Destiny: Taken King Director Confirms Challenge Modes for King’s Fall Raid

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Destiny: The Taken King director Luke Smith confirms there are Challenge Modes coming to the King’s Fall raid, and they will include unique rewards and special emblems.

Ever since Destiny: The Taken King director Luke Smith first teased a special twist for the new King’s Fall raid, fans have been speculating far and wide. Some believed that the twist was a third difficulty, in addition to the Normal Mode and Heroic Mode, while others speculated that King’s Fall might add a Challenge Mode at some point in the future. Turns out that second group was right.

While Bungie has made no official announcement, Destiny’s Luke Smith confirmed the existence of a Challenge mode in an offhand comment first spotted by More Console. According to Smith, each of the three main boss fights in King’s Fall – Warpriest, Golgoroth, and Oryx – all have an added challenge – a special way of killing them if you will – that will unlock unique rewards and a new emblem.

By and large, what Smith describes sounds a lot like what fans have speculated for some time. Most assumed that the Challenge Mode would involve beating each of the bosses in a unique way, not just simply taking on a higher light level version. For example, some think that the Warpriest challenge might be to beat the King’s Fall boss within one or two Oculus summons.

Extending that out, it’s possible that Goloroth’s challenge might involve using a limited number of Reclaimed Light orbs, or having every player grab gaze at least once. For the final Oryx boss fight, however, it’s hard to imagine what the challenge might be, since the boss fight is so structured.


The other intriguing part about the introduction of Challenge Mode is the bit about new rewards. It seems very likely that at least one of the rewards for each boss fight will be one of the three remaining Calcified Fragments, but anything beyond that is anyone’s guess. With a complete set of Calcified Fragments, though, comes the expectation of additional rewards, like a 320 artifact or a new exotic weapon.

Whatever the case may be, it’s pretty clear that Destiny players are not yet done with King’s Fall no matter if they’ve beat Hard Mode zero times or 10 times. Bungie has a plan in place that will extend the lifespan of the raid far longer than any previous raid, and presumably the rewards will make the effort worthwhile.

However, until Bungie says anything official, we’re left speculating as to the nature of these Challenge Modes and what they might entail. If nothing else, an opportunity to experience the raid in a completely new way is very exciting.

How do you feel about Destiny adding Challenge Modes for King’s Fall? What do you think the challenges will be for each boss?

Source: More Console