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    Sniper Guide by Yoh_of_Izumo

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    A SNIPER'S GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE
    Gamefaqs' Username: harryjamespotter
    Universal Account Name: Yoh_of_Izumo
    AIM: xLord Protectorx
    Email: xXmasterofalltradesXx@gmail.com
    Copyright (c) 2006 by Evan Thomas Delaney
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    TABLE OF CONTENTS
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    MAIN GUIDE
    
    I. Prologue
       1.1 About the Author
       1.2 Purpose of the Guide
       1.3 Key Notes
       1.4 Version History
    
    II. The Sniper Rifle and the Covenant Beam Rifle
       2.1 Weapon Specifications
          2.1.1 The Sniper Rifle - S2 AM Sniper Rifle
          2.1.2 The Covenant Beam Rifle - Particle Beam Rifle
       2.2 The Sniper Rifle vs. The Covenant Beam Rifle
    
    III. Getting Started
       3.1 Inverted vs. Default
       3.2 Sensitivity
       3.3 Getting Used to Halo 2
    
    IV. Basics
       4.1 Learning How to Aim
       4.2 Scoping
       4.3 Crouching
       4.4 Moving
       4.5 Strafing
       4.6 Predicting
       4.7 Critically Thinking
       4.8 Finding the Spot
       4.9 Shooting
          4.9.1 Body Shot
          4.9.2 Headshot
       4.10 Practicing
    
    V. Advanced Techniques
       5.1 Swipe Sniping
       5.2 BXR'ing
       5.3 No-Scoping
          5.3.1 No-Scope Headshot
          5.3.2 No-Scope Combo
       5.4 Superbounce
       5.5 Dieing
    
    VI. Campaign
       6.1 Using the Sniper Rifle Correctly
          6.1.1 Your Troops
          6.1.2 Conserving
       6.2 Killing
          6.2.1 Humans
          6.2.2 Covenant
             6.2.2.1 Grunts
             6.2.2.2 Jackals
             6.2.2.3 Drones
             6.2.2.4 Brutes
             6.2.2.5 Hunters
             6.2.2.6 Elites
             6.2.2.7 The Heretic
             6.2.2.8 The Prophet of Regret
             6.2.2.9 Tartarus
          6.2.3 The Flood
             6.2.3.1 The Virus
             6.2.3.2 The Carriers
             6.2.3.3 The Infected
       6.3 Different Difficulties
    
    VII. Multiplayer
       7.1 Split-Screen/LAN
          7.1.1 Screen Watching
       7.2 Xbox Live
          7.2.1 Matchmaking
          7.2.2 Cheating
             7.2.2.1 Standbying
             7.2.2.2 Dummy Glitch
             7.2.2.3 Modding
             7.2.2.4 Boosting
             7.2.2.5 Bridging
       7.3 Sniper Rifle and Beam Rifle Locations
          7.3.1 Midship
          7.3.2 Zanzibar
          7.3.3 Lockout
          7.3.4 Ivory Tower
          7.3.5 Ascension
          7.3.6 Beaver Creek
          7.3.7 Colossus
          7.3.8 Burial Mounds
          7.3.9 Waterworks
          7.3.10 Headlong
          7.3.11 Coagulation
          7.3.12 Foundation
          7.3.13 Turf
          7.3.14 Sanctuary
          7.3.15 Warlock
          7.3.16 Containment
          7.3.17 Backwash
          7.3.18 Elongation
          7.3.19 Gemini
          7.3.20 Relic
          7.3.21 Terminal
       7.4 Sniping Spots
          7.4.1 Midship
          7.4.2 Zanzibar
          7.4.3 Lockout
          7.4.4 Ivory Tower
          7.4.5 Ascension
          7.4.6 Beaver Creek
          7.4.7 Colossus
          7.4.8 Burial Mounds
          7.4.9 Waterworks
          7.4.10 Headlong
          7.4.11 Coagulation
          7.4.12 Foundation
          7.4.13 Turf
          7.4.14 Sanctuary
          7.4.15 Warlock
          7.4.16 Containment
          7.4.17 Backwash
          7.4.18 Elongation
          7.4.19 Gemini
          7.4.20 Relic
          7.4.21 Terminal
       7.5 Sniping in Multiplayer
          7.5.1 Etiquette
          7.5.2 Kill-to-Death Ratio
          7.5.3 Hampering Other Team
          7.5.4 Techniques
             7.5.4.1 Rumble Pit
             7.5.4.2 Team Slayer
             7.5.4.3 Team Skirmish
             7.5.4.4 Team Snipers (see section 7.8)
             7.5.4.5 Double Team
             7.5.4.6 Big Team Battle/6 vs. 6
             7.5.4.7 Team Hardcore
             7.5.4.8 Unranked/Custom Games
       7.6 You vs. Sniper
       7.7 Sniper vs. Sniper
       7.8 Team Snipers
    
    VIII. ***Tips*** (by other fellow Gamefaqs' players)
    
    IX. FAQ
    
    X. Emails and Comments
    
    XI. Special Recognition
    
    XII. Allowed Website Hosters
    
    XIII. Allowed Persons
    
    XIV. Epilogue
    
    XV. Contact Information
    
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    I. PROLOGUE
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    1.1 ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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    My name is Evan T. Delaney. I live in the Greater Orlando region in Florida
    (Longwood to be precise, about 10-15 minutes from downtown). On Gamefaqs.com,
    my Gamefaqs' username is harryjamespotter. My Xbox Gamertag is IThe AurorI. My 
    former gamertags are "Killer of Noobs", "Lord Protector", "xXThe ImpalerXx", 
    and "IThe RedeemerI." (I love those 2 month free trials). I'm a straight A 
    student, a swimmer, and a decent trumpet player. I have good standings at 
    Gamefaqs, and hope to contribute more when I achieve my ultimate goal: a 
    moderator.
    
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    1.2 PURPOSE OF THE GUIDE
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    The purpose of this guide is to get you better acquainted with the sniper 
    rifle.
    
    It is powerful, yet hard to wield. You must get used to the fact that one shot, 
    one bullet, and only 4 shots in one clip (if you use the Human Sniper Rifle). 
    You need to develop a feel for the sniper rifle, and learn from the mistakes 
    you made, whether in campaign or in multiplayer. Though most of you have 
    mastered the basics of sniper, while others haven't, you intermediate or 
    advanced snipers can take a peak at the advanced skills section or the sniping 
    spots to see if you are missing something in your sniping database. Lot's of 
    people like to rush for the sniper rifle, but can you shoot it? Nobody is 
    impressed when four shots are fired and the enemy is still alive. Proper 
    knowledge and skills about the sniper rifle should be taken with care, and 
    hopefully by reading bits and pieces or the whole of this guide, you can 
    increase your understanding of a powerful weapon. 
    
    ***For some tips that are not from me, but from other Gamefaqs' players, go to 
    section VIII, the Tips section.***
    
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    1.3 KEY NOTES
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    If you don't know some basic terminology, here it is...
    
    S2 AM Sniper Rifle = (Human) Sniper Rifle
    
    Particle Beam Rifle = (Covenant) Beam Rifle
    
    Melee = Press B button when facing the front of an opponent.
    
    Assassination = Press B button when facing the back of an opponent (instant 
    kill).
    
    Radar = the circle on the bottom left of your screen. It tells you if there are 
    approaching enemies. Doesn't work if opponents are crouch-walking or if you are 
    scoped.
    
    Energy Shields = your shield life. When they are depleted or are low or are 
    making a warning noise, take immediate cover, as you are now in the death zone.
    
    Crouch = Press into the left analog stick. You will now drop low, and move 
    slowly, but you will disappear from radars. You are harder to 
    melee/assassinate,  and snipe (usually).
    
    Scope = Press the right analog stick in to make the scope go to 5x (thanks 
    Mike) or again to  10x or again to cancel. It allows you to zoom in for easier 
    sniping on farther  targets.
    
    Reticule = the circle of aim. If target is in this circle or moves into the 
    circle by the time the shot has reached him, it will hit.
    
    Grenades = Press left trigger to send them flying. Pressing the Black circle 
    button next to the White bottom will allow you to switch between Plasma 
    Grenades and Fragmentation Grenades.
    
    Headshot = the ultimate mark of a sniper. A shot to the head yielding an 
    instant kill (unless the person has an overshield).
    
    Invisibility = an blue pyramid. Pick it up to camouflage well, you will be 
    revealed if you shoot or are hit.
    
