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- "Brave the dark-tainted wastes of Pluto and plunder secrets from the fortified Pyramid."
- — Activity Description
Expedition is a new, free rogue-lite mode introduced following the release of The Final Shape. Following a mysterious signal to a hostile, fortified pyramid buried in the world's surface, players must fight through wave after wave of procedurally and increasingly difficult opposition to discover the intent behind the dark ship's call.
After interacting with the Overview Table in the center of the H.E.L.M. or by heading to the tab in the director, players are given a map overlooking the terrain of Pluto, showing rough terrain and the goal of the activity, the Pyramid itself. If an Expedition is refreshed or failed, players will also see different paths on the trail to the Pyramid, with one - the starting expedition of the activity - at the other end. Simply put, the objective of this mode is to reach the pyramid and defeat the raider inside or, perhaps, a mysterious observer.
Each mission on the path to the Pyramid is radically different from one another, each weaving pathway and seemingly connected trail completely different from another. One expedition might find players first traversing a dust-choked wasteland and then finding a BrayTech facility while another start might find them in the ruins of a colony ship then the bowels of a Vex-constructed temple. Also completely different is the enemy composition, modifiers, objectives within and Hexes that boost enemy performance in combat. Each Expedition is unique, so players might have to change loadouts to better suit the new path.
As a rogue-lite mode, each Expedition is different and each path offers something new. Despite that, some mechanics don't change. For a start, each Expedition allows players to restart a checkpoint after wiping thrice or never depending on difficulty. Revive tokens are present and provide players few seconds to pick each other up before their fate is shared. Additionally, each expedition is Legendary, so enemies will always be a few power levels above the player and more players increases the difficulty drastically. Another common feature is extracting desired loot; each path offers meager rewards, ranging from enhancement cores or shards even to common loot with additional benefits to their name. All can be pulled with a successful Expedition plus a lot more, but a failure will cause the players to lose all they have collected on that expedition. So, players can approach a Ziggurat at the end of a path to safely extract it without losing it (however, only one item can be extracted and extraction comes at the cost of receiving Boons so choose wisely). Finally, some mechanics are shared between factions such as Incursions, Alliances or Hunting Parties, but those will be covered soon. Despite that, most of an Expedition will be completely random, so players are not to get comfortable with certain enemy placement or tactics.
Each path has four objectives, each still completely different or, perhaps shares a similar goal with a twist. Objectives can be completed without a timer, but some may have wipe mechanics, so players must be prepared for anything. After three of these objectives, the final one will always involve killing a boss of some sort with different means of bringing them down. Usually, there is no change at the first path, save for harder difficulties, but bosses may come with an immune mechanic that requires effort to dispose of. Few will have a wipe mechanic and the few that do usually involves indirect neutralization, such as disabling a splinter mine or destroying a Hive crystal and most, if not all wipe mechanic attacks WILL have a one-time redemption factor that can remedy any possible mistake.
To reach the Pyramid, players will have to cut through 3 different "paths". Each path has a distinct number of hubs in which players will have to navigate in order to progress further and further. Some of these hub spots will branch off to other paths each hosting their own hub, allowing players to pick and choose which faction to engage next and try to possibly avoid a more troublesome faction, whether by personal preference or actual difficulty. At the other side of the map is a "Temple Hub", which will host a unique challenge for the faction engaged. Rather than face multiple different objectives in that encounter, Guardians will have to complete a new set of mechanics fitting the faction they are facing.
On a path, players have a chance to encounter a "Ziggurat hub". These areas will be slightly more difficult, but will reward players with an opportunity to come before a Ziggurat and choose boons to strengthen themselves, provide additional perks to weapons or further modify armor, or extract desired loot. Similar to a Ziggurat, a Temple, as previously mentioned, is found at the end of a path and allows players to replace or add new boons to their characters, mod weapons further and/or more loot.
A new feature all together, on the health bar seen at the bottom of the screen, players will notice a space beneath the name of the boss. Whenever this boss receives a modification, a keyword will be visible to all players. Keywords are common buffs to a boss that players can see and possible adapt to or avoid when necessary instead of risking it when facing them. Bosses can either have one or three keywords, with Path bosses always having three keywords to them. Some keywords are as follows:
- Burning Step: A recurrent ability in Destiny 2, Burning Step allows the boss to create an AoE burning explosion anytime they use their slam attack. A key warning for all players to keep away and an ability that can be the bane of the bold and foolish.
- Quaking Step: Boss slams shake the very earth, throwing opponents out of balance. Applies Tremor debuff anytime the boss slams, whether out of defense or to unleash the ability to any still on the ground, removing the ability to jump and sprint.
