Destiny 2 Guides  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Destiny 2 Guides  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Destiny 2: Black Armory Spoiler-free Raid Guide Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:26:45 -0500 John Schutt

With the "Black Armory" expansion, Destiny 2: Forsaken moves into the meat of its Year 2 content. And with it comes a brand new Raid: Scourge of the Past. Some of the most dedicated Guardians have already completed it, and in no time flat. 

That's not what we're here to talk about. In this spoiler-free guide for the latest pinnacle activity in Destiny 2, we'll be discussing how you and your fireteam can go in blind and learn the mechanics quickly and efficiently.

It's not as hard as you think. All it takes is a little knowledge of how Bungie structures their Raid encounters, which can all be summarized as follows:

  • Wave(s) of enemies
  • Unique mechanic
  • Secondary wave
  • Damage phase
  • Repeat

Every encounter will also have a team wipe mechanic, though some are more forgiving than others. For some, just knowing the basic breakdown is enough, but we'll be going into much more detail shortly.

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The Core of Every Raid

Since the first Destiny's first Raid, "Vault of Glass," every encounter that contains a boss has followed the blueprint outlined above. Now, let's break it down into more granular detail and look at how you can use your understanding of the core mechanics to learn these new encounters.

Wave of Enemies

This phase is exactly what it says on the box. The first part of a Raid encounter will be a (sometimes) endless wave of enemies that you'll have to clear or contain if you want to have the breathing room to deal with the boss's unique mechanic. 

Your primary goal here is to decide how you want to split the team to best deal with the oncoming waves. In the Baths room in "Leviathan," for instance, each player has their small groups of enemies to deal with. In the Argos fight in "Eater of Worlds," enemies spawn in droves, but because of the rotating nature of that encounter, you only need to clean up a single platform at a time.

Take your time during this initial phase, as you'll likely be doing it several times before you get everything right. Think about where people are standing, the layout of the room, where cover is, and more importantly isn't, and from which directions the enemies spawn. Consider if you need to funnel them into kill boxes or move around them.

You can answer most of those questions within a few moments, but be sure to communicate what you see to your squadmates because their experience often isn't the same as your own.

Unique Mechanic

Whether the enemies stop spawning or not, Step 2 of any Destiny Raid encounter is dealing with a mechanic geared specifically to test you prior to the damage phase. For example:

  • Leviathan: Calus's Throne Room and Shadow Realm
  • Eater of Worlds: Preparation of the skulls and removal of the boss's barrier
  • Spire of Stars: Destroying the ships and lowering the boss's shield
  • Last Wish: Using crystals to remove the boss's immunity (to name just one)

What you might notice is the timing of these unique mechanics is, well, unique. On the Leviathan and Spire, and especially Last Wish, there are plenty of ways to lose your stride, but in Eater of Worlds, the add wave and the unique mechanic blend almost seamlessly into the DPS phase.

When you go into Scourge of the Past and get past the first boss encounter's enemy wave, know three things:

  1. There's probably not going to be much of a break before the mechanics start.
  2. Don't be afraid of failure. Like a Dark Souls boss, Raid encounters are not built to be conquered on the first go around.
  3. Once you've pulled off the mechanic once, you need to internalize why you succeeded and how you can replicate your success. That can mean wiping to discuss and practice, or trying to learn on the fly. Unless you want to speed through the Raid like the World First racers, I recommend the former.

Be aware that the unique mechanic often has something to do with the damage phase. Pay close attention to the left side of your screen for buff and debuff notifications and messages demarcating whether you've completed the mechanic or not (Challenge Failed, Ship Destroyed, Force of Will x100, etc.). 

Most importantly, though, you want to approach this step of each encounter with care. In the moment, tensions will run high, and mistakes will happen. If you're looking to get the most out of your Raid experience, don't push yourself or your team too hard, and play every moment like you're at low health.

Trust me. It'll save you a major headache later on.

Secondary Wave and Damage Phase

Some encounters, like the Baths, the Argos fight, or the final phase of Shuro Chi in Last Wish, don't let you breathe. You'll be dealing with a second wave of enemies that you'll have to clear before you can safely deal damage. If the first wave wasn't endless, this one probably will be. 

Once you're set up to do damage, you have to figure out the best weapons to use. In most cases, Whisper of the Worm is your best bet, with the IKELOS shotgun taking a very close second for shorter-ranged encounters.

Rockets with cluster bombs can sometimes be better options, depending on the size of the boss or its position about the player.

The enemy weak spot is usually pretty easy to spot, but if it isn't, have your teammates each go after a different candidate for critical damage. Once you find it, make shooting it your top priority.

Bosses usually only die if you shoot them.

Repeat, and it gets harder

If the boss isn't dead after DPS phase 1, one of two things will happen: either there will be a second unique mechanic you need to figure out, or the first one will shift in some fashion.

For instance, Calus's Shadow Realm gains some inconvenient new holes in the floor, or Shuri Chi demands you solve an arbitrary hopping puzzle to not die.

One you aren't dead, start the damage phase a second time and repeat as necessary. Follow the same basic strategies outlined above to figure out new mechanics, just know that if you fail, you'll have more to do if you want to get back to where you were.

Wipe Mechanics

Wipe mechanics are always well-telegraphed, and you should make note of them as soon as you see them. I would almost suggest letting one happen to figure out what the trigger condition is, but if the mechanic occurs deep into the fight, best to try and avoid it if at all possible. 

As with the unique mechanic mentioned above, keep a sharp eye on the left hand side of the screen, because if there isn't a loud sound and some majorly flashy particle effects telling you that "This thing will kill you get away from/kill it now," that's the only place that will.

To deduce how to avoid wiping is usually not hard either. Raids are structured such that where you deal damage from has line of sight on what will be doing the wiping. Keep an eye out for something you've never seen before or something that feels out of place. Odds are that strangeness wants to kill you. 

Don't let it.

Non-boss encounters

Lastly, the Destiny franchise has seen many instances of encounters without so much as a single boss. Because these encounters are primarily mechanical, they require more trial and error, but again, there's plenty you can glean through simple examination.

Look around the encounter area and take stock of the big, shiny things that stand out. Ask yourself:

  • Are there items appearing and disappearing?
  • Are there visual distortions that you don't see anywhere else in the arena?
  • When you step somewhere, does it cause a message or enemies to appear? 
  • Are there specially named enemies that look or act differently than everything else? How can you make them spawn?
  • What causes a Guardian to die seemingly without explanation (there is one)?

It might take your fireteam a few goes to get a handle on where and what you'll be doing. Communication is your friend in these matters. Everyone should be saying what they see because not everyone will be seeing the same thing or focus on the same place all at once.

No question is not worth asking.

No clarification is unwarranted.

No strategy is not worth pursuing, at least until you find something that works.

Most of all, try to keep it fun. Don't be afraid to take a break. The checkpoint will be waiting for you when you get back.


Raiding in Destiny is one of the most satisfying ways to engage with the game. Though the community always settles on the "right" way to do something, that doesn't mean you and your team need to follow "the meta." After all, if you're laughing your way through every encounter, that's the whole point of playing with a group. Embrace it.

If you found this guide useful, take a gander at our other Destiny 2 guides here on GameSkinny.

Destiny 2 Forsaken: Guide to Dominating Gambit PvP Wed, 19 Sep 2018 17:38:30 -0400 John Schutt

The comparisons between Destiny 2's Gambit mode sare obvious: red aura, a desire to take out players minding their own business fighting AI, the rewards for success — Gambit's invasions are at least a nod to Dark Souls' own PvP system. 

That being said, dominating the field as a Gambit invader is not the same as one in From Software's series of masterpieces. Your options for healing are nonexistent, you're on a strict timer, and your enemies are usually somewhat competent.

If I were to boil down my invasion strategies to a single sentence, it would read as follows:

"Start slow, then hit hard."

You have to take the time to gauge the battlefield: where you spawned in, how spread the enemy team is, which is the highest value target and how best to get to them, and so on. It's in these last bits that the Dark Souls analogy breaks down. In Souls games, players and their summons travel in packs, but a Gambit match can — and will — put opponents at every corner of the map. 

Let's take a moment to unpack the two sides of the invasion coin:

  1. Dealing with an invader
  2. Getting the most out of your invasion

Invader Incoming

In Gambit, invaders spawn in with some advantages on their side. These being:

  • An overshield.
  • Slightly increased damage.
  • Often they'll have a Super ready and either a shotgun or sniper to back up their Heavy weapon.
  • Relative element of surprise: though an invader only has a few zones to spawn into, the actual load in point is random.

