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Faster reloading

 Xbox  To reload most weapons faster, press X. Then shortly after that, press B to melee. Note: For the shotgun this will cause you to stop reloading all together.
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 Xbox  Use the following trick to almost instantly reload any weapon. Tap X(2), then quickly tap Y to switch to your secondary weapon. After a few seconds, press Y again to switch back to your first weapon. If done correctly, it will be fully reloaded. If the audio volume is high enough, you will be able to hear your weapon reloading in the background. When you hear it click, it is finished reloading. This works with any weapon. With the shotgun, the longer you wait, the more shells will be reloaded when you switch back to it.

Free reload

 Xbox  This trick can be used anywhere, but is very useful when playing in multi-player-split-screen mide. Have a gun that takes clips, not batteries (for example, the plasma rifle and plasma pistol). When you are running out of ammunition, find a gun on the ground that you do not have. Back away from it just enough so that the "Press X to switch gun" message appears. Press X to manually reload very quickly. Once Master Chief has pulled the clip from the gun, move towards the gun on the ground and press X. If done correctly, you should hear the sound of your gun reloading. When the noise stops, swap the gun you had with the gun that you picked up. Notice that the gun reloaded, but did not use any ammunition to do so.

Easy shotgun reload

When you are reloading, quickly tap [Fire]. The reloading should stop and you will fire a shot. You should have half a clip remaining. Note: Only do this in an emergency, and it works best against the Flood.

Fast weapon switch and melee combo

 Xbox  Shoot a gun until the clip is empty. Next, instead of waiting for Master Chief to reload his gun or switch to your other gun, press Y + B. Master Chief will then melee the other gun, and the switch is somewhat faster.

Extra ammunition

If you shoot your fellow Marines you can pick up their ammunition. Make sure to only kill a straggler unless you are prepared to take on all of the Marines. They will turn on you if you kill more than one of them.

In any level with Marines, you will always have a chance for ammunition. No matter how many rounds are fired by your Marines, you will always pick up the same amount when they fall in battle. When you are hard-pressed for ammunition and you have three or four Marines remaining, kill them. They might fight back, but they are easy to eliminate. However, they only carry plasma rifles, sniper rifles, assault rifles, and sometimes needlers. If you have a rocket launcher, there is no point in killing them.

Extra shotgun ammunition

Take a shotgun that has 12 shots and 0 clips. After you shoot it a few times, you should be able to reload manually. You can do this about ten times.

Very accurate rocket launcher

This trick requires a rocket launcher and a sniper rifle. Zoom in on your target with your sniper, then without moving, switch to your rocket launcher and fire. This is useful when you cannot see your enemy with a rocket launcher but can with then sniper and need the power of the rocket launcher.

Effective pistol use

The best weapon in the game is the Human Pistol. Three hit kills and unlimited range make this the most overpowered weapon in the game. In any map, if someone runs at you with a shotgun shooting wildly, take out your pistol and shoot them. The most important factor with this gun it to squeeze off every round with a different pull of the trigger. Do not hold the trigger for full auto; press the button individually for each shot. When you do this, the accuracy will be improved.

More accurate plasma rifle

Instead of holding down [Fire], tap it very quickly. It should shoot much more accurately and will not overheat as easily.

Supercharged weapon

 Xbox  Whenever you have a plasma gun, when shooting hold R and instead of shooting one shot, it will shoot ten in one large blast.

Scooping up weapons

 Xbox  You do not need to stop on top of a weapon to pick it up. Hold X while moving over a weapon and you will swap it without slowing down. It will even interrupt the reloading action initiated when you started holding X.

Double hit

Hit a target with your gun and immediately afterwards, throw a grenade then hit them again. This way you will not have to wait for the gun to go back and do it again.

 Xbox  When you are attacking an enemy, you can hit him twice very quickly by pressing B then throwing a grenade and quickly pressing B again. You will throw a grenade in between hits, but will also be able to hit two times very quickly.                    

Double melee attack

 Xbox  Get a grenade, or play a multi-player game with infinite grenades. Melee, then quickly melee again while throwing a grenade (press B, then just as your character finishes his melee, press the L + B). If done correctly, your character will melee twice, but in-between melees throw a grenade. If your use fragmentation grenades in multi-player mode, other characters will not see you throw the grenade and can easily be destroyed by it. If your grenade is not plasma, it may bounce off your enemy and blow you up as well.

While running, your melee attacks are stronger, but still not as strong as while jumping.

Throw a grenade and melee at the same time. Sometimes you will get a double melee attack.


There is a kill in the game known as Telefragged. To do this easily, play in multi-player mode on the Battle Creek level. Have player one go into the teleporter. When they get to the other side, move player one backwards until they are inside the teleporter. Then, have player two to go to the free teleporter and move into it. Player one's screen will start to go white. When the screen is completely white, player one will die and player two will teleport on top of them. At the top of player one's screen, the message "You have been telefragged" will appear.

