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    Multiplayer/Skirmish Guide by SPARTAN686

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    Halo Wars
    Skirmish/Multiplayer Strategy Guide
    
    Sup.  My gamertag is BKLounge686, and I am an avid Halo fan.  My main played 
    games are Halo 3 and Halo Wars, with a little bit of other FPS games like 
    Half-Life 2 and COD, any of them.  I also have a PS2 with many FPS games.  My 
    Halo 3 rank is a Brigadier General, and my Automatic difficulty level in Halo 
    Wars is currently at 123.
    
    Anyways Iíve decided to write this guide for Halo Wars.  This guide is only 
    going to cover Skirmish and Online Multiplayer; I will not cover the campaign 
    here, but if you have questions I will be happy to respond.  I will go over 
    different strategies for 1v1, 2v2, and 3v3 Leaders, as well as strategies for 
    different maps, but those will not be as in-depth.  Map strategies will 
    mainly be for special features for each map, like the timed light bridges on 
    Terminal Moraine or the Sentinel factories on multiple maps.  I will not go 
    over EVERY SINGLE combo of Leaders because that will take too long; I will 
    just go over my best strategies.  Also, I am not so good with certain 
    leaders, so I will spend less time on them if any.
    
    Please do not steal my information.  I worked hard to think of these 
    strategies and was kind enough to share them with you.  If you wish to use my 
    information, please email me for permission.  My email will be posted at the 
    bottom.  If I do find out you stole my work, I will hunt you down and get my 
    friend to steal your account (just kidding) (or am I?).  Anyways please donít 
    steal my work.  Thanks.
    
    This is my first attempt at a guide, although I always thought Iíd be good at 
    writing them.
    
    That took a while to get to this:
    
    
    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    1. General Tips on game play
    a. What to always do
    b. What should be avoided
    c. General Gameplay Tips, Unspecific
    
    2. Individual Leader Characteristics
    a. Covenant
    i. Prophet
    ii. Chieftain
    iii. Arbiter
    b. Human
    i. Cutter
    ii. Anders
    iii. Forge
    
    3. 1v1 Tactics
    a. Covenant Leaders
    i. Rush
    ii. War
    b. Human Leaders
    i. Rush
    ii. War
    
    4. 2v2 Tactics
    a. Covenant and Covenant
    i. Rush
    ii. War
    b. Human and Covenant
    i. Rush
    ii. War
    c. Human and Human
    i. Rush
    ii. War
    
    5.3v3 Tactics- I will not go over every individual combo because that would 
    take forever.  I will just let you know the 3 best tactics Iíve used and seen 
    used.
    a. Prophet-Brute-Arbiter
    b. Prophet-Brute-Cutter
    c. Prophet-Arbiter-Forge
    
    6. Map-specific Tips
    a. Beasley Plateau
    b. Chasm
    c. Blood Gulch
    d. Release
    e. Fort Deen
    f. Tundra
    g. Pirth Outskirts
    h. Crevice
    i. The Docks
    j. Labyrinth
    k. Repository
    l. Terminal Moraine
    m. Frozen Vally
    n. Exile
    o. Non-map-specific Features
    7. Contact Information
    8. Legal Junk
    
    
    1.  GENERAL TIPS
    This section will just cover the basic, soon-to-be common sense things to do, 
    either at the start of the game or if preparing for the long-run.  There are 
    things that should be done, things that shouldnít be done, and just general 
    unspecific tips.
    
    a. WHAT TO ALWAYS DO:
    
    There are many things that should always be done in any gametype:
    
    i. Always use your starting unit to search for crates, which helps a lot in 
    the beginning of the match.
    
    ii. Get a Temple/Reactor early.  These are critical for having a prolonged 
    fight.
    
    iii. As a Covenant, always build a Shield Generator on your bases; usually 
    one on the first one, and two on the others.
    
    iv. Use the Covenant Leader Teleporter for quick movement of new troops.  
    This helps get units to the action quicker and with surprise.
    
    v. For Human Leaders: build at least 1 turret in front of your base, usually 
    later in the game.  Covenant Leaders should have a shield for protection.
    
    vi. Build up a small army of cheap units like infantry or Leader Units for a 
    preliminary defense.
    
    vii. LEADER RECALL if your Leader is almost dead!
    
    viii. Use Leader Powers when appropriate (duh).
    
    ix. Last but certainly not least: Upgrade Supply Pads and Warehouses.  Kind 
    of common sense, right?
    
    b. WHAT SHOULD BE AVOIDED:
    Iím not saying that these should never be done; I just do not recommend them.
    
    i. Do not leave your base completely unguarded in the beginning.
    
    ii. Do not spend resources early on improving units (I break this rule all 
    the time, but I am able to hold off on my own with just a Leader for a bit).
    
