Bungie continues to improve the Trials of Osiris in Destiny 2. This weekend’s big change: a new Freelance mode, leveling the playing field for solo players. Even if you’re not playing with a team, you can potentially go Flawless and earn new Adept weapons, while also increasing your reputation to unlock sweet Trials loot. [Update: This bout is over, but Trials of Osiris returns October 29 with some matchmaking changes.]
Once again, Trials will run from 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET on Friday and conclude on Tuesday’s weekly reset, with both rewards and the map being randomized. You can also see what gear Xur has for sale this weekend, in case you’d like to bring a fresh Exotic into Saint-14’s playground. You’ll be spending your time playing on Cauldron and, if you manage to pull off a Flawless run, you’ll net the Adept version of the Sola’s Scar sword.
- Map: Cauldron
- 20 rounds won — Pinnacle Trials Engram
- 7 matches won — Pinnacle Trials Engram
- Reputation Rank 10 — Eye of Sol (Kinetic sniper rifle); after reputation reset, The Messenger (Kinetic pulse rifle)
- Reputation Rank 16 — Igneous Hammer (Solar hand cannon); after reputation reset, Sola’s Scar (Solar sword)
- Flawless run — Sola’s Scar (Adept) (Solar sword)
Trials of Osiris is a weekend PvP mode that runs from the daily reset on Friday until the weekly reset on Tuesday, giving you four days to take part. Your goal in the Trials is for you and the other two players in your fireteam to achieve a “Flawless” run, in which you win seven matches without losing any.
Go Flawless, and you’ll earn a trip to the Lighthouse and receive some special rewards, including the new Adept weapons. These have additional stat bonuses, making them among the most coveted items you can get your hands on.
Thanks to a bunch of changes to Trials this season, though, the mode is a little easier to get into than it has been. The Trials of Osiris now features matchmaking, so you can jump into matches even if you don’t have a full squad of three players to take it on. Your Trials Passage, the card you purchase from Saint-14 that grants you access to the mode and tracks your wins, now does not track your losses–so you can keep playing and earning rewards even if you lose out on a Flawless run. Bungie has also adjusted Trials so that you earn rewards based on the number of rounds, rather than matches, you’ve won during your session, and added a reputation system that’s similar to the Crucible and Gambit, making it easier to earn some of the Trials of Osiris’s unique loot.
Finally, you’ll earn Trials Engrams for participating in the mode, which you can cash in with Saint-14 during the weekend you receive them. Thanks to the new update, you can tune those engrams to yield specific pieces of loot, or take your chances with random drops that will expand what’s available in your loot pool. So even if you’re just jumping into Trials alone, there are plenty of ways you can earn great new gear.
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