Escalation protocol tips.
☑️Feel free to add your tips in the comment section☑️
🔴This is just from my personal experience.🔴
🔘Getting 9 people in the same lobby is a challenge, but if you keep leaving the area and coming back, essentially fast traveling from section to section, you may eventually get into the same "instance" or "lobby" as your friends but be on different fireteams.
🔘Now it's best to gather 6-9 people before doing this. Utilize looking for groups sites to make this happen.
On PC, there is a "PC destiny 2 LFG" discord channel that has a ton of people and support in it. I recommend trying to find that if you're on pc.
On console, you can use the typical websites, they are still popular.
➡️recommended weapons to use⬅️
🔹Darcie- extra damage on crit hits
🔹tractor cannon-suppresses bosses and they take more damage.
🔹huckleberry-add control/semi unlimited ammo
🔹rockets with cluster bombs
🔹weapons with explosive rounds
🔸make sure they are masterworked if none exotic🔸
(For orb generation)
🔘supers are very important on level 6-7.
-Hunter teathering is best used when thralls spawn for orb generation for the titans and warlocks and other hunters. This keeps the supers charged for everyone.
-Titans should be sunbreakers with "meltingpoint". That should be the top tree on the super. Melting point buff makes the bosses take an extra 50% more damage. Pair this up with novabombs on titans and other heavy attacks.
-Warlocks probably should be void walkers and have the top tree on for the tracker nova deals more damage and allows you not to miss. Mix and match empowering rifts and healing rifts if you have multiple warlocks.
🔘The final boss can be farmed by killing him when the timer hits zero!
Just get him to a sliver of health left, wait for the timer to hit zero or one second, and have a warlock novabomb after someone tractor cannons him or a Titan melting points the boss.
You will still get the drops and the Escalation will stay at round 6 and you can repeat for farming the weekly weapon drop. The chest will not appear this way.
🔘your light level needs to be at least 360+. It's very difficult otherwise to stay alive and to deal damage.
Having 9 people at 360+ is very effective in my experience. We had defeated and cheesed the boss multiple times. I have 3 full completed kills while having more with cheeses but that doesn't count completions.
Thanks for reading!
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Wizard out ✌🏼
How to set up Escalation Protocol for 9 Guardians ⇣
How to set up for Escalation Protocol:
The first one is an obvious one, all you need to do is level up through regular progression.
Find a fireteam using LFG and get 6 additional players. You are the 7th and then the other two blueberries for a total of 9.
Okay so to actually start this off though, have yourself find two blueberries ON MARS and message them to join your party.
Get them both to invite two of the people that are already in your party to Mars and you invite two people to Mars.
You now have 9 people to run escalation protocol.
Side note: If the blueberries don't actually want to do the event just ask them to invite party to game and make one of the people they invited to be fire team leader and then they can just leave if they want. If this happens obviously thank them for their time and effort...just be polite.
Hope this helps, everything else is on you guys.
Good luck Guardians.
Destiny 2: How to Gear & Level Up to 385 in Warmind
New video from Datto. Might be useful for your Warmind grind...
“Just because Warmind slowed things down in the gearing department doesn't mean it needs to be confusing. Here's a guide on how to maximize your gains while leveling up.
1st character - Get to 340 (345 with full +5 mods), then do 2-3 milestones (or 1 if you're super hardcore and want to grind a lot of blues/vendor packages). After that, grind out blue drops until you can't climb higher, then do more milestones and grind again. When out of milestones, run the normal Leviathan, raid lair and then prestige Leviathan. Transfer (hopefully) high level weapons to next characters.
2nd and 3rd characters - Finish campaign (I guess?) and then try to run prestige raid. Prestige raid only drops armor, so you have no risk of wasting a drop getting a high level weapon which wouldn't improve your power level a lot, whereas the armor drops will. After prestige raid, follow similar pattern to first character, milestone or two, then grind, then milestone, etc, etc. Transfer weapons to 3rd character and repeat.”
