Love is once again in the air as Destiny’s Valentine’s Day inspired event is finally live in the Tower. Known as Crimson Days, this new Destiny 2 version brings back the 2v2 Clash playlist from its predecessor. The new round based mode, also introduces a new map called The Burnout, which is a reimagined take on The Burning Shrine, a popular Cruible map from the first game. Players who stick together will also find that their abilities recharge slightly faster as compared to those who lone wolf.
While new content is always welcome, the biggest change of pace with this seasonal event is with the new and improved loot system. Bungie may never admit to it, but the studio has reduced the influence of Eververse with this event, a first for Destiny 2. The microtransaction store has seemingly increased in scope over the months, with the winter themed Dawning event forcing players to spend money in order to guarantee special themed loot. During Crimson Days, players earn two engrams instead of one that can only be obtained through gameplay, special rewards for taking part in the 2v2 Crucible playlist, and a behind the scenes punch card that prevents duplicate items from being awarded until everything has been earned.
In addition to the new event, the weekly reset has also returned to Destiny 2. As expected, this means players have a whole new set of milestones to complete including the Nightfall, raid order, and smaller items such as Flashpoint locations and treasure chests. So make sure to check out our guide below as it covers everything players need to know for the week February 13, 2018.
This week in the Nightfall, the Vex infested Pyramidion on Io is back in the spotlight. Interestingly enough, the modifiers have also remained the same this week so players won’t be able to extend the mission timer, but will have access to their abilities much more often than usual.
As players should be aware by now, the Pyramidion places a focus on platforming almost as much as combat. The first sections of this strike task players to activate and hold various Vex plates while battling waves of enemies. For a quick solution, players in fireteams could opt to split up in order to activate both plates to open the main door, while grenade spamming enemies considering the nearly non-existent cooldown.
Between these combat sections, players will need to navigate long hallways filled with insta-death laser beams. Each section gets a little bit tougher the deep in players get, as the strike employs new tactics including spinning and moving lasers. Unfortunately, the Nightfall doesn’t make things any easier as the timer cannot be extended, meaning players can’t take their time as they should under normal conditions.
The final room introduces players to Brakion, a large Vex that features multiple phases. Phase one is the simplest as Brakion stands and shoots at players. Once its health hits a certain point, phase two begins as it retreats behind a shield to recharge. At this point, regular Vex enemies begin to enter the battle while players quickly stand on Vex plates to lower Brakion’s shield. This process repeats several times until its health reaches 25% where its head will pop off like any normal Vex. Unfortunately, this also makes Brakion more aggressive and much faster than normal. Players will also have a new weak spot to shoot at as well, which certainly helps speed up the fight.
The modifiers and challenges this week are:
Torrent: Player abilities recharge much faster than normal.
Timewarp: Zero Hour: Mission timer cannot be extended.
The player challenges for this week are:
Speed of Dark requires the fireteam to finish the Nightfall with at least 5 minutes remaining on the clock.
To earn Unbroken, the fireteam needs to complete the Nightfall with fewer than three deaths.
Siege Engine can be completed if players prevent Brakion from being shielded for more than 40 seconds before defeating it.
The Flashpoint is back on Earth inside the European Dead Zone for this week. As one of the biggest explorable zones within Destiny 2, players should have little to no trouble finding an active Public Event to take part in. To help clear this milestone even faster than normal, players should make sure to trigger the heroic modifier.
The new week also means that Cayde-6 has five new treasure maps for eager treasure hunters. Keep in mind that these maps aren’t particularly cheap and they won’t always provide players with rewards worth the amount of glimmer spent. The range of possible loot ranges from simple rare gear, tokens, and quest items that can be turned in, to more interesting things like exotic engrams and emblems. Make sure to stop at the tower and visit Cayde to get started before heading to Earth.
Once the maps are purchased, a small icon appears on the minimap. To help with the hunting process, here’s a general description of where players should be looking:
The first two can be found off of Trostland, which conveniently has a fast travel point. Head there first.
After spawning in, head to the right side of the map towards Maevic Square. Players should see a pathway between two buildings outfitted with a blue/purple glowing lights. Follow this path through the broken houses and after jumping up through the big hole in the floor, jump to the second level to find the first chest. Reaching Maevic Square means players went too far.
Back in Trostland, head to the very back of the zone, through the stone archway with the Fallen flag on it. Follow this path to find the chest on a ledge right before the Salt Mines zone.
Chest Three is over the bridge to the south of the Outskirts. Without a fast travel point, players should start from Trostland and use a sparrow to travel there. After crossing the bridge and going through the first tunnel, the chest can be found on a truck teetering over the edge. Take care not to fall off.
Chest four is not too far away from the Winding Cove fast travel point. Essentially, once players warp in, head to the right on the edge of the game zone to find the chest glowing in fron of a large rock near a fallen tree.
The final chest for this week is sitting on a small ledge off the road right before Firebase Hades.
The weekly reset also impacts the raid each and every week as the Leviathan Raid encounter order has been shuffled. 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.
Alongside the new raid order, the challenge has also been changed. This week, players will find the Raid Challenge with the Baths, which are also known as the Royal Pools. Make sure to check out our detailed guide and walkthrough for tips and tricks on completing this challenge.
This week, the raid order is as follows:
Baths (Royal Pools)
Pleasure Gardens (War Dogs)
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.