    Overshield = an orange/yellow box on the ground that you can pick up to power 
    yourself up 300%. During the power-up sequence (usually 2 seconds)...you are 
    invincible.
    
    No-scope = sniping while not zoomed in, usually done at close range.
    
    Mythic = a difficulty beyond legendary. The enemies kill in about the same time 
    as those in legendary, but they are twice as strong, and their shields may 
    recharge quicker. See the skulls guides to learn where to get the mythic skull. 
    You must have gone through a level on legendary in order for the mythic skull 
    to boost the difficulty beyond legendary. If you beat it at normal, it will not 
    work.
    
    Master Chief = MC = Spartan 117
    
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    1.4 VERSION HISTORY
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    Started work on this guide sometime around the 13th through 15th of March 2006.
    
    Version - .900, March 18, 2006: The guide is basically done. All that is needed 
    is some additional expansion in some points throughout the guide, a few 
    corrections that may be needed, and possibly a couple points brought up by 
    emails.
    
    Version - 1.000, June 28, 2006: Ah, after such a long time, I've finally 
    concluded this Sniper's Guide. I've polished it up, added line breaks to make 
    reading easier, responded to emails, added some slight information, and edited 
    small bits of my guide. C'est la fin!
    
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    II. THE SNIPER RIFLE AND THE COVENANT BEAM RIFLE
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    2.1 WEAPON SPECIFICATIONS
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    The following will give you an ASCII image of the weapons followed by a 
    description of the weapon from the Halo 2 Game Manual included in all Halo 2 
    (standard and limited edition) games.
    
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    2.1.1 THE SNIPER RIFLE - S2 AM SNIPER RIFLE
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    Ammo Capacity:
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    Using gas pressure as mode of percussive acceleration, very high-powered weapon 
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    ensures true and accurate aim, penetrates all flesh. Direct strike to head 
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    2.1.2 THE COVENANT BEAM RIFLE - PARTICLE BEAM RIFLE
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    Output Capacity:
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    Excellent choice for long-distance execution of targets. Charged-particle 
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    unshielded target. Rifle has digital visual enhancer with two levels of 
    magnification for mid- to long-distance targeting.
    
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    2.2 THE SNIPER RIFLE vs. THE COVENANT BEAM RIFLE
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    Sniper Rifle -
    Pros: 
    Can shoot 24 bullets. +1
    Can fire 4 bullets quickly. +1 
    Can pick up ammo. +1
    
    Cons:
    Have to reload. -1
    
    Overall Score: 2
    
    Beam Rifle -
    Pros:
    Can fire once every second and not reload. +1
    Easier to swipe snipe. +1
    
    Cons:
    Can't pick up ammo. -1
    Overheat quickly. -1
    Melee time is slightly longer. -1
    
    Overall Score: -1
    
    The Sniper Rifle scores better than the Particle Beam Rifle. Of course, always 
    pick up the sniper weapon closest too you. Such concerns on comparisons should 
    only be noted during times when the two types appear rather commonly, such as 
    Team Snipers. They are both deadly weapons, but in Team Snipers, always go with 
    the Sniper Rifle.
    
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    III. GETTING STARTED
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    3.1 INVERTED vs. DEFAULT
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    It's all about how your brain works...Do you think creatively, logically, or 
    practically?
    
    If you think like you're controller is controlling how your body works, 
    inverted is for you. Push the analog stick up, but that's really down, because 
    your head moves forward, push it back, and it's like you are falling back. It's 
    just like an airplane.
    
    Default is just as if you were to think like a computer. Up is up, down is 
    down.
    
    I used to be default when first learning how to play halo, but I was really 
    horrible. Then they told me, maybe inverted is better, and wow, what a 
    difference. Truly, you will be better at one than the other. It's all what side 
    of the brain you think more on. They are very good inverted and very defaulted 
    players out there, whatever takes your fancy.
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    3.2 SENSITIVITY
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    Hmm...sensitivity...it is all about feel.
    
    I do not recommend sensitivity below 3...you need to have the ability to turn 
    fast enough so people can't easily assassinate you. Some people like to turn 
    down their sensitivity during a sniping game, but truly, I don't believe that 
    is good, stay at what you use always. I have met very good players on Xbox Live 
    that snipe using sensitivities that range from 3 to 7. It is easier to swipe 
    snipe using a sensitivity of 1, but what is the benefit when most of your 
    encounters will be at middle or long ranges? If you are new, I suggest using 5, 
    and just adjust after you have gotten used to the game.
    
    I use a 6, but I have bobbed from 5 to 7, depending on how long I've played. 
    Due to lag and such, high sensitivities are not recommended. People with 
    sensitivities of 3 have more control in a lagged game then those who have 
    sensitivities of 10, because they can easily maneuver in the jagged games.
    
    There are really good players with high sensitivities, but they are 
    few...Remember what Bungie says, faster is not always better... 
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    3.3 GETTING USED TO HALO 2
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    So, maybe you came from Halo: CE, or maybe you've never played console FPS's 
    before...well there is a lot you need to know. You need to learn how to aim and 
    shoot basic weapons, before you try the sniper rifle - the most advanced weapon 
    in the game. You must know the button combinations cold, otherwise you will 
    just be hampering yourself and your team when you do go into multiplayer 
    matches. Halo 2 has a special thing called "sticky aim" which is explained 
    better in the advanced technique section, but such aspects alter sniping. For a 
    person coming from Halo: CE, he or she will find it much easier to snipe 
    people, since truly the sniper reticule doesn't need to be precisely on the 
    person. For  getting used to Halo 2, I suggest one-two run throughs of the 
    Campaign on  Normal and Heroic difficulty (legendary or mythic if you want to 
    waste more  time). After that, if you decide to play on Xbox Live, do at least 
    5 to 10 games in Team Training. Then spend most of your time leveling up in 
    Team Slayer.
    
    If you achieve a level 20 or higher (which most are capable of doing), you 
    should be ready for Team Snipers. Team Hardcore can also improve your aim. 
    
    *Note on level system* Do not think because you are a level 20, you are good. 
    Levels mean nothing. I have friends that are level 4's who could rape level 
    30's, but do not feel the need to join with cheaters, and people with bad 
    hosts.
    
    Level 20 is a good number for those starting out for the FIRST TIME. You will 
    still not be that good, but with custom games, and much practice, you should be 
    a decent shooter. Usually I find most people at level 20 or higher these days 
    fairly decent since this is their 3rd or 4th account. Most of us are basically 
    even, a level 20 can be on par with level 35's, etc...Most stop at level 20 or 
    little up, because they do not feel the need to mix with modders...and those 
    who have gotten into the level 30's have usually boosted...there are NO LEGIT 
    level 40's or high, all are boosters or cheaters!!! If you have gotten to level 
    20 for the first time, you will most likely not be good enough to compete with 
    level 20's who have done it for their 4th time, because truly they are level 
    30's. Do not take on tasks such as the sniping unless you know you are good. I 
    personally hate when somebody demands the sniper rifle, and at the end of the 
    game they have 2 kills, 18 deaths, and a level 28 next to their name...LEVEL 
    MEANS NOTHING!!! PRACICE, PRACTICE, and PERFECT PRACTICE to get to PERFECTION! 
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    IV. BASICS
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    4.1 LEARNING HOW TO AIM
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    The campaign will teach you this. Aiming can't be taught through words. It can 
    only be done through practicing in all the games you play (campaign or 
    multiplayer). If you are finding tremendous problems with your aiming, such as 
    not being able to keep it still while aiming, I suggest you turn down your 
    sensitivity.
    
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    4.2 SCOPING
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    Click in your right analog stick to enable scooping. Click once for 5x (thanks 
    goes to Mike) scope, click again for 10x scope, and click once more to go back 
    to regular view. 5x (Mike again...see emails for more info) scoping is great 
    for looking around the map, but always pop out to check your radar and your 
    surrounding area for any encroaching enemy. Do not try to scope a far target 
    without a scope, it is very hard, and chances are you will be killed after 
    missing and giving off your position. 
    
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    4.3 CROUCHING
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    Push your left analog stick in (click it in) to crouch low. This has the 
    ability to make you disappear from radar. It also gives you more stability in 
    your sniping since you are forced to grip your controller more firmly. It is 
    also harder for people to see you since usually only your helmet is visible. It 
    is also harder to melee since the melee usually misses at that low height 
    unless the enemy crouches as well. A melee to the knees is equal in power to a 
    melee with a bomb in the hand. Make sure when you are crouched that when you 
    shoot, you do not miss, since the enemy will trace you and when they shoot, the 
    shot will be to the only part visible - your head.
    
