I’m here to walk you through maxing out all of the Campaign Commendations in Halo: Reach for the Xbox 360. Yes, the commendations can get a little insane, but none of them are impossible to completely finish up. You just need to use the right tricks and techniques to get the job done. First of all, here’s the progression for commendations:
Of course, you get credits while you earn these commendations and whenever you progress to the next rank. You don’t, however, get any extra credits for maxing one out. The Campaign Commendations aren’t too difficult, but some of them are pretty darn time consuming. By the end, you’ll probably never want to play Halo: Reach again, but finishing everything up should be pretty satisfying.
Cannon Fodder (Kill an infantry-class enemy during the Campaign)
What is an infantry-class enemy? Well, Grunts are the obvious and correct answer. And you’ll need to kill 20,000 of them in order to max out the Cannon Fodder Commendation. Yeah, that is quite a lot of little Grunts to kill, but at least you can use your favorite weapon to kill them. There is a pretty simple way to get this commendation done, but it’ll still take a long time to do. On the “ONI: Sword Base” mission, run passed the enemies in the beginning, grab the Target Locator, turn around, wait until you get a checkpoint, and use the Locator on a large group of enemies. Luckily, there are usually four or five Grunts among this group, and you can just revert to the previous checkpoint to continuously to repeat this process. This trick can also be used later in the map if you get a checkpoint just before you have to start up the anti-air defense battery. Eventually, you will max this one out, and the Target Designator is your quickest option. You could still just play through Campaign and kill Grunts too.
Demon (Complete a mission of the Reach Campaign)
This one is pretty self-explanatory, but it gets a little daunting when you find out that it takes 540 completed missions to max out the Demon Commendation. Unfortunately, the first mission (which is just a cutscene) and the final mission (Lone Wolf) don’t count toward this one. Winter Contingency (the second mission) is probably the shortest, but you may just want to play through all the campaign missions because doing the same one over and over again will make you die of boredom. Basically, you’ll want to work on this commendation whenever you play a mission to work on other commendations – that’s the simplest method to completing the Demon Commendation.
Flawless Cowboy (Complete a Campaign mission on Heroic or Legendary without dying)
Okay, this one is pretty darn aggravating because you never know when you’ll get unlucky during a mission and die randomly. It takes 300 deathless Heroic or Legendary mission completions to max out Flawless Cowboy, which is no walk in the park. To do this by yourself, you should probably do the second mission (Winter Contingency) because you can skip through most of the battles in the level and let your teammates do all of the killing. Just be careful around the final battle of the mission because one of the Elites has an energy sword that he won’t hesitate to kill you with. However, there is an alternative way to doing this one. You can simply play with a friend or play co-op Campaign and sit back from the battles, letting your teammates fight through the enemies. That should help you go through the mission without dying.
Leadership Element (Kill a Leader-class enemy during the Campaign)
Kill Elites, Elites, and more Elites to get the Leadership Element Commendation finished. Fortunately, you only have to kill 10,000 Elites to max this one out, which is a very doable thing if you follow the right strategies. Of course, you can simply play through the campaign and kill as many Elites as you possibly can, but there is a much more efficient method. All you need to do is carry out the Target Locator strategy mentioned previously in the “ONI: Sword Base” mission. You can revert to the previous checkpoint every time you use the Designator on a large group of enemies and then repeat this process until you’ve got it maxed it. Yeah, it’ll take a few hundred reverts, but it’s so much quicker than any other method out there.
Nice Arm (Kill an enemy with grenades during the Campaign)
Do you enjoy destroying enemies with grenades? Hopefully, since the Nice Arm Commendation will require you to kill 13,000 enemies with grenades, which isn’t as easy as it sounds. Most of the time, you’re only going to be killing one to four enemies per grenade – if you’re lucky. You can only carry a maximum of four grenades at a time, so your just going to have to grind this commendation out. Sadly, there isn’t really a trick or best place to chuck grenades at enemies, so you’ll probably just want to do this one as you play through the Campaign for other commendations. Just chuck grenades, blow up the enemy, and dominate!
Pinpoint (Kill an enemy with a headshot during the Campaign)
Someone once said, “You should always aim for the head.” Of course, I couldn’t tell you who said that, but it rings true for the Pinpoint Commendation because you need to shoot 20,000 enemies in the head. Only certain weapons will allow you go get off headshots, and here they are:
* Needle Rifle
* Sniper Rifle
To get this taken care of, there is no real sure-fire way to do it. You’re just going to have to play whatever Campaign level you are comfortable with and use a weapon that you can get headshots with. The night mission with Jun is a good start because you get a sniper rifle with plenty of ammunition. However, it is entirely up to you whatever mission you want to play to get the Pinpoint Commendation.
Precisely (Kill an enemy with a precision weapon during the Campaign)
For Precisely, you’re just going to have to use one of the following four precision weapons to take out enemies:
* Focus Rifle
* Needle Rifle
* Sniper Rifle
Unfortunately, you’re going to have to do this 32,000 times to max out this commendation. The good news is that the DMR and Needle Rifle are plentiful throughout the Campaign, so you should always have a precision weapon nearby to kill enemies with. Since most levels have precision weapons, there is no amazing secret to getting this commendation. So then, you’re just going to have to grind out all of those precision weapon kills over many hours of the Halo: Reach Campaign.
Right of Way (Destroy an enemy-occupied vehicle during the Campaign)
Luckily, there are way more enemy-occupied vehicles in the campaign than there are in Matchmaking or Firefight. You shouldn’t have too much trouble destroying the 7,200 vehicles necessary to max out Right of Way. There are plenty of missions that contain vehicles, but some contain way more than others. Therefore, you’ll want to play “Long Night of Solace” because you can kill plenty of Banshees during that mission. Also, you can take out Banshees and Phantoms at the very end of the “Pillar of Autumn” mission where you use the Mass Driver.
