21st December – Halo Reach Daily Challenges & Commentary

Christmas song of the day is ‘Mele Kalikimaka’ performed by Jimmy Buffet. I’ve mentioned in the past that Hawaii is one of my favourite places I’ve ever visited, I always enjoy Hawaiian music as it fits perfectly with the island lifestyle. This is a lovely song, just about wishing everyone a merry Christmas (the Hawaiian language doesn’t really have an R or S in it, plus doesn’t often end a syllable on a consonant hence the variation on the words). Which of course we do wish everyone Mele Kalikimaka. πŸ™‚

The challenges today are:

  1. Fire When Ready – Kill 50 enemies in multiplayer Matchmaking – 3000 cR
  2. Demon – Kill 30 Elites in Firefight Matchmaking – 2400 cR
  3. The Little Guys – Kill 75 Grunts in Campaign today on Normal or harder – 1000 cR
  4. Streaky Shooter – Earn 7 sprees in multiplayer Matchmaking – 1750 cR

Commentary follows after the break…

Fire When Ready – Kill 50 enemies in multiplayer Matchmaking – 3000 cR

As ever, Grifball, and you’ll get this in a game or two. Try and get at least one buddy to hold the bomb whilst you play for kills (and vengeance), or hold the bomb yourself and pick off the other team as they come at you with hammers.

Demon – Kill 30 Elites in Firefight Matchmaking – 2400 cR

A lot of the unusual solo Firefight MM variants give around 25 Elites these days – 2X, Fiesta etc. Firefight Doubles might well be a good way to go here if you pick Arcadefight on a map you both like.

The Little Guys – Kill 75 Grunts in Campaign today on Normal or harder – 1000 cR

Winter Contingency, Exodus or The Package are excellent for Grunts.Β  The opening of ONI Sword Base has one useful trick – go straight to the Target Designator, turn around and blast some Grunts, then reset to checkpoint. It’s a quick way of doing it, although I prefer playing through levels to up various commendations. Ryan suggested something similar on The Package, throwing a grenade just before the checkpoint so that every time you reset it goes off and takes out a few Grunts. ONI: Sword Base can also be good by just taking out the few who are in front of you at the start then restarting the mission, but if you go for the TD you get lots of big commendations too.

Streaky Shooter – Earn 7 sprees in multiplayer Matchmaking – 1750 cR

This should apply to any spree, not just kills. So you can get sprees using:

  • Hammer
  • Shotgun
  • Sniper Rifle
  • Plasma Grenade sticks
  • Sword
  • Vehicles (two here – kills in vehicle where you do the killing, and kills as driver with passenger killing)
  • Spartan Laser
  • Assists
  • Some for specific variants of Juggernaut, Invasion and Infection

See the list on Halopedia for everything, especially as you can get 3 spree medals for each type. My recommendation – go for a weapon that allows you an easy spree, personally a Shotgun or Sword work for me. If you can take out 5 dudes you should get two sprees – one for 5 kills and one for the weapon (ie Grifball). Infection can be excellent for the number of medals you get per Zombie kill so if you can defend one position on your own or in a team you’ll get this easily.


14 Responses to 21st December – Halo Reach Daily Challenges & Commentary

  1. Sir Galahad 63 says:

    Kill 5 zombies to get a shotgun spree, zombie killing spree, and a killing spree. That’s 3 sprees for 5 easy kills… Just do that another 2.3333333333333333333333333333333333………… Times πŸ™‚

  2. Sir Galahad 63 says:

    Is anime familiar with the word puzzles that go like: the word ‘sand’ inside a box? = sand box?

    Get this one πŸ™‚ \/ \/ \/

    Scruff 815

  3. SamCiphus says:

    “Aidsburger in paradise!” – Jimmy Buffet.

  4. Scruff 815 says:

    True story: My wife and I went to Hawaii for our honeymoon. Being English we were totally unaware of Jimmy Buffet, but we went to one of his bars/restaurants because it looked nice. The food was crap and there were TV’s everywhere blasting out this hideous music, that turned out to be Jimmy Buffet. Over the course of the evening we started saying “FXXX YOU, JIMMY BUFFET!” in an Eric Cartman voice just because we’d come to hate him so much and Cartman’s voice seemed somehow appropriate. We come home, then a couple of weeks later watch South Park, in which Cartman said exactly that. Prophetic, I tell you.

    Anyway, how come all the challenge payouts have sucked recently? πŸ˜•

    • Dogmeat says:

      I have noticed the low payout as well, Scruff. The first two challenges for today don’t seem that bad. 60 cr per kill in MP matchmaking is simple enough. The last two are a different story. Just a few days ago on the 16th, 5 sprees earned you 2,850 cr. Today, you only get 1,750 cr for 7 sprees? Is this a joke? It appears that 343 didn’t adjust the payouts for everything in the “hopper.”

      A group of Jimmy Buffet fans (supposedly a “convention”) kept us from enjoying a leisurely swim at a hotel during one particular vacation. They took over the entire pool and deck with loud music, heavy drinking, boisterous attitudes, and foul language. They played some game where the women were stuffing ping pong balls that were floating in the water into their swimsuits. We headed back to our rooms and were quite bored until we figured out something else our group of friends could do.

      I suppose I’ll probably get the sprees just playing normally. I am, of course, talking about my new definition of “normal.” I finally onyxed the Trigger Man commendation! That last 10,000 kills took about 2 1/2 months! I probably could have attained it sooner if I wasn’t placing priority on Rear Admiral as well (which is also thankfully done)…so much backstabbing! Regardless, I never have to use the @#!*% assault rifle ever again!! Pistol, DMR, needle rifle, shotgun, sword, rocket launcher…how I’ve missed you all! Fear not my coveted weapons, for I will never forsake you again. πŸ™‚

    • t-rOY (tROYnHI) says:

      Ya know I actually live in Hawaii and I’ve never been to any of his places. Looks like I wasn’t missing much anyways.

      Maybe the payouts suck becuz 343i wants us to do more custom challenges for credit chasing. Maybe they plan to lessen the burden of setting up dailies and weeklies, since they tend to mess it up every 2 months and do something like put a weekly in with the dailies.

  5. Eskobar says:

    Is it just me or has SWAT some hardcore players today? Spawn kills & jump shots. I’m going for 650 headshots / 650 kills custom challenge 24hours for 30k / 15k cR. Damn headache don’t help either. I will continue tomorrow or try some other time.

    • Eskobar says:

      Forfeit these challenges, will try later maybe. Just finished Firefight 840/840 + 3x designator as suggested earlier for a total of 35k cR.

      • Micah says:

        Could you explain your settings in a bit more detail or point me towards the original post? Thx

  6. Roan-the-Man says:

    Well, I could’ve sworn I’ve seen ‘Streaky Shooter’ in the last few days. 343 must really be busy with Halo 4 if they haven’t even had time to program a few new challenges into the system. Hell With 2 games of Living Dead/Grifball and 2-1 game of FFM you can score all the challenges within an hour (or past it if your in Slayer variations).

    Somehow I don’t feel as if these challenges are enough of an ‘incentive’ for us to keep playing the game. Considering Competitive play and Stat maintenance through Team gametypes, they seem to be the only reasons to pop in Reach lately (at least for me). However with easy challenges its quite simple to get them as you go about your usual Reach gaming. Slayer, Multi-team, even Arena….can net you some of these recent challenges! Maybe that’s why 343 isn’t forwarding any new types!

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