Heist Battlegrounds

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Embark on daring heists to repossess fragments of Rasputin's scattered subminds in order to restore the Warmind.
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Heist Battlegrounds is a 3-player matchmade Arena activity introduced during the Season of the Seraph. It is a successor to the PsiOps Battlegrounds activity from the Season of the Risen. It was followed by Defiant Battlegrounds in the Season of Defiance.

With the release of Lightfall, most Year 5 seasonal content was removed from the game and added to the Destiny Content Vault. The PsiOps Battlegrounds and Heist Battlegrounds missions remained in the game, moving to the Vanguard Ops strike playlist. They cannot be launched as individual missions through the Director, and can only be played when randomly chosen by the playlist.


Access to this activity requires the player to own either the Season of the Seraph Season Pass or The Witch Queen Deluxe Edition. During the Season, non-Season Pass holders are given one free playthrough of the Heist Battleground: Moon mission.[1]

Missions can be launched directly from their destination's map, but do not feature the same modifiers and additional rewards as the playlist. The Heist Battlegrounds playlist and the current Legend difficulty Heist Battleground mission can be found on the H.E.L.M. map. The Legend difficulty mission has additional modifiers and does not have matchmaking. At the start of the Season, the Legend mission rotated weekly. In the final week of the Season, it was changed to a daily rotation.[2]

The normal playlist has a recommended Power Level of 1550, while the Legend difficulty has a recommended Power of 1580.


Heist Battlegrounds missions are structured similarly to Strikes. Players will fight through a large amount of enemies (usually including Hive) in a linear progression, occasionally needing to complete objectives that will remove obstacles and allow progress to continue. These objectives vary depending on the mission. In the playlist, Barrier icon.png Barrier and Unstoppable icon.png Unstoppable Champions will appear.

Players must avoid hazards as a result of the Warmind's self-defense system. In outdoor areas, Warmind towers will aim a laser at any players in their line of sight; after 15 seconds, the player will die. By hiding behind cover and breaking line of sight with all nearby towers, the player's timer (visible as a buff) will start ticking back up. Inside the Warmind bunkers, players will often encounter laser barriers and other traps that can kill or hinder them.

At one point in the mission, a Deathtongue Chorister will spawn, with its appearance announced in the text log. This Acolyte will attempt to reach a floating Hive totem nearby. If it is not defeated before it gets there, it will channel Xivu Arath's Battlesong, disabling all players' abilities until it is defeated. It is recommended to kill the Chorister before it activates the totem, since doing so progresses Triumphs and can grant additional rewards at the end.

Eventually, the players will enter a Warmind bunker and reach the door to the submind vault. In order to open the door, they must navigate the nearby area and pick up PDT Refraction Cores. The Core can fire a laser, which can be used to destroy the Hive seals that are locking the door to the boss room. If players take too long (indicated by a timer shown under the current objective), enemy reinforcements will be called in.

After the boss is defeated, two chests will spawn: one that opens automatically, and a Seraph Chest that costs 500 Seraph Key Codes icon.jpg Seraph Key Codes to open. The Seraph Chest is only available in the playlist, and will not appear when launching a Heist Battleground mission from the destination map icon.


Name Location Enemies Boss
Heist Battleground: Europa Europa Hive, Fallen Warwatcher, Eye of Xivu Arath (Shrieker)
Heist Battleground: Moon Moon Hive, Scorn Once-Phyris, the Exhumed Tether (Raider)
Heist Battleground: Mars Mars (Savathûn's Throne World) Hive, Taken Darkblade Kelgorath, Risen from Bones (Darkblade Knight)


These modifiers apply to the Heist Battlegrounds playlist. Launching a specific mission from the Destinations map will instead use the current modifiers for the Vanguard Ops playlist.

  • Playlist Rules: Power Level: All combatants in this activity will be at least 5 points over your current Power level.
  • One of the following:
    • Empath: Enhanced radar. Take increased damage from melee.
    • Fire Pit: When defeated, Acolytes spawn fire pools that cause damage over time.
    • Martyr: Exploder units have more health.
  • Champion Foes: You will face Barrier icon.png Barrier and Unstoppable icon.png Unstoppable Champions.


The following upgrades (unlocked at the Exo Frame by making progress in the More Than a Weapon quest) can affect gameplay in Heist Battlegrounds missions:

  • Seraph Tactical Armor Upgrade icon.jpg Tactical Armor: Allows the bypassing of traps and reduces damage taken from traps and laser barriers in Heist Battlegrounds and the mission "Operation: Seraph's Shield."
  • Seraph Security Clearance Upgrade icon.jpg Security Clearance: Allows interaction with terminals to open locked doors in Heist Battlegrounds and in the mission "Operation: Seraph's Shield." Can be used to gain an additional PDT Refraction Core outside submind vaults.
  • Seraph Extreme Ordnance Upgrade icon.jpg Extreme Ordnance: Allows the spawning of a power-up that refreshes all abilities and grants a damage bonus against Deathtongue Choristers in Heist Battlegrounds and Sentinel Servitors in the mission "Operation: Seraph's Shield."


