Empyrean Foundation guide - Destiny 2

Everything you need to know about the Empyrean Foundation, including how to start the new questline and more.


Bungie made us wait a bit, but we finally have the next piece of the puzzle in Destiny 2’s Season of Dawn. Released just yesterday, players can now take part in the Empyrean Foundation quest, a new item that will require quite a bit of work to pull off. In this guide, we’ll discuss how to start the Empyrean Foundation quest, go over all the steps needed to complete it, and more.

Destiny 2 Empyrean Foundation guide

The latest weekly reset brought about an Empyrean Donation that players can take part in. Basically, players all across the Destiny2 community will need to donate Polarized Fractaline to restore the Empyrean Foundation. As this happens, the obelisk will grow stronger, and players will be rewarded with new bonuses like shaders, progress on Timelost Weapons, and more.

In this guide, we’re going to cover a lot. Here’s a basic list of what you’ll need to complete to start donating.

  • Unlock the four original Obelisks on Earth, Nessus, Mars, and the Tangled Shore
  • Complete all of Saint-14's quests, including Tribute to the Colonies, A Guardian's Duty, and Cornerstone
  • Upgrade the original Obelisks to where you can purchase a timelost weapon bounty
  • Complete the 4 Synchronization quests available at the Tower Obelisk
  • Speak with Saint-14 and collect the quest, Bright Future
  • Complete Bright Future by defeating Inotam, collecting Orbs of Light, and delivering the completed core
  • Start gathering Polarized Fractaline to donate to the Empyrean Foundation

How to start the Empyrean Foundation quest

Okay, now that we’ve covered the basic steps you’ll take, let’s go a bit deeper.

To kick things off, you’re going to need to complete and activate all four of the Obelisks located on Earth, Nessus, Mars, and the Tangled Shore. This is first introduced in the Season of Dawn campaign, starting with the Tangled Shore Obelisk.

After completing the campaign and collecting the Lantern of Osiris you can activate the other three Obelisks (EDZ, Nessus, and Mars) by speaking with Osiris and picking up the appropriate quests.

Step 1: Complete all Saint-14 quests

Destiny 2 - Tribute to the Colonies quest - Empyrean Foundation guide

Regardless of whether you've actually saved him or not, Saint-14 should now be visible in the Tower for all players. Speaking with him should reveal three quests in his inventory: Tribute to the Colonies, A Guardian's Duty, and Cornerstone. All of these must be completed.

Starting with Tribute to the Colonies, this quest includes several easy-to-follow steps that take you around the galaxy. You will need to defeat enemies on Titan, complete Public Events, patrols, and kill enemies on Nessus and the EDZ and then return to the Tower.

When you’ve completed Tribute to the Colonies, head back to the Tower and talk to Saint-14 once again. He’ll congratulate you on your work and direct you to place the tribute. With this complete, you can begin the next quest, A Guardian's Duty.

A Guardian's Duty is the shortest one, as it only requires you complete eight bounties from either the Vanguard, Crucible, or Gambit vendors. Pick up whichever one you find the easiest. Pick up all available bounties, even spending some Glimmer to get as many bonus ones, and then head out to complete eight.

After completing this, you will need to place a bounty book beside the ship, similar to how you placed the tribute. Now move on to the Cornerstone quest.

Finally, the Cornerstone quest has you actually helping Saint-14 build the Tower Obelisk. This quest requires you to collet 10 components from powerful Fallen, Cabal, and Vex enemies. Head to your favorite Lost Sectors and farm up yellow health bar enemies until completed.

Return to Saint-14 when this step is completed and he will direct you to place these in the Towery Courtyard. Interact with the Obelisk to move on to the next step, Synchronization of the original four.

Step 2: Synchronize original Obelisks

Destiny 2 Synchronization quest Tower Obelisk
All four Synchronization quests must be completed. There is one for the EDZ, Nessus, Mars, and the Tangled Shore.

Just because the Obelisk is finally in the Tower doesn't mean you can donate Polarized Fractaline. The next step is to complete the Synchronization quests for the four original Obelisks. These quests are found at the top of the Tower Obelisk's page.

