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  • Black Box Locations

    Mission 1: Alpha Base - There is a small ramp by the bridge right before you rescue the last set of marines. Go down this ramp and the black box will be right between it and the bridge.
    Mission 2: Relic Approach - North of the map there is an energy shield near the Covenant air pads and Methane Tanks. The box is behind this shield (You need infantry to reach it)
    Mission 3: Relic Interior - Right from the start head down the ramp on your right and follow the path all the way to the end. The box is right before the crashed Pelican.
    Mission 4: Arcadia City - The box is directly north of the West base location right beside a sky bridge. (If you don’t know where the west base location is, just wait until you can build a base after the #3 transport is destroyed)
    Mission 5: Arcadia Outskirts - There are two capturable reactors on the map. The box is to the right of the one near the center of the map. You need to go down some steps to reach it.
    Mission 6: Dome of Light - Other island where you have to place the third rhino tank, there is an underground entrance south west of the rhino site, the box is in front of this entrance. (To reach the island you have to deploy the first two rhino tanks then use the Transport ability to get units there)
    Mission 7: Scarab - The box is at the furthest point north east of the map beside a bunch of supply crates.
    Mission 8: Anders' Signal - Go as far east as possible on the map. The box is in the middle of a plateau surrounded by trees.
    Mission 9: The Flood - The box is at the west most point of the map in a corner near the bordering mountains.
    Mission 10: Shield World - The box is beside the middle set of units that need evacuation. (The group with the elephant)
    Mission 11: Cleansing - The box is on one of the ship sections off to the side which are inaccessible by ground units. It is on the North West side of the ship where the edge section starts to get wider. This is on the side with the flood base. It attached to the hull so it may be hard to see.
    Mission 12: Repairs - This box is also on the section of ship inaccessible by ground units. It's on the very west side of the ship under the last gun turret near the power generator.
    Mission 13: Beachhead - The box is on the far north east of the map at the top of a cliff. There are some small ramps which may allow for infantry to get to the box but is a lot easier to just use air units.
    Mission 14: Reactor - The box is to the very south west of the map on a cliff ledge which can be accessed from the first elevation, where the first Covenant base is.
    Mission 15: Escape - The box is at the north edge of the central circle shield thing.
    Submitted by Black Sox
  • Rank = Score

    Rank Rank Score Needed
    Recruit = Play 1 Game
    Lieutenant = 80,000
    Captain = 200,000
    Major = 400,000
    Commander = 800,000
    Colonel = 1,600,000
    Brigadier = 2,400,000
    General = 3,200,000
    Submitted by Doze
  • Safety From Instant Defeat

    Entry location: Mission 7 - SCARAB
    Situation: The scarab head if it has nothing to attack on the field will start to attack the barriers in front of your base. If all of those are destroyed and your base is hit, you lose.

    Safety: In front of your base location is a node, and one of those towers you can garrison your troops in. First, get the medic upgrade from your barracks. Second train a troop of normal infantry. Third, defeat the covenant currently inside off the tower. Fourth, garrison your troops in the tower.

    Note: If you do this, you will not get the Micro Manager achievement because your troops will attack the node in front of their station.
    Submitted by GamerkidX
  • Mission 9 Easy 100 Percent Complete

    To beat this level with the achievement is easy. Build up your resources so you can build a large amount of hornets (remember to upgrade them when possible). Keep 3-4 hornets at your base for protection while building turrets. Split the remaining hornets into 2-3 groups of about 5 each. Send each group directly to a flood monster and kill each one until all five are dead at the same time.(They will eventually regenerate so move quick and leave 1 hornet behind to keep it down). Note that although hornets cannot be touched by most flood, there are still some flying units and tentacles that can kill hornets, so rebuild them as soon as possible. On your way to each monster, make sure to kill the stalks as killing 20 will unlock the skull. It will be in between the crashed pelican and main base. When all 5 are dead, destroy the flood structure marked on your map. If all flood monsters were kill when this happened, you will get the achievement during the cinematic.
    Submitted by a Hunter
  • Beat The Super Scarab

    To beat the super scarab first what you need to do is destroy all the power nodes (NOTE: you really don't need to destroy all of the power nodes, but you'll find that it helps a lot). Next you need to send Sergent Forge down as close as possible to the scarab head, along with anything that can revive Forge (this works because Forge can not die he can only be downed, so the scarab will try to kill him, and as long as he is in range of the scarab he absorbs the beam). Then all you need to do next is to send all your units down and open fire on the head.
    Submitted by newbomb 44
  • Banshee Rush Srategy

    Entry location: 1v1 Standard (Xbox LIVE or Skirmish)
    Steps (In Order)

    1. Build Warehouse
    2. Send Ghost out for supplies
    3. Build 2 more Warehouses
    4. Build Temple
    5. Build Summit (Once you have enough supplies)
    6. Upgrade all Warehouses
    7. Start Building Banshees
    8. Attack when you have about five Banshees
    9.Set Global Rally Point and keep making Banshees.
    10. Target any threats and buildings that produce Units (Infantry, Vehicles, etc.)



