Destiny 2 Guides  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Destiny 2 Guides  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network 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. 

Looking for more Destiny 2 tips and tricks? Make sure to check out our Destiny 2 guides! Here are a few to get you started: 

Destiny 2 Guide: EDZ Servitors Locations Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:24:37 -0400 Kieran Desmond

Each day, Destiny 2 brings three new challenges to each activity in the game. One such challenge you might see while exploring the European Dead Zone on Earth is the "You Got Served" challenge. This Destiny 2 challenge tasks you with destroying five Fallen Servitors which may seem easy, but in practice, isn't exactly so. You'll quickly notice how infrequently you encounter the floating purple spheres in the wilds of the EDZ on Earth. So read on for a quick way of knocking out this challenge.

Where to Find Fallen Servitors in the EDZ

The most reliable source of Fallen Servitors in the European Dead Zone can be found via the "Servitor Resupply" public event which takes place in two separate locations in the EDZ. In each event, you can find five Servitors -- including the Boss Servitor, which is much harder to eliminate than its other servitor ads.

At the start of the event, there will be one Servitor shielding the Boss Servitor. After reducing the Boss Servitor to half health, three Servitors will appear and boost the Boss Servitor's attack and defense. To quickly destroy them before they disappear, save your Super for this moment and melt them accordingly.

Remember that if you don't have your Super charged before the event starts, you can automatically recharge all of your abilities by Rallying at the Flag that marks the location of the event.

Note: By killing the three Servitors that appear at 50% boss health quickly enough, you can activate the Heroic version of this public event which offers a greater chance at better loot.

Public Event Location 1 -- EDZ Outskirts


The first public event is located in the northeast corner of the Outskirts area in the lower half of the EDZ map. You'll know if an event is occurring when the public event icon appears in that location on your map.

The "Servitor Resupply" public event isn't the only event that takes place here, however. There is also the chance that the "Weapons Exchange" public event will occur which has you taking down a Fallen Walker, but will feature less (if any) Servitors.

Public Event Location 2 -- Firebase Hades

This event spawns in the centre of the Firebase Hades area of the European Dead Zone in the top left of the EDZ map. As far as I'm aware, the only public event that takes place here is the "Servitor Resupply" event, so you don't have to worry about a different event starting in this location.

Farming this public event in the Firebase Hades area should net you enough Servitor eliminations to complete the "You Got Served" challenge.


Hopefully, you found this guide helpful, and if you know of a more reliable way of finding Fallen Servitors on Earth in the EDZ, let us know in the comments below and we'll add your method to the list!

For more tips and tricks likes this, check out some more of our Destiny 2 guides! Here are a few to get you started: 

How to Find Leviathan Raid Chests in Destiny 2 Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:07:04 -0400 Kieran Desmond

Destiny 2’s Leviathan Raid is a treasure trove of secrets and loot. There are nine named chests spread across the Underbelly Labyrinth that contain Raid reputation tokens, Legendary Engrams, and also have a high chance of dropping Exotic Engrams. You can turn in the tokens for some Legendary Raid gear, whilst Exotics are a key factor in reaching the current maximum Power Level of 350 -- so you won’t want to miss out on the chance of getting some of this extra loot.

It’s not enough to simply find each chest in this confusing area, however, as you’ll also need to have the corresponding keys. This guide will go through how to get those elusive chest keys such as the Drain Key, as well as where each chest is located.

How to Get Raid Chest Keys in Destiny 2

The Leviathan Raid chest keys are random drops that are awarded for completing each of the 3 encounters in the Raid, as well as the Raid Boss Calus. This means you can earn a total of 4 keys per character, per week for a total of 12 keys per week. In order to follow this guide, it is recommended to complete the Raid first so you'll have free run of the Raid area. For a comprehensive guide on how to beat the Raid and all the encounters, check out our Leviathan Raid Walkthrough.

How to Find Raid Chests in Destiny 2

It’s worth mentioning that the most effective way to quickly grab each chest is by teaming up with other Guardians -- because there are some tricky enemies standing between you and that sweet loot, which you'll need to take out.

The Lever Puzzle 

The first thing you need to do in order to gain access to the Underbelly is solve the lever puzzle. After loading into the Raid, run halfway across the bridge and drop down to the level below. Continue heading forwards into the room in front of you and you’ll find the lever room.

There are 6 levers in this room, and for reference we’ll refer to them from left to right, as levers 1-6 -- the left-most lever being 1 and the right-most lever being 6. By finding the correct order in which to pull the levers, the way into the Underbelly of the ship will be open to you.

The correct sequence for the levers is 1 5 3 2 4 6.

