As the clock struck noon ET today, I logged on to Destiny 2 to find…absolutely nothing in the game to mark the launch of Niobe Labs. But soon enough, Bungie tweeted that Niobe Labs was not a dungeon, a strike or a mission, but instead a puzzle room that once solved, will unlock the Bergusia Forge for the entire playerbase, similarly to how the completion of the Last Wish raid by the first team unlocked a new strike and Gambit map for all players.
You are able to go to Niobe Labs yourself if you want, but unless you’re some of Destiny’s most devoted puzzle solvers like Teawrex or Datto there probably isn’t all that much you’re going to be able to do there other than look at a few cool symbols and kill a scarce handful of enemies.
Niobe Labs’ location is in the Outskirts of the EDZ, so far south it’s off the map. You go across the bridge and then you’ll find another, broken bridge in the next area that will require you to continue on foot. Keep going and you’ll find some tunnels that will eventually lead you to Niobe Labs and at least one puzzle room. There are a few Fallen there, but not much else…for now, anyway.
As I write this I am split-screen watching Teawrex trying to figure this out. It has a similar mechanic to past Forge puzzles where you can look through the scope of a Black Armory weapon and see hidden symbols on surfaces that aren’t there otherwise. The most advanced thing I’ve done with this is snipe a few symbols in the Forges to unlock secret emblems, but there are actually far more elaborate codes that have been deciphered.
This new puzzle seems to be using past cyphers from the other forges that play into this final puzzle room somehow. But as I write this, I have not seen anyone make much progress as of yet.
What to make of this? I mean…I don’t know.
Part of me is enjoying watching my favorite streamers figure this out. But now I’m just supposed to…do what, do milestones and wait? I’d rather be actually playing some sort of mission, which would be more entertaining than watching people on stream decipher codes that I have a 0% chance of figuring out myself.
As for what happens after this, I’m not sure. It says the Bergusia Forge will be unlocked, but I’m not sure if there’s any lead up to finding it (it can’t be here, we are way too far away from anything). And I’m not sure what happens after. At the very least, we should be able to open up our exotic lockbox for one more weapon, at least. And technically this should be the “end” of the Black Armory, as the next quest is the Last Word exotic quest which should serve as a lead-in to the season of the Drifter.
For now, we just have to wait. You can explore the Labs yourself if you want, but 99.9999% of the community is going to be able to contribute nothing useful to this process. Check back here for updates if any progress is made.
Update (2:53 PM): Some progress is being made on this after three hours, as it requires shooting different symbols with different Forge weapons, with some of the clues hidden on the weapons themselves (in binary it says “Reverse” on Hammerhead, for instance). This is something that lies beyond the problem-solving scope of almost all Destiny players other than a few hundred ultra-pro puzzling pros, so I can’t say I’m a fan of the concept. And after the first fifteen minutes it stopped being fun to watch on stream as well. This isn’t like figuring out how to kill a raid boss for the first time, it’s just…shooting symbols on walls and floors. Not great.
Update 2: Gothalion and a few others have gotten past the symbols puzzle and into a boss fight with Siviks, but the mechanics are still unclear and everyone keeps running into an auto-wipe mechanic
Update 3: Players have made it through five stages of a combat/puzzle combo encounter called Niobe’s Torment that gives them a “roadmap” of sorts that appears like it may be the final solution, but no one has solved it yet, and requires going through stages 1-5 just for an attempt or two at putting in the code before a wipe.
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