Destiny 2 Complete Strategy Guide

Learn more about raids, quests, classes, exotic gear and more with Shacknews' strategy guide for all things related to Destiny 2.


Destiny 2 is out now for all gamers across the globe. Here at Shacknews, we've spent hundreds of hours experiencing everything Destiny 2 has to offer, putting together this complete Destiny 2 strategy guide. In it you’ll find guides for single events, walkthroughs for raids, strikes, story missions and more. It will grow and expand in the days and weeks to come, giving you everything you need to defeat your enemies and restore Guardians to their former glory.

Last Updated: October 19, 2018. Use the links below to jump straight to specific guide content.

Forsaken Guides

Forsaken Campaign Walkthrough
We take you step-by-step through the entire Destiny 2: Forsaken campaign, including all missions, as well as the last boss fight.

How to get a Seed of Light
Unlock the other subclass paths in Destiny 2: Forsaken by getting another Seed of Light.

Broken Awoken Talisman Quest
Fix the Broken Awoken Talisman as part of the Key of Light and Darkness quest to gain access to a spectacular new area.

Gambit beginner's guide
Get the low-down on Destiny 2's latest and greatest game mode, Gambit. This fast-paced mode brings together PVE and PVP into one ultimate experience.

How to activate the Cryo-Pod Heroic Public Event
With new Public Events added, players will need to know how to turn them Heroic to reap the most rewards.

How to activate the Ether Harvest Heroic Public Event
The second Public Event on the Tangled Shore is the Ether Harvest, and it's not quite clear how to turn it Heroic.

How to unlock Ace of Spades
Get your hands on the famous hand cannon of Cayde-6. Those who played the original Destiny will be pleasantly surprised with the changes its received.

How to unlock Chaperone
Get your hands on the Exotic Shotgun that dominated Crucible in the original Destiny.

How to unlock Wish-Ender
Fight through some of the hardest end-game content to unlock a bow that lets you see enemies through walls.

How to unlock Malfeasance
Get your hands on the Exotic Hand Cannon that dominates Gambit and destroys other Guardians.

How to bulk delete shaders in Destiny 2: Forsaken
Delete shaders in bulk and clear inventory space with Destiny 2: Forsaken.

How to get Ghost Fragments in Destiny 2: Forsaken
Learn the various activities that award Ghost Fragments in Destiny 2.

How to get Cayde's Exotic Stash preorder bonus
Those who preordered Destiny 2: Forsaken received several Cayde-6-themed cosmetic items, but they're not easy to find at the start of the campaign.

How to get Prime Engrams
Learn the best way to get Prime Engrams to increase your Power.

How to get Eververse Bounty Notes
Tess Everis offers bounties that reward Bright Dust, but buying them requires Eververse Bounty Notes.

How to get Taken Mods
Increase the damage you deal to Taken, improve grenade recharge, and take less damage from Taken sources by equipping a Taken mod.

How to use a character Power Boost
Skip the grind and take a character from the starting level and power all the way up to Level 30 and Power 330 by using a Power Boost.

Who is Master Ives?
He's been murdered as part of the Festival of the Lost 2018 event, but some players don't know or don't remember who he was.

Spider's Wanted Bounties

Dreaming City Guides

All Ascendant Chests
Each week, 10 Ascendant Chests are hidden around the Dreaming City, let us help you find them all.

All Cat Locations
Players who find all the cats hidden around the Dreaming City and give them a small gift will receive a reward.

All Corrupted Egg locations
Find and destroy all the Corrupted Eggs in the Dreaming City with Wish-Ender to unlock the Corrupted Omelette triumph.

How to unlock the Dreaming City
The Dreaming City was shown in a lot of Destiny 2: Forsaken marketing material, here's how to access the mysterious location.

How to complete the Blind Well
The Blind Well offers players an exciting new end-game challenge, though figuring out how to complete it can be tough for new players.

What to do with Unstable Charge of Light
An Unstable Charge of Light is a consumable players will likely come across as they journey around the Dreaming City, but figuring out what it does isn't easy.

Where to get a Charge of Light
The Blind Well requires a Charge of Light to activate, here's where you can get your hands on enough to run several waves of the new end-game activity.

How to complete the Heroic Blind Well
Lovingly referred to as Tier 4, the Heroic Blind Well is a brutally challenging Blind Well event that will take many underprepared players by surprise.

What does "you lack something" mean?
Discover the meaning behind the three-word phrase the secret cats say to you in the Dreaming City.

