Destiny 2's Impossible Puzzle Might Have Been Broken All Along

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Destiny 2 players have finally completed the seventh and final Niobe Labs puzzle—you know, the one that was apparently so hard that Bungie had to give up hope of anyone solving it.

This success is not the result of any last-minute Sherlockian breakthroughs, however, but because the puzzle itself was broken.

Late on Friday, January 11, Bungie posted a new clue to the brainteaser on their forum, and admitted that “a string on Level 7 was improperly removed which would have provided additional information. 


A string is a term in programming which describes a series of characters in sequence, like the word “puzzle” or the sentence “this puzzle made my eyes melt out of their sockets.” Someone at Bungie probably deleted it by accident, but there’s no explanation as to what it was, how it might have helped, or why they didn’t notice it earlier.

“In lieu of this missing piece of the puzzle,” Bungie added, “we are providing the clue below to help players on their quest to complete Niobe Labs once and for all.”

The clue is as follows:

With weapons imbued
Through sights unseen
Craft truth from the Hand
Return the dials to the crest
Stay true to the map
To prove thy knowledge of the family three


This clue, as well as the other clue below that players already had, led to subreddit r/raidsecrets combining their knowledge, and to streamer xGladd and his team finally solving it once and for all late on Friday night.

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The reward, after all that work, was a Legendary Emblem and an Exotic Ghost Shell. Worth it? Maybe not, but at least we can all move on with our lives now.

Kate Gray is a British games writer based in Montreal. She has worked for Xbox, GameSpot, and Official Nintendo Magazine, before it went to that big newsagents in the sky. RIP.

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Grimace is a Butt Plug

Their heart was in the right place.  I hope they try again, but with something less broken.