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How To Get Khvostov 7G-0X In Destiny 2: The Final Shape

Khvostov, the Exotic auto rifle based on the very first gun players find in the original Destiny, has made a return in The Final Shape. It's one of the Exotics you can hunt down in the aftermath of the new Destiny 2 expansion's campaign as you explore the Pale Heart of the Traveler, but unlike the others that provide you with Exotic missions, this one is a puzzle you have to figure out on your own. It requires doing a lot of exploring, fighting, and intuiting, and by the end, you'll know the new

Prismatic Fragment Locations: Where To Find Them All In Destiny 2: The Final Shape

A big part of The Final Shape, Destiny 2's new expansion, is the Prismatic subclass. You'll get access to Prismatic in the very first mission of The Final Shape's campaign, but unlocking each of its fragments will allow you to get the most out of it.

The main parts of the subclass are unlocked by completing missions in the main campaign and the Adventures you can access once it's completed. But to earn all the fragments you can equip to customize Prismatic, you'll need to venture out into the P

All Visions Of The Traveler Locations In Destiny 2: The Final Shape

Like other destinations introduced by past expansions, the Pale Heart of the Traveler added to Destiny 2 in The Final Shape is full of collectible items that expand on the story. These are Visions of the Traveler, a bunch of little Travelers that are hidden around the Pale Heart and that you can pick up to trigger new dialogue from various characters. The Visions also earn you a Triumph, and some other reward we're not quite sure about yet (but we'll update this when we do).

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How To Earn Strange Coins In Destiny 2: The Final Shape

Way back in the day, Xur, the Exotics vendor who only shows up in Destiny 2 on the weekends, required you to pay for his spiffy wares in a currency called Strange Coins. In Destiny 2, Strange Coins went away, only popping up later as part of the Dares of Eternity activity. With the currency changes that came with The Final Shape, you'll start finding Strange Coins in your pocket again, and you'll need them to buy stuff from Xur again.

The thing is, it's not immediately clear where you can get S

Destiny 2 The Final Shape Campaign - How To Complete The Psionic Conduit Puzzle

More than any other story campaign Bungie has ever made in Destiny 2, The Final Shape is full of mechanics. Instead of just shooting a bunch of baddies, you're often tasked with deactivating mechanisms and solving puzzles in order to progress. In the second mission of the campaign, Temptation, you'll need to interact with three black sundials to deactivate three "conduits" and bring down a shield. Here's how they work.

The dials are scattered around the area of The Landing and guarded by severa

Destiny 2 Luna's Howl Guide - How To Get It, Curated Roll, And God Roll

The last of Destiny 2: Into the Light's Brave arsenal is finally unlocked, bringing two last fan-favorite weapons back into players' hands. Of all of them, Luna's Howl might be the most prestigious, so it makes sense that it was left for last. The revised hand cannon could be almost as ravenous a predator of the Crucible as the original version, which was sunset way back with the Beyond Light expansion.

Like the other Brave arsenal weapons, you'll need to knock down a quest in order to unlock t

Destiny 2 Blast Furnace Guide - How To Get It, Curated Roll, And God Roll

Destiny 2's Brave arsenal is complete this week with the release Blast Furnace, one of the best pulse rifles to ever hit the game. Originally released in the Season of the Forge with the rest of the Black Armory weapons, Blast Furnace was disappointingly sunset with the Beyond Light expansion. But this deadly accurate pulse rifle is back, ready to help you menace Guardians and aliens alike with lethal headshots at long ranges.

The Brave arsenal weapons, like this week's other storied weapon, Lu

No Rest For The Wicked - Crafting Explained

Before you can start crafting, you must make your way to Sacrament, where you'll find a market full of vendors. That'll include the blacksmith you met on your way into town. Eventually, the market will also include crafting stations, but you'll have to do some work to get them set up. In the meantime, it's worth completing a few side quests around Sacrament to bring additional vendors to the market. The Potion quest will bring in a potion seller, while the Innkeeper quest will bring in a cook.