- Grenadier: The boss is capable of deploying a more powerful version of their faction specific grenades at their opponents.
- Suppressive: The boss will unleash a concentrated attack that will Suppress player abilities for 10 seconds.
- Healer: Allies within the boss's aura slowly recover health over time.
- Scorcher: Attacks made by bosses will apply stacks of Scorch to Guardians. Burns them over time and will continue to stack for every hit.
- Shocker: Attacks made by bosses will apply Jolt to Guardians. Any attack hitting them will create a chain of lighting to other players.
- Leech: Attacks made by bosses will apply Weaken to Guardians. Player movement speed is slowed and are less accurate.
- Frostmonger: Attacks made by bosses will apply Slow to Guardians. Enough stacks will freeze them.
- Webbreaker: Attacks made by bosses will apply Unravel and Sever to Guardians. Continued strikes by the boss will proc Unravel.
- Webweaver: Bosses can hurl a Shackle Grenade at Guardians. Indicated by a Green glow.
- Regenerator: The boss will slowly begin to recover health when not engaged.
- Psionic: The boss, whether through experimentation, mutation or natural gift, is capable of unleashing considerable blasts of energy under players' feet. The boss is capable of the Psionic Entropy attack.
- Armored: The boss is well-protected from attacks. Non-critical damage is reduced.
- Heavily Armored: The boss is extremely protected from attacks. Non-critical damage is severely reduced.
- Summoner: The boss can conjure allied support at a whim. This includes Shanks, Thralls, Harpies, War Beasts, Shadow Thralls or Ravagers.
- Unflinching: The boss will not stagger under any circumstance, come paracausal attack or steel-piercing shot.
- Relentless: [Nemeses Only] The boss will continuously chase down their Guardian adversaries until they or their target is dead. Usually a few second pause after they have spotted their opponents, dealt a gruesome melee blow or have eliminated one of their opponents.
- Soft Immunity: [HVT/Hub Boss Only] The boss has soft health gates. Players can damage the boss over a certain threshold for a time before they acquire their immune shield.
- Hard Immunity: [HVT/Hub Boss Only] The boss has hard health gates. Once the damage threshold is reached, the Immunity shield will come right on.
- Bomber: [Hub Boss Only] The boss can call down fire support to draw out or eliminate the enemy. This includes missile bombardments, Void Spikes, Temporal Distortions, Orbital Strikes, Spiteful Incantation or Dark Ether Concentration.
- Shielded: [Hub Boss Only] The boss will defend itself with either powerful tech or magical wards. This includes Black Armory Shield Drones, Walls of Darkness, Rotating Shields, Psion Commanders, Shield Blights and Scorn Banners.
- Protector: [Hub Boss Only] Using tech or benign incantations, the boss will provide support for it's underlings. This includes Servitor Shielding, Ritual Circles, Vex Lenses, Portable Shield Devices, Vandal Dome Shields or Totem Shielding.
- Disruptor: [Hub Boss Only] The boss is capable of producing an inconvenient ability that disrupts the abilities of players. This includes Web Mines, Poison Clouds, Vex Seekers, Detain Bubbles, Shadow Touched and Tether.
"The strange energies of the Pyramid bolster your command over Solar energy."
10% boost to Solar Damage. Can stack.
"The strange energies of the Pyramid bolster your command over Arc energy."
10% boost to Arc Damage. Can stack.
"The strange energies of the Pyramid bolster your command over Void energy."
10% boost to Void Damage. Can stack.
"The strange energies of the Pyramid bolster your command over Stasis energy."
10% boost to Stasis Damage. Can stack.
"The strange energies of the Pyramid bolster your command over Strand energy."
10% boost to Strand Damage. Can stack.
"Agony is purged faster as the resonant energies seek to swiftly end those that suffer."
Damage over time is increased.
As previously mentioned, there are similar objectives some factions may use on a path. Some examples include:
"A considerable force of enemies have been detected in the area. If we are to safely explore this place, it is paramount we must eliminate them."
A rather simple objective in concept, players must purge enemy resistance in the area. However, Eliminations might feature fortifications and other defenses that might make the matter all the more troublesome, such as Security Turrets, Shriekers or Scorpius Turrets. Regardless, this objective is arguably among the easier objectives to do, as it is simple elimination of hostiles.
- High Value Target
"We have discovered a ranking officer in the area. Eliminating them will throw enemy operations and logistics in shambles and limit possible rivals in our pursuit of the pyramid."
