The Dark Below
The Dark Below is the first DLC for Destiny, released on December 9, 2014. The Dark Below takes place in the Cosmodrome and within the Hellmouth, and involves stopping the Hive god Crota from being resurrected and invading Earth. Players are guided by Eris Morn, a new Tower vendor with a grudge against Crota.
- Fist of Crota - Cosmodrome, Earth
- Siege of the Warmind - Cosmodrome, Earth
- The Wakening - Ocean of Storms, Moon
- Crota's End - Ocean of Storms, Moon
- Vanguard Roc - Strike playlist, level 26
- Eris Morn - Tower vendor with new quests, bounties, and rewards
- Various exotic weapons and armor
- Maximum Light Level increase to 32
- The Will of Crota strike will not be available until the player performs a specific set of tasks for Eris: First, they must complete all the story missions. Then, turn in a bounty for killing 25 Knights or Wizards. Finally, the player must complete three bounties to track down the Heart, Hand, and Eyes of Crota in the Cosmodrome.
- Crota's End is available immediately upon starting the expansion, provided the player is a high enough level. The Undying Mind is also immediately available, provided the player has completed the story campaign from the base game.
- The expansion introduces a new Questing system. Quests are picked up from Eris Morn; the first three quests are the three story missions, followed by a choice of two different quests: the Disciples of Crota and the Urn of Sacrifice. These quests are stored as special bounties.
- The trademark for the expansion was filed in 2013. Activision had Blizzard Entertainment file the trademark, which led to some confusion as to whether the expansion was related to World of Warcraft.
- The DLC was rebooted a few months before release. The pack's "crunch period" occurred over a period of nine weeks.
- The Dark Below Prologue
- Eurogamer - Destiny's first expansion The Dark Below takes aim at story criticism
- Playstation Blog - First Look: Destiny Collectors’ Editions
- Destinydb: The Seeding
- Destinydb: The Awakening
- GameSpot - Bungie Explains Why Some Destiny DLC Is Already on the Disc
- Bungie Weekly Update - 10/31/2014
- How To Unlock Destiny's Will of Crota Strike in Destiny's New Dark Below DLC
- The Game Informer Show - Destiny's The Dark Below Expansion Was Almost Uncovered In 2013
- WOW Insider - The Dark Below is real
- Kotaku - The Messy, True Story Behind the Making of Destiny