6 things every Guardian should know before playing the Destiny 2 Beta

Top tips from Destiny expert Arrekz should prepare you for The Inverted Spire strike

I’ll admit it: I’m a lapsed Guardian.

My Warlock smashed the Vault of Glass, witnessed Crota’s End and defeated Oryx, The Taken King himself, but he’s been floating in orbit for far too long. If, like me, you haven’t been back to Destiny since Rise of Iron arrived in September last year, you might need a few pointers to help you get ready for the much-anticipated sequel.

And with the first open beta kicking off later this week, who better to get some help from than Destiny streamer extraordinaire and all-round fountain of Destiny knowledge Arekkz?

So whether you’re a regular visitor to the Trials of Orisis’ Lighthouse, or you don’t know the first difference between light levels and loot engrams, we’ve got the info you need.

2) You'll tackle the Inverted Spire strike

Destiny’s co-op Strike missions let three players team up and tackle a level as a trio, blasting through grunts and facing off with a big boss at the end. They’re not quite as challenging as a full-blown Raid, but they won’t take you hours to finish either.

There’s a brand new one to try out on the beta, of course. It’s called the Inverted Spire, and sees you fighting the Cabal and the Vex on the brand new planet Nessus.

Arekkz top tip: Guardians have never had the chance to explore Nessus before, but with a Vex-Cabal war going on, you won't have time for sightseeing. Lock, load, and let your guns do the negotiating.

3) Try out two new multiplayer modes

Got a bit of a competitive streak in you? Then head to the Crucible and face off in Destiny 2’s new 4v4 multiplayer matches. There will be two modes available to try in the beta: Control and Countdown.

Control is a staple of the Destiny experience, with three capture zones dotted around the map for you to hold. The points you earn per kill relate to the number of zones your team holds. You don’t have to scramble for the nearest point at the start of the game now, though - each team starts the round with one point already captured.

Countdown is an elimination game type, where you’ve either got to plant bombs, or defend the points while taking down the enemy team. So far, so Counter Strike. The difference here is you get a limited number of revives per round, so you can bring your teammates back to life and turn the game around at any moment.

Arekkz top tip: Keep a close eye on how many revives you’ve got left in a Countdown game - once you’re out, you’re out until the end of the round, just like Trials of Osiris.