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    4.4 MOVING
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    Moving is crucial when you are a sniper. Never stay in a place to long. Usually 
    after eliminating about 4 to 5 people, it is time to go. If you have been a 
    place for more than two minutes, it is time to go. Unless you have a close 
    range weapon, you should never stay in one place too long.
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    4.5 STRAFING
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    This is basically a continuation from moving. Strafing can be very effective 
    during a snipers game. When trying to hit a moving target, it can be made 
    easier by trying to follow the movement of the enemy. If he is moving down the 
    field, move down the field with him, with your scope on his head. You will no 
    longer need to worry about the side-to-side aiming, only the up-and-down 
    aiming.
    
    When being shot at, strafing or moving around is very effective. Move in non-
    predictable patterns to confuse the enemy, he will surely use up his clip, 
    giving you time to pop him when he tries to reload or wait for his weapon to 
    cool down. NEVER, EVER JUMP...JUMPS ARE PREDICTABLE...what comes up, must come 
    down, how much simpler can it get...I still jump sometimes, but I'm better than 
    before...But if you jump, any sniper worth his salt, will take you down.
    
    "when sniper v. sniper, strafe left and right and use the movement of your body 
    to line up the shot. so your basically dodging and sniping at the same time." - 
    Brandon Sacco
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    Ah...what is this divination? No, it's simple common sense. If the opponent is 
    across the map, some prediction will be needed. If he is moving, by the time 
    the shot reaches him, the bullet will miss by a few feet. You must predict 
    slightly ahead, only slightly. Such predictions are only necessary on maps such 
    as Coagulation. If a game is laggy, prediction is a vital tool. Predict where 
    the target will land in one second, and the shot will hit - an infamous tactic 
    from Halo: CE PC version.
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    Basically a carry over from predicting. Try to always know where the enemy is. 
    If you are winning, there is no point in trying for kills anymore. Let them 
    come to you, and you should be easily able to pick them off, since you will be 
    relaxed, and they will not. Do not hand out in groups; you will only make it 
    easier for one or two unspotted snipers to pull of a killtacular...If near the 
    end of game, let's say thirty seconds to a minute or less, and you are only 
    winning by one or two, NEVER ENGAGE THE ENEMY. I don't know how many times I 
    have beaten player by just one after they decide to pop there heads out only to 
    get sniped and giving me a triple kill. Also, I can remember the times when 
    I've lost by one, when two of my teammates don't head my warnings. It happens, 
    especially when I'm sure most of them don't even know what the capital of their 
    nation is...true story...
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    So, you want to find the perfect sniping spot? Look at my sniping spot 
    locations section. There are a lot of sniping spots on a map. Some are good, 
    but leave you wide open, while others are not good, but keep you sheltered. You 
    must know when to use a certain location to snipe. When the time has come to 
    change spots, if you haven't died already, you must get to a nice spot. If you 
    can pull of several kills, and always take cover if you get shot at, then that 
    is the typical example of a good sniping spot.
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    Hmm...how hard is shooting? Not hard at all. Just pull the right trigger and 
    bam, you have fired at shot. Remember, when you shoot, you leave a trail that 
    lingers for half-a-second, and anybody looking in that vicinity will be able to 
    trace where it came from. Finish off your target and if you are out in the 
    open, you better take cover. Typical example is Containment. The entire field 
    is a great sniping spot, only problem is that there is no cover, and you will 
    die in less than ten seconds if you don't take shelter. Now then how about 
    where to shoot?
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    A body shot is great. It is a large area, and you can set it up quickly. With a 
    human sniper rifle, two shots can easily be delivered into that area to give a 
    kill.
    
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    The one-shot kill. There is a thing called time though...If you take more time 
    to set up a headshot than the time it would have taken to shoot twice into the 
    body, then you have wasted time. When you have found your victim, you should 
    only allow less than half-a-second to set-up for the headshot...if you are 
    unable to aim for the head in that time frame, go for the body immediately and 
    hope the target has not spotted you. If you aim in on a person and he is 
    already firing on you, body shots are usually the only option. Headshot is for 
    grace, but for the win, the body shot is a necessity. 
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    As I said before, practicing is key. You will not get any better without 
    practice. A greater practice weapon in combination with the sniper rifle is the 
    Battle Rifle (BR55) since it has a bigger reticule and the only purpose of the 
    weapon is to deliver the 4-shot headshot. Great for headshot practice. When 
    trying to learn new skills with a sniper rifle, always try them in a custom or 
    training game, before doing them for real. Remember the sniper rifle is one 
    bullet, one chance. Campaign is great also since the enemies are more 
    predictable than humans...
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    Do not try to do advance techniques unless you are a good sniper, it is just a 
    waste of time, ammo, and makes you look quite stupid.
    
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    5.1 SWIPE SNIPING
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    Swipe Sniping is take advantage of the sticky aim that Bungie has put in to 
    counteract the imprecision of hands on a control compared to them on a mouse 
    and a lag that sometimes occurs. It existed in Halo: CE, but it is about twice 
    to three times that in Halo 2. Ever notice when you are aiming at one person 
    and then when another enemy walks in front of you, the reticule is magically 
    pulled onto them without you touching your control? That is sticky aim. You can 
    also see it in action when you scope and slowly move the reticule to a still 
    target. If you do it slowly enough, the speed at which it approaches the target 
    will slow down, and when it reaches the target - if you have done it slow 
    enough - the reticule will stop moving, even though it still should be 
    continuing to move. Not until you increase the degree of the aiming will it 
    move off the target, sometimes in a slingshot effect.
    
    Swipe Sniping takes advantage of this. Swipe sniping is usually easier done at 
    lower sensitivities since it will take more time and more effort to rip the 
    reticule off a target it has magically stuck itself onto. All you have to do is 
    scope, and swing your reticule across a person. And when the reticule turns 
    red, it is the time to shoot. It takes practice, but with mastery, you can pull 
    off close-range headshots, or one shoot + melee combos.
    
    Swipe Sniping is not recommended over long distances. The ideal distance is 
    about 25m to 50m.
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    BXR is wonderfully done with the pistol and the battle rifle. It is not that 
    great with the sniper rifle. What you do is when you approach a person, you 
    melee them, but at the instant you hear the smack, press the X button to cancel 
    the delay time, and then immediately press R to shoot. Due to the aiming 
    system, the melee will usually have your reticule pointed at the head after 
    impact to  deliver an unbelievably fast kill. Since you hit them with a melee 
    at a running  pace, the smack should bring the shields down for a headshot 
    kill. If you do  not hit them at moving pace, you will not bring their shields 
    down enough to  deliver the fast kill. It doesn't take much movement, just make 
    sure you aren't  standing still when you do it. This shouldn't be much problem 
    since you are  usually always moving. Make sure you don't walk backwards, 
    because the melee will not give you that special slight lunge to set-up for the 
    kill, always move forward to pull off BXR.
    
    BXR is not so good with the sniper rifle, since during Xbox Live, it usually 
    works well only for the host. Also there is no true advantage, since you could 
    easily snipe them and then melee them for a quick kill.
    
    *You must have a full clip when you do the BXR trick, otherwise, when you press 
    X to cancel the melee motion, it will trigger a reload sequence, not good...
    