How to best deal with your murderous foe when they have all these advantages going for them? There are two primary schools of thought. One, you can take the fight to them and rob them of both surprise and numbers. Two, take a wait and see approach.

Hunt 'Em

Note: This section assumes you've played a few Gambit matches and are thus familiar with where the invader can spawn. 

When Drifter calls out that there's an invader on the field, send a player to each side of the map without enemies. In other words, the areas you've cleared of adds. The invader will still pop up as a red marker on your radar.

Because of their strict 30 second timer, it's the rarest invader who crouches at the start.

If you can communicate the enemy's location to your team, do so.

If you can't tell them where the enemies are, then comes the selfish part: bait your teammates. As soon as the invasion call comes out, take quick stock of where your teammates are and try to spot the invader's bullet tracers.Once one of you knows where the fire's coming from, descend on your foe en masse. 

In the event you still aren't sure of your opponent's location, you should still go on the hunt. Grab Heavy ammo if you can, and prepare that Super button. When you find the invader, unload.

Even if you die fighting it, you'll have wasted his valuable time, opened up an opportunity for your teammates to finish the job, and denied him the glory of a full team wipe.


As I said in the PvE Gambit guidethe currency of Gambit is time. Your team can't afford to wait around any more than your enemy team. However, that doesn't mean an invasion needs to end as soon as the invader arrives.

Sometimes the team that takes a more cautious hand with invasions is the one that wins. 

Gambit's maps have plenty of thick cover, and though invaders always know where your team is, there's only so much they can do if they can't shoot you. 

To slow down the invasions and make them as safe as possible, you still need to know where your enemy's coming from, so the strategy outlined above is applicable. The seeker(s) will need to play more cat and mouse than the others, but even if one dies, the other three can find a nice shady spot to hide.

Your radar is your best friend here, as is your initial spawn.

Get away from blockers and mote-bearing adds so there's no red in your radar, and wait. The minute you see the invader's proximity light go off, start moving away from it, keeping cover between you and the Guardian in red.

Take time to listen. Those enemy footsteps aren't terribly loud, you might hear the grunt of a jump, the swish of a slide, a jump. Maybe even a Super going off. 

Think of it like a game of tag where the one who's "it" wants to kill you.

Your goal with this strategy is primarily psychological. The momentary annoyance of a tea bag or emote is nothing compared to the lingering frustration of failure.

Odds are, the player you and your team outwitted before will want revenge and use the portal when they shouldn't, as they're not in the right mind. Then you can flip the script on them and obliterate them as a unit.

Take Out Those Guardians

Invading in Gambit is a rush, because there's always something at stake, and the odds are tremendously stacked against you. Considering the strength of certain weapons (Sleeper Simulant) and the protection offered by certain Supers (Well of Radiance), even an uncoordinated team can decimate an invader faster than even a small blocker.

So how to dominate an entire team of Guardians who wanted you off their map yesterday? There are a couple ways, one simple, one complex. Both are satisfying. Both are effective.

Obliterate Them

This strategy is essentially brute force and aims for the highest level of prejudice. You'll want a full Super, some Heavy ammo, and something to herd your enemies into a kill box, usually a sniper.

  • Step 1: Use the first five seconds of your invasion timer to either eliminate one enemy from range or fire shots such that they move in a direction of your choosing.
  • Step 2: Once you've got your enemies on the retreat, usually back closer to their team and behind cover, spend the next five seconds moving so that you could put everyone on the opposing team in a smallish box on your screen. In other words, clump them like sheep.
  • Step 3: Rush in, popping your Super when some of them start to get antsy. You'll know it's time when players start to peek out to look for you. At this point, hammer them into submission (literally as a Titan, figuratively with other classes). 
  • Step 4: Once your super runs out, blast them away with your Heavy ammo. Alternately, if you're running short on invasion time, pull out a shotgun and rush in. 

Embrace the Darkness

This strategy is meant for more advanced players, as it requires tighter timing, a thorough knowledge of the map, the ability to almost instantly gauge the state of the battlespace, and the ability to move with enough speed and precision to catch less skilled players off guard.

That does not mean you shouldn't attempt this method if you aren't the best on the team. We learn best through failure, but you should come to grips with the fact that you should stick to the beat down, or leave the invading to someone else until your skills are in a better spot.

  • Step 1: Once you spawn in, take three seconds to note the following: where you are, where your enemies are, what your enemies are doing, and how long it will take you to get into the proper position to herd them.
  • Step 2: Move such that you have a good line of sight on the mote bank area, as that usually has the highest number of sightlines to any part of the map. 
  • Step 3: Make your initial long-distance shots to start moving your opponents where you'd like them to go, but reposition after every one, using your fire and positioning as an invisible fence to corral the enemy team.
  • Step 4: After securing your first kill, make another mental note of where everyone is, then go for the other straggler, if there is one. Keep your opponents' spawns stagger if at all possible.
  • Step 5: After two kills, it's time to rush. Get out your favorite close range weapon and see if you can take out one more player. If possible, two. Alternately, you can make a nuisance of yourself and go for the two respawning players. Remember, a few motes are nothing when weighed against Gambit's real currency: time.

The third and final tip I can give about invading doesn't really have steps. Just, you know, shoot the red team from long range. It puts you at the least risk, and if you're a good shot with a proper power weapon, you'll still pick up a couple kills. The suicide Super rush is also effective if a bit overly blunt.

Destiny 2's Gambit is a mode a good player can take by the horns and steer on both his and his enemies' sides.

There are a hundred little tricks you can pull as an invader to make the enemy team's life miserable, and they're impossible to cover in a single place that isn't already a book. Don't be afraid to experiment, especially now, because everyone else is too.

Be sure to check out my Gambit PvE guide if you're more interested in the E than the P.

Destiny 2 Forsaken Guide: Tips for Owning Gambit's PvE Element Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:33:32 -0400 John Schutt

With the release of Destiny 2: Forsaken comes Gambit, Bungie's answer to the gap between the game's PvE and PvP communities.

It's a highly functional bridge, and even if it were only a PvE mode, it would still have a deep and rewarding metagame thanks to the mote and blocker system.

The meta is also fairly separate from the base Destiny 2 experiences, as one has to account for both boss DPS and the inevitability of fighting other players.

However, because Gambit is both a mile wide and a mile deep, it demands two separate articles to even scratch the surface. This tips guide focuses on PvE and how to optimize your gameplay so you and your team always come out on top. We will be adding a tips guide for Gambit's PvP in the coming days. 

There are three main points you'll want to be comfortable with in PvE:

  1. Mote bank timing
  2. Boss burn timing
  3. Rollout and rotation.

Master these three concepts and you'll be in a good place to carry randoms to victory or guide your team as they dominate the opposition. Be aware that your opponents are just as likely to know these strategies too, but counter-play is its own article.

Hunter stands outside Gambit invasion point with hand cannon raised

Gambit Tip #1: Bank Those Motes

There are several schools of thought when it comes to when and why to bank the motes you collect off of fallen enemies.

First is to bank as many small blockers as you can, second is to stagger small and medium blockers as harassment. The third is to hold out for a wave of medium and heavy blockers, while the last and highest risk has everyone holding until they have 15 motes, leading to four large blockers heading to the other side at once.

Let's examine the pros and cons of each. Note: I will mention invasion points as they are impossible to ignore, but actual invasion strategies will come in the PvP article on Gambit.

Strategy: Small Blocker Rush

This strategy is the simplest of the three, and the easiest to pull off. All you and your teammates need to do is get five motes each, then bank them.

In a team of randoms, it's unlikely the 20 or so motes from the first wave will divide evenly, so realistically, you'll only end up with two or three small blockers at the start of the game.

Pros of Small Blocker Rush:

  • Waste your enemy's time dealing with pesky Taken phalanxes
  • Buys your team 10 to 15 seconds -- whether you get two or three small blockers at once
  • Allows for rotation and help for spawn zones or bigger banks

If you're especially fast, you can also cause a blocker wave, never allowing the enemy room to breathe. One phalanx goes down, another shows up, and the bank stays forever closed. Even better, you get to the invasion phase almost immediately, and a chance to deny additional motes.

Cons of Small Blocker Rush:

  • One opponent can derail this strategy using well-placed shotgun blasts
  • Can build the enemy team's Super, overpowering them

The latter point is crucial because when the invasion comes, the enemy team can either burn your entire team to the ground or delete your invader the instant they arrive. 

