20th October – Halo Reach Daily Challenges & Commentary

Not much to report from yesterday, wandered LA for a bit (Rodeo Drive etc), went to In N Out for lunch (had an awesome 3×3, Spread & onions only with a Neapolitan shake – mmmmmmmmm). Drove to San Dimas and took some pictures, then drove up PCH until it was too dark to see much so joined 101 to finish the journey to San Jose.

Since we spent about 16 hours in the car over 2 days today will be a relaxing day. Probably some time in Santa Cruz, sample some beers, chill out. Watch TBBT tonight. Tomorrow… ‘The City’, and particularly the prison on the island.

Today’s challenges are:

  1. Covenant-cide – Kill 120 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking – 3200 cR
  2. Katanarama – Kill 5 enemies with the Energy Sword in Firefight Matchmaking – 1500 cR
  3. Weapon Swap – Earn 10 sprees in a Firefight Matchmaking game on Heroic or harder – 2000 cR
  4. Hyper Lethal Vector – Kill 100 enemies with headshots in Firefight Matchmaking – 2000 cR

Commentary follows after the break…

Covenant-cide – Kill 120 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking – 3200 cR

You could do this in one game of Gruntpocalypse, 2X Score Attack or some of the other variants. 2X is good because you’re likely to get slightly more than 120 so it takes account of TKs from the Covvies.

Katanarama – Kill 5 enemies with the Energy Sword in Firefight Matchmaking – 1500 cR

The easiest way I see of getting this is playing score attack or 2x Score Attack and getting to the Elites at the end. One of them carries a sword (more than one in 2x), and will of course rush you. Once you’ve taken him out, grab the sword then go after his buddies. Fiesta Fight is your alternative, fun, option, where you may get given the sword at some point if you die and respawn.

Weapon Swap – Earn 10 sprees in a Firefight Matchmaking game on Heroic or harder – 2000 cR

Sprees are hard for weapons, especially in Firefight. I reckon Gruntpocalypse or some other easy Score Attack variant, get the 50 kills medal, then die and do another 50. You get 120 kills in Gruntpoc so it’s an easy way to do it. Alternatively use the Shotgun for three, sticky grenades, Swords, Hammers and anything else you can that gives a spree (this list on Halopedia shows all Spree medals available) to top up the killing sprees as well.

Hyper Lethal Vector – Kill 100 enemies with headshots in Firefight Matchmaking – 2000 cR

Gruntpocalypse and 2x Score Attack are great ways of doing this, you should be looking to get a lot of headshots in a game, especially if it’s on a simple map where you can line up the Grunts, like Corvette or Courtyard. If you get to a high number rather than doing a whole game again jump in Crashsite or Generator Defense and only defend until you have your total then give up the goal.

So one game of Gruntpoc could well see you getting 3 of the challenges today. That’d definitely be my plan.


41 Responses to 20th October – Halo Reach Daily Challenges & Commentary

  1. Scruff 815 says:


    Hey you! Yes, you! Do you like playing Halo: Reach? Do you like playing with other people? What a coincidence; so do I! Why don’t you consider joining me for some Impromptu RDC / Halo Social Game Night fun, tonight, Thursday 20th October? Since you mention it, I don’t care that you’re a lurker who I’ve never spoken to before, this is not a members-only club or anything!

    WHAT: Multiplayer Matchmaking, in whatever playlist we have enough people for. Premium (DLC) playlist preferred, especially as both map packs are half price right now, but it’s not a problem if people don’t have them.
    WHEN: Thursday 20th October, 8.15pm UK time (that’s 3.15pm Eastern) onwards.
    HOW: Add my Gamertag (Scruff 815) or join anyone else who’s in attendance.
    WHY: Because Halo is fun.

  2. Scruff 815 says:

    Argh. I was 1 kill and 12 headshots away from getting all of these in one game of 2x Score Attack.


    Stupid bloody Brutes blowing themselves up…

    Matthew – or anyone else familiar with LA for that matter – what’s the driving like there? Always wanted to go but the thought of being permanently stuck in traffic jams, plus the whole foreign driving thing, has always put me off.

    • I thought one might be able to get these in one game. I checked my only deathless game of 2x SA and saw that I got 10 sprees. I think I’ll try it tonight, either with the sniper/DMR loadout all the way, or go sniper, then suicide for the AL loadout. I just stayed in the original spawn room and let them all come to me for the prior game.


      • Argh. I got distracted by vintage Transformers and G.I. Joe on HUB network last night, so I fell asleep before attempting the challenges. Maybe I’ll give it a go anyway just to see if I can do it in one game anyway.

        Is anyone excited about the custom challenges coming with Anniversary? I wonder just how many cRs one can earn from these, and how they plan to keep people from farming cR using these. Maybe that’s why they’re paying out so much now?

  3. Project shave says:

    For FF, I plug in my 2nd controller, hop into doubles on Corvette, select armor lock (so you get the shotgun, sprees!), then with the 2nd controller, select the sprint class (sniper rifle!). Then sign out with your 2nd controller, you’ll go back to full screen and voila! You’ll have a shotty, sniper rifle, and as many enemies as you can kill within 20 minutes! I usually get around 250 kills. Have fun!