    For a video of a good example of BXR go here:
    http://media.putfile.com/BXR-BXB-XR-glitches
    
    Thank you "johnthehero" for that excellent demonstration, hope your guide pulls 
    through.
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    There isn't much to no-scoping. All that is needed is that you shoot your 
    target un-scoped. No-scoping takes a lot of practice and feel, and should 
    usually only be done at short distances. It will give you an edge over the 
    person who tries to zoom since he will take slightly longer to focus. What 
    makes it so difficult is that there is no-sticky aim for un-scoped targets. 
    Another problem is if you scope and the other person hits you, you will un-
    scope, and that will be a problem. At close ranges, such as 15m and less, 
    always go for the no-scope. It just takes practice to get used to shooting 
    unassisted. 
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    This is called the master shot. You walk around a corner, and another guy 
    appears in your face. You pull the trigger, he dies in one shot. The 
    unbelievable shot. It is very hard to pull off in tight situations, and it is 
    more about luck. Though with practice, you can learn to walk with your reticule 
    pointing at head height so that if anybody appears, you can easily kill them in 
    one shot, just stay calm and don't let your reticule go crazy.
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    This is my favorite thing to do when I'm close up. I'm not scared of my doom as 
    I approach another person who has a close range weapon. I just come up to them, 
    make sure my reticule is on them as I shoot, and smash them with a melee, a 
    very effective killing method. My suggestion though would not be to try to 
    approach a rocket, shotgun, or sword in this style though. Stay back and if 
    they are in that no-scope range 15m or less, try to pull of a quick two-body 
    headshot or a no-scope headshot. I have been able to kill a person carrying the 
    sword who was already lunging at me by shooting him in the head. You think you 
    are dead, but then realize that his body has just flown past you, an awesome 
    satisfaction - truly humiliating to the swordsman.
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    Superbounce is awesome for getting to good sniper spots. Though I would only 
    try it in situations where you are easily winning. It is a good way to taunt 
    the fellow enemy. There are many videos and guides out there telling you how to 
    superbounce, and there are many superbounces on every single map. Bungie 
    designed the game so that it would include superbounces. It is not cheating, 
    but if people who have just been creamed leave feedback on you via Xbox Live 
    feedback system, you might be suspended for a day or two, though I have yet to 
    see that happen to me.
    
    Superbounce can give you a good sniping spot, and it usually takes the enemy 
    about 3 to 4 times before they realize where the heck the shots are coming 
    from.
    
    You are usually dead by then.
    
    All I can say is to find superbounce spots, go to your friends' list in the 
    middle of a game, and then exit out of it. Your setting will all be polygonomic 
    now and where you find dark lines streaking through is where you must jump to 
    get a superbounce.
    
    Crouch, jump, always hold forward, and tap A-button continuously if you want to 
    feel better.
    
    Check out the video lists people on Gamefaqs have or just ask on the boards for 
    a visual demonstration. It is a lot easier to understand than words.
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    This is a little technical, and explained again in a later section. But there 
    are some things you can do to hamper the other team. One is called kill-to-
    death ration. You always want to have more kills than more deaths. If you don't 
    die, you aren't giving the other team a point. If you kill and then get killed 
    afterwards your KtD ratio is 1 to 1, and thus there was no point for that kill 
    since you still have a net score of 0. A person who has a KtD of 10 to 3 is 
    better than a person with 20 to 31 since, the former stayed in the positive and 
    only gave the other team 3 points, while the other member contributed 
    negatively to your team, giving the other team 31 points.
    
    When you have the sniper and you are about to die, it is better to make sure 
    not to give the team an advantage. Do not let them get the sniper. Ways to this 
    are to use up as much ammo as you are about to die, and another way is if you 
    are near a ledge to fall off of, such as Ascension or Relic, you make sure your 
    sniper flies over the edge (by jumping off it) so that the team will have to 
    wait for it to spawn again.
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    In campaign, there are some techniques you can use with the sniper to better 
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    Take the sniper rifle off your troop who has it, and use it up till it only has 
    one bullet left in it. At that time, give it back to a troop to use. He will 
    have unlimited shoot capability.
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    This is not too hard, just make sure that you don't spend 4 bullets on a single 
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    So now, I go into the perfect spots to hit people to use up the least amount of 
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    6.2.1 HUMANS
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    Why would you want to kill your fellow troops? Not only would they start 
    opening up on and calling you a betrayer, you are now on no one's 
    side...Covenant or Human (or Flood)...
    
    Well if you want to be a sick creature (which MC isn't in his true nature only 
    by the evil that controls him beyond the TV) then aim for the head. It will 
    usually yield a headshot.
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    6.2.2 COVENANT
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    Aim for their little held to yield a headshot, or usually two shots to the body 
    will do him in...poor little creature.
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    The most annoying creatures in the game. If you have the sniper rifle, you must 
    aim for that little hole on the left side of their shield. One shot will 
    usually disorientate them, and them you can fire a round at their head or body 
    to take them out, may take two shots. 
    
    If you use the Beam Rifle, then you are in luck, since you can do it in one-
    shot, since the bullet will not ricochet off the shield, but actually eliminate 
    it and go straight for their skull (if you were aiming for that).
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    One shot to anywhere will kill a drone. Don't waste your ammo too much. It is a 
    great way to practice no-scopes and very fast moving targets (while scoped) 
    from an up-down perspective. I find it a lot harder to snipe from above or 
    below than side-to-side while scoped in.
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    Disgusting creatures. One shot to take off their helmet, and another shot to 
    the head to fry their brain. If you are able to shoot where the helmet isn't 
    you will yield a kill. Several shots to kill if you aim for their body. Make 
    sure you have another weapon in reserve if they start charging, but yet if you 
    want more no-scoping practice the better.
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    Aim for the yellow/orange belly they expose sometimes and also around the neck. 
    It will yield a one-shot kill. If you feel like it you can practice no-scopers 
    by coming close-up to them and then try to pop them off as they start charging 
    at you (remember to walk backwards during this situation!).
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    Always aim for the head, it takes to long if you shoot at the body. Will 
    usually kill in two shots, and for the more higher classes (such as the Special 
    silver elites that you find in the Scarab) they will take four bullets to the 
    head (and higher if you play on Mythic!).
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    I don't believe there are any snipers around, unless you felt like bringing 
    one.
    
    But hey, if you did, good job, it will make things easier, just aim for the 
    head, and follow the techniques of taking out an elite. I prefer using sticky 
    grenades and dual plasma rifles though.
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    You will not damage him by shooting at him. You must board him and melee him to 
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    Hmm...Sarge has the sniper rifle so let him take down his shields and then just 
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    The bullet will still pass through them, I believe, I can't remember. So no 
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    Ah, well now, the bullet will actually stay in the body now. There isn't a 
    point for aiming at the creatures head, aim for the flood virus at the side or 
    in the chest with the tentacles sticking out to kill the virus and render the 
    infected harmless. 
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    On easy, it is very easy (duh) to kill enemies with the sniper rifle. So is it 
    with normal, and heroic. Legendary though starts to get hard, since the enemy 
    can usually kill you in less then one second if you stand out in the open. This 
    is where training for Xbox Live becomes valuable. You will need to learn how to 
    crouch, and move around undetected. And Mythic, you will truly cry, since not 
    only can they kill in legendary time, but they are about twice as strong as 
    their legendary counterparts. You aren't getting anywhere with a sniper rifle 
    if you can't deliver headshots. I suggest a Particle Beam Rifle when 
    confronting them, since during the reload sequence, their shields might 
    recharge, and all those headshots were for nothing.
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    So, you want a lag free game, then come on over to split-screen and LAN. They 
    are very nice since you can practice in perfect condition. Make sure you don't 
    create your montages under LAN or split-screen conditions, because people will 
    say it was a set-up or that it was modded.
    
    Oh and btw...
    For LAN and split-screen: Shotgun > Sword
    For Xbox Live: Sword > Shotgun
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    One of the reasons people hate split-screen. True skill is only judged on 
    different TV's or Xbox Live. Split-screen is open to screen watching. You will 
    always know where your opponent is. You can set-up for the kill, instead of 
    always being on guard. I have seen mediocre players well able to stay up or 
    even beat world-class players just because they are awesome at screen watching.
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    Xbox Live is a very nice way to test your skills. Cheaters are usually banned 
    from matchmaking, and those who do make it are usually banned within 8 hours. 
    The only problem that still persists is that it is open to lag, standby, and 
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    Go into matchmaking to see how you compare with other players of the same 
    level.
    
