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The 26 best Avatar Awards and how to get them

No matter how much we use our 360, our Avatar is often little more than a distraction on our way to playing a game or watching Netflix. Even when the mood strikes to alter our digital doll, we’re rarely happy with the prices on the non-existent goods they can wear. $3 for Modern Warfare night-vision goggles? Another $3 for a monkey? $5 for a Lightsaber?!? That pricing insanity is why we love it when games give those types of things away for free in the form of Avatar Awards.

People may justifiably mock Achievement junkies for chasing empty points, but Avatar Awards are slightly more worth it. Instead of just increasing an abstract number when you complete a task, you get exclusive bits of fake clothing to play virtual dress-up in. Not all are winners, but more than a few are worth getting, if for no other reason than to show your Live friends that you unlocked some exclusive doohickey. Here’s more than a few you can wear with pride, plus what you have to do to get one for yourself.


Comic Jumper – Captain Smiley Hat

Though it technically fits into the hat category, this awesome item makes it look like you’re wearing CJ hero Captain Smiley’s decapitated head, which is even better. Like many on the list, all that’s required for this Award is to complete the main campaign.


Costume Quest – Pumpkin Mask and Pumpkin Pail

This dangerously cute combo of items are yours for little extra work on top of just playing the game. You get the mask for beating Double Fine’s adorable title, and you get the candy-carrying pail just for starting a new game after that.


Doom II: Hell on Earth – Marine Suit

You get a fine looking t-shirt for beating the original game, but you can only outfit your Avatar like a green, space marine badass by completing the No Rest for the Living expansion for the XBLA title.


Earthworm Jim HD – Earthworm Jim Supersuit

Despite EJ’s notorious difficult, the devs played nice with when it comes to awarding Jim’s trademark robo-suit. Just complete any of the bonus stages which you get access to when you come accorss one of the easy to find bonus canisters in the main game.


Halo: Reach – Noble team helmets

If you want all the helmets for the ill-fated Reach team, here’s the not so way to get them.

Emile's Helmet – Earn a Bulltrue medal in multiplayer or Firefight matchmaking
Kat's Helmet – Avenge a teammate's death in multiplayer matchmaking
Jorge's Helmet – Earn a Killtacular medal in multiplayer matchmaking
Carter's Helmet – Clear a campaign mission on Legendary difficulty without dying
Jun's Helmet – Kill 100 enemies in a row without dying in campaign or Firefight


Ilomilo – T-Shirt and Ilo & Milo Pets

That fashionable shirt is our favorite out of all the Award shirts out there, and the live mascots are a must have. The shirt’s pretty simple to get, just beat three levels in the game, while the virtual pets require collecting enough memory fragments to unlock a full memory. Perhaps our guide can help.

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26 comments

  • MetaSyke - August 15, 2011 7:58 a.m.

    My avatar stands proud in his RDR Somrero, his Earthworm Jim Supersuit, and alongside his Limbo compaion. More games need to have these unlockables. Though I believe the gnome should be yours by successfully unlocking the "Guardin' Gnome" achievie. x.x
  • DarkSynopsis - March 24, 2011 12:16 p.m.

    I'm assuming posting a URL will be fine... just wanted to say for the very first comment can find a picture of the Space Channel 5 Part 2 Morolian’s Costume @ http://avatarawards.ninjasfate.com/xbla/space-channel-5-part-2/
  • Zepaw - March 20, 2011 7:20 a.m.

    @SleepyRather than ask you to quantify gayness I have one word, Mii. It is not special enough to be in the article but I always wear my Limbo shirt. I bought the MW2 NV goggles and I don;t know why. Honestly I do not even remember buying them.
  • tailsjacks - March 13, 2011 5:57 a.m.

    forgot duke nukem jetpack
  • sleepy92ismypsn - March 12, 2011 1:29 a.m.

    The 360 has the gayest looking avatars.
  • BigBoss - March 11, 2011 7:06 p.m.

    Just a slight correction, the mutations for Left 4 Dead 2 is every two weeks, and so it will take 12 weeks to get the gnome.
  • Mainman - March 11, 2011 6:32 p.m.

