Variks the Loyal returns in Destiny 2: Beyond Light. He acts as your NPC vendor and bounty provider on Europa. The goal here is to unlock more of Variks’ bounties and perks via Herealways Pieces. Here’s our guide to help you out.
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Destiny 2: Beyond Light — Completing Variks’ Sabotage quests and farming Herealways Pieces
First, to get more Herealways Pieces and acquire more of Varik’s Sabotage quests, you’ll need to complete Destiny 2: Beyond Light‘s campaign. After defeating Eramis, return to Zavala in the Tower then speak with Variks back on Europa. You’re given a couple of post-campaign missions here, including Empire’s Fall which rewards you with the Salvation’s Grip exotic grenade launcher.
Note: While doing the objectives, try to grab the Born in Darkness quest from the Exo Stranger too. Several tasks tend to coincide with the enemy types and locations for Variks’ bounties, so you might as well hit two birds with one stone. Plus, you can gain boosts for your Stasis subclass.
Anyway, you should notice that Varik’s Sabotage quests panel is available and there are several quests that you can pick up:
- Tier I – costs 10 Herealways Pieces
- Tier II – costs 20 Herealways Pieces
- Tier III – costs 30 Herelaways Pieces
You’ll find Herealways Pieces whenever you complete public events and lost sectors. Likewise, you should have some Herealways Pieces after doing the aforementioned missions, so go ahead and grab a couple of tier I Sabotage quests.
Just remember that unlike what we’ve seen in previous examples such as Obelisks in Season of Dawn or Rasputin Bunkers in Season of the Worthy, Variks’ Sabotage quests have bounty-like requirements before you can get the perk. It’s not as simple as just farming the resources. As mentioned in our official review, these tasks feel like an unnecessary grind, artificial padding to somehow increase your playtime and create the illusion that the gameplay loop is engaging.
At the very least, you’ll only need to unlock the perks once per account. They’ll be active on your alts after you’ve run them through Destiny 2: Beyond Light‘s campaign.
Regarding the remaining Variks Sabotage quests and perks, several are currently unavailable. However, we might see them added in the next few weeks. The additional data-mined information comes from Light.gg.
Week 2 update: Thanks to the “world’s first” team clearing the Destiny 2: Beyond Light‘s Deep Stone Crypt raid, Guardians can now see Europa’s Eclipsed Zone. If you open Europa’s map, you’ll notice that an area has a Darkness pyramid icon. This is the Eclipsed Zone for the current weekly reset.
You’ll also notice that more of Variks’ Sabotage quests have become available. Meanwhile, others at a higher tier would require you to obtain the perk from the previous row first.
Tier I Variks Sabotage quests
|Europan Protector I||Defeat 50x enemies on Europa.||Advanced collection rate of Herealways Pieces for the first 30 per daily reset.|
|Europa Challenges I||Complete 8x bounties.||Weekly Variks challenge; complete 8x bounties to receive a powerful drop.|
|Empire Hunt I||Gather 25x Europa materials; complete 5x patrols; defeat 10x enemies with finishers.||Empire Hunt quest costs are halved.|
|Collectible Detector I||Acquire 40x detection tech by defeating Vex.||Unlocks Europa Collectible Detector (Short-range).|
|Europan Explorer I||50x enemies defeated with kinetic weapons; 50x enemies defeated with energy weapons; 25x enemies defeated with power weapons.||Unlocks Europa weapon quests.|
|Europa Rewards I||In the current Europa Eclipsed Zone, collect Glacial Stalwort from 5x nodes and 10x chests.||Allows you to find more planetary materials in the Europa Eclipsed Zone.|
|Europan Gear I||Complete a heroic public event in Eventide Ruins, Asterion Abyss, and Cadmus Ridge.||The first heroic public event you complete each day in a Europa Eclipsed Zone lets you obtain Crystocrene armor.|
Tier II Variks Sabotage quests
|Europan Protector II||Defeat 30x enemies with or affected by Stasis.||Earn 1-2x Herealways Pieces by defeating enemies on Europa with or affected by Stasis.|
|Europa Challenges II||Complete all three Empire Hunts (the ones from Variks’ menu, not those you’ve done during the campaign).||Unlocks the weekly Empire Hunt challenge; do 2x Empire Hunts to get a powerful drop.|
|Empire Hunt II||In Empire Hunts, get 50x precision kills, 25x melee kills, and defeat a Fallen Empire Hunt boss.||The first Empire Hunt you do in the week costs no Herealways Pieces.|
|Collectible Detector II||Get 30x precision kills vs. Vex on Europa.||Upgrades the range of your Collectible Detector.|
|Europan Explorer II||Defeat 30x powerful (yellow bar) enemies in Empire Hunts.||Unlocks “elected difficulty” for Empire Hunts (i.e., Adept, Hero, Legend, Master).|
|Europa Rewards II||In the weekly Europa Eclipsed Zone, complete 1x lost sector, 1x heroic public event, and 5x patrols.||Chance to acquire more Herealways Pieces in the Europa Eclipsed Zone.|
|Europan Gear II||In lost sectors, defeat 30x enemies (each) using kinetic, energy, and power weapons while wearing four pieces of Crystocrene armor.||Obtain a Europa weapon drop from the first sector you loot each day in the Europa Eclipsed Zone.|
Tier III Variks Sabotage quests
|Europan Protector III||50x precision kills using a kinetic weapon; 25x power weapon kills; 20x enemies defeated in groups of two or more.||Lets you earn 1-2x Herealways Pieces via precision kills on Europa.|
|Europa Challenges III||Complete 3x Empire Hunts on heroic difficulty or higher; higher difficulties provide extra progress.||Unlocks a weekly Empire Hunt challenge for a pinnacle drop.|
|Empire Hunt III||In Empire Hunts, defeat 30x enemies in groups of three or more; defeat 5x champions; defeat 2x bosses.||A second Empire Hunt quest you do per week will also be free.|
|Collectible Detector III||Get 25x weapon kills of each element (Solar, Void, Arc) vs. Vex.||Maximizes the range of the Europa Collectible Detector.|
|Europan Explorer III||Complete an Exo Challenge.||Unlocks the pinnacle reward for the weekly Exo Challenge.|
|Europa Rewards III||In Empire Hunts, use finishers vs. 12x powerful (yellow bar) enemies while wearing at least four pieces of Crystocrene armor.||Unlocks +1 energy capacity of all Crystocrene armor drops.|
|Europan Gear III (unavailable)||In Empire Hunts, defeat 20x champions while wearing at least four pieces of Crystocrene armor.||Unlocks a guaranted high-stat roll for a Crystocrene armor from the first Empire Hunt each week (Heroic difficulty or higher).|
Regarding Empire Hunts, each run costs 40 Herealways Pieces, so make sure you obtain the “Empire Hunt I” perk first to halve the cost.
Likewise, when you’re trying to do “Empire Hunt II,” try to complete all the tasks in one run even if you need to wipe and redo a boss fight for extra mob kills. That’s because each quest you pick up still requires you to do all the previous objectives (i.e., preliminary steps, completing the conflux mini-event, or helping the skiff escape).
In any case, we discuss this content in detail in our Destiny 2: Beyond Light Empire Hunts guide.