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    Anniversary Guide

    Post  DarkReign2021 on Sun Oct 16, 2011 3:35 pm

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    Index:To simplify the search and take you directly to where you need to be, hit CTRL+F and type in the Code to jump directly to the section you need for quick referencing.

    1. Overview
    2. Introduction
    3. Road Map To Success: Overview
    A.Road Map: Campaign Run
    B. Road Map: Mop-up
    10. Achievement Listing
    11. Conclusion


    -Estimated achievement difficulty: 7/10
    -Offline: 44 = 1000/1000
    -Online: 0 = 0000/1000
    -Total Play time required: 5-10 hours
    -Minimum Play Sessions: 1
    -Number of missable achievements: 0 (Chapter Select available)
    -Glitched achievements: 0
    Stackable Achievements: Yes
    -Do cheat codes disable achievements?: Cheats Unavailable
    -Does difficulty affect achievements?: Yes

    Introduction ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------SEC02
    10 years after the launch of one of the best selling series of all time, Halo: Combat Evolved is finally being brought back with a total graphic overall and a pretty selection of Achievements to boot. It launched with 44 achievements, all attainable through one or more playthroughs of the Campaign. A few of them look to be a bit of a doozy, but nothing is impossible. For the sake of ease, I’m going to suggest these be done in 2 separate playthroughs, but for those of you looking for a challenge, why not set this on Legendary and see if you can't get all of them in a single playthrough.

    Road Map To Success: Overview ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------SEC03
    In this section we’re going to lay down the ground work and pick the fastest and simplest route to get every achievement quickly. For specific assistance on a certain achievement, see the achievement list below or CTRL+F the name of the achievement to go straight to it.

    Road Map: Campaign Run ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------SEC3A

    Your experience with the past Halo games will determine the difficulty you choose to play first. In my experience, my first playthrough was on Legendary running solo. If you can’t handle it at first, do the best you can and return to the higher difficulty later. Anyway, onto the game itself.

    Without worrying about the secondary campaign achievements, just play the campaign. Playing every level and beating the campaign alone will unlock Pillar of Autumn, Halo, Truth & Reconciliation, The Silent Cartographer, Assault on the Control Room, 343 Guilty Spark, The Library, Two Betrayals, Keyes, & The Maw, Birth of A Spartan, Believe in A Hero, & Living Legend.

    Progress so far: For certain you should have all 10 level completions as well as the 3 difficulty completion achievements:
    30% Overall Completion
    13/44 Achievements

    Road Map: Mop-up
    At this point you’re sure to be familiarized with the level layouts and the best strategies to approach each encounter. It’s simply a matter of using the Chapter Select and approaching each individual achievement as you feel most comfortable with. If you did your initial playthrough on Heroic or Legendary, you’re likely to have at least a few of these already, so just get whichever ones you’re missing.

    Progress so far:After this step, you should be at 100% completion! Congratulations on completing what I believe is the hardest achievement list in the series.
    100% Overall Completion
    44/44 achievements

    Achievement Listing

    Note: The achievements are listed in order of possible completion, so anybody interested in doing these in a single run can consult this list so they can be sure they don't miss anything.

    Looks like the Oddball 25
    Found your first Campaign Skull

    See “Headhunter” for more details

    For a guide to the Skulls and Terminals, refer to:

    What have we here? 10
    Found your first terminal

    See “Dear Diary” for more details

    For a guide to the Skulls and Terminals, refer to:

    Overshields are for sissies 10
    Complete “Pillar of Autumn” on Legendary without picking up an overshield

    Set the difficulty to Legendary and push your way forward. There are 4 overshields on this level, 2 in each of the drop ships that dock onto the PoA, so they’re easy to avoid.

    Walk it Off 25
    Complete the level “Pillar of Autumn” on Legendary without picking up a health kit.

    This will be one of the tougher achievements in the game due to the tight corridors of the level. Your biggest saving grace is that there are no jackals on this level and your enemies do not use the Needler on this level. Heroic and Legendary also allow you to use grenades earlier on in the level, so the corridors make frags more effective against enemies. Lookout for side hallways whenever possible. They can sometimes lead you around certain fights.

    He’s Unstoppable 20
    Complete any level on Heroic or Legendary without taking Health Damage

    This one goes well with "Walk it off." Obviously if you can't pick up health packs, you don't want to lose any health at all. Kills two birds with one stone. If you prefer to do it seperate, however, level 4 "The Silent Cartographer" is typically the easiest level to beat due to the excessive number of marines, warthogs, and rocket launchers they give you throughout the level.

