Waypoint achievement in Halo MCC


Halo 3: Beat the par time on The Ark.

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How to unlock the Waypoint achievement

  • II 4G Jacket IIII 4G Jacket II387,655
    22 May 2015 22 May 2015
    59 3 12
    Ok, I found this to be the trickiest one so level knowledge will help a lot.
    As soon as you drop from the pelican leg it past the first lot into the cave to the AA gun area. Use the rocks on the left to jump up and walk through the door to the area with the downed ship. I recommend using your sniper to headshot the brute between you and the mongoose, then hop in that and keep driving, trying to avoid the prowlers, choppers and ghosts the best you can. If you have an opportunity to, try to hijack a chopper or keep going, eventually you come to an abbandoned one you can knick. Once in a chopper head straight to the area with the AA wraiths and take them out with the chopper as well as any other enemies.
    Now this is important, once Forward unto Dawn lands, you MUST wait until the screen says forward unto dawn and the scorpians start to be dropped. After that its safe to keep driving the chooper into the area where Guilty Spark will open the door. Once in this area you MUST take out the three wraiths in this area. Once thats done head up to the door and kill any stragglers, then Spark should open the door.
    Head through and activate the bridge and carry on. When the scarab heads over keep walking and slide down the cliff to the scorpions. Grab one of them and keep heading down to where the scarab comes back taking out what you can. When the scarab comes down focus on one leg, then when its downed either hop on and take it out or simply drive to the back and shoot at the power core with the scorpion.
    Once the scarab is dead head to the ramp and make sure you kill EVERYTHING on the way up the spire, otherwise the pelican wont drop off the arbiter or the marines.
    Once you're in the room with the sleeping grunts just keep running through until you reach the cartographer. Then head back though and take out the brutes and the cheiften. Head down the slope to where the cloaked brutes are and jump down. Hopefully you'll catch up to the hammer cheiften and assassinate him for a quick kill. Johnson should then say hes coming to pick you up, meanwhile kill EVERYTHING IN THIS AREA! That should hopefully end the level and nab yourself the achievement. I managed it in 17 minutes.
    Good luck ( and sorry for all the reading!!)

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    CSARdiverHe was player 1 and I was player 2 in local co-op. Not sure what went wrong as we completed all the other par times by doing this and cleaning up the playlists. No skulls on or anything else we can think of that would prevent achievements.
    Posted by CSARdiver on 01 May 21 at 20:30
    II 4G Jacket IIUnless the achievement got stuck? Amount of times me and my mate have done stuff and one of us popped and the other didn’t and it unlocks a few days later or after a reset.
    Posted by II 4G Jacket II on 02 May 21 at 09:36
    Pure Pip RaptorAfter being rusty on the level and dying 3 times, I finished it on easy in 22.23. Taking out dying and not fumbling around looking for a door, I'm sure it's manageable to do it in under 20 minutes.
    Edit: Got it second try in 18.50
    Posted by Pure Pip Raptor on 23 Apr at 22:21
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  • YOOPER 906YOOPER 906985,416
    26 Oct 2017 29 Oct 2017
    28 2 0
    Here is a video guide by Halo Completionist who has done a guide for pretty much every achievement in the game.

    Here he is doing the mission The Ark in Halo 3 under par time. If you're having any trouble, just watch what he does in his video.

  • TylerT80TylerT80897,887
    04 Jun 2020 04 Jun 2020 04 Jun 2020
    10 1 2
    So if you are struggling with this I have found an an easier solution but takes longer to complete.

    I unlocked this while playing on the "Tanks, Tanks, Tanks" crossgame playlist. This playlist cuts out parts of the missions so I managed to get the par time on the ark by playing through normally in a tank.
    The only problem with this is that you have to play 2 levels before you even make it to the ark.
    I completed the mission in 15:52 which is just over 4 minutes of spare time for any parts that you may have trouble with.
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    Antonio 077Finished with 19:52! OOF!
    Posted by Antonio 077 on 16 Jun 20 at 23:40
    MasterCrafty77After failing the full speed-run 2-3 times I did this. Pretty easy as you start at the "Forward Unto Dawn" chapter .... I did it in 14:18 with 35k par score - this guide was a lifesaver!
    Posted by MasterCrafty77 on 24 Dec 20 at 05:24
  • MasterCrafty77MasterCrafty77161,556
    24 Dec 2020 24 Dec 2020 24 Dec 2020
    8 0 2
    Even with a speed run - this is a REALLY tricky par time - even running it on Easy and going for maximum speed.

    EASIEST way to do this is to do the Tanks, Tanks, Tanks playlist (3rd mission of 4) as it starts you at the "Forward Unto Dawn' chapter (just after the Scorpion is dropped off). This saves HEAPS of time and you can pretty comfortably do the rest of the level without much trouble.

    I did skip a few rooms in the final spire (Sleeping grunts etc) and still finished the level in 14:18 and got the achievement. This seems like a really cheap solution but the 20min Par time is just broken on this level.

    As an aside - the playlist is on normal with no skulls and even only doing half of the level, I scored 35,000 so enough to do the par score as well..

    I tried to speed run the full level 2-3 times. It was worth re-doing the playlist just to scratch off this achievment!
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