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Destiny 2 Io Challenges and Activities: Phaseglass Needles, Raider and Vex Hydra locations explained

Everything you can get up to on the Io Patrol space.

Destiny 2's Io is one of four planets you will visit and explore to take on a number of Io activities and daily Io challenges.

The final planet you visit in Destiny 2, you visit this fair chunk of the way through the story, at the start of the campaign mission, Sacrilege. You are first sent to visit the planet alone, where you're tasked with finding Ikora Rey somewhere on the surface. Once you're done with that introductory mission, you'll be able to talk to the planet's overseer, Asher Mir, and explore the Io patrol space freely.

Whether you are exploring during the story or attemping to reach max Power Level in the end game, there's plenty on offer on Io , so you'll be visiting pretty frequently.

For other planetary guides meanwhile, we've put together pages on the EDZ, Titan, and Nessus, with plenty of detail on activities for each.

Destiny 2 Io activities explained

The planet Io offers a number of set activities you can view on the map as you play through the game's story and beyond.

Landing Zones / Fast Travel points:

  • The Rupture (unlocked automatically)
  • Lost Oasis (unlocked automatically)
  • Giant's Scar (unlocked automatically)
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Adventures

Adventures are mini-story missions with simple objectives in return for randomised (but capped) gear. As always, make sure you tackle Adventures at their recommended Power level.

Adventure NameUnlocks CompletingRecommended PowerReward
Unexpected Guests Asher Mir 120 Upgrade Point
Road Rage Asher Mir 120 Rare / Blue Gear
Postmodern Prometheus Fury 130 Upgrade Point
Cliffhanger Fury 130 Rare / Blue Gear
Arecibo Main Story 220 Rare / Blue Gear
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Exotic weapon quests

Unlike the other three planetary areas, the EDZ, Titan, and Nessus, at the moment Io has no exotic quests tied to it. As time goes on Bungie may add more exotics to the game, or more may be discovered by the community, but for now, your time on Io will be spent on other things!

Lost Sectors

Being a fairly small area, Io has just a couple of Lost Sector mini-dungeons, but with Challenges often asking you to complete one a day, it pays to know where they are and how to complete them.

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Public Events

Being one of the smaller areas, Nesus has just a handful of Public Events to hop into. Use your map to see where and when these begin, and don't forget to try and trigger the Heroic Public Event variant to unlock more rewards.

  • Cabal Excavation
  • Taken Blight
  • Disrupt Vex Construction

It's worth paying attention to the location of the current week's Flashpoint - if it is Io, then you'll unlock a Powerful Gear Milestone after a number of Public Events completed.

Region chests

Not unlike the 'golden chests' from the first Destiny, each planet has a number of one-off chests you can discover and open. Each one contains three Tokens for that planet, some Glimmer and a chance at a loot drop (up to the 260/270 cap). Though they are marked on the map, our Destiny 2 Region Chests page explains their exact positions.

Phaseglass Needles and other activities on Io

As well as the above set activities, there are other 'random' attractions to look out for as you explore Io that won't appear on the map. Each one gives you more opportunities to find Io Tokens and other loot.

Phaseglass Needles: Similar to the original Destiny, there are planetary materials to look out for as you roam. These appear at random on the edges of pathways, buildings or perched on structures.

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Like chests, by default they won't appear on your heads-up display and it's only when you are up close that you can collect them.

If you are farming them for a Challenge, then the easiest way is to roam around, using your Sparrow where you can, and keep your eyes peeled for glowing objects, or simply do other activities or Challenges, and you'll naturally come across them. Phaseglass Needles is used to level up the Io Faction at vendor, Failsafe.

Patrol missions: Once you complete the Patrol side-mission after Fury's story mission, you can trigger Patrol Missions while exploring the Patrol space.

These task you with simple objectives - kill in a number of enemies, observe an area, kill a higher level character - with each one giving you a Token.

