To reach the rank of SR-20 (Spartan Rank) you need to earn 90,270 XP (experience). You earn XP by playing War Games, Spartan Ops and even Forge. You still get XP even if you lose as long as you don't quit.
You can get more XP by completing the Daily, Weekly and Monthly Challenges for Campaign, War Games and Spartan Ops. You can view your progress towards the current Challenges from the Career section of the Spartan Hub in game or on Halo Waypoint.
As well as the Challenges, you can get additional XP by earning Commendations. Commendations are earnt by repeating activities such as kills with a specific weapon or kills of a specific enemy. There are 5-7 levels of each Commendation (Novice - Master), with higher levels requiring the activity to be repeated a greater number of times but also awarding more XP. You can check your progress towards each Commendation from the Career section of the Spartan Hub in game or on Halo Waypoint. There are 96 Commendations, many of which unlock armor or emblem's when the Master level is completed. There are a further 17 Commendations earned by reaching Master in all Commendations of that type but there is no XP associated with them.XP awarded for each commendation level
1......250XP - Novice.............Novice..............Novice
2......500XP - Qualified..........Proficient..........Proficient
3......750XP - Proficient.........Adept...............Adept
4....1000XP - Adept...............Expert..............Expert
5....2500XP - Expert..............Distinguished...Master
6....5000XP - Distinguished...Master
7..10000XP - Master
If you are thinking of replaying Spartan Ops chapters to earn XP, here is some useful information:
- The XP you get is not based on the number of kills or what you killed (kills count towards your Commendation progress). You need a minimum number of kills or the game thinks you are idle and reduces the XP significantly.
- You earn XP at the same rate on each Chapter
- If you select Play Chapters, you get the same XP whether you play on Easy or Legendary (difficulty changes the enemies you get)
- If you select Find Game, you get more XP with 2 players (Normal) and even more XP with 3 or 4 players (Heroic/Legendary)
- You earn XP per minute, up to a maximum of 10 minutes (so leaving the game running overnight does not get you more, but picking a quick chapter does get you less)
Another way to get more than enough XP for this achievement is to enter codes into Halo Waypoint. You can either enter the codes through the website
or get the free download of Halo Waypoint
for your Xbox 360. Once Halo Waypoint is running on your Xbox 360, press X to go to the Classified section to enter the codes. Like Commendations many of these codes also unlock armor and emblems. Complete the requirements and then enter the following codes using the translator below (. is the glyph at the centre).MagnumZero
and Mobius Evalon
point out that the achievement will only pop when you rank up to SR-20 or above in game
. So for example if you are starting at 0 XP, you should enter the first 2 codes to get you 90,000 XP then you only have to earn 270XP in game to rank up and get the achievement.
Enter the code EXBBF.K.J4 = 40000 XP
Enter the code DLS1B0SXUI = 50000 XP
Enter the code T5CE6KV3R8 = 5000 XP
Enter the code 1K3G7N17LL = 20000 XP
Enter the code 73P1SJ66O9 = 20000 XP
Enter the code GT.RFIEU6Q = 25000 XP
Enter the code 5PZ4VHJ8MG = 30000 XP
Enter the code M0DKE.EMQC = 12116 XP (Mobius Evalon
points out that you don't actually need to have played on 6th Nov 2012)
Find all 7 Domain Terminals then enter the code 9WE621KN8F = 2000 XP
Complete Campaign on Legendary All Skulls On (LASO) then enter the code EPGROIVIDR = 50000 XP
Complete Land Grab in Spartan Ops (Ep1Ch1) then enter the code 1UK3CVYJZM = 500 XP
Complete Sniper Alley in Spartan Ops (Ep1Ch2) then enter the code 3VGRZJ1BS6 = 500 XP
Complete The Challenge in Spartan Ops (Ep1Ch3) then enter the code Q239SF2PGZ = 500 XP
Complete the above three Spartan Ops chapters for a bonus 500 XP
Complete 15 chapters (3 episodes) of Spartan Ops on Legendary then enter the code MN7VKCZP.Q = 2500 XP
Complete Solo Campaign on Legendary then enter the code WQ6F2Y1M1P = 7500 XP
Complete 1000 War Games Matchmaking games then enter the code 8PXX1SMIQU = 25000 XP
Complete the above three for a bonus 15000 XP, making 50000 XP in total.
And if that wasn't enough, you can also get XP after completing certain activities in Halo: Spartan Assault.
Complete a Halo Spartan Assault mission on Xbox One or Xbox 360 then enter the code VGEN5.9RQW = 50000 XP
Get one of the above achievements then enter the code 397.WKKR3Q = 10000XP
Get one of the above achievements then enter the code O.09SS2A2V = 15000XP
Get one of the above achievements then enter the code 67706L40XV = 15000XP
You can find out more about these codes on the Halo Waypoint forum
You may be interested to know that once you reach SR-50 at 884,480 XP you will unlock Specialisations and you need 3,591,680 XP to reach the highest rank of SR-130.
There is also an achievement for reaching Spartan Rank 5 which you will get along the way