Destiny 2 Lumina Quest Guide: When Does the Exotic Quest Launch?

Bungie really likes hand cannons. Thorn, Ace of Spades, Sturn, Sunshot, Malfeasance, and Crimson. There are more exotic hand cannons in Destiny 2 than nearly any other weapon type. It appears as if that will stay true in the future as well with a currently unnamed, scoped exotic hand cannon coming with Shadowkeep. Before that, however, Lumina is being added during the current Season of Opulence.

But when does the exotic quest start? What are the quest steps? We take a look at datamined information as we await the launch of the Lumina exotic quest.

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When Can I Get Lumina in Destiny 2?

We’ve known about Lumina for a good few weeks at this point. Bungie has slowly been unveiling more information with each week’s weekly update post.

Season of the Opulence is live now. However, The Lumina Exotic quest won’t arrive with it right away. Instead, players will have to wait almost a full month — until July 2 — to start picking up the Lumina. On top of that, it’s not entirely clear if you’ll be able to complete the Lumina quest in Destiny 2 the same week it comes out. If so, this would match the exact same approach Bungie took with the Thorn quest.

Some previous weapon quests in the game (and the original Destiny) required you to check back with various NPCs after a certain number of resets. Other quests simply required you to speak with Xur — the weekly Destiny vendor who only appears on weekends.

Lumina Exotic Quest Steps

As we mentioned above, Bungie hasn’t given us the skinny on what to expect from the Lumina Exotic quests steps. Season of the Drifter’s Thorn was closely tied to Gambit Prime and Lumina is a close relative of the weapon so we expect a return to Gambit.

Through the game’s text files, Reddit users were able to decipher some information about the exotic quest. Keep in mind that everything below is a best guess as to what order they are in and what the tasks will actually be.

1. Return to Where You Found Thorn

The Lumina exotic quest is essentially what we experienced with Thorn, but in reverse. Return to where we first found Thorn. Not sure where that is? Our Thorn guide has a gif which shows you exactly which way to go.

“The Light lives in all places, in all things. You can block it, even try to trap it, but the Light will find its way.” – The Speaker

Your system positioning device is active and paired to a chest that is currently located somewhere in the You’ve discovered a letter in the ruined campsite where you found your mangled Thorn. The sender purports to be the legendary Shin Malphur, a supposed do-gooder with a complex approach to doing good. He claims he’s entrusting you with the original Thorn, a hateful weapon capable of permanently killing Guardians. The gun is hidden away somewhere, and to find it, you’ll have to use an enclosed system positioning device to track it down. Your Ghost observes that the signal changes once an hour, on the hour, so you’ll have to be quick.

2. Defeat Enemies Without Reloading

This one sounds pretty easy and straightforward!

“Fight together or die alone.”- Lord Shaxx

Your project is going well. The gun is more than mechanically sound; it has synergized with your Light. But unlike your quest to restore your Thorn, there are no mentors here. This is you, forging a new path, following your intuition in search of a strong symbol of hope. If there’s one thing you’ve learned since the Red Legion invaded, it is that single Guardians fall alone. Fireteams of like-minded individuals persevere.

3. Complete Activities with Rose Equipped

In short, we just need to use the weapon, but elsewhere in the strings the game specifies that you’ll need to complete encounters at the Blind Well, at any of the Black Armory forges, or in Escalation Protocol. We’re presuming  it goes with this task.

You feel ready to complete your project, and you have a suitably poetic scheme to do it: You plan to reclaim lost Light from the Hive. Using the strength of your own abilities, you’ll redirect it into the gun and, with any luck, it will bloom into something greater.

4. Destroy Hive Crystals in Will of the Thousands and Defeat Xol

If you’ve played Will of the Thousands since Season of Opulence started, you may have noticed some new indestructible Hive crystals. These are for the Lumina quest. Equip Rose, destroy all of the Hive crystals, and defeat Xol. This must be done in a single run!

You are the new owner of Dredgen Yor’s original Thorn. Merely holding the gun makes you nauseous—not out of moral principles, necessarily, but instead a very physical effect which reminds you of losing your Light during the Red War. You don’t know what to do with this… thing. You have no intention of firing it. If nothing else, you believe you need to neutralize it.

5. Cleanse the Darkness from Thorn with Acts of Light

Rather than leaning into the Darkness, this time around we’re going to try and cleanse it away. You’ll need to defeat Guardians with Hand Cannons as a team, generate Orbs of Light, and defeat Invaders in Gambit before they kill any of your teammates.

“Hope is a currency. It buys tomorrow. It gives us what we need to survive today.” – Rezyl Azzir

Your philosophy about this gun has crystallized. If Thorn was a weapon of selfishness, then the gun you make will be one of selflessness. If it’s a coordinated fireteam that saved the City from Ghaul, then the gun you make will support fireteams. The Light is about standing united in service of a hopeful future.

6. Complete a Nightfall

Complete a Nightfall strike with a score of 50,000 or higher and it sounds like Lumina will finally be yours!

The searing power of your Light burns away the sickness that consumed Dredgen Yor’s Thorn, revealing the weapon that it used to be: Rose. You contemplate the weapon for a long time before resolving on a course of action. If Thorn symbolized twisted intention and malice unchecked, then you will make a gun that symbolizes something greater: the courage to choose the right path, even when it is unpopular or unsafe. But to do that, you’ll need to begin your second adventure in gunsmithing.

That’s all we know about the debut of Lumina during the Destiny 2 Season of Opulence right now! We’ll be back with a detailed step-by-step guide as soon as the information is available!

If you’re looking for coverage of the latest Destiny content, check out what we know about the Truth exotic quest or take a peek at this season’s pinnacle weapons!


Dillon Skiffington

Content Editor at Fanbyte, Dillon is currently trading in Elder Scrolls Online, waiting to play the Witcher 3 DLC, and flying across rooftops in Mirror's Edge: Catalyst.

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