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Destiny 2 Beyond Light: What are Empire Hunts?

Destiny 2: Beyond Light has introduced tons of new content for players, including the new Empire Hunts activity.

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In Destiny 2’s latest expansion Beyond Light, Europa was added as a playable location for Guardians to explore. The icy moon is home to Variks the Loyal, who offers a new pursuit for players to complete called Empire Hunts. Read on to learn about Empire Hunts and how to unlock these new activities in Beyond Light.

Originally teased in concept art for Destiny 1, Bungie finally  introduced Europa as an in-game location with the release of Destiny 2’s latest expansion, Beyond Light.

Jupiter’s Galilean moon Europa is a brand-new zone in Destiny 2, and brings with it brand new weather effects introduced for the first time in the history of the franchise.

While Europa contains variations of existing activities like story missions, patrols, and a new Strike — the zone also contains brand-new pursuits for Guardians to complete in the form of Empire Hunts.

Guardians have been unleashed on Destiny 2’s newest location, Europa. Credit: Bungie

What are Empire Hunts?

Empire Hunts are a brand-new activity introduced into Destiny 2 with Beyond Light, and are obtained from Variks the Loyal, one of the new vendors on Europa.

Similar to the Wanted bounties offered by the Spider at Tangled Shore, Empire Hunts are short quests that have the player hunting down powerful Fallen targets on Europa.

There are three Empire Hunts currently available: The Warrior, The Dark Priestess, and The Technocrat. The Hunts for each of these unique enemies – Phylaks, Kridis, and Praksis, respectively – contain a small questline the player must complete before a showdown with each named enemy at the end of the Hunt.

Empire Hunts will see the player facing off against tough, high-level Fallen bosses.
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How to unlock Empire Hunts

In order to unlock the Empire Hunts, players will need to complete the bulk of Beyond Light’s story content. This includes the main campaign facing off against Eramis, along with completing a separate quest line through Variks after the campaign has concluded.

Each of the Hunts will be completed once during the storyline on Europa: The Warrior and the Technocrat are defeated throughout the course of the campaign, and the Dark Priestess is the final boss in the questline given to the player by Variks afterwards.

Once you complete all of the Hunts as part of the expansion’s story content, they will become replayable activities through Variks. Each will cost 40 Herealways pieces to obtain and complete again, so players should make sure to stock up via bounties and activities on Europa.

In addition to the Empire Hunts on Europa, according to Bungie’s Season of the Hunt roadmap, players will also gain access to another activity, Wraithborn Hunts, after the Destiny 2 weekly reset on November 17.

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Destiny 2 Xur location and items: May 13 – 17

Here is where you can find Xur the Merchant and get different Exotic items for yourself when playing Destiny 2.

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Xur the Merchant in Destiny 2

You can get Exotic items for yourself in Destiny 2 by visiting Xur the merchant. This character moves around, so here is his location and all the items that you can get from him.

Destiny 2 has become a classic since its release in 2017, with a large player base in 2021. The Witch Queen update has added new content for players like the brand new weapon type, Glaives.

You can also get different Exotic items each week by visiting the merchant, Xur. He hangs out in random locations around the map, and this guide will let you know where to find him along with his inventory.

Where to find Xur the Merchant in Destiny 2

Xur the Merchant in Destiny 2

Xur’s location in Destiny 2 changes each week. Currently, Xur can be found in the EDZ, in the Winding Cove area.

Once you visit him, you can get yourself some neat new Exotic items to use in the game. Xur will provide you with items that are at the same power level as you.

Xur’s May 13 – 17 items in Destiny 2

You can find all of the items available for sale from Xur this week in Destiny 2 below:

Exotic Gear

  • Exotic Engram: 97 Legendary Shards
  • Xenology quest: Free
  • Cerberus +1 – Auto Rifle: 29 Legendary Shards
  • Graviton Forfeit – Helmet: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Nazarec’s Sin – Helmet: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Synthoceps – Gauntlets: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Hawkmoon – Hand Cannon: 200 Legendary Shards
  • Dead Man’s Tale – Scout Rifle: 200 Legendary Shards

Legendary Weapons & Armor

  • The Last Dance – Sidearm: 50 Legendary Shards
  • Gridskipper – Pulse Rifle: 50 Legendary Shards
  • Farewell – Sidearm: 50 Legendary Shards
  • Sojourner’s Tale – Shotgun: 50 Legendary Shards
  • Sorrow’s Verse – Auto Rifle: 50 Legendary Shards
  • Shattered Cipher – Machine Gun: 50 Legendary Shards
  • Bite of the Fox – Sniper Rifle: 50 Legendary Shards
  • Kairos Function armor set
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This week’s collection of wares consists of impressive weapons, helmets, quests, and cosmetic items.

