Halo Infinite Legendary guide: Tips and tricks for finishing the fight
Steel yourselves, Spartans.
If you're looking for a challenge in the Halo Infinite campaign, you should play it on Legendary difficulty. On Legendary, enemy troops have more health, more shielding, and deal more damage to you. Meanwhile, you and your UNSC Marine allies have less health and less shields, making you more vulnerable to enemy attacks.
Because of these modifiers, Legendary difficulty can often be overwhelming — especially if you've never played previous Halo games on Legendary difficulty and don't have any experience to rely on. Don't worry, though, because we're here with six helpful tips and tricks that will help you complete Halo Infinite on Legendary difficulty smoothly. Using these strategies, you'll have minimal issues showing the Banished who really controls Zeta Halo.
Take things slow
Above all else, it's crucial that you play slower and more careful on Legendary than you typically would on lower difficulties. Because enemies do more damage and you have less health, it's imperative that you don't get too aggressive and end up getting caught out in the open. Stay in cover as much as you can and keep a close eye on your Motion Tracker so that you can take out enemies trying to flank you before they get an angle on you.
As a general rule of thumb, never walk out of cover during combat unless you have full health and shields. If you try to move while injured, there's a good chance that you'll die before you're able to reach the position you're trying to go to. Wait a few seconds until your health and shields replenish, then step out of cover and get moving.
Capture all the FOBs
Secondly, it's a good idea to capture every Forward Operating Base (FOB) that you can in the open world of Zeta Halo, as these small UNSC outposts will provide you with numerous benefits that make the process of fighting your way across the map easier. Taking out the Banished troops that defend them can be difficult, but it's worth it. Each captured FOB provides the following:
- A fast travel point
- Four weapon spawners
- A vehicle spawner
- UNSC Marines that will follow you and ride in vehicles
- Map locations of collectibles in nearby areas
Having a location that you can use to spawn powerful weapons and vehicles, replenish your ammo, and pick up some friendly troops at makes fighting the Banished much less difficult. Having fast travel points also allows you to travel across the map without having to worry about running into deadly Banished patrols in the future.
Never fight alone
By capturing FOBs, you can essentially give yourself an endless supply of UNSC Marines that will tag along with you. Since more will constantly spawn back at FOBs when existing Marines are killed, we highly recommend taking them with you on your open world adventures as often as possible (you can even take them into some main story missions). They do a solid amount of damage to enemy troops and can help soften them up for you, and they take a lot of the heat off you by distracting your foes as well.
They'll become even more effective in battle if you give them powerful weapons like rocket launchers, sniper rifles, and shotguns — all of which can be spawned at the FOB you're collecting your Marines at. Getting a few Marines to hop into a Razorback, Warthog, or Rocket Hog is also a great way to dish out some vehicular pain.
Upgrade your equipment
Your Equipment pieces will likely save your life numerous times throughout Halo Infinite's campaign, and upgrading them will make them significantly more effective in combat situations. For example, the Grappleshot has upgrades that make it recharge faster and stun enemies when you grapple them, while the Drop Wall has upgrades that increase the strength and size of the Drop Wall's shield. You can even improve your shield strength by upgrading your Shield Core, which significantly improves your survivability in combat.
To upgrade your Equipment, you'll need to collect Spartan Cores in Halo Infinite's open world. You can find them by capturing FOBs, which will then reveal the locations of any Spartan Cores in the nearby region.
Use different damage types well
While separate damage types have always been an implied concept in previous Halo games, Halo Infinite makes them official. There are four different damage types in the game: kinetic, plasma, shock, and hardlight. Kinetic damage is more effective against unshielded targets, plasma damage is better against shielded targets, shock damage EMPs vehicles and can stun enemies, and hardlight rounds can ricochet off of surfaces.
In general, it's best to focus on making good use of the synergy between plasma and kinetic damage. By using plasma to strip shields and then switching to kinetic damage to finish a target off, you'll be able to take down Banished troops incredibly efficiently. Against large groups of foes, we also recommend also using shock weapons like the Disruptor or the Dynamo Grenade to crowd control enemies by stunning them. And if you're in a situation where it's hard to leave cover without being heavily damaged, using hardlight weapons like the Heatwave and Cindershot to damage enemies by ricocheting projectiles off of surfaces is helpful.
Watch out for Jackal snipers
Finally, do not underestimate Jackal snipers in Halo Infinite. Jackal snipers have become something of a meme in the Halo community ever since Halo 2's notoriously deadly version of the enemy, but make no mistake; Jackal snipers are almost as ruthless in Halo Infinite as they were in Halo 2, and if you don't respect their firepower, they will gun you down.
Whenever you're fighting the Banished, keep an eye out for the telltale orange targeting laser of a Jackal sniper lining up shots with their Stalker Rifle. Either make sure you get in cover or quickly take the sniper out with a precision weapon of your own, or else the sniper will take you out. You can't survive a volley of Stalker Rifle shots on Legendary like you can in the other difficulties, so you need to be extremely careful.
The Halo Infinite campaign is available now for $60 on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. It's one of the best Xbox shooters ever made, so you should definitely pick it up and give it a shot.
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