Halo: Reach multiplayer strategy guide

Sword Base

Sword Base is a vertically oriented interior map loaded with twisting corridors and elevators. Bridges connect the two four-story sides, criss-crossing a wide open, canyon-like space in the middle of the map where the bodies inevitably pile up.

Above: The back stairs (lower right) make for a quick and easy flanking move

Best match types: SWAT, Elite Slayer 

The best way to get the most out of your Armor Power is to pair it with the appropriate weapon. Here are the locations of the key weapons on Powerhouse.

Energy sword

Above: It's in a little alcove on level 2a

Plasma launcher

Above: It's waiting for you on the walkway in the center of the map


Above: It's under the staircase on level 4a

Sniper rifle

Above: It's at the base of the right-hand pillar at the end of the central chamber

Check back throughout the Halo: Reach multiplayer beta as we'll be updating this guide with new maps, modes and strategies!

May 4, 2010

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  • hmott - September 29, 2010 1:35 a.m.

    There's a special website for the Halo Reach strategy guide: ... go figure :-) It has most of the Halo Reach strategy guides available, with some videos.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - May 6, 2010 11:08 p.m.

    I always thought that using armour lock would be a good way of becoming a spartan roadblock for vehicles... As a warthog zooms towards you, armour lock and BOOM One trashed pig
  • GamesRadarMatthewKeast - May 6, 2010 10:40 p.m.

    Button and equipment references have been fixed, although I didn't write the guide, so can't say if everything's fixed.
  • Abe504 - May 6, 2010 9:16 p.m.

    i dunno, this game is pretty good but i just can't get kills in it, i dunno, maybe i am just used to cod. I be pumping clips into people and they just don't die
  • YodaUnleashed - May 6, 2010 5:09 p.m.

    Armour lock is a really good power in oddball games, even on Sword Base as it does mean you take more time to get to the oddball but once you have it you can just activate armour lock if things heat up and have a greater chance of surviving any grenade spam. The only problem is the other player can just pick up the oddball and wait to beat you in the face in which case you really need a sword/hammer or sticky grenade.
  • BIOSback - May 6, 2010 5:47 a.m.

    Soryy for repost but it's not "plasma sword" it's an energy sword.
  • BIOSback - May 6, 2010 5:45 a.m.

    Heres a tip for gaurd. If you have plasma grenades you can stick someone up close and if they run at you (which they most likely will) just shield and BOOM! your safe they're dead. p.s. It's LB not L1.
  • GoldenMe - May 6, 2010 4:27 a.m.

    Way too many mistakes in this guide. Get your shit together, GR staff.
  • Jesse1066 - May 6, 2010 3:04 a.m.

    Probably because he can "sprint using L1."
  • Limbo - May 6, 2010 2:46 a.m.

    @lovinmyps3: Invasion mode comes out on May 7, along with the map Boneyard. And by the way; if you're loving your PS3 why do you care about Halo?
  • lovinmyps3 - May 6, 2010 2:20 a.m.

    Why isn't Invasion a game mode in the beta? I thought it was going to be in the beta...
  • cholobear911 - May 5, 2010 8:08 p.m.

    19why must the fun end on may 19, and why do people boost for a beta i mean really?
  • gutlessVADER - May 5, 2010 4:45 p.m.

    Plasma sword?! Really? And the Arbiter could only turn invisible in Halo 2. In Halo 3 he kinda just sat there. Nice tips, though.
  • Dragonflame - May 5, 2010 5:44 a.m.

    Might want to add to armor lock that it auctally deflects things like rockets, grenades and plasma launcher shoots if they dont hit you directly. Gotten many kills from somone firing a load of plasma grenades from plasma laucnher at me and then watching them fly in every direction around the room, hitting nearby enemies. Armor lock is also great for lining up shots with the sniper rfile with a little practice, since you exit in the direction the camera is facing and can fire before you auctally go all the way back to first person. So with a little practice you can line up a headshot on the guy waiting for you to exit.
  • matt588 - May 5, 2010 4:40 a.m.

    sorry, not sure why i flipped between power/armor
  • matt588 - May 5, 2010 4:38 a.m.

    here's a tip: watch where you armor lock!!! played CTF on sword base (alot of grenade spamming btw) and the other team came down the ramp beside back stair and all hurled grenades in the room, and a power locked teammate blocked the door. (i guess i could have jumped over him, didn't even know he was there), oh and they killed him after his power lock timed out.
  • Jesse1066 - May 5, 2010 4:14 a.m.

    "Use cloaking to turn your Spartan invisible, as when playing the Arbiter in Halo 3." You mean Halo 2, right?
  • Samael - May 5, 2010 3:02 a.m.

    "Scout gives you the ability to sprint using L1" Yeah, you guys might want to change that to LB asap...
  • WillisTron - May 5, 2010 2:47 a.m.

    "Scout gives you the ability to sprint using L1" I didn't know Reach was coming out on PS3!?
  • Spydie4x4 - May 5, 2010 2:15 a.m.

    So, Im absolutely OWNING online. Send me an inv sometime guys :P ThaNotoriousBOB

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