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    Gears of War 2 Achievement Tips
    Author: gungunn101
    
    Version 1.3
    
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    Table of Contents
    
       1) Introduction
    
       2) What are Achievements?
    
       3) Achievements List and Tips
    
       4) Frequently Asked Questions
    
       5) Credits
    
    
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       1) Introduction
    
    Here is your guide to getting the Achievements in Gears of War 2.  I personally
    don't have all the achievements yet, but I have found interesting ways to make
    working for them easier and possibly more enjoyable.
    
    This is my first FAQ, but I intend to make it as smooth and steady as possible.
    
    
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       2) What are Achievements?
    
    The Achievement System is used on Xbox Live with the Xbox 360 as a system to
    track certain goals in the game.  By obtaining them, you are rewarded with
    Achievement Points.  These points add up to your "Gamerscore", which can be
    seen on Xbox Live.  Every Xbox 360 compatible game has a set of 1000
    Achievement Points; those with an expansion pack update to the game add an
    extra 250 points.  All Xbox Live arcade games have their set of 200 Achievement
    Points.  Gears of War 2 currently has 1000 Achievement Points.
    
    
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       3) Achievements List and Tips
    
    Here is the list of all possible Achievement Points on Gears of War 2.  I will
    also give tips on how to get these achievements and how to make getting them
    easier.  If there is no tip given for the Achievement, then all you have to do
    is progress through the Campaign Mode.
    
    - Green as Grass	Train the rook (any difficulty)	{10}
    
    At the start of the game, you will meet Benjamin Carmine for the first time.
    You will be given the option to train him.  If you choose to do so, you will
    be rewarded this achievement at the end of his training.
    
    
    - It's a Trap!	: Story progression in Act 1, Chapter 2	{10}
    
    - Escort Service : Story progression in Act 1, Chapter 4 {10}
    
    Remember to shoot down any hooks you see being clung onto your rig.
    Shoot the Brumaks with the Troika when you get the chance.
    
    
    - Girl About Town : Story progression in Act 1, Chapter 6 {10}
    
    - That Sinking Feeling : Story progression in Act 2, Chapter 4 {10}
    
    - Freebaird! : Story progression in Act 2, Chapter 5 {10}
    
    - Heartbroken : Story progression in Act 2, Chapter 6 {10}
    
    Watch out for acid and make sure you cut the heart arteries before the
    chamber floods with blood.
    
    
    - Longitude and Attitude : Story progression in Act 3, Chapter 3 {10}
    
    - Tanks for the Memories : Story progression in Act 3, Chapter 4 {10}
    
    This can be a bit frustrating on harder difficulties.  Remember to kill the
    enemies as soon as you see them from afar and use your boost.  When you have
    to shoot down the tower, stay at the slope and shoot the Boomers and Troikas
    down at the bottom.  Kill the drones that are walking up the slope, and slowly
    make your way down until Baird says "Dom, shoot the tower!"  At this point,
    stay where you are and shoot the tower.  Enemies will shoot from the windows,
    so take care of them as well.  Don't just boost your way in, or you'll probably
    die.
    
    At the area where you jump down and your Centuar runs out of power, as soon as
    the power goes back on, shoot the right Corpser, the middle, then the left one.
    
    
    - Water Sports : Story progression in Act 3, Chapter 6 {10}
    
    Dodge the tentacles and chainsaw them.  When the fish thingy bites the boat,
    shoot its eye and go inside its mouth afterward.  Shoot the blue tentacles in
    its mouth and throw a grenade in the 2nd mouth.
    
    
    - There's a Time for Us	: Story progression in Act 4, Chapter 2 {10}
    
    - Better Wrapped in Beacon : Story progression in Act 4, Chapter 3 {10}
    
    - Have Fun Storming the Castle : Story progression in Act 4, Chapter 6 {10}
    
    Beat Skorge in the chainsaw duel and take cover afterward.  He will shoot at
    you and throw ink grenades or throw explodable torches.  Run from each of these.
    When he starts sawing down the columns, wait for him to finish.  When the column
    is about to hit you, dodge it.  Rinse & repeat.
    
