Halo: Reach Data Pad location guide

To the best our knowledge, there are no new skulls hidden in Halo: Reach. For serious fans of the universe and mythology, however, Bungie's game may contain something even better - data pads. Sound boring? Not when you discover that each data pad unlocks a different piece of Halo: Reach's mysterious side story. And not when you realize that some of these secret collectibles are so tricky to find, only the most hardcore Halo players will ever see them all.

Data Pads 1-9 can be found on any difficulty. One per campaign mission.
Data Pads 10-19 will only show up when playing on Legendary difficulty. One per mission, plus Lone Wolf.

Data Pad 1 (Winter Contingency)
Data Pad 2 (ONI: Sword Base)
Data Pad 3 (Nightfall)
Data Pad 4 (Tip of the Spear)
Data Pad 5 (Long Night of Solace)
Data Pad 6 (Exodus)
Data Pad 7 (New Alexandria)
Data Pad 8 (The Package)
Data Pad 9 (The Pillar of Autumn)
Data Pad 10 (Winter Contingency) - Legendary Difficulty
Data Pad 11 (ONI: Sword Base) - Legendary Difficulty
Data Pad 12 (Nightfall) - Legendary Difficulty
Data Pad 13 (Tip of the Spear) - Legendary Difficulty
Data Pad 14 (Long Night of Solace) - Legendary Difficulty
Data Pad 15 (Exodus) - Legendary Difficulty
Data Pad 16 (New Alexandria) - Legendary Difficulty
Data Pad 17 (The Package) - Legendary Difficulty
Data Pad 18 (The Pillar of Autumn) - Legendary Difficulty
Data Pad 19 (Lone Wolf) - Legendary Difficulty 


Mission: Winter Contingency, Rally Point Alpha
(Any Difficulty)

Jump directly to this point by loading the mission’s Rally Point Alpha, or wait until you find the orange jeep and Jun says “Commander, I’m seeing more hostile activity to the northeast.” Follow the road to the right. When you reach the next fork, head right and downhill, then over a small bridge. At the final fork, turn left towards the buildings. See the flashing gold building ahead of you? Ignore that and enter the building immediately to your right. The first data pad is on the floor inside.


Mission: ONI: Sword Base, Rally Point Bravo
(Any Difficulty)

You’ll find this second data pad near the end of the mission, in the tall, narrow, bridged section that’s used for the Sword Base multiplayer map. The data pad is on the second floor of the room, on the left side (same side that you entered on), tucked under a staircase next to a broken door. There are multiple paths and ramps you can take to get up to this area, so check out our screens and video to get an exact idea of its location.


Mission: Nightfall
(Any Difficulty)

The third data pad’s easy. As soon as the mission begins, you’re offered two paths. Most players automatically follow the winding cliff to the left, but you can also head inside a cave to the right. Enter the cave and you’ll find the data pad on the ground, next to the wall and hidden by some brush.


  • Master_Beta - August 18, 2012 8:17 p.m.

    Thanks for the guide and everything. I tried finding them on my own but didn't realise there was so many. By the way, what is with your armour? The colours are cool but it is the standard from when you first start.
  • jombo42 - July 8, 2011 11:22 a.m.

    data pad 16 must b a real pain in the u no where 2 get am i right!!!
  • McNeelyJ - September 24, 2010 8:47 p.m.

    sorry but what do you unlock by getting all the datapads?
  • theguyinthecloset - September 23, 2010 2:30 a.m.

    I found the data pad #1 and at first I though it was a unique thing like just one chunk of back story and then I though it resembled the terminals in Halo 3 and then I looked here and found this!! now I can haz them allz =3
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - September 22, 2010 11:50 p.m.

    Guide is now complete! All 19 data pads are ready for the taking... you'll definitely want to watch our videos and read our text carefully for the Legendary difficulty pads.
  • kman2493 - February 26, 2012 1:18 p.m.

    Excuse me but you are missing a data pad. on the first level as you get off the falcon if you run towards where the moa are you may notice a faint shimmer of a elite in camo if you kill him he drops a data pad. This can only be done on legendary
  • TBag - September 22, 2010 1:42 a.m.

    Please fix your video player. Its not 1998 any more.
  • OneMightyRiver - September 22, 2010 12:04 a.m.

    oh, he drops the datapad when he's dead...
  • OneMightyRiver - September 22, 2010 12:02 a.m.

    Most of them you need to be on Legendary to find. But there is one I know for sure is missing from the list: there is two in the first mission, one right after you drop off the falcon. You need to sprint down the hill and shoot the cloaked elite running away from the becon to the birds, in front of the gate. You can't miss when shooting; because by the time you reload he's out of sight, out of range, and unable to catch. So once off sprint down the hill to the gate and shoot when you see him (in the head!).
  • SausageLozenge - September 21, 2010 9:07 p.m.

    @ brett Thats a bummer, I like stuff.
  • lincc289 - September 21, 2010 1:40 p.m.

    go!go! About you, fashionable tide Story will start from here!
  • nomnom52 - September 21, 2010 7:19 a.m.

    To make finding the second data pad easier (the one found in the multiplayer part of Sword Base) you could say that it's right next to where the shotgun is on the multiplayer map. (It really is kind of sad that most of the multiplayer maps are direct rips from the campaign missions.)
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - September 21, 2010 2:23 a.m.

    You get NOTHING for collecting them. No points, no cool abilities, near as we can tell. There's the text in the log and that appears to be it. But some are so cleverly hidden they're fun to grab anyway. The others are coming soon!
  • batmanboy11 - September 19, 2010 4:33 a.m.

    When I commented I hadn't actually looked at the locations and when I was playing Level 1 today I found that data-pad by accident.
  • Hitsugaya2112 - September 18, 2010 4:09 a.m.

    I'm proud to say I actually found the first one on my first playthrough. Now to find the rest of them!
  • SausageLozenge - September 20, 2010 1:04 a.m.

    Do you get anything if you collect them, besides the story that is? In Halo 3 you unlocked armor for finding the skulls. Stuff in Waypoint? Maybe they will put them as a weekly challenge eventually.
  • Markstone - September 18, 2010 10:34 p.m.

    I didn't realize that there was even anything to collect . . . but this guide should make finding them a tad easier
  • cj12297 - September 18, 2010 8:46 p.m.

    i found one of those read and didnt know wtf it was
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - September 18, 2010 4:59 p.m.

    @OhMyJosh Read the text, please - the next 10 data pads, which we'll be guiding you to next week, require playing on Legendary difficulty. Recaptcha: difficulty anador
  • batman5273 - September 18, 2010 1:53 p.m.

    I'm sorry, Charlie, but I find this article completely biased towards collectibles.

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