Even though Bungie has made no official announcement, Destiny’s Luke Smith confirmed that a Challenge mode will be added to King's Fall Raid, in an offhand comment first spotted by More Console. According to Smith, each of the three main boss fights in King’s Fall – Warpriest, Golgoroth, and Oryx – all have an added challenge – a special way of killing them if you will – that will unlock unique rewards and a new emblem. I don't know why, but somehow, I'm guessing that all those secrets in the King's Fall might be use in this new challenge mode. That's a speculation though.
It looks like all of those fans who assumed that the Challenge Mode would involve beating each of the bosses in a unique way, not just simply taking on a higher light level version. For example, some think that the Warpriest challenge might be to beat the King’s Fall boss within one or two Oculus summons.
In addition, it’s possible that Goloroth’s challenge might involve using a limited number of Reclaimed Light orbs, or having every player grab gaze at least once. For the final Oryx boss fight, however, it’s hard to imagine what the challenge might be, since the boss fight is so structured.
But what's more interesting about Challenge Mode is the bit about new rewards. It seems very likely that at least one of the rewards for each boss fight will be one of the three remaining Calcified Fragments, but anything beyond that is anyone’s guess. With a complete set of Calcified Fragments, though, comes the expectation of additional rewards, like a 320 artifact or a new exotic weapon.
Whatever the case may be, it’s pretty clear that Destiny players are not yet done with King’s Fall no matter if they’ve beat Hard Mode zero times or 10 times. Bungie has a plan in place that will extend the lifespan of the raid far longer than any previous raid, and presumably the rewards will make the effort worthwhile.
However, until Bungie says anything official, we’re left speculating as to the nature of these Challenge Modes and what they might entail. If nothing else, an opportunity to experience the raid in a completely new way is very exciting.
How about you? What are your thoughts about this announcement of a new challenge mode in King's Fall?
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