Where to find an Offering for the Oracle
The Oracle in the temple near Divalian Mists gives rewards in exchange for offerings, but knowing where to get an offering isn't entirely clear.

Purification Ritual - Defeat any Plague of the Well
After giving the Oracle and offering, players might receive a Purification Ritual that tasks them with defeating any Plague of the Well while Ascendant. This is a difficult task for even the most experienced Destiny player.

How to farm Dark Fragments
Amass a large supply of Dark Fragments so you can buy as many of Petra Venj's weekly bounties as you want.

Where to get more Tincture of Queensfoil
Access the Ascendant realms by getting more Tincture of Queensfoild in the Dreaming City.

What does "you lack something" mean?
There are cats that can be found around the Dreaming City that say nothing more than "You lack something", here's what to do with them.

How to get to the Shattered Throne
Before learning how to complete the Shattered Throne, learn when it's available and how to get there.

Shattered Throne dungeon guide
A complete walkthrough for the end-game 3-player activity called the Shattered Throne. A supremely difficult mini raid that requires excellent teamwork and a high Power level.

Ascendant Challenge, Maximum Curse
Learn where to find the portal hiding the Ascendant Challenge in the Dreaming City.

How to get to Callum's Grave
Discover the place where Callum died and their shadowy burn marks remain.

Challenge: The Shattered - Toland Located
Learn where to find Toland the Shattered, one of Petra's daily bounties.

Purification Ritual - Defeat any Plague of the Well
Learn what you must defeat in order to complete this Purification Ritual and earn another Trascendent Blessing.

Warmind Guides

All Sleeper Node Locations
Players looking to unlock the Sleeper Simulant will need to find Sleeper Nodes, a lot of them.

All Latent Memory Locations
The quest to find all the memory fragments/latent memories is a long one.

How to Get the Sleeper Simulant Exotic Catalyst
Make the Sleeper Simulant even more powerful by acquiring its catalyst.

How to Get Whisper of the Worm
Unlock the greatest gun to grace Destiny 2, a remake of the Black Hammer from the original Destiny - no, not the Black Spindle.

How to Get the Enigmatic Exotic Ship Blueprint
After finishing the tough-as-nails mission, The Whisper, players will be eager to unlock the next item: an Exotic ship schematic.

Strange Terrain Nightfall Walkthrough
Crush the Strange Terrain Nightfall by knowing what to skip and the best places to retreat.

How to Get the Wordline Zero Exotic Sword
Learn how to get your hands on the Wordline Zero, an Exotic sword with a unique strong attack.

How to Get the Sleeper Simulant
Another brilliant Exotic weapon from the original Destiny has arrived in Destiny 2, and is rewarded after a lot of work.

How to Play Escalation Protocol with 9 Friends
Show that tier 7 boss who the actual boss is by getting 9 friends together in one instance to play Escalation Protocol.

How to Get Resonate Stem Consumables
Get your hands on Resonate Stems, an important consumable in unlocking Sleeper Nodes.

Trigger the Heroic Warsat Down Public Event
Learn how to make the Warsat Down public event on Mars Heroic in order to earn more rewards.

How to Get the Ikelos HC V1.0.1 Hand Cannon
The Ikelos hand cannon is required for a few quests, here's how to get it.

What Does "Requires Armory Code" Mean?
Those who are just starting the Warmind DLC will no doubt come across a few panels stating that it requires an armory code.

What Weapon to Choose from Ana Bray
With a few weapons on offer, players will want to pick the right gun from Ana Bray.

Curse of Osiris Guides

Curse of Osiris is Destiny 2's first piece of DLC, bringing with it a host of new story missions to play, armor and guns to collect, and activities to play. We'll be covering Curse of Osiris from now until the next piece of DLC, so be sure to bookmark this page to keep up to date with what's going on in the world of Destiny 2.

Curse of Osiris Campaign Walkthrough
A mission-by-mission guide for the Curse of Osiris campaign.

How to Unlock the Chest in the Lighthouse
There is a Region Chest locked behind a Vex barrier in the Lighthouse, we tell you how to remove the barricade and claim your reward.

What Weapon to Take from Ikora Rey
After finishing a few story missions, Ikora Rey offers you a reward - but you can only choose one weapon. Which one should you choose?

Who is the Osiris Voice Actor?
Find out who the talented voice actor is behind the character Osiris.

New Max Level and Power Level Cap
Bungie has increased the maximum Level and Power in Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris.

Lost Prophecy Tablets and Weapon Forge
Every Lost Prophecy tablet in Destiny 2, Curse of Osiris, and what is required to unlock them.

