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Destiny: The Taken King's raid will go live three days after the expansion

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Destiny: The Taken King's new raid, King's Fall, won't be available when the expansion launches Sept. 15. Instead, it will go live three days later on Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. PT, developer Bungie announced today.

King's Fall, in which Guardians will team up to take down the god Oryx once and for all, will be Destiny's third raid. It takes place on the Dreadnaught, Oryx's immense ship, which is situated among the rings of Saturn.

The original Destiny included one raid, the Vault of Glass on Venus, which went live Sept. 16, 2014 — one week after the game did. Destiny's first expansion, The Dark Below, included the game's second raid, Crota's End on the moon. Crota's End was available at the launch of The Dark Below on Dec. 9. Crota was the son of Oryx, and Oryx isn't pleased that you killed his son nine months ago.

Destiny players will want to make their Guardians as strong as possible before they tackle King's Fall. The Taken King raises the game's level cap from 34 to 40. But Bungie is divorcing your level from your Light in the expansion; your Light value will be a simple average of all of your weapons, armor and gear. So you'll need strong weapons and armor to kill Oryx.

Destiny: The Taken King launches Sept. 15. For more, check out our everything-you-need-to-know StoryStream.

Update: You can watch Bungie's teaser trailer for King's Fall above.

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