Halo Wars - Achievement Guide
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There are 58 achievements with a total of 1200 points.
 
 Adjudicate the Arbiter (30 points)
Complete the Campaign on Heroic Difficulty
 

See the "Detour The Great Journey" achievement.

 
 Detour the Great Journey (50 points)
Complete the Campaign on Legendary Difficulty
 

To unlock this achievement you must complete all 15 campaign missions on the Legendary difficulty. If you find yourself outnumbered, just remember the 3 R's, Regroup, Retreat and Recruit.

Using skulls does not affect this achievement, so use all positive skulls to make the game easier. Unlocking this achievement will also unlock the "Adjudicate the Arbiter" achievement as they are stackable.

For a guide to completing the game on Legendary see this thread.

 
 Momma's Boy (5 points)
Get a Gold Medal on any mission
 

Best done on the first mission, you need a score of 27,000 points or more. It's quite easy, play the level on easy and rush through as quick as possible killing everything you see; if you complete all sub-objectives, and complete the mission in less than 8 minutes, this will unlock easily.

 
 Crushed Colors (10 points)
Improve your Score in any Campaign Mission
 

Complete a campaign mission getting a low medal like bronze, then replay the mission on the same difficulty and improve on it with a better medal.

An easy way to do this is to activate all positive skulls for your first playthrough of a mission to get a negative multiplier, then replay the mission with all negative skulls to get a positive multiplier.

 
 Mr. Punctual (15 points)
Finish all missions under Par Time on Heroic difficulty
 

For this achievement you must finish all of the campaign missions within the times listed below:

Mission 01: 5 - 12
Mission 02: 15 - 30
Mission 03: 8 - 18
Mission 04: 21 - 35
Mission 05: 21 - 35
Mission 06: 15 - 30
Mission 07: 12 - 24
Mission 08: 18 - 30
Mission 09: 18 - 30
Mission 10: 20 - 32
Mission 11: 20 - 30
Mission 12: 8 - 18
Mission 13: 20 - 60
Mission 14: 15 - 30
Mission 15: 20 - 33

This achievement can be unlocked on the Heroic or Legendary difficulties.

 
 Own Worst Enemy (20 points)
Get a Gold Medal with all Debuff Skulls Active
 

You need to activate the following skulls and complete a level:

- Fog
- Sickness
- Rebel Sympathizer
- Rebel Supporter
- Rebel Leader

Please note you must activate the skulls at the start of the level.

 
 Wall of Recognition (30 points)
Get a Gold Medal on every Campaign Mission
 

Here are the scores required for each Gold Medal:

Mission 01: 27,000
Mission 02: 70,000
Mission 03: 45,000
Mission 04: 50,000
Mission 05: 40,000
Mission 06: 45,000
Mission 07: 32,000
Mission 08: 30,000
Mission 09: 35,000
Mission 10: 55,000
Mission 11: 30,000
Mission 12: 32,000
Mission 13: 40,000
Mission 14: 30,000
Mission 15: 30,000

Note: If you play the levels in co-op both you and your partners scores are added together. The gold medals can be earned on any difficulty or any combination of difficulties. For example you could have gold medals on half the levels on Normal, then go back and get the rest on Easy, or get them all on Heroic.

 
 Epic Grinder (40 points)
Obtain a Lifetime Campaign Score over 1,000,000
 

If you get all Gold Medal scores you will earn 591,000 points. Do all gold medals on one difficulty then do them on another to get two Gold Medal scores for each level until you hit 1 million.

 
 Everything's Better with Bacon (5 points)
Mission 1: Ram 50 Grunts with Warthogs
 

This achievement can be tricky. Do the mission on Heroic, ram the units and retreat, let the ability recharge and repeat. You must kill the enemy before the AI do. When you get another Warthog, use that instead of Forge as it wont kill the enemy as easily and give you more grunts to ram.

Activating the following skulls will also help:

- Rebel Sympathizer
- Catch
- Sugar Cookies
- Emperor

 
 Endless Fun (5 points)
Mission 2: Destroy every Methane Tank
 

The refinery is on the west of the map, find all methane tanks and destroy them, some are hidden by shields, one is in your base and one is slightly south of the eastern warthog area.

 
 Covenant "Hot Drop" (5 points)
Mission 3: Kill at least 5 Covenant Units with the Bridge
 

After Professor Anders hacks the bridge terminal to switch it on, you will be able to turn the bridge on or off. Wait for 5 Covenant units to walk onto the bridge and then switch it off to kill them.

