Orpheus achievement in Halo 3


Score over 15,000 points in the Campaign meta-game on the eighth mission.

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How to unlock the Orpheus achievement

  • Danville DanDanville Dan63,359
    05 Oct 2007 21 Jan 2009
    105 0 9
    The eighth mission is "Cortana". The easiest way to get this achievement is to play on Normal with a few skulls turned on.

    First of all turn on the "Catch" skull. This level only has flood enemies on it, and the flood don't throw grenades. Turning on this skull won't make the level any harder.

    Also, turning on "Tough Luck", "Fog", and "Famine" will increase your score but won't make the level much harder. Famine especially shouldn't make the level any harder because there are weapons with full ammo lying on the ground all over the level. In the room where the "Tilt" skull is located, there is a Gravity Hammer with full ammo in a lower room located almost directly under the skull. It works very well against the flood and will last you for a good portion of the level before running out of ammo.

    With those skulls turned on while playing on Normal, you should easily be able to score over 15,000. Don't worry about the time bonuses. Take your time and hang back, trying to stay alive, and killing everything before moving on. If you take it slow and ensure you don't die too many times, you will get the necessary score, even with only a 1X time multiplier.

    If you're still having trouble getting enough points, consider either turning on "Mythic" and/or "Tilt", or trying to finish the level with a higher time multiplier.

    NOTE: This achievement can also be unlocked in coop, but you still must score over 15,000 individually. Turn on Free For All scoring instead of Team scoring to be able to see how many points you yourself have while playing the level.

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    Keger1O1oh ok
    Posted by Keger1O1 on 19 Mar 11 at 15:33
    LeiChatFirst attempt, no deaths, 3 skulls on normal and
    with 14960. Had forgotten the story so was relieved when it carried on after that point. Taking it slow is great advice, thanks. Ended up with 19849.
    Posted by LeiChat on 06 Aug 13 at 20:54
    Chucklestyle24k first attempt, took nearly an hour but had plenty of room for deaths. Took it slow, killed everything, did not rush anyone. Plasma rifle was my mvp.
    Posted by Chucklestyle on 11 May 20 at 03:23
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  • KBÇAKBÇA195,490
    19 Nov 2010 13 Apr 2011 06 Aug 2011
    30 0 0
    The easiest solution for me:

    - Use normal difficulty
    - Activate score
    - Free for all option
    - Turn on some skulls (Tough Luck, Fog, Famine)
    - Join with Second controller (this is the tip)

    The second control is only for when you die. When this happens you will respawn close to second player saving time instead at the last checkpoint. With this you will win bonus time multiplier.

    Thanks for RIPH Conclave (rest in peace)
  • SnipeOut BoySnipeOut Boy111,482
    23 May 2012 20 May 2012
    24 0 0
    An important thing to note is that your score during the game includes your skull multipliers. So the only thing you will get at the end of the game in addition is the time bonus.

    So if you have lost a great deal of your time bonus, then don't continue to play the level thinking there is more bonuses at the end, because there is not.

    It is your style of play that determines the skulls you activate. My best advice is to play on Normal. The reasoning behind this is that where Legendary will net you points, you have a better chance of hitting the time bonus on Normal, and you can have more skulls on at once and it still will not be a big deal. Thus more bonus points.

    Start with three or four skulls on, and see how you do? If it is too hard, then start over and remove a skull.

    One the other hand, if you can net the required amount of points, then the time means nothing. On Tsavo Highway for instance, I hit the 15,000 points in game. So I just jumped in a ghost and skiddaddled to the end (running through the rest of the action), and got the achievement.

    And don't be afraid to die a few times, on Normal you don't lose that many points. Of course on Normal you shouldn't die all that much either. Time is the biggest bonus, try for that before you waste time lining up every headshot and multi-kill.

    Good Luck!
  • Murder of BirdsMurder of Birds87,334
    23 Aug 2013 10 Sep 2013
    18 1 0
    For this achievement you'll need to earn at least 15,000 scoring points on the eighth mission of the Campaign, Cortana. This can be done solo or with a few buddies. (I got all mine solo and using the method below)

    First you'll need to enable either Free-For-All or cooperative scoring from the campaign options. Then select the following for quickest results:

    Normal Difficulty
    Catch Skull - (1.00 multiplier)
    Fog Skull - (1.00 Multiplier)
    Famine Skull - (1.00 Multiplier)

    So you'll be playing on Normal difficulty with enemies chucking nades alot, no Mini-Map, and ammo pick-ups are scarce. However, being on Normal difficulty will make this a cakewalk. And having these 3 skulls on will start your kill scoring at a x3 Multiplier, so as long as you finish the mission within a reasonable time, and die little-to-no times you'll have more than enough points to pop your achievement!
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