26th March – Halo Reach Daily Challenges & Commentary

There are a couple of great additions to the list of scary moments I wrote yesterday. I’ve not played either (F.E.A.R. or Condemned 2), mostly because I’m too chicken, but have heard they’re pretty rattling at times.

I also wrote a couple of pieces about the ending of Mass Effect 3. If you’ve played through it, or aren’t planning to but want to read something on the commotion that’s going on, check out my (spoiler heavy) main piece about it. I’ve got another in drafts to add later on.

Today’s challenges are:

  1. One Spartan Army – Kill 400 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking – 2000 cR
  2. Blast Radius – Kill 75 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking with grenades – 2500 cR
  3. This Is My Rifle… – Earn 40 kills with precision weapons in multiplayer Matchmaking – 2600 cR
  4. Survivor – Earn 9 Sprees in a Firefight Matchmaking game – 2000 cR

Commentary follows after the break…

One Spartan Army – Kill 400 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.

Blast Radius – Kill 75 enemies in Firefight Matchmaking with grenades – 2500 cR

Several strategies for you here – Gruntpocalypse on somewhere Corvette and throw grenades at the Grunt spawn rooms (particularly those to the left and right of the ramps opposite your spawn room), then when you get grenades from the Grunts you kill use them when they come into the pinch point corridors. Or play Firefight on Courtyard, run to the left out of the spawn room and from the terrace you can usually get up to 5 or 6 dudes with grenades when they’re dropped off. Or play Nadefight where you get lots of grenades when you spawn. Or play 2X Score Attack and use grenades to bomb the spawn/dropship points when a load of guys are dropped off.

This Is My Rifle… – Earn 40 kills with precision weapons in multiplayer Matchmaking – 2600 cR

60 fewer kills than last time, 1100 credits more!? Precision weapons are the DMR, Sniper Rifle, Focus Beam and Needle Rifle. Team SWAT will do you well here. Unless you use melee or Pistol every kill will be a precision weapon kill, so play it a few times, try and get a good team who will cover your back (and you theirs), and just do this over 2 or 3 games.

Survivor – Earn 9 Sprees in a Firefight Matchmaking game – 2000 cR

You get 120 kills in Gruntpoc so it’s an easy way to do it. If you can get kills using weapons (ie 5 grenade sticks, a shotgun, sniper rifle etc) then you get nearer the total – use Score Attack to get a range of weapons. Beachhead is quite good as you can use the vehicles to get more sprees – and now on Firefight Arcade you’ve got a good chance of using a variety of weapons, lots of killing sprees and grenades and the like.

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17 Responses to 26th March – Halo Reach Daily Challenges & Commentary

  1. Captain Obvious says:

    for the firefight ones have a guest signed in to commit suicide whenever you need a new weapon or more grenades.

    • JThomas says:

      Or you could play it on your own and achieve it straight up…hope you get banned if you do what you say.

      • Captain Obvious says:

        why would i get banned? i like firefight, my friends don’t, i want the firefight challenges but have horrible lag in firefight matchmaking, want to have 100% commendation progress, and prefer to play firefight by myself anyway. i don’t do custom challenges so its not like i’m credit farming. nothing i have said or done is against the rules.

      • Captain Obvious says:

        i wish i could edit what i said as i just realized what you are saying. i will being doing by myself. it will be just me. alone. like you said. so why are you complaining?

      • JThomas says:

        Actually you can get banned for having a sitting duck guest in matchmaking, firefight, etc. So yes, what you are doing is against the rules and will get you banned. Go on any HR blog and see what they say about it…

        If you want to get banned that’s your decision, but I hate people that try and cheat just to get credits and to be honest are pathetic enough not to complete things with integrity; glad Bungie/343 are banning people for that.

        But I guess it is your call…

      • Captain Obvious says:

        okay didn’t know it was against the rules. i was never told. thanks. but thats kind of unfair to people like me who get a ridiculous lag in firefight matchmaking unless its only people from my xbox. its so bad i get very little kills. i just go to firefight doubles so i can play alone and get the commendations. if i didn’t have this lag you can bet your life i wouldn’t do this. but i make do with what i can and if i get banned for it, i’ll do what it takes to get unbanned and explain to them the problem.

        please don’t mistake me for a credit farmer. i don’t even do custom challenges.

      • Captain Obvious says:

        sorry to post again but i just realised what happens if me and a guest start playing and he has to leave before the game starts so i continue playing then get banned for it? i understand what they’re trying to do and i stand by them for it but they don’t know the whole story of why something happens.

        and i wanted to mention that its not like i always do it. just when i want to play firefight.

    • Why would you need to do that when you can pick up weapons and have unlimited ammo in Firefight Arcade?

      • Captain Obvious says:

        because the 10 kills earns you simply a killing spree where as 5 with specific weapons gets you the wepon-specific one.

        example: i get 15 kills with a shotgun and 15 with the sniper rifle earns me the 3 shotgun ones, the three sniper ones, killing spree, killing frenzy, and running riot. done in 30 kills.

        and what if i want the sprint armor ability with those? i just start the game with the sprint and have the guest commit suicide to drop those weapons.

      • Locklear66 says:

        I agree with jthomas it’s cheeting but hey Iv been guilty of it myself but yea I’m glad they are banning ppl for that

      • Locklear66 says:

        And besides matchmaking determines skill not firefight

  2. radadam82 says:

    It’s infuriating that NadeFight doesn’t allow you to PICK UP GRENADES. What the hell?

  3. Rossco says:

    You can play alone on score attack captain obvious and its 120+ enemies all to urself. You can get a lot of commendations increased through score attack also.

  4. scottacus says:

    Does the grenade launcher count towards grenade kills?

  5. Dan says:

    I really hate people who log in with a guest controller in arcade. Although Capt. is doing it in doubles, he will be banned eventually. 343 doesn’t care what your reason is, if you’re rule breaking their automated system – much like the warden from blizzard – will ban you without a second thought. Likely you will get a 1 day to 2 week ban from earning credits, and the punishments increase in severity if you continue to farm even more.

    Score attack is your best bet. You have limited ammo, can pick up weapons and explosives, and plus ordinance weapons drop so you can get easy killionaires with the target locator. Score attack is only 1 round while arcade is 3. 15 minutes vs 20. It’s the ideal place to upgrade your commendations, and to use custom challenges. Custom challenges are NOT a form of cheating either. You may think it’s credit farming, but like people use the target locator on sword base, so you can do the same in firefight. It gives me incentive to continue using the dmr for precision weapon kills and headshots. The only commendations I want now in firefight are onyx backup for assists, and silver perfectionist. I look forward to getting max dome inspector and methodical. Max trigger happy would be nice as well. If you’re one who enjoys getting hard medals in firefight, then 2x score attack is also a great choice. Normally the sticky grenade sprees are hard to get, in arcade I only get sticky sprees. In 2x score attack Sticky Fingers and Corrected are much easier to get.


    ^ if you’re interested. FYI Vehicular was HELL.

  6. Dan says:


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