How to Complete the Cataclysm Encounter in Destiny 2 Root of Nightmares

Go to the light.

by Noah Nelson
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The Cataclysm encounter is the first encounter in the Destiny 2 Root of Nightmares Raid. If you watched the World First Raid Race and got your Twitch Emblems, you might have also seen how to beat the Cataclysm encounter. If you missed this exciting Destiny 2 encounter, here’s how to beat it.

How to Complete the Cataclysm Encounter in Destiny 2 Root of Nightmares

After placing the banner, you’ll see a floating ball. After shooting the ball, the ball shows light pointing to another platform. The goal is to transfer the ball to the other platforms.

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After shooting the ball of light, you’ll get a buff. With this buff active, you can shoot the floating black ball above the next platform to turn it into a light ball. Once that is done, return to the light ball platform with a glowing white aura and shoot the ball. This is how you get the buff. Then repeat the process.

There are around thirty seconds on the clock and four sections to complete. Each section has around five or six light ball transfers that need to get done. Only one or two players need to do that. The other four or five need to focus on adding more time.

To add more time, you need to find and defeat the two Psions. Once they are defeated, a Tormentor will spawn. Everyone needs to focus their fire on the Tormentor. When the Tormentor dies, you’ll get more time added. After a section is cleared, you won’t have to worry about time for a bit, so clear the ads and Champions.

The key to completing the Cataclysm encounter is to get the ball of light from one side to the other. To do that, you need to hit the ball in the direction the light is shooting in. A new ball will then be created at one of the platforms with the spiral particles. Have one or two players focus on that and the rest of the crew focus on ad clear and adding time by defeating the Tormentors.

When the Tormentor is dead, rinse and repeat with the ball. In order to continue, you might need the best Solar Warlock build, so come prepared.

Rinse and repeat this process until you’ve cleared the encounter. You’ll be able to clear this encounter by chaining the ball through all of the platforms with the spiral particles, killing the Psions in the bubbles, and defeating the Tormentors. This chaining light mechanic will continue through the next encounters, starting with the Scission encounter.

- This article was updated on March 11th, 2023