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Halo: The Master Chief Collection

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There are 600 Halo: The Master Chief Collection achievements (400 without DLC) worth 20,142 (6,000)

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Torchbearer in Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Torchbearer39 (10)

Halo 3: Beat the par score on Halo.

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Wicked Jei
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Wicked Jei
Achievement won on 22 Nov 14
TA Score for this game: 12,937
Posted on 22 November 14 at 12:32, Edited on 23 November 14 at 05:02
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For the final level of Halo 3, you will need a score of 25,000. You can obtain this playing on Heroic difficulty with a little help from easy skulls and par time. The par time for this level is 20 minutes. I ended being almost 4 minutes late and still ended up with 38600, so don't feel too pressured. There's a lot of room for error.


Catch - Enemies throw more grenades and drop more. Flood don't toss grenades, so this is a freebie.

Fog - No motion tracker. You could probably skip out on using this skull if the flood are surprising you too much on the pyramid. They do spawn behind you a lot, but it's mostly scripted.

Iron - Dying restarts the level. Save and quit if you die and you can resume with points intact. Try really hard not to die anyway, because it wastes time.

Tough Luck - Enemies dodge more often. The flood will hop out of the way of rockets, but that's about all I noticed.


You'll start with plenty of BRs behind you and rockets. When the flood start spawning, take out individuals with the BR, and groups with the rockets. When you start to get low on ammo, pick up the fuel rod to the right and swap out the BR for dual wield SMGs or plasma rifles. Those weapons are surpisingly effective versus the flood.

Fight your way to the top, swap out weapons when you need to. There will be plenty lying around. Watch your back, there will be several times the flood drop down or jump up behind you

You should reach the par score while you're fighting flood up top. Now it's just a matter of keeping it!

Do not use the sentinel turret that's on the ground up top. It will turn hostile after the fight with 343 and kill you almost instantly (learned that the hard way, haha).
If you're dual wielding, you can melee to drop a weapon right before the boss door so you have something else to use on your way out.

You're going to want to be quick about killing everything until you get to the warthog. Sentinels can drop your shields very fast, so they're priority.

During the warthog run, you'll likely start going past the 20 minute mark. You should have some score built up to counter the multiplier drop. The arbiter in your gunner seat will also be shooting at enemies and getting you points.

It helps A LOT to be familiar with the warthog part. Knowing which panels are going to blow up will prevent a lot of frustrating deaths.

THIS ACHIEVEMENT IS BUGGY. As with other par score achievements (at least for Halo 3), I have had the issue of meeting the requirements and not getting the achievement. Usually, watching the full ending cutscene solved the issue, but this was not the case for this level. You may want to wait for a patch, or you can test your luck.

Edit: Resumed at last saved game, played through the last couple of minutes again - no achievement.
I played through the level again fully and a bit sloppier, took off iron skull, had to save and quit once, skipped the middle-of-the-level cutscenes, watched the end cutscene, and the achievement popped.
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