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Destiny 2 The Witch Queen Expansion: DLC release date, story, trailers & new features

Bungie is set to bring players The Witch Queen to Destiny 2. We have all the info so far including its release date, story, news & trailer.

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Find out everything we know about Destiny 2’s The Witch Queen expansion so far including its DLC release date, story, trailers, and gameplay details.

2020’s Beyond Light expansion introduced the stasis ability, the Deep Stone Crypt Raid, and since then, Season of the Hunt, Season of the Chosen, Season of the Splicer, and Season of the Lost have added even more content.

But now, Destiny 2’s The Witch Queen expansion represents the longest wait between major Destiny 2 DLC releases.

Destiny 2 players are eagerly looking to The Witch Queen – the next, major expansion in the Destiny franchise. We’ve put together this guide to cover everything we know about Bungie’s newest Destiny 2 DLC.

Destiny 2 The Witch Queen release date

It was confirmed back in August 2021 that Destiny 2 The Witch Queen would be releasing in February 2022.

This represents a 15-month gap between the release of Beyond Light and The Witch Queen – the longest wait between major Destiny 2 DLC content.

A Bungie blog post on February 25, 2021, broke down why The Witch Queen was delayed, citing the worldwide pandemic and other reasons as contributing factors.

Destiny 2 The Witch Queen story

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The Witch Queen is part of a huge, ongoing narrative arc that began with Beyond Light. The arc was originally supposed to conclude with Nightfall, but will instead finish with ‘The Final Shape’ expansion to release much later on.

Destiny has largely been a constant power struggle between light and dark, and these final expansions are shaping up to finally conclude this battle.

Not much is known about The Witch Queen, but the devs have promised that players will feel a “level of terror that [Fallen] Captains have felt since way back in the Cosmodrome”.

Destiny 2 The Witch Queen gameplay

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The Beyond Light expansion shook up the gameplay formula by adding in a new subclass to the game – Stasis. This new element allowed players to throw, cast, and unleash mighty ice attacks that could freeze enemies.

Along with, presumably, new Exotic and Legendary weapons, The Witch Queen is set to give some of its other subclasses a tweak or two, and Void will be a big part of these changes.

Instead of a whole new subclass like Stasis, a Bungie blog post explained how Void will be reworked to feel like a new inclusion.

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“Within Void, there are three negative status effects that you’ll be applying to enemies: 

  • Suppression – The target is knocked out of any active abilities and can’t activate any abilities/movement modes as long as Suppression persists. Afflicted enemy AI combatants can’t shoot their weapons. 
  • Weaken – The target takes increased damage and has their movement slowed. Enemy AI combatants fire their weapons with decreased accuracy. 
  • Volatile – The target is afflicted with unstable Void energy and will explode upon taking additional damage or on death. 

And three positive effects that you’ll be applying to yourself and allies: 

  • Void Overshield – A protective barrier of Void Light which reduces damage taken from combatants. 
  • Invisibility – You vanish from sight and do not appear on enemy radar. 
  • Devour – You feast on the energy of your foes. Kills restore you to full health, grant grenade energy, and extend Devour. 

These verbs should all be familiar to veteran players, but now exist in a new, broader systemic framework that will allow us to consistently spread their behaviors across the game, where previously they mostly existed in their own siloed-off subclasses.”

Destiny 2 The Witch Queen trailers

Despite the fact that it’s several months until the release of The Witch Queen, Bungie has already teased players by putting out several trailers.

Here is the official reveal trailer for Destiny 2’s The Witch Queen.

Whereas The Witch Queen gameplay trailer gives a few more hints about what players can expect in the expansion.

Destiny 2 The Witch Queen platforms

At this moment in time, we can confirm that Destiny 2 The Witch Queen will be available for players to enjoy on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, and Stadia.

So you don’t need to fret about which platforms you’ll be able to enjoy Bungie’s newest expansion pack on.


As we start to get closer to the release of The Witch Queen, more information will come to light regarding its full release date, the story, and gameplay details. So we’ll be sure to keep this updated with any new information that gets announced.

Also, for more Destiny 2 content, check out how to get the Jurassic Green Pulse Rifle in Destiny 2.

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Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris rewards: November 26

The Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris rewards are out for the week of November 26. 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 November 26 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 November 26 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 are the newest set of Trials of Osiris rewards in Destiny 2.

What are the Trials of Osiris rewards for November 26 in Destiny 2?

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

The map that players fight on changes each week, and this week, the combat takes place on Twilight Gap.

Here is the complete list of Trials of Osiris rewards for the week of November 26:

  • Reputation Rank 4: Upgrade Module (2)
  • Reputation Rank 7: Enhancement Prism (3)
  • Reputation Rank 10: Trials Weapon (Changes on every rank reset)
  • Reputation Rank 13: Upgrade Module (2)
  • Reputation Rank 16: Trials Weapon (Changes on every rank reset)
  • Flawless Reward: Eye of Sol (Legendary Sniper Rifle) (Adept)

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.