    
    - And the Horse You Rode in On : Story progression in Act 5, Chapter 1 {10}
    
    Remember to dodge the missiles that Skorge fires at you.
    
    
    - You Are the Support, Son : Story progression in Act 5, Chapter 2 {10}
    
    - Brumak Rodeo : Story progression in Act 5, Chapter 4 {10}
    
    - Does This Look Infected to You? : Story progression in Act 5, Chapter 5 {10}
    
    Some people think this might be easy, but keep firing your Hammer of Dawn.
    If you stop firing, you will get hit.
    
    
    - Tourist of Duty : Complete all campaign acts on Casual Difficulty {25}
    
    - Guerilla Tactician : Complete all campaign acts on Normal Difficulty {50}
    
    - Artist of War	:Complete all campaign acts on Hardcore Difficulty {75}
    
    - Suicide Missionary : Complete all campaign acts on Insane Difficulty {150}
    
    You might need a co-op partner on Casual or Normal, as some parts are rather
    frustrating.  Other than that, use cover more often.
    
    
    - Collector : Recover 5 collectibles (any difficulty) {5}
    
    SuperSonic67 has made a guide for all the collectibles.  All credits go to
    him:
    http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/xbox360/file/938611/54707
    
    
    - Pack Rat : Recover 20 collectibles (any difficulty) {15}
    
    SuperSonic67 has made a guide for all the collectibles.  All credits go to
    him:
    http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/xbox360/file/938611/54707
    
    
    - Completionist	: Recover all 41 collectibles (any difficulty) {30}
    
    SuperSonic67 has made a guide for all the collectibles.  All credits go to
    him:
    http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/xbox360/file/938611/54707
    
    
    - One-Night Stand : Complete 1 chapter in co-op on any difficulty
    (Marcus or Dom)	{10}
    
    Get a partner and play split-screen or join a co-op game online.
    
    
    - Open Relationship : Complete 10 chapters in co-op on any difficulty
    (Marcus or Dom)	{30}
    
    Get a partner and play split-screen or join a co-op game online.
    
    
    - Friends with Benefits	: Complete all acts in co-op on any difficulty
    (Marcus or Dom)	{50}
    
    Get a partner and play split-screen or join a co-op game online.
    
    
    - Once More, With Feeling : Perform 30 perfect active reloads (any mode) {10}
    
    This can easily be done early on in the game.  With your Snub Pistol, fire one
    shot at a time and reload after every shot.  Get the timing correct each time.
    
    
    - Takes a Licking : Melee 30 Tickers (any mode) {30}
    
    You can do this on either Horde or in Campaign during the chapter,
    "Roadblocks."  Just melee every Ticker you see, but do it when they're on fire.
    Don't melee them if they're sitting still, or they will blow up on you.
    
    
    - Organ Grinder	: Kill 30 enemies with a cover mounted Mulcher (any mode) {10}
    
    This can easily be done in Horde.  After killing a Grinder, pick up his
    Mulcher and fire away.  I recommend you do this on Casual or Normal
    difficulty.
    
    
    - Shock and Awe	: Kill 30 enemies with the heavy Mortar (any mode) {10}
    
    This can easily be done in Horde on River.  Go to the bridge and you will
    find a Mortar lying there.  Wait for the enemies to come out, and fire
    the Mortar when they're bunched together.  A new morta respawns at the
    bridge after every wave.  I recommend you do this on Casual or Normal
    difficulty.
    
    
    - Said the Spider to the Fly : Kill 10 enemies with a planted grenade
    (any mode) {10}
    
    This one is pretty easy.  On multiplayer matches, set up frag or ink grenades
    on a wall.  Next, lure an enemy and lure him to where your trap is.  If the
    trap is an ink grenade, you may need to damage your enemy first.
    
