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Destiny 2 Shadowkeep raid: Everything we know about the Garden of Salvation

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Destiny 2's next big expansion is getting close, which means the Destiny 2 Shadowkeep raid, Garden of Salvation, is just weeks away. This is the expansion's pinnacle PvE activity and it will undoubtedly spawn another world-first race, so naturally Bungie's kept most of the details to itself. That said, while we haven't seen much of it at all, we know a fair bit about the Garden of Salvation already. We'll update this guide with a full walkthrough once we've cleared it ourselves, but for now, here's everything we've learned about the Destiny 2 Shadowkeep raid. 

What is the Garden of Salvation?  

The Garden of Salvation is a six-player end-game activity set in the Black Garden, the birthplace of the Vex. Players visited the Black Garden in the main story of the original Destiny, but only for a (rather boring) story mission. The Garden of Salvation is much more ambitious and will feature multiple encounters, so it should flesh out our understanding of both the Black Garden and the Vex.   

What’s the Destiny 2 Shadowkeep raid release date? 

Due to a two-week delay, the Destiny 2 Shadowkeep raid release date is now Saturday, October 5. The Contest modifier, which caps raiders' Power below the recommended level for each raid encounter, will be active for the first 24 hours to amp up the challenge.  

It's unclear what the recommended and maximum Power levels in the Garden of Salvation will be, but we can speculate as to where they might fall. There's technically no Power cap in Shadowkeep thanks to Artifacts, which can be leveled infinitely, but there is a soft cap at 950 Power and another cap at 960. You can reach 950 doing pretty much anything, but to get 960 gear, you'll need to complete pinnacle activities like the raid. All that being said, the recommended raid Power level will probably be in the low- to mid-900s, with the final encounter scaling up to 950 or so. 

What's the new Shadowkeep raid Exotic? 

Every Destiny 2 raid - although not every raid lair - awards a special Exotic, so we know there's going to be one in the Garden of Salvation. That said, we're not entirely sure what the next raid Exotic is. Players have speculated that it's the Deathbringer, a new void Exotic rocket launcher that drops explosive void orbs when detonated. In some ways, this rocket is similar to the famed Gjallarhorn, and its main ability is definitely one of the most unique Exotic perks we've seen, so it's a strong contender for the Garden of Salvation Exotic. But we've also seen a peculiar machine gun and some other off-the-walls Exotics through various event demos, and there's every possibility we haven't seen the Garden of Salvation Exotic at all, so we can't be sure at this stage. 

We can cross three Exotics off the list, though: the Eriana's Vow hand cannon, Leviathan's Breath bow, and Divinity trace rifle all come from the new Season Pass or Exotic quests, so they won't be tied to the raid. 

What does the Destiny 2 Shadowkeep raid armor look like? 

The Garden of Salvation will drop raid-exclusive armor mods as well as armor with special  mod slots just for them. We don't know what those mods will be just yet, but Bungie did give us a look at the new raid armor sets.  

If this armor set looks familiar, that's because it uses the models from an old Eververse-exclusive set as a base, but the neon detailing and general Vex-ification do make it stand out.