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Destiny 2's new Root of Nighmares raid has launched, day one raid race is underway

by: Russell -
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Players who own the new Lightfall expansion for Destiny 2 can now participate in the new raid Root of Nightmares. As per tradition the Day One Raid Race is currently underway with thousands of players attempting to clear the new raid. Those participating in the race will encounter the raid on Contest Mode meaning they'll have 48 hours to clear the raid for exclusive rewards. The catch is that the power level will be capped at 20 under each encounter with the max power being 1780 (ie. anything over that won't matter, so there's no difference between a guardian at 1780 and a guardian at 1810). However, winning the race will grant each member of the fire team a Worlds First title belt for the raid.

If you want to keep tabs on the race you can head on over to Twitch Rivals.

Destiny 2: Lightfall’s New Raid, Root of Nightmares, Launches Today 
Fireteams around the globe will be competing for the title of World First

Hello Eric,

Destiny 2: Lightfall will be opening the gates to the new raid, Root of Nightmares, at 9 AM PST today. In this raid, a team of six guardians must confront the ancient threat growing at their doorstep, ferried from an unknown time and place. The Root of Nightmares raid is available to all Destiny 2: Lightfall owners.

Fireteams competing for the World First title and aspiring to earn exclusive rewards in Contest will have 48 hours to complete the raid with the requirements below:
  • The raid will launch with Contest Mode enabled for 48 hours starting at 9 AM PST
  • Power is capped at 20 under each encounter, with 1780 being the maximum Power
  • The first group to complete every encounter, loot the final chest, and return to orbit will earn the title of World First
    • All six members of the fireteam will receive World First title belts
  • Everyone who completes the raid in Contest Mode within 48 hours will receive an exclusive emblem
Alongside the raid launch, Bungie is teaming up with Twitch Rivals for the Destiny 2: Lightfall World First Race. Twitch Drops will be enabled, granting viewers of the raid race an exclusive emblem if they watch the Twitch Rivals stream for at least two hours, which they can tune into here.

Guardians who complete the raid before March 21 will be able to purchase the Root of Nightmares Raid Jacket, and the corresponding Raid Pin will be available throughout Season of Defiance. These items can be purchased via Bungie Rewards.

About Destiny 2

Destiny 2 is one of the world’s most popular first-person shooter video games and action MMOs. Developed and published by Bungie — the iconic studio behind the Halo franchise and classic titles MythOni, and Marathon — Destiny 2 tasks players with defending humanity and exploring the mysteries of the solar system. Players embody Guardians, who wield powerful elemental abilities. Players can select from multiple classes, upgrade and swap elemental subclasses, as well as outfit themselves with a variety of customizable weapons and gear to suit their aesthetic and playstyle. 

Destiny 2 features responsive first-person shooter combat, an engrossing cinematic story, challenging co-op quests, and a variety of PvP and PvE modes playable solo or with friends — with cross-platform play also supported.

Since its launch in 2017, Destiny 2 has received yearly expansions that progress the story forward, add a wealth of additional content, and further refine the gameplay experience for its passionate community of players. Quarterly Seasons introduce additional objectives and challenges for players to best, including dungeons and raids that offer powerful rewards. Lightfall, the penultimate chapter of Destiny 2's Light and Darkness saga, launched on February 28, 2023.

Destiny 2 is available on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, and Windows PC via Steam, the Epic Games Store, and the Microsoft Store. For more information, please visit destinythegame.com.