Here’s how to get Descendant, the Deep Stone Crypt raid title.
You’ll need to complete the Collections badge for the raid, which might take some time, so this will be something to work on passively as you run the raid for challenges. Here’s a link to what items can drop from which encounter. For the Collections badge you’ll need:
-the Crypt Awakened emblem, obtained after your first completion of the raid.
-all 6 raid weapons: the Heritage shotgun, the Succession sniper rifle, the Trustee scout rifle, the Posterity hand cannon, the Bequest sword, and the Commemoration machine gun.
-a full Legacy’s Oath armor set for 1 character (you can run the raid on multiple characters, but you’ll need a full set for at least 1 character).
-the Cryptic Insignia shader, found once you’ve opened both secret chests (1 is right at the beginning just after the snowy sparrow section, 1 is halfway through the orbital platform jumping section).
-the Retrocausality sparrow, obtained via triumph. To get this, you’ll need to bring all 6 Pikes from the starting bubble to the final bubble. If you’re not good at sparrow driving, just take your time, follow your more experienced friends. If you’re really not good, go on your own sparrow, see if a friend will double-back and drive more than 1 down to the end.
-the No Love Lost ghost shell, obtained via triumph. To get this, you’ll need to find and listen to 5 audio logs left behind by the Exo Stranger throughout the raid. Here’s a video guide on where to find them.
-the Eyes of Tomorrow exotic rocket launcher. This has a chance of dropping from the final chest when you complete the raid. I don’t know the drop rate. 2%? 5%? Who knows. This might be the hardest part of the title.
Next come triumphs and challenges. You’ll need to complete the raid. You’ll need to complete the raid with a full fireteam of clanmates. You’ll need to complete all encounters with a fireteam made of the same Guardian class (Warlock, Hunter, or Titan). You’ll need to complete all encounters with a fireteam made entirely of Arc/Void/Solar/Stasis subclasses. You’ll need to find and open both secret chests (this can be done on multiple runs, you don’t have to find both in the same runthrough). You’ll need the Not a Scratch triumph, bring all Pikes from the starting heat bubble to the final heat bubble in the beginning sparrow section. You’ll need the Rock Bottom triumph, collect all the Exo Stranger audio logs.
Now the specific encounter challenges, starting with the ones you can do at any point/the ones not on a secret weekly rotation. One tip I have for all of the challenge triumphs: make sure you at least know how all the different augments and roles work in every encounter. If you usually raid with a friend who always runs a certain role, ask them what it looks like, what they do, maybe see if they can stream or take screenshots so you know what to look for. Or check out videos on YouTube.
First is the Resource Contention triumph, shut down Crypt security while only using 2 of the 3 augmentation terminals. How our raid team did this, told to me by Qrow, is someone would pick up Operator on Light side and head over to the door, someone on Dark side would pick up Scanner and look for which panels to shoot, then when the Operator went down the Scanner would pass through the doors over to Light side to look for panels. When it comes time for damage, the Operator would deposit, someone else on Light side would pick it up, then the Scanner would deposit on Light so the Operator could see which fuses to shoot. Then, if you need a second damage phase, make sure to only use the terminal on Light side and downstairs. The main thing is that whichever side your Operator first picks up the Operator augment from the terminal, you can really only use that side’s terminal plus the one downstairs.
Next is the 5 Seconds to Paradise triumph, defeat Atraks-1 while destroying all Servitors within 5 seconds of each other. All Servitors, the 3 downstairs and the 3 upstairs, all within 5 seconds. Again, how our raid team did this was have 3 go up and 3 stay down as usual, each person would get a Servitor to whittle down to almost nothing, then they’d count down and all heavy attack with a sword at the same time (doing a finisher would also work, then you’d know it would be so low health, but make it a quick finisher, maybe coordinate with your fireteam on this and use the same one). This will require some waiting because the Servitors downstairs spawn in before the ones upstairs, and some careful watching because once they’re down upstairs the damage phase begins. It might take some practice. Also, you’ll have to coordinate to do this a 2nd time if you need a 2nd phase of Atraks-1 copy destroying.
Then there’s the Short Circuit triumph, confront Taniks while allowing only 1 fireteam member to deposit the nuclear cores. How we did this was have the person who would deposit try and be the Scanner. When the cores would spawn, two people would pick them up and head over to the box, then the depositor would wait in the middle, take the core, and deposit. There was a fair amount of juggling the cores around because of the stacks of Radiation debuff, but we got it done. Again, it might take some practice, just make sure that if you’re the depositor to stay safe near the middle of the encounter space and to help clear out enemies.
The final available all the time challenge is the Ready, Set, Go! triumph, defeat Taniks The Abomination while activating pairs of conduit nodes within 5 seconds of each other. This, when you know the mechanics of the final encounter, is fairly easy to do. When you’re depositing the cores, you’ll essentially do it at the same time as the other person. Somehow we managed to do this by accident when first trying out the 4 ball method. Of course, you can do this doing the 2 ball method. A suggestion I have is to determine ball carrying pairs (cycling in and out the Operator and Suppressor handoffs), and right when you reach the deposit box, have the follower take the core, then count to 3 and have both followers deposit at the same time. Then rinse and repeat until the encounter is done. Another way is to take the cores, reach the deposit boxes, then have the Suppressor stun Taniks for the 3rd time and deposit once the prompt appears, but that might mean some standing around as your Radiation stacks build. You can get this easily with a little bit of coordination. If you don’t want to rush it, take your time with the 2 ball method.
