THE PROVING GROUNDS
NIGHTFALL: THE ORDEAL
"With the Pyramids and Xivu Arath destabilizing the system, Empress Caiatl, leader of the Cabal and daughter of Calus, seeks an alliance. But when she demands more than Zavala can offer, negotiations collapse, and Guardians must become the tip of the spear that strikes at her growing war council."
SEASON 13: BATTLEGROUNDS
The fallout from the failed treaty has resulted in Cabal forces taking up arms on multiple destinations – prepared to defend the glory of the Empire. In this three-player matchmade activity, Guardians will engage in ritual combat against Caiatl’s chosen warriors.
To prove their strength in the eyes of the Cabal empress players will need to challenge Caiatl’s warriors in the new Battlegrounds activities across the system. Use the Hammer of Proving to forge and socket Challenger Medallions out of pillaged Cabal Gold for the right to take on Caiatl’s fiercest commanders in ritual combat. Visit the War Table at the H.E.L.M. to upgrade your Hammer of Proving through three tiers of pursuits that will unlock Hammer upgrades, new Proving Runes, gear drops, and more.
The Hub for Emergency Logistics and Maneuvers, or H.E.L.M., is the new base for all current Vanguard operations within the system. From the H.E.L.M. Guardians can interact with the War Table Seasonal vendor, access the Prismatic Recaster, decode Umbral Engrams at the Umbral Decoder, manage their vault, and retrieve items from the Postmaster.
How to Obtain Quest:
Presage: Master Difficulty
While the chaos on Europa unfolds, Hive God Xivu Arath makes her play on the solar system. Work with Osiris, The Spider and newfound ally The Crow to seek out and destroy Xivu Arath’s faction and prevent another major threat from menacing the system.
To get started on your quest to take down another Hive God, visit The Crow in the Tangled Shore and acquire the Cryptolith. To use this hive artifact, you must first charge the artifact by participating in Strikes, Crucible or Gambit. Once you have a charge, input your mods within the artifact and bring your charged device to an affected area highlighted on your director. Draw out and follow the trail left by the Wrathborn to begin the Wrathborn Hunt.
Currently, Wrathborn locations have been found in the Tangled Shore and the Dreaming City.
Modifications and Reputation
The Cryptolith can be fitted with unique mods that can determine a specific reward outcome after successfully completing a Wrathborn Hunt. Mods can be found by completing various activities across the system. Complete Wrathborn Hunts to earn reputation currency that can add to your ranks with the Crow as well as upgrade your Cryptolith with additional rewards.
Play a repeatable mission offered by Crow in the European Dead Zone to acquire a randomly rolled Hawkmoon. This can be done repeatedly and can also grant Powerful Rewards once per week on each of your characters.
This activity has Active Modifiers and Champions. A fireteam is recommended!
Once you successfully unlock every node on your Cryptolith Lure, Crow will help you draw out the High Celebrant. Finish him off once and for all.
This activity grants Powerful Rewards and can be completed once per week on each character.
Completing this activity has a chance to drop The Fourth Mark Exotic Ship.
ASCENDANT CHALLENGE: AGONARCH ABYSS
This week, the curse cycle is at its weakest. The Dreaming City appears normal with clear skies. The Scorn is present during this cycle and is the main combatant in the Blind Well.
The Ascendant Challenge can be located at the Bay of Drowned Wishes (Lost Sector in Divilian Mists).
This week, the curse cycle is middling. The Dreaming City is starting to appear corrupted with Taken abnormalities. The Hive is present during this cycle and is the main combatant in the Blind Well.
The Ascendant Challenge can be located at the Chamber of Starlight (Lost Sector in Rheasilvia).
This week, the curse cycle is at its strongest. The Dreaming City is polluted with Blights and Miasma darkens the skies. Taken are heavily present during this cycle and are the main combatant in the Blind Well.
The Ascendant Challenge can be located at Harbinger’s Seclude (near Rheasilvia).
THE DARK PRIESTESS
Acquire loot in the wild or participate in activities to level yourself up. This portion of leveling is quick and many sources help boost your overall power levels. Refrain from completing or acquiring any Weekly Challenges during this phase of leveling.
Additional Weekly Challenges unlock at this phase of leveling. Once you reach the soft cap, generic reward drops do not help boost your power. Complete Weekly Challenges and acquire Exotic/Prime engrams to continue leveling up.
At this phase, only Pinnacle Rewards help boost your power. These sources are considered end-game level activities and require more focus. Pinnacle sources drop at +1 or +2 depending on the pinnacle source. Pinnacle cap is the max cap of the season.
Complete end-game activities to earn [+2] rewards. Pinnacle gear will allow you to reach up to 1310 power this season.
Pinnacle Rewards will grant you high boosts to power as you are leveling through the hard cap. Once you reach 1300 power, focus on completing these activities to boost your power to Pinnacle Cap.
Note: Most Endgame activities are more difficult in nature and may require a fireteam to complete.
Complete Core Activities to earn [+1] powerful rewards. Pinnacle gear will allow you to reach up to 1310 power this season.
Core activities go well with bounties, which help boost your artifact power via XP. Be sure to stack bounties while playing these activities.
Complete Seasonal Activities and acquire Exotic/Prime engrams for powerful rewards up to [+4] light. Powerful Engrams will allow you to reach up to 1300 power this season.
Be sure to decrypt your Prime engrams as soon as possible – it may give you a nice boost to power!
Complete Base Activities to earn powerful rewards up to [+2] light. Powerful Engrams will allow you to reach up to 1300 power this season.
Base activities are your primary source of leveling throughout the season. Completing each challenge will provide a good amount of XP to help level your season pass.