Destiny 2 Defenses Down Raid Challenge Guide

A guide on how to complete the Defenses Down challenge in the Vow of the Disciple raid in Destiny 2.

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Defenses Down is one of the triumphs that Guardians can unlock in Destiny 2. This triumph is part of the Vow of the Disciple triumphs which can be completed in the raid of the same name. The requirement to obtain is triumph is a bit tricky to get, and it definitely needs coordination in between the members of the fireteam.

In this guide, we will be talking about the steps on how to obtain the Defenses Down triumph.

How to complete the Destiny 2 Defenses Down raid challenge

The Defenses Down challenge requires that any member of the fireteam can only kill one Disciple Hourglass during the Exhibition part of the raid. Before we proceed with the specifics of how to complete this challenge, let’s briefly talk about the Exhibition part and some of the mechanics that will play a part in doing this challenge.

How to complete the Destiny 2 Defenses Down raid challenge


Exhibition is the third part of the Vow of the Disciple raid where players will have to transport certain relics through different rooms.

Exhibition Relics

The laser relic is one of the three relics present in Exhibition that will be crucial in completing the challenge. This laser relic is the only thing that can destroy the Disciples Hourglass knight’s shield.

Raid Debuffs

There are two raid debuffs that will affect the way that you will handle this challenge:

  • Terminal Resonance: This debuff appears on all the members of the fireteam as soon as the laser relic is picked up. It is basically a countdown that when it runs out, it will cause a fireteam wipe. The countdown runs from 1:15 minutes and can be extended by 40 seconds once a Disciples Hourglass knight is killed, or once the relic is deposited on an altar.
  • Curbed Resonance: This debuff prevents the player from picking up any other relic for 30 seconds upon dropping or depositing a relic.

Because of these two relics, members of the fireteam have limited time to decide and thus should coordinate with each other on who should pick up what relic. The Pervading Darkness debuff is also present, but it does not have a major effect in the challenge.

Pick up the Laser Relic

Talk amongst your fireteam on who should pick up the laser relic first and what the rotation of the relics should be. This is also important because you can only see certain glyphs whether or not you are holding a relic.

Kill the Glyphkeepers

Once the Glyphkeepers in the room are killed, the Disciples Hourglass knight will appear.

Let one of the Knights live

There are a total of seven knights throughout Exhibition, and since a full fireteam only has six members, you at least have to spare one knight to fulfill the requirement of the challenge. It is recommended to spare one of the knights on the room next to where the Laser Relic first appeared. Depending on how fast your fireteam can solve the glyphs and clear the room, you can also do away with killing less than six knights since the challenge does not require that all members should kill one knight.

Complete the Exhibition

Once your fireteam has cleared the Exhibition and has properly coordinated the execution of the right number of knights per person to a T, then you will be rewarded with an extra chest at the end of the Exhibition part, plus you will also be rewarded with the Defenses Down triumph.

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