As most Destiny 2 players know by now, the Prestige Leviathan Raid has only a few changes compared to the Normal version. The enemies are tougher, and stronger weapons are a must, but most importantly there are a few new wrinkles for every encounter.
But while most of the Prestige Raid changes are easy enough to articulate, the Pleasure Gardens has always been an encounter best explained through visuals. And luckily, the Destiny 2 community has come together to create some great maps of the new war beast/ dog paths for Leviathan on Prestige.
The most important change to be aware of with Pleasure Gardens on Prestige is that two additional war beasts spawn and patrol the jungle area. That means all 8 of the flowers have a dog associated with it, and those dogs will return to those flowers during the Psionic Howl damage phase.
For the most part, the dog paths remain the same, but there are some slight deviations made to account for the extra two walking around. The dog that spawns closest to the left of the safe room, for example, now patrols directly in front instead of off to the left. And now a dog patrols down the center of the map, next to the tree, which was previously a free area for players to run through. What the additional dogs mostly do is make it so the four spore carriers can’t hide in one spot and wait as much; they need to be aware and use cover to avoid being seen.
For a full breakdown of the Pleasure Gardens on Prestige including dog paths, check out the map below courtesy of Oniji:
Once the fireteam accumulates enough of a buff during the spore phase in Pleasure Gardens, we recommend splitting into teams of three and taking the three left and three right flowers, ignoring the trees and caves dog. Do as much damage as possible to these dogs but don’t kill them. Also make sure to get back to the safe room in time because Prestige removes a player’s Revive Token if they do so teams can’t chain revives if everyone but one player dies.
On the second damage phase, everyone should kill their dog and then focus on the trees or caves dog. The team on the left flowers will run to trees and work to kill it and the team on the right will do the same for caves. If for whatever reason, though, the team doesn’t feel confident enough in killing all of the dogs at once, you can weaken the trees and caves on a second damage phase, return to the safe room, and then kill them all on a third phase.
Just like with the normal version of Pleasure Gardens, the Prestige encounter is all about finding the right timing for moving to each flower and coordinating the damage phase. It’s better to get everyone in position and go for damage than to try to get an extra buff and have players run from the far left side all the way to the right side to damage their dog.
Destiny 2 is available now for PS4 and Xbox One. The PC version releases on October 24th.