    *Submitted by an elderly chap*
    Load up Act 4 - Hornet's Nest
    Kick down the door not far from the start and kill the locusts.  You'll then
    get a switch pointed out to you in a room that had a Theron Guard in it.
    Underneath it to the left is a door down a short passage past a square block.
    Plant two grenades, one on that block and another on the piller just before
    the block (if you don't have any there are two on the walkway past the swtch
    room were a sniper was earlier)pull the switch and that door will open and a
    few locusts will walk on through into your grenades. bang .... bang
    usually you can get 3 maybe 5 kills in a few seconds.  laugh, reload
    checkpoint and repeat.
    
    - Crowd Control	: Melee 10 enemies down with the Boomshield equipped (any
    mode) {10}
    
    The easiest way to do this is to play a match of Horde.  When a Mauler drops
    his shield, pick it up and melee any enemies who come close to you.  I
    recommend you do this on Casual or Normal difficulty.
    
    *Submitted by "RH"*
    Simply, go to the Pavillion and run to the boomshield in the middle of the
    level and equip it before the enemies spawn. Just stay put and they will come
    right to you and you can just melee them and get the 10 points in no time at
    all. Just thought you might like to pass that on.
    
    
    - Smells Like Victory : Kill 30 enemies with the Scorcher Flamethrower
    (any mode) {10}
    
    This can easily be done during Horde mode.  After killing a Flamer or Flame
    Boomer, pick up his Scorcher and kill any enemies who come near you.  I
    recommend you do this on Casual or Normal difficulty.
    
    
    - Variety Is the Spice of Death	: Kill an enemy with every weapon in the game
    (any mode) {30}
    
    If you play through the Campaign mode, you will eventually use all 15
    handheld weapons. Killing people with Smoke Grenade, Ink Grenade, and
    Boomshield are not required to get the achievement.
    
    
    - Seriously 2.0	: Kill 100,000 enemies (any mode) {50}
    
    You can score at least 250 kills in "Act 5: Chapter 5: Closure" while
    riding the Brumak.  Repeat this, but I wouldn't recommend it, since
    this would be rather tedious.  Instead, try different game modes and
    experiment.  Play with friends in multiplayer.  You will rack up the
    kills and have a pretty fun time.
    
    
    - Standing Here, Beside Myself : Win 3 matches of Wingman (public) {10}
    
    Pretty self-explanatory.  Get a partner and play some Wingman matches.
    If you're having trouble winning, try to get others to to help you
    team up on other teams.  Afterwards, go backstab them!  An Xbox Live
    Gold Account is required.
    
    
    - Beat the Meatflag : Capture 10 meatflags in Submission (public) {10}
    
    Here, you have to capture 10 meatflags and bring them back to your
    target area.  Here, you actually need to depend on teamwork, because
    you probably won't be able to make it to your target area without being
    attacked.  Also, try to face away from the fire, so your Meatflag won't
    fall out of your hands.  An Xbox Live Gold Account is required.
    
    
    - It's Good to be the King : Win 10 rounds of Guardian as the leader (public)
    {10}
    
    As the leader of the team, you should stay back and only fight back if your
    squad is in trouble.  Try to keep concealed, enemy compasses won't help much
    if they don't know exactly where you're at in the area. An Xbox Live Gold
    Account is required.
    
    
    - You Go Ahead, I'll Be Fine : Win three matches of King of the Hill (public)
    {10}
    
    Remember to use your smoke grenades, they will help you a lot when playing
    King of the Hill and Annex if you're trying to capture an objective.  Also
    remember to stick together, if you're squad is close, enemies will have a
    hard time keeping you away/breaking through your defense.  An Xbox Live Gold
    Account is required.
    
    
    - Back to Basic	: Successfully complete the 5 lessons of multiplayer
    Training Grounds {10}
    
    Simple.  Go to the Training Grounds on the Main Menu and complete all the
    missions.
    
    
    - Party Like It's 1999 : Play 1999 rounds of multiplayer (any mode) {30}
    
    You can make 1 round matches and play bots on casual, but that gets pretty
    boring, so I suggest working your way up on this slowly and playing with
    other people instead.
    
