Skulltaker Halo 2: IWHBYD achievement in Halo MCC

Skulltaker Halo 2: IWHBYD

Halo 2: Find and claim the IWHBYD Skull on Legendary.

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How to unlock the Skulltaker Halo 2: IWHBYD achievement

  • NE0182NE0182243,316
    11 Nov 2014 12 Nov 2014 27 Jan 2015
    101 20 119
    - Mission: Outskirts
    - Difficulty: Legendary
    - Only checkpoint 4 is needed
    - Scarab skull can be used

    Thanks to Cam Thiessens and Halo2Trigate this skull seems to be debunked now. Checkpoint 4 (1:51) is the trigger for the skull. Once you get this checkpoint, the skull has a 1/7 chance of spawning.

    Main Plan:
    - Follow the guide to the skull room and make sure you hit checkpoint 4 every time. If it doesn't show up you will have to restart the mission.

    Plan B:
    - If you get to the room and the skull is not there you can also try to roam around the area a bit and return to the room. This worked for some as well.
    After you picked up the skull, you will be teleported down into the streets where you have to fight 7 waves of elite. The achievement should pop before that section.

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    GalgaldrAfter 30 attempts rushing to the skull location killing nothing, I killed the 4 jackals with headshots starting from the checkpoint spawner after bridge jump. Skull was there 1st try and I reloaded checkpoint until I got headshots on all of them.
    Posted by Galgaldr on 11 Feb at 20:12
    SRJBJust unlocked today. Had all other skulls collected. Used Scarab and Acrophobia. Flew up to the overpass, triggered a checkpoint. Went right to the skull room, swapped between old and new graphics a few time and it spawned. Picked it up, 'pop'.
    Posted by SRJB on 24 May at 16:20
    OffWhiteCrayonTried this for a bit with no success, got frustrated enough to start button mashing so my advice is this. For every correct attempt, once in the room, juggle the sniper for a bit or turn on your flashlight. This will help substantially
    Posted by OffWhiteCrayon on 28 May at 10:22
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  • XyjarXyjar462,517
    29 Aug 2015 30 Aug 2015
    70 1 25
    I would just like to add to the previous guides, because you can save A LOT of time by cutting out all the unnecessary fluff. I just personally confirmed all of the below in my successful run for the skull.

    1. You don't need ANY of the checkpoints, not even the "dead marine" checkpoint, and not a checkpoint anywhere near the skull room, checkpoints are in NO WAY related to the skull.
    2. You only need one thing, for the jackal snipers to spawn in "sniper alley".
    3. These spawns are what determines if the skull spawns (1 in 7 chance)
    4. These spawns happen near to, but are still separate from the "dead marine" checkpoint.
    5. I don't know why people suggest crouching on the building before the pelican, completely pointless and unnecessary
    6. Picking up the skull is all you need, you do not need to kill any elites after, or even survive
    7. No, none of the recent patches have changed this skull (Maka suggested they changed it to a 100% spawn rate, which is false. It is still 1 in 7).

    So given the above, you can save A LOT of time by stopping your full-mission restart attempts and following all the silly checkpoints. Instead, although it has nothing to do with the skull, for time's sake I would follow standard procedure until you get a checkpoint after the pelican takes off. This is where you will be restarting from with each attempt, instead of from the beginning of the level. If possible, have this checkpoint happen on the other side of the bridge to save you time making that annoying bridge-to-roof jump with each attempt (checkpoint is finicky though after you leave the other building).

    Then, go towards the dead marine checkpoint, but don't look down at it or try to actually get the checkpoint. You want to stand farther to the right, near the edge of the roof, so you can view the jackal spawning behind the large crate on the ground. This is how you know all the jackals spawned (and where your 1 out of 7 chance for the skull happens). As soon as you see that jackal spawn, you are all clear to go as fast as you want toward the skull to check if it spawned. I just go the most direct path I can and go invisible for part of the way to avoid enemies (though you can kill enemies on the way if you want). If it's not there, reload from the pelican take-off checkpoint and try again.

