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Destiny 2 guide: Inverted Spire strike

Watch us defeat the newest strike

Ryan Gilliam (he/him) has worked at Polygon for nearly seven years. He primarily spends his time writing guides for massively popular games like Diablo 4 & Destiny 2.

Destiny 2’s new Inverted Spire strike takes place on Nessus, a lush Vex world.

During the Destiny 2 beta, players were able to play the new Inverted Spire strike as many times as they wanted. For an entire playthrough of the strike from the perspective of a Danwblade Warlock from the Destiny 2 gameplay reveal event, check out our video below.

The descent

To start, you must make your way down the slope and interrupt a battle between the Vex and Cabal. After sending Ghost to investigate an anomaly, there is some familiar, Destiny platforming across some floating rocks. From here, leap into a massive cannon that will fling you across a cavern. The Cabal shows up and you will find another cannon.

After the landing, it is time to head farther down into the Inverted Spire. Guardians will run into an all-out Vex versus Cabal war. You’ll crash their party and continue through the caverns. Once on the other side, there’s more Cabal to fight. You’ll make your way down the platforming section and into the heart of the drilling site.

You’ll cross the giant battlefield and take out all of the enemies you see. Once you reach the Cabal beachhead, a large grouping of them will leap out at you. If you have any kind of roaming super (Striker Titan, Arcstrider Hunter, Dawnblade Warlock), now is the perfect time to unleash your ultimate strength on the enemy. To the left and the right of the battlefield will be two small, Cabal bunkers. You’ll fight your way into each and kill the drill officer inside. Once the officers have fallen, you’ll leap into the flaming cannons to find your way onto the drill.

Leap down onto the core to fight an onslaught of Cabal. Once the Transit System has been reset, you’ll take the flaming cannon into more caverns, clear them out and continue your descent. You’ll approach the new drill, but be careful to avoid the dangerous, spinning arms by sticking to the paths. This is harder than it sounds, as the aforementioned paths are full of enemies. Move slowly and be careful not to jump too often, as you will surely collide with a drill on accident. Drop down the hole at the end of the dig site and follow the path until you reach the boss arena.

Protheon, Modular Mind boss fight

The arena will explode with lasers and gunfire from all kinds of Vex. Dance around the arena, prioritizing safety over damage. When you can, try and get a shot onto the boss’ head. Once its health has fallen by about 1/3 it will dissolve the floor, plummeting you to a new, smaller arena.

The first phase of the fight is far easier than the second. Once you have dropped down, the boss will start making part of the arena explode. This is very difficult to avoid, so make sure you are jumping around the arena, as to not get shot into the air. While this section may seem difficult, there is a way to avoid much movement at all. Around the arena are small pylons, each with a wall jutting out of them. Most of the pylons are very tall, however two of them are short enough to shoot over. Jump onto the wall behind these pylons and stand to attack the boss. When you need to reload or heal up, simply crouch and wait. Keep an eye out for Vex on either side and the boss will drop to the third phase in no time at all.

With about half of its health left, the floor will disappear for a final time and your fire team, along with the boss, will fall. This arena is smaller than before and the boss will now spend most of its time in the lava-like pool (made of Arc) around you.

This last section can get a little hectic. Hide behind the limited cover and keep attacking the boss. If you are a Warlock, equip your Riskrunner and dip into the Arc pool to activate its passive, allowing you to do a lot of damage very quickly. When the boss’ health gets very low, its head will explode and the weak spot in its stomach will be exposed. It will now start wondering the map. Stay away from it by jumping to the other side of the island or to the even smaller island in the Arc pool. Play keep-away long enough to attack the boss’ gut a few times and watch the fireworks as it explodes into a flurry of loot.

Congratulations Guardian, mission accomplished.

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