A hunter and warlock fight a Hive Knight

Strategy: Stagger Your Blockers

This strategy isn't the easiest to pull off, but it is the most common. Oftentimes, only a couple of players will have enough for a small blocker, but the other two have just four or fewer motes.

That's fine. If you can, communicate with your team to see who has what, and have the two players with blockers send them, then go assist with taking out adds until the remaining teammates have enough for medium blockers.

Pros of Stagger Your Blockers:

  • Cause a blocker wave by staggering blockers, especially if you can clear the second wave quickly
  • Deploy two medium blockers quickly; one small blocker followed by a short delay before the next small blocker leads to the deployment of two medium blockers
  • Overrun the enemy team, making them scramble to gather motes and bank them.
  • Open invasion portal instantly, leaving your teammate plenty of time to delete dozens of motes from the other side.

Cons of Stagger Your Blockers:

  • Timing is everything 
  • Invaders bear the burden

If your invader didn't do their job, suddenly the entire situation flips, and it's your team with the blocker problem. Again, with randoms, this can be hard to coordinate, so try to gauge how your teammates are playing before holding on to too many motes.

One or two seconds between mote banks can give your enemies time to do the same back to you, but because they've been blocked most of the time, they're likely to have more motes stocked up.

Warlock raises a bow toward a Hive enemy as it advances

Strategy: Go Big or Go Home

There's a Triumph for this one, so you'll end up doing it eventually, but the third and final strategy is to hold on until your entire team has 15 motes for a big 60 mote bank. Then send four Taken Ogres to the other side all at once.

Personally, the reward isn't worth the risk, as Ogres are big targets and they have less HP than you'd think. However, there are still advantages, they're just limited.

Pros of Go Big or Go Home:

  • Four ogres buys time; you'll get about a minute
  • Ogres can force enemy supers, making them weaker on the push
    • Can also force the use of enemy heavy ammo
  • End rounds fast with Blade Barrage/Chaos Push 
  • Can get three invasions back to back to back

Without the Heavy to deal burst damage or easily deal with invasions, the asymmetric PvP becomes much more manageable. And for the invasions, your opponents won't have the luxury of quick succession, but they will have tried to stop you in the act.

Cons of Go Big of Go Home:

  • Takes a while to develop; you can easily lose a ton of motes to a single invasion.
  • Requires equal skill; one weak link can sink this strategy

This strategy is time-consuming in a game all about time, and it puts the onus on every member of your team to stay alive in an already dangerous environment.

I don't know a single team where every player is of equal skill, so someone is going to be the weak link. Do this once for the Triumph in the right lobby, then focus on staggering forever more.

A hunter jumps above a group of three Hive, unleashing his super

Gambit Tip #2: Hostiles Incoming

Collecting motes is the name of Gambit's early game, and while you want as many motes as fast as you can get them, there is more than one way to accomplish that goal.

You can either completely wipe a spawn area of adds or have one player break off to the next zone and start clearing the instant the AI spawns in. Both are useful strategies.

Strategy: Total Clear

The easier of the two methods, all you need to do here is completely wipe out a spawn area of enemies, gather all the motes, then move on and decide what to do with them.

It's reliable, and unless one of your teammates is less than stellar, consistent. 

Pros of Total Clear:

  • You account for every mote; removing enemies won't clog up the play area
  • Stop adds from causing trouble; you'll be better able to provide cover for the invader or deal damage from a distance when you want

More importantly, it can be faster, as four guns are, by their nature, better than three. When you get to the next spawn area, enemies are more likely to be clustered, too, so abilities and Heavy ammo might be more effective.

Cons of Total Clear:

  • Slower; you won't have allies at the next spawn

This can make enemy location less predictable, and therefore less manipulatable. When enemies cluster, they can focus fire a single Guardian far easier, and the motes you just fought to obtain at the round's start suddenly go up in smoke.

A hunter attacks a hive enemy with nightstalker super

Strategy: Rotating Clear

Harder to pull off consistently but ultimately more efficient, a rotating clear is exactly what it sounds like.

One teammate peels off from the initial spawn early to get to the next one either as the adds spawn or just after. They pull motes and bank them before their teammates can collect what remains. The best moment is when there are only a few adds left, five or so.

Pros of Rotating Clear:

  • Speed
  • Speed
  • Speed

Plain and simple. Gambit is a game mode where the main currency is time, and you don't start with much. You can end with even less.

That means if you can save yourself a few seconds, you're way ahead of your opponents. Time the rotation correctly and a blocker wave is even easier to pull off. You'll also work toward your Super faster, and a single Super can and has saved entire games.

Cons of Rotating Clear:

  • Be on point; effectiveness is paramount
  • Must be knowledgeable; not knowing the maps and spawns can be deadly

You've got to be on point when you leave for the next spawn area and how effective you are at clearing it. It takes an in-depth knowledge of the various Gambit maps, how they work, and how the AI spawns. In short, it takes time to think, and you don't always have that luxury.

Warlock unleashes stormcaller super

Gambit Tip #3: Burn That Primeval

Banking motes might be the core gameplay mechanic, but killing the Primeval that spawns when you've got 75 is the goal.

Motes do not win the game. Burning a boss does. This article doesn't give advice on Gambit weapon loadouts simply because there are hundreds of videos and other posts all about that.

Rather, the focus here is on two different strategies for taking down a boss: immediate burn and rolling burn.

Strategy: Immediate Burn

You won't be do much damage at the start of the boss phase without the Primeval Slayer buff, so this strategy is really one of psychology. You want the other team to think you have more damage than you do, or are more coordinated, or any number of other threats.

While I don't recommend this particular tactic, there are some definite positives to it.

Pros of Immediate Burn:

  • Quickly deplete the boss' health; this is an obvious advantage

First and foremost, Immediate Burn can pull a twitchy opponent into invading early. You also have the opportunity to take opponents out before they do damage. You'll already be ahead on DPS for the later phases of the fight when you have enough stacks to actually take the boss' health down.

Second, you've taken the boss's health down. You'll find that the end of a Gambit round goes quickly, and having a sliver of a head start can win you games. Don't waste a Super on the boss early, but if your goal is to scare the enemy into jumping first, deleting some Primeval HP is a good way to do it.

Cons of Immediate Burn:

  • Not very efficient; adds and additional burn can kill

One person can focus fire on the Primeval just to whittle him down, but unless you build Primeval Slayer stacks at a good pace, you will lose more often than not. Plus, unless you deal with the other enemies, it's easy to be overwhelmed with ancillary burn before you have a chance to actually hurt the boss.

A hunter jumps above hive enemies in Gambit mode and uses Gunslinger super

Strategy: Rolling Burn

Nine times out of 10, a rolling burn is the best way to kill your Primeval. In essence, you do what you do with any terminal encounter: build stacks, remove additional adds to avoid the odd mistake, then burn the boss as much as possible until reinforcements arrive.

One player focuses on the boss the whole time to hold its attention while the rest of the team deals with everything else.

Pros of Rolling Burn:

  • It's reliable
  • It's efficient
  • It's consistent

If your team's even halfway competent, this is a great way to go. You'll notice a nice clean ramp up in damage until the Primeval just melts, and you'll do it all without too much trouble from the AI. 

Cons of Rolling Burn:

  • Opens window for invaders; don't waste time

Even with full stacks, one team wipe is all it takes for your opponents to catch up or even overtake you.

A rolling burn also doesn't necessarily have the early psychological advantage, because everyone expects it. Unless you know you can count on your teammates in a pinch, that extra sliver of damage could be the difference maker. 


Destiny 2's Gambit is a breath of fresh air for the competitive multiplayer scene and is a great way to incorporate the PvE aspect as well. Strategies that win you games are many, and the loadouts necessary even more numerous. It will be a real treat to watch the best players compete as the meta evolves. In the meantime, I'm just hoping to stomp a few random pub teams.

The 5 Best Last Wish Weapons in Destiny 2 Forsaken DLC Thu, 13 Sep 2018 12:46:12 -0400 Sergey_3847


Chattering Bone


Lastly, it's time for the one of the best pulse rifles in the game -- Chattering Bone. One of its main traits is the Headseeker, which increases precision with each body shot. This alone puts Chattering Bone apart from the rest of the rifles.


With the help of Rangefinder perk you will be able to increase the range of the shots by simply zooming in. The Chambered Compensator in combination with armor-piercing bullets make up a god roll for this type of weapon, and can easily remove any kind of protective shields off the enemies.




