Destiny 2: Vex Offensive Guide

Why are they covered in leaves? We don't know. But we do know how to kill 'em. Find out here.

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Wanna get started on the new Vex Offensive in Destiny 2: Shadowkeep? We got you covered.

Extra-dimensional robots are attacking the moon! For some reason. Really, nobody knows what the Vex are after as their ways remain mysterious and contradictory. All we know is that the Vex are strangely covered in leaves and branches and are looking to kick some tail.

So naturally, it’s up to the Guardians to kick it back and get some sweet loot while they’re at it.

However, starting the Vex Offensive questline isn’t entirely obvious. Never fear, for we're here to guide you each step of the way. Starting with getting this Eyes on the Moon directing out of the way.

Oh, and by the way, this quest is doable at power level 750, so even brand new players can get in on this action. There are some pretty sweet drops at the end of it too, so veteran players are also encouraged to take up arms against the oncoming Vex hoard.

Step 1: Go Talk To Ikora Rey

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In case you're new, she's in The Tower in the bazaar. Talk to her and you'll get the Vex Invasion quest, which tasks you with kill 100 Vex and 3 Gate Lords. Fair enough.

Step 2: Go To The Moon And Kill Some Vex

This is also not exactly straight forward, but it's relatively simple once you get the hang of it. Finding the Vex involves heading to one of three different Vex Invasion locations on the moon. They're marked by a Vex icon in the same relief as Lost Sectors, but they're not exactly precise. The actual Vex portal can appear anywhere around that location, so you might have to look around.

They're also not always active. You might have to head to a location and then wait a bit for the actual invasion to begin. You'll know you're in the right spot when you see a big blue electric ball in the sky with Vex all around it.

Vex Invasion Zone
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Now just get your murder on. Killing 100 Vex is simple enough, but Gate Lords are a bit more challenging. They're big, tough, and seem to spawn a bit randomly. You'll likely have to do multiple Invasions before you get all three. Also, they can sometimes escape, so best prioritize these targets first with your fireteam.

Step 3: Go To Eris Morn

Once you're done killing Vex, head to Eris Morn on the moon. You'd think you'd turn this quest in to Ikora, but no, Eris has more work for you. Specifically, the Vex Invasion arena with its attendant boss fight.

Step 4: Go To Vex Offensive, Kill Crotheon Gate Keeper

The Crotheon Gate Keeper isn't too long of a boss fight, but he is shielded, and that can artificially inflate your time-to-kill if you don’t know what you’re doing.

But first, you're going to need to kill a whole bunch more Vex. After you activate the marked platform, Vexi will spawn and continue to attack in waves until the platform charge gauge reaches 100%. That's about 5 minutes.

Next, 6 Oracles will appear and you'll need to kill them along with some Gate Technician Minotaurs. They'll drop a Void Cranium which you'll need to break the Oracles.

Continue forward following the path until you reach another platformed area. Repeat the earlier process of murdering Vex, Oracles, and Gate Technicians all in 5 minutes, only this time they'll be tougher and there will be 12 Oracles instead of 6. Then, it's on to the final showdown between your fireteam and the Crotheon Gate Keeper.

Once you enter the arena, Mr. Crotheon will make it clear that he's not happy with your presence. Sadly, he's also shielded, making it necessary to kill his Gate Technicians before taking it to Mr. Crotheon himself.

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The Gate Technicians are somewhat more powerful mobs that appear during the fight. Killing them causes them to drop their Void Craniums, which can then be picked up and aimed at the Crotheon like giant lasers. Keep the beam aimed at the Crotheon until his shield drops, then apply conventional damage liberally.

His shields will pop back up from time to time, requiring this process to be repeated. Keep doing it until he drops dead.

Step 5: Return To Ikora, Hand In Quest

Pulse Rifle
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Return to Ikora in The Tower and you're done! Only not really. She'll hand out a bunch of bounties where you can redo the Vex Offensive for more chances at loot, as well as offer some specific rewards if you provide the right components.

There are a ton of good things to grab, including a moss-covered Hand Cannon, Pulse Rifle, Scout Rifle, and Submachine Gun, plus a bunch of armor. All of it is good, so go get 'em!

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