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Destiny 2 Festival of the Lost: How to Farm Eerie Engrams

The grind to farm Eerie Engrams during this year's Festival of the Lost in Destiny 2 is actually fun.

There are lots of rewards in Destiny 2‘s Festival of the Lost 2023. including unique weapons that are worth the grind. In this guide we’ll go over how to farm Eerie Engrams to get them during the event.

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How to Farm Eerie Engrams in Destiny Festival of the Lost

There is only one place in Destiny 2 to get Eerie Engrams: Haunted Sectors. And the only way to guarantee you get an Eerie Engram every completion is to take on the Legend difficulty Haunted Sectors. Thankfully, while the Director node doesn’t say so, Legend Haunter Sectors are matchmade. Even if you don’t have a fireteam to play with, you aren’t completely alone. One strange note: there is no apparent way to turn off matchmaking, so unless you bring your own fireteam and then both of them leave, you’ll always have teammates.

Ideally, you and your team can defeat ten Headless Ones within the five-minute time limit, but if you don’t, I highly recommend sticking with your team and focusing on whatever Headless One they’re fighting during the boss phase. An optimal run of a Haunted Sector shouldn’t take more than ten minutes, and the best teams can go much faster than that.

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The Best Way to Farm Haunted Sectors

As mentioned above, farming Legend difficulty Haunted sectors is your best course of action since they are guaranteed to provide an Eerie Engram on clear.

The loadout you use in Haunted Sectors will depend on who you’re playing with. If you’re in a fireteam, you’ll want to have builds that complement each other. Strand Titan with Banner of War is probably one of the best overall builds in Destiny 2 right now, and if you pair it with a Gjallarhorn and two other Legendary Rockets, those Headless ones won’t know what hit them.

If you’re playing with random teammates, you’ll instead need to come in ready to work a little harder. If you have it, use Witherhoard, a solid Void Machine Gun, a Void or Strand subclass, plus whatever primary your prefer. You can either stick with your teammates or try to keep some of the heat off of them at the other end of the arena.

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Be aware that Legend Headless Ones can potentially one-shot you with a slam attack, so only get close when you know you can get out safely. Burning them with Rockets, Linear Fusion Rifles, or other top-tier DPS weapons is really the only way to ensure you get in and out of a Haunted Sector quickly.

In my random teammate runs, when my blueberries weren’t running optimal setups or playing smartly, a single Haunted Sector could take twenty minutes. That’s three Eerie Engrams per hour.

To cut this all down into some simple bullet points on how to far Eerie Engrams:

  • Go in with a fireteam on voice comms if possible.
  • Use the best loadouts in the game (Strand Titan, Well Warlock, Blade Barrage/Perma-Invis Hunter).
  • Use meta damage loadouts (Gjallarhorn and Rockets, Witherhoard, Linear Fusion Rifles, etc.)
  • Focus fire on a single Headless One at a time so you aren’t overwhelmed.

That’s how to farm Eerie Engrams during Festival of the Lost, which is actually a fun grind thanks to the chaotic nature of Haunted Sectors. For more on Destiny 2 Festival of the Lost, and the game in general, check out our guides on how to get the Lost Momento, farm Spectral Pages, and more in our D2 guides hub.


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John Schutt has been playing games for almost 25 years, starting with Super Mario 64 and progressing to every genre under the sun. He spent almost 4 years writing for strategy and satire site TopTierTactics under the moniker Xiant, and somehow managed to find time to get an MFA in Creative Writing in between all the gaming. His specialty is action games, but his first love will always be the RPG. Oh, and his avatar is, was, and will always be a squirrel, a trend he's carried as long as he's had a Steam account, and for some time before that.