At present, the Leviathan Raid is arguably the most challenging piece of content in Destiny 2 — and it’s set to get even more difficult to clear when the Prestige Raid is made available to players. However, a group of Guardians have figured out a way of making its final encounter much easier to clear.
Cabal emperor Calus serves as the final boss of the Leviathan Raid, imprisoned on the titular ship after a falling out with the campaign’s big bad Ghaul. For most Destiny 2 players, completing the Raid and killing him off is an essential step toward mastering the content that’s currently available.
Yesterday, a user named o7yourdesires described an effective method of “cheesing” Calus over on Reddit. By restarting the fight with some particular timing, it’s possible to permanently remove all of the boss’ backup from the encounter, making it far, far simpler to kill him off.
Five players in the group need to sacrifice themselves at Calus’ feet, while one stands back. Then, that Guardian needs to throw themselves into the goblet of blue flame located in the room, and access the switch character screen just as the countdown timer hits the one second mark.
If these steps are carried out properly, the departing player will lock the fight so no enemies spawn in the throne room. To verify if the trick is done correctly, the door underneath Calus’ feet should be open. Then the missing player returns and the team can approach the encounter knowing the throne room poses no danger. It also offers up very little ammo – only the Councilors will drop some – so be mindful of that.
This is a pretty serious exploit that trivializes the final battle of the biggest piece of endgame content currently present in Destiny 2, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see Bungie jump on a fix relatively quickly — given the complex set-up, this is likely an oversight, rather than a glitch that will be difficult to address. Still, any Guardians looking for an easier run through the Leviathan Raid this weekend will get some utility out of this technique.
Destiny 2 is available now for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The PC version is slated to launch on October 24, 2017.