Destiny 2 Red Rover Raid Challenge Guide

Destiny 2: Red Rover raid challenge guide

Red Rover, raid over.

The first raid challenge for Destiny 2: Beyond Light‘s Deep Stone Crypt raid is now available. It’s called Red Rover and it nets you an extra pinnacle reward (on top of the one you get by default), plus a triumph. Here’s our guide to help you out.

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Note: For more information, check out our Destiny 2: Beyond Light guides and features hub as well as our full Deep Stone Crypt raid guide.


Destiny 2: Beyond Light – Deep Stone Crypt raid challenge #1: Red Rover

Destiny 2‘s Red Rover raid challenge is done in the Deep Stone Crypt’s first encounter, the Crypt Security. As such, it’s imperative that you’re already familiar with the layout of the area as well as the mechanics. You can refer to our Crypt Security encounter guide if you need more tips.

Red Rover raid challenge objective: Complete the encounter with all fireteam members becoming an Operator at least once and shooting at least two panels on the bottom floor.

Destiny 2 Red Rover Raid Challenge Guide 1

That sounds fairly simple enough, but speed is still key here. First, split up your fireteam into two groups (light and dark). Also, you’ll want to have a “partner/buddy system” for every two players.

Here’s how it should go:

  • At the start of the encounter, player 1 picks up the Operator buff. They’ll head downstairs to shoot only the two dark side panels that the Scanner calls out.
  • Meanwhile, the assigned partner/buddy (player 2) waits for player 1 to put the Operator buff inside the machine. Then, they’ll pick it up to shoot the two light side panels called out by the Scanner.
  • From here, the new Operator (player 2) sends the buff inside the machine. It should be grabbed by player 3. Player 2 takes the Scanner and calls out which cylinders to shoot during the DPS phase.
  • After the DPS phase, player 3 (who’s now the Operator) shoots the dark side panels below and their partner/buddy (player 4) follows suit.
  • Repeat the same steps for the last duo.

Note: Because you need all six players to become the Operator, you have to prolong this encounter to three total phases. That means you can’t shoot all the cylinders in one go to speedrun the whole thing.

Destiny 2 Red Rover Raid Challenge Guide 2

It really depends on how well your fireteam communicates as well as everyone’s familiarity with the encounter. Heck, it’s even possible to have an Operator/Scanner buddy system where the Scanner is the one who’ll take the Operator buff next (passing it to a different teammate via the machine). The remaining duos adjust from there.

The only thing you have to remember is to be fast. Since a second player needs to go downstairs each phase, the transition has to be done quickly or they might end up burning to death if it takes too long.

Anyway, here’s a raid challenge video from Destiny 2 YouTuber Ninja Pups:

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