  4. LolGTFOplz says:

    From what i hear, my dad samples a 30 pack everyday.

    Anywho, got to finish up shopping for Las vegas tonight, then going to see 50/50 with the lady and @RainingMammoths. Challenges will be put on the back burner till later tonight. Anyone ever been to Las Vegas? What should i expect? it is a business trip, so it shouldn’t be too bad.

    To think of it, i’ve never traveled west past chicago, (i’m from new york). only traveled east to europe, and down to florida. It will be exciting to head out west for once.

    Good luck with challenges everyone. They seem pretty easy enough today, and it wont be as big of a pain in the butt as the 200 supercombines were. lol.

    • callupchuck says:

      Las Vegas is west, but not really representative of the “West Coast”. Well the amount of stuff that goes down there could make Vegas its own “Coast” culture. I’ve been to Vegas a few times, but haven’t been there after turning 21.

      I always enjoy gambling enough for a nice dinner, so, huzzah for $20 buy-in tables. Shows are overrated, but doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go. “The Strip” is also overrated, there’s many other places to check out. Also, the city never sleeps and neither should you. 🙂

    • chriscray says:

      I’m not a gambler, but I know my way around a bottle! And I love food too. You can find cheap drinks, damn good cheap food in Vegas. But there are tourist traps too. I love Vegas just to people watch, and high end “escort” watch!

  5. Deaf Phantom says:

    this was too easy lol i like it

  6. Shamboola says:

    Fellow Halo Reach Daily Challengers,

    I live in Pasadena in LA and can tell you that the driving is just fine. The freeways can get crowded but I truoy do not feel that it is any worse than other part of the country/world. I have driven in NY, Atlanta, Paris, London, Madrid and all can be daunting to someone unfamiliar with the territory. That being said, the GPS maps in autos that provide a soothing vioce to guide your journey, change all of that and allow you to enjoy the trip without stressing about missing that crucial turn.

    LA has some very pretty areas, whether it be the beach, the mountains, or the desert. In my opinion, PCH is one of the most beautful drives in the world. There is the breezy beach feel of Santa Monica/Venice, the staid timelessness of Pasadena, and the tony movie star vibe of Beverly Hills/Sunset Blvd. Just cruise with the top down in January in 80 degree weather and you will understand why we still love it here even with all of our petty troubles.

    As far as Reach is concerned, my son is closing in on inclement weather (400k credits to go but that is not so far now) and is deep into General at Grade 2 and will ultimately snag Field Marshall.

    Matt, take care and be safe and the same to the rest of you…..


    • Scruff 815 says:

      Thank you for your tips! I’m not accustomed to driving whilst on holiday; I tend to have been only to places where everything is accessible by foot / cheap public transport. But there’s so much in and around LA that I want to get to see. Ah well, one day…

    • SamCiphus says:

      I honestly think that Paris is the hardest city to drive in. Being an older city, it has a tendency for narrow, poky, one-way laneways, and having TWO different signs for a deadend didn’t help the situation. (neither did the fact that they were in French, haha.)

      In terms of Halo, i’m going to attempt these challenges in one game of 2X SA
      on Courtyard, i generally camp the far end of the walkway, and the grunts, jackals and brutes go down easily with headshots. (jackals because as they’re coming up the ramps they don’t use their shields.) obviously skirmishers are easy to headshot, because of their oversized head areas, and then i’ll pray that i get the invisible elite group, pick up a sword and go to town! Going for the sprees may see me comminting suicide however.

  7. Shamboola says:

    Vegas is a study in how excess can work if it is compressed into one crazy locale. I am not a gambler but it is intersting to watch the sunburned nut cases feverishly throw their money down into a endless pit of nothing and enjoy the visual smorgasboard that is Sin City. Blue Man Gorup is worth the effort and ticket price as is Cirqu Du Solei. Elton John has a show that i would enjoy seeing.

    Just chill and enjoy the trip….


  8. SW1NE FLU says:

    I’ve been working the last few days so im about to be nuts deep in halo I gotta get these easy challenges and I’m like 5 kills from the weekly. It’s gunna be a great afternoon lol

  9. Shane says:


    I thought the Alcatraz tour was well worth it – especially since you can take pictures of your family / spouse behind bars.

    If you’re after a nice French restaurant, Cafe Claude is a nice place downtown. Otherwise, Dosa on Filmore, 2223 on Market, La Méditerraneé on Filmore, Hunan Home’s on Jackson St., or Pasion on Irving. Mamas is meant to serve great breakfast / brunch but I tried to go on a Sunday (mistake!).

    Vesuvio is a really nice bar (Jack Kerouac territory). Nearby, Church Key has an impressive selection of tasty local and foreign beers. Zeitgeist is good if you like dirty rock bars with beer gardens. Bourbon & Branch has a great pretend-speakeasy thing where you give the password at the door and everyone pretends it’s prohibition times. Pricey but great cocktails and a knowledgeable staff. The neighbourhood is a little sketchy.

