When is the Destiny 2 Warlord’s Ruin release date and time? Season of the Wish not only brings exciting new Seasonal activities but also a new Destiny 2 dungeon to plunder. With a great setting and a suite of new Warlord’s Ruin armor and weapons to collect, including a new Exotic, you’ll want to know all about the Destiny 2 Warlord’s Ruin dungeon if you’re brave enough to dive in. That’s why we’ve put together a full Warlord’s Ruin guide, complete with how to beat the bosses and encounters so far.
There’s nothing more exciting than a new Destiny 2 dungeon, other than a new raid, of course. With some of the best combat encounters, environments, and story revelations in the entire game, the new Destiny 2 Warlord’s Ruin dungeon has a lot on its shoulders. Only the foolish venture into a new dungeon unprepared though, so we recommend checking out the best Destiny 2 Titan build, Destiny 2 Hunter build, and Destiny 2 Warlock build so you’re ready for action right away.
Destiny 2 Warlord’s Ruin release date
Destiny 2 Warlord’s Ruin opens to players on Friday, December 1, 2023, at 9 am PST / 12 pm EST / 5 pm GMT / 6 pm CEST. This means you can play the new dungeon at the standard daily reset time in your region starting today, where you’ll be in for a competitive ‘world’s first’ race.
With Power level no longer being increased with each new Season, the new Destiny 2 dungeon, Warlord’s Ruin, doesn’t require you to grind levels in just a few days to be able to stand a chance of winning. Instead, your preparation all comes down to your equipment, rather than a level number. If you’re brave enough to compete in the first few days, before most in-depth guides have been made, then you will certainly need the best Destiny 2 weapons for PvE. There’s also a handful of new Destiny 2 Season of the Wish weapons you can collect which are strong contenders and require you to journey into Riven’s Lair or the Destiny 2 The Coil activity.
In terms of how to access the Warlord’s Ruin dungeon, you will unfortunately have to pay for it: it’s not included in the Season of the Wish pass, despite it being launched during Season 23. To access Warlord’s Ruin, you must either purchase the Lightfall + Annual Pass bundle or buy the Lightfall Dungeon Key separately, giving you access to both Ghost of the Deep from Season of the Deep and Warlord’s Ruin, the new Destiny 2 dungeon for Season of the Wish.
Destiny 2 Warlord’s Ruin weapons
The Destiny 2 Warlord’s Ruin weapons are:
- Vengeful Whisper
- Indebted Kindness
- Naeem’s Lance
- Dragoncult Sickle
Though four weapons might not sound like much, this is in line with previous dungeons. However, it’s the weapon categories themselves that are the most unfortunate. With a bow, sword, sidearm, and bow on the table, all of which are rather niche weapon types, there’s not a general-use gun to chase in the Warlord’s Ruin weapons list. That’s not to say these are terrible, however, as they come with a new Origin Trait and a diverse set of perk combinations, it’s just a shame there’s not a more popular weapon type up for grabs, such as a pulse rifle or hand cannon.
Of course, we can’t forget about the dungeon Exotic weapon. The Destiny 2 Warlord’s Ruin Exotic is Buried Bloodline, an Exotic Void sidearm. Sidearms aren’t everyone’s favorite, but Buried Bloodline looks to kick things up by notch by firing rockets. That’s right, this crossbow ‘sidearm’ fires explosive tracking bolts that will leech health from the target. Furthermore, it’s expected to also grant the Devour effect, which will be great for Titans and Hunters which generally have a harder time triggering this effect compared to Warlocks.
You can learn more about this weapon in our dedicated Destiny 2 Buried Bloodline guide.
There addition of a brand-new dungeon Exotic isn’t all too surprising as this has been the case for every previous dungeon too.
For a refresher, here’s the dungeon Exotics from existing content:
- Gjallahorn – Grasp of Avarice
- Heartshadow – Duality
- Hierarchy of Needs – Spire of the Watcher
- The Navigator – Ghost of the Deep
This lined up with our predictions prior to release as, out of the dungeons currently in the game, there are two Heavy weapons and one Primary and Special Exotic weapon. Nevertheless, chasing the Destiny 2 Warlord’s Ruin Exotic will be the main draw once the post-launch buzz has died down.
Destiny 2 Warlord’s Ruin armor
The Destiny 2 Warlord’s Ruin armor is called Dark Age and can be earned from completing encounters in the new dungeon. This armor has a rugged, winter theme for each class. Given the setting of the new dungeon being inside a fortress in the ice-cold mountains of Earth, it’s certainly a fitting reward to earn for beating the numerous bosses and other encounters awaiting us.
Digging into the design further, each Warlord’s Ruin armor set features climbing rope, ice picks and other survival gear, several fur accents, and gold visors by default. This further reinforces the hardy snow theme of the Warlord’s Ruin dungeon.
Overall, it’s a very rugged and tactical style, which is rather lacking in Destiny’s current selection of armors. However, it also doesn’t look all that glamorous. Given it’s a reward for taking part in one of the hardest pieces of content on offer, we were hoping the Destiny 2 Warlord’s Ruin armor would look more unique and eye-catching.
