The Born in Darkness quest in Destiny 2 is a long-form questline that rewards new Stasis abilities. Players that want to take their newfound power to new levels will want to crush through these quests as fast as possible. Thankfully, they’re fairly straightforward, amounting to using Stasis against various enemies and in various activities.
Born in Darkness Part 1 quest
To get the Born in Darkness quest, first complete the Beyond Light campaign. After speaking with the Exo Stranger and receiving No Time to Explain, she will give you Born in Darkness. Completing Part 1 will earn you the quest, Aspect of Control, which tasks you with destroying Entropic Shards – which requires Salvation’s Grip. Lots of things to do!
Step 1: Energized Ether & Stasis melee final blows
The first step will see you defeating enemies on Europa and using your new Stasis abilities.
- Collect 50 Energized Ether by defeating Fallen on Europa
- Defeat 10 enemies on Europa with Stasis melee final blows
To make this process a bit quicker, use Monte Carlo if you’ve got it. Hits with it help recharge your melee and kills have a chance to fully recharge it. You can use the Concealed Void Lost Sector to get Fallen kills without having someone steal them from you.
Step 2: Strikes & Stasis kills
Next up is to complete Strikes with Stasis equipped and defeating enemies that have been affected by Stasis.
- Complete 3 Strikes with Stasis equipped
- Defeat 60 targets affected by Stasis in Playlist Strikes
Much like before, equip Monte Carlo if you’ve got it for that sweet, sweet melee recharge.
Step 3: Defeat Weniks’ platoon
Now you’ll need to take down Weniks and their platoon in Eternity on Europa, which is to the left of Cadmus Ridge through Bray Exoscience. Track the task on your map so you have a waypoint to lead you there. Cadmus Ridge is also where you can also find one of the Penguin Souvenir collectibles for the Beyond Light Triumph.
Step 4: Bunker E15
Meet the Exo Stranger in the Bunker E15 Lost Sector on Europa. You’ll find her at the very end of the Lost Sector standing near a computer terminal. Use the Skeleton Key here to progress the Born in Darkness Part 1 quest.
Step 5: Speak with the Exo Stranger
Finally, head back to Beyond and talk with the Exo Stranger. At this point, you’ll receive the aforementioned quest, Aspect of Control. This is where you’ll need Salvation’s Grip to destroy Entropic Shards.
Born in Darkness Part 2 quest
Born in Darkness Part 2 continues the questline. If the Exo Stranger didn’t automatically offer you this next quest after speaking with her, leave and come back. You may need to complete Aspect of Control.
Step 1: Defeat Vex
As you did with the Fallen, do with the Vex. Defeat a bunch of them on Europa and also a bunch of enemies frozen by Stasis. Head into the Perdition Lost Sector to find plenty of Vex ripe for the killing.
- Defeat Vex on Europa to collect 50 radiolarian fluid
- Defeat 20 enemies frozen by Stasis
Step 2: Complete playlist activities
This next step for Born in Darkness Part 2 asks you to complete any playlist activity with Stasis equipped. You can do this in Strikes, Crucible, or Gambit – dealer’s choice. Defeating Guardians with Stasis rewards more progress but you also need to be able to get kills.
- Complete Playlist activities with Stasis equipped
- Defeat 60 combatants with Stasis
Step 3: Defeat House Salvation Fallen
Now you’ll need to defeat more Fallen in Riis-Reborn Approach. Head to Eventide Ruins, go up the gravity lift and then the second lift, pass through the teleporter and you’ll be where you need to be. There is a Crux of Darkness there, defeat all the Fallen around it to finish this step.
Step 4: Perdition Lost Sector
The Exo Stranger will meet you once again in a Lost Sector, this time Perdition. The Exo Stranger will be right at the end of the Lost Sector, in a room attached to the boss area. Defeat the boss then look for the open door on the right-hand side of the room. Use the Skeleton Key on the terminal.
Step 5: Speak to the Exo Stranger
The final step of Born in Darkness Part 2 is to speak with the Exo Stranger again at Beyond. You will receive the Duskfield Grenade as a reward and the Exo Stranger will also allow you to purchase quests that unlock Fragments. After that, you’ll be able to start the next task, Born in Darkness Part 3.