    iii. Do not just let your units run wild and attack whatever.  Try to 
    segregate them into squads and micro-manage them.
    
    iv. Do not focus on building one, strong unit, like a Scarab.
    
    v. Last but not least: Donít believe that your opponent is doing the same 
    strategy all the time.
    
    c. GENERAL TIPS
    Just some unspecific tips to use for any Leader or Map.
    
    i. Take over Bonus Reactors and Forerunner Supply Pads. These help by 
    providing points by killing rebels, the crates rewarded after killing all 
    rebels, and saving or giving you money.
    
    ii. Turrets cost relatively a lot in the beginning, but they help against a 
    rush big time.
    
    iii. Go for many units early, and then upgrade them.  A fast army is good to 
    have.
    
    iv. Bigger is not always better.  Better to have a bunch of weaker units than 
    something like a Scarab.  Big units take a long time and a lot of resources 
    to make and they can only attack one target at a time.
    
    v. Quantity over Quality: More units are better than one superunit because 
    they can be divided up easier.  Example: I took down a Scarab with a bunch of 
    Elite Honor Guards. Scarabs can only attack one Elite at a time; Elites 
    ganged up on it within its field of fire and busted it.
    
    vi. Multi-task in two ways.  First, divide up your army into squads and make 
    each squad attack different targets. Second, flip between your base (to make 
    more units or upgrade them) and the battle (to control the fight).
    
    vii. Look for crates.  They help your small resources cache expand early; 
    each crate gives you 30 and they are mostly in bundles of 3.
    
    viii. If you want to build a Field Armory, make sure you destroy it when 
    youíre done upgrading what you want, otherwise it just takes up space.
    
    ix. If the battle seems like it will take 15 minutes or longer, build a 
    second base and load it with supply pads and reactors.
    
    x. If you are building only one type of unit, like only vehicles or marines, 
    eventually build two of the building that makes them, having one on each 
    base.  This helps in two ways: first, you can build units two at a time; 
    second, you can upgrade in one building and build in another.
    
    2. INDIVIDUAL LEADER CHARACTERISTICS
    This is just a quick description or each leader and his/her individual 
    powers.
    
    a. Covenant Leaders
    
    i. Prophet of Regret
    
    - Leader Power: Cleansing Beam- calls down a beam from an orbiting ship to 
    plaster units with plasma.  Upgraded to increase strength and width.  WILL 
    HURT OWN UNITS! However, the Prophet is unaffected in terms of health; if 
    flying, he will get knocked down if in the beam.
    
    - Leader Upgrades: Blessed Immolation: get Fuel Rod cannons on chair; 
    Ancestral Perversion: get Protector Units that attack nearby units; Divine 
    Absolution: upgrades to a full-fledged flying unit.
    
    - Special Unit: Elite Honor Guards: they can only attack ground units and are 
    really effective against infantry; upgrade to get cloak Y ability and 
    personal shield.  Cost 150 resources
    
    ii. Brute Chieftain
    
    - Leader Power: Vortex- uses hammer to create a vortex that draws in debris, 
    which causes more damage.  Upgraded to increase power and size.  WILL HURT 
    OWN UNITS! Chieftain is unaffected.
    
    - Leader Upgrades: Inheritance: basic attack can stun units; Birthright: pull 
    units towards him; Destiny: increases range of stun.
    
    - Special Unit: Brutes: good against ground vehicles and buildings; can be 
    upgraded to get jump packs and an electric stun to their Brute Shots.
    
    iii. Arbiter
    
    - Leader Power: Rage- FUN! Arbiter goes nuts and does massive damage; 
    controlled by player.  Upgraded to restore health per unit killed, decreases 
    cost to sustain it, and makes him and surrounding units stronger.
    
    - Leader Upgrades: Fiendish Return: reflects some damage; Vicious Blades: 
    increases attack strength and damage reflected; Ghastly Vision: constant 
    camouflage.
    
    - Special Unit: Suicide Grunts- Y ability makes them explode upon contact; 
    very strong attack, even against buildings, but kills them.  Upgrade to run 
    faster when charging and increase splash damage.
    
    b. Human Leaders (all Human Leaders can use the Pelican Transport to move 
    units, the Disruption Bomb to stop Leader Powers, and the Regenerator to heal 
    units)
    
    i. Captain Cutter
    
    - Special Ability: MAC Blast- shoots a large gun from space to do massive 
    damage.  Can be upgraded to increase the number of rounds from 1 to 4.
    
    - Special Unit: Elephant- can be locked down to spawn infantry; upgraded to 
    go faster, get more armor, and get a defensive turret when locked down.
    
