Encounter 2: The Ogres
The Pit of Heresy’s second encounter is one of the silliest that you’ll experience in Destiny 2: Shadowkeep. This large, cavernous room will have several gigantic “pariah” ogres that’ll spawn. You can’t damage them at all and they will melt you within a split-second.
You’ll also see a path to the next area but you can’t go through just yet due to a forcefield blocking your way. There’s also a receptacle off to the side of the forcefield.
So, how do you make your way around the caverns without getting melted by the ogres? It’s fairly simple. If you look at the lower part of the walls, you’ll notice tattered rags and Hive gunk that can be destroyed. These will reveal small openings that you can crawl or slide through. Inside these smaller rooms are lots of Hive enemies such as thralls and acolytes.
There are also unique heretical knights that you can take out. Killing these heretical knights will have them drop an orb which you can dunk inside the receptacles. There are four of these small chambers, four heretical knights, and four orbs to collect and dunk.
Once you’ve dunked all four orbs, the forcefield will dissipate and the ogres will also despawn. You can now make your way to the next encounter, the Chamber of Suffering.
Note: If you’ve got an orb, ask one of your teammates to shoot and distract the ogres so you can make your way to the barrier/forcefield without getting nuked to oblivion.
If you do find yourself lost in this area of the Pit of Heresy dungeon, you can refer to this map made by Twitter user @Dumbledreg:
Quick map for encounter 2 in the dungeon (The Pit) pic.twitter.com/A3hruxOQTC
— PRIM (@Dumbledreg) October 30, 2019
There’s a secret chest just after the ogres encounter. Before proceeding to the next area, you’ll have to find a small opening that’ll lead you to a winding cavern. This’ll take you to a room with the secret chest. So far, it seems that the chest only contains Nightmare Essence quests or fragments.
Check out this video from YouTuber 2tilmidnite:
The Pariahs and Altars – The Xenophage Fragment
If you’re trying to obtain the Xenophage, this part of the exotic quest will task you with finding a path through the pariah ogres. It’s imperative that you do not open the doorway using the orbs from the heretical knights, otherwise, you’ll proceed to the next encounter and you won’t be able to redo this part.
Anyway, once you arrive at the caverns, look to your left and you should see a narrow cliffside pathway. Look for the Hive plate with runes and interact with it. It should spawn three platforms with a flame at the end. Pick up this flame and make your way around the cavern, making sure to light up the altars next to a doorway.
Note: If you’re able to do this, you’ll complete this Xenophage quest step. All you need to do is fight a special wizard boss named Volmar the Tempted. Head over to our complete guide for the Xenophage exotic if you need help with this part. Otherwise, continue onwards to the Chamber of Suffering so you can finish the Pit of Heresy dungeon.