We may earn a commission when you buy through links in our articles. Learn more.

You’re meant to struggle with Destiny 2’s Ghosts of the Deep dungeon

If you're wondering why the Ghosts of the Deep dungeon is so hard in Destiny 2 on Xbox, PS5, and PC, you'll be pleased to know that it was entirely intentional.

Destiny 2 Ghosts of the Deep hard Bungie: an image of a woman in front of the dungeon icon from the FPS

One aspect of Bungie’s Destiny 2 that helps this live service shooter stand out from the rest is the series of dungeons and raids the developer regularly adds to the game. These collaborative activities – like the Ghosts of the Deep dungeon – offer up some of the hardest challenges in Destiny 2, at times, and they’re a fantastic way to get rare loot and some of the best Destiny 2 weapons available. Although, sometimes, they might seem a little too hard. If you’re finding the newest dungeon so hard that you need a Ghosts of the Deep guide to get you through it, you might find some reassurance in the fact that this is entirely intentional.

Okay, we know finding out that the Ghosts of the Deep dungeon is intentionally a pain in the ass isn’t exactly the reassurance you were probably looking for, but it’s the best we’ve got. In a roundtable discussion about the Season of the Deep update, Lightfall and its fallout, and what to expect in the build-up to The Final Shape release date, Bungie design lead Brian Frank explains why the developer decided to make this one a lot harder than the last.

As per this Games Radar report, Frank says that “[the Lightfall raid] Root of Nightmares and its day-one experience [was] not delivering on the aspiration of the event” – which, coincided somewhat with game director Joe Blackburn announcing that Bungie was going to “bring challenge back to Destiny [2]”.

“Similarly with [the] Spire of the Watcher [dungeon], we track initial completion time and those sorts of analytics”, Frank added, “and it maybe fell below our expectation. So, we definitely pushed into testing the waters, no pun intended, of increasing challenge here… We saw Solo and Solo Flawless among the most challenging achievements in Destiny [2] and we wanted to preserve that as an aspirational accomplishment.”

YouTube Thumbnail

So, if you want to know why you’re finding Destiny 2’s Ghosts of the Deep dungeon so hard, it’s because Bungie “took a bit of a leap of faith” when it came to tweaking and tuning fireteam balancing and the difficulty of the new dungeon. This might not be one of the best competitive FPS games ever, but it’s certainly one of the best co-op games out there when it comes to these sorts of activities.

Think you’re ready to take on the dungeon, though? Even after finding out that it’s intentionally harder? Well, you should check out what you need to know about the best Titan build, the best Warlock build, and the best Hunter build in Destiny 2. You’re going to need to make sure you’re well-prepared when it comes to this dungeon. Oh, and don’t worry if you’re sitting there a little confused with what’s going on. Your burning Destiny 2 questions will be answered before The Final Shape drops – in one way or another.