25th October – Halo Reach Daily Challenges & Commentary

Did I ever tell you all I love Mexican? Had a great burrito last night, which pretty much completes the world tour of food I want whenever I visit the US. Although there is still a Chinese I want to visit.

Today some chilling out in downtown SJ to visit some of the older shops and see the town I’ve actually been staying in. 🙂

The challenges for today are:

  1. Covenant-cide – Kill 120 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking – 3200 cR
  2. Hyper Lethal Vector – Kill 200 enemies with headshots in Firefight Matchmaking – 3000 cR
  3. Pod Kettle Black – Kill 15 Elite drop pods in The Long Night of Solace – 2343 cR
  4. Vengeance Found – Earn your ‘Revenge’ in a multiplayer Matchmaking game – 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.

Hyper Lethal Vector – Kill 200 enemies with headshots in Firefight Matchmaking – 3000 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.

Pod Kettle Black – Kill 15 Elite drop pods in The Long Night of Solace – 2343 cR

This is NOT trying to destroy drop pods in the ground based combat. This is when you play Long Night of Solace from Rally Point Alpha and you’re in the space combat section. After the first section defending the station, you take on a Covvie Corvette. That Corvette launches fighters at you. At the same time, it also launches 6 pods (2 groups of 3) from the bottom of the ship towards the planet. You can see them streak away. You can’t target them with missiles, and you have to be close to shoot them, but those are the Elite Drop Pods. It registers your kills after each wave have disappeared (entered Reach’s atmosphere). So go into that bit of the mission and fly beneath the corvette taking out all the pods you can and you’ll get it easy.

Vengeance Found – Earn your ‘Revenge’ in a multiplayer Matchmaking game – 2000 cR

Revenge is when you kill the guy who killed you. Chances are you’ll pick this up naturally, especially if a camper kills you and doesn’t move. That said, there are some maps that seem to make it easier, particularly ones where you can get back to someone really quickly. Team SWAT on Asylum’s good because you can snipe the guy who took you out from afar. I like Countdown because the high platform by the jets and ramps is always a killing zone that’s easy to get to and you’ll often find your killer there. Infection might be good if you’re the zombie and you get shot by a human and can then take them out. Grifball’s also excellent as it becomes a big melee you can get back to your killer quickly, especially those who stay near your spawn zone.


33 Responses to 25th October – Halo Reach Daily Challenges & Commentary

  1. thegoatboy says:

    Pod Kettle Black… who mentioned this challenge recently????

    200 hundred headshots in FFM. That’s a little grindy, but I will do it… I am a cR junkie.

  2. easy challenges almost to NOBLE 144,782 cR left

  3. Gran Calabaza says:

    Hey Matthew!
    Sorry man, but you’re wrong. I’m mexican and “burritos” are not from Mexico. They most be done by mexican people living in the States but that kind of food is not a traditional mexican dish at all. I think they’re a mix of some dishes of that region with a mexican flavor, or something like that.
    Some good friends from Sweden, Australia, China, Indonesia and Korea had the same idea.
    So far, I haven’t eaten a burrito before and I know for sure they are not mexican.
    Anyways, I hope you had a great time eating and enjoying whatever you were eating and you were doing!

    • Zidane says:

      You told lol 🙂

    • chriscray says:

      I’m half Mexican, but that is actually californian, ( san Diego and luiseno Indian) before it became the US. Hell, much of the western US was Mexico before the US took it.

      It’s like pasta is considered Italian, but the Chinese invented it. Or even pizza, its basically Italian, but first made in the US by Italians, so is it American or Italian? Why is there no ham in hamburgers? Or bologna in bolognese?

      The mysteries and wonders of food!

  4. biodrumr says:

    The word “burrito” appears in the 1895 Diccionario de Mexicanismos, where it is identified as a regional term from Guanajuato and defined as “Tortilla arrollada, con carne u otra cosa dentro, que en Yucatán llaman coçito,y en Cuernavaca y en Mexico, taco” (A rolled tortilla with meat or other ingredients inside, called ‘coçito’ in Yucatan and ‘taco’ in the city of Cuernavaca and in Mexico CIty). This 1895 publication date discredits an apocryphal etymology that the word “burrito” originated during the Mexican Revolution period (1910–1921) in reference to the donkey of one Juan Mendez, a burrito vendor in Ciudad Juárez.

    • Zidane says:

      Quite like pasta myself, RDC is so much more informative than I could ever have hoped for!

      • biodrumr says:


        I’m here for the betterment of the community.

        For Calabaza though, the American-style burrito is definitely not the same as what would be considered a traditional Mexican burrito. And burritos are not served everywhere in Mexico, just mostly in the northern parts. Definitely started in Mexico though and grew into the delicious monstrocities they are today.

        Now I’m trying to think of something regional here in the US that we definitely wouldn’t consider an “American” food. I’m sure there are a bunch.

        And for good measure, I’m sure the Covvies would enjoy a good burrito.

    • Zidane says:

      Is that like Tikka Massala then not Indian but Indian?

      • Gran Calabaza says:

        I guess biodrumr is right. I’ve been in Coahuila, Chihuahua, Nuevo León (northern states) a few times, but never close to the border. I’ve been many times in Cuernavaca and Mérida and never seen a “burrito” there before, though.

        Well, I think I need to travel more around my own country to try most of the mexican dishes.
        Whenever I find one, I’ll eat a burrito, that’s for sure. Till then, I’ll keep loving tacos and chalupas, mole and pozole! Weeeeee!!!

        This site is not only about Halo REACH, indeed.