Coordinate with your Raid crew by assigning each player a lever and pulling accordingly. Try not to take too long between each lever pull, as doing so will reset the sequence and you’ll have to start again. You’ll know if you were successful if you see a text prompt saying “The way is open.”

To enter the Underbelly, head up to the top of the tower. At the back of that area you’ll see some pipes leading to a dark area. Pass through the darkness and make your way across the platforms. You’ll eventually come to a switch which will open a locked door.

Engine Raid Chest

Through here is the engine room, which has the Engine chest locked behind a black and gold door. To open the door you’ll need to coordinate with your Fireteam to eliminate each of the Watcher sentries simultaneously, whilst attempting to remain unseen by their red gaze.

If you’re spotted or you don’t kill them all at the same time, they’ll become invulnerable and the door will be locked. To reset the room, simply leave with you entire team, re-pull the lever and head back in.

Ventilator Raid Chest

From the Engine chest, head down the length of the room and drop down to the area with the large fan blades. Head through a couple of these spinning fans and on your left and there is a platform that you can jump up to which is where the Ventilator chest is located.

Pipeline Raid Chest

Jump back down and continue in the direction you were heading. At the end of the Ventilation room, there is a lever that will activate a fan that shoots you up a few levels. Once you’re at the top, go through the doorway on the left through the white-lit doorway and drop down the red-lit pipe, which brings you to another lever-controlled doorway.

Through the doorway is a room with the same mechanics as the Engine room from earlier. Just simultaneously take out the Watchers without being detected and you’ll unlock a black and gold door which hides the Pipeline chest.

Conduit Raid Chest

Go back to the Pipeline doorway and there is a fan that you can jump into. Ride it up to the next floor and follow the grated walkway towards a lit room. Follow the corridor from that room and you’ll end up back where we rode the first fan up to earlier.

This time take a right through the red-lit doorway. Take the first right and drop down the hole which will lead you to an area with purple sludge that you should recognize as the room before you face the Raid Boss, Calus.

Head straight across from the pipe you emerged from and down to the end of the next pipe. Jump up to the platform to your left and keep going up until you reach the platform with the monitors. Keep moving forward along the platforms, avoiding the mist. Take a left, and follow the corridor around. You end up at the top of a fan shaft, which you should carefully drop down into.

This is another Watcher room -- so you should know what to do. Take ‘em out, then grab the Conduit chest behind the door.

Irrigation Raid Chest

Exit the Conduit room through the main entrance by back tracking from the chest. You’ll see a large metal grate wall with a light above it. Jump up on top of that and carefully make your way across to the other side of the room along the pipes. If you fall down, you’ll die.

Once you’ve made it, drop down to find the Irrigation Chest.

Drain Raid Chest

Now you need to backtrack all the way to the purple sludge room that leads into the Calus boss fight. After emerging into the room, head straight across into the pipe opposite you, which houses the deactivated fan shaft. Jump up three levels to the top and head through the doorway. Take a right and drop down onto the next fan, activate the lever and then ride it right back up to the very top. Head through the doorway, take another left, and then drop down into the red pipe which brings us back to Pipeline area from earlier.

Jump back onto the fan and follow the grated walkway, hugging the left and entering a red-lit pipe. Follow the path until you need to crouch to continue and then take the first left. Continue forwards and drop down into the Drain chest room. Deal with the Watchers once again to unlock the security door and reveal the Drain chest.

Transfer Raid Chest

To make getting to this next chest a little easier, go ahead and reload back into the start of the raid. Now head up to where you first enter the Underbelly, jump across the platforms, and once again take the fan up. Head straight forward up the ramp and follow the path up to another door with a lever. Behind the door is -- you guessed it – another Watcher room. Eliminate the Watchers to unlock the black and gold door to the left of the entrance, and claim the loot from the Transfer chest.

Armory Raid Chest

From the entrance of the Transfer room, head straight across the room and through the doorway overlooked by the gold and purple axe symbol. Crouch down and make your way through the tunnel, and take a left once you reach the end.

Here you’ll find another lever, another doorway, and another room of Watchers for you to blow up. In the back right of the room you’ll find the usual locked door and in this case, the Armory chest.

Aqueduct Raid Chest

To find the last chest, head back through the small tunnel you just came from which leads you into the Transfer room. Immediately take a left and keep moving forward through the door beneath a red light. Jump up onto the platforms and then turn around and head forwards. On your right you’ll see a red-lit doorway -- follow the ramp up to a room with a blue glow, head through the door at the back of the room. Take a left turn and a right, then on your left is a raised platform. Hop up onto the platform and head to the back of the room to find the Aqueduct chest.


