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September 3rd, 2024
- "The line between Light and Darkness may have been broken, but you are not. All it did was make you stronger. Show the Darkness the true power of the Light."
- — Ikora Rey to The Guardian
The expansion's story centers around The Guardian and their revenge-driven fight to avenge the deaths of numerous civilians and protectors, including Zavala, by bringing an end to the Black Fleet and its army of dark forces who had entered the Solar System in a diabolical plan to reshape the universe in its own dark image. Along the way, the game's story also expands upon the origins of Aincrad, the Rebirth World that once existed in Sword Art Online; Mallory Bertha, the daughter of Hendrick Yor and Kaguya Narusaka; the formation of a new Consensus within the frontiers of a new sanctuary; the arrivals of newly-risen Guardians, including Hannah Ciel; and the birth of a new power that has emerged within the heart of Deimos.
While the expansion and its contents themselves are available to all players for free, buying the expansion will also grant them early access to the Exotic Shadow Necrochasm Pulse Rifle and its Weapon Ornament and Catalyst, along with the Exotic Shadow Necrowing Sparrow, all four Seasons, exclusive cosmetics, and a brand-new Dungeon.
LONG LIVE EVIL.
In the wake of the Black Fleet's assault against the Traveler, Kirito, the Black Swordsman and Asuna, the White Angel have arrived in our solar system, bringing with them an armada of corrupted armies and Avatars to exact revenge on the Guardians and inhabitants who helped destroy everything they held dear, and to enshroud our worlds in Darkness. Work with the Lightbearer survivors and Mallory Bertha to avenge the deaths of many of the Last City's greatest protectors and prevent the Shadow Empire from casting humanity into an age of darkness for good. Become a slayer of our worst nightmares. Heroic and Legenday modes return.
BECOME EVIL INCARNATE.
Guardians have always been warriors of the Light and Darkness. In Paradox, for the first time, Guardians harness the power of a mysterious new energy with a new elemental power: Fusion. Along with an arsenal of all new gear, Guardians of each class can discover and wield devastating new powers in the form of powerful new subclasses and Supers. Surprise your enemies as a Hunter Cursebreaker with Fatality Chain, pulverize them with the Warlock Shadowdancer’s spellbinding Blade of Devastation, or flatten them with the Titan Stormwaker’s flaming Blackout Hammer. Claim and master the Huntress, Shinobi, and Meister classes. Fight your way into the heart of Aincrad. Face The Black Swordsman and The White Angel.
A DYSTOPIAN PARADISE REBORN.
Travel to a destination unlike any you've explored in Destiny 2. Explore what lies in Aincrad and beyond our Solar System, cross paths with bone-chilling Avatars and valiant freedom fighters, and push back the darkness that seeks the end of humanity. Uncover lost relics of the Rebirth World and begin a journey that will reveal the hidden threads that beckon us, the ability to command them, and the mastery to weave them anew. Fight your way into the heart of the Black Fleet and bring an end to this threat once and for all.
WEAPONS & GEAR
We find ourselves challenged by two teenagers with dark powers unmatched by any in recorded history. How does one stand against such a devastating force? This is how. Discover unique weapons and armor in ways both new and old - don armors inspired by Anna Blue's music and many legendary Western and Japanese media and construct weapons from Enclaves with Hannah Ciel, Eris Morn, and various allies of the Light, gather Sukeban-themed gear through the Season Pass, and collect exciting new Exotics from quests and enemy drops.
The expansion takes place throughout the Solar System.
The story revolves around a massive reawakening within the heart of the Ascendant Realm by an armada of humanoid phantoms known as the Avatars, who are led by Kirito, the Black Swordsman; Asuna, the White Angel; and the Dark Guardians; all of whom lead a syndicate of time criminals and villainous teenagers called the Shadowkeepers and serve the Darkness, an antagonistic entity who had sought to usher in the end of the City Age through the destruction of the Traveler and its Lightbound protectors ever since the Golden Age began.
Throughout the events leading up to and during the Second Collapse, countless Guardians and protectors, including Vanguard Commander Zavala, have been drained of their Light and murdered by the Shadowkeepers, who have received help from Mallory Bertha, who fell under the influence of the Darkness prior to the Avatars' attack on the universe, and it is up to the Guardian to avenge their deaths and free the survivors who have been captured by the Black Fleet and their forces.
In the campaign, the Guardian must work alongside various allies, including the Vanguard remnants, Caiatl's forces, Nagihiko, Hannah Ciel, Eris Morn, and Kayla Heartfilia to free Mallory from the Darkness's influence and hunt down the Shadowkeepers who lead the Avatars, culminating in the discovery of the mysterious Rebirth World known as Aincrad.
The expansion's plot is non-linear, and its missions can be tackled in any order.
The missions consist of hunting down the resurrected Shadowkeepers, including Eobard Thawne, the Reverse-Flash; Malcolm Merlyn, the Dark Archer; Zevon, the Son of Yzma; Fikrul, the Fanatic and a Scorn Baron who has been resurrected in Eugeo's body; Sachi, a member of the Moonlit Black Cats who has been revived with Worldkiller powers; Sasuke Uchiha; and possibly more, along with their dark allies, including Kotrik, the Kell of the House of Shadows; Zharves, a surviving Deathsinger and the leader of the Shadow Brood; Hydrax, a Vex prototype modeled after Panoptes and the mastermind of the Shadow Divisve; Gha'arn, a Cabal warlord and the Dominus of the Shadow Legion; Thu'urg, a Taken Cabal commander and the leader of the Reborn; and Vayeriks, the first of Fikrul's Scorn army who leads the Cult of the Scorned.
After doing this, players receive access to the expansion's finale, where they confront Kirito, Asuna, and the Dark Guardians to destroy the Darkness and save all of humanity and the entire multiverse.
The expansion also delves into the backstory of Mallory Bertha's past,.
Starting with the launch of Paradox and Season of the Black Swordsman, various content from previous games and Seasons will be added into the Destiny Content Vault, allowing players to enjoy all the new contents being added to the game by the developers, although it is possible that they would come back throughout each Season in Paradox. More info will come soon, but here are a few major changes coming to the game.
- New Missions & Quests
- New Destinations & Dungeon
- New Weapons and Gear to Earn
- All New Raids
- New gear to uncover
- Eclipse Powered Subclasses
- Fusion Element Type
- Free Content Update: Shadows' Legacy
- Xbox Exclusive Contents: Exotic Merain's Prodigy Pulse Rifle, Legendary Date A Live-themed Astral Evolution Armor Set, and Ver Aetatis Strike
- And More
Guardian Subclasses and Changes
- New Eclipse-based Subclass
- New Fusion Subclass Element
- New Gear to unlock
- New Exotics to earn
- Pre-Order bonuses include: Exotic Ghost Shell, New Exclusive Emblem, Exotic Torture Dance Emote, Exotic Shadow Necrowing Sparrow, and First access to Exotic Shadow Necrochasm Pulse Rifle.
- High Orbit
Vehicles, Equipment, and Technology
Weapons and Armor
- Season 24: Season of the Black Swordsman
- Season 25: Season of Deception
- Season 26: Season of Dissonance
- Season 27: Season of the City
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