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''Gold'' rank requirements

Earn the indicated amount of points within the listed time limit to get a "Gold" rank in the corresponding mission:

UnlockableHow to Unlock
Over 27,000 points within 5 to 12 minutes.Mission 1 (Alpha Base):
Over 55,000 points within 23 to 32 minutes.Mission 10 (Shield World):
Over 30,000 points within 23 to 30minutes.Mission 11 (Cleansing):
Over 32,000 points within 10 to 20 minutes.Mission 12 (Repairs):
Over 40,000 points within 20 to 60 minutes.Mission 13 (Beachhead):
Over 30,000 points within 15 to 30 minutes.Mission 14 (Reactor):
Over 30,000 points within 20 to 33 minutes.Mission 15 (Escape):
Over 70,000 points within 15 to 30 minutes.Mission 2 (Relic Approach):
Over 45,000 points within 8 to 18 minutes.Mission 3 (Relic Interior):
Over 50,000 points within 21 to 23 minutes.Mission 4 (Arcadia City):
Over 40,000 points within 21 to 23 minutes.Mission 5 (Arcadia Outskirts):
Over 45,000 points within 15 to 30 minutes.Mission 6 (Dome of Light):
Over 32,000 points within 12 to 24 minutes.Mission 7 (Scarab):
Over 30,000 points within 18 to 30 minutes.Mission 8 (Anders' Signal):
Over 35,000 points within 18 to 30 minutes.Mission 9 (The Flood):

Contributed By: Maresh19.


Complete each achievement to get the allotted gamerscore.

UnlockableHow to Unlock
Win a Skirmish Game with Dual Scarabs2 Bugs are Better Than 1 (10)
Play Halo Wars for at least 24 Total Hours24 Hours of Quality (20)
Complete the Campaign on Heroic DifficultyAdjudicate the Arbiter (30)
Collect your first SkullAlas, Poor Andrew Thomas (5)
Complete any Campaign Mission in Co-op ModeBackscratcher (10)
Obtain the Recruit Rank on Xbox LIVEBasically Naive (10)
Mission 11: Save all the AirlocksBattened Down the Hatches (5)
Mission 13: Destroy 25 units with the ScarabBeaming with Pride (5)
Win a Heroic Skirmish Game against the AI in under 10 minutesBig Al's Scooter (10)
Mission 3: Kill at least 5 Covenant Units with the BridgeCovenant "Hot Drop" (5)
Improve your Score in any Campaign MissionCrushed Colors (10)
Complete the Campaign on Legendary DifficultyDetour the Great Journey (50)
Mission 14: Don't claim an extra baseDidn't Get To Second Base (5)
Win a game in every Skirmish Game ModeEmpire Builder (5)
Mission 2: Destroy every Methane TankEndless Fun (5)
Obtain a Lifetime Campaign Score over 1,000,000Epic Grinder (40)
Mission 1: Ram 50 Grunts with WarthogsEverything's Better with Bacon (5)
Win a game on every Skirmish MapGallivant around the Galaxy (25)
Collect all SkullsGraverobber (30)
Unlock 20 Timeline EventsHalo Academic (15)
Unlock All Timeline EventsHalo Historian (40)
Mission 12: Repair the Power Core in less than 4 minutesHandy with Tools (5)
Mission 5: Jack 6 Covenant VehiclesHe's Got The Jack (5)
Completed Act I on any difficultyIce Warriors (40)
Completed Act II on any difficultyKey to Pirth (50)
Completed Mission 1 on any difficultyMeet Sergeant Forge (10)
Mission 7: Do not destroy any Power NodeMicro Manager (5)
Get a Gold Medal on any missionMomma's Boy (5)
Finish all missions under Par Time on Heroic difficultyMr. Punctual (15)
Win a 3v3 Skirmish game with 2 AI AlliesMy Virtual Friends Love Me (10)
Win a Matchmade Skirmish Game on Xbox LIVEN00b n0 M0r3 (10)
Completed Act IV on any difficultyNo Way Home? (70)
Obtain the Lieutenant Rank on Xbox LIVEOfficer on Deck (30)
Complete entire Campaign in Co-op ModeOMG BFF FTW (40)
Get a Gold Medal with all Debuff Skulls ActiveOwn Worst Enemy (20)
Get a winning High Score with 10 or less Squads against the Heroic AIPenny Pincher (10)
Win a Skirmish Game with every LeaderPlayin' the Field (15)
Mission 8: Use Elephants to train 100 InfantryRamblin' Man (5)
100% CompletionReady for the Sequel (75)
Mission 6: Successfully protect every RhinoRhino Hugger (5)
Obtain the General Rank on Xbox LIVERunning the Show (50)
Win and have the Highest Score in a Matchmade Skirmish Game on Xbox LIVESo Lonely at the Top (20)
Mission 9: Put every Colony in Hibernation Mode at the same timeSweet Naptime (5)
Mission 10: Disrupt all Tractor BeamsThe Procrastinator (5)
Mission 4: Save AdamThe Real Winner (5)
Mission 15: Open the Doors in orderThinkin' about My Doorbell (5)
Get 20,000 points in any Skirmish GameTitan (15)
Completed Act III on any difficultyUgly is only Skin Deep (70)
Use one of the 6 Major Leader Powers to destroy an enemy's last unitWalk-Off Winner (30)
Get a Gold Medal on every Campaign MissionWall of Recognition (30)

Contributed By: Guard Master.

