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Destiny 2 guide: Invitation of the Nine

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A Nine-week quest

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In Destiny 2: Season of the Drifter, Bungie is unfurling a new quest with Drifter and the Nine: Invitation of the Nine. According to the This Week at Bungie blog from March 14, Invitation of the Nine is nine weeks long, beginning on March 15.

Each week, Xur will bring a new Invitation of the Nine to purchase. Buying the invitation will set you on a trip around the solar system. Completing it will reward you with a powerful piece of gear and new story information.

We’ve broken down our tips for each quest here, and we’ll continue to update this guide every week as more content becomes available.

Week 1: March 15

This week, Xur invites you to visit the Nine. They’ll show you visions of how they first struck a deal with Drifter.

The World

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Buy the Invitation of the Nine from Xur on Titan — it’ll set you back nine Legendary Shards. The Nine want you to kill Cabal, Taken, and Fallen. Killing them has a chance to drop metaphysical samples, and you need nine from each race. You’ll also need to complete the Lake of Shadows Strike.

Select Lake of Shadows from the EDZ map first. Complete the Strike, and you’ll likely have gathered all nine Taken samples. If not, you can run the Strike again or wait for the Taken Public Event in the Gulch.

To get the other two races, you can go nearly anywhere in the EDZ. Trostland is great for both Fallen and Cabal. Outskirts is good for Fallen only. Winding Cove, Firebase Hades, and Sunken Isles are full of Cabal.

When you’ve collected enough samples, you’ll get a new invitation from the Nine. Your Invitation of the Nine will become a new bounty in your Pursuits called Into the Unknown.

Mystery and Potential 1

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Select the Mystery and Potential node under the Reckoning in the Gambit menu to complete your new quest.

Go through the portal, and jump into the void like you would in Reckoning. Speak with the Emissary, and learn how Drifter got the ice ball attached to his ship.

You’ll get a powerful piece of gear and a cool cutscene as a reward.

If you stop back by Drifter, he’ll have some choice words about the visions the Nine showed you aboard the Derelict.

Week 2: March 22

This week, Xur invites you to visit the Nine. They’ll show you visions about who the Emissary of the Nine is and what she once was.

Justice

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Buy the Invitation of the Nine from Xur in the EDZ — it’ll set you back nine Legendary Shards. The Nine wants you to kill Hive and Fallen on Titan, and collect samples they drop on death. You need nine from each race. You’ll also need to complete the Savathun’s Song Strike.

Go to Titan, and select the Savathun’s Song Strike. Depending on which Strike variant you get, you’ll likely be able to collect quite a few Hive and Fallen samples.

When the Strike is over, pick a drop location on Titan to finish gathering samples. Fallen and Hive are everywhere on Titan. Hive are a bit harder to find in the open world. If you’re missing samples from them, replay the Cargo Bay 3 Lost Sector until you’re done. You should have no trouble finding Fallen on The Rig or Siren’s Watch.

When you’ve collected enough samples, you’ll get a new invitation from the Nine. Your Invitation of the Nine will become a new bounty in your Pursuits called Into the Unknown.

Mystery and Potential 2

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Select the Mystery and Potential node under The Reckoning in the Gambit menu to complete your new quest.

Go through the portal, and jump into the void like you would in The Reckoning. The Emissary will be right in front of you, speaking to the Nine on a cliff side. Eavesdrop on their conversation to learn more about her history.

You’ll get a powerful piece of gear as a reward.

Drifter has nothing new to say this week.

Week 3: March 29

This week, Xur invites you to visit the Nine. They’ll show you visions about Queen Mara, and her potential fate.

The High Priestess

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Buy the Invitation of the Nine from Xur in the Tower — it’ll set you back nine Legendary Shards. The Nine wants you to kill Fallen, Vex, and Cabal on Nessus. You need to collect samples they drop on death — nine from each race. You’ll also need to complete the Inverted Spire Strike.

Go to Nessus, and select the Inverted Spire Strike on the left. Depending on which Strike variant you get, you’ll likely be able to collect quite a few Vex and Cabal samples.

When the Strike is over, pick a race to go after. For Vex, drop in Artifact’s Edge and complete The Orrery Lost Sector. For Cabal, drop in The Cistern and complete The Conflux Lost Sector. For Fallen, drop on the Exodus Black and do The Rift Lost Sector.

When you’ve collected nine samples for each, and beaten the strike, you’ll get a new invitation from the Nine. Your Invitation of the Nine will become a new bounty in your Pursuits called Into the Unknown.

