Squeeze more out of the Destiny beta: secrets, collectibles and pastimes

By Brenna Hillier
21 July 2014 07:58 GMT

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Destiny’s beta contains a handful of story missions, one co-op strike and PvP multiplayer. If you think you’ve seen it all, here are a few tips to keep you busy.


Seek out hidden chests

Chest spawn in random spots around set locations. Once you find one – say, in a cave or room – make sure you take another look every time you wander past that location, because it will probably be back, but in a slightly different, hidden place.

One good way to locate a chest is to listen; they give off a slight jingling sound, distinct from that of spinmetal. When you hear the jangle, start looking around. Sometimes they appear in unusual places.

You may need to do some tricky jumping to get to a chest, but trust me – you can get to it. Bring your buddies with you to ensure you all get a share of the loot, which includes glimmer and equipment.

Find the five golden chests

Now that you’re an expert loot hunter, go after the grand prize: the golden chests. There are five golden chests scattered around the Cosmodrome, differentiated from standard respawning chests by their bronze colour and better quality contents.

When you’re over-levelled, golden chest loot can be a little disappointing, but yesterday two of my maxed-out fire team buddies both got new ground vehicles from one, leaving me in their dust as we zipped across the Cosmodrome.

Golden chests do not respawn, so if you didn’t notice at the time the best way to figure out if you found one is to check the navigator when selecting a destination; when you click on Earth, you should see an indicator of your progress over to the right of the screen.


Find the Ghosts

Scattered around the Tower and Cosmodrome you’ll find dead Ghosts. Revive them to earn Grimoire cards and points. Ghosts can be hard to spot, but tend to be hidden inside things – lockers, pipes, the cab of a beached boat. Look for the pale glow they emit.

Turn the difficulty up

After you’ve chosen a location to visit in the navigator, don’t hit launch – click the difficulty indicator to select a higher difficulty. This is especially useful if you’re trying to earn an XP bounty or farm for gear, but it’s also just a lot of fun. It’s particularly good if you’re starting a new character.

The Devil’s Lair Strike is probably the most difficult PvE the Destiny beta offers, so if you can get into this at a lower level with the difficulty up you’ll find yourself challenged.

Hunt some high level enemies.

There are areas in the beta you are not supposed to go, and Bungie has ensured you don’t get too far by filling them with enemies far too high level for you; grenades, supers and heavy weapons won’t make a dent in these monsters.

However, you can still have some fun with them. In the area on the far side of Skywatch with the helicopters and constant battle between Fallen and Hive, listen for the rumbling roar of a monster close to a gap in the cliffside barrier. Carefully jump down to a ledge below to find a cave inhabited by an over-powered knight.

If you have a buddy with you, and you’re quick and careful, you can lure this guy out while your friend drives into him with a vehicle and knocks him to his death. You don’t get much reward bar shits and giggles, but there is a chest in his cave.

Keep killing off our ugly friend and you may just spawn an even bigger baddie. That’s all I’m saying.


Challenge the Devil Walker – solo

In Explore, you can go almost anywhere accessible in story missions and strikes. If you wander your way through the cosmodrome towards Sepiks Prime’s lair, you’ll eventually come fact to face with a Devil Walker.

Taking this bad boy down solo isn’t easy, and takes a lot of time and patience. But if I can do it, so can you, and then we can all brag.

If you need help figuring out how to take down this six-legged tank, we have you covered.

Next: Pimp your Guardian, capture a Pike, turn in bounties, fill in your Grimoire and master PvP and more…

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