Storm the beach of “The Silent Cartographer” with no marine casualties on Heroic or Legendary.
Two pelicans land on the beach, one with you and a few marines and the other with a handful of marines as well. Unfortunately, you're up against 3 jackals, 4 elites, and a dozen grunts in a wide-open area. Even worse, you can’t use the cover you have because you have to be quick to stem the death of your eager marines. The grunts are easy targets for the marines as long as you’re careful about grenades, but look for the 3 by the cliff to the left right when you start out. They’re sneaky little buggers. At the end of the fight, 2 elites and the 3 jackals are dug into the rocks fairly well. Grenades and pistol fire are the best way to flush them out quickly.
A combination of the Boom skull and Bandanna skull (as well as Grunt Funeral if you've got it) makes short work of the beach assault. Just headshot grunts and grenade Elites if necessary. You should kill them before the marines even get a chance to get close.
Just played this level on PC on legendary today and pulled it off.
It's not that hard. Just switch to pistol when you get off the Pelican. -Headshot the 2 grunts by the rock. -Pick up the Plasma Pistol and headshot the grunts in the middle section. [look out for the ones in the furthest right side] -Noob combo the elite.
For some annoying reason, the marines still charge up ahead. So make sure you grenade spam the jackels and then noob combo the elites as fast as possible.
The biggest marine killer here is the plasma grendaes. Which is why killing the grunts in the beggining is the most important part.
Whether you use skulls or not, spray enemies with assault rifle and lead the charge draw fire to you and it's easier then it seems. If you have to use skulls but realize boom and grunt funeral can likely kill your marines faster. One dead grunt blown behind you and there goes your achieve as your marines will run past and timed death bomb will have you restart mission repeatedly.
SUPER easy. i did this on heroic solo without even trying to. just headshot teh grunts and rush teh elites with plasma pistol overcharge/magnum. as long as a) grunts dont decide to stick 1 of the marines or b) u r too careful and try to stay back the entire time and snipe with the pistol without physically rushing this should b easy
Got this on 1st try. Much easier on Heroic. Try to use the frags on the grunts (or, if you're a good shot, the pistol) and pick up a Plasma Rifle as soon as you can. Those things tear through the Elites shields, allowing you to go up and punch them out. Note that the Marines will lag behind a little bit if you're fast, so you don't need to worry about the explosions of the grenades as long as you throw forward.
If you're still having trouble, grab a friend and have one deal with Elites, and the other with Grunts.
yeah this isn't hard on heroic.I got it in 3 tries, one of which was because revert to last save doesn't work (I accidentally stuck my own marine the 1st try, 2nd no causulaties but discovered revert doesn't work, 3rd. perfect.). you start with 6 marines on heroic in case you feel like doing a head count.
and don't use boom. alot of those grunts I headshott'd dropped plasmas they were about to throw
I wouldn't try this solo on legendary, unless you're a halo god.