Thanks to Arekkz for finding these! If you need more help finding the Raid chests, check out the video he made on his YouTube channel.

This is every Raid chest we know about right now but if you know of anymore, let us know in the comments section below. And for more on Destiny 2, check out our Destiny 2 Guides!

Troubleshooting Known Destiny 2 Error Codes Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:59:36 -0400 ESpalding

Since its launch on September 6, Bungie's shared-world shooter Destiny 2 has taken the FPS world by storm. However, there have been some issues that have held the shooter back. Some of these problems were so prevalent that Bungie took the game offline to investigate and make necessary bug fixes. Codes such as OliveChickenPanther, and Anteater have all been reported  by players, but solved relatively quickly. 

And even though those errors have seemingly been squashed, there are still a few problems creeping up from time to time. And since they haven't been remedied yet, here is our handy guide on what to do when those errors pop up on your screen.

Destiny 2 Error: Cabbage 

This error seems to only be affecting players who are using a Technicolor or Thompson modem. It's thought that problems may be occurring when router settings decide to block communications to or from Destiny services. 

A workaround for this has been posted on the official Bungie forums, suggesting players inspect the manual for their router and proceed through these steps, as some settings pages may have alternate naming conventions per their manufacturer.

The workaround for this error is:

  1. Connect your console directly to the router via Wired or Wi-Fi Connection.
    • Attempting to connect to Destiny through a router connected to an alternate router may lead to increased issues. Attempt to connect to the router connected to your modem for best results.
  2. From the router settings page, proceed from Home > Toolbox > Firewall.
    • Create a new Firewall level within your Router settings.
    • Players may wish to name this "Destiny 2".
  3. From the Router settings page, proceed from Home > Toolbox > Game & Application Sharing and configure the following settings:
    • Enable UPnP.
    • Disable "Extended Security".
    • Disable any "Assigned Games & Applications" settings.

Destiny 2 PS4 Problems

It would seem that PlayStation players haven't had much luck with Destiny 2 so far, considering some of the issues they have faced since the game launched. To begin with, there were permission problems that prompted the error message: “You have lost connection to the Destiny 2 servers. Your permissions to access online content may have changed or your profile may have been signed in elsewhere.”

That issue got resolved fairly quickly only for there to be reported issues regarding game crashes:

As far as we are aware, this issue is still ongoing and is being investigated by both Bungie and Sony.

Destiny 2 Error Code CE-34878-0

This error code is still ongoing and there is no clear reason as to why it continues to happen. However, here is a workaround for this issue:

  1. Close the application, install the latest System Software and game updates, and restart the system.
  2. If you have upgraded the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) in your system, re-install the original HDD.
  3. If the error occurs again, back up your saved data, and then go to [Settings] > [Initialization] and choose [Initialize PS4].
  4. If the error occurs with every application, or as soon as the application starts, contactPlayStation Support

If we get word of any other Destiny 2 errors that are causing big problems, we will update this guide as needed. Until then, make sure you check out our Destiny 2 guides and keep coming back to GameSkinny for more Destiny 2 news and announcements.

Destiny 2 Guide: Trials of the Nine Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:05:40 -0400 Synzer

The Trials of Nine is a PvP event in Destiny 2 that replaces the Trials of Osiris from the original Destiny. The concept is still the same: your goal is to get a streak of wins to obtain the best loot possible. In this guide, We'll go over everything you need to know about this event -- newcomers and veterans alike.

Destiny 2 Trials of the Nine weapon

How to Unlock Trials of the Nine in Destiny 2

Although you might want to get started right away, you can't just hop into the Trials of the Nine event when it is available -- there are a few things you need to do first:

  • Complete the Campaign
  • Complete Crucible Quests
  • Complete the Weekly Call to Arms Crucible milestone at least once
  • Reach light level 260+

All of these steps must be completed with every character you want to take into the Trials.

What is Trials of the Nine?

Trials of the Nine is a weekly Crucible event that starts on Friday and ends on the weekly reset -- Tuesday. You can get power and exclusive gear by participating, but you need to go in with a team -- no solo queues for this one.

Here are the changes from the original Destiny:

Flawless is 7 Wins in a Row

The Trials will track your wins and losses, for a total of 7 wins or 10 matches --whichever comes first. If you get 7 wins in a row, you will go "flawless" and get the best Trials of the Nine rewards. 

You won't need to purchase a pass like in the original Destiny because it automatically records in Destiny 2.

No Level Advantage, Loadout Locked

In Destiny 2, there is no level advantage in Trials of the Nine, so you can use whatever gear you want.

However, your loadout -- which are your guns, armor, and subclass choices -- are locked as soon as you find a match. This means you can't switch anything out during the Trials. 