Winning in multi-player mode

  • If you stand still, you will not appear on the motion tracker. This will give you the element of surprise.
  • The sniper rifle is an excellent way to spot or kill an opponent. A direct hit in the head with normal (100%) health settings will kill them in one hit. If you miss, your bullet traces will give you away. If sniping, be sure to stay in the shadows. Blood Gulch is an excellent sniping area.
  • A Ghost can defeat a Scorpion. While in the ghost, hold [Right] or [Left] and keep your crosshair on the tank, and keep moving in a circle around it. Constantly shoot, and the rounds will slow down the Scorpion. You should not get killed if done correctly.
  • The best combos are Pistol and Shotgun; Plasma Pistol and AR; and Shotgun and SPNKr (rocket launcher).
  • Always keep moving. If you stop, you are as good as dead if there is a sniper. Never get in the gunner seat of a Warthog unless you definitely know that there are no snipers or you have a driver.
  • In any level that has a shotgun, go to it and pick it up. Wait for your opponent to come to. When they appear guns blazing (do not worry about grenades, you should be able to run right past them), run towards them with your shotgun. Move left and right and dodge their bullets, then jump behind him or her and quickly shoot them in the back. They should die instantly. If they have overshields on, it may require two or more shots. If they turn around, quickly aim for their face and shoot. They should die instantly.

Grenade rain

Play a multi-player game with infinite grenades. Move forward, look up, and turn, while throwing grenades. If an enemy is approaching, rotate in different directions frantically, and look up and down. Grenades will go everywhere but on you, and amateur players will be surprised and possibly killed. Experts, however, will probably get close enough to kill you unless you get a lucky hit. In any case, if the plan is not fully effective, pick off stragglers with a secret grenade using the "Double melee attack" trick.

Frag grenades

When you throw a frag grenade, it will have a small glow where the pin was pulled. It is not very bright or very big; look carefully to see it. Its easier if you know the direction that you threw it and the estimated distance. Watch for this so you do not step on it, or in multi player co-op mode, that you do not kill your teammate or yourself. This also works well if you accidentally threw a grenade.

Suicide grenadier

When facing a group of difficult enemies in cooperative multi-player mode, leave the room and put a plasma grenade on your partner. He can run into the group of enemies, blowing them up. Wait for him to respawn and repeat as many times as desired.

Super bombs

Choose any multi-player level and make sure you have at least one plasma grenade, one frag grenade, and more that 100% health. Choose a location where the plasma and frag grenades will not bounce all over. Throw the plasma grenade, and as soon and you pull the trigger, press the [Change Grenade] and immediately throw the frag grenade. If done correctly, the two grenades will explode at the same time and place. This is useful for making Ghosts and Warthogs fly far.

Choose any multi-player level and make sure you have at least one plasma grenade, one frag grenade, one rocket, and more than 150% health. Choose a location where the plasma and frag grenades will not bounce all over. Throw the plasma grenade, and as soon and you pull the trigger, press the [Change Grenade] and immediately throw the frag grenade. Also, aim a little lower and fire. If done correctly, the grenades and rocket will explode at the same time and location. In addition to making Warthogs and Ghosts fly, this can also flip a Tank halfway over. Combine this with more people to create even more of an explosion. Two people can make a tank do an entire flip.
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Blue shields

In some levels there are blue shields that you can hide behind. Opponents cannot see you there, but you can see them.

Shield from most attacks

Find a flamethrower in any level and start spinning around while shooting it. People will not be able to melee attack or shoot you with a shotgun, because they would have to get close and be killed by the fire. You also cannot get sniped because it is very difficult to see through the fire. Note: This only works in multi-player mode.

Stronger melee attacks

Jump in the air and your melee attacks will be stronger while you are falling.

Defeating Covenants

When Covenant dropship is getting ready to unload a group of Covenants, throw a grenade into the door as it opens. The blast will kill several of the enemies since they are all in one area.

There are places (especially in the first level) where a groups of Covenants are, waiting for you to barge in and start shooting. If you can, sneak to the aliens and throw a grenade into their midst. It is best when a plasma grenade sticks to a Grunt, because he will run behind the rest of his companions. One simple grenade can take out five Covenants.

When trying to kill Covenants, jump over them (so you can look at their back) then shoot or hit them with the butt of your gun.

When playing in legendary mode, have a plasma weapon (Plasma Pistol recommended) and a Human Pistol. First, use the plasma weapon to blow off the Covenent's shield. Then, use the Human Pistol to kill them.

You can stun a Covenant drop ship's gun turret with a plasma grenade for three seconds, if you place it on or near the turret.

Defeating Elites

Find a needler and waste a clip on an Elite during the early levels. This will take out the Elite and the gathered needles form grenade-like explosions, injuring if not killing anything near the target.

 Xbox  Hold R to fully charge a Covenent energy pistol. You can continue to hold the charge indefinitely. Find an Elite and blast him. Depending on the distance to him, he will sometimes flex and get angry. When he does this, walk up and punch him with the pistol. On the easy difficulty setting, he will die immediately.