Mystery and Potential 3

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Select the Mystery and Potential node under The Reckoning in the Gambit menu to complete your new quest.

Go through the portal, and jump into the void like you would in The Reckoning. The Emissary will be right in front of you, speaking to the Nine on a cliff side. Eavesdrop on their conversation to learn more about the Nine’s plans with Mara.

You’ll get a powerful piece of gear as a reward.

The Drifter has nothing new to say this week.

Week 4: April 5

This week, Xur invites you to visit the Nine. They’ll show you visions about a mysterious figure.

The Magician

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Buy the Invitation of the Nine from Xur on Titan — it’ll set you back nine Legendary Shards. The Nine want you to kill Taken, Vex, and Cabal on Io. You need to collect samples they drop on death — nine from each race. You’ll also need to complete the The Pyramidion Strike.

Go to Io, and select The Pyramidion on the left. When the Strike is over, pick a race to go after. For Vex and Taken, you can go pretty much anywhere on Io. The Grove of Ulan-Tan Lost Sector is a good Lost Sector to farm Vex kills in. The Sanctum of Bones Lost Sector is good for Taken.

Getting Cabal samples on Io is the real problem here — they’re not particularly plentiful on the planet. Despite the quest text asking you to do it on Io, you can get samples from anywhere in Destiny 2. Head to Firebase Hades in the EDZ to get some easy Cabal samples.

When you’ve collected nine samples for each race and beaten the Strike, you’ll get a new invitation from the Nine. Your Invitation of the Nine will become a new bounty in your Pursuits called Into the Unknown.

Mystery and Potential 4

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Select the Mystery and Potential node under The Reckoning in the Gambit menu to complete your new quest.

Go through the portal, and jump into the void like you would in The Reckoning. You’ll be back in the pit, standing on a Gambit coin. Jump up the coins around the inverted pyramid. You’ll come across The Emissary again. She’ll be having another tense conversation with the Nine. Listen in.

You’ll get a Powerful piece of gear as a reward.

The Drifter has some interesting information to dish out this week. Stop by and see him in the Tower to learn more about The Emissary.

Week 5: April 12

This week, Xur invites you to visit the Nine. They’ll show you visions that seem to be about Mara Sov.

Strength

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Buy the Invitation of the Nine from Xur in the Tower — it’ll set you back nine Legendary Shards. The Nine wants you to kill Vex, Cabal, and Hive on Mercury. You need to collect samples they drop on death — nine from each race. You’ll also need to complete the Garden World Strike.

Go to Mercury, and select A Garden World on the bottom left. When the Strike is over, pick a race to go after. For Vex and Cabal, you can pretty much wander around Mercury. The planet is small and both of those enemies are everywhere.

The Hive are a lot harder to get samples from here, and you may find yourself a little lost on where to go. For this quest, you can only get Hive samples from the Bug in the System Adventure. Head up to the Lighthouse and pick up the Adventure from Brother Vance. Complete it, and you’ll hopefully come out with at least nine samples.

When you’ve collected nine samples for each race and beaten the Strike, you’ll get a new invitation from the Nine. Your Invitation of the Nine will become a new bounty in your Pursuits called Into the Unknown.

Mystery and Potential 5

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To complete your new quest, select the Mystery and Potential node under The Reckoning in Gambit’s menu.

Go through the portal, and jump into the void like you would in The Reckoning. You’ll be in the bridge section of The Reckoning map. The Emissary is floating right in front of you. Walk up to her, and listen in on her very short, strange conversation.

You’ll get a Powerful piece of gear as a reward.

The Drifter has nothing new to say this week.

Week 6: April 19

This week, Xur invites you to visit the Nine. They’ll show you visions of Drifter and his old friend, Orin.

The Twins

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Buy the Invitation of the Nine from Xur in the EDZ — it’ll set you back nine Legendary Shards. The Nine wants you to kill Cabal and Hive on Mars. You need to collect samples they drop on death — nine from each race. You’ll also need to complete the Strange Terrain Strike.

Go to Mars, and select Strange Terrain at the bottom. When the Strike is over, pick a race to go after. Cabal and Hive are the dominant races on Mars, so finding either isn’t hard. If you don’t manage to get all nine Hive samples from the Strike, we recommend farming the Core Terminus Lost Sector in the Braytech Futurescape. If you’re missing Cabal, farm the Ma’adim Subterrane Lost Sector in the Glacial Drift.

