Guardians fighting the enemies of humaninty in Onslaught in Destiny 2
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Should You Play Normal or Legend Onslaught in Destiny 2 Into the Light

The Onslaught activity in Destiny 2 has two difficulty modes, but which do you play?

Like so many activities in Destiny 2, Onslaught from Into the Light has both a Normal and a Legend mode. Both also go to 50 rounds, with the challenge increasing every ten rounds. But is it worth doing the Legend version when it’s so much more challenging than Normal? It’s…complicated.

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Normal or Legend Onslaught: Which Should You Play?

The boss arena in Onslaught from Destiny 2 Into the LIght
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The difference between Normal and Legend difficulty Onslaught is the rewards. In Normal mode, you get one chest per boss wave. In Legend, you get two. Likewise, completing round 50 on Normal grants two chests; on Legend, you get three. Besides the Triumph you get for beating Legend once, those are the only differences between the difficulties. What’s more, depending on your team composition, build quality, and skill level, a Normal run of Onslaught takes about 40 minutes to an hour. An organized team can beat Legend in 70-80 minutes.

The simple answer to which version of Onslaught you play, then, is: play the one you can do fastest and that you find more enjoyable. If you enjoy the challenge of Legend and like the additional rewards, stick there for eleven total loot chests in about an hour and a half. For a slightly more chill grind, you can get double the loot on Normal mode in between 15-30 minutes of additional time spent.

Another strategy is to ignore the 50-round slog entirely and go into a Legend difficulty Onslaught, beat the first 10 waves, collect your loot, and reset. Depending on how efficient your team is at clearing mobs, doing so could be the most efficient BRAVE weapon farm in all of Into the Light.

Put it this way. If 10 rounds of Legend Onslaught takes you 10 minutes, that’s twelve loot chests per hour on average. More if you have some really good runs. Enemies will still be harder to defeat than late-run Normal mode, but overall you’re getting more loot for your time and effort.

With that in mind, an additional answer to the question of Normal or Legend Onslaught is to play Normal for a chill farm that’s slightly less efficient than playing ten rounds of Legend and resetting. There’s no punishment for doing either other than the amount of reward you get for what you put in. The one caveat: you must finish a single 50-round run of Legend difficulty for the BRAVE title, but after that, any additional ones you want to do are optional.

Hopefully, this guide answered the question of whether you should play Normal or Legend difficulty Onslaught in Destiny 2 Into the Light. For more content on the game, check out our guides hub and read about how to get focused activity winners packages or how to complete Riven’s Wishes.


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