Destiny 2: A Guide To The Key Of Light & Darkness


Fixing the Broken Awoken Talisman and embarking on The Key of Light and Darkness quest are all part of the Destiny 2 experience.

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  • Clearing Up Some Common Misconceptions
  • How To Start The Key Of Light And Darkness Quest
  • Collect The Fragments
  • Defeat Taken
  • Absorb Darkness From The Scorn
  • Complete “A Hum Of Starlight”

Even when you whole a whole questline in Destiny 2, the game still makes it a factor to depart you with as a minimum one thread to preserve you hooked in and gambling. One of those threads is an Awoken Talisman it really is tied to the Forsaken enlargement.

A Key of Light and Darkness is one of the strangest quests in Destiny 2, however not because of the search’s targets or story. This quest has changed a couple of times in the course of Destiny 2’s lifespan, being decoupled from the Wish-Ender Exotic quest and the Dreaming City altogether. While there isn’t always much motive to embark in this quest, there’s a tremendous story mission you get to experience if you could brave thru this quest’s indistinct goals. We’ll be going over how to finish this quest, restore the Awoken Talisman, and remedy some not unusual misconceptions about this quest.

Updated July thirtieth, 2021, via Charles Burgar: Arguably the maximum confusing quest in Destiny 2, A Key to Light and Darkness has been changed a couple of times seeing that its authentic launch in Forsaken. It isn’t always required to enter the Dreaming City anymore, and this quest is not a pre-considered necessary for the Wish-Ender quest. We’ve updated this manual to remedy a few common misconceptions approximately this quest. For the ones looking to play this quest, we have additionally updated every quest step to make it an awful lot less difficult to follow.

Clearing Up Some Common Misconceptions

If you just want a quest guide, skip to the next section. This section is meant to clear up the immense amount of confusion surrounding this quest and its ties to obtaining Wish-Ender, a bow linked heavily to the Cursebreaker title.

Is This Quest Tied To Forsaken?

Yes. Petra Venj is supposed to give it to you in the Tangled Shore near the end of Forsaken’s campaign. If she doesn’t give you the talisman, you can claim it from the Quest Archive Kiosk in the Tower.

What’s the Reward For This Quest?

Nothing. The Wish-Ender quest is separate from this one. Play this quest if you want to experience the “A Hum of Starlight” story mission, an introduction to the Dreaming City and its Ascendant Plane.

Do I Need The Talisman To Enter The Dreaming City?


Didn’t Bungie Remove The Awoken Talisman Altogether?

They removed the Balanced Awoken Talisman. Update 2.6.1 removed the talisman from player inventories, decoupling its connection to the Dreaming City. The Wish-Ender quest was then moved to Petra Venj in the Dreaming City, requiring players to speak to her on the way to start it.

Beyond Light modified this fairly. A Quest Kiosk become delivered to the Tower that added back many old quests from preceding years, one of them being The Key of Light and Darkness. The Wish-Ender quest became additionally moved right here.

How To Start The Key Of Light And Darkness Quest

Destiny 2 Quest Archive Kiosk Location

Destiny 2: Beyond Light completely changed how you start this quest. You’ll find the quest in the Quest Archive Kiosk in the Tower. It’s directly left of the Postmaster.

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To start the quest, you need to:

  1. Visit the Tower.
  2. Visit the Quest Archive Kiosk.
  3. Under the “Exotics and Legacy” divider, select “The Past.”
    1. It’s the second/right icon.
  4. Grab the “Key of Light and Darkness” quest.

Once you grab the quest, head to your Quests tab. If you don’t see the quest, click on “The Past” tab on the left of your screen. It has an hourglass icon.

Collect The Fragments

Destiny 2 A Key To Light And Darkness Fragment Step

The first step of this quest will ask you to find the talisman’s lacking fragments. There are three in overall, each of them dwelling in a Tangled Shore Lost Sector. Clear the Lost Sector and open the chest to get hold of the fragment. Only vague suggestions are given for which Lost Sectors you want to clear. If you don’t feel like happening a Lost Sector hunt, right here is where you’ll locate each fragment:

Fragment #1 Location: Shipyard AWO-43

Destiny 2 Shipyard AWO-43 Lost Sector

“In an old Corsair hideout” is referring to Shipyard AWO-43, a Lost Sector found beside the crashed Hive ship in the Jetsam of Saturn.

Fragment #2 Location: The Empty Tank

Destiny 2 The Empty Tank Lost Sector

“In the heart of the Spider’s web” can be found in The Empty Tank. You’ll find this Lost Sector on the western end of Thieves’ Landing, located just north of Spider’s hideout entrance.

Fragment #3 Location: Trapper’s Cave

Destiny 2 Trapper's Cave Lost Sector

“In a rare green place” is referencing Trapper’s Cave, the only Lost Sector in Four-Horn Gulch. Take the gravity lift on the east end of Thieves’ Landing to reach Four-Horn Gulch.

When you’ve looted each Lost Sector chest, return to Spider to start the mending process.

Defeat Taken

Destiny 2 Thrall Hall

Spider will explain that the talisman must now be imbued with the power of the Darkness. In gameplay words, you’ll need to kill a lot of Taken to finish this step. The quest step specifically mentions Taken in the EDZ’s Sludge area, the Lake of Shadows strike, and Gambit. However, these are only recommendations. Any slain Taken grant progress.

Good Taken Kill Farms

A few good Taken farms include:

  • Lake of Shadows strike: It’s one of the shortest strikes in the game and has quite a few Taken.
  • Shattered Throne: Enter the Thrall hallway encounter partway through the dungeon and kill as many Taken Thrall as needed.
  • Aphelion’s Rest Lost Sector (Dreaming City): Since the Dreaming City is no longer locked behind the talisman, you can go to the Dreaming City to farm this objective. Aphelion’s Rest is the best Lost Sector for this.

Completing this step will turn the quest item into an Imbalanced Awoken Talisman. Make your way back to Spider to start the next quest objective.

Absorb Darkness From The Scorn

Destiny 2 Ether Ritual Event

Despite how many Taken you killed, the talisman isn’t fully charged. To charge the talisman, you must defeat one Chieftain during the Ether Harvest Public Event located in Four-Horn Gulch.

There are three Chieftains that spawn during the event, so this should be a fairly easy challenge to complete. You only need to kill one. Return to Spider once you’ve killed a Chieftain.

Complete “A Hum Of Starlight”

Destiny 2 A Hum Of Starlight Mission Start

Your talisman is now charged sufficient to help you input the Dreaming City. After you have spoken to Spider, a brand new story challenge named “A Hum of Starlight” will seem to your Tangled Shore map. It’s set to at least one,a hundred Power, and there aren’t any particular modifiers present. This serves as an creation to the Dreaming City international space and the Ascendant Plane. Once you’ve got completed this mission, the quest ends. You won’t maintain the talisman after the hunt ends. The finished talisman is now given out in the Wish-Ender quest, located inside the same Quest Archive Kiosk that you received this quest from.