Destiny 2 Staying Alive challenge in Garden of Salvation explained

How to complete the optional challenge in the Shadowkeep raid.

Garden of Salvation challenges see the return of bonus raid objectives in Destiny 2, pushing players to their limits by giving them an extra consideration within a boss battle, but give bonus challenge rewards for their efforts.

When it comes to Destiny 2's latest raid, the Garden of Salvation, November 5th, 2019 saw the first raid challenge go live - Staying Alive (also known as Leftovers in the Triumphs listing), with three more arriving in the following weeks.

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The following Garden of Salvation challenges page assumes you already have a knowledge of the basic strategies to the raid, as though we'll outline the solutions, knowing how to complete them originally will help with your understanding.

Also - it's worth noting that you do not need to pick up this Raid Challenge from Hawthorne in the tower as with previous bounties.

How to beat the Staying Alive (or Leftovers) challenge in Destiny 2's Garden of Salvation

The core of Destiny 2's Staying Alive challenge is to ensure that the dual cyclops in the first two rooms are not killed, significantly upping the difficulty of each area.

Thankfully, these Cyclops don't start in the room and are instead prompted in the latter stages of each room, but they still pose a large threat to your survivability.


If you've already completed this encounter, there isn't much difference in your approach. You clear each room, pick up Voltaic Overflows, and tether open the closed doors as per usual.

The large difference is knowing that you need to kill the singular Cyclops that awaits you when you first open the door to the next room, but when two Cyclops spawn later in that room they cannot be killed.

Our fireteam also avoided killing the plethora of Cyclops that spawned in the final stretch with most players opting to skirt the sides of the runway until they needed to pick up a Voltaic Overflow, but other strategies have stated they opted to kill these enemies and still completed the challenge.

The doors you open.

Festival of the Lost is here, so learn how to complete Master of Disguise to get the Braytech Werewolf before it ends. We've also seen the recent arrival of the Staying Alive challenge in the latest raid. Elsewhere in Year 3 we've seen 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. There are also several new weapon quests, including the Deathbringer quest, Divinity quest, Leviathan's Breath quest and Xenophage quest.

Destiny 2 Garden of Salvation challenge rewards

When it comes to rewards, you'll notice a second chest will spawn just across from your usual one when you have completed the challenge.

Inside will be an additional piece of Pinnacle Gear, bringing you one step closer to that ever elusive Pinnacle power level.


Unfortunately, this chest does not appear to pull from a different loot pool, so it's the same standard equipment you'd expect from your standard chest within the raid.


On top of that, completing all of the Raid Challenges as they become available will net you with a raid specific shader and account for a significant chunk of the Triumph activities needed to earn the Garden of Salvation title, Enlightened.

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