With the first Faction Rally for Destiny 2 during its second season now at an end, New Monarchy has once again claimed victory, giving players access to Loquitor IV, a legendary auto rifle with a very high range stat.
However, it wasn’t always smooth sailing once players discovered that all of the newly added Faction gear wasn’t actually available. Controversy spread once more, with Bungie having to apologize for not communicating that the new gear would be added to the loot pool throughout the entire season instead of everything from the start.
This week is what many players would consider to be an off week, as Destiny 2 doesn’t have a feature event active. Next week, however, Lord Saladin makes his long-awaited return to the Tower to begin a new Iron Banner event. For season 2, the Iron Lord also has a few new tricks up his sleeve including an actual inventory that players can purchase gear from using tokens and shards. Iron Banner tokens also have a chance to award masterwork weapons as well, so players are encouraged to grind for those tokens as well.
While players wait for Saladin’s return, the weekly reset has finally arrived, refreshing the milestones and other activities in Destiny 2. To get an idea of all of the new content in the weekly reset including the Nightfall, Flashpoint location, Raid challenge, and everything else for the week of January 23, 2018, make sure to check out our guide below.
This week in the Nightfall, players are travelling back to the Inverted Spire on Nessus to take on the Vex boss known as Protheon. Players should be well versed with this particular strike at this point considering it was the only one to be included in both the console and PC beta. Never the less, here’s the basic rundown of the strike.
At this point, the strategy for this strike remains largely the same as it has since launch, with players going up against both Vex and Cabal enemies at first. Running through a massive drilling operation, players often find themselves in the middle of a battle between the two opposing factions. Most of the level involves continuing to move down the drilling site, ultimately leading to a massive drill machine that can take players out in one fell swoop. Use the multi-tiered lanes to avoid the drill arms and make it to the heart of the dig.
The final boss is Protheon, a massive Vex minotaur who enjoys turning the floor into a lava pit as well as outright dissolving it, dropping players to the next level. Its head is the weak point, so make sure to continue moving to avoid the floor and waves of common enemies that also flood the area. After a third of its health is gone, the floor will dissolve, transitioning the battle to a new arena and the next phase. Use the surrounding spires to avoid the damaging floor and explosions.
Once the boss is down to half health, the floor dissolves again and the final phase begins. At this stage of the level, a risky but effective strategy involves equipping the exotic submachine gun known as Riskrunner, then standing in the surrounding arc pool to supercharge the damage dealt thanks to the gun’s unique perk. Before long, Protheon’s head will pop off, making the Vex much faster while also creating a new weak point in its stomach. Just a bit more damage will finish it off as well as the mission
The modifiers and challenges this week are:
The player challenges for this week are:
THe Flashpoint milestone for the week of January 24 heads back to the Hive infested moon of Titan. Thankfully, this means all Destiny 2 players can once again take part in this activity after the DLC-locked location of Mercury was highlighted last week. This bigger location also presents players with more public events to participate in as well, so make sure to trigger heroic events in order to complete this quest a little bit faster.
With a return to Titan, Cayde has also increased the number of treasure chests players can find as well. While last week only featured one, Titan has the normal set of five. Make sure to visit Cayde first before venturing out as players need to purchase the treasure maps from the Exo. Thankfully, this also puts visible Cayde markers on the minimap, providing a general clue as to where the chest is located.
Here’s where players should be looking:
While providing new milestones and content, the weekly reset also shuffles the Leviathan Raid encounter order. While this not only helps to keep the experience fresh for veteran players, it also helps players new to the experience get used to the Raid while also giving them an opportunity to play each part even if struggling.
The Raid Challenge for this week is located in the Gauntlet. Instead of relying on good luck, check out our guide to get a leg up on beating this challenge.
This week, the order is as follows:
For players looking for more of a challenge when playing strikes, the Heroic Strikes playlist is the way to go in Destiny 2. Players above the minimum recommended power level of 270 have an opportunity to score better loot at the end of the mission. Complete three of these this week to earn a powerful loot engram.
Heroic Strikes – Complete 3 heroic strikes.
Call to Arms – Win glory by participating, getting kills, and finishing PvP matches from either the Quickplay or Competitive playlists. Finish the milestone and return to Shaxx to earn his weekly engram.
And that’s all for this week. Good luck, Guardians!
Destiny 2 is available now for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.