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We're Just Getting Started

Complete the 2nd mission on Normal or harder.

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How to unlock the We're Just Getting Started achievement

  • CurtiesonCurtieson236,826
    21 Sep 2010 30 Sep 2010 30 Sep 2010
    21 2 4
    You win this achievement by playing the 2nd level: Winter Contingency.This is the level that starts out with you in a Falcon, flying into the abandoned base looking for your teammates distress beacon.

    1) This is 10x easier then any level you will run into for this game. Slow and steady, use the Pistol / Plasma pistol combo on the few Elites that you run across.

    2) HEADSHOT, stay back, pick off the grunts and move forward. This is mostly filled with Grunts and Jackals, which are all 1 shot kills, as long as it is a headshot.

    3) When you get to the later part, Kat is put in charge of closing the door while you are being attacked. The easiest way through this is to hide in the room they are trying to close and shoot out of it. The NPC's take out most of the people, and the bad guys can only come from 1 direction.

    4) Work through the inside of the building, and after the cut scene where you are looking at the injured people, you will enter a room that Jorge tells you to "Clear Out". In this room there is an Elite with a power sword, WATCH OUT. I have played this level 5 times and have it so I can beat it in 15 minutes but I still always die on this guy. You NEED to plasma pistol / head shot...and make sure you see him from a distance and run back up the hallway you worked down. The 1st time I beat it, I just ran behind Jorge for cover and the Elite stopped on him and hit him 5 times while I unloaded and killed the Elite with my AR...so that is also an option if you act fast enough / get lucky.

    Secondary Achievements:

    Halo: ReachKEEP IT CLEANThe KEEP IT CLEAN achievement in Halo: Reach worth 7 pointsKill 7 Moa during the 2nd mission of the Campaign.

    Halo: ReachThey've Always Been FasterThe They've Always Been Faster achievement in Halo: Reach worth 37 pointsClear the 2nd mission without setting foot in a drivable vehicle.


    Both of these unlocked about the 2:00 mark of Part 2 in the video.

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    tractakidUm, where was the first mission?!
    Posted by tractakid on 16 Sep 12 at 17:33
    CurtiesonThe 1st is just a cutscene, so there is no achievement for it.
    Posted by Curtieson on 29 Sep 12 at 16:16
    How the hell does the introduction cutscene count as a level?
    Posted on 07 Aug 13 at 22:17
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  • LifeExpectancyLifeExpectancy1,387,425
    15 Sep 2010 29 Apr 2015 29 Apr 2015
    3 2 0
    Mission 2 – Winter Contingency

    Mission starts at 0:00:14 in the walkthrough video below.

    Alright, this is where the rubber meets the road. First thing’s first, I will warn you: DO NOT enter any vehicles during this mission up to the point where you get into the evac choppers. Doing so will net you the "They’ve Always Been Faster" achievement at the moment of evac toward the latter 1/3rd of the mission.

    From the start of the mission, make sure you’re taking the time to shoot any of the ostrich-looking wildlife, named MOAs. Shooting 7 of these will get you "Keep It Clean". There are more than 7 during the mission so this shouldn’t be a problem. This will be your first achievement if you get the 2 MOAs at the start and the next 5, provided you run past the first enemy encounter the way I do in the video.

    Halo: ReachKEEP IT CLEANThe KEEP IT CLEAN achievement in Halo: Reach worth 7 pointsKill 7 Moa during the 2nd mission of the Campaign.


    You’ll reach a building near the beginning with an Elite and several Grunts in it. This will be your first actual fight if you follow my path in the video (skipping the first group of enemies before this). Inside the building is a health pack. Let the enemies lower your shields until you take some health damage, then kill them. Head inside the building to use the health pack and net the "Doctor, Doctor" achievement.

    Halo: ReachDoctor, DoctorThe Doctor, Doctor achievement in Halo: Reach worth 5 pointsUse a Health Pack to recover life after taking body damage.


    From the start, stick to your human pistol until you’ve amassed 10 kills with it. You can drop your Assault Rifle in favor of a covenant Plasma Pistol to do PP EMP + headshot combos to take out elites. Just make sure the kill shot is with your pistol until you reach 10 kills with it to unlock "I See You Favor a .45". You’ll unlock this right around the same time as the building above with the health pack, provided you kill all of the Jackals, Grunts, and the Elite leading up to/in this building with it.

    Halo: ReachI See You Favor a .45The I See You Favor a .45 achievement in Halo: Reach worth 12 pointsKill 10 Enemies in a Firefight or Campaign session with the M6G pistol.


    One of the buildings you have to check for survivors will have a DMR in it. If you follow the path I do in the video, this will be the final building you come to of the three, and thus where the evac choppers will meet you. There’s a health pack in this building too. For reference, this particular building is sort of built into the side of a hill, with two levels. If you miss the DMR here, you can get one in the building you land at and get out of the evac chopper, where enemies are being dropped off from dropships outside. Use the DMR for 10 kills to unlock "An Elegant Weapon".

    Halo: ReachAn Elegant Weapon...The An Elegant Weapon... achievement in Halo: Reach worth 11 pointsKill 10 enemies in a Firefight or Campaign session with the DMR.


    Also in the same final area where you're holding off against Covenant and waiting for the evac helicopters, you'll have some Marines nearby. Trade weapons with one of them to get the "Swap Meet" achievement.

    Halo: ReachSwap MeetThe Swap Meet achievement in Halo: Reach worth 11 pointsTrade weapons with an AI ally in Campaign.


    When the evac helicopters arrive, you’ll unlock "They’ve Always Been Faster" as long as you haven’t entered any vehicles up to this point in the mission.

    Halo: ReachThey've Always Been FasterThe They've Always Been Faster achievement in Halo: Reach worth 37 pointsClear the 2nd mission without setting foot in a drivable vehicle.


    Finally, after the next section defending from waves of enemies and making your way through the building at the end of the mission, you’ll unlock the story-related unmissable achievement for completing it on normal or higher.

    Halo: ReachWe're Just Getting StartedThe We're Just Getting Started achievement in Halo: Reach worth 11 pointsComplete the 2nd mission on Normal or harder.


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