23rd November – Halo Reach Challenges & Commentary

So I did the Library in less than 30 minutes, only just due to an inability to finish the central run where the Flood with a rocket launcher is at the end of the long corridor. I tried to do it Heroic without dying, and made it until the last big door (just before the Index), when a thrown grenade hit an Infection form and bounced back at me. So I’ll be doing that level again soon. Fortunately I’ve mastered those two grenade jumps at the beginning that make it so much easier (I find the second works best with a Plasma grenade).

After that it’s just Two Betrayals without killing any Grunts (I’m hoping a combination of Boom and Grunt Funeral Party skulls combined with Flood and Sentinels will do me a lot of help with that one) then the last few missions Legendary and some co-op!

Oh, and that Heroic/lose no health thing. Really not looking forward to that. I’m thinking of doing it in Halo because although it’s a long level, generally you can stay back and Pistol snipe or spam grenades at enemies.

Today’s challenges are:

  1. Shootin’ and Lootin’ – Kill 150 enemies in any game mode in Reach – 2250 cR
  2. Return of the Mack – Kill 35 Elites in Campaign today on Normal or harder – 3000 cR
  3. Killing Frenzy – Earn a Killing Frenzy in a multiplayer Matchmaking game – 4000 cR
  4. Sweep the Leg – Perform an Assassination in a multiplayer Matchmaking game – 2000 cR

Commentary follows after the break…

Shootin’ and Lootin’ – Kill 150 enemies in any game mode in Reach – 2250 cR

You’re better off doing the other challenges first then mopping this up if you’ve not done it yet. Best options for this specifically:

  • Forge – make a game with players spawning in one spot and camp it
  • Firefight – Download my Firefight Invincible game type on my File Share, lots of Elites, lots of medals, lots of kills (plus ‘cheevos if you’ve not done the Firefight ones)
  • ONI: Sword Base – Use the Target Designator trick (run past everyone at the beginning, grab it, turn around, fire, wait for the killing to stop and restart the checkpoint)
  • Package – There are points where you can get a checkpoint just before a number of Grunts appear in the final battle, so you can gun them down and restart

Return of the Mack – Kill 35 Elites in Campaign today on Normal or harder – 3000 cR

There are two good ways of getting this – ONI: Sword Base, where just playing through there are 30-40 I think, and it’s definitely worth using the target designator at the beginning on the first group (run hugging the right wall, grab the TD, either turn around and blast, then reset to last checkpoint, or try to get through the Wraiths, TD them then reset checkpoint). Or play Nightfall and try to get a checkpoint near the first Elite, then snipe or assassinate him, and again reset to last checkpoint. This is quicker but you get more kills and commendations on the ONI TD trick.

Killing Frenzy – Earn a Killing Frenzy in a multiplayer Matchmaking game – 4000 cR

The Frenzy is 10 kills without dying. Not necessarily in a short space of time. This will come down a lot to personal preference. Immediately I think Grifball, Infection, Juggernaut in Rumble Pit or Team SWAT for me. Grifball might be best although it’s so easy to be killed or betrayed you’re likely to get annoyed, however if you can get your timing in and get to the spawn points to take the opposition out as they spawn – annoying I know as the person spawning but admit it – you would if you were in that position! BTB can be really good if you can get in a tank type vehicle and just bombard the opponents.

Sweep the Leg – Perform an Assassination in a multiplayer Matchmaking game – 2000 cR

So many options for assassinations – you can stealth it and hide somewhere to take someone out as they run past (Sword Base’s hallways, Pinnacle and Uncaged in the lofts etc). You can play Halo Ball Extreme (my favourite for this) as the massive map often means you’ll end up with someone not knowing you’re behind them at some point. Or just play normally – if you find someone AFK then you’re quids in. I found this week Multi-Team Slayer is excellent for Assassinations when you’re on a smaller map (Asylum) as you’ll invariably end up being able to take someone roughly from behind.

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32 Responses to 23rd November – Halo Reach Challenges & Commentary

  1. Scruff 815 says:

    Re: the Heroic/lose no health achievement. Do it on Pillar Of Autumn. It’s the shortest level by quite some way; you can get hit, you can even lose all your shield, you just can’t lose any health. For most of the level you’ve got Marine support so you can hang back and Magnum-snipe, and every time you go past a Covenant transport you can dive inside to pick up an Overshield. Turn Grunt Funeral on too; since Elites usually travel with two Grunts, most of the Covenant groups can be taken out just with one Grunt headshot. Easy peasy.

