Destiny 2 Captive Cord location in Lunar Battlegrounds explained

How to complete the Essence of Failure quest step.

Destiny 2's Captive Cord is an item you'll need to find as part of one of Shadowkeep's side quests.

As you play the expansion, you'll pick up a variety of 'Essence' quests, giving you things to find or hunt on the Moon, or elsewhere when it comes to dealing with the Nightmare enemy type.

To complete Essence of Failure quest, you need to find the Captive Cord within the Lunar Battlegrounds - a location that you have visited but will be completely forgiven for forgetting the location of.

You can read more about the expansion in our Destiny 2 Shadowkeep guide, and if you're doing other 'Essence' quests, we can help with the Horned Wreath location.

Where to find the Lunar Battlegrounds in Destiny 2

Before we get started, it's well worth tracking this quest - though it won't guide us to the location, it will highlight the Captive Cord when you get close.

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First, you need to head to the south of Sorrow's Harbour, where looking south, you'll come to a red bridge.

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Head across the bridge and take the path round to emerge at the Lunar Battlegrounds.

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Where to find the Captive Cord location in Destiny 2

To find the Captive Cord location, as you leave the bridge, you'll notice a path going up a hill slightly to the right. The path has a gridded panel standing up with an orange strip running up it, so you know you're headed in the right direction.

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Head along the path and you'll quickly come to a lunar base.

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If you've been tracking the quest, you should see a waypoint appear at the closest right building.

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Head to the roof of this building and activate the prompt that says 'Pick Up Weapon Part'.

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Doing so will give you the Captive Cord.

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Now it's just the other Essence of Failure quest steps to complete - and if you need to, find the Horned Wreath location for another Essence quest.


Year 3 has arrived, and with it, the launch of Shadowkeep and New Light content. You can learn more about one of the major new features Armor 2.0 and the Vex Offensive activity. There are plenty of strange locations and items to locate in Year 3 - including K1 Logistics, K1 Revelation, K1 Crew Quarters and K1 Communion locations, the Necromantic Strand location, Raknik's Hatchet location, Captive Cord location and Horned Wreath location and various Nightmare locations for Essence of Pride. Once you are done with the story, you can start the Deathbringer quest and Divinity quest. Earlier in the year we also saw the introduction of Destiny 2 cross saves and various new Exotics, including Lumina, Truth, Bad Juju and Outbreak Perfected.


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