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Destiny 2: How to Use Checkpoint Bot

Checkpoint Bot is one of the best community tools for farming endgame content. Here's how it works.

Farming endgame boss loot is one of the oldest RPG pastimes, but doing so efficiently can be a pain without the right tools. That’s why it’s important to know how to use Checkpoint Bot in Destiny 2, so you and your team can farm Raids and Dungeons with impunity.

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Destiny 2 Checkpoint Bot is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a bot that holds checkpoints. Every boss and encounter in a Raid or Dungeon comes with a checkpoint, a saved starting point for you and your team to come back to if you run out of time or patience.

Checkpoint Bot uses various accounts with bots attached to them that go to specific encounters in Raids and Dungeons and holds them. To hold them, the bot will always move a little bit every few minutes so the idle timer doesn’t kick them to orbit. That way, when your team wants to fight, say, Atheon or Crota, one person can join on the bot, grab the checkpoint, then leave and bring the rest of the squad in.

How to Use Checkpoint Bot in Destiny 2

Here are the exact steps on how to use Checkpoint Bot in Destiny 2:

  • Go to D2Checkpoint.com.
  • Find the activity you want a checkpoint for.
  • Copy the CheckpointBot name (numbers included).
  • Paste the name after “/join” in your text chat box within Destiny 2.
  • Load into the activity.
  • Have everyone in your fireteam die (push the bot off a ledge if it’s not already dead).
  • Respawn into the Raid to activate the checkpoint.
  • Go to orbit and have your team join on you.
  • Click the activity you have the checkpoint for and ensure you have the checkpoint symbol next to the Launch button.
  • Raid away

Important Checkpoint Bot Tips

Now you’ve got the checkpoint and can do as many instances of the encounter as you please. However, I have three important tips to share on how to use Checkpoint Bot:

  • First, if you have a checkpoint for later in the activity (Riven when you want Shuro-Chi, for instance), you must reset your Raid from the Director and then load into the bot’s instance.
  • Second, it takes a little while for the bot to reset after Tuesday’s weekly reset, as the bot creator has to actually get the bot to the encounter.
  • Third, Checkpoint Bot only has save states for some of the Raids and Dungeons, and these rotate regularly. Be sure to check the Checkpoint Bot site for an up-to-date list of available checkpoints.

You can also join the D2Checkpoint Discord server for additional access to fireteams, checkpoints, and updates from the team.

Checkpoint Bot is as simple as it is useful, though only insofar as you have a Raid team to take on the saved encounter. By late in a season or expansion year, most players (that I know, at least) would rather simply beat the final boss in 20 minutes for a chance at the Exotic or a specific loot drop and then go play other things. This is a fantastic resource for that.

That’s how to use Checkpoint Bot in Destiny 2. For more help with the game’s vast amount of content, check out our guides on how to farm Exotics, how to get the Conditional Finality Exotic Shotgun, and more in our D2 guides hub.


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