    Good challenges today; the Elites will take me around 30 seconds and then the rest of the time it’s a MM day (combined with a bunch of good Customs) to get more done on the Weekly and continue the long, long slog to Eclipse…

    • TheOneInYellow says:

      I did the exact same thing Scruff; I used Grunt Funeral Skull, pistolsniped Grunts near other covenant (especially Elites), wait two seconds, then laugh at the ensuing CARNAGE :D. That’s how I did it on PoA.
      Take care though, if there are multiple Grunts, and you shot one, be patient and listen for all the explosions from the other Grunts. If you are unsure that all of died, or impatient, then continue to wait before inspecting your accomplishment; there is nothing worse than walking into a room to see dead Grunts, and then seeing an unexploded dead Grunt EXPLODING IN YOUR FACE A FEW SECONDS LATER AHHHHH!!! >_<
      I had this happen so, so many times 😥

      As for challenges, erm, a bit of a grind (Killing Frenzy), but not a big issue. Will do these soon 🙂

      • Lord Kinbote says:

        Waitasec, are you saying that the Grunt Funeral Skull is also in Reach’s campaign?

      • Scruff 815 says:

        …. we’re talking about CE:A. PoA = Pillar of Autumn.

      • Lord Kinbote says:

        Oh, forgot there was a level called that on CE also. Been…so…long. I’ve only played a bit of CE:A for one day and got to Truth and Reconciliation where you get Capt, Keyes and escort him to the control room before the Covvies start to come in. Think it’s called “Shut up and get behind me…Sir.” Playing on Heroic since it’s been a while since I played the original, but it’s been a bit easier with the Grunt Funeral Skull. Only drawback to it is it tends to blow up the weapons they drop too. Forgot how hard it is to beat down an Elite in CE. Man, they kick like a mule!

      • ITS ZAPHOX says:

        Yeah, PoA is for sure the choice for this achievement, hands down.

      • MAD 1976 says:

        Little late but; easy to do if you simply plug in another controller!
        make sure that you use the player 2 controller only to go through the level.
        Easy and safe!

  2. Robert says:

    Todays challenges seem fairly easy 🙂 The Killing Frenzy seems like the only actull challenge 😉

    • Marshy 40 says:

      Yeah, I like the assassination! Do it on Griffball: people tend not to expect it and by the usual reaction I get it tends to p*ss them off. Double win!

  3. My Little Housing Blog says:

    Trying to learn how to play with higher difficulty (more skulls) on Heroic now. Doing pretty good.

    • TheOneInYellow says:

      Awesome!
      Also, DO EET!!! 😀

      • ITS ZAPHOX says:

        Practice makes perfect. I remember a day when I would cringe in fear at the thought of Mythic…. Now all I cringe at is any Elite I happen to cross in Mythic 😐

      • My Little Housing Blog says:

        Yes, it is important to practice a lot in Reach. After a while you learn how to play best your way, and then you can get lots of good points.

  4. xXMaster SoulXx says:

    Can I get a comfirmation from someone that the cR cap is still 120,000? I used a caculator last night and added credits earned after every game played and ended the night on 124,577….the reason i took the time to manually add it up is because i cap’d out the night before and it didn’t tell me I did…I thought I heard people say it tells you. I’ve read of people hitting 200kish. But it has to roll over some into the next day and depending on your time zone and all that stuff! so anyways if anyone knows let me know!

    • Marshy 40 says:

      I’ve done some calculations recently, I here’s what I think is the situation:

      – Challenges roll over at a fixed server time (California or some such), so the local time that challenges reset varies.
      – However, your daily credit cap is from midnight to midnight for your time zone. I have verified this a couple of times last in reaching the credit cap by playing some games in the morning, and doing a tally on the total credits received before and after the new challenges.
      – Before I also thought that the credit cap was tied to the challenge reset, and also got more than 120k in one challenge “cycle”

    • crazybydefault says:

      Challenges change at 3AM PST, however the credit limit rolls over at midnight local time. I would’ve hit it yesterday, but I hit the 120,000 cR mark just after midnight, so no credit cap for me! 😀

  5. Scruff 815 says:

    ^ all true. Since you say you “ended the night” I assume you carried on playing until after midnight?

    Also, ChrisStrawhat confirmed yesterday that Custom Challenges DO count towards the daily credit cap, but DON’T factor in to receiving the “you hit the cap” message. In other words, once you hit 120,000 you’ll stop earning credits, but the game itself won’t realise and give you the “STOP!” message until you earn 120,000 credits that day outside of Custom Challenges. So if you are using Customs, beware of that.

  6. xXMaster SoulXx says:

    AAhhh yes thank you Marshy and Scruff…and yes i was adding in my custom challenges to the total so really i wasn’t hitting my 120k in one sitting! I also was playing until after midnight Thank you guys for the replies!

  7. ChrisStrawhat says:

    So I got a running riot in my last game and an assassination the game before. Done and done, check 2 challenges.
    150 enemies will have to be all MM now.
    The Mack one… I’ve always loved that. But with these custom challenges I rarely do any challenge outside of MM, and the game types I like to play.