⤹ Top 45 PvP Tip Guide ↴
1. Be constantly aware of your surroundings and utilize your movement to outmaneuver incoming enemy’s by strafing, jumping, using grenades, C.S.T- crouch shotting tactics.2. When in a gunfight in CQB, do a slow steady crouch when firing your fully automatic weapons.
3. Maintain a constant pace and always keep moving, only stopping to maintain a power position over enemy positions- a spot with superior sight-lines and access to heavy ammo.
4. Stay around at least 2 teamates to always have someone to fall back to and exchange agro so you can heal, while your teammate finishes off your primed attacker. Primed- the state of applying damage to a enemy making them close to death.
5. Utilize your weapons strengths and stay in their best effective ranges. Auto- close to mid range, scout, mid to long range, Smg- close to short range engagements, Handcannons- use with small scale maps and use cover strafing to be effective and use guerrrilla tactics, using it as a prime usage weapon and finishing off weak opponents, Pulse rifle- mid-to slightly long engagements and taking advantage of slow accuracy bursts using cover strafing, Sidearms- close range engagement for rushers and if people rush you, Sniper rifles, preferably mid to long range surrounded by teammates, Shotguns, Close range utilizing sliding and baiting around doorways so you can jump upon unsuspecting players and take them out, Rockets- Close applies to low rate of fire rockets and fire relatively close to their feet so take take advantage of the blast radius- When using hakke rockets utilize long sight-lines pre aiming and jumping in the air to take advantage of it’s superb tracking.
6. Learn from your mistakes and constantly adapt to the changing mentality of enemy players to get a better idea of how they might play-movement wise and how they might engage you in gun fights to have a good idea of what other players will do.
7. Always be aware of blind-spots-head-glitches and areas where an enemy can use to to spot you from a unforeseen area- areas that can be seen from from sight-lines unseeable from the area being viewed.
8. Don’t overcommit to a kill and realize that the primed enemy your pursuing might be brewing up a surprise attack or leading you directly to their team.
9. Adjust accordingly to elevation- standing on something- look down, your on low ground leading up- look up.
10. Use your super logically- don’t use it when your low health-primed, bad situations such as a player wielding heavy ammo such as a rocket, launcher or the colony and never use it when your outnumbered as the enemy will be able to finish you off quickly with team-shots so use it when you have other teamates pushing with you so the enemy will be forced to pick their engagements.
11. Utilize team-fire when needed.
12. Challenge the same area same your team is pushing so you can provide cover firing from a good sight-line.
Become familiar with the maps, areas with high traffic, heavy ammo held areas, and spots with good cover and sight-lines such as open buildings with open windows so you can safely shoot out of and back out of safely when taking damage.
13. Be unpredictable in your movements such as not reapeating the same movement- going to the same area in the same manner as before when you died- try going to the same area with a different path so the enemy can not easily tell where your coming from the following time you try to push the same position.
14. Be aware of heavy ammo spawn times.
15. Be aware of incoming supers so you can properly plan for their arrival such as backing up, moving to a long sight-line with good cover so you so can counteract then accordingly.
16. Maintain a positive mentality- think about positive outcomes and your goal in mind in game.
17. Don’t be a defeatist- learn from your losses and if your losing just stick around and hope for a comeback but if not it’s a good experience to have a defeat.
18. Never aim at the ground- always aim at head level when aiming and if a you know a specific player likes to jump around sight-lines, aim high, if they tend to slide aim down or jump above them to take advantage of their unsuspecting movements.
19. When being converged upon by someone or multiple enemies, utilize grenades to force them back and utilize sliding, jumping and baiting around doorways to at least get a trade and take down one or two of the pursuers.
20. Utilize sword hilts or emotes to scan enemy's position from behind cover to properly identify where not to push if there is a full team of midas or if their one or two you can anticipate them beforehand when engaging them in combat.
21. Concentrate your agro-focus on the person your aiming to strike down with headshots.
22. Use cover strafing to your advantage when your taking damage or want to be unpredictable and ultimately surprise the enemy and win the gun fight.
23. Don’t play overly aggressive when using your super and use jumping and sliding to evade some of the damage.
24. Be aware of your teammates position and if they need help or if they’re surrounded, so you can fall back knowing it wouldn’t be worth it pushing toward them.