That is all for the best Last Wish weapons in the Forsaken DLC, and for more Destiny 2 guides at GameSkinny, check out the links below:




Transfiguration is very similar to Old-Age Bond in terms of fire rate and overall impact. It's a great weapon for long range, but as usual with these types of rifles, it's not very good for close or mid range shooting.


This weapon has a Kill Clip perk that increases damage when reloading after a kill. You can also increase its stability, which is a very important stat for this type of weapon, by simply causing damage.


It is also recommended to fully empty the magazine while shooting and reload right after, which will result in faster reload speed.


Age-Old Bond


Now here's something different for a change. A new rifle that has low fire rate, but extremely high damage and range. The interesting thing is that it has a lot of perks that increase its range even further, so if you like sitting in one place and aiming at the enemies through a scope, then this is definitely the weapon for you.


Just like in the case with The Supremacy, you can get ricochet rounds that may increase the random damage of your rifle, which at times can be really useful.


Techeun Force


If you're out of ammo, you can switch to this amazing energy weapon with adaptive frame. Actually, rapidly swapping to this weapon is highly recommended in many situations due to the Backup Plan trait, which grants reduced charge time and increases handling speed. 


Apart from that you can count on higher damage from the rounds coming at the end of the magazine. Since this is an energy weapon, it has various ways of getting a lower recharge time and increased range. Many random perks have these effects so you should be able to have them almost every time.


The Supremacy


This legendary rapid fire-frame sniper rifle is a beast. It has an ultra-light barrel that greatly increases handling speed and stability. It can use ricochet rounds, that ricochet off hard surfaces that adds to the unexpected results, and armor-piercing rounds.


One of the random perks, Rapid Hit, gives it even higher damage when it's quickly reloaded after the kill. You could also get a larger magazine, but the best perk on this beauty is probably Genesis. It can potentially fill its magazine from reserves after breaking a combatant's shield, which wouldn't be too hard taking into account the impact of The Supremacy.


The latest Forsken DLC for Destiny 2 introduces a new raid, Last Wish, and with it a whole batch of some exciting weapons. Here you will find five of the best normal raid weapons you can get as rewards in the Last Wish raid.


Each of these five weapons has something to offer, but the efficiency of using them mostly depends on your playstyle and preferences. Also, now the perk rolls for each of these weapons are completely random. So you can never actually get the same weapon.


If you're lucky, you will get a god roll that includes all the best perks. But in any case, with these five weapons you will always have a blast.

Destiny 2: Excavation Site XII Location Guide Sun, 09 Sep 2018 15:52:23 -0400 Ty Arthur

Much like the hidden area known as The Drain, Excavation Site XII is a hidden "lost sector" in Destiny 2 that gets more mileage out of the Forsaken DLC.

To complete new bounties in Forsaken, you've got to manually find this hidden area. If you haven't managed to locate this cleverly hidden cave, we've got you covered with the quickest way to get inside.

Looking for The Drain instead? Check out my full guide on how to find The Drain in the Outskirts of EDZ.

How To Find Excavation Site XII

With the Forsaken update, Spider will grant you the Wanted: Dust-Choked Thrag bounty. This one has you searching for an escapee from the Prison Of Elders, but there won't be a map marker showing you where to go.

All you have to go on is that the location is in the EDZ, somewhere. Apart from that, you've got to find the lost sectors for Spider's bounties on your own.

This particular lost sector is found in the Firebase Hades area. To get there, land at The Gulch, then head west through the passage.

When you exit to the south, stay near the cliff wall and eventually you will come across a barely visible cave entrance just to your side. You know you are at the right place if you see the white lost sector painting to the left of the cave entrance.

Unlike with The Drain, there's really only one way to go here so you can't get lost. Just head through the cave down the tunnel and a prompt should appear on your screen letting you know you found the lost sector Excavation Site XII.

Take out the enemies inside and then head further down to find the target of your Forsaken bounty!

That's all you need to know to find the Excavation Site XII lost sector in Firebase Hades of the EDZ! Be sure to also check out our other Destiny 2 guides below:

Destiny 2: The Drain EDZ Location Guide Sat, 08 Sep 2018 12:38:53 -0400 Ty Arthur

The Forsaken expansion for Destiny 2 brings a host of extra content, including new bounties sending you to lost sectors that aren't clearly marked on the map.

The idea with these bounties is to manually search for all the unmarked mini-dungeons to engage in a real hunt for your target. If you're already tired of trying to track down The Drain's secret location, we can show you how to get there quickly.

Finding The Drain

Spider will offer you the Wanted: Metal Captain bounty in exchange for a ghost fragment. To complete this bounty, you've got to head to The Drain and kill the escaped Fallen.

The Drain isn't actually new to the Forsaken expansion, but finding it may be difficult if you didn't have a reason to travel there before. This lost sector is hidden in the Outskirts of EDZ.

Go to the northwest edge of the Outskirts past the fountain and look for a tunnel heading down into the ground. The tunnel entrance is found right by a pond and underneath the path section of the short cliff face.

There will be a bunch of enemies inside blocking your way. After taking them out, turn left and go down the tunnel in the first large room you enter (instead of taking the doorway to the right).

Travel down the metal grating walkway by the wall with the big painted number 2 icon and head into the next tunnel. When you walk near the next door, you will know you are in the right place when a notification pops up that you found a lost sector.

Its actually a fairly big place and crawling with enemies, so be prepared to go through killing all of them before finding your bounty near the end of the tunnels.

That's all you need to know to find The Drain lost sector in the EDZ! Be sure to also check out our other Destiny 2 guides below:

Destiny 2 Guide: How to Get Ace of Spades Fri, 07 Sep 2018 10:20:34 -0400 Sergey_3847

The Hunter-exclusive exotic hand cannon, Ace of Spades, has returned to Destiny 2 in the new expansion -- Forsaken. This powerful weapon has 13 bullets in magazine and allows you to clear an entire room of enemies with precision kill bonuses.

Getting Ace of Spades will not be easy in Destiny 2, as the quest consists of several different steps, which are described in our step-by-step guide below. So keep on reading if you want to know how to get this exotic weapon right now.

Step 1: Start Cayde's Will Quest

The key to unlocking Ace of Spades lies in the Cayde's Will quest, which becomes available at Banshee-44 after you've finished the main campaign.

This quest consists of the following steps:
  • Get 5 Invasion Kills in Gambit

Gambit is a new PvP mode in the Forsaken DLC that puts two teams of four guardians against each other.

You can easily finish this step by asking your buddies to invade your game, and in this way you can quickly get the required 5 kills with a hand cannon.

  • Get 250 Kills in Strikes

This is probably the easiest task of them all. Just choose any of the available Strikes in Destiny 2 and look out for places where it's easy to farm Thralls. In no time you should be able to get the required 250 kills with your hand cannon.

  • Get 25 Precision Kills in Crucible

Choose any Crucible playlist that is available in Destiny 2 and equip a hand cannon that has the lowest recoil, which is exactly what you need for precision kills. In this case, the best choice would be Dire Promise, a legendary kinetic hand cannon that is available in Clan Engrams.

Step 2: Search for Cayde's Stashes

When you're done killing enemies with a hand cannon, you will be given the task to find four Cayde's caches that are hidden in different locations. Here's how you can get all of them quickly:

  • Find the cache on Io

When you arrive at Io's Lost Oasis landing zone, head straight to the northern area of Terrabase Charon. From there make your way up to The Wraith Mines location and you will see the chest hidden in a crack of the wall.

  • Find the cache on Nessus

The second cache will take you to Nessus. There go to Exodus Black landing zone and dive into the Sunken Cavern. Pass it through into the big round chamber and check out the top of the wall for another chest.

  • Find the cache on the Tangled Shore

At the asteroid wasteland of Tangled Shore go to the Jetsam of Saturn location, and head straight through the cave in the south to its very edge. There you will find an opening in the rock with another hidden stash at the Hellrise Canyon.

  • Find the cache in the EDZ

The final cache can be found in the EDZ at the Firebase Hades location. But not exactly, it's in one of the connecting areas -- Legions' Anchor, where the Arms Dealer strike takes place. Move towards the big alcove to your right and you should see the notification about the stash being nearby.

Step 3: Complete Ace in the Hole Quest

Lastly, go to Titan and finish a short and very simple Ace in the Hole solo mission, in which you will be listening to Cayde's monologue and pick up his chests on the way.

This is a very linear type of mission so you won't have trouble seeing the chests as they are openly placed throughout the main path.

When you find all 10 chests, bring the parts back to Banshee, and you will be rewarded with the Aces of Spades hand cannon.


