Is Egregore The Key To Our New Darkness Subclass in Destiny 2 Lightfall?

The Destiny 2 Showcase is coming on 23rd August 2022 and Lightfall is going to be a major focus of the showcase, as we get into the early-marketing schedule for the new expansion. We didn’t get a new Darkness Subclass in Witch Queen, as Bungie has reworked all current subclasses in the 3.0 model, but Lightfall should be the perfect time to introduce a new Darkness Subclass. Today I’m going to look at the evidence in the game as to what that Darkness Subclass is going to be, plus have a look at some of the clues in the lore as to how we may get our new abilities.

We’ve got four subclasses in the game right now; Arc, Solar, Void and Stasis. The first three have been with us since the beginning of Destiny, and Stasis was introduced as part of Beyond Light back in November 2020. The three Light subclasses (Arc, Solar and Void) are currently going through the 3.0 transformation, moving to the Aspects and Fragments system to align with Stasis. Solar and Void have been complete and we’re expecting Arc to arrive in Season 18, coming on 23rd August 2022.

Stasis was the first Darkness subclass introduced in 2020, and Bungie is likely to be mindful of introducing a new Darkness subclass as strong as Stasis. The introduction of Stasis was a rocky period in the history of Destiny 2, as many players felt it was overpowered, and a few high-profile players left the game for good, because they felt it ruined PVP. 2021 didn’t see a major release from Destiny 2, we did have a number of good seasons like Chosen and Splicer, then we had a very long Season of the Lost because of the delay to Witch Queen.

Bungie took the time in 2021 to balance Stasis, ultimately bug fixing and balancing Stasis to a manageable level. Arguably, since that balancing took place, Destiny 2 has been in a great place in PVE, given the decoupling between PVP and PVE balancing, although PVP still needs some love. Bungie always faces a tough task introducing a new subclass; they want it to be a desirable option for players, and it will be a major selling point of a new expansion, but they don’t want it to be too overpowered as to ruin the balance of the current game.

New Darkness Subclass

Stasis was our first Darkness subclass, and that brings us to our next Darkness Subclass and what that is going to be. There has been speculation for some time that we’re going to get a Poison-based Darkness Subclass, given we have posion elements in the game right now.

Thorn is the first example, and that hand cannon has the perk Mark of the Devourer, where rounds pierce targets and deal damage over time. Kills with this weapon leave behind Remnants. Also, Soul Devourer were absorbing a Remnant strengthens Mark of the Devourer and partially refills the magazine.

Osteo Striga is another example of poison effects. Screaming Swarm, Fires a stream of sentient, toxic projectiles that track the targeted enemy. Toxic Overload, Landing a final blow or multiple precision hits triggers a burst that poisons nearby targets.

The Necrotic Grip are Exotic Gauntlets which also spread a poison-like effect on enemies. They come with the perk Grasp of the Devourer, where damaging combatants envenoms them with poison that deals increasing damage over time. Defeating a poisoned combatant spreads the condition to nearby combatants.

Thorn doesn’t actually mention poison directly by name, it only mentions ‘damage over time’. This is in contrast to Osteo Striga which refers to ‘toxic projectiles’ and ‘triggers a burst of poison’. Necrotic Grip refers to ‘damaging combatants envenoms them with poison’. Plus there’s a common keyword between Thorn and Necrotic Grip which is Devourer. Thorn has Mark of the Devourer and Soul Devourer, Necrotic Grip has Grasp of the Devourer. Therefore, perhaps Devourer is going to be a key theme in the new Subclass.

There are clues in the game as to how we might come about our new subclass, and it’s been growing all around us in Season of the Haunted, and that’s Egregore. This is all over the Derelict Leviathan, it’s growing in the H.E.L.M. plus Drifter and Eris seem to be running experiments with it, and we’ve even breathed it in to get through doors this season, and also onboard the Glykon a few seasons ago. Egregore could be the key to unlocking our new Darkness subclass, which could be called poison or decay or maybe even Devourer.

Here’s a description of Egregore from the Destiny Wiki.

