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The Maw

--== Begin Enemy Units ==--

(1) Grunts -- A mixture of both types / a lot are asleep so melee them
(2) Jackals -- A mixture of both types
(3) Elites -- All three types are present / Type-3 are mostly invisible
(4) Squids -- the odd little mind-screwing mobs
(5) Flood -- Mobs of different type taken over by the Squids
(6) Exploding Flood -- These guys explode before dying and release a swarm of Squids!
(7) Metalic Flood -- Not real sure about these, this is our first encounter...

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Level Notes: Assuming that you have been following the guide you should unlock the Achievement for the Skulls and Terminals, while the Warthog ride should also be doable, you may need to replay to get the Never tell me the odds Achievement...  You will also unlock the Difficulty Achievement for whichever difficulty you have been playing on.


-- This side up (10 GS) Complete the warthog Circuit on “The Maw” without being forcibly ejected from your seat

-- Never tell me the odds (25 GS) Complete the Warthog circuit on “The Maw” on Legendary with over a minute left on the clock left.

-- Dear Diary (50 GS) Read all of the Terminals hidden throughout the Campaign

-- Headhunter (50 GS) Locate all of the skulls hidden throughout the campaign

-- The Maw (25 GS) Complete the level “The Maw” on any difficulty


Basic Walkthrough

To start off you should try to keep moving as much as possible -- stopping here just brings the enemy down on you in large numbers -- you will also want to be skillful with your grenades as they really do help with groups...

The level begins with a panoramic CS of the Pillar of Autumn -- which is our destination.  We need to blow its reactors to destroy the ring...  To do that we need to get to the bridge -- as you reach the Bridge Cortana activates the overload and tells you to run -- but then Spark appears, causing more trouble.

You think up Plan B and head for Engineering!

When you head into the Cryo-Chamber head up the ladder and activate the Terminal there to get yet another interesting CS in which Spark tells his story...  You will unlock the Achievement for collecting all of the Terminals at this point.


The Maw - Terminal and Grunt Birthday Party Skull


Grabbing the Grunt Birthday Party Skull 

Now continue to the Engineering Bay and you will find the area well defended by both Sentinel and Covenant.  Open the three vents and throw grenades into each vent -- then run for the lift and get the hell out of here!

When you get out of the lift grab one of the Warthogs here and drive like your life depends on it -- because it does -- until you reach the outside area and Cortana tells you this is where you are to meet Foehammer (your rescue ship).  The final Skull is out here on the end of one of the rails where it meets the wall -- so look for that (you can see it from the deck) and use the Warthog to jump up on the rail and grab the Skull! 

Now hopefully you have time on the timer because your rescue is not going to make it -- Foehammer gets shot down!  So get back in the Warthog and DRIVE!  There is a ship in Launch Bay 7 that can be your ride out of here -- assuming you have enough time to get to it that is...

I don't know about you but making it all the way to the end without durfing the Warthog was impossible for me...  I call it Epic Fail...  But getting to the end to witness the kaboom?  Easily doable!  And after the CS that wraps up this level and the game!  Well done mates!



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