Perfect Paradox, the Legendary Saint-14 Shotgun
A look at the best shotgun in Destiny 2, Perfect Paradox.

How to Get Concentrated Radiolarian Culture
Curse of Osiris players looking to make use of the Infinite Forge will need to track down some Concetrated Radiolarian Culture, and we know how to find it.

How to Get Advanced Paradox Amplifier
Crafting new weapons at the Infinite Forge requires the use of several items, notably including the Advanced Paradox Amplifier. Here's how to find one.

How to Get Fossilized Hermaion Blossom
Of all the items needed to craft at the Infinite Forge, Fossilized Hermaion Blossom is both the nicest sounding and the hardest to procure. Fortunately, we've got a few helpful hints on how Destiny 2 players can score some.

Destiny 2 Last Wish Raid Guides

Last Wish Raid Guide
The Last Wish raid is the first new raid released alongside Destiny 2: Forsaken and is one of the most difficult raids in the entire franchise. Players looking for a challenge will not be disappointed, but those who require some assistance should get some pointers from the complete walkthrough.

All Wishes for the Wall of Wishes
The Wall of Wishes has been activated and players are scrambling to find the plates hidden around the world of Destiny 2 that reveal a pattern. Inputting this pattern yields different results, with some allowing players to skip entire boss fights in the raid.

Destiny 2 Spire of Stars Raid Lair Guides

Spire of Stars Raid Lair Guide
An in-depth guide to the entire Spire of Stars raid, from the very first door to the last moments of the boss fight.

Destiny 2 Eater of Worlds Raid Lair Guides

Eater of Worlds - Argos Guide
An in-depth guide to the final boss of the Eater of Worlds, Argos, Planetary Core.

Eater of Worlds Raid Lair Complete Guide
Every section of the Eater of Worlds Raid Lair explained, from start to finish.

Destiny 2 Leviathan Raid Guides

Leviathan Raid Guide
This guide will help players work their way through every part of the Leviathan Raid, including Pleasure Gardens and the Royal Pool. It even helps you manage the Castellum.

Leviathan Raid Secret Chest Map
A secret chest map that shows you how to unlock the secret chests in the underbelly of the Leviathan Raid. It's one of the most handy tools that you can take with you.

Leviathan Underbelly Code
Skip the fighting in the Castellum and get straight to the challenges by unlocking the door to the underbelly by inputting the correct code.

Leviathan Raid Challenge Modes

Royal Pools Challenge, Leviathan Raid
Check out our take on the best way to complete the Royal Pools Challenge in the Destiny 2 raid.

Pleasure Gardens Challenge, Leviathan Raid
Pain and pleasure combine in the Destiny 2 Leviathan Raid known as the Pleasure Gardens challenge.

The Gauntlet Challenge, Leviathan Raid
Need a little help completing the Gauntlet Challenge raid? We've got you covered.

Emperor Calus Challenge, Leviathan Raid
Taking down the Emperor of Cabal isn't exactly easy, but we've got some hints on how to make the procedure run much more smoothly.

How to Get Exotic Gear in Destiny 2

This section will detail how to get Exotic weapons and armor in Destiny 2. Exotic gear will help flesh out your Class' build, giving you new ways to play. Whether you're a Warlock, Hunter, or Titan, there are several different options out there for you, each of which will greatly improve any given subclass.

All Exotic Catalysts and Masterwork Upgrades
Learn where to find all the Catalysts for all the Exotic weapons, and how to upgrade them to their full Masterwork version.

World Eater Exotic Quest
Players have found a quest for an exotic weapon. The quest step players are stuck on is called World Eater, and it stands to reason this is somehow connected to the Leviathan raid.

How to Get the Rat King Exotic Hand Cannon
Destiny 2 already has no less than three Exotic weapon quests to complete after the story is done. Here is a guide on how you can get the Rat King Exotic Hand Cannon and raise your Power Level.

How to Get the Mida Multi-Tool Exotic Scout Rifle in Destiny 2
The Mida Multi-Tool Exotic Scout Rifle is back in Destiny 2, and this time around Guardians can unlock it through a serious of quests rather than hoping they're in the good graces of RNGesus.

How to Get and Farm Exotic Engrams in Destiny 2
It's going to be difficult to raise your Power beyond 265 unless you get your hands on some Exotic Engrams. We've been grinding out the various activities to help you choose the best return for your investment of time.

