Find out the unique modifiers for this week’s Challenge of the Elders in Destiny and how to finish an Elders’ Sigil scorecard for the week in just two runs.
Destiny fans are on the penultimate week before the 16-week rotation of Challenge of the Elders will begin again. The Melee Kill Bonus returns this week, with some modifiers that are not very helpful. Here are the full modifiers for the week:
- Juggler – No ammo drops for your equipped weapon.
- Exposure – Guardian shields are increased but do not replenish.
- Melee Kill Bonus – Melee kill are worth more points.
Players will be able to use the same general strategy common in Challenge of the Elders to drive up the score for this week: kill enemies exclusively with melee (melee does not have to be fully charged to count towards the bonus score) and then damage the boss until another wave spawns in. Repeat this process until the point deduction timer goes into effect and then damage the boss enough to stop the timer. Rinse and repeat until no more reinforcements come in and then finish off the boss.
Juggler and Exposure are not going to do players any favors here (unlike Catapult paired with Grenade Kill Bonus last week). Juggler should not matter too much as long as players are killing everything with melee as they should. Exposure can eventually wear Guardians’ shields down to zero, but as long as a fireteam is prepared to revive each other as needed, it should not be an issue.
Challenge of the Elders Bosses
The first boss this week is Noru’usk, Servant of Oryx. Avoid the numerous orbs that come from Noru’usk and the major Taken Centurions. This will be a hectic melee-fest.
Next up is Keksis, the Betrayed. This is actually a pretty good room for low level adds to use melee on. Watch out for Keksis’ Orbs of Corrupted Light. Stand in them to disable them to avoid getting a Suppressed debuff. Clear the adds, then take out Keksis.
Lastly, Sylok, the Defiled will be waiting in the Hive room. Avoid the flames and follow the standard strategy to complete the stage without a problem.
Tips for High Scores
To maximize score, pick a build that will maximize melee abilities, which do more damage than a normal melee. Equipping Monte Carlo can aid in getting melee energy back faster.
The best build this week could be the Gunslinger. Hunters should equip Sealed Ahamkara’s Grasps for an additional melee, then select the perks Knife Juggler (instantly grants back a Throwing Knife on a precision kill), Scavenger, and Gambler’s Dagger. Precision kills with a Throwing Knife will also stack a Precision Kill bonus.
Another good option is the Stormcaller with Perpetual Charge. Baiting enemies into doing melee damage can fully charge their own melee, which has the longest range in the game. Equipping Claws of Ahamkara for the extra melee charge is the best armor choice.
Many Titans will enjoy equipping Peregrine Greaves and air kicking their way to victory this week.
As always, players should be looking to hit 45,000+ on each run as a fireteam. Once done, go see Variks to be rewarded with some new April Update gear.
Do you have a build or strategy for maximizing your score in Destiny‘s Challenge of the Elders this week? Let us know in the comments below!