What is the Destiny 2 campaign order?

Learn what order you should play all of Destiny 2's many campaign levels, from the Red War all the way to Shadowkeep and beyond.


The Destiny 2 campaign order can be quite obtuse for a lot of new players. If you’ve just joined in on the fun with New Light, figuring out where to go and what to do is tough enough before you even consider the story. There are a lot of missions to play, and playing them in the correct order requires a bit of effort.

  1. The Red War
  2. Curse of Osiris
  3. Warmind
  4. Forsaken
  5. Shadowkeep
  6. Beyond Light
  7. The Witch Queen
  8. Lightfall
  9. The Final Shape>

How to start a Destiny 2 campaign

Previously, Amanda Holliday, the Shipwright, would be responsible for offering Legacy campaigns. However, with the introduction of the Destiny Content Vault, several old campaigns have been removed from the game. This occurs annually (at a minimum) as new content is introduced to the game.

As of Season 16, the only replayable campaign is The Witch Queen. There are currently no means of replaying the Shadowkeep or Beyond Light campaign stories other than by starting a new character.

Destiny 2: campaign order to play

There are now around 50 or so campaign missions, and each one takes place at a certain time in the Destiny 2 story. If you’re a new player, the first mission you play will take you through the Cosmodrome, have you fight a Spider Tank, and collect a new gun. Following this, and depending on if you've purchased the premium content, you can continue on to Shadowkeep, Beyond Light, and The Witch Queen campaigns.

The Red War

destiny 2 campaign order the red war
Amanda Holliday used to offer campaigns to replay.

The Red War campaign was the first campaign in Destiny 2. It is currently unavailable. Previously, players could start it via Holliday in the Hangar. 

  1. Homecoming
  2. Adieu
  3. Spark
  4. Devrim Kay
  5. Combustion
  6. Hope
  7. Riptide
  8. Utopia
  9. Looped
  10. Six
  11. Sacrilege
  12. Fury
  13. Payback
  14. Unbroken
  15. Larceny
  16. 1AU
  17. Chosen

Curse of Osiris

destiny 2 campaign order curse of osiris

The Curse of Osiris campaign has been removed from Destiny 2. The campaign order for Curse of Osiris was as follows:

  1. The Gateway
  2. A Deadly Trial
  3. Beyond infinity
  4. Deep Storage
  5. Tree of Probabilities
  6. Hijacked
  7. A Garden World
  8. Omega


destiny 2 campaign order warmind

The Warmind campaign is no longer available in Destiny 2. This was the order of the Warmind campaign missions:

  1. Ice and Shadow
  2. Pilgrimage
  3. Off-World Recovery
  4. Strange Terrain
  5. Will of the Thousands


destiny 2 campaign order Forsaken

With the release of The Witch Queen, the Forsaken campaign and associated content was removed from Destiny 2. Previously, the campaign started on the Tangled Shore. For historical purposes, you can read over our Forsaken campaign guide for a look at what it entailed.

  1. Last Call
  2. High Plains Blues
  3. Scorned
  4. The Mad Bomber
  5. The Rider
  6. The Trickster
  7. The Hangman
  8. The Mindbender
  9. The Rifleman
  10. The Machinist
  11. Nothing Left to Say

It’s worth noting that after the third mission, Scorned, each of the hunts for the Scorned leaders can be completed in any order. However, they each have a different recommended Power. If you complete them in the order above, it will be a gradual climb in challenge.


destiny 2 campaign order Shadowkeep

The Shadowkeep campaign is started on the Moon. Check out the Shacknews Shadowkeep campaign guide for a complete walkthrough of every quest. There are a few moments where progression isn’t entirely clear, and we help navigate these instances.

  1. A Mysterious Disturbance
  2. In Search of Answers
  3. Ghosts of Our Past
  4. The Scarlet Keep
  5. In the Deep
  6. The Nightmare Cometh
  7. Beyond

Beyond Light

destiny 2 campaign order beyond light
destiny 2 campaign order beyond light

The Beyond Light campaign kicks off on Europa, a new planet added with the Beyond Light expansion. This campaign tackles a new Eliksni threat that is trying to harness the power of the Darkness.

  1. Darkness's Doorstep
  2. The New Kell
  3. Rising Resistance
  4. The Warrior
  5. The Technocrat
  6. The Kell of Darkness
  7. Sabotaging Salvation
  8. The Aftermath
  9. Stealing Stasis
  10. Reforging the Past

The Witch Queen

destiny 2 the witch queen campaign mission order

The Witch Queen campaign takes place on Mars and Savathun's Throne World. This new campaign comes with two different flavors, Normal and Legendary, and can actually be replayed via the Throne World map. The story follows Savathun, who has stolen the Light of the Traveler and is raising an armor of Hive Guardians.

  1. The Arrival
  2. The Investigation
  3. The Ghosts
  4. The Communion
  5. The Mirror
  6. The Cunning
  7. The Last Chance
  8. The Ritual


The Lightfall campaign takes place on Neptune in a futuristic city called Neomuna. For this campaign, Emperor Calus is attempting to reach the Veil, a mysterious entity or object that is the last piece in the Witness' plans. As with the Witch Queen, Lightfall comes in two different flavors: Classic and Legendary, with the tougher version offering greater rewards.

  1. First Contact
  2. Under Siege
  3. Downfall
  4. Breakneck
  5. On the Verge
  6. No Time Left
  7. Headlong
  8. Desperate Measures

The Final Shape

The Final Shape campign released on June 4, 2024 and is the conclusion to the Light and Darkness saga that started back in 2014. The campaign takes players into the Traveler to confront the Witness once and for all.

  1. Mission list pending

Now that Destiny 2 is free-to-play (at least the base game and Legacy content), new players are looking to experience the story. There are a lot of missions on offer, so knowing the Destiny 2 campaign order is going to help with planning out your playtime. Take a look at the Shacknews Destiny 2 complete strategy guide for even more guides on the Destiny universe.

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