During this week’s Bungie Update, the Destiny 2 developer finally announced a release date for the Prestige Difficulty version of the Leviathan Raid. Tuesday October 10th at 10am PT, players will be given a new challenge from Emperor Calus.
While most expected that Bungie would announce a release date for the Prestige Raid today, few thought that date would be so soon. Many players are still learning the ins and outs of the Leviathan, and there are other Destiny 2 activities to look forward to as well.
In addition to announcing a release date for the Prestige Raid, Bungie also offered a few details about the endgame encounter. We now know that the recommended power level for the raid will be 300, which is the same as the Prestige Nightfall.
In fact, Bungie seems to be downplaying any major changes to Leviathan and emphasizing that the difficultly comes from stronger enemies. The developer does say that there will be mechanical differences in the raid on Prestige, but they will apparently not be as noticeable as in past raid upgrades. Previously, Bungie would design the harder version of the raid first and then eliminate/limit mechanics to create the normal version, but that apparently isn’t the case this time around. All we can assume at this point, though, is that the Revive Token mechanic will not be around for Prestige.
Those who do get through the Leviathan on Prestige have some new rewards to look forward to, but Bungie is not saying what those are just yet. Prestige Raid armor has already leaked – it has a purple glow to it and a greater emphasis on gold – and we wouldn’t be surprised to see weapons have a similar look. There is also likely at least one new shader and one new emblem to acquire, and there may even be a unique ship or ghost available.
We do not expect everyone to be successful in completing this activity. Mechanical changes to the encounters are minimal, but they are there. The Prestige Raid is about mastering a more punishing sandbox. Our goal is not to provide a boon to your character progression, but there are unique rewards to help you shine. Consider this your invitation to prove to the world that you are among the very best of the Raiders who overlook the City.
The other important detail to emphasize about the Prestige Leviathan Raid is that there is no power level increase included with its launch. The cap is still 300 (305 with mods) and that isn’t going to be changing any time soon. Past Heroic raids have opened the path to the level cap, but now a majority of players are already close to or at that precipice.
Truly, it seems like Bungie is going for a slightly more difficult version of the raid rather than upping the ante with crazy new mechanics or encounters. There will still be a race for World’s First, but the drive to complete the Prestige version may not be as strong as it was for past raids.
Destiny 2 is out now for PS4 and Xbox One. The PC version releases on October 24th.