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Here are your new 'Destiny' challenges for the week of Nov. 24

Here are your new 'Destiny' challenges for the week of Nov. 24
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From Mashable - November 24, 2015

Tuesday means only one thing if you are a Destiny fan: reset day.

It's that wonderful time when Bungie's rotating selectionof high-reward activitiesare rebooted (along with any raid progress made in the previous week), giving everyone a fresh chance at scoring some of the game's sweetest and rarest loot.

The release ofThe Taken King and the launch ofDestiny's "Year Two" brings some fundamental changes to the weekly reset. Weekly Heroic Strike challenges are gone, removing the steady stream of Strange Coins they provided. The rules of Nightfall Strikes have changed as well. And there's a huge pile of new bounties to sort through for faction progression.

Are you new to Destiny? Do not know what any of this means? Good news: There's a Destiny wiki that's packed with information.

Here's a rundown of what's happeningthis week:

Nightfall (The Sunless Cell)

The Sunless Cell is defined by four major encounters. First is the large, open room with two floating platforms on either side where you have to activate special control boxes to progress. The next room pits you against multiple waves of enemies before you can proceed.

The third encounter is skippable, provided you can run past a horde of enemies and a room full of Shriekers firing homing blasts at you. And the final encounter is Alak Hul himself, the boss.

For the first encounter, hang back and clear the room before you venture out to either platform. Clear one at a timetwo Wizards guard each onethen wipe out the enemies that spawn after you use the control panel.

The same "hang back" strategy works for the second encounterjust fire through the door that led into the roomexcept you do not need to worry about control boxes. Just kill stuff until it's time to advance.

You can hang back and clear the third room, but it takes a long time. Hunters and Warlocks (moreso Hunters) have it easy; just use invisibility/Fireborn resurrection to run past everything. Before you run, make sure to note which exit is open; there are doors on the left and right side straight back from where you enter.

Alak Hul flips the script, as he's a very aggressive boss and there's nowhere to really take cover during the fight. It's best to just keep moving and firing on the boss, while avoiding Thralls and Cursed Thralls. The good news: nothing in the darkened boss chamber shoots at you. The bad news: everything rushes at you, and Chaff does you no favors.

Just be sure to bring you most powerful Special Weapons for this Strike. Fusion rifles (Telesto, anyone?) are your best bet for the boss, and snipers are the weapon of choice prior to that.

Weekly bounties

The Taken King introduces a new lineup of bounties that change from week to week. On the PvE side, there's Petra, a quest-giver from theHouse of Wolves storyline and the Queen's gear vendor at the Vestian Outpost social hub. To unlock her weekly bountieswhich provide Treasure Keys for Prison of Elders and Queen's Wrath reputation bonusesyou have got to complete herTaken King questline.

There's also a new lineup of PvP bounties, available in the Tower from both Lord Shaxx and the Crucible Quartermaster. They do not unlock until you complete a very lengthy line of quests (details here), but finishing all six of Shaxx's weekly bounties grants you a reward that's on par with Nightfall drops. In other words, the Shaxx bounties are the PvP equivalent of a Nightfall.

Here's what Petra, Shaxx and the Crucible Quartermaster want you to pull off this week:


The easiest place to find The Blighted Descendant is Venus. Take the left path after you spawn to the Ember Caves. Then just hang out until Taken start to arrive. Kill the three Lieutenants (they are Taken Minotaurs, which means they are invisible) and the big guy should appear.

Crucible Quartermaster

Lord Shaxx

Court of Oryx

This week's Court of Oryx boss is the Thalnok, "fanatic of Crota." Generally speaking, make sure four or five players (or more) are participating before you use an Antiquated Rune. Failing does not consume the rune, but you are here to win, right?

If you ever fought your way through the Crota's End raid, this guy is familiar. Thalnok is basically a Crota super-fan, only he's really evil and wants to murder your face. The fight works exactly like the raid's boss fight did. First, a sword-bearing knight spawns. Kill it and have one person collect the sword it drops.

Once that's done, anyone who's not holding a sword should focus fire on Thalnok to bring down his shields, at which point he kneels down for a few seconds. That's when the swordbearer can move in and hack away. The shield is only vulnerable to gunfire, but the sword is what you need to chip away at Thalnok's health. Just keep repeating those simple steps until the fight is over.

Other weekly activities

The release ofThe Taken King pulls the plug on Weekly Heroic Strikes, which used to award players with three to nine Strange Coins (a rare currency) once per week, depending on the difficulty played. Now you earn 10 Legendary Marks (another rare currency) for each of the first three Heroic-level Strikes completed in a given week, in addition to any rewards the Strike would have normally given you.

To get your weekly Marks, which you can use to buy new gear and upgrade your existing arsenal, simply hop into the Heroic Strike playlist with any character. The 10 Mark reward is gifted as soon as each of your first three Strikes for the week are completed.

Prison of Elders is still around, but it's really not worth doing anymore if you have hit the new level maximum of 40. Prison of Elders was introduced withHouse of Wolves. It's an arena challenge with difficulties at levels 28, 32, 34 and 35. Enemies do not drop loot, so you only get something when you complete the entire five-round event. And anything you get is leveled for less powerful characters.

If you want a rundown of this week's Prison bosses and modifiers, check out the weekly reset thread on Reddit. We'd recommend skipping Prison until Bungie decides to update the challenge forDestiny's new power scale. The only exception is level 28 Prison challenges, as they are the best relatively steady source of Strange Coins (other than daily bounties) at this point.


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