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Trainers disappointed with Pokemon Go Halloween “Special Raid Boss”

Published: 26/Oct/2020 10:32 Updated: 26/Oct/2020 10:33

by Paul Cot


Trainers were expecting something exciting – or at least something new – for the proclaimed “Special Raid Boss” in the Pokemon Go Halloween event. However, many were left disappointed.

Unless Niantic made a last minute unknown change, that special Pokemon was Darkrai. The Pitch-Black Pokemon is currently featured in five-star Raid Battles and will remain so until Thursday, November 5.

Now let’s get one thing straight, Darkrai is a great Pokemon. It is arguably the best dark-type attacker in all of Pokemon Go and can even be effective in GO Battle League’s Master League.

Darkrai Halloween
Darkrai has regularly featured in Pokemon Go Raid Battles over the last year…

It has one big problem though, and that is it has been featured in Raid Battles several times before, including in last year’s Halloween event. Therefore, it is understandable trainers are struggling to get excited about its re-emergence.

This is especially true considering the hype Niantic put behind the ‘special’ Pokemon. Perhaps in hindsight they regret doing so.

In a post from September 23 on the official Pokemon Go blog, they stated: “Stay tuned for details about a special Raid Boss that’ll be available to challenge during our Halloween event!”

We speculated as to which special Pokemon it may be before the eventual reveal and our list did include Darkrai. Given the Crown Tundra release overlap too, we also discussed the possibility of Niantic pulling out all the stops by featuring the Galarian Kanto birds in Raid Battles.

Darkrai… again

“Darkrai in raids is quite boring because we had it twice this year already and not even 2 months apart,” @MGGamingYT shared on Twitter while discussing the Halloween 2020 event.

Elsewhere, prior to the announcement @gururajtakeshi pre-empted the dark-type Mythical Pokemon featuring: “If the mystery raid boss is Darkrai it’s disappointment.”

No Dark Void

Others had assumed upon the announcement of Darkrai returning, that it would so with a brand new move Dark Void. That’s because a datamine discovered that it had been added to the game.

It is easy to see why trainers assumed Darkrai would get this special move but unfortunately it never did. We don’t know whether it was ever Niantic’s intention to add it but it never materialized either way.

The Pokeminers even commented on its addition to the game: “We guess it’s just coincidental timing when it was added, unfortunately.”

This means an Elite TM will have to be used when it does eventually makes its way into the game. Alternatively, Darkrai may even feature in five-star Raids again…


How to unlock The Lament in Beyond Light: Destiny 2 exotic sword guide

Published: 22/Nov/2020 17:03

by Julian Young


With the first completion of the Deep Stone Crypt raid in Beyond Light, several new activities have been unlocked in Destiny 2. This means that The Lament, a new exotic sword, is now obtainable. So, here’s what you need to know about finding it.

One thing that Destiny 2 players always enjoy is chasing new pieces of exciting gear. With the release of Beyond Light, Bungie already added two new exotic weapons into the game: the No Time to Explain pulse rifle and the Salvation’s Grip grenade launcher.

With Beyond Light’s raid – the Deep Stone Crypt – opening to players on November 21, the game’s community raced to complete the new activity and uncover any secrets hidden in the raid.

After the world’s first raid completion, several new activities were unlocked for players to complete. One of these pursuits is the quest to obtain a new exotic sword: The Lament.

Destiny 2 Clovis Bray Logo
The Lament’s exotic quest will have players coming face-to-face with Clovis Bray.

The Lament: exotic sword perks

The Lament is a new exotic weapon in Beyond Light. While swords used to be one of the least-used weapons in Destiny 2, in recent seasons they have been buffed substantially by Bungie and are now considered one of the top weapons in many activities.

As an exotic weapon, The Lament has been graced with some powerful perks and an intrinsic perk that makes the weapon unique:

  • Jagged Edge: increased damage at the cost of sword ammo
  • Enduring Guard: guard has maximized efficiency and high endurance, but low resistance
  • Tireless Blade: ammo is granted for every other powered kill
  • Revved Consumption: damaging a combatant heals the wielder
  • Banshee’s Wail: sword blade can be revved
    • Increases damage, shield bypass, and adds shield piercing to all attacks
    • Gain stacks when dealing damage with revved attacks
    • Additional stacks increase the damage and damage resistance of heavy attacks
Destiny 2 Black Talon Exotic Sword
The Lament joins other exotic swords in Destiny 2 like the Black Talon.

How to get The Lament sword in Destiny 2: Beyond Light

The completion of the Deep Stone Crypt raid unlocked the new exotic quest players need to complete in order to acquire The Lament. However, players do not need to complete the raid themselves, asthe quest has been unlocked for all Guardians.

Here’s how players can complete the Lost Lament exotic quest (note: this quest contains serious spoilers, and players who do not want these story beats revealed should avoid this information):

  1. Visit Banshee-44 in the tower and pick up the Lost Lament exotic quest
  2. Locate and scan 3 dead Exos on Europa
    • One is located in the center of Cadmus Ridge
    • Another in a cave area in the upper-right corner of the Eventide Ruins
    • The final Exo can be found near an ice formation on the right-hand side of the Asterion Abyss
  3. Locate the Giant Exo hidden in the Exo facility
    • This quest step will take you to a new area in the Exo facility on Europa, where you will speak to Clovis Bray
  4. Prove yourself to the Clovis AI by using Swords against the Vex across Europa
    • Defeat 100 Vex with swords
    • Defeat 20 Minotaurs, Hydras, or Cyclopes (note: players only need to defeat 20 of all enemy types combined, not 20 of each)
  5. Acquire and complete the listed quests from Commander Zavala and Variks to prove yourself to the Clovis AI and continue on with “Lost Lament” (note: if players have already completed all story content in the main campaign and on Europa after defeating Eramis, these quests should already be completed)
    • “Reclaiming Europa”
    • “Empire’s Fall”
    • “The Dark Priestess”
  6. Prove your worth to the Clovis AI by completing an Exo Challenge
    • Players should check their map, travel to the specified location, activate the quest and complete the specified objectives to proceed
  7. Defeat Vex with finishers to satisfy the Clovis AI. Defeating powerful Vex grants the most efficient progress
    • Defeat 60 Vex with finishers
  8. Access the strike “The Glassway” and locate the blade pieces within
    • This item drops from a named Harpy that players will defeat during the final boss encounter
  9. Head back to the Tower and speak to Banshee-44 about the broken blade
  10. Search Eventide Ruins for an abandoned bunker and explore inside
    • This is the Bunker E15 Lost Sector
  11. Complete the mission “Reforging the Past” to save the Clovis AI from being destroyed
    • Players will receive The Lament during this mission and should make sure to have space in their inventory for the weapon
  12. Head back to the Tower and report your discoveries to Banshee-44

After completing all of these quest steps, players will be able to keep their newly-acquired exotic sword to use as they please.

Destiny 2 Beyond Light Guardian Holding Lament
After completing the weapon’s quest, Guardians will unlock The Lament permanently.

Beyond Light’s new powerhouse exotic?

Although the quest to obtain The Lament does not require the same time and effort as other weapon quests in the past, some players may question whether the effort to obtain the new sword is worth it.

The weapon’s intrinsic perk, Banshee’s Wail, allows Guardians to stack damage for some impressive DPS output. For players who need a new weapon to dish out serious damage in PVE activities – like the new Deep Stone Crypt raid – The Lament is well worth the grind to obtain it.