While PAX West was expected to be an opportunity for Destiny 2 fans to get a taste of some returning maps in the revamped Elimination Mode, the annual event turned out to be much more fruitful. Thanks to curious players poking around in the Destiny 2: Shadowkeep menus, fans have learned a lot more than they could have expected, including some details about the upcoming Garden of Salvation raid.
Previously, Destiny 2 players discovered an armor set that looked like a reskin of an Eververse set from back during Curse of Osiris. The lore surrounding the armor suggested it was the raid set, and Bungie later confirmed it, prompting a controversy within the Destiny 2 community.
Now, a different PAX West attendee has shared a screenshot from a piece of Destiny 2: Shadowkeep raid armor that may give players their first hint toward the upcoming endgame experience. But be warned, the details are a slight spoiler for those hoping to go into Garden of Salvation fresh, either to claim World’s First or just to have fun.
While expecting some of the mods in the Destiny 2: Shadowkeep build at PAX West, one attendee found a mod that called Enhanced Voltaic Mote Collector. The description explains that the user gains an overshield after they collect 5 motes, and is only active in the Garden of Salvation raid. They also found a mod called Relay Defender that grants increased weapon damage while within 5 meters of an active Vex Relay.
Any Destiny 2 player that’s participated in a game of Gambit should be familiar with motes, but it’s unclear what a Voltaic Mote is. Apparently, the raid fireteam will be picking up this Voltaic Motes in order to deposit them or use them in some way, and those that have this mod can feel safer when picking these Motes up.
Even beyond the tease of a mechanic that involves picking up Motes, players should be excited to see that raid-specific perks are returning in the form of mods. With the Armor 2.0 system, Destiny 2 players will be able to put these mods on any piece of armor to get the look they so desire and still enjoy the benefits of the raid perk.
Raid mods have been fairly lackluster as of late, so it’s exciting to see Bungie get granular with them by offering players mods that benefit specific encounters. Presumably, this is to encourage players to swap their mods based on a situation, which is something Destiny 2 has been missing since the beginning. Of course, this is only one of the raid mods, and the hope is that there are plenty more tied to Garden of Salvation.
Destiny 2: Shadowkeep releases October 1, 2019 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.