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Vanguard

Score over 50,000 points in the Campaign meta-game on the seventh mission.

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How to unlock the Vanguard achievement

  • Edward HyenaEdward Hyena434,585
    20 Mar 2009 20 Mar 2009 20 Mar 2009
    83 2 5
    The easiest way to pull this achievement off is to go through the whole stage in Normal. Turning on skulls will be needed, and the best route to go is Catch, Tough Luck, Fog, and Famine. If you use this and make sure to kill as many vehicles as possible, you can expect to pull it off as long as you die less than 30-40 times (How many kills and medals you get affects this. I died 14 times, had 44 medals, and got 61,508 points). If you can do the whole stage in less than 50 minutes, there is a 1.5x bonus for you, but it's not necessary. Here's a few tips though:

    Never rush. With Catch on, enemies will much more frequently throw grenades. You'll really only see this effect on grunts and brutes, but you can expect most of them to toss at least one grenade at you on sight.

    Get in the turret of the Warthog during the first vehicle sequence. Your driver may be horrible, but you will pick up some points this way. Make sure to shoot the Wraith and Shades (the Turret Balls) before you go after specific enemies.

    When you see a drop pod with weapons in it, restock from there. Weapons in the equipment pods are NOT affected by Famine, and therefore have full ammo.

    In the last part of the stage, let your team do the killing before you instead of charging straight ahead. They will sweep up a number of enemies, and lessen the odds of you getting killed yourself. Once you're inside the heart of the Ark, there are weapons anyways so don't really get too concerned about conserving ammo. There will also be Spikers in equipment pods at the doorways.

    You may hit 50,000 partway through the stage. If this happens, take things easy. The only way for you to lose the achievement now is to drop below 50,000 due to too many deaths.

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    thomasklijbroek@ I JUST DO WORK:
    When in the campaign menu (where you select levels, difficulty and stuff), press X, you'll see a menu where you can turn on/off skulls (if you collected any) and above that there'll be an option to turn on/off scoring in missions (select either team or competetive, depending on what suits you best).
    Posted by thomasklijbroek on 01 Dec 09 at 16:16
    MazraelTook me 62 minutes because I missed or got pushed off the scarabs, trying to flag a warthog with 2 scarabs blasting you is awkward, since the AI rarely stop close enough for you to get in and away... I even spent about 10 minutes standing under a scarab waiting on the one last hog to down the 2nd scarab.. even lost points when they decided to drive back under the scarab as it was exploding..
    Posted by Mazrael on 12 Oct 10 at 03:32
    xXIzaHovaXxThis solution definitely works the best for me on every mission. I really don't see the point of playing in splitscreen with a guest signed in when its not hard not to die on Normal difficulty. I died once on the Ark and netted 101k and 3x on The Covenant for 96k. Loading up the Bravo rally point with all the skulls on or whatever is completely unnecessary. I don't down-vote unless a solution is broken but I will up-vote the better solution...this one.
    Posted by xXIzaHovaXx on 12 Sep 12 at 16:09
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  • DieguitoDRGDieguitoDRG92,478
    15 Feb 2010 15 Feb 2010
    36 0 1
    Did it alone with iron, fog and luck (6x bonus) and Grunt Party (no bonus but you can save ammo) on normal difficulty. Be patient no need of time bonus to accomplish mission. The Ghost is better than the warthog (you drive and shoot) and be very careful when destroying the couple of scarabs (when you destroy the first a prowler and two ghosts will appear).

    Good Luck!
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    Keger1O1oh ok
    Posted by Keger1O1 on 19 Mar 11 at 15:36
  • VaseraxVaserax270,278
    30 Jan 2014 30 Jan 2014
    18 0 0
    I thought I would put out there what worked for me for both of the 50,000 score meta game achievements (The Ark and The Covenant). Bear in mind, this method is quite slow and grindy. However, time and deaths aren't really a factor and you should clear 60,000 -70,000 points with no problem.

    SKULLS: Tough Luck, Fog, Thunderstorm, and Mythic. These skulls give you a 6x scoring multiplier and are plenty for what you need. I added Cowbell, Grunt Birthday Party, and IWHBYD for fun.

    DIFFICULTY: Normal. The above skulls will give the game a feel closer to Heroic difficulty. You'll die here and there but the penalty will not really hurt your score.

    As I said, don't worry about rushing through the missions. They are very long and you probably wouldn't have gotten much of a time bonus anyway. Your goal is to kill/destroy everything. Headshots, multikills, and most of all enemy vehicles and turrets. Use a vehicle with firepower whenever you can. There is nothing wrong with grabbing a ghost and spamming it's gun at a wraith across the map. When in your Hornet, spam those rockets and clean up every Banshee in the air and AA gun on the ground from a distance. Also, when driving a Warthog remember that you get credit for your gunner's kills! Most important of all is to note that in either of these big missions you will get a Scorpion Tank to use. In the Ark mission this is clear but for the Covenant mission you could miss it if you rush. Right after clearing the third tower and getting ready to head to the double Scarab battle, there is a Warthog sitting out for you to take. Don't do it! Wait a few seconds and the UNSC will drop in a Scorpion too! Any opportunity to use a Tank, you take. Period.

    Don't worry if you don't seem to have enough points and you're deep into the mission. Both The Ark and The Covenant and heavily backloaded points wise. I was down 10,000 to 15,000 points going into Rally Point Bravo for each mission and easily hit 70,000 points for each mission in the end. Good luck!
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