Destiny 2 The Invitation is the first mission of the Season of Opulence, following an 'Imperial Summons' from our favourite sweeper bot Benedict 99-40.

From there, you have to complete a series of quest steps. At a first glance these are simple, but some - such as the Imperial Treasure Map within the Well of Flames, and what Challenges are in the Glorious Harvest bounty - can feel surprisingly opaque.

What follows is how to complete every quest step, giving you a series of Power Surge rewards to get you closer to the new Destiny 2 level cap, start earning Imperials for the Menagerie and access to the new Raid.

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Destiny 2 The Invitation quest steps in brief

Here's every step of The Invitation quest. Remember you need to be an Annual Pass holder for Destiny 2 Forsaken to get started.

  1. Visit Benedict 99-40 and Ikora in the Tower, then the barge on Nessus
  2. Defeat Cabal on Nessus to collect 10 Chalice Fragments
  3. Defeat 25 Vex on Nessus with melee damage without dying
  4. Complete The Conflux Lost Sector on Nessus
  5. Complete the Glorious Harvest bounty by generating Orbs of Light, gaining experience and completing any Challenge
  6. Find the Imperial Treasure Map location in the Well of Flames on Nessus
  7. Return to the barge on Nessus
  8. Complete a run of the Menagerie and open the end chest
  9. Return to the barge on Nessus one final time and open a chest
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Destiny 2 The Invitation quest in detail

First visit Benedict 99-40, who has now found a home in the Annex on the Tower. After that visit Ikora, who gives you a Power Surge Package - which contains a 690 power class item and energy weapon.

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Next, you have to have to locate the barge on Nessus as past of 'The Invitation'. This is in Watcher's Grave, to the north. Fast travel here, and the barge location is right next to you.

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Climb inside via the hatch underneath in the middle, and inside you'll find Werner 99-40, who will give you another Power Surge package, this time containing a 690 power Kinetic weapon, legs and arms, as well as the Cracked Chalice item.

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For the Cracked Chalice step, you must 'Defeat Cabal on Nessus to collect lost Chalice fragments'. This is pretty simple - simply kill any Cabal, and the first ten should give you all the fragments you need. We did a Public Event in Artifact's Edge (Cabal Excavation) and completed it almost immediately as a result.

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After this is the Mended Chalice step, where you have to 'Defeat Vex on Nessus with melee damage without dying'. Like the previous step, any Vex on Nessus will do. We did a Public Event in Exodus Black to get most of them done, then visited the Sunkern Cavern area to the east to finish them off.

Getting 25 melee kills doesn't have to be in a row, by the way - so feel free to change weapons - and as long as you don't die, you'll complete this step.

Then, you have to Recover Imperials, a currency of the Cabal Empire, within The Conflux Lost Sector on Nessus. The prior link will give you the exact location you need to find it.

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Once done, you'll receive some Imperials and the chance to unlock a Rune slot from within your Pursuits (this is now on the Director menu). There is only one available - 'Unlock Gear Archetype Slot'.

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How to complete the Glorious Harvest bounty and what Challenges are in Destiny 2

Next, it's time to complete the Glorious Harvest bounty from Werner 99-40. This is the Glorious Harvest weekly bounty you collected at the same time as the last quest step, and involves the following:

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  • Generate Orbs of Light (out of 100%)
  • Earn experience (out of 100%)
  • Complete any challenge

To clarify the last point, a Challenge in Destiny 2 is a Milestone - so this is anything that might give you Powerful Gear on the Director screen.

This could be this week's Flashpoint (which is Nessus, if you're playing in the expansion's launch week), the Heroic Story Mission, the latest Ascendant Challenge... anything that takes your fancy.

Remember to actually collect the Milestone reward to actually complete the 'challenge' and progress The Invitation quest.

Where to find the Imperial Treasure Map location in the Well of Flames

Next, you have to find a chest at the end of the Imperial Treasure Map location.

To make this easier, if you track it in your Pursuits, the Imperial Treasure Map location will then appear on the map as a cross. The nearest fast travel point is The Cistern, and it actually isn't too far from where you completed The Conflux earlier, so head in that direction.

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The Well of Flames is specifically found to the far south-west, and is a massive cylindrical structure with a triangular entrance to the side.

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Head inside, and you'll come to a giant pit in the ground - drop down.

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At the bottom, ignore the portal against the far wall, and look opposite. There is a transport pad on the floor, and a blue glow to the left.

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This is the Imperial Treasure Map location. Crack the chest open, and this will then unlock the Rune of Jubilation. Inspect the Chalice of Opulence once more and place the new Rune inside.

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Now head back to the barge in Watcher's Grave on Nessus to earn the last Power Surge Package for the remainder of the 690 gear.

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To finish the Imperial quest line, equip all the gear (you need to be at least 690 to continue) then enter a Menagerie match. It's aboard the Leviathan, which is found on the bottom right of the Nessus map screen.

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A new Destiny 2 season is upon us! Get started with the The Invitation quest steps, then learn how to get Imperials and new Destiny 2 Season of Opulence Exotics, including Destiny 2's Truth. Elsewhere, learn how to reach the new power level cap. As always, Forsaken activities are still worth checking out - including the Ascendant Challenge this week and Blind Well and Oracle Engine Offering activities.


Once you have completed the Menagerie - it takes about 30 minutes, depending on the performance of your team - open the chest at the end.

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Next, claim the Triumph you completed by taking down the boss at the end of the Menagerie (it's within Destinations, then Minor, then Menagerie and it's named Flair for Drama), then upgrade the Chalice.

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The cheapest upgrade is 1000 Imperials; we earned two Triumphs from one Menagerie run, which gave us enough Imperials to unlock it.

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After that, return to the Imperial Barge on Nessus and open a chest. If you head to the back of the barge, you'll see it's littered with chests that require 5,000 glimmer to open. Select any and open one - giving you some Imperials, a Rune, and the end of the questline.

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Nicely done! With that complete, the mysteries of the Menagerie - and the new Raid, Crown of Sorrows - await...

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