    - Super Unit Upgrade: ODSTs- gives Marines a Shotgun and makes them stronger. 
    Can be dropped from space on any un-fogged area. Really fun and annoying.
    
    ii. Professor Anders
    
    - Special Ability: Cryo-bomb- freezes units and buildings so they cannot 
    attack or build units; also, frozen Reactors do not work.  Can be upgraded to 
    increase size and make it kill most air units.
    
    - Special Unit: Gremlin- EMP gun that stuns non-infantry units. Cannot attack 
    air units and weak versus infantry. Can be upgraded to increase range and 
    make the EMP chain through adjacent units.
    
    - Super Unit Upgrade: Hawk- gives Hornets a laser gun. Really fun.
    
    iii. Sergeant Forge
    
    - Special Ability: Carpet Bomb- bombs a stretch of land; only damages ground 
    units, but sometimes when placed directly underneath air units, some will be 
    damaged.  Can be upgraded to strengthen it and increase length of run.
    
    - Special Unit: Cyclops- Building killer; cannot attack air units. Cool 
    animation upon killing infantry and vehicles. Have a Y-ability that allows 
    them to throw debris at enemy units.  Can be upgraded to heal friendly units 
    and improve speed.
    
    - Super Unit Upgrade: Grizzly Tank- gives Scorpions a second cannon and tons 
    of armor.  Really strong, both in health and damage dealt.
    
    3. 1v1 TACTICS- Strategies to use when youíre all alone.  Iíll only give one 
    rush per leader and one long-term strategy.  If they donít work, then youíre 
    doing it wrong.  Just ask me if you need assistance.
    
    a. Covenant
    
    i. Most Covenant leaders will have roughly the same strategies with few 
    differences; mainly, upgrade the Arbiter in reverse order, and use the 
    Chieftainís Leader Units.  What you must do in the beginning is to build 
    Warehouse, Temple, Warehouse.  While they are building, use your starting 
    unit to find crates.  Try to steal enemy crates first, but don't forget about 
    your own crates.  When your Leader is built, send him towards the enemy base, 
    gathering crates along the way.  Immediately start the attack with your 
    Leader, first hitting any buildings that make units.
    
    When you have enough money, upgrade your Leaderís basic attack, and then 
    build another Warehouse.  Upgrade a Warehouse while that is building, then 
    follow that with a Shield Generator.  Upgrade all your Warehouses, then 
    upgrade your base to a Citadel.  Build either a Hall or a Summit (depending 
    on what your opponent is making, build a counter-unit to it), then another 
    Warehouse.  While these are building, upgrade the Leader Power
    
    While your Leader is attacking the baseís surrounding buildings, start making 
    units in whatever building you made and set your Rally Point on the 
    teleporter to that they automatically teleport to your leader.  Use them to 
    help your Leader destroy the enemy's buildings that make units, then attack 
    the Reactor/Temple.  When that is gone, hit the main base.  Removing extra 
    buildings makes the overall main base weaker, but it doesnít award any 
    additional points.  If anything is about to be built, be it units or turrets 
    or buildings, get to them before they become a threat.  Spawn-kill units and 
    keep your counter-units for them in front of the base to take them out.  If a 
    building is under construction, destroy it before it finishes; they have less 
    health when being built. Just remember to keep building units to end the 
    enemy's pain faster.
    
    ii. If the rush fails, then you need to recall your Leader and use your 
    Leader to get another base.  On that base, build two Warehouses and a Shield 
    Generator.  Keep building units, but put your base on lockdown.  Upgrade your 
    second base and put down another Warehouse and Shield Generator.  Upgrade 
    those Warehouses, upgrade your unit in your Hall/Summit, and wait to go into 
    the Age of Doubt.  When you do, upgrade your Leaderís combat attack first, 
    then upgrade your units in your Hall/Summit.  On your second base, upgrade it 
    again, and build another Hall/Summit, and whatever you didnít build before.  
    At the Summit, build an Engineer to heal your Leader if needed.  Then upgrade 
    your Leader Power, keep building more units, and then WAIT.
    
    While waiting, upgrade your Engineer to make him heal units faster, and send 
    him behind your base to keep him safe.  Now you may be asking "Why are we 
    waiting? And what are we waiting for?"  The answer is simple: playing defense 
    gets more points.  Max out in population, go into the Age of Reclamation, and 
    upgrade everything!  Also, get to researching stuff in your Temple, most 
    importantly Followers.  Then max out in population again.  When the enemy 
    attacks, play defense hard.  Use your counter-units against the units they 
    were made for.  Use your Leader for a bit, then try to quietly send him away 
    towards the enemy base.  While playing defense, keep building more units, and 
    send your Leader to the enemy's main base.  Do this because if the enemy is 
    Covenant, it will most likely have one Shield while others have two.  Or if 
    the enemy is Human, it will take longer for their units to get back.  When 
    playing defense, constantly select all units and send individual unit types 
    to counter specific units.
    
