Destiny 2 - Royal Pools Challenge, Leviathan Raid

Learn the best way to complete the Royal Pools Challenge in the Destiny 2 raid.


The Leviathan raid has been out for a while now and Destiny 2 players are beginning to grasp the intricacies of every encounter. To make things a bit more difficult for you, Bungie has added a Challenge Mode to each of the four encounters in the raid, though only one encounter’s challenge is activated per week. Until next reset, the Challenge Mode for the Destiny 2 Leviathan raid is the Royal Pools.

Royal Pools Challenge, Leviathan Raid

Before you dive into the Royal Pools challenge mode, make sure you’ve read our Leviathan raid guide so you have a firm understanding of how the encounter is completed. Without this knowledge, it’s going to be a little bit more complicated.

Standing on the side will cause the challenge to fail, you must be standing in the water.

To complete the Royal Pools challenge, you must ensure there is always one player in the center pool. The challenge will fail if there is no one touching the water – this means no jumping! You can either dedicate one player who will constantly stay in the center or use the old method of swapping players in and out.

Leaving someone in the center is the safest bet, as it reduces the margin of error. Said player can refresh their Psionic Protection whenever it runs out, but just be aware that the players on the exterior plates will need to refresh their own buff.

Now that you’re essentially down one player to run between the plates, you will need to refine the swap in-and-out method. One strategy is to, whenever you get replaced by someone, head to the middle, refresh your Psionic Protection, and instead of returning to your plate, move onto the next plate clockwise (or counter-clockwise) to your previous plate. Doing this will see you visiting just about every plate around the map.

The damage phase for the Royal Pools is unchanged. Clear adds, focus on the lamps, and reset.

Challenge Mode Rewards

The rewards for the Destiny 2 Leviathan raid Royal Pools challenge mode are fairly simple. You will receive the Challenge Mode emblem, a guaranteed drop, Calus tokens, and a chance at a drop from the chest.

Be sure to check out our Destiny 2 complete strategy guide for more content, where we’ll update you on all the Destiny 2 Leviathan raid Challenge Modes as they release.

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