One Way To Solo The First Part Of Crota's End Hard Mode In Destiny

One Way To Solo The First Part Of Crota's End Hard Mode In Destiny

Now that Destiny's Crota's End raid has a hard mode, the race is on to find creative ways to exploit and solo the raid's various sections. This afternoon, I actually figured out a decent way to solo your way through the first phase.

It's mostly the same method as in normal mode, but with a fairly specific twist at the end. Here's what you'll need:

  • A titan defender with the "bastion" perk enabled.
  • A Patience & Time sniper rifle.
  • Some actual patience and time.
  • A MIDA Multi-Tool with the speed perk unlocked, though that's not required so much as it is recommended.

Do the first parts like you normally would. Juke the thralls, get up on the rock, jump up onto the ledge. (It's very easy with a titan.) Make your way along the ledge and kill the knight, who is now a yellow knight, so he takes a few more shots. Equip Patience & Time and make your way to the last light and the bridge activation platform.

From there, trigger the light and activate the platform, then jump up onto the rock to the left of the light. Don't worry about the light's explosion knocking you off — it won't do anything to you since the hotfix that removed explosion physics.

OK, business as usual, right? Here comes the ogre. Oh shit, the ogre is a Hallowed Ogre with a yellow health bar, and it's pretty difficult to kill solo. If you've got a Gjallarhorn and are very accurate with it, you can probably take him down, but it's gonna be tricky.

While I'm sure there's more than one other way to do this, here's what I did to get past him:

  • Wait until he goes behind the big rock, with Patience & Time equipped.
  • Just before he comes out (which is when he begins to shoot at you), aim down the sights. You should be aiming at the rock before you can even see his hand.
  • When he comes out, you'll be invisible for about ten seconds, and he'll just sit there.
  • The moment your invisibility wears off, trigger your Ward of Dawn.
  • Chill in the bubble and equip MIDA Multi-Tool. Face the bridge.
  • The second the bridge is built, make a break for it. Juke often to dodge any stray ogre fire, and to dodge thralls that pop up on the bridge.
  • Profit

That's what I did, and it worked. I even got a gun out of it! If you or any of your raid buddies have a titan with Patience & Time, you should be all set to make it through the first checkpoint, and to sherpa your friends through, too. Of course, it will be a fun challenge to do it legit, as well.

If you've got any other methods you've come up with or seen, I hope you'll share them below. (For example, it miiiight work better to go onto the rock that's closer to the bridge, but I don't go to that one anymore, so I can't say for sure.)

I've actually been avoiding streams, since my team is going to give Hard Mode a run for its money later tonight, and I want to try it as fresh as possible. (Wish us luck!) With that said, I pulled this off, and wanted to share.


    People are still playing destiny? Why try so hard to solo content when you could just play a game that actually rewards players who put their time in?

      I'm with you. That game just feels like grinding for the sake of grinding.

      I like both your comment AND your Coheed afterman avatar

      Last edited 22/01/15 6:15 pm

      I'm one of the people who still plays it occasionally, and i do enjoy it because the game is entertaining, however i despise bungie's decision to make things real-time based like a fucking free iphone game. That should not be how good games are made in the future, and can understand why so many people deteste the game so much

      I have a great time with friends. That's a decent reward right? Cheers for cheese kirk.

      People are still asking if people still play Destiny?
      Its a grind. You dont like it. We get it. Millions of others enjoy it, so quit commenting on articles about a game you so clearly hate. Maybe comment on a game that actually rewards you for time spent?

    People are still playing a game that they enjoy? UNBELIEVABLE!

    I understand the whole path of least resistance when it comes to cheesing and loot, but cheesing overly easy and simple sections seems totally pointless, as long as you have at least one Defender Titan in your squad with Helm of Saint-14 the entire Pit section is laughable.

    Last edited 23/01/15 5:58 am

    Did hard mode last night with @os42 and a few others. Bit tough as L31 but had a couple of good runs through the lanterns and didn't feel entirely useless. Watching and learning! We got through to the Crota battle and then gracefully gave up as it was late and it's really really hard...

    To those who ask why people are still playing: strikes and raids are FUN. Teamwork, strategy, and some social banter and friendly pisstaking when the inevitable hilarious error happens. In my case last night when running for cover "Um... bit of advice everyone - if you need cover, try not to hide behind a Hallowed Knight..."

    It's not grindy if you're just playing the game. If you're desperate to level fast and do everything every day with 3 characters, then sure. But a couple of social hours playing in the evening is just a couple of social hours playing in the evening, and equipment levels up quickly enough.

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