Halo Wars: Definitive Edition Achievements Revealed

By Kevin Tavore,
Halo Wars was a game that was loved by many. It was lauded for its incredible fusion of console controller and RTS -- a genre that hadn't, and hasn't since, had great success on consoles. While it wasn't perfect, it was more than good enough to earn a sequel for which many have been asking for years -- Halo Wars 2. It was a big deal at E3 and became even bigger when Halo Wars: Definitive Edition was unceremoniously announced on the store page for Halo Wars 2's Ultimate Edition. A couple of weeks ago, we got confirmation that Halo Wars: Definitive Edition would launch on December 20th for owners of the Ultimate Edition, although it could take up to 10 days for you to receive your code, so don't count on playing until December 30th if you're unlucky.

1One of the many beautiful pieces of achievement art for the game.

Today, 343 revealed the full achievement list in a community update. The original list had 58 achievements for 1,200 Gamerscore, including two DLC packs and a rather infamous multiplayer grind. The new list takes quite a few of these but also mixes things up, bringing the total to 75 achievements for 1,500 Gamerscore. A full overview of the achievements is below, with any changes pointed out:

Name Score Description Changes
Meet Sergeant Forge 10 Completed Mission 1 on any difficulty
Build for Success 10 Completed Mission 2 on any difficulty New
Smash and Grab 10 Completed Mission 3 on any difficulty New
High Class Escort 10 Completed Mission 4 on any difficulty New
Patience IS a Virtue 10 Completed Mission 5 on any difficulty New
Great Form! 10 Completed Mission 6 on any difficulty New
Dancing with the Beam Queen 10 Completed Mission 7 on any difficulty New
Saving the Parade 10 Completed Mission 8 on any difficulty New
Staving Off the Infection 10 Completed Mission 9 on any difficulty New
Evacuation of the Fittest 10 Completed Mission 10 on any difficulty New
Most Valuable Deck Hand 10 Completed Mission 11 on any difficulty New
She's my Fixer Upper 10 Completed Mission 12 on any difficulty New
A Means to an End 10 Completed Mission 13 on any difficulty New
Signed, Sealed, Delivered 10 Completed Mission 14 on any difficulty New
Forging a Way to History 10 Completed Mission 15 on any difficulty New
Adjudicate the Arbiter 30 Complete the Campaign on Heroic Difficulty
Detour the Great Journey 50 Complete the Campaign on Legendary Difficulty
Backscratcher 10 Complete any Campaign Mission in Co-op Mode
Everything's Better with Bacon 5 Mission 1: Ram 50 Grunts with Warthogs
Endless Fun 5 Mission 2: Destroy every Methane Tank
Covenant "Hot Drop" 5 Mission 3: Kill at least 5 Covenant Units with the Bridge
The Real Winner 5 Mission 4: Save Adam
He's Got the Jack 5 Mission 5: Jack 5 Covenant Vehicles
Rhino Hugger 5 Mission 6: Successfully protect every Rhino
Micro Manager 5 Mission 7: Do not destroy any Power Node
Ramblin' Man 5 Mission 8: Use Elephants to train 100 infantry
Sweet Naptime 5 Mission 9: Put every Colony in Hibernation Mode at the same time
The Procrastinator 5 Mission 10: Disrupt all Tractor Beams
Battened Down the Hatches 5 Mission 11: Save all the Airlocks
Handy with Tools 5 Mission 12: Repair the Power Core in less than 4 minutes
Beaming with Pride 5 Mission 13: Destroy 25 units with the Scarab
Didn’t Get to Second Base 5 Mission 14: Don't claim an extra base
Thinkin' About My Doorbell 5 Mission 15: Open the Doors in order
Momma's Boy 5 Get a Gold Medal on any mission
Wall of Recognition 30 Get a Gold Medal on every Campaign Mission
Racing the Clock 5 Finish one mission under Par Time on Heroic difficulty
Hardly Tardy 10 Finish five missions under Par Time on Heroic difficulty New
Mr. Punctual 15 Finish all missions under Par Time on Heroic difficulty
Crushed Colors 10 Improve your Score in any Campaign Mission
Epic Grinder 40 Obtain a lifetime campaign Score over 1,000,000
Alas, Poor Andrew Thomas 5 Collect your first Skull