25. Use the in game interface so you can view what enemy supers are charged so you can watch out for that specific person.
26. Always strive for improvement.
27. Hone your current skills and abilities.
29. Use pre-shooting and aim in areas you believe the enemy will emerge from.
30. Remember first shot advantage matters- get the first shot always and if you don’t you’ll be more likely to lose the gunfight.
31. Keep your tilt-anger in control and clear your mind by thinking back at what you did wrong that match or take a break and walk around the tower or do a strike.
32. Remember each match is a opportunity to get better so embrace it.
33. Maintain good tracking- know where to aim and keep you aim steady with moving, jumping and sliding enemy’s.
34. Never blame your team for losses and realize it’s normal to suffer a loss here and their.
35. Be constantly aware of your radar- look at it every 5 to 7 seconds.
36. When engaging an opponent utilize strafing- moving left and right quickly to throw off an enemy’s aim on your weak spot- head.
38. Have realistic expectations- know that you might possibly lose because of bad teammates or facing a superior team, but know to expect it so your overall mentality won’t drain with negativity.
39. When being chased utilize utilize sliding and try to look down when running away so it will make it harder on the enemy to hit your critical spot-head.
40. Be supremely evasive when engaging opponents in CQ- close quarters and use jumping, and sliding so it will make it harder for them to focus on hitting you and they’ll panic.
41. Think logically when pushing alone and always attack from a strategic position with a good escape path and sight-lines that will limit the number of people that will try to take you on- be by a position with good cover.
42. Manipulate cover and sight-lines to your advantage- purposely staying in a power position that’s vital to your team's structure- staying in a beneficial area where you can support your team and fire upon them from an area that’s hard to get to.
43. Save your grenades for choke-points- areas where an enemy has to walk through and where they could take the most damage from a AOE grenades potential- area of effect.
44. Anticipate enemy movements- get a good understanding of what they’ve done during a match to get an understanding of where they’re likely to push again, or how they might engage you again.
45. Be conscious of who can see you so you can adjust your position accordingly and avoid an open spaced position that makes you open to teamshots.
After each game maintain good sportsmanship and reply to the entire enemy team with gg- good game.
|How To Avoid The Colony|
- Use grenades to block it's tracking and ultimately destroy incoming projectiles. - As soon as you hear the auditory cue run and slide quickly. - Jump as much as you can and try to shoot the incoming grenades because they can be destroyed by kinetic, energy and heavy weapons but require a skilled hand, so jumping is a preferred method of evasion.
|Top Tier Auto Rifles|
Kinetic- Scathelocke, Origin Story, The Forward Path, Orimund’s Anvil, The Last Breath and Loquitor IV, The Doubt and Cuboid ARu. Energy- Null Calmatity 9, Valakadyn, Hollow Earth, Procecutor, Hard Light, Sand Wasp-3au, Positive Outlook, Jianghi AR4, Uriel’s Gift, Medley-45 and The Number.
MIDA Multi-Tool counters ↓
Kinetic- The Jade Rabbit, The Dream, Haunted Earth, The Guiding Sight, Does Not Compute, Frontier Justice, Trax Lysis II, Armillary PSu, Call To Serve, Nameless Midnight and Purpose. Energy- Tone Patrol, Metronome-52, Adverse Possession IX, Black Scorpion-4sr, Frostmire’s Hex, Seven-Six-Five, The End, Pleiades Corrector, Eternal Blazon and Skyburner’s Oath.
Leviathan, Eater of Worlds, & Spire of Stars
Complete guides & walkthroughs for the first raid and raid lairs, with a little bit extra along the way.
KackisHD’s Leviathan Raid for Dummies
KackisHD’s Eater of Worlds Raid Lair for Dummies
And for a little extra from Datto: a Leviathan Prestige guide...