  5. Chris says:


    If you are in the area, you should visit the SZCEWAN CAFE on California Ave. in Palo Alto. It is just walking distance from my house…and the food there is unbelievably good (and cheap). It is better than any Chinese food in San Fran’s Chinatown.

    It is also within walking distance of FACEBOOK’S headquarters…and next to one of the best Mexican restaurants in the Silicon Valley! BTW, I saw Steve Jobs there several times. His favorite Japanese restaurant is a few doors down, and he would eat there if the Japanese restaurant was full.

    You would love it!

    • Chris says:

      BTW, a great restaurant is AMBER INDIA. It is an Indio-Chino restaurant (cross between Indian and Chinese) with some great food! They have a great location in Mountain View (on El Camino Real) and in San Jose on Santana Row (a great place to shop).

      Have a great time!

      • Dogmeat says:

        Lol @ the thought of a General Tso’s Chicken Tikka Masala dish!

      • Chris says:

        Ahhh….well, their “Butter Chicken” is phenomenal! It is just slightly spicy…but oh so delicious!

        BTW, their buffet allows you to try a lot of different foods at the same time.

  6. Zidane says:

    What about a corn dog? Or has that just been made up? Need educating!

  7. biodrumr says:

    There is some debate as to the exact origins of the corn dog; they appeared in some ways in the US by the 1920s, and were popularized nationally in the 1940s. A US patent filed in 1927, granted in 1929, for a Combined Dipping, Cooking, and Article Holding Apparatus, describes corn dogs, among other fried food impaled on a stick.


  8. Mikast says:

    Burriots are delicious tex-mex food! I don’t care where they came from bc they are so good. 🙂

  9. Shamboola says:

    Love reading about all of your recommendations on eateries out here in CA.

    Here is a naive yet heartfelt wish:

    Just for this Halloween: Let all of us who have enough credits to buy the base helmets to buy that darn Haunted Helmut. Ranking up to the highest rank with 20 mill credits is just not in the cards for me.

    Any others want to plead for this? Methinks it will never happen…..

    Play on!!!!!


  10. Scruff 815 says:

    Burritos are the *best*. True story.

    Anyway, Skirmigeddon all the way for the FF challenges.
    120 kills in 120 headshots. Ooh yeah 😀

    • SamCiphus says:

      Yeah, it’s so easy!

    • ChrisStrawhat says:

      Really? Nice job. I can’t stand the skirmishers, easily the worst enemies for me :E
      Even worse than the Flood.. Sure skirmishers might be easy to HS sometime, but they’re jumping all over the place, always flanking you, and those plasma weapons bring your shield down like nobody’s business :E
      GruntPoc all the way for me on that one.
      Anyway nice job!

  11. jay says:

    The post and the comments (especially) are kind of light on details about “Pot Kettle Black” – but you have to get to the second part of the mission (start at Rally Point Alpha and beat the first part of the mission, all the way to the first cutscene. When the cut scene is over, that’s your opportunity to get this challenge.

    Fly to under the Corvette. Go as low as possible toward the planet, then fly back up toward the Corvette. Six pods at a time will exit the Corvette (3 from each opening). You have to hit them while they’re pretty close to the Corvette, and while they aren’t going very fast. You’ll see them explode when you hit them. Might take a while, but they seem to come unlimited, 6 at a time.

    • ChrisStrawhat says:

      Incidently… Coincidentally..? (lol did i use that right?) when I was doing the Weekly LASO yesterday, and paused at the beginning to check the challenges, to make sure I had all the skulls etc. for the weekly to be possible, all challenges except the weekly of course, but also the Pod Kettle one, said “This challenge cannot be completed currently” (or w/e it says), and the Pod Kettle one was actually highlighted as well, not grey as the others. Obviously it could not be completed, though, as there are no Drop Pods in New Alexandria to my knowledge and that challenge was level-specific, but somehow the game thought it could be completed.
      Awesome! First time I’ve seen that glitch, and that makes the second challenge glitch I’ve ever experienced =P (the other day’s DailyxWeekly “Complete all dailies for any given day” being the other one).

      • FireySplork says:

        Actually there are drop pods in New alexandria, they come right after you fight the three waves of enemies. And they come in groups of three.

  12. FireySplork says:

    sorry meant, LNOS

  13. Paul says:

    Orphan comment for 26th:
    Fire When Ready: I’ve played one game of MM today – Grifball with 48 kills – but it awarded me the challenge which is 50 kills. Any ideas why this happened? Do betrayals count (but I only have one penalty) or assists (i got 2 so that would make 50).


    • Scruff 815 says:

      I noticed that someone quit – did the host migrate when they quit? When that happens, a kill or two is often lost in the ether as far as the stats are concerned, even though you will have actually got the kills in question.

      • Paul says:

        nope, they quit before we even started! 3v4 for whole game. Maybe the challenge registered locally, but the stats are only periodically uploaded from a separate cache? Did have a slight glitch during the game, but wasn’t in a hammerin’ phase so don’t think I would have lost any there. Hmm, need to review the game – maybe kills after the end of the round count to the challenge but not to the stats… I’ll take a cheap shot if I get the chance 😈

      • Paul says:

        I think…. I got exactly 50 kills, but one was discounted from the stats as a penalty (?betrayal?) and the other was a verrrrrry late hit between “Bomb Detonated” and “Game Over” so it was a kill but not counted by the stats – if anyone wants to count (and lose 10 minutes of their life watching a really badly played game of Grifball) the game is on my file share: “Find the 50th kill…”

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