    Philz coffee just tastes damn good. They have a few locations.

    At this point in the post, I hope you did mean SF!

    • Chris says:

      Good stuff.

      @ Matthew: Some other places that are MUST SEE (and lesser known) in San Francisco are:

      1. Twin Peaks — You can see EVERYTHING from there! The city and Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz — all in one breathtaking view!

      2. Sausalito side of the Golden Gate Bridge. That is the mountains to the Northwest of the GG Bridge. It is breathtaking! You can visit some of the old World War I and II battery locations too…and hardly anyone goes up there.

      3. Lucasfilm headquarters — It is in the Presidio — the former military base on the south side of the Golden Gate Bridge. Just look for the “Letterman Digital Arts Center.” On several days of the week, you can go inside and see some props from STAR WARS. There is a cool Yoda fountain outside too.

      4. Muir Woods — Just about three miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, it is a park run by the National Parks Service. It costs just $5 to get in — and you walk through some of the most majestic Giant Redwood trees ever! The drive to it is pretty nice too.

      5. Golden Gate Park — There is so much to do there, I can’t list it all. From the magnificent musical concourse…to the giant Dutch Windmill across from the ocean…to the Flower conservatory…to the Japanese tea garden….to the great museums…to the buffalo…to the waterfalls — that place has it all!

      6. Alamo Square Park — The “Painted Ladies” houses (aka “Seven Sisters”) that are featured on many movies and TV shows is just up the road from Golden Gate Park and Twin Peaks. It is a nice place for a picnic…and a phenomenal view of the city behind the houses.

      7. Pigeon Point Lighthouse — Just drive up Highway 1 from Santa Cruz…and you get the most scenic views. You can see whales from this picturesque lighthouse — one of the oldest along the west coast. There is a great little hostel at the lighthouse…and not too many people are there. You can drive the rest of the way up Highway 1 for some fantastic views up toward Pacifica…and eventually make it into the city…or take Highway 92 to “San Mateo” and enjoy the trip up Interstate 280 — voted one of America’s most beautiful interstates.

      8. Stanford University — You can spend lots of time there! The free Cantor Arts Museum is awesome — and contains many fantastic sculptures from Rodin (including THE GATES OF HELL and THE THINKER). The “Memorial Church” on campus — where Steve Jobs had his funeral a couple of days ago — is magnificent and free to visit (even just for the architecture). You can go to the top of Hoover Tower ($2) and see the entire area. After you visit, you can stop by nearby University Ave. for a very Parisian-style shopping/dining experience.

      9. Lich Observatory atop Mt. Hamilton — San Jose’s highest point…and it offers great views and a free tour.

      10. Jelly Belly Factor — Fairfield. A free tour (with free jelly beans) is very cool. It is like Willy Wonka Part 2. You can also stop by Six Flags Discovery Kingdom just a few miles down the road.

      Good luck on your trip!!! We live in Palo Alto, so we get out and enjoy the scenery quite often.

      • Chris says:

        BTW, the views from Sausalito side of the Golden Gate Bridge are the images most associated with the bridge. You can see the city, Alcatraz, Oakland, the bay, and the ocean in one view.

        Plus, you can visit the Point Bonita Lighthouse too. It really is a beautiful and hardly-visited place!

  10. Chris says:

    Okay…here is a dumb question: When I play Gruntpocalypse, I am by myself and make no progress toward the 100 kills for the Daily Challenge.

    Is there a special way to start the game and do this?

    Yes, I am an Xbox Live Gold member and signed in. However, I can’t find Gruntpocalypse except through FIREFIGHT from the main menu (rather than MATCHMAKING).

    How do I get to Gruntpocalypse through Matchmaking?

  11. TheSletchman says:

    Gotta love some Firefight Friday. I go to a game with friends in the afternoon and can knock 4/4 over in half an hour. Thankfully we don’t get stuff like that pink mist one. Gonna try do them all in a single game of fiesta.

  12. Zidane says:

    Just read challenges for Friday, I am presuming if we compete the 3 we get the fourth and done? What a weird daily!

    • BJ2603 says:

      As I’ve just finished them, sadly the answer is no. 7777 cR begging to be had… But alas, it is impossible.

      343, you’ve dropped the ball on this one…

    • Ruensig99 says:

      i did the 3 and have yet to recieve credit for the fourth.

      • Zidane says:

        It didn’t read right, they have changed a challange during a day before so hope they have clocked this one!

    • Paul says:

      this has only appeared as a weekly before 😕 – I agree it’s not possible as a daily!

    • Sean says:

      I was thinking same thing – a very odd daily challenge. the fact that is doesn’t actually work makes it even more so. perhaps they will fix it as the day progresses. I would assume they;d get tons of feedback on the fact that it isn’t working.

    • thegoatboy says:

      I was wondering the same. In order to complete Your Daily Dose you have to complete four daily challenges, but if that IS one of the four how do you complete it? I would love to get 7777cR for a daily.

      Nicely done 343.

  13. Zidane says:

    I wonder if anyone finishes the weekly today (a fourth challenge) will it trigger it?

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