And for a slightly different take, IGN’s Leviathan raid guide:
KackisHD’s Spire of Stars raid lair for Dummies: https://youtu.be/Cjf258awEEw
POPULAR Tokens for beginners
If your new to destiny 2 I have a few tips to get you started... after completing the campaign I’d suggest (apart from milestones) to start grinding out public events on a specific planet... two of the best places in my opinion is the EDZ or Nessus, this will give you a lot of tokens for that planets vender and if you manage to do as menu heroic public events as you can your power level will rise a lot faster.
Save up as meany tokens as you can and dish them all out at once to get some good legendary quality gear.
If you don’t know how to make a public event heroic then ever search it up on YouTube or go on EDZ as that’s where most people do events and will make it heroic for you... if you have any questions just leave a comment and I’ll be happy to answer.
How to complete the Leviathan Raid Castellum (first encounter)
So the first encounter of the raid is a fairly simple one, but does require some solid teamwork and a little bit of communication. The first thing you'll see when entering is a giant open courtyard, with 4 big doors located in different areas throughout the courtyard. In front of all 4 of these doors, you'll see a "plate" with a dog, axes, cup, or sun symbol. All of these plates are going to be key points of interest, so have everyone find them together and remember where they are. You're going to want to split into teams of 3 of this, one team attacking and another defending. Decide the teams once you find all these doors.
Picture of the "plate" in the center of your screen with the holographic symbol, with the door being in the middle right of your screen;
One of the 4 doors will be opening up, releasing a bunch of ads(another term for enemies). On the defending team's plate, one symbol will be lit up. This is the door that will be opening up. All your team needs to do is kill all the ads, which will spawn a "Standard Bearer". Use your supers and Power ammo to kill him as quickly as possible. Killing the standard bearer will drop a "Standard", which will spawn on the plate next to him. Pick it up, and run back to the defending team's plate with it, and "slam" it. This is how you progress the encounter. Once you've done this part once, the next plate you need to go to will be shown to you by the defending plate's hologram. Repeat this process 3 times, and the defending team's door will open, allowing you to access the next encounter.
Picture of the standard(the staff to the center-left) and the standard liberator back-center;
Picture of the standard bearer;
On top of the platform you're supposed to be defending, you will see a floating hologram with one of the 4 symbols listed above. That symbol corresponds with the door the attacking team needs to go to. The defending team will call out this symbol.
For the most part, the defending is pretty straight forward. a bunch of enemies will spawn and try to move towards the plate. Kill them as quickly as possible. There will be orange health "standard liberators" that spawn who will try to take your standards off of the plate. There will also be Councilors that spawn near the defending plate, which are identified easily by their "floating psion in a bubble shield" appearance. These need to be killed as quickly as possible as they will make the standard liberators invulnerable. There will be an onscreen prompt as well as an audio indicator when these psions spawn, so make sure you're paying attention as they will likely be the only reason you lose a standard. Losing a standard will not wipe you, but will reset one standard at a time.
Picture of the Councilor;
Ideal subclasses/weapon setups for this encounter:
Hunters: Golden Gun is ideal for offense, Nightstalker and Arcstrider both for defense.
Warlocks: Stormlock and Dawnblade are ideal for defense, and Voidwalker is ideal for offense.
Titans: striker is ideal for offense, while hammers and sentinel are ideal for defense.
Weapon setups: Any weapons with explosive rounds shine in PVE, therefore sunshot, better devils, Manannan, and nameless midnight are your go-to's for almost every encounter. for your Power slot, go with any rocket with cluster bombs. Otherwise, use a fusion or shotgun for quick dispatching of the stronger enemies.
And that's pretty much it! it might take a few tries to get it down, but all in all it's fairly simple encounter. Good luck :)
Written by Chris Pereira
One of Destiny 2's major new features arrived recently as part of a post-Curse of Osiris update. Masterworks present what amounts to a new class of weapon, providing players with another thing to hunt down in their journeys. Unfortunately, the way they work can be a little confusing, and as is often the case with Destiny, it's not explained well in-game. Here's what you need to know about Masterworks and Masterwork Cores.
