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Destiny 2 has its own vocabulary, here’s what you need to know for today’s raid

How to tell a dunk from a hole in your adds

Destiny 2 - four Guardians mug for the camera before a Crucible match Bungie/Activision
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In order to do well in today’s first Destiny 2 raid players will need to be able to communicate effectively. That means newbies, like me, must follow directions and be in the right place at the right time. To help with that, the Destiny community has its own vocabulary.

I’ve been hearing some of this language in fits and starts during Nightfall missions with friends. Thanks to Redditor LondonDude123 and others on the Destiny subreddit for putting it all down in one place for me. Some groups may use different turns of phrase, but this should at least get you started. Good luck out there.

  • Wipe: If you hear your raid leader call a wipe, you need to die as quickly as possible. Once every member of the fireteam is dead, that will reset some encounters. It’s key to moving quickly through timed missions, so know when to hold the line and when the throw yourself on your power sword.
  • DPS/Damage Phase: If you’ve made the trek up to 260 power, you should know by now that some enemies are invulnerable for a time. This is doubly true of bosses. If you hear DPS or damage phase called during a match, turn and fire at the big bad. Every round counts.
  • Adds: These are the mobs, or additional enemies, that surround most bosses. They’ll come in waves, and a good raid leader will know when to turn their attention to thinning the herd before moving on the boss.
  • Dunk/Slam: Many high-end missions will have physical objects that need to be deposited in a receptacle, like a fusion core into a generator. When someone calls the dunk, protect them. They will need to drop their weapon for a time to get the job done.
  • Enrage: Some bosses have multiple attack modes, the most challenging of which is called enrage. When the timer ticks down, the boss will become much more deadly. The goal is to draw down their health before the enrage timer clicks over, making your life as a guardian much more difficult.

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