How to conquer the Pit of Heresy dungeon in Destiny 2

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Need a Destiny 2 Pit of Heresy guide? We’ve got you covered with a breakdown for your next dungeon crawl, the second of its kind in Destiny 2. This is a pinnacle three-guardian event where players will be tested on both mechanics and stamina. So, here is my full Pit of Heresy tutorial.

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How to start Destiny 2 Pit of Heresy

Before Eris even thinks about letting you into the Abyss of Heresy, you’ll have to run her a little errand, called Deep Awakening. That means you will have to participate in the new Moon activity, which is basically a combination of the Blind Well and the Escalation Protocol, but with Hive.

This event requires players to defeat five waves of enemies and then a boss. As it takes place in Sorrow’s Harbor, you will find yourself fighting shoulder to shoulder with many fellow Guardians. If you manage to complete all five full waves the first time, you will have more than fulfilled Eris’s request and will receive decent loot for your efforts.


Make sure you have the correct power level first. The Well of Heresy is a power level 940 (PL) event and that certainly feels justified. In terms of enemies, you can exclusively expect the hive, but not champions. That means you can prioritize sun damage for witch shields and mods for extra damage against bosses, which you will definitely need.

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Teams can be just as flexible, but the proven Izanagi’s Burden / Recluse / Whatever Grenade Launcher combination you prefer works well. That said, no one will care if one of her Fireteam wants to show her Divinity. Additionally, each encounter features a rally barricade at its starting point, so stock up on those too, if you haven’t already.

First meet

The first encounter is all about matching the correct runes and using a relic to defeat enemies with unique interactions. There are several towers built on the face of the mountain in the first area. Each tower has a Hive rune on top that is used to navigate this stage.

To find out which runes to look for, you must leave the cliff and enter the first tower. Here you must kill a group of enemies and gain access to a room with a Knight. Defeating him rewards you with a relic and a sight of three runes.

Third encounter

The third encounter in Destiny 2 Pit of Heresy is largely a wave defense activity with a debuff mechanic. There is a large wall protected by six hive runes in the center of the room. Your goal is to destroy them.

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My team worked in rotation – we placed one of us outside the gate to kill aggregates that spawn over the area and fired devastating shots. Then we switched each time one of us deposited an orb. When you have deposited all six, the encounter is over and you can fight your way through the door.

Fourth meeting

Now you come across a jumping puzzle and another set of runes protecting another door. This time you must carefully jump around the ledges and platforms within the area while looking for more towers with runes that match the ones on the new gate.

When you locate one of these towers, you will have to kill a wizard from the hive that is inside and the enemies that surround it. When you clean the area, the rune disappears. Your biggest hurdle is the platforms here, so equip mobility-friendly gear or change your jump for this section.

Final phase

The fifth and final phase of the Pit of Heresy is a big boss phase reminiscent of some of the previous encounters. You must kill knights to obtain relics and submerge more empty orbs, all while the dungeon boss launches projectiles.

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