Vidmaster Challenges

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The Vidmaster Challenges are a series of eleven achievements available for Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Spartan Assault, Halo: Spartan Strike, and Halo Wars 2. There are four Vidmaster Challenges in Halo 3, three in Halo 3: ODST, two in Halo: Spartan Assault, five in Halo: Spartan Strike, and two in Halo Wars 2.

The original seven challenges, released for Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST, initially served as the requirements for unlocking the Recon armor for use in Halo 3 multiplayer. After unlocking the achievements, players could log on to and request their armor through the "Road to Recon!" Although three of the Halo 3 Vidmaster achievements do not reward the player with Gamerscore, their use in unlocking Recon served as motivation for players to complete them.

The Vidmaster Challenges for Halo 3 did not ship with the original game, but became unlockable with Title Update 2; those in ODST were available at launch. With the exception of Lightswitch, Brainpan and Seven on Seventh, the achievements are widely considered very difficult to unlock. Thus, Recon armor remained difficult to acquire. However, on March 31, 2012 all record-keeping was transferred from to Halo Waypoint. As Halo Waypoint did not have the capability to unlock Recon, the armor was therefore unlocked by default for all Xbox Live profiles. The original Vidmaster Challenges therefore no longer serve any purpose beyond the achievements themselves.

Two achievements in Halo: Spartan Assault are also called Vidmaster Challenges. Likewise, five in Spartan Strike were also labelled as Vidmasters. To date, these achievements have not been incorporated into any larger scheme. Additionally, Halo Wars 2 added in two achievements dubbed Vidmasters, which were also self-contained challenges.

Road to Recon![edit]

The Unlock button

Prior to March 31, 2012, aside from Bungie's approval, the only way to unlock the coveted Recon armor was to complete all 7 of the Vidmaster Challenges from Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST. Once a player had completed all of the Vidmaster Challenges, they would have the ability to unlock it by going to their Halo 3 Service Record on, logging into their Windows Live ID and clicking "unlock my recon."

Vidmaster Challenges[edit]

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Halo Wars 2[edit]


  • There were originally seven Vidmaster Challenges, another seven reference in Halo. However, Halo: Spartan Assault, Halo: Spartan Strike, and Halo Wars 2 eventually added in nine more collectively, bringing the total up to sixteen.
  • The "Annual" achievement started on 09/25/08 as it was the one-year anniversary of Halo 3's launch. Annual could have actually been marked as completed before 9/25/08 due to time zone differences.
  • The Vidmaster Challenges concept spawns from Bungie's Marathon series, where players who wished to prove they were the absolute best had to complete insane challenges such as playing through the game without the use of any health items, using no weapons except fists, or beating it on the highest difficulty setting. Those that succeeded made videos to mark their achievement, thus spawning the term "Vidmaster."
  • A mere week after ODST's release, over 60,000 people gained Recon armor from completing the challenges.[3]
  • These particular achievements, if hacked, will not allow players to unlock Recon Armor. The only way to get Recon Armor through these achievements is to unlock them the proper way.
  • Four Bungie employees starred in a ViDoc named Road to Recon as a walkthrough for players.

See also[edit]

Vidmaster on Phorpedia