Last, the weekly rotating challenges. Completing these challenges will reward you with an extra loot chest at the end of the encounter. The rotation is simple, 1st through final encounter in that order. The 1st encounter challenge will be available starting January 12, the 2nd on Jan 19, the 3rd on Jan 26, the 4th on Feb 2, the 1st on Feb 9, and so on.
First is the Red Rover challenge, bypass Crypt security while passing the Operator augment to each fireteam member, each Operator should activate/shoot 2 panels each over 3 damage phases. Basically, everyone has to be Operator, go downstairs, and shoot 2 panels. This one isn’t too bad, it just takes some time because you need 3 damage phases. Before you start the encounter, decide on your Operator order, have Operators 2, 4, and 6 know what the fuses look like and the callouts for up top are, and decide who will be the Scanner up top on each side. Here’s a video, this is pretty much how we did it when we tried it. And here’s a map of the downstairs and which panels are which, the panel numbers and fuse callouts are the same as what our raid team uses.
Next is the Copies of Copies challenge, defeat Atraks-1 without using any of the airlocks to dispose of the replication pickups. Normally, when the damage phase starts and you’d attack the Scanner-spotted yellow copy, you’d wail on it with swords and whoever picked up the ‘Atraks-1 Replication’ would head to an airlock for the Operator to open and shoot it off into space. In this challenge you can’t use the airlocks. You’ll probably have to 1-phase Atraks-1, which means disposing of 2 Atraks-1 clones up top and 2 downstairs in order to trigger the final stand before more servitors can spawn in. Bubble Titans and Well Warlocks will be key here, plus the armor mod Lucent Blade for more sword damage and the exotic sword The Lament. Here’s a good video guide (the video mentions debuffs to Atraks-1, those don’t work, ignore that).
Now, I’m going to be honest with you. We didn’t do it the way in the video above. From what I can remember, here’s how we did it. Everyone started downstairs, shooting shanks and vandals. When the Servitors spawned in, 4 people went upstairs. The 2 downstairs shot more small enemies and the Servitors, 1 of those 2 picking up the Operator role. The 4 upstairs would shoot the upstairs enemies and 2 of the Servitors, leaving the top left one up, and 1 person would pick up the Scanner role. Once everyone was clear downstairs, the remaining 2 people came up. The top left Servitor was killed, the Scanner found the copy to destroy, and everyone but the Operator would gather around to obliterate the copy with Lament swipes. Then 4 people would book it downstairs, meaning the Scanner and 3 others. Staying upstairs is the Operator and the person who picked up the replication. Once downstairs, the Scanner would find the copy and repeat with the Lament-ing. Then back upstairs. Maybe a quick second for the Operator to reset replication timers. Then the 2nd upstairs copy is found and destroyed. Then the Scanner and the last un-replicated person heads downstairs for the last copy. Then they come back upstairs, there’s some more juggling of replication timers. Now it’s the final stand, the Scanner finds the correct copy, and everyone heads over to swipe at it repeatedly to end the encounter.
Then there’s the Of All Trades challenge, which is what everyone thought it was, each player must do all 3 roles of Operator, Scanner, and Suppressor once during the encounter. This encounter can feel hectic, I think it’s because of the alarms and the words ‘nuclear cores’ and ‘radiation’ and all the small enemies, but there’s no boss damage phase, it’s just a lot of rinse and repeat. Come up with an order 1-6 in your fireteam, know who is ahead of you because whatever they deposit you will pick up from the deposit terminal (for person 6, that’s person 1). Person 1, 3, and 5 will pick up a role, the 1st round will happen, then 1 at a time they will deposit so person 2, 4, and 6 can pick up for the 2nd round. Maybe make a note to yourself on a post-it so you know which to pick up when, who’s before and after you, or have the chart graphic up on your 2nd monitor. Remember to wait for an augment to be locked out before depositing, you can be too quick. Here’s the video from FalloutPlays, there’s a quick TL;DR on what each role does and here's the handy rotation chart from Reddit. Remember to bring something to deal with the Overload Captains and the void shield Captains. Well Warlocks and Bubble Titans, maybe a sword or Witherhoard. We struggled with this when we tried it, it might take some coordination. Remember there are 3 deposit terminals around the map. We waited before picking up the nuclear cores, you do have about 8 seconds to pick one up before it explodes and everyone dies. We also would deposit the final deactivated augment before dropping down the centre of the room hole.
Last is the The Core Four challenge, deposit all 4 cores in the same round before the damage phase when facing off against Taniks. It’s the classic 4 ball method. How the final encounter is meant to work is that the Scanner calls out which 2 bins to deposit the nuclear cores into, so you do 2 and then 2 and then comes damage, then rinse and repeat. How most people do it now, after some group figured it out not long after the raid came out, is to make Taniks drop all 4 nuclear cores and then you get a longer damage phase in order to hopefully 1-phase Taniks. Which means most raid teams have been doing this challenge for weeks now, but now during the correct week, there’ll be an extra loot chest at the end. As always, here’s the video guide.
And that’s it! Those are all the things you need to do in order to get the new Deep Stone Crypt raid title. As always, feel free to ask questions here or over in Discord chat.