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Defiant Battlegrounds are three-player match-made battleground activities that were released with Season of Defiance, alongside the Lightfall expansion.
To access Defiant Battlegrounds, players have to complete the first mission of the Lightfall Campaign. Nimbus will direct the player to the Vanguard equipment that appeared at Strider's Gate, which will show a message from Mara Sov and give the player a Quest. There is a playlist of Defiant Battlegrounds available from the H.E.L.M..
After the Black Fleet's attack on Earth, the Shadow Legion has begun taking prisoners among both the fighters and civilians. The Dark Cabal have set up several Prisons to house these captives, Amanda Holliday among them. The Coalition, coordinated by Queen Mara, Devrim Kay, Mithrax, Kell of Light and The Crow, follows the pilot's signal to one of these facilities. After freeing her, Guardian Fireteams continue these incursions into the prisons.
There are three versions of Defiant Battlegrounds, taking place in the main areas of Earth and its orbit. The players will jump between the real world and the Ascendant Realm to infiltrate the prisons, fighting both the Shadow Legion and the Taken. When the players reach the final boss, they will fight it until a third of its health is depleted. At that point, it will summon an immunity shield and fill the area with a Dark Fetor, which will damage players over time. Players must plant a Balefire in order to create a safe spot, and purify the essences of summoned Taken to bring down the boss' shield. This will be repeated twice before the Fetor dissipates and the boss is left completly vulnerable.
|Defiant Battleground||Location||Shadow Commander|
|Defiant Battleground: EDZ||European Dead Zone, Earth||Warden Vincu'us, Shadow Legion|
|Defiant Battleground: Cosmodrome||Cosmodrome, Earth||Zatocc, Devoted to the Witness|
|Defiant Battleground: Orbital Prison||Orbital Prison Ship, Earth's Thermosphere||Bracus Kravaum, Shadow Legion|
- Caretaker - Solar Adaptive Frame Sword
- Perpetualis - Strand Adaptive Frame Auto Rifle
- Prodigal Return - Arc Lightweight Frame Grenade Launcher
- Raconteur - Stasis Precision Frame Combat Bow
- Regnant - Void Adaptive Frame Grenade Launcher
- Royal Executioner - Solar Adaptive Frame Fusion Rifle