You can equip these and reap their benefits when running into combat in Destiny 2 if you are looking for some new things to use against your enemies.


Stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for more Destiny 2, and for more gaming news, check out our piece on Sony’s acquisition of Bungie, the developers of Destiny 2.

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Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris rewards: May 13

The Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris rewards are out for the week of May 13. Use our quick and easy guide to see what items can be redeemed.

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Players who love to battle it out in competitive PvP action to earn Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris rewards can now see what the week of May 13 has to offer.

Destiny 2‘s Trial of Osiris has become a staple of Bungie’s sci-fi shooter, thanks to its heated action, and the rewards for May 13 are now available to see.

One of the most popular game modes that the first-person shooter offers is, no doubt, Trials of Osiris, which is the game’s competitive multiplayer playlist that allows Guardians to test their skills against other players.

One of the exciting factors of this game mode, besides proving your skills, is the new set of rewards that players can earn with their success every week. Here is the newest set of Trials of Osiris rewards in Destiny 2, the Witch Queen update.

What are the Trials of Osiris rewards for May 13 in Destiny 2?

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The Trials of Osiris is an end-game Crucible event that resets its rewards and map on Fridays at 9 AM PST / 1 PM EST / 6 PM GMT.

The more reputation you can earn in Bungie’s Trials of Osiris, the better quality of rewards you will receive in Destiny 2.

Trials of Osiris May 13 map

The map that players fight on changes each week, keeping things fresh and exciting for players. Here is the Trials of Osiris map for the week starting May 13 in Destiny 2:

  • TBC

Trials of Osiris May 13 rewards

Here is the complete list of Trials of Osiris rewards for this week:

  • Reputation Rank 4: Upgrade Module (2)
  • Reputation Rank 7: Enhancement Prism (3)
  • Reputation Rank 10: Trials Weapon (Changes for each rank reset)
  • Reputation Rank 13: Upgrade Module (2)
  • Reputation Rank 16: Trials Weapon (Changes for each rank reset)
  • Flawless Reward: Adept Trials Weapon (TBC)

To earn the Flawless Reward, players will need to win seven Trials of Osiris matches without losing a single game.

It’s a tough feat, no doubt, but it’s doable with enough skill, patience, and understanding of the game’s mechanics.

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Passages

  • Passage of Ferocity – Your third match win grants a bonus win. (10000 Glimmer & 15 Legendary Shards)
  • Passage of Mercy – Forgives one loss per run. (10000 Glimmer & 15 Legendary Shards)
  • Passage of Wealth – Increased Trials Rank points from reaching 3, 5, and 7 match wins on a ticket. (15000 Glimmer & 25 Legendary Shards)
  • Passage of Confidence – Grants bonus rewards from Flawless Chest. (20000 Glimmer & 50 Legendary Shards)

So, there you have it, that’s all the information you’ll need for this week’s Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris, make sure you try your best to get after these rewards, as they can be used to make your overall Destiny 2 experience more fruitful and enjoyable!


Also, check out how to get the Glaive in Destiny 2 Witch Queen, including all the Exotic Glaive variants.

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Every Destiny 2 DLC and Expansion: Full list

Here’s every Destiny 2 DLC and Expansion since the game launched in 2017, from the Curse of Osiris to 2022’s The Witch Queen.

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Every Destiny 2 expansion

Bungie’s live-service epic Destiny 2 has been supported for almost five years, so we have the full list of every DLC and Expansion released so far, from the Curse of Osiris to the Witch Queen.

For FPS fans looking to engage in a deep and sprawling sci-fi story, look no further than Destiny 2. First released back in 2017, Destiny 2 is now in its 16th season, with two more major Expansions still to come.

All of this new content means that older Expansions and areas are retired, so it’s difficult to keep track of all the DLC. We’re looking back through Destiny 2’s history, listing all of Destiny 2’s paid expansions in chronological order.

Curse of Osiris – December 2017

Destiny 2 Curse of Osiris

Curse of Osiris was Destiny 2’s first Expansion pack, arriving on December 5, 2017, and brought players to the planet Mercury for the first time.