Hopefully, this week’s Trials of Osiris rewards are worth you going after and can be used to make your overall Destiny 2 experience more fruitful and enjoyable!


Also, check out the best Destiny 2 PVE weapons and how to get them, and also how to claim Destiny 2 Prime Gaming rewards.

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Destiny 2 Xur location and items: November 26 – 30

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

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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 Season of the Lost update has added various weapons like the Lorentz Drive exotic and Darkest Below.

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

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Xur’s location in Destiny 2 changes each week, and he can be found on Nessus currently. The merchant will be standing up in a tree in the Watcher’s Grave.

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 November 26 – 30 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
  • Merciless – Fusion Rifle
  • Sealed Ahamkara Grasps – Gauntlets
  • Stronghold – Gauntlets
  • Lunafaction Boots – Leg Armor

Legendary Weapons

  • True Prophecy – Hand Cannon
  • Last Perdition – Pulse Rifle
  • Arsenic Bite-4B – Combat Bow
  • First In, Last Out – Shotgun
  • Hollow Words – Fusion Rifle
  • Steel Sybil Z-14 – Sword
  • The Third Axiom – Pulse Rifle

Legendary Armour

  • Opulent Duelist Gauntlets – Gauntlets
  • Opulent Duelist Plate – Chest Armor
  • Opulent Duelist Mark – Titan Mark
  • Opulent Duelist Helm – Helmet
  • Opulent Duelist Greaves – Leg Armour
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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 check out the Destiny 2 Hotfix 3.3.0.2 Update patch notes.

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How to get the Destiny 2 Last Word Hand Cannon: Exotic Cipher and Ascendant Shard locations

Here’s everything you need to know about unlocking the Destiny 2 Last Word weapon, including the Exotic Cipher and Ascendant Shards locations.

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The Last Word Hand Cannon is an extremely powerful Destiny 2 weapon, and here’s everything you need to know about unlocking it, including the Exotic Cipher and Ascendant Shards locations.

When you hop into Destiny 2, you’ll need to be properly geared up for some challenging battles. The good news is that the game features a wide selection of powerful weapons to choose from.

The Last Word Hand Cannon is an Exotic weapon that boasts a full-auto fire rate and increased hip-fire capabilities. If you want to get your hands on this gun, then this guide has you covered.

How to craft the The Last Word in Destiny 2

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You can only get the Destiny 2 Last Word Hand Cannon from the Monument to Lost Lights weapon vault in the Tower. This vendor is located on the far right side of the Courtyard landing zone.

In order to craft the weapon, you’ll need the following materials:

  • 1x Exotic Cipher
  • 125,000 Glimmer
  • 200 Etheric Spiral
  • 1x Ascendant Shard
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You can obtain Glimmers easily, and Etheric Spirals are given as rewards for every bounty you complete for Spider at The Tangled Shore. You can find both Exotic Ciphers and the Ascendant Shards prevent more of a challenge.

However, Exotic Ciphers and Ascendant Shards are a bit more difficult to acquire, and we’ll go over everything you need to know about collecting them.

How to collect Destiny 2 Exotic Ciphers

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You can obtain Exotic Ciphers by either reaching rank 55 in the current Season Pass or purchasing them from Xur the merchant. You can still receive them as a seasonal rank reward even if you don’t have the Season Pass.

If you’ve already collected a seasonal cipher previously, you’ll need to complete Xur’s Xenology quest to earn another. This requires you to complete 21 strikes, or win matches in the Crucible or Gambit.

How to collect Destiny 2 Ascendant Shards

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If you already have the paid Season Pass then you’ll get Ascendant Shards after reaching season ranks 80, 85, and 94. Alternatively, you can also purchase Shards from either Banshee-44 or Ada-1.

Here’s the general cost for each Shard:

  • 10 Enhancement Prisms
  • 100 planetary materials
  • 50,000 Glimmer

It’s worth keeping in mind that the planetary materials required for these Shards are random and change depending on the day. If you’re still on the hunt, then you’ll have a few different options for unlocking Ascendant Shards.

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You can either complete platinum runs of Grandmaster Nightfall Strikes, make a flawless run in Trials of Osiris, or reach 10,000 reputation with either Zavala, Lord Shaxx, the Drifter, or Saint-14.

Once you’ve gathered everything you need, simply head back to The Monument to Lost Lights to collect the Last Word Hand Cannon. You can now use this weapon to cause some serious pain to your enemies.


For some more news and guides on Destiny 2, check out everything we know about Destiny 2’s The Witch Queen expansion.

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