A treasure chest at the end of each mission rewards Glimmer1.pngGlimmer and gear. Completing missions will also grant reputation, which increases rank with the Exo Frame vendor in the H.E.L.M. Wearing seasonal armor will increase the amount of reputation gained, with each armor item granting a stacking boost (5% each, up to a maximum of 20%).

The Seraph Chest can also be opened at the end of the mission for 500 Seraph Key Codes icon.jpg Seraph Key Codes, rewarding 10 Seraphic Umbral Energy icon.jpg Seraphic Umbral Energy. The Seraph Chest can also drop seasonal weapons and armor items.


The following weapons can drop when opening a Seraph Chest.

These weapons have Weapon Patterns that can be learned through Deepsight Resonance extractions, allowing them to be crafted.

Disparity icon1.jpg Stasis Disparity
Primary ammo Pulse Rifle
Tripwire canary icon1.jpg Arc Tripwire Canary
Primary ammo Combat Bow
Judgment of kelgorath icon1.jpg Solar Judgment of Kelgorath
Special ammo Glaive

Path of least resistance icon1.jpg Arc Path of Least Resistance
Special ammo Trace Rifle
Fire and forget icon1.jpg Stasis Fire and Forget
Heavy ammo Linear Fusion Rifle
Retrofit escapade icon1.jpg Void Retrofit Escapade
Heavy ammo Machine Gun


The following armor items can drop when opening a Seraph Chest.


The following upgrades (unlocked at the Exo Frame with Exo Frame Module icon.jpg Exo Frame Modules) can affect the rewards obtained from Heist Battlegrounds missions:

  • Seraph Focusing Upgrade icon.jpg Umbral Silence: Defeating Deathtongue Choristers in playlist Heist Battlegrounds before they activate the alarm will grant Seraphic Umbral Energy at activity completion. The amount is increased in Heist Battlegrounds on Legend difficulty.
  • Seraph Efficiency Upgrade icon.jpg Heisted Seraphic Gear: When opening the locked Seraph Chest in playlist Heist Battlegrounds, the chance of getting new Season of the Seraph gear is greatly increased compared to the chance of getting repeats of gear already acquired. When a repeat does drop, which will be guaranteed after acquiring all gear, it comes with additional Exo Frame reputation.
  • Seraph Efficiency Upgrade icon.jpg Heisted Deepsight: The first time you open a locked Seraph Chest in playlist Heist Battlegrounds each week, an additional Seraph weapon that you do not have the Pattern for will drop with a guaranteed Deepsight Resonance.
  • Seraph Efficiency Upgrade icon.jpg Heisted High Stat: The first time each week you open a locked Seraph Chest in the Heist Battlegrounds playlist, you receive an additional high-stat piece of Season of the Seraph armor.
  • Seraph Efficiency Upgrade icon.jpg Seraphic Deepsight Bonus: Locked Seraph Chests in playlist and Legend Heist Battlegrounds have a chance to drop an additional Seasonal weapon with a guaranteed Deepsight Resonance that you do not have the Pattern for.


  • Wrathborn enemies appear in some missions, last seen in the Wrathborn Hunts activity during the Season of the Hunt. They do not retain any unique mechanics from that Season, with their differences from normal enemies being mostly visual.

Patch History

    • Fixed an issue where the game would crash when depositing an Arc charge while the boss is immune in Heist Battlegrounds.
    • Players can now join in progress during the boss encounters in the Heist Battlegrounds playlist.
    • Fixed an issue where the Heist Battlegrounds: Legend node would sometimes display incorrect activity details, such as matchmaking.


  1. "Season of the Seraph" Bungie, https://www.bungie.net/7/en/Seasons/SeasonOfTheSeraph. Accessed 22 Dec. 2022.
  2. @DestinyTheGame. "Humanity still needs Seraphs. Legend Heist Battlegrounds now rotate daily. Smash some Hive and claim your Seraph title along the way!" Twitter, 22 Feb. 2023, https://twitter.com/DestinyTheGame/status/1628469689859842049. Accessed 23 Feb. 2023.
  3. "Destiny 2 Hotfix" Bungie, posted by Destiny 2 Dev Team, 24 Jan. 2023, https://www.bungie.net/7/en/News/article/hotfix_6_3_0_5. wikipage
  4. "Destiny 2 Hotfix" Bungie, posted by Destiny 2 Dev Team, 11 Jan. 2023, https://www.bungie.net/7/en/News/article/hotfix_6_3_0_3. wikipage