This DLC Expansion included the Eater of Worlds Raid and the Infinite Forest, a procedurally generated area that allowed players to visit simulations of Mercury’s past, present, and future.

Curse of Osiris received mixed reviews and is widely considered Destiny 2’s most disappointing DLC drop.

Warmind – May 2018

Destiny 2 Warmind

Releasing on May 8, 2018, Warmind was Destiny 2’s second Expansion and the final piece of Year One content.

Warmind brought Destiny 2 players back to Mars but introduced an area that Destiny 1 players hadn’t seen before – Hellas Basin. Guardians had to contend with the awakened Hive Army and also saw the return of Warmind Rasputin from the original game.

The Warmind Expansion also introduced the Valor and Glory ranking system, as well as Escalation Protocol, where players had to defend towers from waves of Hive.

Forsaken – September 2018

Destiny 2 Forsaken

Destiny 2 Year Two was kicked off by September 2018’s Forsaken, which introduced the yearly seasonal content that Bungie continues to this day.

Forsaken was arguably a turning point for Destiny 2, introducing a ton of mechanics that shaped the game going forward. It marked the arrival of the Bow, the Gambit PvPvE mode, the Last Wish Raid, Breakthrough mode, and The Shattered Throne Dungeon.

Forsaken contained three more Seasons, which you can check out below:

  • Season of the Outlaw (launch)
  • Season of the Forge (December 4, 2018)
  • Season of the Drifter (March 5, 2019)
  • Season of the Opulence (June 4, 2019)

Shadowkeep – October 2019

Destiny 2 Shadowkeep

Continuing with the Season model, Destiny 2 introduced the Shadowkeep Expansion on October 1, 2019. Shadowkeep kicked off Year 3 and had players visit the Moon, which long-time Guardians would recognize from the original.

Although introducing the Festering Core and Scarlet Keep Strikes, Garden of Salvation Raid, and Pit of Heresy Dungeon, the most dramatic change Shadowkeep was the Armor 2.0 system. This allowed Guardians to upgrade their armor as they saw fit, removing the need to wear armor they didn’t like just for better stats.

Here are all of Destiny 2 Shadowkeep’s Seasons:

  • Season of the Undying (launch)
  • Season of Dawn (December 10, 2019)
  • Season of the Worthy (March 10, 2020)
  • Season of Arrivals (June 9, 2020)

Beyond Light – November 2020

Destiny 2 Beyond Light

Destiny 2’s fifth Expansion, Beyond Light, was released on November 10, 2020, and marked Year Four.

Beyond Light took Guardians to the icy Europa, Jupiter’s closest moon. This was when Destiny 2 first went free-to-play and vaulted Titan, Io, Mars, Mercury, and Leviathan to stop the game from getting too big. These locations were removed with the possibility that they’ll be revamped and added back at a later date.

Plus, Destiny 1’s fan-favorite Vault of Glass Raid was remastered and hit Destiny 2 during May’s Season of the Splicer. Here are all of Beyond Light’s Seasons:

  • Season of the Hunt (launch)
  • Season of the Chosen (February 9, 2021)
  • Season of the Splicer (May 11, 2021)
  • Season of the Lost (August 24, 2021)

Bungie 30th Anniversary Event – December 2021

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Bungie celebrated their 30th Anniversary Event inside Destiny 2, offering players some Halo-inspired cosmetics as well as the Grasp of Avarice three-player Raid.

While nowhere as big as the other Expansions and seasons, it kept players tiding over while The Witch Queen was delayed until February 2022.

The Witch Queen – February 2022

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February 2022’s The Witch Queen is one of the biggest Expansions Destiny 2 has received yet.

Launching with a highly-rated campaign, The Witch Queen brought the Witch Queen’s Throne World, the new Vow of Disciple Raid race, weapon crafting, and Glaive Exotics.

The Witch Queen launched with Season of the Risen, while the rest of the Expansions are still known as “Season of the [Redacted]” until they’re officially revealed.

Lightfall & The Final Shape – TBA

Destiny 2 is still to receive the Lightfall and The Final Shape Expansions, likely in 2023 and 2024. We don’t know what this DLC will entail, but Bungie revealed that “The Light and Darkness saga will come to a dramatic conclusion in Destiny 2: The Final Shape.”


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