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Festival of the Lost Announced

It’s spoopy time, Guardians!

Once again, the players of Destiny 2 will head into a Halloween (ish) event, but this time, there’s more to do than ever in the Festival of the Lost. Just ask the Shipwright herself:

I’ll be damned if we’re gonna sit around and mope all day—Cayde woulda hated that. So let’s have some fun, huh? Put on this mask, and go show the bad guys they can’t keep us down.” —Amanda Holliday

Amanda Holliday voice actress Courtenay Taylor

Beginning with the reset on Tuesday, October 16th, players will see a transformation to the Tower. Holliday has taken it on herself to raise the spirits of the Guardians following a pretty dark time in our history. The merriment will provide players with new Shipwright bounties that award Fragmented Souls. Rewards include Festival of the Lost masks and provide the path to the new Horror Story Legendary auto rifle.

Naturally, it can’t all be sparkles and engrams. This is Destiny. Hell, this is Forsaken! We can’t just shrug off the darkness. To that end, players will be introduced to a new area called The Haunted Forest. Players will be on a 15 minute timer with the challenge of diving as deep as possible in this new map. The warning provided by Bungie is simply “the deeper you go, the more difficult your job will become.”

The Haunted Forest can be played solo or with a fire team. Matchmaking is also available if it’s a challenge and you need some backup. The event takes place in the Infinite Forest, which was first introduced in the Curse of Osiris expansion pack. Note, that DLC is not required to participate in the Haunted Forest. The location will be accessible directly from the navigation menu and will not require the Mercury destination in order to access it.

Players will also get a new quest. The Guardians are tasked with avenging the death of Master Ives. (Ives was the cryptarch manning the Vestian Outpost in the Reef way back in the House of Wolves expansion.) The murder mystery hunt for his killers begins on Tuesday, October 30.

Guardians will also earn a new type of engram. Every time a player completes tasks and fills her xp bar, she will receive an Ephemeral Engram (once they’re at max character level.) This is in addition to the Steadfast Engram. Ephemeral Engrams are also available for purchase from Tess Everis in the Tower.

The festivities begin on October 16, the same date as the 2.0.4 update.

The Festival will continue through November 6.

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