Even though the physical first-week sales of Destiny 2 may not be as high as its predecessor, the launch week was largely a success for the shooter loot sequel. This past weekend, Bungie took to Twitter to boast that its latest game managed to record 1.2 million players online at the same time this past weekend, a benchmark the franchise has not seen since The Taken King expansion launched two years ago. Coupled with the very positive reception from critics and fans alike, things are looking up for the game.
The big milestone this week for Destiny 2 fans is the launch of the still under wraps Leviathan Raid. With Bungie remaining tight lipped on the experience, potential raid details managed to leak out anyway, taking place in a location that’s both a ship and a creature. Concept art of a giant fish like creature eating a planet appears to be the location in question.
Until that time, however, the weekly reset cycle has finally begun once again. Just as it was in Destiny, Bungie is giving players new things to do and earn each and every week in Destiny 2. So, for those who may have already blitzed through the main story content and are looking for new things to do, here are all of the new quests, tasks, and events for the week of September 12, 2017.
Weekly Nightfall Strike
This week in the Nightfall, players are heading to Nessus to deal with The Inverted Spire, a strike most should be familiar with since it was the only one featured in the beta tests. Like most of the milestone quests this week, players will be facing off against the Vex on the lush lands of Nessus, performing a bit of platforming and utilizing man cannons in the initial phases of the strike.
The first big combat zone also features huge drilling machine, which can not only one hit kill players but adds a bit of challenge while trying to avoid the gunfire from both Red Legion and Vex enemies. After clearing the drilling site, players will head deeper into the underground areas of Nessus, including an old transit system and many additional caves filled with enemies to shoot at.
The Strike culminates in a battle against a massive Vex machine known as Protheon, Modular Mind. The first phase of this fight is fairly straight forward as Protheon calls in reinforcements to help out. Players should continue to move around, taking cover when health regeneration is needed. Once a third of its life is gone, phase two begins as the floor dissolves, causing the fireteam to fall a long distance to the next zone. At this point, Protheon makes parts of the floor damaging to touch, so players should stay airborne or use pylons that jut out while continuing to chip away at its health bar.
The final phase begins with a little under half health left. Once again, players fall deeper into a third zone, which is also a lot smaller and surrounded by a pool of arc damage. While the boss keeps his distance out in the arc pool, players will need to deal with roaming enemies as well as dodging Protheon’s damaging attacks. Finish the boss off in this phase to end the strike once and for all.
The active modifiers this week are:
- Prism: Player attacks deal more damage when it matches the focused element, which rotates periodically. All other elemental damage is reduced. Kinetic and incoming damage is not affected by this modifier.
- Timewarp – Rings: Players will see Vex time gates scattered around the mission. Run or jump through them to discharge the energy and extend the mission timer.
The player challenges for this week are:
- Speed of Dark requires the fireteam to finish the NIghtfall with at least 5 minutes remaining on the clock.
- To earn Unbroken, the fireteam needs to complete the Nightfall with fewer than three deaths.
- The Floor is Lava tasks players with defeating Protheon without getting hit by its fiery ground attack.
Flashpoint and Treasure Maps
Flashpoints in Destiny 2 are a series of activities set in a specific location that are unlocked once the main campaign is finished. This week, these Flashpoint activities will be taking players to Nessus to complete public events. Finish these events to fill a progress meter, with Heroic Events filling the meter much faster than regular ones. Once players get to 100%, return to Cayde-6 to receive Powerful Gear in the form of a luminous planetary engram.
Lastly, Cayde-6 is also offering five new treasure maps for eager treasure hunters. Head to the following areas on Nessus to find all five:
- Two locations in Exodus Black. One is near the entrance to Podromos Down and the other in the Vex cave near the Well of Stars.
- One in located in The Tangle, an area in the Northwest of the map. Players should head to the subzone there called The Mists.
- Another can be found near the fast travel spot in The Cistern.
- The final one can be nabbed in the Hallows.
Lord Shaxx Crucible Milestone
Once again, Lord Shaxx is tasking players with his Call to Arms milestone. Essentially, players simply need to participate in Crucible matches to fill a percentage meter to 100%. Winning isn’t necessary, but it will grant a bigger percentage after the round. Finishing up his weekly quest awards Powerful Gear, something than many fans target to help them quickly increase in power past the 260 mark.
Call to Arms – Win glory by participating in Crucible matches.
And that wraps up the first reset week, Guardians. Enjoy!
Destiny 2 is available now for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and launches for PC on October 24.