The Festival of the Lost has brought plenty of tricks in Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, but it's also brought some treats. We're talking about a new Exotic weapon quest, and it looks like it's going to be a pretty difficult one to get if you're running low on patience. If you think you're up for the challenge, though, check out our Xenophage Destiny 2 guide where we'll show you how to get this new Exotic.

Xenophage Destiny 2 Guide: What is the Xenophage?

The Xenophage is a new Exotic machine gun which has the following effects:

  • Pyrotoxin Rounds - fires explosive ammunition
  • Rangefinder - aiming it will boost its range and magnification

It looks pretty damn cool, and we reckon it's definitely going to pack a punch. It might have a small magazine in comparison to other weapons, but each bullet is definitely going to feel like it counts. In any regard, weapons introduced with events are always a collector's dream in Destiny 2 so you won't want to miss out on this one. 

Xenophage Destiny 2 Guide: Quest Walkthrough

There's a number of steps in the Xenophage Destiny 2 quest to complete if you're wanting to add this Exotic machine gun. However, picking it up might require some detective work. To get the first part of the quest chain, you're going to have to go to Pyramid Overlook. The trusty portal next to where Eris Morn usually is will get you there.

Once you're at the Overlook, you'll have to find four Hive statues and interact with them. It might take a few goes since you have to interact them in a specific order - we did this by interacting with all four in a clockwise direction facing the pyramid. However, the community has reported a bunch of other variations, so honestly you can whack away at them til they spawn a chest. Opening the chest will give you a quest called The Journey. 

Xenophage Destiny 2 Guide - Emergence

Once you've got this quest, you'll be tasked with going to the Anchor of Light and taking a light orb to six different locations, or ritual plates. You'll have a short amount of time to do this, so you're going to want to be efficient and map out the locations first.

If you navigate to your map and look for the Anchor of Light text label in the area, the six different plates are arranged in a loose triangle around the text, with one of them being right in the middle. Once that's done, the next part of the quest will activate. 

Xenophage Destiny 2 Guide - Pathfinder

At this part of the quest, it becomes a matter of collecting fragments from different iconic locations on the Moon that you'll already be familiar with. You'll have to solve puzzles in the four Lost Sectors of the Archer's Line, Hellmouth, K1 Communion and Sorrow's Harbor.

Each Lost Sector will have Hive runes on its walls where the bosses were. You'll be looking at a grid-based puzzle to solve each time, and the trick to each one is that all nine tiles per grid have to match the specific rune that's displayed against each respective grid. If you're not wanting to figure it out, we've got the order that you need to interact with each rune in each grid via shooting to achieve the right outcome.

  • Archer's Line - top left, bottom left, center, middle right
  • K1 Communion - bottom left, bottom right, top middle, top middle
  • Hellmouth - top right, middle left, center, bottom middle, bottom right, bottom right, bottom middle, bottom middle
  • Sorrow's Harbor - middle left, center, center, middle left, middle top, middle bottom, center, middle right

Xenophage Destiny 2 Guide - Path Uncovered

Once you've solved those puzzles, you'll be onto the next part of the Xenophage Destiny 2 quest chain. This will involve you going into the Pit of Heresy dungeon - if you need to unlock it, we have a guide for that too

What you need to do once you're in the Pit of Heresy is keep an eye out after the first encounter. There will be two structures by the first encounter devoid of Hive symbols, though there will be mysterious glyphs on them. Shoot the glyphs to spawn a Knight, then finish it and the first encounter off before interacting with another thing that's missing symbols - a door. It'll be on a wall chock full of other doors and symbols, so it'll stand out.

Xenophage Destiny 2 Guide - The Pariah

While you're still inside the dungeon, keep moving through it til you reach the encounter with the Pariah Ogre. You're going to want to take some precautionary steps before the final fight, as follows:

  1. Head to the cliffs by the encounter with the Pariah Ogre
  2. Jump off and then slowly make your way to the edge where you'll find a plate
  3. Stand on this plate and three platforms will spawn
  4. Pick up the light on the third platform and dunk it by the door that has braziers in the nearby tunnels

Now, this is a two-parter. Once you hit the final boss, you're going to have to play a game of match. There will be different orbs in the room, and each is a different element - Arc, Solar, Void, and Kinetic. You have to pick up the orbs and bring them to the plate that corresponds with their element. Each time you do this, you're going to get a buff that will let you damage the boss so long as you're using a weapon of that corresponding element. Matching the Solar orb and plate will allow you to do Solar damage to the boss. Match all the orbs and use the chance to whittle down their health until you've downed them for this final step.

Once you've completed all the steps above that we've listed in our Xenophage Destiny 2 guide, then you can head back to Eris Morn and pick up the Exotic weapon that you've rightfully earned after all your hard work. Need a hand with anything else in Destiny 2: Shadowkeep? You can check out these other guides:

Master of Disguise Destiny 2 Triumph Guide - Festival of the Lost 

Where is the Haunted Forest in Destiny 2: Shadowkeep? 

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