Use the plasma pistol and charge up or use a different plasma weapon to lower the shields. Plasma lowers shields faster than bullets. Then, switch to the assault rifle and kill him. Bullets will kill everything except shielded enemies faster.

 Xbox  Equip the assault rifle and aim at an Elite. When they start running towards you, tap R lightly to get short bursts of fire from your rifle. About five bursts will take down their shields. You can now use bursts or melee attacks to finish them off. If you fire your bursts fast enough, they will hardly move or fire back.

Get a plasma pistol, charge it up, and fire at the elite. The blast will completely remove his shields. Then, take out a human pistol, zoom in, and take him out with a single head shot. This is almost the only way to take out Elites under the legendary difficulty setting, as they can remove your shields and kill you with about five shots of their plasma rifle. If they are in the open, get a Needler and empty an entire clip in the direction of the Elite. If at least twelve hit, the Elite will die under the legendary difficulty setting.

There are a few ways to kill Elites faster than usual. The first is a plasma grenade to the face. The second is the needler; unload a full clip and watch the Elites die. Finally, get a pistol and a plasma pistol. Charge up plasma and fire it at the Elite. Then, as soon as you have fired plasma, switch to normal pistol, and zoom in. Aim for Elite's head and fire.

When an Elite is about to melee attack you, melee attack him twice. Until he is away from you, shoot him with the assault rifle.

Elites' strength differs from what rank, or color, they are. Blue is the weakest; Black and Gold are the strongest. They are usually equipped with plasma rifle or needles, though some carry a beam sword. It is easiest to kill them is with explosives or automatic weapons. The shotgun is also effective. The sniper rifle will go through the Elite's body shields and kill him instantly.

Besides the sniper rifle or rocket launcher, the plasma rifle or pistol can do the job. Covenant are lethal, but take more damage from weapons that are plasma. Run straight at an Elite, holding down the trigger on the plasma rifle. If you hit it enough times, its shields will wear out. If your gun overheats, smack it up side the head with the rifle. This works even under the legendary difficulty setting, but you will most likely need a health pack afterwards, since about four shots will kill your shields.

 Xbox  Get a plasma pistol. Hold L until it is fully powered. Release L, then melee attack it while it is still stunned.

If you see a yellow Elite and you have plasma grenades, save at least one. Use your others to take out the Covenant around him. Then, you can finally annihilate the Elite with your plasma grenade. If you miss, use a shotgun to take him down. Another good way to kill the yellow Elite is to snipe him out with a rocket launcher. However if he is invisible take him out with a grenade. If desired you can kill the Elite first, then the Grunts will run around helplessly and will not shoot you.

On any co-operative mission where you have to fight gold or red Elites, have a partner shoot at an unsuspecting Elite. Then, hit the Elite on the back of the head while he is distracted by your partner. This also works well against Hunters if you shoot the orange spot on their necks.

Take the shotgun and run up to an Elite. Fire at the chest and it should kill it in one shot.

Defeating Flood types

Do not try to take out any Flood types with a sniper rifle. It will simply go through their bodies without killing them. The weapon of choice is the shotgun. You can take them down with one shot. Remember, the closer they are, the faster they fall.

On the small crawling Flood, use your assault rifle in short controlled bursts. Once one pops, it will also pop the ones nearby. Save shotgun and pistol ammunition for the working class Flood to drop them fast. It is also a good idea to hit them with your gun after they fall to make sure they are dead. On the fat Flood, use the shotgun to pop them, then clean up with rifle.

When you first meet the Flood, they will outnumber you in groups. For the large Flood, use a shotgun, rocket launcher, or most importantly, a fragmentation grenade. Do not use a plasma grenade because they will run towards you and kill you.

When you get attacked by the Flood, after you make them fall down the first time, shoot their head off while they are on the ground. They will not get back up.

Most of the Flood attack you with weapons and strong melee attacks with their arms. Some of the combat form Flood are harmless. They may chase you, but they cannot inflict any damage. You can tell that they are harmless by noticing that they have no arms. Do not waste ammunition on these harmless flood -- just melee attack them. Be careful not to mistake the harmless for the harmful types.

To end all Flood types quickly under the easy difficulty setting, crouch down and shoot their legs with the shotgun. You do not have to crouch yet when they are swarming on you -- it seems to confuse them. Stay crouched, pivot, and fire. Also try to alternate shooting, crouching, and shooting, etc.

Melee any Flood that are too close. This will buy time to shoot other Flood and save your Shield. This also works against jumping Flood.

When battling the Flood, use human weapons such as rockets, frag grenades, pistols, assault rifles, and especially shotguns. After you have knocked one of the enemies down, hit them with the butt of your gun to kill them permanently.

To kill the little Flood heads faster,. use a Needler. Shoot one needle at the heads. This needle will blow up and cause others around it to die. Also, the head that has the needler stuck in it will blow up. The combined force of both explosions will take out a lot of them without using much ammunition.