A tough boss enemy will be encountered, though they lack any mechanics much like the final boss of a path. They will continue to spawn lackeys to support them as they attempt to defend themselves from your onslaught and may feature keywords that make them harder to kill, not just in terms of health but also in competitive damage. As previously mentioned, enemies will continue to spawn in and waylay into the Guardians until the boss is killed (however, the adds must also be killed before the objective is truly complete).
- Data Recovery
"A data collection team was reported to have been lost here. Recover any of their findings before the enemies take it for themselves and/or destroy it."
A distinct objective, Guardians must interface with a central terminal and pick up a scanner to locate data-filled Frames that are scattered across the vast area. While dealing with an ever-coming onslaught, players with the scanner must also pay attention to an audible and distinct chiming that picks up frequency the closer to a body they get. Upon finding and identifying the body with the scanner, they can recover the data with the device and either search for other bodies or return it to the central terminal; whatever the choice matters little, as long as the data is recovered. Upon successfully recovering the data, players must temporarily defend the central terminal before eliminating what ever opposition is left and progressing further.
- Equipment Recovery
"Some of our teams were forced to drop their equipment as they were overwhelmed by hostile opposition. Recover them from any dead or from the hands of our enemies."
A common objective, Guardians must haul equipment to an extraction site safely while ensuring said equipment remains out of enemy hands until otherwise recovered by ally units. Varying in terms of size and heft, equipment can either be found in distant nooks, on the bodies of dead allies or destroyed frames or on the backs of special enemies within the area. After gathering them all in one place, players must endure a horde of enemies before backup arrives to safely extract the vital equipment and are permitted to progress deeper down the path.
- Asset Defense
"An asset of great importance to our efforts here is being targeted by enemy saboteurs backed by a massive following of guards and apprentices. Defend it at all costs."
Whether it be a terminal, supplies, ally, mining probe or injection rig, enemies are swarming in the hopes of eliminating it. Guardians must stave off a considerable threat and safeguard their objective until it is complete. Though seemingly formidable, players can salvage these operations by healing/repairing the subject of the objective, reinitiating a download or eliminating a thief who stole data. Regardless, despite the menace of punishing failure, asset defense isn't nearly as bad as other defense or escort objectives.
Disregarding objectives, sometimes, other factions might get involved, either in opposition to another faction or working with them. These are these said new objectives:
"Jumping at the opportunity to seize more land, another hostile group has deployed enemies to control this territory. Expect heavy cross-fire, but continue forward."
Indicated by ships, transports or portals from other factions in the sky, players should expect another threat on the field as this new one butts heads with the expected force from the Guardians. Though little really changes in terms of difficulty, groups should expect objectives fitting for the new threat, as well as their high-threat enemies, keywords and, possibly, Hexes.
"Recognizing the threat you pose, our enemies here have made a non-aggression pact with another force in the hopes of quashing you together. Prove them wrong, but watch yourself."
Indicated by both forces means of transportation seen together in the sky, unlike an incursion, players should expect to see the two forces working together in the hopes of bringing them down. Players should expect a slight bump in difficulty as these two factions fight as one and may share in an Incoming Threat operation or objective, as well as synergizing their keywords and Hexes.
Sometimes, whether in the middle of an objective or during a transition, players might find themselves interrupted by an unprecedented threat:
"A sizable enemy force has tracked you down! Hold your ground!"
In the distance, players might hear a distant bellow, siren, horn or visibly see a flare or bright light flash over the horizon, followed by a cacophony of voices answering it. These are the few-second-early portents that indicate an incoming Ambush. Composed of a hodgepodge of units, but can feature tougher command units and Elites, as well as Majors. Regardless, most of these units are noticeably more concerned with melee, though are not opposed to keeping at range to deal with their opponents.
"Your actions have caught the attention of a heavily armored threat. They are closing in on your position rapidly, so expect a tough fight to come your way."
At times, a distinct guttural howl might rip the air or the clatter of armor will sound closer and closer. Nemeses are "mini-boss" units that will attempt to eliminate their opponent with extreme prejudice. They lack any true mechanic to them, save for increased aggression and agility, as well as ability regeneration, allowing them to unleash attacks more frequently. Though they come alone, they might feature a keyword much like end-of-path bosses and High Value Targets.
- Hunting Parties
"A massive contingent of high threat hostiles are searching for you. They are among the best the enemy has to offer and are equipped with some of the best of their arsenal. They do not know your position, but are closing in as we speak. ENGAGEMENT IS NOT ADVISED."
