Halo 3: ODST - Achievement Guide
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There are 47 achievements with a total of 1000 points.
 
 Listener (5 points)
Find the first Audio Log.
 

Refer to Audiophile for more information.

 
 Naughty Naughty (5 points)
Killing things that are new and different is good, alone or with another ODST.
 

Engineers are the slow moving, flying creatures that you encounter while playing as the Rookie in New Mombassa. You'll need to kill 10 for this achievement.

If you shoot the Engineers, you'll find yourself out of ammo very quickly. Instead, fire an over-charged plasma pistol shot at it. After a few seconds, the Engineer will explode.

It's recommended that you play through the game without killing any Engineers first for the Good Samaritan achievement. Once the campaign is complete, load up Mombassa Streets and hunt down the Engineers.

Refer to this map for the locations of the Engineers.

 
 Tuned In (15 points)
Find 3 Audio Logs, alone or with another ODST.
 

Refer to Audiophile for more information.

 
 Audiophile (75 points)
Find all Audio Logs, alone or with another ODST.
 

Note: This achievement is made much easier on Solo.

Audio Logs located in Mombassa Streets: 29
Audio Logs located in Data Hive: 1

Click here for a map of New Mombassa that details the locations of the 29 Audio Logs. Once you have the first 29, you'll have to play Data Hive and proceed through the level with the security guard.

Once you enter the area where he tells you to stay put and look out for hostiles, ignore him and follow him into the room. You'll find the 30th Audio Log on the wall to the left.

Be careful though, once you pick it up, the security guard will say that you know too much and turn hostile.

Notes:

  • Turn on your VISR and you'll be able to see the Audio Logs much easier; they are outlined with a yellow border.
  • Sirens, telephones and the voice of the Superintendent indicate that an Audio Log is nearby.
  • If you replay a level on co-op, you will lose all of your Audio Logs. This is why you should play on Solo.
 
 All Ears (30 points)
Find 15 Audio Logs, alone or with another ODST.
 

Refer to Audiophile for more information.

 
 Good Samaritan (20 points)
Killing things that are new and different is bad, alone or with another ODST.
 

While playing the ODST campaign, do not kill any of the Engineers. If you're playing co-op, tell your partners not to kill any either as this will jeopardize your chance of getting this achievement.

As long as you haven't killed any engineers, the achievement will unlock once you begin the mission, Data Hive.

 
 Both Tubes (5 points)
Get 10 Rocket kills on Kizingo Boulevard.
 

On Kizingo Boulevard, you'll begin the level with a Rocket Launcher, but it will have very little ammo. Try and kill as many as the Covenant that appear in front of you with the rockets that you have available. If you run out of ammo and don't have the 10 kills, follow the video below for the location of a stash of ammo.

 
 Wraith Killer (5 points)
Kill all Wraiths in Uplift Reserve.
 

There are 6 working Wraiths in Uplift Reserve that you'll have to destroy for this achievement.

Proceed through the level normally, but when you see a Wraith, bring out the Spartan Laser that you start the level with and fire it at the Wraith. It should destroy it in one shot, but if it doesn't, fire again.

Repeat this procedure until you run out of Spartan Laser ammo. From there, you'll have to plant grenades in the Wraith's interior.

 
 Laser Blaster (5 points)
Get 10 Spartan Laser kills on ONI Alpha Site.
 

On ONI Alpha Site, you'll begin with a Spartan Laser with 100 ammo (10 shots). Shoot the Wraiths as you'll receive credit for three kills; once for the vehicle itself, one for the driver, and one for the turret guy. So basically, destroy 3 Wraiths and and kill 1 Brute and this achievement is yours.

 
 I Like Fire (5 points)
Kill 10 enemies with the Flamethrower on Data Hive.
 

When in the frosty area of Data Hive, you'll find a Flamethrower hidden in a corner. Turn on your VISR and you'll be able to see it much easier.

When you enter the next main area, you'll see many enemies including Drones, Jackals, and Brutes. Spray them with the Flamethrower and they'll burn to death. Kill 10 enemies with the Flamethrower and this achievement is yours.

