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How to get Destiny 2’s Xenophage assault rifle

The Xenophage is an extremely impressive Exotic Weapon that you can collect by completing a quest in Destiny 2.



Xenophage in Destiny 2

Wondering how to get the powerful Xenophage rifle in Destiny 2? Here’s how.

Destiny 2 has a ton of cool weapons to choose from before jumping into battle. The Xenophage Exotic machine gun is a great choice because of its accuracy, along with its explosive rounds that will annihilate your enemies.

If you want to get your hands on this powerful weapon, then you’ll need to complete an Exotic quest that requires you to solve puzzles and complete certain tasks. Here’s how you can get the Xenophage Exotic in Season of the Chosen.

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How to start the Xenophage Exotic quest 

If you want to start this Destiny 2 Exotic quest, then you’ll need to visit the Red Keep room where you saw Eris when completing her Memory quests. From there, you’ll have to make your way towards a puzzle that you need to solve.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Land at Sorrow’s Harbor, and move north into the Red Keep
  • Head left from the green crystal, and continue until you approach a small path on the right wall leading upward
  • When you enter the main room, light the statues in the correct order (front right, back left, back right, front left) 
  • Loot the chest in the middle of the area to claim The Journey
Xenophage Exotic quest in Destiny 2

Light all six lanterns at The Anchor of Light

You’ll then have to go east of the main southern landing zone at the Anchor of Light portion of the Moon. Once you’re there, collect the orb of flame from the Fallen-infested building.

This orb must be used to light lanterns at six different spots within one minute. Luckily, your timer will reset every time you light one in the correct order, which is the following:

  1. Right next to where you collected the Orb of Flame.
  2. On top of the building at the edge of the crevasse to the East
  3. Inside the small yellow structure interior near the Fallen-infested building
  4. At the top of the Fallen-infested building
  5. On a small rooftop by the buried section to the north
  6. On top of the large round structure over the green pit in the middle of the map

After all six lanterns have been lit in the correct order, you must insert the orb in the small Hive spire near the site where you grabbed the orb.  

Lantern location in Destiny 2

Where to find all four path fragments 

Now, you’ll have to complete all four Lost Sectors on the Moon, and successfully get through Hive rune puzzles at the end of each one. You can find these puzzles in the exit paths for the Lost Sectors.

These consist of nine grids of runes, and shooting one will change all of the symbols in the rune’s row and column. You’ll need to match every rune in the grid with the symbol above the grid. We’ve listed the correct order below:

  • K1 Communion: 7, 9, 2, 2
  • K1 Revelation: 6, 4, 5, 5, 4, 8, 5, 2
  • K1 Logistics: 1, 7, 6, 5
  • K1 Crew Quarters: 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 9, 8, 8

Once you’ve line up all the runes, chests will spawn that you can loot to collect all four path fragments.

Runes in Destiny 2

The Pit of Heresy

This next step will require you to complete various activities within the Pit of Heresy dungeon, including activating a hidden rune, lighting fires, and winning a boss fight. You’ll already have reached 970 PL beforehand, so you can get these done quickly.

Here’s how you can complete the Pit of Heresy:

  1. Clear all the minibosses at the start of the dungeon
  2. Make your way to the chamber filled with doorways and platform to the door without a symbol at the entrance
  3. Activate the hidden rune inside
  4. Visit the area packed with Hive Ogres before the Hive Totem encounter
  5. Head left from the fork, then drop down to the rocky ledge below.
  6. Find the small plate marked with runes and activate it to collect the Orb of Flame.
  7. Return to the fork, and then take the right path this time.
  8. Find the sealed door with two braziers on either side, and use the Orb of Flame to light both

This will then open up a door that leads to a boss fight. This enemy is PL 970, so be ready for a dangerous battle. You won’t be able to hurt the boss initially, and you’ll need to do some tasks before that opportunity comes.

The Pit of Heresy in Destiny 2

You’ll receive a random buff, and you must check it to see where you need to place the Orb of Light. Once you’ve put it in the correct spot in the arena, you’ll gain a Vengeance buff that allows you to hurt the enemy for 25 seconds.

Here’s where to place the orbs:

  • Abyssal Dread: Upper Arena – Far left
  • Thunderous Dread: Lower Arena – Front left
  • Fiery Dread: Lower Arena – Far right
  • Neutral Dread: Upper Arena – Front right

Just keep checking your buff, then collect the Orb of Flame and place it in the matching locations. You’ll then have the opportunity to shoot the boss with the matching elemental damage type. Just keep repeating it until you defeat the boss.

Once the enemy has been defeated, you can finally collect the Xenophage Machine Gun for yourself! Now you can go cause some serious pain to your opponents the next time you jump into a match of Destiny 2.