    You will want a higher level, and so will they, so you will usually play well. 
    Unless lag occurs, there isn't much problem. The host does have a slight 
    advantage, since he will never lag, but usually since Bungie (or is it Xbox 
    Live) who has created such a good system, the lag is usually negligible in 
    games containing 8 or fewer people.
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    Ah!!! Cheating!!! You know what is the common aspect of cheating? It can only 
    be done if you are host. To find out who is host, as the game starts up, and 
    you are in a black screen, hold the "back" button to show the player's list. 
    The one that doesn't have a "red X" next to their name is the host.
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    For those who have routers (I don't, I have to haul my connection from my 
    computer to the Xbox back and forth, not that great)...if you are host, you can 
    press the standby button. This pauses all communication from other Xbox's and 
    will allow you to keep playing, unharmed. The only problem is that the 
    standby'er may lag out, but usually since he is host, it will be rare. 
    Secondary standby is when a person who is not host presses the standby button. 
    The game will severally lag, and the person must only hold it for a few seconds 
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    This trick no longer works, Bungie fixed it. You had to be an elite. Then you 
    made a copy of yourself by jumping in and out of the warthog. You would then be 
    invisible. You'd then be driven over to the flag place. Your other mate would 
    get the flag, and just as he is about to die, he throws the flag to you, (you 
    are invisible to everybody)...(so he guesses that you are around there)...then 
    when you get the flag, you then take a step, and boom you are back to your 
    original copy, where your true guy is. That's the basics. Make a copy, have 
    someone bring you in warthog, get out of warthog (don't move), guy throws the 
    flag, pick it up, take a step, and you are teleported back with the flag. 
    That's the simple one, I think there's more complex ones, because I experienced 
    on my team someone who got all 3 flags on Coagulation in under a minute. Though 
    it doesn't work anymore, it freaked people out until a video on the Internet 
    was revealed about that type of cheating. Though in true since anyone could do 
    it on Xbox Live without any equipment from outside source it wasn't 
    cheating...but Bungie said it was (w/e control freaks) so what they say goes, 
    but I doubt they could trace it. I only got to experience 3 or 4 times before 
    they fixed it, and wow, I was amazed...I'm on Coag. and I see the warthog 
    taking off, and I'm like, wow they didn't take the sniper, guess I should get 
    it and try to protect them...I teleport and then start walking along the 
    cliff...all of a sudden "flag taken", "flag captured" in less than a 5 sec. 
    span...and wow, I was like...there is no way that is standby...then after the 
    game was done in about a minute, the other team said..."yep"..."the dummy 
    glitch." And that's how it goes. 
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    If you've been on Xbox Live and are a fairly decent player, then you have 
    certainly encountered at least one modded game. Mods are awesome when done in 
    custom games and when everyone can use them (such as building stair cases, 
    spawning warthogs with rockets, nobody dies, super high jumps, flying turrets, 
    etc...) but when you go into Matchmaking and you get modded, that is no fun 
    cookie. Mods can be soft (via action-replay) or hard (a chip implant into your 
    Xbox)...modding used to be crazy before they found a way to ban modders quickly 
    from Matchmaking...now anyone who signs on with mods will be banned from 
    Matchmaking in about 8 hours. Some typical examples of when you are being 
    modded are you keep spawning in the same place, and dieing in less than a sec., 
    you keep hearing a BR on automatic fire, shooting Sniper Bullets that always 
    hit your head, see a person traveling at Superman speed, etc.... It is 
    wonderful to have a modder on your team, but when you are modded, you just want 
    to strangle the guy. If team slayer, the game will usually be over in about 3 
    minutes. Hey, you can get level 50 in 8 hours, but then what's the point when 
    you are banned?
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    Boosting usually occurs around the level 30's. Boosters usually are a group of 
    eight people. Four of them go in one team, the other four in another team. They 
    communicate via phone and AIM. They are usually about the same levels. They 
    time themselves to enter Matchmaking at the same time, and are usually paired 
    since there are less people around the level 30's. So then, they can trade off, 
    one time they win, next time they lose. At since it takes about 3 games to 
    level up, and about 5 games to lose a level, they are always getting a positive 
    net game. Basically in one night, if done well, they can go from about level 
    30's to 35's and then the next night into the 40's. Bungie says it is cheating, 
    and if they catch you (I guess they review the gamestats), they will downgrade 
    your levels back to where they were before.
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    I don't know much about bridging, but it is the newest form of cheating in the 
    Xbox Live Halo 2 community. You need a router, a program called Zone Alarm, a 
    computer, and probably some other stuff I don't know. Some justify bridging 
    because it can be used to get host always and not be cheated by modders (since 
    modders need to be host for their Xbox to give the maps of all the people a 
    modded environment). Though I still (and Bungie) consider this cheating, 
    because some people don't have the stuff (like I who doesn't have a router, and 
    Zone Alarm), so it is a disadvantage to us, and because you must use outside 
    sources (such as your computer) to interrupt the traffic on Xbox Live (you are 
    breaking the law...). Though that's not the real harm. The real problem is that 
    people who are host can use Zone Alarm as a firewall, and knock people off 
    their connection. Basically, a person who can bridge can easily get an 
    advantage if they lag out (disconnect) 2 people from the other team, thus 4 vs. 
    2, and usually an easy win. I don't know what Bungie is doing about this, but 
    all I can tell you from personally experience is that they are doing a rotten 
    job, since this happens to me about 1 in every 5 to 6 games.
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    7.3 SNIPER RIFLE AND BEAM RIFLE LOCATIONS 
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    7.3.1 MIDSHIP
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    No sniper rifle.
    
    
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    7.3.2 ZANZIBAR
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    On a platform where you can walk up some ramps and there is a huge stone 
    structure above it. It is the closest sniper rifle to the defense base (the 
    platform in the center to the right).
    
    On the offense side, if you walk up the stairs and just go straight, you will 
    walk over it.
    
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    7.3.3 LOCKOUT
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    The smaller tower, where there are three explosive cores.
    
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    7.3.4 IVORY TOWER
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    If you go up the elevator to the top floor, it is located in front of you if 
    you walk forward looking in the right direction.
    
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    7.3.5 ASCENSION
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    From the small sniper tower, if you walk down the ramp on the right, you will 
    see it on a platform.
    
    From the large sniper tower, if you walk down the ramp, and go left, you will 
    see it.
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    7.3.6 BEAVER CREEK
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    Walk up the cliff on the overshield side and you will find it. It is opposite 
    to the cliff you can walk up where you can find a pistol, and then jump up to 
    get a rocket on the arch.
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    7.3.7 COLOSSUS
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    Go up the lift, and look down, you will see it.
    
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    7.3.8 BURIAL MOUNDS
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    At the entrance of the tunnel on the defense side.
    
    On the offense side, just go up to the structure nearby to find it.
    
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    7.3.9 WATERWORKS
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    There is one at each base, on the top floor. 
    "There is a sniper in the middle structure, on the opposite side of the Brute 
    Shot." Thanks James aka Onurbkol (XBL: PerviousPjb) for that information.
     
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    7.3.10 HEADLONG
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    There is one at each base...you need to look at this map first to make sure you 
    know where the rifles are.
    
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    7.3.11 COAGULATION
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    Top of each base, on the right side of the teleporter. You can find ammo where 
    the shotgun spawn is in the rocks near the base.
    
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    7.3.12 FOUNDATION
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    None on this map.
    
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    7.3.13 TURF
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    If you break the glass and go up the ramp (across from the warthog), and then 
    take a right, you will see it on the corner ledge, right across from the 
    warthog.
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    7.3.14 SANCTUARY
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    At each base, a left of the turrets.
    
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    7.3.15 WARLOCK
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    None on this map.
    
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    7.3.16 CONTAINMENT
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    Hard to explain, but walk up to the top floor of the base, and go to the left 
    until you reach close to the end of the structure before it starts turning into 
    rock and snow. Jump down to the floor below to get it (the front of the 
    structure).
    
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    7.3.17 BACKWASH
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    None on this map.
    
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    7.3.18 ELONGATION
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    None on this map.
    
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    7.3.19 GEMINI
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    Take the teleporter to the outside or just walk out there. It is nearby the 
    teleporter on the outside.
    
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    7.3.20 RELIC
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    There is a beam rifle where the elevator is to the sniping tower.
    
    At the warthog side, there is a sniper rifle to the right of the structure on 
    the offense side.
    
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    7.3.21 TERMINAL
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    On the offense side, if you just keep walking down the main road that would 
    take you to the other side, you will see it on your right.
    
    On the defense, it is to the left of the wraith.
    
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    7.4 SNIPING SPOTS
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    Not to hard, just find where people like to snipe, and that's usually a good 
    sniping spot, though, I'll give you some more in my next update. For this 
    update, just one or two.
    
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    7.3.1 MIDSHIP
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    Your base is good for sniping in custom games, but usually just move around and 
    go for no-scopes.
    
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    7.3.2 ZANZIBAR
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    The sea wall and the side cliff where the defense sniper rifle can be got. 
    Superbounce to the roof and on top of the wheel is also very effective, 
    especially the wheel, since many people take a long time to realize that one. 
    Though you can easily be sniped in the attempt to do it.
    
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    7.3.3 LOCKOUT
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    The lift, the sniper tower (a little down, not all the way up), the middle 
    floor of the sniper tower, and the Battle Rifle tower.
    