Egregore

Egregore resembles Earth fungi in many respects, but while Earth fungi feed on dead or decomposing matter, an egregore is drawn to the unique psychological phenomena associated with the deaths of sentient beings. The fungus is capable of infecting sentient beings through the use of skull-penetrating tendrils, which enable the egregore to suspend the victim’s mind in a state of near-brain death, allowing it to feed on the drawn-out death process of the victim.

Egregore spores are linked to a network that connects them across the void of space and even alternate dimensions. These spores can apparently “open one’s mind” to the Darkness, and permit affected individuals to pass through energy barriers generated by the fungus.

Egregore appears to use the Crown of Sorrow as a passageway to infest spaces. Usage of the Crown upon the H.E.L.M has caused egregore to infect and spread throughout and past the quarantine zone the Crown is placed within. This is similar to how the Crown sprang spores of egregore upon the Glykon, after it had been used to commit multiple communions with the anomaly. It is currently unknown how Drifter came to be in possession of his ownership of egregore, though he claims it was on a icy planet with no name and no importance.

Egregore appears to form a network of connections between Darkness-related entities, such as the Pyramids and the Ziggurat, and connects them to a central point that communicates with those like Rhulk and Calus, which appears to be the Witness. Eris Morn and the Drifter discover this through experimentation by burning egregore stalks near Pyramid technology, which opens up visions of the network that egregore forms between entities across space.

There’s a couple of things here worth taking note of. Egregore spores can “open one’s mind” to the Darkness, which sounds like something useful for a subclass, especially given we already wield Stasis. The Drifter has some egregore, although no one knows how he came into possession of it. Plus Eris and Drifter have been experimenting with Egregore, but burning it and seeing visions of the network. This network is linked to Egregore spores, which can connect across the void of space and alternate dimensions, and connect back to a central point, which appears to be The Witness.

Considering we have an upcoming expansion called Lightfall, and we’ve been breathing in Egregore spores, which quote “enable the egregore to suspend the victim’s mind in a state of near-brain death”. This doesn’t sound very good. We may be getting a new Darkness subclass, but what are we going to lose in the process?

There are a couple of lore entries from items in Season of the Haunted, which describe Egregore in a little more detail.

Eidolon Shell – here a couple of ghosts are discussing the Egregore.

OWL-1-ShLi: BUT a certain Hidden contact, Eris Morn, has informed me that the fungus is similar to a synapse within a nervous system. She claims it is a physical manifestation of the Darkness, like Stasis. But unlike Stasis, it appears to be an “impure” manifestation—her words, not mine.

There’s also a lore entry called IV – You are led. Eris and Drifter have travelled to the Pyramid and are conducting experiments.

“She lights the stalk at both ends, according to the Drifter’s instruction. Ashing spores furl into dense clouds that envelop her body, obscuring her sight in soot-black shroud until it blocks out all else.

Faint whispers.

A choral swell through turbulent winds.

Tone that forms words across the surface of her mind.

“You hear it?” Drifter asks, his voice a whisper outside her awareness.

The Ziggurat resonates like a tuning fork. The vibrations themselves take shape within the smoke, and Eris is drawn toward somewhere distant and empty. She follows, and the smoke swirls with points of color like stars, separated by lonely rifts of black expanse. Echoes radiate from the black deep like graviton ripples through space. They wash distortion over the stars until breaking against four other points—two greater, two weaker—ghostly strands of incorporeal egregore between them.

She then sees the Pyramids of Europa, Luna, and Savathûn’s throne world—as one, their structures melded and overlapping. The connections cauterize in her mind like a vivid memory.

Eris blinks, and the sensation is gone. The stalk is ash in her hand.”

There seems to be sufficient evidence in the game that we have a new subclass coming in Lightfall, and it’s going to be some kind of poison, or decay subclass. Given Eris’ and Drifters experiments with the Egregore, it looks like we’re going to use this substance to aqcuire the subclass. What powers or effects it’s then going to have, we don’t know. I am hoping it’s going to be similar to the Devourer effects we see on Thorn and Necrotic Grip, which applies toxins or poison to enemies. For now, it’s only a theory, but I am willing to bet we’re going to see this new subclass on August 23rd at the Destiny 2 showcase.

Let me know in the comments what you think about the chances of getting a new subclass and what do you think it’s going to be?

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