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Destiny 2 Illusory Barriers – how to complete the Deceiving Appearances Challenge

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This week, players must destroy Destiny 2 Illusory Barriers for the Deceiving Appearances seasonal challenge. Players need to destroy three of these barriers using the new Exotic Stasis Trace Rifle Ager’s Scepter and must align six beacons. Both of these tasks can only be done in the new Season of the Lost Shattered Realm activity. This challenge was bugged, causing the Illusory Barriers objective to not progress even if a player destroyed one, but Bungie has since deployed a fix. The Illusory Barriers objective for the Deceiving Appearances challenge has now been auto-completed for all players. You will still need to do the other objective to complete the challenge, so we’ve got you covered right here.

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How to complete the Destiny 2 Deceiving Appearances seasonal challenge

Destiny 2 season of the lost seasonal challenge deceiving appearances illusory barriers

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Even though this challenge has been auto-completed for all players, It’s still worth looking out for these Illusory Barriers in the Shattered Realm as they’re a good source of extra loot. There may even be more challenges like it in the next few weeks of Season of the Lost. To destroy Illusory Barriers, you’ll need to venture into the Shattered Realm activity and use Ager’s Scepter to destroy special rock walls that conceal treasures such as Ascendant Anchors and loot chests. The second objective for this challenge requires you to align six beacons in the Shattered Realm which you can do in two full runs of the activity.

Destiny 2 season of the lost seasonal challenge deceiving appearances illusory barriers

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The Illusory Barriers you’re looking for are generally quite difficult to find, not only because they are found away from the main path, but also because they are quite well camouflaged into the surroundings. They look like normal rock walls except they have a purple glittery effect on their surface. Shooting them with the Ager’s Scepter beam is the only way to destroy them and reveal any loot they hide. In the Debris of Dreams Shattered Realm, you can find several of these Illusory Barriers:

  • The Ruined Outpost – 2 Illusory Barriers
  • The Vista – 1 Illusory Barrier
  • The Encampment – 1 Illusory Barrier

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You can make some of them easier to find with the Unveiled Eyes Wayfinder’s Compass upgrade found in the blue middle tier of upgrades. This upgrade reveals nearby Ascendant Anchors, including ones that are hidden behind Illusory Barriers. While you’re in the Shattered Realm, activate a True Sight compass device and see if any grey loot waypoints appear on your screen. If they do, head towards them and see if you can find a glittery rock wall and zap it with Ager’s Scepter.

Will Sawyer

After realising I hated writing local news when I started my journalism degree, I decided to make it my mission to combine my gaming interests with work and become a games journalist. Even with my final year of uni cut short by a small virus you may have heard of, I managed to graduate from Kingston University London and have been doing freelance guides writing since the start of 2021. I was previously at Game Rant, but now I'm over here at GamesRadar+, no doubt still spending far too much time doing Warlock space magic stuff in Destiny 2, and trying to claw my way to Apex Predator in Apex Legends.