    Then use your Leader to attack.  Wait for the enemy units to let off the 
    attack, then start sending in units via the Leader teleporter.  Then, do the 
    same thing that you were doing while on defense.  If counter units run out of 
    units to counter, then use them to help your Leader attack buildings.  Also 
    to help out, use your Leader Power against clustered groups of units to 
    remove them quickly.  The key here is persistence.  Keep building and sending 
    in units, never letting up and giving your enemy time to rebuild.  This 
    should merit a victory with a ton of points as well.
    
    b. Human
    
    i. Human tactics are different for each Leader.
    
    - Cutter should go with two Supply Pads and a Reactor and build an Elephant 
    after your Warthog finds crates.  When the Elephant is built, send it over 
    close to the enemy base and lock it down.  Build more Supply Pads and spam 
    infantry out of the Elephant.  Get about 5 Marines and a few Flamethrowers 
    and go attack the enemy base starting with Turrets and units, then buildings 
    that make units, then Reactors or Temples, and finally the base itself.
    Remember to use the Grenade ability as many times as possible.  Constantly 
    send out Marines, and replace any Flamethrowers that you might lose.  
    Eventually build another Reactor and a Barracks so you can upgrade your 
    Marines.  If you need to, MAC either a main building or a large group of 
    enemy units to speed things up.
    
    Tip: When rushing with the Elephant, try to spare an extra 300 resources to 
    train a Spartan.  Then put that Spartan in the Elephant.  This not only makes 
    it stronger, but also it cannot be hijacked by enemy Spartans.
    
    - Anders should also build two Supply Pads and a Reactor, but upgrade your 
    Warthogs to get chainguns.  Then build Warthogs constantly while building 
    more Supply Pads.  Once you have about 4-5 Warthogs, go attack the base.  
    Build a second Reactor and upgrade to get the Grenadier.  Eventually build 
    another Reactor and then an Air Pad.  Upgrade your Hogs first, then go for 
    Hawks while still cranking out Hogs.
    
    - Forge should build two Supply Pads and a Reactor.  Then build another 
    Reactor and a Vehicle Depot.  As soon as your Depot is done, build a 
    Scorpion.  My record is starting construction of a tank in less than three 
    minutes.  Build one or two of them, then upgrade your base.  Build two more 
    Supply Pads and build more tanks.  When you have about three of them, send 
    your Warthog to the enemy base and use your Pelican Transport to drop off the 
    tanks closer to the base, then attack.  If done within 6 minutes, the enemy 
    should have little defense since they are probably upgrading units or 
    preparing a Warthog or Infantry rush.  Send in about two more tanks, then 
    wait and upgrade a Reactor.  If there are a lot of enemy units, don't forget 
    to Carpet Bomb them.  When the Reactor is upgraded, upgrade your tanks to get 
    Canister Shell, making them more effective against infantry, especially 
    Leaders. If it isn't working with just tanks, although it should, upgrade 
    Warthogs and use them for a quick backup.  Still focus on upgrading your 
    other Reactor, just in case things don't go as planned.
    
    
    ii. Human tactics are different for each Leader, but are mainly about getting 
    the superunits.
    
    - Cutter should go for ODSTs, but not ONLY ODSTs.  Upgrade a Reactor and get 
    a second base.  On this base, build Supply Pads, a Field Armory, and either a 
    Vehicle Depot or an Air Pad, your call.  Upgrade to get the Medic, then 
    upgrade your second base.  Research Reinforcements, then start upgrading 
    other units.  Eventually go for ODSTs still but don't focus on them.  On your 
    base, just build more Supply Pads, and upgrade other ones.  When you get 
    ODSTs, don't build them. Focus on fully upgrading other units, and start 
    building those.  Also try to upgrade your MAC blast.  When you have about 20 
    population, make sure you have 1000 resources, or that you will have them 
    when you start the attack, then attack.  As soon as you attack, drop in ten 
    ODSTs and immediately use their Y-ability to blow up some units or a 
    building.  Then wait for the ODST drop to FULLY recharge to ten.  When it is, 
    drop in ten more and use their Y-ability again.  Don't forget to MAC Blast 
    though.  Use it on large groups of units first, then take out individual 
    buildings.
    
    P.S. Make sure to take out the Covenant Leader early, either with other units 
    or by dropping in ODSTs and rocketing him.  The Leader is the Covenant's main 
    advantage besides the Shield, so take him out early to reduce damage caused 
    by him.
    
