/13 Things You Wish You Knew Before Starting Destiny 2: Lightfall

13 Things You Wish You Knew Before Starting Destiny 2: Lightfall

I’ve spent dozens of hours playing Destiny 2: Fall of LightThe new campaign from (disappointing), waging war in their new city on Neptune called Neomuna (lovely) and comparing loot tables, stat lists, and perk options for all new gear (mixed bag). Here’s some of what I’ve learned on my travels, including tips for getting the most out of light fall with the slightest headache and snagging a couple of cool new exotics along the way.


Shop tons of extra rewards

It’s raining constantly Glimmer in destiny 2 these days, which means you really should be spending at least 50,000 per session on additional rewards relevant to whatever activity you’re running. I usually fully stock up on as many Neomuna, Season of Defiance, and Gunsmith rewards as the game allows and then just play a bunch. You’ll automatically start completing many of them and then you can focus on the specific objectives for what’s left.

Play the campaign on Legendary

A chest in Neomuna scatters Glimmer and engrams.

Screenshot: Bungie/Kotaku

I said it with 2022 the witch queen and i’ll say it again with light fall: Try to play the main campaign on the highest difficulty. There are certainly some weak points, but if you take your time, play it safe, and don’t rush, it’s totally doable. Playing it with friends is even better since, although the difficulty goes up a bit more, you can also revive each other and divide and conquer. Legendary difficulty adds an extra chest to each mission that will help you climb the power ladder faster, but it’s also a much more interesting and satisfying way to experience the new levels and battlegrounds.

How to beat Calus the Disciple

Well, light fallLegendary’s campaign may not be very difficult, but this final boss battle is still a pain in the ass. You can be brave and face it alone, team up with friends to make it infinitely easier, OR completely mess it up by hiding under some stairs. in classical Destination In vogue, the Calus fight has a very simple and very silly trick to getting through it slowly but painlessly. Here is a good video that explains it:

Calus’ second phase, where he attacks you with swords, is a bit trickier, but it’s still possible to use Strand to grab onto the top of the purple bubble surrounding the battlefield and shoot it from the outside. If that doesn’t work, just make sure you pack your super and a ton of heavy ammo, preferably a fully equipped machine gun, and just circle grab while shooting. You will eventually get there.

Play the light fall campaign again and again

If you’re a glutton for crafting, the new expansion is pretty light on the new weapon patterns. However, there are five Neomuna weapons that you get over the course of the campaign that can be crafted, and every time Nimbus gives you one, it will have a pattern that you can mine. You need five patterns in total, and completing the campaign with each character will net you three for each weapon. It’s a chore, but much quicker than waiting for red-bordered weapons to drop in the wild. And hey, maybe the new Strand hand cannon, Round Robin, will turn out to be a beast later this year if Bungie ever improves on kinetic weapons in general and hand cannons in particular.

Maximize your Neomuna range

Once you are done with the campaign, it is time to farm Neomuna. Patrol zone enemies are always capped above your current power, but now you should be able to survive more easily and finish Lost Sectors, public events, and the new Terminal Overload activity.

One of the goals is to get your Nimbus rank up to 30 so that you only get Engrams with new light fall gear inside. Just wander around picking up patrol missions and playing through the activities that spawn around you. The rewards plus terminal overload wipes will help you rank up in no time.

Use Strand even if you don’t want to

Branch abilities display a list of obtainable shards.

Screenshot: Bungie/Kotaku

Strand is really a lot of fun. You can make enemies levitate and grapple through the air, and it’s very effective both defensively and offensively. Still, I know that I personally was looking forward to getting back to my version of Void after not too long. Old habits and such. A key mechanic in light fall incentivizes against that: the only way to get new abilities from Strand is by using it.

Killing enemies with Strand abilities in Neomuna will generate Strand Shards, a currency that you can redeem to unlock each new Skin and Shard. Doing so will not only expand your arsenal, but will also unlock the Exotic Strand side-weapon quest.