When you’ve collected nine samples for each race and beaten the Strike, you’ll get a new invitation from the Nine. Your Invitation of the Nine will become a new bounty in your Pursuits called Into the Unknown.

Mystery and Potential 6

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To complete your new quest, select the Mystery and Potential node under The Reckoning in Gambit’s menu.

Go through the portal, and jump into the void like you would in The Reckoning. You’ll be in the Flawless area from Trials of the Nine. The giant Emissary will show you reflections of her past self, Orin, having a chat with Drifter.

You’ll get a Powerful piece of gear as a reward.

The Drifter has nothing new to say this week.

Week 7: May 7

Buy the Invitation of the Nine from Xur — it’ll set you back nine Legendary Shards. The Nine wants you to kill Scorn, Hive, and Vex in the Tangled Shore. You need to collect samples they drop on death — nine from each race. You’ll also need to complete the Hallowed Lair Strike.

Go to the Tangled Shore, and select Hallowed Lair at the bottom. When the Strike is over, focus on the Hive, which you can find in the Jetsam of Saturn. You’ll likely already have all the Scorn samples from one run.

That leaves the Vex, which is where this quest step gets complicated. The only location the Vex appear on the Tangled Shore is in the Warden of Nothing Strike. Complete the strike and focus on killing as many Vex as possible. It took us two runs to earn all nine samples.

When you’ve collected nine samples for each race and beaten the Strike, you’ll get a new invitation from the Nine. Your Invitation of the Nine will become a new bounty in your Pursuits called Into the Unknown.

Mystery and Potential 7

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To complete your new quest, select the Mystery and Potential node under The Reckoning in Gambit’s menu.

Go through the portal, and jump into the void like you would in The Reckoning. You’ll be in the Flawless area from Trials of the Nine. The giant Emissary will show you reflections of her past self, Orin, having a chat with Drifter.

You’ll get a Powerful piece of gear as a reward.

The Drifter has nothing new to say this week.

Week 8: May 10

Buy the Invitation of the Nine from Xur — it’ll set you back nine Legendary Shards. The Nine want you to kill Scorn, Hive, and Taken in the Dreaming City. You need to collect samples they drop on death — nine from each race. You’ll also need to complete The Corrupted Strike.

Go to the Dreaming City, and select The Corrupted at the top right. When the Strike is over, focus on the Scorn, which you can find in the Bay of Drowned Wishes Lost Sector. You’ll likely already have all the Taken samples after the Strike.

The Hive doesn’t have a Lost Sector in the Dreaming City. To gather Hive samples, we recommend spawning into the Divalian Mists over and over until you have them all.

When you’ve collected nine samples for each race and beaten the Strike, you’ll get a new invitation from the Nine. Your Invitation of the Nine will become a new bounty in your Pursuits called Into the Unknown.

Mystery and Potential 8

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To complete your new quest, select the Mystery and Potential node under The Reckoning in Gambit’s menu.

Go through the portal, and jump into the void like you would in The Reckoning. You’ll be in the Flawless area from Trials of the Nine. The giant Emissary will show you reflections of her current self having a chat with Drifter for the first time. If you look close, you’ll even get to see a glimpse of the pyramid ships from the end of Destiny 2.

You’ll get a Powerful piece of gear as a reward.

The Drifter has nothing new to say this week.

Week 9: May 17

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Buy the Invitation of the Nine from Xur — it’ll set you back nine Legendary Shards.

Unlike previous Invitations, the Nine want you to take out fellow Guardians. You need to complete three Quickplay, Rumble, and Competitive Crucible matches.

As of this writing, Rumble matches count as Quickplay and Rumble simultaneously. If you don’t love PvP, just do three Rumble matches to beat the quest.

When you’re done with Rumble and Quickplay, jump into three Competitive matches.

When your matches are all done, the Invitation of the Nine will become a new bounty in your Pursuits called Into the Unknown.

Mystery and Potential 9

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To complete your new quest, select the Mystery and Potential node under The Reckoning in Gambit’s menu.

Go through the portal, and jump into the void like you would in The Reckoning. You’ll be in the Flawless area from Trials of the Nine. The giant Emissary will speak to you directly this time. Walk forward and experience the vision. You’ll get a new cutscene and a glimpse of a future enemy.

You’ll get a Powerful piece of gear as a reward.

The Drifter would like a word after your final encounter with the Emissary. Go chat with him in the Tower for some clarification.