Halo Wars: Guide to Skulls and Black Boxes


Skull #6: Sickness
Description: All player units have 50% fewer hitpoints.
Requirement: Kill 50 Banshees

This skull is stupid simple. Your units will destroy twenty Banshees without any help from you and, upon doing so, the glowing cranium will conveniently place itself in the open hangar behind your base.

Black Box #6: Wait until you place the third Elephant across the broken bridge using the "transport" power. Before leaving the area to concentrate on other tasks, check the western shadows for a short separate path. The crate is there.

Skull #7: Rebel Sympathizer
Description: Non-player units get 25% more hitpoints.
Requirement: Kill 10 Locust

If you obliterate every power node, you'll probably obliterate the necessary number of Locust at the same time. The skull materializes right next to one of those power nodes, on a little peninsula near the middle of the map.

Black Box #7: At the very top of the map, and as far east from the Scarab as possible, is a small area surrounded by cliffs. Look for the bountiful gathering of shiny blue supplies and you'll find the crate too.

Skull #8: Rebel Supporter
Description: Non-player units do 50% more damage.
Requirement: Kill 750 Infection Forms

This one will take some patience, but little effort. Just make sure to build all four turrets at your base and enhance them with anti-infantry tech; with enough time, they should eliminate most of the 750 Flood on their own. The skull appears in the northern tip of the map, at the end of a precarious cliffside road.

Black Box #8: Hidden right under your nose! Directly south of the base, on a tree-ringed plateau, is the crate.

Skull #9: Rebel Leader
Description: Non-player units start with extra veterancy.
Requirement: Kill 20 Flood Stalks

To collect this skull immediately, build a squadron of Hornets and fly around the map searching for the mushroom-like stalks. They're all over. When finished, return home and look just a bit northwest. The skull is next to the crashed Pelican... you'll need the Hornets or some other air unit to nab it.

Black Box #9: On the western side of the map, near one of the Flood structures you have to put down. Nothing else really distinguishes this location, so check the minimap in the screen below.

Skull #10: Catch
Description: All player units recharge unit abilities in half the time.
Requirement: Kill 350 Swarms

Set up some turrets with anti-air tech and you'll reach 350 no problem. To find the skull, start at the base and follow the southeastern edge of the map. Past the first tractor beam generator is a Flood-infested area and the skull you desire.

Black Box #10: Hey, remember those squads you're supposed to be saving? Well, the middle one - Team Bravo - happens to be blocking the path to the black box. Rescue them and any unit can collect it... or fly a Hornet over, drop down for the crate and leave the entire lot to die.


  • pearl - October 7, 2009 12:21 a.m.

    Any one notice you can access the terminal on relic interior?
  • caboose4400 - June 29, 2009 2:34 a.m.

    oh and people if u has the honur gaurd waith and your doing skirmish go to options and make it so the enemie is red and you are blue. blue makes the honur gaurd tank look a lot better than purple does
  • opal407 - April 21, 2009 11:17 p.m.

    these where useful, but it didn't have all the skullz...
  • Spybreak8 - March 23, 2009 8:57 p.m.

    @ |dreadnaugt| yea try doing that mission waiting outside the base, don't rush in and wait for the dropships to deploy more grunts. You can take down the energy barrier though.
  • ldreadnaughtl - March 22, 2009 4:47 p.m.

    on the first mission i got to 99 grunts then whent back and re-checked the whole map and couldnt find the 100th
  • Xx TDP Equinox xX - April 19, 2012 11:41 p.m.

    same here i cant find the 100th grunt
  • jackf-11 - March 10, 2009 2:43 a.m.

    Yeah, this helped a LOT. But there is one thing puzzling me, on the main menu, it says in the stats that scroll across that I have 15/17 skulls collected. Mabie a glitch considering the flaming Worthog and Honor Guard Wraith are on the same selection menu. Or mabie a Mythic and IWHBYD skulls?
  • kerfuffled_brizzle792 - March 9, 2009 12:18 a.m.

    Yes, just got the game, this guide will help so much
  • Tjoh117 - March 7, 2009 3:30 p.m.

    The Wuv Woo Skull is also a cheat in one of ensemble's earlier games, Age of mythology, it unlocks a flying rainbow hippo
  • lucashintz - March 7, 2009 5:11 a.m.

    Woohoo I've been waiting for this!
  • SushiFTW - August 31, 2009 11:23 p.m.

  • caboose4400 - June 29, 2009 2:28 a.m.

    yeah ive got all skullls yet on the bottem of the main menu screen where those hints and stuff it says i only have 15/16 skulls? oh and i have all black boxes but there are still things missing from the time line do i have to finish the game on legendary to unlock these?
  • Demonflare - May 1, 2009 3:39 a.m.

    Ha! The skulls rock! The guide here really helped me find those bloody skulls! Lol!
  • mrCrazy1 - April 16, 2009 3:41 a.m.

    Is HALO WARS tha good because i got the demo but it didnt seem all that. And yeah skulls are freakin awesome at least on halo 3. I LUV the "Grunt B-Day Party Skull"!!!!!!
  • Spybreak8 - March 23, 2009 8:46 p.m.

    Yea I really like having the missions list, being able to go in and do one specific mission without playing through the whole campaign is really nice. I've got two more missions to grab all the skulls.^^
  • lajlegz8432 - March 20, 2009 10:35 p.m.

    Don't you just love the SKULLS!!!
  • adrianjb1 - March 19, 2009 10:47 p.m.

    this thing helped alot lol
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - March 9, 2009 4:51 p.m.

    @ Spybreak8 Yes, just go to the mission select screen and look at each mission's image. The bottom right corner of the image will show an icon of the skull (if you have it) and an icon of the black box (if you have it). If you don't see those icons, you don't have 'em. Or, you can go to the main menu and look at your Service Record. It shows, mission by mission, what you've collected.
  • Spybreak8 - March 9, 2009 6:59 a.m.

    I know you can see if you have gotten the skull or not but is there a way to know which missions you need to replay to find the black boxes?
  • ricono - March 7, 2009 2:38 a.m.

    im glad they hid skulls it gave it a more halo feel

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