That is all on how to get the Ace of Spades exotic weapon in the Forsaken expansion, and for other Destiny 2 guides at GameSkinny, be sure to check out the list below: 

How to Get Elemental Orbs in Destiny 2 Fri, 03 Aug 2018 12:54:12 -0400 Sergey_3847

The newest Solstice of Heroes event is now live in Destiny 2. It gives players access to the new Solstice gear, which can be upgraded to legendary status using special elemental orbs.

There are three types of orbs that you need to get to be able to fully upgrade your gear: Solar, Arc, and Void. If you want to know how to get them all, then follow our quick guide below.

How to Farm Solar, Arc, and Void Orbs

The three types of orbs represent the three types of elemental damage in Destiny 2. That's why if you want to farm for a specific type of orbs, you will need to play as the subclass that corresponds to the given element.

You will find the complete breakdown of the elements for each subclass below:

  • Solar: Gunslinger, Sunbreaker, Dawnblade
  • Arc: Arcstrider, Striker, Stormcaller
  • Void: Nightstalker, Sentinel, Voidwalker

You obviously need to have your Solstice armor on and your weapon should also have the same element as your subclass before farming. For example, if you play as a Solar subclass, but you run a Void weapon, there is a chance that you will sometimes get Void orbs instead of Solar ones. So if you want to maximize the farming of a certain type of orbs, be sure to play with the same type of weapon as well.

Method 1: Killing Elites

The orbs drop from the enemies, but it has been reported that the highest rate of orbs drop from the Elites. So aim for these types of enemies specifically. The highest number of Elites can be found on Nessus at Exodus Black.

Just hop on there and start an adventure of killing Assault Scouts with all three different subclasses, and you will have enough orbs to fully upgrade your Solstice gear very quickly.

Method 2: Public Events

This method isn't as good as the first one, but you can still try it out and see for yourselves. It involves you finding any Strike that can let you take part in Public Events.

Choose the best Public Event to your liking and start killing enemies there. So this is just another way of farming elemental orbs in Destiny 2


That is all on how to get elemental orbs in the Solstice of Heroes event, and for other Destiny 2 guides at GameSkinny, check out the links below:

How to Get Seraph Weapons in Destiny 2 Tue, 15 May 2018 12:24:31 -0400 Sergey_3847

The "Warmind" DLC for Destiny 2 has introduced the new Seraph weapons, one of which -- the Hand Cannon -- you can get by completing the main campaign. However, there are three more weapons you can get: the SMG, Sniper Rifle, and Shotgun.

If you want to know how to get the rest of the Seraph weapons in Destiny 2, then follow our step-by-step guide below for all the info you need.

Step 1: Get Rasputin Key Fragments

After you've completed all the story missions in the "Warmind" DLC, you need to start playing either Heroic Strikes or Heroic Adventures. Both of these PvE modes are rather easy, so you should have no trouble there.

As a reward for completing each of these modes, you will earn one Rasputin Key Fragment. The PvE modes are available daily, and in total, you need seven of these key fragments.

Then, you need to turn in those seven key fragments to Ana Bray, who resides on Mars. In exchange, she will provide you with one Encrypted Cache Key.

Step 2: Start Escalation Protocol

When you have the Encrypted Cache Key, you can join the Escalation Protocol public event on Mars. This is a new horde mode that requires players to survive seven consecutive waves of enemies and one last boss fight in the end.

The boss fight is especially difficult, so it would be good to enter the event with a power level of at least 370. If you can't beat the boss, don't worry; the boss rotates every week, so you can do it again after the rotation.

Step 3: Open the Loot Box

Once you've managed to beat the final boss of the Escalation Protocol event, you will get the Decrypted Cache Key and a special loot box as a reward, which can be opened only with the help of this decrypted key.

The loot box includes legendary and exotic items, such as unique armor, and of course, the much-desired Seraph weapons.


That is all you need to know in order to get the Seraph weapons in the "Warmind" DLC, and for other Destiny 2 guides at GameSkinny, please visit the links below:

Destiny 2: How to Get and Use Masterwork Cores Tue, 19 Dec 2017 14:05:34 -0500 Ty Arthur

New changes continue to arrive for Destiny 2, as most players have long since hit the max character and light level, including some recent updates on improving your high-end gear.

While the Curse Of Osiris DLC brought out new exotics like the highly sought-after Prometheus Lens or the Crimson Hand Cannon, a number of big updates have started arriving independent of that DLC. These updates change up the end game, as players seek out new ways to up their light level and distinguish themselves from their clanmates.

The latest addition is a new category of weapons called Masterworks, which are essentially variant Legendary items that boost a stat and help you generate orbs, which is useful for utilizing your super. You can tell if an item is Masterwork by checking for a gold Masterwork Weapon slot on the far right end of the weapon mods list.

 A brand-new Masterwork version of a Legendary weapon

Destiny 2 Masterwork Weapons

As with most things in Destiny 2, Masterwork items are primarily random drops (in this case, available after you hit power level 250), so pray to the RNG gods and get to killing things. You can also potentially get them from various vendors by turning in your tokens.

There's a slightly higher chance for them to drop in the Trials of the Nine or on Raids, so focus on farming those locations if you really want these new additions to the game, but they can pop up pretty much anywhere.

All Masterwork weapons have a few key differences from a standard Legendary weapon drop:

  • Each masterwork weapon automatically includes a kill tracker for either PvE or Crucible, but not both options at once. 
  • Masterwork weapons produce orbs on multi-kills, and you can now pick them up yourself.
  • Every Masterwork item provides a small bonus to one of the following stats: Blast Radius, Handling, Impact, Magazine, Range, Reload, Stability, or Velocity.
  • The stat boosted by a Masterwork can be rerolled if you don't like the original boost for a cost of 3 Masterwork Cores and 25 Legendary Shards.

Destiny 2 Masterwork Cores

There is a second method for acquiring Masterwork gear, however, by using Masterwork Cores to give an existing Legendary weapon the Masterwork qualities.

If you dismantle any piece of Masterwork equipment previously acquired, you will get a randomized number of Legendary Shards and Masterwork Cores (usually 1 - 3).

That means it's time for some serious grinding and to dismantle anything Masterwork you acquire that you don't plan on using. There's finally a reason to get back and keep playing again! 

 Finding Masterwork Cores in your inventory

All Legendary weapons now have three extra blank slots in their inventory screen, showing that they can be turned into a Masterwork variant for a slight boost and showcasing what stat is boosted.

If you highlight either of the bottom two slots, you can choose to turn a Legendary weapon into a Masterwork version by spending 10 Cores and 25 Shards. You can also change from a PvE tracker to Crucible tracker for the same cost, but frankly, that seems expensive for so small a modification.

After a weapon has been turned into a Masterwork version, highlight the lower-left new slot to reroll which specific stat gets a bonus for 3 Masterwork Cores and 25 Legendary Shards.

This reroll lets you change something like a 10% bonus to magazine size, for instance, into 10% increased reload speed (or one of the other randomized options). What you get is the luck of the roll though, so there's no guarantee you will have gotten what you want for spending all those Cores.

 Upgrading to Masterwork

Special thanks go out to YouTubers GuidingLight and Mesa Sean for the screenshots.

What Masterworks have you found so far, and has this change in weapon drops brought you back to the game? Let us know in the comments!

Destiny 2 Guide: How to Obtain the Perfect Paradox Shotgun Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:02:44 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Destiny 2's Curse of Osiris expansion just keeps on giving. Along with the original 10 Lost Prophecies that had players collecting various items and completing sub-quests, there is now a new Lost Prophecy called Another Verse to complete, and apart from being full of lore, it gives you one of the game's best weapons as well. Here's how to get it.

Accessing Another Verse

Before Brother Vance will offer you the Lost Prophecy Another Verse, you'll have to complete the first 10 Lost Prophecies as well (and you can check out our guide for how to do that, too). Once that's done, head back to the Lighthouse and speak to Brother Vance. In addition to Another Verse, you'll be given a new mission: Signal Light on Mercury. It sends you back to the Infinite Forest and starts unveiling some of the lore behind the game and Saint 14.

Item Collecting

Speak to Brother Vance again after completing Signal Light, and he tasks you with collecting six items: 2 Concentrated Radiolarian Culture, 2 Advanced Paradox Amplifiers, and 2 Fossilized Hermaion Blossoms (we've got you covered for how to find the blossoms, too).