For any faction, players have a chance to encounter a Hunting Party. Hunting Parties are extremely dangerous groups consisting only of Elite and Major enemies that follow a certain path on the field. Players are advised to avoid these groups as much as possible UNLESS they have received a considerable stack of boons from Ziggurats and/or are extremely confident in their builds. Players can detect Hunting Parties by distant chants that get closer as the Hunting Party does too and players can use terrain and Concealment places to avoid them or catch them completely unaware in an ambush. Be warned that Hunting Parties are noticeably more aggressive than their standard counterparts.
- Elite Ambush
"Hostile commandoes have located you and are closing in. Watch yourself and engage if necessary. Elimination might yield some insight on the area."
Sometimes, a Guardian(s) might face an Elite Ambush, an entourage which features some of the toughest enemies each faction has to offer, from Stasis Fallen, Hive Guardians, Wyvern squads, Red Legion elites, unique Taken models and Baron-like Scorn. Noticeably more aggressive than normal and just as devastating, especially on Legendary difficulty, Elite Ambushes can yield more rewards upon the elimination of these units or can be avoided and, with time, can disappear.
Pirates seeking to loot the wastes of Pluto, rebels plotting vengeance against the forces of the city or agents of the House of Salvation, the Fallen have rooted themselves on this world and will fight tooth and claw to keep their holdings on this seemingly desolate rock.
Faction Specific Objectives
- Supply Destruction
"Where there is concentrated Fallen activity, there are great caches of Ether. Seek and destroy their life-source, and they will retreat."
Simply put, Guardians are to find nearby Ether canisters and destroy them. Though simple in concept, fireteams should notice that Fallen presence is greatly increased here, and Guardians can easily be overrun if they tunnel-vision on the barrels. Additionally, sometimes, these barrels are shielded, and require an override code from a nearby major to disable it and expose it. On higher difficulties, as well, a noticeable, pale blue cloud should be visible; any Fallen within this cloud gain minor health regeneration, as well as heightened aggression. Regardless, Supply Destruction is a simple objective and can be completed fast enough by a competent Guardian(s).
- Equipment Destruction
"We have tracked Fallen ordnance to this location. If brought to bear against us, our efforts will be greatly impaired. Destroy with extreme prejudice."
From landed Skiffs to racks of Fallen weapons, from idle Brigs to slumbering Walkers, or even active ones for that matter (a combination of both is also likely), players simply must destroy these equipment. There are different ways to go about this objective, from overclocking their systems to hauling bombs to detonate them in a glorious fireball. Active targets may also require the use of Scorch Cannons or, at times, even other elemental cannons to destroying them, or even recovered bombs to disable shields.
- Den Sweep
"You are approaching the heart of Fallen operations in this sector. Do whatever you can to clear it out to impair their movements and allow us to pull essential data we need."
A combination of a bunch of other objectives, Den Sweeps require players to clear out a vast and well-fortified den, whether that means neutralizing Servitors, disabling turrets or stealing information that isn't nailed down. What sets a Den Sweep apart from an Elimination objective is that the Fallen are considerably more aggressive than normal and is extremely likely to spawn a Nemesis.
- Drill Hijack
"There is a well defended Drill on our path. Whether it is extracting glimmer or something of great importance matters not. Seize control of it."
Players will encounter a Fallen drill in the middle of excavating the ground. Whether it is just defending the drill or powering it further from stealing access keys from nearby enemies, hauling fuel to feed it or throwing power into it's core, players must defend the drill from the incoming Fallen onslaught and stand their ground as they seek to recover it. The drill will also move around, so players must follow it around and reestablish their defensive positions.
- Fallen Prisoners
"There are friendly Fallen nearby being held captive by our common enemies. Free them and allow them to safely extract."
Whether Awoken allied spy, turncoat Fallen or House of Light soldiers, Guardians must seek out the cages scattered across the arena and allow them to escape. Sometimes a keycard is required to access them, but most don't. However, proximity to these cages might summon their wardens in great droves so that they may secure them. Additionally, players may have to defend these units from an onslaught whether they can defend themselves or not.
- Splinter Mines
"You have entered a Fallen kill zone! Disable those Splinter Mines before they detonate!"
A common objective for many players, Guardians must disarm Splinter Mines that will continually spawn around the arena. Whether it requires being in proximity with the mine, shooting it or disarming them with switches from a central console, Splinter mines are not that complex of an objective for the few who have faced their menace before.
- Ketch Raid
"The Fallen have established a teleportation pad to a nearby Ketch. This is an opportunity we cannot pass up. Board it and disable it."
