Quickly kill the incoming Covenant troops, which are fortunately easily repelled from the Base. Start setting up your base with the regular buildings; You should know by now what you need to get the basics out there. Definitely give your Turrets the Missile Launcher upgrade as you'll be dealing with a lot of aerial Covenant ships.

Garrison a few Marines in the two Reactors just below the base (southwest and southeast). Never hurts to have another two working Reactors, right?

When your resources allow you to, request a Rhino Tank at the Landing Pad directly right to your base and move it towards the first Rhino destination. Little support is automatically give, so you'll want to back it up with a Scorpion or two.

Also start building a small army of Scorpions to deal with the Covenant Base right at the second marked position. They're moderately strong, so you'll need around three Scorpions along with the Spartans to deal with this base.

The third marked position looks like it can not be accessed, and it actually can't. You'll need to press UP on the D-pad, order a transport and then move several troops (preferably including a Rhino Tank already) to the platform with the 3rd marked position.

You can find the 6th Black Box to the west of marked position 3.

If you want to find the Skull, destroy 50 Banshees and look behind your base around the hangar - it will be available there.

Make sure you have a few hero's and marines at all three Rhino's, and you're good to go. You'll get a message from Anders that she needs two more Rhino's in positions #4 and #5.

Before anything, quickly defend your base from the incoming Covenant hostiles and secure the area around your base and spot #1, #2 and #3. It helps to build a few Wolverines and Scorpions to assist the Rhinos on spots #4 and #5. When all Rhinos are in position, the force field will finally give in, allowing you to shoot the Mac Cannon from the skies. You have 40 Rounds which is plenty to destroy.

You can earn the achievement "Rhino Hugger" on this level, if you can successfully defend every Rhino tank. The best tactics for earn the achievent is the following:

  • Instead of Scorpions, build Wolverines and upgrade them fully. If a firing position is clear, and the Rhino is ready for fire, few ODSTs arrive to defend it. Reinforce them with at least 3 Wolverines at each position. They will shoot down any Covenant aircraft before it can damage the Rhino or deploy ground troops. However, you'll need a few Scorpions to secure the 4th and 5th positions.
  • Clear and secure every position from the Covenant before you request a Rhino.
  • Watch for every deployed Rhino, and use the Spirit of Fire's healing ability if needed.

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Arcadia Outskirts
Halo Wars Campaign Walkthrough for:
Dome of Light
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