How to Get the Sturm Exotic Hand Cannon
This quest will require you to get your hands on an Exotic Engram, and then you'll have to hunt and kill yellow bar Fallen, just so you can unlock a special version of the Exodus Crash Strike with Kendriks-7.

Mask of the Quiet One
This Exotic Titan Helmet is a Sentinel Titan's dream come true. Offering Ability charge when damaged, your grenade, melee, and Titan wall will be recharging with every bullet that hits you. Then there's the health regeneration on Void Ability kills.

First Exotic, Coldheart Preorder Bonus
Learn how to unlock the Coldheart Exotic preorder bonus in Destiny 2. This weapons will be one of the first exotics that players get, and will no doubt help them on their journey.

All Exotic Hunter Armor
Make sure your Hunter has all the Exotic gear it requires to be the best Hunter in your fireteam.

All Exotic Titan Armor
Learn about all the Titan armor in Destiny 2, from the good to the bad.

All Exotic Warlock Armor
Min-max your Warlock in Destiny 2 with the right Exotic armor for the right moment.

Quick Destiny 2 How-To Articles

All Regional Chests
Locate some of those pesky regional chests that are hidden in weird places in Destiny 2.

All Lost Sectors
Learn the location of all the Lost Sectors scattered around the planets and moons of Destiny 2.

How to Get Redrix's Claymore
This is the gun players want to own, it decimates enemies in the Crucible and rinses all alien lifeforms, but getting it is not easy.

How to Get the D.F.A. Hand Cannon
The D.F.A. is the latest hand cannon that players are vying for in Destiny 2. This gun only drops from the Tree of Probabilities strike when it's selected for the Nightfall, but there are ways you can save time to help you speed up the grinding process.

How to Get Bright Engrams
Earn lots of Bright Engrams by paying real money, or farming for XP.

How to Use Guided Games in Destiny 2
Guided Games is Destiny 2's very own LFG system, allowing players to team up with Clans or allowing Clans to adopt a new player.

Complete the Sentry 4 Course at the Farm
Learn how to get your Guardian the Sentry 4 status, then complete the obstacle course at the Farm. Learn what the Scouting Commander Buff means and how it benefits you.

How to Get Your Abilities Back in Destiny 2
Ghaul took the fight to the Guardians and the Traveler, stealing their Light. Learn what you must do to get your Abilities back, including the new Super Abilities in Destiny 2.

Destiny 2 Max Power and Light Level
Power and Light are the same thing in Destiny 2. In fact, Destiny 2 replaces the idea of Light with Power, although players are likely to use the term "Light" for some time to come.

How to Level Up Fast in Destiny 2
Whether trying to quickly level your Power or your XP, there are some tips and tricks you can use to level up fast while playing Destiny 2.

How to Unlock a Subclass in Destiny 2
Players will want to know what level they must be to unlock the second and third subclass for each character they have, and how they can get the Subclass Relic to drop.

How to Unlock and Complete Flashpoints
Flashpoints are an essential activity once you hit Power 260 and are looking for ways to level up your Guardian to the max of 300 Power. Here are instructions on how to unlock and complete Flashpoints.

How to Unlock a Sparrow in Destiny 2
You might notice that you do an awful lot of walking in the first hours of Destiny 2. This all changes when you complete certain events or hit a particular level. Here's how to get your Sparrow in Destiny 2.

What Does Rally to the Flag Mean in Destiny 2?
Did you know that you can get your ammo, Super Ability and all other Abilities instantly charged when you Rally to the Flag near a Public Event. Here's how.

How to Trigger All Heroic Public Events
Public Events are easy, but the Heroic Public Events crank things up a notch. They also give better gear, so it's important to know how you can trigger all eight of them.

How to Get Better Devils
Dominate in the Crucible with the Better Devils Hand Cannon. This Legendary gun is a Crucible reward, but there are other ways of improving your chances of receiving one.

Where to find Benedict 99-44
After you finish the Leviathan raid, you'll be asked to find and speak with Benedict 99-44. This guide shows you where he is and what you can do when you find him.

How to Unlock the Yest Ye Be Judged Achievement or Trophy
There's a sneaky Achievement/Trophy that can be earned in Destiny 2 that tasks you with meeting an Emissary of the Nine.

How to Earn More Glimmer Fast
With Cayde-6 Treasure maps to purchase, Gunsmith mods to amass, and gear to infuse, the 99,999 limit on Glimmer is looking a bit small. There are ways to increase the amount of Glimmer you earn, and ways to earn a lot of it really quickly.

How to Get Masterwork Cores
Learn how to get your hands on Masterwork Cores, of which 10 are needed to turn a normal gun into a Masterwork version.