    Tip: Be sure to send your Ghost and your Leader along with the Banshees to attack.
    Submitted by TPayne

Halo Wars Unlockables

  • Achievements

    2 Bugs are Better Than 1 (10) - Win a Skirmish Game with Dual Scarabs
    24 Hours of Quality (20) - Play Halo Wars for at least 24 Total Hours
    Adjudicate the Arbiter (30) - Complete the Campaign on Heroic Difficulty
    Alas, Poor Andrew Thomas (5) - Collect your first Skull
    Backscratcher (10) - Complete any Campaign Mission in Co-op Mode
    Basically Naive (10) - Obtain the Recruit Rank on Xbox LIVE
    Battened Down the Hatches (5) - Mission 11: Save all the Airlocks
    Beaming with Pride (5) - Mission 13: Destroy 25 units with the Scarab
    Big Al's Scooter (10) - Win a Heroic Skirmish Game against the AI in under 10 minutes
    Covenant "Hot Drop" (5) - Mission 3: Kill at least 5 Covenant Units with the Bridge
    Crushed Colors (10) - Improve your Score in any Campaign Mission
    Detour the Great Journey (50) - Complete the Campaign on Legendary Difficulty
    Didn't Get To Second Base (5) - Mission 14: Don't claim an extra base
    Empire Builder (5) - Win a game in every Skirmish Game Mode
    Endless Fun (5) - Mission 2: Destroy every Methane Tank
    Epic Grinder (40) - Obtain a Lifetime Campaign Score over 1,000,000
    Everything's Better with Bacon (5) - Mission 1: Ram 50 Grunts with Warthogs
    Gallivant around the Galaxy (25) - Win a game on every Skirmish Map
    Graverobber (30) - Collect all Skulls
    Halo Academic (15) - Unlock 20 Timeline Events
    Halo Historian (40) - Unlock All Timeline Events
    Handy with Tools (5) - Mission 12: Repair the Power Core in less than 4 minutes
    He's Got The Jack (5) - Mission 5: Jack 6 Covenant Vehicles
    Ice Warriors (40) - Completed Act I on any difficulty
    Key to Pirth (50) - Completed Act II on any difficulty
    Meet Sergeant Forge (10) - Completed Mission 1 on any difficulty
    Micro Manager (5) - Mission 7: Do not destroy any Power Node
    Momma's Boy (5) - Get a Gold Medal on any mission
    Mr. Punctual (15) - Finish all missions under Par Time on Heroic difficulty
    My Virtual Friends Love Me (10) - Win a 3v3 Skirmish game with 2 AI Allies
    N00b n0 M0r3 (10) - Win a Matchmade Skirmish Game on Xbox LIVE
    No Way Home? (70) - Completed Act IV on any difficulty
    Officer on Deck (30) - Obtain the Lieutenant Rank on Xbox LIVE
    OMG BFF FTW (40) - Complete entire Campaign in Co-op Mode
    Own Worst Enemy (20) - Get a Gold Medal with all Debuff Skulls Active
    Penny Pincher (10) - Get a winning High Score with 10 or less Squads against the Heroic AI
    Playin' the Field (15) - Win a Skirmish Game with every Leader
    Ramblin' Man (5) - Mission 8: Use Elephants to train 100 Infantry
    Ready for the Sequel (75) - 100% Completion
    Rhino Hugger (5) - Mission 6: Successfully protect every Rhino
    Running the Show (50) - Obtain the General Rank on Xbox LIVE
    So Lonely at the Top (20) - Win and have the Highest Score in a Matchmade Skirmish Game on Xbox LIVE
    Sweet Naptime (5) - Mission 9: Put every Colony in Hibernation Mode at the same time
    The Procrastinator (5) - Mission 10: Disrupt all Tractor Beams
    The Real Winner (5) - Mission 4: Save Adam
    Thinkin' about My Doorbell (5) - Mission 15: Open the Doors in order
    Titan (15) - Get 20,000 points in any Skirmish Game
    Ugly is only Skin Deep (70) - Completed Act III on any difficulty
    Walk-Off Winner (30) - Use one of the 6 Major Leader Powers to destroy an enemy's last unit
    Wall of Recognition (30) - Get a Gold Medal on every Campaign Mission
    Submitted by Jormand
  • Skull Locations and Names