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    7.3.4 IVORY TOWER
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    The place where you grab the sniper rifle, and the other side of the map, 
    around the plasma pistol where you can jump into trees to hide.
    
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    7.3.5 ASCENSION
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    The two sniper towers, but make sure you are covered. The place where the 
    banshee spawns, and also the ramp that leads down to the shotgun is also a good 
    place to poke your head out and snipe when people try to cross the field.
    
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    7.3.6 BEAVER CREEK
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    The top of the bases, and on the rocky edge to the left of the sniper rifle 
    spawn site.
    
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    7.3.7 COLOSSUS
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    At base, one side of the tunnel where the sniper rifle is found, or on the 
    platforms to get a clear shot at the enemy base.
    
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    7.3.8 BURIAL MOUNDS
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    On top of the ribs, superbounce to on top of the map, in the bases, the place 
    near the walkway to the rocket launcher where the needlers are to get a good 
    spawn kill site for bomb and CTF games when on defense and other team is on 
    offense.
    
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    7.3.9 WATERWORKS
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    At base, or up the stairs in the middle structure.
    
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    7.3.10 HEADLONG
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    The overshield site, the upper heights, and the spawn site that gives you a 
    clear shot at those standing on the overshield building (if they are not 
    aware).
    
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    7.3.11 COAGULATION
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    At the bases, and on the cliff walkways.
     
    "Here's another spot in Coagulation where you can snipe.  There is a small rock 
    platform on the cliff, right of the blue base (when I say right I mean if you 
    are looking at red base, it's on your right).  The only trick is that you need 
    a banshee to get to it.  I suggest grabbing a rocket launcher and lots of ammo 
    before you go up there because your spot can be made easily and you need the 
    rockets for shooting enemy vehicles.  I also think that standing on the hill 
    behind red base is a good defensive sniping spot during capture the flag." 
    Thanks goes to . The Tuckers.
    
    
    
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    7.3.12 FOUNDATION
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    Stay in the doorways, just so that you can get a clear shot down the walkways 
    if anybody strays, yet if they are expectant (usually after dieing a few times) 
    they will look and if you aren't faster, they will pull of headshots.
    
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    7.3.13 TURF
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    Around the warthog, and in the nurse tent.
    
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    7.3.14 SANCTUARY
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    At base, and on the upper walkways to get a clear shot at enemy base.
    
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    7.3.15 WARLOCK
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    Stay in a base where there is a lot of shelter, or walk around for no-scope 
    practice.
    
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    7.3.16 CONTAINMENT
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    At base, and along the tunnel sides, and cliff sides.
    
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    7.3.17 BACKWASH
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    Horrible map, the middle structure, but basically a no-scoping frenzy - this is 
    a map where people love to turn on cheating, since they hate the map so much, 
    they want it over quickly - in my last couple games, I haven't played on this 
    map, which is a surprise and a relief.
    
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    7.3.18 ELONGATION
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    At the ends of the conveyer belts, and on top of the middle ramp joining the 
    two sides.
    
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    7.3.19 GEMINI
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    Not much, just walk around, and perhaps stay in the shadows, and use the top 
    platforms that are reached by one-way teleporters.
    
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    7.3.20 RELIC
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    On the hill above where you get the sniper rifle, in the covenant sniper tower, 
    or at the defense base.
    
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    7.3.21 TERMINAL
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    For some reason, everybody likes to go to the place called the "garage." It's 
    got two doorways, a ramp, and a roof flap as the only places of entry. Also the 
    tops of the bases, and at the end of the railroad track on the defense side, 
    and across the main road.
    
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    7.5 SNIPING IN MULTIPLAYER
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    Here are some tips for a better game.
    
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    7.5.1 ETIQUETTE
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    Never be a sniper hog. If you are the first to get to the sniper take it. But 
    never harass a person who has already got the sniper. Never call the sniper. It 
    makes you look childish. Though if somebody calls it, just let him have it to 
    keep him happy. If you are doing bad, it is advisable that you give your sniper 
    to somebody who has suggested that maybe they should snipe instead, or just ask 
    if anyone wants the sniper. Using proper etiquette such as that will keep your 
    teammates happy, and possibly earn you another friend on your friends' list.
    
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    7.5.2 KILL-TO-DEATH RATIO
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    I've said this before, but this is basically about net gain. If you don't have 
    a positive net gain during the game, you are not assisting your team. Your goal 
    is to get the highest kills with the fewest deaths. A person who killed 15 
    people and died 2 times, did better than a person who killed 25 and died 28 
    times, because while the former had +13, the latter ended with -3. If you kill 
    25 times and die 28 times the score for you is 25 while the score for them is 
    28, you are still losing...Avoid dieing at all costs. It's alright to kill 
    someone and then get killed immediately afterwards, since the net gain will be 
    0, and no loss...but it is better to make sure you have a retreat spot, kill a 
    person, retreat back to recover, and then kill again, and repeat. 
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    7.5.3 HAMPERING OTHER TEAM
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    Hampering team is just making it harder for the other team to win. One of the 
    easiest ways to do this is to hog the power weapons, and prevent them from ever 
    getting them. You can do this by getting the sniper rifle and then when an 
    enemy comes around, and you are about to die, you can fire off the remaining 
    rounds to make the enemy only have a possibility of very few kills, or better 
    yet...if it is a map you can jump off, jump off with the weapon as you are 
    about to die...he'll get the kill for it, but he won't get the weapon, and when 
    it does spawn again, just take the enemy out. 
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    7.5.4 TECHNIQUES
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    Technique is mostly acquired through experience and only some hints can make 
    this acquisition less painful.
    
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    7.5.4.1 RUMBLE PIT
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    I don't have much rumble pit experience, because I hate playing without 
    teammates. I wouldn't suggest a sniper, since Rumble Pit is all about kill 
    stealing, and trying to kill as many enemies as fast as possible, rather than 
    waiting for them to come to you.
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    7.5.4.2 TEAM SLAYER
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    I love team slayer, because now you have team support. One person snipes in a 
    certain area, and the other three defend that sniper.
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    7.5.4.3 TEAM SKIRMISH
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    The sniper rifle is a great defense weapon, yet not a great offense weapon, 
    since usually the defense is hunkered down in the base waiting for the 
    onslaught. It's harder to snipe indoors than in an open field.
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    7.5.4.4 TEAM SNIPERS (see section 7.8)
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    7.5.4.5 DOUBLE TEAM
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    If you or your teammate has the sniper, make sure if you have the sniper that 
    he defends you, or if he has the sniper, you defend him. Of course, in 
    objective games, you must adapt, and leave the sniper alone sometimes.
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    7.5.4.6 BIG TEAM BATTLE/6 vs. 6
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    Just stay in the shadows, and pick off the enemy. You could easily pull of 
    killtaculars, kill frenzies, killtrocities, and (if you are lucky) even a 
    killimanjaro, as long as you stay calm.
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    7.5.4.7 TEAM HARDCORE
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    Make sure you have your sniper rifle down cold. The BR is very effective in 
    taking down snipers, and if you don't get the BR person in less than two shots, 
    you are pretty much dead.
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    7.5.4.8 UNRANKED/CUSTOM GAMES
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    Enjoy, practice, and learn.
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    7.6 YOU vs. SNIPER
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    Stay out of his view. If he's scoped, just assassinate. Use the n00b combo, or 
    accuracy with the Battle Rifle to take him down fast.
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    7.7 SNIPER vs. SNIPER
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    Usually, you will always know where the sniper is. If you have a sniper, make 
    sure he is not looking at you. If he is, retreat and try to confuse him, and 
    then snipe from a different location.
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    7.8 TEAM SNIPERS
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    Ah, everyone has a sniper. Don't hang out with your teammates, maybe two in a 
    group is fine, but don't stay close together. Look different ways for maximum 
    area covered. If your teammate falls, retreat and pinpoint where it came from, 
    and then when you know, predict and take aim. If a map has overshield or 
    invisibility, take advantage of that.
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    VIII. ***TIPS*** (by other fellow Gamefaqs' players)
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    From: Lazy_Git | Posted: 3/11/2006 2:11:57 PM | Message Detail 
    Yes: Aiming is crucial. 
    --- 
    Gamertag: Scruffy Git
    
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    From: KID VID | Posted: 3/11/2006 2:15:56 PM | Message Detail 
    Always keep moving and don't stay in one place for too long. 
    --- 
    Xbox Live GamerTag: KIDD VIDD
    
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    From: NeuralLaxative | Posted: 3/11/2006 2:16:51 PM | Message Detail 
    Dont bother no scoping unless they are close enough for a body shot and a melee 
    --- 
    Duke Nukem Forever IS coming...eventually 
    GT: DressedToKi11
    
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    From: ottoboy07 | Posted: 3/11/2006 2:35:34 PM | Message Detail 
    Don't keep yourself Exposed for more than 2 seconds 
    --- 
    "See this, this is my Boomstick!" ~ army of darkness
    
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    From: ottoboy07 | Posted: 3/11/2006 2:36:34 PM | Message Detail 
    If you are in a good spot, check your back, nothing more humiliating then a 
    rifle butt to the head ending your killtacular...
    