Trials of the Nine Rewards

Destiny 2 Trials of the Nine Vendor

After your first Trials win, you will have access to the Spire. Here you can turn in the rep tokens you get from playing matches and rank up with The Emissary.

You will unlock a new platform at 3, 5, and 7 wins. 

  • 3 wins -- Gives a free Trials weapon.
  • 5 wins -- Gives an engram that gives two pieces of gear.
  • 7 wins (not flawless) -- Choice of three weapons.
  • 7 wins (flawless) -- Flawless loot, Flawless emblem, and an aura.

If you are in a clan, you can also unlock an extra engram for the whole clan if you get 7 wins on a single ticket -- regardless of how many losses.

Once you unlock the spire and turn in your rep tokens, you can hover over the engram reward to preview the gear you can get. This will show you every piece of gear and the perks each piece has.


That's all you need to know about the new Trials of the Nine in Destiny 2. Let us know if you have any questions by leaving a comment below!

Be sure to check out our other Destiny 2 guides! Here are a few to get you started: 

Destiny 2 Guide: Leviathan Raid Walkthrough Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:00:21 -0400 Synzer

Destiny 2's first raid is finally out and there is plenty of new loot and rewards waiting for you. Some people like to go in with no info and figure things out as they go, while others like to get some tips before venturing out into the unknown to save on precious time.

Regardless of which category you're in, this guide is sure to help you. In this Destiny 2 Leviathan Raid guide, I'm going to go over each section of the raid and explain in detail how to complete them. 

Note: Be warned -- the following Destiny 2 raid showcase solutions for each major encounter. However, they do include chat audio from my clan's first time playing through the raid, and each of them contains some mature language throughout.

Let's dive in, Guardian! 

Leviathan Raid Entrance

To begin the Leviathan Raid, go to the director and navigate to the solar system map. You will see the Leviathan Raid in orbit above Nessus (in the top right-hand corner of the map). Select that, and once you drop in, simply make your way up into the massive palace before you. You can ignore the guards you see and continue forward.

Once you make it inside, you'll see a room of Cabal enemies. Now, you're ready to start the Raid in earnest.

Castellum Standard Puzzle

After you've cleared out the enemies, you'll find yourself going through several corridors before you exit into an area that looks like a courtyard. You'll see a golden statue in the center of the area. The enemies in this area spawn around the location you need to protect, and the idea is to take three standards, one from each location, and place them in the middle area you are guarding.

Each standard has an icon -- axes, a cup, a beast, or a guard -- that corresponds to a spot in which you need to place it. If you look at the middle, you will see a holograph of one of the icons. This means it is the next standard you need to get.

As you are facing the middle of the area, where the enemies come from, this is the icon sequence: the left is the cup, the bottom middle is the dog, and the bottom right is the axes.

There will also be two special enemy types that spawn near the golden statue:

  • Councilor Psion -- These enemies are surrounded by a white/clear bubble, and they will shield the Standard Liberators so that you can't kill them.
    • To defeat these enemies, simply walk into their bubbles and melee them once.
  • Standard Liberator -- These enemies are huge Cabal that will try and take the standard that you've already placed. You must kill them before they reach it, or you will have to get the standard all over again.

After you've placed all three standards, the door will open behind you and you will be able to get your first loot chest of the Leviathan Raid. This chest will give you rep token you can turn in after you've finished the raid, raid shaders, and a powerful legendary engram.

Note: You will need to come back to this room between each fight and do the same thing to open each encounter. It's also important to point out that the sequence of the following challenges changes from week to week, from reset to reset. 

Royal Pools Encounter

This is the first real encounter in the Leviathan Raid and will reward you with raid-specific loot.

When you walk into the room, you will notice five plates with icons, one in the center, one in the front, one in the back, and one on each side. The icons themselves are not important to the fight other than calling out to your team where you are going. 

This is mostly a survival fight where your fireteam needs to stay on each of the corner plates. To initiate the battle, have the designated members of your fireteam jump on their respective plates at the same time -- two on the middle plate and the others on the plates around the room. 

Note: All plates have protection orbs before the encounter begins, but only the central plate will have a respawning orb. This is important for ... 

Psionic Protection

This is a buff that you get when you touch any of the orbs on any of the plates. It protects you from the void water that would otherwise constantly damage you. However, whether you stand in the water or on a plate, the defense shield that each orb creates will degrade over time. When the shield erodes (reaches zero hit points), you will lose protection and must run back to the middle plate to refresh it.