    Skull Name: Boomstick (Mission 12: Repairs) - Kill 12 Spirit Transports - take a Hawk to the Lower 2 Airlocks and it its right up the Little ramp in the Air
    Skull Name: Bountiful Harvest (Mission 14: Reactor) - Kill 20 Vampires - head to the Second Covenant Base and its in the Far corner at the bottom of the next ramp
    Skull Name: Catch (Mission 10: Shield World) - Kill 350 Swarms - get at least 2 Hornets and fly East of you base past the First Tower to a Plateau with covered with Flood Eggs it is in the center
    Skull Name: Cowbell (Mission 3: Relic Interior) - Kill 45 Hunters - take a Grizzly, Anders, Forge and Your Marines Back to where they were held up on the central pad
    Skull Name: Emperor (Mission 15: Escape) - Kill 3 Scarabs - Head the to Very North of the Map and its dead Center of all the flood
    Skull Name: Fog (Mission 5: Arcadia Outskirts) - Kill 5 Wraiths - get a Warthog and rush back up the Tracks to the left of your Main Base and just keep going straight past the split in the Tracks
    Skull Name: Grunt Birthday Party (Mission 2: Relic Approach) - Kill 20 Jackals - head back to Alpha Base with a Worthog its in the south end of the base
    Skull Name: Look Daddy! (Mission 1: Alpha Base) - Kill 100 Grunts - get a Warthog and rush back to the front gate of Alpha base the skull is where the Marines were held up
    Skull Name: Pain Train (Mission 13: Beachhead) - Kill 10 Bomber Forms - head back to the Beginning of the Map by the First Teleporter and head down the Path to a Flood nest and its right next to it
    Skull Name: Rebel Leader (Mission 9: The Flood) - Kill 20 Flood Stalks - just to the North East of your Main Base is a downed Pelican. Just take a Warthog to claim it fast and easy
    Skull Name: Rebel Supporter (Mission 8: Anders' Signal) - Kill 750 Infection Forms - head to North Side of the Map where you got the Elephant, head east towards a cliff, But you'll see a ridge. Go into ridge
    Skull Name: Rebel Sympathizer (Mission 7: Scarab ) - Kill 10 Locusts - get a Warthog and take it to the Top Left of the Map where there was 2 Locusts and a Power Nod its right there
    Skull Name: Sickness (Mission 6: Dome of Light) - Kill 50 Banshees - take a Squad of Marines to the Hanger Behind your Base its right there
    Skull Name: Sugar Cookies (Mission 11: Cleansing) - Kill 100 Sentinels - take a Hornet to the front end of the Spirit Of Fire and it is right on the nose of the Ship
    Skull Name: Wuv Woo (Mission 4: Arcadia City) - Kill 50 Elites - where you Set up Base Two in the Streets there are some stairs Next to it leading to a Bronze Statue Its next to the Statue
    Submitted by Skulltor
  • Strategic Options DLC Achievements

    Freak on a Streak (20) - Gain at least 15 population from a single wave in a Reinforcement game.
    Living Loving Bug (30) - Obtain a Scarab during a Reinforcement game.
    One and Done (30) - Score the winning point in a game of Keepaway against Legendary A.I.’s.
    Pull Hard, Pull Deep (20) - Win and never trail in a Tug of War game.
    Submitted by Strategic Options DLC Achievements
  • DLC Achievements

    Drain Cleaner (30) - Kill 20 enemy squads with a continuous Covenant Leader Power on Memorial Basin.
    Killjoy (25) - Disrupt 5 active Leader Powers in a single game on Blood River.
    Never Leave a Man Behind (15) - Finish with 5000 net resources tributed to your teammates on Memorial Basin except in Deathmatch.
    Tour Coming Through (30) - Hot drop 50 squads to your Covenant Leader in a single game on Barrens.
    Submitted by PizzaHutMac

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More Info

Release date: Mar 03 2009 - Xbox 360 (US)
Feb 27 2009 - Xbox 360 (UK)
Available Platforms: Xbox 360
Genre: Strategy
Published by: Microsoft
Developed by: Ensemble Studios
Franchise: Halo
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Violence, Mild Language, Mild Blood
PEGI Rating:
16+: Violence

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