    This next suggestion is one that can be used if you're desperate for 1999,
    but I wouldn't recommend it, because its a waste of energy >:[
    
    *Submitted by Kokorazashi but originally made by Xyjar*
    Game Type: Warzone
    Total Rounds: 15
    Round Time Limit: 1 Minute
    Number of Bots: 9
    Bot Difficulty: Casual
    Bleed Out Time: 60 Seconds
    And make the rest just stay at the default. Start up the game and let them
    fight, it will always end in a Stalemate, so it will go on forever which
    means you can do anything else in the meanwhile; watch TV, eat, sleep
    (maybe a bit dangerous) or anything else.  It will pause the game if your
    controller is off, so make sure it's plugged into a plug and play charge
    kit or something to stop it from well, stopping.  From the start of one
    round to the next takes around 77 seconds.
    77 Seconds x 1999 = 153923 Seconds.
    153923 Seconds = 2565.383 Minutes.
    2565.383 Minutes = 42.756 Hours (1.78 Days).
    
    
    - Around the World, Again : Win a multiplayer match on each map
    (any mode) {30}
    
    You can host Private Matches with bots or friends on Warzone or Execution to
    get this.  Rounds should last at least 3 minutes and to make things quick,
    make each match last one or two rounds.
    
    
    - Dirty, Dirty Horde : Survive the first 10 waves of Horde (any difficulty,
    any map) {20}
    
    You can do this by yourself or with a few friends.  Just survive the first
    10 waves.  I recommend you do this on Casual or Normal difficulty.
    
    
    - Hoard the Horde : Survive all 50 waves of Horde (any difficulty, any map)
    {30}
    
    You can do this by yourself, but I strongly suggest you do this with a full
    party on Casual or Normal difficulty.  The easiest map to do this in is
    Security.  All you have to do is get one person to deactivate the security
    system and have the rest of their squad go into the secured location.  Once
    in there, you can deactivate the security systems if you wish to leave your
    secured location.  Always have at least one person stay behind the security
    system if you wish to leave to get ammo or get the last kill.  Also, take the
    Moomshields that Maulers drop and face them BACKWARDS at the security laser
    system.  If faced backwards, enemies won't be able to kick them down, and you
    will prevent enemies from entering your stronghold.  You will also gain the
    Dirty, Dirty Horde achievement while doing this.
    
    
    - Crossed Swords : Win 10 chainsaw duels (any mode) {10}
    
    This one might be a bit harder to do if you can't find an enemy with a Lancer.
    When you do in fact find one, activate your chainsaw and attack him, and he
    should retaliate with his.  Or you can play a few Private matches with friends
    for chainsaw duels.  Remember, you don't need to have both of your Lancer's
    revved up, you just need to have one of you chainsaw the other while both of
    you are facing each other.
    
    
    - A Parting Gift : Kill 10 enemies with a grenade while down but not out
    (any mode) {20}
    
    You might have trouble with this one.  If you are near an enemy but about to
    be downed, try to tag them with a frag.
    
    *Submitted by F2L2o2R2i2S*
    
    For this achievement, if you are downed with frags equipped, you can press RT
    while an enemy is near you to detonate it.  This should kill you and the
    enemy.
    
    
    - Pound of Flesh : Use a meatshield to save your life 10 times (any mode) {10}
    
    This one is pretty easy if you have some frags.  Down an enemy and tag him
    with the frag.  Pick him up as a meatshield before the frag goes of.  The frag
    will blow up, but you will be completely unharmed.
    
    
    - Photojournalist : Submit a spectator photo {10}
    
    As easy as it gets.  During any multiplayer match, just press X while you're
    in spectator mode.  Go to Main Menu and go to War Journal.  From there, go
    down to Spectator Photos and submit a photo.
    
    
    - Kick 'Em When They're Down : Perform all 11 unique executions on a downed
    enemy {10}
    
    Down your enemies and use these combos to get your special executions(though I
    wouldn't consider them so special, some are way too plain.)
    
