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This article is about the Story mission. For the flagship, see Dreadnaught.
The Dreadnaught is the third story mission in Destiny's expansion, The Taken King. It takes place on Oryx's massive flagship, the Dreadnaught, and the Guardian's objective is to find a way to deactivate its lethal superweapon.
Fade in to a view of the planet Saturn, its many surrounding rings, and the irreparable crater left by the Dreadnaught's superweapon; the Guardian's next target. Piloting Eris Morn's ship, they arrive within the debris field of the orbiting rings.
The camera cuts to the inside of the vessel, where the Guardian and Ghost look at each other.
As they look ahead, the body of a dead Awoken soldier floats into view, further signifying the terrible blow dealt to the inhabitants of the Reef.
As the Dreadnaught comes into view, the ship briefly flashes a tint of yellow, before disappearing completely.
The Guardian nods in silent apprehension. Suddenly, alarms within the ship start to blare, and a red light starts flashing in the cockpit. The Guardian's head jerks up in alert, and attempts to quell the situation, to no success.
The ship loses its camouflage, directly in front of the Dreadnaught's firing chamber. The Guardian continues, too far to turn back.
Almost immediately, the chamber starts to surge with energy; the weapon is charging.
The Guardian rams their fist forward, thrusting the ship into top speed. The weapon continues charging, as the Guardian rushes toward a ledge near the chamber. As the Guardian approaches, the weapon finalizes its charging sequence and fires. The camera cuts to the inside of the ship, as the Guardian shields their face from the light of the weapon's fire. The screen briefly flashes white. The explosion destroys Eris' ship, seemingly killing the Guardian. Luckily, the Ghost managed to transmat them on the ledge itself. They turn around and survey the damage.
The Guardian explores the large balcony, eventually coming across another floating light. It flees upon the Guardian's approach.
The Guardian follows the light to a massive trench. The light sits atop the only bridge across. With a flash, the light disappears, taking the bridge with it.
If the Guardian hesitates:
The Guardian opens the Ghost, and its scan shows several pieces of a transparent bridge, crossing the gap to the other side. Using the Ghost, the Guardian navigates the platforms and continues exploring the ship. Eliminating a few Thrall along the way, the Guardian finds a small worm writhing on the ground. The Ghost investigates:
The Guardian continues deeper inside, reaching a large section with several branching rooms.
The Guardian comes across more invisible platforms, and uses the Ghost to illuminate them. They make it into a room swarming with Hive. In the center is a large pillar, containing an orb of energy.
The Guardian uses the Ghost to destroy the spire's shield, and shoots the blight energy inside until it explodes. The lights in the room dim, and metal groans as the ship powering down is heard.
If the Guardian makes their way across the center room, and the hallway across it, they will come across a medium sized platform. It appears to be an arena of sorts, and has two staircases converging on a large portal, which opens.
A giant being steps out of the portal. It bears a shocking resemblance to Crota, the Hive god assassinated long ago. Accompanied by two Wizards, the creature, revealed to be Thalnok, Fanatic of Crota, attacks the Guardian.
Either the Guardian leaves or attempts to engage the Fanatic. If the Guardian tries the latter, their efforts are useless; it is clear this battle must be fought another time, and with greater numbers. Soon, Thalnok and the Wizards disappear and the portal closes. Cautiously, the Guardian investigates the portal entrance itself:
The Guardian leaves the platform, and eventually finds another room with a pillar of energy. Following Cayde's advice, the Guardian takes down the shield and destroys the energy.
The Guardian continues to another room, this time surrounded by Taken. When the Ghost attempts to disable the shield, it is immediately repaired; the Taken are defending the last level of Oryx's defenses. Once the Guardian eliminates them all, the Ghost is sent to dismantle the shield, and it remains powered down. The Guardian destroys the last energy blight. All the lights in the area shut off, and the weapon is heard shutting down.
The Guardian discovers the exit, and finds a few Acolytes emerging from it. Quickly handling them, they reach the Hull Breach to find a massive Cabal ship, permanently embedded into the Dreadnaught's architecture. Cabal, Hive and Taken are all fighting each other across the breach.
The Guardian heads to the edge of the ship's cavity and plants a beacon in the ground.
While waiting for their ship, the Guardian kills Cabal and Hive.
Just as their ship arrives however, the hangar door to the Cabal ship opens, and a Goliath emerges from inside, focusing fire on the Hive and the Guardian.
The Guardian's ship is forced to retreat, the Goliath posing too much of a threat.
A few seconds later, heavy ammo cases appear around the area. Using them, the Guardian destroys the Goliath. Their ship returns near the transmat zone.