Each Synchronization quest requires you to complete a timelost weapon bounty. Timelost weapon bounties can only be purchased from an Obelisk once it has been ranked up once. To rank up an Obelisk, interact with it and use the nodes at the top to offer Polarized Fractaline

Pick up a Timelost weapon bounty and complete it to finish the Synchronization of that Obelisk. Each weapon bounty will take 15-odd minutes to complete. Repeat this for each of the planetary obelisks and then return to the Tower.

Destiny 2 Tower Obelisk Synchronization
Each Synchronization quest has you "place" the connection in the Tower Obelisk. 

With each Obelisk's Synchronization quest completed, you can place the synchronized part into the Tower Obelisk. Once this is completed, the Tower Obelisk is fully powered. You do not need to level up the original Obelisks any more.

Now, head to Saint-14, and provided you've done literally all of the above, he should have a quest for you called Bright Future.

How to complete the Empyrean Foundation quest

Now that you have Bright Future in your quest log, head to the Sundial and take part in the final battle with Inotam. This step is retroactive, so if you've already complete it before picking up Bright Future, it will be auto-completed.

If you need some pointers you can always refer to our Inotam boss guide, which breaks down everything you need to know about the fight. When you’ve managed to defeat Inotam, you’ll receive the Obelisk Core, which you’ll then need to charge up.

Destiny 2 Empyrean Foundation guide - Bright Future quest

Charge the Obelisk Core

To charge the Obelisk Core, you will need to collect 30 Orbs of Light. This can be done in the Tribute Hall on Nessus, by collecting an ally's Orbs, or by collecting your own via Masterwork weapon multikills. Head into a populated Lost Sector (Aphelion's Rest in the Dreaming City is a good choice) and get the Orbs you need.

Destiny 2 Empyrean Restoration
Once all the previous steps are completed, the Empyrean Foundation community event will begin.

With this step completed, head back to the Tower Obelisk and insert the charged core. When the core is in, you will receive a confirmation message, letting you know that the Empyrean Restoration has begun. Now you can finally start donating Polarized Fractaline. There is also one last step you can do, but it's not necessary. You can speak with Osiris on Mercury to let him know what you've done.

Donate to the Empyrean Foundation

Destiny 2 Empyrean Donation Polarized Fractaline
You should finally be able to donate Polarized Fractaline to the Empyrean Foundation.

This is where the fun begins. At this point, you’ll unlock the ability to spend Polarized Fractaline on the Empyrean Donation. This is right at the top of the Tower Obelisk's page. You can donate 100 Polarized Fractaline at a time. Players that donate 5,000 or more will receive a special emblem and unlock a Triumph.

Outside of personal goals, there are also community goals. These goals are reached by the community, working together, donates huge amounts of Polarized Fractaline. There are seven stages:

  1. 400,000,000
  2. 700,000,000
  3. 1,200,000,000
  4. 2,200,000,000
  5. 3,000,000,000
  6. 6,000,000,000
  7. 9,777,777,700

At the moment, the community doesn't know exactly what the end-goal of this is, however there is speculation. The theory is that Trials of Osiris (or Trials of the Nine) will finally return. This isn't without evidence, as there is a new icon to be found in the Crucible page in the Director.

Destiny 2 Empyrean Foundation Caloris Spires Mercury
A new node has appeared in the Crucible screen, and all signs point to it being the Lighthouse - which could mean the return of Trials of Osiris.

This new icon has seven segments, and as players reach new stages, a new segment is filled in. There is also a location listed, the Caloris Spires, Mercury, which is where the Lighthouse from the original Destiny was located. For those not in the know, the Lighthouse was the reward for players that managed to win 9 games of Trials of Osiris in a row without a loss. So there's a good chance the speculation is on the money with this one.

Now that you know how to start the Empyrean Foundation quest, finished all of Saint-14's questlines, and started donating Polarized Fractaline, make sure you check out the rest of our Destiny 2 strategy guide for even more helpful information.

Sam Chandler is a current Guides Editor at Shacknews, and Josh Hawkins is a former Guides Editor at Shacknews.

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