Destiny 2’s new Lightfall expansion is finally here, taking players to the neon-drenched Neptunian city of Neomuna. There, the Guardians must protect a paracausal object connected to the Traveler called The Veil, while also defending the city from Emperor Calus, his Cabal Shadow Legion, and the Darkness-wielding Tormentors. However, the war with Witness and his forces is being waged on two fronts, for while the battle for Neomuna continues, the Legion of Shadows has also begun invading Earth.
To prevent the Cabal from spreading through the European Dead Zone, players need to start the Destiny 2: Lightfall Season of Defiance (Season 20) campaign. Here’s a quick guide on how to do just that, while also gaining access to your Seasonal Artifact that players can use to acquire valuable gameplay perks.
How to start the Season of Defiance campaign
To start the Season of Defiance main quest line, you will first need to complete the opening mission of the Lightfall campaign. You will be prompted to do this as soon as you launch Destiny 2 with the Lightfall Expansion purchased, but if you wish to launch it later, you can do so as follows: selecting Neptune on the Director screen.
Once you do this, you will have to Talk to Nimbus at the Striders’ Gate landing zone in Neomuna. They’ll tell you that an item called the Ascendant Scepter, the seasonal artifact from Season 20, came for you in the nearby Vanguard holoprojector, along with a message from Mara Sov, the Queen of Awoken. Pick it up to get the Seasonal Artifact, then go talk to Mara Sov at the projector.. You will then be prompted to travel to the Farm social space in the EDZ and talk to her in person there. Once you do, you’ll start the Season of Challenge quest line and you’ll be able to play the Season 20 seasonal activity, Challenging Battlegrounds.
Note that once you acquire the seasonal artifact, you can start unlocking perks on your 5×5 grid by earning XP and leveling up. Unlike previous seasons, these perks are always active and do not need to be equipped like armor mods. For a full list of perks available, check out this Bungie blog post featuring one.
Destiny 2: Lightfall is available now on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One consoles, Windows PC, and PlayStation systems. New to Destiny and looking for some tips before you jump in? Don’t miss our Destiny 2 Beginner’s Guide.