Not Even the Darkness

After collecting the necessary items, Brother Vance gives you another mission: Not Even the Darkness. Here, you'll actually pursue Saint 14 and learn what happened to him.

Perfect Paradox Shotgun

Finally, after you complete Not Even the Darkness, Brother Vance allows you to forge the Perfect Paradox Shotgun. Here's a rundown of its stats:

  • Rounds per minute: 100
  • Impact: 65
  • Range: 39
  • Stability: 42
  • Reload Speed: 68
  • Handling: 49


Let us know in the comments if you plan on using the Perfect Paradox, and check out our other Destiny 2 guides as well!

Destiny 2 Guide: How to Get Fossilized Hermaion Blossoms Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:36:18 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

Despite some criticism for its brevity, Destiny 2's Curse of Osiris expansion provides plenty of reasons for players to come back for more. One of the ways it does this is through the Lost Prophecy quests that grant you access to some of the game's best weapons (and you can check out those quests in our Lost Prophecies Verses guide). But one particular item required for some of these is causing a bit of puzzlement among players: the Fossilized Hermaion Blossom. Never fear! We've put together this handy guide to help get you started item farming.

What Is a Fossilized Hermaion Blossom in Destiny 2?

Fossilized Hermaion Blossoms are one of three items needed for Lost Prophecy offerings, with the other two being Concentrated Radiolarian Culture and the Advanced Paradox Amplifier. These are all used at the Infinite Forge with Brother Vance after completing Osiris' main campaign. Once you have the necessary items required for fulfilling one of the Lost Prophesy Verses and complete the offering, you're rewarded with a special weapon. Special in the sense that its damage level is automatically higher than what you're using at the time.

Great! Now, How Do I Get Hermaion Blossoms?

You can obtain one Hermaion Blossom by playing either Nightfall Skies, Trials of the Nine Matches, or Heroic Strikes. But item drop rewards are random, so there's no guarantee you'll obtain a Fossilized Hermaion Blossom at any given point. If you want to complete all the Verses or obtain specific weapons, you'll be grinding for a while.

You Mentioned Weapons and Hermaion Blossoms?

Fossilized Hermaion Blossoms are required for Verses 5 and 7-10, usually one or two alongside another item. But Verse 10 is one of the more rewarding -- and difficult -- to complete. It requires 3 Fossilized Hermaion Blossoms alone and rewards you with Future Safe 10. Future Safe 10 is a sword and one of the more balanced weapons, whose perks, such as Jagged Edge and Hungry Edge, make it well suited for attacking.

Future Safe 10 Stats:

  • Speed: 46
  • Impact: 62
  • Range: 46
  • Efficiency: 55
  • Defense: 46


Do you plan on hunting down some Fossilized Hermaion Blossoms and adding the Future Safe 10 to your arsenal? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to check out our other Destiny 2 guides! Here are a few to get you started: 

Destiny 2: How to Get the Crimson Hand Cannon Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:59:08 -0500 Ty Arthur

When the campaign is over and the serious raiding begins, Destiny 2 is all about the quest for more powerful gear to increase your overall Light level. Forget character level, because it's the gear that makes the Guardian.

Thankfully, the freshly released Curse Of Osiris expansion has several new additions to the growing list of exotic weapons available to those who are willing to put in the effort to get new engrams.

Besides the devastatingly powerful Prometheus Lens exotic trace rifle (which is causing more than a few problems in PvP), now you can also potentially get your hands on the triple-burst Crimson Hand Cannon exotic -- if you are on a lucky streak!

How to Get the Crimson Hand Cannon

This isn't an answer anyone wants, but sadly it's the truth: there's no surefire way to get the Crimson Hand Cannon. It doesn't drop reliably in any one location, it's not in a locked container like the Lighthouse regional chest, and it isn't ever a reward for a quest. I wish I could tell you to go to location X and kill Y number of Vex to grab it, but I can't.

It's totally up to random chance whether you get the Crimson as you grind for exotic engrams over time. At the moment, just playing more and keeping your fingers crossed is your best hope.

Don't forget, though, that after the impending Destiny 2 December 12th patch, it will be possible to get engrams that decrypt into exotics you haven't acquired yet through Xur. That should make for much less of a grind in the RNG hell that is Destiny 2 at the moment, and it should put more players on an even footing as exotics will be less difficult to acquire.

 Crimson Hand Cannon Lore

Destiny 2 Crimson Hand Cannon Stats

So after all that grinding for exotic engrams (or random luck and getting it immediately, you lucky son of ...), what's all the fuss about with this dinky, little pistol?

Although it doesn't fire a continuous beam of ever more-damaging energy like the Prometheus Lens, and it certainly isn't the biggest gun on the block, the Crimson Hand Cannon is still a beast of a weapon with the following stats and traits:

  • 310 attack
  • High Impact
  • Extremely High Stability 
  • High Range
  • High Reload Speed
  • Low Handling
  • Rounds Per Minute - 386
  • Magazine - 24
  • Smallbore Barrel
  • Accurized Rounds
  • Heavy Grip 
  • Banned Weapon Intrinsic Ability (3-round burst)
  • Cruel Remedy Trait

Most of the traits listed above just increase the stability, impact, and so on, but it's those bottom two that are particularly interesting (and by interesting, I mean "devastating to anything standing in front of you").

According to Vanguard policy, the weapon does not exist and features the "Banned" ability that lets it fire off in a three-round burst with each squeeze of the trigger for massive damage.

Each kill you rack up (and you will rack them up quickly) also heals you thanks to Cruel Remedy, which frankly will seem a little unfair to anyone on the other side of the equation. If you get precision kills, the magazine also refills for free ammo.

 Crimson Hand Cannon Stats

Have you managed to randomly get the Crimson Hand Cannon yet, or are you still grinding away and praying to the RNG gods above? Let us know when you manage to snag one because you officially have our envy!

Ready to tackle the other Curse Of Osiris challenges after nabbing the Crimson? Check out our other guides for this world-expanding DLC:

Destiny 2 Lighthouse Chest Puzzle Guide Thu, 07 Dec 2017 12:15:54 -0500 Ty Arthur

The Curse Of Osiris DLC for Destiny 2 is jam packed with new content for those who devoured the game in its first few months of release, featuring more than a few secrets to unlock if you look hard enough.

One of those curiosities is a region chest locked behind a barrier of light that can't be broken no matter how hard you try. There's a secret to bringing down that impenetrable barrier if you can figure out a puzzle.

Essentially, your Guardian will be throwing a series of switches in the proper order, only in this case, your goal is picking up books instead of actually hitting switches. Hit all five books in the order required, and that luscious loot is all yours!

Unlocking The Destiny 2 Lighthouse Region Chest

This blocked regional chest is found in the area of the Lighthouse where Brother Vance is standing by all of his books on prophecy. The chest is located behind a force field underneath the stone catwalk to the left of the room's entrance.

Book 1 - Compelling Book

To get the puzzle started, interact with the Compelling Book found just to the left of Brother Vance on the stone countertop. It's sitting to the right of a rolled-up scroll and is clearly marked by a glowing symbol of Osiris.

 Book 1 Location

Book 2 - Marked Book

From the first book, turn around and go past Brother Vance. In the direction Brother Vance is facing, keep going forward until you hit the room's wall. This book is on the second shelf on that wall, just above a red and orange device.

If you are instead coming in from the room's main entrance, the second book is found by turning right and going along the wall until you hit this bookshelf between two burning torches.

 Book 2 Location

Book 3 - Aged Book

From the second book, turn around so you are facing the interior of the room and then turn left. Go across the stairs to the other section of the room, and you can find the third book on the lower bookshelf next to a burning torch. If you are instead coming in the room from the outside, it's just to your left (and near the drop-off point to find the force field).

 Book 3 Location

Book 4 - Curious Book

From the third book, turn and go back the way you came across the stairs. Keep going forward until you see the large stone column on your left and the bookcases on your right. Just past that point, turn to face left, and you should see this book sitting on a table.

 Book 4 Location

Book 5 - Significant Book

From the fourth book's position, turn around yet again and go all the way back towards where you found the third book. Keep going until you walk past the forge with the 12-pointed star on the wall. Just past the star are a bunch of candles on the wall. Jump up onto the bookshelf next to those candles to find this fifth and final book up on a higher ledge.

 Book 5 Location

Even though you've hit all the switches, you aren't quite done yet with the process, as you still have to decrypt the firewall by interacting with a conflux (the glowing pillar of light). The conflux is found just a bit beyond the table where the fourth book was sitting.

