Although it’s only the second week of Destiny’s Age of Triumph event, it’s the last for any mysterious add-ons to raids. Since both King’s Fall and Wrath of the Machine have already had challenge modes, the guessing games will come to a close once players complete the Atheon challenge.
Previously, Bungie had revealed that the Atheon challenge was the hardest it had created, and that was no over exaggeration. Destiny players will face an extreme challenge if they want to finish Atheon and unlock max loot, and coordination is going to be huge.
How to Complete the Atheon Challenge
The key to completing the Atheon challenge is that a player must kill an Oracle during every teleport phase. That means no player can destroy more than one Oracle, no player can die at any point, and that the shield relic might need to change hands at least once during each teleport. Things are going to get hectic.
Since only three players get teleported during each phase, the three non-teleported players are going to have two jobs. First, they will need to activate the portals to either Venus (right) or Mars (left), and then run in to kill an Oracle. Conversely, the players that do get teleported will need to kill their Oracle, run out through the portal, and then keep it open.
Whoever wields the shield will also need to kill an Oracle has two options to complete the challenge. They can drop the shield and kill an Oracle or trade it off to another player and kill an Oracle. Both strategies work, but the handoff will need to be quick. Since the entire team is going through the portal, everyone is going to need a cleanse at some point, or else they will be staring at a black screen.
Best Strategies for Atheon Challenge
The easiest way to coordinate completing the Atheon challenge is to assign numbers to Oracle kills. Since teleports are random, those numbers will change, but it’s important to have an idea as to who is taking out each Oracle.
Ideally, the teleporting teammates – the ones who don’t pick up the shield – will want to take out the first and second Oracles, and then the three players outside the portal will come in to take out Oracles three, four, and five. The last Oracle will be left for the shield bearer to handle.
Once all of the Oracles have been eliminated, the team can damage Atheon as normal. The most successful strategy is to meet at the platform in the middle, have the shield bearer activate the protective shield, and do damage to Atheon right in front.
Nightstalker Hunters will also want to use their Tethers to debuff Atheon and Titans will want to use the Weapons of Light buff on their Ward of Dawn bubbles for more damage. Golden Gun supers are also great here, since super meters constantly refill during the damage phase.
As far as what weapons are best for damaging Atheon, it’s all up to the player. Sleeper Simulant is great choice since it delivers a concentrated blast, but a sniper like Black Spindle can work too. Anything that maximizes DPS is great for the damage phase, but try to make sure at least one buff or debuff is active as well.
Once complete, the Atheon Challenge will reward one of the exotic elemental primary weapons, loot from the base level of the raid (armor and weapons), a new emblem, and, if you are lucky, the Vex Mythoclast. Don’t forget to use those Knuckles of Eao as well, for an added shot at loot.
How to Beat the New Templar Challenge
While speculation had run rampant regarding what challenges Vault of Glass could offer, the Templar challenge was fairly obvious to predict. As most diehard Destiny fans expected, the key of the Templar challenge is to prevent the boss from teleporting.
Obviously, that’s not all that is new for the Templar fight, but it is the key to completing the Templar challenge.
What’s New in the Templar Boss Fight
Aside from stronger enemies, the major difference in the Templar boss fight is that the oracles spawn faster, have more health, and are colored red. Red Oracles are unique in that players must destroy them; the relic will not cleanse players and prevent them from dying during the ritual of negation.
With that in mind, teams will want to be quick about calling out the Oracles and using heavy weapons to take them out. The good news, though, is that those who are trying to complete the challenge will only have to take out two Oracles.
How to Complete the Templar Challenge
As was mentioned, the key to completing the Templar challenge is preventing the boss from teleporting. Every time a player uses the relic’s blast to take down the Templar’s shield, the boss will attempt to teleport to a new spot around the arena.
This new teleport spot will be highlighted by a red circle with a beam of light shooting out from it. To block the teleport, all players need to do is stand in the red circle and wait for the feed to say ‘The Templar calls for its minotaurs.
The only other wrinkle to the challenge is that the same player cannot kill more than one Oracle, which means that once you have eliminated one your focus should be on Templar damage, enemy control, or stopping the teleport.
Best Strategies for Beating Templar Challenge
Of course, knowing how to complete the challenge and actually completing it is easier said than done. With the raid now at 390 light level, the enemies are going to be much harder to deal with, and preventing the Templar’s teleport makes things even more challenging.
Our recommendation is that the fireteam have at least two Titans in the group, so they can place the Ward of Dawn bubble on the two teleport spots that are out in the open. If you’re looking at the Templar, those would be the pillars to the left and right of the boss. With these bubbles, the whole team can take shelter from the Templar’s blasts and block the teleport at the same time.
More adventurous groups may want to use Weapons of Light on the Ward of Dawn bubbles, but Blessing of Light is a better choice for those teams that are struggling. Minotaurs at light level 390 are no joke, and taking them out will require some serious firepower.
If there are no bubbles available or if a bubble has worn out, the relic holder can block the teleport as well and use the relic’s protective shield to keep them safe. It’s a less successful strategy because it forces the relic holder to run around the map, but one that can work in a pinch.
Once complete, players will earn an Age of Triumph ornament, basic Vault of Glass loot (weapons or armor), a new emblem, and an exotic elemental primary weapon. Yes, a lot of players are going to be hoping for Fatebringer, but all of the Vault primaries are fun to use.