 
 Dome Inspector (5 points)
Get 15 headshot kills on NMPD HQ.
 

When playing on NMPD HQ, use your pistol; it is great for getting headshots. Simply aim at the Grunt's heads and shoot.

This achievement should come very quickly as there are loads of Grunts around. Also, to make it even easier, turn on the Grunt Birthday Party skull; the children cheering will let you know that you've scored a headshot.

 
 Be Like Marty (10 points)
In Firefight, finish a full round without killing a single enemy.
 

Quite simple this one, but you'll need to play with at least 1 more player in LIVE or Local. On the account that wants the achievement, hide in the corner of the room that you spawn; the enemies won't be able to get to you. The other play must then simply complete the round.

To make it even easier, play on Alpha Site on Easy.

 
 Firefight: Last Exit (10 points)
Score over 200,000 points in Firefight on Last Exit.
 

Recommended difficulty: Normal
Recommended no. of players: 2
Approximate time for 200,000 points: 60-90 minutes

Sets, Rounds and Waves

  • In 1 set there are 3 rounds.
  • In 1 round there are 5 waves.
  • At the end of each is a Bonus Round that lasts for 60 seconds.

Tips

  • Rack up high kill multipliers for lots of points.
  • Communicate with your team; try and help them if they're in trouble.
  • Take out the Wraiths ASAP.
  • Make use of the Plasma Pistol when taking on stronger enemies and vehicles.
  • Learn the layout of the map; be sure you know where health and ammo is.
  • During the Bonus Round, use the Automag and go for headshots and high kill multipliers.
 
 Firefight: Chasm Ten (10 points)
Score over 200,000 points in Firefight on Chasm Ten.
 

Refer to Firefight: Last Exit for more information.

 
 Vidmaster Challenge: Classic (25 points)
Finish any level solo on Legendary, on LIVE, with no shots fired or grenades thrown.
 

Note: Do NOT touch the button.

Load up Uplift Reserve on Legendary and remember not to shoot, throw grenades or splatter any enemies. Proceed forward and jump in the Warthog, once you see the first ghost, jump in that, being careful of the nearby Wraiths and Choppers. Continue through the level, changing Ghost when you see one and picking up health if need be.

 
 Vidmaster Challenge: Déjà Vu (25 points)
Complete Highway on 4-player Legendary LIVE co-op, with Iron, and no 'Hog or Scorpion.
 

Level: Highway
No. of Players: 4
Difficulty: Legendary
Skulls that need to be on: Iron (Restart from previous checkpoint if a player dies)
Other notes: Players are not to enter a Warthog or Scorpion Tank

Once the level has loaded, proceed forward and take out the enemies in this area, being careful of the watchtower. Have 1 person walk up the stairs to the left and they'll find a Sniper Rifle which will come in very hand. Have everyone else take the left route as there is a Rocket Launcher and health at the end of this corridor. Once all of the enemies are dead continue forward until you reach a dead end; Virgil will open the door for you.

Once on the highway, walk down underground and you'll find 2 Mongeese and 4 Rocket Launchers with 998 ammo each. Pick these up as they'll come in very handy. Continue down the highway, killing enemies while protecting Dare and Virgil.

When the drones appear, stay back and use your Pistol or SMG to take them out. Oh, and jump off you Mongoose as it'll make taking out the Drones much easier.

Once you reach the final area where you fight a few waves of enemies, stay on the high ground and shoot your rockets at the ground where the enemies land. When you and your teammates enter the Phantom, the achievement will unlock.

 
 Vidmaster Challenge: Endure (25 points)
In Firefight, on any mission, pass the 4th Set on 4-player Heroic LIVE co-op.
 

Map: Lost Platoon
No. of players required: 4
Difficulty: Heroic

Player 1 Role:

Warthog Driver - Drive around the outskirts of the map, splattering enemies when appropriate. Communicate with Player 2 to prevent any mishaps.

Player 2 Role:

Warthog Gunner - Jump of the Turret of Player 1's Warthog and shoot any enemies that you see.