 Conflux Location

After using the conflux, the field of light should now be gone, and you can claim your reward (special thanks to YouTuber Esoterickk for the screenshots).

Note that the barrier may already be down if someone else in the room completed the puzzle, and you can even help others complete it if they've started but haven't finished the book sequence.

 Opening the Lighthouse chest

Now that you've got your special Lighthouse regional chest, ready to tackle the other Curse Of Osiris challenges? Check out our other Destiny 2 guides:

Destiny 2 Curse Of Osiris Lost Prophecy Verses Guide Wed, 06 Dec 2017 16:03:40 -0500 Ty Arthur

The unbearable months-long wait is over as Destiny 2 finally gets a major expansion with new content in Curse Of Osiris, which means it's time to jump back into the game!

Players can now find devastating new exotics like the Prometheus Lens tracer rifle and get an overdue bump on the character and light level caps.

Of course there's also new side missions that result in unique Legendary gear. These new weapons are only available after you grind some specific offering components to complete a set of verses in the Lost Prophecies.

Starting Destiny 2 Lost Prophecies

After completing the main Curse Of Osiris campaign, talk to Brother Vance at the Lighthouse to get started on completing the Lost Prophecies (some players have reported Vance won't actually give them the Lost Prophecy info until after completing a Heroic Adventure first).

Look through his inventory of verses in the Lost Prophecies and pick one you want to finish (these don't all have to be done in order from 1 to 11). Once the verse is in your inventory, take a look at it to see the specific requirements for the quest.

To finish off a verse and get your new Legendary weapon, you have to get specific offerings and use them in your inventory to create a Prophecy Tablet. Each offering item is usable and will be consumed when you activate it.

Once that's done, take the Tablet back to Brother Vance and choose the option to transmute it. With that transmuted Tablet in hand, head over to the forge (the device connected to the 11 pointed star on the wall in the Lighthouse).

Interact with the forge to get your weapon reward, and then look at the star to see which verses you've completed and which are still incomplete.

  Finding a verse's offering requirements

Lost Prophecy Verse Offering Requirements

Offerings to complete any given Lost Prophecy verse are acquired in different ways, like engaging in Strikes, Public Events, and Adventures, and most can be found on Mercury. To see the specifics for each verse, choose the Details option while hovering over the verse in your inventory.

The Details screen tells you specifics like "acquired from public event chests" or "acquired from Heroic Adventures on Mercury" and so on. Essentially, you are looking for random drops at places you'd already be going. 

Below we list out every weapon and verse combo discovered so far, along with what offerings you need to use in your inventory to get the Tablet. Have you completed any of the verses we didn't get to yet? Let us know in the comments, and we'll get this list updated!

Prophecy Weapon Offerings
 Verse 1  Garden Progeny 1 (Scout Rifle) Concentrated Radiolarian Culture
 Verse 2  The Conqueror 2 (SMG) Concentrated Radiolarian Culture x2
Advanced Paradox Amplifier
 Verse 3  Jack, Queen King 3 (Hand Cannon Concentrated Radiolarian Culture
Advanced Paradox Amplifier x2
 Verse 4  Machine Dei 4 (Pulse Rifle) Concentrated Radiolarian Culture x3
 Verse 5  Traveler's Judgment 5 (Sidearm) Advanced Paradox Amplifier x3
Fossilized Hermaion Blossom
 Verse 6  Sol Pariah 6 (SMG) Concentrated Radiolarian Culture x2
Advanced Paradox Amplifier x2
 Verse 7  West of Sunfall 7 (Hand Cannon) Advanced Paradox Amplifier
Fossilized Hermaion Blossom x2
 Verse 8  Infinite Paths 8 (Pulse Rifle) Advanced Paradox Amplifier x2
Fossilized Hermaion Blossom x2
 Verse 9  Null Calamity 9 (Auto Rifle) Concentrated Radiolarian Culture x2
Advanced Paradox Amplifier x2
Hermaion Blossom x2
 Verse 10  Future Safe 10 (Sword) Fossilized Hermaion Blossom x3
 Verse 11  Perfect Paradox Legends Lost quest


Good luck finding all the offerings and grabbing every weapon! Special thanks go out to YouTuber Rikudou for the Lost Prophecy screenshots.

Now that you're on the quest to finish all the verses, you might be looking for help on the rest of the game and its expansion. From raids to exotic weapon lists and even vendor locations, our full list of Destiny 2 walkthroughs can be found right here. Here are a few guides to get you started: 

  • Lighthouse Chest Puzzle
  • How to Get the Crimson Hand Cannon
  • Prometheus Lens Exotic Trace Rifle
  • Curse Of Osiris' New Level Cap
  • How to get Hermaion Blossoms in the Curse of Osiris
  • Destiny 2 Exotics and How to Get Them
  • Destiny 2 Beginner's Guide
  • How to Replay Story Missions
  • Destiny 2 Clan Guide
  • How to Unlock Challenges
  • Activating Heroic Public Events
  • How to Get the Kill Tracker Ghost
  • What to Do at Max Level
Destiny 2 Guide: Prometheus Lens Exotic Trace Rifle Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:07:03 -0500 Ty Arthur

The first major game expansion, Curse Of Osiris, has officially landed for Destiny 2, bringing in the ability to finally explore Mercury along with a host of gameplay tweaks long sought by the fan base.

In addition to an increase in the weirdly low-starting Destiny 2 level cap come new areas, new enemies, and more importantly: new exotic gear to distinguish your character!

Remember the Coldheart pre-order bonus tracer rifle from way back at launch? Now there's finally another major exotic in that category, and it's absolutely killer.

If you're lucky, you may just land the Prometheus Lens exotic trace rifle, which is currently outclassing all other weapons due to its odd firing mechanism. With its high base level requirement, you actually have a reason to work towards the new level cap as well!

Destiny 2 Prometheus Lens Stats

If the roll of the dice in the exotic RNG hell lands in your favor and you unlock this rare trace rifle, here are the base stats for the devastatingly powerful Prometheus Lens:

  • 320 attack
  • Requires Level 22
  • Extremely High Range
  • Extremely Low Impact
  • High Stability
  • Low Handling
  • Rounds Per Minute – 1,000
  • Magazine – 77
  • Prismatic Inferno Ability
  • Kills with this weapon return a fraction of the ammo used to the magazine

You might have noticed something rather odd in the stats on the Round Per Minute category. One major difference from your average rifle is that the Prometheus Lens fires a continuous beam in whatever direction you are facing instead of launching individual bullets, giving it a jaw-dropping 1,000 rating.

Obviously the Prometheus Lens exotic rifle chews through ammo extremely quickly since it fires a steady beam, but here's the kicker -- getting kills actually refills the ammo. That's already an awesome little perk, but it gets even better.

The Prismatic Inferno ability kicks this thing into overdrive, upping the damage the longer the Prometheus beam is fired. What this means is if you are aiming well and have a target-rich environment, you will be firing a long time, and everything will be dead.

The rifle excels against large numbers of weak opponents, but because of its long range, it can pretty much devastate anything if you manage to hit it for more than a second or two.

 Prometheus Lens Stats

While those abilities and high damage are great for the average mission, it also means the Prometheus Lens tracer rifle is absolutely dominating in Destiny 2 PvP right now, perhaps to an unfair degree.

Reddit and various Destiny forums are absolutely ablaze on how unbalancing the weapon can be against other players with a ludicrously low kill time. You can expect a patch in the future to nerf the weapon as the angry hordes rise up against Bungie's lack of foresight on this exotic.

Of course, whether you actually manage to get the Prometheus Lens or not is currently up to the fickle hand of fate, as it's totally random (although the odds obviously increase as you get more exotic engrams).

With changes coming later this month to balance out the chances of getting high-end equipment, it seems a good bet Xur will eventually sell this amazing tracer rifle.

 "Get me one, I don't care how you do it" about sums it up.

Special thanks to YouTuber CyberChaos for the screenshots above. Have you managed to get your hands on the Prometheus Lens exotic trace rifle yet, and has it become your go-to weapon of choice? Let us know in the comments!

Still need help with the rest of this ever-expanding sci-fi shooter? Be sure to check out even more Destiny 2 guides right here, and stay tuned as we cover every aspect of the Curse Of Osiris DLC that you need to know about. Here are some guides to get you started: 

Destiny 2 Guide to Curse of Osiris' New Level Cap Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:24:29 -0500 Ty Arthur

Forget Christmas morning or pitching your tent for the midnight showing of The Last Jedi, what Destiny 2 fans have been waiting for all year is now here -- the first major content expansion for Bungie's shared-world shooter, Curse Of Osiris

Unfortunately, it landed with a rocky start, bringing along a whole lot of pre-load nonsense that ravenous players had to sift through. 