How to Win the Royal Pools Encounter

When you stand on any of the plates around the room sans the center plate, the chains in front of it will start to move. You must stay on the plate until the chains stop moving. Each plate will lock into place once its gray block touches the water at its base. To advance to the next section of the encounter, you will need to do this for all four plates.

The problem is that as soon as you leave a plate, it will start moving in the opposite direction. To solve this predicament, split your raid party into two groups of three. At the beginning, players A, B, C, and D are those on the plates around the room, and Players E and F stay out of the water and help kill the adds that spawn.

Players A and B are on one side, while players C and D are on the opposite side.

When Players A, B, C, and D get to around 20 hit points left on their psionic protections, Players E and F will switch with Players A and C to keep the chains moving in the correct direction. You will need to constantly rotate players from the plates around the side they are on to the middle plate in order to keep protections up across your fireteam. 

As you do this, powerful enemies called Ceremonial Bathers will appear from the chain pools. You will want to kill them as quickly as possible because they do a lot of damage and are very difficult to take down.

Bell Destruction

Once you get all the chains to stop moving, everyone will need to go into the middle section and stand on the plate. This gives you protection and you will see bells all around the room with purple centers. Shoot them in the center to cause damage. If you AoE weapons, such as rocket launchers and grenade launchers, these work wonders on the bells as you can damage multiple bells with a single shot.

However, be wary when your shield buffs erode and reach zero because you will begin to burn. Go to the sides of the room and be careful of the Sol Councilor that spawns in the middle. Kill him and return to the middle and continue the fight. 

Once you destroy all the bells (there are three sets of three), you win and can get your loot.

You might need to do the chain section more than once. If so, you will need to melee kill a bubble psion that spawns on the middle plate. If you don't do it fast enough, you will also need to shoot another psion that spawn in the air nearby.

Pleasure Gardens -- aka Dogs of Doom

As you enter the room, there will be small beasts and a Beast Handler Cabal that you will have to take out before you progress. After you eliminate these enemies, two prism weapons will spawn on a platform in the back of the room. As this happens, Royal Beasts will spawn, six large, dog-like creatures you'll have to elude while contending with a safe-room mechanic and other adds. 

Setting Up

When you pick up both of the prism weapons, the fight starts. However, before you do this, you will want to split the prism weapon holders, one on each side of the platform in the back of the room. 

Everyone else should stand in the middle (where the prism weapons spawned) and drop down into the safe room after the fight starts. This room will have four purple spores you can pick up. The four members of your fireteam in the safe room will then need to take one each of these purple spores to one of the glowing purple flowers around the room.

Once at a flower, a prism wielder can shoot the flower to grant everyone on the ground a buff called Empowering Spores. This stacks depending on how many players with spores are near the flower when it explodes. There are many ways to deal with this, but we found the quickest way was to have all the spore holders stack to get the buff quickly. The buff stays, so anyone who goes to the ground will get it as long as they stay there.

Dog Patrol

During all this, there is a very important mechanic that must be heeded at all costs -- the six Royal Beasts on patrol. No one in your raid party can be seen by these giant dog-like creatures as they make their way through the labyrinthine Pleasure Gardens. If someone on your fireteam is spotted, the Royal Beasts will start howling and your team will need to run back to the safe room or they will instantly die. However, you can only do these three times before the safe room stops working -- so be careful. 

You will need to learn the patrol routes of each dog so you don't run into them while trying to shoot the flowers. But keep in mind: a Beast Handler will spawn each time you shoot a flower and get the buff. The prism wielders can easily kill them, but they shouldn't kill any of the Royal Beasts, yet ... 

Defeating the Pleasure Garden's Royal Beasts

Once you've gathered enough of the buff from the flowers, or the Beasts become restless and howl, you will need to attack the Beasts. The higher your team's buff, the more damage you deal to the Beasts. At 60 stacks, each member in the team was able to kill a Beast.

However, there is an easier method if your damage multiplier isn't high. Simply lower each Beast's health (without killing them the first time), and run back to the safe room. The next time the safe room door opens, gather up a bunch of the empowering spores again and run out to kill them all.

The Gauntlet

This room has four platforms with symbols on them -- the same symbols that you've already seen throughout the raid -- beast, axes, chalice, and sun. On top of that, there is an outside area protected by an energy gate. To start the fight, you must jump on all four plates in this area. 

If you look toward the energy barrier from the plates, you will see three triangles: top, middle, and bottom. Later in the fight, you will need to have two people shoot specific triangles, but I'll get to that a bit later.

At the beginning of the Gauntlet, you must kill enemies until an elite Cabal appears near each platform. After you kill this Cabal, an orb charge will spawn at the Beast and Cup underneath the triangles. Two fireteam members (runner) will need to grab these orbs (one each), while the other four stay put -- two at each of the platforms at which the orbs spawned.