Player 3 Role:

Chopper - Drive around the main building, splattering the larger enemies as well as shooting the smaller ones.

Player 4 Role:

Spartan Laser/Back up - Pick up the Spartan Laser from the small room close to the spawn and camp on the balcony of the main buildings. Take out the Wraiths as soon as they appear with the Spartan Laser and provide back-up to your teammates.

This achievement will take you between 2-3 hours depending on the skill of the players.

See below for links to other strategies:

mastercmj2003 - Alpha Site
fireskull - Lost Platoon

 
 Firefight: Windward (10 points)
Score over 200,000 points in Firefight on Windward.
 

Refer to Firefight: Last Exit for more information.

 
 Firefight: Lost Platoon (10 points)
Score over 200,000 points in Firefight on Lost Platoon.
 

Refer to Firefight: Last Exit for more information.

 
 Firefight: Crater (10 points)
Score over 200,000 points in Firefight on Crater.
 

Refer to Firefight: Last Exit for more information.

 
 Firefight: Rally Point (10 points)
Score over 200,000 points in Firefight on Rally Point.
 

Refer to Firefight: Last Exit for more information.

 
 Firefight: Alpha Site (10 points)
Score over 200,000 points in Firefight on Alpha Site.
 

Refer to Firefight: Last Exit for more information.

 
 Firefight: Security Zone (10 points)
Score over 200,000 points in Firefight on Security Zone.
 

Refer to Firefight: Last Exit for more information.

 
 Super Sleuth (10 points)
Find the final clue unraveling the mystery, alone or with another ODST.
 

The final clue you'll find is a hole in a wall. Once you find it, walk up to it and press to study it. This will trigger a flashback and the mission: Data Hive.

Note: Some people see to be having problems with the Junior Detective, Gumshoe, and Super Sleuth achievements. See below for a list of solutions.

- You cannot replay a level while in the middle of a campaign.
- You cannot go from playing a campaign solo to co-op or co-op to solo.
- If you're playing co-op, the person that studies the first clue should study all of the clues.

List of clues in order of appearance:

  • Dare's Recon Helmet
  • Drone optics
  • Gauss Turret
  • Remote detonator
  • Bent Sniper Rifle
  • Bio-foam canister
  • Hole in a wall
 
 Pink and Deadly (5 points)
Get 10 Needler supercombine kills on any covenant.
 

Load up Firefight - Alpha Site on easy and look out for the Grunts and Jackals that carry Needlers at the beginning of the first set. Kill one and pick up their Needler. Now simply kill the Grunts with the Needler and a medal should appear; notifying you that you scored a kill with the Needler. Repeat this method until the achievement unlocks.

 
 My Clothes! (5 points)
Plasma Pistol Overcharge and quickly kill 10 Brutes.
 

Load up Firefight - Alpha Site on easy and look out for the Grunts and Jackals that carry a Plasma Pistol at the beginning of the first set. Kill one and pick up their Plasma Pistol. If there are Jackals around, aim at them, hold for a few seconds, and then release . The Plasma Pistol shot should lower their shields. From there simply melee them and they should die.

If there are no Jackals, do exactly the same thing but on the Brutes. Repeat this method until the achievement unlocks.

 
 Trading Down (5 points)
Trade weapons with a fellow character.
 

When one any level with NPC teammates, walk up to them and press . You will trade weapons and the achievement will unlock.

 
 Tayari Plaza (30 points)
Complete Tayari Plaza on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary to unlock a new Firefight character.
 

Refer to Campaign Complete: Legendary for more information.

 
 Headcase (5 points)
Finish any level with at least one Skull activated.
 

You will get this achievement at the same time as Vidmaster Challenge: Déjá Vu.

 
 Ewww, Sticky (5 points)
Get 5 sticky grenade kills in any level.
 

Load up Firefight - Alpha Site on easy and look out for the enemies that drop Plasma Grenades when they die. Pick them up and run in front of the Brutes and destroy their armor. When their flesh is exposed, stick them with a Plasma Grenade; they should die. Repeat this method until the achievement unlocks.

 
 Tourist (5 points)
Access and download the city map to your VISR.
 

