Data Pad Locations
Below is a quick-reference list for all of the Data Pads in Halo: Reach. Pictures, videos and more for the Data Pads are on the way!
Datapads are not collectibles, but read-able iPads/Kindles that shed light about the Halo universe.
Winter Contingency. Any difficulty. After driving across the first river, stay right and you will approach a group of buildings with Convenant in them. The datapad is hidden amongst those structures.
Winter Contingency (Legendary). Found only on Legendary difficulty. At the very start of the level, a cloaked Covenant Elite will run, from left to right, across your field of fire. To intercept the enemy, you need to move quickly downhill and shoot/kill the enemy before it flees the field. You can restart the mission if you miss it.
ONI Sword Base. Any difficulty. This pad is inside Sword Base, near the end of the level. Go into the big room with the walkways connecting its opposite sides. The pad is under the stairs on the third level.
ONI Sword Base (Legendary). Found only on Legendary difficulty. You head up a multi-tiered base (or tower) next to a comms antennae (this is outside). At the top of the base, go over the railing facing the surrounding cliffs; jump across a broken bridge between the base and rocky surroundings (it's at the top of the ramp to the top level), and explore the rocky plateau beyond for this datapad.
Nightfall. Any difficulty. At the start of the level, in the cave to your right.
Nightfall (Legendary). Found only on Legendary difficulty. After you regroup with the troops, head for the riverbed and follow the green beacon/lights; make a count. At the 5th beacon, get on top of the rock ledge above you, and follow the cliffside path (hop across the river to the other side). You cross back over a low stone overpass; continue following the cliffside trail back (upriver) after the overpass and you will locate the pad.
Tip of the Spear. Any difficulty. This pad is located after your first encounter the Zealot. Drop in the ruined facility and navigate a path to the room adjacent to the one you dropped into (before heading back outside). The pad is in there.
Tip of the Spear (Legendary). Found only on Legendary difficulty. You may want to take a vehicle along, to serve as a jump-pad (like the deployable shield in Halo 3). Locate the second Covenant anti-air gun emplacement and locate the drop off where the bridge was. Use your vehicle to get onto the broken bridge supports, and jump to the bridge section with the datapad.
Long Night of Solace. Any difficulty. This pad is found just before you lift off the planet. When you go into the launch facility, go to the room with the holo-display. Check behind the consoles for this item.
Long Night of Solace (Legendary). Found only on Legendary difficulty. This pad is found before entering the Saber. As you approach the ship, go up one flight of stairs, then turn left and jump to the nearby ledge. From that ledge, get to the next ledge up using a "grenade jump" (timing a jump so a grenade explosion boosts the height of your jump) or use a nearby environmental element to increase your jump height. The pad is at the second platform.
Exodus. Any difficulty. After meeting the soldiers with the jetpacks, jump across the broken gap and engage the enemies. There will be a green arrow sign (on a support pillar). Past this sign, immediately jumpjet yourself to the upper gantry to locate this pad.
Exodus (Legendary). Found only on Legendary difficulty. You will need a jetpack (like before). The pad is in the section of the stage just before Rally Point B, and after the large gap. Take out all enemies in the area (so no one kills you) and go to the area just before the painted "New Alexandria" sign on the building. There are two "vent" things high up on the face of the building; the pad is on the right vent. Use the jetpack to assist your jumps on the crossbeams on the building's side to reach yoru destination.
New Alexandria. Any difficulty. At the start of the level, fly your vehicle towards the red glow in the horizon and locate a shark-finned skyscraper with lateral black bands (windows) on its spine. The pad is on the roof of this building.
New Alexandria (Legendary). Found only on Legendary difficulty. The pad is located "behind" the starting point of the mission. Fly the vehicle to the building directly opposite the landing pad, and descend into the fog. The pad is on a fairly low ledge on the building's side.
The Package. Any difficulty. This item is found right before you trigger the elevator cut-scene that takes you to the excavation site. Stand directly before the green panel in the room with the lift, turn around 180° and look down to see what you were looking for.
The Package (Legendary). Found only on Legendary difficulty. The pad is in the area where you defend the scientist's lab, and you need a jet-pack (for the easiest time). Locate the bridge you need to cross to get to the lab, and jumpjet across the chasm to the left of the broken bridge. Go around corner of the base of the fortification/wall (it will be on your right) and you can find this pad.
Pillar of Autumn. Any difficulty. Just after "rally point A", you will be near a glass window in a long hallway. The pad is past the window.
Pillar of Autumn (Legendary). Found only on Legendary difficulty. Go across a work bridge to the "Sinoviet"; cross over and locate the pad on the building's roof (it's in a corner to the right of the bridgehead).
Lone Wolf (Legendary). Found only on Legendary difficulty. Let the credits finish, and you will be fighting in a sequence where your shields do not regenerate. This pad is found inside an elevated pipe near the a sniper rifle on a platform. Note that while reading this log entry, enemies can shoot (and kill) you.