Destiny 2 Shadowkeep: How to Prepare for the Dungeon

On Tuesday, October 29th a new dungeon will go unlock in Destiny 2, giving players a new three-player activity to try to overcome. Traditionally, these dungeons such as The Whisper, Shattered Throne, and Zero Hour are designed like mini-raids to be tackled by a high-level and well-coordinated team of three. And it looks like Shadowkeep's dungeon, which will take players deep below the Moon, is ready to challenge players in similar ways.

Not much is known about Destiny 2's dungeon coming out on October 29th; however, from developer comments and gameplay teaser footage prior to the launch of Shadowkeep, it is clear that it will involve platforming, traps, and a Crota-esque boss at the end of it. While the specific challenges of the dungeon have yet to be revealed there are many things players can do to prepare for it.

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Grind Power Level

The first and most obvious step to getting ready for the dungeon is for players to get their Power levels up as high as possible. The not-so-hard hard cap is 950, which players can reach via powerful rewards with pinnacle rewards taking them up to 960. But with the seemingly impossible goal of reaching 960 by gear alone, players can grind XP to raise their power bonus that comes from the seasonal artifact. Considering that dungeons are endgame activities, it would be good to be at least 960 going into it.

Get the best weapon loadout

Without knowing exactly what the encounters and bosses will be in the dungeon, it is currently impossible to make a highly-specific recommendation as to what weapons will work best. However, the popular Izanagi's Burden, Recluse, and Wendigo loadout is not a bad set of weapons to take in for the first time. The bottom line is that players will want to take their very best PvE loadouts into the dungeon, so a good starting point would be to think of this as a raid and plan similarly.

Plan out Exotic Armor

Similar to weapons, players should plan to take armor with them that work best for their particular class or build. Knowing that this dungeon will involve jumping puzzles and platforming, it would be wise to include any kind of exotic armor that improves mobility such as the Hunter's St0mp-EE5 leg armor.

Prepare for Champions

Shadowkeep introduced Barrier, Overload, and Unstoppable Champions, which play a major role in the game's activities such as the Nightfall: The Ordeal. It is very likely that these Champion enemy types could also appear in the dungeon, so it will be smart to take a loadout between the three players involved that can handle each kind of Champion. These mods are gained from the seasonal artifact.

Take advantage of seasonal artifact mods

Speaking of the seasonal artifact, players should be sure to use the powerful mods available from the seasonal artifact to craft a good build for the dungeon. A popular build is using a void subclass with Breach Refractor, Overload Grenades, Disruptor Spike, Oppressive Darkness, and From the Depths.

Equip Hive Armor 2.0 mods

There are specific Armor 2.0 mods that focus on the Hive:

  • Hive Armaments: Defeating a Hive enemy with a grenade grants Heavy ammo.
  • Hive Invigoration: Defeating a challenging Hive enemy refreshes your class ability.
  • Hive Barrier: Receiving Hive damage gives a 20% reduction in damage for 10 seconds.
  • Hive Repurposing: Destroying a Hive shield refreshes your grenade ability.

These mods are found by playing and completing encounters in the Crown of Sorrow raid. If players do not have these, it may be worth a playthrough of the raid before Tuesday to try to get their hands on some.

The dungeon goes live at the weekly reset, 10 AM PDT on October 29th along with the Festival of the Lost event and a new quest for the Xenophage exotic machinegun.

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep is available now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, with a Stadia version also in development.

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