Players must overtake a Fallen teleportation pad and board a Ketch. Though the map usually stays the same the objectives can change, from destroying a pilot servitor to send it careening into the earth, destroying a reactor to leave the ship disabled, killing the baron of the ship or turning the ships guns against the Fallen's own fleet. Regardless, players must enter the well-defended Fallen ship and do as much grievous damage to it as possible.
- Kranhiks, the Soulslayer - Prime Nemesis
- Deranged Survivalist (Captain)
- Tarnished Deviant (Heavy Shank)
- Hex of the Wolf
"The bitter-hearted veterans of a House long dead fight with brutal vigour and hatred. They will stop at nothing to kill their adversaries."
Fallen units fire faster and enrage quicker. Melee attacks deal more damage.
- Hex of the Shipstealer
"The sinister influence of the pyramids have seeped into the hearts of these Fallen warriors. Their cold demeanors have become physical."
Some fallen are coated in obvious rime, and are more tolerant to damage. Killing these units will cause a Stasis blast that coats nearby units in similar shielding and freezes nearby enemies.
- Hex of the Prime
"There is low-spread SIVA readings across the area. Seek out "safe zones" to cleanse yourself of their taint before they reach critical mass."
Flesh-warping SIVA nanites are found in the area. Over time, players will continue to gather stacks of SIVA contamination. When it reaches 20 stacks, the Guardian dies. Players must seek out a nearby white bubble to slowly but surely cleanse themselves of its infectious influence. A bubble lasts 10 seconds before vanishing once entered.
Seeded on the world years ago, answering the mysterious signal from the Pyramid or attempting to sabotage and destroy it, the Hive have already rooted themselves deep into Pluto with sights set on the dark ship.
Faction Specific Objectives
- Nest Destruction
"We have tracked a Hive on your path towards the Pyramid. Destroy it, and we gut the number of Hive we may come across in these wastes."
This objective requires players to destroy Hive eggs scattered around the area. While simple in concept, some require the destruction of their gunk casings first, the death of their brood guardian or the placement of a charge or Supercharged Worm. Usually filled to the brim with Thrall, these tasks feature the highest number of hostile hive and will often require the death of the horde first before moving onto and eliminating the eggs. Regardless, Nest Destruction is a relatively simple goal.
- Ritual Disruption
"A massive energy surge has been detected near your location. Considering the presence of Hive in the area, expect it to be the result of a Ritual. Whatever the purpose, do not let it complete."
A rather open and varied objective, Ritual Disruption has a plethora of methods in which it can be completed. From standing within a ritual circle to disrupt it's flow, shattering crystals across the room from pools of power or killing the Wizards in charge, Ritual Disruption is a mixed bag with unique results anytime. Sometimes, however, a ritual might bear results if not completed fast enough or as a thematic moment of making it too late, and hordes of Shadow Thrall might pour out from the dark corners of the room or Axion darts will hunt down players or Hive units will end up with overshields. No matter the result, players will find it extremely hard for another one of these objectives to replicate the mechanics of the one they just completed.
- Portal Shutdown
"Hive reinforcements have been pouring out from that area. We have reasons to suspect that they are using a portal to move resources and manpower from their dimension to here. Destroy it."
All too familiar to the Public event found across the system, Portal Shutdown involves objectives ranging from destroying shielded power crystals, to their profane overseers, detonating it with explosive ordnance or even causing it to overcharge. Sometimes, however, unconventional methods are also employed, such as a completely different Portal system they use for moving around or even entering it, parkouring around and destroying the source on the other side. New means of completing Portal Shutdown should continue to keep players engaged.
- Recruitment Drive
"Renegade Ghosts have been spotted in this location. Do whatever it takes to prevent them from recruiting new Lightbearers for the Lucent Brood."
A potentially punishing objective, players must navigate the arena in search of Hive Ghosts and must crush them before they spawn a Lightbearer. Though simple enough, hordes might prevent Guardians from reaching these Ghosts in time and positioning might make an easy jog to another into a mad dash from one end to another before it is too late. Though much weaker than the Elites that might spawn in, The Lightbearer Hive spawned here are formidable enough to possibly end a run then and there.
- Grimoire Heist
"The Hive are in possession of a relic of great importance to their religion. Study of it should glean insights on their cultures, reasons for being here or even answers on the Pyramid, as well as denying them power."
From a mere extraction to picking up something for your "inventory" or hauling a massive tome of power, Grimoire Heists are a potentially chaotic mode that forces players to brave hordes of fervent Hive units willing to throw away everything for the defense of their relic and breaching fortified positions aided by Shrieker and Ogre alike. Sometimes, power can be commanded against their former users, but this is not often a guarantee.
