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

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by Noah Nelson
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The Scission encounter in the Destiny 2 Root of Nightmares features a massive chasm that separates your Fireteam into two teams of three. This encounter features the same mechanic introduced in the previous Destiny 2 Cataclysm encounter, so it may seem easy, but it’s not. Here’s how to beat it.

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

The first thing that you need to know is that sword skating is a very useful technique for this encounter. The second thing is that you need to know how to transfer the balls of light and the balls of dark. It is very similar to the Cataclysm encounter, but there are dark balls now and you need to jump between the chasm to chain the light to the other platforms.

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There are three layers to this encounter and there are five balls of light or dark on each side. There is also a two-minute timer that is called Imminent Expulsion that will wipe the entire team when the time is up.

You need to transfer the ball of light or dark to each side, so split your team into two and use the launcher or sword skate or the infinite Strand Grapple technique to go back and forth.

There are no Tormentors or ways to give you more time, so have at least two Guardians focus on the puzzle and the rest of the team focus on ad clear. Note that all Guardians will need the buff to eliminate the enemies on each side, so make sure to communicate so everyone can get the buff at the same time.

You’ll either need to start on the left or right side of the area and shoot the ball of light or dark. A coordinating ball of light or dark will appear on the other side. Coordinate with your team how you will transfer the light and dark between the chasm and, once that is done, finish off any remaining enemies.

It all sounds simple, but it is a complicated encounter that takes a lot of communication between the two sides of the teams.

Continue to chain the light and dark balls between the two sides, go to the next layer, and continue forward. If you do this right and on time, you’ll complete the encounter and move on to the next, which is the Zo’Aurc, Explicator of Planets boss.

- This article was updated on March 11th, 2023