No Rest For The Wicked Guide: How To Buy A House

GameSpot may receive revenue from affiliate and advertising partnerships for sharing this content and from purchases through links. Isometric action-adventure RPG No Rest For The Wicked mixes a few genres together, but like its greatest inspiration, the soulslike genre, it can be a little opaque about how its systems work. While you'll quickly find ways of gathering crafting materials and find you can items like crafting benches and furniture relatively early on, it's not clear for quite a few h

Destiny 2 The Mountaintop Guide - How To Get It, Curated Roll, And God Roll

The second week of Destiny 2's Into the Light brings more fan-favorite weapons back to the game--including The Mountaintop, a breech-loading grenade launcher that dominated the Crucible for years after its release. While the new version of The Mountaintop isn't quite the force of terror the original was, it's still a pretty powerful option for your Special weapon slot, whether in player-vs.-player or player-vs.-environment content.

As with the other reprised weapons in the Brave arsenal, it's p

Destiny 2 The Recluse Guide - How To Get It, Curated Roll, And God Roll

Destiny 2's free Into the Light content drop is now live, and with it comes a new version of The Recluse, one of the best submachine guns the game has ever seen. Formerly a tough gun to earn that required finishing a lengthy player-vs.-player quest, The Recluse was among several guns that were sunset before the Beyond Light expansion that are now making a comeback in Into the Light. The Recluse is one of a dozen weapons that make up the Brave arsenal, returning to the game with new perks and adj

How To Unlock The Superblack Shader In Destiny 2

With Destiny 2: Into the Light, Bungie has brought back a number of fan-favorites, including 12 weapons and two of its best Exotic missions. The new content drop also brings back Superblack, one of the best shaders in the original Destiny. It was the only shader in the game that was fully black, and with its return, players finally have a fashion option that lets them go as dark and goth as they want.

Superblack isn't easy to come by, though. In the original Destiny, unlocking it required compl

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth - How To Date Barret At The Gold Saucer

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Just like in the original Final Fantasy VII that released in 1997, a big scene in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth gives you the chance to join one of the members of your party on a "date" at the Gold Saucer. Rebirth reworks that scene to be less about a rivalry between Tifa and Aerith for Cloud's affections, and more of a measure of your bond with your favorite character

Destiny 2 Wish-Keeper Exotic Bow Guide - How To Start, Starcrossed Mission, And Catalysts

The latest week of Destiny 2's Season of the Wish brings a new Exotic weapon into the game for players to chase: Wish-Keeper, a new Exotic bow. This one is similar to past seasonal Exotics, like Vexcalibur and Retrofit Zero, in that you'll earn the opportunities to craft different versions over time as you replay its Exotic mission, Starcrossed.

Here's everything you need to know to start Starcrossed, complete the mission, earn Wish-Keeper and use it effectively.

How to Start the Starcrossed m

Destiny 2 The Coil Activity Guide - How To Get The Best Rewards In Season Of The Wish

Destiny 2 has two new seasonal activities in the Season of the Wish, both of which take you to Riven's Lair, a sort of paracausal pocket dimension created by the near-magical power of Riven, the last ahamkara. But while both events take place in the same location, the two activities you can play this season are pretty different. The activity called The Coil adds a lot of roguelite elements to the activity, like others we've seen in recent seasons, and is highly focused on the score you earn alon

Destiny 2 Thorn Exotic Catalyst Guide - How To Get The Catalyst And What It Does

If you want a powerful, easy-to-use gun to bring into Destiny 2's PvP arena, the Crucible, it's hard to go wrong with Thorn. The hand cannon is great because it hits hard and poisons opponents, dealing damage over time. It's even better this season, thanks to a new Exotic catalyst you can earn for the gun that boosts its stats and capabilities. However, you'll have to find the catalyst in order to unlock it and make the most of Thorn.