- Purify Weapons
"The Hive have been stashing their weapons here, along with some of their most infamous of death-dealing instruments. Rites of Light could keep them out of their hands permanently."
Through direct invocations, scattering of Light-charged matter or turning them against their own creators, Purify Weapons objectives could provide a source of entertainment to most players depending on the objective matter. Often, Swords must be turned on their creators for them to vanish or through all of the aforementioned objectives at once, a hive's weapons can be destroyed.
- Abomination Hunting
"Roars from this location can be heard from miles around, which means only one thing: the Hive are molding siege engines. End them before they are unleashed."
It is here where the Hive in this location have been creating all their horrendous monstrosities to aid them in battle. Whether involving destroying them directly, killing their creators first or even overcharging them with energy before they can deploy their rage, Abomination Hunting is another versatile objective with a plethora of ways to go about it. And it can involve anything from a seething horde of Cursed Thrall, Shriekers and, of course, Ogres.
- Totem Disarmament
"The Hive have established Totems within their territory! Disarm them before they activate for whatever sinister purpose they serve!"
From the death-dealing instruments of Crota's End, King's Fall or Pit of Heresy to the ritual conduits of the Lucent Brood, to merely shield generators, Guardians must do whatever it takes to disarm the scattered Annihilator Totems in the arena. All it could take is merely standing on a plate (sometimes in sequence if there are multiple and the director permits), killing a ritualist Wizard, feeding back the killer device with nearby death or overcharging the totem with an energy charge from an errant carrier.
- Elemental Gathering
"For reasons unknown, the Hive are gathering fundamental energies from the area. Destroy the crystals containing them and eliminate their harvesters."
A common objective for most Guardians, players must seek and destroy scattered crystals within the area, often on a timer or before they explode and kill everyone. The way to go about destroying these crystals often change however; at times, it is a mere point-and-shoot, but other times involves getting a buff from a nearby hostile before, hauling them to a certain place to be safely destroyed, shooting them in a sequence or overcharging them.
- Hex of the Navigator
"The Taken King is dead. But his memory lives on in the most fanatical of warriors. They will martyr themselves in his own name if need be."
Upon death, enemies will explode in a blast of Blight. Immediate proximity deals damage and applies Entropic Rot to all within the blast. If Entropic Rot reaches enough stacks, the players will die. Entropic Rot is lost overtime at an incredibly slowed rate. Lower health enemies will provide a smaller number of stacks vs stronger enemies.
- Hex of the Deceiver
"The trickeries and jests of the Witch Queen continue, even with her treachery. Watch the skies for Witchflame Bolts and avoid them at all cost."
Witchflame Bolts will attempt to blast players from the sky. Similar to Oryx's Spite of the King, Guardians should notice a screeching sound, as well as a swirling cloud of green energy above them and strikes a lot quicker. Though unlikely to instantly kill a Guardian (depending on their health and Defense), it deals significant damage and negates healing temporarily. Regardless of hit or miss, players should hear a distant chuckle from Savathûn.
- Hex of the Warlord
"The hatred of the God of War pervades this landscape so completely, it severs your Light. Only through conquest and slaughter can it be rekindled."
Abilities do not regenerate. Instead, killing enemies allows them to refill. The stronger the enemy, the more power restored.
Faction Specific Objectives
- Hex of the Conflux
"With the aid of their kindred from the Vault of Glass, time ebbs and flows around these Vex constructs. Aid might be found from other timestreams. Be careful."
Sometimes, a killed Vex unit will just get right back up as either a Precursor or Descendant. Precursors have more health and Descendants deal more damage. Players will notice this change when a killed Vex unit begins to vanish in an angular haze.
- Hex of the Simulator
"Data salvaged from the slain overseer of the Infinite Forest has prepared these Vex for you and your allies. Shake up your tactics to throw them out of balance."
The more you use a weapon or ability, the less damage it does until it starts dealing no damage. Using other means of engagement will allow the debuffing Hex to slowly lose power over the last used attacks and powers until they are restored to full effectiveness. Be warned that using other abilities will also slowly apply the Hex to them.
- Hex of the Praetorian
"Darker hearts command the ability to wither away the very foundations they built at the clasp of their metal hands. Beware the disintegration fields in the area."
Random areas will be hit with a Dematerialization field, which will instant kill a player if they are within proximity of it. It takes a while to activate, so players should have enough time to get clear before it procs.