Now, for the fun part ... 

The Gauntlet Running Section

After the runner picks up the orb, he will be transported outside of the shield and a wall with nine holes will appear in front of him. Above this wall, there will be a symbol that corresponds to a shooter's platform -- beast, axes, chalice, and sun. As long as someone is standing on that icon's platform, you will notice that one of the holes in the wall is red.

This part's important: The guardians outside of the barrier (the shooters) will need to shoot the other two holes in the same row at the same time to turn all the holes green. A purple orb will spawn in the hole that was previously red. This will increase the time you can hold the charge when you run through it

You will need to continue doing this until you have gone through all four symbols. After that, you will make it back to the inside. Run to the middle and your character will automatically slam the charge into one of the nine openings.

After you slam the orbs, repeat the steps two more times, starting from when the enemies spawn again. After that, the final phase begins.

Note: During all of this, your shooters will also have a few adds to deal with, such as regular Cabal and Centurions. Bubble psions will spawn under the triangles -- which you must melee to kill. 

Final sprint

If you do everything correctly, you will have lit up six of the nine spots in the middle of the chamber. The final phase will spawn orbs in the middle where you slammed the charges. Everyone must pick these orbs up to progress.

And this is where things get intense. Once everyone picks up an orb, the entire fireteam will be transported into a more difficult version of the obstacle course that the runners just completed. Four purple orbs will spawn at each wall, all of which need to be picked up. However, since there are six members in a fireteam, you will need to alternate who grabs these purple orbs as you make your way through the course. 

We made up an order of which two team members would skip the purple orbs at each wall so that everyone would get an orb every other time. Why? If you miss more than one orb in a row, your charge will run out of time and detonate, killing you. It's best for your Raid party to be especially vocal during this section (calling out which orb who is picking up) to speed things up and prevent confusion. 

As long as you get three members back to the center in time to slam the middle, you win. Note: If you ever miss slamming one in during the first three running sections, you will need to get more charges in at the end.

Collect your rewards and your Raid gear and move on to the final challenge of the Leviathan Raid. 

Emperor Calus

The final boss fight is not as complicated as you might think, but it is unforgiving and requires clear voice communication. When you enter the room, you will see a huge Emperor Calus sitting with a cup in his hand. If you shoot or melee this out of his hand, the fight will commence. 

Beginning of the End

When the battle starts, you will need to kill all the enemies in the room. But be careful because Calus will be in the room as well, raining attacks upon your party. However, he will be immune, so it will be a little longer before you can engage him directly. 

Eventually, elite Cabal Councilors will spawn that you need to kill. When everything is dead, the next part begins.

destiny 2 leviathan raid calus boss fight

Another Dimension

Councilors will begin to spawn on the four plates around the room with the same symbols you've seen earlier in the raid. After a short time, everyone will be teleported into a Dark Realm. Ahead of you will be a giant projection of Calus' head, a small void wall (which looks more like a small wave), and three orbs. The wall stops you from being sucked in by Calus, which otherwise kills you.

Here, the fireteam will essentially be split in half. Three people will perform a small jump into the orbs, which takes them back to the throne room. The three left in the dark realm must stay behind the void wall, which will continually move toward Calus. Each time this happens, you'll need to look at his forehead for a symbol.

Each of the three team members in the dark realm will see a different symbol and must call out, one by one, which symbol they see. The other half of the fireteam back in the throne room must kill the Councilor showing the symbol that was not called out by those in the dark realm. To top things off, they will also need to deal with additional enemies while they for the call from their teammates.

Back in the dark realm, those fireteam members will see regular psions and floating psions. They need to kill all of them, but the floating ones are the priority because they will instantly kill everyone if they aren't eliminated fast enough.

Damage Phase

Once your fireteam reaches the last wall in the dark realm, the Callus projection will start spitting out skulls in a huge plume. You and your teammates will need to destroy as many as you can to gain stacks for a Force of Will buff that will affect the entire team.

The members in the throne room must shoot Calus to drop his shield. This needs to be done before he finishes his attack or everyone will die. Start doing this when you have a decent number of stacks, 20-40.

When Calus' dark realm apparition has shot enough skulls, orbs will spawn that will take the dark realm fireteam back to the throne room. Now the real damage begins.

Everyone (all six players) needs to jump on the platform that's glowing and damage the boss. Calus will eventually initiate an explosion attack that will affect the plate upon which your fireteam is standing. And although his arm will telegraph the attack, you'll want to make sure that you're paying attention and jumping off the targeted plate and to another one. 

When this phase is over, you repeat everything until you get his health all the way down.