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    From: Golden_ArcV2 | Posted: 3/11/2006 2:37:39 PM | Message Detail 
    Rank doesn't mean anything buddy. Hate to break it you.  
    --- 
    Satan did it!
    
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    From: Blind_Sided | Posted: 3/11/2006 2:39:15 PM | Message Detail 
    Don't camp too long in one spot unless you have protection and help from your 
    teammates. Changing your position also gives you different angles of attack, 
    and this will lead to kills since the other team thinks ur somewhere else. 
    --- 
    We all have our faults; it just happens that you have more of them. ~Burgess
    
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    From: woofer999 | Posted: 3/11/2006 2:52:08 PM | Message Detail 
    always make sure you have a full clip ( when using a human sniper rifle.) there 
    have been countless times where i have gone into a sniper battle, only to lose 
    cause of reloading. 
     
    stay behind cover until your ready to strike. staying behind cover until you 
    are ready will reduce your chances of being seen by the enemy. 
     
    get a decent hiding spot. one that is up high, and provides some cover to most 
    angles. if you don't have cover, you could move vehicles in the way to prevent 
    some fire. 
     
    try to carry a short or medium ranged weapon as your secondary weapon. when the 
    sniper rifle is out of ammo, or you are in close/medium ranged combat, just 
    whip out your secondary weapon and unleash the pain. 
     
    the beam rifle has 18 shots, but can fire 2 shots instantly. the sniper rifle 
    carries 24 shots, but you have to wait that short second to fire another shot. 
    pick which sniper weapon suits you. 
     
    try to aim for the head (obviously). a head shot is an instant kill, though it 
    is a smaller target. 
     
    sniper or beam rifle ammo can travel through multiple enemies. use this to your 
    advantage, though the event is rare. i have killed 3 people with one sniper 
    rifle bullet, without grenades or melees or any other weapon. 
     
     
    --- 
    Some people are like slinkies. Not really good for anything but you can't help 
    but smile when you see one tumbling down the stairs.
    
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    From: warmachine99 | Posted: 3/11/2006 3:50:33 PM | Message Detail 
    If you see them, don't shoot right away. Keep the dot over their head until 
    your ready. Take your time to get the shot, because if you miss, they will 
    start jumping and it will be very hard to hit them. 
    --- 
    XBL: Smarty 2
    
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    From: Infinitos | Posted: 3/11/2006 3:52:17 PM | Message Detail 
    Learn the maps (hiding spots) in a custom gametype before playing matchmaking. 
    --- 
    This is the Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny.
    
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    From: LordSeifer | Posted: 3/11/2006 3:53:00 PM | Message Detail 
    everyone knows to aim for the head, and not stand in the middle of the open 
    --- 
    XBL: LordSeifer666, Captain PIanet 
    Smashing the Lies and Discovering the Truth.
    
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    From: Captain General Zoah | Posted: 3/11/2006 4:11:30 PM | Message Detail 
    For team snipers: 
     
    -Never, EVER jump* when you are being shot. Instead, zig zag and move in a 
    random fashion. I know this seems like bad advice but because of the physics in 
    Halo 2 the "moon jump" essentially slows down your movement, and when you have 
    no shields there is nothing worse than falling through the air like you were on 
    the moon. 
     
    *There are rare occasions when it's ok to jump. Use these when your common 
    sense tells you. 
     
    -Always, always zig zag when you walk. A lot of the time you'll be sniped from 
    the side, and strafing can save your life a lot. Not to mention if an enemy 
    comes at you straight ahead, you'll have a huge advantage over them if you keep 
    dodging. 
     
    -Enemies always spawn together. On certain maps it's easy to abuse this. Take 
    Burial Mounds for example, there are 5 or 6 spawns. Enemies never spawn near 
    you. Use this information to your advantage: Enemies wont be in your "sector". 
    If they're not in one sector then it's safe to assume they're in one of the 
    others. So with this info you can abuse this. Make sure your team stays far 
    away from a spawn point enough to keep the enemy spawning [if you go to close 
    it's deemed unsafe and they spawn elsewhere]. Then kill at will. Cheap but hey, 
    if you really need to win a match it could be vital. 
     
    -The ideal set up [for me] is a Beam Rifle with a Sniper Rifle in secondary. 
    This is because you can fire off two BR shots rapidly, then switch to the SR 
    and if you miss with those 4 your BR will be cooled off. 
     
    -The best camping spots are spots that protect at least 2 of your directions 
    and give you a view of a certain side. It's always a good idea to stop every 
    once in a while whilst moving to look at the surrounding area before you move 
    on. 
     
    -Containment is the biggest map to play on. The best way to take this map is to 
    go around the side tunnels in a circle, killing as you go. Occasionally take 
    some cover and scan the centre - most of the time there wont be anyone there. 
    Most of the action takes place in the bases though. Be aware for pople trying 
    to leave the match 
     
    If you are ahead by 7 or 8 kills early on in the game you may consider waiting 
    it out. My favourite place to do this is in one of the bases. Drop down onto 
    the bottom level and make your way to one of the slopes. Instead of going up 
    the slope to the second level go to the front wall, crouch and hide in the 
    alcoves. 
     
    -Grenades are great to surprise enemies. Nade em so their shields are down and 
    shoot them once to kill them. 
     
    That's all I can think of now. Most of my info is map specific, I dont know if 
    you want that or not. 
    --- 
    Smoke.
    
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    From: cooldude12w | Posted: 3/11/2006 4:23:12 PM | Message Detail 
    On smaller maps, if your br is your secondary weopon, a shot from the sniper 
    then switching to the br to get the headshot is a good way to win a firefight 
    if your uncomfortable in small surrondings with the sniper. 
     
     
     
    When in an sniper match, strafing from side to side is a good way to avoid 
    getting "headshotted" and to stay on your toes as well. 
     
     
    The sniper can change the tide of a game, dont waste the ammo, and dont go 
    charging up to the enemy with it , unless your teamates are tehre to back you 
    up. 
     
     
    If you have the sniper, go for power-ups, and invisibil(sp) sniper in a big map 
    is pure evil. 
     
     
    The snipers melle appears to be a bit faster than most weapons melles, so dont 
    be scared to get up close and personel with it! 
     
    Dont no scope unless its ABSOULUTLY(sp) NECCESARRY! 
    You are not "the coolest player ever" if you go threw a match without using the 
    scope. No one cares. Sersily 
     
     
    Good luck on your guide, im sure it will turn out great. 
     
    Gt:Bigest boss
    
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    From: Kevz303 | Posted: 3/11/2006 11:02:39 PM | Message Detail 
    When you Try to no scope move the left stick to get the aim right for your 
    shot.
    It makes it easier to hit the target 
    --- 
    The REAL Kevzik 
    I Kevzik I is out of post >_>
    
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    From: Zero17 | Posted: 3/12/2006 3:20:23 AM | Message Detail 
    Tip:Always Swipe Snipe. It owns, in a sad nooby type of way. 
    --- 
    Shameful. Think how many scarves you could have knitted in that time. -shazdeh
    
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    From: MrHippoman | Posted: 3/13/2006 11:36:43 PM | Message Detail 
    NeuralLaxative wrote:
    Dont bother no scoping unless they are close enough for a body shot and 
    a melee ---Duke Nukem Forever IS coming...eventuallyGT: DressedToKi11 
     
     
    if u want some serious no scopin pratice go to campaign mode on easy and go to 
    the lvls with a couple of sniper rifles like regret or delta halo.Get both 
    types of snipers if possible and just pratice no scopin the animals (good also 
    for praticeing headshots) when u run out of ammo just restart the lvl or look 
    for more.When u get better on easy to were no scopin is like using a scope go 
    up to normal then heretic and finally legendary . pretty soon when u go on live 
    xbox connect,or split screen and ur in close range wit a sniper rilfe you'll b 
    prepared
    
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    From: bibfortuna25 | Posted: 3/14/2006 9:45:52 PM | Message Detail 
    Abuse the No Scope + Melee combo as much as you can. I love coming around a 
    corner and quickly NS+Ming someone before they can even react. 
     
