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Destiny Crota’s End Hard Mode Details

Destiny Crota’s End Hard Mode Details

by Marc DuportJanuary 16, 2015
Destiny Crota’s End Hard Mode Details
Hard Mode for Crota’s End is ready. We know you are, too. The first Fireteam to sink their teeth (and their sword) into the final boss (and by opposing, end him) will set the pace. We’ll be watching. We might even send the World First finishers some swag from the Bungie Store.


Wednesday, January 21st – 10AM* Pacific
*(or soon after if we need more time to load the starting pistol)


To the Moon!
Access the Raid by selecting the activity in your Director, and choosing the harder difficulty. With the release of Hard Mode, Level 33 is the new bar to clear. Configure those upgrades and get mean.


I can’t give you a playbook for how to end Crota this time. You don’t need my help, anyway. If you’ve experienced Hard Mode in Vault of Glass, you have some clues for how we can scale up a Raid. Prepare to take better care of your teammates. You’ll have fewer options for healing yourself, and each other. The enemies you’re about to face are stronger and more prone to temper tantrums. Be brave!


Loot! Aside from the usual thrill of battling aliens with your favorite weapons and your most trusted allies, Hard Mode beckons with treasures all its own. We reserved some coveted rewards for the best raiders among you. Killing Crota will give you all a fighting chance to earn them. Check out the hardware:


Primary Weapons of every variety can be plundered from the Hellmouth. With the application of some loving care and Radiant Materials, each has the potential to reach Maximum Attack of 331.


“We will not go quietly.”


“This is the shape and the point of the tooth: nothing has ever lived that will not die.”


“The light of the will of Crota shines down like a vast and inverse sun.”


“There was life, and He spoke unto it, and it was silent, and lived no more.”


Don’t forget that Hard Mode is also the only place to obtain “Crux of Crota,” the final piece needed to upgrade the Eidolon Ally (the gun formerly known as Husk of the Pit) to its full, Necrochasmic glory.

“Eternity is very close. Can you feel yourself slipping?”




That’s Bane of the Dark Gods, in orbit over its port of origin.


When people see you fly this baby, they’ll say “You came in that thing? You’re braver than I thought…”




Finally, there’s also a Hard Mode Exclusive color palette for your gear. It’s called Glowhoo. The first of you to earn it gets to show it off.


On Your Marks!
Tuesday, January 20th
Update will set the table. Patch Notes will be published when it’s available for download.


Get Set!
Wednesday, January 21st 
Follow us on Twitter. There will be a manual start for Hard Mode. I’ll swing from vine to vine in our studio and give you a glimpse at what it’s like when we push big red buttons. Our target will be 10AM Pacific (West Coast). Just like you, we hit most of what we shoot for. Nevertheless, stay tuned.


As always, we’ll be watching, and waiting for a band of hellraising heroes to emerge. Bungie User Research will be on hand to ratify the results.


Good luck. I do hope you’ll need it.




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