Quest Intro –
You are the new owner of Dredgen Yor’s original Thorn. Merely holding the gun makes you nauseous—not out of moral principles, necessarily, but instead a very physical effect which reminds you of losing your Light during the Red War. You don’t know what to do with this… thing. You have no intention of firing it. If nothing else, you believe you need to neutralize it.
Neutralize the Thorn’s intrinsic Darkness with the strength of your Light.
This one is a grind but is certainly easier if you have a Masterworked weapon. You’ll need to generate 250 orbs of light, and big PVE areas seem to be ideal for both this and the next quest step. Try a Black Armory Forge, The Blind Well, or ol’ reliable Escalation Protocol.
This one is essentially three steps in one. One is nice and simple – finish a Nightfall with a score of 50,000 or above. If you’re a high enough level, you can likely do this solo.
The second part is getting numerous kills in a row without reloading. If you kill five enemies without reloading, that counts as five and you need one hundred, so get hunting.
Finally (for this step), you’ll need to complete any of those PVE areas we mentioned before – Escalation Protocol on Mars, The Blind Well in the Dreaming City, or a Black Armory Forge. You’ll need to complete 35 encounters for this, so settle in.
Quest intro –
Your project is going well. The gun is more than mechanically sound; it has synergized with your Light. But unlike your quest to restore your Thorn, there are no mentors here. This is you, forging a new path, following your intuition in search of a strong symbol of hope. If there’s one thing you’ve learned since the Red Legion invaded, it is that single Guardians fall alone. Fireteams of like-minded individuals persevere.
Complete activities throughout the solar system with Rose equipped. Fighting in a fireteam with other Rose wielders grants the most efficient progress.
This one is a nice easy one – simply keep Rose equipped while completing bounties or activities. Tie it in with your weekly grind and you can probably put that time towards chipping away at your powerful engrams and pinnacle weapon grinds, too.
Quest Intro –
Your philosophy about this gun has crystallized. If Thorn was a weapon of selfishness, then the gun you make will be one of selflessness. If it’s a coordinated fireteam that saved the City from Ghaul, then the gun you make will support fireteams. The Light is about standing united in service of a hopeful future.
Defeat Guardians with Hand Cannons as a team, generate Orbs of Light for fellow Guardians, and defeat Invaders in Gambit before they have killed any of your teammates.
This is the real grind, and again this step is formed of three objectives in one. You’ll need to generate 35 orbs of light which is nice and simple (especially since you racked up 250 of them not long ago), while you’ll also need to slay some other Guardians in Gambit or Crucible with hand cannons – we’d recommend The Last Word or Thorn if you have them.
The third step is trickier – you need to kill invaders in Gambit BEFORE they’ve killed anyone on your team. Early reports suggest it needs to be done within 10 seconds of them arriving too, so listen out for the Drifter when he tells you an invader is inbound.
Quest Intro –
You feel ready to complete your project, and you have a suitably poetic scheme to do it: You plan to reclaim lost Light from the Hive. Using the strength of your own abilities, you’ll redirect it into the gun and, with any luck, it will bloom into something greater.
Enter strike “Will of the Thousands” with Rose equipped to reclaim lost Light from Hive crystals and defeat Xol. Objectives must be completed in a single run through the activity; progress is not saved across multiple attempts.
Finally, the last step – battle your way through the Will Of The Thousands strike, destroying crystals that have been positioned throughout. It looks like there are eleven to hunt down. Once you’ve beaten Xol and opened the chest, Lumina will be your reward. Use it wisely, Guardian.
ORIGINAL STORY FOLLOWS
After adding The Last Word and Thorn to Destiny 2, you’d think Bungie would be done with hand cannons. It turns out, there’s something else being added today.
Lumina, a new support-focused weapon, is being added as part of a new quest today. The hand cannon deals damage to enemies, which stacks a buff.
Firing at a teammate, this buff turns into a healing orb which heals and amplifies that teammates damage. This perk is known as Noble Rounds and makes Lumina the franchise’s first weapon capable of playing a support role.
It’s definitely one of Destiny’s most distinctive-looking weapons, with a handle and barrel that look ornate, with golden thorns protruding from inside.
You can see the gun in the trailer from Bungie below, which also comes with a sneaky clue in the description that reads:
“Shin has left a letter. He has something secured away in a chest that can teleport to a new location every few hours, but it isn’t safe there. Claim it and secure it away in your vault.”
Thankfully, an early datamine has provided some indication on how you can claim this new weapon, read on, Guardians.
DATAMINED LUMINA QUEST STEPS
NOTE – THESE QUEST STEPS WERE AVAILABLE BEFORE GOING LIVE BUT ARE NOW WRONG FOLLOWING THE UPDATE
The question on many people’s minds will be – how do I earn Lumina? Thankfully, we have you covered. The following was datamined from Destiny 2 and is subject to change, but we’ll continue to update the guide as we learn more.
First thing is first – you’ll need to head to the location where you began the Thorn quest. In the EDZ, head to the Salt Mines just north of Trostland. Here there’s a teleporter device which will take you to a cliffside. Move forward here, and then jump to a small alcove, before moving forward once more. There’s a letter waiting for you on one of the crates in this area.
Nice and simple, you just need to get a number of kills in a row without reloading. Simply head out on patrol and aim for the head! Our understanding is that this will reward you with the Rose, a new weapon.
Complete activities with the Rose equipped to fill up the progress bar here. That can be Strikes, Nightfalls, Gambit or Crucible Matches, so long as it’s equipped. The datamine suggests that progress is more efficient if your fireteam is also using the Rose.
Head to Mars and complete the Will Of The Thousands strike – the one with Xol the Worm God. Fight your way through the strike, and destroy some new crystals that have been added. You’ll also need to keep Rose equipped.
It wouldn’t be an Exotic quest without a heavy element of grinding, so prepare to spend some time on this step – if the leaks are to be believed. You’ll need a squad of players using Hand Cannons to take out enemies as a team, generate orbs of light, and kill Gambit invaders before they have a chance to eliminate any of your teammates. This one could take some time, but with any luck the early leak is wrong and this step is a little easier.
A nice simple one, complete a Nightfall with a score of 50,000 or higher. You can likely do it solo if you’re a high level, but why not run it with friends to help advance your quests in unison?
The final step to convert the Rose into the Lumina, you’ll need to complete encounters at the Blind Well, in Black Armory Forges, or in Escalation Protocol. Get cracking with Rose equipped and you’ll be there in no time.
These are exciting times for Destiny fans. Bungie split from publisher Activision in January this year, and while the Annual Pass content has wrapped up with last month’s Season of Opulence content there’s plenty to look forward to in Destiny 2’s future.
Shadowkeep, a new expansion which takes players back to the Moon for the first time since the original game, launches on 17th September and promises plenty of new content.
The base game of Destiny 2 will also be going free-to-play as a new product called New Light, offering a fresh jumping in point for new players.
Perhaps most excitingly for many existing fans, players will be able to transfer save data across PlayStation, Xbox and PC, the latter of which is also moving to Steam. The game is also coming to Google Stadia later this year.
- Destiny 2
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