How to Get Masterwork Weapons
Weapons now have a chance to drop as Masterwork versions, learn how to increase your odds of finding one!

How to Earn More Renown
Get more Renown, quickly, by using this method.

How to Start Solstice of Heroes
For some players the Solstice of Heroes event won't load, here's how to fix it.

All Solstice of Heroes Armo Upgrades
Plan out your playtime by seeing what the various levels of Solstice of Heroes armor requires to level up.

How to Get Elemental Orbs
Orbs of Light aren't the only orbs players will want to create in Destiny 2.

Where to Find the New Pacific Arcology
Locate the New Pacific Arcology so you can kill the aliens and complete the challenges.

How to Get the Heart of the City Emblem
Unlock this highly sought-after Emblem in Destiny 2.

Where to Farm Acolytes
Acolytes are low on the Hive food chain, but sometimes you want to find a lot of them.

Where to Farm Vex Fanatics
There are a few locations where Vex Fanatics can be found, but farming them requires going to specific planes.

Where to Farm Phaseglass
Get your hands on all the phaseglass you could ever want.

Where to farm dusklight
Learn the best places to get a stack of dusklight.

Where to farm datalattice
Fill your vault with datalattice by farming it effectively.

Where to farm alkane dust
With the recent infusion changes, players will be wanting to know the best way to get a lot of alkane dust quickly.

Where to farm seraphite
Mars isn't just a dusty red wasteland, it also holds the precious seraphite material, required for gear infusion.

Destiny 2 Error Codes and Meanings

Destiny 2 Piano Error Code
The Destiny 2 Piano error code became well known once the Destiny 2 beta ended and servers went offline. It’s likely to pop up again in the future.

Destiny 2 Saxophone Error Code
The Bungie support site doesn’t offer much help to those who are getting the Saxophone error, but we’ve done our best to explain what your next steps are.

Destiny 2 Olive Error Code
Bungie’s advice when you receive the Olive error code is to simply reboot the application, meaning it could have many causes and solutions.

Destiny 2 Termite Error Code
Like most of the errors that Guardians will receive in Destiny 2, the Termite error code doesn’t offer up much of an explanation for what could be going on.

Destiny 2 Pony Error Code
The Pony error code is nothing fun like a real pony, instead, it's frustrating and stops people from having fun.

You have Lost Connection to the Destiny 2 Servers
This is a very generic error which is used widely when Bungie is having problems on their end. It's advised that you check the Bungie Twitter account before you begin troubleshooting.

Destiny 2 Beginner's Tips, Class Creation, and More

Destiny 2 Review: Light Bright
Shacknews' own Ozzie Mejia dives into Destiny 2 with his take on the latest entry's best and worst features.

What Class to Create First in Destiny 2
If you're new to Destiny 2, deciding which class you should create first is a big decision. You'll spend quite a few hours with that character, and nothing sucks more than having to play a class you don't enjoy.

What are Faction Rallies?
Faction Rallies is a new activity where players can accrue tokens for their chosen Faction. There are a host of rewards, gear, and limited-time offerings up for grabs during this event as well.

Who is Mithrax, the Forsaken?
Learn the identity of a certain Fallen, and what it means for the future of Destiny 2.

Best Kinetic, Energy, and Power Weapons in Destiny 2
Create your perfect arsenal of weaponry to effectively take down your enemies in Destiny 2. Don't waste time with weapons that are no good!

Destiny 2 Beginner's Tips
If you're new to the Destiny universe in Destiny 2, start by reading these tips. They'll help you make the right moves so that you can enjoy yourself and hit all the right activities.

How to Download the Destiny 2 Companion App
The Destiny 2 Companion App is a must for Guardians who don’t want to continuously travel back and forth from the Farm. Use the app to transfer gear and stay up to date on Destiny 2.

What Destiny 2 Edition Should You Buy?
It’s not easy to determine which version of Destiny 2 you should buy. We break down what each edition has and what type of Destiny 2 player would want the various offers.

How to Build a PC to Play Destiny 2
Many gamers have opted to make the switch from PS4 and Xbox One to PC after the Destiny 2 PC beta. Here are some ideas for how you can build a PC fit to run Destiny 2 in 1080p and 60fps.

Is Xur Going to Be in Destiny 2?
Many Guardians are wondering what happened to the Agent of the Nine after the Tower was attacked by Ghaul. Well, Xur made it out alive, and he'll be in Destiny 2, but his location might surprise some of you.

Moments of Triumph Checklist

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