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If you thought the King's Fall raid in the recently released The Taken King expansion for Destiny was too freaking easy, well Bungie has news for you: Hard mode is coming soon. How soon? Well, it will arrive on Friday, October 23rd next week.
Over on the official Bungie website they announced a couple of new things for Destiny, the popular, sci-fi, first-person shooter. The update on the page talks about a few bug fixes and what they have planned for some of the sub-classes. However, the real meat and potatoes of the discussion is the hard mode difficulty setting for the King's Fall raid for The Taken King.
The King's Fall is a multi-stage raid that ends with a giant battle against the Taken's Oryx. It's no walk in the park and the battle is long, hard, challenging and extremely difficult as it is. It requires a lot of teamwork and a multi-phase process of chipping away the damage of Oryx in order to defeat him. It originally took some players literally all day long to finally take down Oryx in an epic fashion, using a mix of orbs, teamwork, weapons and tactical strategy to beat the boss.
If it took some of the best players more than five hours to defeat him, I can only imagine how long it will take to defeat him on the hard difficulty setting.
Of course, a lot of it will depend on what kind of gear players are equipped with and how they work together to beat Oryx. In the standard raid it's a bit unlike previous Destiny bosses because timing is key. Raiding parties will have limited windows to put in a lot oDPS on Oryx during short spurts when he shows his vulnerability. Bungie doesn't detail exactly what kind of dangers players will encounter with the hard mode, but they do make it known that you will need to prepare and prepare diligently if you want to beat the new difficulty setting.
The only useful hints they give on the update page are as follows...
Right about now, some of you are wondering what you can do to prepare. We won’t give you hints, but we’ll plot the difficulty incline. Recommended Light for Hard Mode is 300 – 320. The loot that will drop will be between 310 – 320. Gear up and mark your calendars.
So there you go. If you don't already have level 310 gear you're likely to get it from the run. If you don't have light level 300 gear, then you're going to need it to fight Oryx. And as mentioned, unlike previous bosses in Destiny, you will need that gear at its highest level because otherwise you won't be able to commit to the level of DPS you need during the very brief window of opportunity afforded to players when Oryx opens his chest. If you don't do enough damage to his exposed heart, then he will proceed to unleash a devastating attack that will instantly wipe the entire party.
You can look for Destiny's new raiding difficulty to go live next week, and you can prep by gathering as much info as possible from over on the official Bungie website.