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Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer Battle Pass: Full tiers & rewards list

Season of the Splicer is the next official chapter in Destiny 2, and here’s all the tiers and rewards you can earn in the new Battle Pass.



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Bungie’s sci-fi shooter Destiny 2 has had its next stage officially unveiled with Season of the Splicer. As with every new season, there is also a sparkly new Season Pass packed with content, and here is everything you can find in it.

After weeks of suspense, Season 14 of Destiny 2 is no longer a mystery as Bungie showed off the successor to Season of the Chosen. The debut trailer for Season of the Splicer revealed what is to come for fans of the series and it bodes well.

The new season will bring interesting new buffs and nerfs, the Vault of Glass Raid and World’s First race, and even a new Exotic Pistol – Cryosthesia 77k.

But all the while Guardians are raiding, striking, and 1v1ing in the Crucible, there is also plenty of progress to be made on Season of the Splicer’s new Battle Pass. So we’ve crammed every tier into one handy guide to see what you can earn.

Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer Season Pass Tiers

Each tier is represented by a symbol pertaining to a specific reward that you can redeem to use in Destiny 2.

Here’s the full overview of all the new content in Bungie’s new Battle Pass for Season of the Splicer.

Tiers 1 – 10

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Tiers 11 – 20

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Tiers 21 – 30

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Tiers 31 – 40

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Tiers 41 – 50

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Tiers 51 – 60

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Tiers 61 – 70

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Tiers 71 – 80

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Tiers 81 – 90

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Tiers 91 – 100

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How much does the Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer Battle Pass cost?

As with every other season of Destiny, players do not need to buy the full Battle Pass if they don’t want to as Bungie does make a few items free.

But if you want the Premium Pass, here’s how you can get your hands on it.

We expect the Season of the Splicer pass to remain the same as previous passes and cost 1,000 Silver. You can buy Silver from the Bungie store, along with the Pass itself.

Players that purchased the Digital Deluxe version of Beyond Light will already have access to the Season of the Splicer Pass, as well as Season 15 in the future.

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How to unlock Destiny 2 Cryosthesia 77k exotic sidearm in Season of the Splicer

The Destiny 2 Cryosthesia 77k exotic sidearm is one of the new things coming in Season of the Splicer, and here is how you can unlock it.



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Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer will be bringing various new things for Guardians to experience, with one of the more exciting items being the ability to unlock the Destiny 2 Cryosthesia 77k exotic sidearm in Season of the Splicer.

Exotics are some of the most exciting items that players can get their hands on in the world of Destiny 2, especially exotic weapons, thanks to their ability to dish out insane damage and are overall usually awesome looking.

Season of the Splicer will bring a new exotic sidearm to Destiny 2, known as the Cryosthesia 77k. Here is how you can unlock the Destiny 2 Cryosthesia 77k when you are playing Season of the Splicer.

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How to Unlock Cryosthesia 77k in Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer

Guardians have two routes they can take to unlock the Destiny 2 Cryosthesia 77k exotic sidearm. Players who purchase the Season of the Splicer Season Pass will automatically unlock the new weapon for their inventories.

If you would rather not burn a hole in your wallet to automatically unlock the Destiny 2 Cryosthesia 77k, you can level up the Season of the Splicer Season Pass and unlock this weapon when you reach Tier 35, as it is one of the free rewards players can earn in the Season of the Splicer Season Pass.

It all boils down to how soon you want to unlock this exotic sidearm, as purchasing the Season Pass will give it to you right away, while going the free route will make you wait and play a bit before it is added to your inventory.

According to the official description of the weapon from Bungie, it is a Stasis-powered sidearm with liquid cooling technology that is gifted to players from Mithrax as a token of friendship.

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Mithrax is known as the Kell of the House of Light and is a Fallen Splicer who you must work with to stop the Vex from plunging humanity into eternal darkness during Season of the Splicer.

For more Destiny 2, check out the official reveal trailer for Season of the Splicer and stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for more news and guides.

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Every weapon buff & nerf in Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer

With Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer almost here, there are plenty of buffs and nerfs to look forward to, and you can check them all out here.



All buffs and nerfs in Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer

With Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer just around the corner, Bungie has plenty of new content planned for the coming update, including various balancing changes. So here’s a full overview of all weapon buffs and nerfs.

Bungie introduces new content in each season update for Destiny 2 so that the game feels fresh. These updates also bring some major balancing adjustments to many of the in-game weapons to improve the player experience.

Season of the Splicer is no exception, as the developers have many buffs and nerfs planned for the update when it goes live in just one week.

Here’s a complete rundown of all the balancing changes in the upcoming update for Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer.