    However at the moment I can’t seem to create any Customs (“An unexpected error occurred”). Hope it gets fixed before I have to go to bed =(
    Pushing for Nova now

  8. Dragao1010 AKA: Brian says:

    Ahh man, only way i can get the killing frenzy is when the other team in grifball are not the greatest lol. BTW, does anyone know how halo reach host connection works? Myself and 3 others faced this incredibly douchebaggery team and i just could not hammer them(went 19-45) and i have the best hammer timing ever then we faced them again and i went 44-18 around there and they simply couldnt touch me. Does host apply to the whole team or just one guy on one of the two teams?

    • ChrisStrawhat says:

      Well the host thing isn’ t *designed* to give one team the advantage, but the host should have a slight edge and everyone with good ping; the ones with good connections, living relatively close to the host etc etc.
      So if you’re playing with a party of friends and you’re living close to each other odds are if one of you gets host everyone should benefit.

      However I’ve also noticed that with the hammer in grifball. Sometimes even if I time it perfectly my hits doesn’t count while the enemy’s maul me over with the worst hammer timing in the world :E

      The unfairness of host/connection.

      The more annoying issue with the host though is when it is changing, for some stupid reason everyones sprees are resetted :E
      LUCKILY I’m not good enough yet to get that oh so sweet Unfrigginbelieveable which I am chasing after right now, when the host has changed. I’m always on like Killing Spree or Killing Frenzy when the host for no reason drops out and my spree gets resetted. I swear if I were on Inconcieveable or something and the host changed, my controller would kiss the wall :E
      … Well whatever 😀

      • crazybydefault says:

        I always get up to seven or eight when the host changes. Kind of aggravating, but I’m pretty sure I’ll get it today!

  9. DaRoflBandit says:

    I got my Frenzy from riding around in a beat up Rocket Warthog on Timberland. I have no idea how I got it so fast (It was like my 3rd MM game today). It was a pretty lucky and strange situation to have a Frenzy in, but I somehow got it. The main thing you have to remember is DON’T TRY TO GET THE FRENZY. If you do, you will get super mad from trying and trying to get it. The best thing to do is actually DON’T try to get it, its just easier to get it from playing naturally, which somehow is easier than really trying to get it. So don’t play and having the mindset of trying to get the frenzy at all times, that’s bad. Hope this helps! 😀

  10. crazybydefault says:

    Not only did I get my Frenzy, but I got a Running Riot and a Perfection! *dances*

    http://www.bungie.net/stats/reach/gamestats.aspx?gameid=857946780&player=crazybydefault

    I was kinda cheap though 😛 I used the tank and hid for it buuuuuut it was still a Perfection!

    • BJ2603 says:

      Congrats mate, that your first? I still haven’t got one in MM so I’m a little jealous 🙂

  11. ChrisStrawhat says:

    OK how they ‘fixed’ the custom challenge *cough* exploit of creating a headshots challenge and a kills challenge at the same time? Or is it another screwup on that site?
    It didn’t work all day yesterday for me. Now when I’m trying to get something in before work I set up a challenge for kills, one for medals and one for headshots but the headshot one says “Error already a challenge with the same goal” (or something like that). Technically headshots isn’t the same as kills, but maybe they’ve finally realized it was too easy to exploit that tiny technicality? Lol

    • BJ2603 says:

      I found just now that I created 3 wins, 100 kills, 100 HS and when I tried to create 150 medals (all in MM, all set to 3hrs) I got that same message. I was a little confused… But it let me do 100 kills/100 HS…

      • ChrisStrawhat says:

        Ah Ok glad I’m not the only one. Yeah HS and Medals gives you most cR, so I’ll go with those first in the future =P
        Win cR is SERIOUSLY too low imo. Wins are the hardest for me, especially since all my friends play BF3 or Black Ops so I never get to play in a good party . Doh! I’m winning like 1/4 games :E

    • Scruff 815 says:

      Either they’re working on it which is why it’s still a bit broken, or you can now only create two MM challenges (plus a third exclusively for wins) at a time. Not a big deal though; use headshots and medals, for they give you more credits! 😉

    • ChrisStrawhat says:

      OK now it says I can’t create Medals cause I already have a challenge with the same goal :E
      Don’t know what’s up with that. Hope it works better when I get home from work to get my daily Halo therapy. Signing out

  12. Dan says:

    I love BTB! except that it’s SO easy to betray, and kids these days are boot happy. It’s too easy to accidentally kill a teammate with the wraith because you fire it, and someone drives where it lands, you weren’t trying to kill them but they drove right into the path! Then they kick you. Brilliant.

    I miss combat evolved. Where you could fire a rocket at a teammate or run them over without damaging them at all.

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