We recommend doubling up these with Public Events so you can complete two activities at once, though remember most Patrol Missions must be completed within the area you collected them in.

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Loot Chests - Alongside one-off Region Chests are random chests that spawn throughout the planet. Like Phaseglass Needles, they tend to appear at random on the edges of walkways or sitting under structural outrcroppings, so be sure to keep a keen eye on them.

High powered enemies - As you roam, you'll be notified that a 'high level enemy' has spawned in the area. This is a lone yellow bar enemy that'll take a beating before it goes down.

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If you do so, it'll drop a loot chest containing a Token. They only appear for a limited time, so be sure to track it down before it disappears.

Destiny 2 guide, story walkthrough Class changes, Exotics, levelling and more explained. Destiny 2 guide, story walkthrough

Need more advice? Our Destiny 2 guide and walkthrough covers everything to get you up to speed. Elsewhere, we have articles on how to beat this week's Exodus Black Nightfall and find the latest Treasure Map locations, and other activities including Lost Sectors, Heroic Public Events, and Flashpoints on EDZ, Titan, Nessus and Io. We also explain how to Power level to the 265, 300 and 305 Power caps, as well as what to spend Glimmer on, how to join Clans and how Mods, Infusion, and Engrams and Legendary Shards work, a Destiny 2 Exotics list, Trials of the Nine and the weekly reset, how to unlock classes and subclasses, and how to complete the Destiny 2 Raid. Finally, for those waiting for it, here are details of the Destiny 2 launch time on PC.

Hydra and Vex enemy locations, and other Io Challenges explained

Each day at 10am UK time, the server will 'reset' a number of activities in the game. The foremost of these are each activities Challenges, giving you a new checklist of objectives to complete as you explore the Io Patrol space.

You will be given three to complete each day. The following is not an exhaustive list as new Challenges may emerge as days go on, but will give you an idea of what to expect and how to complete them.

  • Scourge of the Vex: Defeat 75 Vex Enemies - Vex are found all over the surface of Io, but will appear in droves at certain Public Events and inside Lost Sectors. That means completing other activities will help you unlock these, so concentrate on other Challenges and you should get most of your way through this without needing to grind.
  • Io Scavenger: Gather 10 Datalattice - As mentioned above, these are found at random throughout the planet, but do note that there are mutliple types of Datalattice, and all of them count. It's one of the tougher Challenges due to its unpredictable nature, but we'd suggest performing other Challenges and Public Events, and you should come across them naturally without hopefully needing to grind.
  • Pyramidion Raider - Defeat 40 enemies around the entrance to the Vex Pyramidion - Simple enough - head to The Rupture Waypoint by Asher Mir, and then head 'south east' towards The Rupture area itself. The Pyramidion entrance is just to the right as you go, in a sunken pit at the foot of the large, blac, pyramid-like Vex structure.
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  • Cut Off One Head: Defeat a Vex Hyndra - You'll encounter Vex Hydra, the large hovercraft enemies with three rotating shields, in most areas on Io where there are other Vex out and about. A quick way to find one is to travel to The Rupture waypoint, and walk 'south east' until you reach a cluster of Vex in The Rupture area of the same name, which we found always had a Hydra with it.
  • Lost Sectors: Lost a Lost Sector in a specific area - Simply head to the specified area, then find and complete one of these mini-dungeons, with the Challenge completing when you pick up the loot at the end. If you're struggling, our Lost Sectors page can help you find one.
  • Event Horizon: Successfully complete a public event - You will find where and when these occur on your map. Don't forgot to attempt to trigger the Heroic Public Event for bonus rewards - though it's not required for this Challenge.
  • Walking the Beat: Complete 3 Patrols - First unlock Patrol Missions as part of Cayde's Patrol Milestone set of quests, and pick up and finish three of these mini-missions. We recommended grabbing a kill or drop-based Patrol and then undertaking a nearby Public Event to tick off two activities at once.

Additional reporting by Matthew Reynolds.

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