Bungie has had a difficult time lately attempting to perfectly balance the gaming experience for all players. During the tenure of Destiny 1 complaints flew in about how the game wasn’t as friendly to casual players, while Destiny 2 understandably came under fire due to how there was limited incentive for the hardcore players.
One thing can be agreed upon, however, and that is whether in Destiny 1 or Destiny 2, secret Exotic quests inspire overwhelming excitement within the game. There is nothing like that rush, that burst of adrenaline when a new quest is discovered. The community races to find it, overcome whatever challenges are placed in their way and walk out with a brand new and intensely powerful Exotic.
Black Spindle, Sleeper Simulant, Outbreak Prime. All of these Exotic weapons were acquired from quests, with the Spindle in particular, requiring a lot of coordination, determination and luck to earn.
Whisper of the Worm is yet another of these Exotics found in a secret quest where Guardians are given no direction but a hefty reward. This new Exotic sniper is basically the Black Spindle with a fresh new coat of Taken paint but it still is an incredibly powerful tool to have at your disposal. I won’t go into the details of how to get Whisper of the Worm but you can check out Kackis’ walkthrough below.
Just make sure you are at least 380 to deal with the high-level enemies and make sure to high-tail it once you start the quest because you only have 20 minutes.
Even though I haven’t played Destiny 2 in a little while, and haven’t even tackled a lot of the end game content due to lack of friends my adrenaline still races with the discovery of this Exotic. In my opinion, Exotics shouldn’t just simply be drops and more of them need to be tied to missions and quests whether they be easy or difficult like the Whisper of the Worm.
In the latest issue of Gameinformer, game director of Destiny 2, Steve Cotton states that The Dreaming City location that is coming with Forsaken will hide numerous exotic secrets.
“There are deep exotic chases that are deterministic. Some of them are secret, and you have to figure out how to get them, some of them even weeks into release. The Dreaming City has enough secrets and puzzles that you’re not going to be able to do them all right away.”
This is a great step and this is frankly how it should be from here on out. Secrets, excitement and discovery are some of the things I love about video games. Seeing the community band together to overcome the obstacles placed before them is heartwarming and generates an unmistakeable buzz, especially if that weapon is powerful. Not to mention it may cause players to try out or dive back into activities they usually stay away from. I was one of those Guardians who played through the Crota’s End, Vault of Glass and Kings Fall Raids each week, on every Class but I didn’t have that same dedication when it came to Wrath of the Machine.
When Outbreak Prime was discovered, I high-tailed it into the Raid and cracked that code to get my hands on what became my favourite Exotic. These hidden Exotic quests hold a much higher appeal than random Exotic drops. Not only do you have the excitement factor of first stumbling upon the quest, like Guardians did with the Black Spindle, Outbreak Prime, No Time To Explain etc, but it provides players with a clear goal and a challenge to overcome.
For casual and hardcore players alike, the Whisper of the Worm quest pits you against an entry condition, time limit, hordes of powerful enemies and bosses. It adds a little chaos and something to strive for into the mix of what sometimes is a very mindless and routine-oriented gaming experience.
Currently sitting at 355 on my Warlock, the Whisper of the Worm discovery has energised me to grind my way up and add this new weapon to my collection and I am sure it has done the same with many of you. May I wish you all the best fellow Guardians.