 
 The Real Winner (5 points)
Mission 4: Save Adam
 

In the south of the map near where you begin there are some skyscrapers slightly to the north. Click on the control panel near it to release Adam, protect him until he gets to Ship 2 and when he boards this achievement will unlock. The panel is near the Black Box.

 
 He's Got The Jack (5 points)
Mission 5: Jack 6 Covenant Vehicles
 

Spartan's have a special ability that allows them to capture enemy vehicles, to do this, select the Spartan unit and press the button over an enemy vehicle to capture the vehicle. Repeat this five times to unlock the achievement.

 
 Rhino Hugger (5 points)
Mission 6: Successfully protect every Rhino
 

If they get harmed, use healing powers. Construct a base and train 2 Wolverines and one Scorpion, base those next to the Rhinos you need to protect. Best done on Easy.

 
 Micro Manager (5 points)
Mission 7: Do not destroy any Power Node
 

Best way to do this is don't move your units, just keep Mach Blasting the Scarab until it falls, this method can only be done on easy.

 
 Ramblin' Man (5 points)
Mission 8: Use Elephants to train 100 Infantry
 

Do this on Legendary, set an Elephant's rally point to a heavily populated flood area and just keep spawning them until this unlocks. Your infantry will die leaving you more population to create more.

 
 Sweet Naptime (5 points)
Mission 9: Put every Colony in Hibernation Mode at the same time
 

Build 10 Hornets and go around the map and kill all the big infections. Once you kill one you will get a sub mission and a map directing you to all of them. You will be notified when you kill one and it will gray out on the map. When they are all dead make sure they all stay that way and proceed to the boss you have to kill. Shoot it a couple of time with your hornets and it will die. Easiest done on Easy difficulty.

 
 The Procrastinator (5 points)
Mission 10: Disrupt all Tractor Beams
 

There are four tractor beams on the map, one in each corner, clear the paths to and the areas around the tractor beams to make way for the vehicles you use to disrupt them. Make sure you only clear the top and bottom swarms so you can get to the final two before the mission ends.

 
 Battened Down the Hatches (5 points)
Mission 11: Save all the Airlocks
 

Do this on easy, build turrets around the airlocks, make plenty of flying units and destroy everything as quickly as possible, make sure they're still destroyed when the ring passes.

 
 Handy with Tools (5 points)
Mission 12: Repair the Power Core in less than 4 minutes
 

Firstly direct all the Cyclops's you have to the core. Then go to the right of the map and select the airlock and spawn as many Cyclops's as you can and as soon as they spawn direct them to the power core.

Its essential to use health on the power core as soon as it becomes available. Easiest done on Easy in co-op.

Use the skulls Bountiful Harvest and Pain Train, they will reduce training times by 50 and make resources come in 25% faster.

 
 Beaming with Pride (5 points)
Mission 13: Destroy 25 units with the Scarab
 

On the far east side of the map is an abandoned Scarab, simply kill the roots near it to free it and then jack it with your spartan, it becomes yours. Use it to kill 25 units.

 
 Didn't Get To Second Base (5 points)
Mission 14: Don't claim an extra base
 

This mission only requires one base, build lots of fully upgraded scorpions and storm the area, leave Elephant in first base to make sure it doesn't get damaged. Just don't build another base and finish the mission.

 
 Thinkin' about My Doorbell (5 points)
Mission 15: Open the Doors in order
 

Build a strong army preferably of Vultures and follow this guide:

 
 Backscratcher (10 points)
Complete any Campaign Mission in Co-op Mode
 

See the "OMG BFF FTW" achievement.

 
 OMG BFF FTW (40 points)
Complete entire Campaign in Co-op Mode
 

Difficulty doesn't make a difference so easiest done in Easy mode. There is no split-screen option in Halo Wars so must be done over Live or system link. Simply complete all campaign missions in co-op on any difficulty.

 
 Playin' the Field (15 points)
Win a Skirmish Game with every Leader
 

There are six different leaders to play with, in the lobby before beginning, go on options to change between them. Simply be the winner or on the winning team with each leader.

 
 Gallivant around the Galaxy (25 points)
Win a game on every Skirmish Map
 

Again, easiest done on skirmish mode while going for "Playin' The Field" There are 14 different skirmish maps. 5 are 1v1, 6 are 2v2 and 3 are 3v3.

 
 Empire Builder (5 points)
Win a game in every Skirmish Game Mode
 

Complete one Skirmish game on the Standard mode, and one on Deathmatch.

