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How to Solve “Cross the Chasm” Puzzle in Destiny 2: Root of Nightmares Raid

A room of planets await you through two doors, all you gotta do is: survive.
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So you’ve just gotten through the second encounter, Scission, which is part of the new Destiny raid, Root of Nightmares. Now what? It’s time for a small interlude before you jump into the third encounter out of four. Guardians who have attempted raids before won’t be surprised by these areas, as most raids have puzzle/parkour areas in between the main puzzles and boss fights. In this area, you will be given an objective and pretty much left to figure out for yourself what exactly you have to do. Because of course, Destiny 2 makes the walk before a boss a fight in an of itself. Let’s find the Witness and figure out how to solve “Cross the Chasm” puzzle in Destiny 2: Root of Nightmares raid.

How to Solve “Cross the Chasm” Puzzle in Destiny 2: Root of Nightmares Raid

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Once your team has completed the second encounter and walked through the center of a flower, you’ll be on your way to reaching the third encounter. However, the road to the third encounter isn’t all daises and daffodils. There will be a small brightly lit area within the flower that you are encased in and won’t be able to progress until you figure out what to do. Thankfully, if you’ve been doing the other raid mechanics correctly, you should have no issue getting past this area. Simply have one player shoot the beginning light ball and another shoot the darkness ball, and connect it to its nodes as you have done in the previous encounter. These nodes are stored in crevices around you, so be sure to look high and low for all of them.

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After all the nodes have been correctly connected, the blocked area in front of you will open, and you will now be ready to face the REAL puzzle. You will be given the “Cross the Chasm” objective, and as you will see, the chasm is very deep and very unfriendly. If you want to get to the next encounter swiftly and efficiently, time will need to be your friend. You will see more nodes stretching the area you need to cross, however, unlike previous ones, these nodes are all activated.

What’s more, they are alternating, with the first node being a light ball, and the second one being darkness, and so on and so forth. This is done intentionally, as every now and then, a wave of darkness will be sent your way, and can be recognized by a loud thundering sound, followed by a thumping heart beat notifying you of your impending doom.

How to Open the Doors in the “Cross the Chasm” Puzzle in Destiny 2: Root of Nightmares Raid

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All is not lost however, as players are able to survive this normally fatal wave of darkness by giving themselves the Darkness’s Refuge buff. You’ll need to stand under a light ball, shoot it, and then go under a darkness ball and shoot it in order to get this buff. This is due to the fact that you first need to get the Field of Light buff to get the Darkness buff in this puzzle. If you were to just walk to a darkness ball and shoot it, nothing would happen and you would be disintegrated when the pulse of darkness comes your way.

After you know what to do, repeat this process as you continue across the chasm, defeating any random enemies along the way. Once you get far enough you will have to eventually connect some light balls with disconnected nodes, but be sure to get your Darkness’s Refuge buff back once you do. Making your way through this area, you will encounter a tall door. This is the first of two doors, and if you don’t want to be like my team and spend 30 minutes trying to figure this out, you’ll want to pay attention. It may seem like you have to do something special with these doors, when in fact all you have to do is make sure all 6 people are standing in front of the door and it will unlock. It’s that easy.

The first door will open and you can continue to the last section of the puzzle, where you have to reach another door, and then have everyone stand in front of it at the same time. Congratulations, you’ve now completed the “walking section” of the raid! Now, I hope you’re ready to move some planets for this next encounter.

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