This week, Bungie offered some new information about Destiny 2’s next major update, which will release on July 17th. While not as substantial as the Forsaken expansion that is slated for early September, next month’s update will still include some new features, modes, and opportunities for players to collect gear. Chief among them is the new Prestige difficulties for the Leviathan Raid Lairs, which we now know will reward 400 power level weapons.
According to Bungie, Prestige Eater of Worlds and Prestige Spire of Stars will be the only way to earn weapons at power level 400 before the launch of Destiny 2: Forsaken. As far as armor is concerned, the Solstice of Heroes event will be the source for 400 power level versions of that gear.
An extra 20 points of power is sure to be enticing to a lot of Destiny 2 players out there, and will likely make some of the harder endgame activities (like Escalation Protocol and these Prestige lairs) a little easier. But earning that 400 power level gear will require some effort, as the Prestige raids will not be pushovers.
As previously reported, Bungie is doing something different for Prestige Eater and Prestige Spire. Instead of new mechanics coupled with higher level enemies, these Prestige Raid lairs will feature unique constraints and modifiers.
The unique constraints for the Prestige raids will be a pre-determined loadout that all players must adhere to. This isn’t the same as a locked loadout where players can’t change their weapons; they simply will only be allowed to equip a specific weapon type in a slot. For example, one week may ask players to use a Scout Rifle as their kinetic, an auto rifle as their elemental, and a rocket launcher as their power weapon.
Prestige Raid lairs will also include a rotation between three modifiers, two unknown ones and Prism. Those that remember the early days of Nightfall Strikes will know that the Prism modifier buffs elemental damage on a rotation, kind of like the singe on heroic strikes. All told, the modifiers are supposed to help the fireteam and shouldn’t negatively affect them.
Of course, Bungie needs to give Destiny 2 players reasons to complete these Prestige Raid Lairs beyond a boost in power level. The good news is that each raid (that includes Leviathan) and raid lair will have an exotic weapon catalyst tied to it, and the two raid lairs will unlock ornaments on their respective armor.
It’s a different look for the harder versions of Destiny 2’s raids but one that could help increase the replayability. If nothing else, players will likely want to try out the Prestige raid lairs to try and get to power level 400.
Destiny 2 Update 1.2.3 releases July 17th.