Faction Specific Objectives
- Hex of the Ghost
"Constant training and firing drills, as well as their dominance over the skies are owed thanks in no small part to the discipline of command. Watch the skies as the Cabal seek to drown you in flame."
Players will be constantly harried by orbital bombardment by Cabal ships in the skies. Either they will be painted by the standard missile strike most should be familiar with or a new attack will attempt to strike them, a single strike that leaves behind a massive aura of both blinding and clinging flame. Guardians should always be on the move when this hex has been detected on a path.
- Hex of the Bitter Mind
"Agents of a conspiracy in the making harbor incredible hate for those who foiled their plans time and again. Their rage is given pure intent and purpose, all pointed to drag you down with them."
Certain enemies will be marked by a psionic haze around them. These units are extremely aggressive, deal more melee damage and, after a certain animation, can negate the ability to jump and sprint as long as they are alive. They are almost always Elites, if not Majors.
- Hex of the Emperor
"Perhaps there was a point to the former ruler of the Empire, as vile as he was. For now, strangely, revelry and indulgence boosts your performance in combat."
Over time, players will be afflicted with the Apathy debuff, which lowers damage, diminishes ability regeneration to outright suppressing it or even cancelling jumps and sprints if enough stacks are acquired. The only way to negate this debuff is to either collect Golden Motes from nearby Loyalist cabal, drinking from nearby chalices that spawn around the arena and, the fastest way, gathering Greed from energy balls that spawn from Power Charged Incendiors that have the possibility of spawning (similar to that of Spire of Stars, too much Greed will kill the player. Different however, is how the ball can be hurled at enemies, dealing more damage the more Apathy drained).
Faction Specific Objectives
- Hex of the Overseers
"A parody of some outside force, the Taken are trying to create hollow copies of themselves to bolster their forces. Close those rifts before you are overrun."
Rifts will often spawn around the area. As long as they are active, Shadow Thrall and/or Shadowbeasts will spawn in the hopes of overwhelming you. The longer they are active, the more health these units gain and the higher the rank they will achieve until they are Boss level units. Unlike their counterparts, they will never despawn. Therefore, those rifts must be destroyed by shooting the (rather weak) Blight anchor point above it.
- Hex of the Krill
"Blight chokes the sky and malefic intent seeks the destruction of all untainted life beneath it. Watch the skies and eliminate those Darts!"
Indicated by a distinct popping sound, a swarm of either 2-5 Axion Darts will spawn from a small rift in the sky and track down their adversaries. While still formidable and damaging, they will apply Entropic Rot similar to that of the Hex of the Navigator. Enough stacks will kill players. However, the stacks vanish at a slower rate than usual, so it is paramount that the Axion Darts are destroyed first.
- Hex of the Black Fleet
"Their profane presence everlasting, the taint of the Taken has rooted itself in the area. Avoid the miasma that engulfs the very grounds beneath you, as well as their warped cultivators."
Most of the grounds around the players are covered in Blight Pools that will deal damage to Guardians over time. Some Taken enemies will be covered in a fiery aura that indicates that they are infested. If these enemies are killed, they will also drop a Blight Pool around them, but their Blight Pool will vanish with time.
Faction Specific Objectives
- Hex of the Devoted
"The hateful dead seek to exact their rage on those who oppose the will of their new masters. Rage sharpening their blades, these monstrosities wish only to see the living dead."
Warped Fallen melee units have the possibility of spawning in the area. Melee attacks from these units compound the damage taken by other melee attacks even to the point a single melee attack could instant kill at full health. These units must be destroyed at the first opportunity.
- Hex of the Wishfiend
"One wish deserves another. Wish magic is potent here, and the Scorn are making full use of it. Beware the cascading effects of its power o wanderer mine."
Some Scorn units will be marked as a Wish-charged unit and will either be an Elite or Major (though their health is only slightly buffed compared to their Minor counterparts). When killed, they will pop with a burst of Dark Ether and two separate smoke clouds will emerge from it as two new inferior Scorn units will spawn from the killed Scorn commander. Does not work for recently split units.
- Hex of the Pyramids
"From their connection to the Dark Fleet, a new culture has emerged among them. The weak flock to the strong and their resolve is only fortified in their presence."
Some Chieftains, Boss units, Nemeses or a special Wraith variant called a Warscourge Priest will feature a purple haze around them. All allies within proximity to these units are given a rather powerful overshield and, only with the Warscourge Priest, are made extremely aggressive melee units that will follow the berserker into combat.
