Halo 2 (2004- )
Tricks & Glitches
Strange, Odd, Weird
Special thanks to duckie for listening to me complaining about this
for the past two weeks.
The idea for this stunt came from two different sources:
1) from the recent "enemy riding" tricks that had been performed at High
are some earlier exploits of my own, and here are some others:
2) from a common multiplayer trick, sword-cancelling. :)
an example news link, but there are a ton of videos out there regarding
The enemy riding tricks demonstrated that the elite rangers tend to
float in-place, and when you are riding them they drop very slowly and
don't cause any trouble. My original wild idea was to create a sandwich
with the elite on top, a jumping spartan in the center, and a
sword-canceling spartan on the bottom. The elite would turn the reticule
red and allow the two spartans to sword-cancel to the top of the MAC gun
just like in multiplayer. This idea may have worked, but I have no idea
because while I was experimenting I noticed that the sword-canceling
spartan could sword-cancel AND jump. Multiplayer trickers
probably knew this, but it was news to me.
The trick itself is simple- sword cancel (B,X,B,X... quickly) underneath
the elite ranger and jump (A) while underneath him. Jumping bumps the
elite upwards and backwards very slightly. The problem is that this
trick requires extreme speed with the button pressing coupled with
patience because the player only moves inches with each jump.
I can't sword-cancel and jump for hours on end; my hands would fall off.
To solve this problem, I left the task of sword-canceling up to a macro
controller. I'm a purist when it comes to this stuff, and I still
feel a little dirty about this. My rationalization is that no game data
was modified & most people can get their hands on a macro controller.
Extra stuff used:
XNote Stopwatch (http://www.tucows.com/preview/244659.html)
MadCatz Control Pad Pro (http://www.madcatz.com/MadCatz/product_details.jsp?product_id=4526#)
This took many attempts. It took a while to get used to the trick, but
eventually I was able to reach the top three times in a row. The first
two times at the top, I fell to my death because it is very hard see
where you are going to fall when you are only able to look up. The third
time at the top, I survived... barely.
I timed the successful attempt; it took approximately 8 hours and 11
I will add instructions between the videos and pictures.
Here we go...
First, to get a sword in easy difficulty on Cairo, you
should pick up the Thunderstorm skull (further instruction
Program the macro controller as follows: B,X,B,X,... for as many presses
as it allows. My controller allowed for 32 button presses. I attached
the macro to the Black button.
After arriving outside for the second time (with a
sword in your inventory) kill the two flying elite rangers and leave the
turret gunner alive. After the elite has been triggered to fly, push him
to the ramp and position yourself underneath him facing away from the
MAC gun (as seen in the picture below.)
Take Off (Look at him go!)
Begin sword-canceling and jump to bump the elite
upwards. Try to time your jumps so that you aren't flying wildly around.
You should be flying away from the MAC gun because the elite flies
The following series of pictures shows the hourly
progress. (Player 2 is standing above the entrance to this area, over
To turn, just hold left or right on the left
thumbstick. I turned a little early. You can estimate where the
character will go according to where the reticule is pointing. The path
is diagonal and you can gain height and delay horizontal movement by
zig-zagging. (The character has control over the horizontal direction of
the flight, but the flight is always vertical.)
It Doesn't Get Much Closer...
I don't know a better place to land. Going for the
arch on the left caused the elite to go crazy (see down below) and I
couldn't go any further. Going for the silver cylinder would probably
work too, but not being able to look down makes the landing risky (but
you would be higher than me;)
The reason this spot is good is because the non-solid
wall is lower here than it is to the left. If you try to get above the
wall to the left, you will be higher and the fall is likely to kill you.
The following videos show some exploration of the
Checking Things Out
Across The Gap
Yellow Explosion Effect
...and here are videos demonstrating some hazards from
an earlier attempt...
Twitching Angry Elite
I don't know why this happens. The twitching makes it
hard to move anywhere, and the elite is suddenly very mean. I had to
turn back, and after turning the corner (seen below) the elite calmed
Too Close for Comfort
The elite crossing through the non-solid wall means
the reticule turns blue, which is bad. This is the reason for not just
riding the elite up the gun.
"H.B.O. is my Anti-Drug™, what's yours?"
Explore, explode, excite!
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