    --- 
    Gamertag: bibfortuna25
    
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    From: Glenn The Great | Posted: 3/14/2006 11:48:01 PM | Message Detail 
    swipe snipe + backwash = win you'll kill people before you can see 
    them....sadly 
    --- 
    MS IGNS: xRaknarX 4x Cleric {Broa}
    
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    1. What is your current GT?
    
    Answer: My current GT is a 2-month under the name...
    
    Fated Destiny
    
    
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    Yoh_of_Izumo,
     
    I have to say I've really enjoyed reading your guide.  I've never been too good 
    of a sniper, so I'll take all the tips I can get.  However, I noticed you were 
    missing a location of a sniper on Waterworks.  There is a sniper in the middle 
    structure, on the opposite side of the Brute Shot.
     
    I'd also like to compliment you on your etiquette section, I'm glad someone put 
    that out there!
     
    Regards,
    James aka Onurbkol (XBL: PerviousPjb)
    
    
    Comment: Thanks, I'll add your sniping spot (with credit) in next update.
    
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    Here's another spot in Coagulation where you can snipe.  There is a small rock 
    platform on the cliff, right of the blue base (when I say right I mean if you 
    are looking at red base, it's on your right).  The only trick is that you need 
    a banshee to get to it.  I suggest grabbing a rocket launcher and lots of ammo 
    before you go up there because your spot can be made easily and you need the 
    rockets for shooting enemy vehicles.  I also think that standing on the hill 
    behind red base is a good defensive sniping spot during capture the flag.
    
    -The Tuckers
    
    
    Comment: K, thanks.
    
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    You need to re-organize your FAQ to be easier-to-read. It's all scrunched 
    together. 
     
    I'll use my FAQ as an example: 
     
    http://db.gamefaqs.com/computer/doswin/file/machines.txt 
    
     
    --  
    o.o 
    
    -Dima Mikulin
    
    Comment: Well, it's kind of hard to do, and since nobody else is complaining, I 
    do not wish to change it...I added some line breaks to places where reading 
    might be difficult.
    
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    Evan,
     
    I'm mainly just sending this b/c I want to appear in your guide.
    You are the biggest noob I've ever seen. Your plasma pistol and Sniper rifle 
    guides combined totaled 93 pages without the stupid pictures in them. 
    Seriously, how do you find time to maintain your GPA and still write all this 
    stuff? I'm surprised your guides don't contain the word 'Tarzan' at least once.
     
    FPS isn't supposed to be strategy based, its supposed to be simple kill-or-be-
    killed gaming. RTS is what you use for when you want to think.
     
    You seriously need to get yourself a girl man. Go experience the lighter side 
    of life.
     
    Wayne
    Comment: I have nothing to say except that this person hates Halo 2 and Xbox, 
    that I have a life outside of video games, and it is not necessary to have a 
    girlfriend in High School.
    
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    Hey, 
    I was wondering if u had xbox live. If u do add me as a friend.... my 
    account name is ItalianSkaters.
    
    -Gobby iscool
    
    Comment: Yah, I do, my GT is  
     
    Fated Destiny 
     
     
    But it is only a two-month...
    
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    Hello, Yoh_of_izumo.  This is Lethardus.  You may or may not remember me from 
    the MegaMan Battle Network boards on GameFAQ's.  We had at one point discussed 
    making a finished version of the chip codes list and where to find them, etc.  
    As is it seems that has been a long abandoned ambition.  I'm writing to see if 
    you still play Halo 2 over live ro not.  If you do I would like to add you to 
    my friends list and get together sometime to play.  I happened to stumble upon 
    your sniping guide while I was browsing and thought that you should know you 
    did well in it's writing.  If your interested you can either E-mail me back at 
    Lethardus@aol.com, send my gamertag a friend request or both if you like, 
    really doesn't make a difference to me.  My gamertag is ShadowStalker19.  Feel 
    free to join me and my friends as we play quite often.
    
    -Lethardus
    
    Comment: Yah, I remember you and so many other people in the massive arguement 
    of making a complete chip guide, it was funny. But sure, I'll give you my GT. 
    The only problem is that my Xbox Live subscription expired about 2 months ago, 
    and I haven't played my Xbox for that long as well since I was studying for AP 
    exams. But when I get a new account, I'll be sure to add you to my friends' 
    list. Thanks for the support of guide. 
     
     
    Cya.
    
    >
    >
    >
    
    Yea I remember that.  Most of them flamed you because of the idea.  Just goes 
    to show you how ignorant some people can be, as opposed to the act they give 
    most of the time.
    
    -Lethardus
    
    Comment: Hey Lethardus, I got a two-month trial card and my GT is 
     
    Fated Destiny 
     
     
    Just to let you know.
    
    ...
    Well maybe they thought I was full of nonsense, since I had never written a 
    guide during that time..
    
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    I read your FAQ on Sniping at Gamefaqs.com and though very helpful, there 
    was one thing I noticed.  In your Scope section you said the initial zoom 
    was 2x whenit is actually 5x.  Nothing big, just wanted to mention it. 
     
                                          Thanks, Mike
    
    Comment: Lol, I was writing this guide at the time I was trying Halo: CE out 
    for the first time on my Xbox (borrowed from a friend). Thanks for telling me, 
    I'll go change that.
    
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    hey alot of the stuff u said was helpful, but i also have tip:
     
    when sniper v. sniper, strafe left and right and use the movement of your body 
    to line up the shot. so your basically dodging and sniping at the same time.
     
    that is all
    
    -Brandon Sacco
    
    Comment: The more tips the better I always say.
    
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    I read your Halo 2 Sniping Guide and I would like to ask permission to use it 
    in my Halo 2 Guide which will be featured on bungie.net. I will not alter it in 
    any way so it'll still have all your copyrights and name on it. Please respond 
    ASAP as the deadline for the guides release is fast approaching and I would 
    like to include your material.  
     
    Sincerely, 
    Guardian Hunter of Bungie.net (oceansurfer230)
    
    Comment: Sure. No Problem. (I just hope I responded in time)...
    
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    XI. SPECIAL RECOGNITION
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    Bungie - the creator of an unbelievable multiplayer game, though you should
    polish up on your single-player mode...
    
    Microsoft - even though Bill gates steals ideas from innovative people, he is a 
    great business man and has made the Xbox successful, he must have approved the 
    Xbox and thus Bungie was accepted by the Xbox community to host its game on 
    this system (even though they could have gone to Sony if Xbox had refused, but 
    I prefer the Xbox controller to the PS2 controller).
    
    Gamefaqs - for making a great gaming website where millions of users post
    messages, guides, and where uses can be assisted. I also enjoy the simplicity 
    of the website.
    
    High Speed Internet - someday Internet will be wireless and free (hopefully) 
    and will travel billions of times faster (come on US government, be #1). But as 
    of right now, I love that something took the place of 56K and could allow for 
    Internet multiplayer gaming.
    
    Gamefaqs Users Who Gave Additional Tips - for giving people other perspectives 
    and adding more material to this guide.
    
    Fellow Readers - for even looking at this guide.
    
    If I forgot anyone or anything, just email me or AIM me. 
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    www.gamefaqs.com (and its fellow associated www.gamespot.com)
    www.neoseeker.com
    www.supercheats.com
    
    
    If you want to use my guide on your website, just ask me, and make sure you 
    give me credit. Just remember if I ever find or if someone contacts me that my 
    guide has been illegally posted on a website not under my permission, the law 
    will be on my side.
    
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    Guardian Hunter of Bungie.net (oceansurfer230)
    
    If you want to use my guide on your website, just ask me, and make sure you 
    give me credit. Just remember if I ever find or if someone contacts me that my 
    guide has been illegally posted on a website not under my permission, the law 
    will be on my side.
    
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    I love sniping, you love sniping. We're all a big happy sniping community. 
    Enjoy the game, and make sure it doesn't interfere with your studies, or life. 
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    AIM: xLord Protectorx
    Email: xXmasterofalltradesXx@gmail.com
    GT: Fated Destiny
    Gamefaqs' Username: harryjamespotter
    Universal Account Name: Yoh_of_Izumo
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