    - Anders should work on Hawks and any other unit that takes out the enemy's 
    counter-air units.  If against a Human, build Cobras.  If against a Covenant, 
    build Wolverines.  Upgrade them, too.  Do the same thing on the second base 
    as you would with Cutter, and when you have half your population in Hawks, 
    attack with them first but keep your support units close by for a quick 
    counter.  When the enemy inevitably sends in counter-air units, send in your 
    backup.  Take out their counter units quickly and then hit the bases.  Since 
    players usually go for counter units to Human superunits, this strategy will 
    most likely work, at least against Covenant guys.  Since Human players will 
    have their super units and counter units, use your Hawks to take out their 
    super units and use your other units to take out their counter units.
    
    
    - Forge should just focus on getting Grizzlies and air units.  Since the 
    enemy will build counter-vehicle units, like Cobras and Hunters, build air 
    units.  These counter units cannot hit air units, so remove them first.  Do 
    the same thing with a second base, and make three Grizzlies, put Spartans in 
    them, and fill the rest of the population with air units.  While attacking 
    with air units, if the enemy sends in other units, send in your Grizzlies to 
    remove them quickly.  Don't forget to Carpet Bomb their units.
    
    4. 2v2 TACTICS- Basic tactics to use when you go in with the buddy system, 
    which actually helps a lot here.  Same thing as with 1v1 stuff; just one rush 
    and one long-term.  However, these strategies are not perfected and are 
    merely what worked for me most of the time.  They are more vague than 1v1 and 
    3v3 strategies because I donít play 2v2 as much as those.
    
    a. Covenant and Covenant- this should only be used if you expect to win fast, 
    and I mean FAST!  This setup is mainly for rushing; Covenant are more geared 
    for rushes, while Humans are better for a long-term war.  IMPORTANT: Make 
    sure to attack the enemy player that will cause the most trouble in the rush 
    first to make sure he will not counter effectively.  ALSO IMPORTANT: For the 
    long run, attack the better player.  This depends on a number of things, like 
    rank and what character the player is.  The main guy to go for first is 
    Forge.  He will most likely be upgrading (or trying to upgrade) tanks, 
    leaving him under the watchful eye of his teammate, who can be taken down 
    quicker with two rushing Leaders.
    
    i. Basically, the same thing goes for 2v2 as with 1v1.   Build in this order: 
    Warehouse, Temple, Warehouse, using your first unit to find crates.  Send 
    your Leader towards the enemy base.  This is where it gets different: focus 
    each player on a different unit.  Have one player make his special units, and 
    have the other player build either a Summit or a Hall, depending on the enemy 
    and what they are doing.  If a Summit is built, build Banshees.  If a Hall is 
    built, build Jackals first and then build Hunters.  Just be sure to upgrade 
    the non-special units at least once.  However, if one of you is the Arbiter, 
    just focus on upgrading his Leader Power, then have him build a Hall.  If one 
    of you is the Chieftain, have him build Brutes only, since they are the best 
    Leader units.  For the Prophet, have him build Elite Honor Guards instead of 
    Jackals because the Honor Guard is very strong against infantry units.  Then 
    the same as 1v1 applies: teleport them to your Leader and attack important 
    buildings first.
    
    ii. If the rush fails, then recall your Leader and start to build counter 
    units to the enemy units.  If the enemy is made of both Humans, counter their 
    super units.   If they are Covenant, then just adjust on the fly, but still 
    make Jackals to take out the Leader.   Also similar to 1v1, but have each 
    player focus to counter one type of unit.  For example, if facing Cutter and 
    Anders, build and upgrade Jackals and Vampires.  Devote about two-thirds of 
    your army to the counter units, and then have both players build special 
    units for support. Just make sure to attack one enemy base at a time; do not 
    split your army because that makes it easier to destroy.  Also, make sure the 
    enemy does not recapture the base you just destroyed.
    
    b. Covenant and Human- Probably the best combo.  It doesnít matter what 
    Leaders you are, because they are all pretty good combos.  Also, donít forget 
    to use the Disruption Bomb to block enemy Leader Powers.
    
    i. Have the Human player stay back and start working on super units.  
    Meanwhile, send the Covenant guy off to attack.  Attack the Human player 
    first; if two Humans are the enemy, attack Forge, because Grizzlies are the 
    hardest to take down out of the super units, even with Hunters.  If your rush 
    starts to falter, have the Human guy send in some upgraded Warthogs which he 
    should be making alongside super units.  If playing against two Covenant 
    guys, have the Human build Flamethrowers and the Covenant guy build Jackals, 
    but upgrade both first.  Against two Covenant guys, focus on stopping the 
    inevitable rush.  Then, as soon as their Leaders die or retreat, send in your 
    Covenant Leader and any remaining Humans units immediately towards the base 
    whose Leader was weakened worse or killed.
    