Likewise, given how focused the Warlord’s Ruin armor set is on this winter survival theme, it will be hard to pair this armor with other items. The helmets could easily work with other sets, but the arms and chest armor, especially for the Titan, are a challenge to work with if fashion is your end goal.
With that said, we’re looking forward to earning all of the Warlord’s Ruin armor sets, even if just to add them to the transmog system. We personally find the Titan and the Hunter to be the most unique of the bunch, with the Titans having an oxygen pack and built-in visor goggles, while the Hunter has two large ice picks crossed on their back.
Destiny 2 Warlord’s Ruin bosses
The Destiny 2 Warlord’s Ruin bosses are:
- Rathil, the First Broken Knight of Fikrul
- Locus of Wailing Grief
- Hefnd’s Vengeance, Blighted Chimaera
These Destiny 2 Warlord’s Ruin bosses are some of the most unique encounters in the game, with one of them, the Blighted Chimaera, looking like the Cacodemon from Doom. With the final boss rumored to be Hefnd, an Ahamkara wish dragon, we’re in store for some epic and challenging boss encounters.
How to beat Rathil, the First Broken Knight of Fikrul
To beat Rathil, you must shoot the Taken Blighted Eyes that appear when the boss teleports you into a cage that slightly rises. Failing to do so will see your team wiped. However, once you shoot all of the Blighted Eyes, you will be freed from your cage and able to damage Rathil.
With only a short damage window, you’ll most likely have to do at least two rotations to be able to kill Rathil. Thankfully, the process does not change, so simply repeat the process until you’ve beaten Rathil and can move into the castle proper.
Destiny 2 Warlord’s Ruin setting and story
Even with all the weapons and armor to collect, let alone the challenging encounters in store, the setting and story of the Destiny 2 Warlord’s Ruin dungeon is perhaps the most exciting aspect. Warlord’s Ruin takes us to a brand-new location – the castle of a warlord from the Dark Age in the EDZ. It’s not just any warlord though. No, Warlord’s Ruin is believed to take place in none other than Shaxx’s fortress as, if you didn’t know, he was a warlord before becoming the leader of the Crucible.
What’s a warlord? Well, in Destiny’s lore, the Dark Age was a period in which Lightbearers (precursors to Guardians) fought against one another in a very territorial fashion, leading to these very powerful and dangerous warlords setting up shop inside fortresses. Eventually, the warlords were largely brought to justice and the Last City and the Vanguard were established. That’s not to say all the warlords were evil, however, as Shaxx sought to use his power to protect his people, rather than cause further suffering.
As you might expect then, the Destiny 2 Warlord’s Ruin dungeon gives us a good opportunity to learn more about a rather unexplored character in the Destiny universe. We’ve long wanted Shaxx to have a more prominent role in the narrative, and while that’s still not quite happened, having the new dungeon take place in his fortress is enough to tide us over.
Moreover, there’s now Scorn and even a new Ahamkara currently residing in the castle, which adds even more spice into the mix. A band of Scorn has set up shop in the fortress, using the bones of Hefnd, a dead Ahamkara, to wield powerful magic. This makes them a significant threat sitting right on our doorstep.
The Destiny 2 Warlord’s Ruin dungeon also keeps up Bungie’s knack for crafting stunning environments oozing in atmosphere. From the snow-dappled mountains that serve as your entrance into the castle to the dark, dank halls of this foreboding fortress, it’s one of the most visually striking and unique environments in Destiny to date.
One thing you’ll immediately notice is how medieval some areas feel, perfectly reflecting the thematic ties to the ‘Dark Age’ of Destiny. From large wooden doors, portcullis, battlements, and more, and even skeletons with swords lodged between their forgotten bones, it almost feels like delving into a different game entirely at times. We’re so used to sleek, sci-fi and fantasy settings like the Dreaming City or Neomuna that something medieval and rudimentary (yet still flexing Destiny’s sci-fi flare at times) is very refreshing.
One thing that wasn’t quite apparent before release was how Warlord’s Ruin story would tie into the main story of Season of the Wish. With Season 23 taking place in the Dreaming City, seeing Guardians recovering Riven’s last remaining eggs to strike a deal with the wish dragon with the end goal of pursuing the Witness, taking a detour to Earth seemed a little out of place. However, the aforementioned Scorn threat and an Ahamkara stirring up chaos in the shadows bring it all full circle – an Ahamkara is not to be trifled with, dead or alive. It’s our job to take out the Scorn threat and ensure that Hefnd’s bones don’t fall into the wrong hands.
So, that’s all there is to know about the Destiny 2 Warlord’s Ruin dungeon, including all the encounters, weapons, armor, and the story of the new dungeon. We can’t wait to enter the gauntlet of one of the best FPS games and, hopefully, come out the outside with our inventories full of loot. Be sure to check out the best PS5 controllers and best Xbox controllers if you’re taking on the challenge. After all, the last thing you want is your own tech getting in the way of dungeon delving.
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