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Elder Cipher Guide.
Greetings, Guardians. Today, I will walk you through the steps needed to complete the new Elder Cipher exotic bounty. Unlike the previous exotic bounties, you cannot obtain one of these just from completing those Vanguard bounties you had saved up over the weekend. The only way to obtain one is to defeat the FINAL boss in either level 34 or 35 Prison of Elders. Once you defeat the boss, you will have a small chance to obtain The Elder Cipher. This drops from the boss kill directly, not from the chests or activity rewards. Didn’t get the Cipher because your bounty slots were full? Fret not! Simply kill Skolas again after you have some room, and you will get your cipher.
Once you are lucky enough to obtain the Cipher, return it to Variks in the Reef. He will permit you to choose 1 of these 3 exotic Fallen-themed weapons, as well as the next step in the bounty.
|Step 1:||Deliver the Cipher to Variks in the Reef. You will receive the option to choose one of the 3 exotic weapons. You will also get the option to confirm your decision later.|
|Step 2:||Acquire the Queen’s Cipher from the Queen’s Chest (large loot chest at the end of the treasure room) at the end of Prison of Elders on level 32 and up. The Queen’s Cipher is not a guaranteed drop, so be sure to stock up on those treasure keys.|
|Step 3:||Once you have acquired the Queen’s Cipher, return it to Variks.|
|Step 4||After returning it to Variks, wait for him to summon you for the next step. This could take anywhere from 1 to 3 days.|
|Step 5:||Defeat bosses in Prison of Elders to acquire 1000 points. Level 28 bosses and the boss fights between the first and final round reward 75 points, level 32 bosses reward 150 points, level 34 bosses reward 250, and the level 35 boss will reward 450.|
|Step 6:||Once you have acquired 1000 points, return to Variks one last time. He will now give you the option to confirm your decision on choosing 1 of the 3 exotic weapons.|
Passed all of these steps? Congratulations! You have completed the Elder Cipher exotic bounty, and can finally walk away with one of the Fallen-themed exotic weapons. Now get out there and cause some trouble, Guardians.