    ~Pick up a downed player + X (Snaps their neck)
    ~Curbstomp = X (Traditional Curbstomp)
    ~Hold a non-execution weapon(like the shotgun) + Y (The 3 Punch Combo)
    ~Shotgun + B (Swing your shotgun like a golf club)
    ~Boltok Revolver + Y (A more refined version of the pistolwhip)
    ~Boomshield + Y (Smash the Boomshield on your enemy)
    ~Longshot Sniper Rifle + B (Whack the enemy with your sniper)
    ~Longshot Sniper Rifle + Y (Use your sniper like a sledgehammer)
    ~Torque Bow + B (Whack the enemy with your bow)
    ~Torque Bow + Y (Cut the enemy's head off with the bow)
    ~Lancer + B(Don't hold it, just tap it.  If you hold it, you'll use  chainsaw)
      (All this does is whack the enemy with your Lancer)
    
    
    - Annex: Now With Execution Rules : Win an Annex match on each Flashback and
    Combustible Map Pack map (public matches only) {75}
    
    This one is pretty simple, just play a one round match of Annex with up to
    100 points for every Flashback/Combustible map.  An Xbox Live Gold Account
    and the Flashback or Combustible Map pack are required(either one works.)  You
    can buy the Combustible Map Pack for 800 Microsoft Points on the Xbox Live
    Marketplace.  You can buy the Flashback Map Pack for 400 Microsoft Points, or
    you might have gotten a redeem code card on a brand new copy Gears of War 2.
    
    
    - Bound by a Shared Past : Win a Wingman match on each of the 5 Flashback Map
    Pack maps {15}
    
    This one is pretty simple, just play a one round match of Wingman that lasts
    3-5 minutes for every Flashback Map.  The Flashback Map pack is required.  You
    can buy the Flashback Map Pack for 400 Microsoft Points on the Xbox Live
    Marketplace, or you might have gotten a redeem code card on a brand new copy
    Gears of War 2.
    
    
    - Forged in the Fire : Win a Wingman match on each of the 3 Combustible Map
    Pack maps {15}
    
    Same as above, just with the Combustible maps.  The Combustible Map pack is
    required.  You can buy the Combustible Map Pack for 800 Microsoft Points on the
    Xbox Live Marketplace.
    
    
    - More Mystery, Less History : Win a multiplayer match on each of the 5
    Flashback Map Pack maps (any mode except Wingman) {15}
    
    As simple as it gets.  Same as above, just make sure you do it in a different
    mode.  The Flashback Map pack is required.  You can buy the Flashback Map Pack
    for 400 Microsoft Points on the Xbox Live Marketplace, or you might have gotten
    a redeem code card on a brand new copy Gears of War 2.
    
    
    - Skeletons in your Closet : Complete waves 1 through 10 on all Flashback Map
    Pack maps in Horde (any difficulty) {20}
    
    This should be easy as well.  Just play waves 1-10 on the Flashback maps.  If
    you're new to the game and haven't gotten the "Dirty, Dirty Horde" achievement
    yet, you can get it while attempting to get this achievement as well.  The
    Flashback Map pack is required.  You can buy the Flashback Map Pack for 400
    Microsoft Points on the Xbox Live Marketplace, or you might have gotten a redeem
    code card on a brand new copy Gears of War 2.
    
    
    - The Roof! The Roof! The Roof… : Win a multiplayer match on each of the 3
    Combustible Map Pack maps (any mode except Wingman) {15}
    
    Same as "More Mystery, Less History" achievement, just make sure you do this
    on the Combustible maps.  The Combustible Map pack is required.  You can buy
    the Combustible Map Pack for 800 Microsoft Points on the Xbox Live Marketplace.
    
    
    - Trial by, and on, Fire : Survive first 10 Horde waves on Combustible Map
    Pack maps as a team {20}
    
    Almost exactly the same as the "Skeletons in your Closet" achievement, but you
    need to be in a team and the maps must be Combustible maps.  If you're new to
    the game and haven't gotten the "Dirty, Dirty Horde" achievement yet, you can
    get it while attempting to get this achievement as well.  The Combustible Map
    pack is required.  You can buy the Combustible Map Pack for 800 Microsoft Points
    on the Xbox Live Marketplace.
    
