HaloRadar: Snipers Exposed

Nov 30, 2007

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Snipers - your days are numbered. For months, you've terrorized us, frustrated us and annoyed the hell out of us. Lurking in the shadows, crouching behind walls and hiding on ledges, you inflate your kill count without moving a single multiplayer muscle.

No longer. Using Bungie's amazing heat maps, we've pinpointed every one of your convenient and comfortable camping spots. Now we're revealing them to the world... so prepare to adapt if you hope to survive.

(P.S. Yeah, yeah. We're totally gonna take advantage of these spots, too. But at least you'll know where to find us!)

Above: The darker the heat patch, the more sniper kills originate from that location


Snipers love the roofs on High Ground. You already knew that. Here are four less obvious, but no less popular, locations for long range bullying.

Sniper Nest #1: Facing the base from the beach, this darkened ledge is on your immediate left. Snipers love to grab the nearby overshield and then perch amidst the boulders.

Sniper Nest #2: Another easy-to-miss ledge on the right. Also look for snipers behind the small wall and, yes, in the tree.

Sniper Nest #3: The pipe is pretty useless outside of Capture the Flag... unless you're looking to melee a sniper in the back of the head.

Sniper Nest #4: See how dark red that heat splotch is? This out of the way spot might be the most popular camp on the map.

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  • M94 - March 7, 2010 9:22 p.m.

    My favorite spiping position is located on sandtrap quite hard to get there but worth it. First grap the Spartan Laser or Rocketlancher, then the Sniper Rifle. Stay alive to get to the Banshee, and then go to the top of the four pillars, It's difficult to land, but once there, nearly the whole map is open to you. If you're lucky the falling Banshee will land on someone for a kill ;)
  • Mattymatt - January 18, 2010 3:51 p.m.

    Scouts are always able to find way better sniper places than these. Take me for instance im the leader of the Cobra squadran. We are a three man squad and im the sniper/scout. If u want some better sniper areas just use ur eyes not this. I turn almost anything on the map to a sniper location and get some good head shot kills with them to.
  • Mattymatt - January 18, 2010 3:48 p.m.

    hey im a sniper buy i can turn anywhere on these maps into a sniper place so be on the watch lol
  • Smeggs - September 26, 2009 4:07 a.m.

    Beachside on Valhalla: A rock on the left of the base you can hop behind and get loads of kills from. And to the right another rocky area in the mountainside, gives a god view of the base and the valley to the edge of the pelican crash. Mountainside: Left on this base is a rocky outcropping providing some cover when crouched and a good view of your entire base. Sandtrap: Standing up behind one of the pelican jet things, especially if this is the enemies main spawn point. Hiding in the taller building across from the long ruin with the grav-hammer on it, you can climb up the pieces on the inside and perch in the shadows, kinda like the parts oif the wall you can climb in Narrows. along with the highest sand hill on the right of the building, easy to get cover, just back up a few steps, and you get an amazing view of almost everything. Last Resort: The shadowy corner of the walkway from the "camp Frohman" sniper spawn to the big building, because they can hop down or climb up into the point with that hole in the walkway. Or the building near the shotgun spawn because its shadowy and has many areas to run and is also out of the way. Epitaph: The upper walkway at the opposite side of the side with the grav lift that throws you to the floating platform.
  • MrMagic - December 3, 2008 10:23 p.m.

    on Last Resort #4 it is better to go on top of that green missile launcher thing :D got a Running Riot up there
  • YeAh_DuDe_I_RoCk - November 10, 2008 10:36 p.m.

    there is one more on valhalla, get in a banshee, fly to the top of a tower, jump out, if you land it you should be on top of the tower, took me a LONG time and a lot of cursing to see were some snipers hid
  • goeagles1 - September 28, 2008 8:31 p.m.

    i know like 3 more spots to snipe. They are really good spots too.
  • brutalassain - October 24, 2008 12:47 a.m.

    man i love to snipe people out and their is one more spot on top of the netted roof closest to the water
  • goeagles1 - September 28, 2008 8:46 p.m.

    i know 1 more but u have to have the grav lift
  • yellowlabs - September 27, 2008 4:28 a.m.

    common were gaurdian that sucks b@lls f@#$ u
  • yellowlabs - September 27, 2008 4:23 a.m.

    what about gaurdian
  • trainor.13 - September 19, 2008 1:07 a.m.

    ok man not meaning to sound like an ass but some of the spots u showed in the pics were off by a lot and the heat maps wont show you some of the less know spots that if the sniper gets there they will own the whole map if you add me on live at mobilesnipeshow i will show you the ones to watch out for on any map
  • monkeyz101 - September 13, 2008 9:20 a.m.

    Some nice spots i like the one on sandtrap on top of the crashed phantom!!!
  • PinataPanda - September 4, 2008 1:34 a.m.

    Hey like the snowbound almost out side of the perimeter location you can go up on the hill on the opposite side of the crash site and stay inside the perimeter but bring a sniper rifle because its pretty far away but its well hidden and rewarding
  • shadow50 - September 2, 2008 12:31 a.m.

    these are some great spot it would be awsome to met the guy who show u guys them spots.
  • SushiFTW - August 31, 2009 11:18 p.m.

  • hebertowen - July 2, 2009 3:57 a.m.

    if u get in that alien ship in this map u camn jump out onto eihter of the two tallest towers and snipe away!!
  • hebertowen - July 2, 2009 3:54 a.m.

    this is ridiculous (sp) i just got this game and i have found way better spots then this!!
  • hanktappe - May 23, 2009 10:06 p.m.

    i like cheezeburgurs
  • moof - May 6, 2009 12:57 a.m.

    the gardian spots were lame i know a million gardian spots that arent in the open like your lame spots. but nice 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