Black Boxes

The black boxes that can be found in each level unlock new Halo History entries, which goes toward getting the 100% achievement. There are also some unlocked by playing in different Skirmish matches.

UnlockableHow to Unlock
Win on each Skirmish map and win Skirmish with each leaderAll Others
Under the last bridge before entering Alpha BaseBlack Box 01 - Alpha Base
Top left of the map, behind a Covenant shieldBlack Box 02 - Relic Approach
On the small ramp on the left side right at the start, before going inside the RelicBlack Box 03 -Relic Interior
Just north of the starting point, right next to the skyscraper where you can save AdamBlack Box 04 - Arcadia City
Go down the first ramp as you are fleeing from the Covenant, it's behind a downed PelicanBlack Box 05 - Arcadia Outskirts
Far left of the map, to the left of where you transport the third Rhino tankBlack Box 06 - Dome of Light
Far right side of the map, in a small alcove with supply cratesBlack Box 07 - Scarab
Near the big brute fire line at the start, on a ridge to the rightBlack Box 08 - Ander' Signal
Straight out from the base ramp on the other side of the mapBlack Box 09 - The Flood
Alongside Bravo platoon, which is the middle platoon you pick upBlack Box 10 - Shield World
Left rear of the ship, on wings that slant down...you'll need a flying unitBlack Box 11 - Cleansing
Left edge of Spirit of Fire, not far from the Power Core building, on the left sideBlack Box 12 - Repairs
On a ledge near the second set of teleporters, near the Covenant baseBlack Box 13 - Beachhead
Up and left at the top of the first ramp, on the edge of the rampBlack Box 14 - Reactor
Directly opposite the starting point on the north edge of the map, between the Flood and the Covenant baseBlack Box 15 - Escape

Contributed By: RianBattle.

DLC Achievements

Complete each achievement to get the allotted gamerscore.

UnlockableHow to Unlock
Kill 20 enemy squads with a continuous Covenant Leader Power on Memorial Basin.Drain Cleaner (30)
Disrupt 5 active Leader Powers in a single game on Blood River.Killjoy (25)
Finish with 5000 net resources tributed to your teammates on Memorial Basin except in Deathmatch.Never Leave a Man Behind (15)
Hot drop 50 squads to your Covenant Leader in a single game on Barrens.Tour Coming Through (30)

Contributed By: Guard Master.


Each of the skulls has a different effect once collected and activated through the pause menu, as well as going towards the achievements "Alas, Poor Andrew Thomas" and "Graverobber"

UnlockableHow to Unlock
Kill 100 Grunts, appears east of the entrance to Alpha Base.Skull 01 - Alpha Base
Kill 20 Jackals, appears at the bottom of your base.Skull 02 - Relic Approach
Kill 45 Hunters, appears where you rescue Anders and the Marines.Skull 03 - Relic Interior
Kill 50 Elites, appears south of the Covenant base on the east side of the map.Skull 04 - Arcadia City
Kill 5 Wraiths, appears at the northern-most part of the highway on the west side of the map.Skull 05 - Arcadia Outskirts
Kill 50 Banshees, appears on the small platform where you lock down the third Rhino.Skull 06 - Dome of Light
Kill 10 Locusts, appears by the northeastern most power node.Skull 07 - Scarab
Kill 750 Infection Forms, appears north of where you set up base.Skull 08 - Anders' Signal
Kill 20 Flood Stalks, appears just east of your base, near a downed Pelican.Skull 09 - The Flood
Kill 350 Swarms, appears on a small island between the southern Pylons(need an air unit)Skull 10 - Shield World
Kill 100 Sentinels, appears at the back end of the ship where the cleansing shields start(need an air unit).Skull 11 - Cleansing
Kill 12 Spirit Transports, appears near the back of the ship, just above the two interlocks(need an air unit).Skull 12 - Repairs
Kill 10 Bomber Forms, appears in the small valley west of where you start the level.Skull 13 - Beachhead
Kill 20 Vampires, appears at the bottom of the third ramp, between the second Covenant base and the wall of the mountain.Skull 14 - Reactor
Kill 3 Scarabs, appears in the middle of the north part of the map, in the middle of the Flood.Skull 15 - Escape

Contributed By: RianBattle.

Strategic Options DLC Achievements

Complete each achievement to get the allotted gamerscore.

UnlockableHow to Unlock
Gain at least 15 population from a single wave in a Reinforcement game.Freak on a Streak (20)
Obtain a Scarab during a Reinforcement game.Living Loving Bug (30)
Score the winning point in a game of Keepaway against Legendary A.I.ís.One and Done (30)
Win and never trail in a Tug of War game.Pull Hard, Pull Deep (20)

Contributed By: Guard Master.

Unlockable Gamer Pictures

Unlock new gamer pictures by accomplishing these tasks.

UnlockableHow to Unlock
Complete the Campaign on any difficultyProfessor Anders
Load up HALO Wars on your profileSergeant Forge

Contributed By: Krethean.