Halo Wars Hints & Cheats
AchievementsComplete each achievement to get the allotted gamerscore.
How to Unlock Unlockable Complete the Campaign on Heroic Difficulty Adjudicate the Arbiter (30) Complete the Campaign on Legendary Difficulty Detour the Great Journey (50) Get a Gold Medal on any mission Momma's Boy (5) Improve your Score in any Campaign Mission Crushed Colors (10) Finish all missions under Par Time on Heroic difficulty Mr. Punctual (15) Get a Gold Medal with all Debuff Skulls Active Own Worst Enemy (20) Get a Gold Medal on every Campaign Mission Wall of Recognition (30) Obtain a Lifetime Campaign Score over 1,000,000 Epic Grinder (40) Mission 1: Ram 50 Grunts with Warthogs Everything's Better with Bacon (5) Mission 2: Destroy every Methane Tank Endless Fun (5) Mission 3: Kill at least 5 Covenant Units with the Bridge Covenant "Hot Drop" (5) Mission 4: Save Adam The Real Winner (5) Mission 5: Jack 6 Covenant Vehicles He's Got The Jack (5) Mission 6: Successfully protect every Rhino Rhino Hugger (5) Mission 7: Do not destroy any Power Node Micro Manager (5) Mission 8: Use Elephants to train 100 Infantry Ramblin' Man (5) Mission 9: Put every Colony in Hibernation Mode at the same time Sweet Naptime (5) Mission 10: Disrupt all Tractor Beams The Procrastinator (5) Mission 11: Save all the Airlocks Battened Down the Hatches (5) Mission 12: Repair the Power Core in less than 4 minutes Handy with Tools (5) Mission 13: Destroy 25 units with the Scarab Beaming with Pride (5) Mission 14: Don't claim an extra base Didn't Get To Second Base (5) Mission 15: Open the Doors in order Thinkin' about My Doorbell (5) Complete any Campaign Mission in Co-op Mode Backscratcher (10) Complete entire Campaign in Co-op Mode OMG BFF FTW (40) Win a Skirmish Game with every Leader Playin' the Field (15) Win a game on every Skirmish Map Gallivant around the Galaxy (25) Win a game in every Skirmish Game Mode Empire Builder (5) Get 20,000 points in any Skirmish Game Titan (15) Win a Heroic Skirmish Game against the AI in under 10 minutes Big Al's Scooter (10) Win a 3v3 Skirmish game with 2 AI Allies My Virtual Friends Love Me (10) Use one of the 6 Major Leader Powers to destroy an enemy's last unit Walk-Off Winner (30) Win a Skirmish Game with Dual Scarabs 2 Bugs are Better Than 1 (10) Get a winning High Score with 10 or less Squads against the Heroic AI Penny Pincher (10) Win a Matchmade Skirmish Game on Xbox LIVE N00b n0 M0r3 (10) Win and have the Highest Score in a Matchmade Skirmish Game on Xbox LIVE So Lonely at the Top (20) Obtain the Recruit Rank on Xbox LIVE Basically Naive (10) Obtain the Lieutenant Rank on Xbox LIVE Officer on Deck (30) Obtain the General Rank on Xbox LIVE Running the Show (50) Collect your first Skull Alas, Poor Andrew Thomas (5) Collect all Skulls Graverobber (30) Unlock 20 Timeline Events Halo Academic (15) Unlock All Timeline Events Halo Historian (40) 100% Completion Ready for the Sequel (75) Play Halo Wars for at least 24 Total Hours 24 Hours of Quality (20) Completed Mission 1 on any difficulty Meet Sergeant Forge (10) Completed Act I on any difficulty Ice Warriors (40) Completed Act II on any difficulty Key to Pirth (50) Completed Act III on any difficulty Ugly is only Skin Deep (70) Completed Act IV on any difficulty No Way Home? (70)
Black BoxesThe 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.
How to Unlock Unlockable Under the last bridge before entering Alpha Base Black Box 01 - Alpha Base Top left of the map, behind a Covenant shield Black Box 02 - Relic Approach On the small ramp on the left side right at the start, before going inside the Relic Black Box 03 -Relic Interior Just north of the starting point, right next to the skyscraper where you can save Adam Black Box 04 - Arcadia City Go down the first ramp as you are fleeing from the Covenant, it's behind a downed Pelican Black Box 05 - Arcadia Outskirts Far left of the map, to the left of where you transport the third Rhino tank Black Box 06 - Dome of Light Far right side of the map, in a small alcove with supply crates Black Box 07 - Scarab Near the big brute fire line at the start, on a ridge to the right Black Box 08 - Ander' Signal Straight out from the base ramp on the other side of the map Black Box 09 - The Flood Alongside Bravo platoon, which is the middle platoon you pick up Black Box 10 - Shield World Left rear of the ship, on wings that slant down...you'll need a flying unit Black Box 11 - Cleansing Left edge of Spirit of Fire, not far from the Power Core building, on the left side Black Box 12 - Repairs On a ledge near the second set of teleporters, near the Covenant base Black Box 13 - Beachhead Up and left at the top of the first ramp, on the edge of the ramp Black Box 14 - Reactor Directly opposite the starting point on the north edge of the map, between the Flood and the Covenant base Black Box 15 - Escape Win on each Skirmish map and win Skirmish with each leader All Others
"Gold" rank requirementsEarn the indicated amount of points within the listed time limit to get a "Gold" rank in the corresponding mission:
How to Unlock Unlockable Over 27,000 points within 5 to 12 minutes. Mission 1 (Alpha Base): 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): 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):
Unlockable Gamer PicturesUnlock new gamer pictures by accomplishing these tasks.
How to Unlock Unlockable Load up HALO Wars on your profile Sergeant Forge Complete the Campaign on any difficulty Professor Anders
Strategic Options DLC AchievementsComplete each achievement to get the allotted gamerscore.
How to Unlock Unlockable 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) 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)
SkullsEach 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"
How to Unlock Unlockable 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
DLC AchievementsComplete each achievement to get the allotted gamerscore.
How to Unlock Unlockable Hot drop 50 squads to your Covenant Leader in a single game on Barrens. Tour Coming Through (30) Finish with 5000 net resources tributed to your teammates on Memorial Basin except in Deathmatch. Never Leave a Man Behind (15) 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)
Walkthroughs & FAQs
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- Offline Modes:
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