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    A month after Destiny 2: Shadowkeep‘s launch and we finally have the raid challenges. These have a secret mechanic for each Garden of Salvation encounter, one that players need to follow in order to gain extra loot. This mini-guide aims to give a more detailed look at the Leftovers raid challenge this week.

    Note 1: If you’re new to Destiny 2: Shadowkeep‘s endgame content, then it’s best to check out our complete Garden of Salvation raid guide. This should help explain the general mechanics of each fight.

    Note 2: The reward for completing raid challenges is an extra chest/loot. Given that you get double the pinnacle drops, its best to wait until Thursday to complete this. That’s because there’s a hotfix inbound that’ll increase pinnacle rewards from +1 to +2 power level. This is perfect for those looking to reach the 960 base power cap. Even a pop-up warns you about it once you start the game:

    Destiny 2 Shadowkeep - Leftovers Garden of Salvation raid challenge - Hotfix Inbound

    Leftovers Raid Challenge

    The Leftovers raid challenge is fairly easy enough to do. The mechanics were discovered by Destiny 2: Shadowkeep player Gigz who made note of it on Twitter:

    That’s basically it. You just need to keep several Vex cyclopes alive throughout the first Garden of Salvation encounter.

    Just to clarify:

    • There are four major areas in the entire encounter. There will be several Vex cyclopes that’ll spawn.
    • You do need to kill all the mobs (including a Vex cyclops) to spawn the Angelic Hydra in certain rooms. This allows you to use the tether boxes to remove the forcefields.

    The general rule of thumb is that if a Vex cyclops has already spawned once you enter a room, you can (and should) kill it, along with the rest of the mobs, to spawn the Angelic. If a cyclops spawns after a room is opened/after the Angelic dies, then it needs to be left alive.

    Here’s how the entire run should go:

    • Room 1 – You’ll have to skip all the cyclopes in the first room (where you start the first encounter). All cyclopes here will be spawning well after the doorway’s already opened.
    • Room 2 – Kill only the first cyclopes that’s already spawned once you enter. Any additional cyclopes that spawn have to be ignored.
    • Room 3 – Kill only the first cyclopes that’s already spawned once you enter. Any additional cyclopes that spawn have to be ignored.
    • Room 4 – This is the “chase” part of the encounter where the Consecrated Mind will make a run for it. There are around six cyclopes here. Funnily enough, you can kill them without any worries.

    Check out a complete run from YouTuber Fallout Plays:


    That about does it for the Leftovers raid challenge. You can expect one raid challenge each week, much like how things were during The Taken King and Rise of Iron expansions back in the first game, and for Destiny 2‘s Leviathan raid. Again, it’s best to wait until Thursday for the pinnacle rewards hotfix. The same goes for the Iron Banner’s pinnacle bounties which you can turn in on Thursday as well.

    Destiny 2: Shadowkeep is available on Steam. For more information, you can check out our guides and features hub.

    Jason Rodriguez
    Jason Rodriguez writes for various websites under the Enthusiast Gaming umbrella -- Destructoid, Flixist, Daily Esports, PlayStation Enthusiast, and PC Invasion. Jason's Steam library has 1,400+ games at the moment so he definitely has a lot of things to talk about. He's also one of only five games journalists from the Philippines. Just kidding. There are definitely more around, but he doesn't know anyone. Mabuhay!

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