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Destiny 2 Shadowkeep Raid to Go Live Soon

Be ready to watch grown men and women cry.

by Brandon Adams


Hot off the release of Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, Bungie is about to release their latest raid – The Garden of Salvation. The 24-hour race is about to begin for the world’s first clear, but do you know what you need to join in?

Garden of Salvation: what you need to know going in.

Per Bungie, the new raid goes live October 5th at 10am PDT for all platforms (here is a time converter to help you figure out when that is in your timezone). During the first 24-hours Contest Mode will be enabled, and there will be an upper limit to what your light level will do, with Bungie stating such in a previous blog post:

“While Contest is active, players will face an enforced challenge throughout the raid. Power beyond certain levels will provide no additional advantage for a given fight (e.g., for the first fight, Power above 890 doesn’t provide an advantage, and for the final fight, Power above 920 doesn’t provide an advantage).”

While we don’t know the exact power-level requirements the raid will enforce after the 24-hour race is completed, it’s safe to assume it will be like the Crown of Sorrows raid, where Contest Mode was a good 15 to 20 light levels below the actual recommended light (gotta make those streamers sweat).

Also, Bungie tweeted out earlier today that Jötunn, the Sealed Ahamkara Grasps, and Peregrine Greaves will be disabled game-wide during the 24-hour race. You’ll have to venture to the Black Garden and elsewhere in the system without those items for a day.


What are the rewards?

If you are somehow a part of the first team in the world to clear the new Destiny 2 raid you’ll gain a World First gold belt. But, let’s be real, that isn’t any one of us. For those who clear it in the first 24 hours there will be an in-game emblem, and for anyone that clears the Garden of Salvation by 9:59am PDT of October 15th there will be a raid jacket up for purchase from Bungie Rewards (it’s not actually gonna sell for six-figures). For the rest of us plebs, clearing the raid before Season 8 ends will unlock a raid shirt via the same page (and it will be much, much cheaper than the jacket).

Lock and load then, Guardians. Do you think you and your fireteam have what it takes to conquer the new raid in the first day? If so, bless you and your hatred for sleep. If this Destiny raid is like any of the previous raids it will test the patience and resolve of all who feel bold enough to venture forth the first day. I’m gonna sit on the sidelines and watch everyone on Twitch clear it (and hopefully figure out how to do it for myself), but I’m excited to see what happens once it’s done. If Bungie has another Last Wish style alteration coming, I’m excited to see it.

Hopefully it updates the world drops. Just a thought.

Until then, check out our coverage of Shadowkeep: we have guides to help you find all those new secrets dotting the moon, like a certain Jade Rabbit that enjoys rice cakes.

- This article was updated on:October 5th, 2019

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