The Vault of Glass in Destiny is widely considered the most prestigious activity. The amount of skill, communication and coordination required to survive this raid is unmatched. The good news for players thinking of attempting it, however, is that with each passing day there's more information coming down the line, including these tips to help you prepare.
This is not a full walkthrough of the raid, but we won't leave you hanging, at the bottom of the article you'll find two videos by LevelCap that will help you with each phase of the process.
Good luck, Guardian.
Must Be Level 26 or Higher
Before you even begin, you’ll want to grind to at least Level 26, but it is recommended that you are Level 28 or higher for optimal success. The reason for this comes down to some of the enemies at the end of the raid who are Level 28. You see, when you engage an enemy who is a higher level than you, the damage you deal that adversary is reduced significantly. Although it is possible to complete the raid at Level 26, it wouldn't hurt to have at least one or two Level 28 try-hards in your Fireteam.
Purchase Ammo Synthesis
Most players who are a high enough rank to take a crack at the Vault of Glass will likely be fairly familiar with Ammo Synthesis and the Gunsmith, but in case you're not, allow us to elaborate. The Gunsmith can be found in the Tower, and aside from weapons, he will sell Guardians Ammo Synthesis to replenish their weapons during battle. Most of the time this isn't necessary since ammunition is readily available from the foes that are slain, but in the Vault of Glass, Guardians can't frolick around the war zone looking for bullets every five minutes. That's just asking for trouble. Players should stock up on all three ammunition types before they start the raid.
Communication and Coordination
These two concepts are key to success in any team based activity, and makes us a little sad that we even have to mention it.
Before players attempt the Vault of Glass, it's imperative that they team up with five people that they know, can trust and are able to communicate with. For most, this might be accomplished by using the in-game chat feature with their platform of choice, but for us, this is done via TeamSpeak. It doesn't really matter which option players go for, just so long as it works and they can communicate with the rest of the Fireteam.
In terms of coordination, the six-person Fireteam will want to pair up in three groups of two. Back in the days of SOCOM: US Navy SEALs, we used to call these groups swim buddies, but the important thing is that this buddy system works. Players who frequently play together and understand each other's habits and tendencies should pair up, and pairing up two weak players should be avoided if at all possible. For example, if the Fireteam is made up of four people who completed the Vault of Glass and two that haven't, don't stick the two noobs together. Still, don't be afraid to stack one pair with highly skilled players, either.
Bring Void Damage
When choosing which guns to bring to the big fight, players should focus on weapons that deal Void damage. This is due to the fact that throughout the raid, several enemies will have shields, and it just so happens that those shields can be taken down by using Void damage. If players are not entirely sure which one is Void damage (color blind) it's the icon that looks like a swirl. Guardians can verify that a weapon deals this damage by looking at the bottom left corner of the HUD. If they see the Void damage symbol next to the images of the weapons, all systems are good to go.
Load Up on Bounties
This is more of a bonus tip than anything, but it's also important to mention that players shouldn't load up on Bounties that require them to switch up their play-style to something they aren't comfortable with or used to. Should the Bounty Tracker offer some generic quests that won't interfere with the Vault of Glass, feel free to pick them up, but players need to make sure their focus is first and foremost on completing the raid, with completing Bounties a distant thought.
Study Vault of Glass Gameplay
We mentioned this wasn't a walkthrough, but it doesn't hurt to provide Guardians with additional resources to help them prepare.
Just like any major sport, watching gameplay is key in success or failure, and with the Vault of Glass, it's nearly essential if players don't have a guide who completed the raid. With that in mind, check out these two videos by LevelCap, both of which will help any Fireteam plan out the best approach to Destiny's most intimidating event.
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