Small Arms (Kill an enemy with a small arms weapon during the Campaign)
Okay, you only have two choices for the Small Arms Commendation: kills with the Magnum or the Plasma Pistol. You will almost always have a Magnum during missions, and Plasma Pistols are abundant too. Unfortunately, you will need tons of time and ammo to kill the 16,000 enemies needed to max out this commendation. No particular level stands out for obtaining this one, but you’ll want to do a level where you are primarily fighting on foot, such as “Winter Contingency” or “ONI: Sword Base.” Anywhere works though.
SpecOps (Kill a specialist-class enemy during the Campaign)
Well, you’ll need to kill one of the following types of enemies (any class):
You need to kill 14,000 of these enemies in order to max the SpecOps Commendation. Of course, Skirmishers are pretty darn annoying to kill, but there is a perfect place to take out those and Jackals in somewhat large numbers. What am I talking about? Well, I’m obviously referring to the “ONI: Sword Base” mission trick with the Target Locator. Just run passed the enemies at the start of the mission, get that checkpoint right next to where you pick up the Target Locator, and designate all the enemies in front of you into death. Afterward, revert to the last checkpoint and repeat the process until you’ve got this one taken care of.
Splash Damage (Kill an enemy with a heavy weapon during the Campaign)
The following weapons are classified as heavy weapons:
* Concussion Rifle
* Fuel Rod Cannon
* Grenade Launcher
* Plasma Launcher
* Rocket Launcher
* Spartan Laser
* Target Locator
Getting the 6,000 kills with heavy weapons required to max out Splash Damage is extremely simple because you’ll only need one weapon – the Target Locator. Of course, you’re just going to use the same method mentioned in the SpecOps Commendation above and in other parts of this guide. As you can see, the Target Locator Method will be your best friend in earning all of the Campaign Commendations in Halo: Reach.
Standard Issue (Kill an enemy with an automatic weapon during the Campaign)
By now, you’re probably familiar with the automatic weapons in the game, but here are all of them:
* Assault Rifle
* Plasma Repeater
* Plasma Rifle
Standard Issue requires that you kill 15,000 enemies with automatic weapons, which isn’t the easiest thing to do because so many other weapons are more effective at killing the more powerful enemies. Sadly, there is no trick to getting this achievement, but you should consider playing “Winter Contingency” a lot to earn this commendation because your Assault Rifle has more rounds than it normally would hold for this mission.
Super Soldier (Earn a spree of any type during the Campaign)
After obtaining 9,000 sprees, you’ll have Super Soldier maxed out. This is no easy task, however; you need to kill at least five enemies in order to obtain a single spree. Some of the most common sprees you’ll come across are:
* Killing Sprees (and variants)
* Shotgun Sprees (and variants)
* Stick Sprees (and variants)
* Splatter Sprees (and variants)
Anyways, one of the best methods to getting this commendation fulfilled is to just use the Target Locator trick. You may only get one spree at a time, but you’ll be reverting to your last checkpoint constantly to get the other commendations, so you can easily get a hundred or more sprees within an hour. Yeah, that might sound pretty slow, but it’s so much quicker than playing through missions and earning sprees through the levels.
Support Role (Earn an assist during the Campaign)
Support Role can become annoying because you can’t do this one alone and you have to rely on others to get it. After 6,000 assists during the Halo: Reach Campaign, you’ll have maxed out this commendation. One of the best methods to getting this commendation is to play with a friend or random people over the co-op Campaign. During the game, just take out the shields of enemies, and let other teammates finish them off. You just need to deal the majority of the damage to enemies and have someone else kill them to work toward the Support Role Commendation.
Walking Tank (Earn a multikill during the Campaign)
Okay, you’ll get multikills when you kill two or more enemies within four seconds of each other, Yes, these do stack, as you will get three multikills if you get an Overkill (four kills within four seconds). I don’t even need to explain much about this commendation, but it maxes out at 9,000 multikills and if should be one of the first ones you max out. The best method to doing so is using the Target Locator during the third mission. Honestly, you won’t regret it because this technique is so much quicker than any other way.
War Machine (Kill an enemy with a vehicle during the Campaign)
War Machine is pretty simple because you can either kill an enemy with a vehicle’s weapon or splatter them. After 14,000 kills with a vehicle, you will be finished with this commendation. One of the best methods to get this commendation is to play “Long Night of Solace,” “Tip of the Spear,” or some other level that involves you driving a vehicle that can kill enemies. No matter what, you’ll be spending some long hours inside of Reach’s vehicles in order to fulfill the War Machine Commendation.
Finishing Up This One…
Here’s how my Campaign Commendations currently look:
* I have two commendations maxed out (Walking Tank and Splash Damage)
* I have one other commendation at Onyx (SpecOps)
* I have two commendations at Gold (Leadership Element and Cannon Fodder)
* I have five commendations at Silver (War Machine, Super Soldier, Pinpoint, Right of Way, and Nice Arm)
* I have three commendations at Bronze (Demon, Precisely, and Standard Issue)
* I have two commendations at Iron (Small Arms and Flawless Cowboy)
* I have one commendations unearned (Support Role)
Luckily, the majority of the campaign commendations won’t take as long as the ones in other game modes. You could finish 90% of these ones in just a few hours of playing if you utilize the right tricks. Demon and Flawless Cowboy will get a little bit tedious, but they can both be done over time. As you can see, these commendations are no pushover, but you can work toward multiple ones at the same time, so it really won’t be that difficult for an average player to accomplish. For your reference, I have spent almost three days in total playing the Campaign in Halo: Reach. Get to those commendations though!