Halo Wars: Guide to Skulls and Black Boxes

Skull #11:
Sugar Cookies
Description: All player units have 50% more hitpoints.
Requirement: Destroy 100 Sentinels

To reach 100 Sentinels, construct as many turrets and Hornets as possible. Constantly check the sides of the ship, as the robots tend to congregate there. The skull will pop into existence at the front of the Spirit of Fire, floating in the air below the observation deck. You'll need a flying unit to get it.

Black Box #11: You'll need a Hornet for this one, too. It's resting on the northwestern flank of the ship, at the opposite end you found the skull. Note that by "flank," we mean the very edges of the Spirit of Fire... beyond the fences, where the ship slopes downward.

Skull #12: Boomstick
Description: 5% chance any non-player unit blows up upon death with explosive area of effect damage.
Requirement: Kill 12 Spirit Transports

Same strategy as the last mission. Build as many turrets and air units as possible to destroy the transports before they fly away. Also try upgrading your Marines to have the RPG ability. The skull materializes on the northeastern tip of the ship, right above the text reading "Spirit of Fire" and "Captain Cutter". You'll need an air unit to reach it.

Black Box #12: Like the last crate, this is on the outer edge of the ship (northern flank, southern tip), but tucked closer to the outer fences. Again, you'll need an air unit.

Skull #13: Pain Train
Description: All player units train 50% faster.
Requirement: Kill 10 Bomber Forms

Check dark corners of the map for Flood infestation and the bulbous blimps you need to annihilate. When you've killed ten, the skull will be waiting for you in the Flood-filled valley north of the mission's first teleporter.

Black Box #13: Head to the northeast edge of the map. Go to the middle of that edge. On a very high and flower-covered cliff is the crate. Pretty, ain't it? You can reach this vista with a ground unit, but as usual, an air unit's a lot easier and quicker.

Skull #14: Bountiful Harvest
Description: Supplies come in 25% faster.
Requirement: Kill 20 Vampires

You'll destroy twenty Vampires just trying to stay alive in this mission. The skull appears at the top of the third ramp, behind the second Covenant base, and is surrounded by a half circle of purple crates.

Black Box #14: This crate is hidden southwest of the first Covenant base and the possible location of your second UNSC base. It's in a raised grass rectangle, bordered by metal, and you'll need an air unit to get there.

Skull #15: Emperor
Description: All player powers recharge in half the time.
Requirement: Kill 3 Scarabs

Possibly the trickiest skull to collect. The Scarabs tend to wander around the center of the blue ring, but they're difficult to destroy and the mission is timed. We recommend building a Field Armory and researching enhanced versions of the MAC Cannon. That way, you can destroy each Scarab with three or four instantaneous blasts from the sky. The skull is in the northern (slightly northeastern) area of the map, amidst a large infestation of Flood.

Black Box #15: Compared to the skull, this is a piece of cake. Just take a Warthog from your original base, drive north across the blue ring structure and you'll see the crate in a very obvious location.

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  • 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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