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Destiny 2 weapon archetype changes in Season of the Splicer

The new season will bring some major alterations to the Linear Fusion Rifles in Destiny 2. Their Precision damage and reserve ammo will receive a boost in the update.

There’s a small buff planned for Precision Auto Rifles, which will increase their overall damage per bullet, and Standard Fusion Rifles will be nerfed with a slightly bigger damage falloff distance when Season 14 goes live.

Precision (450 rpm) Auto Rifles:

  • Increased Precision (450 rpm) Auto Rifle damage per bullet from 17 to 18.


  • Added existing but unobtainable rare Linear Fusion Rifle and Breech Grenade Launchers to the World Loot Pool.

Linear Fusion Rifles:

  • Increased precision damage by 15%
  • Increased reserve ammo by 20%

Fusion Rifles:

  • Increased damage falloff start distance for Fusion Rifles, no effect on 100 range stat, +2m on 0 range stat.
Linear Fusion Rifles in Destiny 2

Weapon perks changes in Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer

Dragonfly is a fan-favorite perk in Destiny 2. It will receive a buff that ensures a more effective Unrelenting, along with a more powerful Sympathetic Arsenal in Season of the Splicer.

There is also a change planned for Subsistence which will keep reserve ammo from being reduced when using the perk. Additionally, SMGs will be given the same effects as Auto Rifles to boot.


  • No longer reduces reserve ammunition.
  • Submachine Guns now receive the same ammo fraction per takedown that Auto Rifles do (was 10%, like most weapons, now 17%, same as Auto Rifles).


  • Now works on heavy shanks and servitors, and occurs even faster than after the Season of the Chosen fix.
Dragonfly perk in Destiny 2

High-Impact Reserves and Under Pressure:

  • These are now active as long as their conditions are met.


  • Now easier to trigger in PvE (immediate trigger on majors) and heals 20% more.

Sympathetic Arsenal:

  • Now grants +20 reload in addition to its primary effect.

Hip-fire Grip:

  • +1 degrees precision hip fire angle threshold, +1.2x reticle stickiness falloff distance.
  • One degree doesn’t seem like that much, but for reference Hand Cannon aim assist cone angle is 2.5 degrees at 0 AA, to 3 degrees at 100 AA, and you can feel the difference between a 90 AA hand cannon and a 100 AA hand cannon (a 0.05-degree increase), so a small difference can be significant.
  • Note that precision hip-fire angle caps at the aim down sights aim assist cone angle.

Iron Grip, Iron Gaze, Iron Reach:

  • Reduced secondary stat penalty from -40 to -30.

Osmosis and Elemental Capacitor:

  • Osmosis now switches the weapon to Stasis damage when playing a Stasis subclass – this should work for any mechanics that ask for Stasis damage (but not for Stasis ability damage). Also created stasis VFX for all weapon types that Osmosis can appear on (more coming later).
  • Elemental Capacitor with a Stasis subclass grants +recoil direction and reduces ADS move speed penalty.

No Distractions:

  • Reduced trigger time from 1.5s to 1s and increased flinch reduction from 30% to 35%.

Celerity and Bottomless Grief:

  • Celerity: Now always grants +20 to handling and +20 to reload in addition to the triggered effect.
  • Bottomless Grief: Now always grants +30 to magazine in addition to the triggered effect.
Subsistence perk in Destiny 2

Weapon mods changes in Destiny 2

Bungie also has a few weapon mod changes planned for Season of the Splicer. Adept Mag and Adept Targeting will come with lesser penalties, while Adept Counterbalance will receive recoil improvements in the new update.

Adept Mag, Adept Targeting:

  • Reduced secondary stat penalty from -20 to -15.
  • Fixed Adept Mag not granting reserves when applied to a Sword.

Adept Counterbalance:

  • Increased recoil direction benefit.

All Exotics changes in Season of the Splicer

Bungie also has a couple of changes planned for Destiny 2’s Exotics in Season of the Splicer, with the Hawkmoon receiving more Paracasual Charge priority and Paracausal Shot buff text. You can look at all the Exotics changes below:

MIDA Multitool:

  • Changed the catalyst perk from Outlaw to No Distractions.


  • Increased priority of Paracausal Charge and Paracausal Shot buff text
Destiny 2's Beyond Light expansion

That covers all the buffs and nerfs that have been confirmed for Destiny 2’s Season of the Splicer update. The developers will mainly focus on Fusion Rifles, Hand Cannons, and Shotguns.

While Shotguns are a popular pick, the developers hope to spotlight other weapons after the Season of the Splicer update goes live. We expect to see some interesting changes in the coming season.

We’ll keep checking for new developments regarding this and will be sure to update this article once something new is announced for Destiny 2 Season of the Splicer. As the season draws to a close, there’s still time to complete the weekly challenges.

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