Final Assault

After you've done enough damage, Calus will start his final attack. You must damage him enough to drop his shield before he finishes -- or your entire team will die. If you do this in time, you finally win the fight and can collect your loot, watching the story unfold.


That's it for our Destiny 2 Leviathan Raid Walkthrough. If you find any better ways to complete each fight, drop your strategies in the comments and we'll update this guide. And be sure to check out our other Destiny 2 guides! Here are a few to get you started: 

Destiny 2 Location Guide: Where is Xur? Fri, 15 Sep 2017 05:32:36 -0400 Jonathan Moore

It's that time again: Xur is back. This Destiny 2 vendor provides you the weekly opportunity to buy high-level exotic weapons and armor -- all so you don't have to grind through strikes, public events, and raids as much to get that coveted gear and increase your light level. 

However, unlike its predecessor, Xur won't necessarily be as easy to find in Destiny 2. Before, you could count on the Agent of the Nine being in either The Tower, The Reef, or The Vestian Outpost. In Destiny 2, Bungie's changed things up a little bit, letting Xur show up in any of the landing zones across Earth, Titan, Io, or Nessus. 

But instead of scurrying around trying to find him yourself, we've put this weekly Destiny 2 Xur Locations guide together to help you find him quicker -- and get those exotic weapons and armor sets faster. 

Keep in mind that Xur spawns every Friday at 5 a.m. EST and disappears every Sunday at the same time. So make sure to stock up on currency (Legendary Shards) throughout the week by getting gear through Destiny 2 Strikes, Challenges, Public Events, Nightfalls, Raids, and Randoms. 

Xur's Location September 15-17

This week, you can find Xur on Nessus in Watcher's Grave near the Chamber of Water. From the spawn point in Watcher's Grave, go straight, past the portal on the right side, and toward the tree in the distance. Find the one protruding from the stone wall on the right side.

Look up on the branches above, and you'll find Xur, Agent of the Nine.  

What Xur is Selling September 15-17

This week, Xur is selling: 

  • Merciless (Fusion Rifle) -- 29 Legendary Shards: This fusion rifle packs a ridiculous punch. Not because of its base attack rating, but because of its Conserve Momentum weapon perk, which makes the weapon charge faster for each non-leathal hit. This means Merciless is a boss-melter.

  • Raiden Flux (Chest Armor) -- 23 Legendary Shards: This Hunter-class chest piece recharges class abilities faster if you're running an Arc Subclass, which can be a boon for those using Arcstrider. It's Synapse Junctions armor perk means your arc Staff attacks will be more powerful and last longer with each successive attack.

  • Doom Fang Pauldrons (Gauntlets) -- 23 Legendary Shards: These Titan-specific gauntlets are perfect if you're running Sentinel as your subclass and like to get up close and personal with the enemy. Doom Fang Pauldrons recharge your void melee abilities faster and with the Horns of Doom perk, you'll be able to recharge your shield throw with Shield Bash melee kills. On top of that, any melee ability kills will send energy to your Sentinel super. 

  • Wings of Sacred Dawn (Chest Armor) -- 23 Legendary Shards: This piece of exotic Warlock armor intrinsically increases the handling for any equipped power weapon. This means you'll be able to ready and put away your power weapon faster, aim down the sights faster, and pull up your sights faster after falling, jumping, etc. The Tome of Dawn armor perk suspends you midair when aiming down the sights. Getting precision hits will make the effect last longer. 

And there you have it: Xur's location for September 15-17. Make sure to check back with GameSkinny each and every week for Xur's updated location in Destiny 2. Need more Destiny 2 guides? Here are a few to get you started: 

Destiny 2: Complete Exotics List and How to Get Them Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:07:03 -0400 Ty Arthur

With a level cap of 20, Destiny 2 is all about raising your power level through better and better equipment drops. A step above even coveted legendary gear, the gold class pieces of exotic equipment are more powerful, look more awesome, and have unique perks to change your build.

Exotics are acquired in a variety of ways. Pre-order exotic weapons become available when you hit level 20, and absolutely every player who goes through the campaign will get the Sunshot, Riskrunner, or Graviton Lance for completing the Sacrilege mission (the other two you don't pick during the mission will be available as random drops later in the game).

The rest are either rewards for specific exotic weapon quests, loot gained for public events and Crucible matches, or random drops as exotic engrams that must be decrypted. In this Destiny 2 guide, we're going to go over all the exotic weapons and armor that you can acquire in-game and how to get them.