However, now that all that silliness is over, you can finally jump into the expansion and explore new areas like Mercury. It's not just extra locations, loot, and enemies arriving with this long-awaited DLC, however. Players have been clamoring for increases to the oddly low-level XP cap and equipment power level cap since the game's initial launch -- and the developers finally listened!

 Ready to meet up with Sagira and kill a couple of
thousand Vex while chasing after Osiris?

Destiny 2's New Level Cap in Curse of Osiris

Starting out at a paltry level 20, the character level cap has blessedly been increased today as Curse Of Osiris officially launches. Everyone who spent any serious time playing the base game reached that almost immediately and has been eagerly awaiting more.

It's not a huge increase, but the Destiny 2 level cap has now been bumped to 25, offering more progression opportunities for those who devoured the first 20 levels in a week or so.

Of course, hitting max level didn't mean you were done progressing, as the real metric for your character's effectiveness (and readiness for those hard end-game raids) is your total power level determined by your gear.

Originally capped at 305, you can now increase your total Destiny 2 light power level 335 (if you use Legendary mods).

What's On The Horizon For Destiny 2

The newly-increased maximum power level can be hard to reach due to the random nature of loot, with big changes reportedly coming in the near future to make equipment acquisition more reliable in the end game.

While quite a few tweaks to the game arrived with the Destiny 2 1.11 patch and the Curse Of Osiris DLC today, there are several anticipated updates that won't arrive until later in the month.

For instance, tweaks to the chest lock-out system and changes to faction leaders selling gear for Legendary shards (and selling more gear if you've redeemed more engrams) won't actually arrive until the 12th. Although there's no date set in stone yet, the coming months are also slated to see a ranked Crucible playlist, private Crucible matches, and protection from exotic duplicates.

What patch changes are you most looking forward to, and have you been trying out the new Curse Of Osiris content yet? Let us know in the comments below! While you're at it, make sure to check out our other Destiny 2 guides. Here area few to get you started: 

  • Destiny 2 Location Guide: Where is Xur? 
  • How to get Hermaion Blossoms in the Curse of Osiris
  • Destiny 2 Exotics and How to Get Them
  • Destiny 2 Beginner's Guide
  • How to Replay Story Missions
  • Destiny 2 Clan Guide
  • How to Unlock Challenges
  • Activating Heroic Public Events
  • How to Get the Kill Tracker Ghost
  • What to Do at Max Level
Destiny 2 Guide: How to Fix the Stuck on Initializing Glitch Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:34:35 -0500 spacechaser

To the delight of new and returning fans alike, Destiny 2 was launched on PC last month, a first for the franchise. Everything seemed business as usual, and as the launch date approached, players began preloading the game onto their hard drives in anticipation. However, many experienced a frustrating glitch before even starting the game up.

As patches and updates to both the client and the game itself released, more and more players began experiencing the "stuck on initializing" glitch.

How Does It Happen?

Most players on Blizzard's forums and Reddit report that they paused the download for whatever reason, and when they attempted to resume it, the download simply didn't continue, displaying the message "Initializing." However, some others had it happen to them without even having paused the download. Speculation for now seems to point fingers at Blizzard and the client itself, but the company has not released any official fix for it as of yet.

How Do I Fix It?

Unfortunately, at the moment the best fix seems to be removing the Destiny 2 folder from its location, clicking the "update" or "install" button again, and then moving it back.

AgentOJ on the Blizzard Forums breaks it down clearly:

So far this is one of the few confirmed fixes, aside from reinstalling the entire game. 

Have you encountered this glitch while trying to update or install Destiny 2? Have you managed to fix it? Let us know in the comments! Make sure to check out our other Destiny 2 guides! Here are a few to get you started: 

How to Get Around the Destiny 2 TRUMPET Error Fri, 27 Oct 2017 12:42:17 -0400 ThatGamersAsylum

While Destiny 2 released nearly two months ago for consoles, it was only a few days ago that it rolled out on PC. And, as with any major release nowadays, there is a bevy of pesky bugs -- big and small -- that have been unearthed by players. 

One such bug is the TRUMPET error, which rears its pesky head when players boot up the game, telling them to restart the client to play (which is obviously not fixing the problem). Bungie’s official Twitter account has made it clear that they are aware of this issue and that they are currently working on a way to fix it.

In the meantime, Bungie believes it has traced the issue down to a core problem: the presence of deleted accounts on your friends list. This means there are two solutions to this issue:

Removing Inactive Accounts From Your Friends List

You can attempt to search through your friends list and delete anyone whose account no longer actually exists. Of course, this can be somewhat of a pain, especially if you have a lot of friends.

Switching Your Blizzard Region

The second solution involves less trial and error on your part, but also requires more communication to set up parties with your friends. Basically, by default, you will have been playing, or set up in, a specific Blizzard Region, which is a server chosen for you based on your Blizzard account country of origin.

You can only play with people who are in the same Blizzard Region as you. However, people who are not in the same region will not show up on your friend’s list. Thus, the idea is that if you switch your region, you will functionally not have a friends list and thus eliminating the glitch. Of course, switching back to your original region will bring back the original friends list and with it, the TRUMPET glitch.

If you would rather switch your Blizzard region than clear out your friends list, follow the steps below.  

How to Change Your Blizzard Region
  1. Shutdown Destiny 2
  2. Open the Blizzard desktop application
  3. Go to the Destiny 2 landing page
  4. Find the drop-down menu above the “Play” button
  5. Chang your Blizzard region


For now, these are the only fixes that are being offered by Bungie. Neither is perfect, but at least it's something until the official patch drops sometime in the future.

If you're looking for more tips, tricks, and strategies for Destiny 2, make sure to check out our other Destiny 2 guides! Here are a few to get you started: 

Destiny 2 Guide: Attrition and Other Nightfall Strike Modifiers Explained Tue, 10 Oct 2017 17:04:41 -0400 Jonathan Moore

If you've played Destiny 2 for any length of time, you know that the weekly Nightfall is not only harder than the missions typically found in the Strikes Playlist, but that it also has modifiers that make your mission much more strenuous than normal. These "random" modifiers change every Tuesday during the weekly reset (when a new Nightfall Strike is introduced) and they greatly inform what weapons and gear you'll need to take into the Strike. 

These Nightfall modifiers have various effects, with some making you more powerful and others requiring you extend the Nightfall timer. Regardless of their effects, knowing what each modifier does greatly informs your Nightfall strategy. 

To make sure you're as prepared as you can be, here's a quick rundown of each of the Nightfall Strike modifiers currently in Destiny 2 -- and what they mean for the mission ahead. 

What Each Nightfall Strike Modifier Does in Destiny 2

  • Attrition: Your health and shield generation is greatly reduced. Some enemies will drop wells (or hourglasses) of light that will replenish your health and shields. 

  • Timewarp (Killing Time): The Nightfall begins with a 10-minute timer (some Nightfall timers begin at about 15 minutes). Killing any and all enemies will extend the timer.

  • Timewarp (Anomalies): The Nightfall begins with a 10-minute timer. The timer may be extended by 30 seconds for each blue anomaly destroyed throughout the mission. 

  • Timewarp (Rings): The Nightfall Strike begins with a 10-minute timer. The timer may be extended by 30 seconds each time a fireteam member jumps through one of the many rings found throughout the mission. 

  • Arc Burn: Arc damage from weapons, grenades, and supers is greatly increased. 

  • Solar Burn: Solar damage from weapons, grenades, and supers is greatly increased. 

  • Void Burn: Void damage from weapons, grenades, and supers is greatly increased. 

  • Prism: Burns (Arc, Solar, and Void) will rotate every 30 seconds.

  • Angry: Enemies won't stagger when shot or hit. It does not matter how much impact your equipped weapon provides. 

  • Heroic: Enemies appear in greater numbers and attack more aggressively. 

  • Epic: Enemies are more belligerent, employ advanced tactics, have shields, and appear in greater numbers. 

  • Juggler: Ammo for your currently-equipped weapon does not drop until you switch to and kill enemies with another weapon. 

  • Lightswitch: Enemy melee attacks are more powerful. 


Those are all of the Nightfall Strike modifiers for now. Bungie may add more modifiers in the future, but knowing what each of these current modifiers means will give you the upper hand against Destiny 2's Agents of Darkness. 

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