Wage Psionic warfare against the Lucent Hive.
Missions can be launched directly from their destination's map. The PsiOps Battlegrounds playlist and the current Legend difficulty PsiOps Battleground mission can be found on the H.E.L.M. map. The Legend difficulty mission rotates weekly, has additional modifiers, and does not have matchmaking.
The normal playlist has a recommended power level of 1400, while the Legend difficulty has a recommended power level of 1550.
PsiOps Battlegrounds missions are structured similarly to Strikes. Players will fight through a large amount of enemies (mostly Lucent 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. Occasionally, Barrier and Unstoppable Hive Champions, as well as Lightbearer Hive enemies, will appear.
Each mission ends with a short battle with a Lightbearer Hive boss. After players deal enough damage to the boss, a pair of allied Cabal Imperial Optus Psions will appear, freezing the boss in place. The players will be teleported into the Mindscape, a psionic projection created inside the boss' mind, where they must fight the boss for a final time. When the boss loses a certain amount of health, it will disappear, summoning a pair of Aspects of Savathûn, as well as an Unstoppable Ogre. This will happen twice per boss battle. These giant floating illusions of Savathûn, the Witch Queen, are immune to normal damage and can use Light-based Super abilities like Nova Bomb, Blade Barrage, and Stormtrance. Players must pick up Synaptic Spears that appear around the arena and repeatedly throw them at the Aspects of Savathûn to destroy them.
After the boss is defeated, and its Hive Ghost is crushed, players will be returned to the material plane, where they can open two chests: one that is free to open, and a Runic Chest that costs 500 Psychogenic Intel to open. The Runic Chest is not available when launching a PsiOps Battleground mission from the destination map icon.
|PsiOps Battleground: EDZ||Hive||Mor'ak, Lightstealer (Lightbearer Acolyte)|
|PsiOps Battleground: Cosmodrome||Hive, Fallen||Uul'nath, Lightcleanser (Lightbearer Knight)|
|PsiOps Battleground: Moon||Hive||Korosek, Thronebringer (Lightbearer Wizard)|