Faction Specific Objectives
- Hex of the Dominator
"Reflecting on the tutelage of the First among Equals has made these melee savvy combatants strong with their crude implements of war. Evade their blows or their dark energies will swallow you up."
Some enemies will appear resonant with the thick orange haze common with most Pyramid tech. They will berserk more frequently and can dash a significant distance instantly. If their melee connects, a resonant blast will hurl them backwards, dealing incredible damage and coating them with 4 stacks of Pervading Darkness that drain incredibly slowly. These units are to be avoided.
- Hex of the Fear-eater
"A nightmarish opponent has taken shape nearby. Death will not dissuade it and it will re-materialize to haunt you again. Press on and engage it if necessary."
An enemy from a random faction will materialize as a Nightmare and will harass their targets as much as possible. Upon death, they will simply respawn after a minute has elapsed.
- Hex of the Cacophony
"Rewards await those who walk the dark path of the Witness. Prevent their apotheosis from reaching fruition or face the wrath of a loyal soldier of the Dark cause."
Guardians may encounter a sarcophagus in their journey through Black Fleet occupied areas. After enough time has elapsed, a Nemesis will spawn from that device in an effort to eliminate them. To prevent this, Pyramid spikes around the area must be destroyed to cause the device to collapse on itself.
|“||The end is in sight! Enter the Pyramid, brave the empowered inhabitants inside and see what secrets lie within.||”|
The final obstacle on the course to completing this expedition is at hand. The opposition will be fierce, more encounters must be done and Hex after Hex will be applied to slow you down. Ambushes and Nemeses will be a common occurrence, all the while bolstered by the modifiers that inhibit a Guardian's progress. Additionally, even the very winding halls of the ship will change every time it is reached. Regardless, instead of 3 encounters, 5 must be completed within the shadowy depths of the ship and the path boss will be among the most formidable units fought in this activity. Though these bosses never change, by theoretical approximation, they aren't to be fought again until their 5 other peers have been vanquished. The bosses include the following:
- Veylraks, Missionary of Salvation
- Talorgeth, Adherent of the Just Voice
- Delphinios, Samaritan Reforged
- Kaznot, Seeker of New Purpose
- Zae'Narukh, the Truth-Eater
- Gharzii, Bound to Judgement
If enough stacks of Arbiter's Favor were accrued over the course of the Expedition, Guardians also have an opportunity, should they chose to accept it, to fight an additional duo of bosses for the opportunity for more loot and to start the quest for the Unjust Clemency Exotic. Them being the Subjugator and Tormentor pair:
- Unjust Clemency (Story Completion)
- Guilt of Eternity (Ship (Defeating the Memories))
- Finality's Jury (Sparrow (Unlock the Reliquary))
- Waste Nomad Armor
- Legendary Armors
- Legendary Weapons
- Enhancement Cores
- Enhancement Prisms
- Restitution (Scout Rifle)
- Acquittal (Hand Cannon)
- Liquidation (Submachine Gun)
- Indictment (Combat Bow)
- Probate (Fusion Rifle)
- Exoneration (Glaive)
- Extradition (Sniper Rifle)
- Arraignment (Sword)
- Objection (Rocket Launcher)
- Recusal (Machine Gun)
Successful Expedition Loot
- Triumphant Conviction Armor
- Artifice Armor
- Exotic Engrams
- Enhancement Cores
- Enhancement Prisms
- Ascendant Alloys (Successful Expedition)
- Ascendant Shards (Successful Expedition)
- Expedition Weapons (at least two are guaranteed to have a pattern)
Mandatory for Adjutant Title
- Journey of a Thousand Miles - Complete an Expedition
- Become Hunted - Defeat Hunting Parties (20 Max)
- Truly Worthiness - Complete Trials from the Pyramid (50 Max)
- Armed with Justice - Collect all armor pieces
- Inherited to the Superior - Complete a weapon pattern from this activity
- Arbiter's Word - Recover the accounts of the ship's owner (20 Pieces)
- Champion of the Damned - Kill 1000 Bosses (HVTs, Nemeses, and Path Bosses all count. Path (5), Trial (10) and Finale Bosses (50) provide additional progress, especially those of the Finale.)
- Strength Alone - Complete an Expedition without acquiring a single Boon.
- Memories Long Past - Vanquish the Arbiter's Memories
- Triumphant without Equal - Complete an Expedition on Harrowing difficulty.
- Verdict of Finality - Through trial, tribulation and conquest, acquire the Exotic, the Unjust Clemency.
- Vanquisher - Defeat all unique bosses at the end of the expedition.