Well, let’s not say Bungie doesn’t surprise from time-to-time – the studio suddenly pushed live the first Wrath of the Machine Challenge Mode with little fanfare, giving Raid-goers a little extra challenge only a couple of weeks after Hard Mode debuted.
Like King’s Fall before it, it requires players to play a boss a specific way in order to get additional (and exclusive) loot drops. So far we’ve seen one Challenge – the second encounter with Vosik – with another with Aksis highly likely for next week.
Wrath of the Machine Challenge Mode – Vosik Strategy
The Vosik Challenge Mode (whether on Normal or Wrath of the Machine Hard mode) has you occupy all four Clean Rooms and close them using the bombs that drop during the damage phase before killing Vosik.
There are mixed reports whether you can do this across more than two phases, so right now the most common (and fastest!) strategy to complete the Vosik Challenge Mode is as follows:
- During the Clean Room phase, players occupy two rooms at once, and use the two bombs that drop during the damage phase to close them
- After two phases, all four Clean Rooms will be used for good
- On the third phase, Vosik must be defeated
How this should be organised is during the damage phase, the team splits into two, each with a bomb carrier. When you need to move to a Clean Room, grab a bomb each (designate the teams and a bomb carrier per group so there’s no confusion) and each occupy a Clean Room.
On the second phase, only Clean Rooms available are those that weren’t occupied last time. On the third damage phase, you then have to take him down (feel free to use the bombs that drop during this third and final stage for damage) as there are no Clean Rooms to escape to.
While you have to decide on teams and split up, organising who goes with each runner will make things easier. Whether you want just a single person in one room and five in another, or an equal three and three split, is entirely up to you.
If you’re struggling to spot rooms and mobilise in time, a possible strategy is to assign each ‘team’ a side so know which part of the room to go to. While a problem here is when Clean Rooms are both on the same side (which is unlikely, but possible) we’d argue it’s better to play to this scenario and wipe if you’re occasionally unlucky – especially since you only have to play to the end of the first phase – then scramble like mad each time. It ultimately depends on how organised your Raid party is.
Either way, the difficulty comes into finishing the encounter in three damage phases, made worse by the fact you won’t be using bombs for damage during two phases. As always, learning how to deal damage quickly will help greatly here; having a Warlock use a Weapons of Light Super to deal extra damage, Hunters with Celestial Nighthawk and / or Tether, and simply everyone having as close to 400 Light Level will help.
Wrath of the Machine Challenge Mode rewards
Once you have completed the Vosik challenge mode, you’ll receive the following (thanks to the Destiny sub-Reddit for helping fill the gaps in these):
- An additional chest with a bonus loot drop from either difficulty (though still capped to the difficulty you’re running – up to 385 in Normal, 400 in Hard mode)
- Vosik’s Venom Emblem (Normal or Hard, one time only)
- SIVA Ornament (Hard mode only, to use in Hard Mode armour drops)
- Exotic Engram (Hard mode only)
Want more Destiny: Rise of Iron guides, tips and tricks? Then read our Wrath of the Machine walkthrough and guides, complete list of all Dormant SIVA Cluster locations, Rise of Iron Artifacts, tips on how to reach Destiny’s max Light level and how to complete the Exotic Gjallarhorn Quest, Khvostov 7G-OX Quest and Thorn Quest.
Other things to know about Wrath of the Machine Challenge Mode
- While not confirmed by Bungie, leaks from around the game’s launch suggest there are only two Challenge Modes this time round – for Vosik and Aksis – compared to the three we saw in King’s Fall. It’s also assumed to debut at the next server reset on November 8.
- Also unlike King’s Fall, no Dormant SIVA Cluster collectibles are gated behind Challenge Mode completions – you’re able to get all of them without it. In short, it seems the only benefits are collecting SIVA Ornaments and getting extra loot.
- The SIVA Ornament you receive can be dismantled to 1 Silver Dust, according to the Destiny sub-Reddit.