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Destiny 2’s first raid boss destroyed by a two-man team

Encounter was designed for six high-level players

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Destiny 2’s first raid, called Leviathan, is an absolute beast. As designed, it requires careful coordination and the right combination of gear for a team of six high-level players. But late last week, the final boss was defeated by an enterprising team of two.

It’s a tremendous run, which we’ve embedded above, and clocks in under 15 minutes. As someone who spent three very long nights last week trying to beat it, I learned a lot.

What follows are spoilers for the Leviathan raid in Destiny 2.

The trick that makes this run possible comes thanks to Adnan Özsarigöl, who posted a how-to on YouTube. He showed how to solo the raid’s so-called “Shadow Realm” by scooting all the way to the right side of the level and pushing forward to get stuck up against the terrain. Once lodged there, the projection of Calus can’t pull you in.

One of the players in this video, who goes by Cookiez, uses that strategy to great effect. Once in place, he’s able to shoot every enemy on the board right in the back at a leisurely pace.

The Leviathan raid as a whole is one of the very finest raids that Bungie has ever made. If you’re closing in on level 280, check out our guide.

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