Destiny 2 Reset Time COUNTDOWN: Dawning Event, Raid, Nightfall, Xur on PC, PS4, Xbox Jan 9

Destiny 2 Guardians have just a couple of hours remaining to make the most of the numerous activities and in-game rewards before the ritual Tuesday weekly reset takes place.

Due to a change to the game, the weekly reset no longer takes place at 9am (GMT) as it has usually done. Instead, the reset will begin at 5pm GMT (or 9am PDT) putting it in line with the rest of the game updates.

For those who don’t recall, the Destiny 2 reset is a fairly common occurrence, dating right back to the original game where certain in-game activities reset on a weekly schedule.

This includes everything from new in-game activities, the disappearance of exotic gear vendor Xur and the removal of Trials of the Nine/Iron Banner from the crucible playlist.

Essentially this is a countdown to complete these tasks before they’re reset, replaced or removed entirely from the game.

Each Tuesday, the following rituals and activities will have all progression and rewards reset and/or removed:

• Leviathan Raid rewards
• Weekly Nightfall Strike
• Trials of the Nine unavailable after the weekly reset
• Xur disappears again…
• New Flashpoint destination on one of the game’s four planets
• Personal Clan XP contribution and Clan Engram rewards
• New Treasure Maps from Cayde-6
• Milestone rewards for Call to Arms, Nightfall, Flashpoint, Clan XP

Keep reading for more details on the key changes taking place THIS week.

The Dawning

The Dawning event launched in mid-December but Guardians can still enjoy the snowy activities for one more day as Bungie looks set to remove the event from the game following the reset later tonight, Tuesday, January 9.

For those who don’t recall, The Dawning has altered the appearance of The Farm and The Tower, as well as giving players more activities to take part in.

Here’s everything that Bungie added into the game for The Dawning, which will vanish later tonight:

Snowball Fights
Guardians aren’t just arming themselves with weapons. There are snowball piles everywhere you look. In the Tower and at the Farm, you can tag your friends for bragging rights. In Strikes, you can blast an enemy with a snowball to stun them and deal big damage. Stay frosty out there.

Mayhem in the Cold
Keep your blood warm and your heart pumping in the Crucible. Mayhem is back, so your abilities recharge faster. Point values are cranked up enough to melt the ice. It’s anarchy—and it’s awesome.

Milestones of Winter
• Engage in Crucible Mayhem or become legend in Strikes and you’ll be rewarded. Every week, complete a milestone for a Dawning engram.

Get in the giving mood with new consumables that give rewards to everyone you’re playing with. If there’s a specific Dawning item that you have your heart set on, Tess will refresh her inventory each week, enabling you to use your Bright Dust reserves for your holiday shopping.

Gifting and Receiving

Pick up a Dawning Gift Schematic from the Bazaar. Venture to other worlds and craft a unique gift for the vendors and agents you find in the Tower and beyond. Then, give the lucky recipient their gift and receive a gift in return. You can participate in the season of giving every day of the event.

You can see all of these new activities and some incredibly pretty seasonal decorations in the gallery below:

Where is Xur?

Last Friday when players were asking ‘Where is Xur?’ they quickly discovered the exotic gear merchant on IO, near Giant’s Scar.

Previously, in Destiny 1, Xur used to leave the tower on a Sunday, giving Guardians only the weekend to properly acquire those Strange Coins to trade in for exotic weapons and armour. In Destiny 2, however, Xur leaves when the game undergoes it’s Tuesday weekly reset.

That means players don’t have long to trade in their Legendary Shards for Xur’s loot, which this week included:

• Merciless Fusion Rifle – 29 Legendary Shards
• Young Ahamkara’s Spine Exotic Gauntlets armour – 23 Legendary Shards
• Mask of the Quiet One Exotic Helmet armour – 23 Legendary Shards
• Wings of Sacred Dawn Exotic Cheast armour – 23 Legendary Shards

In addition, after the Destiny 2 Update on December 12, Xur started selling a few new items. This included the Three of Coins (31 Legendary Shards) and the Fated Engram (97 Legendary Shards).

For a closer look at his inventory, take a look at the gallery below.

Nightfall Strike

The past week was suppossed to see Guardians taking on The Curse of Osiris Nightfall Strike, A Garden World. However, a bug which prevented some players from gaining certain rewards saw Bungie change the mission.

As such, the last week Destiny 2 Guardians have been taking on The Inverted Spire Nightfall with Momentum and Timewarp: Rings modifiers active, but following the weekly reset, players will have yet another brand new Nightfall to experience.

For anyone not in the know, a Destiny 2 Nightfall Strike is essentially higher-difficulty variations of each existing Destiny 2 Strike.

During a Nightfall Strike, enemies are usually tougher and different enemies may appear in clusters as you encounter them throughout the mission, compared to a usual Strike.

In addition, Bungie normally adds certain modifiers to each Nightfall Strike which make the process even more difficult. For example, enemies could have increased aim accuracy, or more enemies could have shields.

Alternatively, it might be modifiers which impact the player, such as players taking more damage while airborne or having the player radar completely disabled.

However, it’s impossible to know what Nightfall Strike will replace The Inverted Spire as we no longer have a handy roadmap to refer to.

Stay tuned for details as soon as the weekly reset is complete later today.


As with every Tuesday reset, Trials of the Nine is rotated out of the Destiny 2 Crucible PvP mode.

For the past weekend, players have been playing the Countdown game mode on the Midtown map.

However, if you’ve yet to make it flawless and access the mysterious place with the giant Emissary and the Unicorns, don’t worry.

There’s still time to earn some of that amazing Trials of the Nine loot before the mysterious Nine depart for another week.

But as a reminder, Players must complete the Destiny 2 campaign, the Call to Arms Milestone at least once, and have 260 Power for access to Trials of the Nine.

And if you’re struggling to find a group to complete the Trials of the Nine, don’t worry, because Bungie has declared their intent to bring the Guided Games feature to the PVP mode at some stage in the future.


Visit Ikora in the Tower and you can replay specific story missions which are significantly harder than the base game, in exchange you’ll earn engams.

These past week players could repeat the following story missions:

• Unbroken: Find Thumos the Unbroken and take the key codes he carries—by any means necessary.
• Payback: Time for Zavala’s grand entrance—finally attacking the Red Legion base in the EDZ head-on.


• This week’s destination is Nessus. Complete Public Events to finish the Milestone and get a Luminous Engram.

Destiny 2 Raids

There is no new news regarding the Destiny 2 Leviathan Raid or the new Eater of Worlds raid lair.

However, for those who missed it previously, here’s a small info about the worlds first team to speed through the new Raid Lair, as confirmed on the Bungie blog post before Christmas.

“The unexpected happened, and we’d like to congratulate the rag-tag team of Guardians who conquered their new foe with speed, grace, and deadly coordination. Not only did this fireteam form up the evening before the raid lair went live, their quick troubleshooting and in-game skill led them to take the crown. You can hear their reaction to earning the title here.

“Additionally, we’d like to give props to the Traveller of Guardians clan for their completion of the raid lair. This fireteam consisted of six deaf players, communicating via video chat to troubleshoot the puzzles laid before them, leading to the defeat of Argos.

“These reactions are pure gold, and fantastic examples of what the teams at Bungie wish to create: unforgettable experiences, with new friends or old. Cheers to all who have made it through the Eater of Worlds.”


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