Devious Theory is a series of King''s Fall raid issues in Destiny 2.
During the Warpriest encounter - which is the first full boss of the raid - during the last weeks, the optional challenge complicates what can be a difficult one in itself.
This page explains the Devious Theory requirements, as well as some advice on how to complete the challenge - and receive some bonus rewards for your trouble.
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What is Devious Thievery in Destiny 2?
The conditions of the Devious Thievery Raid Challenge are simple. Whenever a member of the fireteam collects the Brand Claimer orb, they must steal the Aura of the Initiate within five seconds.
It does not matter when the Blightguard holding the Brand Claimer is murdered, only when the orb is picked up.
Every time the Brand Claimer is picked up, this must happen, and a single miss means the challenge has been broken.
Devious Thievery in Destiny 2 is completed with some of the most recent examples.
The Warpriest encounter in Destiny 2 is primarily a test of your teams'' ability to deal damage to the boss. Once the three plates are activated, a luminous sphere called the Aura of the Initiate is formed, and your group must fire from inside to damage the Warpriest.
The Aura is equipped with a countdown timer that is reset by a member of your squad killing a Blightguard, picking up the Brand Claimer orb dropped by this knight, and using that to take the Aura of the Initiate.
On each damage phase, this happens twice. This is where the five-second time limit to take the Aura comes into play.
The Blightguards will appear near the first two plates that are activated, and the timer for the challenge does not begin until the Brand Claimer is picked up.
With this in mind, there are two effective strategies to achieve a quick change of the aura:
- First, you can have the person with the Aura of the Initiate move towards the Brand Claimer orb, bringing the team dealing damage with them. This allows the person picking up the Brand Claimer to wait until the last possible second to pick it up, then immediately steal the Aura.
- The second option is to always do damage to the boss from the center of the room, and have the players hunting the Blightguards lure them as close to the center as possible before killing them. Then, wait until the person with the aura nears five seconds left on their timer, grab the Brand Claimer, and sprint to take the aura.
Experiment with which strategy is best for your team, and then completion of the challenge - and earning the rewards - should be in touch.
If you want help elsewhere in the raid, check out our King''s Fall guide.