25th December – Halo Reach Daily Challenges & Commentary

On my Noble Team Christmas my SPARTAN gave to me… (spoiler warning)

Twelve Brutes a-charging
Eleven Snipers sniping
Ten Grunts not breathing
Nine Marines a-cowering
Eight Elites a-bleeding
Seven Warthogs charging
Six was last man standing
Five Kat got shot
Four Jorge blew up
Three Carter crashed
Two Emile’s been stabbed
And Jun he disappeared

And if you want a giggle at me singing it with no backing… Merry Christmas everyone.

You get two Christmas songs today, it being the first day of Christmas I wanted to share my two favourite ’12 Days of Christmas’ variants. The first is Twisted Sister’s ‘Heavy Metal Christmas’, which is what made me fall in love with the Twisted Christmas album and so much fun to shout along with!

The other is a new one this year, Bowling for Soup’s ‘Corner Store On Christmas’. A proper alternative to the traditional 12 Days tune and lyrics, I just love the cry of ‘that was super cheap’ towards the end.

Enjoy, and have a wonderful day.

Today’s challenges are:

  1. One Spartan Army – Kill 100 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking – 2000 cR
  2. Cannon Fodder – Kill 50 infantry-class foes in the Campaign today – 1000 cR
  3. Flat Tire – Kill 10 enemy vehicles in Firefight Matchmaking – 2343 cR
  4. Iron Will – Complete a Campaign mission alone on Heroic or harder with the Iron Skull on – 2500 cR

Commentary follows after the break…

One Spartan Army – Kill 100 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking – 2000 cR

You get 120 Grunts in Gruntpocalypse, about 100 enemies in Score Attack, 120-135 in 2X SA, and something like 330 in a Firefight Matchmaking game (although split between up to 4 people). If you need to ‘top up’ your FF kills, jump into a game of Generator Defense or Crashsite and once you have your kills give up the defense.

Cannon Fodder – Kill 50 infantry-class foes in the Campaign today – 1000 cR

Winter Contingency should give you over 50, assuming you clear out all areas when in the truck, and take out the Grunts when defending marines, and die having taken out all enemies in the courtyard at the start of Rally Point Bravo and do it twice (or just keep restarting that section). I think Tip of the Spear will give you enough infantry enemies through the whole mission, but it is a long mission that has a lot of potential for death and delay. Your other option is either the checkpoint respawn in the end of The Package, and use the Target Designator on ONI Sword Base – run straight to where it is, ignoring all enemies, grab it, turn around and blast the grunts. Then respawn to the checkpoint or restart mission to do it again.

Flat Tire – Kill 10 enemy vehicles in Firefight Matchmaking – 2343 cR

Key to point out is you must destroy the vehicle, not the driver first. You’re better off using something explosive (Spartan Laser, Plasma Launcher). The Anniversary Firefight map, Installation 04, seems pretty good for Banshees, they appear pretty often. The best options outside of that are below.

  • Score Attack – On Holdout you get Banshees in the rounds. If you can keep a Grunt alive at the end of a wave for a long time you have a higher chance of getting them to come out again and again. They don’t tend to appear when it’s raining
  • Firefight Doubles – Especially Beachhead, where vehicles are usually dropped at the beginning and end of each round, you can decide who gets to take them out and work on it (plus great for working on assists)

Iron Will – Complete a Campaign mission alone on Heroic or harder with the Iron Skull on – 2500 cR

I’m giving exactly the same advice as every optional Campaign mission challenge – run Nightfall, get this done in 10 minutes, tops. As a guide to Nightfall speed run I’ve picked this video off Youtube randomly, but there are hundreds like it. In fact we have further options and details on the time we did it in LASO on this Weekly Challenge page and comments. There are other levels you may be more familiar with, but honestly, you can do this in 5-6 minutes with minimal stress.

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9 Responses to 25th December – Halo Reach Daily Challenges & Commentary

  1. mickoboy90 says:

    Merry Christmas everyone. hope you all have a great day 🙂

  2. SensoryFour34 says:

    That’s the best Christmas song I’ve ever seen. 😀 That Spartan knows just what to get everyone. 😉 Merry Christmas!

  3. Quillian86 says:

    HAHAHA, that was brilliant! 😀 I actually have tears of mirth running down my face as I type this. (You also have a nice voice, better than mine; maybe it’s the British accent, I dunno…)

    Thanks again as always!

  4. thegoatboy says:

    Great Christmas song Matthew, I will be sharing that one with some friends later.

    I hope everyone is having a Merry Christmas.

  5. Zidane says:

    Fantastic, hope you all have had a good one!

  6. Sir Galahad 63 says:

    Merry Christmas to you too Matthew, and everyone else 🙂

  7. MagmaDragoon says:

    Eh, what a dork I am. I got the “A New Challenger” achievement today. XD

  8. Steve Bergen says:

    Merry Christmas from Calgary, Alberta!

    I am confused with the Flat Tire. On Installation 04, Score Attack single player, I destroyed three banshees one with a Sniper, one with the warthog gun, and one with the covenant beam rifle. None of the banshees counted for the Flat Tire challenge. Am I missing something here, or do they only count with a heavy weapon kill? I will not be getting the challenge, but that is okay.

    Hope everyone had a great Christmas and Happy New Year!

    GT: stevebergen

  9. SgtMaj AJJ says:

    Awesome song 🙂

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