Lovely Bunch of Coconuts 15 Collect 8 Skulls New
Graverobber 30 Collect all Skulls
Own Worst Enemy 20 Get a Gold Medal with all Debuff Skulls Active
Halo Undergraduate 5 Unlock a Timeline event
Halo Academic 15 Unlock 20 Timeline Events
Halo Historian 40 Unlock All Timeline Events
Basically Naïve 10 Win 10 Skirmish or Multiplayer Matches Previously required Recruit rank, now only requires wins
Officer on Deck 30 Win 20 Skirmish or Multiplayer Matches Previously required Lieutenant rank, now only requires wins
Running the Show 50 Win 30 Skirmish or Multiplayer Matches Previously required General rank, now only requires wins
Don't Stop Me Now 70 Win 40 Skirmish or Multiplayer Matches New
Maximum Effort 90 Win 50 Skirmish or Multiplayer Matches New
Soldier of Ares 110 Win 75 Skirmish or Multiplayer Matches New
Weapon of Zeus 130 Win 100 Skirmish or Multiplayer Matches New
2 Bugs are Better Than 1 10 Win a Skirmish Game with Dual Scarabs
Big Al's Scooter 10 Win a Heroic Skirmish Game against the AI un under 10 minutes
Empire Builder 5 Win a game in every Skirmish Game Mode
Gallivant around the Galaxy 25 Win a game on every Skirmish Map
My Virtual Friends Love Me 10 Win a 3v3 Skirmish game with 2 AI Allies
Noob n0 M0r3 10 Win a Public game on Xbox LIVE Slightly changed description, requirements remain the same
Penny Pincher 10 Get a winning High Score with 10 or less Squads against the Heroic AI
Playin' the Field 15 Win a Skirmish Game with every Leader
So Lonely At the Top 20 Win and have the highest score in a Public Game on Xbox Live Slightly changed description, requirements remain the same
Titan 15 Get 20,000 points in any Skirmish Game
Walk-off Winner 30 Use one of the 6 Major Leader Powers to destroy an enemy's last unit
One and Done 30 Score the winning point in a game of Keepaway against Legendary AIs Previously Strategic Options DLC
Pull Hard, Pull Deep 20 Win and never trail in a Tug of War game Previously Strategic Options DLC
Freak on a Streak 20 Gain at least 15 population from a single wave in a Reinforcement game Previously Strategic Options DLC
Living Loving Bug 30 Get a Scarab during a Reinforcement game Previously Strategic Options DLC
Tour Coming Through 30 Hot drop 50 squads to your Covenant Leader in a single game on Barrens Previously Historical Battles DLC
Never Leave a Man Behind 15 Finish a game with 5000 net resources contributed to your teammates on Memorial Basin Previously Historical Battles DLC
Drain Cleaner 30 Kill 20 enemy squads with a continuous Covenant Leader Power on Memorial Basin Previously Historical Battles DLC
KillJoy 20 Disrupt 5 active Leader Powers in a single game on Blood River Previously Historical Battles DLC
24 Hours of Quality 20 Play Halo Wars for at least 24 total hours
Ready for the Sequel 75 100% Completion
Additionally, the following achievements were removed:


Complete entire Campaign in Co-op Mode

2 guidesOnline/OfflineCooperative

Ice Warriors

Completed Act I on any difficulty

Ice Warriors
1 guideOnline/OfflineSingle PlayerCooperativeMain Storyline

Key to Pirth

Completed Act II on any difficulty

Key to Pirth
1 guideOnline/OfflineSingle PlayerCooperativeMain Storyline

Ugly is only Skin Deep

Completed Act III on any difficulty

Ugly is only Skin Deep
2 guidesOnline/OfflineSingle PlayerCooperativeMain Storyline

No Way Home?

Completed Act IV on any difficulty

No Way Home?
2 guidesOnline/OfflineSingle PlayerCooperativeMain Storyline

Halo Wars: Definitive Edition will be available as early as December 20th for Ultimate Edition owners.
Kevin Tavore
Written by Kevin Tavore
Kevin is a lover of all types of media, especially any type of long form story. The American equivalent of Aristotle, he'll write about anything and everything and you'll usually see him as the purveyor of news, reviews and the occasional op-ed. He's happy with any game that's not point and click or puzzling, but would always rather be outdoors in nature.