Destiny 2 New Raid Prep Guide – Loadouts, Materials, Leveling Strategies, and More

What's old is new.

Bungie is dropping a new raid shortly after the release of Season 18 in Destiny 2. While we don't know the specific raid at the time of this writing, we know it will be a reprised Destiny raid. Currently, speculation is leaning heavily towards it being King's Fall or Wrath of the Machine. Fortunately, no matter the raid, the prep work is about the same.

Destiny 2 Season 18 Raid Prep

When does the Season 18 raid start?

The raid will launch on August 26, 2022. This is three days after Season 18's release on August 23, 2022.


A lot of the Seasonal Artifact Mods buff the abilities of machine guns. Having a collection of different machine guns and speccing into them seems prudent. We recommend Thunderlord, Commemoration, Seventh Seraph SAW, Recurrent Impact, and Fixed Odds. These cover each of the elements and an Exotic.

Otherwise, scout rifles are preferred in Wrath of the Machine, and you'll want something capable of doing big damage for the final encounter of King's Fall. Prepare to feed the Divinity debuff to Oryx should he be foolish enough to show his face again.

Related: How to get the Starbirth emblem Twitch reward in Destiny 2

Leveling Strategies

Bounty hoarding is always key to getting a jump start on a new season. This will allow Guardians to quickly level up the Seasonal Artifact and get all those sweet, sweet Mods like Lightning Strikes Twice and Sundering Glare.

Of course, you'll also want to hit up those weekly pinnacle activities to pump your Light Level to its potential max. The planned cap will be 1560 Power for the first 24 hours while Contest Mode is active. Speaking of the level cap, make sure you're stocked up on Upgrade Modules to infuse your gear to its maximum.

Get these Weapons and Armor


  • Trinity Ghoul - Hard-hitting and great at add clearing.
  • Riskrunner - Looks like an absolute juggernaut with amplified and other Arc buffs.
  • Thunderlord - Bring the thunder and stop Overload Champions in their tracks.
  • One-Two Punch Arc shotguns - One-Two Punch will likely see a surge in popularity this season. Look for Arc shotguns like Dead Weight and First In, Last Out to compliment Arc 3.0.

Exotic Armor

  • Hunter
    • Liar's Handshake
    • Fr0st-EE5
    • Assassin's Cowl
  • Titan
    • Heart of Innermost Light
    • An Insurmountable Skullfort
    • AC D/0 Feedback Fence
    • Cuirass of the Falling Star
  • Warlock
    • Crown of Tempests
    • Getaway Artist
    • Claws of Ahamkara

For more Destiny 2 goodies, check out Sundering Glare Mod in Destiny 2, Explained on Pro Game Guides.

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