    ii. A little different.  Have the Human Leader focus on getting super units.  
    Meanwhile, have the Covenant player build counter-units of the enemy's 
    counter-units to your Human's super units.  If confused, here: if your Human 
    is Forge, build Jackals to take out Hunters, or Hunters to take out Cobras.  
    If your Human is Anders, build Vampires to kill enemy Vampires, or Hunters to 
    destroy Wolverines.  If the human is Cutter, this is different because Cutter 
    should only use ODSTs as support and not as his main army.  Complement his 
    forces with Banshees, which are effective against mostly everything.  Just 
    don't forget to upgrade Leader Powers for both players.
    
    c. Human and Human- The hardest combo to defend against a Covie rush, but if 
    you survive the chance of winning increases.  Just donít forget to Disrupt 
    enemy Leader Abilities around your base.
    
    i. NOT ADVISED!  If you have two Humans, the best thing to do is defend 
    against the rush unless you have two Cutters.  Two Cutters should use the 
    Elephant Rush.  If you donít have two Cutters, build flamethrowers to defend 
    against rushes.  They work surprisingly well against Leaders and infantry 
    units.  Warthogs with chainguns work well too.  Two important things, though.  
    First, focus on the Covenant Leader first while ignoring other units until he 
    is dead.  This way, units will stop teleporting in.  Second, if they come and 
    you find yourself unprepared for some reason, put your base on lockdown and 
    build flamers.  When you have about ten of them ready, unlock your base.  
    This way, your defense wonít be spawn-killed upon being built.  Just be 
    careful while fighting the rush.  The Covenant Leader will run around the 
    base and teleport in units.  Surround him by sending flamethrowers around 
    both sides of your base, then dropping the Disruption Bomb when you have him 
    pinned.  Then take him out and start going for the rest of the units.  Hold 
    off the rush, and then immediately go on the offensive, before the enemy can 
    recover.
    
    ii. Much better suited for two Humans is the long term war. Have the Human 
    with cheaper super units upgrade them first, then the other.  When you have 
    two armies of super units, attack.  Against Human and Covenant, hit the Human 
    first to take out his probably-already-built super units, but watch out for 
    the Covenant Leader and reinforcements.  Against two Covies, attack either 
    one first; it doesnít really matter because they both use pretty much the 
    same tactics.  Against two Humans, take them out in this order: Forge, 
    Anders, Cutter.  Forgeís Grizzlies are super strong, so take them out before 
    they're ready.  Anderís Hawks are strong, but they can be easily countered 
    with Wolverines.  Cutter can be countered by Flamers or tanks, but watch out 
    for them dropping in behind you.
    
    5. 3v3 TACTICS- For the most fun; the way Halo Wars was meant to
    be played.  For the record, two friends and I can take out Heroic
    AIs in 8 minutes.  READ THIS PART, I'M REALLY GOOD HERE.
    
    a. Prophet-Brute-Arbiter
    
    - This is basically an all-out rush against one player by all three Leaders.  
    Use the Prophet to take out Rebel/Flood units around Teleporters or 
    Forerunner Reactors because of his shield, and share amongst yourselves these 
    bonuses.  Then, have each Leader attack one playerís starting base, usually a 
    Human Leader.  If there is a Covenant Leader or two, focus on killing them 
    first, then destroy the Humanís base.  Have the Prophet build either Banshees 
    or Wraiths, have the Chieftain build Brutes, and have the Arbiter just use 
    his Rage Mode to kill any enemy units.  If you keep it up you should be able 
    to destroy one base at least, which slows down that player immensely or 
    completely knocks him out of the fight.  If you have some downtime, use the 
    Prophet to take the enemyís bonus Reactors, and immediately start the attack 
    on the next player.  However, if the first player was not defeated, look for 
    his second base; it should be non-upgraded and unprotected.
    
    If for some reason the rush fails, have the Prophet and Chieftain build the 
    same units they were building before, but upgraded, and have the Arbiter 
    focus on getting a couple of Scarabs and some Engineers.  Use the Engies to 
    heal your Leaders, and then have them follow the Scarabs wherever they go.  
    Send the Scarabs to one playerís base and have all three Leaders attack 
    anotherís base.  Make sure your fully-upgraded Brute army is close-by, and be 
    ready to boost in the Banshees or teleport in the Wraiths as soon as your 
    Leaders go in.  When the Leaders engage, boost the Banshees in, jump the 
    Brutes in, and/or teleport the Wraiths in.  Have the Leaders focus on killing 
    enemy units and have your armies focus on surrounding buildings and then the 
    base.  While this is going on, make sure your Scarabs are handling the 
    situation at the other base.  The opponents will be torn between which attack 
    to defend against, causing one to ultimately succeed most of the time.  Then, 
    use the armies to converge on the final playerís base.
    
    b. Prophet-Brute-Cutter
    
    - This isnít much different than the above strategy because this still 
    focuses on the main rush to win.  Have the Prophet and Chieftain build the 
    same units as above, and have Cutter do an Elephant Rush.  From the Elephant, 
    build Marines and some Flamethrowers, using the Marines to help take out the 
    base and the Flamethrowers take out enemy infantry, along with the Covenant 
    Leaders.  If need be, MAC either an important structure or a large group of 
    enemy units.  Then proceed to the next base, keeping in mind to upgrade units 
    eventually.
    