    Extra little not about the Sonic outfit: The shoes are a separate award, earned in Sonic Adventure by registering ten hours of playtime. They're the least creepy part of the outfit, and look okay with other avatar clothes.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - March 11, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    That sonic suit... eeeeww.
  • philipshaw - March 11, 2011 12:11 p.m.

    Didn't know about some of these,great feature
  • Spybreak8 - March 11, 2011 7:43 a.m.

    Add three stupidly easy avatar pieces: http://www.joystiq.com/2011/03/10/xbox-live-labs-do-it-for-science-do-it-for-avatar-items/ Don't even do anything! PS I can't do this due to satellite ISP caps, even if I wanted to.
  • tacehtselrahc - March 11, 2011 6:45 a.m.

    That Sonic suit, Jesus Christ.
  • SonicX_89 - March 11, 2011 5:48 a.m.

    My ilo milo award is the best.
  • Imthedoctor - March 11, 2011 2:20 a.m.

    everything on the first page kinda sucked..but the rest of it was ok..i don't like the sombrero or the Reach awards, and i have them, lol they just don't look good with anything :/
  • FauxFurry - March 11, 2011 12:53 a.m.

    @MightyMorphinPoltergeist- I must have been thinking of a pre-release speculation on avatar award items for Splosion Man, but, yeah, the closest thing is a 'science shirt/dress'. Maybe they're saving the Lab Coat for Ms. Splosion man?
  • MightyMorphinPoltergeist - March 11, 2011 12:29 a.m.

    @Fauxfurry There isn't a lab coat reward for 'Splosion Man. The two avatar awards are a white t-shirt with the 'Splosion logo and the second one is a blue shirt with the big science icon on it.
  • FauxFurry - March 11, 2011 12:14 a.m.

    If a game added a Giant Douchebag costume (strange that no South Park game has that avatar award. They really are losing their touch.)avatar award, I'd be all over it. I'd probably even pay for it separately! I have yet to take my avatar's Fable 3 royal attire off after acquiring it months ago though the Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light gear or the 'Splosion Man lab coat (which renders the XBox Lab next to completely pointless for those just trying to grab some lab gear) might tempt me to change the little scamp's get-up at long last. It's bound to be a bit gamey in there. This other stuff from the article will just make it all a touch spiffier but the lack of a Home for the avatars leaves them without a virtual space to safely stash them in then never look at them again...or show off their swag in, I guess. I let all of these RPGs that have been coming out lately distract me from Super Meat Boy but grabbing that animated chunk of steer muscle will give me renewed determination to complete the Light World as if the fun factor wasn't enough. Maybe after making it to the third chapter in Dragon Age 2...if Marvel Versus Capcom 3 doesn't pull me back in first?
  • Spybreak8 - March 10, 2011 11:55 p.m.

    Very impressive and great read Henry. I've gotta give a shout out for the RC car from Scrap Metal, it let's my Avatar rock out with some cool animations. Perfect Dark and Lara Croft & the Guardian of Light avatar awards are also pretty cool. I wore my Doom guy suite until people kept messaging me and saying what are you wearing!? haha
  • S135 - March 10, 2011 11:53 p.m.

    Super Meat Boy pet is the best (virtual) thing i've ever owned. (For my avatar)
  • Crabhand - March 10, 2011 11:44 p.m.

    Aw, you should have included the royal outfit from Fable 3, it's pretty spiffy and the parts can be worn separately if you like. There's also the monitor from Halo Waypoint that you can earn by just starting up Waypoint, as well as a full ODST outfit for completing the achievement "Good Samaritan" in ODST. Other than that, nice list. I have most of the ones on the list and I really appreciate when a game has these small rewards.
  • cart00n - March 10, 2011 11:43 p.m.

    The Cap'n Smiley head is pretty awesome by itself, but when you combine it with the Star t-shirt, it makes for an even awesomer (sic) "street" version of the in-game character's costume. Which is actually really fitting considering that the game itself features 4 different versions of him.

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