Equip your chest locator

Don’t forget to equip a Ghost Shell with Combo Wombo in the mod slot. It will show you chests and planetary material. This will give you a lot of shine, but you’ll also get 20 Neomuna reputation for each one you harvest. Most light fall You’re completing a full rank by simultaneously finishing multiple patrols, collecting chests, and completing a Terminal Overload run.

How to Make Neomuna Public Events Heroic

A Guardian rides through Neomuna on a sparrow.

Screenshot: Bungie/Kotaku

Speaking of public events, make sure you get the most out of them by upgrading them to Heroic. Neomuna has two public events, and unless you’re unlucky enough to spawn in an empty instance, they’re pretty easy and straightforward:

  • Vex Public Event: Stand on the two circles that appear (a thin beam of light from the main node leads to them) until the progress bar for both is full.
  • Cabal – Kill the mini-boss that appears towards the end of the public event, but before completing the progress meter on the drill.

look for hero patrols

Patrol missions appear as small gray icons. Lots of points means you need to kill enemies. A triangle means that you must kill specific enemies and collect what falls. One form of engram means you have to go somewhere and kill a mini-boss. They each have a heroic variant that will display the icon in light brown instead of grey, and these will grant you a piece of Neomuna Legendary gear, so prioritize them every time you see them.

Grab an awesome grenade launcher: Regnant

A screen displays the statistics of a God Roll Regnant.

Screenshot: Bungie/Kotaku

Heavy Grenade Launchers have recently been buffed, and Season of Defiance’s Regnant Grenade Launcher is great to have around. It has good stats and very good perks. Once you’ve unlocked it, you can either get it from the seasonal vendor OR you can just pull it from the collections tab on the character screen. It will tell you that perks are one thing, but they’re actually cast randomly, which means you can keep rolling Regnant until you get one with the God Roll perks you want (it’s a fault). The autoloading holster and explosive light are what you’re looking for, but Envious Assassin and Destabilizing Rounds are good too.

Complete the exotic missions.

light fallThe main campaign leaves a lot to be desired, especially on the story front. Its final content, however, is one of the best. Destinationhas had in a while. There are three exotic missions and they are all a lot of fun and give you some great gear: Deterministic Mayhem, Winterbite, and Final Warning. You’ll see the steps for each one in your quest menu, except for Final Warning, which requires unlocking all of Strand’s abilities first. (Farm those Strand Shards!) Season of Defiance also has a great new Exotic quest for the craftable Vexcalibur Glaive. Here’s a full rundown of that.

Hit the power limit

destiny 2 players are almost free of his dreaded power grind, but not quite yet. light fall it expands the limits by a ton, and once you complete the main campaign, you’ll find yourself chasing down the max drops from the weekly challenges just like before. Yuck. Here are the caps:

  • Starting power: 1,600
  • Soft Limit: 1,750
  • Powerful cap: 1,800
  • Maximum limit: 1,810

Challenging Battlegrounds are a great way to reach the Pinnacle cap.

Screenshot: Bungie/Kotaku

Finishing the campaign on Legendary should get you to 1,770. From there, you can complete weekly challenges for more powerful engrams and pinnacles. Vanguard attacks are a real slog right now. Crucible and Gambit are fast, but they also require playing Crucible and Gambit. Look for the activities in the Destination tab with gold icons. Right off the bat, I would definitely prioritize the Defiant Battlegrounds seasonal activity, which is fun, easy, and provides multiple powerful engrams.

Do the Root of Nightmares raid

Fortunately, while the light fall power grind is still a bummer, it won’t take long to be raid ready. Root of Nightmares has a recommended power level of 1780. Completing the campaign on Legendary will get you close to there, and a week of powerful drops and seasonal artifact shredding will get you the rest of the way (around 5 million XP will get you plus 10 power).

Once you’re ready for the raid, you should… really try the raid! The Root of Nightmares was fate 2The most completed raid during its contest mode weekend since the game began, and its mechanics are far less esoteric than some runs. Solid loadouts and good team communication will help you get the best of light falland it’s easy enough to find groups, even for newcomers, using the Destination LFG tool of the application. You can explore the spoiler-free raid or learn the mechanics ahead of time from any number of decent guides online.