    If this rush fails, it is still similar to the above tactic with the Prophet 
    and the Chieftain.  Use Cutter to fully upgrade to ODSTs and his MAC blast, 
    and use the Leaders in the same way as above to start the attack.  As soon as 
    the attack begins, have Cutter drop in 10 ODSTs and immediately use their 
    rocket ability to take out or severely damage a building or turret.  If you 
    can spare the time, Cutter should also try to get some Hornets or Scorpions 
    up to help with the attack, since ODSTs are mainly a support unit only.  The 
    main difference between this and the above strategy is that instead of 
    attacking two bases at once, you throw your entire force at one base to crush 
    it immediately.
    
    c. Prophet-Forge-Arbiter
    
    - This again is similar to the first strategy in dealing with how the Prophet 
    and the Arbiter act.  As Forge, there are a few different approaches you 
    could take.  They all involve Wolverines, Grizzlies, and Spartans.  The main 
    units you need to make are the Spartans, and when they are done blow up the 
    Barracks to build a Vehicle Depot.  Use the Spartans to destroy some Rebel 
    bases or whatnot to gain some experience.  Then either build three Wolverines 
    or three Scorpions and put your Spartans in them.  Make a second base with a 
    Field Armory and a Barracks, and while this is being built upgrade your 
    vehicles.  When the vehicles are upgraded all the way, focus on upgrading 
    your Spartans.  In all honesty this is all I use; whenever my friends and I 
    do 3v3s I am Forge, and the other two players are able to keep the opponents 
    busy long enough so that I can get fully-upgraded units, and when fully-
    upgraded Spartans are in fully-upgraded vehicles they become among the 
    strongest units in the game.  While Forge is working on his stuff, use the 
    Prophet and the Arbiter to harass the opponents, either by stealing their 
    bonus structures or by demolishing a building or two on their base.  While 
    doing this, donít forget to be building units as well!  Again, the Prophet 
    should build Banshees and the Arbiter should save up to get two Scarabs.  If 
    your Prophet is competent enough, when the Scarabs are built have each player 
    attack a different opponent; if not, pair the Prophet with Forgeís guys.  If 
    Forge is having difficulty, have him back off and build more units, depending 
    on what the enemy had.  If the enemy had purely anti-vehicle units, then send 
    the Prophet to attack that player and send Forge at a less-prepared opponent.  
    If the enemy had air units and you had three Spartan Grizzlies, build a bunch 
    of Wolverines and have them wipe out the defenses, following up with your 
    tanks.  Spartan Wolverines have few problems taking out even an entire army 
    of air units.  If fighting a Covenant Leader, D-bomb him and either Canister 
    Shell or Volley his butt for an insta-kill.  This should nearly seal the 
    deal, but if your Forge runs into another Forge who filled his population 
    with Grizzlies, you need him to fall back and wait for his teammates to 
    finish off their opponents, lending a hand when needed, and then combining to 
    take out the Grizzly army.
    
    6. Map-specific Tips- Each map is unique.  This section will inform you of 
    the different perks available on each map and how to use them.
    
    a. Barrens 1v1- There is a Forerunner Healing Spire in the middle, which 
    heals units as long as they are not taking damage.  There's also two Bonus 
    Reactors, one on each side.
    
    b. Beasley Plateau 2v2- The thing in the center gives you more reinforcements 
    in the form of ten more population.  Also, there are two free building pads 
    and a Turret close to each base, which can be used instead of upgrading a 
    base to get two more pads.  You should either build supply pads or a building 
    that makes units that isnít on your base.
    
    c. Blood Gulch 1v1- There are Bonus Reactors and Forerunner Supply Pads here.  
    Use them to cheaply upgrade your tech level and get extra supplies.  Also, 
    there are teleporters to quickly move units
    
    d. Blood River 1v1- Has Sentinel bases, Bonus Reactors and Bonus Supply Pads.  
    Thereís also a light bridge crossing the river, but it doesnít change at all.
    
    e. Chasms 1v1- Everyone should know this base by heart after the demo.  Just 
    in case, there are Forerunner Supply Pads close to each base, which, when 
    occupied by infantry, acts as a Supply Pad.  Iím not sure if it counts as an 
    upgraded one or not.
    