Masterworks are variants of Legendary weapons. They track your kills in either Crucible or PvE, provide Orbs when you secure multi-kills, and--most importantly--provide bonus stat perks. These affect a single attribute--such as reload speed, stability, impact, magazine size, or blast radius--and can be re-rolled if you would prefer a different buff.
You can obtain Masterworks like any other item; once you hit Power level 250, you'll have a chance for Legendary weapons to drop as Masterworks versions. The Raid and Trials of the Nine both offer a "very high chance" for their drops to be Masterworks, making them the most reliable way to obtain new ones. But you're also able to get them from vendors, Strikes, standard Crucible matches, and so on.
An alternative path involves forging a Masterwork yourself, although the cost for doing so is somewhat high. Any Legendary you own now has a new Masterwork Upgrade option on its Details screen. This will allow you to turn a standard Legendary into a Masterwork version; you can choose for a Vanguard or Crucible version, depending on what kills you want it to track. This process costs 25 Legendary Shards and 10 Masterworks Cores.
But how to get Masterwork Cores? That's where the drops become all-important: Unwanted Masterwork weapons can be dismantled, a process which yields Masterwork Cores. The number you'll obtain varies; in our experience, it tends to be 1-3 Cores per dismantle, meaning you may need to acquire quite a few weapons to complete this process.
Masterwork Cores also serve another purpose. As noted above, you can re-roll the stat bonus on your Masterwork weapon. This is called reworking a weapon, and it costs 25 Legendary Shards and three Masterworks Cores. There's no telling what bonus you'll get from reworking, so be sure that you're okay with ditching your current bonus before going through with the process.
Masterworks are expected to expand in the future in a number of ways. Bungie has already said it plans to introduce Masterwork versions for other types of gear in the game. It also plans to highlight the weapons' kill tracking in more ways, such as displaying the number on the Crucible kill screen. In the meantime, you can check out all of the Masterworks weapons we've found so far.
To watch the video go here:
Dec. 15th-18th Xur Locations
Written by Ryan Gilliam
If you played Destiny, you may be familiar with Xur, the weekly exotic item merchant. In Destiny 2, he’s back, and he can now appear all over the map. This week, he’s in the Tower Hanger, and there’s a helpful icon on the planet map to show you where he is.
Xur’s inventory this week consists of the following:
DARCI, sniper rifle: 29 Legendary Shards
Celestial Nighthawk, Hunter helmet: 23 Legendary Shards
Hallowfire Heart, Titan chest: 23 Legendary Shards
Eye of another World, Warlock helmet: 23 Legendary Shards
Fated Engram: 97 Legendary Shards
Three of Coins: 31 Legendary Shards
Each of the items comes at a maximum power level of 305 — a base power of 300, plus a Legendary (purple) mod that raises the value by five. This scales to your character’s power level, so make sure you’re buying Xur exotics on your highest level character.
This is a pretty bad exotic. Its weapon archetype is fast firing, which means the damage per shot is very low. The exotic perk on DARCI is Personal Assistant, which causes the gun to highlight critical information about the target when aimed down the site. While this bonus is active, DARCI will have better lock on and deal more precision damage. While thematically cool, the bonus doesn’t do enough damage to be worthwhile. If you’re trying to finish up your collection, maybe take a look at this thing. Otherwise, skip DARCI.
This is one of the best exotics in the game. Its main perk, Hawkeye Hack, causes Golden Gun to fire only one shot instead of three. However, this single shot does about six times the damage of the average Golden Gun. Players who love raiding or PvE in general need to pick this thing up. It’s exceptional for boss damage.
This is a pretty situational exotic. The main perk is Sunfire Furnace, which improves the recharge rate of your abilities when Hammer of Sol is charged. This exotic forces you to play Sunbreaker, which still isn’t nearly as useful as Striker or Sentinel in any activity. Additionally, this chest will only benefit you when you are holding onto your Super and not using it. This is useful in rare situations like during certain Nightfall modifiers, but otherwise pretty underwhelming.
EYE OF ANOTHER WORLD
You may already have Eye of Another World if you selected it from Sloane right before the Utopia campaign mission. The Cerebral Uplink perk will highlight targets for you and passively increase the regeneration of your grenade, melee and Rift abilities.
