Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Achievements

No Pain, No Gain

Complete 1 mission with the LASO playlist skulls enabled.  

This achievement is in fact retroactive and will unlock if you have already completed any of the many missions in a Campaign’s LASO playlist. As some players have reported however, such retroactive progress will cause the achievement to be stuck at the “Done! Unlocking…” phase in the Xbox One’s achievement app. If this happens, you will need to simply wait until the achievement finishes unlocking itself (this may take days or weeks to happen).

If you have not already met the criteria for this achievement, you will need to complete a Campaign mission from Halo: CE, Halo 2, Halo 3, or Halo 4 with that game’s LASO playlist skulls activated. While some players have reported that completing Halo 2’s “Armory” mission with the LASO playlist skulls activated will unlock this achievement (or even Halo 3’s “Epilogue”), this method is not working for everyone.

If you are one of those who cannot unlock the achievement in such a way, you will need to find another mission and power through it with the appropriate skulls. Halo: CE’s “Keyes” or Halo 2’s “Uprising” both have extremely beneficial exploits that can skip more than half of the mission. As such, it’s suggested to learn the “Keyes Bump” or Uprising’s “early level finish” exploit in order to then complete these missions with the Campaign’s LASO playlist skulls activated. If you are successful in performing this feat, this achievement will then unlock.

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User Comments
Comment #1 by Weems2k
Monday, March 14, 2016 @ 02:19:49 AM

I did Halo 4 - Shutdown with all skulls active. Achievement didn't pop. Does this have to be done from one of the LASO Playlists?

Comment #2 by Captain Zaraki
Saturday, July 02, 2016 @ 06:02:23 AM

Super easy. If you have ODST, load up Uplift Reserve on Legendary with all possible skulls turned on (I am not sure if you need all of them, but it does not really matter since more skulls does not translate to more difficulty for this strategy). A similar strategy was developed for the Classic achievement, so if you have done that one you will be familiar with the route. In fact, you could do this achievement and Classic at the same time theoretically. The route is shown in this video:

Comment #3 by Captain Zaraki
Saturday, July 02, 2016 @ 06:06:17 AM

Also, I can confirm Armory in Halo 2 and Epilogue (cutscene) in ODST does not work.

Comment #4 by NightFalcon1O1
Monday, July 25, 2016 @ 05:03:51 AM

Looking for H2 LASO check point or last level till completion on the playlist. I have the following LASO's H1, H4, ODST in my arsenel and I can help out with online achievoes if you have 4 controllers.
gt: NightFalcon1O1

Comment #5 by mertanian
Saturday, April 11, 2020 @ 12:46:53 AM

On PC (maybe on xbox too) this does not unlock on Reach missions - even after completing full playlist. With CE this unlocked right after the first mission.

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Game Info
343 Industries


US November 11, 2014

HDD Space Required : 45.63 GB
Price: $59.99USD
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