    f. Crevice 2v2- Fun map; has Bonus Reactors in the middle and the outer rim 
    and it shifts between day and night.  In the night, Flood supposedly attack 
    your base but it's not too bad.
    
    g. The Docks 2v2- Actually nothing that special except each starting base is 
    right next to the allyís, so turrets have overlapping fields of fire.
    
    h. Fort Deen 3v3- There are Teleporters which send you in front of the enemy 
    bases, which are VERY good for speeding up the rush.
    
    i. Exile 3v3- Another Flood map with Flood bases, this one has two Bonus 
    Reactors on each side.
    
    j. Frozen Valley 3v3- Each side has one Bonus Reactor.  Also, in the middle 
    of the map is a Forerunner Healing Spire that heals units.
    
    k. Glacial Ravine 3v3- There is a Sentinel Factory on each side of the 
    mountain range which can produce Sentinels and Super Sentinels.  Each unit 
    has a timer that denotes when you can build another one of that unit next.
    
    l. Labyrinth 2v2- No Rebels, but Sentinel bases instead. It has two Protector 
    factories that make mini-Sentinels called Protectors that you can assign to 
    follow units.  There are three types: one that gives the unit a shield, one 
    that heals units, and one that attacks enemies.
    
    m. Memorial Basin 2v2- There are empty building pads guarded by rebels that 
    can be used to make one building.  This map has the most ground- based cover 
    out of any map.  There is also a Bonus Reactor on each side behind the bases 
    and two Bonus Supply Pads on each side in the middle.
    
    n. Pirth Outskirts 1v1- Iíve only played here once, but I think there are 
    Bonus Reactors lying around the sides and thatís all.
    
    o. Release 1v1- There are Flood Containment controls that when activated 
    release Flood units at the enemy base, which get stronger the more you 
    activate it. Also, the Rebels are replaced by Flood bases.
    
    p. Repository 2v2- Also has Sentinel bases, but has a central Sentinel 
    Factory that you can build Sentinels or Super Sentinels out of.
    
    q. Terminal Moraine 2v2- There are Bonus Reactors along with extra building 
    pads across light bridges that turn on and off at 30-second intervals.
    
    r. Tundra 1v1- I donít play here much, but I know thereís this mega turret in 
    the middle that fires a really strong round at anything, as long as you have 
    it garrisoned with infantry and some resources.  It takes a while to 
    recharge.
    
    s. Non-map-specific Features- There are many features that are on multiple 
    maps.
    
    - Sniper Towers: When infantry are garrisoned in these floating Covenant 
    sniper towers, they gain A LOT of health and a wider field of view; advised 
    to use if trying to secure a path or hold a chokepoint, but otherwise donít 
    bother with them.
    
    - Cover: Not as common as Sniper Towers, but they are basically the ground-
    level version of them such as crashed Pelicans and Warthogs.
    
    - Shield Walls: If an infantry unit garrisons in the tower next to it, it 
    activates a Shield Wall that ground units cannot pass.  These are not very 
    common, but are extremely useful when they are on a map.
    
    - I have a feeling that something is missing here, but I cannot remember if 
    there is anything else or not.  If there is, or if I got them all, let me 
    know.
    
    7. CONTACT INFORMATION
    If you have anything to ask of me or to tell me, you can email me at
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    is BKLounge686.  Also, if you decide to email me, just make sure the subject 
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    And please, no friend requests, just messages.  If you want to let me know 
    that my guide is awesome, just tell me.  I appreciate any and all comments, 
    positive or negative, just as long as they are within reason.  But I cannot 
    accept everyone's friend request; too many people send me them, but my 
    friends list is very exclusive.
    
    And for emails, please try to use proper grammar.  I tried to for this whole 
    guide, I'm sure you can spend a few more seconds doing the same.  I 
    appreciate good grammar mainly because it helps me understand exactly what 
    you want me to help you with.  On that note, please keep questions detailed 
    and specific.  This helps me identify your problem faster and allows me to 
    give a better answer.
    
    I can help you by but not limited to giving you more tips, providing more 
    detail about the strategies, or discussing different strategies. Also, I can 
    answer almost any Halo 3-related question because I am just so gawdly at it.
    
    One last thing: Please go to www.playhaven.com for more specific guides and 
    stuff.  I have written some Halo Wars stuff for it and there are many other 
    people who have written guides for many more games.  Check it out; it's a 
    brand-new guide site that's awesome!
    
    Well, thatís all I have to offer.  Sorry if it seems like a lot of text; I 
    have a lot of info in here.  Thanks for taking the time to read this, and the 
    best of luck to you online!
    
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