As the first expansion for Destiny 2 is now only a week away, the game finds itself in an odd place at the moment. Players and the community at large have become frustrated not only by the game’s lack of end game material but also at Bungie for its increasing lack of communication and recent changes made to the XP system. The issue stems from the first Clarion Call event, which aimed to provide double experience for players in a fireteam with at least one clan member. Unfortunately, things didn’t go quite as planned.
During the event, players discovered an XP cooldown mechanic, that would actually throttle the amount of XP gained for those who continued to play beyond a certain point. Players participating in multiple events found that by the third or fourth time through, the XP reward would be far less than it was the first time through. The backlash continued to grow which forced Bungie to confirm that it would be removing the system entirely. Unfortunately, it appears that by removing the XP throttling system, the amount of time to level up has now been doubled.
With the third and final stream scheduled for this week, Bungie has promised to not only show some of the major system changes it has planned but Luke Smith as confirmed that he’ll be answering community questions as well. Until then, however, the weekly reset has returned with some new stuff to overcome before the Curse of Osiris descends. Here’s everything Destiny 2 players need to know for the week of November 28, 2017.
This week in the Nightfall, players will likely be feeling a bit of deja vu. Savathun’s Song strike is once again the featured Nightfall as it was two weeks ago and oddly enough, it once again carries the same exact modifiers with it. Whether or not this was a mistake, random luck, or confirms the fact that Bungie has preset Nightfalls programmed to go is anyone’s guess. With a missing fireteam trapped somewhere below the surface of Titan, Guardians will have to brave the Hive infested nests to find out what happened to them.
After reaching the Solarium, players will immediately need to survive multiple waves of enemies as Ghost works to remove wards blocking the door to the next room. Defeat the waves to next go up against an Ogre, so make sure to keep some space between the hulking creature as its rapid-fire energy shots can do massive damage very quickly.
Savathun’s Handmaidens are the next major threat as they protect six void crystals near summoning circles. To progress, players need to destroy the void crystals while managing to avoid the likes of Wizards, Knights, and ogres. Defeating these major enemies drops the shield protecting each crystal, letting players fully damage them.
The boss is a massive shrieker, which kicks off the fight by teleporting around the area. With Hive flooding into the room, players should focus fire on the enemies, clearing them out and getting a bit of breathing room to fire on the boss. At 50% health, two Ogres enter the battle, and then at 25%, Savathun’s Song gains a light shield. Players will then need to find and destroy a nearby void crystal to drop the shield, finish off the boss and complete the mission.
The modifiers and challenges this week are:
The player challenges for this week are:
This week, the Flashpoint order resets back to the European Dead Zone. As it is each week, players need to complete public events within the EDZ to fill the percentage meter. Triggering the Heroic event modifier fills the percentage a bit faster, getting players back to Cayde-6 to turn it in to get that weekly luminous planetary engram.
Before starting this milestone, however, players can also grab five weekly treasure chests from the Hunter Vanguard, which may potentially offer some interesting rewards. While players can certainly expect to see rare gear and weapons, other potential loot includes emblems, curios which can be sold for glimmer, and even a chance at an exotic engram. Keep in mind that opening all five chests in a row will diminish chances at loot due to Bungie’s chest lockout timer, so players should mix up their activities on Earth.
Here are the five general stash locations this week on Io:
As it is each and every reset, the Leviathan Raid encounter order has once again changed. The long-term goal of this policy helps keep the mode fresh for players continually going in, but it also helps newer players get used to the Raid and gives them an opportunity to play each part even if struggling.
The active Gauntlet Challenge for this week is within the Royal Pools. For tips and tricks, make sure to check out our pools challenge guide.
This week, the order is as follows:
Call to Arms – Win glory by participating and finishing anywhere between 4-6 PvP matches from either the Quickplay or Competitive playlists. Finish the milestone and return to Shaxx to earn his weekly engram.
And that’s all for this week, Guardians. Enjoy!
Destiny 2 is available now for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.