    - Rookie Gear : Earn enough multiplayer experience to reach level 5 (Public
    only) {10}
    
    This can be easily done.  Just play several multiplayer matches and gain enough
    experience to rank up.  An Xbox Live Gold Account is required.
    
    
    - Seasoned Gear : Earn enough multiplayer experience to reach level 15 (Public
    only) {20}
    
    This is the same as getting Rookie Gear, but it might take a bit longer.  Play
    enough multiplayer matches to gain enough experience.  An Xbox Live Gold
    Account is required.
    
    
    - Battle-Tested Gear : Earn enough multiplayer experience to reach level 25
    (Public only) {50}
    
    Same routine.  Get enough experience to reach this rank.  An Xbox Live Gold
    Account is required.
    
    
    Battle-Hardened Gear : Reach level 50 and play a match on each of the 4
    Snowblind Map Pack maps (Public only) {50}
    
    The same old gain experience routine, however, having played every Snowblind
    map is required.  An Xbox Live Gold Account and the Snowblind Map pack are
    required.  You can buy the Snowblind Map Pack for 800 Microsoft Points on the
    Xbox Live Marketplace.
    
    
    Veteran Gear : Reach level 100 and win a match on each of the 4 Snowblind Map
    Pack maps (Public only) {75}
    
    Level 100 is the level cap for multiplayer.  I'm not sure if anyone got this
    far in a legitimate fashion.  Some people glitch this or start a Guardian
    match and boost for experience and kills.  I wouldn't suggest this though.
    An Xbox Live Gold Account and the Snowblind Map pack are required.  You can
    buy the Snowblind Map Pack for 800 Microsoft Points on theXbox Live
    Marketplace.
    
    
    Never Eat Red Snow : Complete waves 1 through 10 on all Snowblind Map Pack
    maps in Horde (any difficulty) {20}
    
    Ah, another Horde achievement.  I personally prefer Fuel Depot for an easy
    1-50 Horde.  Get your team and stay inside the middle building, the hangar,
    or near the Raven.  But you have three other maps, so it's all personal
    preference.  The Snowblind Map pack is required.  You can buy the Snowblind
    Map Pack for 800 Microsoft Points on theXbox Live Marketplace.
    
    
    Icy Dead People : Complete waves 1 through 50 on any Snowblind Map Pack map
    in Horde (any difficulty) {25}
    
    This is basically Hoard the Horde, but in a Snowblind map.  You shouldn't
    have trouble with this once you get through the first 20 rounds.  The
    Snowblind Map pack is required.  You can buy the Snowblind Map Pack for
    800 Microsoft Points on theXbox Live Marketplace.
    
    Frigid Body Dynamics : Play a multiplayer match on each of the 4 Snowblind
    Map Pack maps (any mode) {5}
    
    This can be easily done by on your own while playing with bots.  Play a
    match in all four of these maps.  The Snowblind Map pack is required.
    You can buy the Snowblind Map Pack for 800 Microsoft Points on the Xbox Live
    Marketplace.
    
    The Weather Outside Is Lethal : Win a multiplayer match on each of the 4
    Snowblind Map Pack maps (any mode) {15}
    
    This is basically the same as Frigid Body Dynamics.  Just play a match on
    all 4 of the Snowblind maps, just make sure you win.  Make the bots on
    casual for some easy achievement points, but then again, why are you
    playing just for the points?  The Snowblind Map pack is required.  You can
    buy the Snowblind Map Pack for 800 Microsoft Points on the Xbox Live
    Marketplace.
    
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       4) Frequently Asked Questions
    
    Q : Why does Gears of War 2 have such horrible achievement names?
    	-gungunn101
    
    A : Epic, please tell us why.
    
    
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       5) Credits
    
    Credits go to SuperSonic67 for his Collectible Location Guide.
    
    Credits go to Xyjar for the Party Like It's 1999 formula.
    
    Credits go to xbox360achievements.org for their achievements list.
    
    
    Credits to F2L2o2R2i2S(and a handful of others whose names I won't display
    due to confidential issues) for an update on the "A Parting Gift" achievement.
    
    Contact me if you have any questions or comments!