Surprise! Lightfall just added a secret Exotic mission to Destiny 2's oldest area

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(Image credit: Bungie)

The first weekly reset of Destiny 2 Lightfall just added a secret Exotic mission which unlocks the new Vexcalibur glaive, and you're going to want to see it for yourself.

Of all places, the new Exotic mission starts in the EDZ, one of the few remaining destinations from the launch version of Destiny 2. Head over to the EDZ's Gulch and you'll find the area dotted with six Vex data clusters. Collecting one will refresh a 30-second timer and reveal another number on a keycode.

Once you collect all six, take your completed keycode and head to the southwest corner of the bend in the Gulch, just behind a rock near one of the data clusters. You'll find a short and unassuming cave with a Vex Harpy resting in the back. Interact with the Harpy to start a new mission which rewards you with Vexcalibur. If you want to get things done quickly, we've got a full guide on how to complete the Destiny 2 Vexcalibur quest and mission here.

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The cave is in the back of this area in the corner of the Gulch (Image credit: Bungie)

I won't spoil the mission itself, but I will say that it looks like we're going to run this thing several times to unlock Vexcalibur's catalysts, much like we did for Revision Zero in the Season of the Seraph. The new glaive can be crafted just like Revision, so you'll want to break down the first copy you get and then use its pattern to craft a fresh one at the enclave from The Witch Queen, so you can continue leveling it up. 

At first blush, Vexcalibur seems much stronger than the original Exotic glaives. It's a Void weapon with a special, low-duration shield that grants Void overshields to you and nearby allies whenever you block any incoming damage. While you're protected by this overshield, you'll deal increased melee damage and totally refill your shield (with a 10-second timer) on every kill. It's sort of like Void's Devour ability but with an AoE overshield, which feels pretty potent. As a glaive devotee myself, I look forward to testing different catalysts in the weeks ahead.  

Check out our Destiny 2 Lightfall review in progress for our early impressions of the still-unfurling expansion. You might also want to try one of our Destiny 2 Strand builds for the Avalon mission.

Austin Wood

Austin freelanced for the likes of PC Gamer, Eurogamer, IGN, Sports Illustrated, and more while finishing his journalism degree, and he's been with GamesRadar+ since 2019. They've yet to realize that his position as a senior writer is just a cover up for his career-spanning Destiny column, and he's kept the ruse going with a focus on news and the occasional feature, all while playing as many roguelikes as possible.