Born in Darkness Part 3 quest
Completing the final step of Born in Darkness Part 2 and continuing to speak with the Exo Stranger will let you start the next task, Born in Darkness Part 3.
Step 1: Vex and Fallen
The first step in Born in Darkness Part 3 has you defeating Vex and Fallen on Europa. Use one of the Lost Sectors to clear this quickly. The other task is to defeat enemies affected by Stasis. You know the drill by now.
- Defeat 30 Vex and 30 Fallen on Europa for Residual Darkness energy
- Defeat 20 enemies affected by Stasis on Europa
Step 2: Stasis in Gambit
This next step is all about using Stasis in Gambit. You will need to complete three matches with Stasis equipped and kill 60 combatants in Gambit with Stasis abilities.
- Complete 3 Gambit matches with Stasis equipped
- Defeat 60 combatants with Stasis final blows in Gambit
Step 3: Defeat Teraks
Much like the other steps, you will once more need to defeat a Captain from House Salvation, this time it’s Teraks’ and their mob. You can find Teraks in Eternity, the Bray Exoscience area to the west of Cadmus Ridge. Go in, defeat the Fallen, and then proceed to the next step.
Step 4: Concealed Void
Next up, meet the Exo Stranger at the end of the Concealed Void Lost Sector in Asterion Abyss. When the boss dies and the enemies are defeated, find a small room connected to the boss arena. Inside you’ll find the Exo Stranger. Use the Skeleton Key on the computer.
Step 5: Speak with the Exo Stranger
Finally, talk with the Exo Stranger again at Beyond to complete Born in Darkness Part 3 and unlock the Coldsnap Grenade.
Born in Darkness Part 4 quest
After the Deep Stone Crypt was completed by a team of Guardians, new quests and events all over Europa started cropping up. Born in Darkness Part 4 is just one more of these, and it can be picked up from the Exo Stranger at Beyond.
Step 1: Stasis final blows
Speaking with the Exo Stranger will give you the first step of Born in Darkness Part 4. The first step requires you to defeat enemies using Stasis. Simply equip your Stasis subclass and ensure you get a killing blow with a Stasis ability. Using your Super is the best option.
- Defeat 60 enemies with Stasis final blows
Step 2: Nightfalls with Stasis
The next step requires you to play and complete Nightfall Strikes while using Stasis. You don’t actually need to get Stasis kills for this one, just use it against enemies. Make sure you have the Stasis subclass equipped when the Nightfall ends for the first task to count.
- Complete 3 Nightfalls with Stasis equipped
- Use Stasis against 60 combatants in Nightfall Strikes
Step 3: Defeat House Salvation Fallen
This next step has you defeating a platoon of Fallen from House Salvation. These enemies are found to the left of Cadmus Ridge in Bray Exoscience. Take the route that leads to Creation (this is to the right in the bright room) to find the Fallen near where the vehicles are flowing through the tunnel. Track the banner on the map to make it easier to locate them.
Step 4: Visit the Exo Stranger in Creation
With another platoon of House Salvation defeated, you will receive another Skeleton Key, which you must take to the Exo Stranger who is hanging out in Creation. This is the area through Bray Exoscience, the building to the west of Cadmus Ridge. To find her easily, open the map and track the blue banner. When you do reach the Exo Stranger, you will need to listen to Elise and Ana talk and then use the Skeleton Key on the Clovis Bray Exo head.
Step 5: Go to Beyond
When the speech between the Exo Head, Exo Stranger, and Ana has completed, the next step will begin. You must now go to Beyond, the southern area of Europa. Speak with the Exo Stranger to finish Born in Darkness Part 4 and to receive and complete the first step of the next questline, Aspect of Destruction. Completing this next quest will reward you with your second, Class-specific Aspect.
The Born in Darkness quest in Destiny 2 is rather lengthy. Though it might take a bit of time, you’ll be rewarded with new Stasis abilities, so it’s worth the effort. Take some time to check out the Shacknews Destiny 2 guide for more quest guides and Exotic overviews.