Here's everything you need to know about Thorn's Exotic cata

Destiny 2 Warlord's Ruin Dungeon Launch Time And Everything We Know

Season of the Wish in Destiny 2 has brought new activities and rewards, and it comes with another major piece of content: a new dungeon. These raid-like three-player activities are among the toughest and most intricate in the game, but they don't require the six-player squads of Destiny 2's raids. The new dungeon is called Warlord's Ruin, and it's set to release on December 1, the first Friday of the new season.

Details are sparse on Warlord's Ruin, but we do know a few things, including when i

Destiny 2 Starcat Guide - Where To Find Each Collectible In Season Of The Wish

The Season of the Wish takes Destiny 2 players back to the Dreaming City for the first time since before the launch of The Witch Queen and resurrects some major elements from way back in the Forsaken expansion. One of those things is the quest to find cosmic kitties hiding within the Dreaming City. It seems that each week during the Season of the Wish, new Starcats will appear within the city, requiring you to track them down to unlock Triumphs and earn some specific rewards.

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The Talos Principle 2 Ending Guide

Though The Talos Principle 2 is an excellent puzzle game, it also has a pretty extensive and branching story. As you explore its world, you'll have plenty of opportunities to interact with other characters, offer them your opinions, and even post on social media. The whole game concerns some philosophical debates about the future of humanity and its place in the world, and your conversation choices about those debates will shape parts of the narrative as you advance.

There are three main ending

The Talos Principle 2 Sphinx Statue Guide - All Sphinx Puzzles And Stars

The Talos Principle 2 has its fair share of secrets, and chief among them are the special extra puzzles hiding in each of the game's 12 main areas. Snoop around a big and you'll find large statues, or monuments, to each of the game's three spectral characters: Pandora, Prometheus, or the Sphinx. Figuring out how to solve these riddles rewards you with stars, which are essential to unlocking some of the game's most interesting secrets.

The Sphinx's puzzles aren't quite as tough as those tied to

The Talos Principle 2 Pandora Statue Guide - All Pandora Puzzles And Stars

There are a whole lot of puzzles in The Talos Principle 2, and some of them aren't obvious. Hidden in each of the game's 12 main areas are two statues that carry puzzles of their own, each depicting either Pandora, Prometheus, or the Sphinx. Solving these side puzzles unlock additional secrets in the game, but they can be tough to master--some are among the most difficult The Talos Principle 2 has to offer.

Of all the secret puzzles, the Pandora statues tend to be the most vexing. They require

Alan Wake 2 Ending Explained - Everything You Need To Know And Where Things Might Go From Here

Alan Wake 2 presents a twisting story, one that's both a nebulous mystery and actively altered by the otherworldly power of the supernatural Dark Place and the writings of Alan Wake himself. Especially in the final moments, things can get a bit confusing, as Saga Anderson's and Alan's tales intersect and the two execute a plan to stop the villainous Mr. Scratch.

Here's what happened in the ending, what it implies about the future, and everything you might have missed in the disjointed plot of A

Destiny 2 Duality Dungeon Guide - How To Beat Every Encounter And Find All Collectibles

Duality brings a new set of mechanics to Destiny 2, taking players into the mind of Calus deep within the Leviathan. The exiled emperor has a whole lot of psychological baggage, and in order to understand what he's trying to accomplish in Season of the Haunted, you and your fireteam are going to need to execute a "mind heist" and unlock his inner secrets.

The dungeon is not only tough, with three boss fight encounters along the way that drop rewards, but it's also riddled with secrets. Containe

Nightmare Containment Lockdown Protocol Guide: How To Find Extra Loot In Destiny 2's Leviathan

The new Nightmare Containment activity is just one of the things to find on the newly arrived Derelict Leviathan in Destiny 2. Calus's ship is full of secrets, one of which being the hidden treasure chests that are only accessible when you complete a Tier 3 Nightmare Containment. You might have noticed a message about "lockdown protocols lifted" at the close of the event--that's your cue to try to find some secrets that'll reward you with extra loot.

The lockdown protocol refers to locked doors
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