The small flood Are easiest to kill with the MA5B assault rife. The pistol also works, but the assault rifle has more ammunition. The larger ones (infested Elite type) are easiest to kill with shotgun and pistol. The rocket launcher can also be used, but they can often dodge the rocket. The smaller ones (infested Marine type) are the same. They are faster and jump higher than the Elites, and more often carry human weapons. The good thing is, especially under the easy difficulty setting, they will run over to you, hit you, then just stand there. This is the best time to kill them. For the big balloon types, the plasma pistol works surprisingly well, as does the pistol and shotgun. Sometimes if you kill one of the Elite or Human Floods, they drop grenades. This is very useful if one of the balloon types is behind them. Blow him up, and the grenades also will explode, killing the little ones that appear and anyone around.

 Xbox  To kill the big Floods easily, hit them with a rocket launcher, frag grenade, shotgun, or plasma grenade. You can also use assault rifles and other weapons not previously mentioned to shoot them until they fall, but are not dead. Then, use the B melee attack when they are on floor about three to five times for the kill.

When facing a large number of the Flood, use plasma grenades and a Human or Covenant version of the assault rifle. Note: This works best with the smaller ones.

The pod Flood forms are very fragile and easy to destroy. They can be a nuisance in large groups. It is easiest to destroy them with a grenade or automatic weapons

Combat Flood forms are reasonably difficult to kill. They will use whatever weapons they can find, with no regard of their or other Flood's safety. They will run quickly and can jump long distances. Any weapon that dose and decent damage will suffice, but the shotgun is preferred. The Flood will get up after being killed if not enough damage was done the first time; aim for the head or arms to blow them off tp make them less threatening.

Carrier Flood forms are rather fat and slow. When killed, they will explode and eject pod forms. These enemies travel in groups with other carriers or Flood. The explosion will kill surrounding Flood as well as set of loose grenades; be careful.

After you encounter the Flood, you will notice three types: small bulb-like ones, larger fighting ones, and even bigger carriers that spew out the smaller ones. When playing under the easy or normal difficulty setting, always concentrate your fire on the large ones, especially the ones with weapons. The small bulb like ones will hurt your shields, but only slightly, and are not an immediate threat. They start to really hurt you only when your shields are down. Also, when a carrier form is around lots of the combat ones, fire on the carrier. It will explode and blast the others out of your way. They wukk get back up, but are out of the way temporarily.

When you first discover the Flood, you will notice that the larger forms will jump high into the air and come down on top of you, hurting you. To stop them, simply look at them as they are coming down and melee attack them. They will halt in the air, and fall to the ground, stunned. This will give you a chance to kill him with whatever weapon desired.

Some of the best weapons for battling the Flood are the pistol and the shotgun. When going through the library level it may seem as if the Flood waves are endless, but they are not. Usually Flood will come in two or three waves. Most of the time they are just hiding in all the crevices and corners available. When a wave comes at you, use the pistol to take out all the big spore carriers and far away flood zombies. The shotgun will take out any that you did not get before. Remember to go slow in the library level; the faster you go the more likely you are to miss waves that catch up on you.

Flood infection forms

The Flood infection forms (the small ones) are deadly when you do not have a shield. Normally they pop, but without a shield, they drain your life slowly away. The only way to get rid of them is to run away, then shoot. Do not always shrug off the infection forms, as that can get you killed.

Making sure Flood are dead

After you shoot a Flood and it is on the ground, move your crosshairs over it. If it remains blue, the Flood is dead. If it turns red, blow it to bits.

Fun with the Flood

Use the human handgun to shoot the weapon out of the Flood's hand, without shooting off the limb. The Maw is a good place to try this.

On any level with the Flood, kill one of the bigger ones. If you look down at it, it may have one of those messed up arms. You are able to shoot the arms and the head off.

On the second Assault On The Control room, there is a room that has only the smaller, more human-like Flood. You can shoot their arms off and they cannot hurt you. They will only chase you around. To have more fun, you can try to blow off the top of their head. Most of the time this does not kill them, and you can see their brain.

Shoot off the arms of any flood and it will follow you around like a dog. Weapons that can shoot off arms are the assault rifle and human pistol.

Use Flood as slaves

To make flood your slaves, simply shoot their arms off. They will follow you around and attack Covenant. However, they will not attack their own kind. Also, if the Flood you are shooting at has a gun, only shoot off the arm without a gun. This very useful when fighting large numbers of Covenant.

Conserve ammo while fighting Flood

When fighting the Flood, only fight the combat and carrier forms. If you are against only a few of the little ones, do not shoot. Your shield will be able to take most of the damage. Only shoot them when they are in very big numbers.

Defeating Flugs

In the later levels of the game you will encounter new enemies called Flugs. These enemies will be small at first, but they will attack and control anything alive. Use a shotgun on these baby Flug as they tend to group in large numbers. By using the shotgun it will send a storm of bullets and kill most of them that are around. Use a shotgun on the possessed Flug, and it will kill most of them in one shot. This is made easier by the fact that most of them carry shotguns.

If you use a shotgun on the Flugs, it is much easier to kill them. They do not run away from grenades, which work very well against them.

Defeating Grunts

When the Grunts are sleeping you can beat them to death with the butt of your gun without waking up any of the other Grunts. You can usually kill a four to seven of them before an alien spots you. They start sleeping in level 5, Assault on the Control Room. Just remember not to shoot or they will wake up.

Grunts are rather weak and easy to kill. They are armed with a plasma pistol or needler. They will carry fuel rods from multi-player mode in later levels. Any weapon can easily kill them, though a melee is quicker.

Fun with Hunters

If you are a skilled player, you can kill a Grunt and lure a Hunter over to it. Wait until he melees and move out of the way. The hunter will hit the Grunt and it will fly farther than if you hit it with a rocket launcher. For a harder challenge but farther distance, try getting it to hit a live Grunt.

In any level with Hunters, you can jump almost three times as high while fighting them. To do this, jump over the Hunter just before he bashes you. If done correctly, he will bash you in mid air, and give you an extra boost. In some areas, you can use this trick to get to high ledges or areas you are not supposed to reach.

Defeating Hunters

Normally Hunters are the hardest Covenant to kill, due to their powerful armor and shields. However, even the strongest armor has weak spots. If you look at their necks or backs, you can see an orange spot. Aim for it. One shot with the human pistol, sniper rifle, and shotgun will kill them if you hit them there.

The best way to kill a hunter is to use a sniper rifle to zoom in on the orange spot.

If you are being chased by a Hunter or an alien with a sword, run backwards while facing the alien. Jump when they try to slash you. Throw a plasma grenade at the alien and it will stick to him. Turn around and run in a zig-zag pattern to make sure he does not catch you in the explosion.

If you are playing cooperative multi-player mode, have player two run in front of the Hunter until his back is turned to player one. While the Hunter is trying to turn player two into mush, have player one run up to the Hunter's back and melee attack the orange spot. The Hunter should die with several hits.

You can kill the Hunters in a head-on assault. Get in close and use the pistol or shotgun. Aim for the head holding down the trigger. Your first shot(s) will knock back the head, exposing the unarmored neck. One shot in the neck and they will die.

An easy way to kill a Hunter is to hit them with a vehicle. If you chase them with the vehicle, they will try to dodge.

Throw plasmas grenades on them. It may take a some practice to get them stuck on a Hunter, but with two grenades, he will probably be dead (depending on the difficulty setting). Note: Do not stand too close or you may be blown up, and the plasma grenade will not stick to his shield.

Hit Hunters with a melee attack. They will put their head down and the orange spot there can be seen. Melee attack that spot to kill them faster.

Shoot a Hunter in the orange spot in his midsection with a shotgun at point blank range. This will kill it on every setting, including legendary.

 Xbox  If sniping Hunters is not fun for you, try this. Approach a Hunter, being sure to avoid any blasts from his fuel rod cannon. Shoot him a few times to make him charge, and as he starts his melee attack, quickly sidestep around him until you face his back. If done correctly, you should be looking at his back before he finishes his attack. When you are looking at the back, shoot it as many times as you can before he turns around. For even more fun, charge as you are shooting his back and press B when in range for a melee attack. The best gun for this attack is the shotgun,

but the assault rifle also works.
Notice that Hunters are left-handed and uses that side to melee attack. To dodge the attack, jump above him on his right side. He will completely miss you. While in the air, turn around to face him. He will still be looking that way, giving you the chance to kill him without being hit by his melee attack. To do so easily, crouch down and melee or shoot him in the bright orange spot.
Wait until Hunters charge you, then step back so they hit air. Shoot them in the stomach with a pistol once their arm is in mid-air. This should kill them.
Although Hunters are equipped with the strongest armor, shield, and a plasma launcher, they are very slow and can never catch you if you keep moving. Hunters are can be easily out-run, but do not try to do so. Close-ranged battles with Hunters are wiser. Step to your left when one tries to melee attack and it will miss. You can now attack him in the orange spot (pistol does a one shot kill) when he is facing the other way, or make him fall to his death. Note: Because of their body armor, Hunters can survive a fall three times more than you can. However, if you try to fight from far away, they can shoot you with a plasma launcher. If you want to fight from a distance, use a sniper rifle and snipe the orange spot. Make sure that he does not see you. Hunters cannot be easily killed by explosives because of their armor and shield. Be careful when two or more Hunters are on you -- dodging both can be difficult and sometimes they can really hurt you.
On levels with Hunters in a building, do not run up and attack. First, get the little aliens out of the way. Then, get the Hunters' attention in any way you can to get them to chase you. Go to one of the far walls. Jump on to the higher part of the wall. The Hunter will try to punch you, but cannot. Shoot the Hunter from this position.
Wait until a Hunter gets angry and uses his melee attack (when he hits you with his shield). When his arm and shield are up, he is completely defenseless. Use your melee attack with the assault rifle to his stomach.
Once the Hunter is in your sight, depending on the distance from him, he will either charge his weapon at you or begin to run at you. You will have to get close enough so he starts running at you. As he charges at you (make sure you are running backwards and facing him), fire your weapon (assault rifle, plasma rifle, or shotgun recommended). Once he gets close enough, he will swing his shield at you, exposing his chest. At this point, he will slow down and give you a great opportunity to unload your weapon and get some distance from him. This may require some practice under the normal difficulty setting, and it may take more than one swing of the hunter's shield. Also, make sure that you have plenty of room in the area before you begin this strategy. Avoid from cliffs, corridors, and rocky areas.
After you get close enough to make them charge at you, sidestep, turn around, and shoot them in the back with the pistol. This is the easiest way to kill Hunters with just one or two shots.
Have a human pistol or shotgun. Get close to a Hunter. He will try to melee attack. When he charges at you with his head down, rapidly begin shooting at his head and it will die. Note: This was done under the easy difficulty setting.
To easily kill a Hunter, use a rocket launcher. This will kill them instantly. Do not get too close or the blast will kill you.
An easy way to kill Hunters is to side step out of the way when they try to ram you, Then, melee attack them in the back to kill them.
Hunters are very strong in armored points, yet if hit in the flesh they will go down easily. They carry a fuel rod gun fused to an arm and a shield for melee attacks. It is recommended to take them out with a rocket launcher or some other heavy weapon. If this is not possible, aim for gaps in the armor (neck, back, etc.)
You must have a pistol for this trick. When fighting a Hunter, walk up close to it. It will try to melee attack you. Dodge the attack and shoot the orange spot. It will die with one shot. If this does not happen, you definitely shot the armor.
Art Testani. Pick up a shotgun and sniper. If you are in a position where you can snipe the Hunters out, use your sniper to shoot the orange part of the Hunter. If you miss, run up to it and shoot the orange part when it is visible. Grenades will also work well. When fighting Hunters, do not bother using any weapons other than the Magnum. Dodge the Fuel Rod blast, let them run up, circle round them when they swing, then give them one shot in the pink on its lower back with the Magnum.
While fighting Hunters, start strafing in a large circle. It may take awhile, but the Hunter(s) will begin to chase you in a circle and will not be able to attack you. You can kill them a lot easier by doing this, and it is very helpful under the heroic or legendary difficulty setting.
Have an assault rifle or a pistol, although this can be done with most weapons. Hunters will not fire at you if you are close to them. Instead, they will try to chase or charge you. Allow the Hunter to charge at you head-on. At the last moment, move to one side and dodge him like a bullfighter. As you are doing this, turn around behind it. If you are quick enough, you will see the exposed back of the hunter with a large brown patch in the middle of it. This is the Hunter's weak spot. Even under the legendary difficulty setting, one or two shots from the pistol will kill the Hunter if you hit the brown patch. More shots are needed from the assault rifle and other Covenant weapons. You can trick the Hunters into repeatedly charging at you, if you do this "bullfighter" move each time.

Defeating Jackals

Use a photon weapon to destroy a Jackal's shield quickly.

When you encounter a Jackal, run up and hit it with your weapon or get out a gun that uses bullets, not energy.
When you are a far way away from Jackals and have a sniper, they will sit in the defense position and leave very little uncovered. You will notice that on the right or left is a small notch in the shield. Aim for it and the Jackal population will be severely decreased.
If you are having trouble killing the Jackals because your ammunition deflects off the shields, just get close enough and melee attack them from the front. This can save parts of your shield and a lot of your ammunition.
To kill the jackals easier without using a plasma weapon, charge at them using your 7.62mm rifle in short bursts. This will cause them to either lower the shield to attack, step to the side, or turn and run. However, this will more often send them staggering back wildly waving their arms for an easy three round burst kill. Either way they are easy pickings when they move. This works well when you have a group of them together and saves ammunition.
When a Jackal starts attacking you, shoot through the gap in the shield where the gun comes out. If it hits the gun, the alien should stagger backward as if shot in the chest. It should then run for cover with the shield over its head. Blow its arm or legs off, then walk over to it and shoot its body a few times. A bit of blood will spurt.
Jackals are kind of weak and equipped with a circular shield. It can be disabled under enough stress or shot in exact center. They always have a plasma pistol and have a nasty habit of shooting charge shots which disable your shields. It is most efficient to melee attack them.
There are many ways to kill Jackals, but this way is the most effective. First have a plasma pistol in hand. Your second weapon could be anything (except the needler), but the best weapon for the job is either the M6D pistol, assault rifle, or sniper rifle. When you encounter a Jackal, charge your plasma pistol to overload and fire. Unless you are at an extreme range, the bolt should track the Jackal even if it attempts to dodge it. The Jackal's shield should overload and fail, allowing you to go in for the kill. Then follow it by a headshot with a M6D pistol or sniper rifle. If you are finishing the Jackal off with a plasma weapon, about two or three headshots with the plasma pistol or one or two headshots with the plasma rifle will kill it. If you are finishing it off with an assault rifle, a few short bursts at a reasonable range should kill it. If you do not kill it immediately after it is stunned, it will hide and regenerate its shield. Note: This was done in legendary mode.
If you have a sniper rifle, you can easily frag them by either sniping them before they see you. If they are crouched with their shields upm you can shoot through the notch in their shields and kill them easily. Otherwise, throw a plasma grenade on them, which will stick and hopefully kill them.
Fire until the Jackal rolls or does something else to lower its shield. Then, run up to him and melee him.

Defeating Marines

Marines are armed with a variety of weapons, both Covenant and Human. They are lightly armoured. In the event that you anger them and they turn on you, Marines can be killed with explosives, automatic weapons, and melee attacks. Crew members can be killed by anything.

Defeating Sentinels

It is much easier to defeat Sentinels if you use a Plasma Rifle. They will go down in about five shots.

Charge up a Plasma Pistol and aim at a Sentinel. It will die in just one shot. Another good thing about this is that the Plasma Pistol burst will sort of follow them to hit.

There are only a few levels that you have to deal with the Sentinels, and most of them are in confined areas. The easiest way to destroy them is to throw a Plasma Grenade on them. Since most of the time there close together, you can take out two or three at a time. If you do not have a Plasma Grenade, then fire a couple shots with the Shotgun or shoot a blast with the Energy Pistol.

Sentinels have light shielding and can fly. They are equipped with a heat beam that fires slowly, but can cover a large area. They have a rather unfortunate weakness to plasma weapons (this does not include needler) that can easily be exploited.

Easy kills

To kill someone, it is often easier to run him over rather than shooting him. If you shoot him, it will take a few hits. If you run him over, it will take only one hit.

When there is a big group of enemies, throw a Plasma Grenade at the closest one to you. Kill him before he explodes. The rest of the group will run past when the grenade explodes, killing them. Note: This works best with the Flood and the shotgun.

When there is a group of Convent together (Grunts, Jackals, and Elites), throw a Plasma Grenade On a Grunt. The Grunt will then run back to the rest of the group, asking them to get it off. When the grenade explodes, the Grunt and everything around it will be killed.

More gore

 Xbox  After defeating any of the aliens, especially the Elite, go over to the dead body. Repeatedly press B. After a few hits the area around of the dead body should have more blood around it. The Grunts and the Hunters will not put out as much blood as any other alien.

After killing a Hunter, take an assault rifle and aim for the bright orange spot in his lower back. If you shoot him in the spot, spurts of bright blood will pour out.

Easy Banshee kill

Wait until a Banshee is directly above you, then shoot it in the belly with your shotgun. On the easy difficulty setting, it will explode with one shot. Moving forward when you do this can keep the wreckage from falling on you.

When a Banshee attacks you, wait until it flies in a straight line towards you. Then, shoot a rocket launcher (only one rocket required) or use the assault rifle..

This trick can be done on any level with a rocket launcher and a Banshee There are many ways to kill a Banshee, but this is the most effective. Take your rocket launcher and stand out in the open. When the Banshee comes in for a strafing run, zoom in on it. As the Banshee is heading directly at you and firing, position your crosshairs on the front of the Banshee. As he fires on you, you will zoom out, but you will be lined up perfectly with the Banshee. Fire. The Banshee cannot react in time and will be destroyed. ote: As soon as the Banshee is lined up and heading directly at you, you should fire -- the Banshee will swerve out of the way after a few seconds of firing.

Get two or three plasma grenades. When you see an enemy Banshee, fire at it multiple times to get its attention. Make sure you are in a cave or someplace where Banshees are least likely to squeeze through. When the Banshee sees you, it will most likely turn and try to ram you. Back into the cave. When it tries to get at you in the cave, but is stuck in the entrance, throw a plasma grenade at the top of the Banshee then run away. You will kill the Banshee and only take about half damage if done correctly. It is a risky technique, but works.

Easy Wraith tank kills

If you are playing two player cooperative mode, have one player make the tank follow them and the other player sneak up behind or beside it. Throw three plasma grenades on it. Note: It takes about five seconds before you can throw another grenade at the tank. When you throw the first grenade, back up and run around the tank then throw the next one; otherwise the enemy will run you over.

You can kill a tank by jumping on top of it. The tank will not be able to fire any grenades or anything else at you. Take out a machine gun or plasma rifle. The tank will keep raising and lowering its gun, but cannot fire at you. This requires a couple clips or the rest of your ammuntion. When done correctly, the tank will explode and kill your enemy. This will also take some health off of you. It is best done with full health.

To kill an enemy in a tank in multi-player mode, jump on top of it and aim down at the other player. Shoot him freely, as he cannot hurt you, but watch out for the turret. It can sometimes kill you if you touch it. If it is coming towards you, jump over it and you should be fine.

Wraith tanks are deadly, but have one drawback: rate of fire. Those mortars may be dangerous, but they are inaccurate and fire quite slowly. To destroy them, you can either shoot them with a rocket launcher, throw grenades at them (not recommended because you would very close to them, and therefore easier to hit), or attack in a Ghost. For example, in Assault On The Control Room, when you first meet Fire Team Zulu, there are some Ghosts on the opposite side. When you get in one, drive over to the Wraith tank and fire at it. As long as you keep moving, the Wraith tank cannot hit with its mortars, leaving you unscathed. Also, the Ghost's plasma guns fire fast and are fairly accurate.

Easy Warthog kills

When your opponent has a Warthog in multi-player mode, and jump to the side as it is coming towards you. If done correctly, you can throw plasma grenades on it or shoot the other player. They will also slow down and nearly stop when they turn; which is another good way to get them with a plasma grenade.

Dodging Warthogs

There is one specific way to dodge a Warthog. One fragmentation grenade is required. Wait until the Warthog tries to run you over. Instead of throwing the grenade at the Warthog, aim straight down and throw it at your feet and back up. By the time the Warthog gets to where you were, the grenade will send it into the air and probably kill them. The timing requires some practice, but you should be able to stop the Warthog 90% of the time.

Playing in legendary mode

  • Get a friend. Have your friend sacrifice himself until the room is clear.
  • Always use a good combination of weapons, and think about your surroundings and enemies when choosing weapons. The sniper rifle is great until you reach the Flood. A good combination is the shotgun (the human pistol before you reach the Flood), an automatic weapon, and grenades. If you do not prefer to follow this example, then remember to use a combination of short and long range weapons.
  • Conserve ammunition. Never waste ammunition, always gather as much ammunition as possible, reload your weapon during any break in the action, and switch off any plasma weapon for a better one whenever possible.
  • Take it slow. Do not burst in to take all of the fire. Also, use the scenery as a cover. If you can fit behind it, you can hide behind it.
  • Use the enemies themselves to your advantage. Remember that each enemy type has their own mannerisms and characteristics.
  • Take shortcuts when possible. Here are some examples. In The Silent Cartographer level head directly to the security override station. In the Assault On The Control Room level, after you get one of the early Banshees, in the area after you go under the tunnel you cannot take the tank through, the double bridge will be directly above you. Ride the Banshee to the bridge and skip a large portion of that level. Taking this shortcut means there will be no more enemies throughout the rest of the level. In the 343 Guilty Spark level, go to the secret area with the 2-D trees and follow the cliff through the structure that goes indoors. In The Maw level, after the dropship gets taken down, you will keep going. Continue until you see the first open door on your right. Enter there and take another right. This can shave a good minute and a half off the time it takes to get to the Longsword at the end of the level.


When you get to the part when the people and aliens infected by the Flood start coming after you, turn your flashlight on and point it at them. The large one will stop running and jumping so that they are easier to shoot. However, if you raise your gun to reload, turn away from them or take the light off of them in any way, they will resume running around and try to kill you again. Although the creatures infected by the Flood stand still when you point the flashlight at them, they may still shoot if they have a gun, so kill them quickly.
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Glow in the dark blood

In dark areas, kill either a Hunter or a Grunt. Then, melee them so lots of blood comes out. Turn off your light and you will be able to see the blood.

Do it yourself grenade launcher

Get two plasma grenades. Place a grenade down, then place the second grenade in front of it about one to two feet away. Stand back, and when the first one explodes. it will sent off a duplicate of the remaining grenade. When one of the copies stays, the other blasts off in the direction the first grenade was sent it in. Wait for the second grenade's time to go off and watch the explosion either in the air or on the ground. Note: Do not stand too close, as the grenade may cause injury, burns, and/or even death.

Throw one plasma grenade a few feet in front of you. Since a plasma grenade will explode in about three seconds, count to two and throw another plasma grenade slightly farther up. If timed correctly, the first grenade will explode as the second grenade is above it. This will send the second grenade about 500 meters. This is useful in multi-player games when you want to confuse the enemy to make them think you are closer than you really are. Note: This must be timed perfectly to get this to work or else you will only throw two grenades as normal.


If you have just won a game or would like to celebrate, take two plasma grenades and throw them on the same exact spot. The first grenade will explode, sending the second grenade into the air. After about one to two seconds, the grenade will explode blue.

Rocket Launcher instructions

If you have a gun with a scope, use it to look at the middle of the Rocket Launcher. You will see a small picture with a man holding the gun with the text "Hold This Way".

Hippo shells

Fire a shotgun shell. Look at the shell with sniper rifle or pistol. You will see a hippo on the shell.

Alternate way to change weapons

 Xbox  If your weapon change button is Y and your melee attack is B, it can be fun to run up to something while carrying the rifle. Then instead of pressing B, roll your thumb over Y, then B . This will cause the Master Chief to melee with his other weapon without having had to take it out (for example, shooting with the shotgun and clubbing with the rocket launcher). This can also be a sly way of changing weapons.