 
 Titan (15 points)
Get 20,000 points in any Skirmish Game
 

This video has the best solution:

 
 Big Al's Scooter (10 points)
Win a Heroic Skirmish Game against the AI in under 10 minutes
 

See the "Penny Pincher" achievement.

 
 My Virtual Friends Love Me (10 points)
Win a 3v3 Skirmish game with 2 AI Allies
 

Set up a 3v3 Skirmish Game set the difficulty to easy and win the match.

 
 Walk-Off Winner (30 points)
Use one of the 6 Major Leader Powers to destroy an enemy's last unit
 

Play the mission with the Scarab on easy and just Mac Blast it until it dies. Make sure the last shot is a Mac Blast too.

 
 2 Bugs are Better Than 1 (10 points)
Win a Skirmish Game with Dual Scarabs
 

This can be done over Xbox Live or on Skirmish mode. Play as the Covenant and have 2 Scarabs built, destroy their final units and the achievement will unlock if you have two alive.

 
 Penny Pincher (10 points)
Get a winning High Score with 10 or less Squads against the Heroic AI
 

To get this achievement set up a 1v1 Deathmatch skirmish against Forge, using Captain Cutter on the Chasms map, as soon as it starts, set your global rally point to the back of the enemy's base.

Queue up 9 Warthogs and send your current one to the rally point. By this point he should have one building in construction. Destroy it and when the other Warthogs come over, begin attacking the base and destroying any building he attempts to build.

 
 N00b n0 M0r3 (10 points)
Win a Matchmade Skirmish Game on Xbox LIVE
 

Go on Xbox Live, select Public Game and win a game. Remember, have a good strategy going online as there'll be a lot of experienced players out there. Remember the fundamentals of the game: rock beats scissors, scissors beats paper, paper beats rock i.e. each unit will have their own strengths and weaknesses (both yours, and theirs), so play to your advantages and their disadvantages. If all else fails, rush the mofo from the off... you'll get lucky at least once. Oh, and choose your leader wisely.

 
 So Lonely at the Top (20 points)
Win and have the Highest Score in a Matchmade Skirmish Game on Xbox LIVE
 

Select Xbox Live, play a public game and win the game with the highest score. Upgrade everything, take over lots of bases and build maximum amount of units.

 
 Basically Naive (10 points)
Obtain the Recruit Rank on Xbox LIVE
 

See the "Running The Show" achievement.

 
 Officer on Deck (30 points)
Obtain the Lieutenant Rank on Xbox LIVE
 

See the "Running The Show" achievement.

 
 Running the Show (50 points)
Obtain the General Rank on Xbox LIVE
 

You rank up based on the points you score in a match. Upgrade everything, take over lots of bases and build maximum amount of units, this will help gain more points. The more units and buildings destroyed raises your score, and the less units you lose, more supplies gathered and technologies researched raises your multiplayer.

Points required:

Recruit: 500 Points.
Lieutenant: 80,000.
General: 960,000 Points.

 
 Alas, Poor Andrew Thomas (5 points)
Collect your first Skull
 

See the "Graverobber" achievement.

 
 Graverobber (30 points)
Collect all Skulls
 

This guide by BTHR Zero X shows the location of all of the skulls (link).

 
 Halo Academic (15 points)
Unlock 20 Timeline Events
 
See the "Halo Historian" achievement.
 
 Halo Historian (40 points)
Unlock All Timeline Events
 

There are 41 locked events. To unlock them gather all black boxes, win on every skirmish map and win skirmish with every leader.

Black Box Locations:

Mission 1: There's a ramp leading under the bridge the the Covenant shield, it's under there.
Mission 2: Through the north west Covenant shield near the methane tanks.
Mission 3: At the start turn around and head down the ramp to the west, follow the path.
Mission 4: North of the west base location, next to the sky bridge.
Mission 5: Near the center capturable reactor, go down steps to reach it.
Mission 6: The island you have to place the third Rhino tank, underground entrance south west of the site, the box is in the entrance.
Mission 7: Go as far to the north east as possible, it's near some supply crates.
Mission 8: Eastern edge of map, in the middle of the plateau surrounded by trees.
Mission 9: In the corner near the bordering mountains to the west.
Mission 10: Near the middle set of units that you evacuate.
Mission 11: South west section of ship where it starts to get wider, on one side of the flood base, not accessible by ground units.
Mission 12: On the very west side of the ship near the gun turrets, not accessible by ground units.
Mission 13: Top of a cliff to the north east.
Mission 14: Near the first covenant base to the south west, can be accessed from the first elevation.
Mission 15: North edge of the central circle shield.

