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Halo 3 - Golden Skull Tutorial

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Golden Skull Guide

Mission: Sierra 117 - Iron
    Icon: A skull marked with a hammer.

    Effect: If you die while playing solo, you will respawn at the very beginning of the level - The "Revert to last checkpoint" option is no longer selectable. If any player dies while playing Co-op, all players will respawn to the last checkpoint. This is similar to what would happen when playing Co-op on Legendary in Halo 2, but it is slightly more harsh on the players.

    Point Multiplier: 3x

      Directions:
      1. Battle through to the level normally until you arrive at the point where you must rescue Sergeant Johnson and his team.
      2. Snipe as many enemies as you can before jumping down, especially on the bridge.
      3. Jump down and cross the bridge.
      4. Keep to the right of the bridge until you see a blocked line with some pipes. Hop onto this block and continue.
      5. When you reach the end of this raised block, jump up into the balcony.
      6. Follow this balcony to the end, the skull is hidden behind a pillar jutting out from the building tucked into the corner.



Mission: Crow's Nest - Black Eye
    Icon: A skull marked with a smaller skull with a bruise under one eye.

    Effect: Your Energy Shield will not recharge until you perform a melee hit. The Energy Sword and Gravity Hammer's RT attacks count as melee attacks. The shock-wave created by the Gravity Hammer will also recharge your shield. Hijacking also counts as a melee attack.

    Point Multiplier: 1.5x

      Directions:
      1. At the beginning of the level, walk to the door leading to the barracks, then turn around.
      2. Walk to the green metal rack and jump on top of it.
      3. Turn to the right, look up to the red metal beam, and jump on it.
      4. To the direct right again, is a much larger grey-black pipe. Jump on it.
      5. Walk along the pipe, taking care not to fall off, and you will see the skull at the end.



Mission: Tsavo Highway - Tough Luck
    Icon: A skull marked with a three-leafed clover.

    Effect: Enemies dodge Grenades, Needles, slow moving projectiles and vehicle assaults with a greater success rate.

    Point Multiplier: 1.5x

      Directions:
      1. Keep battling through to the point where you must fight a group of Brutes, two of which are using Choppers.
      2. Kill all the enemies, destroy the shield, then continue through until you reach a long, winding bridge. At this point, a Covenant CCS-class battlecruiser should fly overhead.
      3. To your left, you will see a series of yellow ladders. Go to the very last one. If you receive a Regenerator at the top, you will know it is the correct ladder.
      4. Jump over or around the large metal bar on the right, then turn to the left.
      5. Look down and you will see a large, black support below you. Jump down onto it. Note that you have to walk and be standing on the part of the pipe that sticks out slightly with the bolts going through itotherwise, you'll take too much fall damage and die.
      6. Walk along to the end of the support, then turn to the left again.
      7. Now you should be able to see the skull on a cliff across a gap. Jump across the gap on to the cliff, and get the skull.



Mission: The Storm - Catch
    Icon: A skull marked with an image of a Plasma Grenade.

    Effect: All AI-controlled units, friend or foe, throw grenades more often, where applicable. It even affects scripted grenades. For example, on the level Crow's Nest, on the part where the Warthog is hit by a Plasma Grenade, it will now be hit by two, three, or even four.

    The Catch Skull has no effect on Flood. It should be noted that characters will throw an unlimited amount of grenades at their enemies. The skull does not seem to increase the number of Kamikaze Grunts. It has been observed that the Marines will sometimes throw grenades with reckless abandon, similar to their behavior in Halo: Combat Evolved.

    Point Multiplier: 1.5x

      Directions:
      Do NOT destroy the standard Wraith, or the skull will disappear. Do NOT physically damage the normal Wraith (though the plasma turret operator can be sniped safely) in any way or the skull will disappear.
      If you have the Easy Shield in your service record, the skull will NOT spawn. You have to beat the campaign on normal or higher to make the skull spawn again.
      1. Battle through to Lakebed A -- the point where you fight an Anti-Air Wraith, a handful of Ghosts, and a standard Wraith.
      2. You should see a silo-like building. On top of this is the skull. Look for the ramp that leads over to the platform where the normal Wraith is dropped.

      There are multiple methods which can be used to get onto the building.

      1. Hijack the Anti-Air Wraith and maneuver it so the back (the part with the plasma mortar, or in this case, fuel rod launchers) touches the base of the silo where the ground rises slightly; then, simply get out. The only problem is that this will cause an NPC Hornet to fire upon the standard Wraith, and the Wraith may focus its fire on you, so you will need to work a little quickly. The Anti-Air Wraith should remain still while you jump on the back and onto the top of the silo.
      2. Grenade jump.
      3. Park a Ghost below, then jump from it onto the building. Use a grenade jump if necessary.
      4. Park one Ghost on the Wraith-side, then get another Ghost and park it on top. You should be able to simply jump on top of the Ghosts, then onto the silo.



Mission: Floodgate - Fog
    Icon: A skull marked with a swirl of fog.

    Effect: Your Motion Tracker is disabled completely.

