Destiny 2 Aspect of Influence quest steps: How to unlock Bleak Watcher, Howl of the Storm or Grim Harvest

How to unlock a new Stasis Aspect in Season of the Chosen.

Destiny 2's Aspect of Influence is a questline introduced in Season of the Chosen on February 9th, 2021.

Similar to Born in Darkness and Aspect of Control, it introduces another Stasis Aspect to your Stasis sub-class after completing every step.

This is either Bleak Watcher, Howl of the Storm or Grim Harvest, depending on your class.

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How to complete the Aspect of Influence quest in brief

As with other Stasis quests, Aspect of Influence has you complete several challenges within the Europa destination.

It's likely you'll need to have completed every Born in Darkness quest step before you can start Aspect of Influence from the Exo Stranger.

Here's an overview of every quest step:

  1. Visit Exo Stranger on Europa to start the quest
  2. Investigate the appearance of Entropic Shards in the Well of Infinitude
  3. Complete the Heroic version of the 'Survival' Exo Challenge
  4. Visit the Ziggurat in Beyond

With that done, a new Aspect - Bleak Watcher, Howl of the Storm or Grim Harvest - is yours. This is shorter than most Stasis-related quests, so expect to be done within an hour - provided you are high enough level to complete the Exo Challenge, of course.

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How to investigate the appearance of Entropic Shards in the Well of Infinitude

With the Aspect of Influence quest picked up, your first port of call is to visit the Well of Infinitude, which is to the east of the map.

How to complete the 'investigate the appearance of Entropic Shards in the Well of Infinitude' quest step.

If you get lost, track the quest and follow the on-screen markers.

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When you arrive, shoot each of the Entropic Shards - which, as a reminder, are floating triangles - with the Salvation's Grip Exotic. If you forgot to bring it with you, remember you can use the Destiny phone app to move gear from your Vault at any time. There are chests dotted around to help you reload if you run out of ammo also.

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The shards spawn in sequence as you explore the area. These should be straightforward to track - though that said, don't forget the one floating just beyond the cliff halfway, which caught us out - and once done, in the arena that follows, a pyramid and groups of enemies will spawn in.

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Defeat them all and once all done, the Empowered Skeleton Key will drop, and the next stage of the quest - complete the Heroic version of the Exo Challenge - will begin.

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This is a Heroic version of the weekly rotating Europa mission. At 1270 Power, if you're playing this at the start of Season of the Chosen, you'll need to climb past the new soft gear level cap to stand a decent chance - as well as come equipped with Overload mods to take down Champions.

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Once done, now you must simply return to Beyond - the area to the far south of Europa - and visit the Zigguart. This is where you'll be granted the new Aspect.


New for February is Season of the Chosen - which introduced the Presage mission, the Hammer of Proving, Cabal Gold and War Table reputation. There are also new Exotics, a max level cap and sunset list, and the Aspect of Influence quest. If you're still catching up with Beyond Light, make sure you pick up Salvation's Grip, The Lament, Hawkmoon - which can be improved further with the Harbinger quest - and Augment Triumphs. As well as XP farm and Glimmer farm advice, looking to the year ahead, we explain everything we know about Destiny 2 crossplay and transmog.


Bleak Watcher, Grim Harvest and Howl of the Storm in Destiny 2 explained

Upon completing Aspect of Influence, you'll be rewarded a new Aspect for that sub-class. These are:

  • Bleak Watcher (Warlock) - Press and hold the grenade button to convert grenades into a Stasis turret
  • Grim Harvest (Hunter) - Defeated Stasis-affected enemies drop shards which grant melee energy when picked up by yourself or others
  • Howl of the Storm (Titan) - While sliding, activate charged melee ability to launch wave of Stasis energy forward

Enjoy taking your new Aspect for a spin!

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