The Fated Engram is new as of the December 12 update. Buying one may be expensive, but it guarantees you an exotic that you don’t have. If you find yourself drowning in Legendary Shards and missing a few key Exotics, this is a pretty great way to spend your Shards. You can only get one per account, once a week.
THREE OF COINS
This old farming buff has returned from the Destiny graveyard to help you farm exotics. Also new as of December 12, Three of Coins is a four-hour buff that increases the odds of Exotic engrams dropping for you in the wild. Their effectiveness in Destiny 2 is currently unclear.
POPULAR Heroic Public Event How To
I unfortunately could not find anything concerning how to make the Vex Crossroads public event heroic but I can explain how to in my own words. When launched to the right side of the event after killing the miniboss on that side there are pyramids that you have to shoot once you shoot one a platform to go up appears and you will eventually find yourself at the top where a plate is, stand on that plate until the blue barrier is all the way up and then you have made it heroic. Very simple.
Guarantee Lvl 335 Drop
Among all the gripes that players have addressed about the DLC, there is something to be excited about. After completing the Leviathan raid and killing Calus, you are awarded a lvl 335 drop. With every encounter in normal mode, you are awarded with high level drops. This is an incredibly efficient way to grind in this new DLC. Being awarded raid keys when you complete the raids is an added bonus, if you want to get better gear/exotics. If you love the grind, then this is the perfect way for you to level up and wield better gear.
Joining a Clan
Every guardian needs a fireteam in order to fight the darkness efficiently. Thankfully there is a relatively easy way to find one if you know how.
Throughout the lifetime of Destiny, clans have been an excellent tool to find others to fight alongside. But finding one that fits you can be challenging. That's why you should know where to find them and what to expect when you do.
Although there are a few other services that allow clans to recruit, Bungie's own website is gonna be your best choice.
TIP: The more effort put into a recruitment post may show how much effort the clan founder has put into their community
-----Choosing a Clan-----
Now that you've found where to find a clan to join, how do you choose the right one? Well there are a few things that you should know/do before sending in that clan request...
-Not all clans are communities-
Some clans were built simply for those who just want the ingame rewards rather than finding others to play with
-Clans have Requirements-
You are gonna want to make sure that you read the entirety of the clan's recruitment post since requirements vary from clan to clan. Such as...
-The approval process varies-
Some clan's will let you walk right through the door but others may require you to go through an approval process or trial period before joining.
-You may have to try a few different clans-
There is no way to be completely sure what a clan is like until you spend some time with it. But make sure you don't switch between too many or you may limit your options
-----Being in a clan-----
In order to make sure you get the best experience there's one important thing you will always have to do, Participate. Clans aren't simply another form of a LFG, you'll need to participate and communicate with your clanmates if you want them to have your back.
Make sure you continue to meet the clan's requirements otherwise you may get the boot!
Clans can change your Destiny 2 experience forever if you find the right one and may even keep you playing when there is no new content. I hope this guide will make it easier for you to achieve this.
Xûr Location + Loot (12/1)
Location: EDZ - Winding Cove
Titan Gauntlets - Synthoceps
Cost: x23 Legendary Shards
Hunter Chest Armor - Lucky Raspberry
Cost: x23 Legendary Shards
Warlock Helmet - Skull of Dire Akamkara
Cost: x23 Legendary Shards
Auto Rifle - Sweet Business (BUY THIS NOWWW)
Cost: x29 Legendary Shards
Pretty decent this week. Sweet Business is worth the buy, and Skull of Ahamkara is arguably the best Voidwalker exotic for PvP.
Leviathan Raid Guide #1 - Castellum
1. Two players will claim objectives from "Standard Bearers"
- The players then bring the objectives to the sun point.
2. Four players will stay on the sun point and defend it from "Standard Liberators"
- If you fail to kill a liberator, it will steal the objectives, and you will need to start over.
3. Loyalty Councilors
- When they are spawned, they make Standard Liberators invincible. So, kill them as quickly as you can. You need to use your melee ability (aka punch) to kill counselors.