After around 5 minutes of beginning the campaign, you'll have to use a station to download the city map. Once the download is complete, the achievement will unlock.

 
 Heal Up (5 points)
Find the first Medical Kiosk and heal yourself.
 

As soon as you exit the crashed pod, head to the right and you'll hear the Superintendent's voice. Pick up the nearby health pack and the achievement will unlock.

 
 Dark Times (5 points)
Kill 5 enemies while using VISR mode.
 

To turn VISR mode on, simply press the button. Now kill 5 enemies by any means necessary and this easy achievement will unlock.

 
 Stunning! (5 points)
Stun a vehicle with an overcharged plasma pistol and quickly kill the driver.
 

When you see an enemy Wraith, pick up a Plasma Pistol and walk up to it. Unleash an overcharged shot on the Wraith and quickly jump on. Plant a grenade with the and the Wraith will blow up. You'll have to be quick, so if the achievement doesn't unlock first time, try again.

 
 Boom, Headshot (5 points)
Get 10 automag headshot kills in any level.
 

During any level, bring out your Automag, aim for the heads of the Grunts and shoot with . If you scored a head shot, the achievement counter will pop-up. Repeat this method until the achievement unlocks.

 
 Uplift Reserve (30 points)
Complete Uplift Reserve on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary to unlock a new Firefight character.
 

Refer to Campaign Complete: Legendary for more information.

 
 Campaign Complete: Heroic (100 points)
Complete the Campaign on Heroic difficulty.
 

Refer to Campaign Complete: Legendary for more information.

 
 Campaign Complete: Normal (100 points)
Complete the Campaign on Normal difficulty.
 

Refer to Campaign Complete: Legendary for more information.

 
 Campaign Complete: Legendary (100 points)
Complete the Campaign on Legendary to unlock a new Firefight character.
 

The levels you need to complete on Legendary are as follows:

  • Prepare to Drop
  • Mombassa Streets
  • Tayari Plaza
  • Uplift Reserve
  • Kizingo Boulevard
  • ONI Alpha Site
  • NMPD HQ
  • Kikowani Station
  • Data Hive
  • Coastal Highway

Tips:

  • Best done with 3 other players as they will make the campaign considerably easier.
  • Make use of the cover that is dotted around.
  • When taking on Hunters, have 1 player distract him while another player shoots him from behind.
  • The Plasma Pistol is your best friend when taking on Vehicles especially.
  • Start being hit by Brute Shots? Take cover!
  • Use the Automag to take out Grunts; save your valuable ammo for the harder enemies.
 
 Gumshoe (10 points)
Find the 3rd clue unraveling the mystery, alone or with another ODST.
 

The third clue you'll find is the destroyed Gauss Turret. Once you find it, walk up to it and press to study it. This will trigger a flashback mission: Kizingo Blvd.

 
 Junior Detective (10 points)
Find the first clue unraveling the mystery.
 

The first clue you'll find is Dare's Recon Helmet. Once you find it, walk up to it and press to pick it up. This will trigger a flashback and the mission: Tayari Plaza.

 
 Coastal Highway (50 points)
Complete Coastal Highway on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary to unlock a new Firefight mission.
 

Refer to Campaign Complete: Legendary for more information.

 
 ONI Alpha Site (30 points)
Complete ONI Alpha Site on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary to unlock a new Firefight mission.
 

Refer to Campaign Complete: Legendary for more information.

 
 Kizingo Boulevard (30 points)
Complete Kizingo Blvd. on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary to unlock a new Firefight character.
 

Refer to Campaign Complete: Legendary for more information.

 
 NMPD HQ (30 points)
Complete NMPD HQ on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary to unlock a new Firefight character.
 

Refer to Campaign Complete: Legendary for more information.

 
 Data Hive (50 points)
Complete Data Hive on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary to unlock a new Firefight mission.
 

Refer to Campaign Complete: Legendary for more information.

 
 Kikowani Station (30 points)
Complete Kikowani Station on Normal, Heroic, or Legendary.
 

Refer to Campaign Complete: Legendary for more information.

 

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