    Pillar of Autumn 25
    Complete the level “Pillar of Autumn” on any difficulty

    See “The Maw” for more details

    Standard Operating Procedure 10
    Complete one level on Normal in Co-op mode.

    See “Bro Hammer” for more details

    Brovershield 20
    Complete one level on Heroic in Co-op mode.

    See “Bro Hammer” for more details

    Heavy Reading 25
    Complete one level on Legendary in Co-op mode.

    To complete the 3 co-op achievements in the game, pick any level and do whatever it takes to reach the end. You have infinite lives and no time limit, so you can work together with a friend or just have one person doing all of the work while the other hangs back as a respawner (This works well for dummy controllers.) The fastest way to do this in a single playthrough is to set the Pillar of Autumn to Legendary and beat it in Co-op, netting you all 3 at the same time and eliminating the need to repeat a level at a later time.

    No-Fly Zone 10
    Destroy 3 banshees on the level “Halo” on any difficulty

    There are 4 banshees to be found on this level. The first two attack immediately after crossing the bridge in the beginning of the level. The best way to destroy them is with the pistol, though the AI is programmed for the second one to flee after the first is destroyed, so you have to be quick about it. The other two will attack you after you save the marines in the first of the three regions. You’ll be attacked in the open plain area heading toward your second region. Neither will flee, however, so again, make short work of them with your pistol.

    How Pedestrian 25
    Beat the level “Halo” without ever entering a vehicle

    This is going to be a long mission, but with no enemy vehicles to worry about, vehicle firepower isn’t necessary anyway. Get ready for a long walk though. The only issue you’re come up against is a large gap in the first part of the tunnel after getting the warthog drop. The only way across is to grenade jump across. Be sure to have a frag or plasma grenade handy to do this because you’re aren’t going anywhere otherwise.

    Halo 25
    Beat the level “Halo” on any difficulty

    See “The Maw” for more details

    All according to plan... 10
    Kill all of the enemies in the first encounter on “Truth & Reconciliation” with being detected

    Immediately after getting off of the dropship, head to the cliffside toward the back of the canyon, but stand back far enough to avoid being seen. There are 2 manned shade turrets, 2 scouting elites, and a handful of grunts (mostly asleep) Start by sniping the two turrets, than wait for any other grunts to get in and snipe them as well. Next take out the two elites with headshots. From there it’s just a matter of taking out the grunts scattered around the canyon. Whatever you do, do not leave the cliffside or the marines will move in and blow your cover. Do not stop looking until the marines move on their own. That signifies that your done.

    Close Quarters Combat 25
    Complete the level “Truth and Reconciliation” with at least 4 rounds left in your sniper rifle

    For this mission, there’s a positive and a negative (well, a few.) The positive is you start with 48 sniper rounds and there are ammo caches all over the first part of the level and a handful in the second part on the ship (look for the bloody marine corpses.) The downside is you’re going to want most of those rounds for the Elites, you must keep the sniper rifle in your possession up to the end, and there is no pistol in this level to fall back on. That said, smart use of grenades, melee, and Optic Camo should get your through most of this level fairly painlessly.

    Truth and Reconciliation 25
    Complete the level “Truth and Reconciliation” on any difficulty

    See “The Maw” for more details

    Beachhead 10
    Storm the beach on “Silent Cartographer” without losing any marines on Heroic or Legendary difficulty.

    What to do, what to do... Two pelicans just landed on the beach, one with you and a few marines and the other with a handful of marines as well. Impressive... except your up against 3 jacakls, 4 elites, and a dozen grunts in a wide-open area. Even worse, you can’t use the cover you have because you have to be quick to stem the death of your eager marines. The grunts are easy targets for the marines as long as you’re careful about grenades, but look at for the 3 by the cliff to the left right when you start out. They’re sneaky little buggers. At the end of the fight, 2 elites and the 3 jackals are dug into the rocks fairly well. Grenades and pistol fire are the best way to flush them out quickly.

    Grenadier 25
    Escape the map room on “Silent Cartographer” without firing off a single shot on Heroic or Legendary

    You heard the description. Take your finger off of that trigger button. You won’t be needing it. Fortunately for us, you have grenades and melee to rely on. After just leaving the map room, grunts will be pouring in. You can skip most of them on your way up, but melee the ones you must. On your way up to the next floor, you’ll be stormed by 2 jackals on the rampway. Usually a frag makes good work of them. After leaving the ramp room, a door to the right will lead down another ramp and a camo should be just at the exit. Use it and you can easily bypass the entire floor (make sure you beat down any pesky elites you run into on your way. On the next floor you’ll have an elite and a few grunts. A frag is good for that followed with a melee to put the elite down for good. Go up the final ramp to the top floor and immediately to your right will be your exit blocked by an elite. Stick him with a plasma grenade (if you’re quick enough, he spins in circles like a cute little ballerina until it explodes) and make a run for the tunnel. Around the next turn and BAM! Blocked again by a Gold Sword Elite. As he taunts you quickly stick him with another plasma grenade. All you have left now is a few invisible elites at the very top of the structure. Lure them over one at a time and beat or grenade them to death and you’re path to the pelican will be open!