 Riskrunner Exotic Weapon

Destiny 2 Exotic Weapons

From PS4 exclusives to a host of rifles, grenade launchers, and sidearms for everyone, these are all the currently known Destiny 2 gold exotic weapons available:

Exotic Weapon Type How To Find
Coldheart Trace Rifle Pre-order
(will be available to all players 12/5)
World Eater Unknown Tied to World Eater quest / Leviathan raid
Graviton Lance Pulse Rifle Sacrilege Mission (or random)
Sunshot  Hand Cannon Sacrilege Mission (or random)
Riskrunner Submachine Gun Sacrilege Mission (or random)
Borealis Sniper Rifle PS4 Exclusive until Fall 2018
D.A.R.C.I. Sniper Rifle Random Drop
Fighting Lion Grenade Launcher Random Drop
The Prospector Grenade Launcher Random Drop
The Wardcliff Coil  Rocket Launcher Random Drop
Hard Light Auto Rifle Random Drop
Sweet Business Auto Rifle Random Drop
Merciless Fusion Rifle Random Drop
MIDA Multi Tool Scout Rifle Mida Multi Tool Mission
Skyburner's Oath Scout Rifle Random Drop
Vigilance Wing Pulse Rifle Random Drop
Rat King Sidearm Rat King Mission
Tractor Cannon Shotgun Random Drop
Legend Of Acrius Shotgun Random Drop


 Coldheart Exotic Pre-Order Weapon

Destiny 2 Exotic Armor

Like with the exotic weapons, every player is guaranteed to receive one piece of exotic armor during the campaign -- this time in the Riptide mission -- with the remaining two options available as random drops later in the game. 

Exotic Armor Class How To Find
Eye Of Another World (Helmet) Warlock Riptide Mission (or drop)
Sunbracers (Gauntlet) Warlock Riptide Mission (or drop)
Wings Of Sacred Dawn (Chest) Warlock Riptide Mission (or drop)
Crown Of Tempests (Helmet)  Warlock Random Drop
 Nezarec's Sin (Helmet) Warlock Random Drop
Skull of Dire Ahamkara (Helmet) Warlock Random Drop
Karnstein Armlets (Gauntlet) Warlock Random Drop
Winter's Guilde (Gauntlet) Warlock Random Drop
Starfire Protocol (Chest) Warlock Random Drop
Lunafaction Boots (Legs) Warlock Random Drop
Transversive Steps Warlock Random Drop
Actium War Rig (Chest) Titan Riptide Mission (or drop)
ACD/0 Feedback Fence (Gauntlet) Titan Riptide Mission (or drop)
Doom Fang Pauldron (Gauntlet) Titan Riptide Mission (or drop)
Synthocepts (Gauntlet) Titan Random Drop
Insurmountable Skullfort (Helmet) Titan Random Drop
Mask of the Quiet One (Helmet) Titan Random Drop
Crest of Alpha Lupi (Chest) Titan Random Drop
Hallowfire Heart (Chest) Titan Random Drop
Dunemarchers (Legs) Titan Random Drop
Lion Rampant (Legs) Titan Random Drop
Peacekeepers (Legs) Titan Random Drop
Raiden Flux (Chest) Hunter Riptide Mission (or drop)
Lucky Pants (Legs) Hunter Riptide Mission (or drop)
Mechaneer's Tricksleeves (Gauntlet) Hunter Riptide Mission (or drop)
Young Ahamkara's Spine (Gauntlet)  Hunter Random Drop
Celestial Nighthawk (Helmet) Hunter Random Drop
Foetracer (Helmet) Hunter Random Drop
Knucklehead Radar (Helmet) Hunter Random Drop
The Dragon's Shadow (Chest) Hunter Random Drop
Lucky Raspberry (Chest) Hunter Random Drop
Orpheus Rig (Legs) Hunter Random Drop
ST0MP-EE5 (Legs) Hunter Random Drop


 Actium War Rig Exotic Chest Armor

Destiny 2 Other Exotics

There aren't just weapons and armor that count as gold class exotic -- you can also unlock exotic engrams for emotes, sparrows, and ships.

Exotic Type
Flip Out  Emote 
Salty  Emote
Six Shooter  Emote
Spicy Ramen Emote 
The Bandwagon  Ship 
Ego and Squid  Ship 
Eriana's Vengeance  Ship 
Rose And Bone Ship 
Symmetry Flight  Ship 
Takanome Wings Ship 
Hastilude Sparrow 
Dians Emrys Sparrow 
Vanishing Point Sparrow 


Salty Exotic Emote

There will almost certainly be more exotics of all types added down the line, and there may be some we've missed. Have you found any others? Let us know in the comments section below!

If you need help with any other aspect of this shared world shooter, be sure to check out our other Destiny 2 guides for more tips and tricks: