Halo 2

Halo 2 Achievement Guide

Guide By: zam and The Pants Party
There are 41 achievements with a total of 1000 points.

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- Estimated achievement difficulty: 7/10
- Offline: 20 [675]
- Online: 21 [325]
- Approximate amount of time to 1000 : 35–50 hrs
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 1
- Number of missable achievements: None!
- Glitched achievements: None!
- Do cheat codes disable achievements: No cheats
- Does difficulty affect achievements: No

Estimated achievement difficulty of 7/10 is based on completing the campaign on Legendary. You cannot do it in co-op, but some levels are very hard.

This game has mostly easy achievements, but completing the game on Legendary is tough. You can do the levels in any order, but you must do all levels in Legendary to get "Legend" (50). Doing the game on Normal will net you a maximum of 900. The online achievements are easy and an experienced player could get them all legit. However, you may want to boost for "Decorated Soldier" (10, earn 8 medals in a game), "Killtacular" (20, 4 kills in 4 seconds), "Rainman" (25, play all 47 game variants), and "Violent Cartographer" (25, play on every map).

Step 1: Playthrough Campaign
If you are going for the full 1000, you must start your game on Legendary difficulty. You will unlock all level achievements along the way, and the 3 difficulty achievements at the end (they are stackable). You can follow this guide which helps to avoid battles and plan weapons to bring in boss fights ahead of time. It is very useful and can save you from frustrating fights. Note that the sword teleport trick that is shown in some video walkthroughs doesn’t work anymore with the new update. You can also type “Speedruns” and “Halo 2” in YouTube to find great shortcuts. However, even with the guide, a lot of skill is necessary. Don’t give up on the first level, which is one of the hardest !! While doing the campaign, don’t worry about the other solo achievements, you can always come back later with mission select.

Step 2: Other offline achievements
"King of the Scarab" is done in Metropolis. Just look at the video walkthrough in the guide to reach the scarab gun. Try to complete the level without dying to get "Demon". You will also need to redo parts of "Gravemind" (Go Ape Shiv) and "Delta Halo" (Silent but Deadly). Note that restarting the same checkpoint as stated in the guide doesn’t work, so you can try killing grunts with the tank in Delta Halo. Near the end of the level, at the entrance of the temple, you can shoot them before they see you. You don’t have to kill them from the back, as wrongly stated in the achievement description.

Step 3: Online achievements
To boost for this game, you need a total of 4 people. You should start by trading medals ("Decorated Soldier"), by choosing a Slayer match, on a map with vehicles (e.g., Coagulation) set to 25 kills. You need "Sniper kill" (you can set the starting weapon to sniper), melee from the back (), melee from the front (), clutch plasma-grenade kill (select plasmas with , then press ), road kill (run over someone with a vehicle), hijack ( near a manned vehicle), killing spree (5 kills in a row without dying), and double kill (2 kills in 4 seconds). By doing this, you will also get a lot of other achievements (try to get 10 kills in a row also). The achievement for "Decorated Soldier" unlocks at the end of the game.

You can also get "Killtacular" with only 4 people. To do this, choose a small map like Midship and set the starting weapon to rocket launcher. You actually have 4 seconds between each kills, so you really have 12 seconds to get your 4 kills. Simply kill 1 person, wait a little, kill another, wait a little, etc. By the time you kill the 3rd person, the 1st will have respawned and you can kill him again. Obviously, its easier with 5 people.

Then, you can do "Rainman" (play all 47 game variants), and "Violent Cartographer" (play on every map). You must be 4 people in all games. It takes around 1 ½ hours to do. Make sure you change map and gametype each game, and change the settings so it takes minimum time (e.g., set it to 1 kill, 30 seconds, etc.). You can die, as long as you complete the game (do not leave).

All other achievements can be boosted with 2 people only. Note : If you don’t play with someone who has "Legend" (to unlock the “viral” achievement "Hired Gun"), you can always get it yourself after you complete the game on Legendary. See the guide for more details.

As you can see, Halo 2 has easy multiplayer achievements. However, you will have to work hard for the Legendary campaign. Good luck!

[XBA would like to thank Mtld for this Roadmap]

Cairo Station30
Complete Cairo Station at Normal, Heroic, or Legendary     (15) 

See "Legend" for more information.

Complete Outskirts at Normal, Heroic, or Legendary     

See "Legend" for more information.

Complete Metropolis at Normal, Heroic, or Legendary     

See "Legend" for more information.

The Arbiter30
Complete The Arbiter at Normal, Heroic, or Legendary     

See "Legend" for more information.

Complete The Oracle at Normal, Heroic, or Legendary     

See "Legend" for more information.

Delta Halo30
Complete Delta Halo at Normal, Heroic, or Legendary     

See "Legend" for more information.

Complete Regret at Normal, Heroic, or Legendary     (1) 

See "Legend" for more information.

Sacred Icon30
Complete Sacred Icon at Normal, Heroic, or Legendary     (3) 

See "Legend" for more information.

Quarantine Zone30
Complete Quarantine Zone at Normal, Heroic, or Legendary     

See "Legend" for more information.

Complete Gravemind at Normal, Heroic, or Legendary     

See "Legend" for more information.

Complete Uprising at Normal, Heroic, or Legendary     

See "Legend" for more information.

High Charity30
Complete High Charity at Normal, Heroic, or Legendary     

See "Legend" for more information.

The Great Journey30
Complete The Great Journey at Normal, Heroic, or Legendary     

See "Legend" for more information.

Complete the game on Normal difficulty      (5) 

See "Legend" for more information.

Complete the game on Heroic difficulty      

See "Legend" for more information.

Complete the game on Legendary difficulty      (47) 

These achievements stack, so do the game on Legendary first to save yourself doing the game more than once. It can and will be frustrating at times, but perseverence is key. If you are stuck at any point, use this guide for help. It is an amazing walkthrough with videos and it gives tips on parts where you can skip entire battles, which is extremely nice.

General Tips:

  • The plasma pistol/battle rifle (aka noob combo) is the best thing in the game. Hit them with a plasma blast, then switch to the BR and headshot, this will kill most enemies in one go.
  • Your shields recharge, make use of it. Get out of battle if you've been shot, more will follow soon after.
  • Use your NPCs. Let them go into battle first to draw fire, then you can attack while the enemies are focused on them. Also, giving them a good weapon will help, since they won't run out of ammo. If you have a rocket and there are a lot of vehicles attacking you, giving it to the NPC and letting them fire rocket after rocket will help.
  • Grenades are clutch. Make sure you make every grenade count, since you can't carry many, but they will do a great deal of damage. If you have stickies, make sure you get them to stick or the enemies will most likely get out of the way.

King of the Scarab20
Acquire the Scarab gun on the Metropolis level, any difficulty   (23) 

The Scarab gun is an easter egg on the Metropolis level. It looks like a Plasma Rifle but it shoots the same kind of energy shots that the Scarab does (the giant four-legged tank that is ravaging the city in the Outskirts and Metropolis levels).

Getting to the Scarab Gun is kind of tricky, as you need a banshee to get to it, and the area where it is doesn't have any banshees available.

Right when you start out kill all your teammates and head over the bridge. If you don't kill your temmates they will destroy the Banshee that you need. Kill all then enemies on the way over. When you get to the other side of the bridge two Banshees should appear. Shoot at one to get it's attention and get it to follow you down into the tunnel.

When the warthog shows up destroy it as well. Keep moving through the tunnel all the while making sure that the Banshee is following you. If it turns around and heads back shoot at it to get it to follow you. Once you get the Banshee past the second roadblock lure it into the smaller tunnel.

If the Banshee gets stuck, shoot off its wings (don't melee, shoot). Take it down the side tunnel to the left. As soon as it's says "Loading.... Done", board the Banshee (if you don't it will dissappear). Fly out and up, up high in the sky there are two bridges between two skyscrapers. Fly to the middle of the one closest to you and you should see a Plasma Rifle floating in the air a little bit above the ground. This is the Scarab Gun.

Use this video for help:

Silent but Deadly20
Kill 7 opponents from behind in a row without being spotted, any level, any difficulty   (14) 

There are two very easy ways to get this. On "Delta Halo" you will get a checkpoint, then come to a jackal with a sniper standing above a large clearing that you can assassinate. Do that, reload the checkpoint and do it six more times. Even though you reload the checkpoint, it counts them.

The other spot is when you come to a large open room (I forget the level) and there are flying enemies attacking some Covenant across the way. If you have a sniper, simply snipe seven of the flying things for the achievement. Leave the Covenant alive so the flying dudes stay attacking them and don't look your way.

Another spot is on "High Charity" when the drones are fighting the flood. Kill the drones during this section. 

Note: "From behind" does not mean you need to melee them, nor does it mean you have to hit them in the back. You can snipe seven enemies in the face and still get this.

Complete any campaign level without dying once on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary    (6) 

Obviously easiest on Normal, and then on the first level. Nothing really special about it, just hide when you're getting hit to reload your shields. On Normal you can take a lot of damage before you die, so this shouldn't be hard.

Go Ape Shiv20
Kill an enraged, berserk Brute by melee, any level, any difficulty   (2) 

At the beginning of the level "Gravemind" you will begin in a room with two large brutes. Kill one and the other one will freak out and drop to all fours and charge you. Simply jump over it and melee it in the back to kill it. Obviously easier on lower difficulty. Use a plasma shot to take its shields down first if you're having trouble.

Stick It5
Stick an opponent with a plasma grenade and blow them up   

Simply get one stick at any time during a match. Try to line yourself up with the person. If you've snuck up on a sniper, instead of beating them down, use a sticky.

Kill the sword carrier   (3) 

As long as someone has a sword in their hand, they are a "sword carrier" so you will need to kill them any way you can. Sticking them as they lunge you works even if you die.

Steal an occupied vehicle from an opponent and take it over   (1) 

Easiest to take ghosts away. Try to hide inside a small building or around a corner and wait for the person to follow you, then rush them and jack it.

Violent Cartographer25
Play every available default map and stay in each game until it’s over   (81) 

You need three people minimum to count for this achievement. Find two people who need it, then load up a map and set the time or kills to the lowest possible. Play out the game, then change the map and do the same thing.

Play every available game variant, with at least 3 other players, to the end of each game   (142) 

You need a total of four people minimum for this achievement. Work on this and "Violent Cartographer" at the same time. For this you need to play every game and variant possible. Each game type has a few variants inside that need to be played as well. That means you can't just play one type of King of the Hill, you need to play all of them. Same with every other game type. Set the time or kills needed to the lowest possible, then finish the match and change the game/map as needed. Everyone but the party leader can go AFK during this and that person will need to win the matches and control the changing of the games/maps.


  • Slayer
  • Team Slayer
  • Rockets
  • Swords
  • Snipers
  • Phantoms
  • Team Phantoms
  • Elimination
  • Phantom Elimination

King of the Hill

  • King
  • Team King
  • Phantom King
  • Crazy King
  • Team Crazy King


  • Oddball
  • Rocketball
  • Swordball
  • Team Ball
  • Low Ball
  • Fiesta


  • 2 on 1
  • 3 on 1
  • Ninjanaut
  • Phantom Fodder
  • Dreadnaut

Capture the Flag

  • Multi Flag CTF
  • CTF Classic
  • 1 Flag CTF
  • 1 Flag CTF Fast


  • Multi Bomb
  • Single Bomb
  • Single Bomb Fast
  • Neutral Bomb
  • Blast Resort


  • 3 Plots
  • Land Grab
  • Gold Rush
  • Control Issues
  • Contention

Credits: Dead Like Me for the list.

