up. Hit the start button and see if the challenge is highlighted white or if it says completed.
    This file is great for the achievements and this challenge. Especially if you can figure how to change it up.
    Using the second controller is a great option if you have no else to play with. Might take longer, but the achievements will come quickly.
    Me and a friend did this in 30 minutes exactly. We dragged it out so he could get all of his achievements completed.
    I am not sure why this is, but you dont get to keep any of the medals that you earn in these games.
    I checked all over bungie.net profile and I could not find them.
    I got the 15 sticky, head shots, etc.. all no where to be found. i dont think we can post pictures here and not to sure with the links either. so I will just post the info on my site.
    I think i will make a video for youtube on setting up this challenge.

    • Edward (Marshy 40) says:

      The medals are in your profile, but you need to change the drop-down list to “Custom Game” to see them.

      • Chris says:

        They don’t appear , least not for me (shows me as having only ever played one custom game ) , which is understandable with invincibility,over powered weapons etc be like awarding medals for cheating the game .Not a lot of skill involved in this challenge so why would you award medals as well ?


      • Edward (Marshy 40) says:

        Strange though. Here’s my info: you can see that I got an inconceivable medal, which you can only get in a custom game (kill 500 without dying).

        Custom FF Medals

      • Chris says:

        I’m with you now , was looking in wrong place under Corvette not custom …. durr Forest 🙂


  55. Ninpo Pandemic says:

    Hey, if anyone wants to do this, add me and message me! For some reason people keep turning this challenge down… they just have no idea how easy it could be. Knowledge is power… GT is Ninpo Pandemic!!

  56. Corporal Alexei says:

    Anyone else already thinking about New Alexandria LASO next week? Or is only me that can’t enjoy this week’s easy challenge with that one looming? 🙂

  57. Marshy,
    You are the man! Thank you for pointing this out to me.
    Its nice to know that it was not done for just the challenge.
    I compared our medals – lets see if I get this link correct!!

  58. Spencer6213 says:

    GT is Spencer6213, looking for someone to Co-op with for this WC, friend me and send me a message saying that you’re from this site. I already have a game ready to go and will be online for the rest of tonight. Thanks and happy to help.

    • Spencer6213 says:

      I’m available tonight until 11:00 and tomorrow night, and most of the weekend, if anyone is on now I’d really appreciate the help, or if you’d like to set something up for later that’s fine too. Thanks in advance.

  59. Volantdreadknux says:

    I am online now for an hour if anyone wants to do this my gamertag is volantdreadknux pls iv got an hour to do this or I will be on most of tomorrow at 12pm Sydney time

  60. Scott says:

    Finished the weekly yesterday. I was paranoid about using an empty second controller so convinced the wife to play. After 2 or 3 minutes of her running in circles with her gun in the air, she actually did quite well and we had a blast. Of course, it helped being invincible thanks to the handy game type I downloaded from Matt (thanks btw, and I also sent a friend request from SMRT123 if you ever feel like playing some multiplayer!). After i showed her how to melee we ended up in a boxing match for a solid couple of minutes which escalated into a gunfight and then grenade war. When all was said and done I realized I was only 16 kills from the unfrigginbelievable medal… guess I’ll have to convince her to play again sometime!

  61. Spencer6213 says:

    Please if anyone is out there my tag is Spencer6213 and I’m starting to get desperate, I already have a gametype ready to go and any help is greatly appreciated. I know it takes time, but this is the easiest 10,000 cR ever.

  62. John says:

    Ready and willing here if anyone else is to give this challenge a go – I’m on UK time so will probably be available for a couple more hours tonight and tomorrow evening as well. Would prefer doing a non-invincible game type but will settle for just getting it done.

    gamtertag is JohnMcL7 (that’s the letter L then 7, not 17)


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