This weekend was largely about catching up on the Destiny 2 storyline and progressing to the official end game stuff… even though I had been at the level cap and slowly gaining gear for a bit. As I mentioned before, I somehow completely lost the main story quest thread, and did not realize that the quests themselves were being presented as adventures in the Forsaken Shore area. I have to confess that I largely ignore adventures… which is a thing I am ultimately going to have to stop doing given that they seem to be a way of unlocking upgrades for the new sub classes. So if I want to be the superest hammer bro with the superest hammer… I need to start doing them more often. Once I got the hang of it I enjoyed the whole choose your own adventure aspect of hunting down the six barons that are in no particular order. Each of the fights was fun, and a lot of them I failed miserably the first time… that is until I managed to catch on to whatever the gimmick of the fight happened to be.
Upon defeating the final boss of the expansion, you are sent on a sequence of events that ultimately reward you in unlocking a brand new patrol zone called the Dreaming City. The first two screenshots are from areas within this zone and while it is gorgeous… functionally it reminds me a lot more of the dreadnaught since there a bunch of little activities interwoven within the zones. I started working on bounties for Petra Venj which lead me to encounter an event called the Blind Well… which is finally that Court of Oryx/Archon’s Forge style event that I had been asking for. It however feels a lot more like the opening event of the Leviathan raid than either of those. It does however seemingly has the chance of dropping Last Wish raid weapons, because on one of the times through it I managed to get one to drop that I will talk about in a bit. Huge thanks to my friend Waren for helping me get through this, but it also seems like the sort of thing like Court of Oryx that once you coax people into summoning that you end up doing a bunch in a row. We did several Rank 2 and a couple of Rank 3 Wells before I needed to wander off and do other things.
Now I had heard a ton about the Tigerspite, and it was on the short list of weapons I wanted to get for certain. The highlight of the evening however was getting one to drop at 555 from Blind Well. Unfortunately this is way lower light than my Horror Story but I already love this weapon… so it is probably going to see a lot of play. I wish I had enough time to grind out another 600 Horror Story so I could use it as infusion fuel on this thing. Granted it is far from the best set of stat perks as mine rolled with Dynamic Sway Reduction and Under Pressure which takes an already accurate weapon and makes it feel like a laser beam. The “God Roll” seems to be Kill Clip and Outlaw, but the thing I have noticed in Year 2 Destiny 2 is that these randomized rolls… still feel good when you don’t get an ideal combination. I’ve encountered very few that were just complete garbage… and honestly its more than specific perks are just not that good… like Field Prep on anything but a sniper rifle or maybe a scout for example. While not necessarily hive themed… this design reminds me a bit of touch of malice.
Currently the highest I can manage to hit light level is 549.3 according to DIM. As it stands I think I have two more activities that reward powerful engrams… doing 2 more strikes and doing the Ascendant Challenge in the Dreaming City. I read up on that last night, but given it was Walking Dead night I didn’t make any attempts. Supposedly it is soloable… but I might try and coax someone into helping me through it this week. The strikes however should be easy enough to grind out whenever I get home tonight. Pending I get lucky, my hope is it pushes me to a solid 550 which is not bad for my first real week of paying attention to Forsaken content. I have no clue what level I need to be viable to raid based shenannigans and such. The Rank 3 Blind Well was a little on the tough side for example, but I sorta equated it to a Rank 3 Court of Oryx… which if you are not geared enough is doable but not easy either. I’ve been focusing heavily on getting acclimatized to Dreaming City, but I also feel like this is a bunch of stuff in Forsaken Shore that I have not seen either.