 
 Ready for the Sequel (75 points)
100% Completion
 

To unlock this achievement complete the campaign, obtain a gold medal on each mission, collect all skulls and black boxes and unlock the following achievements:

- "Titan"
- "Halo Historian"
- "Graverobber"
- "Wall of Recognition"
- "Epic Grinder"
- "Playin' The Field"
- "Gallivant Around The Galaxy"
- "Empire Builder"
- All 15 Mission Specific 5 Point Achievement

 
 24 Hours of Quality (20 points)
Play Halo Wars for at least 24 Total Hours
 

Only in-game time counts towards this achievement. This achievement will come naturally.

 
 One and Done (30 points)
Score the winning point in a game of Keepaway against Legendary AIs.
 

This is best done on the 1 vs 1 map Chasms. Use the Arbiter for this one. Set the AI to Legendary, of course, and have Captain Cutter be your opponent.

As soon as the game starts, build a temple and three supply pads. Scout with your Ghost for supplies, there are a lot near your base, and about 60 to 90 supplies in the center; collect those with your Ghost and move the Arbiter to the center of the map and wait. While you wait you can build a fourth supply pad, there is no need to upgrade to a Citadel.

By the time the Sentinel spawns (the flag), you can almost instantly grab it with Arby. Grab it and go camp at the back of your base, and wait. You will notice a timer running, that is how long it will actually take for capture the flag completely and have a point added to your score. You need three points to win.

Upgrade one of your supply pads every now and then, in case Arby needs to get into rage mode, but personally I never had to do this.

Now, when the timer has passed and you are rewarded a point, go back to the middle with Arby. Give him the upgrades ''Fiendish Return'' and '"Defiant Rage'' if needed, found at your Temple, and wait for the Sentinel and capture it, again camping at the back of your base. Repeat one more time.

Cutter will almost never send his units to you, he will be too busy building up his base. But if you really really want to be sure, listen to the AI about what kind of units Cutter makes, and build two turrets at the front to counter appropriately.

You will be rewarded the achievement after three Sentinel captures.

 
 Pull Hard, Pull Deep (20 points)
Win and never trail in a Tug of War game.
 

Again, play as the Arbiter, with your opponent being Cutter and the AI set to Easy. Choose the map Chasms, build a temple and two supply pads ASAP, and then have your Ghost attack the enemy base ASAP as well. Destroy the Warthog, so it cannot gather supplies. Follow it if needs be.

When the warthog is gone, have the Ghost attack the (probably only) building the enemy has, (make sure it's a reactor). By this time your Arbiter should be ready and on his way to help destroy Cutter's base. If Cutter starts to build supply pads, focus all your attention on that, do not give him a chance to get supplies. Make sure his supply pads do not complete their building cycle. If he starts building something, have Arbiter trash it up before it completes! If the enemy Warthog is destroyed, and the enemy base as well, you are victorious and are granted this achievement.

 
 Freak on a Streak (20 points)
Gain at least 15 population from a single wave in a Reinforcement game.
 

You will most likely get this the same time as ''Living Loving Bug'' as a Scarab takes up 20 population. If not, then just have a lot of supplies and population free and hope for the best. If you need to get rid of units, use the ''Prophet Cleansing Beam'' method described in the help for ''Living Loving Bug.

 
 Living Loving Bug (30 points)
Get a Scarab during a Reinforcement game.
 

Play as the Covenant, preferably The Prophet Of Regret, set your opponent to be Captain Cutter. Set the opponent AI to Easy to make it easier for you.

Build supply pads only, upgrading them, and a temple, and upgrade your ages (upgrade found at the Temple, Age of Doubt first and then the Age of Reclamation) so you get tech level (the lightning bolt in the top-left corner) to three - this will require two ''Age'' upgrades. Also, capturing a second base is almost mandatory and increasing your population (this upgrade can be found in the Temple as well) helps too.

Kill any unit you might get using the Prophet's Cleansing Beam if your population is over 20. Make sure you have enough population room and enough supply to ''Buy'' a Scarab. I know you can't buy units, but you need the supplies. So have 4,000 supplies in reserve and 20 population available.

Then just hope you get a Scarab instead of a lot of Wraiths or anything else. If you have too many units and they take up too much population, the Prophet's Cleansing Beam is your friend. Kill your own units with it if needed.

 
 Tour Coming Through (30 points)
Hot drop 50 squads to your Covenant Leader in a single game on Barrens.
 