    Point Multiplier: 1.5x

      Directions:
      1. Walk into the destroyed city of Voi. As soon as you enter the city, there is a building with an ICBM Launcher on the right. Move to the middle of the road that leads in and left.
      2. Take out a weapon with a scope (preferably a Battle Rifle) and look up and to the right (to the top of the right hand building). Wait for a Marine to say over the radio, "All squads, report."
      3. You will see a Flood Combat Form on the roof of the building to the right. It will jump across the street above you as a Marine replies, "There, over there!". You can either kill the Combat Form, making it drop the skull, or, you can shoot off it's right arm. You may either kill it whilst it is still on the first roof or try to shoot it while it is in midair. The skull will fall to the ground between the two buildings.



Mission: The Ark - Famine
    Icon: A skull marked with a smaller skull. The smaller skull seems to have a line between it and some dots (most likely food). This describes the obvious traits of a famine.

    Effect: All weapons that are dropped by enemies or are scripted to spawn on the ground (e.g., near a crashed Pelican or group of dead bodies) have halved or reduced ammunition or charge. However, weapons found in cases still have the standard amount of ammo.

    Point Multiplier: 2x

      Directions:
      1. At a point in the level, you will be directed into a fork in the road. Going straight will lead you into a giant bowl-like valley, and going to the right will lead you through a broad sandy road.
      2. To the left is the bowl with two roads cut into the rock face. Go to the right and drive directly ahead until you hit the rock wall.
      3. When you get underneath the platform structure, you will notice some climbable rocks on the right that will lead you to the platform itself. You will notice several beam-like supports alongside the platform. Go to the very last one, at the end of the platform. If you jump up you can see the skull at the end. Align yourself right up to the support. You need to get to the crevice of it, sticking out and away from the platform; the skull can be seen in it.

      There are several methods to obtain this skull:

      1. Stick a Plasma Grenade right where the beam-like support and incline meet (on the bottom edge of the incline). Back up, run and jump, aiming a little higher than the skull. You should be just over and a little forward of the grenade when it explodes giving you enough of a boost to reach the skull.
      2. Pick up a Deployable Cover and place it in front of the pillar with the skull and use it as a step to the ledge. It may take a few tries to place it exactly at the perfect spot, as it may slide off and fall off the ledge. The best way to do this is stand back and then take a run towards the skull and then jump whilst pulling slightly right.
      3. Play the game in Co-Op mode. Stand on your friend's head and have them run and jump towards the skull. At the highest point of their jump, jump over to the ledge. If performed correctly, you should land on the platform.
      4. Deploy a Bubble Shield so that the edge of it is near the edge of the structure. The Bubble Shield should keep the grenade you throw inside it so right after you throw, jump, and the grenade should give you a sufficient boost.



Mission: The Covenant - Thunderstorm
    Icon: A skull marked with a lightning bolt.

    Effect: All enemies and allies are promoted to the highest available rank. The number of shielded Flood Elite Combat Forms and shielded Sentinels is also increased.

    Point Multiplier: 1.5x

      Directions:
      1. After deactivating the first tower, there is a part in the level where you have to fly a Hornet to the third tower. As you hop into the Hornet, the title If You Want It Done Right will be displayedif it isn't, then no skull will appear.
      2. On your way to the third tower, you will see the second tower (which was disabled by the Elites). This is also the tower with the Terminal. Fly over to it.
      3. There is a long, flat, semi-enclosed part of the tower that extends out over the ocean. There is a very tall ramp that leads up to it. At the end of the extension you will find the Thunderstorm Skull.



Mission: Cortana - Tilt
    Icon: A skull marked with a smaller skull with a hole in its head.

    Effect: All enemy weaknesses and resistances double. Example: Brute armor is twice as weak to plasma weapons and twice as strong against projectile weapons.

    Point Multiplier: 2x

      Directions:
      1. The skull is at the top of the large circular room where Cortana says "It was the coin's fault! I wanted to make you strong, keep you safe (drop in tone). I'm sorry, I can't..." When you enter this room you will fall out of a hole in the ceiling, next to a sitting, dead Elite. To the left of the room will be some small, somewhat fungal, growths on the walls. Near this is a rounded pillar.
      2. Stand on the pillar and jump to the thin growth outcrops to the left. On many of them, you will hit your head on an obstruction above if you are not careful; spoiling the jump. After the first two to the left, turn around and look away from the rock wall - then left ninety degrees for another one with a longish extrusion of Flood material.
      3. This one is difficult as your head will hit the wall with jumps from many of the obvious positions. One jump that works is at the tip of this jump, back about 2 feet from the edge, and jumping slightly left (approx one foot) of the tip of the target jump. Another jump that works is;
      When you get on the upper outcrop on the left, facing the other outcrop you are jumping to, move as far as you can to the left. Then, jump toward the other outcrop with the extension of flood material. Walk up the extruded Flood tentacle onto the roof of the area where you will find the Skull in a small pile of blood and bones. Note that underneath the platform you usually walk on are two to three Deployable Covers near the Terminal with Cortana's message. These can be placed on the pillar and the ledge to make the jumps easier and help you avoid things that can cause your jumps to fail.



Mission: Halo - Mythic
    Icon: A skull marked with a circle with a smaller circle in it

    Effect: All of the Covenant you encounter have twice the amount of health.

    Point Multiplier: 2x

      Directions:
      1. At the beginning of the level, move forward, hugging the right wall and curving slowly left in the cave up ahead. After a short amount of time, you will see a tunnel opening to the right. Move through this, but still hug the right wall. Part way along an opening (cave) on the right will open up.
      2. Move inside, turning your flashlight on (up on the D-pad of the controller). Soon you will reach a dead end, and the skull is on the ground, among the rocks.

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