    The key is to NOT get any checkpoint between the jackal spawn and the skull. Because the 1 in 7 roll is at the jackal spawn. If you get a checkpoint after that, the 1 in 7 roll is permanent and you will need to restart the mission. Now, how do you avoid getting another checkpoint? Checkpoints do not happen during melee attacks, so melee all the way from the jackal spawn to the skull. If it's not there, reload pelican checkpoint. This will bring your attempts down to more like 30 seconds per run, rather than 5 minutes per run doing the whole mission and following pointless checkpoint routes. So even if it takes you 20 attempts if you get bad RNGs, it will still only take a few minutes, rather than hours doing it using the traditional methods.
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    ThurminatorVIIGot this today (7/20/21) by getting across the bridge, waiting for the Pelican to leave, and then meleeing constantly while waiting for Jackal to show up as mentioned. Didn't stop meleeing and skull appeared after a few seconds of waiting in the room (while meleeing, so checkpoint in that room is really unrelated).
    Posted by ThurminatorVII on 20 Jul 21 at 16:42
    jbOblivionThis was the only method that worked for me as well, and should be the top solution.

    Had Envy (active camo), Scarab & Sputnik skulls on to make things easier for me. Got a checkpoint on the other side of the bridge roof as the Pelican leaves (to avoid repeating the bridge jump), moved to the nearby edge to look at the spawning Jackal on the ground (behind the crate), then went straight to the room along any roof route, regularly using melee to avoid new checkpoints. Reloaded the checkpoint if the skull did not appear after 5 seconds or so. Got it after around 14 checkpoint restarts (was starting to lose count).
    Posted by jbOblivion on 09 Sep 21 at 02:57
    SHADOWSTRIKE12/28/22 chiming in to confirm that this worked for me. Got the checkpoint after the pelican leaves, and then went across the bridge, started meleeing, and would walk close to the edge of the room until the jackals spawned, then went straight for the skull (rounded the tower in the building courtyard, above that archway that has a jackal in it). I would get in the room, pop camo, and then wait for a few seconds, and reset if it didn’t show up. After about 35 resets, it showed up about 3 seconds after stepping into the room.
    Posted by SHADOWSTRIKE1 on 01 Mar at 01:16
  • Rich V90Rich V90359,170
    01 Dec 2014 01 Dec 2014 03 Dec 2014
    67 3 13
    Before beginning you should be prepared for the worst. This could take you 5 minutes or it could take you 5 hours (the latter for me).

    Some things to note:
    The skull is found on the mission Outskirts
    Difficulty must be on legendary.
    Dying does not matter.
    Checkpoints do not matter.
    You can use the scarab and envy skulls.
    The skull has a random chance to appear.

    The quickest way to get to the skull location is to jump out of the map at the beginning of the level and make your way across the rooftops. As soon as you get to the first roof above sniper alley then you will need to move towards the edge to spawn the jackals (it does not matter if it checkpoints here or not).

    I believe the spawning of the jackals to be an important indicator that the area is ready to go and this may be when the dice gets rolled for the skull spawn.

    As you can see from the video, I embarrassingly die by a drone on my way to the skull but that goes to show that dying does not affect the skull spawning or not ;)

    If you get there and the skull hasn't spawned then you will have to restart the level and try again.

    Good luck.
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    RubensXThnks mate, this worked for me :)
    Posted by RubensX on 31 May 20 at 19:39
    Raildo2011Cara realmente esse guia funcionou, para o pessoal que ñ conseguiu, após a musica tocar e a mulher falar, vá para o local onde a caveira esta localizada, caso ñ esteja la repita de novo, consegui obté-la na 2 tentativa !!!!!
    Posted by Raildo2011 on 13 Jun 20 at 01:34
    SinistrEdgeThis worked on my second try. Thanks!
    Posted by SinistrEdge on 12 Feb 21 at 01:05
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