Offline Method:
Start a 1v1 on Barrens, standard. set the AI to Easy and the leader as Cutter. Set yourself as the Arbiter. Make your leader temple and a few supply pads and go take over another base. At this base, build turrets, shield generator and supply pads. Upgrade your arbiter, your supply pads, turrets and both ages. Buy the followers upgrade. Lock your base up and send your ghost to be destroyed. Now build 50 Suicide Grunts. When they all have finished building, send your Arbiter off somewhere and set your global rally point in the Gravity Lift, unlock your base and watch as the Grunts run for your achievement.

Note: Some people are saying that sending one unit through 50 times unlocks this achievement, when i tried this, it never worked and i had to use 50 separate units.

Online Method:
Start a 1v1 on Barrens, standard mode, both set yourself as the Arbiter. Go around taking the bases and building supply pads until you have enough resources to build both ages and followers upgrades. Then lock your base up and build 50 Suicide Grunts, send your Arbiter off somewhere. When all the grunts have finished building, unlock your base, hot drop them through the Gravity Lift to your leader and the achievement is yours.

 
 Never Leave a Man Behind (15 points)
Finish with 5000 net resources tributed to your teammates on Memorial Basin except in Deathmatch.
 

Offline Method:
Start a 2v2 on Memorial Basin, set the 3 AI to Easy and the leaders as Cutter. Set the game mode to standard and set yourself as Sergeant Forge as he starts off with heavy supply pads. Build nothing but supply pads, then do the fortress upgrade, and build 2 more supply pads. Wait till you have 5,000 resources, give them all to your teammate AI, then win or lose the game and this achievement is yours.

Online Method:
Start a 2v2 on Memorial Basin, all of you set yourselves as Sergeant Forge as he starts off with heavy supply pads. Build nothing but supply pads, then do the fortress upgrade, and then build 2 more supply pads. Wait till you have 5,000 resources. Give them all to your teammate then win or lose the game and this achievement is yours.

 
 Drain Cleaner (30 points)
Kill 20 enemy squads with a continuous Covenant Leader Power on Memorial Basin.
 

Offline Method:
Start a 1v1 on Memorial Basin, standard game mode, set the AI to Easy and their leader to Cutter. Set yourself as the Arbiter. Start by building your leader temple and supply pads. Go take all but his base on the map and build nothing but supply pads. Keep upgrading them and your Arbiter. When you have around 3,000 resources, head to the reactors and build locations, killing all the rebels whilst in Rage mode. Whilst still in Rage, head to the other places, this should get around 17 of the 20 kills needed, so head to the AI's base and kill his army until you get the achievement. Just remember to stay in Rage the entire time!

Online Method:
Start a 1v1 on Memorial Basin, standard game mode, both set as the Arbiter. Start by building your leader temple and supply pads. Go take the bases on the map and build nothing but supply pads. Keep upgrading them and your Arbiter. When you have around 3,000 resources ask your friend to send 20 Suicide Grunts, then kill them all whilst you're in Rage mode and the achievement is yours.

 
 Killjoy (25 points)
Disrupt 5 active Leader Powers in a single game on Blood River.
 

Offline Method:
Start a 1v1 on Blood River, standard mode, Normal AI, set their AI leader as Arbiter and set yourself as Cutter. Build up your base and army as you normally would, wait for the AI voice to say they're going to attack your base. When they do, start killing his troops only. He will try to use his Rage on your base, army and grandmother. When he does, just drop a Disruption Bomb on him. If it doesn't work, kill him, let him come back for more and drop another Disruption Bomb on him. Rinse and repeat until you have the achievement.

Online Method:
Start a 1v1 on Blood River, standard mode, set yourself as Cutter and your friend as any Covenant leader. Meet each other in the middle of the map, get your friend to use his power and then you drop a Disruption Bomb on him. Rinse and repeat 4 more times and the achievement is yours.

 
 
Secret Achievements
 
 
Meet Sergeant Forge (10 points)
Completed Mission 1 on any difficulty
 

Exactly what it says on the tin. Complete the first mission, "Alpha Base" on any difficulty.

 
Ice Warriors (40 points)
Completed Act I on any difficulty
 

Complete missions 1, 2 and 3.

 
Key to Pirth (50 points)
Completed Act II on any difficulty
 

Complete missions 4, 5, 6 and 7.

 
Ugly is only Skin Deep (70 points)
Completed Act III on any difficulty
 

Complete missions 8, 9, 10 and 11.

 
No Way Home? (70 points)
Completed Act IV on any difficulty
 

Complete missions 12, 13, 14 and 15.

Check out a guide for completing the missions on Easy by Rabbit x360a (link).

 

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