Deaf clan takes down Destiny 2’s Leviathan raid with ingenuity and determination


An 11-member Destiny 2 clan of deaf gamers has triumphed over Calus, the final boss in the game’s Leviathan raid. Destiny 2 players know much much in-game communication this requires, so this is quite a feat indeed.

The clan, deaferroralwaysfamous, accomplished this Thursday evening using pre-typed signals on the Glide video chat app and in-game signs indicating how to coordinate the attack on Calus.

Raiders know that in a battle partway through the boss fight, Calus will begin showing symbols on the center of his forehead. Three “Readers” on the team in an alternate realm are assigned to quickly call them out, so the “Puncher” can determine the correct attack to make on their side.

How did DEAF accomplish that? Ic3bear76, a clan admin, said they used Glide to quickly signal S for Sun, D for Dog, C for Cup or A for axe. “So 3 peop’e just type to call out. I'll know which to punch the bubble,” they said.

“Your method is actually probably more efficient than people actually talking and saying it,” replied redditor BROSHAMBO. “Most of the time we talk over one another and can't hear what people are calling out anyways or the microphones will cut out.”

The Gauntlet portion of the raid also requires coordination and communication. For their raid, DEAF had its ballcarriers jumping to signal shooting at the top gate, using a wave emote for the middle gate, and crouching for the bottom one. “Gauntlet and dogs are actually easier for us really,” Ic3bear76 said.

Polygon’s guides have much more on the strategy needed to get through one of the game’s centerpiece raids. Meantime, congratulations to icbear76 and the rest of the clan. It took them three months to pull it off, but at last they did.


This is awesome! As much as I love when multiplayer games introduce the need for communication, I wish they had more accessible in-game tools for this. Imagine a set of emotes (sun, moon, beast, cup) looted from the raid that would allow you to communicate your symbol without voice chat. Game developers are taking small steps toward accessibility with things like color blind modes, and I’m excited to see more.

I see a flaw in your plan to have them looted from the raid in that really you need them to complete the raid…

Soooo awesome. I love that gaming can’t be stopped by "disabilities" but in turn pushes people to discover new ways to play games!

Good article, and inspiring.

(One typo: "Destiny 2 players know much much in-game communication")

Also how did it take them 3 months to pull it off when the game hasn’t event been out for 2

Deaf AND time wizards?

That’s awesome. I’m a mute but not deaf; I built a rig to connect my iPad to my Xbox so I can use a TTS app to talk to people online. I do something similar with pre-recorded clips, but have yet to try the raid.

thats awesome!

The raid isn’t that bad, honestly if you’re just listening. If you have an experienced leader to do call outs, all you have to do is listen. Theres a lot of spots where you just need someone on add control taking down waves of enemies.


3 months eh? When did the game release again? And when did the raid become available to play?

I fuck up the gauntlet for my group constantly. I can’t imagine how well practiced these guys had to be.

You earned your rewards this week, Guardians!

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