    The Silent Cartographer 25
    Complete the level “Silent Cartographer” on any difficulty

    See “The Maw” for more details

    Skulls Taken! 25
    Discover half of the skulls hidden throughout the Campaign

    See “Headhunter” for more details

    For a guide to the Skulls and Terminals, refer to:

    Heavy Reading 25
    Read half of the terminals hidden throughout the Campaign

    See “Dear Diary” for more details

    For a guide to the Skulls and Terminals, refer to:

    Wraith Hunter 10
    Destroy 4 wraiths on the level “Assault on the Control Room”

    This is pretty simple. There are a handful of wraiths to destroy in this level. When you reach the canyon floor for the first time, nab a ghost or load up with marines on a warthog and kill everything in the area first, than just concentrate on shooting and dodging the wraith until it blows up. In the large canyon after getting the tank, 2 more will be offered for sacrifice. One on the lake and the other is on a cliff above the tunnel entrance (you cannot get to that Wraith physically unless you use the Banshee Glitch, so you’ll have to use your scorpion tank to snipe it.) The final two wraiths for this achievement will be on the far side of the canyon with the large tower in the center. They’ll be in close proximity of each other, so take them out quickly with your tank as well.

    I’ll Take That 25
    Fly a Banshee on the level “Assault on the Control Room”

    There are two ways to do this. The official way is on the snowy bridge toward the end of the level. Kill the elite pilot and jump in to get it. The other method, which makes the level much easier in general, is the above-mentioned banshee glitch.

    Assault on the Control Room 25
    Complete the level “Assault on the Control Room” on any difficulty

    See “The Maw” for more details

    This One’s for Jenkins 10
    Kill 50 Combat Flood forms on the level “343 Guilty Spark” on Heroic or Legendary

    Combat forms are the forms that attack you. The little poppers do not count and fat exploding blobs do not count. I would also like to point out that melee does not work against them and plasma weapons sucks against them as well. Otherwise, 50 kills should come rather easily. Just make sure you kill everything that moves (and keep an eye on the corpses. They don’t need infection forms to come back to life in this game.) Shotgun is your best friend against the Flood.
    Breaking Quarantine 25
    Escape the Forerunner Facility on the level “343 Guilty Spark” in under 21 minutes

    Assuming you don’t get turned around, this is a fairly short level. Coupling it with killing 50 combat forms will slow you down, but it’s definitely not impossible. The trickiest spot is one of the containment rooms. You’ll notice a crate covered in blood with a shotgun on top. Use this crate to jump up to the second floor since there is not an actual path up.) Otherwise this is very straightforward.

    343 Guilty Spark 25
    Complete the level “343 Guilty Spark” on any difficulty

    See “The Maw” for more details

    That Just Happened 10
    Complete the level “The Library” on Heroic or Legendary without dying

    This one is pretty self-explanatory. Just beat the level like you normally would, but don’t die at all in the process. Shotgun is your best friend, rocket flood are your worst enemy, and carrier forms will always sneak up behind you.

    Speed Reader 25
    Complete the level “The Library” on Legendary in under 30 minutes

    For most people, this is the equivalent of Reach’s Solo Legendary achievement. This alone puts the list difficulty rating up for inexperienced players.) If you’re lucky, you’ll get this in just a regular playthrough. If you’re familiar with Legendary in the Other Halo titles, you might be able to pull this off in 20 minutes or so. Again, always have a shotgun. I also recommend having the rocket launcher whenever possible. It’s good when they start to pile up. Your best bet is to find a good corner to put your back against and just keep your finger on the trigger. Bulk doors will slow you down automatically. If you don’t have a bulk door, you better be moving forward.

    The Library 25
    Complete the level “The Library” on any difficulty

    See “The Maw” for more details

    Look out for the little guys 10
    Beat the level “Two Betrayals” on Heroic or Legendary without killing any grunts

    Don’t kill cannon fodder? That seems kinda redundant... Fortunately, the number of Grunts on this level is fairly limited. the real trick is to let the Flood and Covenant fight it out with each other, than pass through when the fighting has finally stopped. The flood will almost always beat the covenant or at least wipe out most of the grunts before they lose. Just skip past the rest in whatever vehicle you’re using.