Double Kill20
Kill 2 opponents within 4 seconds   (3) 

See "Killtacular" for more information.

Triple Kill20
Kill 3 opponents within 4 seconds   (3) 

See "Killtacular" for more information.

Kill 4 opponents within 4 seconds   (49) 

Your best bet on this is a King of the Hill game since everyone will be running to the same area. Try to get the sword or rockets and get a clump of people at once.

Killing Spree20
Kill 5 opponents in a row in the same game, without dying   (1) 

This is easiest in a ghost or with a sniper. Using the sword or a rocket launcher is also a good idea.

Running Riot20
Kill 10 opponents in a row in the same game, without dying   (11) 

See "Killing Spree" for more information.

Sniper Kill10
Kill an opponent with the sniper rifle or the beam rifle   (1) 

Simply get one kill with a sniper. This does not have to be a headshot, you can get two body shots to kill someone.

Run over, hit and kill an opponent with a vehicle   (1) 

Easiest with a ghost, simply find two people fighting and barge in or find someone facing away from you to hit in the back.

Hit and kill an opponent with a melee attack   (1) 

Many fights will come into close quarters, especially on smaller maps. Get off a melee after taking a bit of shield down and they should die.

Melee an opponent from behind   (1) 

This is a one-hit kill, so find a sniper looking through a scope or use active camo to sneak up on someone and melee them from behind.

Skewer Stopper20
Kill the sword carrier after they kill 5 or more times in a row with the sword   (3) 

This achievement can be tricky legit, since you have to find someone who is on a Killing Streak with only the sword, then make sure you kill him while he has the sword out. If he switches to another weapon, he is no longer a "sword carrier" and it won't count.

Maps: Lockout, Ivory Tower, Midship, Warlock

Note: You can do most of the multiplayer achievements with yourself and one friend by starting a game and just letting each other do whatever is needed.

Stop a Killing Spree of another player   

You should be able to get this during normal matches, just play a few and kill everyone you can, most likely someone will be on a killing spree sooner or later. If you're having trouble, start a match with a friend and let them kill you five times, then kill him.

Air Traffic Control20
Blow up the Banshee in flight while manned, with grenades or the rocket launcher   (3) 

Grab a rocket launcher during any gametype and hold the trigger to lock on and blow it up. Extremely simple.

Maps: Ascension, Coagulation, Waterworks, Headlong, Containment

Decorated Soldier10
Get awarded at least 8 different medals in one non-team game   (81) 

Here are the types of medals you will need for this:

  • Sniper (snipe someone)
  • Sticky (stick some one with a plasma grenade)
  • Assassination (hit someone in the back)
  • Beatdown (kill someone with a melee)
  • Double Kill (kill two players within 4 seconds)
  • Killing Spree (kill five players without dying)
  • Hijack (board a vehicle)
  • Road Kill (run someone over)

This is very difficult to get legit, but it can be done. It is easiest to get two friends and trade medals.

Note: You will need at least three people to boost this achievement because of the double kill. Also, getting a double and a triple kill only counts as one medal, same with killing spree and killing frenzy. Those just take your highest medal and give it to you, not both.

In a non-team game, kill 5 people by melee, from behind   

You will need five assassinations to get this. Simple enough, but an all-snipers game can help with this since everyone will be looking down scopes. Just run around the map trying to get behind people.

Flaming Ninja20
Kill an opponent that has the Ninja achievement    

See "Hired Gun" for more information.

Hired Gun20
Kill an opponent who has the Legend achievement    (2) 

You can either find someone by chance during matches that has this, or ask a friend who has it to let them kill you, or simply get the achievement yourself by getting "Legend" and then running into the large beam on the level "Uplift." For some reason that works, but blowing yourself up with grenades or rockets does not.

Game Info
Bungie Studios


US May 31, 2007
Europe June 08, 2007

ESRB: Mature
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