    Leave it where it lay 25
    Complete the level “Two Betrayals” on Legendary without picking up a new weapon

    This is another one of those good/bad situations. Good news is, you start with a shotgun. Flood problem solved. Bad news is there’s a severe shortage of ammo for the weapons in this level and shotguns really aren’t that great against the Covenant. Again, you want to let them two factions fight each other and you pick off stragglers whenever possible.)

    Two Betrayals 25
    Complete the level “Two Betrayals” on any difficulty

    See “The Maw” for more details

    Tying up loose ends 10
    Kill every elite on the level “Keyes” on Heroic or Legendary

    There fortunately aren’t many elites on this level and most of them are found in the coolant field beneath the ship. Just kill them as you see them with whatever weapon you choose. No time limit or restrictions.

    Popcorn Flood 25
    Kill 100 Infection form flood on the level “Keyes” on Heroic or Legendary

    I’d be worried if you can’t get this one actually. Just shoot the little poppers. One pop will kill a few of them each time. They also rupture when they hit your shield. so getting 100 should be no problem by the end of the level.

    Keyes 25
    Complete the level “Keyes” on any difficulty

    See “The Maw” for more details

    This side up 10
    Complete the warthog Circuit on “The Maw” without being forcibly ejected from your seat

    Translation: Don’t flip the vehicle over. You have plenty of time to spare, so if you’re not sure of a ramp or jump, be safe and take the easy way around. Nothing fancy and this should be cake (and this cake isn’t a lie.)

    Never tell me the odds 25
    Complete the Warthog circuit on “The Maw” on Legendary with over a minute left on the clock left.

    Fortunately for us, Legendary has no actual effect on the warthog circuit so long as you don’t let the sentinels shoot at you for too long. Three tricks to getting this easy. First, drive carefully. Like I said above, you have plenty of time, so don’t flip your vehicle. It takes less time to detour than it does to get going again. Second, look for the side openings on the curved tunnels between rooms. These are nice little shortcuts if you can hit them right. Last, don’t stop when Foehammer messages you. Keep going and it will pause the timer shortly, which gives you a decent 20 second bonus.

    Dear Diary 50
    Read all of the Terminals hidden throughout the Campaign

    By time you reach "The Maw" you should've already found all of the terminals hidden throughout levels 1-9. Simply find the last terminal hidden in this level and after watching the video the achievement will pop.

    For a guide to the Skulls and Terminals, refer to:

    Headhunter 50
    Locate all of the skulls hidden throughout the campaign

    By time you reach "The Maw" you should've already found all of the skulls hidden throughout levels 1-8. Simply find the last skull hidden in this level and after walking over it the achievement will pop.

    For a guide to the Skulls and Terminals, refer to:

    By time you reach "The Maw" you should've already found all of the terminals hidden throughout levels 1-9. Simply find the last skull hidden in this level and after picking it up the achievement will pop.

    The Maw 25
    Complete the level “The Maw” on any difficulty

    Each of the level completion achievements are fortunately attainable on any of the 4 difficulties, so these are pretty much self-explanatory as well. Make sure to know what weaposn are good against each enemy type and be sure to keep your eyes open for shortcuts or hidden weapon caches. The levels were designed to be really open and there are lots of goodies hidden throughout that will help you complete each level.

    Birth of a Spartan 10
    Complete the Campaign on Normal

    See “Living Legend” for more details

    Believe in a Hero 20
    Complete the Campaign on Heroic

    See “Living Legend” for more details

    Living Legend 50
    Complete the Campaign on Legendary

    Once every level is beaten on Legendary, this achievement will pop. If you do it your first time through, the achievements stack, so you will earn “Birth of a Spartan” and “Beleive in a Hero” as well.

    Tsantsa 50
    Complete any level with Iron and 2 other skulls activated on Heroic or Legendary

    This will be familiar to anybody that’s used the skulls in the past Halo titles. As everybody knows, Iron causes the level to reset if you die solo or automatically revert to a checkpoint if one player dies in co-op. I highly recommend doing this achievement in co-op (at least a dummy controller) to eliminate frustration.


    Congratulations on your completion of Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary. I hope you found this guide to be beneficial in your hunt for and I hope you found the advice I gave to be as valuable as I considered it to be when I was writing this guide. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to let me know. Any tips or ideas to make some of these achievements easier are always welcome and will be added with full credit included of course.


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